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Bleu Garten OKC

So Midtown is one of my favorite districts in OKC! The restaurants and businesses are thriving down there, and one of the best things about it is Bleu Garten, an outside area that features different food trucks and delicious adult beverages!

Tonight was a summer kickoff party introducing the new cocktail menu! I ordered a fruity, tequila-based drink called the Midtown Sunset! I highly recommend it! Ben got a beer, as usual! They had the Filipino Fusion food truck tonight, which is one of my favorites. I had already eaten, but the dessert was insane! The Halo Halo, a Filipino variation on the classic shaved ice, featured boba-type stuff at the bottom, ice cream, and a random piece of flan on top! Yes, you read that right! FLAN!!

I was so excited, I forgot to take a picture until this point! Oops!!

Besides the delicious offerings, I love that Bleu Garten has stuff to do! There was a live band to listen to, cornhole games, and GIANT JENGA!!

Here we are with some friends playing! Photo cred: Brianna Dodd! It was super fun! I always like food/drink places that have activities!

Bottom line: If you live in OKC or are planning a visit soon, go to Bleu Garten! It’s the perfect summer hangout! Bonus: You can bring the dog! We would, but our sweet Sheltie suffers from anxiety around crowds! Kids are also welcome before a certain time! Our toddler godson was there for a while!

Hope you had a fun Thursday like we did! Let me know if you love Bleu Garten, or drop a different OKC recommendation in the comments!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

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Hump Day!

Hey y’all! It’s hump day! Wednesdays are kind of bittersweet to me. At the end of the day, we are officially over the hump and on the downward slope to the weekend. Getting through the day, however, can be a ride on the struggle bus.

I feel like Mondays, though sometimes dreary, are a powerful reset button. It’s a chance to start the week off right and crush it! Since summer started, I have been working on the goals that I put on the back burner during the end of the busy school year, such as quiet time with God, exercise, housework, and this blog, among other things I will announce later. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This Monday was awesome! I did my devotional and Bible study first thing in the morning, went to kickboxing, grocery shopped for the week, started my weekly cleaning project, cooked a delicious dinner, went to Barre 3 with my friends, and did some professional development reading. Tuesday was a similar day, but with a full day of professional development. Today, however, was more of a struggle. It was hard to wake up early for devotional time before my day of professional development. I was tempted to watch TV instead of pushing through cardio dance and then order in instead of cooking the healthy meal I planned. I had to use one of my mom’s favorite phrases to push through:

Being an adult is doing what you don’t want to do when you don’t want to do it.

I listened to my mom’s voice, which frequently finds its way into my head, and I did it all anyway.

Does my story sound familiar to anyone? Does your Monday motivation turn “meh” about midweek? If so, you are not alone! It’s normal to hit the “hump slump,” but it’s not okay to stay there! Your responsibilities don’t end because you’re tired, and self-improvement can’t happen if you grow stagnant after a couple of days. You need consistency to be successful, which means doing the things you know you need to do even when you don’t feel like it.

At this point, you may be thinking that I’m a total slavedriver and that you deserve a rest. If that’s you right now, you’re correct! You DO deserve a rest! As for the other part…hehe, no comment! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m not saying to just push through constantly and never give yourself a reward or a breather! We all need to recharge sometimes. The difference is that you recharge and then get back to work. It’s far too easy to justify laziness to yourself and extend your break to the point of irresponsibility. After I did my professional development sessions today, I met my husband at our favorite coffee shop, had coffee and a delectable croissant, and just chilled for an hour. That was a lovely treat for me, and I felt rejuvenated when it was time to go to the gym!

Here I am with that latte! Yum!! If you haven’t gone to Hank’s in Midtown, check them out! Great coffee with fun and knowledgeable baristas!

Here’s the bottom line: Push through hump day, do what you need to do, but allow yourself a bit of time to recharge when you’re feeling slumpy. I hope y’all had a great Wednesday! You are on the downward slope now, so keep your chins up!

What are your tips for getting through the “hump slump?” Let me know in the comments!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

Frugal Fashionista

Howdy!

So, y’all know I’m a teacher. What you have probably also gathered is that I have expensive tastes! It is what it is. Everyone who knew me in middle and high school probably remembers that I was OBSESSED with labels. Back then, American Eagle, Hollister, and Abercrombie were staples in my closet! Unfortunately, my adoptive dad made great money, and I chose to make WAYYYY less. (Totally worth it for those students, btw!) The problem was that I couldn’t quite change my wiring enough to get down with Walmart. So what did I do? Take out crazy credit cards a la Lily of HIMYM? Call my parents for a shopping allowance?

Haha, no way! I just had to learn to be a frugal fashionista! I still wear name brands and have what I think is a pretty fabulous closet! I have just learned how to find those deals! Here is some of what I do when I shop:

1. Check the Outlet Mall first

OKC has a fabulous outlet mall that opened up a few years ago! I actually worked at the Nine West for almost a year in college! Yeah yeah, it’s last year’s clothing, but the prices are initially lower. Then, I wait for sales to get even better deals! Since there are so many designers featured at an outlet mall, you can build a versatile wardrobe just by shopping there, though I have plenty of other recommendations! Here is an outfit that is almost exclusively from the Outlet Mall!

Forgive the tired expression! I was finishing up my night teaching job at that point! ๐Ÿ˜ด

Skirt suit: Express

Leggings: Gap

Booties: Clark’s

The shirt and necklace are the only non-outlet pieces, and I got those on super sale! My students and colleagues complimented this outfit like crazy, and I paid a fraction of the original price for all of it! #balleronabudget

2. Thrift Shop, Macklemore Style

We all know that catchy song about “poppin’ some tags” from a few years back. While I personally don’t look for your grandpa’s clothes, I definitely thrift! I have found incredible pieces from Goodwill, Daisy Exchange, Plato’s Closet, Clothes Mentor, and other local shops. If you are in the OKC metro, here is what I would say. Preppy fashionistas seem to have the best luck at Clothes Mentor in Edmond. They are super strict about what they will buy from people, and they only take name brands! I have had wonderful experiences with them! Oh, and Kendra Scott lovers rejoice!! They have quite the spread! I think my most exciting find has been these Kate Spade shoes that I snagged for $25!

Wow!! I’m a sucker for a good pump, and the gold details make them special! Kate Spade is one of my favorites because of her ability to marry the classic and the whimsical! I don’t always like her prices, though, so this was the perfect find! I wear them at least once a week!

In addition to those gems, I’ve bought several items there and would highly recommend it! Daisy Exchange and Plato’s Closet can be more “trendy,” but I have been able to dig through and find some great stuff. Plato’s Closet can be especially helpful for workout wear! Almost all of my Nike shorts are from there!

3. Upscale Resale

This kind of goes hand in hand with the last one, but upscale resale shops are great if you are looking for something like a Lilly dress or a designer handbag. All of my favorites are actually in Florida! Remember my New Year’s dress?

Yep! Lilly dress for $50 at the upscale resale shop! (Recognize those shoes?) I’ll tell you more about the bag later! Another one you may remember from the summer:

This Lilly was $40 at a different one! If you are in Florida and you’re a Lilly fan, those shops almost ALWAYS carry Lilly, since she is a Florida phenomenon! Those pink shoes also came from that store! Boom!

4. Shop Super Clearance

Sometimes you just have to go to the regular mall. You can make this work just as well for you, though! I know threading through the messy clearance racks is a bit of work, but it can reap some major benefits! Yes, clearance is usually from a different season, but get your winter clothes for next year during the spring, and vice versa, to save some precious dolla dolla bills! (…why do I even try to be cool?) Not only do those items go on clearance, but there are some stores that do extra clearance at certain times. Dillard’s does an additional 30% off clearance once a month. It’s usually the 3rd weekend of the month. Cardholders get dibsies that Wednesday, and everyone else gets in that Thursday-Saturday! Their New Years Sale is even better! Additional 50% off clearance! Beware the crowds, though!

So if you find a piece you love that isn’t on sale, my advice is to exercise patience and wait for it to go on clearance, then wait again for extra clearance. If it’s gone, it wasn’t meant to be. I did this once with a total princess skirt! I found the most gorgeous tulle skirt at Windsor, and it was $50. I waited and waited, finally snagging it months later for $9!

Worth the wait!! By the way, the only full-price thing in this entire outfit is the Kendra Scott. Gotta splurge sometimes! ๐Ÿ˜‰

5. Take Advantage of Hand-Me-Downs

I feel that hand-me-downs have been given a negative connotation in our society. Even Ron Weasley complained about having to wear hand-me-down robes. We all love having new stuff, but there are times when hand-me-downs are awesome! I especially love the vintage ones, because I’m old school like that! My adoptive mom is turning 80 this year, and she has some truly unique pieces from her younger years! I now have all of her old evening bags, as well as a hat and some kid leather gloves, all in impeccable condition!

Remember this hat? Perfect for church! The eel skin clutch also adds to this outfit, which, by the way, is made up of Goodwill, Women’s Exchange, and the Outlet Mall! I’m known for my hats at church, and this one is particularly fabulous! That gold evening bag from my New Years outfit? My mom’s! This one is amazing, because it is a genuine Whiting and Davis mesh bag, and it is STILL IN THE BOX! Mom is quite meticulous, and it paid off! She told me that was the “it bag” of her time, and now I carry it! My future daughter will get it as well, and it will pass through my family! How stinkin’ cool is that? Hand-me-downs are more than just thrifty. They are sentimental! Another one of note is the black Coach bag from my first outfit! It was my Mother-In-Law’s! So sweet!

I hope you have come away with some savings ideas! I know my ways can’t be it, so I’d love for you to comment and tell me what you do to save money on high-quality clothing!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

Mileage Programs

Hey hey hey! I am ecstatic today, because we booked our next trip to Seattle for March! One of my brothers is getting married at the beautiful Seattle aquarium! He and his fiancรฉ are going to make such handsome grooms! It will be a fabulous weekend!

One of the coolest parts of this trip is that my round trip flight was about $100! My brother, the same one who is getting married, signed me up for the Alaska Airlines mileage plan years ago, and I had enough miles to get an almost free flight! This trip is now well under budget because of those miles! I signed Ben up as well, so we will each earn mileage points every time we go on a trip!

If you travel frequently or want to start, I highly recommend a mileage plan, whether it is through your favorite airline’s free plan or a credit card with mile rewards. I am partial to Alaska! Their flights are always pleasant, the points stack up quickly, and many of the flights are nonstop! We just have the free plan, but we are considering the credit card down the road for even more payback! Go sign up and start earning on your next trip! It is well worth it!

Have sweet dreams of travel!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

Vintage Fabulous

Hello and happy Sunday Funday! I hope yours was filled with joy and relaxation! Mine was pretty fabulous, mostly because I wore a bunch of authentic vintage pieces to church today!

The outfit itself is current, but the hat, earrings, and clutch are vintage pieces, all from my adoptive Mom!! She is close to 80, and has kept many of her pieces over the years. She is now downsizing, and she passed down several items to me, for which I am most grateful!

The hat is ’60s, we believe, and in great condition! You are supposed to put a pin on the long part, so the hat can have many different looks! The pin I’m wearing today matches my earrings. My mom got the set at a home party for jewelry in the ’60s, and it has held up beautifully! They are great statement pieces! Plus, the pearl in the middle means that I can match it with my pearl necklaces, as I did today!

The clutch is real eel skin, and it’s from the ’80s! I never knew this, but eel skin handbags and wallets were an ultimate status symbol back then. They were expensive and sleek, so all the “it girls” had them! I guess my mom was pretty cool! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was worth the money, because it is still in great condition 35 years later! I love the smooth elegance!

I am so thankful to have some true vintage pieces in my wardrobe! Some people would probably want to sell some of the items she gave me, but I think they are both stylish and sentimental. My goal is to take care of them so that my future daughter can have them next! Stay tuned for more awesome pieces from Mom’s wardrobe!

Do you have family items like that? What are they? Let me know, and thanks for reading!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

Get To Know You Tag

Hello there!! I was thinking about what to write all day, and then I got tagged for “get to know you!” Easy peasy lemon squeezy! Here is some stuff about me. To all my lovely followers: YOU HAVE BEEN TAGGED!! I want to see yours! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. ย Are you named after anyone?
    Yep! First name: Shelby from Steel Magnolias! Middle name: Elizabeth, a family name. ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. When was the last time you cried?
    Last week.
  3. Do you have kids?
    Does this cutie count? 15232073_10211730454515991_1775713306975978767_nThen yes! One 4 year old son named Bounce!
  4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
    Absolutely!
  5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
    Eh? Sometimes, but it’s not a large part of my personality.
  6. Whatโ€™s the first thing you notice about people?
    Their smiles!
  7. What is your eye color?
    Blue/gray.
  8. Scary movie or happy endings?
    HAPPY ENDINGS!! Fairy tales and rom coms are my jam!
  9. Favorite smells?
    Pumpkin spice (laugh all you want), fresh cookies, Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua, and apple pie! Wow, lots of desserts…
  10. Whatโ€™s the furthest youโ€™ve ever been from home?
    Europe!
  11. Do you have any special talents?
    YES. I can touch my tongue to my nose AND do the belly wave. Not trying to brag, but I can even do both at the same time! #madskillz
  12. Where were you born?
    Sarasota, Florida!
  13. What are your hobbies?
    Dancing, eating, shopping, reading, blogging (duh), fashion, and anything dealing with coffee.
  14. Do you have any pets?
    See my kids answer! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  15. Do you have any siblings?
    Yep! 3 brothers and a sister, plus the in-laws! Only one is my actual sibling by birth. The rest were cousins who became siblings when we were adopted by our aunt and uncle!
  16. What do you want to be when you grow up?
    Oh gosh, I am already grown up! After my PhD, I want to stay in education, but either go the administration track or the professor and eventually dean track. I know God will lead me in the right direction when I finish that doctorate! #drrose
  17. How tall are you?
    Not tall enough to reach my top cabinets! 5’3!
  18. How many countries have you visited?
    4: Mexico, Belgium, Germany, and Luxembourg
  19. What was your favorite/worst subject in High School?
    My favorite was English, and my worst was science.
  20. What is your Favorite drink? Animal? Perfume?
    My favorite drink is definitely a Starbucks latte! I like to vary the flavors! My favorite animal is a sweet, cuddly dog! My favorite perfume is Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua, with Polo’s #1 (the blue one) coming in a close second!
  21. What would you (or have you) name your children?
    My first son will be Killian James Rose, possibly spelled Cillian, the traditional Irish way. And we may do Benjamin as the middle name instead, because it’s tradition on his side to give the first born son the father’s first name as their middle name. But we like James too! We’re still debating those things! My first daughter will be Annabelle Elizabeth Rose. All the women on my mom’s side have Elizabeth as the middle name! Then my second son will be William Benjamin Rose or William James Rose. Whichever one we don’t do for Killian! That’s all we have so far!
  22. What Sports do you play/Have you played?
    I ran track in high school, but besides that, my sport has always been dance! I started dancing at age 4, and now I run the dance team at our middle school!
  23. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?
    I am not really a YouTube person as of right now, but there are bloggers who vlog that I follow. Carly the Prepster, formerly The College Prepster, is my absolute favorite! She has stayed true to herself and her brand for years, and we love a lot of the same things! Our hometowns are also like 45 minutes apart! Another one I like is TT Bret, a cosplayer with tons of Harry Potter stuff! #nerdalert
  24. Favorite memory from childhood?
    Definitely all of the cool opportunities that dance provided me. One takes the cake, though. When I was 10, our ballet company put on a ballet dealing with Iran. They invited the Shahbanou of Iran to come and watch it. I knew nothing about Iran, but 10 year old me felt entitled to meet royalty, because I was, like, totally going to be a royal one day. Duh. So meeting her was a really cool part of my childhood! She was super sweet!
  25. How would you describe your fashion sense?
    It’s preppy for sure, especially during spring and summer when I can wear my array of polos and Lilly dresses! I also have a super vintage flair, though! I like to add some ’50s sparkle to my outfits! It’s fabulous, yet modest!
  26. What phone do you have? (iOS v Android?)
    iPhone 7!
  27. Tell us one of your bad habits!
    I accidentally adopt other people’s speech patterns when I talk to them, and I have to be careful that it doesn’t seem like I’m making fun of anyone! It’s funny, because if I live in a new place long enough, their accent starts to come out! When I lived in Washington state for 3 years, I first got teased for sounding too southern, but when I got to Oklahoma, they straight up thought I was a northerner because I had started saying “bayg” instead of bag! I got rid of it pretty quick after being back where I belong, in the good ol’ south! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks for reading and getting to know me better! Don’t forget to do yours!! Y’all have a great Friday night!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

The Bravery to Fail

Happy new year, everyone! I hope you had a safe and fun New Years Eve! I know I did! We had two fun parties to attend, and I was definitely the most dressed up! (As always!)

The dress is Lilly and the shoes are Kate Spade, but the accessories are all vintage hand-me-downs from Mom!

As we celebrated, I thought about what my theme for the new year will be! I already selected some things I wanted to do this year, but I love the idea of having a focus all year.

While I am a pretty bold person already, there is always this underlying perfectionism and self-doubt. I was the kid who cried over a B+ in school. I feel that while I am successful in life, I can do so much more if I am brave enough to fail. Putting myself out of my comfort zone means that I may stumble before I rise to the top. However, that is the only way to grow. 2018 will be a year of growth for me as I push myself and rise to the next-level version of me! Stay tuned for some awesome things!

What is your theme for the new year? Let me know!!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€