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Weekly Wins // #16

May 27, 2016 in I Adore What I Love

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 #16 // #iadorewhatilove

Happy Friday!! I hope you all had a LOVELY week and I’m sure you’re ready for a nice and relaxing 3-day {!} Memorial Day weekend! Before I delve into my weekly wins, you should probably know that I’m sitting here typing this with UBER baby soft skin on my face! Why, you ask? Because I just used up my last Korean sheet mask and now I feel oh so good! If you missed my post about them from Tuesday, read it here because oh my goodness, there is nothing better after a busy day of running errands in the heat! I’m telling you, these masks are easy, convenient, cooling when applied, and will leave you with the most radiant, gorgeous skin! I.AM.OBSESSED. Here’s the direct link if you want to purchase them now! I’m about to buy them again for myself now! Okay, Weekly Wins time!!!

I spoke of these sassy lace up chunky black heels a few weeks ago when I bought them, but this week I wore them for the first time to a friend’s wedding shower. Um, WOW. Because of the chunky heel, they are SO comfortable that I wore them for over an hour running around the house in my dress all morning before the shower and also wore them after the shower on a grocery run with my mom. Obviously I got a million compliments all day long. LOVE! {shop them here; i’m actually shocked they aren’t sold out yet!!}

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // Lace Up Heels // #iadorewhatilove

My husband was out of town for some of the weekend and a few days this week, which means he wasn’t home to help take care of the Brodster when he typically would be. This was a longer business trip then he normally takes and it wore me out! Mad respect for single parents, you guys!!! Anyways, the point of this story is that I decided to buy myself a little gift. Ha! My friend Maayan actually told me about this and I knew I had to get it for myself… it’s a {hot pink!!} Kate Spade business card holder with my initial on it. SO cute, right?! I haven’t even opened it yet so I have to get on that! Shop it for yourself {with your own initial} here! It can also hold gift cards! #justsaying =) 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // Kate Spade Business Card Holder // #iadorewhatilove

This week I got a MUCH needed mani and pedi. It was glorious. Baby blue on my fingers and hot pink {see it above in the shoe photo!} on my toes! Insert allllll the heart emojis! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // Blue Nails // #iadorewhatilove

Pesto pasta made with my new basil plant!  I’ve been taking really great care of it, and even got some awesome tips from you guys about that in the comments of last week’s weekly wins post, so this week it was my goal to make something with the basil! In my food processor, I added a bunch of basil leaves, my favorite Trader Joe’s olive oil, and pine nuts, pulsed it all up and created DELICIOUSNESS!!! Then, I combined it with TJ’s gluten free brown rice pasta, added some whole pine nuts, and a pinch of fresh parmesan cheese. So easy, extremely satisfying and just oh so YUM!

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // Pesto Pasta // #iadorewhatilove

Two teachers from my {former – that’s weird to say} first grade team retired this year and Tuesday was the last day of school for everyone! I met them and the other first grade team members for dinner that night and we all chipped in to give the retirees one last gift to send them off on a high note… Nordstrom gift cards of course! There really is no better gift! {especially now that the half yearly sale has started!}

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // Nordstrom Gift Card // #iadorewhatilove

If missed, go read my I Adore What I Click post from yesterday!! From making friends as adults, to the internet coming to the rescue of a woman who got bullied about her prom dress, to a gluten-free copycat kit kat bar recipe, to the benefits of mint, and why we should all dry brush, {plus a bunch more!!} this post was super informative! Oh, and did I mention that I also included a recipe to make wine gummies in celebration of wine week? SO many great links that I came across in May!! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // I Adore What I Click // #iadorewhatilove

Ok, has anyone ever searched the hashtag #mykidcanteatthis on instagram?? I DIE! I randomly came across it this week and found it SO FUNNY. Basically, parents take photos of food they’re about to serve their children but they won’t eat said meal because of different, random things that just so happen to be hysterical, LOL reasons. There is also an official “My Kid Can’t Eat This” handle but it hasn’t been updated in 4 months. Whoever created it definitely needs to start it up again!! Anyways, the hashtag is still being used! Here’s an example of the hilariousness… 

The Bachelorette!!!!!! Obvy!!!! Did you think I was going to mention anything else?? I really like JoJo you guys! Besides for being so pretty and having killer style, she seems totally normal and really excited and grateful to be there. I like that she’s not pretentious and overly confident. I might have TOTALLY different opinions next week, but for now, we are off to a great start!! Do you agree with me? Disagree? Tell me your thoughts!

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // Bachelorette JoJo // #iadorewhatilove

I mentioned that the hubs was out of town this week so Brods and I slept at my parents one night. After putting B to bed, my mom and I went to Target {and Dairy Queen for a late night snack! haha!} and I bought the cutest summery jacket there. It’s sporty, super thin, and see-through white which gives it a fun touch! Now, the photo I’m showing you I am seriously laughing out loud about because I took it while we were in the store and I just realized all the bras are behind me! Oooops. I swear I did not even notice until this second… that’s real life for ya! Back to the jacket, I LOVE it and have worn it already a few times this week. It’s easy, breezy, and provides the perfect coverage during the warmer months! Shop it here

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // White C9 Champion Jacket // #iadorewhatilove

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Memorial Day weekend is HERE!!! How are you celebrating??
Let me know in the comments section now! 


  • Charity May 27, 2016 at 7:16 am

    You can never go wrong with a Nordstrom gift card and your pesto pasta looks delish! Have a wonderful weekend ;)

    • Dana Ivy May 27, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Nope! Definitely not!! And thank you! So easy! And you really could use store bought pesto – I forgot to mention that in the post!! Happy weekend to you, Charity!! Xox

  • Deena Simair May 27, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Now I want a mani in baby blue..super cute. I was single parenting this week and really feel like I could sleep all weekend long. Ugh. Have a great weekend!

    • Dana Ivy May 27, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Get the baby blue girl!! And yes!! Sleep, need lots of sleep!!! Me and you both!!! Is your hubby back yet?!? I am getting a massage tomorrow and I can’t wait!! Happy weekend!! Xox

  • Nicole Miller May 27, 2016 at 8:09 am

    That hashtag is the best! And so are easy summer recipes! Have a great weekend :)

    • Dana Ivy May 27, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Hahahaha hilarious, right?!? And that pesto pasta was delish! My hubby said he wants me to make it once a week! Happy weekend to you, Nicole!! Xox

  • Lily Ayala May 27, 2016 at 8:55 am

    The business card holder is adorable!! Can you believe I don’t have business cards for my blog…I should probably get on that!
    Love the jacket…so cute!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, pretty girl!

    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Dana Ivy May 27, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Thanks girl!! And OMG!! You need business cards!!!! I feel so official having them! Ha! Happy weekend!! Xox

  • Shauna C May 27, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Those blue nails!! I need that super fun color for summer! It looks so good on you, and perfect for Memorial Day! Hope you have a great weekend, see ya next week!! XO


    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks lady! My nail color really is super fun! You should def get it!! Hope you’re having a great weekend!! Xox

  • Jenessa Sheffield May 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    dying over that nail polish! aqua is so trendy this summer! Have a great holiday weekend!



    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Picking a nail color is a big decision and overtime I look at my hands I know I made a good one this time around! Ha! Hope you’re having the best Memorial Day weekend so far! Xox

  • Ashon May 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Absolutely enjoy reading your post like always. Love your sandals and that nail polish color is just beautiful!

    Kisses Ashon

    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      You’re the sweetest, Ashon. Seriously! Thank you so much!! Hope you’re having the best memorial day weekend thus far! Xox

  • Kate @ Green Fashionista May 27, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Loving your mani, so pretty! And KS continues to win at life, that card holder is gorgeous! And yay for Jojo as the Bachelorette! I’m super excited for her season, and am already team Aaron Rodgers’ brother! Happy holiday weekend gurlie <3
    Green Fashionista

    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      Thanks so much, Kate!! Totally agree about KS – she wins!! Hahaha I am totes on the same team AR’s brother for sure! From the look of the previews though, things may change?! Who knows! I’m excited to see it play out on tv!! Hope you’re having the best Memorial Day weekend! Xox

  • Jalisa May 27, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Dana, you ALWAYS make me smile and laugh, girl, you’re seriously too charming for words! So where to start!? Those sandals look AH-MAZING! No surprise in receiving a ton of compliments on them! I told you on Instagram that I CAN never find anything with the letter J, seriously it’s SO annoying! Growing up, ALL my friends would always find their names on those specialty cards or the “meaning” of their names in those mom and pop shops and I the closet thing to mine was….LISA :/ I just checked the card holder and they surprisingly have J, but I would’ve loved the option to select the color because I would totally choose pink! That gift card was THE BEST gift you can give them because they will get so many amazing things on sale! I seriously cracked up at reading the #mykidcanteatthis, haha! My step daughter has ALWAYS been picky and STILL is! Now, the only way to get her to eat the healthy food I eat is to tell her all the vitamins that are in that are good for growing hair and nails, haha! I love that see through jacket, it’s so different and perfect for the season! Haha, that’s too funny about the bras, I love that you shared it any way, #real! Oh, and I’m glad the hubby liked my compliment to his ring selections in one of your previous posts! I hope you have an amazing weekend ahead, beautiful, and thanks so much for sharing!



    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      Ahhh You are my favorite, Jalisa! Honestly! I don’t even know where to start when talking about how sweet you are! Wait, so I can understand that the name Jalisa may be hard to find {I do adore your name though, obvs} but the letter J was hard to find when looking for initialed things?!? That is so crazy!! I’ll have to ask my mom if she feels the same because her name is Jill! I’m cracking up that lisa was the closest thing to Jalisa! Oy! And about the gift card holder, I hear ya. I wish the color was an option too. Not fair! How funny is that hashtag?!?! Still dying over it! Hilarious about your step daughter – that’s girls for ya! And yes!! The hubs loved your compliment and has probably bought it up one or two times since I shared with him what you wrote about my ring! You’re his favorite too, clearly! Hope you are having the best Memorial Day weekend as we speak! Xoxox

  • Annette May 27, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    What a cute series, I like the bright blue! Have a nice weekend :)

    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      Thanks Annette! So sweet!! I’m into the blue too! Hope you’re having the best Memorial Day weekend girl! Xx

  • Jessica Luxe May 27, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Love your lace up sandals! My fav win of the bunch.. and the manicure!

    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      Why thanks lady! Those sandals definitely win at life, that’s for sure! My mani is a close second ;) Thanks for stopping by the blog! Hope you’ll be back to read more!! Xox

  • Kathryn May 27, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Such a cute mani pedi! The blue on your nails is almost exactly what I JUST got on mine (although mine’s a little more minty). Blues are really fun colors to rock during the spring. You mentioning the Bachelorette too makes me think I might have to start watching it again :)

    Kathryn • The Fashionography

    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks Kathryn!! Great minds think a like on the aqua mani! And yes!! Start watching the bach… then we can talk about with each other! Ha! The best! Xox

  • Funmi Alabi May 27, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Those definitely are wins! The mani especially! Ouu, I love pasta too!

    Funmi xx

    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks girl! So sweet! Hope you’re having the best Memorial Day weekend!! Really happy you found my blog and hope you’ll be back to read more soon! Xox

  • Water Wanderer May 27, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Happy Friday, Dana. I love this post. The shoes and the baby blue nail polish are super cute! I might have to try that color sometime. Hope you have a great long weekend!
    Elise XO

    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      Thanks Elise! You are the sweetest ever! I feel like this nail color is definitely up your alley! Hope you’re having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend thus far! Xox

  • Mica May 27, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Oh yum that pasta looks and sounds amazing! Love your blue nails too, what a nice colour :)

    Hope you have a lovely long weekend.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks Mica! So sweet!! So glad you found my blog and I really hope you’ll be back to read more! Andddd I hope you’re enjoying your nice and long Memorial Day weekend as we speak! Xox

  • Violette May 28, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Love your nail polish! Everything looks so yummy!

    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks lady! That pasta is seriously EVERYTHING! Beyond easy and delish!! You should definitely try it! Hope you’re having the best Memorial Day weekend! And so glad you found my blog!! Hope you’ll be back to read more :) Xox

  • AngeliePangilinan May 28, 2016 at 3:40 am
    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      Why thank you lady! I wore them last night and continued to get alllll the compliments! So glad you found my blog and hope you’ll be back to read more!! Xox

  • thefashionfolks May 28, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Hahha love the hashtag, hilarious! Xx

    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      I mean, right?! I die! Love it! Xox

  • Carina Vardie May 28, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Those sandals are amazing and your blue manicure is so summery!


    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      Why thank you darling! So sweet! Hope you’re having the best Memorial Day weekend as we speak!! Xox

  • Dara May 28, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I’m possessed with your week. Mani — YES. Kate Spade business card holder — YES. Shoes — YES. Pasta with basil — YES. Awesome week.

    — Dara //

    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Okay, this might have been one of my favorite comments on this post! And by might of, I mean definitely was. It was definitely a great week, Dara. I can’t complain! Hope you’re having the best Memorial day weekend as we speak!! Xx

  • Naomella May 29, 2016 at 4:20 am

    The Kate Spade business card holder is really cute! Such a lovely surprise from your hubby! xoxo

    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      It is one of my fave gifts! Except it was not from my husband! Ha! It was from me! I got it for myself because he was out of town and it was not easy work being a “single parent” for so long. Hahaha

      Hope you’re enjoying your weekend girl! Xo

      • Naomella May 29, 2016 at 11:42 pm

        Oh sorry, I missunderstood that! You are right, buying something for you because of the hard work as a single parent for a certain time was the right thing! :)

        Wishing you also a great week and I hope to see you soon on my blog! ;) xxx

        • Dana Ivy May 30, 2016 at 10:20 am

          Omgosh no worries at all! Thanks girl! Heading to your blog now!

  • Shaunacey May 29, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    pesto is my FAV!!!! haven’t had it in forever and now I’m craving it!!! LOVE the blue nails and that business card holder is so cute

    • Dana Ivy May 29, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      Omgosh if pesto is your fave then you have to make this recipe! Like, it’s suuuuuper easy peasy. And because I made the pesto myself, it was just incredibly fresh, rich, and delicious! {but you could always use store bought!! I won’t tell anyone!!} So glad you love the nails and business card holder too. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and I really hope you’ll be back to read more! Happy Memorial Day weekend, lady! Xx

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