Staycation

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Dress: Same  Shoes: Similar  Earrings: Same, but different colour

Happy Labor Day everyone!  It truly feels like we should just be celebrating Memorial Day, not already Labor Day!  Where has the time gone?  Truthfully, I don’t even feel like I’ve had a chance yet to get to enjoy summer and it is already over.  How does time do that?  The good news is though, at least in the Midwest (especially in Kansas) we still have a good month of warm weather left to enjoy before it is time to go into full fall mode, though I definitely intend to start utilizing some cardigans more often in the next few weeks.   Anyways, on to my staycation for this three day weekend!

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While I definitely am experiencing the travel bug, I knew that it was not realistic to try to pull a three day vacation financially this time around.  (Thank you car probs and school bills, lol-and more on school in an upcoming post!)  To make sure I have a fun and relaxing weekend though that still felt like I had a chance to get away, I decided to give myself a staycation, so here is how I was able to  come up with some fun things to do as well as some ideas for local readers to do themselves!

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While a fully lazy weekend can be nice, I knew I didn’t want to spend this weekend just lounging around and watching Netflix, so I decided to look up several things in my city that I have either enjoyed in the past or have always wanted to try and put together a sort of game plan for the weekend.  I have not done nearly all of this on the list, but I like keeping the list going for future ideas or for if something were to fall through I have a back up plan.

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Drive In Movie:

I am lucky to live in a city with one of the few remaining drive in movie theatres, and if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I went last night with a group of friends!  I had never been to the drive-in before, but let me tell you, last night will definitely not be my last visit!  It felt like taking a step back into time to sit outside watching a movie, eating candy and hanging out with friends.  To make it even more enjoyable, they played old cartoon adds before the movie started!

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Bicycling:

My city offers bicycles that you can rent for a cheap price and use for the day while checking out all that our city has to offer.  It is a fun way to get to see our more artsy district at a slower pace and hey, you even get exercise!

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Food Trucks:

Ok, this one is definitely now a favorite of mine.  We have a local “pop-up park” downtown where there are often food trucks that you can eat at, including one that is a double decker bus turned food truck!  It was actually at this pop-up park where I took the pictures for todays post, the colours are so fun and bright and at night they have lights strung up to light up the area.

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Swimming:

I totally did this one with my family this morning.  My neighborhood I live in has a community pool for the residents, but the local water parks are also great options!  After all, this is one of the last chances to catch those rays of sun before the weather turns cold.

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Coffee Shop:

I totally have a favorite local coffee shop.  It is a hole-in-the-wall kind of place that just has that perfect artsy vibe and to make it even better, all the proceeds go to help rescue girls from human trafficking.  I spend every Saturday morning here and many week nights, but Saturday mornings are my favorite to go because it is nearly empty and so quiet/.  Stay tuned for some fun pictures that will feature this coffee shop in an upcoming post!

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Go On A Scavenger Hunt:

Downtown has so many fun artsy statues as well as historical and not so historical landmarks that it makes the perfect place to hold a photo scavenger hunt!  I’ve had several friends do this and it is definitely on my bucket list!

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Visit a Local Park:

Most cities have a wide variety of pretty local parks.  I love going to them with a friend and just walking around while catching up.  You not only get some great exercise in and vitamin D, but you get to spend some quality time with someone you love.

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Try a New Recipe:

I am actually doing this one this afternoon!  I have been wanting to make some brownies, so I am actually planning on spending this afternoon with my grandma making brownies and then of course, eating them!  Holiday weekends are the perfect time to experiment with a new recipe because everyone is in the mood for some yummy food and you won’t have to eat it all by yourself.

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How have you been celebrating Memorial Day weekend?

XOXO<
Leighton Michele

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Floral and Stripes

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Raincoat: Similar Striped Tee: Similar Rainboots: Same Rainboot Bows: Similar Necklace: Similar (and on sale!)

Hey everyone!

I had a blog post all set to go with my end of summer bucket list, but with the weather we’ve been having lately, sharing this cute rainy day look from this past spring seemed more fitting.  Every day here in the Midwest for the past week and half it has been in the upper seventies to lower eighties and overcast with rain in the evenings.  My raincoats have been on repeat, and this one is one of my favorites!  What has the weather been like in your corner of the world?  Anyone else been experiencing unseasonably cooler weather?

Xoxo,

Leighton MIchele

Summer Days

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Dress:  Vineyard Vines (same) Sperry’s: Similar  Earrings: Kate Spade (similar)

Happy summer everyone!  It has been forever since I posted, but I had to take a break from blogging the first half of this summer due to the fact that my photographers (aka my family) have been too busy to take any pictures for me and I’ve been so busy myself.  Summer is definitely in full swing here in the Midwest though, both with activities and the heat.  The past week and a half it has been over 100 degrees nearly every day!  Weather like this has me wanting to stay cool, whether that is by being indoors or near water.

My summer dress I’m wearing here has been the perfect casual choice for so many reasons this summer.  Whether paired with my Sperry’s or cute sandals, it has the ability to be both dressed up or down, or even double as a pool cover up for those poolside parties that have a way of popping up this time of year.

How has your summer been going?

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

 

Raincoat Weather

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Raincoat: Same (and on sale!) Shirt: Similar Shoes: Stuart Weitzeman Corkswoon (Similar) Earrings: Same in Navy

This past weekend it rained like crazy here in the Midwest, which had me pulling one of my favorite rain jackets back out.  I love the wide stripes of this jacket, it gives it such a fun, nautical feel.  It is the perfect jacket for either dressing up or down.  Saturday I mostly just kind of chilled out not doing a whole lot other than running some errands towards the end of the day, but yesterday more than made up for how chill Saturday was!   I have a dance recital in two weeks and we had tech rehearsal in the afternoon.  I am getting so excited to dance on stage again, but it is also bittersweet since this is my last recital.

What did your weekend look like?

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

Easter Weekend Review

This past weekend was so much fun!  If you follow me on Instagram you know that I was able to go on a road trip with my mom, grandma and sisters to visit my family for my cousin’s babies gender reveal party!  It was such a fun way to get to spend Easter weekend with my family and discovering the gender of the newest member of our family!  For the gender reveal party everything was decorated sooooo cute in baby pinks and blues.  Check out the pictures below to see just how adorable it was!

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Boy or girl?  Which do you think Baby D will be?

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Baby pictures of mommy and daddy were just too cute for words!!!  I cannot wait to see my new baby cousin, I am sure baby “d” is going to be the absolute cutest!!!

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I loved this custom sign they had made of pregnancy symptoms for everyone to guess whether the baby would be a boy or girl based off of old wives tales.  Before you watch the video below of what baby will be, what is your guess?  Were you right?

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It’s a girl!!!!  I am so excited to get to go shopping for baby girl clothes.  While baby boys are sweet and special too, everyone I know has been having nothing but boys for over five years now and I am dying to go shopping for dresses and bows!

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We all stayed up so late talking and having fun, I seriously did not get to bed until midnight, which if you know me, that is crazy late for me!  I normally start winding down around nine or nine thirty and am always in bed by ten or ten thirty at the absolute latest.  I seriously LOVE my sleep, lol.  I meant to get a picture of all of us before or after church in our Easter dresses, but we all were having so much fun just being together and talking that I totally forgot to even take any pictures on Easter, oops!  We all went to  church together and then came back to my aunt and uncles house to enjoy leftover barbecue together for lunch, and let me tell you, it was GOOD!  By mid afternoon it was all too soon time to start making the trek back home.  It was sad to say goodbye to everyone, but thankfully I’ll get to see them again soon and now all of the baby girl shopping can begin!  If you have children, what were your favorite things you received at your baby showers?  I am all ears for suggestions on things to buy!

What did you do this Easter?

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

Finally Switching Out My Wardrobe

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I am loving the Spring Weather that has finally made its way back to Kansas this past weekend.  It gave me the final push of motivation to actually pull all of my spring clothes officially out of storage and pack the winter clothes away.  It is always a full morning or afternoons job, but I feel so much better once it is done.  I didn’t get any pictures of my method, but I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned over the years to make the packing and unpacking of seasonal clothes easier.

The first thing I always do is I pull the new seasons of clothes out of storage and place them in neat stacks on my bed, I then take all of the old seasons clothes and sort through what I know I’ll want for the next year packing it away and creating a pile of items that didn’t get worn a lot in a bag to donate.  I always keep a 3-4 pieces from the previous season out just in case the weather decides to go backwards again, but other than those few pieces, it all gets placed away in either bins or this old dresser in my storage room.  Now for all the new clothes, this is the fun part!  I choose a stack and start putting things away where I like to keep them, keeping similar things in the same area to make it easier to categorize them.  Once again I pull out any pieces that I don’t think that I will wear and place them in the donate bag.  Any pieces that I am on the fence about whether they will actually get worn or not I put up in my hanger with the hanger backwards facing me instead of away from me.  If I reach the end of the season and the hanger is still backwards I’ll know that the item was never worn and can be donated.

What are some of your tips for organizing your closet and surviving the transition between seasons?  Comment below or shoot me an email with them, I always love to get new ideas to make the transition smoother!

Happy Monday!

Leighton Michele

P.S. Isn’t this shirt just darling?  It can also be worn as a one shoulder, off the shoulders or strapless!

Raincoat Roundup

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They say that April showers bring May flowers, and if there is any truth to that then May is going to have some beautiful flowers this year!  Yesterday was the first day of sun in two weeks, so needless to say, cute rain outfits have been on my mind these past few weeks.  Even though we are finally experiencing sun now, I know that more rain is going to come, so I have rounded up my top 5 favorite raincoats.  The best part?  While not only keeping you warm and dry, they are classics that make an adorable statement.

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ONE: Yellow Coast Guard

TWO: Navy Floral

THREE: Big Stripes

FOUR: Smaller Stripes

FIVE: Living Pink

Below I’m sharing one of the ways I’ve been styling my Yellow Coast Guard raincoat through these past rainy weeks.  I have loved the bright pop of color it adds when the skies are so dreary, like a ray of sunshine.

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

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