Pinspired – Military Jacket Edition

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Today I’m linking up with the ladies of Mix and Match Mama, Pinterest Told Me To, and The Larson Lingo.

I’ve seen military jackets on Pinterest for a while now. I’ve always thought they were super cute. Here are a few outfits that really inspired me. I still haven’t bought a military jacket yet, but I am really considering it!

How do you all like to wear your military jackets?



















Here are some fun options I found.

I really like this one from American Eagle and it’s $69.95.


American Eagle has some cute styles going on, this one is $79.95.



This American Eagle military jacket has a hood and is $89.95.


I found this one from Garage and it’s $89.95.


This is from Garage also, and is $99.95.



What’s Up Wednesday with Mel and Shay

So a week or two ago I was reading Shay’s blog Mix and Match Family and she did What’s Up Wednesday which came from Mel at The Larson Lingo. I thought it would be fun to do it this week as well. I did a shorter version and left out a few questions. Check out their blogs for all the questions especially if you want to do one as well.


What I’m eating this week: I found this gelato brand at Whole Foods and I’m addicted. They have a lot of flavors and I particularly love their sea salt caramel and mint chocolate chip. And they make great snack containers after you wash them out. 🙂


What I’m reading: I’m currently in the middle of reading two books.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman I just started this one but I’m loving it already. It’s so interesting to hear about the different love languages and I’m excited to find out which one mine is as well as my boyfriends. Hopefully this book will help us understand each other more. All couples can use a little help.


The Kennedy Detail by Gerald Blaine I’ve waited years to read this book! I watched the documentary of the same name and then found out there was a book too. Gerald Blaine was on the Kennedy detail as a secret service agent and has a lot of great insider stories. I am amazed the memories he has and how they agents have held on to these memories for over 50 years.


What I’m reminiscing about: I love reading people’s bucket lists and I have a loose one. It is also ever-changing and I’m always adding it to and checking items off. Here is one of my favorite posts I’ve done about items I’ve checked off my bucket list.



What I’m looking forward to: This weekend Dave and I are heading to Seattle! We are going to be driving, we love a good road trip. (Here are a few of our other road trips Chicago to LA,  LA to San Fran, 2011 Road Trip) I’m really excited to see our family and friends in Eugene, and Seattle, and hopefully camp along the way.


What I’m loving: A few new blogs I found in the last few days:
What I’m watching: I probably watch too much tv. Shows I’m currently watching: the Bachelor, 2 broke girls, 19 Kids and Counting, Cougar Town, Marry Me, and the Mindy Project. 
What I’m listening to: Hi my name is Julie and I’m obsessed with Sam Smith. 🙂 It’s been out for months, but in case you missed it, you should listen to his version of Whitney Houston’s How Will I Know? It is so beautiful! I listen to it on repeat.

I’m also loving Say You Do by Dierks Bentley.

What am I wearing today: My business wear because I’m interviewing for a few jobs this week. Eek, fingers crossed!
What else is new: Tomorrow I’m bringing back Travel Thursday’s and sharing our camping adventures in Joshua Tree National Park.
What’s up with you?

Pinspired – Vest Edition

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Today I’m linking up with Mix and Match Mama, Pinterest Told Me To, and The Larson Lingo to share outfit ideas from Pinterest. I’m currently obsessing over vests. Pink ones, green ones, striped ones. All of them! Here is some serious Pinterest vest outfit inspirations for you all! And can I just say that these ladies seriously know how to accessorize with Hunter boots, flats, clutches, and statement necklaces.
































As if this post wasn’t long enough, I thought I’d add a few vest options, if you’re as inspired as I am and want to look at some to buy.


This pink puffer from Kohl’s is on sale for $24.99!


This pink one is from Nordstorm and is currently 50%, at $44.49 right now.



I found a red puffer vest at Macy’s for just under $30, at $28.99!



This navy vest is also from Macy’s but is a little pricer, coming in at $89.99.



This striped vest is the exact one from the picture above, with the girl in hot pink with the braid and gold watch. It’s $68. I kind of love this one!





Which ones are your favorites? I think I’d like a pink one or navy striped one or maybe both? 🙂


November Pin-spired!

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Today I’m linking up with Mix and Match Mama, Pinterest Told Me To, and The Larson Lingo to get Pin-spired for November.

I love the look of white pants, for all seasons. With November in full effect, (where did this year go?!) it’s time to start dressing in fall wear. I found some great ideas of what to pair your summer white pants with: fall boots, chambray shirts, sweaters, scarves and blazers. Which look is your favorite?

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Sweater with or without Scarves 






Chambray Shirts  






Interview Series – Featuring Shay from Mix and Match Family

Last week I started a new Interview Series and featured one of my good friends and her new living small adventure called Tiny House Tiny FootPrint, be sure to check out that interview if you haven’t already.
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When I had the idea to start this series I made a list of my friends and bloggers I knew I want to interview. Shay Shull from Mix and Match Family was at the top of my list. If you don’t already know, she’s kind of a big deal so you can imagine how surprised and thrilled I was when she agreed to my interview request.
I am a huge fan of hers and her blog about her adorable, sweet family; I read it everyday. She has been  married to her husband Andrew for 10 years, has a 6 year old daughter Kensington, a 4 year old son Smith, and is adopting a little girl, Ashby London. She is also the sister of Sean Lowe from the Bachelor. In her blog she talks about her family, shares her style secrets, blogs her recipes, and travels around the world.
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I was surprised by pretty much all of it.  I had no idea what I was signing him up for.  It’s truly amazing that my one application affected his life the way it did.
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 From time to time, yes.
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I have a degree in Journalism and have always loved writing, so I took my passion and put it in a blog.
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Yes, all the time!  I really love blogging because I will always be able to go back and revisit this time in my life, so I’m so grateful that I’ve done it for so long, but yes, sometimes, I have reservations.
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Getting to meet so many wonderful women just like me!  It’s truly a community!
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Alex Andares We are really on the same page.  We have the exact same core values and beliefs, so we rarely ever disagree about parenting.
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That to love Jesus is the most important thing in the world.  Everything else pales in comparison.
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I do think my infertility plays a part in my gratitude for being a mom.  I also am very much a “glass half full” kind of person and feel like every day on earth is a blessing (and could always be our last), so we should make the most of it.
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Get over it.  You just have to get over it and move on.
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The hardest parts for me is letting go of control.  I am sending these kids out into the world where they will be influenced by so many other people and that is hard.  The most rewarding part is the love I feel for them.  I never knew this kind of love was possible.
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The hardest part is knowing she’s there and we’re here.
(If you want to read Shay’s touching story about the adoption, be sure to go here and Andrew’s side here)
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All of our kids have British names and Ashby is a common British surname.
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I think everything will change…and that excites me.
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My parents (especially my dad) always taught me to appreciate the world and to experience it all.
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Finland.  I love Finland.
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Germany.  Without a doubt, I absolutely love German food.
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They realize that the world exists outside of their little city.  They know what it’s like to hear different languages and see different ways of life.  It’s an education like no other.  It’s also taught them a tremendous amount of patience.
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Enjoy the little things…one day, the little things will be remembered as the greatest things.
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That I love Jesus.  That I followed His will for my life and lived for him.  After that, I want to be remembered as someone who loved her husband and kids with her whole heart.
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1. Candles
2. Coffee
3. Something to read
4. Some place cozy to sit
5. Fuzzy socks
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You can follow Shay on: Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
It’s easy to see why Shay is so popular in the blogging world, she’s gorgeous, down to earth, loves her family, fashion, cooking, and traveling.
I can’t thank her enough for participating in my new Interview Series!!



On Monday, one of my favorite bloggers, Shay the Mix and Match Mama, shared a story about one of her closest friends Manda Maxwell, who is bravely fighting cancer for the 3rd time.  She is a wife and mother of two young children. I got permission from Shay to share her blog post with all of my readers so we can support and help any way we can.

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A Go Fund Me donation page has been set up in Manda’s name and all the money will go directly to help her family with medical bills and other necessities. There is also a Facebook page where you can get updates and continue to pray and support Manda and her sweet family.

Manda has a great group of girlfriends supporting her and her family and I would love for my readers to support them as well.



For the full story please head over to Shay’s blog.

September Pin-Spired Linked Up



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It’s September, can you believe it?! Where did the summer go? I’m having a hard time believing that fall is happening. It probably has something to do with the fact that I live in LA and the weather is always 75 and sunny! Coming from living in Chicago and Washington DC I definitely miss the weather changes, the falling leaves, and crisp cool air.

Today I’m linking up with Shay at Mix and Match Mama, Pinterest Told Me To and The Larson Lingo for getting pin-spired.

I love dresses for all seasons and being able to transition them. With just a few accessories you can change the look of an outfit. A scarf, a blazer, cardigan, and boots, can change an outfit from summer to fall in a breeze. Here are a few of my favorite looks of scarves + dresses.