What I'm Wearing:
Let's start with a recent outfit featuring my go-to black/white/olive color combo:
Target | Tee: Express | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Lucky Brand | Choker Necklaces: Express | Pendant Necklace: Express | Bag: Tory Burch (Similar Options Below)
This jacket is a great bargain find from Target (under $30) and is super soft, comfortable, and easy to throw on. It's lightweight so more of a Spring/Summer top layer than a winter layer for sure. You can see the last time I wore it here with book recommendations for people who liked "The Couple Next Door."
This Tory Burch bag was a splurge for me a couple of years ago after seeing Rachelle and Caryl style it with so many outfits. It's easily my most-complimented handbag, but unfortunately it's long gone and it's almost impossible to find a similar option to link. I put together six leopard crossbody bag options below, with prices ranging from $100 - $350. I would love to share a budget option but I after scouring the net I really couldn't find one worth posting!
Top Row: Tory Burch $265 | Coach $229 | Joe's Jeans $178
Bottom Row: River Island $100 | Coach Rhyder $255 | Karl Lagerfeld $80
And here's the front view of this outfit:
Shop the Look:
It's been less than three months since my dad passed away and I reminisce about him a lot! I love little reminders of him, like this one I shared on social media:
What I'm Working On:
My never-ending de-cluttering the house project. We've made lots of progress and tackled some huge projects, but every weekend that we're free I'm trying to spend an hour or so working on another cupboard or file box that's gone unsorted for too long.
What I'm Excited About:
After lots of frustration over the management/ownership change at our Tae Kwon Do studio in January, I'm back where I want to be in the process of getting my Black Belt. By going to class consistently despite the lack of any motivation to go, I got more familiar with the new instructors and they got more familiar with my skill level, so I was able to enroll in the Black Belt Prep class. I'll be doing that every Friday for the next 13 weeks, and (hopefully) taking my test in May.
What I'm Reading
After an epic month of reading seven books in January, post-holiday life kicked in and I am back to my average four books this month. I'm changing up my review format a little this month in the interest of time, so let me know if you find a particular format preferable or more helpful!
1. The Perfect Neighbors
Recommend! If you like Liane Moriarty books, you should enjoy this. Similar suburban family life/drama themes. Not as funny as Liane's writing style, but good storylines and characters.
2. Night Road
Recommend! This is the same author as The Nightingale (which I loved and highly recommend), and once again, she very carefully developed the characters and created an engaging, well-detailed story. It is quite sad and I cried a lot, so reader beware. This isn't a frilly, uplifting type of story.
3. Butterfly Dreams
Do Not Recommend. A Google Search for "authors similar to Colleen Hoover" lead me to this book, and the glowing Amazon reviews convinced me to get it. That was a regrettable choice. The main character was so irritating and the love story aspect just wasn't very engaging or believable.
4. A Cold Dark Place
Mostly Recommend. Last month I read a book by this author and really enjoyed it, so I wanted to try another of his books. This one took me awhile to get into. As in, I was almost 50% in by the time I was really into the story. And that may be partly due to the fact that I didn't have a good chunk of time to sit down and get it into it. Reading 5 minutes here, 10 minutes is a recipe for me to not really follow the story of almost any book, but that's life sometimes. It also jumped around a bit to different cities and times, and I didn't really understand why at first. That said, once I got into it, I enjoyed the second half a lot and appreciated how well it all came together. So...I recommend it but just know that it may take some time to get into it, and it's probably helpful if you can start the book when you have a good hour or so to commit to it.
What I'm Listening To:
This month I listened to these two Audiobooks. I wrote more detailed reviews on them here, but in short, I highly recommend "It's All Too Much." It's probably the best, most practical sorting and home organization book I've read, and it was even more life changing for me than "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up." The Power of Habit was good too, but it was more interesting than it was motivating or helpful.
What I'm Eating:
Several months back I talked my husband into trying Fresh & Fit Meal Delivery Service, and it's been a huge help and a game changer for us. He typically eats one extra meal per day than the rest of the family and it's hard to come up with all that many healthy meal ideas, not to mention shop for and store all of it. Last week he was traveling for work so I "helped" him by eating some of his meals for lunch before they went bad, and they were so good! We are now in talks for making arrangements to add my lunches to our meal plans, and I'm pretty excited about that. I've been eating the same salad every day for lunch for over a year and I'm ready for a change.
What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:
I have an appointment to get Microblading for my eyebrows next month! I'm not really looking forward to the process of microblading, but I'm looking forward to having decent eyebrows! I've never had much to work with and I'm not great at filling them in to have a nice shape, etc., so this could be amazing. If you're a San Diego local, I'm going to Brows by Jackie because I like all of her before and after pictures and think she'll do a great job!
Thanks for reading today and see you back on Friday!