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Weekly Wins // #21

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 #21 // #iadorewhatilove

It was a great week, friends!! First time EVER that I had a blog post go live each day of the week. I feel so accomplished today! If you missed any of my previous posts, click here to read my Monthly Musts for July, click here to read part one of I Adore What I Did from June, click here for part two of that series, and click here for part three!! And I have to thank you for being the best readers ever!! Seriously, I’ve had so many people tell me how much they’re loving my recent posts and it truly means the world!! Love you all more than you know. The fact that you even take time out of your busy days to visit my little space on the ‘net astounds me. You’re the best! Yes, you!! Now, onto this week’s wins… enjoy! 

Fourth of July weekend was seriously the best!! We had so much fun as a family and our actual day of celebrating the holiday was JAM PACKED! Let’s just say Brody had 3 outfit changes!! Ha. First we walked to the beach to meet friends who were playing some volleyball {B’s first time in sand, by the way, and he LOVED it!!}, then we had lunch, Brody took a nap, and later, we went to my best friend Alyse’s party! Once we came home we walked into our bedroom and literally there were beautiful fireworks outside our window set off from the far Southside of the Chicago skyline to the far Northside! We face west so it was boom boom boom fireworks from left to right and it was SO COOL to see. 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #21 // Fourth of July / #iadorewhatilove

After blogging about 14 white sneakers to obsess over a few weeks ago, I was sad to learn that nobody commented about one of my favorite pairs of the bunch, #12. And there were 58 comments in all! For a few weeks I was contemplating on whether I should get them because they didn’t seem to stick out to my readers, {and in my opinion, you guys know ALL} but ya know what, I couldn’t stop thinking about them, needed a new pair of white sneakers and went ahead and ordered them regardless! Oh I’m so happy I did! Love them just as much on my feet as I did on the website! Can’t wait to wear them nonstop!! You can order a pair for yourself here

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #21 // White Sneakers // #iadorewhatilove

Got a mani!! OMG it was much needed!! I went from red to lilac and I couldn’t be happier. Also, I got gel nails but used a newer polish brand called Bio Seaweed Gel, which is dubbed as “the healthier gel”. I happened to just pick out the color and then was told later about all the positives of this polish! Two things that I love about it is that first, it’s a “Big 5 Free” brand which means that it’s free of Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor AND second, supposedly it’s only a 5-minute soak-off time! For more information about this polish, check their website here. PS the color I used is #12, called Tea Party =) 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #21 // Lilac Gel Nails / #iadorewhatilove

The Southwest Chicken Salad from Chick-Fil-A! It was amazing!!!! We went there as a family for lunch this past weekend and since I can’t eat gluten anymore, I wasn’t sure what to get. The woman ringing us up said this salad was her fave so I trusted her and gave it a go! Good thing I did because I loved it!! So much so that I want to go back again and get it for a second time!! Yum yum yum – I highly recommend! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #21 // Chick-fil-A salad // #iadorewhatilove

I think this might have been the first week that I didn’t gift anyone with anything in a long time!! But we were pleasantly surprised when we got a package in the mail yesterday from my friend Meg and her son, Bricker, who came to visit a few weeks ago from Colorado! I mentioned this in a previous post but for Brody’s first birthday they gave him the most adorable child-sized Camelbak water bottle personalized with his name on it! Now he won’t drink out of anything else!! Well, unbeknownst to me, they sent us another one and it’s just as cute as the original one and Brody loves it already!! That was the nicest, right?! There was no reason for even sending it. We have the best friends!! Shop for your own camelbak mini water-bottle here and the adult version here.

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #21 // Mini Camelbak / #iadorewhatilove

Since we are such big fans of the board book “I Love You Stinky Face”I ordered Brody one of the other ones in the series, titled “Goodnight Stinky Face” – if I’m being honest, however, I personally still love the original the most, but this new book is a fun read too! And if you missed my post from a few weeks ago on all our favorite bedtime board books, click here to read it now! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #21 // Goodnight Stinky Face Board Book / #iadorewhatilove

If you couldn’t tell from a bunch of my recent Instagrams, I am obsessed with the Boomerang app, you guys!!!!!! If you don’t know what it is, it creates short videos from a moving target that loops back and fourth. I love it. Check out my favorite boomerang videos that I’ve shared with my instagram followers  herehere, and here. 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #21 // Boomerang App / #iadorewhatilove

Unreal!!!!!!!!!! Are you familiar? If not, it’s a scripted TV series on Lifetime that shows the behind the scenes chaos of the production of a TV show called Everlasting, much like that of the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise. The creator of Unreal actually worked on the ABC series previously. It’s juicy!! I watched every episode of season one and hadn’t watched season two yet until this week. I caught up on episodes 1-5 and oh.em.gee. It is freaking insane. But I love it. Not sure how real it is but I do feel like I get such a glimpse into the whole world behind Bachelor nation. And to watch both these shows at the same time… I mean, amazing. I really feel like watching Unreal while watching the Bachelorette makes the season of the bach so much more interesting. For more info on the show, click here

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #21 // Unreal / #iadorewhatilove

Okay, instead of showcasing something I wore this week, I need to talk about something Brody wore this week: his Stars and Stripes 4th of July Honest Diapers! They were a real conversation starter!! I posted this pic of B wearing them on my Instagram and people were going crazy!! I need to tell you guys that he did NOT originally go to the party with no pants on! It’s just that he was wearing these really adorable {ombre & distressed} jean shorts but he seemed uncomfortable in them… it was pretty noticeable and I felt bad about it. So I took his pants off. Problem solved! Good thing he was wearing a cute diaper to complete his outfit! Order your child a pack of honest diapers here. All their prints are to-die-for cute!! You can get them in the stores but they are way cheaper if you purchase from their website!! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #21 // Fourth of July Honest Diaper - Stars and Stripes / #iadorewhatilove

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Happy weekend friends!!! What’s on your agenda??
Let me know in the comments section now!


  • Lily Ayala July 8, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Love that pretty pastel shade on your nails!! And I’m glad you went ahead and purchased those cute sneakers!!
    I love Chik-Fil-A salads but haven’t had that one…will have to try it next! I’m obsessed with their avacado lime dressing!!
    Hope you guys have a great weekend!!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Dana Ivy July 8, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Thanks girl!!! The chik-fil-a salad is really good! That dressing sounds amazing!!!!! I used their honey mustard but I bet the avo lime is even better!! Enjoy your weekend, my friend!! Xox

  • Kristi Gatchell July 8, 2016 at 8:11 am

    What nail salon did you go to for that?? Need to find! Thanks for the info :)

    • Dana Ivy July 8, 2016 at 8:31 am

      New Age Nail Salon on State, just north of Chicago! Obsessed!!!! Thanks for reading the girl!! Xox

  • Courtney July 8, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Congratulations on posting everyday this week!! And I love your lilac nail polish! I’ve been getting more into pastel colors this summer so I’ll definitely have to look for that shade the next time I’m in the salon!

    • Dana Ivy July 11, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks girl!! You’re the sweetest! Posting everyday last week was definitely an accomplishment but I’m happy I was able to follow through!! Xox

  • Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side July 8, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Yay for posting everyday this week! I painted my nails yesterday, but in a darker purple. So funny your post was the second post in a row that I read about Chick-fil-a salad. Totally random.

  • Pisa July 8, 2016 at 10:37 am

    What alovely post dear! The pictures looks so fun and your nails looks amazing!
    Much love, Pisa

  • thefashionfolks July 8, 2016 at 10:42 am

    The white sneakers are just so chic, definitely wearable and goes to so many things! Xx

  • July 8, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I love that color. I’m about to change mine to one similar to that. So pretty!! That salad is MY fave!!

    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Can’t believe I never had that salad before now! Love it!! Xox

  • Luci's Morsels July 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Brody is adorable, Dana! Love his little tie-dyed shirt!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Awww you’re the sweetest, Luci! Thank you!! Xox

  • Jill July 8, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Those sneakers are super cute and I love your mani color! That southwest chicken salad is one of my favorites! Have a great weekend!

    Doused In Pink

    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks Jill!! Much appreciated! Xox

  • Mica July 9, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Love your nail polish colour, what a great shade! :) Glad you had a fun 4th July :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Mica!! Hope you are well! Xox

  • Carina Vardie July 9, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Your nail polish shade is so cute and perfect for summer! Also how cool are your sneakers?! Glad you had a wonderful 4th.


    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks lady!! You’re the best! Xox

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra July 9, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Looks like a great week! Adorable photos!

    Adi xx

    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Aww thanks for reading!! Xox

  • Julia @ Sprinkles & Saturdays July 9, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Your 4th sounds like it was amazing! Can’t believe that was Brody’s first time in the sand, he must have loved it! And omg, Unreal is sooo good! I’m super behind it in but you’ve just reminded me to catch up

    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks Julia!!!! So since the 4th we’ve gone to the beach again and omg, he’s obsessed!! It’s so funny! Ahh unreal… have you caught up yet?! I am!! Xox

  • Candace July 9, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    2 things: that salad is honestly one of the best I’ve had. You have to try it with the Creamy Salsa dressing. Not necessarily the healthiest, but you’ll be hooked, I promise! I love your nail color! Have you tried SNS nails? Very similar to gel as far as lasting powder, except you dip your nails in powder and base coat a few times and it thickens your nails over time. Very healthy for them actually :)

    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Candace, I am totally going to try the creamy salsa dressing!! It sounds amazing!!!!!I have not tried SNS yet but sounds so interesting!! Going to look into it right now!! Xox

  • C A M I July 9, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Girl, I LOVE those sneakers you got, I can’t have my closet without at least 1 pair of them!

    My Vogue Style |

    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks friend! I’m with you on that one!! Xox

  • PLAYING WITH APPAREL July 10, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I love your weekly wins, keep them coming

    Filipa xxx | Instagram

    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks lady! You’re the sweetest!! I’ve been slacking lately, ugh, but I’m back!! Xox

  • Amber Shannon July 11, 2016 at 1:46 am

    That nail polish brand sounds awesome to try, I’m loving your purple mani!! Hope you had an awesome weekend!!

    All the Cute ????

    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks Amber! Hope you are well!! Xox

  • Jessica Lee Hart July 11, 2016 at 8:43 am

    I’ve been obsessed with wearing light purple on my nail this summer as well :)


    the way to my Hart

    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Can’t go wrong with any pastel color in my book! Xox

  • Stephanie July 11, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    I’m totally obsessed with Boomerang too! I think that the videos look totally dynamic!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Boomerang is the best!!!!! Xox

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