Sunday, October 16, 2016

wedding season

Hopping on timehop this morning I saw that this time last year I was recovering from a weekend literally bursting with weddings, and this past weekend was no different. 

One of the weddings I attended was to celebrate a great friend and her new husband! I met the bride in elementary school and we've been friends ever since. Their wedding was beyond words beautiful. If I had known about this location when I got married, things would have been SO DIFFERENT. The vineyard was so pretty. 

Mark was at Desert Trip in California so I was solo. It was rough.

I'm telling you, beautiful location. Literally a castle. 

 You can see my dress a little better here, but I found a new brand i'm in love with. I purchased from them a few years ago but they have since expanded their plus size collection. I linked my dress at the bottom of this post. It has got lace panels and it's a bell sleeve with those little ties on the chest that are popular right now. Plus it's a swing dress which is so comfy! I'm obsessed and want to wear it literally everywhere.

 We got a little too carried away with their exit! 
It was such a fun night laughing with old friends! 

The other wedding was also at a  gorgeous location, Snowbird! All of the seasons were represented!
A friend from high school and the sorority world got married and it was one of the fanciest and classiest weddings i've ever attended! Also I didn't know what to do with myself at an open bar so I downed dr pepper and virgin daiquiris! 

Anyway, it was such a pretty weekend! It was pretty rough celebrating love and not having the one I love with me! I was sure glad he came back safe and sound.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

lash tips

You guys, i'm finally ready to talk about my serious false lashes. 
I have used strip lashes for years and years. I don't wear them every day,  because I actually have really nice real lashes, long and thick,  but I just feel way better about myself when I have falsies on. I have gotten glue in my eyeballs, have had lashes fall off at embarrassing times and have cut my real lashes off while trying to trim my strip lashes...while they were stuck to my eye (duh). Recently I have just tried to come to terms with my natural lashes. 

About two years ago, I got eyelash extensions. I was very unhappy with them. They were not voluminous, my actual lashes looked way better, and I felt the girl who did them purposefully did them badly so I would have to come in for a fill more often. It also took more than three hours to apply, and I felt like if I was doing them to save time, that made no sense. So I did all the things you aren't supposed to do with lashes so that they would fall off. 

When I had the opportunity to get eyelash extensions again in exchange for a review, I was hesitant, but I decided if I was going to try them again, this was the opportunity to do so. 
Star Lash Studio is located in Murray, down the street from my parent's house. They also have a location in South Towne mall. This was super ideal because my last lash person was located very far from me and I had to drive over an hour to get there. 
I went to the Murray location, which is across from Fashion Place Mall right next to Uptown Cheapskate, another favorite stop of mine.

It's small inside, but it's cozy. The beds that you lay down on are super comfortable. It took about an hour and a half for my lashes to be done. You just lay there and relax while they glue synthetic lashes to your real lashes. It doesn't hurt. 

Before you get your lashes done, 1-2 days before, I would ask your technician for an allergy test. Basically, they will swatch the glue on your hand before putting it near your eye. This is crucial. I have heard total horror stories about people having allergic reactions to the glue. 
After your patch test is all good and before your appointment, I would recommend eating a good meal and drinking a lot of water, but stop drinking about an hour before so you don't have to use the restroom. I've never had to use the restroom while getting my lashes done, but i'm not sure how well that would work out. I also get super dizzy while getting my lashes done because you are laying down for hours and you aren't sleeping, but being hydrated helps a ton.
Come to your appointment with a clean face, no eye makeup. I would even say no makeup, because the technician is all up in your face and it would just be easier for you to have nothing on. In fact, I would shower completely before your appointment, because you have to avoid water afterward. 
I always apply chapstick (or in my case, LipSense gloss) before your appointment. My lips got super dry my first time because you are talking to your technician but not drinking water.
After your appointment, avoid water for 24-48 hours. 
Avoid rubbing your eyes. If you rub your eyes, your lashes will fall out five times quicker. 
Try to sleep on your back, or at least try to not smash your face into your pillow.
They will give you a little brush for your lashes, avoid over brushing. If they look good, just leave em! 

My lashes can go 3-4 weeks in between fills. Fills are usually about half the price of the original set and take about half the time. A girl came in for a fill after I had started my set and left way before I was finished.
If you live in the Salt Lake area, I would really recommend Star Lash. If you don't, do your research! Look at Yelp, Facebook, Instagram and try to spot any red flags like people getting infections. Unless you know the person, I would not recommend getting them done out of people's home unless they can provide legitimate proof of where they were trained. There are a lot of people that weren't trained properly and can really make some problems for your eyes.

I'm in LOVE with my eyelashes. This morning I got up, drew my eyebrows on, threw on some Lipsense and walked out the door! I felt so put together and I got ready in half the time. 

Thanks to Star Lash for making me feel glam! 
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

classroom pictures 2016-2017

Last year I had these Kid President quotes in frames....and they fell down on the second day of school and I never put them back up. So this year they went up sans frames. 

It's crazy how much my classroom has already changed in a month's time.  I have a permanent chromebook cart, moved all absent work to online and don't need turn in baskets anymore since everything is done on my chrome books.
Setting up a classroom is seriously so expensive. It was about $150 this year to get everything set up, which is pretty nuts considering I had a lot of this stuff last year.  Luckily I have some legislative money that will help offset, even just a tiny bit. 
School is starting to feel normal. My routines are set, I know my kids names and everything is kind of settled in! 

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

a little less than we bargained for

A few weeks ago, I found this KSL deal. It was advertising something called the "Electric Maze" with this picture attached...

I thought, wow. This is basically like the next big thing in Utah and i'm going to get in on the ground floor. I only got in on the Tree of Life and the Midway Ice Castles after they were trendy. This, I said, will be my shining instagram moment. What a time to be alive.

So we invited some friends. We were driving to the event when we started to get nervous about the future of our instagram famous status. We began to think of "worst case scenarios" like EDM music playing constantly. We weren't prepared for what was to come.

We got out of the car and the parking lot was on a hill overlooking the Electric Maze. We stood there and saw the reality of our situation for the first time. This is the only thing that came to mind.

Indeed, we were struck by how dark everything was. We thought maybe they just hadn't started yet. So we all go to the check in table, which was very hard to find in the dark. We found out quickly we could have shown them any screen, Pokemon Go, Instagram, Google Docs, and told them it was a ticket and they would have let us in. We were honest, of course, but there is always that poor college student in me who looks for a way to bamboozle myself in.
So then we joined in a clump of people who had no clue what was going on. And we waited. and waited. and waited.
Then a voice came over the speaker "technical issues, sorry for the delay, we apologize and to show how sorry we are, we are going to stamp all of your wrists bands so you can come back tomorrow


(this is where I want him to say free)


I thought this was ridiculous seeing as we only paid $6 to come the first time. However, I hadn't even gone into the maze yet so I had no idea how ridiculous this was.

Okay, we wait a little more and finally they let us in.
There is no way I will be able to put into words the disappointment and ridiculousness that was this maze, especially after having the high hopes of the main photo. This is a picture of what it looked like in actuality...

Except it had electrical problems, so there were none of the lights pictured. By the way, this is the eighth picture on their website. So maybe they were "trying" to be "honest"

So after we got to the end of the maze which was a really sad dance party with no lights and some weird Dads dancing, we just started laughing so hard. It wasn't even the fact that there were no lights, it was just no maze! It was just a pathway with one instance where you could have maybe gotten lost. However, you could see through the white tarps that were on the chain link fences so, you actually couldn't have gotten lost. There was also just weird things, like a stack of pallets with fog going around it and a lady standing there with a bucket of pennies asking people to make a wish. Then there was this big heart that they were asking people to write  on it with sharpies. It was just the most odd experience of my life.

So after we left we reverse googled the image and yeah, they had purchased the stock photo from somewhere in Japan.

 I actually think this is super dishonest and so I emailed both KSL Deals and Electric Maze to ask for a refund, as I think everyone who attended should. I just kept thinking about the people who spent a ton on this (regularly $12 a ticket) to come to this based off the picture and it was just such a flop! I don't often write negative reviews, but I could have had a cool instagram picture from this event and all I had was this one...


So Electric Maze, 0/10. 

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Monday, September 19, 2016

teacher style with ThredUp

Hi you guys!
It's late Sunday night and i'm just getting ready to go back to school for the week. It's gonna be busy one with my class, meetings and Parent Teacher Conference. So I have to get my head in the game! 
Alright, let's get down to business. I don't know if you guys know this, but i'm kind of a big deal. I don't mean to brag, but I got the "best dressed teacher award" last year at my school. So yeah, I can't really educate them worth a darn, but I can sure dress well. 
I decided to put together a little teacher outfit post with the help of ThredUp. ThredUp is a secondhand clothing website where you can buy clothes but also sell them back. I have been a fan of ThredUp for a long time (see my posts about it here and here) and they help me when building my professional wardrobe on a teacher's salary. Luckily, as a teacher, I can run the range of casual to really dressy and it's all good. 

This first outfit is a more casual outfit. This was the first time I have put tights on this year and I actually really missed them! Sometimes it's just better to cover up my pasty legs. I got the skirt from ThredUp. It's a Gap skirt and had the tags from Gap still on when it came!

Next up is the look I am going to wear for Parent Teacher Conference. This polka dot top is really cool, it is made out of that scuba material so it's definately interesting. I know I will wear it a lot because it can be dressed up like in this picture, or down with some colorful jeans. 

Lastly is my favorite type of outfit which is in between casual and dressy. This pink boyfriend blazer is really comfortable. I wear these stretchy black skinny jeans from American Eagle a few times a week just because they feel like leggings but look dressed up.

Necklace PMDJewelry Shop

ThredUp has been my go to for a while now, and I know you'll love them too, They not only have brands like Old Navy, Gap, ASOS, H&M, but they have brands like Tory Burch, Lilly Pulitzer, Cabi, Lululemon, Free People, Hanna Andersson and BCBGMAXAZRIA. So whatever your style is, there is something for you on ThredUp.
I want you to try ThredUp, so here is $10! Just sign up here and you will get at $10 credit to start filling your wardrobe.
Thanks to ThredUp for sponsoring this post! 
Have a good week!

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