Five on Friday

TGIF readers!

I'm really trying for blogger of the year this summer, if you can't tell...HA!

I do have several posts lined up and am determined to make it happen...look forward to a giveaway, NYC recap, recipes, and more in the coming weeks!

Today I figured I'd just update you a bit on my life in a random fashion by linking up with the Five on Friday ladies!

So here goes:

Job Search
Just trucking along over here. I'm still in the running for a long application process that began back in May and should know more by the end of July/early August. I've put in for a few other applications and am now also trying to really brainstorm people I know and can reach out to that may be able to help me. (I may even be reaching out to a few of you that have offered advice!) 

Things have been weighing on my mind and emotions, A LOT. I'm realizing more and more that a job search may take longer than the summer and so I'm trying to decide what the next best step is if I don't have luck in the coming weeks. Bryce and I had a long chat last night and he gave me explicit directions to enjoy my summer and to head to the pool to take my mind off things today. I'm listening to him.

All that being said, with a career change in my future, I need to stock up on some basic workwear. I have a lot of things already in my wardrobe that would be work appropriate, however, I need to add a few basic staples that will work with the pieces I already have. Today is the start of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (for those of us that aren't cardholders) and I've found several pieces at major bargains! I've got 2 blazers, a pencil skirt, pants, a dress, and 2 blouses all in my shopping cart right now coming in at around $400! Shop my picks below: 

I also couldn't resist checking out J. Crew! All of these picks are currently 30% off with code GOSHOPPING.

Ummm....why have I just gotten around to watching this show? A few weeks ago, Bryce was out of town for a concert and I decided to start watching Parenthood on Netflix. My mom always loved it, but I don't like watching shows unless I've watched them from the beginning so I never started watching with her. I was therefore thrilled to find it on Netflix. The first night I stayed up until 2 am watching and was immediately hooked. Since then, I've gotten Bryce on board and we watch at least three one episode a night! If you haven't watched it, start NOW!

Ladies Hoo Lunch
I recently joined the UVA Club of Richmond and a few months ago learned about a ladies luncheon they put on every other month called "Ladies Hoo Lunch." The purpose is to connect with fellow alumni and network. There is a speaker at every lunch and Whitney, who heads up the lunch, asked me to speak at this week's lunch. Whitney is a follower of the blog and she wanted me to speak about social media. I was initially nervous to talk about my girlie blog to a group of successful alumni, but was received very well! I framed my talk around the idea that screen-to-screen interaction is becoming as common as face-to-face interaction and shared strategies to make digital interaction feel personal and relatable. It was such a great experience and I left feeling invigorated!

Skinnytaste Baked Chicken Parmesan
I made this recipe for dinner last night and it was so good, not to mention super easy! The baked chicken tastes just as good, if not better, than fried and I have a feeling it will become a go-to recipe. 

My mantra of late....

What's been going on in your life lately?

Have you shopped the Nordstrom sale?

Have a great day!