Jan 11, 2019

J'adore 1.11.18- Aerie Try-On Edition

Welcome to J'adore, my weekly space for sharing what makes me happy lately.  This week I'm doing things a little differently.  You see, yesterday I had some American Eagle/Aerie reward money to spend, so I popped-over to the mall after work for a little try-on session.  Here are three of the softest sweaters that I fell in love with and want to share with you!

After all of the yellows and oranges of the fall then the reds and greens of the holidays, I'm ready for some fresh colors in January  The beautiful fuschia color of this sweater caught my eye immediately!  I don't typically think of a ribbed knit as being soft, but this one is!  It fits true to size (I'm wearing a medium) if you are going for an over-sized look.

Now this is the sweater I was looking for when I headed to Aerie.  The color and little bobbles on front drew me in.  Unfortunately, it's rather see-through.  I know myself and I won't wear a tank top underneath so this sweater did not come home with me.  But if you're willing to layer, this is a beauty!  This is my typical size medium.

Ladies and gentlemen (if there are any gentlemen who read this blog), here is the sweater that I will be wearing for the next three months!  Yep!  This is the one that came home from me.  My typical medium fits super slouchy, which I love and the knit is so so soft!

A couple of final thoughts.  All of these sweaters are machine washable (I don't know about you, but I'm trying to be more conscious of picking garments that will be easy to care for).  Also, it seems that all American Eagle sweaters are on sale right now.  Happy shopping and happy Friday, friends!
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Jan 7, 2019

Wedding Planning: Engagement Photos

I am just so excited to share this post with you!  In December, Justin and I took engagement pictures with the lovely Abby Fox Photography.  The morning of our photos, we woke-up to a blanket of freshly fallen snow -- the perfect backdrop for our Christmas tree farm setting.

I couldn't be more pleased with our pictures.  Everything is just perfect, from Justin's handsome smile, to the outfits we chose and our time spent with Abby.  I think the pictures are magical!

For our first outfits, I wanted something a bit glamorous.  I have actually owned this sequined dress for about five years but I had never worn it before.  I loved it so much that I wanted to save it for something special.  I had already decided to debut it for our rehearsal dinner but thought that it's so beautiful, I might as well wear it for the dinner and our engagement pictures!

I wanted a more "everyday" look for our second outfits at the Christmas tree farm.  We each picked a couple of our favorite sweaters to choose from when we realized that these are the exact outfits we wore on our first date!  That made these looks the obvious choice.

Call us crazy cat people, but Izzo and Hemi are an important part of our family and we wanted them to be in a few of our engagement pictures.  That kind of sparked the idea of doing some cozy, Christmas pajama photos.

I couldn't finish this post without a few pictures of this sparkler!  The second photo includes a my Great Grandma Winnie's engagement ring box that just used when he proposed.  And I just adore the pictures of the ring with the original due in my life, Izzo!

Again, I just couldn't love these pictures more!  If you are in the West Michigan area, I highly recommend Abby Fox Photography.  We can't wait for her to take our wedding pictures!

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Jan 4, 2019

J'adore 1.4.19

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

1.  Our Wedding Website: A couple of Sundays ago, I spent about five hours (yes, five hours) working on our wedding website.  The most time-consuming part was our page of Grand Rapids recommendations for our guests.  Despite the time spent working on the website, I had a lot of fun doing it and I'm really happy with how it's turned-out!

2.  Drinkwell Mini Pet Fountain: For Christmas, Justin and I bought this drinking fountain for Hemi and Izzo.  Izzo loves to have his water bowl refreshed so this constantly refreshing fountain is perfect.  It also has filters to trap the cat fur that inevitably ends-up floating in a regular bowl.  It might make Justin and me happier than it does the cats!

3.  Land's End Winter Coat: I purchased a new everyday coat last week after a careful search for exactly what I wanted, and I absolutely love it!  Unfortunately, the pretty green color I ordered is sold-out but there are still a couple of colors available.  The coat is super warm and super comfortable.  I recommend sizing-up for a roomier, I-can-fit-a-sweater-underneath fit.  
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Jan 2, 2019

Currently: January 2019

choosing: a wedding gown!  I went dress shopping at BHLDN in Chicago last month and I may have found the one!  I have another bridal gown shopping date on Saturday with my mom and best friend, Nicole, to make sure there isn't a better dress out there for me.  I plan to make my decision this weekend!

tidying: umm, everything!  A busy fall of Michigan State football games seemed to flow directly into a crazy holiday schedule, and our house reflects the chaos.  I'm ready for a slower season so that Justin and I can get everything back in order.  Further, we're looking to really clean-out our office and to convert our basement into a guest bedroom.  Lots of fun and organizing to be had! (Photo credit)

resolving: to eat healthier and get back to running.  I know these seem like cliché resolutions, but for me, these are goals that follow the holidays pretty naturally.  Christmas food is delicious but I'm so over stuffing my face and am ready to get back to healthier eating.  Plus, I'm going to start training for the half marathon (!!!) I'm running in May.

exploring: wedding invitation options.  Now that we have less than a year until we say "I do," it's time for Justin and I to start actually making decisions about wedding details.  Our first step is to pick stationery.  We are looking forward to meeting with Katie Makes for some custom paper goods ideas!

refreshing: my reading list.  With a slower January, I'm looking forward to having more time for books.  What was the best book you read in 2018?  I'll add it to my Goodread's list!  (Photo credit goes to one of my favorite bookstagram accounts).

Linking-up with Anne.
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Dec 31, 2018

Top Nine

I'm loving the Top Nine trend on Instagram as a way to capture the highlights of the closing year.  Although, I do mine a little bit differently.  Instead of featuring the nine pictures with the most likes, I select my nine favorite pictures that best reflect the year I've had.

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen these pictures already.  But I thought it would be fun to share them here with little descriptions of the top nine events of my 2018.  Here we go, in chronological order:

New Year's weekend I learned how to ski.  A hobby that I look forward to sharing for years to come with my future husband who loves to snowboard.

In February, Justin and I took a trip to Orlando, a place that we've both loved individually and can now visit together.

The Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, JUSTIN PROPOSED!  This is obviously the biggest highlight of my year.  I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with this man!

The morning after Justin proposed, I ran my longest race yet- the Bayshore 10k (a little over 6 miles).  I fulfilled my goal of no walking, only running and finished in under one hour and 15 minutes.

I took a gigantic leap of faith in June when I left teaching, my job of ten years, to start a new career.  I now work in logistics (not necessarily the direction I saw myself going) but I really enjoy it and am excited to see where my job takes me.

These furballs continue to be the little lights of my life.  2018 brought a closer bond between the two of them as they grow more and more used to being brothers and living together.

Sometimes it's the simple things in life that mean the most!  This fall, Justin and I discovered the Rockford, MI Farmer's Market, and from now on, you'll find us there most Saturdays from May to October.

Earlier this month, my parents, Justin and I took a holiday trip to Chicago.  While the boys explored Michigan Avenue, my mom and I went to BHLDN where I tried-on wedding dresses for the first time.  Friends, I might have found the one!

Also in December, Justin and I took engagement photos.  I'm so happy to have some professional photographs that represent how much I love this man and how excited I am for what 2019 has in store for us.

Cheers to a Happy New Year!
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Dec 19, 2018

Engagement Photo Sneak Peek: Christmas Pajamas

Justin and I love all things winter wonderland!  We're throwing our wedding celebration next December and thought that it would be fun to kick-off the year of festivities with some holiday-themed engagement pictures.

We met our photographer (the lovely Abby Fox Photography) at a local Christmas tree farm for a bunch of photos.  Then we headed home, changed into some cozy Christmas pajamas, and took pictures next to our Christmas tree and with some hot cocoa and our cats.

I plan to share a collection of our engagement pictures within the next month or so, but thought it would be fun to show you a couple of our pajama pictures for The Blended Blog's Christmas pajama link-up!

Merry Christmas from our cozy home to yours!
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Dec 12, 2018

Merry and Bright Holiday Style

Welcome back for another fun style link-up with The Blended Blog!  This week our theme is Merry and Bright- share an outfit that makes you happy.  And truth be told, everything about style this time of year makes me happy!  I love the cozy knits, the glamorous sparkles and the festive colors.  I try so hard not to shop for myself at this time of year so that I focus more on giving than receiving, but it's so hard when my favorite clothing pieces are in stores right now!

I did let myself splurge on a few holiday pieces during the cyber sales on Black Friday.  Two of my favorite things I purchased are this sweater and plaid flannel shirt from American Eagle.  When worn together you have the perfect holiday combination!

What makes you feel merry and bright!  Make sure to link-up with The Blended Blog or my friend, Lisa, at Daily Style Finds!

What I'm Wearing:
Sweater: American Eagle (exact but different pattern)
Flannel Shirt: American Eagle (exact)
Leggings: Fabletics (similar)
Flats: DSW (similar)
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