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Friday, January 29, 2016

A Girl and Her Hoodie

Living in Utah one of my staple closet items has become hoodies! I love throwing on a cute and comfortable hoodie with a pair of jeans and going outside.  This new hoodie from Obsessions Boutique has been one of my favorites this year.  How can you not swoon over those lace sleeves?  It is also super easy to add a little color by wrapping a flannel shirt around your waist.  How else would you have added color to the hoodie?

Disclaimer: I received this Lace Hoodie to review from Obsessions Boutique.  All opinions are mine alone. I would never recommend a product to my readers that I didn't truly love and use myself.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Living Life on the Fringe

Sometimes you come across an article of clothing and you instantly love the cute details that it has to offer.  This Midnight Shift Top from Paige Avenue is one of those for me.

The fringe sleeves and fringe detail on the bottom was one of the first details I fell in love with. Move to the neckline where you have a gorgeous embroidered detail, and I'm completely sold on this top!

Now if you've been following my blog you have probably noticed that I love to have pieces of clothing that can be worn in a variety of ways.  Today I wanted to show you how to style this gorgeous Midnight Shift Top in three different ways!

This first way is simple with jeans and navy blue flats that match the top. It is perfect for running errands, but still looking trendy!

Shop This Look: Midnight Shift Top || Flats || Jeans (similar)

The second look is more classy by adding white jeans and a pair of high heeled boots.  I pulled my hair back into a low updo as well to help add to the look.  This look is perfect for date night!

Shop This Look: Midnight Shift Top || Boots || Bracelet (not on the website)

The last look is a great option for wearing this short sleeve tunic when it is cold (like I am here in Utah).  I put on a pair of black jeans, added some brown boots to keep my feet warm, and there you go, a great outfit to stay warm and cute! I love the pop of color from the purse as well that contrasts with the color from the embroidery.

Shop This Look: Midnight Shift Top || Black Jeans || Boots || Bracelet (not on website)

You can head over to Paige Avenue now to get it for yourself by using my discount code "teachshoplove20" for 20% off your order! I'd love to hear which look was your favorite in the comments below!

Disclaimer: I received this Midnight Shift Top to review from Paige Avenue.  All opinions are mine alone. I would never recommend a product to my readers that I didn't truly love and use myself.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

A December To Remember

This post is going to be pretty long, but we did so many fun activities during the holiday season that I wanted to try and document them all.  When we first started, I didn't think it would be this long of a post, but here I am!

Black Friday Shopping

Every year after all our Thanksgiving festivities we go Black Friday shopping.  I know some people think it is crazy that we go out on Thanksgiving, but it has become a big family tradition.  We had dinner with the Stewart family and then we all headed out to Target.  Thomas and Kyle wanted to get an Xbox One and Fifa 16 so we had to make sure to get it before they were gone.  We headed to Walmart and then Thomas and Kyle went back home to play Fifa and my mom and Stephani went to South Towne Mall.

Thomas is hardcore being a creep right here!

Hatch's Family Chocolate

Every year we go to Hatch's Family Chocolate to get a chocolate turkey for my mom for Thanksgiving.  The first year we started dating Kyle laughed that my mom decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving so he bought a chocolate turkey for her to put on the table as a decoration.  Every year since we've bought her a chocolate turkey and of course some hot chocolate for us! YUMMY!

Festival of Trees

Another tradition for us is to go to the Festival of Trees.  We play "I Spy" while we are there, it's pretty funny.  We also like to keep track of which team Utah or BYU has the most trees.  Utah won this year, but only because of the mini trees!

Lou's First Snow

We were so excited to show Lou the snow! We weren't sure what he would think of it, but he loved it.  He would sink in the snow because he was so small and it was hilarious to watch him try and jump across the yard.  His feet would get so cold so we tried to get him some booties, but he was not going to let us put them on him, so we settled for a vest to at least keep some of the snow off his fur.  He loves when we let him run around in it.  Isn't that snow beard the cutest? Santa Paws! haha

My Birthday

I turned 24 this year....that is crazy to me.  My class was so sweet and threw me a mini birthday party. They brought chocolate chip cookies (since those are my favorite), balloons, and then my room mom planned to have everyone bring me a present along with a class present of a signed soccer ball and a Disney gift card! I got so many great items and felt so lucky.  The room mom had sent out a letter to everyone with all my favorite things so that is what everyone got me.  It was by far the best thing I've ever had happen for my birthday.  It was sweet to see 24 5 year olds get excited about your birthday and giving you gifts.  It was one of the best teacher moments to see how much your kids and parents love you.

Also speaking of my awesome parents, for our Christmas party a mom set up a photo booth and printed out pictures for all the students.  It was adorable!

Lights on Temple Square & Gingerbread Houses

Lights on Temple Square are a must every year! I was so excited that this year we were able to go with some of our best friends! I love that we get together at least once a month with this group to do something all together.  We always joke when we leave about how we will "see you next month."

After visiting the lights we went back to Sydney's house and made gingerbread houses.  As you can see we all did a really great job! hahaha This is what happens when you use graham crackers! It was a blast though.

My gingerbread house!

Kyle's gingerbread house...or well bunker with some fence around it for protection! hahaha

Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve Kyle and I went on our present-hunting adventure! Each year we take one day and give each other a time limit of one hour.  We leave the house at the same time and we have to be back within one hour with all of our stocking stuffers for each other complete! It is like our own little scavenger hunt. It makes getting the stocking presents even more exciting.  I love that we have these silly traditions each year.

Later that evening we went to the Lund family Christmas party.  It is Kyle's moms side of the family.  We have dinner, talent show, gift exchange, and a Christmas message.  I think one of my favorite parts was at the end of the Christmas message when the video was just ending one of the kids blurted out, "Time for presents!!!" I died laughing it was too funny and the timing was awesome. Gotta love all the little kids!

Christmas Day

We woke up Christmas morning and opened our presents together.  We got Lou a U of U football dog jersey and it was probably the best thing I've seen on a dog ever! Kyle got me a new MacBook Air! It was sooo awesome and I love it! I loved seeing all the fun things in our stockings, too.

Oh...Kyle's beanie says "Son of a Nutcracker!" When we saw it we knew we had to get it!

We then went to my parents' house and hung out with them. My family got Lou a puppet monkey and he loved it.  It was hilarious to watch him open it.

I'm missing two of the other Disney ones that I received from my Grandma, but we love our Alex & Ani bracelets! This is my mom, Stephani, and I!

After opening presents there we went to my grandma and grandpa Stewart's home.  We had lunch, opened presents and hung out with that side of the family.  We headed over to my aunt Sandra's house for the Rodriguez side and hung out with everyone there.  We had a second lunch and by the end I was so full.  There was so much good food.

After that we went to Kyle's family in Bountiful.  It was fun to hang out with everyone.  Kyle's mom loves to cook so she made a huge meal for us all.  They also gave me a keyboard, which has been fun to have in my apartment.  I've missed having a piano at my house and even though I teach piano at my mom's house everyday, it still is something I miss being able to play whenever I want.  I knew we wouldn't have a piano until we got a house, so it is fun to now have a keyboard.  I will admit my new favorite thing to play though is the 'choir' sound and goof off making funny noises.

We didn't get home until late that night, but we had a blast.  It was a busy day, but I am so grateful that we live so close to all our family  and could see them all!

Utah Basketball Game

I love going to the Utah Basketball games.  Kyle and I have gone to almost all of them.  We went to the games over Christmas break.  It has been sweet because we've gotten there at the perfect times and so we get to sit super close at all the games.  Don't you love the sweet sign?


Nicklecade is one of my favorite places to go....it is weird, but I love arcade games.  Kyle and I love to go beat the high scores on the basketball game and this new clown game.  We can successfully say we've beat the high score every time we've gone. What up!! We basically just play around and then use all of our tickets to load up on warheads and frooties.

Over Christmas break we went with some friends and had a competition to see who would get the most tickets.  Kyle and I played the same games and then ended up just splitting the tickets and we still won.  We decided to take a picture in the photo booth.  It was hard to try and fit all of us, but we successfully did it.  When we paid, out printed a set of pictures of the Asian family who took pictures right before us!  If you look closely you can see the pictures of them being held up in the background of ours.  It was a great end to Nicklecade.

New Years Eve

Unfortunately I realized I have no pictures from New Years Eve, but I still want to write about it.  We had our couple friends over to our house for a party.  We had Nate and Bree, Bronson and Aubrey, and Matt and Dela. I feel so lucky that we moved into this ward and were able to meet these couples.  We finished watching the semi finals of the college playoffs, had snacks, played games, and drank sparkling cider at midnight in fake champagne glasses.  It was really fun.

2016 here we come!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Booties & an Interview - The Dressing Space Boutique

We've all been there....an online boutique, not sure the size we should get, end up buying one and of course if doesn't fit as well as you'd hope.  In today's society we all love shopping online and the newest trends are online, but unfortunately it makes it really difficult to see what it will look like on before we buy it.  Let me introduce to you...The Dressing Space Boutique.

When I first started working with The Dressing Space Boutique I began to learn about all the exciting ways that set them apart as a boutique.  Today I am going to share an interview with the owner, Madison, to share some of the fun facts I learned about her and her boutique.

Karli: What made you want to start your own company?

Madison: I have always wanted to own my own boutique and also work for myself. I never enjoyed the feeling of someone else being in control of your work destiny, and being on my own enticed me because success was a direct reflection of the amount of work I put in. I longed for the freedom as well as the feeling of starting something on your own and growing it.

K: How did you come up with the idea for The Dressing Space Boutique?

M: I came up with the idea because I really had grown tired of ordering an item online and second guessing the fit, or getting it and realizing it was not what I had imagined. So, I wanted to try and create a way for girls to have a better idea of what they are buying. Nothing beats the experience of shopping in a store and being able to touch, feel and try on the item. So, I tried to come up with an idea that was as close to a full experience as possible. This included models that varied in size, videos to see the actual fit of the item and flow and lastly a sizing recommendation that we put together during photoshoots. 

K: How is your company different than other boutiques?

M:We are different because of how we approach each product. When we post a product, we try to envision it from the customer perspective and what would make them feel great and excited about an item. This includes videos, different models and a sizing recommendation. When our customer receives their item, we include a personalized note to each and every person. Not two notes are ever the same! We want them to feel the joy and happiness of a new look as soon as they see their package!

(As a side note, they sent me the sweetest note when I got my package! It was tied up in cute ribbon and made me feel so excited about my product.)

K: How would you describe your boutique's style?

M: We typically say that we offer contemporary style clothing and the latest fashion trends... but our style originates from the south! 

K: If you could let people know something about you as an individual what would it be?

M: I am a dog lover! I have 4 dogs at home... and 3 of them are rescues. I strongly believe in providing a great home for dogs and love my fur babies!

(Another reason I knew I liked this boutique! I love my fur baby, too!)

As soon as I learned about their new system of sharing videos of their products I knew I had to check it out.  It is really awesome.  Here is an example here of a video: http://www.dressingspace.com/collections/dresses/products/need-you-now-dress-multi

They also have a lot of different booties, which is one of my favorite trends this year! These "Can't Keep Your Eyes Off My Booties" are so cute! I love wearing them with a lot of different outfits. They are fun with dresses, skirts, jeans, and leggings.  You can buy them here. You can use code "TEACHSHOPLOVE" for 30% off an item of your choice, too!  If you are feeling lucky and want a chance to win $20 to their shop head on over to my Instagram @teach.shop.love to enter! 

Booties - The Dressing Space Boutique || Peek A Boo Blouse - Simply Kelsey Boutique || Herringbone Vest - Sign Here Vinyl

Booties - The Dressing Space Boutique || Cardigan - Apartment Eighteen || Polka Dot Plaid - Mindy Maes Market (They are sold out, but I found the same one from Shop Twenty)

Disclaimer: I received this pair of Can't Keep My Eyes Off These Booties from The Dressing Space Boutique to review.  All opinions are mine alone. I would never recommend a product to my readers that I didn't truly love and use myself.