Saturday, June 15, 2019

Saturday Shopping vol.17

I'm never quite sure how these posts will turn out, and this one is a prime example of being a collection of anything I found cute while browsing the internet this week. Forget a color scheme and instead add in cute silhouettes and you have today's Saturday Shopping post. If you see anything you'd like you can click directly on the item in the image below to be taken to where it can be purchased. Happy Saturday!

Friday, June 14, 2019

How To Tie A Silk Scarf {Where to Find Affordable Summer Scarves}

Whenever I share a photo of myself wearing one of my Tuckernuck silk scarves, I inevitably get asked how I tie it. Until I started receiving this question over and over I never really thought it was worth sharing since I didn’t necessarily feel like the way I tie it best shows off the design of the scarf. 

The way I fold it to tie it is a lot easier than it may look and will hopefully inspire any of you who have been struggling with how to tie your silk scarves to pull them out of your closet and wear them. And if you don’t own a silk scarf and are looking to purchase one I’ve shared some cute ones I’ve found online at the bottom of this post! 


Step One: Fold Scarf Into A Large Triangle
I find that spreading the scarf out on a flat surface helps me when I am folding my scarf to put on. Usually, that flat surface is my bed, but it’ll likely depend on the size of the scarf you’re working with. To start, fold one corner of the square to another, creating a triangle shape. It’s ok if the scarf isn’t a perfect square and therefore doesn’t line up exactly since that won’t be obvious with the way I tie mine. 

Step Two: Starting On Long Side Of The Triangle Begin Folding Scarf Into A Rectangle
Start at the long edge of the triangle and begin folding the scarf into a rectangle. The size of the rectangle will be dependent on how thick you’d like the scarf to be when it lays over your shoulders. If I were to measure my rectangles would probably be between 4 and 5 inches. Be sure that you’re not folding these rectangles accordion style. Folding the edges in a way that almost looks rolled makes it, so all the edges are tucked together. Keep folding in a rectangle until you get the point of the triangle and have no more fabric to work with and are instead left with a long strip of material. 


Step Three: Drape Around Neck And Tie Two Knots Toward The Ends
Once you’ve finished folding, place the portion of the strip of fabric that has the last bit of fabric (the point of the triangle) against the back of your neck. Decide where you want the knots to hit you and tie a simple knot on either side of the fabric, and you’re all set! 

I told you this would be easy! I’ve found myself pairing these scarves with everything from basic t-shirts to dresses to re-wear pieces in a fun way. The exact scarves I have are no longer available, but Tuckernuck has come out with new color waves that would be equally as cute. Below you’ll find those and some other more affordable silk scarf options.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

June Q&A

Has this week been weird to anyone else? I can’t decide if it feels like it has been going by fast or slow since I feel like it should be Wednesday and Friday all at the same time. I always get excited when it comes time to share an updated monthly Q&A with y’all because it’s so interesting to see what questions will be asked. Before we get too caught up in the questions though, I need to take a second to brag on a recent find that should be added to any working girls’ closet.


I happened across this skirt when looking through Walmart’s new arrivals and was completely impressed with the quality given the price when it arrived on my doorstep two-days after ordering it. I shouldn’t have been that shocked since all of the pieces I’ve purchased recently from Walmart have been so great but especially those from the TEXTILE brand (including this dress that I shared here). It is the closest I’ve come to find a similar style to one of my all-time favorite skirt silhouettes that J.Crew only released for a season (fortunately I snagged it in 4 colors then but keep my fingers crossed each spring that it will be re-released). This Walmart version comes in three different color options, and the material is much more comfortable than the J.Crew counterpart it resembles. I was curious if it would be see-through or look bunchy with something tucked into it, but the quality of the fabric and thick waistband made it, so neither of those things were a concern. And at under $40 I know I’ll be getting my money’s worth. I paired it with this adorable blue and white striped blouse ($11!) that looks equally as cute with white jeans. I did size up in the top to a medium but stuck with a small in the skirt which was a perfect fit. And my watch is still $400 off!!  Alright, PSA over and now on to the questions. 

What books have you been reading that you would recommend?
I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately and have been loving it! I think I’ve read/listened to close to twenty books so far this year and am excited to continue to increase that number. I’ve even recently started to share what I’ve read on Instagram stories (see “books” story highlight). My favorites as of late have been A Beautiful Corpse, Pretty Girls, Ghosted, and All We Ever Wanted.

What is it like to be a blogger? Is it fun?
Being a blogger is a lot of fun, but honestly, I can’t remember much of what I did before being a blogger since I’ve been doing this for so long. There are plenty of times that it is challenging to juggle a full-time job and still have quality content on the blog at least five days a week, but I love the creativity it offers me. 

Any wedding season tips for being a bridesmaid?
Hmm, I’m not sure I have enough experience just yet to be giving a bunch of tips when it comes to being a bridesmaid, but when it comes to dressing for all the events that come along with being in a wedding, I can’t recommend Rent the Runway’s Reserve service enough. I’m planning to use it for the two weddings I have left this summer, and if you would like 25% off your first order, you can use the code DOROTHYPERK25 (and see what I’d order for a whole wedding weekend here). 

Are you still using BeautyCounter?
Yes! My favorite BeautyCounter products that I’m using currently are this sunscreen stick, counter control SOS acne spot treatment, tint skin, and their hydrating body lotion in citrus mimosa

Do you want to get married?
Yep, but I’m in NO rush. I feel like in the South it’s really common for people to get married at a relatively young age, but right now I like my independence way too much to see that as a good fit for me. 

Can you do a makeup tutorial?
I haven’t done a video tutorial, but I did share a blog post with details about my everyday makeup routine here

Do you miss having summers off as a teacher?
Not really since I never had a summer off while teaching. The summer right after college, I started grad school, which meant I had class all summer up until I started my first year as a teacher. Fast forward to the following summer, which would have been my first summer off as a teacher, but I was finishing grad school with class all day. I think had I not been in grad school and had those summers I would miss having them off, but since I didn’t, doing work in the summer feels normal. My work/life balance is better than it has ever been now, so I have been making the most of the summer with what my roommate and I refer to as our summer mentality. Like anyone, I am looking forward to some vacation time off next month. 

I was fortunate enough to get a job in my hometown during my first year out of college. Do you have any tips for figuring out how not to get down on myself for living at home and not in a new city like my other friends?
For starters, congratulations! No one really warns you, but your first year out of college will be a bit of a challenge. I don’t say that to scare you but instead to encourage you since you will be with two of the people that support you the most (your parents) during this time. By living at home, you’re going to be able to save SO MUCH and therefore will have a little bit more money to go and visit friends in their new cities when you want a taste of what their lives and different cities may be like. I would try to be intentional of being social and making friends just like you would if you were starting someplace fresh since it could be easy to just rely on the comforts of home. My plan last summer if a roommate and job hadn’t lined up so perfectly in Birmingham was to move home with my parents. And no offense to any roommate I’ve ever had but my parents top them all since living with them comes free of charge, with meals and groceries, and even a cute dog. Don’t beat yourself up over moving home in the slightest but do start saving as much as you can so that if the opportunity presents itself to branch out and move somewhere new, you feel confident doing that!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

My Workout Routine

Hi, friends! So sorry for the lack of posts yesterday. I had the blog text all drafted out and ready to go but just wasn’t sold on the graphics I made to go along with it. Don’t worry though; I’ve found some cute ways to re-work them and will share what I came up with soon (hint, it’s extra helpful for any of you heading to college in the fall). For now, though, I’m taking the time to tackle one of my most asked questions, “What’s your workout routine?”

This goes without saying for those of you that follow along with my posts, but I am in no way a trainer or expert on this subject. I do workouts that feel good but challenging for me. Everyone is different when it comes to the type of workouts they like, and I’m the type of person who wants to get the most out of my visit to the gym. That usually means doing a decent bit of cardio, followed by some stretching and strength exercise. I’ve shared my general schedule below although it’s not uncommon for it to change based on my evening plans. 

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Last summer, I signed up for some cycling classes while in Greenville and always left feeling like I had a productive workout. While I haven’t tried any of the cycling group exercise classes offered at my gym, I have been taking advantage of the bikes there to do my own workouts. I like to start by biking the first 10 minutes with the resistance at an 8 or 9. From there I alternate between 2 minutes at a resistance of 7 and 2 minutes at a resistance of 10. I’ll do that for the next 20 minutes or so before switching to 3 minutes at a resistance of 7 and 2 minutes at a resistance of 12. I like to end my cycle workouts with about 2 minutes at a resistance of 14 before cooling down at a resistance of 5. This makes it so that sometimes I’ll go for a bit more than 45 minutes but by breaking up the workout with intervals of different resistance it goes by pretty quickly (and you’ll end up pretty sweaty).

Stair Climber
As far as workout equipment goes, I can’t say that the stair climber is one of my favorite pieces. It’s not terrible, but I have to pay enough attention on it so that I don’t trip and fall, which makes time seem to pass slower. It’s a really great workout though so I like to add it into my routine once a week. I’ll usually start by setting the speed to 10 for the first 10 minutes. From there, I will do 2 minutes at a speed of 10 where I’m skipping a step before moving to a speed of 8 for 1 minute to recover. Next, I’ll turn my body to face one side (stepping the bottom foot in front of the foot on the higher step) for 2 minutes at a speed of 10. I’ll walk normally on the stair climber at a speed of 10 for 1 minute of recovery and then switch to the other side for 2 minutes. I’ll do another minute of recovery at a speed of 10 before 2 minutes of skipping steps at a speed of 8. The next 6 minutes I’ll walk normally at a speed of 10 before spending my last 3 minutes at a speed of 14 before cooling down. 

Ever since my half marathon back in March I’ve cut back on the frequency in which I run and in turn have significantly lowered my mileage. While I love running, it’s a lot more fun to go on long runs outside than inside, and the heat of an Alabama summer isn’t always conducive to that. I hope to add more runs to my week once it cools off in the fall but for now, tend to stick to going for a run about once a week. Since 

Outside- When I’m going on a run outside, I don’t pay too much attention to pace or distance and instead do what feels right. Most of the time for me, that’s running between a 9:30 and 10:00 minute pace for anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. 

Treadmill- Running on a treadmill is a different story since I’m more likely to get bored. I’ll usually spend my first 20 minutes at a 10-minute pace before running the next 5 minutes at a 9:30 pace. Then, I’ll do 5 minutes at a 9: 00-minute pace before a minute or two at an 8:30 pace before cooling down at a 10-minute pace. 

I don’t make it to barre classes as much as I’d like to, but when I can go, I like True40’s classes. They are a great mix of barre, Pilates, yoga, and cardio and leave me feeling very sore the following day. In an ideal world, I’d be able to make it to these classes once a week, but in reality, I tend to only get to go once or twice a month. 

Arms, Abs, and Legs
I don’t feel the slightest bit qualified (or articulate enough) to walk you through various strength exercises so instead I’ll direct you to Pinterest, my favorite Instagram account (check her workout story highlights), and the 8-minute abs and 8-minute arms video. 

I’m always on the hunt for fun ways to mix up my workouts so if you have any ideas, feel free to leave them for me in the comments! 

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