Life Update

Hey guys! So, this is definitely going to be one of those cliché life update posts. I feel like it’s an inevitable post when you haven’t blogged in a good 10 months. So if you don’t already know what’s going on in our lives, let me break it down for you. I’m just going to hit the highlights. It may not be super exciting to read but I feel it’s necessary after being gone for so long.

May 2015 (which is probably the last time I blogged) I finished up my practicum with DaVita Dialysis Center and graduated from the OU MSW(Master of Social Work) Advanced Standing Program. I graduated on a Saturday and started my very first full-time job at Deaconess Hospital in OKC the next Monday. I was really eager to get out into the professional world. I obtained my LMSW, which is the masters level social work license, currently working on my LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), this license will give me the ability to provide therapy, diagnose mental disorders, and provide a more hands on experience with clients, helping them on a deeper level. I get a lot of questions from people who aren’t super familiar with what social work is or what we do so I want to clarify that a little bit. Currently, I’m doing psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, linking patients with appropriate resources, and coordination of care.What this looks like on a typical day, is constantly changing. That is one thing I’ve loved about hospital social work, my days are never the same and they’re never boring. Daily I’m helping patients and families adjust to illnesses and new diagnoses, I’m locating inpatient psychiatric beds for homicidal/suicidal patients, I’m finding patients shelter, clothing, or their next meal, I’m facilitating adoptions, and sometimes for our elderly patients, I’m visiting with them just so they can know they’re not alone. Luckily, I share the social work responsibilities with an amazing social worker, mentor, and friend, so I’m not taking it on by myself.

Side note: When I originally started this blog, I had this vision that it would be this cool balance of fashion and social work (which classes to take, the best social work programs, heartwarming client success stories, etc.) But it became more about the clothes, as I was unsure how to protect the confidentiality of the clients I serve, while talking about my work. However, I think after almost a year of professional experience, I’m learning the appropriate/safe ways to do that. Okay that’s a long side-note but I just wanted to clarify why the word therapist is even included in the name of my blog. One of the core components of social work practice is confidentiality, so I knew I couldn’t talk social work on here until I became comfortable enough to know I was doing it in the right way. Fast forward a couple of months from starting my job, I was driving from Norman to NW OKC every morning at 6 a.m. to get to work by 7:30. If you know me, you know mornings are not at all my thing and this was a struggle. Not to mention I got in my very first wreck on the drive home one day. After that, Billy and I decided to move closer to my job to decrease my driving time. We found a cute, quiet community in west Edmond and decided to go for it. We moved in August 2015. So far, we really like Edmond, but we miss Norman. The atmosphere on game day, the family and friends we have there are really hard to beat.

In September we met our best friends in our favorite place, Crested Butte, CO for a little getaway. I think that’s the only travelling we’ve done. We’re currently in the process of planning a beach trip. This past November, Billy started a new job, which he loves. He works at a local bank, all of his coworkers are young, still in college or fresh out of college men. So he’s working in a new industry and building new friendships. I’m so happy for him. We are expecting a new niece and new nephew. Both of Billy’s SIL’s are pregnant, so it’s a really exciting time. We celebrated the holidays in Tish with the Gilbert and Reinhart families then in Norman with my mom.

We’re looking forward to continuing to settle into our strides professionally and personally. We’ll be celebrating our 5th anniversary in February with Thunder tickets (shout out to my dad for the Christmas gift). I’m going to work to share more social work and fashion on here and move towards the vision I originally had for this space. I hope you guys stick around and follow along!

Mumu Love

Happy Friday, lovelies! I’m in love with this top by the brand, Show Me Your Mumu. I’ve been considering ordering one of these tops for the longest time. They come it all sorts of fun prints and colors. The best part is the fit, almost all of their tops and dresses are meant to fit relaxed and oversized, which I love. But, they’re pretty pricey. However, in May I received my first big girl paycheck, along with some birthday money, so I went ahead and ordered this one. I’m so glad I did. It’s flowy floral perfection. We went to dinner and I received so many compliments on it. Not only is it made really well, but it’s super flattering. I think I speak for most of us when I say a flowy top is perfect for date night at your favorite restaurant. Especially in summer. I don’t want to wear something super tight and clingy while waiting outside for my table in the Oklahoma humidity and heat. No thank you. Anyways, I hope you enjoy!

P.S. If you’ve also been indecisive about splurging on an item, think of it as an investment if it’s something you can wear for both work and play. This was my deciding factor on ordering this blouse. I knew it could be easily paired with distressed jeans and sandals for a casual look. But I can also wear it to work with khaki skinnies and nude flats. And, if I were  a few inches shorter, I could probably get away with wearing it as a dress, paired with a floppy hat and summer booties!

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Top: Show Me Your Mumu

Jeans: Forever 21

Bracelet: Loren Hope

Sandals: Sole Society

Year 3

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So, you may have already noticed, because I’ve been blowing up social media with my gift… But today, Billy and I have officially been together for three years. I say officially, because we’ve been besties since kindergarten, dated briefly in high school, and talked on and off most of our lives. There is something so special about dating your best friend. Not only have we been dating for three years, we started living together five months into our relationship. A lot of people have opinions on cohabitation and think it’s a bad idea, but for us, it’s been the best experience. It’s one of those “have your cake and eat it too” kind of situations. One of the many perks to dating a lifelong best friend is that because we have been close for so long, we have quite the arsenal of pictures to bust out for Throwback Thursday, or really any occasion. Here are some of my favs. Happy Anniversary, babe!

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And a peek at the gorg Michael Kors watch he got me 😉

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Classic Casual

I have good news, it’s the weekend! I am so excited. Here are my weekend plans: watch Catching Fire, hang out with friends, take pictures for the blog and catch up on some sleep and homework (super pumped for the sleep, not so much for the homework). Since there are only weeks of school left and the holidays are quickly approaching, I really want to post as many outfits as possible. Here is my reasoning for this:

  • 1) It gives me an idea of what outfits I have posted already this fall, along with those outfits I want to post before the weather gets too cold
  • 2) I hope to spark some inspiration in my readers so they can find the perfect outfit for their holiday outings.

With that being said, I love this outfit and I think it’s the perfect combination of classic and casual. It’s just comfortable enough to wear to school or to run errands in, but it’s polished enough that you wouldn’t feel  under-dressed while doing so. I hope you like the outfit and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Another appearance by Miss Priss.

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Jacket: Nordstrom

Tee: Old Navy

Jeans:Old Navy

Scarf: Charl0tte Russe

Shoes: Toms, which were previously on the blog. Link here

Necklace: Bliss Boutique

Bag: Coach, sold out. Similar here

Floral Scarf + The Classic Denim Jacket

Hope everyone is having a great week! I’m dedicated to posting more outfits and I have promised myself that I will stop neglecting my blog. So here I am with a new outfit post!

Throughout my life I’ve had mixed emotions about denim jackets. I loved one once and rocked it back in middle school. I’m pretty sure it was from American Eagle, like everything else in my closet was back in the day. Then I fell out of love with it in high school. Now I’m a fan again. The older I get, the more I appreciate the denim jacket and what it can do for an outfit. It can make something dressy more casual and wearable. It can make a super casual outfit more polished, all depending on how you style it. Basically, when it comes to the classic denim jacket, the possibilities are endless. Here, I paired mine with a basic tee, maroon leggings, a floral scarf, and suede boots. Every piece of this outfit, other than the scarf, is very neutral and can be paired with other neutral or statement pieces. That’s what makes it so easy. Whether it’s a denim, utility, or leather, I love what a good jacket can do for your look. Oh, and I can’t forget his scarf, it’s pretty much my favorite right now.

Enjoy 🙂

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Jacket: Jessica Simpson

Tee: Bliss Boutique

Leggings: Stitch Fix

Necklace: Forever 21

Scarf: Sitch Fix

Shoes: Steve Madden

Saying Goodbye to the Month of Everything Pumpkin

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Happy Halloween, y’all! It’s really weird that I’ve only posted once in the month of October, considering it is one of my favorite months. I’d like to chalk it up to the fact that I’ve been crazy busy, but honestly, I’ve come to learn in the past month that I’m just really bad at multitasking. I’ve always considered myself to be organized and somewhat good at multitasking, but I’ve realized now that I have never actually had to multitask before. If ever I’ve thought that I knew what being busy looked like, I didn’t. But now I think I’m getting a good understanding of what it means to be truly busy and to become a good multitasker.

Since I’ve been slacking and have only posted once in October, I wanted to use this post to “review” my month through pictures and stories. From visiting multiple pumpkin patches to grabbing a pumpkin spice latte anytime I’m within a 20 mile radius of a Starbucks, I feel like October has lived up to the high expectations I always associate with it. I’m kind of sad to see it end, but one awesome thing about transitioning from October to November, is that you can keep the pumpkin theme going throughout Thanksgiving. That is, until everyone starts busting out the Christmas decor and music, which I love equally as much as I love pumpkins. Yay for the holidays! Here are some of my favorite memories of the past month.

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One of my favorite memories from October has to be visiting Cornerstone Pumpkin Patch here in Ada, OK. We had been meaning to get down to Tishomingo to visit Baker’s Acres, but just never got around to it, so we decided to just go to the local pumpkin patch here in Ada. It turned out to be a great decision. Despite feeling kind of creepy for being the only 20-somethings there without children, I had a lot of fun and I think Billy did too.

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This past weekend, I attended the Confluence Conference in OKC’s Plaza District. Going into it, I was a little intimidated. Actually, I was really intimidated. In the social work field, we adhere to so many policies and strict rules, which leaves little room for creativity. This is one of the main reasons I wanted to begin blogging. I’m not claiming to be the best dressed blogger or even a super creative person, but creativity does matter to me and I needed a way to express it (hence the blog). This conference was geared towards bloggers and other creative professionals, so I thought I would be way out of my league. But turns out, everyone was super friendly and the information presented wasn’t way over my head, and I ended up learning a lot. I’m glad I went! Afterwards, Jess and I hit up The Mule. I’ve been creeping The Mule on Urbanspoon for the longest time. It was just as delicious I thought it would be.  The food and drinks are tasty and the atmosphere is laid back. If you haven’t already, you should definitely check it out

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It seems like anything dealing with pumpkins is a pretty common theme in my life. One weekend in Norman, we spent the whole weekend decorating pumpkins and watching football. Now, that is what October is all about if you ask me!

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This was a girls day I had in Norman with Kayla Jo. We hit up The Mont for swirls and shopped till we dropped. Coincidentally, there was a small pumpkin patch right next to the mall. Score!

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Can’t leave out the pumpkin pie vodka! 😉

Back in Black

I want to apologize for being MIA lately. I have some exciting news! Two weeks ago I started my first job in the field of social work. I am a social work aide at DHS. Mainly, I just transport kids who are in foster care and supervise the visits between children and parents. I’ve only been there two weeks, but every day is new, rewarding, and challenging. It is hectic at times and calm at others. One minute I know I’m putting the things I’ve learned in the classroom, to use in the field, and the next I feel like I’m in over my head. But, that’s what makes it so great. No matter what that particular day brings, I know I am in my element and that I have definitely chosen the right career path for me.

With  the start of a new job and being in the middle of the semester, I have been overwhelmed with deadlines and due dates, which is to blame for my lack of blogging! Dressing professionally has been a fun experience! It’s weird trying to find a professional style, since I don’t have much experience with it. But it’s a fun challenge! I am so obsessed with this vest. I love the military inspired look, but haven’t found a jacket that I’m in love with. This vest was on clearance at JCPenney and I couldn’t resist. I hope you guys have had a wonderful and fulfilling week! Oh, and I’m so glad it’s October, because the month of October rocks my world.

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Vest: here

Pants: here

Shirt: here

Boots: here

Handbag: Old. Simiar- here

New hair color: Amanda Britt. This lady rocks! If you’re around the Ada area and in need of a stylist, I will hook you up with her number. Love her and love my new darker, with a touch of red, hair.

Nail Therapy

There’s not much in this world I love more than a good mani/pedi. They are so relaxing and I am t-totally obsessed with nail polish. I usually stick to neutrals; I’m a huge fan of black, gray, and taupe. But I will occasionally throw a neon or pastel in the mix. One thing you can almost always count on is that there will be plenty of glitter topping off whatever color I choose that day (except for this time). Glitter is so fun and can dress up any manicure. Billy claims that I’m like a fish because I’m attracted to anything colorful or shiny. It’s mesmerizing and I can’t stay away. Sorry, I’m not sorry.

So you’ve decided you need to pamper your paws, which salon do you choose? Do you have a go-to manicurist or do you like to try different places? Everyone enjoys different aspects of the primping process. While some girls value a nail tech who gives great massages, I’m more into the nail tech who is going to dig on my cuticles and pull out the cheese grater for the bottom of my feet. That way, I know I am getting my money’s worth and my tootsies are going to be oh so healthy! When it comes to nail salons, I try to be really loyal to my favorite place, but sometimes have to stray away when I’m not in the Norman area. I usually get my nails done when I’m in Norman, or around Tish. If you live anywhere else, I’m probably inexperienced in that area, but love it if you could fill me in on the best salon in your local town! In Norman, my absolute favorite nail salon is Regal Nails in Wal Mart off of I35. I know, I know, going to a salon in a Wal Mart superstore is the opposite of relaxing, but the people watching is excellent and so are the nail techs. My mom got me hooked on this place. Everyone knows me by name and I’m usually asking all kinds of nosey questions about their beautiful Asian children (that’s a whole different obsession). I feel that you get the most “bang for your buck” at Regal Nails. Now, if you’re the type of gal (or guy) who doesn’t enjoy the pain and satisfaction of getting your ingrown toenails dug out like I do, then Regal Nails is not your place. I would suggest Allure Spa by the Super Target in Norman. Their massages and pedicures are heavenly; they can also wax a mean eyebrow there. Ardmore is another hot spot for nails salons with Luxury Nails and Nails Now, you can’t really go wrong.

Here is a picture of my latest mani/pedi along with the color name and brand, as well as an outfit post. Ladies, what are your favorite salons and color combos?

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Nail Color: OPI “Lincoln Park After Dark” the beige color on my pinky is “Sand Tropez” by Essie.

Chambray Top: Forever 21 (here)

Tank: Old similiar here

Skirt: Dillard’s here

Sandals: Nordstrom here

Bracelets: The Lucky Rose here

Necklace: Bliss Boutique Durant here

Everything That Glitters: 1 Top, 2 Looks

Wowza. We’re barely half way into this week and I’m already counting down the hours until Friday afternoon. I have so many taped interviews due, I’m dreaming about engagement and intake forms in my sleep.  I’m trying my best not to become overwhelmed with all things school. I turned in my social work internship application this week, so that has me feeling really excited/anxious waiting to find out where my placement will be. Wherever it may be, I’m going in with a good attitude and open heart. I cannot wait to get that hands-on experience in the field I love!

Anywho, I am all kinds of obsessed with this sequined top. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love sparkles of any kind. It takes everything I have not to purchase every sparkly, sequined, bejeweled piece I walk by. I wanted to style this piece in two different ways. One has a more laid-back feel. I would probably wear this outfit to class, or to a football game once the nights cool down a bit. The sweater is a perfect way to keep warm on a crisp fall evening. The second look would be a better look for work or a girls night out. It’s a little more polished. I personally believe the blazer gives it a more professional feel, while the sequins peeking out are a way to let your personality shine through at work. FYI, I bought this top from The Lucky Rose in Tish, earlier in the summer. They no longer have the top, but I found the exact same top online.

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Ignore my feet. Yuck. I will be getting a pedicure this weekend!

Cardigan: Bliss Boutique- here Sequined top: here  Jeans: Big Star-here Sandals: Target, old (similar here)

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Blazer: AE, old (similar here) Black Skinnies: Dillard’s- here Leopard Flats: here

Birthday Bill

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While chatting this weekend, Billy and I decided that if it were up to us, no one would ever work or go to school on Monday, and every weekend would last three days. Seriously, who doesn’t love a three day weekend? I felt so refreshed going to class today after having those three days of rest. I don’t know what it is about that extra day of weekend, but it makes a big difference in my outlook on life. Anyway, I wanted to share a little recap of our weekend through photos. We spent (almost) three full days celebrating Billy and his 23rd birthday. Billy is a pretty special guy, so I wanted to make sure that he had a special birthday. Friday after class we went to Norman to visit my mom and Tonto. That evening we went to The Cheesecake Factory (his favorite) followed by suite tickets at the OKC Redhawks baseball game, and a beautiful fireworks display post-game. Saturday we threw a him a party, followed by a full day of lounging and college football (even the $50 OU game on PPV, despite my protests). Sunday we hung out by the pool and Billy worked on his beloved truck, which is what he would spend all of his time doing all day, each day, if he could. All in all, it was a great weekend!

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Get this gold beauty here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=621615264538985&set=pb.368018966565284.-2207520000.1378238926.&type=3&theater

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On the way from dinner to the game, we were trying to maneuver around OKC and stumbled upon the arts district, where I found these awesome painted buildings. Of course I hopped out and made Bill snap some pics for me! I’m obsessed with the metro area.

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Lastly, Billy’s surprise party, which consisted of my mom and I sending him out on tons of errands, then hiding behind the kitchen island, jumping out, and yelling “SURPRISE!!”

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