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A Less-Than-Graceful Monday: 4 Ways to Survive Wedding Reception Dancing!

20th October 2014

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 Darrin and I celebrated the wedding nuptials of my sweet cousin over the weekend, and we had such an awesome time catching up with family, eating food that wasn’t cooked in a microwave, and dancing our little hearts out. I’m always thanking the good Lord that Darrin is comfortable twerking it out on the dance floor with me. And by “twerking it,” I most certainly mean something that resembles the exact opposite of that somewhat terrifying Miley Cyrus dance move. We love weddings, and we love dancing. Sure, our go-to moves are often times “the sprinkler” or “the shopping cart,” but, we figure, why not keep a good thing going?

Of course, wedding reception dancing is wrought with embarrassing and less-than-graceful moments. Moments that don’t even include the actual “dancing” itself. So here is my brief little survival guide for you, should you find yourself on the dance floor with images of Gene Kelly and Patrick Swayze literally dancing in your head:

  1. Be sure to give yourself at least one, full arm’s length radius between you and the rest of society: Dancing, if you’re unabashed and out of control like me and Darrin, requires a lot of space so that you can successfully execute the pretend-like-this-is-cool fist pumping, arm swirling, and other strange motions. Making sure that you have at least an arm’s length distance between you and the 65 year old grandma on your left will also ensure that you do not awkwardly brush your hand against her butt in mid-arm swirl. Always a bonus.
  2. Before you decide to rock out to One Direction, be sure to bring an adult friend with you onto the dance floor, or risk jamming to the tween band with a small pack of middle-school girls: I think this one speaks for itself.
  3. Locate all exits and/or balconies before proceeding onto the dance floor: If you’re awesome and unembarrassed dance partner tends to work up a sweat while dancing, knowing where the nearest “cool down” spots are located are a must. As is making the time to actually cool down…your face {that doesn’t want to get sprayed by the sweat beads streaming down your husband’s dance partner’s face} will thank you.
  4. Consider lace carefully: If you can, avoid wearing a particularly lacey dress that will easily find itself attached to your husband’s suit coat button in the middle of the upbeat “Shake It Off” by Miss T-Swift herself. The whole “my-dress-is-awkwardly-caught-on-your-button-please-stop-moving-or-we’ll-be-sure-to-give-this-crowd-a-real-show” sequence really cramps any and all kinds of grooves. Just thought I’d warn ya.

So there you have it. A brief survival guide by yours truly that was may or may not have been based on real life events. Hope you have a great rest of your Monday!

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Weekend Sales!

18th October 2014

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I’m just going to come out and say it, folks: the holiday season is coming.

{gasps! screams! “oh no you did not!”s!}

 And while I know that some people are very passionate about their “We do not talk about Christmas before Thanksgiving” rule, I thought it might be helpful to prepare for the season in advance by sharing these sweet sales that are happening this weekend. I’ve shared some of my favorite pieces from a few of these stores in the lookbook above, so check them out!

J.Crew Factory – Extra 30% off Clearance | Code: YAY30
Kate Spade - 30% off entire purchase | Code: F14FFUS
Ann Taylor – Extra 50% off Full Price Tops, Accessories, & Shoes | Code: STYLE50
Saks Fifth Avenue – 25% Off  | Code: FRNFAM
Old Navy - 25% Off | Code: TREAT
J.Crew - 30% Off Sweaters & Outerwear | Code: SHOPFALL
Madewell - 30% Off Sale | Code: PICKMEUP
Club Monaco - 25% Off Select Fall Styles | Code: FALLFAVES
Forever 21 - Extra 30% Off Sale | Code: TAKE30
Saks Off Fifth – Extra 40% Off Contemporary | Code: 40FORYOU
Lands End – Extra 30% Off Fall Essentials | Code: LEAF
Gap - Extra 25% Off Entire Purchase | Code: HAPPY

One can never be too prepared for the craziness that is Christmas shopping! icon wink Weekend Sales!

Have a relaxing Saturday!

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Over On Instagram!

17th October 2014

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Happy Friday! Darrin’s “Birthday Week” was a complete success. Especially if we try to forget about that oh-so-romantic head and chest cold that I’ve had plaguing my system for the last couple of days. Aside from that germy reality, our little late-night birthday party at home was exactly the kind of party the likes of Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, and Katy Perry would not attend. So Darrin was happy. icon wink Over On Instagram!  After my night class, we baked an insanely delicious apple pie, opened gifts, and then fell asleep watching superhero shows. My sweet sister and her fiance stopped by to drop off a ginormous Batman balloon that we currently have attached to one of our kitchen table chairs, so Darrin {like the 7 year old that he is} has been enjoying eating his meals on the “Batman Throne.” The party just never stops around here.

Tonight, because we weren’t able to go out to dinner on Darrin’s actual birthday, we’re heading downtown for a birthday date night! We’ll dress up fancy, eat too much, question why it’s socially unacceptable to wear sweatpants to dinner, and then crash on the couch with Netflix playing in the background. Like I said before, the party just never stops around here….

One last thing: Operation Surprise Darrin With A Rockin’ Birthday Gift was a success! I bought us tickets to the Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets hockey game, and Darrin verbally admitted that he was genuinely surprised. So, 100 wife points to Gracie. We’re so excited to go to an NHL game. It’ll be our first, so we’re going to have to brush up on all on MN Wild hockey chants and cheers. Bring on the hockey season!

Hope you have a great weekend! You can follow my insta-life here!

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Shop: Fall Handbags!

16th October 2014

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Every season is a good season to shop for a new handbag, right? I mean, that’s got to be some kind of “girl code.” You see your friend/sister/cousin/mom/grandma/random-lady-who-is-always-working-from-the-same-coffee-shop-you-visit-in-the-mornings sporting a new handbag and you don’t even need to question why they might have purchased the bag or for what purpose their new handbag will serve them throughout their daily routine. These explanations are completely irrelevant under the “girl code.” You see the new bag. She sees that you see the new bag. You say, “Nice bag.” She says, “Thanks. I like it.” And then you both go about your business. You like the bag. She likes the bag. No justification needed.

Boom. Girl code.

So here are a few of my favorite fall handbags from Mellow World and Target! And, because I’m all about discounts and sales and things like that {graduate school budgets will do that to ya}, you can take 10% off your purchase at Mellow World using the promo code SOMETIMESGRACEFULLY ! So, in honor of the “girl code,” feel free to treat yourself to a new handbag this month.

Of course, I’m sure Darrin will read this post sometime today and claim that this whole “girl code” idea is just me grasping for another excuse to buy a pretty bag….poor poor Darrin. It’s thoughts like those that created the ever so poignant “Girls rule; Boys drool” proverb. Maybe one day he’ll understand. icon wink Shop: Fall Handbags!

Have a great Thursday!

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A Little Birthday Note

15th October 2014

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This handsome man of mine, with his dreamy smile and sweet green eyes and amazing red hair, is having a big ol’ birthday today, which is most definitely cause for some celebration and photos of our tiny, two-person family. I could gush {and probably have gushed} about how thankful I am for this man’s love and faith and friendship and sacrifice and hard work that he brings to our marriage on a daily basis, or how blessed I am by his humor, his compassion, and his thoughtfulness. But for today, I think I’ll just post this little note for the birthday boy: Thanks for being my husband, for loving life’s big and little adventures, and for taking such good and careful care of my heart. I sure love doing life with you.

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