One down...

And seven more eight week sessions to go.  This past Monday, I turned in my last assignment for my first 8-week session at UTPB.  I have a week long break and I start my next session next Monday.  I managed to get two B's and a C.  I'm so used to being a C student that I can't believe I managed to B's.  I guess it just goes to show how much easier school is when I'm not working.  My next round of classes start on Monday.  Since I'm off this week, I have been camped out on my sofa watching fall (and some winter) movies on Hallmark Channel.  I also figured this would be a good time to write a post.  

Banana Republic Factory Tee
KUT from the Kloth distressed boyfriend jeans (similar here and here)
Birkenstock Arizona Sandals in copper  (similar here and here)
Wherelight glasses (similar here)

It would be so easy for me to just do my school work in my pj's at my kitchen counter but what fun would that be?  Getting dressed these days is different that it used to be.  As you can see, my style is much more casual than what I used to wear.  I managed to get these KUT from the Kloth distressed boyfriend jeans from my neighborhood buy sell page for $2.  It's like thrift shopping without having to go to the thrift store.  It's kind of become an obsession.  

Dress: Thrifted
Sandals: Merona (similar here)

I found this dress on my neighborhood's buy sell page for $5 and it is the perfect piece for fall.  I had my nose buried in my textbook and in my laptop finalizing school work last week.  But that didn't stop me from enjoying fall inside.  I wore this dress, burned my Bath and Body Works Pumpkin Cupcake candle and had my pumpkin coffee in hand.  It made being stuck inside doing school work more bearable.  

Old Navy Dress (old as dirt but similar here)
G by Guess gladiator sandals (Love the gold accents on these!)

I started Whole 30 again on October 2nd.  Weird date I know.  But Nathan started run club that day and I ran with him for part of it.  It felt so good to run again after twisting my ankle.  So I kept on running.  Run Forrest.  Then that run made me want to eat better.  I had this dress hanging in my closet and had planned to take it to a consignment store.  But I've lost 8 pounds and decided to try it on and it fit.  There's no better feeling than being able to fit into something that I never thought I'd fit back into.  

Loft top 
Paige Verdugo Ultra Skinny Jeans (similar here)
G by Guess Gladiator Sandals (similar here)
Louis Vuitton Totally PM

I knew the weather was about to turn funky on Monday.  So trying to decide what to wear on Sunday was challenging because I wanted to wear all my summer stuff one last time before we froze.  I decided on this outfit for church mainly because thanks to Whole 30, I was able to fit into these Paige jeans after I bought them last Christmas.  Just because I could get them on, doesn't mean I could breathe in them or get them off.  Which was the reason I chose such a flowy shirt in case I needed to unbutton them.  Ha.  Luckily, I didn't have to resort to that.  

On Monday, I turned in my last assignment just in time for us to go to an event hosted by the Leander Excellence in Education Foundation (LEEF) and Book People to meet author Dav Pilkey.  Nathan loves Pilky's book series Captain Underpants and Dogman.  The event gave us a chance to get an autograph copy of Pilky's newest book, Lord of the Fleas, and Nathan got a chance to meet him.  Of course the temperatures were in the 40s but that didn't stop us from going to the event.   

 I really loved the message that Pilky shared with the kids.  He openly spoke about his ADHD diagnosis and through positivity, persistence and practice he was able to become successful. 

Gap Camo Jacket (old but similar here)
Banana Republic Sweater (similar here)
Articles of Society 'Sarah' Jeans (similar here)
Universal Thread Kelsey Triple Buckle Cut Out Western Boots

I don't think I ever wore my camo jacket last year and now I'm wondering why.  I foresee it getting brought back into the rotation a lot this year.  Jenn, the blogger behind Mrs. Casual, posted these Universal Threads booties a few weeks ago and I just had to have them.  I loved the color and realized I didn't have any booties in this color in my closet.  I had to fix that fast.  I love how Jenn breaks down her purchases by where she found them.  Super helpful and convenient but also trouble.  Ha.  

I've enjoyed having this week off to veg but I won't lie that I'm excited to start my next eight week session.  The sooner I start, the sooner I finish and the closer I will be to finishing my degree.  This last week, the UTPB Exes  posted that Balfour would be on the UTPB campus taking orders for rings.  After I finish my next eight weeks of classes I would have enough credit hours to be eligible to order one.  

I kind of want one because it would be a reminder of all the time and sacrifice it took me to get my degree.  At the same time, I feel that the whole school ring tradition is a thing that younger students do.  Honestly, I'm not totally in love with Balfour's design.  At one of my previous jobs, I remember a co-worker who had a simple signet ring with her school seal on top.  So I decided to see if any Etsy shops could do something similar.  Lo and behold I ended up finding a shop that did.  

I love the simplicity of this design so much better and the price tag was much easier to swallow than the ring from Balfour.  For a simple sterling silver ring, it would cost $74.  If I wanted to go crazy and get it in 14K white gold, it would cost $580.  Even in white gold, it would cost much less than the ring from Balfour in 10K white gold.  Reviews for the shop look good and the picture above was one that a customer had uploaded for a review.  Christmas is coming up and this ring may just be on my Christmas list this year.  

Other than that, not much else going on.  Hope ya'll are having a good weekend.  Talk to ya'll later!

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I'm a 36 year old full-time student, runner and shopaholic (not necessarily in that order) mom living in the burbs surrounding the beautiful city of Austin with my husband, our very active 9 year old and our rescue dog Buddy. This blog is my little space of the internet where I let my ADD run loose and I blog about...anything.



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