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.}

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

thank goodness, i'm not a celebrity.

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top: c/o taylor and stylist / shorts: aeropostle / necklace: c/o eve's addiction / trainers: c/o jd trainers

where to even begin? this has been one caaaaa-razy summer. i feel like i have overused the word whirlwind to describe my summer...but that does not make it nonetheless true.

soooo whirlwind, it is.

from the madness of a fast-paced job to preparing for an awesome ministry opportunity this upcoming fall to visiting my parents and sister in South Carolina over 4th of July weekend to (last but not least!) moving to a new apartment over this past weekend. (raise your hands to the roof!)

whew. i feel like i need to catch a breath even after typing all of that.

which made me randomly thing: can you imagine a life of a celebrity? whether an actress? to the president of the US? to anybody who's schedule is jammed packed by their agent or publicist - or really someone other than yourself? you want to go take a nap and somebody is like um, no. you have to go hang out with barbara walters for that interview. or you want to just go get a quick work out in but then someone else is like no, you have to go hang out with taylor swift even though you don't want to but it'll get your instagram likes up and you can use the extra exposure! 

and you just want to say, i'll hang out with taylor swift when i want to! i just want to take a freakin' nap!

but because i'm not a celebrity and though my life is crazy busy, i can still go take a nap and go work out or read a book of snuggle with my husband because i freakin' can.

thank goodness, i'm not a celebrity.

p.s. and though i'm not a celebrity, who can give away millions of dollars, i am your friend and a blogger who can let you know of super sweet coupon codes like the one that my friends over at Eve's Addiction is offering exclusively to Much Love, illy readers! check out my swaaaaag monogramed necklaed from them that i am absolutely obsessed with it. i wear it like every day. so if you want your own sweet swag necklace, you can use coupon code MUCHLOVE20 for 20% off of ANY order through July 31. happy shopping!