Wednesday, April 18, 2018

My Target Shopping Spree

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my Instastories a few weeks back where I shared my shopping spree at Target and Ulta. Maybe I shouldn't call it a shopping spree... I had gift cards that I had been saving up and boy did I use them (and then some lol whoops)! I wanted to share some of my favorite finds from Target and I'll share my Ulta purchases in another post.

Let's get one thing straight - I am not an avid shopper. My mom, on the other hand, is the queen of finding a good deal, anticipating trends, and wearing things before they are cool. A real trendsetter, I tell ya! We used to go shopping together all the time - ALL THE TIME! Our shopping trips are some of my most cherished memories! I always imagined I would inherit her good shopping skills but when I moved out on my own a few things happened...

1. I didn't have any spending money.
2. I could not form my own opinions about what kind of clothes I liked. I literally couldn't go shopping on my own because I didn't have my mom to consult with.
3. I felt really weird about spending someone else's money when I got married even though it was my spouse that was earning that money. It was a strange transition for me.

Because of these 3 points and also due to the fact that we are poor students, I've come to really appreciate gift cards. I feel like gift cards get such a bad rap (or is it rep?) because they "aren't thoughtful." But let me just make a case for gift cards and say that they are awesome! You're essentially giving the gift of shopping guilt free and the recipient gets to buy whatever they choose - something you know they will like!

Anyway, let's get to my purchases, shall we? First, this skirt (not available online unfortunately). I am very into ruffles of all kinds so when I found a skirt that fits well, is the cutest fabric, has ruffles, is long enough, aaaand makes my butt look good I knew I had to get it in all the colors. I also got it in another fabric but I haven't found the perfect top to go with it yet so you just get to see photos of one. I've linked to the other one here, too, though so you can check it out!

Thanks to Brittany Lowry Photography for taking these photos for me! She da best!

Shoes: Old Navy but they're old. These are probably my most asked about item I've ever shared so I feel super bad that they are unavailable. However, Roolee Boutique has some that are similar. They're kind of expensive so I don't love recommending them due to the price but they're the most similar I've seen. I'm hopeful that Old Navy will somehow see the response that these shoes get on my posts so they'll know that people want them! Maybe they'll bring them back!

Top: Old. Similar here!

Skirt: Target. I cannot find this particular style online but here's the other one in the floral fabric!

I also bought these capris and I've worn them at least twice a week since I bought them. They're high waisted and stretchy which makes them oh so comfy.

Target is nailing it right now in the women's clothing department. Here are some other things I'm loving...

Aaaaaaand Target is having a deal right now where you buy $40 worth of clothing, shoes, and/or accessories get a $10 gift card in return (offer ends 4/21/18). Woot woot! Shop the items above by just clicking on the photo and it'll take you directly to the product page. You'll have that $10 gift card in no time! You can also click here to sign up for Ebates and get cash back in addition to that $10 gift card. If you use my Ebates link and spend at least $25 you'll get $10 from Ebates, too. So spend $40 at Target and get $20 back. Happy Shopping! 

xoxo, Chelan

Monday, April 16, 2018

First Sunshiney Weekend of 2018

There was a bit of a buzz in the air last week at the dance studio in anticipation of the nice weather that was supposedly coming. I overheard several conversations about it but I tried not to get my hopes up because the weather seems to change on a dime no matter what the forecast says. Everyone, regardless of where you live, will say, "Well, that's ____ weather for you!" and they'll fill in that black with wherever it is that they live. It's the same in Alberta, Utah, and Ohio. The weather is just unpredictable and I think everyone thinks that their own state/area is unique for having crazy weather... but it's not. The weather can change quickly any place you live. Anyway, there was a lot of talk about the upcoming forecast and you could feel it starting to warm up a bit. Come Thursday I was all smiles because the air was actually warm. I went outside and didn't shiver. The wind was even warm so I wasn't even mad that it was windy (which if you know me, you know I loathe the wind SO MUCH). Parker had a test on Friday morning so he was done with everything for the entire weekend by 11 am. Queue the party!

We took the missionaries out for lunch, and then Parker and I found a fishing spot nearby. I stopped at the library to get myself a book to read while Parker fished and I could not stop smiling. I really think I suffer a bit from Seasonal Affective Disorder....aka S.A.D. So fitting. But I am truly happiest when the sun is shining. So I read for a bit and Parker fished and I soaked up the sun. I even had some pop with me so, you know, I was in heaven. After fishing, we refilled our pop supply and headed to the driving range. 

Sidenote: If you know me from childhood, you know that my family is very athletic. The McMurrays are a very sporty bunch - my extended family included - and I am one of the few that didn't follow the sports path... From a young age, I was forced to decide between Champs (a basketball clinic my dad puts on twice a year for elementary school kids) and tap class because there was a scheduling conflict and that wasn't a hard decision for me to make at all. I was the one who would skip down the court while twirling her pigtails so you can imagine my parents' surprise when I chose dance ;). My dad and brother and cousins are all golf enthusiasts and I've never really shown any interest in golfing but I decided that I'm going to learn how to golf this year and impress them all with my skills someday lol. 

Anyway, after the driving range, we went to see The Quiet Place (which I didn't like... I know I'm the minority here) to finish off our Friday! It was such a good day! I even got a bit of a farmers tan from being out in the sun, woohoo!

Saturday morning I taught dance first thing and then Parker and I continued our adventure filled weekend with tennis (I won) and some more fishing/reading before the rain came. We found our 'summer spot' that I am hopeful we will visit often this summer. There is a lake with a beach area, picnic tables, and grills, grassy areas, and a spot for fishing. It also looks like they have a concession that'll be open in the summer so if I run out of pop, I can get some more ;). I'm excited! 

I hope everyone else had a great weekend, too! Hopefully, we'll all see more of that nice weather soon! It's supposed to snow here tomorrow so it was only fitting that I write about our sun-filled weekend to offset the nasty weather heading our way.

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo, Chelan

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Our Love Story: Part 14

"Here's the thing about this love story of ours. It's long. And drawn out. And mushy-gushy. And even a bit cheesy. But it's true. And I've decided to take my time writing it, capturing all the special details of those moments I never want to forget. So if mushy-gushy, cheesy love stories aren't your thing, I totally get that. Just know that I'm writing this as a gift - to my family, and my children, and their future children - and also, for [Parker] and me - so that on those days when the kids are screaming, the laundry is overflowing and the bills are rolling in...on those days when it all just seems so hard, we'll have this to remind us of those first moments when we fell in love. And if sappy, detail ridden love stories are your thing, well then you've come to the right place." -Ashley Stock

To read the beginning of Our Love Story, click here.
So Parker left to serve his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for two years. He started out at the Provo Missionary Training Center and I ended up going to visit family in Provo while he was there. I remember feeling super weird about being in the same place but not being able to see each other. We drove by the MTC a couple of times and I had high hopes that I would catch a glimpse of him on his way to the Temple or something but I never did. At the beginning of Parker's mission, he was only allowed to email family so we did snail mail up until we were allowed to email. Then it was a mix of emails every week (I only missed a couple of times but those times made me feel sick to my stomach at having forgotten) and then snail mail and packages. 

Ok sidenote: so I started writing this and then got lost in the depths of our emails and letters and they have me crying. First out of love for Parker. He was and still is so good to me and makes me so happy that that happiness wells up and comes out my eyes. Second out of embarrassment for the things I used to say/my letters and emails in their entirety. I was so annoying and I am just so grateful that Parker was able to see past all that and love me anyway.

Back to the story, so we wrote and wrote and wrote each other. Queue this song - any time I would hear it, I would feel the need to write Parker a letter. So many of my letters start with "That song came on again so I felt the need to write a letter..." It was a long two years but at the same time, it went really fast. I went on dates with other people but didn't click with anyone else and I think a lot of that was because I really, really wanted to see what would happen with Parker when he came home and because we were obviously meant to be together :). I remember my first date back at BYU after Parker left was a date to the circus. The guy was really nice and it was a good date but when I came home, I put on Parker's sweatpants and hoody that he left with me and cried myself to sleep that night because I missed him so much. 
A photo of our actual letters as decor at our wedding :).

At about 5 months left on his mission, I started to get really nervous about him coming home. Everyone knew that we had dated before his mission and I was very open to the world about how I was still writing him so I knew that everyone was watching us, waiting to see what would happen when he came home. And the pressure of everyone else's expectations really got to me. My family LOVED Parker so much (they still love him, just keeping the past tense going for sake of the story) and I knew that they wanted things to work out between us. His family, too! 

So when it came time for his homecoming, I freaked out and started to make really dumb decisions. Before he left, I had promised him that I would be there for his homecoming but I couldn't bring myself to actually go and made up excuses not to meet him in Ohio. I also told him not to come to Canada but that we should wait until we were both back at BYU to see each other. I was so scared. 

Part 13

Thursday, April 12, 2018

How We Wore It | Denim on Denim

I was a little bit nervous about trying to do denim on denim this month. I'd seen it done but never tried it myself for fear of not doing it 'right' but I realized that there are a lot of different ways to wear denim on denim and you know what? If an outfit makes you feel beautiful and stylish, then it is 'right'. You do you, girl! Wear whatever you want and makes you feel good and don't worry about what anyone else thinks! At least that's what I tell myself ;).

I will admit that I consulted my sister on this and she gave me some great insight. At first, I was thinking that the only way you can wear denim on denim is when the types of denim are significantly different colors like one really dark wash piece with a lighter color. However, apparently, it's in style right now wear two pieces of denim that almost match? I had no idea!

Next, I went to my trusted friend, Pinterest, and found a bunch of options that I really liked but this one stood out to me as being something I would actually wear so I recreated the look with clothes from my own closet.

Here's my version of this adorable denim on denim outfit! 

Thank you sooooooooo much to Brittany Lowry who took these photos and made me feel like a million bucks in this outfit <3. 

I love this casual denim look and you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be recreating this outfit over and over from here on out. I AM an outfit repeater and I'm not ashamed of it. 

Be sure to check out my amazing friends' posts of how they wore denim on denim!

Jeans: American Eagle (on sale right now!)
Top: Old. Similar here.
Denim Jacket: Forever 21
Hat: Old. Love this, this, and this!
Shoes: Old. Love these, these, these, and THESE! Can you really tell I love runners (for my Canadians)/tennis shoes (for my Americans)? Cuz I really do love them so much. Nike's are my favorite!

Here are some other denim pieces that I'm currently loving!

How are YOU wearing denim on denim? We want to see! Post a pic and use the tag #hwwidenimondenim so we can check it out!

xoxo, Chelan