Ten Things You Should Know

Shift Dress c/o Lulu’s | Tights: Target | Socks: Forever 21 | Boots: Anne Klein {similar} | Necklace: Madewell | Earrings: INPink {similar} | Bracelet: Forever 21

I’m back with a list type of post again.  🙂  Keep reading for Ten Things You Should Know right now!

1. Marvin and I are taking our sabbatical leave right now.  What is that you ask?  Once we have been working at our company for 7 years, we get to take 4 weeks off (in addition to our 3 weeks vacation a year).  Add on the 3 months I took off earlier this year for maternity leave… and I’m only working like 7.5 months total in 2012.  How awesome is that?  🙂
2. For 1 week out of the 4 weeks of sabbatical leave, we get to help out with community service.  So this week, Marvin and I are filling bags full of essentials for foster care children of all ages that may have gotten taken from their homes for unforeseen reasons.  I think it’s a great thing to be doing, but it’s sad to make me think about all these babies and kids who maybe didn’t have a good home before going into foster care.
3. Baby Austin is really smart.  Case in point in this video.
4. You may have seen me tweet about a polar bear video I made that went viral (sorta)!  Well here’s the commercial that was made out of it!
5. I am so close to ending my relationship with my pump. SO CLOSE. For now.
6. I signed up for TV show taping tickets for The Voice, but unfortunately just found out they won’t be taping anymore on the date I had signed up for. Sad. Wish I could have seen Usher in person again (I first saw him when he was like 15)!
7. Austin will be taking his first flight very soon. Please wish us (and him) luck! We’ll be bringing lots of snacks and toys for the flight.  Sorry for those who may be sitting around us, if he cries.
8. Shift dresses, tights, and boots go so well together.
9. I love long necklaces. I need more, many more.
10. Because of #1, I will be having a few guest posts next week.  As in, I’ve been blogging for 2.5 years now and I need a mini-sabbatical from blogging too! 😉

Thanks for reading all!  🙂  What’s the best thing about your October so far?


  1. October 17, 2012 / 11:05 pm

    Wow, your company is so cool to offer sabbatical leave! I also love the community service is one aspect of the leave!
    shift dresses, tights, and boots are definitely a good combination!

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  2. October 17, 2012 / 11:08 pm

    Wow! I want to work where you work. That’s amazing! And you are adorable. Enjoy your time off!

  3. October 17, 2012 / 11:15 pm

    Congrats on the sabbatical leave! 😉 And I saw Usher at Burbank airport last year, but didn’t talk to him or anything. Watching the taping of a show is always fun! My only experience so far was the Big Bang Theory; it was so cool!

    Hope you’re having a great week! ;D


  4. October 17, 2012 / 11:44 pm

    Have funon your family trip! Agree with those long necklace, it gave a statement to once outfit and atleast I can carry to wear such. You look charming in all your photos.

    Have a great time!


  5. October 18, 2012 / 12:19 am

    As current foster parents to two sweet babies that have been in our home for almost a year now….thank you for choosing this as your community service. It makes me smile. When we first got our little guy that was 6 weeks old, we had nothing for a baby. Friends delivered packages and the community was so supportive. It made all the difference in the world during a time of sadness for the child, but excitement for the opportunity to love a little one that so needed it. He turns one tomorrow!! How lucky are we.

    Enjoy your month off. It sounds wonderful. Dave and I dream of never having to work ever again. Just hanging out together all day doing good works.

  6. October 18, 2012 / 5:30 am

    It sounds like you are really making the most of your sabbatical – good for you! I remember my first flight, I was so excited!!

  7. October 18, 2012 / 7:00 am

    that is wonderful that you get to take some weeks off! enjoy! love those colored tights!

  8. October 18, 2012 / 8:17 am

    That is so awesome that you get that much time off from work!! Have fun! Love this outfit! The colored tights and boots look great together!

  9. October 18, 2012 / 8:33 am

    enjoy your time off sweet friend… it’s WELL deserved 🙂

  10. October 18, 2012 / 9:04 am

    I am so jealous of all your time off! Enjoy it! You look super cute in this dress and I love the color of the tights. I would totally have loved to see Usher in person. 🙂

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  11. October 18, 2012 / 9:29 am

    I hope you have a blast on your sabbatical and I just know that Austin will be amazing on the plane ride!!
    PS I love this outfit!!

  12. October 18, 2012 / 10:07 am

    first flight! that’s a big one – good luck! and must be exciting to be almost off the pump. and i LOVE this white dress with the fall colors mixed it – lovely

    <3 katherineof corgis and cocktails

  13. October 18, 2012 / 1:31 pm

    you and marve are so awesome for doing that. love your top, you look so happy and pretty!

  14. October 18, 2012 / 3:16 pm

    What a fun post! Sounds like you have lots of exciting things going on right now 🙂 I always love learning about the person behind each style blog. So awesome that you and your husband are involved in community service. Hope you enjoy your sabbatical, and looking forward to reading more about it on your blog here! 🙂

    P.S. Cute boots!

    Love, S


  15. October 18, 2012 / 4:19 pm

    This entire post just sounds so HAPPY Sandy, and that makes me happy!

  16. October 18, 2012 / 5:07 pm

    Love those boots! Enjoy your sabbatical!

  17. October 18, 2012 / 8:12 pm

    Your outfit is darling and super cute, has a fun ’60s mod feel. Have a good time off!

  18. Bre Dale
    October 19, 2012 / 9:56 am

    I’m a big list maker so I love that you posted that! REally love the tights and boots.

  19. October 19, 2012 / 9:57 am

    Great post! I really like the colour of your panty! It really fits you!

  20. October 19, 2012 / 10:00 am

    Enjoy your time off! Hope the plane flight goes well for you and your baby stays entertained the entire time.

  21. October 19, 2012 / 10:00 am

    so im kinda jealous you have that time off!! yay for more time together with hubby and baby!!!!!

    enjoy your time off and good luck on the flight. I bought k a new toy and let her play with it at airport. babies are so intrigued with new things

  22. October 19, 2012 / 10:00 am

    Have fun on your sabbatical! I think its absolutely great your doing some community service during it. SO great to see people help out 🙂

  23. October 19, 2012 / 10:14 am

    Enjoy your sabbatical! We are also going to fly overseas soon and I am kinda nervous. I hope my baby don’t cry or get grumpy.

  24. October 19, 2012 / 10:29 am

    I like the picture of the stairs. I would have never of thought to pair this many colors. I would have thought it would make a person look shortlegged but not true..How did you pull that off?

  25. October 19, 2012 / 10:36 am

    You have a smart company as they have figured out that employees work more faithfully when they are given time off and appreciated for their hard work. Enjoy your time off.
    My favorite photo is the one of you on the stairs. Great shot.

  26. October 19, 2012 / 11:23 am

    That is awesome. I love these kinds of posts. And I want extra time off

  27. October 19, 2012 / 11:48 am

    time off is always awesome! what do you plan to do with yourself!?

  28. October 19, 2012 / 11:49 am

    I really love your outfit. Actually, I love that dress so much I clicked over to check out buying it:)

  29. October 19, 2012 / 12:22 pm

    Love this outfit. So perfect for fall 🙂 Congrats on your sabbatical! What an accomplishment, and great gift from your company!! I love posts like this with random facts. So cool about your video and the commercial it’s in now. I also think it’s wonderful that you’re taking some of your vacation time to do some volunteer work. Sounds like a great organization to be working for too, and I agree… it’s great to help provide for kids who may not have had the best life before foster care, and have some struggles ahead of them yet.

    Best of luck with everything, and enjoy your time off!

  30. Jenna Wood
    October 19, 2012 / 12:59 pm

    Sad to see you leave, but glad you are taking some time off with guest posts- we all need it now and again. I love the color blocking in your outfit, the legs really draw you in, and the boots are gorgeous!

  31. October 19, 2012 / 5:18 pm

    Congrats on your sabbatical! Can’t wait to see you guys. Omg, Austin is a genius!!!

  32. October 23, 2012 / 12:20 pm

    Working only 7.5 mos this year, awesome! And sabbaticals? That’s awesome! Baby Austin the video is soooooooooooooooooooooo cute. The best part of Oct has been the unseasonably warm weather for getting outside 🙂

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