Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Favorites


Today I'm linking up to share my favorites from the past week or so.

1. My first ever, brand new, Erin Condren planner!

I have been wanting an Erin Condren planner for years! I finally bit the bullet and bought one for myself (with all the fancy extras) in honor of beginning the career I have worked so hard for the last decade! When I saw this cover, I knew I had to have it. It has the same black and white anemones that were in my wedding flowers and are my absolute favorite! Plus, the rose gold! Can I get an amen?! I am now trying to find time to set aside to pencil it all in with my new Staedtler pens.

2. These Staedtler planner pens from Target.

3. This fabulous outfit! 

I wore this to a concert last Friday night and it is one of my favorite outfits I've worn in a long time! The dress, necklace, watch, and earrings are all recent Cato Fashions clearance finds. All together, they cost me less than $25! 

4. Travis Tritt Concert

Attending the Travis Tritt concert with this handsome man was another of my favorites from the past week!

5.  New clothing rack!

I am loving this clothing rack I picked up at Ikea for $10! It's the perfect space to plan my outfits for the week! 

6. Professor Tote & Hanger

I am loving my new monogrammed professor tote I ordered a few months ago! I've been waiting what seems like forever to put it to good use. It is super functional and fits my laptop perfectly for when I need to bring it along to campus. Also, how cute is that "Dr. McQuerry" hanger?! A gift from my in-laws for graduation.

7. Outfit Layout/Fur Rug

Another IKEA find, this $12 faux fur rug that is perfect for accessorizing in my office/closet guest bedroom. Love using it for outfit layouts and throwing it on my office chair.

8. My Natural Curl

After blow drying and curling my hair a few times this past week, all for it to fall right out as soon as I walked out the door and the humidity hit it, I'm thinking my natural curl may be the way to go in Florida! 

It has been another great week here in Tally! Cheers to the weekend and a fun new adventure with the hubs! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What I Wore Wednesday

Recapping what I've worn recently:

Tank: Marshall's (super old) // Shorts: Old Navy (last year) // Sandals: Payless (last year)

Palazzo Pants: Cato Fashions // Tank: Marshall's // Necklace: Francesca's (old) 

First Day as a Professor!

Dress: TJ Maxx // Necklace: Bijoux Boutique // Tote: Bijoux Boutique // Sandals: Cato Fashions

Date Night!

Palazzo Pants: Versona Accessories (old) // Tank: Marshall's (old) //Necklace: Bijoux Boutique // Sandals: Payless

Skirt/Tank/Heels: Cato Fashions // Necklace/Monogrammed Crossbody: Bijoux Boutique

Top: New York & Company (old) // Pants: NY&CO (really old) // Flats: Cato Fashions // Necklace: Bijoux Boutique

Palazzo Pants/Tank/Necklace: Cato Fashions 

Dress/Necklace/Watch/Earrings: Cato Fashions // Boots: Payless (really old) 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Travis Tritt Concert

Travis & I decided on a whim to attend the Luke Combs, Corey Smith, and Travis Tritt concert this past weekend and we had a great time together!

I had never heard of Luke Combs but we was really good. As for the second guy, I was NOT a fan! But Travis Tritt was the real reason why we went and he did not disappoint. 

I mostly went for the excuse to dress up & the concert food ;). 

I had just picked up this fringe suede dress on clearance at Cato Fashions for $15 a couple of days before for a different concert we are planning on going to in November. I got so many compliments on my dress from lots of different women at the concert! I found the necklace ($5), suede watch ($2), and turquoise hoop earrings ($2) all on clearance and they paired perfectly with my cowboy boots. 

It was a fun night all the way around! I'm glad we are already starting to make new memories in Tallahassee!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tucker's 3rd Birthday!

I'm a little behind here on the blog since the big move to Florida! We celebrated Tucker's 3rd Birthday the first weekend we were here. He had a great time going to the local dog park, picking out toys and treats at Petco, and getting a birthday ice cream at DQ!

Happy BARKday Tucker!

My handsome little dude in his tie!

Off to the park! 

He made lots of doggie friends!

And human friends! This little girl was so sweet to him!

And this was all his Poppa's idea!

We had a great time spoiling our little guy even more than we usually do! The free pound of dog treats we got at Petco will expire before he ever gets through them all ;) We hope to celebrate many, many more birthdays with our furry little dude!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Tallahassee Livin'

Well, it's been a few weeks since we moved and Tallahassee is already starting to feel like home. We've been busy decorating (or I have), getting to know the city, trying to find a new church home, and starting our new jobs. I thought I would write a short update to let our family and friends know how it's going and also for us to have to look back on.

The Move:
The moving process could not have gone smoother (minus a couple of very unprofessional movers in North Carolina). The truck arrived with our things the day after we drove ourselves down so it was go time pretty much immediately! Everything was unpacked by Noon and we did not stop until well after sun down trying to get it all unpacked. We spent the first week putting everything in its new place. I made quite a few trips to Walmart, Home Goods, Kirkland's, and Hobby Lobby picking up a few extra decorative items here and there.

Our New Home

The Apartment:
We love our new place! The apartment community is great! From the amenities to the apartment finishes, we could not be happier. I love the look of the dark hardwood floors throughout our kitchen and living room. Having the second bedroom is great as it serves as a guest bedroom and my office. The additional space in the kitchen is soo nice, especially the large island. And don't even get me started on my GINORMOUS walk-in closet that I get all to myself!

We purchased a new mattress for our bed and a full set for the guest bed a few days after moving. We also added a new desk to our bedroom for the hub's office space. I finally decided on new bedding and a rug for the living room. We are slowly but surely adding the last finishing touches. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect size/shape/style coffee table and curtains for the living room.

The amenities are amazing, as well! The pool is fabulous and never crowded. The grill area is great and we are conveniently located to all of it, including the gym and mail area. We tested out the gym for the first time last weekend and it was extremely roomy with top of the line equipment. Although we loved our last place and were satisfied there, this new place is above and beyond!

Gallery Wall


The City:
So far, we've gotten out and about to do a little furniture shopping and go to Church. We are already loving the convenience of the city as it is smaller than Raleigh with much less traffic! We went to our first concert this weekend and had a blast. Tallahassee definitely has much more of a southern feel that we're used to than Raleigh did. We tried Sonny's BBQ (not specific to Tally) for the first time after Church last week and it was DELICIOUS!! We're looking forward to exploring other new restaurants in the area and returning to El Jalisco in was so good!

We tried our first new church last Sunday and let's just was not the experience we were hoping for. I won't name names but it was our first ever stereotypical, large, contemporary church experience. We found it lacking in theological depth, emotionally connective worship, and personableness. I also questioned the method of preaching which meant it was out of the running almost immediately. Travis did some more research online and found a church that hadn't been on our radar before. We visited this morning and I think we may have found our new church home. From the minute we walked in the door we felt welcomed, more than just a number, and were immediately introduced to the pastor, small group leader, and a family who was from Raleigh. Every conversation we had felt like it was no mistake that God led us there. We will continue to pray for wisdom and discernment in making the final decision for our new church home.

Travis has been working remotely for his company back in NC since we moved and, bless his heart, still trying to take his real estate course at night as soon as he finishes work. I feel like our roles have reversed and now he's the student so maybe that's why I empathize with him so much! He is hoping to finish his course and sit for the exam in a few weeks or so.

I just finished my first week as an assistant professor and I am honestly pinching myself! It seems far too good to be true...I love it so much! Yes, it is a lot of work but when you absolutely love what you do, it doesn't seem like "work." I have to make myself stop and go home! Of course, I am ready and glad to get home to the hubs but I am excited to get back to campus the next day and continue where I left. My colleagues and all those I have come in contact with so far have been nothing short of friendly, welcoming, and extremely helpful getting me settled in. My office and the lab are great! I am excited and ready for the challenge ahead! I do not believe God could have placed me in a better position starting out in my career.

So far, Tally has been so good! We are looking forward to putting the final finishing touches on the apartment, getting our FL licenses, visiting some nearby towns, and getting to know the area better! Here's to another great month in Tally!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

What I Wore Roundup

It's been quite some time since I posted a WIW post (like 3 months)! Ooops! Finishing my PhD and preparing for the big move definitely got in the way of my blogging efforts. In addition, the last month has been the furthest thing from any sort of routine so athletic shorts, tank tops, and ball caps have been my jam! Here's a roundup of WIW from May-July with hopes to begin sharing updated looks on Instagram and the blog again soon!

Top: Marshalls // Pants: Cato Fashions // Sandals: Payless // Necklace: Bijoux Boutique

Top/Pants/Necklace: Cato Fashions // Sandals: Payless // Watch: Anne Klein, Macy's

Top: Cato Fashions // Denim: NY&CO // Sandals: Cato Fashions // Necklace: Versona Accessories

Dress: Marshalls // Tassel Earrings: Bijoux Boutique

Tunic/Leggings: H&M // Necklace/Flats: Cato Fashions

Dress: JCP // Sandals: Payless // Necklace: Bijoux Boutique

Kimono: Target // Tank: H&M // Denim: NY&CO // Sandals: Target // Necklace: Forever 21

Tunic: LulaRoe // Scarf: Five Below // Jacket: Macy's // Denim: NY&CO // Rainboots: Gordmans

Tank: Marshalls // Kimono: Belk // Necklace: Bijoux Boutique // Crossbody: Versona 

Top: Walmart // Kimono: Cato Fashions // Flare Denim: Cato Fashions // Necklace: Cato Fashions // Flats: Versona Accessories

Tunic: LulaRoe // Denim: JCP // Necklace: Bijoux Boutique

Button-Up: JCP // Skirt: Cato Fashions // Sandals: Cato Fashions // Necklace: Versona 

Dress/Vest: Cato Fashions

Top/Denim/Necklace: Cato Fashions // Flats: Versona // Leather Jacket: Stitchfix

Tank: Cato Fashions // Sandals: Payless // Necklace: Bijoux Boutique

Tank: H&M // Blazer: Forever 21 // Chinos: NY&CO // Heels: Payless 

Leggings: LulaRoe // Sandals: Payless

Tank: Cato Fashions // Skirt: JCP // Purse: Southern Monogramming // Necklace: Versona

Dress/Vest/Necklace: Cato Fashions

Top: Cato Fashions 

Top: Versona // Shorts/Espadrille Sandals: Cato Fashions

Leggings: LuLaRoe // Necklace: Bijoux Boutique

Dress: Cato Fashions // Purse: J Crew

Dress: TJ Maxx

Dress: LulaRoe // Necklace: Bijoux Boutique // Heels: Macy's

Peplum Top: H&M // Denim: NY&CO // Bracelet: Bijoux Boutique

Dress: Catos

Tank: Cato Fashions // Shorts: Versona // Sandals: Five Below // Necklace: Bijoux Boutique

Dress & Sandals: Cato Fashions

Dress: Belk // Necklace: Cato Fashions 

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