Best Workout & Lounge Clothes

Hi y’all,

Happy Monday!

As we’re all pretty much spending way more time than usual at home, I thought I would share some of my absolute favorite workout & lounge wear. For me, they pretty much double because I lounge in my workout wear all the time.

These are all my tried and true loves that I wear constantly and continuously buy. I shop for workout wear mostly at Nordstrom and Athleta. However, the nearest Nordstrom to me is supposedly closing so I’m not sure what I’ll decide to do in the future.

If you need a new workout, try this one!

Favorite Leggings:

Zella “Live In” High Waist Crop (bonus: these have POCKETS)

Zella “Live in” High Waist Full Length

These are great for spin class, weighted workouts, other types of cardio, and hanging out. They stay up really well and I rarely have to pull them up.

Favorite Sports Bra:

Zella Body Fusion Sports Bra (currently sold out)-great for any high impact/high intensity workouts and lounging

Conscious Crop-great for high intensity workouts and lounging

Hyper Focused Bra-great for lower intensity and lounging

Solace Bra-great for low intensity and lounging & any shirt that shows off your back

Favorite Tops:

Any old tshirt (college sorority shirts, old tank tops, etc.)

Lilly Pulitzer Luxletic Tank Top

What are y’alls favorite workout/lounge wear?



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Weekly Catch Up 5.23.20

Hi y’all,

Happy Saturday!

I hope y’all had a great week. Mine was pretty busy. I finished up the last bit of virtual teaching for the school year. I will really miss my students that I had this year, and I’m really sad I missed out on the last quarter. We did our virtual promotion ceremony last night and it just wasn’t the same as being there in person.

I’ve been vlogging all this week, and will continue into the weekend, so you’ll have a new YouTube video on Tuesday!

On the blog this week:

Favorite Shoes

Grad School at UVA (YouTube Video)

What a Month of Spending during Quarantine Looks Like

Tips for Finding Happiness

This next week, I will be doing Responsive Classroom training. I’ve actually have done part of it before as I worked and student taught in a district that uses Responsive Classroom. It’s pretty hefty of 4 days, 7 hours each day.

What have y’all been up to? Let’s chat in the comments!



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Tips to Finding Happiness

Hi y’all,

If you’ve known me for any length of time, you know I constantly have an ARF (Angry Resting Face). It’s also no secret that upper elementary, middle, and high school were not great times for me. I went to college where hardly anyone from my hometown went to school (and like 5 people including myself from my own high school). I did this on purpose.

I know that I’m very fortunate to have two loving and supportive parents, a pretty good family, a great job, and so much more.

All of that doesn’t guarantee a person happiness, though. Something I’ve noticed about myself in quarantine is that I actually feel happiness. I know this past school year I’ve felt more continuously happy.

Tips to finding happiness

I do not believe there is a 100% foolproof method to become happy. Everyone has their own chemical (aka hormonal) makeup, thus one formula is impossible. However, these are the things that I’ve found that help me find and stay happy.

  1. Be passionate about what you do on a daily basis. If you don’t like your jobs or your hobby is causing you stress-figure out what is stressful about it, and change it. This year, I got to spend the year teaching Language Arts and Social Studies, two things I’m passionate about. I also started blogging more, and was accepted and started my grad program. Yes, do I do a lot of things that take up time. The key is these things bring me happiness.
  2. Surround yourself with people who love you for you. I don’t play the game of being a fake friend. If I’m in your life it is because I genuinely care about you. I will never be the person who has 50 friends and I’m okay with that because the people I am friends with I dedicate so much more to.
  3. Set attainable goals. For a while, I was setting goals that while attainable, I was not really in control of them. Did I want to be accepted to grad school? Yes. However, I can put the best application before the committee and might not have gotten in. I had no control over what the committee was looking for. What if they had too many applicants for that semester? I’m focused on the goals I control.Tips to finding happiness (1)
  4. Self-care. This one is probably the hardest for me because I do so much all the time. However, by giving myself even 5 minutes a day, I noticed a huge change. I will listen to podcasts in the afternoon coming home from school, I found cycle classes to be enjoyable and started going to them regularly.
  5. Being authentic. I did a whole post about how influencers seem to be upping their unauthentic game. Everything I’ve been doing, whether it is school related, blog related, friendship related, or something else I am being 100% me. Have I also been authentic? Yes. Am I doing more unapologetically now? Yes.



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A Month of Spending | Quarantine

Hi y’all,

I’m sure like everyone else, my town has been relatively shut down for the past months (since March 13th).

I thought it would be fun and interesting to see what I spend in a month when I really wasn’t going anywhere. I pulled up all of my credit card statements (I don’t use cash ever) and took a look. Keep in mind I’m a teacher and in grad school, so my priority is saving money right now.

A Month of Spending in Quarentine

I’m going to try and organize this by date and since I’m doing a month, I figured I’d do it April 18-May 18th.

4/26-Kendra Scott     $82.55 (this is one of their sterling silver bracelets. On sale)

4/28 Hulu + Disney+ $12.99

4/29-Raising Cane’s $9.22 (lunch)

4/29 Loft  $91.24 (clothes)

5/10- Timberlake Pharmacy $5.84 (milkshake)

5/12-Apple $3.99 (book)

5/12- UVA $2400.00 (Summer Semester)

5/15 Lilly Pulitzer $192.07 (this was the date it was posted)

5/15 Erin McDermott Jewelry 44.76

Grand total: $2797.90 (without UVA tuition payment- $442.66)

Obviously, I’m not really driving anywhere so I didn’t have to buy gas this past month. I normally buy gas every week when teaching. Also, I only pay for 3 semesters a year at UVA so I actually break it down and put $800 toward school every month, so I did not really take $2400 out of one monthly paycheck. My UVA semester doesn’t even start until June 8th, but payment was due by the 18th so I made sure it was in early.

I’ve been working recently on saving money, so I wanted to share with you what this looked like.

Do y’all find yourselves saving more since Quarantine/Social Distancing started?



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Graduate School at UVA

Hi y’all,

It really isn’t a secret that I’m a grad student at the University of Virginia. I made this YouTube video all about the application process to the Curry School of Education and Human Development, what classes are like, what my degree is in, etc.

Please take a quick second and hit subscribe on YouTube! It’s my goal to be doing weekly vlogs and I don’t want y’all to miss anything. My internet is not the best for uploading (like it took almost 24 hours to upload this video) but I will make it happen for y’all!

You can check out my last YouTube video here.

Thanks for watching!


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Favorite Spring/Summer Shoes

Hi y’all,

I will be the first person to say I have horrible feet! I have something called claw toes and they can be extremely painful. I actually had surgery on them when I was little because they were so painful, I refused to walk. We’re getting to the point again where they are painful, but I am trying to not have any surgeries until I’m done with grad school. I’ve also injured my feet pretty badly in the past. I’ve sprained my foot multiple times. I’ve been on crutches, in a walking boot, and received 3 months of physical therapy. Needless to say, I try my best to take care of my feet and wear the best shoes I can. I do have orthotics that I got them at Good Feet in Richmond. I have their most stiff kind and they help keep my feet in alignment.

Now, if you’re thinking you made a really long post about not promoting products. You’re right. I did. However, the difference is that these are shoes that I wear all the time. Literally, I’ve owned them for years and years. I’m not being paid to promote these shoes. I genuinely love them!

Favorite Spring_Summer Shoes

I love these Dr. Scholl’s Women’s Madison sneaker. I bought them a few years ago during the prime sale and adore them! I can fit my orthotics inside. The only downside to these is that I can’t really wear socks with them.

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One of my favorite places to shop for shoes is Nordstrom. They just announced the closest Nordstrom to me (the one at Short Pump in Richmond) will most likely not reopen. While I do admit they did not always have the greatest selection, that’s is a buying issue that could very easily be fixed.Screen Shot 2020-05-11 at 3.53.03 PM

However, once I find a pair of shoes I like, I continue to buy them. I have 3 pairs of these Sam Edelman Felicia Flats currently in my closet, and I’ve had at least a total of 5 pairs. I wear my normal shoe size (7.5) in these and can fit my orthotics in them. I will say that the material in the footbed does disintegrate with the use of the orthotics. They do have enough cushion I should be able to wear them without the orthotics, but I can definitely tell that alignment isn’t right in my legs and ankles when I don’t use them.

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Rainbows are another favorite of mine. I’ve been buying these since high school and I will continue to buy them. These are a shoe that I can definitely get away with not wearing my orthotics (but if I wanted to, I would just put Velcro on them).

I’ve also tried Rothy’s, love a good pair of Jacks (I just can’t wear them back to back days). I recently bought a pair of Lilly Pulitzer sandals that I can’t wait to break in. During the huge ShopBop sale I also got a pair of Sam Edelman sandals, but I haven’t had any chances to wear them yet!

What are your favorite pair of Spring/Summer shoes?



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