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Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas XOXO The Edmunds

Merry Christmas everyone from my family to yours! Since we do a Christmas card every year I wanted to share with you all the 2017 card. Normally we have family pictures done, but life got so crazy with the move that I just used some pics from a shoot we did this year. 

Since we have lived away from home for a couple years I like to include a couple paragraphs of what we have been up to on the back of our card to keep our loved ones informed about our life. 

The back of our card reads:

In 2017 Todd graduated from Dental school at Midwestern University in Phoenix Arizona, and was so thrilled to have some of his family attend his graduation. In June the Edmunds moved to Dallas Texas for Todd to train as an Oral Surgery intern at Parkland Hospital for a year. Todd is currently adjusting to his crazy doctor schedule, flying out for Oral Surgery residency interviews, and tries to spend as much time as he can with his family at home. 

In 2017 Jess continued to grow her businesses, added on another, and had so much fun doing it. Her blog still keeps here very busy, and had a few of her shoots published this year. When the Edmunds moved to Dallas, Jess started to teach at three local Pure Barre locations. Todd and Jess started a business together, and was able to buy a new car from the income they brought in from their business. 

2017 has become a rough year for Django because he had to move out of his first home in Phoenix. He's adjusting to living in a new apartment, and spends most of his time with Jess when she works from home. He still loves to be cuddled at night, and play with his toys. Django still hates the cold. 

The Edmunds anticipate that 2018 will be full of moving, packing, unpacking, and exploring a new city. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Fierce Faux Fur


Monday, December 18, 2017

Twisted Backless Sweater

Photography: Ella B Photo
Top: ASTR (comes in 4 colors!) / Jeans: AG / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Boots: Frye (old similar here, and here) / Beanie: BP / Necklaces: Shane Co c/o + Baublebar c/o / Rings: Free People / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Caramel Apple

I'm officially 24 hours from being back home, and I can't even contain my excitement!!! I originally thought I was suppose to be leaving this morning, but with the hustle of holiday season I accidentally wrote it in my planner wrong. It's actually ok that I'm not leaving until tomorrow because it gives me a chance to actually pack (#procrastinator). 

I have fallen absolutely in love with this ASTR sweater, and I know this will be one of the sweaters that comes home with me to Utah. Over the past year I have become OBSESSED (literally obsessed) with any type of open back whether it be a sweater, blouse, Pure Barre workout tank, or a dress. Some of the open back sweaters don't fit me very well because it won't fit my narrow shoulders, and thus looks horrible on me. I was so happy that this sweater actually fits on my shoulders , and I can even pull it down to make it off the shoulder. 

Have you fallen in love with the open back sweater trend?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Birthday Week is Here

Photography: Ella B Photo
Dress: BP (under $50, and comes in three colors!) / Tights: Commando (LOVE!) / Bag: Vici (similar here) / Jacket: Zara (old but almost exact here, here, and here) / Shoes: HM (old similar here) / Rings: Free People / Hat: Free People / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Caramel Apple

I'm not one to be modest, but I freaking love my birthday! Today is officially my birthday, but if you have been following me for a while then you know that my birthday is stretched over a week. Birthday week started back when I was in college because I could never celebrate my birthday on the actual day due to college finals. Since I was so studious in college I never wanted to take time off studying for finals to celebrate, and naturally finals week evolved into a week of mini celebrations for me. I have especially loved birthday week since being married, not because of all the celebrations of me, but it almost forces Todd and I to be happy/do happy things during a time of year that is normally stressful for us. 

Yesterday marked the first day of birthday week, and it started off by teaching Pure Barre in Dallas followed by me going to a rock climbing gym by myself until Todd came home. For the past couple months I have been itching to get back into climbing, and decided to blow the ol-chalk off (sort of speak) my climbing shoes to give them a go. Treating myself to a day of rock climbing was extremely therapeutic for me, and allowed me to revisit an old passion of mine. When I got home in the evening Todd was finishing up a meeting, and he surprised me with an ice cream cake. We finished the night off by cuddling while watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 

When my alarm went off at 3:30 am this morning Todd started off my birthday by wishing me a happy day. Tonight's birthday festivities are going to consist of putting up our Christmas tree together, ordering our 7 year anniversary ornament, and going to see Christmas lights. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Let's Turn Weekends Up a Notch

Photography: Ella B Photo
Top: Zara (old similar herehere and here) / Skirt: Chicwish c/o / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Tights: Not Sure (similar here and here) / Shoes: WHBM (They are velvet!) / Rings: Free People / Sunnies: Quay / Hat: Free People / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Caramel Apple
These days weekends are consisting of Todd being on call, and cleaning on Sundays. I guess when you are an adult the weekends are meant for getting everything done you didn't have time to do during the work week leaving little time for play.

One of my biggest goals for 2018 is to make sure that every weekend Todd and I get out of our being at home rut, and start doing things around town to make memories. It has become so easy for us to stay at home during our days off since we have lived the poor college life for so long, but I think it's time to start playing again....yes I still use the term play ;)

What are some of your favorite things you like to do with your significant other on the weekends?

Monday, December 4, 2017


Sweater: Chicwish c/o / Jeans: Rag and Bone (old similar here) / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Hat: Free People / Shoes: WHBM (ON SALE!) c/o / Necklace: Baublebar c/o / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Cappuccino and opal gloss
Today marks the last day of Todd's interviews for his Oral Surgery residency, and he is currently traveling to the Bronx for it today. The days are getting closer and closer to when we start finding out where we will be moving next year.  

Cross your fingers for my sweet husband that he gets into the program that will be the perfect fit for him. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Upholding Traditions

Photography: Ella B Photo
Top: J.Crew / Skity: HM (old similar here, here, and here) / Bag: Bebe (old similar here) / Shoes: Badgley Micshka / Lips: Pucker & Pout - 2x Roseberry 1x Fly Girl
Happy December everyone. December is my favorite month out of the year because my birthday is on the 12th, and of course because of Christmas. December is so special to me because it's filled with family traditions like putting the tree up on my birthday, seeing the nutcracker, attending the Edmunds family Christmas party, spending Christmas Eve with my dad/in laws, Christmas day with my dad/mom, sending out Christmas cards, and many more. 

One of my favorite traditions is the one that Todd and I have created. Each year we buy a new ornament for our tree costing the amount of years we've been married, and use a sharpy to write out the year on it. You can only imagine going from $1 to now $7 the ornaments have gotten more ornate. When we start to unpack the ornaments I love to go through each years ornament as I put it on the tree. When placing each year on the tree it's a happy reminder that even though we go through ups and downs in our marriage we always pull through together. 

What are some of your favorite December traditions?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Workout Wednesday: Review of Class Pass

Today I wanted to share with you something that I recently started to try, and that is Class Pass. Incase you haven't heard Class Pass is a fitness membership that is located in over 40 cities, and is increasing in popularity all over the US as a way to work out. 

Recently I've been wanting to find a good yoga studio to attend after doing long runs, and figured that Class Pass would be an awesome way for me to sample different studios to find the one I like best. Class Pass is so much more than yoga, and offers tons of different studio work outs. With boutique workouts still being the latest craze Class Pass offers you a wide variety of fitness classes such as barre, pilates, spin, gym time, HIIT, strength training, martial arts, rowing, dance, boxing, yoga, and many more. 

How Class Pass Works

To get started with Class Pass you pay for how many classes you want to attend for the month coming in either as a 3 pack for $35, 5 pack fro $55, and a 10 pack for $105. Buying classes through CP is cheaper than buying single classes at each studio, which is a huge benefit for when you are trying to find a class you like. Note that when you make your first purchase of classes this puts you into an auto renewal where CP will charge you for the same amount of classes you initially purchased each month. Even though you are put into an auto renewal you can cancel or pause your membership at any time. 

Once you purchase your classes then you can download the app on your phone to schedule your classes. I really like the app because it shows you all the classes that are available by time, and you are just a click away from booking your class. Make sure that if you are attending a class at a studio for this first time that you arrive 15-20 minutes early so that you can fill out a waiver, and for the instructor to set you up for class. 

Benefits of Class Pass

One thing that I really like about CP is that when I travel home to Utah for Christmas for 5 days that I can still workout at studios since your membership transfers between cities. This is such a money saver because I used to pay for day memberships everyday I was home at 24 hour fitness costing me almost $100+ each trip home. 

If you ever find yourself in a fitness rut where you don't love what you are currently doing then CP is an awesome way for find something you love. Statistically when you find a workout regimen that feels like play vs work, then you are more likely to stick to a workout consistently.

Your body benefits from mixing up your routine. When do different workouts then you are constantly challenging different muscles, and avoid plateauing with your body. 

Cons of Class Pass

If you are a fitness junkie like me who works out 6x a week, CP would be an expensive way to workout because you would use up all your classes fast. Another con about CP is that you can only visit the same studio only a limited amount of times that month depending on your city. If you find yourself liking a specific studio then at that point it becomes beneficial for you to sign up for a unlimited membership/ or a pack of classes at that specific studio. 

With being a Pure Barre instructor at a boutique studio I have learned that creating a community within the workout is so beneficial to the client as well as the business. Being apart of the community is driven a lot by clients consistently coming, and getting to know one another as well as the staff. When you are on CP it's hard to be consistently present at the studio since you are limited to how many classes you can take.  

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Photography: Ella B Photo
Top: Lush / Jacket: Chicwish c/o / Scarf: Express (ON SALE 50% OFF) / Earrings: Baublebar c/o / Jeans: AG / Boots: Frye (old similar here and here) / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (old similar here) / Lips: Pucker & Pout - 2x Roseberry 1x Plum
The last few days have been absolute perfection since Todd had four days off!!! I seriously can't believe that he had so much time off, and we spent every minute of it together. Sunday was absolute perfection because we went to the Nutcracker over at Winspear Opera house. Between my new computer that Todd surprised me with mixed in with tickets to the Nutcracker has made me feel extra spoiled lately. 

I love that the Nutcracker has become a new tradition for us, and love that we have now seen it in three cities: Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and now Dallas. 

Do you make seeing the Nutcracker a tradition?

Friday, November 24, 2017

Dressing For Holiday Parties with White House Black Market

Outfit 1:
Jacket: WHMB c/o / Blouse: WHBM c/o / Pants: WHBM c/o / Earrings: WHBM c/o / Shoes: WHBM c/o / Bag: WHBM c/o / Lips: Pucker and Pout - 1x apple cider 1x fire opal 1x kiss me katie

Outfit 2:
Dress: WHBM c/o / Coat: WHBM c/o / Bag: WHBM c/o / Earrings: WHBM c/o / Shoes: WHBM c/o / Lips: Pucker and Pout - 1x apple cider 1x fire opal 1x kiss me katie
Now that Thanksgiving is done it's time to start getting ready for Christmas! Can you believe that Christmas is just around the corner?!!!

If you have been following my blog for a while then you know that I LOVE getting dressed up for the holidays. I'll attend any holiday party as an excuse to get all dressed up. One of my favorite holiday trends this season is velvet!!! I will be the first one to admit that I actually HATED this trend a while ago because something about velvet gives me the goosebumps. Please tell me there's someone out there that feels the same way ;) It wasn't until this year that I actually fell in love with the trend, and for some random reason the feeling of velvet doesn't creep me out. Weird I know...

When I saw that White House Black Market had so many gorgeous pieces in velvet for the holiday season my heart did a little happy dance. WHBM has every piece that every woman needs to get ready for a holiday party whether it be for the office or at a cocktail gathering. 

I have already gotten a million compliments on this velvet blazer, and you can easily throw it over slacks or jeans to elevate your holiday look. I decided to pair it with velvet black slacks, and pops of silver from my earrings, handbag, and shoes. Those silver shoes though..... swoon! This outfit is the perfect look for any holiday party at the office, and each piece can be mixed in so many ways to maximize your dressing options. 

When I saw this dress with the velvet embroidery I knew it had to be mine. Something about this dress screams luxury, and is the perfect piece for any formal occasion. I love mixing textures together in an outfit, and the mixture of the bag, dress, and coat pair beautifully together. I wish you could see, but the shoes are actually velvet as well. 

While all these pieces are amazing for the holidays one of the best things about WHBM is that they carry a petite line, that fits me perfectly! For all my petite sisters out WHBM is the answer to your holiday wear prayers. 

Check WHBM today for some killer Black Friday deals!

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