All Bundled Up

It’s been kind of nice having a real winter still because my favorite types of outfits involve boots and layers.  We’ve been in the post holiday blues since New Year’s, and I haven’t had the heart to take down my tree yet.  There’s so much excitement leading up to Christmas, and then all your family goes home and you have to take down all the twinkle and sparkle.  I love having a tree up and I would keep it up all year if I could get away with it.  Some people love to rip their decorations down, but not me! I’ve been using the excuse that the baby loves to look at the lights,  but I’m not sure how much longer that will work…

This sweater is a vintage sweater that just seems timeless to me.  I’ve had it for about 10 years and I got it in a cute little vintage shop in my hometown of Napa. I love that it has a fun pattern, but still comes across as very neutral.  Some bold sweaters seem more like statement pieces and are harder to wear often.  This sweater has several colors that you can wear with it and it helps to make it more versatile.

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Sweater: Vintage

Shirt: Old Navy

Jeans: Old Navy

Boots: Colin Stuart (Victoria’s Secret)

Beanie: Hollister- Similar

Necklace: old

Sunnies: Charming Charlie’s- Similar

Blushing Through the Snow

We have been having some crazy weather here in New Mexico.  My husband and I are used to the snow, but I guess it is supposed to melt pretty quickly here, so they don’t have plows and everything has been pretty much closed.  The best part of this is that the hubs has had most of this week off! My sister and her family came to visit and made it the day before the storm hit, but then we were snowed in her whole trip. It was kind of nice to just relax with everyone and stay snuggled inside.  They went home today and our house seems empty now that all of our visitors have gone home.

Luckily, I went outside long enough to take photos of this New Year’s outfit.  I love that this dress is neutral while still having some sparkle.  You could wear it with heels, but I opted to layer and wear my boots. It was a good thing too because I don’t think I would have made it too far in heels! I hope all of you have a fabulous and safe New Year’s Eve. Happy New Year!

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Dress: JCPenney- Similar, Similar

Jacket: Charlotte Russe- Similar

Leggings: Forever 21

Boots: Frye (from Nordstrom Rack)

Purse: Target- Similar, Similar

Bracelet: Love Andrea’s Closet

Sunnies: c/o Unhinged Utah

Necklace: old

 

Floral Duster

I want to talk about maternity style this week. I think that it’s hard to try new styles while you’re pregnant because you don’t want to spend a lot of money on clothes you won’t be able to wear for long.  For example, seventies style and flare jeans have been huge this year! I REALLY wanted to buy flare jeans, but I didn’t want to get them while I was pregnant and I had no idea what my body would be like after.  Instead, I tried to channel the seventies style with items I could use during and after my pregnancy.  I got this amazing floral duster from an event I went to at Unhinged in Sugarhouse.   The designer of this duster took a vintage dress and redesigned it into a very cool and current look.  I added my rounded sunnies and I felt like I was able to play with  the seventies trend without breaking the bank on maternity clothes.

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Duster: Mei Lei Rags

Tee: Kohl’s

Jeans: Old Navy

Booties: Old Navy- Similar, Similar

Sunnise: Charming Charlie’s 

Bracelet: Forever 21 (old)- Love this!

Necklace: Nordstrom- Similar

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Well, you can probably guess that I had my baby.  When they say you don’t get any sleep, they really mean it! I feel like I have finally emerged from my newborn induced zombie chrysalis.  Ha!  My little guy is 2 months old now, and growing like a weed. I have felt like a human again for several weeks, but I haven’t had a spare hand to work on my blog.  My baby will only sleep while I’m holding him, so I finally just started wearing him in a wrap so I can actually get stuff done!

I know everyone is in full Christmas mode, but I wanted to post this while it was still technically fall.  Plus, it definitely doesn’t feel like Christmas in New Mexico! I’m still obsessed with plaid button-ups and I loved the colors in this style.  I’m pretty much constantly wearing a plaid shirt because it seems to be the easiest thing to breastfeed in while I’m out and about.  I will try to do a birth story post soon! I want to introduce all of you to my little guy.


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Plaid: Coco and Main (From Jane)

Tee: Kohl’s

Jeans: Old Navy

Shoes: old- Similar

Purse: Ross (Steve Madden)

Necklace: Target (old)

Sunnies: Maurices

Bracelets: Charming Charlie’s- Similar, Nordstrom- Similar, and Frosted Willow

Je Ne Sais Pas Tee

Let’s get real, is there some sort of super mosquito this year? After moving to New Mexico, I have been getting eaten alive! I thought it was just a fluke the first time, so I told my husband that I hadn’t been getting any other bites.  It was almost like they could hear me and knew that my guard was down.  Within less than 24 hours of saying that I had 16 bites on my legs and elbows.  I’m not actually sure if it’s mosquitoes or flies because I never actually see them! It’s like they’re a new flying ninja breed! I thought it was just me, but then my best friend said she has been getting eaten alive in Virginia too.  I can’t wait for the fall! Partly because I love fall, and partly because I want the season of the mosquitoes to end.  I hope you all have been faring better with the mosquitoes than I have.


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Shirt: Asos- (Love this)

Pants: Kohl’s

Shoes: Target

Purse: Target- Similar, Similar

Bracelets: Sage & Co (From Jane) and Love Andrea’s Closet- Triple Crystal Tassel

Headband: c/o A Dash of Sass Designs

Pink Floral Kimono

One thing that is really different in Roswell is the amount of rental properties available.  In Utah, there are always a ton of rentals to choose from, and you can usually find something in your price range. We looked and looked, but there weren’t any rentals that were decently priced in our new town.  We decided that instead of increasing our rent by $300 or more a month, we would buy a house.  It’s so exciting to finally have our own place! I will have to post pictures eventually, but we are in the middle of a couple of projects right now, so it isn’t really put together yet.  I’m currently working on the nursery, and then I need to make sure the guest room is ready for when our parents come to see the baby.  After that, I’ll probably start working on decorating the main living areas and our bedroom.

Our new bed arrived today, and I can’t wait to see how it looks! We decided to upgrade to a king bed, and the extra space will be really nice.  My poor husband has been “sharing” the bed with me, my maternity pillow, and our little pup.  I use the term sharing very loosely because I’m pretty sure he falls asleep each night saying “think small thoughts, think small thoughts” and hoping that he doesn’t roll onto the floor.  I try to keep the maternity pillow on my side, but it kind of spreads out during the night… He’s been a really good sport about it, but I’m happy he’ll get to have a little more space now.

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Kimono: Kohl’s– Don’t worry too much about the sizing. I actually got a large because I liked how flowy it looked, but the other sizes looked great too!

Shirt: Old- Similar

Jeans: Nordstrom

Shoes: Old- Similar

Bracelet: Alex and Ani

Necklace: Forever 21

Bow: c/o A Dash of Sass Designs

Belted Peasant Top and Cowgirl Boots

After high school, I moved from California to Utah and have been there ever since.  It was really hard to leave all of my friends and family, but it was so exciting to be going to college!  Fast forward 10 years, and I just moved to a new state again.  The hubs, fur baby, and I recently moved to New Mexico.  I always knew that we would probably move away from Utah when my husband got a new job, but I did NOT foresee New Mexico in our future.

Now that we’re gone, there are a lot of things I’m going to miss about Utah.

1. Accessibility there are so many things to do and places to eat. All of the towns/cities seem to be connected, so there are a lot of options for shopping, eating, and recreation.  (I’ll miss you Cafe Rio!)

2. Gas stations this one might seem weird, but Utah has AMAZINGLY nice and clean gas stations.  When we went on road trips before, I always found myself being so relieved to be back in the state for this reason.  Also, my husband is addicted to Mountain Dew, specifically in fountain drink form.  I’m pretty sure he has tried all of the gas stations in our new town to no avail of a good Mountain Dew brew.

3. Mountains- I loved living in both Salt Lake Valley and Utah Valley because I liked being nestled between the mountains.  New Mexico is pretty flat, but there is a mountain that you can see, if you look closely.

4. The people- I’m obviously going to miss all my friends and family that are in Utah, especially since I’m having a baby in the not so distant future.  Aside than that, the people in Utah do seem genuinely nice.  I’m not saying that people in New Mexico aren’t nice, but Utahns seem almost overly friendly and helpful.

5. Utah summers- this is not referring to the heat! I love the summer activities in Utah so much.  You can easily go camping, have a bonfire up the canyon, go fishing, baseball games, or go to the summer rodeos.  I actually didn’t get to do any of this before I left because we were so busy with packing and moving.  I was a little inspired by these festivities with this outfit since I’ve seen so many pictures of my friends going to rodeos. Yeehaw!

I’m sure that I will be adding to this list as time goes on, but I am excited to explore my new state! Hopefully I can find a lot of things I like here too.

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Shirt: Target (Old)

Pants: Old Navy

Boots: Ross- Similar

Bracelets: Forever 21 and Charming Charlies- Similar

Braided Headband: c/o A Dash of Sass Designs

Black and White Stripes

In my last post, I mentioned that I resigned from my job.  My husband and I have made the decision to have me stay home once the baby is born, and it didn’t seem worth it to start a school year only to leave a month after it started.  (For any teachers out there, you know exactly what I mean!)  One of the toughest parts of resigning was deciding which things I should keep and which I should donate.  If you know any teachers, you must know that we are kind of forced to become pack rats.  With my husband’s support, I actually didn’t keep anything. Gasp! It was SO hard to donate or toss all of the stuff I had spent years gathering! I’m just not sure how long it will be before I teach again, and I didn’t want to haul around my stuff for years.  Even though I had a few silent panic attacks while I was getting rid of all of it, I have to say that I am enjoying having a fresh start to the next chapter of my life.

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Shirt: Publik (From Jane)

Jeans: Amara Day Spa- Similar

Boots: Maurices- Similar

Bracelets: Nordstrom Rack and Forever 21- Similar

Necklace: Nordstrom- Similar

Bow: A Dash of Sass

My Hiatus

Hello, everyone! I want to apologize for my recent absence.  There have been a lot of major life changes going on, and my blog posts have definitely suffered greatly.  Aside from being pregnant, I resigned from my job, bought a house, moved to a new state, and lost my father.  The last one was the main reason I was neglecting my blog, but then my move started, and I wasn’t doing anything else! I’m sure I will go into more detail about the other changes in my life in future posts, but for this one I want to just focus on my dad.  I think another reason I haven’t posted in a while is because I wasn’t ready to write this post and explain about what happened. It doesn’t seem right to discuss other changes or do an outfit post in congruence with talking about him, so this one is on him.

In May, my dad was taken to the emergency room for several different reasons. He was known for putting off medical care, so I wasn’t surprised he had ignored several things and gotten to the point of going to the hospital.  He seemed to be pretty miserable, but we thought he was going to be making a full recovery.  We took several days off of work and pretty much never left him alone for very long. As the days passed, he got moved into less critical care units of the hospital, and he had a procedure done that he had been putting off for months.  Again, this entire time we all thought he was going to be coming home, but then it seemed like a switch was suddenly flipped.

Afterwards, he was moved to a hospice center where we could make him MUCH more comfortable, and almost all 12 of my siblings were able to come and spend time with him, which was amazing.  After several days of visiting with all of us, he slipped into a very peaceful sleep for a couple of days, and then he passed away on June 7th.

It all happened very suddenly, but I’m grateful that I was able to spend so much time with him while he was in the hospital.  Sometimes I feel angry that I didn’t have very long time with him in my life, but then I am reminded that I have had more time with both of my parents than a lot of others have had with theirs. I’ve been trying to focus on that and the little boy who will be added to our family in October.  I wish my dad would have been here to see me have children, but I’m sure he and our new addition have already gotten to know each other quite well.

I am constantly being reminded of him, and it still feels like I should be able to call him up to chat right now.  I don’t think I will ever stop missing him, but I am so grateful for all of the things he taught me that will remain with me forever.

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Richard, Shari, & youngest 7

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I love this one because it’s one of my earliest trips to Disneyland. I remember being terrified of the hippos on this ride (Jungle Safari) because my dad told me they were real. Also, I’m the one with the curls, not the mullet.

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Josh, Jameson, Alissa, & Logan

Logan's high school graduation

Dad and Me at Get Together

Dad and Me Wedding

Dad

Richard Myron Alkema

1939-2015

Floral Kimono Restyle

This last Mother’s Day had a different meaning for me.  I haven’t announced it here yet, but I am due to have a baby boy in October. We are so excited and we can’t wait to start this new adventure!

For this reason, I found myself thinking about being a mom and all that it entails.  I have already resigned from my school district, and I am planning on staying home with the baby once he arrives.  It’s a little overwhelming to think about how drastically my life will change in a few short months.  I found myself feeling a bit guilty that I am capable of earning an income, but I’m choosing to stay home instead.  After talking about this with some friends, I think moms can feel guilty no matter what they do.  If you choose to work, you might feel guilty about leaving your children while you are doing so. If you stay home, you might feel guilty about not contributing to the family financially.

This led me to learn my first valuable lesson as a soon to be parent- you have to do what’s best for you and your family regardless of what others think.

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IMG_4833Funny story about this picture. Someone tried to do a flip behind my husband, and they totally fell in the grass.  I immediately started cracking up!

Kimono: Our Little Store- Similar

Shirt: Old

Jeans: Nordstrom (Articles of Society)

Shoes: Old Navy- Similar

Headband: c/o A Dash of Sass Designs

Necklace: Forever 21