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March 31, 2012

Remix: Yellow Clutch

I got this clutch last spring for $39.95 from Shoedazzle. This was an example of money well spent as I have gotten so much use out of it! Here are a few outfits I have worn my yellow clutch with:
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It gives every outfit just the right pop of color (which I LOVE). I have no plans of retiring it anytime soon, so don't get too excited! ;) (and yes, DIBS has been called on this bag already.)
What do you think? Do you have a solid bright colored clutch that you just can't get enough of?
March 30, 2012

Vitamins: What I take Everyday

Does anyone else take a crap ton of vitamins? I am not a doctor and feel very strongly that you should consult your doctor as to which vitamins are right for you to take. Here is what a normal week looks like for me: Photobucket
I know it may look nuts, but I'm a health nut! I feel like in order to take care of my family (especially my kids) I need to take the best possible care of myself that I can.
I mean how can you take care of anyone else if you are not taking care of yourself?! Makes sense to me! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! xo
March 29, 2012

Outfit: Dinner With a Fellow Blogger

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I met up with one of my favorite mommies and had dinner and drinks on Monday night. I love Kristin. Not only is she a super talented clothing designer, jewelry designer, business woman, blogger, and mom, but she is also just a great friend. I am so glad to have her in my life. 
 Now lets talk fashion. ;) I think everyone needs to own this t-shirt dress. It's great for layering and hugs the body in all the right spots. It's one of my new favorites. Yes, it's a splurge item at $98, but once you put it on you'll agree it's worth the $$! 
 What do you think of my braided top knot? I finally spent 10 minutes and not my usual 4 minutes on this style. I usually just twist it and pin it but this time I teased my high pony and wrapped and pinned it to look more like a bun. To finish, I braided a small section and wrapped that around the base. I liked it so much more then what I usually do! Can you tell I haven't washed my hair in 3 days?! lol Me either, which means this hair style is a success!
**You can now "stalk me" on Currently obsessed!
March 28, 2012

Outfit: Family Day

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Top: Free People, Tank and Jean Leggings (similar): Express, Shoes: C/O Sole Society, Earrings and Ring: Jewelmint, Wrist Wrap: Baublebar, Sunnies: Loft

Sunday we celebrated my mother-in-laws b-day. We all pitched in and cooked/baked a dish and had a wonderful brunch with the family. We had beautiful weather and ended up playing outside after. The kids had so much fun! 
This is my "eat all you can possible eat" look! lol Stretchy pants, loose top, what's not to like?! And I wouldn't be myself if I didn't add a 6 inch wedge to top it all off. 

On a different note, I want to thank everyone who comes here and reads my silly blog everyday. You guys are the best and I am blessed to have such a great bunch of people in my life! I don't think I say it enough but THANK YOU!!! xo
March 27, 2012

Outfit: Mini Photo Shoot for BISTM

Myself and Kaitlyn had a mini photo shoot over the weekend. We saw an amazing picture over on Pinterest and knew we wanted to recreate it for a stock photo to be used on our new website. Here is what I wore:
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Top: Swap w/ Kaitlyn, Tank: Express, Jeans and bag: Windsor (similar jeans), Shoes: Lulus (similar) (similar), Bracelets: Baublebar, Heart Ring: JGood, Stackable Rings: Shop Jules
On Kaitlyn: Shoes: C/O Sole Society, Watch Wrap: C/O Kristin Hassan

I realize this outfit does not match, but I was going for a bright, over styled look for the photos! ;)
Here are the photos that we came up with:
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What do you think? We super love them!
BecauseIShopTooMuch.com is coming along great. We finally have an official launch date of June 1st. Yes, it is taking forever, but we want to give you the best possible site so we promise it will be well worth the wait! For updates you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook or comment below with your email to be added to the email list.
*Photos taken by Mike Agnew
March 26, 2012

Making My Own (gluten-free) Bread

I want to start making my own bread. I know it's extra work, but I feel like I have better control over what goes in my family's bellies if I start making everything from scratch! As a gift my mother-in-law gave me some bread mix boxes and this amazing bread slicer. Okay, here we go! First attempt on making my own bread:
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IT TAKES FOREVER! lol You mix, you cover and let rise for 30 minutes. You transfer to pan, cover, and let rise for 20-40 minutes. Then you bake for 50 minutes. It is not hard, just time consuming. I didn't LOVE this type of bread. The loaf was super heavy and I am a fan of UDI's bread which is light weight, so I want to find a recipe and try again this time from scratch. Do you have any favorite bread recipes? Please share! ;)
 The quest continues.... I think I also may want to invest in a bread maker. Any suggestions?

** The 3 winners of the Sole Society giveaway are:
Comment #'s 2,12, and 30
Baby Shopaholic, Natasha, and KarenJ

I have given your emails to my contact and your account will be credited soon. Congrats! And a giant thank you to Sole Society for hosting this giveaway!

*Don't forget, for $10 off your first purchase at Sole Society use code SadbBlog10
Terms: Valid for first purchase only through midnight 3/31/12. Cannot be combined with other offers, discounts or promotions
March 24, 2012

Outfit: Date Night

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Crochet Tunic, Level 99 jeans, and cami: ThirtySomethingFashion Box Service, Watch wrap and Bracelet: C/O Kristin Hassan, Bow Ring: C/O Jewelmint, Shoes: C/O Sole Society, Sunnies: Loft

Me and the hubbs went out for dinner and a movie this night. We ate so much! Nachos, potato skins, spinach and artichoke dip, one of those appetizers for dinner kind of a nights. So fun! We saw 21 Jump Street, which was SO FUNNY, and had a wonderful time.
I am loving this look! The top, jeans, and cami are all from my box service with ThirtySomethingFashion. SWOON! I am so happy to own white denim. How have I gone all these years with out a great pair?! These will for sure be "repeat offenders" on this blog! ;)


March 23, 2012

Kristin Hassan, LLC Announces Passport to Style: KH World Tour 2012

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Kristin Hassan, LLC is over the moon to announce the launch of it's newest set of collections - Passport to Style: KH World Tour 2012! The KH Passport to Style is a fresh and exciting experience that will be bringing you almost a dozen different jewelry collections via a virtual trip around the world! And it launches in just two weeks on Wednesday, April 4th!

Here’s how it works:
First things first - Make sure you sign up for your “passport”. This ensures you’ll
be receiving all of your travel itineraries and other important information regarding each collection via email!

Next, follow along! Every three weeks a new city and corresponding collection will be revealed.
Kristin is launching 11 collections in all, and each collection will take you to a different part of the world, with a different tour guide! KH is so excited to have partnered with 11 unique and fabulous fashion bloggers to lead you on your stylish journey!

There’s more! Not only will you be falling in love with jewels and baubles inspired from all around the world, but KH has planned all sorts of surprises along the way! Bloggers are “armed” - literally, they’re rocking some amazing pieces! - with exciting photos, stories, contests, and giveaways... all for you!

Each collection will be available for sale for three weeks only! Styles have been produced in limited quantities, so be sure to grab your souvenirs ASAP! And to easily keep track of your worldly collection, you'll want to check out the Frequent Traveler Program - a program that
rewards you for your purchases with free jewelry and gift cards!

Sign up now - The first collection is arriving April 4th and will be hosted by the adorable and chic author of Bows & Sequins, Jessica!
Happy & Stylish Travels!

Follow along:
KH on Twitter (#KHPassport2Style)

I am super excited to be part of this! I'll keep you all posted on when the "tour" is coming to Stilettos and Diaper Bags. Can't wait for this (shopping) trip to start! Be excited...

March 22, 2012

What's in my bag?!

I always love reading every one's "what's in my bag" posts, so I decided it's high time I did my own! I don't generally carry that much around as it bothers my neck (shout out 2 cervical fusions! lol) but these were the items I found when I emptied out my bag:
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First off, yayayay, found my lense cover! ;)
-IPhone and hands free cord
-Compact
-oil absorbing wipes
-comb (for my bangs)
-pen
-sun glasses
-Coach coin purse holding lip gloss and perfume
-sample Kate Spade Twirl spray
-Sugar Plum lip balm
-Moisture renew 240 Latino lip stick
-Smash Box lip gloss
-Fossil wallet
-gum and mints
-Stilettos and Diaper Bags business cards

So that's it. Riveting huh?! ;) I generally ditch the big wallet and throw my ID and debit card in my bag when I go out. (why risk losing all your stuff?!) I ALWAYS have the wipes and comb on me as it is a bangs trick I've talked about in a past post. Also, I always make sure I have a few lip color choices on me at all times. A girl can always change her mind you know...
How about you, are you a bottomless bag kinda gal or just the basics like me?
March 21, 2012

ThirtySomethingFashion Box Service

Have you ever dreamed of having your own personal shopper and stylists?! Me too! ;) Carly over at Thirty Something Fashion is making this dream a reality one box at a time.
Here is a little info about the service: "A customized box filled with clothing and accessories tailored to your needs from my favorite boutiques is shipped directly to your home. This innovative service is perfect for women on the go. I specialize in boutique shopping, avoiding large scale retailers providing you with fun modern clothing that you won't see on everyone. There is a $250 minimum and clothing must be tried on within 48 hours of receipt. Fee: $50 and cost to send back unwanted items"
Okay, lets get started! I told Carly I was looking for a mix of everyday and go out clothing with a boho chic vibe and a few light weight accessories. Here's what came in my box:
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I couldn't believe how many items were in my box! I promised to try everything on, and I am so glad I stuck to that promise. There were some items I held up and was like "no way" or ones I thought I'd keep for sure and after trying them on I had different opinions. It's such a great experience having someone else shop for you to see what they think you would wear. Carly is amazing at what she does and my only problem was keeping to budget! I loved pretty much everything she sent! (good problem to have I guess!)
Here is one of my go out looks. I wore this to brunch with the girls on Sunday afternoon:
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Dress and Earrings: ThirtySomethingFashion Box Service, Belt: Threadsence, Shoes: Forever 21, Ring and Bracelet: J Good
This dress is amazing! It's flowy and blew around in the wind. I felt very pretty in it (which is key) and had quite a few people stop me to ask where I had gotten it. That's another thing, most of these clothes I wouldn't find around here in the burbs of Chicago. That makes this box service even better as I feel like I won't walk in somewhere and see another gal in my outfit! ;)

The next is a great example of everyday wear:
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Cardigan Shrug, Tank, Shorts, and Necklace: ThirtySomethingFashion Box Service, Sunnies: MNG by Mango, Boots: Colin Stuart
I wore this outfit yesterday and when it got real hot, I ditched the cardigan and boots for flip flops and kept going.
I HIGHLY recommend using Carly's box service. She was fast, organized, and a pleasure to work with. All that aside, she just has great taste. What more can you ask for?! I now have a full seasons worth of new clothes and I can't wait to show you more of what I got in my box!
March 20, 2012

Easy Lunch Idea: Egg salad wraps (gluten-free)

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Ingredients: (will make 8 lettuce wraps)
8 eggs
Romaine Lettuce
3 heaping teaspoons Mayo
1 1/2 teaspoon mustard
sea salt and black pepper to taste
Optional toppings
peppers
tomato
celery
avocado cucumber
onion
Directions:
Hard boil eggs, let cool. Remove shell and slice eggs up. Add mayo, mustard, salt, and pepper. Place egg salad in lettuce leafs. Add additional toppings of choice.
I used green peppers and avocado because that is what I had in my fridge! ;) Super easy and super de-lish! enjoy!
March 19, 2012

Giveaway: Sole Society Shoes of Your Choice

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I just got my new Sole Society Phebe wedges this past weekend... SWOON! Love the 5 & 3/4 inch wedge, LOVE the mint green, love love love this shoe! They seriously go with anything and everything and I can't wait to wear them tons this spring/summer. 
Now onto the great news! 3 lucky winners (YES 3! That's a $49.95 value to each winner) can get their own Phebe's, or any shoe of their choice by doing the following:
- Register on SoleSociety.com. Sole Society no longer has any monthly fees, there’s no obligation to buy, and there’s no need to “Skip” the month if you’re not in the mood to buy.
- Once you’ve registered, leave a comment below telling me you have done so along with your sign up email. (that way your account can be credited and I can notify you that you won!)

There is also a promo code for $10 off using SADBBLOG10.
*Terms: Valid for first purchase only through midnight 3/31/12. Cannot be combined with other offers, discounts or promotions.

Winner will be announced next Monday (3/26) at 7:00 am. Good luck!
March 17, 2012

Wall decals

Up until a few months ago my kids shared a room. In our defense our son was in our bed so really is was just the bean's room, but now they both have their own room. I will show you the before and after as they progress, but I wanted to share with you a great way to update a wall without using paint.
I found these adorable wall decals on amazon and decided to go for it. The picture to aid in assembling was the size of the palm of my hand (obviously not ideal), but I think it turned out great!
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It took about an hour to assemble, but my daughter loves it. I ask her to point to the flowers, birds, owls, hearts, etc. and she just has so much fun with it. Plus, I think they really bring character to the room. What do you think? Have you ever worked with wall decals?
March 16, 2012

Outfit: Animal print and Wedges

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Top: Mink Pink from Threadsence, Tank: Target, Jean Leggings: Express (similar), Shoes: C/O Just Fab, Necklace: Jewelmint, Wrist Wrap: C/O Kristin Hassan, Purse: Charming Charlie

I just love me a big flowy blouse. I probably should have belted this baby, but I guess that just means I'll have to try that next time I wear this top.

And the winner of the Just Fabulous size 8 wedges is:

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Congrats to Gwen! I will be emailing you later today for shipping info. Thank you to all who entered and a big thank you to Just Fabulous for hosting this giveaway!

**Please check out my new blog feature "Dibs"
March 15, 2012

Lust and Must

I have been LUSTING over these Cole Hann Alisa Oxfords for some time now, but at $178 I knew we were not meant to be. ;) Not to mention they are sold out in my size pretty much everywhere!! Okay, so you got me, I did try to rationalize getting these.
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So, what's a girl to do?! Find a must item of course! I found these beautiful Dolce Vita shoes for $79. They are still a neutral color and have that pop of neon under. I think it's a good compromise. Done and done!
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I love that I didn't splurge on these shoes. This is not a style shoe that I generally wear (but I have secretly always wanted to try a pair). Now if I don't wear them as much as I think I will, I won't feel as bad about buying them. See how my mind works?! lol
What do you think? Should I have got my lust item or do you love my must item?
March 14, 2012

Outfit: Spring is coming

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Cardigan: Forever 21, Jeans: Target, Tank: Victoria's Secret, Hat: Shop Frankie's, Shoes:C/O Sole Society, Necklace and Heart Ring: Jewelmint, Gold band: Kohls, Sunnies: Loft

The weather is starting to get nice around here. (insert happy dance)  It's odd to me to be outside with no coat on in March, but I'll gladly take it! This is another example of everyday wear for me. And look, I'm wearing my hats more! ;) (see closet hat junkie post)

March 13, 2012

Recipe: Foil Baked Fish w/ a Southwestern twist

I saw a recipe over on Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers and it inspired me to try a similar dish. I'm all about using what you have in your kitchen, so I used the concept of her foil baked fish with black beans and corn and put my spin on it. Truth be told I only had corn, black beans, and fish from that recipe but I still wanted to go for the same spicy outcome.
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Ingredients:
-Fish (I used 1 tuna filet and 1 white fish filet)
-black beans
-corn
-red and green peppers
-lemon
-butter
-salsa
-sea salt
-black pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Pat fish dry and put sea salt and black pepper on both sides to taste. Place fish in foil on top of 1 tap of butter. Layer corn, black beans, red and green peppers, 3 teaspoons salsa and 1/2 lemon squeezed on top of each fish filet.
Cook for 20 minutes.

*They both turned out great, but I liked this recipe better on the white fish. I still want to try the recipe that Natalie posted over on her page, but this is what I had in my refrigerator so I improvised! ;)
March 12, 2012

Pinterest Hair

I saw this amazing hair idea on Pinterest and I knew I had to try it!
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Seemed simple enough, so I gave it a try! I can't tell you how many comments I got on my hair this day. It was SUPER EASY to do and I loved how it turned out!
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What do you think? Do you ever try any pinterest ideas (hair or otherwise)?
March 11, 2012

David McSweeney for State Representative

For those of you who live in the 52 Illionis House District (which includes parts of South Barrington, Barrington, Algonquin, Fox River Grove, Cary, Island Lake, Oak Wood Hills) my uncle David McSweeney is running for State Representative. Here is his bio:
"David McSweeney will be an outstanding representative for the people of the 52nd Illinois House District in the General Assembly. He has the educational background, business experience, work ethic, and commitment to our community to get the job done.

David has deep roots in the north Chicago suburbs. He was born in Park Ridge, and grew up in Long Grove and Barrington. David's parents instilled in him the Midwestern values of integrity and hard work at an early age.

As a college student, David McSweeney completed an accelerated BA/MBA program, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Duke University in 1987. He continued his education and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Duke Fuqua School of Business in 1988.

David McSweeney met his wife, Margaret, in New York City. As newlyweds in New York City, David and Margaret tutored at risk students in Harlem. The couple moved to Illinois, and started their family. David and Margaret are the proud parents of two daughters, Melissa, 18 years old, and Katie, 16 years old.

David's interest in politics began at an early age as a volunteer for the 1980 Reagan campaign. He also interned with the Reagan-Bush campaign in 1984. David McSweeney was elected to the position of Palatine Township Trustee, where he was an advocate for fiscal responsibility and quality government services. He also served on the Finance Committee for former U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald. David has demonstrated his commitment to the Republican Party by serving as a Precinct Captain in Barrington, Palatine and Schaumburg Township. David also has supported candidates on the local, state and federal level.

The community is another priority for the McSweeney family. They are members of the Lutheran Church of the Atonement. Margaret serves on Leadership Advisory Board for W.I.N.G.S. (Women in Need Growing Stronger), an organization which helps homeless women and their children get a new start in life.

David has been a successful businessman. He has worked as an investment banker and currently is a financial consultant. We need more people with business experience in Springfield."

You can check out his website here. Also, click through the links to see his views on:
2) Property Tax Relief (It's just commonsense that property taxes shouldn't go up when property values go down)

If anyone wants to volunteer, please call Drew at 847-507-0561 It's a fun opportunity to experience a political campaign.
March 10, 2012

Too Great to Pass Up

I recently went shopping at Loft and found pants and jeans on sale for $4.88 (from $69.50)!! SCORE! The only problem was they only had long black jeans left and I am short. Easy fix, have them altered!
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The jeans cost $4.88 and $14 to have them cut and re hemmed for a total of $18.88. Still not a bad price for cute black jeans! 

Do you ever have clothes altered to fit you? I do, actually very often. Can't wait to wear my new black jeans with flats! ;)
March 9, 2012

Giveaway: Just Fab Shoes & Winner Announced

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Romper: Camilla and Marc via  Rent the Runway, Belt: Loft, Shoes: C/O Just Fabulous, Necklace: Banana Republic, Clutch: Charming Charlie, Bracelets: C/O Kristin Hassan, Chain Ring: Tiffany & CO, Heart Ring: Verameat

I love this look! Would this be considered safari chic?! lol The shoes clearly made the look though, which leads me to the most important part of this post. 
Just Fabulous sent me a pair of these amazing wedges, but they took it up a notch and sent me 2 pair. (one for me and one for one lucky winner!)
The only thing is they are also in my size (size 8). Wear size 8 and want these? (They are beautiful right?!)
To enter simply "like" JustFab on Facebook and leave me a comment below telling me you have done so! That's it! Winner will be announced 3-16-12 (next Friday). Good luck! 

**I am happy to announce the winner of the Just Fabulous blue fringe bag.
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the winner is:





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Congrats Erin K! I will be emailing you today for your shipping address. Thanks to all who entered and a big thanks to Just Fabulous for hosting this giveaway!