June 30, 2011

Lucky Boys Confusion At House of Blues Chicago


Top: Victoria's Secret
Skirt: Victoria's Secret
Tank: JC Penny
Shoes: Victoria's Secret (sold out)
Wooden Bangle: Vintage
Ring: Baublebar
Necklace: Express
Earrings: Erin Gallagher Jewelry
Bag: Rachel Zoe


The show was such a blast! The turnout was awesome and I loved how our opera box was right over the stage! Awesome view when your hubby is the drummer and it's hard to see him otherwise! ;)
Look at me wearing shorts and mini skirts! lol It's seriously been years since I've worn anything like this, so it was a nice change! I felt like my old self again. Which was very nice! Plus, since the skirt had the elastic on both sides, it was more flattering then a basic mini! I think everyone should own one of these!

June 29, 2011

Giveaway: Sunshine Design

One lucky winner will win this:

8"X10" Frame, thrifted, painted white
Collage is made of scrapbook paper, cutouts, stamps and marker.
The back has a wire along allowing the frame to be hung vertically. It does not have a table stand arm.
The quote is by Marilyn Monroe

Lindsay is a woman of many talents! You can check out her etsy shop here.

To enter simply follow Sunshine Design's blog and leave a comment below telling me you did so.

For extra entries: Follow Sunshine Design's Facebook, Twitter and follow The Sunshine Run Club on Facebook. Leave 1 comment for each that you follow.
For 2 extra entries, donate $10 to the Sunshine Run Club. Lindsay is making such a difference for so many wonderful causes!
Good luck and the winner will be announced 7-13-11 at 7:00am.
June 28, 2011

Winner Announced: Whimsy Lane

And the winner of the $15 credit to the Whimsy Lane etsy shop is....

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June 27, 2011

This weeks "I want what she has!"


This weeks "I want what she has!" goes to Michelle Kuhlemeier. I am gushing over these shoes!

Wedges: $19.99 Discovery

I love me a wedge so obviously I am drawn to a metallic wedge that can be worn with anything and everything. LOVE these Michelle! The pictures don't do them justice. The multiple straps around the ankle is my favorite part! Great find and an even better price! ;)
June 24, 2011

Birthday BBQ


Tank: Francescas
Cardigan: Forever 21
Shorts and Cuff: Express
Shoes: Forever 21
Key Necklace: Erin Gallagher Jewelry
Necklace: Jewelmint
Black Ring: Lia Sophia
Chain Ring: Tiffanys & CO
Purse: Rachel Zoe

For my father-in-laws B-day, we headed over to their house for bbq pork chops and lots of other great eats! It was a casual affair, so I kept my glasses on to give my eyes a well needed rest.
I just love this tank. I bought it when I was pregnant last season, hoping to one day fit in it. I finally do! ;)
Okay, can we talk about shorts? What do you guys think? I NEVER wear shorts. I've never been a girl who wears shorts, I prefer dresses and skirts. I've been this way my entire life (mostly because I've always had shorter legs with muscle thighs and shorts get shorter every year!!!). I like the length of these. I feel like a 5 inch inseam is appropriate for a mother of 2, no? I just can't do a 3 inch one! lol I'm turning into such a old bitty! lol

June 23, 2011

What's happening in my world....

You know how it's never dull in my life? Well lately it's more of a tragic comedy! But a funny one. Because normally I'm thinking any other person with this much going on would crack. But I find humor in it all. I guess if I looked at each situation or each problem all together I'd go mad.
I choose to look at each one, one at a time. This way it stays comedic!

I could go on and on about all the madness or I can just sum it up in a short version. I choose the latter......

Stuff with my son, set backs with the new business (no worries it's still coming, just taking longer and costing more $$$ then originally planned), no A/C for 9 days (5 different men came out on 5 different days and it ended up costing us $1400!), the day the air came back on we got hit by a tornado in the next town over and lost power (a tree actually fell on my neighbors house!). Naturally, the power is still out (2 days later) and (the kicker!) - I'm having spinal surgery on Monday. Yes, this Monday.
See, tragic comedy! lol
It's all about perspective. No one is dying, my family is in good health, and we have many blessings to be thankful for. If God only gives you what you can handle, then man does he think I'm strong! lol

I have loaded the blog about a month in advance with giveaways, guest posts, outfit posts, "I want what she has!" and lots of other fun content. ;) There should be no gaps while I'm recovering so keep checking back! I'll be recovering for about 5 weeks, but will be back on the computer in no time so keep the comments and emails coming!
June 22, 2011

Las Vegas! Day 3 outfit 2


Top: Victoria's Secret
Jeans: Express
Shoes: Victoria's Secret (sold out)
Bracelets: Baublebar
Chain Ring: Tiffanys & CO
Ring: Jewelmint
Earrings H&M

For our last night in Vegas, we decided to have dinner at TAO. We ate there last time we were in Vegas and it was simply amazing (we also went to the night club last time, but this time we were just looking for some great eats)! Since it was in the hotel we stayed at, it was a done deal! The drinks were amazing and the sushi was hands down the best I'd ever had! Yes, that good!

I am kinda obsessed with this top right now. It has enough sparkle around the neck to not wear lots of accessories, but since we were in Vegas, I felt the need to take it to the next level! lol I also LOVE my new Jewelmint ring. I love the wrap around turquoise. Very versatile for the summer months ahead.
Hope you enjoyed all the Vegas outfit posts! I for sure enjoyed getting dressed up so often!

June 21, 2011

Las Vegas! Day 3 outfit 1


Tank: Express
Skirt: Express
Necklace: Express
Ring: Baublebar
Shoes: Target

This was one of my favorite days in Vegas, and also one of my favorite outfits! My hubby and I shopped around and went on a gondola ride at the Venetian (that's where we stayed for 3 nights). We kissed under every bridge for luck and then headed to the spa for massages. Shortly after we went back to the pool and then got ready for an early night out. Last Vegas photos post tomorrow!

June 20, 2011

Las Vegas! Day 2 outfit 2


Dress: Express
Purse: Coach
Shoes: Victoria's Secret
Earrings: Baublebar
Ring and Bracelet: Jewelmint

Last time I wore this dress I styled it different. It's a very bold dress, so it was a challenge to make it look like a different outfit without adding layers to it (who wants to add layers while your in the desert in the summer?). So by simply not wearing a belt and adding different jewelry, makeup, and a purse I felt like it's a different look then I wore a few weeks ago!
On this night we went to a pool party at the Cosmopolitan hotel to see the band Cake preform. We had a wonderful time! After a long day in the sun and seeing a rock show we picked up late night sushi and turned in. Lame for Vegas? Maybe. Fun? Absolutely! ;)

June 17, 2011

Las Vegas! Day 2 outfit 1


Cover up: Victoria's Secret
Bikini: Victoria's Secret
Flip Flops: Victoria's Secret
Hat: Charming Charlie
Bag: Target
Earrings: H&M

Okay, so I like Victoria's secret, so what! lol I was super excited and then panicked when we booked Vegas 9 days in advance, so I bought a few bikinis and cover ups online right away. Surprisingly I loved (and kept) everything! On this day we had breakfast outside at a french bistro Bouchon and then headed out to the pool. We ended up renting a bed poolside and spent 5 hours drinking, swimming, kissing, and taking fun pictures! We had a great time, went up to take a nap before our night 2 debauchery! ;) Night 2 outfit post Monday. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

PS, not sure why the pics say different dates on them. It was a new camera and the display was all sorts of messed up (so was the saturation). I will get that taken care of stat! lol But the Vegas pics will be all off. What can you do?....

PPS, My hubby's band (Lucky Boys Confusion) is playing a show tomorrow night at the House of Blues in Chicago. If you don't already have tickets, you can get them here! Hope to see you all out! xo
June 16, 2011

Las Vegas! Day 1 outfit 2


Dress: LuLus
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Cuff and earrings: Express
Chain Ring: Tiffany's & CO
Emerald and white sapphire ring: Gift

How amazing is this dress?! I got it a while back before I knew I was going to Vegas, so I was super excited I was finally going to be able to wear it! I love how it's longer in the back. So fun! I also was feeling nostalgic and brought some of the same jewelry I wore last time we went to Vegas (back in Jan. 2010) and also wanted to visit some of our favorite places. Ryan talked me into going to a steak house this night, but it worked out great because they had some of the best seafood I've ever eaten! I'm a sucker for anyplace that serves sushi or fish and veggies!

In other news, how handsome is my hubby?! I'm a lucky lady!

June 15, 2011

Las Vegas! Day 1 outfit 1


Cover up: Victoria's Secret
Retro bathing suit: Victoria's secret
Shoes: Victoria's Secret (sold out)
Sunnys: Target
Bag: Target
Hat: Charming Charlie
Earrings: H&M

So this is my pool look. It's Vegas, so heels and earrings were a must! We ended up doing a little walking around after, so I was glad this cover up looked okay to be in public in. It was so nice after a 6 hour delay at Ohare to finally get there and go strait to the pool! We spent a few hours there in the 94 degree weather, went to the room for naps and started getting ready for night 1! Pictures of my night look tomorrow! ;)

June 14, 2011

Giveaway: Whimsy Lane

One lucky winner will recieve a $15 credit to the Whimsy Lane etsy shop! Lauren makes everything!!! Camera straps, jewelry, checkbook covers, crayon wraps, coasters, poppies, wristlets, and zippered pouches. How talented is she!? I actually bought a crayon wrap for my son and it is great to toss in the diaper bag and have at resturants! LOVE her stuff! Everything is generally between $7-$15 so you will be able to get whatever you want. And best of all, she offers FREE shipping!
Here are a few examples of her beautiful work!


To enter: Simply follow Whimsy Lane's blog and leave a comment below with your email saying you did so.
For additional entries:
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In addition to one lucky winner, Lauren is offering 10% off to all of my readers until 6-21! Just use code "SDB10" at checkout! Winner announced June 28th at 7:00am. Good Luck, and happy shopping!
June 13, 2011

China Glaze: Epic fail to Excellent!


After talking with Kyla Dannelke on Twitter, I decided to try China Glaze Crackle nail polish. It looked so cool online and after finding it on Amazon for $27 (for 6 colors) I decided to go for it! To my disappointment I realized what I was doing was not working! It says to put on a one layer, let dry completely, then put crackle on top and instant results will happen. Here is my base and first attempt (black and teal). After that turned out looking like a little kid school project, I tried purple under pink. Here is what it looked like:


From this point I vented on Twitter saying this stuff doesn't work and Kyla tells me not to put crackle on crackle! Seems so obvious looking back! lol Here is what I got when I used a OPI base color and a China Glaze Crackle top:


Great right?! I hope you all learn from my mistakes! ;)

I get back from Vegas today so get ready for outfit posts! Lots of outfit posts (day outfits, pool outfits, nights out outfits)!! Hope everyone had a great weekend. We know I DID!!!
June 10, 2011

Poolside must haves

French Connection long skirt
$98 -

Zimmermann one piece bathing suit
$386 -

TopShop white swimwear
$75 -

$56 -

Carvela wedge high heels
100 GBP -

$39 -

Judy Geib opal jewelry
$1,100 -

H&m sunglasses
2.49 GBP -

Okay, so you obviously need a hat too, but I forgot it! lol
Since I'll be on vacation soon I decided to show some of my favorite pool looks! What do you think?
Have a great weekend.....I will be!!! ;)
June 9, 2011

Easy lunch Idea


I am currently obsessed with this easy lunch idea. It's simple, healthy, and light. LOVE it!

Here's what you need:
1 can tuna in water
1 teaspoon mayo (I use the omega-3 kind from whole foods)
1 teaspoon flaxseed meal
Organic romaine lettuce
Organic Cucumbers

Drain tuna and mix it with flaxseed meal and mayo. Place in center of washed romaine lettuce and add cucumber.
Thats it!! Super easy, super delish!
Also good with green peppers, tomato, celery, and onions.
Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!