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This Week's Top 10


1. Happy Friday! My week went by pretty quickly again, and with every day it feels less like fall and more like winter in Wisconsin... crossing my fingers the snow at least holds off until November 1st!


2. This week on the blog I shared my WFH schedule and explained a bit about my job / what I do! I am so excited because last night I signed onto my first official consulting project, which starts Monday! I am a little nervous but really looking forward to diving into my job.


3. Last night I made my favorite recipe: healthy avgolemono soup! It makes a ton so I'll be eating it throughout the week and I am hyped about it. It's so delicious and perfect for the cooler days we are having now... speaking of soup, if you follow along with my IG stories, you know I have been obsessed with grilled cheese + tomato soup for lunch this week. Really, is there anything better?

A Day in my WFH Life


The most requested response from my IG poll of blog post suggestions last week had something to do with a job update, WFH life, balancing work with blogging/social life/working out, etc. I'm glad many of you are curious about this, and I am excited to share my daily routine with you today. It has been quite an adjustment and I am so excited to share!

This Week's Top 10


1. Happy Friday! This week really flew by... I didn't do much but I'm happy the weekend is already here again. One thing I did do, however: watched Emily in Paris... and I have some thoughts.

Shopbop's Sitewide Sale

fall fashion sweater blazer winter whites

Now that I'm a ~working adult,~ I want to stop shopping for quantity and instead focus on quality pieces that I will have forever. One of the best places, in my opinion, to find fabulous, high-quality clothing is Shopbop! In college, I rarely placed orders at Shopbop for everyday clothing because it was just too expensive and too nice for outfits that I'd end up wearing to class. Now that I am planning a move to NYC and clearing out my closet, I want to fill my closet with nice pieces and their sitewide sale is a great opportunity to grab pieces that rarely get discounted!

Easy Fall Transition Outfit

Although it's mid-October, the weather is still pretty warm here in Wisconsin. I'm so happy not to be wrapped up in a puffer quite yet, but I have had to get a little creative dressing for these warmer fall temps. I'm so used to it already being fifty below this time of year! Introducing: an easy, seasonally appropriate fall outfit idea: sweater + shorts.



Fall Home Decor

This post has been in my drafts for weeks now and I am excited to finally hit publish today. It's crazy to think that just a few months ago I still planned to move to NYC for the start of my job last month. As grateful as I am to be home with my mom who does seriously everything for me, there are a lot of things I enjoyed about apartment living in college. I really look forward to the day I can finally make it out to the city and have my own space, and I know when I get there it will have been well worth the wait. Until then, I am loving all of the Halloween and fall decorations in my house and wanted to share a roundup of some fun fall decor that maybe will inspire you to spruce up your own current environment.

Professional Growth Advice (From a Special Guest!)


Professional growth topics are something I have been wanting to make more prevalent on this blog for a while now. Career fair season is here for many of you college gals, and post-grads around my age are either job hunting or just starting a new job like I am, so what better time to chat about all things career-focused? 

This Week's Top 10: Mostly Random Things I Bought


photo via pinterest


1. Happy Friday!!! I am so excited for this weekend. Tonight my boyfriend and I are trying a cute Italian restaurant in my neighborhood, and then tomorrow I am heading to Chicago to hang out with my best friend from high school and my brother! They went to college together so they are good friends as well. I am excited for the three of us to hang out together again!


2. THANK YOU all for your love on the apple photos on Instagram!! This one is now my most liked photo of 2020 (so far!)


3. My friend Lucy's Instagram (formerly daily dose of prep) was hacked this week and she lost everything! I am so sad for her. Please consider following her new account here

Girls' Night: Apple Picking Recap


On Tuesday night, three of my best high school friends and I went apple picking after work and had the best time. We picked apples, took photos (duh), and got tacos + margs after for dinner! I am so excited to share these photos with you -- it was such a fun night and I love how we captured it!


Expanding My Self-Care Routine


You guys know I love a self-care moment. Whether I’m going for a morning walk, trying new skincare products, or painting my nails, I love to practice a variety of self care, and today I’m excited to partner with RepHresh Products to share some new ways you can expand your self-care repertoire!

Fall Weekend Recap

 


This weekend went by quickly, but it was still really fun! Between dinner with girlfriends on Friday, a fall adventure on Saturday, and watching football + field hockey on TV on Sunday, it was both relaxing and full of activities. Does it get better than that?!

This Week's Top 10


1. Who watched the Presidential debate this week? I did, but I couldn't get through the whole thing... it was appalling and honestly, it just hurt my ears. This is a great article (in my opinion) from the New York Times (aka the most unbiased news source in journalism these days) that recaps the event.


(breaking news! President Trump and the First Lady just announced they tested positive for COVID)


2. On the topic of the election, I found this article to be really helpful when trying to determine the difference between facts and media baises surrounding this election. It provides a variety of resources and information to make you a more informed voter, and less of an "influenced" voter.


3. Wednesday night my mom and I watched The Glorias, which is available on Amazon Prime video here. I found it fascinating as I previously did not know much about the story of Gloria Steinem. Especially after Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recent passing, this was a great watch because it really highlights the power of women and how fortunate we are as women to have the rights we currently do... but also where there is still room for improvement.


Speaking of RBG, Jess shared this obituary written a friend of RBG. I am looking forward to reading it today.


Okay, that is more than enough political talk for me. Moving on!

October Moodboard (Desktop Wallpaper!)


Happy October! I truly love Octobers and I feel particularly excited for the month ahead. Now that I've started my job, I feel really settled and present in the current moment. 


I have no plans for the month, and especially not for moving. I'm not worried, I'm just enjoying where I'm at and will figure it out when the time comes. This weekend I'm hoping to kick off the month with (more) apple cider donuts and maybe some sort of cute fall activity... other than that, the rest of the month is going to be a fun fall surprise! How about you?


 I love making these mood boards every month... I think it's so fun to set them as my desktop background, as you can see below! They just give me such good vibes for the month. If you do the same, tag me and show me, I'd love to see it! 


(To set this as your desktop wallpaper on a Mac, right-click on the image at the top of this post -- it's higher res than the one below -- "save image as..." to your desktop, then go to your desktop, right-click the image, and "set desktop wallpaper" !)



xoxo

September Favorites


September went by incredibly fast, as all months have seemed to this year, but for once I actually feel pretty good about what I accomplished this month. Now that I've started work, I feel like I can actually live in the moment instead of waiting and waiting for something... It feels good no longer having "starting my first job!" looming over my head as it has been for the last nine months.

Every year at school, October was the best month. Game days, fall weather, sweaters... I'm still excited about this fall though because it's the first time I get to spend an entire fall in Milwaukee since high school! I forgot how beautiful it is here (...although it will get cold soon). I just love Octobers and feel so good about the month ahead. Anyway, here's everything I loved in September:

Camel Sweaters (Under $100!)


I shared this post on Instagram yesterday featuring my new favorite camel sweater! The one I am wearing in these photos is pretty fun and unique with ruffled sleeves, but if that's not your vibe, below I am rounding up a variety of styles all under $100. A camel sweater is such a fall essential in my opinion; it goes with everything, and it'll never go out of style. Wear to work or to class (if you have the luxury of going anywhere these days!) or just to get coffee on the weekends or attend a zoom call. 

This Week's Top 10


Wow... a lot happened this week. Let's recap the important stuff first before moving onto the fluff.


1. It would be amiss not to mention the Breonna Taylor ruling this week. The decision made by the court, in my opinion, is inconsequential and unacceptable. It sets a disturbing precedent for other inevitable Black trials in the future, and it makes me feel both frustrated and sad for her family, loved ones, and the Black community.


2. I also want to mention the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I was not nearly as familiar with her and her impact before she passed last weekend, and found this podcast episode both informative and interesting-- it went through her entire life, explaining the highlights and what she did for women in our country.


3. This week also included voter registration day on Tuesday. Are you registered to vote? I had to update my address but it only took a minute! You can check your status here

I Don't Get Dressed, But I Still Want to Shop


Now that I've started work and don't leave my desk from 8-4 all week, I've finally realized how unnecessary it is for me to be shopping right now. I don't need work outfits or anything for going out, but this doesn't mean I don't still want to shop. In fact, because I'm actually a salaried, working adult now, I want to shop more? (shocker) And, admittedly, I still am doing some lowkey things on the weekends and grabbing the occasional weeknight drink... so, like, I have an excuse... right? Either way, below I've rounded up the pieces I'm loving right now and a few on my wishlist, even though I really don't have anywhere to go:


This Week's Top 10


 1. Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week. I finished my first week of work (just training, but still!), so I'm feeling pretty accomplished. Next week is another onboarding week but after that, I'll hopefully get to start on a project!


2. O.M.G. Carly is the original blogger in my opinion (the first blog I ever read!) and I couldn't be happier for her regarding her wedding a couple weekends ago!!! It was so intimate and beautiful, held right in her backyard, with no detail forgotten. I just love everything about it.


3.  I ordered this pack of fall masks and I'm so excited about them. I can't believe what a deal they are! 

What I've Been Up To (Unpublished Photos!)


hi! wow, I haven't posted in 10 days and it's definitely time for a little update on what I've been up to! From traveling to St. Louis for a wedding to officially starting my job, it's been a busy couple of weeks, to say the least. I'm excited to catch you all up on what I've been doing!


Let's start with Labor Day... that Monday itself was actually pretty gloomy, so I had a chill day at home. However, Labor Day weekend was pretty fun because my boyfriend stayed with me at my house and we tried a new brewery, a new-to-us restaurant, visited the farmer's market (our flower's pictured at the top!), played tennis... and just had fun hanging out. 

A couple days later, on Wednesday, I drove to St. Louis for his sister's wedding. My grandparents live close to his hometown so my mom and I drove down together and spent the latter half of that week hanging out with them before I went to the wedding on Saturday. 


On Thursday I wore this dress for dinner with lace-up sandals (sold out, similar here and here). This is my first piece from Farm Rio and I am so pleased with both the quality of my dress and what the company stands for... they have the cutest printed pieces (need this top). How cute are these pants in the matching print of my dress?

Shoutout to my Revlon for making my hair look really, really fabulous Thursday night. BEST blow dryer ever. (too bad I started profusely sweating right after this picture so the perfect blowout didn't last long... tmi? sorry)




To the wedding, I wore this dress (available for less here and here on RTR


My mom and I drove back on Sunday and quicked stopped at my brother's for dinner to celebrate his birthday. Then, Monday morning I woke up and started my job!!!

I work 8-4 but get an hour for lunch, so it really isn't bad at all. I also shouldn't even say "work" quite yet, as these first two weeks are onboarding and more of a learning experience than actual work. It's been so informative and I feel like I'm getting a lot out of it, plus I love that they are easing us into the job as opposed to throwing us in without knowing what the whole deal is. If you want the scoop on my job, check out this blog post I shared here.


OH- I've really been into smoked salmon lately. We get ours at Trader Joe's and it's absolutely fabulous.

So, yeah, that's pretty much everything! I wish I had more content to share on Instagram because I miss connecting with all of you... hopefully, once I get into more of a routine I will be able to get back to posting!

What's new with you?
xoxo

Labor Day Sales


Popping in to share some of my favorite Labor Day sales happening today! 



MANGO // They are having 30% off everything (with code LAB20), and it ends today! Mango is one of my favorite places to shop and their new arrivals are full of basics like cozy sweaters and chic jackets and boots... Could these sweatpants look any cozier?  (+ this is the matching hoodie)



H&M is having 20% off everything! They just have an endless assortment of sweaters for the best prices.



Levi's makes some of my favorite jeans, and they're all up to 40% off! I linked some of my favorite pairs above.


Hope you're all enjoying this day!

xoxo

This Week's Top 10


the last weekend of summer.... ah. so bittersweet.


 1. Happy Friday and hopefully, happy long weekend to you if you're off Monday for Labor Day! I am excited for this weekend because it will involve trying a new-to-me restaurant, lots of tennis, time outside, and a few cocktails in between! Do you have any fun Labor Day plans? My only wish is to have a boat so I could spend the weekend on the lake!


2. This month I am participating in a 50-mile running challenge hosted by my Insta friend, Holly! The goal is to run 50 miles throughout the month. If you'd like to participate, the deets are on her IG highlights here!


3. Currently reading this and loving it. So many of you on Insta said you loved it, too! It's about a POW who moves his family to Alaska and their journey preparing for winter and experiencing life there... the Alaskan imagery is fascinating and the storyline is great so far, too.

Recent Zara Haul


When I shared a few pieces from my latest Zara order the other day on Instagram stories, you guys immediately asked for the details and a haul, which I'm happy to deliver today! I place a big Zara order every once in a while because I just love their collection, and I never really know how everything is going to work out. This time my success rate was pretty standard... I ordered 7 things and I think I will be keeping three!

September Moodboard (Desktop Wallpaper!)


Hi peeps!!! So excited to share this month's mood board / desktop wallpaper. August's moodboard was such a hit that I tried to create an equally fabulous moodboard this month, and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out; I hope you love it, too!

August Favorites


Happy September! This year, August went by relatively fast, probably because I got up to so many fun things! I spent a weekend in St. Louis visiting my grandparents, a weekend up north, another entirely at Celia's house by her pool celebrating my birthday, and this past weekend in Madison visiting my boyfriend. I also spent an entire week recovering from my wisdom teeth removal, but it went well and everything's fine! I can't believe after almost six months of a global pandemic, this is the month I am starting my job, with no prospect of moving to NYC... I'm intrigued to see how September goes, but for now, here's what I loved in August:

Recent Reads: Summer 2020


Wow, I can't believe it's been over two months since I last shared what I've recently read! I was on a total kick at the beginning of quarantine but then stopped reading consistently in July and August. I know for a fact it's because I've been spending way too much time on my phone and messing around on my computer. My goal for September alone is to read four books!

This Week's Top 10


1. Hi! I haven't posted in two weeks, which is crazy because I was on such a consistent kick for the last few months. A quick recap: my 22nd birthday was on the 20th, and then I got my wisdom teeth out this Tuesday. I am so fortunate that my wisdom teeth recovery hasn't been too painful or uncomfortable (so far)... I definitely heard a few horror stories from my friends and was very nervous going into it!


2. The devastating Jacob Blake shooting this week is beyond unacceptable and heartbreaking. And, the fact that it happened right here in Wisconsin is, even more, saddening to me. Here are ways we can help.


3. VOGUE shared many leader's insights into the state of hope, and I found them really interesting and profound.

This Week's Top 10: Heading Up North

 

1. Did this week fly by for anyone else? I got drinks with two of my high school girlfriends on Wednesday and ordered an Aperol Spritz, which I hadn't had since Mexico last year. Um, I forgot how fabulous these are! They are officially going to be my thing for the rest of the summer. I ordered another one yesterday at a happy hour with my mom, and I've secured the ingredients to remake them this weekend-- I'm heading up north to Celia's cabin with my friend group! (photo above from her cabin last year; see this blog post for last year's up north recap!)


2. Yesterday, I popped into H&M to return something, and I picked up this bikini to bring up north this weekend. They have some great swimsuits right now at wonderful prices. I've been needing a new swimsuit, and I wanted to bring one this weekend that isn't super nice because we will be in a lake vs. a pool. It's really flattering and comfy! I also love this suit from H&M but didn't see it in my store.


3. Thank you to everyone who voted in the phone case IG poll this week! I am getting a new phone next week (iPhone 11 probably! V excited to see what the face unlock and dual-camera are all about) and have decided on this phone case with the color combo "X".

The Best Dorm/Apartment purchases I Made in College...

It's crazy to me that I'm not heading back to school in a couple of weeks! Although I can't move at the end of this month as planned, I am still looking forward to the day I finally get to decorate my apartment. However, until I am able to sign a lease, I have no idea how much stuff I'll actually need for my new space, or the vibe I'll want to go for! So, today I thought it would be kind of fun to share the best purchases I made for my dorm and apartments in college for anyone heading back to school this season!

Nordstrom Sale Faves: Clothing, Beauty + Home

I haven't done a post dedicated to the Nordstrom Sale since 2016, but since I am actually planning to shop it this year, I wanted to share my faves from the preview. You guys know I love a sale moment, and I was surprised by how many things I genuinely loved in this year's sale. If you don't care about the sale then just ignore this -- I get it, that's been me for the last few years, too!

This Week's Top 10

1. This weekend I'm heading to St. Louis to visit my grandparents. I haven't seen them since March and I'm looking forward to spending time with them! I am going alone and they've been completely quarantined, so I think we are both excited to switch things up and hang out!

2. Kendall Jenner’s house tour with Architectural Digest (pictured above) is absolutely fabulous.

3. My reusable face masks arrived this week and I loooove them. They are so comfortable and cute, and the best deal I've seen -- 2 for $12! It looks like they've just added some new color combos too.

My Favorite SPF Products for Face


I posted on IG stories last week asking if you'd like me to review some of my go-to face products with SPF, and I was shocked at how many of you said yes! I know for me, SPF has been extra important lately, but I sort of thought I was late to the game and everyone else had already figured out their favorite products... guess not, lol! I am so excited to share these with you. They are summer game-changers for me!

Rosé Picnic: 9 Rosé Reviews + Recommendations


A week ago today, a few of my high school girlfriends and I decided to have a little picnic in the park and try a few different bottles of rosé! I've written a mini-review of each of them below, along with reviews of a handful of other rosés I've tried this summer! I have no expertise in wine reviews, so please take all of these with a grain of salt... haha. I simply based my thoughts on how much I enjoyed each bottle.

August Moodboard (Desktop Wallpaper)


August is such a bittersweet month for me every year. I love it because it's my birthday month and I love the weather and the vibes... as the mood board depicts, August makes me think of champagne (it's my birthday month!), sunsets and the beach, crisp white outfits, iced coffee, and time outside. But it's also the last month of summer and I usually have things looming over my head as it goes on... 

July Favorites

fran acciardo july favorites natural blonde green dress

July was a good month. I celebrated the Fourth of July in the Hamptons, celebrated my boyfriend's birthday in Madison, moved out of my college apartment officially, and went up to EJ's lakehouse this past weekend. I also ran 60 miles, which was my most yet of any month in 2020! Here were my favorite things from July:

This Week's Top 10 {Favorite Things}

Omg! The last day of July!!! This week I am switching up the format of the top 10! Instead of 10 random links to things, I'm going to share my 10 favorite things I loved... Let me know if you prefer this format or the usual! Maybe I'll start switching off? This one was fun but also feels a little self-centered and not as well-rounded... so we'll see!

H&M Try On Haul


You guys... yesterday was my first shopping experience since Covid, and not only did I feel completely safe wearing my mask and social distancing in-store, but I found some fabulous things at H&M! Confession: I have the worst success rate when it comes to online shopping. I was heading into the store to return four of the five things I'd ordered online and was pleasantly surprised that my H&M had been recently renovated, looking fabulous, feeling really clean, and was full of amazing stuff. So excited to share them with you!