Decisions, Decisions

I usually keep it pretty lighthearted around here, but I just made a big decision and I can’t help but share. After a year at my current teaching job, I’ve decided to leave. This may seem like a hasty decision, since a year is short in the grand scheme of things. However, I feel strongly that it’s the right one.

Cardigan: thrifted Old Navy; dress: Target; necklace: Bauble Bar; belt: Forever 21; sandals: BC Footwear

Although I’ve met some amazing, inspiring people and some wonderful students, I’ve known for a while now that teaching isn’t quite right for me. Could I do it for another year? Yes, I know that I could, and that a second year at the same school would be less stressful. But I’d be doing it for the wrong reasons: the steady income, the summer vacation, the fear of entering the job market (again). 

Therefore in May, I’m officially hanging up my hat as a junior high French teacher. What’s next? I’ll be job hunting like crazy, mostly in the business world. If I don’t find anything this summer, I’ve already called the district I substitute taught in last year and they said they’d hire me back. I liked substituting (as a short-term job) and it will give me the flexibility to continue my job search. 

So, do you think I’m crazy, or have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? 
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Wishlist Wednesday: Color Love

When I bought this skirt from a thrift store about a year ago, it was because I was drawn to the colors. This mixture of navy blue, turquoise, and yellow is still one of my favorite combinations. 

Trench: Gap Outlet; t-shirt: Gap Outlet; skirt: thrifted Ann Taylor; necklace: Bauble Bar; belt: Target; shoes: Nine West

That’s why when I came across these Chinese Laundry Milk Shake Sandals in a similar color combination, I immediately added them to my wishlist. No, I don’t really need them, and at $80 they’re a little over my budget. But I will be keeping my eye on them in case they go on sale.

By the way, that necklace I’m wearing is the Bauble Bar beauty that I featured on my first Wishlist Wednesday post! It finally came back in stock, so I picked it up as a little I-didn’t-go-anywhere-for-spring-break-so-I-should-buy-myself-a-present present. You like? 

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Dinner Tonight: Herb Roasted Pork Loin

During the week I rely on quick-cooking, easy to throw together recipes because I don’t have time for a fussy meal. However, for Sunday dinner I don’t mind making something that takes a little longer to cook. This meal was the perfect balance, because while it wasn’t quick-cooking, it was simple to prepare.

I made the Herb Roasted Pork Loin recipe from Budget Bytes, and I didn’t change a thing about it. I love how flavorful the pork was, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make. I haven’t made many pork loin roasts, but it’s one I’ll definitely try again.

To go along with the roast, I cooked some egg noodles that I flavored with butter, sour cream, and parsley. As you can see from my plate, I need to work on my portions when it comes to pasta. (Does it make it better that the noodles were No Yolks and the sour cream was light? Maybe?)

What do you like to eat for Sunday dinners? 

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Some Neon for Your Weekend

I know I don’t typically post on Saturdays, but it’s good to branch out every once in a while, right? Thursday night (when I typically write my Friday morning post) I was in a bit of a funk, and I went to bed early. It was a little sad, because I went to bed before Aaron and I’m the one who’s on spring break. Night owl, I’m definitely not.

Button-up shirt: Gap (so old it's nearly vintage); jeans: Loft; belt: Loft; flats: Target

This look is my homage to the neon trend. I’m not sure I could do head to toe highlighter hues, but touches of hot pink and florescent yellow I like. I love pairing these bright colors with pastels and neutrals—it makes them really stand out. 

Are you embracing the neon trend this year? 
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Good Reads: Fool by Christopher Moore

It’s been a rainy, dreary spring break so far. Not that I’m complaining; it could be snowing and I’d still be happy for the break. (Although I’m certainly thankful that it’s not!) I’ve been alternating my time between checking off my to-do list and being absolutely lazy, leaning heavier towards the lazy side.

Sweater: Target; cords: Gap, gift; necklace: Anthropologie; flats: Target

I’ve had some time to read, and I just finished the book Fool by Christopher Moore. It’s the retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear, told from the perspective of Lear’s fool, Pocket. It’s been years since I’ve read King Lear, but even if you’ve never read it at all I can’t imagine not being entertained by this hilarious tale. 

Yes, I'm dressing like a book cover again. This was a fun one though!

In my opinion, Moore sums up his story the best:  “This is a bawdy tale. Herein you will find gratuitous shagging, murder, spanking, maiming, treason, and heretofore unexplored heights of vulgarity and profanity…” Basically it’s, Shakespeare, but sillier.

What’s your favorite Shakespeare play or parody? 

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Dinner Tonight: Chicken Kebabs with Cilantro and Bacon

I love to cook, but to be honest it’s wonderful when Aaron decides to grill our dinner every now and again. Since the weather has been so nice lately we’ve had dinner on the grill fairly often.

Recently, I made some kebabs with chicken, bacon, and vegetables for Aaron to grill up. This was another recipe I got from The Kansas City Star, only I used chicken tenderloins instead of the lamb that the recipe called for. (If you’d like a printable version just go here.) 

The chicken was rubbed with a mixture of cilantro, cumin, paprika, garlic and oil and skewered with bacon. I made the vegetable skewers separately, alternating peppers and onions. I cooked some orzo as an easy side, and without much work from me, dinner was served!

Have you (or your significant other) done much grilling yet this year? 

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Cozy Stripes for Inspiration Monday

Did you have a good weekend? Mine was filled with basketball, green beer, and good friends. The only disappointment was the basketball—my team lost (to Syracuse). Oh well, that didn’t stop me from having fun!

Jacket: Gap; t-shirt: Old Navy; skirt: Old Navy; earrings: Kohl's; sandals: BC Footwear


Today I’m linking up to Two Birds blog for Inspiration Monday. This week they chose Olivia Wilde as their muse. I channeled her stripes in a black and white striped tee and a cozy maxi skirt. This look was perfect for a lazy Sunday (or Monday, or Tuesday...). 

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Bright Colors, Happy Thoughts

I’m a pretty happy girl right now:

It’s Friday and my spring break starts at approximately 2:55 today.

Sweater: Gap; skirt: Merona, Target; earrings: Target; belt: Loft; flats: Blowfish via Much Love Illy giveaway

My team (the Kansas State Wildcats) won their first game of the NCAA tournament yesterday. Go Cats!

The weather continues to be awesome. 

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. Though they’ve physically been in school, my students mentally left for spring break around Wednesday, leaving me pretty frazzled. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 
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Wishlist Wednesday: Go-To Shoes

You can't tell by my outfit today, but the weather is nothing short of amazing right now; we’ve been having warm, almost summer-like temperatures. I hope this trend continues for my Spring Break next week. But, if it’s cold and rainy instead I guess it will just mean I have to stay indoors and nap. (What can I say; I’m a “glass half full” kind of person.) 

Sweater: Target; tank: Target; pants: Target; necklace: Dean Harris for Target (Holy Target!); flats: Blowfish via Much Love Illy giveaway

When I was making my mental wishlist for today’s Wishlist Wednesday post, I was thinking about these flats and how often I wear them. They’ve been my go-to shoes lately; they’re ridiculously comfortable, and they go with everything. 

While I’m sure I’ll still wear them as the weather continues to warm up, I would like to have a neutral pair of sandals that can take these flats’ place as my pair of go-to summer shoes. Here are my requirements: they need to be flat, comfortable, and under $50. Here are my picks (from Aldo, Zara, and Loft):

Which pair would you go with? 

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Basket Case

Today it’s green day* at Everybody Everywear, so I figured it would be the perfect time to debut my new green jeans. (Yes, I caved.) I couldn’t beat the price at Target, but after wearing them around for a while I’m starting to have second thoughts. I had to go up a couple of sizes (they’re not kidding when they call them “skinny” fit), and while the legs remain very, very fitted, I was pulling up the waist all day. 

Jacket: Gap; striped tee: Old Navy; jeans: Target; shoes: Toms

I’m hoping that at least for St. Patrick’s Day I’ll be able to throw a belt around them and call it good, but we’ll see. I suppose I could take them to a tailor, but it hardly seems worth it for cheap jeans. Besides, "taking something to the tailor" for me means putting it in a bag and forgetting about it. 

So are you lazy like me, or do you promptly tailor clothes that don’t fit? Or are you one of those people I’m insanely jealous of, the people who can tailor their clothes themselves? 

Be sure to check out all the ways everyone is wearing green today on Everybody,Everywear.

Green: Everybody, Everywear

*Get my title? Sorry, couldn't help myself. 
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