May 25, 2018

J'adore 5.25.18

Welcome to J'adore, my weekly space for sharing what makes me happy lately!

1.  Force of Nature by Jane Harper.  I mentioned this book in last week's J'adore as I had just started reading it.  Friends, I finished it in about twenty-four hours.  It was so good!  Force of Nature takes place in Australia and follows the work of Detective Aaron Falk.  In this particular mystery, Falk learns that an informant in his current investigation has been reported missing during a corporate hiking retreat.  He must piece together the life of the missing woman as well as the pasts of the others on the retreat in order to solve the mystery.  If you haven't yet read the first of Harper's novels about Detective Aaron Falk, I suggest starting with The Dry, one of my favorite books of 2017.

2.  Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion.  A few weeks ago, I reached-out on Instagram for eye make-up primer recommendations.  Of the products you talked about, this primer was mentioned the most!  I started using it this week and it's amazing!  Just like that, my make-up is staying right where I put it

3.  Esch Road Foods Salsa.  I eat salsa like it's going out of style and I love trying new kinds.  I recently found this brand at my local grocery store and the Medium Chipotle Bean and Corn Salsa is one of the best I've had in awhile!  It's also made in Michigan!  But don't fret, you can order it online and I promise you won't regret paying for shipping!
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May 21, 2018

My Top 10 Running Songs

You guys, my big race is this weekend!  I'll be running my first (and hopefully not last) 10k!  In honor of ten kilometers, here are my ten favorite songs that keep me feet moving along that pavement.

1.  No- Meghan Trainor
2.  Mi Gente- J Balvin and Willy William
3.  Worth It- Fifth Harmony
4.  Lose Yourself- Eminem
5.  Believer- Imagine Dragons
6.  That's What I Like- Bruno Mars
7.  Shake Señora- Pitbull
8.  Cheerleader- Omi
9.  Work B**ch- Britney Spears
10.  Thunderstruck- AC/DC

What are your favorite "pump-up" songs?  Leave me your recommendations in the comments section so I can add them to my list!
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May 18, 2018

J'adore 5.18.18

Welcome to J'adore, my weekly space for sharing what makes me happy lately!

1.  Birthday Coupons.  I don't know about you, but I always plan to spend a little extra money on fun stuff during my birthday month because of all the birthday coupons flooding my inbox!  Here are three of my favorites (so if you aren't on their mailing list, I suggest signing-up)!

  • Anthropologie: I can't typically afford pieces from Anthro so I really look forward to that 15% off birthday coupon.  Each May, I allow myself a leisurely trip to an actual, physical store (you gotta smell those Anthro candles) and pick-out whatever my heart desires.  This year I came home with this top and this purse.
  • Madewell: I don't actually recall using a Madewell birthday coupon in the past, but friends, this one was the real MVP of the lot.  $25 off, no minimum purchase (yes, that's dollars, not percent).  I got this gingham dress for a whopping $18!
  • Sephora: I love the Sephora gift because you don't actually have to spend any money, you just get a birthday gift!  This year, you can choose from a lip color set from Bite Beauty or skin care products from Glam Glow.  I went with Glam Glow!
  • Other notable birthday coupon mentions: Loft ($15 off), DSW ($5 off but can be combined with other deals), Starbucks (free drink) and American Eagle (15% off).

2.  Rainbow Style.  A trend I'm loving as we move into summer are bright, fun, rainbow stripes!  I'm seeing this colorful pattern on so many pieces from button downs to bathing suits.  I may or may not have just ordered this skirt.  I'm already dreaming of it's styling potential!

3.  Missing Alices.  A few weeks ago, I mentioned the coincidence that I was reading and listening to two different mystery novels that take place at boarding schools with a supernatural touch.  Well, I've somehow done it again!  Currently, the audiobook I'm listening to and the novel I'm reading are both about characters name Alice who are missing!  I'm listening to Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time and am not sure I'm loving it.  It's been slow going so far but I'm hoping the story picks-up!  I'm also reading Force of Nature by Jane Harper.  Her first novel in the series, The Dry, was one of my favorite reads of 2017 so I have high hopes for number two!

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May 16, 2018

Pink on Pink on Pink

It's no secret that pink is my favorite color, but why did I wait so long to try an outfit full of different shades of my favorite hue?!

I'm linking-up with The Blended Blog today where we are sharing Graduation Looks.  Personally, I am smack dab in the middle of a graduation drought.  I received my Master's Degree in 2010 and have no plans of heading back to school anytime soon.  Further, I don't have children yet, let alone children that could be graduating!

Luckily, as a teacher, I've gotten to celebrate lots of students' graduations, parties and award ceremonies.  Given that these aren't personal events, I don't get as dressed-up as I would for my own graduation, plus I want to look slightly on the professional side (no strapless dresses for me)!  An easy-to-wear dress, some fun wedges and a jacket is my uniform for these end-of-the-year teacher events!

What I'm Wearing:
Dress: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Jacket: La Redoute (exact) Size-up!
Wedges: Macy's (exact)

Don't forget to link-up with The Blended Blog below!

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May 14, 2018

Delicate Details with AUrate

Now, I have fun with statement jewelry as much as the next girl, but my favorite and most-worn pieces of jewelry are the dainty and delicate ones.  So when AUrate New York reached-out for a collaboration, I replied with a whole-hearted "yes!"

The founders of AUrate New York started their jewelry business because they wanted to create timeless pieces that could be passed-down from generation to generation, but on a regular gal's budget!  And it gets even better, each piece is made from amazing quality and conflict free materials.

The first piece I chose from AUrate are these beautiful earrings.  They are so unique, I've never seen anything quite like them.  The earrings somehow make a statement while also being so delicate and pretty.  Each earring is actually three separate pieces that connect around your ear and they come in three metals: gold, rose gold and silver.  I couldn't recommend these earrings more!  They are stunners!

The second piece I chose is the Obelisk Pendant (the shorter of the two necklaces).  I'm fond of layering my delicate gold necklaces to create different looks and I knew this necklace would be perfect for that purpose.  This sweet, little piece also comes in gold, rose gold and silver.  Both pieces are an amazing price for the uniqueness and quality that you receive.

So, if you are looking to add a meaningful piece of jewelry to your collection or want to purchase a special gift for someone you love (and not break the bank), take a look at the AUrate New York collection.  I couldn't recommend them more highly!
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May 11, 2018

J'adore 5.11.18

Welcome to J'adore, my weekly space for sharing what makes me happy lately!

1.  Kopari Skin Care.  After hearing a few of my favorite bloggers mention the Kopari line of skin care products on Instagram, I decided to give them a try during Sephora's big sale a few weeks ago.  I found this Coconut Your Selfie Kit that contained all three things I wanted to try plus a lip gloss.  I love when cosmetics come in travel sizes so that I can try them without committing to a huge bottle.  I'm smitten with the smell and texture of the Coconut Cleansing Oil and the Coconut Face Cream.   The jury's still out on the Coconut Rose Toner, though.  Do you guys use a toner?  I'm not noticing a difference while using this one.

2.  Qdoba's Mango Salsa.  I've admittedly been eating a lot of Qdoba burrito bowls lately.  I find that at the end of the school year, meal planning and food preparation become too much.  I love burrito bowls because you can make them pretty healthy.  Speaking of which, I highly recommend adding Qdoba's seasonal Mango Salsa to your next dish for a nutritious taste of sweet with all that spicy.

3.  Basket Bags.  Raffia, straw, wicker.  Whatever you want to call them, these handbags, totes and clutches are having a moment.  I've been on the hunt for the perfect one and found it at Anthropologie while I was there shopping with my birthday coupon.  I love that it comes with a pretty scarf tied around the handle.  Which reminded me that I can change-up the look of the bag with the scarves I have hanging in my closet!  EDIT:  All of these Anthropologie bags are 20% off for Mother's Day Weekend!

Update:  While finding the link to the the tote I purchased, I found approximately ten more of these bags that I want from Anthropologie.  At least I attempted to narrow it down to a top three: crossbody,  birdcage, and floral!

EXTRA UPDATE: All of these Anthropologie bags are 20% off for Mother's Day Weekend!
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May 9, 2018

Favorite Tee

Today I'm linking-up with The Blended Blog for our weekly style post and the theme du jour is favorite tees.  I had trouble narrowing-down this topic because I have so many different kinds of favorite tees: graphic tees, comfy bum-around-the-house tees, Michigan State tees...the list goes on!

But when it comes to actually getting dressed (and I'm not talking about leggings and my latest 5k t-shirt), my favorite kinds of tees are easy to throw-on but have a little something special happening.  Take this top, for example.  The neutral color makes it simple to pair and it is so comfortable!  But the little twist at the bottom makes it look like I put in some effort when I really didn't, perfect!

I received this top in my spring Trunk Club (review here).  It comes in several different colors (I think I need that pink one) and has a great weight to it.  If you're looking for a basic piece but elevated, this is it!

And while we're on the topic of Trunk Club, my stylist sent this adorable pair of mules that I receive so many compliments on every time I wear them!  Seriously, get yourself a pair!

And while I'm being so bossy, make sure you link-up your favorite look this week below!

What I'm Wearing:
Top: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: Gift (similar)
Purse: Old Navy (exact)
Jeans: American Eagle (exact)
Mules: Nordstrom (exact)

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