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Weekly Wins // #8

Weekly Wins is a series where I touch on my “wins” from the week in the categories of love, buy, do, eat, give, read, tech, watch and wear. It’s 100% my favorite post to write. Enjoy! 

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Sooo, I’m really into the long hair on me lately. Typically, I cut it the second it grows longer than my collar bone but for some reason, I am surprisingly loving what I have going on right now! HA! Next week I’ll probably be saying the opposite… we shall see I guess. With that, I’ve pretty much had the same side part hair style when I wear my hair down and straight for my whole entire life, but this week I changed it up! I actually wore my hair with the part on the opposite side than usual all day long on Wednesday. It was weird at first but then I got used to it. On top of that, I felt like a new Dana for the day which was kinda fun! It’s amazing how such a small change in your appearance can have such an affect on your attitude and personality!! Take a look below at what it looked like! {and for those of you wondering, I am wearing my new tee and shorts PJ set from old navy. for the full ensemble, click HERE {FYI they run big!}}

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This one is for the ladies, so if any men happen to be reading this, skip on over to the DO category now! So girls, let’s chat about something… since pre-baby I have been super annoyed with my bra in that it’s just sooo uncomfortable. Love the shape it gives me, but the fact that every time I came home and wanted to rip it off was not a good sign. Over the past year and a half, I’ve probably tried on over a hundred different bras in stores but none gave me the shape that my current bra did and I would rather look normal and be uncomfortable than the alternative. Am I right!??! Anywayyyyys, I came across this company who sells bras {and underwear} online called ThirdLove. I found it interesting that their bras came in half sizes, and that they build them using real-women measurements. I decided to order their best selling 24/7 classic t-shirt bra {but there’s a ton of different styles to choose from!} because you can try it for 30 days and return risk-free if you don’t like it. I figured why not?! Well, let me tell you I AM IN LOVE! Same shape as my former bra, yet it is so freaking comfortable that I forget I’m wearing it throughout the day! You guys, I’m not kidding and feel the need to tell every woman in America about it! Been wearing it for a little over a week and I am a total convert! Here’s the deal: if you want to try it too, click HERE to take $15 OFF your purchase with my referral link. I know you’re going to love it as much as I do. I already ordered another one and a strapless bra and can’t wait to try that too! 

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Hire a babysitter and go out to dinner with friends… because parents deserve a night out! This is crazy but we’ve only hired an actual babysitter to watch Brody three times, including this weekend! We honestly don’t go out that much but when we want to, we feel lucky because my parents will come downtown to watch the little guy and I also have really great friends who will occasionally babysit. However, this weekend we decided to hire a babysitter and head to Momotaro with another couple. If you’re from Chicago and have never been, you gotsta go! It’s the MOST AMAZING modern Japanese restaurant you’ll ever eat at! We had such a fun time and it made me realize that we have to do that more often! 

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{the only photo I took all night – our chocolate mousse dessert – gluten free, too!}

See’s Candy, specifically the lollypops and little pops! We have See’s in Chicago but my mom went to Arizona and bought me a whole bunch of their hard candy. They remind me of my childhood and all week, I’ve been eating them up. Beyond DELISH! I love them all but my fave is the vanilla flavor! 

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Sunday was a busy {and really fun!} day for me. One of events that I went to was my friend’s baby shower! I typically ALWAYS buy wedding and baby gifts off the registry but her’s was pretty fulfilled when I checked it out so I decided to get her a few of Brody’s faves, including My Pal Scout, the puppy stuffed animal that learns your child’s name and favorite things! It’s such a fun and interactive “toy” that her baby boy will grow to love!

I Adore What I Love Blog // Weekly Wins #8 // My Pal Scout // #iadorewhatilove

Ok, my friend Jeri {who is equally obsessed with the Bach as much as I am}, sent me this article yesterday from InTouch Magazine. Basically, it talks about how JoJo went right back to her ex once she came home from the show and she told him that the love she portrayed towards Ben was just for tv. I meannnn, I don’t even know if I should believe this or not but if it’s true, it sure is shady… and scummy… and just so so SO wrong! What are your thoughts??

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Apple came out with a BUNCH of updated products this week, including the apple TV, which the hubs and I were excited about because we just sold our old one with the hopes that a new one would come on the market soon! Hooray for it actually happening! Apple also came out with their newest software update iOS 9.3; read this article to find out why you need to update your phone ASAP, if you haven’t already. Andddd PS they also came out with new apple watch bands which I’m excited about!! Makes such a great gift for those who already have an apple watch, like me {hint, hint, family}.

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Not gonna lie, I was reallllllly missing my Monday Bachelor night this week {who’s with me??}, however, lucky for everyone, the Vanderpump Rules reunion was on instead and that did NOT disappoint! I seriously just can’t with any of these cast members! They’re all out of control and it’s pure heaven to watch. Haha are you judging me for going there? This season, there are THREE episodes of reunion shows, and thank goodness because I don’t think anything else could fill my Bach void as much as Pump Rules! Can’t wait for next week when Stassi gets in the mix, too!

PS read about my crazy run-in with Lisa Vanderpump and some of the Pump Rules gang from two years ago here {yep, photos are involved!}

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{take a close look at this shot I took… it’s pretty epic LOL}

The sweetest white lace eyelet top from TARGET! So remember how I said that I had a busy Sunday?? Well, before the baby shower, I had Sunday School which I teach every other week and then after the shower I went to my niece’s 2nd birthday party! This top was the perfect piece to wear all day long! I paired it with faux leather leggings {only $28 and I’ve had them foreverrrr and wear them all the time!} and the cutest {target} ankle boots for my morning events and then with jeans and my fave {target} wedge booties for the birthday party! So versitile and SO cute… I literally didn’t stop getting compliments on this top all day long!!!!

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Happy happy Easter weekend!!! Whether you celebrate or not, tell me in the comments section what you’re doing on Sunday!

PS Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win 3 free months of Prep Dish weekly meal plans HERE. Entries will be open until Sunday night at 11:59 PM and the winner will be announced via Instagram on Monday!


  • Jill March 25, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Love the side part! Really Jojo? I believe it:(. Sees suckers… the best! Cute watch bands⏱

    • Dana Ivy March 25, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Thanks and I know! AH! Also, I’m addicted to the See’s… your fault!

      • Jill March 26, 2016 at 10:28 am


  • Biana Perez March 25, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I’m so excited about the new watch bands…as is my husband haha! I read that article about jojo too…crazy! Hope you have a great weekend! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • Dana Ivy March 25, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Same with me, Biana!! I want them all! And what are your thoughts on the whole JoJo thing?? Have a good weekend too, lady! Xox

  • Jalisa March 25, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Loving this post, Dana! Your hair looks so pretty long, I personally think you should keep it this length 😊 That bra sounds and looks amazing, I’ll have to check them out. Those See’s lollipops look delicious, I’ve never tried this before. Thanks for introducing me to all of these awesome brands I’ve yet to hear of! I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead, beautiful!



    • Dana Ivy March 25, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Awww you’re so sweet, Jalisa! I think I may just keep my hair this length for awhile… appreciate the positive feedback ;) And OMG the bra is insanely amazing!! I love it so much!! You haveeeee to try see’s!!!! They’re the best! Enjoy your weekend too, girl! Xo

  • Julia March 25, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Wait, I’m super obsessed with this series, so fun! You are a girl after my own heart with the Bach and Pump Rules. Interesting article on JoJo. I liked her on the show but could see that being true. Also can’t wait for Stassi to come back on! Love her. Do you listen to her podcast, Straight Up with Stassi? If you are a fan of hers you would love it!

    • Dana Ivy March 25, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Hahah yes, Julie! I do listen to Straight up with Stassi… it’s a guilty pleasure of mine! I once made my husband listen to it with me on a really long road trip and I think he even liked it – she’s funny. I laugh out loud all the time! Crazy about JoJo, I know, and I could kind of seeing it being true too. ABC is probably not so happy about it, however!! And obviously I’m still going to watch her season! Happy weekend!! Xox

  • Charity March 25, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    LOVE that top from Target ;) Fingers crossed that our store has it! Have a wonderful weekend…

    • Dana Ivy March 25, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      Crossing my fingers, Charity! If not, you can always purchase online! Let me know! Enjoy your weekend, too!! Xox

  • Jeri March 25, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Love your hair, the Target shirt is adorbs, and that Jojo article is cray! Love the weekly wins! Have a great weekend my friend!

    • Dana Ivy March 25, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks, Jer! Love you and hope you’re enjoying your weekend with your cute little fam as well! Xoxox

      • Dana Ivy March 25, 2016 at 9:35 pm

        PS seriously still can’t wrap my head around the whole JoJo thing! SO cray! And the more I think about it, I feel mad at her! hahaha

  • Nicole Miller March 26, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Happy Easter! I’m headed to my parents’ house in Michigan once I can get off my laptop and out of bed :) p.s the girl who cuts my hair told me it’s good for your hair to change your part every so often!

    • Dana Ivy March 27, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Happy Easter to you!!! Ugh, totally understand trying to get off the laptop and out of bed… never easy! Hope you had a good trip home to Mich!! Anddddd, thanks for telling me that about the side part! Good to know – I’ll have to change it up more often! Xox

  • Kara | Daily Opulence March 26, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I love that you do weekly wins!

    I do not believe that Jojo was faking the whole time. I could see Caila doing that, but not Jojo. Magazines are known for stretching the truth. I am super excited to see her as the Bachelorette!

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    • Dana Ivy March 27, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks Kara! You’re so sweet!! I agree with you… don’t think JoJo was faking it BUT I do think she probably went back to her ex after the show. Just my two cents but we’ll prob never know! Ha! I’m obviousssssly going to be watching her too and am excited! Hope you had a great Easter weekend! Xox

  • Chow Down USA March 27, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    That gluten free chocolate mousse! Can I just fly to Chicago for that right now?? Love this post, hope you’re having a great Easter!

    Chow Down USA

    • Dana Ivy March 27, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Um, Chelsea, you probably should! The whole Momotaro experience would be worth it! Plus, Chicago is the best of the best and it’s getting nice outside so yeah, I just gave you tons of excuses to fly here! Also, if you’re into gluten free and you like to cook you should enter to win the Prep Dish giveaway on my blog that ends tonight!! Here’s the direct link to that post:

      Hope you’re enjoying your Easter weekend too! Xox

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  • Ashley April 3, 2016 at 11:45 am

    That restaurant sounds amazing! Next time we’re in Chicago, I am SO going there! Thank you so much for linking up with us in the Best of the Blogosphere Link-Up this week! Hope you’ll join us again tomorrow

    • Dana Ivy April 4, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Omgosh Ashley! Momotaro is insane! Literally, I feel so spoiled with these Chicago restos. Going to link up again now!! Thanks for the reminder :) Happy Monday! Xx

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