Thursday, September 4, 2014

all sorts of giggles and laughs and side-stitching goodness.

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headband: c/o miss giggle buns / tank: forever21 (old) / lipstick: mac "ruby woo"

yesterday i made a customer laugh so hard that i got myself dying laughing and we probably laughed for a full 10 minutes before i was able to finish processing her transaction.

when my family came to visit Ryan and i a few weeks ago, we were all crying laughing in the family SUV over some old inside joke. we couldn't breath and us girls had mascara running down our faces.

during laser tag last night with our church youth group, lots of laughter ensued as we all ran into each other in the dark, shooting laser beams at each other.

this morning i reminded my students that in the midst of life's serious madness, we all need to stop and laugh.

it's really good for one's soul.

you should try it sometime, friend.

and speaking of giggles, be sure to check out my dear friend's aaaaaah-maaazing shop called (so appropriately!) miss giggle buns. talk about an incredible collection of every headband print and style imaginable. and every headband is made in the utmost quality at a super affordable price.

oh and if you do visit the shop, you might see some familiar gorgeous faces (check them out HERE and HERE)! *wink*

much love.
{happy thursday, friend.}



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

bullet points.

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t-shirt: c/o sundried / jeans: gap / shoes: c/o blowfish shoes


  • people get tired of hearing how busy other people are. it's funny how "i'm so busy" is a way of fulfillment or value in our society. i know i'm guilty of that. so i'm going to spare everyone the details. yes, life has been busy but it's also been rich and full and the value of busyness really does not exist without the joy of relationships and small moments of quiet and laughter and being still. thankful to have had a chance to experience lots of both lately. 
  • three day weekends are never long enough but it's def nice to have a four day work week ahead of us.
  • i'm finally adjusting  in my schedule of part-time teaching a the local high school and working my full-time job. finding balance can be a struggle until you get to that point, but when you finally find your footing, it's a very good, refreshing thing.
  • i'm obsessed with this aztec print shirt from my favorite organic t-shirt company, sundried. the quality and the feel of this shirt is absolutely amazing and they never go wrong with their awesome designs. be sure to check them out HERE! (also be sure to follow them via facebook and twitter for updates, too!)
  • i'm so ready for fall. boots. sweaters. scarves. cooler temps. bring it. i remember when i was whining for summer days and summer clothes and summer vacation. i'm over it. bring on, autumn!
  • what about them Georgia Bulldawgs?! incredible, mind-blowing win last weekend. and what about that Gurly-man?! LOVE him! looking forward to one rocking season, dawgs! 
and i know, i haven't been as present as i used to online but fill me in on your own bullet points of life in the comments below. let's catch up! always love hearing from you, friends and really appreciate those of you that still stop by. xoxo! 

much love.
{happy tuesday, friend.}

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DSW Shoe Hook-Up: Back to Class Part #3 + Contest Winner Announced!

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oversized sweatershirt: c/o boxie tees / dress: base exchange (old) / backpack: forever21 (borrowed from my sister) / teva sandals: c/o dsw / spike earrings: c/o calypte collection

with all the rain that we were getting last week, we actually felt some cooler temperatures for a change. we still experienced some humid southern afternoon weather over the weekend, but the cool morning air was delightful - to the point that i was able to grab myself my newest favorite over sized sweater. it's the perfect shade of powder blue and is oh, so comfy! plus it's the perfect layering piece to go with my go-to black cotton dress turned skirt. and while we are talking favorites, i love my spiky earrings that add the right amount of edge to this outfit, don't you think?

and please, can we flashback to jr. high for just a moment?! who ever said the 90's would never make a comeback?! the recent fashion trends continue to prove that person (buzzer sound insert here) wrong!

these tevas are the perfect touch of continued comfort. sure, they are perfect for those wild outdoor adventures (and for jr. high flash backs) but the pop of bright blue plus pink plus comfort made this a must for this ensemble.

and btw today we are announcing the winner from the photo/video back to school contest! wait for it...drum roll, please!...the winner of my DSW contest is Elyse Tooley who featured her sweet Back to Class via Twitter HERE! congrats, Elyse! i'll be shooting you an email with the details so you can start shopping!

but hey, to all those who entered, you're still a winner in mine and DSW's eyes since part of your entry included joining DSW rewards! you're pretty much a winner with all the great perks you get for being a pat of the coolest back to school group ever. and if you aren't a member, don't wait a second longer! click HERE to join in on all the fun! you don't want to miss out!

last but not least be sure to check out the rest of the DSW Back to Class gang! this is our last and final week of back to school outfits and more DSW contest winners to be announced - so be inspired as we wrap up this super fun series:




this post was sponsored by DSW though all my opinions are def my own! thanks for supporting the sponsors that keep this blog rolling!


much love.
{happy wednesday, friend.}



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

DSW Shoe Hook Up: Back to Class Part 2 (and a contest to win FREE DSW shoes!)

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dress: c/o lulu*s / camera bag: c/o jototes / necklace: yellow heart art / sneakers: c/o dsw / lipstick: radiant cosmetics (moscow)

there was a time in my life, i kid you not, that you would not catch me dead rocking a pair of sneakers with a dress. heels, yes. wedges, yes. flats, yes. but sneakers then, no. absolutely heck no.

but people change, don't they? and lately, sneakers and dresses are becoming a routine favorite especially when it comes to these classic white converse sneakers. i love how you can rock them with anything. they are comfortable and just too cute to pass up with a pair of cut off shorts, cuffed jeans, and - wait for it! - even caaaaa-uuuute dresses.


and did you know dsw is giving you a chance to grab your own pair of converses? or really any pair of dsw shoes 'cause they are giving away a $50 DSW gift card. i say that's better than money! here's why:

1) you hafta to spend. with gift cards, you can't put in a bank account or spend it on food or rent or gas (unless you have a gc for those things, duh).

2) you hafta to spend it on shoes. dsw shoes to be exact. second duh.

and this is a super easy contest to get in on! first, like i mentioned last week, sign up for dsw rewards. super easy! sign up and DONE! first step complete. i'll even include the sweet link HERE to make it easy for you and the link to the actual registration form HERE. and then the fun part: take a picture of your back to school style and upload it to facebook, instagram or twitter and hashtag it with #DSWShoeHookup.

and BAM! there's your chance for that $50 FDW gift card. come on. you are uploading back to school pictures already (i know you!) so just enter already, folks!

once you've done all that, enter RIGHT HERE, not here...but HERE (or the other right here) and i'll draw a winner next week. i'll be announcing on August 13th! enter as many times as you want! and be sure to tag @muchloveilly in your posts 'cause i wanna see!

and last but not least, don't forget to check all the other sweet bloggers continuing to show off their back to school style. seriously, they are some of my favorites!



this post was sponsored by DSW yet all my opinions are completely my own! 

much love.
{happy wednesday, friend.}

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DSW Shoe Hook-Up: Back to Class!

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top: c/o Boxie Tees / skirt: c/o Lulu*s / boots: c/o DSW / glasses: UO

back to school. yes, i was one of those nerds that actually loved going back to school. i love going back to school shopping with my mom and sister. i held tightly to that shopping list that the school distributed. and i still can't help but reminiscence those days when i run into a target and see all the students and parents scrambling over the discounted notebooks and crayons.

but i have also been a sucker for back to school trends. it also means that fall is just around the corner which means time for sweaters and scarves - oh, my! i also love me some nerd glasses (neeeerd! i told you!) and backpacks and plaid! and last but not least, i love me a good pair of booties that i can transition to from the warmer days of summer and into the early days of fall. and here in the south, we don't deal too much with snow (sorry, Chicago friends!) so the Steve Madden Rubin booties in cognac that i'm rocking with this outfit is the perfect pair for that exact purpose! they are comfy and i actually remember owning an very similar pair back in my old-school (literally) days.

want your own pair? be sure to rush over to DSW and snag your own pair! DSW is my personally one-stop shop when it comes to a great pair of shoes at affordable prices. i don't think i've lived in a town where there wasn't one at least in driving distance, but if you don't have one in your area, they have an awesome website with the exact same shoes in stock at the same discount prices.

and one more thing: if you are a DSW Rewards Member, you get even more discounts?! i don't know about you but i am all about saving money. every penny counts, right? get started HERE and join me to getting a ton of perks (including points galour that can add up to a new pair of DSW shoes and even a sweet birthday gift and even more!). it's a super sweet program - and get this: next week, i'm hosting a contest next Wednesday that does require you to be a DSW member! but it's total win-win 'cause 1) you'll get the perks of being a member to a super cool programs 2) you'll be eligible to enter a contest that may or may not (but more may) include a pair of DSW shoes!

i mean, come on. it's a total win-win-win, as michael scott would say.

don't forget to follow all the other bloggers involved and see how they've styled their DSW hook-ups! check out their blogs below or follow the hashtag #DSWShoehook all across social media!

thanks to DSW for sponsoring this post. all opinions are all my own.

much love.
{happy wednesday, friend.}