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Weekly Wins // #18

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 #18 // #iadorewhatilove

Happy Friday blog friends!! Before I dive into my weekly wins, I must mention that Brody has officially stopped taking two naps. We have been doing one nap all week long and all I have to say is LIFE CHANGING. We used to go out and about in-between his naps but now if we venture out of the house, it’s before AND after his one nap of the day which just so happens to be right smack dab in the middle of the day. I don’t like it. Plus, I feel like I am losing a lot of my alone time that I used to have.  Ok, enough venting. The positive: most of his friends are already on one nap so now we can hang out with everyone again!! That’s a HUGE plus!! Onto this week’s WEEKLY WINS… spoiler alert: besides for the napping transition, it was a great week!! 

My husband! Ha! I know that’s totally to be presumed since we are married and all, BUT this week I fell in love with the hubs all over again! {not that I ever stopped, let’s be honest here} We celebrated our FOUR YEAR {!!!!!!!!} anniversary yesterday and not only did I get gorgeous surprise flowers from him during the day {which, shocking!!} but we also had the most wonderful dinner with Brody at Wildfire last night! Tonight we are celebrating just the two of us while my parents babysit for the little man. Looking forward to that! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #18 // Anniversary Flowers // #iadorewhatilove

Soo not sure if this counts because I have yet to buy these Rag and Bone jeans but from the feedback I got via instagram {thank you to everyone who gave me their input, btw!!}, I am pretty sure I am going to have to! I tried them on over the weekend and since the holes weren’t actual holes and were covered underneath I wasn’t sure I was in love. BUT, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them since. They are on the pricey side so I am still debating but if I can’t stop obsessing over them in a few days, I am going to bite the bullet. Oh, and they fit like.a.gloveeeeeeee.

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #18 // Rag and Bone Jeans // #iadorewhatilove

You guys, we went to Lincoln Park Zoo this week with a few friends and their babes and literally had THE BEST time ever! I am just putting it out there that we will probably be going every week all summer long. The kids farm area of the zoo is literally the cutest thing you ever did see and they had a music man playing for the kiddies all morning long! Then, it was Wednesday so the Green City Market {which I mentioned in this month’s Monthly Musts post} was open too. We all had lunch together there and it truly made for the most perfect little morning!!

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #18 // Lincoln Park Zoo and Green City Market // #iadorewhatilove
PS do you see my new diaper bag backpack in the grass?!?! Still obsessed.

The most amazing salmon you’ll ever eat! Inspired by my friend Lauren who makes honey bbq salmon {i must give credit where credit is due!}, this week I made agave bbq salmon! RECIPE: marinate the salmon in 3 parts bbq sauce to 1 part agave nectar for a few hours first. Cover a baking pan with tin foil and lay the marinated salmon on top, bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes… watch it towards the end. Then, broil for 5 minutes before serving with your favorite vegetable! Um, YUM!

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #18 // Honey BBQ Salmon // #iadorewhatilove

Remember last week when I told you that I couldn’t tell you what I gave my brother for his bday because I didn’t give it to him yet?!!? Well, we ended up giving him a Nordstrom gift card. He is literally the hardest person in the world to buy a gift for and I am not kidding! You guys, gift cards are truly the only way to go with him, so that’s what we did! Now he can get whatever he wants at one of his favorite stores! Did you know that you can purchase a Nordy gift card online here!?!

 I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #18 // Nordstrom Gift Cards // #iadorewhatilove

Considering yesterday was our anni, I thought it might be fun to go through the I Adore What I Love archives and read the post I wrote 10 months into our marriage. I actually didn’t write much because the majority of the post is pictures but we had just received our wedding album in the mail and I was uuuuuber excited!! Naturally, I shared a bunch of my fave wedding photos {including one of my absolute favorite favorites seen below} on the blog! Click HERE to take a look at all the special pics from the second best day of my life {the first was having the Brodster, duh!} 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #18 // Cutting the cake at Wedding // #iadorewhatilove

Ok, so I’ve always used Amazon Photos to backup my iPhone pics but recently I was introduced to Google Photos and honestly, it’s better. It automatically organizes your photos by people, places, and things. And if you want to find a specific one in the bunch, all you need to do is search by what you remember about that photo. For example, if I took a photo of a balloon, and I have thousands and thousands of photos backed up, instead of going through them all to find that one specific pic, all I need to do is type “balloon” in the search field and it will come up. You can edit and share photos within the app too. GENIUS. For more info and to download the app today, click here.

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #18 // Google Photos // #iadorewhatilove

JoJo graced us with her presence for TWO nights this week! It was kind of a dream come true for Bachelor{ette} Nation! Let’s just talk about this Chad guy for a second. Is he for real? He obviously went on the show knowing he’d be characterized as the bad guy and I think he’s playing into that role for the camera’s sack. Just my point of view. But instead of focusing on him, let’s chat about the good guys. Right now, my front runners are Jordan and Chase. I like both of them a lot!! What about you?? Tell me in the comments of this post!! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #18 // The Bachelorette JoJo // #iadorewhatilove

This top has quickly become my ABSOLUTE favorite! It’s so comfy, so soft, so flowy {in a good way}, and effortlessly adorable! The back is open which gives it a touch of something special and also makes it different and cool. I chose to wear a white stretchy tank under it because that’s what I always do but I give you full permission to wear it sans tank so it shows off a little back skin. To be honest, it’s cuter like that but I’m just ridiculous and don’t feel normal without a stretchy tank under all of my tops. Ha! Either way guys, you NEED this top. It’s perfect for those 60-something-degree cooler days of summer. I’m in love! Oh, and size down. Shop it here

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #18 // High Low open back striped top // #iadorewhatilove
{also wearing my fave Keds shoes featured in a previous weekly wins post from a few weeks back … shop them here}

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Enjoy your weekend!!! Doing anything special and fun??
Let me know in the comments section now! 


  • Charity June 10, 2016 at 6:39 am

    I used to live right down the street from the Lincoln Park Zoo! Such a great area and Happy Anniversary. Cheers to many more ;)

    • Dana Ivy June 10, 2016 at 7:37 am

      Thank you Charity!! So sweet!! And did you ever go to the green city market when you lived by the zoo? It was my first time this week and I absolutely loved it!!! Xx

      • Charity June 13, 2016 at 2:10 pm

        I’m not sure if I did Dana…It doesn’t ring a bell but I’m sure so much has changed since I lived there!

  • Deena Simair June 10, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Happy Anniversary! I love that last outfit…heading over to check out that shirt.

    • Dana Ivy June 10, 2016 at 7:51 am

      Thank you!! And you will love. Seriously I’ve been wearing it on repeat all week long! Xox

  • Aimee June 10, 2016 at 8:06 am

    These were all awesome! Looks like a great early summer week.

    I miss watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette SO much, but it got to the point where it was on like, 2-4 hours per WEEK and I just didn’t feel I could devote that much time to it. Especially considering how much “dramatic pause” time they waste on the rose ceremony. ;-)


    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks Aimee!! Yes!! Last week was epic if I do say so myself!! Totally valid points about the bach and you even made me laugh out loud reading your comment but that’s why I DVR so I can fast forward through all the commercials and all of the lulls. I swear it the whole show is really half of what they say! Ha!

  • Ashon June 10, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Awww this is such an interesting genuine post! Love it and thanks for sharing. Happy weekend dear ::)

    Kisses Ashon

    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Appreciate the love Ashon!!! Xox

  • Kate @ Green Fashionista June 10, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Nordstrom for the win!!! Happy Anniversary gurlie! Can we talk about how gorgeous your wedding pictures are – stunning <3
    Green Fashionista

    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Yes! Nordstrom for the win all day everyday! And thank you!! So much!! I feel like I look like such a baby then but it’s so fun to look back on! Xox

  • Jeri June 10, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Happy Anniversary my friend! Gorgeous flowers from such a sweet (and apparently popular) hubby ???? Excited to find some wins today shopping with you and Brod!

    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks Jer!! Lovedddd seeing you this past weekend and will def have to include our new shoes in this weeks wins round-up!! Obsessed! Xox

  • thefashionfolks June 10, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Lovely sum up, the top looks so comfy! And happy anniversary! Xx

    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks girl!! So sweet!! We had fun celebrating our anni this weekend! Xox

  • Tamara June 10, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Hahah to the diaper bag!!! Lovely round up!


    Tamara –

  • Jalisa June 10, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Dana, you know how much I love these posts! First off, Happy Anniversary! I left a comment on the post you linked for your wedding, so read it for my little message to you, hehe! That salmon looks ah-mazing! I think I need to make it this asap, anything with bbq sauce, I’m all in! I seriously love those jeans, they are too cute…I’m still nudging, haha! I also love that cute striped flowy top, which you’ve style perfectly with those loafers (OBSESSED)! Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you have the BEST time tonight at dinner!



    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Why thank you friend!! Awww, going to check my wedding post right after I write this – you are the sweetest for commenting and I appreciate the wedding love in advance!! The salmon is spot on delish and super easy! Def try! And guess what?!?! I BOUGHT THE JEANS this weekend!!!!! Hahaha I had to! Hope you had the best weekend Jalisa!! Xox

  • WhatWouldVWear June 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Happy Anniversary, and yes, it makes a huge different when your child takes one nap instead of two a day! My son, who is 4 still takes one nap a day too and I love it. And before I forget: LOVE LOVE LOVE the loafers!

    Happy Weekend, love!

    xoxo, Vanessa

    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you and ugh, I agree!! You are soooo lucky that your 4 year old still takes one nap a day! How amazing! I hope I can get the Brodster to nap forever!! haha! And about the shoes – they are the most comfortable and so chic too! Xox

  • Dasha Guyton June 10, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Awesome post! Google photos is one of the best things ever, glad you got on board.


    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks Dasha!! So glad you stopped by to read the blog! And yes! Obsessed with google photos now!! Xox

  • Jill June 11, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Happy Anniversary! Your wedding photo is gorgeous! That shirt is adorable and I might have to get it! :)

    Doused In Pink

    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks Jill!! Def get the shirt! You will not be let down! I love!! Xox

  • Alyssa June 11, 2016 at 7:27 am

    sounds like a great week! :)


    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      It absolutely was! Thanks for stopping by my friend! Xox

  • Chow Down USA June 11, 2016 at 9:47 am

    How gorgeous is your wedding dress and headband?? Love that post and happy anniversary!! Also that BBQ salmon looks so drool-worthy! Hope you have a fab weekend girl!

    Chow Down USA

    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Aww thanks Chelsea!! I’m totally a baby in all my wedding pics! So funny to look at! The BBQ salmon is the best – you must try! Xox

  • Mica June 11, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Happy anniversary! :)

    I use the google photos app and love it – the videos it automatically makes are wonderful :)

    You’ll adjust to the 1 nap soon, took me a while to get used to it but now I have a newborn with multiple naps I appreciate the toddler’s one nap a day even more haha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Thanks Mica!! Google photos = the best of the best!! And yes!! Love those cute animated videos! And ha, totally feel you on the newborn napping schedule vs the toddler one. I guess I can’t complain!! Xox

  • Face to Curls June 12, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Such a lovely round up/post. Thanks for sharing Hun! x

    Ann-Marie |

    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Why thank you!! Hope you had the best weekend! Xo

  • Jessica Jade June 12, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Happy anniversary again! I love reading your weekly wins! They’re always so interesting ????

    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks girl! You are seriously the sweetest and to hear you say that makes me SO happy!! Xox

  • Biana Perez June 12, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Happy belated anniversary – your wedding photo is amazing!! Hope you guys had the best weekend! xo, Biana

    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks lady! I totally look like a baby in my wedding pics! So fun to look back on though!! Xx

  • Hannah June 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    aww fab post! So nice to look back at the great things that have happened in your week :)

    Hannah xx
    Raspberry Kitsch | UK Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you Hannah! Totally agree! That’s why I saw writing my Friday Weekly Wins are def my favorite posts to write! So happy you found my blog and hope you’ll be back to read more!! Xox

  • PLAYING WITH APPAREL June 12, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Happy Anniversary darling. Such a gorgeous bride

    Filipa xxx | Instagram

    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks lady! You’re so sweet!! I look like a baby in my wedding pics!! Ha! Xox

  • Elizabeth aka Ela June 12, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Happy belated anniversary! Hope u had an awesome weekend gorgeous <3. Ur wedding dress was absolutely gorgeous

    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks lady! And appreciate the wedding dress love! You’re so sweet!! Xox

  • June 13, 2016 at 7:46 am

    i want that salmon!!! i’ve never tried it like this before–what a genius idea!! happy belated anniversary to ya’ll! I hear ya on the naps–I’m a nanny and I miss the 2 naps a day.

    • Dana Ivy June 13, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Omgosh it’s the best way to make salmon hands down! And thanks for the anni wishes! So sweet! PS 2 naps a day is toooootally better than 1! Xox

  • Shaunacey June 14, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    yup, you NEED those jeans!!! Seriously!!
    Also, I love that shirt!
    Happy Anniversary!! We got married sooooo close :) kinda fun (June 1, 2012).
    Now you have me craving salmon, so yum.
    Thanks for linking up your post :)

    • Dana Ivy June 16, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      I GOT THE JEANS!!!!!!!! Woop woop! And yes, the shirt is a must! Seriously the best! Happy belated anni to you! Hope you did something fun to celebrate! And the salmon – you must try! SO good! Xox

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