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Weekly Wins // #13

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! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #13 // #iadorewhatilove

This week was jam-packed with lunches and dinners and lots of eating out. Maybe too much eating out if you ask me, but it’s always a pleasure getting out of the house and catching up with friends! Next week I’m going to make a greater effort to eat in because not going to lie, I am just outright sick of restaurant food! I know, I know, it could be worse but I’m just being honest here =) Now, onto this week’s WEEKLY WINS… 

My grandparents! Brody and I went to their house, had lunch with them and hung out foreverrrr. Brody was on cloud 9 the whole time you guys! He had the best time with them and they had the best time with him! Can’t wait for summers at their pool! PS aren’t they the cutest?!?! ADORE this photo! Also, GO WHITE SOX! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #13 // Grandparents with Brody // #iadorewhatilove

To say that I am obsessed with my recent purchase of these black lace-up sandals is a complete understatement! I LOVE THEM. For so many different reasons: they are sassy, chic, modern, cool, fun, and seriously on trend right now. They’ve also got that chunky heel which makes them way more comfortable than your classic skinny heel, am I right?! They go with everything and I could think of 8,000 different places I will wear them too. Click here to buy them for yourself! {ps they run true to size!}

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #13 // Lace Up Heels // #iadorewhatilove

Over the weekend we attended a house warming dinner at our friends condo. It was a Hawaiian themed party and the hosts went all out! The decor was out of control, pineapples were everywhere, and they also hired a private chef. Dinner was tooooo good {we hardly took any food pics because we couldn’t eat it fast enough} and dessert was even better {they made me special ice cream because of my gluten allergy} Overall, we had such a great time and although the weather on that particular day and night was disgusting {really, it was}, I felt like we were in the tropics the second I stepped inside their beautiful place. Fun times! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #13 // Hawaii Party // #iadorewhatilove

Alllll the Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo! Tacos, guac, and tortilla chips galore was literally the food highlight of my week! We lunched yesterday with friends and though we didn’t even go to a typical Mexican resto, they had the most delicious Mexican food I’ve had in a long time. Three words: I’m still full ;) Check out our chips and guac below! And to see our picture perfect tacos and shrimp salad, click here.

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #13 // Chips and Guac // #iadorewhatilove

My friend Lisa had her baby 2 weeks ago and Brody and I went to go visit the little peanut on Tuesday! She is GORGEOUS! Andddd we obviously went there with gift in hand! If you remember, I got my friend Dena’s new baby the same hamsa teether and book {because i’m obsessed with both} but I switched up their outfits. For little Nora, I got her this sweet denim romper that I just can’t get enough of! Plus, it totally reminded me of something her mama would wear! Wouldn’t you wear this too if it came in your size?? I mean, no brainer! Shop the baby-sized romper here, the hot pink hamsa here, and Pat the Bunny here.I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #13 // Baby Gift // #iadorewhatiloveREAD: 
I know it was just posted on Wednesday, but if you missed reading about my gluten-free story, you should definitely hop on over to that page and check it out. It’s a easy read and so many of you have already reached out letting me know that it was a very enlightening story! I really appreciate that feedback! Plus, I highlight a ton of my fave gluten-free foods! Take a look! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // MY GLUTEN FREE STORY + 3 GF FOODS I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT // #iadorewhatilove

My cousin Alexi has pretty much the coolest instagram feed that you’ll ever see! She’s a super trendy college student with a simplistic and modern attitude towards style and life. I can’t get over the aesthetic of her instapics because each one is better than the next. They are all seriously SO GOOD! Check out her page @stylecamxx!! I know you’re going to want to follow her too!! Her photography skills are on par and she’s killing it with her instagram game {i’m not-so-secretly jealous}. Take a look below. 

So another cousin of mine is the drummer in a band called If We Were and you guys, I kid you not they are pretty freaking awesome. He’s also one of the main singers for the majority of their songs. They’ve been on the radio, played all around Chicago, including many times at the House of Blues, and they just released their newest album on Spotify. I am so proud! This week they came out with their music video for their latest hit song Lonesome Larry and you MUST watch! It’s pretty incredible, if I do say so myself. Press the play button below and I promise you’ll be hooked… 

Windowpane tops!! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #13 // Windowpain top // #iadorewhatilove{worn with the tassel necklace I talked about in last week’s weekly wins, shop it here}

The one I’m wearing above isn’t sold online {boo!} but it’s my new fave new top that I’m probably going to be living in all.summer.longgggg. No shame here. I actually have a few other windowpane tops in my wardrobe as well, like the one I wore in this photo with baby Owen. What can I say? I adore them and they’re totally on trend! Here are some other windowpane tops and a bunch of dresses that I’m absolutely loving at the moment… {make sure you scroll through all the looks using the arrow on the right because each one is seriously cuter than the next!}

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PS Be on the lookout {via instagram} this weekend to hear who won the Beautycounter Giveaway! My friend Kristi, who is a consultant for the company {and who i collaborated with on the beautycounter blog post i wrote}, and I will be shooting an instavideo as we choose the winner of the giveaway! So fun, right?! I’m beyond excited about this! So basically, if you don’t already follow me on instagram {@danaivy}, you probably should do that now

Happy weekend friends! 
I’d love for you to share with me what you have planned!! 


  • Deena Simair May 6, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Love those heels!!!! Have a great weekend!

    • Dana Ivy May 6, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks Deena!!! I love them too and can’t wait to wear them! Happy weekend to you!! Xox

  • Lily Ayala May 6, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Your grandparents are just so cute! They look so happy with Brody!
    Love those heels, super cute!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Dana! <3

    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Dana Ivy May 6, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks Lily! I love them! And right?! Obsessed with those heels! Yay for the weekend! Xox

  • Carina Vardie May 6, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Seems like you had a wonderful week! I love the pictures of your grandparents, they are adorable!


    • Dana Ivy May 6, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      Yes! And thank you!! They are pretty cute!! Hope you enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by the blog! Hope you come back for more!! Xox

  • Kathryn May 6, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Stop, the chips + guac have me drooling! I’m loving that window pane top, too. I can never seem to find great pieces with this print when I go shopping, but it’s such a lovely pattern! Also… you have some talented cousins, girl. Seriously.

    Kathryn • The Fashionography

    • Dana Ivy May 6, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      I feel you! I’ve been thinking about those chips and guac ever since we ate them! Seriously, I had a dream about them. Ha probably shouldn’t have said that out loud. Did you see the windowpane pieces I linked up? I bet you can find something that you love! It’s so modern and cool! Andddd I know, right?! My cousins are pretty great! Have a great weekend girl!

  • Charity May 6, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    My husband and son just went Gluten-Free and I’m 98% of the way there. I can’t wait to go back and look at your post…I’m finding it hard to do with my son. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend and your little Brody is adorable ;)

    • Dana Ivy May 6, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Did you though GF for health reasons? I predict that in the next 20 years everyone is going to be eating that way! Happy Mother’s Day to you, Charity! Xx

  • Jeri May 6, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    My favorite post of the week! I totally bought those shoes in the flats version and love love love! Brody and your grandparents are so sweet together! Finally, always a fan of Counselor Matt! Have a great Mother’s Day my friend. Xo

    • Dana Ivy May 6, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks Jer! I love the flat version of those shoes too and was thinking I need them in nude! Ha! Isn’t Matt’s video awesome?! Happy Mother’s Day to you as well!! Xx

  • Dara May 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    OMG your grandparents are ADORABLE. I hope you have a great Mothers Day, and enjoy your weekend!!

    — Dara //

    • Dana Ivy May 6, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      You’re the sweetest! And I agree! They are pretty cute, right? Hope you have a great mama’s day weekend as well girl! Xox

  • Leah Schulz May 6, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I have to say, everything in this post is so fab, but my fav is your sweet grandparents. How cute are they!? I miss my grandma so much!

    • Dana Ivy May 6, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      Awww thanks! I think they’re pretty cute too!! Appreciate you visiting the blog and taking the time to comment, Leah! Happy weekend!! Xox

  • for seven seasons May 6, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    your grandparents are SO cute! And I love those heels too. They’re unreal!

    • Dana Ivy May 6, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks lady! I love my grandparents and i loveeee my new heels!! Happy Friday! Xox

  • Kate @ Green Fashionista May 6, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Wow your friends went all out for their housewarming, everything looked fabulous! And how cute are your grandparents and your sweet boy! And loving those sandals, gorgeous! Happy Friday <3
    Green Fashionista

    • Dana Ivy May 6, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      I know, right?! Our friends went ALL out! It was so nice! And you’re so sweet to comment on the Brodster and my grandparents!! Can’t wait to wear the heels!!!!! I hope you have the best weekend! Xox

  • Darcy from A Memory of Us May 7, 2016 at 9:16 am

    time with grandparents is soo fun and special!! i don’t have any anymore, so i truly love being married to someone with amazing grand parents who i can enjoy!

    • Dana Ivy May 7, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Awww well than I would say you are fortunate! We see my grandparents all the time but still it’s not enough! Happy weekend girl! Xox

  • Chow Down USA May 7, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I always love your weekly wins! Your grandparents are too adorable, and I’m so obsessed with windowpane prints right now!

    Chow Down USA

    • Dana Ivy May 9, 2016 at 11:10 am

      You are so so sweet, Chelsea! It’s because of people like you that I share my wins!! I’m so glad you love this edition!! Hope you had a great weekend girl!

  • Llinos @ The Lilac Linnet May 7, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Windowpane tops are the best, always with a statement necklace!

    • Dana Ivy May 9, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Loveeee windowpane tops! I’m more of a long necklace girl {statement necklaces just don’t work for me!} but I bet that’s a great combo on everyone else!! Thanks for stopping by the blog and I hope you’ll be back to read more!!

  • Naomella May 8, 2016 at 6:11 am

    You have purchased a real cute pair of sandals Dana Ivy! Last week I also shopped baby clothing for a baby shower of a friend. Baby rompers and co are just to cute and it’s so hard to ressist not to buy all the cute baby stuff. Have a great week my dear! xoxo

    • Dana Ivy May 9, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Why thank you girl! How was the shower? Did it happen yet? You’re so right! Baby rompers are just too hard to resist!! Xox

  • Brooke & Erica May 8, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I have been eating allll the mexican food this week too. I feel like that’s every week, but Cinco De Mayo was a good excuse to eat more, lol. Love love love your lace up heels, so cute!!


    Pumps & Push-Ups

    • Dana Ivy May 9, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Hahah I feel you with the mexican food! It works for anyyyyday!! And thank you! Can’t wait to wear those heels!! Hope you had a great mother’s day weekend! Xox

  • Anna Hubbard May 8, 2016 at 9:48 am

    It looks like you had a fantastic week! I love those Sam Edelman sandals, and that windowpane top is so cute!
    -Anna |

    • Dana Ivy May 9, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Yes! And thank you!! So sweet, Anna!! Thanks for stopping by and hope you’ll be back for more!! Xox

  • Trang Do May 9, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Amazing post!! Great photos! Love those sandals so much dear!!

    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Dana Ivy May 9, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Thanks Trang!!! You’re the sweetest!! Hope you had a great weekend!! Xox

  • Sierra Oblad May 9, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Loooove your lace up heels! If been dying to buy a pair like those! And I’m a big fan of windowpane print too!

    Sierra Elizabeth

    • Dana Ivy May 11, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks Sierra!! You should get them! And yes! The windowpane is the most chic print right now!! {except for stripes and florals, too. haha} Hope you’re doing great! Xox

  • Ashley May 10, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    So many cute things to buy! And I’m SO jealous of that Hawaiian themed party. It looks like it was a blast!

    • Dana Ivy May 11, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      The party was so fun! I’d prefer a dinner party to going out to the bars anytime is the truth! Xox

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