August 21, 2017

Sunflower Fields Forever

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My family and I have had quite a summer so far, checking off activity after activity that we added to our summer wish list. This event was one I added to our wish though. For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to the beauty of flowers. They make me happy, so much so that I was a florist for a few years back in the day! For years I have been trying to make it out to a large sunflower field, but when I learned about Pope Farm Conservancy, I knew this was the one I needed to see. Yes, it was almost a four hour round trip to see it, but OMG you guys, this is a view everyone should see in their life time. 

We, of course went during peak week, meaning all 500,000 steams would be in full bloom. To say the view was breathtaking is an understatement. We took a few photos and walked around trying to take it all in. Then we decided it was the perfect time to watch the sun going down while we had a picnic dinner on a blanket in the grass. The air was crisp, the view was one I will never forget. In the end, I did have to take a few "golden hour" photos, I you see where I was? No only was it like a dream, but as a blogger, it was a dream place to shoot photos! 
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August 18, 2017

Let's Talk Hair & My Recent Identity Crisis (So Dramatic, I know)

 I have had extensions on and off for for as long as I can remember...fifteen years to be exact. Back in the day, I would add fun colors like red, purple, blond, and blue to get bright colors added without having to strip and dye my natural hair. I also love donating my hair every couple of years, so I'll grow it out, cut off 7-11 inches, and then rock a shorter look for a few months. Then I get the long hair itch and rock extensions for 8-10 weeks. No, I haven't had them in every year, or for longer then a few months at a time, but I love the idea of being able to change my look on a whim and that includes long and short locks. Adjusting to the changes has always been easy for me. I love my hair long and I love it short, so it's really always been whatever. 
As most of your know, I got Dreamchatcher extensions for the first time put in my hair back in November. Since August of last year, I have also been adding ombre and having it touched up more frequently in recent months. I'm not a hair specialist, but I can only tell you my feelings and what I think happened that led me to not like how I looked. I hate admitting that my hair made me feel this way, but here is my story. 
August 16, 2017

A Bit About My Sunglasses Collection

On National Sunglasses Day, I put up a photo of my sunglasses collection on IG. From there, my friend Michelle (hey Michelle!) said I should do a post about where I shop for all of these. Fun fact, I never loose my sunglasses. Knock on wood, I know. I have found that if I have a "home" for them, and always put them back, I don't loose them. In fact, the only time I have ever misplaced them is when I am shooting outfits for the blog and I am bringing too many pairs out at a time. 

 This collection is ever growing, adding two more pair this year, so far. I started this collection in 2012 and the teal frames are the first ones I got. As you can see below, they are still there holding the fort down! Below I have broken them down into categories. First off, where each pair is from, and links if you can still shop said pair. Next, I've pulled aside my most worn pairs, favorite rounds, and first designer pair. I hope you enjoy! 

 1 // 2 // 3 // 4: Quay (sold out) // 5 // 6
August 14, 2017

Falling For My Fall Wardrobe

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Oh my gush, I am in love with the new cabi Fall line! Are you guys sick of me yelling from the roof top about my love for cabi clothing yet? Well you shouldn't be. Not only is this a brand that is all about women supporting other women, but their clothing items that are wardrobe staples and made with such outstanding quality that you will get use out of them for years to come. Fun fact: cabi uses the same color fabric so you can mix and match each season flawlessly. So, if you buy a great navy blazer one year, you can pick up a navy trouser a year or two later and they will match perfectly. That is not something a lot of brands do and is something we all need more of in our lives (to not break the bank)! 

Individually each of these items will be on major repeat as they can be mixed and matched with literally any item in my current wardrobe. But put them together and, obsessed! This outfit felt edgy to wear, yet super classy and put together at the same time. The longer length on the skirt is perfect and I can totally see me wearing faux leather beauty this holiday season. And this jacket you guys, I mean, plaid perfection! It's the perfect weight to transition into the cooler months and the plum color is to die for. I just had to pair it with the matching lip. 

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August 11, 2017

Recipe: Grilled Steak Salad

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Everyone has those recipes that they just make and don't need to follow any directions. This grilled steak salad is one of mine and every time we eat it, it becomes even more loved. This recipe is one of my favorites to make during summer as it's super easy and fast, plus I love grilling. When I recently made this salad for my hubby and myself, I wrote down all the ingredients I used so I can share it with you guys. I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as we do! 

-Organic romaine lettuce, chopped
-Organic arugula lettuce, chopped
-Organic heirloom tomatoes, cut into pieces
-Organic red onion, cut into circles
-Gorgonzola Cheese
-Red wine vinaigrette (homemade or store bought)
-Grass-fed beef steaks 

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