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Happy Monday! After wearing red every day during December, I am really into neutrals right now (although I did wear red yesterday in this outfit here). My favorite neutral is leopard, of course! I love the chic combination of black and brown. When I saw this maxi dress online, I knew I had to have it. I love that it’s simultaneously dressy yet not too dressy; it makes it work for almost any occasion. It is perfect for any date night, a girls’ night out, or church (with a little bandeau or something to make it not low cut). It can easily be dressed up or down based on how you style it. I added a leather jacket and a pop of pink. When it comes to leopard, I always love to pair it with a pop of color, like pink or red. I decided to change it up and add pink. Not pictured are the fabulous pink heels I also wore. According to the measurements of the dress online, I should have sized up. However, I saw in the reviews that the waist is very stretchy, so people who had the dress recommended buying your regular size. I am glad I did that because it fit perfectly. It is a little low cut, so I recommend either pinning it, or adding a bandeau or little top under it.
I haven’t done a life update since October. While we don’t have any major life updates right now, I thought I would share what’s going on lately/what I am looking forward to. Lately, I am trying to find my way back into a routine. To be honest, it has been a huge struggle going from 12 days off to a busy time at work. Jake and I both were blessed to have so much time off together for Christmas. That much time off is unheard of for a resident (Jake lucked out by being scheduled to work at a clinic that is closed on weekends and holidays right before he also had a vacation week) , so we definitely appreciated it while we can now. With his good luck this year, we anticipate next Christmas he will probably be working.
Jake has started back to a rotation where he only gets 4 days off a month, and also has a stretch of working 6 nights. He will be starting nights this week, so I am dreading it. We decided to celebrate my birthday on Saturday night/Sunday after after he got home from work on Saturday. My birthday isn’t for 3 weeks (February 1st), but this Saturday night/Sunday are the only days Jake and I both are off at the same time for over a month. He will be working nights on my actual birthday and birthday weekend. To celebrate, we went to Gianmarco’s restaurant and had some of the best food and wine. If you’re in Birmingham I highly recommend it. It’s hard to get a reservation, so we went to their wine bar, which is first come first served. It was fun to browse their wine selection because many of the bottles were from wineries we saw on our Napa trip (Napa posts here). The food was also amazing; easily some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had. On Sunday we ate brunch at Roots & Revelry. They have the best eggs benedict ever, featuring a succulent pork belly. I am back to my diet all week, then I will be celebrating again with my family in Texas. I’m off Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so I decided to make a trip to see family while Jake is working nights.
Besides Jake’s schedule, the biggest update I have is that we just booked a trip to Paris/London last week! We will be going in the spring. Jake’s never been to Europe, so I’m dying to take him. Having this trip to look forward to will make the next couple of months so much better. I am already trying to plan everything, especially what to do to my outfits. If you’ve been to London/Paris, what are your favorite things to do there?