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!


  1. The summer is always a slow blogging time. I love Parenthood, didn't actually watch from the very beginning though.

  2. That's the best chicken parmesan recipe! I've made it a few times, and it's super easy. Good luck on the job search! It's always fun to shop for new work clothes :)


  3. Good luck on your job search! I recently changed jobs and I am soo much happier- I know you will find something that's a great fit for you too :)

  4. I just wrote a comment out but I think it got deleted because I wasn't signed in. If it repeats, then sorry! When I saw "job search" on your Insta, I had to come read... then I had to find where you first mentioned it! If you ever want to grab a drink, let me know! I am the queen of switching jobs. It's hard to admit because no one wants THAT many jobs at the top of their resume, but I'm also the queen of doing what makes me happy, not what makes money or what other people think I should do. I'd love to pick your brain too! Let me know! I hope the search goes well. You'll find the right thing! - Claire

  5. Good luck on your job search! I'm currently in the same boat - really unhappy at work but feel like I need to stick it out until my October wedding. I'd love to hear some of your tips! Have a great weekend!

  6. Good luck on the job search! Ladies Hoo Lunch sounds like such a fabulous event and I loved your look! Skinny chicken parm?! That sounds like something that would make both my husband and I happy!

  7. I love love loved Parenthood. One of my all time favorite shows.

  8. I'm so obsessed with Parenthood! I literally cried when it was over lol

  9. Good luck on the job search! It is so easy to question every decision. It is wonderful that Bryce is so supportive. Before I went into teaching I had a job that I cried driving to every morning. Chris and I werent married but one day he told me to do whatever I needed to do to make a change - he didn't care, but something had to change. I ended up getting my master's and teaching (which was right where I needed to be). Support is at least 95% of the battle - you can do anything and get through anything with loved ones beside you.
    That said - any great resources you are using? books? websites? Just wondering for a good friend going through something similar!

    Parenthood - ugh!! I wish I hadn't started, but Chris is obsessed now. We watch three a night too. Sometimes he'll mix it up with a 30 Rock for me. I can't take all the heaviness! I did ask a friend who watched what big things happen so I'm prepare. I hate surprises!

    That's awesome about the talk! I do think interactions have changed so much in the last 10 years!

    Have a great weekend Allie!

  10. Best of luck with the job search... I have no doubt good things will come!

    I think I might have to get a Nordstrom card before the sale next year because so many great things are already gone.

  11. Good luck on the continued job search!! Good vibes being sent your way!
    Also, way to go on speaking at the mtg! How fun! And lastly, I've heard such great things about parenthood. I need to start it but I'm like you, I must start from the beginning!
    Have a great wknd!

  12. Whitney texted me this week to ask if I read your blog or followed on Insta and then said you were great at the lunch. Go you!
    Best of luck in the job search--wish we were both poolside each day!

  13. I can't wait for your email! Let me know how the job search is going. Since I've switched jobs A LOT and you know all about it, maybe I can help :). Advisory Board is hiring BIG TIME for our new Richmond office. We just acquired an education technology called Royall based out of there. I actually met some awesome women from there when I was at our conference in DC this week. Okay, lots of info but that just got me thinking.. Let me know. And starting Parenthood now. X, maddie

  14. I love that mantra- I need to adopt it moving forward. The job search process takes so much time and patience! I think it's usually worth the wait when you find a great job though! You definitely don't want to rush into things when you're making a huge career change. Good luck!!!

  15. Good luck on your job search! I've been out of the blogging loop these days so I didn't realize you were looking. I struggle with the same things some times with teaching - so much stress, paperwork, and pressure for such little money and respect. I switched schools last year and it made a big difference though. I hope you land somewhere where you are happy. Life is too short!

    I was actually just flipping through Netflix and thought about checking out Parenthood. I might watch and episode or two while Corey is out of town this week :)

  16. Congrats to you and best of luck on your job search pretty girl! It is not easy switching careers and I did it about a year ago, which was the best decision of my life. Also, adore the Ladies Hoo Lunch post and kudos to you for speaking at the lunch!! Wahoowa! :)


  17. I had no idea you were looking to switch careers! Best of luck! Look how cute you look at your lunch! The perfect outfit for a UVA alum! xoxo


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