PARTY SKIRTS YEAR ROUND







Dress: Naked Wardrobe (sold out) similar here | Skirt: T and J Design ShoesSteve Madden | Earrings: Bauble Bar Bracelet: Bauble Bar | Ring: Bauble Bar Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff

Who says you can only wear bright colors in the Spring and Summer?! I don't know about you but it has been freezing in Dallas! And I needed to brighten up my wardrobe.  It seems that I have been living in Blacks and Earth tone sweaters as of lately. This week my hubby celebrates his birthday, so I thought this would be the perfect week to wear something bright! 

To add to the celebration, this past weekend I shared that we recently purchased a home. YAY!! So I have definitely felt in a celebration mood.  Can we talk about this house for a minute?  We have been in Texas for 2 years and have been working and preparing ourselves for this purchase.  We worked really hard and sacrificed quite a bit. (home buy ain't cheap!! ugh!) Our home will be done within weeks, and we are counting down the minutes until we can move in. I'm so excited to decorate each room with love! 

I will be starting a home series soon, and taking you through my decorating journey! I also plan on sharing some general tips to help you get to the road of homeownership, or finding the right home for your family.  I learned so much, and we had to work through some steps to get to this point, and definitely want to share in order to help you! SO between birthdays and home ownership, I have been ready to celebrate and feeling bright! 

Back to my outfit...My favorite color is yellow and normally, I put it on the shelf during this season. Don't get me wrong I love all back, and my turtlenecks. But one of my favorites.  If you have a birthday, shower, Easter, or any party coming up definitely purchase one.  For me they are flattering, hide any areas you wish to conceal, and fun.  I typically stock up on a few because I know there will be some type of celebration throughout the year I can get use out of it.  

Be bright and happy through every season!

Happy Styling! 


2017 NEW YEAR + NEW GOALS







Dress: Local Boutique similar here  ShoesSteve Madden | Earrings: Nordstrom Bracelet: Bauble Bar | Ring: Bauble Bar Clutch: Charming Charlie (sold out) similar here

Sparkling in 2017! New year, means new opportunities! I don't really do New Year's Resolutions. I try to regularly set goals for myself and entire family. It helps me not to remain stagnate and constantly pushing and working to be better. 

This is the 1st blog post of the year so it was fitting to share some of my goals for 2017.  Hopefully we have some of the same, and can encourage each other to keep working on toward achieving them! It feels so good to be back blogging.  December was absolutely nuts (in a good way).  Between work, running after these kids, and holiday festivities. Along with Rick and I getting ready to make one of the biggest purchases of our life (eek!).  Needless, to say it was all I could do to keep my eye lids open. BUT, I'm back!

Prior to each year, Rick and I always sit down and have a "Family Business Meeting".  We recap the year that is closing, we share our successes, challenges, and areas of improvement. In addition, we share our goals for the upcoming year.  This has been great for us, because #1 it's great to hear what goals we have individually.  It allows us to become each others cheerleader and accountability partners.  Another major reason we meet, is we set our family goals.  I love doing this, because it helps keep our family growing in every area. Throughout the year we will have our "family business meeting" and check in on our progress to each goal. 

Can I go off topic for a second? Rick and I regularly have business meetings, and it have been so awesome for our family and marriage.  It allows us a safe time where we both are mentally prepared to discuss the not so fun stuff about being married and running a household.  We discuss finances, schedules, family operations, and any pending challenges. This has been extremely helpful to our marriage.  We have an set time that we can tackle the operations of our household.  That way no one is caught off guard.  It has been very productive, and helped us a ton with communication. Just had to share that. 

Here are just a few of my 2017 goals.  I will definitely need some help keeping me on track! haha.

Maintain a regular workout regime: Normally I am pretty good about this, but the way my life has been lately....well...The scale has not been my friend lately.  The biggest struggle for me is remembering that even if in the midst of a busier season of life, I can't neglect working out. For me, working out gives me energy, definitely making this a higher priority!

Add new recipes in the rotation: I know that my boys probably get so bored with my normal handful of meals. (although they better be glad I am even cooking) Even still I want to get some new meals that are easy, healthy, and kid approved.  If you have some please share! 

Decorate for each holiday: This may seem small, but growing up my mom always decorated that house for each holiday.  I loved it, and it made every holiday that so festive! I always say I want to do this for the boys, but it never fails I end up slacking. 

Organize family photos: Am I the only one with tons of pictures, with almost all of them not in a scrapbook or photo album.  I've been wanting to make scrapbooks and also make some Shutterfly albums. I WILL tackle and complete this project.  

Grow my accessories:  I have the hardest time keeping my jewelry.  I swear in my jewelry box I have some many earrings missing the match. :( I keep them there in hopes that I will find the match.  Because of that I didn't always buy really nice jewelry.  I want to start growing my jewelry collection. 

Completely decorate our house: We will be moving soon, and into a bigger home than we have now.  I want to take it room by room, and decorate each to completion.  It will be a journey, but I really am excited about the journey to get our home exactly how we want it! 

Regularly take "me" time: I always take care of my boys first, but sometimes that causes me to get burnt out.  Making it a point to spend some time on me, even if it is going to get a pedicure or dinner with the girls. 

Those are just a handful of my goals this year.  Can't wait to continue to grow my blog, and keep sharing my life + style with everyone! 

Happy New Year!


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HOLIDAY PARTY DRESS









Dress: NY and Company  Shoes: Christian Louboutin Pigalle 120mm | Earrings: Charming Charlie Bracelet Bauble Bar | Ring: Bauble Bar | Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff


Holiday party season is here! This is one of my favorite times get dolled up and enjoy all of the holiday season parties!

For me personally whenever I think of holiday parties I always gravitate to a fun statement color.  This dress instantly caught my eye for my husband's work party.  It isn't too dress, little bit a class, and you can't forget some glam appeal. What I love about this is the black print is velvet, which I am equally obsessed with. 

Sharing some trends that I can't wait to wear this party season!

Velvet: This trend is hot right now! It can instantly make your dress look very glamorous!

Sequins: Personally, a sequin piece will always be in my closet whether on trend or not.  Sequins are perfect for any holiday party, and NYE.  I have been on the hunt for a perfect NYE dress that is sequins. Another little tip with sequins, they are great for hiding those problem areas.  I wore a sequin dress at a ball, and it was great at concealing along with photographs well.

Faux Furs: I love faux fur vests! There are such a nice added touch! Pair it with some leggings and blouse, and you are ready to go on a gift exchange party with your girlfriends.

Vibrant colors:  Holidays for me, I live in vibrant reds.  It's great to make a statement at parties.  I mean and what is Christmas time without being cheery and wearing red?

Let's chat about shoes for a moment...I invested in my Christian Louboutin heels a while back. I love them, but I have to explain. Last year I bought the So Kates, and wore them a few times.  I ended up selling them, because my feet felt like death. These shoes were so painful. There was absolutely no cushion, and every step was unbearable. 

For me, I just couldn't justify keeping them when I would not be wearing them. So I sold them, and didn't even blink and eye. Well...Almost a year goes by and I decided to give them a try again. This time instead of So Kate, I opted to try the Pigalle 120mm.  I read a few different blogs that the Pigalle's have a larger toe box, and makes them more comfortable than So Kate.  I decided to give it a try, I also went up a size.

Initial thought upon getting them...still not like walking on clouds. BUT manageable.  I started researching further, and heard about stretching the toe box.  I read you can take them to the cobbler, and some are able to stretch them out. Since, I didn't have time to take them there I looked for at-home techniques.  I saw a ton of videos on YouTube about the sock method.  Let me just say this disclaimer, never will these shoes be my most comfortable heels. However these methods made them a million times better, and can actual get through the evening. 

Here's what I did: I put on like 3 socks, then tried to walk in them with the socks on. I also indirectly, put on the hair dryer on and would walk around in from of it. I did this in 5 minute increments for about 25 minutes.  After that I stuffed the shoe with socks to give it an additional stretch. haha! Side note: My hubby was laughing at me the entire time.  He was like for all of this effort you know you can just put on sneakers and call it a day. ha! After this they fit like a glove! I was able to wear them all night with no major issues.  Let me also say that the shoes already fit me when I bought them, this just allowed them to not be so stiff.  I can't say I think this would work if you ordered completely the wrong size.

For me no shoe is worth being in pain, so I am glad that I was able to get these shoes much more comfortable!  I had to share, just in case anyone has experienced the same problem with Christian Louboutin heels.

I can't wait to share more of my holiday looks with you all!

Happy Holidays!
 

CYBER MONDAY SALES




Top: Express | Pants: American Eagle Shoes: Vince Camuto (sold out) similar here | Earrings: Charming Charlie Bracelet: Aldo Ring: Bauble Bar | Watch: Michael Kors | Purse: Charming Charlie


CYBER MONDAY has arrived! Truthfully, I kind of  already had a Cyber Monday because I only went into 1 store for Black Friday and was in Target all of 30 minutes.  I did most of my Black Friday shopping in the comfort of my home and in my PJs. Tomorrow is the official best day to online shop, and for me one of the best shopping days of the year!

I have been saving most of items we have been needing to purchase for this weekend! If you have items on your wish list, Black Friday and Cyber Monday truly are one of the best times to cross those items out.  We have been wanting to get our Christmas shopping started, the entire family needs some winter clothing, and we had some tech items we've been wanting.  I've waited patiently to make these purchases. 

I wanted to share some of my favorite stores coupon codes and sale details to help make your Cyber Monday easier, so you can get the most out of your shopping day. I've also shared some of the items on my radar, or that I've already purchased!

American Eagle: 40% of everything + FREE SHIPPING

ASOS: 30% off everything (Code: THANKFUL30)

Baublebar: 35% off 2 items (Code: SAVE35) | 25% off 1 item (Code: SAVE25)

Bebe: 30% off everything (Code: CYBERSALE)

Boohoo: Up to 50% off everything + FREE SHIPPING

Express: 50% off everything + FREE SHIPPING

Gap: 50% off everything (Code: CYBMON)

Gigi New York: Spend $125+ & SAVE 20% | Spend $250 & SAVE 25% | Spend $350+ & SAVE 30% | Spend $500+ & SAVE 45%

Gymboree: 50%-80% off everything + FREE SHIPPING, and spend $100 and get $25 off (Code: BONUSDAY)

Kate Spade: 30% OFF entire purchase (Code: WIRED)

Kendra Scott: take 20% OFF everything + FREE SHIPPING (Code: SALE20)


Loft: 50% OFF everything + FREE SHIPPING (Code: CYBERMONDAY)

NY and Company: Entire store up to 75% off  | Spend $100 & SAVE $30 (Code: 4697) |  Spend $50 & SAVE $15 (Code: 4726)

Old Navy: 40% off everything

Oshkosh: 50% everything + FREE SHIPPING | Spend $40 & SAVE 25% off (Code: GETCOZY)

Target: Extra 15% off

Tory Burch: 30% off orders of $250+ (Code: THANKS)


This is a list of the stores on my radar for Cyber Monday.  I love saving money anyway I can, and if I find a way to save I always like passing that along.  Hope this helps with your shopping. 

Please comment on any other stores having some great sales today!

Happy shopping!

BLACK FRIDAY 2016

 




Tote: Dagne Dover | SweaterNY and Company | Sweatpants: NY and Company ShoesNike | Fit Bit Charge HR  Earrings: Charming Charlie | 



This is it! Black Friday is almost here, well based on the stores trying to get all the business it is pretty much Black Thursday! I hope you are ready, and ready to score some huge discounts!

I have participated in Black Friday almost every year in some capacity, and really why shouldn't you? This year I am limiting my in store shopping, just to avoid the crowds. But definitely not skipping on the shopping. There are tons of great deals out, but you just have to know what really is a bargain and what to pass on. I wanted to share some tips to help make your Black Friday successful.

Dress appropriately: Before we dive in on the deals, let's talk perfect shopping gear.  I made the mistake one year wear uncomfortable shoes and fitted jeans. If you are trying to zip in and out of stores and make that mad dash to the door busters, you need to wear comfortable sneakers.  I always wear sweats, because I want absolute comfort.  It's getting a chilly in Texas, I am opting to wear a thicker hooded sweater, so I don't have to wear a coat.  I despise lugging around my coat in stores while I am shopping. Another must is bring an all purpose bag that you can throw all your essentials, and won't have to run to the car.

Now onto Black Friday business....

First, make a plan and list out what you are wanting to buy from Black Friday. Many of the huge discount items move fast, so if you don't come prepared you will miss out.  I prioritize what items are must haves, I also go on mission to get those items first.  I also make a optional list for items that can go either way.  I have been using various Black Friday website that display the stores ads, this allows me to make my list.  I typically list out what I want from each store, and go to the stores where I can get the most items.  On the top of my list this year is definitely Target, I am trying to knock out most of the boys lists, get some electronics.

Don't get tricked by weak store sales: There are some stores that I won't waste my precious Black Friday shopping time on when they are offering sales that are similar to the rest of the year.  So make sure you fact check. 

Make a spending limit:  It is easy to fall into the sale trap, and go way over budget.  But remember it is not really a sale, if you had no business getting it either.  Don't go broke just to participate in Black Friday.  That is another reason why I highly recommend making a list prior.  Not only does this organize you, but also allows you to create your budget.  Even if I see a great deal, if it is not on my list I am not wasting my time.

Online vs. Store:  A lot of people love the experience of shopping on Black Friday, I used to as well. Now, I try to limit going out in the crowd as much as possible. Fighting over parking spaces and long lines just gets the best of me sometimes.  Another reason I am converted to majority online is most of the stores offer the same sales online.  So why would I not stay home in my pjs and shop?! I may make a quick stop at Target.  Another quick tip, unless you are getting that TV that is marked down by 90%, you really don't have to be waiting in line all night.  I got all the stuff on my list walking into Target last year 30 minutes after they opened, and never camped out. 

Now let me share what stores I am definitely shopping at this year....

Express: The entire store is 50% and FREE SHIPPING.  Express rarely offers free shipping so take advantage of that.  I plan on getting a ton of Portofino tops, jeans, jewelry, and dress slacks.
Old Navy: 50% off the entire store! I like getting everyday tops for me here, clothes for the boys, coats, and some sweaters for Rick.

TARGET: Where do I even begin, Target is the main store I will be shopping at.  We plan on getting a Xbox One S it's marked down to $249.99, and you get a $40 Target gift card (which we spend towards other BF items). Nintendo DS for Cameron on sale for $99.99, and games are only $25.  There are quite a bit of toys t I am snagging for the kids as well. You can't figure those $4 and $6 movies! Another perk is clothing being 30% off! Sidenote: My Fitbit will be on sale for $89.99!!

JCPenney: I need some new luggage, and they have a great deal on a set!

Nordstrom: They have already started their Black Friday sale, but tons of items are 40% off!
NY and Company: They are having a ton of door busters, and will have sweaters for like $14.99.  I want to stock up on my winter wardrobe.
A few other stores on my radar, because I am not sure yet what their exact sales will be is Bauble Bar ( I am in need of new jewelry), Sephora, and Nike
There are probably more stores I will stumble upon, but those are my core.  I used to go to Toysrus, but it was just too crazy, and I didn't want to go to a store that was just solely dedicated to only toys.  With Black Friday you need to be as efficient as possible.
Where ever you go, make a plan and stay within your budget!
Happy shopping!

THE PONCHO - FALL MUST HAVE







Poncho: Nordstrom  | Top: BP  Jeans: Express  ShoesJust Fab | Earrings: Charming Charlie Watch: Michael Kors  | Necklace: Charming Charlie Purse: Charming Charlie 


Am I the only one that sometimes stays typically runs from the idea of wearing a poncho?!  I mean honestly...some of my thoughts are will the poncho make me look 15 pounds heavier (which I definitely don't need), will this require too much effort to keep it laying correctly, and where I am really wearing this at?  Those 3 things have kept me from owning a poncho. 

This year I decided to give it a chance, because I stumbled on this poncho, and fell in love with these colors.  If you are on the fence like me with wearing a poncho there are a few things to consider to help you with styling your poncho.

1. Know the right places to wear it:  I likely won't be wearing this poncho doing my daily mom life activities, or running after Calvin. I feel that ponchos are constantly falling off my shoulders, and you have to adjust to make sure it is centered.  Ponchos are perfect for a girls night out (where you can have your girls do any adjustments), or date night.

2. No added weight:  If you don't like how ponchos sometimes make you look like an umpa lumpa (well maybe that is just me) a suggestion is to consider styling it with a waist belt.  This will add some shape to the poncho, and not drown out your body.  Another tip, is make sure to have your layered top be fitted, to also promote there is a nice shape underneath the poncho.

3. Nothing is perfect. It will slide off, be uneven, and you may possibly trip over it (yes that happened to me).  Either way stop worrying about it and just rock it confidently! When I do wear a poncho I typically try to hold it in the middle, this also helps with making sure it stays centered!

Ponchos are great for layering, especially in this transition to Winter.  Sometimes I have been wearing ponchos as an alternative to jackets.  

Side note: If you haven't been wearing burgundy this Fall you are missing out, it is perfect hue this season. I even snagged some burgundy booties that I am obsessed with.  Definitely make sure to add some burgundy to your closet for Fall!

Happy Styling!