Real talk: I showed up to shoot this embroidered dress with my mom, and Teri immediately says, “Erin, please tell me you brought a slip to wear with that…”. Ugh, is she serious? I annoyingly respond that I in fact did not have a slip and that it would be fine without one (complete with the eye roll when she turned away). I mean, I’m two years shy of 30 for crying out loud. Don’t you know by now that I can take care of myself…
Well, sure enough, I needed a slip. Go figure. I’m 28 and still need my mom to tell me what to do. So for all my teenage girls out there reading this who think your mom “doesn’t know anything”, trust me. She does. It’s annoying.
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Needless to say, these pictures required a little bit of creative editing on my behalf 😉 This week’s Fun Sized’s Friday Feels is a little bit all over the place. But then again, it fits right in with the theme of my life these days.
1. Embroidered Dress
Unless you have been living under a rock (or just don’t follow any fashion bloggers on Instagram), you know that embroidery is one of the hottest trends this season. Trends are great, but I’m always a little hesitant to invest money in something that will be here and gone in a matter of months. My most practical advice I can give you is to splurge on classic pieces (i.e. these Tory Burch sandals) but save on trendy pieces. This embroidered dress is under $60, so you don’t need to feel guilty if you only wear it for one season. Oh, and make sure you wear a slip…
2. The Perfect Strapless Bra
In an effort to spare you the T.M.I details, I just want to emphasize that I love this Upbra Strapless Bra because it doesn’t give you the boob muffin top and it is the perfect tightness. I have worn this all day long and never once have to do the awkward “tug and shove it up” maneuver (don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about…). I’m also wearing it in the photos above and here for reference.
3. Thirteen Reasons Why
If you need a new show to binge watch, Parker and I are currently OBSESSED with Thirteen Reasons Why. In one sentence, it’s about a high school girl who commits death by suicide and records audiotapes to send to all of the individuals whom she believes contributed to her death in some way. It’s kind of dark and twisty, but the character development is phenomenal (#Englishteacherisms). Also, as a person who has spent more time in the last 6 years with teenagers than people her own age, it brings light to some serious issues that are present in EVERY school today – public, private, low-income, affluent alike. I would highly recommend any educator or parent of a teenager watch it. It gives an accurate depiction of the unfortunate “high school experience” for some kids.
4. My Small Victory
Ya’ll, trying to get teenagers to enjoy reading is painful. Partly because the books they are forced to read in English class are of little interest to them. I know that most of my fellow English teachers are going to gasp when I say this, but if I could have taught ONLY Young Adult Fiction, I would have. Before I’m tempted to go on a soapbox about my teaching philosophy, let’s get back to the point. I tutor two freshmen girls, and they were required to pick a book of their choice to read for English. Of course, they complained to me about how they hate reading. I told one of them that I was convinced that I could change her mind if she would let me pick the book for her. I told her that she needed to read Love the One You’re With by one of my favorite guilty pleasure authors, Emily Giffin. Sure enough, on Tuesday morning, I get a text from this student that read as follows: “Read till chapter 4 lat night at 12 bc I couldn’t stop reading. It is actually so good already!” This truly warmed my teacher heart!
I would love to hear your feedback from my Fun Sized’s Friday Feels post thus far. Comment below and let me know. (It won’t show up on my blog- it’s just for me!) And if you missed last weeks post, you can read it here.
Photograpby by Teri Lynam