When I was in college I often used a tote as my backpack. Eventually, I’d end up carrying too many textbooks and the handles would break. This cycle repeated far too many times in undergrad and in grad school. The problem… I wasn’t purchasing a quality tote. A quality work tote should last years and it should be able to hold all of your daily essentials. Continue Reading
The Secret to Wearing Heels
I love a good pair of high heels almost as much as I love a good pair of running shoes.
For years I would awkwardly walk in them, hoping that one day I wouldn’t look like a fool. Well, a few weeks ago I found myself walking like a fool in heels.
The problem… I had walked too many miles in them that day, 2.75 to be exact. At the time I didn’t realize that I’d put that many miles on, but between walk-in advising (which means I walked back and forth from my office to the front to the copier multiple times that day), to giving a presentation in a different building, walking to the cafeteria, and more, I’d walked quite a few steps in heels. As I walked to my car that day I was walking like a fool. My feet hurt and I’d forgotten my secret weapon to wearing heels.
My secret to wearing heels is wearing a pair of running shoes to walk from my apartment to my car, then driving to work, and then walking from my car to my office. Once I’m in my office I switch into heels. When I’ve finished my workday I do the opposite routine. I’ve found that driving in heels isn’t the most comfortable thing but driving in running shoes sure is.
Another secret to wearing heels is finding a comfortable pair. Now some might laugh saying that they’ve never worn a pair of comfortable heels and to that, I challenge that you haven’t found the right pair. In college, I’d buy inexpensive heels that weren’t well cushioned and wow my feet hurt after 20-30 minutes. These days I budget wisely and invest in heels that will last for years to come. A well-made heel that’s comfortable will be a bit more expensive than your typical pair that hurts your feet, and your feet will thank you for making the investment.
Now that I’ve discovered the secret to wearing heels, my feet don’t ache at the end of a workday.
The Shower Cap That Brings Joy to Your Morning
One of my favorite things to do when I fly is to catch up on magazines. On our most recent trip to Scottsdale, I found this awesome panda shower cap while I was flipping through my favorite style magazines. I casually mentioned how awesome it was to Peter and then went back to my in-flight entertainment. On Christmas morning I was ecstatic that he’d gotten the hint and surprised me with it.
A panda is Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity’s mascot. I am an alumna of the Iota Sigma chapter and a proud AOII. Panda’s are awesome because they are known for having no natural enemies and being that it’s AOII’s mascot, of course, I love them! Every other morning I rock my shower cap and some dry shampoo and go forth and inspire ambition. This shower cap is an essential to bringing joy to your mornings for any AOII and/or lover of pandas.
Let’s Talk About Coats – The Budget Peacoat
When I moved to the Pacific Northwest I never imagined how essential it would be to own coats of so many different materials and weights. Growing up in the Midwest, I owned a peacoat, raincoat, and a waterproof winter coat and that’s all that was necessary for that season of life.
The longer I live in Oregon the more coats I accumulate…okay, okay I like coats and I will add, that the weather tends to vary here more than I ever imagined it would. I own peacoats in two different weights (for semi-cold days and actual cold days), running raincoats (heck, I was only sort of a runner when I lived in the Midwest), raincoats for everyday wear in various styles and warmth weights, and a trusty waterproof winter coat. I’ll talk about raincoats another day, today, I’m going to share my favorite lightweight peacoat with you.
One of the items I listed on my 10 Things You Must Own Before You Turn 30 was a wool coat. On that list, I included a wool coat that was 75% wool and is the one I wear when it’s Pacific Northwest cold, (under 45-50 degrees). The peacoat in today’s post is 35% wool and is greater for the cooler fall days, warmer winter days (above 45-50 degrees), and the early days of spring.
I love how when I put a peacoat on I feel instantly polished. Sometimes I’ll put a peacoat on over athleisure just to feel fancy. In all seriousness, though I typically wear this coat to work or on the weekend over a dress, dress pant/top combo, or a pair of dark wash jeans and a top.
This peacoat comes in multiple colors. My favorite is obviously red because I can add a bit of school spirit to my wardrobe. You know you work in Higher Education when you associate colors with universities, Go Cougs!
My Two Favorite Athletic Shoes
A good combination of heels and your favorite kicks is essential for any woman’s wardrobe, today we’re talking about my favorite athletic shoes. The adidas Pure Boost X and Nike Juvenate are my two favorites. The adidas shoes are perfect for running and casual wear. The Nike Juvenate I prefer to wear for casual wear. I know many people who run in the Nike Juvenate shoe, but I am way more comfortable on my run in adidas Pure Boost X shoes. The best thing about both athletic shoes is that they are lightweight and stylish.
When I find a shoe I like I often will purchase it in black and grey. What can I say, when I like something I tend to get multiples… I mean look at my turtleneck collection, I own the exact same Halogen top in three different colors because I like it. At one point I owned the Nike Juvenate shoe in grey also, but I wore those out.
If I’m not wearing athletic shoes, I’m at work and in heels. Let’s be real though, on Friday’s when we can wear jeans to work, you’ll find me in athletic shoes. Until then, you’ll find me in a pair of my favorite red heels.
10 Things You Must Own Before You Turn 30
I can’t believe I turn 30 in 2018 (less than five months until the big day!). With 30 right around the corner, I’ve been polishing up my grown-up wardrobe. Even though I work with college students, I don’t want to dress the same as I did when I was 22. When I was 22, I was all about a good bargain and didn’t always care about the quality of the item. While I still love a good bargain, these days I’ve been adding quality items to my wardrobe over quantity of items. Here are my recommendations for 10 things you must own before you turn 30.
- Actual pajamas // If you’ve been sleeping in athletic wear for years (like me), it’s time to up your game and try a pair of actual pajamas. I’m all about the texture of the fabric, it has to be soft, otherwise, I won’t wear it and I won’t be able to sleep. I finally purchased real pajamas this December and I have to say, JCrew makes the coziest pajamas.
- Signature scent // Picking a signature scent (or a few) is a must before turning 30. In the early days of Peter and I’s engagement, a friend told me I must pick a signature scent to wear on my wedding day. I’ve picked a few favorites since that day and always feel fancy every time I spritz them on.
- Black dress pants // For the longest time I rebelled against wearing dress pants. I could never find any that fit my frame. The day I stumbled across the Banana Republic Factory Sloan – fit was the day I became a fan of dress pants. A black dress pant is a great way to keep your legs warm in the wintertime and feel classy all at the same time.
- Black leather tote // I am a bargain hunter through and through, but making the investment in a black leather work tote is one you won’t regret. I’ve owned mine for over a year and it still looks brand new, which means that I’ll be able to use it for many years to come.
- One piece swimsuit // Find a one-piece swimsuit that fits your body well. I have endometriosis surgery incisions all over my belly and while they are tiny I know they are there and don’t want to wear a two-piece that shows my incisions off. A classy one-piece will leave you feeling confident and covered while you relax by the pool.
- Wool coat // This fall I was on a mission to find a wool coat that made me feel professional. I ordered and returned far too many. After multiple attempts, I finally found a wool coat that not only keeps me warm, but I also feel classy in.
- Trenchcoat // If you live in a rainy climate like I do, investing in a waterproof trench is a must-have for your grownup wardrobe. I can’t find my exact Columbia trench online, but I have linked other adorable ones above.
- Brow pencil // As you do your makeup, don’t forget to fill in your eyebrows. If you wear glasses like I do, filling in your eyebrows can really make your eyes pop. Doing your eyebrows doesn’t add more than 60 seconds to your morning routine and in return, you’ll feel polished as you go throughout your day.
- Classic black dress // Invest in a classic black dress that you’ll be able to wear for years to come. The previous link goes to something similar to what I own, but the exact dress I found on sale last summer. A classic black dress can be worn multiple ways and you’ll leave the house feeling like the grown-up woman you are.
- Hair dryer // It’s time to start drying your hair before you leave the house in the morning. By the time your 30, you must own a hairdryer. While you’re at it don’t forget to use a heat protectant to protect your luscious locks.
Best of 2017
Twenty-seventeen…here’s a quick recap with bullets.
Woah…next time I complain about life being boring please link me back to this post…we had way too much fun this year! The long-form of what I learned this year was the importance of rest, letting my husband lead, listening to podcasts, and loving on friends and letting them love me.
2017 has also broken me. I lived well over half of the year in chronic pain from endometriosis that put a huge strain on my marriage with Peter and really affected everything in our lives from work to romance. It forced us to love how Christ loves and to really set aside what Instagram shows marriage to look like and really realize the full potential of sacrificial love.
Here is to 2018 and to put into practice all the great lessons learned in 2017. Both Peter and I wish you the most wonderful of New Years and to a fulfilling time with loved ones this holiday season.
The state motto of Oregon is Latin, “alis volat propriis,” translated into English, “She Flies with Her Own Wings.” I moved to Oregon in June of 2012 not knowing anyone. I took a leap of faith and flew with my own wings.
Not knowing anyone quickly turned into a wonderful network of friends and family (my church family is family and yes, I met my husband in Oregon). One of the things that helped me feel connected in Oregon being 2,500 miles away from my parents, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins was my church family. The beauty of church family is that from my experience growing up, undergrad, grad school, Corvallis, and now Portland, I have family all over the world.
I met my friend Maddy (in the photos with me in today’s post) in our Bridgetown Community. Bridgetown is the church that Peter and I go to and our church gathers on Sunday’s and in small groups around the table throughout the week. Our community gathers every Thursday night and it’s often the highlight of my week. My Bridgetown Community is my family. My Bridgetown Community encourages me to fly with my own wings.
The Perfect Fall Saturday Outfit with PinkBlush
Weekends are for relaxing, cozy clothes, and exploring Portland. PinkBlush sent me the perfect dress for exploring on the weekend (FYI: the maternity and non-maternity dress goes to the same link). PinkBlush sells the coziest and cutest Women’s and Maternity clothing. For the record, I’m not pregnant.
Speaking of exploring Portland, every time Peter and I drive by this gorgeous Columbia Wool Scouring Mills building, (which is at least twice every Thursday night) we dream of doing a blog shoot by it. Well, we finally made our dream photo shoot happen. And might I say, this might be one of my favorite photoshoots for the blog yet.
Let’s talk Saturday outfits… on Saturday’s you’ll rarely find me in jeans. Typically, it’s leggings and an athletic top. The Saturday I wore this outfit, I classed it up a bit and wore leggings with this beautiful PinkBlush sweater dress. This sweater dress has the coziness of an athletic top, but it’s a dress and it even has pockets! I don’t know about you, but any dress that has pockets is immediately my favorite. In the fall when you’re never sure if it’s going to rain or not pair the outfit with some rainboots (put a raincoat in the car) and you’re good to go for a day of exploring.
Monthly Favorites // 002 // October 2017
Colors of Fall: This year fall has been extra vibrant in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve always enjoyed fall on a college campus. Fall on a college campus always symbolizes the beginning of a new semester and the energy that surrounds new beginnings is just my favorite. And then you add the colors of fall and inside my head, I’m beaming as I soak the joy of everything in. Every time I step out of my office I’m in awe of the colors. The way the light hits the leaves is captivating. I can’t leave out how incredible raindrops look as they drip off the leaves. I’m just amazed at the creativity that fall radiates.
Local Apples: Apple picking is one of my favorite fall traditions. The joy of going picking with friends and family is always on my must-do list. It’s the experience that keeps on giving as I am still eating farm fresh apples as my snack at work every day. Every apple reminds me of the fun times had with friends and family.
Burrito Heaven: Anytime Peter and I go to Corvallis I try to fit a trip to Burrito Heaven in. Our most recent trip I managed to squeeze in my first gel manicure and a trip to Burrito Heaven, all while Peter visited his favorite stomping grounds, Timberhill Starbucks. We were only in town for about an hour and a half just to pick up our Christmas Decorations out of Peter’s dad’s shop. If you manage to stop in Corvallis, I highly recommend the Chicken Burrito! There were some weeks that we’d have them one to three times, to say I miss them is an understatement haha.
What are you loving this October?