Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This weeks "I want what she has!"

Photobucket
This weeks "I want what she has!" goes to Kaitlyn Fergus. I am loving this dress and that cross body bag!

Dress: $30 Francesca's
Bag: $40 Franco Sarto at DSW

LOVE LOVE LOVE! I'm digging the palm tree behind you in this shot too. Totally giving off the jungle vibe! I am also loving the feathers in her hair! The red looks amazing on you Katie! Great dress and styled to perfection (as usual!!)!

Photobucket
Photobucket

This weeks second "I want what she has!" goes to Lindsay Burdett. The entire look is classically chic, but I am gushing over those shoes!!

Shoes: $25 (on sale) DSW

Love this look Lindsay, so unique and beautiful...just like you! You can check out Lindsay's blog here and her Sunshine Run Club here.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Giveaway: InezGill Designs

I am a new fan of Courtney's work over at InezGill Gesigns. I liked her stuff so much, I actually ordered the blue head wrap below! ;) Here are a few of my favorite pieces from her etsy shop. If you have some time I strongly suggest you check her stuff out! So unique, so creative, and so fun!

Photobucket

One lucky winner will win this breezy blue organic head wrap at a $25 value.
Photobucket
To enter simply head over to Courtney's web site, look around, and leave me a comment below telling me what your favorite piece is! That's it!
For extra entires "like" her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. Leave me a seperate comment for each please!
Winner will be announce on Tuesday 9-13 at 7:00am. Good luck!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Tribal print maxi

Photobucket
Photobucket

Maxi Dress: Forever 21
Body suit: H&M
Ring: Pree Brulee
Necklace: Discovery
Earrings: Whimsy Lane
Wedges: Forever 21

This dress comes with a story. My sister-in-law bought it for herself and then decided she didn't want it. I (being the helpful person that I am) took it off her hands. ;)
I wanted to belt it, but the hubby said it didn't look right belted. That's the last time I listen to him because now all I see when I look at these pics is the lack of belting!! lol
I guess this just means you'll be seeing it again and next time I will style it how I want. I also can't wait to wear it with a knit over it in the fall. Lots of outfit opportunities!

Now about the jewelry. All 3 items I am wearing are priced under $7!! LOVE affordable pieces that look great!


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Latest Obsession: Nars- Illuminator

Photobucket
I am obsessed with this face illuminator! I bought it in the shade orgasm (which is darker then I thought I'd like, but I was surprised that I LOVED it in this shade), and use it not only on my face, but also on my collar bones and sometimes my shoulders too. I just love how it looks and picks up light in pictures and in real life of course! ;) I highly recommend you try this stuff. And it last FOREVER! I've been using mine for 2 months and it barely looks used. Just a dab will do you!

Nars: $29 Sephora

Hope you love it as much as I do!

Friday, August 26, 2011

my love and hate relationship with rompers

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

Romper: Agaci (swap C/O Kaitlyn)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Earrings: Jewelmint
Pink Bracelet: Express
Gold links bracelet: Banana Republic
Heart Ring: Jewelmint
Large Gold Ring: Banana Republic
Gold band: Kohls

Okay, so I love rompers until you need to go to the bathroom! lol Seriously though, this one is hot, but every time I had "go", I had to undo the top buttons on my neck, unzip the side, and slide it down. NOT FUN! ;) See, we have a love hate relationship!
What do you guys think of rompers? Amazing or just not realistically functional? For me, it's a little bit of both! ;) Having said that, this one made me feel great about myself and that's what clothes are supposed to do right?! So it did do it's job..... ;)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hand-me-downs and hangouts

Photobucket
Photobucket

Dress: Hand-me-down c/o Katrina (American Rag)
Shoes: Forever 21
Bangle set: Kristin Hassan (this set sold out, but so many other great cuffs and sets!)
Red and gold bangle: Baublebar
Earrings: Jewelmint
Pendant Necklace: Piperlime
Charm Necklace: Stella & Dot (sold out)
Ball Ring: Discovery
Gold band: Kohls

Nail Color: Sally Hansen-Commander in Chic

Lets start off talking about this awesome dress. I mentioned that when Katrina was leaving the country she gave me a bag of clothes and goodies, this is one of my new favorites! I don't know if it counts as a hand-me-down if the tags are still on it when you get it, but either way, THANK YOU Katrina! I love this dress!
I decided there wasn't enough jewelry I could wear this day! lol Usually the rule of thumb is take one piece off before you leave and honestly, I did! (so you can imagine how much I intended on wearing out this night! lol)
We met up with friend at a local bar for a 30th B-day celebration for one of our favorite guys and had a night out with our friends! What's better then free clothes, a night out, and great company? NOT MANY THINGS! ;)

Photobucket

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This weeks "I want what she has!"

Okay, so I am super backed up in "I want what she has!" (so I want everything I see, what of it?! lol) Anyway, for the first time ever I will start doing more then one at a time until I'm caught up!

Photobucket

This weeks "I want what she has!" goes to Abby Kaufman. I am loving this color block dress!

Dress: $5 (on sale from $15) Target

As soon as I heard about this amazing find I was all set to RUN to my local Target. Then she told me she's had this one for a few years. ;(
Hate when that happens! I just love the colors in this dress and the bottom pattern is divine! Great find Abby, you look beautiful!

Photobucket

This weeks second "I want shat she has!" goes to Michelle Kuhlemeier. I am bananas for this dress!

Dress and belt: $29 Forever 21

I love this look! Chic, classic, and perfect for any occasion! Man I wish we wore the same size as my sister, we would have wonderful closet swaps! ;)

Photobucket

This weeks third and final "I want what she has!" goes to Kristen Javens. I am loving this entire look!

Dress: $24 JC Penny
Necklace: $10 JC Penny
Shoes: $9 JC Penny

You look AMAZING Kristen! Great finds and great prices (what more can you ask for?)!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

BBQ plans, rain please go away!

Photobucket
Photobucket

Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Forever 21
Pashmina: Nordstrom
Earrings: Erin Gallagher Jewelry
Wrap bracelet (Gray): Baublebar
Silver beads triple bracelet: Express

What is up with me and twirling?! lol Seriously, I think I've spun around in 4 recent posts! I guess when my clothes flow, I twirl....there are worse things in the world I guess! ;)
This day was cooler then normal while it rained, and then the sun came through and it was back up to the lower 80's. I was so glad I ended up wearing a dress to this family bbq. I got good sun, hair back so my bean didn't yank it out, and had my pashmina to double as a blanket while inside with the kiddos (OK, it was a bit short for 2 kids under 3 to be around and needing to be picked up repeatedly! Live and learn.)

Sadly I have to say, the dress was a bit too big on me. It is in size large and I felt like I was pulling it up all night. Alas, it is now for sale in the "shop my closet" section. My weight loss is your dress gain! lol

Monday, August 22, 2011

Summer days

Photobucket
Photobucket

Dress: Target
Sandals: UrbanOg
Necklace: Swap c/o Kaitlyn Fergus
Ring: Lia Sophia
Sunnys: Target

Hand Nail Polish: OPI- Conquistadorable
Toe Nail Polish: Sephora by OPI- I'm wired

This is one of the three dresses I bought about 2 years ago at Target. (yes 3! When I like an item, I generally buy it in all styles and colors;)
I was so excited that I finally fit back into it! I am officially back down to my pre-baby weight!! It was for sure the recent surgery that took the last 10 off, but I am down to where I was before both babies! That my friends, is the most exciting thing ever! I have to say though, it's a bit different. I weigh the same but I'm in different sizes. Everything settled differently! lol Ahhh, the joys of having children!
Having said that, I'd do it all over again because our 2 babies are the best things that have ever happened to me and my hubby! HANDS DOWN!


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Easy meal idea

Kraft has this amazing recipe for Chicken Nacho Bake! Since my family has a few dietary restrictions I tweeked it a bit and here is what I came up with:

Photobucket

What you need
4 small organic boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)
1/2 cup homemade Salsa
1/4 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup crushed (gluten free) corn tortilla chips
1/2 cup organic shredded cheese

How to make it
HEAT oven to 400ºF.

PLACE chicken on foil-covered baking sheet. Cut 3 slits in top of each with sharp knife.

TOP with salsa, sour cream and crushed chips.

BAKE 30 min. or until chicken is done (165ºF), top with cheese and place back in over for the last 20 min.

This is a good one guys! Super easy to make and pleases all family members. Good with chips and homemade guacamole for a side too!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Steely Dan at Ravinia

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

Top: Tilly Botuique
Jeans: 7 for all man kind
Belt: Loft
Wedges: Forever 21
Large Ring: Modcloth
Gold band: Kohls
Feather Earrings: Free People

Hand Nail Polish: OPI- Conquistadorable

I am in love with this blouse! I can't believe it took me so long to wear, but I've had this bad boy for a few months now. Since we were headed to an outdoor concert venue where there would be a LOT of eating and drinking happening, I decided to go with this chic but cozy look!
Below is a pic of me and Ryan lounging at the show.

Photobucket

Now on a completely unrelated note, here is a picture of my new favorite treat. Chocolate covered caramels with sea salt on top! My mother-in-law found them at Whole Foods and now I am addicted! They are stupid good...promise!

Photobucket


Thursday, August 18, 2011

The boho braid

Photobucket
Kaityln put this link on my facebook page and within 2 days I was trying it for myself! ;)
The boho braid
Thank you sister, LOVE IT!

Photobucket
Photobucket

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

This weeks "I want what she has!"

Photobucket

This weeks "I want what she has!" goes to Christine Todish. I love both this dress and these adorable sandals!

Dress: $9.99 (on sale from $16.99) Discovery clothing
Sandals: $9.99 Discovery clothing

I love this look and I love these prices! Now that discovery has shoes too, I really need to get to the store. It's been far too long since I've shopped there! (I used to go with Tiffany on a regular basis back in the day! SO MUCH FUN!) Christine, you look amazing! Great finds and even better prices! Score!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Meow

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

Blouse: Express
Shorts: Old Navy
Shoes: Alloy
Necklace: Piperlime
Quartz Ring: Free People
Gold band ring: kohls
Bag: Forever 21
Watch: Fossil

I just had to have this blouse when I saw it in Express's fall catalog! I've never been huge on animal print, but something clicked this past summer and now I just can't get enough! ;)
I had to come up with a look that was good for dinner, a movie, and out for drinks with my hubby's old co-workers. I was super glad I brought a black pashmina with me because I used it as covers in the movie and it was a bit cooler at night too! All and all I felt sexy and well dressed for all 3 destinations! What do you think, yay or neigh?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Another take on Lace and Floral

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

Dress: H&M
Lace top: LuLus
Shoes: Forever 21
Bracelet: Pree Brulee
Earrings: Pree Brulee
Silver Ring: Lia Sophia
Cream Ring: American Eagle

I love this little lace top! You can put it over anything and everything and make a new outfit! This day I wore it over a staple dress in my wardrobe and my hubby was all, I love this new dress! lol Same dress boo, new look!
I also am loving the jewelry. I can't believe how affordable Pree Brulee is! These earrings are $7.50 (I won mine, but yours would be super cheep! ;)!
Now onto my hair. I tried a new boho braid (Thursday's post!! Thanks Kaitlyn) and then turned the ends into a bun. Check back Thursday to see how it's done! xo

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Saying goodbye to a dear friend..

Photobucket
Photobucket

Blouse: Target
Bandeau: LuLus
Paperbag Shorts: Threadsense
Shoes: Forever 21
Earrings: Jewelmint
Sunnys: Target
Wrap Bracelet: Baublebar
Ring: Lia Sophia (style no longer available)

This was a bitter sweet day for me. I had to say goodbye to a truly great friend of mine as her and her husband are moving out of the country. Please do not be fooled I am wearing no makeup and sunnys because I was a big cry baby! ;) I was all sorts of out of wack that day and decided to pair paper bag style shorts with a flowy top?! Looking back it was not my best choice, but I was sad so this is what you get! lol
On the up side Katrina brought over 2 garbage bags filled with clothes and a few other bags filled with jewelry, accessories, and makeup that she didn't want to take with her. I gladly took it off her hands!
Thank you again Katrina for all of your amazing hand-me-downs and please know that you will be greatly missed! A girl only has so many great friends and on this day one of mine moved away. ;( Thank GOD for skype, FB, and Twitter!!! I will be stalking her ass! lol Miss you already lady!! xo


Photobucket

Friday, August 12, 2011

Hot pink, teal, and yellow....LOVE

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

Tank: Forever 21
Skirt: Express
Sandals: UrbanOg
Earrings: Whimsy Lane
Bracelet: Baublebar
Feather hair clip in: Sephora

Running around the yard with my little man never looked so stylish! lol Seriously, this is the equivalent of my sweatsuit look. This skirt is the most cozy thing ever and you can dress is up or down depending on what you have planned for your day. This day, was my family day. We played, watched movies, and soaked up some sun!
Can we talk about these earrings now? UMMM....LOVE! I got them in yellow and in teal! What can I say, when I like something I buy it quantity! lol