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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Caught My Eye

This past week and weekend have been so much fun filling it with making memories with my family.  As you know from my post on Monday I spent the weekend up in Kansas City with my family finding out that my cousin is going to be having a baby girl this fall and celebrating Easter with them.  Then on Monday my cousin from New York stopped by to visit for a couple of days!  It was so great getting to catch up with her and spend time making memories, even for just the few hours we had together (I had to work during most of her visit 😦 ).

Also, it felt sooooo good to get home from work today and pull on this dress from last summer.  It is just so comfortable and light weight.  I also love that it is so easy and you don’t have to think a lot to figure out how to wear it.  you just slip it on and put on some earrings in the color pop you’re feeling and boom, you’re ready to go!  (Or relax, which I am totally doing right now!

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ONE: Toddler Olympics

This adorable video showed up in my newsfeed on facebook this past week and I loved it!  I mean, the Olympics are always fun, but when you have darling babies competing?  It truly doesn’t get any better.  Seriously, stop reading and click the link and go watch it!

TWO: Bead Drop Earrings

Bead drop earrings are everywhere this season and are such an adorable fashion statement.  I picked these up from Francesca’s in both navy and red and am already dreaming of all the other color combinations.  I wore the red ones to work today and received so many compliments on them.  They add the perfect pop of color and make a fun fashion statement without being “too much”.

THREE: Lemon Cardigan

This lemon print cardigan from JCrew is just too adorable for words.  It would look darling both for work or a casual night out with friends.  I would personally wear it with a white tee shirt, denim shorts and cute wedges for a night out, or pair it with a black pencil skirt and button up for work.  The versatility alone would make this cardigan a wonderful addition to your wardrobe…. let’s get real, I’m just talking myself into this one as I write about it…. 😉

Hope you’re having a great hump day, it’s time for me to go get ready for dance class!

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

Caught My Eye

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ONE: Magnolia Journal

I am so excited, this past week I received a mini version of the Magnolia Journal my Fixer Uppers Chip and Joanna Gaines and I am hooked!  They had a special deal going that if you bought one years subscription you got the second years free, and there was no way I could say no to that!  I cannot wait to get to read through the full magazine and dream over Joanna’s impeccable decorating.

TWO: Baby Hears Moms Voice For First Time

This video came across my newsfeed on facebook and I could not get over how sweet it was.  The baby’s surprised face when he hears his mom for the first time will give you all of the feels.

THREE: Valentino Sandal Dupes

I love the Valentino Rockstud collection, but they are so far out of budget, it isn’t even funny.  I was so excited when I found these dups on Targets website though, they are so similar and under $30!  I am totally crushing on the tan ones and am thinking that they might be a good addition to my summer shoe wardrobe.

What has caught your eye this week?  Share in the comments below!  Happy hump day everyone!

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!

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It’s hump day!  I am so excited for the weekend, all I seriously want to do is just curl up and S-L-E-E-P!  Haha, I am seriously so tired it isn’t even funny.  I am so ready for a nice relaxing weekend of catching up with friends and my ZzZzZz’s.

ONE: Anne

I grew up watching the classic Anne of Green Gables with Megan Follows and reading the beloved books, so I was so excited to see that Netflix is going to be doing a series based on these books.  While I’m not sure any remake can fully live up to the originals, I am still looking forward to this remake!

TWO: Cold Shoulder Shirt

After wearing this shirt on Monday on my Instagram story I have received so many requests for where I bought it.  I decided to go ahead and answer the question here so that everyone could know the answer, lol.  I got it at Dillard’s and am absolutely loving it, and even better?  It is under $40!  I bought it in the baby blue seersucker version, while they don’t have this material available online, they do have a darling light chambray version, or if you really want the seersucker like mine, head on over to your local Dillard’s to pick it up there!

Happy hump day!

Leighton Michele

Caught My Eye

It has been raining all week here in the Midwest and doesn’t show any signs of stopping until the middle of the week next week!  As a result I have been loving wearing my Joule’s raincoat.  It is just the perfect look for these rainy days, the yellow is like a ray of sunshine making you happy and the coat itself is just perfect for staying warm and dry.

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ONE: This Striped Rain Coat

I am in love with this adorable striped raincoat from Talbots.  I wish I had an excuse to add another raincoat to my collection, but unfortunately can’t justify buying another one.  That doesn’t stop me from dreaming over this one and keeping an eye on it hoping it will go on sale enough to justify the purchase!

TWO: Old Fixer Upper Episodes

I am a huge Fixer Upper fan, but due to the fact that I only recently got cable missed out on the earlier seasons.  I was so excited to find a lot of seasons on HGTV’s website and have been devouring both  the old and new ones!

THREE: Streams In The Desert

I received this devotional book for Christmas and have been loving it.  Every day has a new devotion and they are all so relevant.  I know that I am going to be encouraged every morning and it is the perfect book to start my quiet time out with before digging into the Bible.

FOUR: Vintage Looking Camera Bag

This camera bag is so cute for a smaller camera bag with a retro flare to it.  As I told you last week, I honestly was born in the wrong era and love anything and everything vintage, so I am totally drooling over this camera bag.  It would look so darling with the retro camera I shared with you last week!  Bonus points for the fact that it is actually quite affordable.

FIVE: Dad’s Doing Ballet With Their Daughters

I know this video is a little over a month old, but I just had to share it still.  If you couldn’t tell by the name of my blog, I love dance, especially ballet and I love it that the dads are getting involved!  The little girls are so cute  and you can’t help but giggle as your heart melts watching the dads join their daughters in their world.

Happy hump day everyone!!!

Leighton Michele