Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Perfect Time to Shop for a new Scent


I love shopping for fragrances this time of year. For starters, it's February and Valentine's Day is right around the corner. What better way to love yourself then to treat you to a new scent (or a set for that matter)? And if you are with someone special this is the perfect time to send your man a subtle hint by emailing him a link to this post! ;) 

It's because I shop for new scents each year around this time that I tend to run out every February. Whatever the reason (or how you rational your shopping habits), I was in the market for a new perfume. I always re-buy my favorite (Jo Malone), but I wanted to try something new because I just ran out of two others (Daisy by Marc Jacob and Very Sexy by VS). Enter Memoire Liquide. Thank goodness they reached out to me, I have tried one body lotion of theirs in the past and it was one of my all time favorites! 



Memoire Liquide comes in five personal fragrances. Oh how I love Amour Liquide. Here is more about this scent: "Exhilarating, romantic love is remembered with soul soothing and breathtaking Pure Madagascar Vanilla, Tonka Bean and Incense." Yeah guys, it's amazing! I love how it smells and am mildly obsessed with the beautiful bottle it comes in. I am such of fan of displaying my perfumes on my dresser. Anyone else out these who loves a great perfume that also has a beautiful presentation? I do! (Use code Blog2016 to get 20%!)



I also received the body care lotion in Amour Liquide. Perfect timing, it is sub-zero here in Chicago and my hands, elbows, and knees have been so dry lately. I put this beauty to work right away and it now lives in my purse. I love that it is non-greasy and the smell is divine. The price point on this one is great too. You get a lot of bang for your buck!

Perfume & Body Care lotion: c/o Memoire Liquide (use code Blog2016 for 20% off)  

Do you stock up on new scents this time of year? What are some of your favorites? 


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Long Hair, Don't Care

Over the years I have worn extensions many, many times. I wore them strait for five years in my mid to late 20's and then again a few times over the past two years! I love the ability to mix up your look by adding length to your hair, but I have never tried anything that lasts for a shorter period of time then eight weeks. 

So, when I was asked to try out clip-in extensions from Irresistible Me and my obviously reaction was YES PLEASE! How fun to be able to change your look for a day or a night out on the town. I went with the 22 inch chocolate brown extensions and couldn't wait to try them out. Curls, braids, long hair...bring it on! 

Here is how they arrived and what I used to get them clipped on my head properly (this video was very helpful as well):



Before and After


As soon as I was done getting all my clips in (and taking photos), I curled my hair using my favorite iron. The hair was so easy to style and it really did blend flawlessly with my natural hair. In fact, after I took the clips out to stored them over night, I took them out to use the next day and they were still all perfectly curled. Talk about easy hair styling! 

I was having dinner out this night so added a few simple details to my outfit (which is a total style steal btw). To make the look my own, I added these great olive boots, teal wool coat, and my favorite quilted mini bag. 




Sweater: Target // Pants // Shoes // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar) // Coat: Piperlime // Sunglasses // Hair: c/o Irresistible Me

Have you ever tried clip-in extensions? Let's chat in the comments section! 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Inspired by Inspiration




I recently took photos of Kaitlyn for a post on Sisters Marie and her outfit was inspired by a fellow blogger. Her inspiration outfit totally inspired me to do the same, try something I haven't tried (pairing wise) before. This dress has been worn so many times, but never in the winter and never with a blouse under it. 

As the outfit started coming together, I decided I wanted to print mix as well as add some color. By adding my paid peplum coat over the polka dots I had a fun play-on-prints, but since they are both black and white I felt like it fit nicely. To add some color I added my cobalt heels and bag, this emerald statement necklace I borrowed from Katie, and a red lip. I mean, you need the red lip, no? 




OK, we have to mention the Prada sunglasses. I am so in love! They are sold out everywhere but Ditto has you covered. You can have designer glasses (prescription ones too ladies & gentleman!) shipped to you each month. Plus if you use my code, SADB, you can get your first month from free. I think we all know where you need to go after you finish reading this post. ;) 

I also am pretty in love with my hair. This is the second time I have tried this braided pony (first time here) and it is so easy to do! It honestly only takes about 10-15 minutes and is a great style for day two or day three hair. Cute, no?



Dress: Nordstrom // Shoes // Bag // Coat: T+J Designs (similar) (similar) // Blouse: Piperlime // Sunglasses: Prada via Ditto (use code "SADB" to get 1st month designer glasses FREE!) // Necklace: Swap w/ Kaitlyn // Watch // Cuff: Coach // Ring // Earrings: T+J Designs

In the end I was so happy with this look. I felt confident and I love that I got to wear this summer midi dress mid-winter. What else can I mix and match? Oh yeah, this is going to be fun...I am super inspired to try some more out-of-the-box looks!

What do you think of this pairing? Do you pair blouses under dresses? 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Recipe: Bacon & Spinach Frittata

I recently tore a few recipes out of a magazine for paleo lifestyle diet and this was one of them. Sadly I don't know the name of the magazine to credit it too, but I altered 4 items/steps to make it my own so I think we are OK. ;) 

This recipe was such a crowd pleaser in my house, I ended up serving it for dinner! I would for sure alter the bacon to spinach ration to meet your families tastes. 


Ingredients 
6 eggs 
5 slices of bacon
1 cup organic spinach
2 cloves garlic, minced 
2 sprigs organic oregano 
1/3 cup coconut cream (from top of 1 can coconut milk, chilled)
sea salt and pepper to taste



Directions 

1) Using your large skillet pan, fry bacon slices (flipping once) until cooked fully. Remove from pan and crumble it. 

2) Chop spinach coarsely. Beat the eggs with salt and pepper. Add spinach and garlic. Remove the leaves from the springs of oregano. Mix the bacon, oregano and coconut cream into the eggs. 

3) Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan (can use bacon oil or extra virgin olive oil) and add the egg mixture. Cook until the frittata is almost set on top, about 10 minutes. Place under the broiler in the oven and cook until top is puffed and golden brown, about five minutes. 



Is this a recipe that you would try? Do you have a great frittata recipe? I'd love for you to share it in the comments! 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Giveaway: Lava Lamps

When I was asked to host a giveaway by Lava Lamp I was so excited. I had (and still have actually) a lava lamp that I put to good use back in high school and in college. It was always in my bedroom and when we move, I plan to take it back out and put it in our game room. I get nostalgic when I think of Lava Lamps and I am so excited to say that they not only still sell the original lamps, but boy have they expanded. 

My kids are both under seven, so having a lamp that use heat wasn't ideal. No problem! Lava Lamp sells fun lamps for the younger crowd that use no heat at all. My kids looked around on the site and chose their favorites. My daughter chose the aquarium and my son chose the volcano. He also loved the hand painted earth lamp (which does use heat), so we ended up getting him both. 

Here is how they look in the kid's rooms: 



I love how both lamps look in his room. The volcano one is at a level where he can touch it, but again, no heat so no issues. He loves watching it and it actually changes colors too. The one that uses heat we put on his dresser. Since he is seven, he understands he is not allowed to touch it and we certainly don't leave it running for tons of hours unattended. ;) 



My daughter is obsessed with the fish! This lamp came empty and you add the fish and distilled water to get it up and running. My daughter loved being part of creating her lamp. It is a litter noisy, but she loves it so much. She actually puts it on right before bed as an added night light and I turn it off 20 minutes later when she falls asleep. She even named each fish inside. So precious! 



Giveaway
One lucky winner will win both the aquarium and the volcano fun lamps (no heat!) just like my kids have in their rooms! Giveaway will run one week, winner will be announced on 2/5/16. Open to US readers only. Good luck! 


Did you have a Lava Lamp when you were younger? Do you or your children have one now? They are just so much fun and are bringing so many smiles to my children't faces. What's not to love about that? 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Pop of Plaid

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To say that I am obsessed with these plaid pumps from Coach would be an understatement. I have worn them about five times so far and each time I do, I look down and smile. That's what shoes should do for you, no? I've got happy feet!

This is such a standard look for me when it comes to an afternoon appointment (and I've just been to the gym, and have less then twenty minutes to get ready). A beautiful sweater, cuffed denim, pop of plaid in the heels, and a great bag are so easy to trow together. To finish the look off in a short amount of time, I took my air dried hair and gave it a braid. Easy and fun. Then by adding a bright lip it gives the illusion that I am way more put together then I actually am. Fake it when you just don't have the time to make it! ;)

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Can we just talk about the little pockets on this top? I am such a sucker for literally anything with a pocket. Not necessarily functional, but awfully cute! Over-sized sunnies, a long necklace, my wool coat tossed over my shoulders, and I am good to go.

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Top // Coat: Victoria's Secret (3 years old) // Shoes: Coach (similar) (similar) // Jeans: Kohls // Necklace: E Street Denim // Bag // Sunglasses 

Now on to hair talk. I posted a photo of my hair on Instagram last week (the day these photos were taken), and I got quite a few emails asking questions about it. No, my hair is not naturally wavy, no, I did not use a curling or straitening iron. You guys are going to laugh so hard, because this front wave is so east to make. When your hair is wet, part down the center and tuck hair behind both ears. As it air dries, keep tucking your hair behind your ears until it's completely dry. That's it! Talk about effortless. I wish I could say my technique was cooler then that folks, but that is it! I shall call it my tuck wave.
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What are some of your daily hacks you use to cut time? Do you like this outfit pairing?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Celebrating Eight Years of Marriage

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This year we celebrated eight years of marriage and we went with more of a "go big or go home" 24 hours. We checked into the Intercontinental Chicago around 5:00 p.m. and promptly popped a bottle of champagne. We had dinner reservations set for 7:30, so there was plenty of time to get ready (and of course take some photos).

I went a lot out of my box in a very daring body suit. OK, real talk. I was self-conscious as hell before we left our hotel room. I asked my hubby if he wanted boobs or legs and he went with boobs! So, I literally only packed the outfit I had planned to wear. Meaning I had no back-up outfit other then the sweater and jeans I arrived in. Alright, I can do this! I ended up taking the ties that were supposed to make a bow at my neckline and tied the strings around my neck for a little extra support. I mean, what if it untied while I was dancing or something? I am way past the age of nip-slips! lol

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Sweater Vest // Bodysuit // Skirt // Boots // Cuff: Coach (similar) // Watch // Ring

I also added a sweater vest over because I knew we were going out after dinner, but this felt more appropriate for the first part of the night. It was also perfect for the two bars we went to after because boy was it warm on the dance floor!

Here's a shot of my handsome husband Ryan:
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Coat // Shirt: Express // Pants: Banana Republic

On our way out for the night:
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We had the most amazing dinner at The Kitchen. We kicked our night off with this gorgeously delicious seafood platter and from there we shared soup and a steak entree. The food here was beyond amazing. We were truly blown away at how good everything tasted down to the seasoning on the potatoes that came with the steak. We can't wait to go there again!

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This would have been more then a great anniversary had we ended our night here and headed back to the hotel. However, we had a kid free night and we were already out in the city, so when in Rome!

Up next we headed to Vertigo Sky Lounge and had a drink outside. Yes, it was cold, but oh was it a beautiful view up there. Next up, we headed to Untitled and sat for a drink before hitting the dance floor. I don't think we have danced that much ever! Ryan is not a big dance guy, but if it's just us and no one we know is around (plus a few drinks in the system), he is a dancing machine. I'm talking fast songs folks. He is my dream man!

We headed back to the hotel around 1:00 a.m. and found ourselves back in our day clothes headed to the hotel bar complete with a piggy back ride. What? That's standard for 1:00 am, no? We wised up soon after and called room service around 2:30 a.m. for this amazing meal below!
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This was hands down one of the most fun nights we have had together. We just had fun and went where the night took us. No plans, no responsibilities, so fun! ;)

How do you celebrate your anniversaries? Check out how we've celebrated in the past here