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summer bucket list: wisconsin dells + trampoline park

A Day In The LifeKaylee DeLacyComment

Happy Monday!

I had yet another eventful weekend – so let's get to it!

If you're unfamiliar, my good friends Ali, Kast, and I created a summer bucket list of things to do during our last summer all together.  The first item we crossed off a few weeks ago, and this weekend we crossed off two more: Wisconsin Dells and going to a trampoline park.  

Saturday, a group of us headed up to the Dells to knock out two of our items.  Kast scored us $10 tickets to Mount Olympus Amusement and Water Park, which are usually $45!  Although it was a great deal, everyone and their mom knew about this deal as well – and it was incredibly packed.  Lines for nearly all rides were at least an hour.  We weren't able to do the water park, unfortunately, because there were just way too many people.  We did manage to go on the main roller coasters and did one of the go-kart courses.  The roller coasters were fun, but they were wooden, and my neck and back are still paying for it today. I had never done go-karts before by myself, so that was also a fun first!  Also, I did NOT get sun-burnt – which is always a win in my book!

Everyone successfully psyched me out before this particular roller coaster.  I mean, look at this beat up crash dummies in the background.

Everyone successfully psyched me out before this particular roller coaster.  I mean, look at this beat up crash dummies in the background.

After Mount Olympus, we went to the trampoline park (also in the Dells).  I'd never been to a trampoline park before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The minimum amount of time to go for was 60 minutes.  We all knew we wouldn't need 60 minutes – but we underestimated how tired we'd get, so quickly.  We went for probably just over a half an hour, which was more than enough.    There were a few rooms - one with basketball hoops, one with a foam pit, a big open room with trampoline floors and walls, and a netted off room for dodgeball. We spent time in each room, but my favorite was probably dodgeball (my team was victorious).  Ali and I also went back to our cheerleading roots and tried our hand at a few of our signature jumps again.

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Unfortunately, it was a little tough getting OUT of the foam pit...

Unfortunately, it was a little tough getting OUT of the foam pit...

Everyone had the best time, but we were all so exhausted by the end of the day.  We had planned to go out for drinks that night, but everyone passed out a shortly after getting home. And boy, do I still hurt. I guess that's what happens when a bunch of twenty-somethings spend the day doing the activities of an 8 year old. 

Here's what the list looks like now (we're almost half way done!):

1. Go camping

2. Adventure Day in Dubuque - DONE!

3. Trampoline Park Day - DONE!

4. Adventure Day in Chicago (including but not limited to: shopping and the bean!)

5. Wisconsin Dells - DONE!

6. Beach Day!

7. Go to a baseball game

8. Tropical Vacation 

Up next: Mexico and Chicago Adventure Day! Stay tuned for more!

Until next time–

the orange shorts

Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Hi friends!

Do you have that one piece of clothing that is your summer go-to?  It may not be the thing you wear the most or even the most practical, but it's something you feel good in and know it will never let you down.  For some, it's a certain little dress, pair of jeans, or even your favorite graphic tee.  For me, it's my orange high waisted shorts; just describing them, they sound so impractical, but these are my go-to.  Whenever I'm having a bad self esteem day, I definitely go with what always works on my body – and that's high waisted things that show off my legs.  Ironically enough, whenever I'm having a good self esteem day, I also want to show off those things, so I happen to own a lot of high waisted items.  

Even though they're orange and super short and so incredibly impractical, I just can't get rid of these shorts.  I've had them for four years now – which is truly amazing when I think about it, considering they're from Forever 21.  They're the staple in my most Kaylee summer outfit - a tied up shirt and high waisted shorts.  They make me feel young, girly, and fun – and don't we all need to feel that way more often?

BCBGeneration Top | Forever21 Shorts | Target Sandals (similar) | Target Crossbody Bag (similar

What is your go-to summer piece?

Until next time–

the one with the sold out taylor swift concert

A Day In The LifeKaylee DeLacyComment

Hi friends!

When I got to work yesterday, I happened to glance at the giant TV as I was about to walk up the stairs.  This TV typically has announcements on it of upcoming events, fit model needs, etc.  But when I glanced up at it yesterday morning, the announcement had changed.  It was a giant picture of Taylor Swift saying "WIN TICKETS TO TAYLOR SWIFT'S SOLD OUT CONCERT - FIND OUT HOW."  You're damn right I'm going to find out how.  I ran to my computer and logged onto our internal homepage and found out about a new company contest.  Whoever can get the most people to follow the Lands' End instagram account will win two tickets to her Chicago show.  They have 5 sets to give out.  I thought, easy enough.  I can do this!  

Okay guys, so here is my plea.  No, I haven't been the die-hard Taylor Swift fan over the years like my dear friend Mary has (who is already going, for the record).  But I identify with Taylor Swift.  She is my spirit animal.  Her style is impeccable.  She frequently gets screwed over by men. She is a fantastic role model.  And damn it, she can write a pretty catchy song.  I've been saying the past few months how fun it would be to go to a TSwift concert, but they're all sold out.

So here is where you can help me!  I would really like to be rocking out in July at a Taylor Swift concert instead of just jamming in my car.  All you need to do is follow Lands' End on instagram at @landsend.  Then, comment here or send me a message via Facebook, text, or however it best suits our relationship with your instagram handle, so I can include your account on my entry.  I have until July 8th, but the sooner the better!

Thank you to anyone who can help a sister out!  And hopefully on July 18th, I'll be shakin' it off a couple hundred feet away from TSwift herself.

Also, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mom today!

Until next time–

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the one with the 5K

A Day In The LifeKaylee DeLacyComment

Hi friends!

I had a pretty eventful weekend, so I'll just get down to it!  I have a bucket list – not just the summer bucket list I have with Kast and Ali – but an actual bucket list of things I need to do before I die.  One of the items on the bucket list is running a 5K.  Seems weird for many, since a 5K isn't necessarily "that much" – but I'd never run one before, so it was on my list.  I really was adamant about running it too.  I didn't want to walk at all.  This weekend, I visited my sister Mallory in Iowa and we finally crossed that item off the list for me!

On Saturday, we ran the Insane Inflatable 5K in Cedar Rapids.  She convinced me to do it because it's a "fun 5K" with "bouncy things."  I figured, bouncy houses breaking up my run? Sign me up! A few days before the race, they released the course map online.  These were not fun, bouncy houses.  These were full-blown, inflatable obstacles that would be hard.  Well, great.  

I'd spent the past few weeks training.  I live in a pretty hilly neighborhood, so my route always started with me walking up a hill, then I'd jog the rest.  I figured it wouldn't be a hilly course, so I'd stick to running on level ground.  I bet you can probably guess – it, of course, was super hilly.

And it rained.  It rained before the race, a little bit during, and a lot after.  But the rain made the obstacles really slippery (and rather dangerous).  I took a tumble all the way down the second to final obstacle (stop drop and roll style) and was pretty beat up and dizzy afterward.  So I did have to walk for probably .2 or .3 miles until I got my color back, but then I ran until the end and completed the final obstacle.  By the end I was drenched in sweat, mud, and blood.  It was absolutely exhausting and I'm so glad to be done.  But, I'm happy I did it, especially with the people I did it with.

The group before the race

The group before the race

Mallory and I pre-race

Mallory and I pre-race

I'm the orange/pink blob towards the center right of the picture!

I'm the orange/pink blob towards the center right of the picture!

Sliding down the final obstacle.

Sliding down the final obstacle.

So glad to be done!

So glad to be done!

Pure exhaustion

Pure exhaustion

Any big items you're hoping to cross of your list this summer?  Have you ever done the inflatable 5K? I'd love to hear!

Until next time–

the white shirt

Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Hi there!

I can't believe June is already half over!  This summer is already just flying by and I feel like I have so many summer activities to do still!  I also can't believe that in a few weeks, I'll be going to Mexico with a few of my closest friends.  It'll be a much needed break from work and I'm super excited to adventure somewhere new!

This weekend, my sister Mallory came to visit. Somehow every time she has ever visited, it rains.  It makes it pretty tough to do the fun summer activities Madison has to offer, but we still manage to have a good time. Although the weather didn't necessarily feel like it most of the weekend, my ensemble was the epitome of summer fresh.  In my book, you'd be hard pressed to find a summer piece (or any season for that matter) as classic, but fresh as the white shirt.  The white shirt has long been a staple in the working woman's wardrobe, but I don't believe it needs to end there.  The white shirt in its various iterations has a place both for work and weekend.  Whether you go for the traditional, long sleeve button down or opt for a more seasonally appropriate option with shorter sleeves, the white shirt is timeless and makes any ensemble instantly complete.  

For our day of shopping, I paired my short-sleeve white shirt with boyfriend shorts and some sky-high wedges for a summer-friendly, simple style.  An ensemble that will never go out of style.

LOFT Cap Sleeve White Shirt | American Eagle Boyfriend Shorts | Francesca's Wedge Sandals | Target Crossbody Bag (similar) | American Eagle Leather Bracelet (similar) | J. Crew Tiny Bow Ring

Until next time–