The year 2021 is already coming to an end so I have been reviewing my analytics to see what items sold the most. This helps give me a better understanding of what my audience wants to see from me and what brands they shop from. My top selling brands are Amazon, Target, Abercrombie, and H&M. This tells me my audience loves a good deal because these are the stores I buy my affordable clothes from! Anyways, just giving you a little insight into the backend of the business. Below you can find what items I shared that were most purchased.
A Day In The Life Of Being Traded || Part 3: Moving
The trade happened at the end of June and we started house hunting shortly after. Our whole family excitedly headed to Salt Lake City to officially get things started (You can read more on my emotions right after the trade here and my first Utah visit and the beginning of our house hunt here). We didn’t find a house but we were able too see some great neighborhoods and start to get a feel for what we liked and didn’t like.
One month later I headed out to Salt Lake City again, this time with out the kids. I love taking the boys with me everywhere but house hunting is not a very child friendly activity. Plus I was only out there for two days and a 2 hour time change for only 2 nights is not worth it for me. The boys were able to spend the weekend with their Gigi and Pops in Arkansas and had a blast, pretty sure they didn’t miss me at all. House hunting with just Michael was nice, we could really chat about all the details and what we liked and didn’t like. We even found a house that we put an offer on. The sellers didn’t like our offer, we didn’t like their counter so we moved on.
It was mid August now and I was starting to get a little anxious about the move. We were just about to list our house in Memphis to be sold and we were planning on arriving to Utah in September for the season. Michael reports extra early because he is an A++ student, the boys, dog and I usually follow a week or so later. If we don’t have a house to move into by mid September where are we going to stay?
September is in full swing, October will be here in just 5 days and we don’t have a house in Utah! Michael is currently renting a two bedroom condo and I am back in Ohio with the kids and pup while our Memphis house is half packed up with boxes filling the attic and garage. House or no house we are going to be in Utah the first week of October, right after training camp and just in time for the first pre-season game on October 5th. The boys have never shared a room so things could be interesting in our temporary condo. I want them to share a room someday but at this age it makes me nervous they’ll wake each other up before the other is ready. Fingers crossed this will work out perfectly and sharing a room will become a permanate thing. Our biggest issue with the condo is that they don’t allow dogs so I’m not sure what to do with Rio in the meantime, I could continue to stay back in Ohio but I’m so ready to be back as a family. We miss having daddy around and I miss my other half!
Ideally we would have loved to have rented a house but the renting options weren’t anything close to what I like. I really want to feel relaxed and at home in our house. I never moved growing up, went to college, then moved to Memphis and now I’m headed to Utah. That is not many moves in my 31 years of life so I’m not very comfortable with change.Some things on my check list are//
– neighborhood: I grew up an amazing neighborhood and in Memphis we lucked out with 2 great neighborhoods. They didn’t have sidewalks but they weren’t high traffic neighborhoods so we could easily take walks and jogs. A lot of the houses we liked that were in neighborhoods had such steep streets, even with sidewalks they would be hard to push a stroller up and impossible for myles to ride his bike.
– a yard: I didn’t think this would be a tough one but it is. There is a lot of change in grade in Utah so a lot of the yards have retaining walls or rock beds, there are yards with quite a bit of grass but some of it is too steep for the boys to play or the flat yard is out front which isn’t ideal.
– bedrooms: Our house in Memphis had a first floor master which is a must and the boys’s rooms upstairs which we didn’t like. One of them wakes up in the night and walking up the stairs in the middle of the night is not ideal and it scared me to have Myles at the top of the stairs (he can figure out all baby gates!) Most houses that do have a first floor master have all the guest rooms upstairs. It’s been trickier to find than I expected.
I gave up on the perfect neighborhood, the house we put an offer on only had 3 houses in it and only one guest room on the main floor with the master. Michael and I are both willing to give up a thing or two on our wishlist now that we have ran out of time. The most important thing is that the house flows for the kids and Rio.
More on moving from Memphis. It hasn’t really hit me that we aren’t coming back to Memphis yet. Since we aren’t typically in Memphis during the summer anyways I haven’t missed anything. I did go and get a start on packing up the house but all we packed were things inside of drawers, cabinets and closets. This way the house still looks put together for when potential buyers walk through. Plus, we have no where for the furniture to go aways because we have no house in Utah! If our house in Memphis sells before we can move into a house in SLC then we will have to put our stuff in storage.
In love with these faux leather paperbag waist pants. They are so chic and look like very high end but they are actually under $35 and come in black too. These mules are the perfect height for me. I know shorter heels are in but the kitten heels just aren’t very flattering on me so I prefer a small heel that is more in the 2 1/2” range. This outfit is a great summer to fall transition outfit because the pants have a leather vibe perfect for the cooler months but the crisp white is keeping in fresh for the warm weather we are actually having. The pearl hoops tie in all of the white accessories and the mint bodysuit is such an it color that it is a fun option paired with the rust colored pants.
I am pretty stressed and very frustrated! As you know we put an offer on a house months ago. The house’s main floor has totally be renovated and is really beautiful, the whole lower level has not been touched, it’s not horrible but I would definitely be updating a few things here and there. The comps that were used were from houses that have been listed for over 100 days and haven’t sold. Not good comps considering the houses haven’t sold. We also know the house is being listed for double and a half what the previous homeowners purchased it for. Now they did some nice renovations but that’s a big increase! We offered somewhere between what they purchased it for and what it was listed for. They countered at 3% of their asking price which is nothing!! I didn’t want to play the game of going back in forth a million times and I saw no meeting in the middle anytime soon. Moving on!
Michael finds another house while in Utah and I’m in Ohio. He really loves it, I fly out there, I love it too. There are only 2 things the house has or doesn’t have but that is pretty good compared to what we have been looking at! It’s the perfect size, close to a park and conveniently located to all the things I want. Yay!! So this house has also been renovated and is much more modern than I prefer but I can envision our furniture and softening the place up, maybe needing to change a light fixture or 2. Once again the comps are a little off, 2 are pulled from the neighborhood and 3 are pulled from 3 miles away. Three miles away!!! Those 3 miles happen to be from a prestigious gated neighborhood, so of course those houses are much more expensive than what we are looking at. Our realtor thought we should offer slightly above the comps in the neighborhood the listing agent was asking for above average of the 2 types of comps. Michael and I decided to offer something in the middle not to offend the homeowners and hope they will accept. We were wrong. They countered at the asking price since it was’t actually listed.
Oh, did I mention this listing agent is the same women from the previous house we put an offer on!!! A nightmare, we already had bad luck working with her, the comps she pulls are outrageous, she knows who my husband is, knows how much money he makes and knows we are (or have) run out of time. So we offer right in the middle between our original offer and their counter/asking price, denied, they counter back at -2% of the asking price. This agent does not budge! Our counter had been +9.5% our initial offer.
I feel like my life is upside down. The things we need in Utah are boxed up in Memphis. We can’t move them yet because we don’t have a house to move them to. I don’t want to pack up our whole house in case we downsize. We can’t bring the dog. I don’t know where to register Myles in school because I don’t know what neighborhood we will be in. I want to be in Utah as a family. I’m annoyed at the listing agent of the houses we want. These are the feelings I currently have. I know these are all minor things but I’m just having a rough moment. I am very excited to be reunited as a family, I am excited for our condo life for the next few weeks, hopefully not too much more than that. I have reached out to the Neat Method in hopes they will be available to help unpack and organize when the time comes. I am in the process of finding someone to care for the dog. I’m ordering a few new toys and things for the boys.
It’s that time of month again. Time to share one fab clothing item styled three different ways. Since December is filled with holiday events I decided to go with the fesitve leopard tulle skirt. It is extrememly affordable and can be worn so many different ways, I almost did 5 different styles!
When teh party invitations says festive I make sure to wear something that says sparkle! It could be sequins, glitter or rhinestones, most likely 2 out of the 3 will be on my body. In this look I have glitter on my heels and rhinestone drop earrings. Wearing a chunky green sweater keeps the look winter ready, the skirt adds some femininity, the leopard print gives it some personality and the bling says party!
Sporty Chic //
I love mixing styes together and in this case I did sporty, feminine and classic. I don’t wear button-downs often, nor do I wear skirts often but this outfit just came together that way. I would wear this outfit to volunteer at your kids school holiday party or to work on a casual dress down day.
This look is very me. I love adding a classic black leather jacket to any of my feminine outfits. It makes me feel more comfortable and more myself. Adding the brocade booties was a fun touch, the colors in the boots go with the colors in my dino shirt making them the perfect pairing. I wore this shirt with jeans in this post and I love how playful it makes any outfit.
Who would have a thought a leopard skirt could be worn in so many different styles. I didn’t until I started putting outfits together, along with these three I’m sharing I also wore this skirt to a baby shower! You know I am a fan of mixing high and low fashion price points and these outfits include a wide range of fashion brands. Below are are the details.
Summer is over for most people, like those who have gone back to school, and my summer will be over after Labor Day when it’s time to report back to Memphis for another NBA season. I always get sad around this time because I’m leaving my family and having kids has made it even harder to leave! Although I am sad to leave my friends, family and the summer days, there is a small part of me looking forward to the next season in Memphis. With Memphis on my mind I decided to share my top 5 reasons I love Memphis.
5 Reasons I Love Memphis
It’s friendly. Memphis has that southern charm and makes you feel warm inside. It still catches me off guard when those checking me out at a store or waiting on me at a restaurant hold a conversation, I feel like they genuinely care about how your day is going. Even in the blogger and stylist community we all want to help each other out. I love styling with other local stylist or sharing jobs or clients if I can’t be there. In the blogging department there are always plenty of events that we all get to attend together, it’s a great community here
Running errands. There is such an ease about Memphis and traffic isn’t too bad. Of course I try to avoid the highway and Poplar Ave around 5:00pm but overall Memphis traffic isn’t bad. Now, I have lived in two different houses in Memphis and I could get to Kroger or Target in 5 minutes, even a Hobby Lobby. Every store you can think of seems to be conveniently located to where I am.
Mild winters. Since I’m from Ohio and the majority of our winter is in the 20’s and often in the single digits I feel like Memphis winters are lovely. We get just a little snow here or there but it seems to rarely get below 32 degrees. Warmer winters do mean warmer summers but luckily I’m not in Memphis during the super hot summers!
Small town feels. There are local businesses everywhere. I am a huge supporter of local businesses and Memphis has them all. From the coffee shops, clothing stores, cafe’s and fine dining. Another reason Memphis feels like a small town is because everyone knows the next person. I swear if it isn’t a relative then it’s through marriage. I love the connections everyone has and even though I’m a transplant I still feel I have a good amount of connection here and there due to what I’m involved in. Between Memphis Fashion Week, Bluff City Lights, Art on Fire and the Methodist Healthcare Foundation along with Myles’s story time at the library and swim lessons I have met a lot of friends.
Memphis Grizzlies. I can’t not mention the Grizzlies (sorry for using the double negative). They are the reason I’m in Memphis. I love taking Myles to the games and he loves going. If we are lucky we get our goodnight hugs from daddy at halftime and hit the road during the 3rd quarter to get home for bedtime. Not quite sure how things will go now that little Noah is with us.
This outfit is very casual and may not be blog worthy but I think it’s nice for me to share my everyday style as well. These shorts feel like total “mom” shorts which they shouldn’t but I think it’s because they are longer than what I’m used to. My other cutoffs shorts still don’t fit me, fingers crossed they will next summer. I had a hard time convincing myself to keep this polkadot top. The fabric is nice but it doesn’t stretch and it’s white so those are two things that aren’t kid friendly but I thought the top was super cute and I needed to think about myself. I’m finally starting to get out more without the kids so I can wear nicer clothes. Usually when I’m out (sans children) I am off to a meeting so I need a large bag to toss my planner and a notebook in, this perforated one is perfect for fall, comes in brown and is under $40! My sandals I purchased the same time as my top and they match perfectly.
I am pretty far removed from these school days. It’s quite hard for me to believe I have been out of college for 8 years! I feel like I was just at Ohio State. High school on the other hand does seem like a lifetime ago.
We recently had a few crisp mornings and they gave me that “first day of school” feeling so I decided to put an outfit together that I’d wear to school which consists of strips and fur slides. Strips are a classic pattern and remind me of school days and slides were very popular this past year and continue be seen on the streets of NYC to the hallways of elementary schools haha. Honestly, don’t you see a 3rd grader wearing these fur slides I have on? I’m 30 and I like them too, gotta love an item that can be worn by multiple generations. These particular slides come in black and green too. I was torn between the green and maroon!
I went to a public school growing up and I always looked forward to planning my outfits, especially that first day of school look. My neighbor and best friend went to a private school and I’d go see her first day of school outfit and she loved that she only had 3 different colored polos and 2 different colored skirts to choose from because she didn’t have to think to hard. I, on the other hand, loved thinking of putting my school outfits together.
A few tips for styling your outfit:
If you want to make your back to school outfit a little more stylish than buy your shirt one size bigger than you normally would so you can knot it. You don’t want your belly showing so you need your shirt bigger, the knot hikes the shirt up. With that said, wear jeans with a high waist. That will help make sure no belly skin shows and your outfit stays appropriate for school. You can easily wear flipflops or a sneaker with your striped shirt but adding slides is more of todays style and the fur brings you outside the box.
This striped tee and jeans was cute but didn’t have enough style for me so I knotted my shirt. These jeans with the distressed him are my all time favorite that happened to inspire me to create a how to post on hem distruction. I thought about wearing heels but the strips had me feeling school vibes so I went for some funky flats and these fur slides were the perfect finishing touch. Of course if you are in school you’ll be wearing a backpack of some sort but a large crossbody bag can be a good option if you don’t have to carry too many books.