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I Adore What I Did // June 2016 {PART 3}

This series, I Adore What I DID, allows me to catch up with you on a more personal level! Plus, you can see and get the deats on WHAT WE WORE!!! Take a look at our month through unedited iPhone pictures {read: they won’t always be the best quality but #reallife} and some words, too. Xox

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Welcome to the last and final installment of this post series for the month of June! If you haven’t already realized, it was a busyyyyyyyy month with lots of cute clothes included {check out part 1 here and part 2 here if you haven’t already} but seriously, we had the most fun ever! And we definitely ended it with a bang! Take a look… 

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Myself and a bunch of girlfriends made our way to Scottsdale, AZ for one of my best friend’s bachelorette parties! I am so excited that I’ll get to stand by my friend Kelly’s side in September at her wedding but first, we obviously had to go big or go home for her bach party! Full disclosure: the suitcases above are my friends {aka not mine} because you will most likely never find me carrying my luggage onto a plane. I check. For me, it’s just easier. Please don’t judge!! Are you judging?? Anyways, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull Bag is mine and it’s the best {airplane} bag a girl could ask for! Just saying! 

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I suppose in the desert one might expect to see an abundance of cacti, and that’s exactly what happened! The different shades of this one right near the pool of our hotel was a favorite. Obviously I had to snap a pic! Speaking of our hotel, we stayed at The Phoenician Resort and it was pretty darn perfect. I would highly recommend this luxurious hotel to anyone! 

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WHAT I WORE: Denim off-the-shoulder dress {the full dress can be seen on yesterdays post!}

Me with the bachelorette herself, my friend Kelly! You guys, this pic was taken before one of our big nights out which is why we look so bright eyed and excited! We literally stayed out later than I’ve stayed out in probably five years on this trip. And I’m not even exaggerating!! Thus why it took me a whole freaking week to recover and why I totally slacked with my blogging once I got back from the trip last week!  Blame it on Kelly! Hahahaha just kidding! Don’t blame it on Kelly! She’s the best and we seriously had such a fun weekend! Girls trips will do that to ya but what I’ve realized is that it’s nobody’s fault other than my own! My old age has caught up with me and my body can’t handle going out anymore like I used to! Can anyone else relate?! Please tell me I’m not the only one! 

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One of the nights we ate at Sushi Roku and it was amaaaaaazing. I got this Ahi Tuna bowl as my meal and it was seriously to-die-for-delish!!!!! Like, I’ve been dreaming about it ever since. Oh, and just a side note: all of the restos that we dined at while we were there were AMAZING about me having a gluten allergy. When I travel, I never really know if other cities are going to be as understanding and accommodating about it as Chicago is but the restaurant scene in Arizona pleasantly surprised me! The waiters were well informed and most of the menus already marked the gluten-free safe entrees. So nice! 

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WHAT BRODY WORE: Infant White Sox Hat; Black t-shirt with white speckles; AStar pants, no longer available online, these ones are just as adorable!! ; NEW Nike Roche Gym Shoes – they’re orange and black with a hint of purple!

We can’t have a month go by without seeing Brody’s good friend {and birthday/name twin} Brody! How sweet are the two of them?! PS my Brody’s mouth kills me in this photo! We were trying to make them both smile but apparently they weren’t having it! Boys! 

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Andddddd we went to the Brookfield Zoo with Jeffrey and his mama, Maayan! Not to be confused with the Lincoln Park Zoo that’s downtown, this one is actually much fancier! Well, not sure if fancy is the right word but it’s better, in my opinion. You have to pay for it, for one, {although Maayan had free tickets for us so that was nice!!} and the grounds are very spread out which is actually a plus in a place like this. A lot of the animals are just roaming free, too, which is cool and different. We actually snapped this photo right before we left when the boys were POOPED. Can’t you tell they look tired?! They both fell asleep within a minute of leaving the ground and getting in the car, and slept the whole ride home! Maayan and I were exhausted afterwards too… they weren’t the only ones! 

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WHAT BRODY WORE: Infant White Sox Hat; White t-shirt; ABC harem pants, no longer available online, I love these ones!; NEW Nike Roche Gym Shoes – they’re orange and black with a hint of purple!

These two sweet boys are one with the birds! Ha! And can we just talk about Jeffrey’s hand on Brody’s leg? Heart meltinggggg.

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Ok you guys, this might be the best photo you’ll ever see from alllllll the I Adore What I Did series installments {in case you want to recap them – click here to read part 1 and click here to read part 2!} from the month of June. Actually, it might be the funniest photo I’ve EVER featured on the blog! The day started out kind of chilly so I dressed B in pants but as we were roaming around the zoo, it got HOT. And Brody got HOTTTTTTT {and sweaty}!! So hot, in fact, that he decided to flash the goats! LOL I can’t with him! 

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WHAT I WORE: Green Ray-Ban AviatorsStriped Tee {so soft and perfect – comes in many different colors and patterns!!}; Slightly distressed jeans, old, very similar pair hereShoes

Here are the four of us in front of the fountain at Brookfield Zoo. Do you like mine and Maayan’s shoes??  {they’re the same!} Purchase them here!! 

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And as if all the photos that I’ve already showed you from the zoo weren’t enough, I just haaaaaad to create a collage of all the other 100,000,034 photos we took while we were there! Couldn’t help myself people!!! Can you spot the giraffe?? I’ve decided that’s my favorite zoo animal.

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WHAT BRODY WORE: Infant White Sox Hat; The Honest Co Diapers {FYI – they are WAY cheaper to buy online via their website than at your local store! and PS the one he’s wearing above has luggage on it!}; NEW Nike Roche Gym Shoes – they’re orange and black with a hint of purple!

Brody turned 18 months on June 29th and had his doctor appointment the next day! It was a very different experience being there than during his previous visits because this was the first time we were at the office when he could walk! We were waiting for the doc to come in and Brody was basically being a real boy: running around, touching everything he wasn’t supposed to and doing exactly what we told him not to! Oh Bro! Then he got on the scale… and wanted to show off his toddler pecks! I want to eat his whole body! Is that weird for a mom to say?!?! #truth

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Park day! I loved this photo and that’s why I included it on this post. That’s all! 

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As seen on my Instagram here, I’ve been drinking these green protein smoothies almost every morning lately! SO YUM!
Coming soon: a post that includes THREE original protein smoothie recipes from yours truly! Get excited! 

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WHAT BRODY WORE: Gray t-shirt 

Andddd we ended our month with one last visit to my parents. B went crazy for this mini chocolate covered ice cream cone that my mom gave him! Seriously you guys, he devoured it in 5 seconds!!!! Mmmm now I’m hungry! 

Just one more thing: Isaiah, Brody, and I also went to my friend Lauren and her husband’s house {Asher’s parents!!} for a really fun barbecue! Unfortunately, my phone died the second we got there so I literally have zero photos from that night! So sad! I did, however, make this caprese salad that I snapped with Isaiah’s iPhone; recipe in this post! It was SO YUM!!!

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See you tomorrow for my Weekly Wins! Let me know what you thought of these three installments of what we did {and what we wore} in the comments section of this post!!
Love you guys!


  • Shauna C July 7, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Well, we lived through both of our trips and DIDN’T melt!! YAY! Looks like such a fun time! And can you stop being so dang pretty? Kinda not fair :)


    • Dana Ivy July 7, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Shauna, can you say BLUSHINGGG!!! I am blushing from your comment… you are the nicest!!!! And yes!! We both made it through our trips! Nights were worse for us than the days because during the day we were at the pool the whole time! Dry heat does make a difference too!!!! But it definitely was HOT!! Xox

  • Shaunacey July 7, 2016 at 9:19 am

    OMG he’s seriously the cutest!! the pic of him lifting up his shirt?! dying.
    YAY for girl’s trips, sushi and upcoming weddings, so fun!

    • Dana Ivy July 7, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Yes!! Yay to all of that! And you are the sweetest, Shaunacey!! Appreciate the Brody love =) Xox

  • Mili July 7, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Awwww that last picture is absolutely the cutest! Who can resist a chocolate covered ice cream cone lol. Glad you had a great June :)

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • Dana Ivy July 7, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Haha thanks girl! Hope you had a great June as well and a great start to your July!! Xox

  • Nicole Miller July 7, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I always check my bags too, especially if I have a layover – seriously cannot handle the crowding around the gate at boarding to get overhead space (can you tell it’s actually a huge pet peeve? :). Sounds like such a fun trip!


    • Dana Ivy July 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      I am with you on that a HUNDRED PERCENT!!!!!!!!!!! AZ was def a fun place to visit – it was hot but so much fun! Xox

  • July 7, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    I don’t see how you aren’t squeezing him all day! He’s so cute! Glad to see the June recaps!

    • Dana Ivy July 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      Hahah oh I am don’t you worry! Thanks for reading my friend – means so much to me!! Xox

  • Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side July 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    OH baby chub, so cute, and him flashing the goats, so freakin funny! I’m a bag checker too, no judging from me :)

    • Dana Ivy July 7, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      Haaa dying over the flashing!! And my friends make fun of me for going on weekend trips and checking bag but its normal right?! I can’t not!!!!!! Thanks for reading, Sarah!! Xox

  • Pisa July 7, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Awww he’s soooo cute and lovely! Beautiful pictures!

    Much love, Pisa

    • Dana Ivy July 7, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks lady! So sweet of you =) So glad you found my blog and I hope you’ll be back to read more!!! Xox

  • Jessica Jade July 7, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Iv enjoyed reading these sooo much! How funny is Brody!? Bless him haha! XXXX

    • Dana Ivy July 7, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      awwww you have no idea how happy that makes me, girl! Thanks for reading!! Seriously – means so much!! Xox

  • ISA Professional July 7, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    That ahi tuna bowl looks so delicious, our mouths are watering right now! We can completely relate having to take a week to rest after hanging out so much! Looks like you had a great time!

    ISA Professional

    • Dana Ivy July 8, 2016 at 7:04 am

      The ahi tuna bowl was INSANE!!!!!! I’m seriously dreaming about it still! Thanks for making me feel better about taking the week off last week!! Really appreciate it!!! I had to make it up to my readers which is why I blogged everyday this week! So glad you found my blog and I hope you’ll be back to read more! My Friday’s weekly wins post is live!! Xox

  • C A M I July 7, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    You did so many things and all of them are great!

    Have a gorgeous day, xx

    My Vogue Style |

    • Dana Ivy July 8, 2016 at 7:02 am

      Thanks lady! We were soooo busy in June!!! I feel like I need to take advantage of the nice weather, ya know?! Happy Friday! My weekly wins post is live now!! Xox

  • Kathryn July 8, 2016 at 12:01 am

    You and your friends are beautiful!! So glad you had such a fun time in Arizona, that cactus pic is my favorite. They’re so cool.

    Kathryn • The Fashionography

    • Dana Ivy July 8, 2016 at 7:01 am

      Aww that’s such a sweet compliment!! AZ was hot, but really fun too! Love cacti!!! {just not to touch!} My Friday’s weekly wins are up now!! Hope you have the best weekend, girl!! Xox

  • Lily Ayala July 8, 2016 at 6:08 am

    You are such a little social butterfly…I love it! And the picture of Brody flashing the goats….hahaha! I literally LOL’d!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Dana Ivy July 8, 2016 at 6:59 am

      Hahahah so funny, right?! I seriously died when I saw it!! Usually I see him doing funny things like that but then he goes and does something else right as I snap the pic… Not this time! I got him!! Ha. Happy Friday!! My weekly wins are up now! Usually they post at 6am central but for some reason didn’t today. Grrr. Anyways, enjoy your weekend Lily and thanks for reading, as always! Xox

  • Face to Curls July 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Oh, he’s just too cute! Beautiful pictures Hun! Thanks for sharing. :-)

    Ann-Marie |

    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks friend! You are the BEST!!!!! Xox

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