What I Wore in Key West

Last weekend, we visited Key West, Florida, for the first time. It’s a beautiful little beach town where you can relax or party hard. You can decide. Me, I chose the relaxing by the beach and pool with the occasional drink in hand and eating the fantastic food.

Now, I have to say I was probably THE most dressed up person on the entire island. But, I really don’t care. I love to dress up, so dress up I did. I didn’t do glitz and glam, but in this super casual place, I felt like I was definitely over dressed. It was fun though, dressing up and also enjoying my spray tan :)

If I go back there again, I will definitely pack differently. If I wear dresses at night, I will make sure I can wear flat sandals or flip flops. Cabs aren’t cheap – going just shy of 2 miles was about $12. I know…crazy! One night I did walk back from dinner in 4 inch platforms. Let’s just say by the time I got back to the hotel, my feet were very angry with me.

But…let’s get to the clothes!

Can you believe this is my first ever maxi skirt?! It is so comfortable and perfect to travel in. The weather was windy, cloudy, and a little cooler when we got there. But as soon as the sun came out, the scarf got ditched quickly.

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T-shirt – The Limited; Skirt – Gap; Sandals – Banana Republic; Bracelets – Stella & Dot and J. Crew; Scarf – Anthropologie; Sunglasses and Purse – Louis Vuitton; Watch – Rolex

So, it was a little cool with the breeze, so I definitely have a pashmina hidden in that purse. But I bought this dress at Poppy’s in Atlanta at a trunk show. It is an amazing fabric that packed very well. The wrinkles just fell out. If you follow this blog at all, y’all know I love stripes…and this color combination is one of my favs.

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Dress – Jude Connally; Sandals – Seychelles; Bracelets – Stella & Dot and Spartina; Purse – Coach; Earrings – Banana Republic

The hubs actually bought me this Hale Bob dress at the end of last summer off of Rue La La. So I guess it was a good to wear it on his birthday trip. Truthfully, I didn’t know how much I liked the funky print until I tried it on…and having a tan helps!

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Dress – Hale Bob; Bracelet – Stella & Dot; Sandals – Charles by Charles David

We went out to the Westin on Sunset Key one night for dinner at Latitudes. Let’s just say it was the most gorgeous sunset dinner view I have ever seen. AND the food was amazing. I got this dress at the Juicy Couture store in Chicago last summer on super sale. Fun and vibrant for a tropical vacay! And since we love Disney cruises, it was fun seeing the Wonder pull out of the port.

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Dress – Juicy Couture; Sandals – Charles by Charles David; Bracelet – Banana Republic

One of my coworkers and friends had been to Key West a couple of months beforehand and recommended going on a sunset cruise on the Hindu. It was so incredibly peaceful – and the sunset was breathtaking. I knew I was going to walk home after, so I opted for flip flops – thank goodness this maxi was short enough that I wasn’t tripping on it!

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Dress – The Impeccable Pig; Flip flops – Henri Bendel; Bracelet – Tory Burch

Have you been to Key West? What did you pack to wear? Did you overpack like I did – as all I wore during the day was a swimsuit!

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Bring Out the White Jeans

I have never been a huge fan of white jeans…until last year. It took me forever to find the right pair. The fabric had to be thick and not see through and have just enough stretch. I found them at Madewell on sale – score! And I was surprised I wore them so much.

So when I saw these at Banana Republic (on sale!), I had to try them. They have the smallest pop of color with the navy piping down the sides. The fabric is not super thick, but not see through either. I’m 5’8″ and they hit perfectly at my ankle. Love when I don’t have to get my jeans hemmed!

I wasn’t sure if I could bust out the white jeans yet…you know, that silly white rule that you grew up with. No white before Memorial Day? All I have to say is WHATEVAAAAH! When it’s 75 degrees outside, it’s time for white jeans. And wedges. ‘Nough said.

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Top – Banana Republic (in store, but not online); Jeans – Banana Republic; Wedges – 7 for all Mankind; Bracelets – Stella & Dot and Henri Bendel and Fitbit Flex :); Watch – Michael Kors

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Spring is Here

Last week, the temps in the ATL were amazing. I think I wore a skirt or dress almost every day – and even one was sleeveless! I won’t forget to mention wearing open toed shoes, too. Yahoooooooo! I took full advantage of the weather.

I love stripes. I snatched up this adorable skirt via Haute Look. Not only is it striped, but it has pockets! I love combining green and blue. It makes me happy. And your clothes should make you happy.

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T-shirt – The Loft; Skirt – Nanette Lepore via Haute Look; Shoes – Charles by Charles David; Bracelet – Banana Republic; Watch – Michael Kors

Fitness Friday – Latest Sale Finds at Lucy Activewear

I’m a sucker for a good sale, especially on my favorite workout gear! Until Monday, lucy is having an extra 30% off of sale items. Sale on top of sale. Just my type of bargain!

Lucy doesn’t have a ton of retail locations, but I’m fortunate enough to have two in the ATL area – and one in Chicago at Water Tower, where I was last weekend. Basically, the whole store was on sale! Here’s some of my great finds.

I own quite a few Crossback Tanks. It’s one of their staple sports bras, and they typically have it great solids and prints every season. It has removable bra cups, and I feel it is a moderately supportive bra. The pants I have on I’ve had for a while. They are the Hatha style, which is a mid rise pant.lucy crossback tank lucy crossbank tank

I’ve also fallen in love with lucy’s pullovers. This Track Goddess Half Zip is very similar to another style, and I just loved the pink color. Their pullovers do a great job of wicking away sweat. It has thumb holes, too.

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I love color in my everyday wardrobe…and in my gym wear. I love these new blue Ultimate X-Training Capris! You can see the rise on these is decently high, which I like. I don’t like my workout pants cut to low. This Track Goddess Long Sleeve shirt just had to come with me, too! I love the cutout in the back, and I liked the length on me. I don’t like shirts  that hit too high on my hips.

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Interesting sports bras always capture my eye. I love the back of the Sculpting Tank. The back is just so different – not like any sports bras. The support is moderate to light, as I definitely would not go running in this. Loved pairing it with the Track Goddess Tight. I can’t even tell you how soft these leggings are! They are like wearing pajama pants. I love the feel of them!! Also, there is a hidden inside tie to give you some extra support.

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I don’t just love buying workout clothes…I actually do workout!! :) I love feeling good while I workout, and I love the lucy brand. Don’t forget, an EXTRA 30% off sale items until Monday!

Latest Finds at Banana Republic

When I was in Chicago last weekend, I made a style appointment at the Banana Republic on Michigan Ave. It’s a free service – and what a great way to get style tips from people who work in this industry every day. Not to mention this store is the most amazing BR I’ve ever been in!!

I had a wonderful girl help me. Although she really didn’t teach me much that I didn’t already know – it was awesome having someone pull a ton of stuff for me to try on! I was looking for spring and summer items, as well as some things I could take on an upcoming trip.

Another thing that was so great – it was like the whole store was on sale with another 40% off of sale items! Ahhhhhhh yeeeeaaaaahhhhh! So let’s see what she pulled for me!

Here’s the first round of things we pulled.

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I love stripes. This dress also has a great opening in the back. A nice thick fabric…good for an end-of-winter/transitioning-to-spring dress.

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These shorts are fabulous – a great jacquard fabric. I can’t find them online, but they had the navy color and a great mint color. Sadly, the mint wasn’t in my size :( And the striped shirt is very comfortable and would go with so much.

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While I love peplum tops, this one just made my girls look absolutely gigantic. I love how it made my waist look tiny, but it was just a little too much. It’s kind of comical comparing this top on me versus the model online!

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Bummed I couldn’t find either one of these below online – this great blouse or these shorts. The blouse is a great mint color; it is pretty sheer, so a cami is definitely needed. And these shorts are all around great – print, fabric, and fit. They are elastic waist and not tight around the legs at all.

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I have never been a huge white denim fan, but I’m becoming one. And these have just the right amount of detail with the navy piping. Sizing is a little crazy…the stylist actually brought me in four pairs of the same size because she said they can all be cut differently. And she was right! Now, let’s move on to this top…what cute detail! It’s polyester and zips up the back.

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I can’t find this top online either, but it’s a great flowy top and has gold buttons up the back. I love cute details like that. And it looks so good with these white jeans!

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Again, love the details on the top. This was online, but I think it sold out because now I can’t find it. It’s flowy and fun – I can see it with black shorts and wedges to dress it up a little.

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Then…she brought me a few more things that were all on the sales rack!

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I was hesitant to try this dress on, but I can see wearing it in the spring and fall. Love clothes that I can wear in multiple seasons. I love the hunter green color, even though they only have the turquoise one online.

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I absolutely LOVE the color of this dress – and the fabric. But on me, it bunched a little around my thighs. Not because it was tight, the fabric just laid on me wrong.

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Like I said, I’m drawn to stripes, BUT…the size 6 was a little big around my waist, and I think if I tried on a 4, it would have been too tight around the girls. I didn’t know if I loved the black pleats either. But, the fabric was nice and it was really comfortable.

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A dress with pockets? Yes, yes, yes! And this was a great price. But it laid a little funny on my chest. It kind of stuck out a little. It was a great tweed that wasn’t itchy at all.

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If you are close to a Banana Republic, I suggest you try and get in there before the 26th. It is an additional 40% off of the sale price! Another reason to get in the store? I find they actually mark items down further than they are online. For instance, some of these pieces I bought above were cheaper in the store – and I probably wouldn’t have purchased them if they were the price online.

Keep checking back to the blog to see what pieces I purchased and which ones I passed on!

Fitness Friday – Zumba, Zumba, Zumba!

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One thing about my fitness routine is I love to mix it up. Free weights, barre fusion, Zumba, TRX, circuit training, at home DVDs, Popsugar online workouts…if I don’t incorporate new things, I get bored easy. But, I’ve also found confusing your muscles is the way to shape them. If you do the same things over and over and over again, you’re going to plateau…and get bored.

A few months ago, I started going to Zumba at my LifeTime. Although I have rhythm and can dance – I was intimidated to go to class at first. I didn’t want to look silly not knowing the steps. But, I put on my big girl workout pants, sucked it up, and went into class with an open mind. And I’m so glad I did – because I feel in love with the class and the instructor! She makes the class. It’s a fun, booty shaking, chest poppin’, sweat fest. I get an incredible workout!

You may be are hesitant to go to class because you don’t know the steps. To help you feel more comfortable – head to YouTube! There are tons of instructional videos that can teach you the steps before you head to class. You can at least learn the basic steps like Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha and more. Here are some videos directly from Zumba’s YouTube channel.

Here are my Zumba class tips:

  • Have fun! It doesn’t matter if you can’t get the steps right away, just keeping moving and have fun. The point is to get a great workout.
  • Stand in front! Now, I know you don’t want the attention on you, especially if it’s your first time, but get towards the front so you can see the instructor. You won’t learn the steps if you can’t see his/her feet.
  • Concentrate on your moves! My instructor does a couple songs during class where we are doing squats or ab work. Concentrate on working your muscles. You’ll get an even better workout. Even when you are circling your hips, for instance, get into a low enough squat so you are working your legs and tighten that core as you circle your hips. Feel the burn even as you dance.
  • Give it more than one try! So, you didn’t like the first class. Don’t give up. The more times you go, the easier the steps become. And each class is never the same! You’ll do different songs all the time. Also, if your club or studio has more than one class a week, try a different instructor.

Now get off your booty and try Zumba!!

 

Irish Green

We went to a wonderful fundraiser last weekend, Shamrockin’ For A Cure. It helps raise money for cystic fibrosis. It was a wonderful time for a wonderful cause!

Of course I wanted to be festive, so I busted out two different greens! I thought it was just festive enough for the occasion. The weather was perfect. I could wear two layers and no coat. Since I went last year, I knew I would be on my feet the whole night, so I wanted to wear comfortable shoes.

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Sweater – J. Crew; Shirt – J. Crew Factory; Jeans – AG; Boots – Anzo Angiolini; Watch – Michael Kors; Bracelets – Stella & Dot and Michael Kors

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I also thought it would be festive to have my “Irish Eyes.” I used two green Smashbox eyeshadows and a hunter green Urban Decay eyeliner. I love playing with eye makeup  - and this occasion was the perfect time to play!

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Baseball Season – It’s Almost Here

The countdown has begun…20 days! I’m the kind of girl who likes to wear team swag to the games. The number one place I look to find cute team gear? Victoria’s Secret PINK. Cute, girly cut of a t-shirt? Don’t mind if I do. Here’s the latest gear for the 2014 season. Stinks that they don’t have all of the teams online – so if you don’t see your team, just head to your nearest store.

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Men’s Fashion – It’s Important, Too!

When I was reading the latest Sunday edition of the AJC, I read this great article about men’s fashion. It can’t just be about women all the time, right?! Well, maybe :) But, not today.

I work with quite a few men that have a great sense of fashion. One of my coworkers dresses great – and he refers to me as his sister from another mister. He mixes patterns and colors like nobody’s business. I respect his willingness to take fashion risks when a lot of guys in a business setting play it safe.

This article provided some great tips for men. So, I thought I would share, and add a few of my own as well.

1. Shirts. A shirt should glide down the torso, not billow. If you raise your arms and can set sail on the fabric under your arms, you have a problem. Quality collar-stays give all your shirts more polish; use them. If you are on a budget, your priority for casual shirts is a fitted torso, especially if you’ll wear it without a jacket.For shirts you’ll button with a tie, the focus is on the fit at the neck and sleeves, although within a few inches you can get the torso tapered by a tailor and the sleeve shortened.

2. Blazers. The top priority is shoulders. The top seam should be as long as the bone underneath it. The seam for the sleeve should start around the point where your arm bone inserts. If you’re standing upright with the jacket buttoned, you should look slimmer and taller. If fabric is bunching at the shoulder, it’s too small, but if it just feels a little snug and otherwise falls smoothly, welcome to a proper fit. Depending on your build, you may ultimately need a little tailoring to narrow the torso, but that’s a relatively easy fix if the shoulders are good. If you can button the jacket but it pulls across your belly, a tailor has an inch or two leeway to relieve some of that stress, but if you can’t button the jacket at all, they probably won’t be able to help you.

3. Slacks. More men should be asking if this makes my butt look good. Posteriors are not one size, so expect to try on multiple pairs of pants when shopping. They should fit your waist, but that doesn’t mean it flatters. A good fit will glance your bottom and be comfortable for sitting without pulling or constricting anywhere. A little excess fabric in the seat can be taken care of by a tailor. If the pants are too tight, however, there typically isn’t a lot of wiggle room for a tailor to work with, so err on the slightly loose side. And if the fit is wide enough to fit another set of legs, it doesn’t matter if it fits your waist and butt.

4. Jeans. Fits vary and so do preferences, but you should still have at least one pair that you can wear with a blazer, and that pair should fit your waist, butt and have a slimmer leg that breaks at the bottom just around the shoe. Men have the opportunity to buy their pants in various lengths, so be sure to get your pants long enough to where they don’t bunch up and five inches of fabric rests on your shoes.

5. Accessories.

  • You should have a variety of belts to loosely match a variety of leather footwear.
  • Get some wing tips, laceups and Oxfords with European toes and stop with the sneakers during the day.
  • Get some dress socks with color and pattern. Experiment. Have you seen the brand, Happy Socks? Socks can be happy.
  • Invest in a nice-looking, substantially sized time piece with a leather or metal band. Go classic and you can’t go wrong.

6. Fitting Rooms. Use Them. I have seen so many guys just go in to the store, pick up a bunch of items, and hit the checkout line. Wait. What? You’re not going to try all of that on? It’s time to stop and try the clothes on BEFORE taking them home. Read tips 1-4 on why it’s important to have clothes that fit.

7. Outerwear. Just like the clothes underneath the jacket should fit properly, so should your outerwear. While it’s important to have appropriate sizing and not buy a coat that makes you look like a box, you definitely want to have enough room if you have to wear a shirt and blazer under your coat, for instance. In my book, investing in a good, classic overcoat is a must. You can wear it for years if the style and color are classic and traditional.

8. T-shirts. I don’t know a man who doesn’t love a great t-shirt. But, the fit of a great t-shirt is important, too. Not too tight and not too short. Make sure if you bend over, your booty crack isn’t hanging out. Women really don’t find that very attractive :)

What tips do you have for the men out there?

Favorite Things – Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Lotion

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In a recent online order from Sephora, it included a sample of Soap & Glory’s The Righteous Butter Body Lotion. Typically I don’t even open the samples, but I love new lotions…and the packaging was fun, so I gave it a whirl.

When I first put it on, I noticed the lovely scent. The description says it their Pink fragrance, which is a blend of bergamot, peach, vanilla, and sandalwood. I have to say it does go on strong, but it does fade, but not completely.

After just using the sample, I noticed how soft my skin was. Just like butter! So what did I do? The next day I made a pit stop to my local Sephora store to buy some of course! When I go there, I love the fact that the lotion comes not only in the tub, but in a pump!

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I’ve been using this lotion for a little over a month, and I’m almost 1/2 way through the bottle. I LOVE this stuff! I lotion my entire body with this stuff…and my skin has never been softer. It soaks in really well and is NOT greasy at all. It does exactly what it says it does – hydrates.

If you are skeptical about the scent, as I’ve noticed a lot of the reviewers on Sephora have complained about it, they have a small $5 tub. It’s the perfect size to use a few times to see how you like it.

I can’t recommend this lotion enough! It’s a UK brand, and is only sold at Sephora! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I know your skin will!

Monogram Me with a Sweater

In the south, I’ve seen more monograms than ever before. Not sure why it’s so popular down here, but it just is. I’ve even seen monogram car decals. Yes, you read that right. People actually have monogrammed initials on their back car windows.

Well, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon with this sweater for three reasons – 1. I love C. Wonder 2. I love the pink and navy combo of this sweater and 3. I knew exactly how I would style it. Oh…and if I have to add in a #4, the price was just right!

Now that I think about it, it’s also a little Laverne-esque, don’t you think? She sported the giant L back in the ’70s, so I thought why not sport a big E in the ’10s! I of course had to prep mine up a little with the collared shirt underneath. It’s my thing. :)

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Sweater – C. Wonder (similar); Shirt – Banana Republic; Jeans – Old Navy; Booties – Tory Burch; Watch – Michael Kors

Do you have any monogrammed clothing items?

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Closet Organization – Time to Declutter

When we moved into our house back in 2010, this was my daughter’s closet…

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As you can see, the closet is a great size, BUT it just had the wire racks. I knew there was SO much potential in this closet. Drawers, double hanging space, shelves…and the list goes on and on. Our master closet was top priority, so the girl’s closet had to wait until this year.

She doesn’t have a lot of drawer space out in her room, so I know I wanted to incorporate drawers to be able to declutter her smaller drawers. I like how Closets & More incorporated a couple of different size drawers – at least one deep one that holds a lot of crafty materials. The top drawer is also a jewelry drawer for when she gets older…I know that will be a necessity :)

She also has a TON of American Girl stuff – doll bed, high chair, dressing cabinet, dolls, clothes – and there needed to be room for all of that as well. That’s one reason why you do see a lot of shelving here. As she outgrows the dolls, she can fold sweaters and put them up there or jeans or shoes or really whatever she wants.closet organization closet organization

 

I love the wire baskets, too, that Closets & More recommended. It’s perfect for her purses and bags. You might wonder what a lot of this stuff is – and it’s Christmas decorations! My momma wanted the kiddos to have trees in their rooms, so they have their own storage stuff.

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She now has a hidden hamper. Yay! I think this was more for my sanity.  I do also love how she has a little countertop where I moved her necklaces and bracelets.

I think closet organization systems are money definitely well spent. Being organized makes me so happy. I know that seems silly, but when these areas of my house are organized, I feel a sense of calm. Fortunately in the ATL there are many different companies to work with. We worked with a wonderful designer who listened to all of my ideas and developed great designs. If you do decide to put in some closet systems – and aren’t happy with the initial design mock-ups – don’t be afraid to go to another company. We did that when we did our master closet and kitchen pantry. Best decision ever!

Dum Dum Dum – Swimsuit Season is Around the Corner

Yeah, yeah. I’m definitely one of those women who doesn’t love swimsuit season. Now, I am 100% comfortable in my skin when I am clothed, as I have really learned how to dress myself to accentuate my assets. It’s when I have to put on a swimsuit, the self-conscious switch turns on. I have the “mommy tummy” where the lower belly skin isn’t exactly the tightest…and lots of stretch marks. BUT, I earned those stripes – and I remind myself I grew two very healthy babies in my belly. I’m proud of them!

So, I may wear a bikini when I have a spray tan and the stretch marks don’t show as much…but my usual swimsuit is a one piece or tankini. There are so many options out there! One piece swimsuits can be just as cute as those teeny weeny bikinis. I’m heading on a beach vacay in less than two months, so I went out and pinned a few suits I want to keep my eye on. Many of them were at Nordstrom, so I need to make a trip in there to see how they look.

Do you feel more comfortable in one pieces, tankinis, or a bikini?

Nothing Better Than A Bold Print

I purchased this little beauty when I was in Boston. When I went into the Nanette Lepore store on Newbury street, I made a bee line to the sales section. And I’ve very glad the super sweet sales girl said, “We have a lot more sizes in the back.” Thank goodness, since all they had out on the racks were 0s…and I’m definitely not a 0.

The print is what makes this dress. It’s just fun. And who doesn’t want to wear something fun?! To me, I think it’s also a seasonless dress. You can wear it with tights like I did for a chilly winter night, or pair it with cute strappy heels in the summer. I love all of the colors…and it was fun wearing a big, bright lipstick, too. I am a huge fan of mixing lipsticks. This is a bright red and hot pink combo.

Also, do you like my “I’m sorry I had to leave you for a business trip because I know you are going to be snowed in for the next two days with the kids” necklace? The hubs definitely didn’t have to do that, but it was much appreciated. :)

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Dress – Nanette Lepore; Tights – DKNY; Pumps – The Limited; Necklace – Tiffany; Bracelets – Lagos and David Yurman

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

 

 

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookie Bars

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What are your favorite holiday cookies? Well, mine is the peanut butter kiss cookies by far! The peanut butter and chocolate combination….all I can say is Mmmmmmm! Now, if you really know me, you know I do not like to cook or bake. I’ll do it if I have to, but I really loathe it. BUT, I will go to the ends of the Earth to make this dessert. It takes my favorite holiday cookie and makes it into bar form. And it’s easy. I love easy! Just make these and see if you don’t fall in love!

Ingredients

1 box plain yellow cake mix

1/2 cup butter, melted (for the 1st step)

2 Tablespoons butter (for a later step)

1 cup creamy peanut butter

2 eggs

1 (12 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine cake mix, melted butter, peanut butter, and eggs in a large bowl using a mixer or spoon. Press this into a 9 X 13 pan reserving 1 1/2 cup of the mixture to crumble on top.
  3. In a small microwavable bowl, melt chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Spread chocolate mixture over the mixture pressed in the pan and then crumble the 1 1/2 cups of reserved cake mixture on top evenly.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Now, if you are like me and can’t wait to dig into this dessert, just go ahead and scoop it into a bowl! It’s even more delicious than waiting for it to settle into a bar.

Just a quick note, too…the last time I made this (when we were literally snow and iced in!), I didn’t have enough chocolate chips. But, I did have a lot of Hershey Kisses. So the girl and I just added a bunch of Kisses to the bowl of chocolate chips. It’s all going to melt together anyway! And it didn’t taste any different.

The Classic Black Blazer

I had to wear business attire to work EVERY day for the first 7.5 years of my career. Yeah. I owned a lot of suits. And I have to admit, the only time I wear a suit now is for a client meeting. Can I tell you how much I love being able to dress casual every day?! Well, I do.

No matter if you are a stay-at-home mom or out in the workforce, a classic black blazer is a staple. I got this one a year ago on super sale at Bloomingdale’s. You can’t beat getting a great Ted Baker blazer on sale. I have to admit, I don’t wear this piece enough! As I was deciding what to wear for our family Valentine’s Day dinner the other night, I was just going to wear this striped blouse. BUT, it needed something else. DUH! My black blazer! I think it just completed the outfit…

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Jacket – Ted Baker; Blouse – Banana Republic; Jeans – William Rast; Heels – Jessica Simpson; Earrings; vintage Chanel; Bracelet – Tory Burch; Watch – Michael Kors

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Thanks, momma, for getting me these great vintage earrings for Christmas! Now y’all can see where I get my great taste from!

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Do you have a classic black blazer in your closet? How often do you wear it?

Love to Dress Up – Company Party

The other day, I posted about my trip to Boston. I went up there to attend my husband’s annual work party. And I have to say for a work party – it was a blast. With about 1,000 people there, everyone was having a great time. Eating, drinking, and dancing. What a fun company!

I’ve had this dress from Banana Republic for a while, and I absolutely loved it. I hate taking pictures with my little Sure Shot, but when it has to fit in a clutch, it’s all I got! :) The hot pink piping is my favorite part – and I’ve always like the red and pink combo. I guess it was perfect for around Valentine’s Day.

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Dress – Banana Republic (on sale!); Bracelet – J. Crew; Shoes – Target

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The next night, we headed to a great sushi place for dinner. Of course I wanted to wear another dress. This Juicy Couture dress was on sale right before Christmas. It was one of those “Hey, husband, I want this dress. Can you order it and put it under the tree for me?” It’s a great knit dress with cute jewels at the top. I knew I wanted to wear tights, since it was a wee bit chilly in Boston. And let’s not forget to mention how much I love the zipper that goes all the way down the back. It’s all about the details in my book.

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Dress – Juicy Couture; Bracelet – Stella & Dot; Tights – DKNY; Booties – Vince Camuto

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Do you love to dress up as much as I do?

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Walking The Freedom Trail – Well, At Least Some of It

Last week, I was supposed to go up to Boston for three nights…but since they got a lovely foot of snow, my trip was cut short a night. I had never been there before, and was looking forward to looking at some of the city’s rich history. Oh, and of course shopping, too. We can’t forget that. :)

The hubs was there for work all week, and I joined him for his annual party. He took Friday off so we could go be tourists. In the morning, we went to the Boston Tea Party Museum, and it was great. They had actors walk you through the events leading up to and after the Boston Tea Party. I highly recommend it; definitely worth $22.

Since I was in town, I thought why not try to conquer some of the Freedom Trail. In 29 degree weather. With brisk as heck winds. Brr. Brr. Brr. Froze my arse off. But, walking some the trail led to so many great sites, plus seeing the North End. So here are some touristy shots for your viewing pleasure! Excuse the iPhone pics…needed to take quick shots!

First, boots were a must! My Frye Paige riding boots were actually very warm and comfy. Walked 4.5 miles in these bad boys. Of course I had layers, too. Button up, sweater, thick wool coat, scarf, gloves, and a hat.

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We started the trail in Boston Common. First stop, the beautiful State House Building.

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Then, we saw the Granary Burying Ground, which not only has Paul Revere buried there, but also Samuel Adams and John Hancock.

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Here is the Old State House where they read the Declaration of Independence for the first time to the citizens of Massachusetts.

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Then we saw Faneuil Hall…(do you see all of the snow?!?)

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Of course we had to make a few pit stops in a couple of stores because my fingers were wicked cold! But then we pressed on because I at least wanted to see Paul Revere’s house and Old North Church. This house was built around 1680. 1680?! That is just unbelievable to me. Just thinking of what this house has been through and seen the last 333 years. Amazing.

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Not too far from Old North Church is Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, the second oldest burying ground in Boston. It was covered in snow, but some of the headstones were visible. I thought the design on the tops of the headstones were so interesting. The headstone on the left has been there since 1792. I couldn’t really make out any of the writing on the one on the right.

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If you want to learn more about the Freedom Trail, you can click here. I’m looking forward to going back to this town when it’s warmer, so I can walk to entire thing and take more pics when my fingers weren’t popsicles!

Say Hello to Baseball Season

Well, goodbye football, and hello to baseball season (well, soon anyway). Actually, the boy had his first baseball practice on Saturday! I can’t believe it’s that time already! And those of you who know me, you are probably wondering why I have a Red Sox hat on…well, the boy’s team is the Red Sox for the second year in a row. I don’t mind at all – uh, hello – they were the World Series Champs. At least the boy isn’t old enough to grow a beard :)

So I have many games in my future this spring. I was thinking the other day of how I can show my support, since I don’t own any Sox swag. So I thought this outfit would be a good option – taking the team colors with navy stripes and red pants with white tennies. For chillier games, I can easily throw on a denim jacket.

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Shirt – Banana Republic; Jeans – Old Navy; Shoes – Bebe Sport; Watch – Michael Kors; Earrings – The Limited

Feeling Fancy in Ted Baker

Dressing up is one of my favorite things. I’ve always loved it – from the days playing dress up with my best friend Melissa in my basement when we were little. Putting on a little more makeup. Slipping on a beautiful dress that makes me feel good. Love it!

I had my annual work party last weekend in downtown Atlanta. It was a casino night, and everyone had a ball! Food was excellent, drinks were flowing, and the music was right for everyone. The dress code was pretty much whatever you wanted it to be – so I chose cocktail.

Do I have a ton of dresses hanging in my closet? Absolutely. Did I find a Ted Baker dress I couldn’t pass up? Absolutely. It is like a dress I’ve never had before. It is a jacquard dress with such a cool deco pattern, and it fit perfectly. It had to come home with me. And it did. But then…after I got home and having a smidge of buyer’s remorse…we Googled the dress. AND WE FOUND IT MUCH CHEAPER! On Amazon of all places! So back to the store it went, and I ordered it online. You’ve gotta love when that happens.

I also found these awesome rose gold shoes on 6pm.com from Schutz. They are sold out now, but you can see the details here. I only paid $59. They were super high, but oh so cute and matched perfectly.

The dress is fun and flirty, so I wanted fun and flirty hair to match. I think it turned out pretty well. People called me a princess, prom queen, homecoming queen, bridesmaid (which I did NOT like), and Marilyn Monroe. I’m going with Marilyn Monroe as the best compliment, as I have always idolized her.

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Dress – Ted Baker; Shoes – Schutz; Necklace and Bracelet – Stella & Dot

ted baker deco jacquard dressEnjoying my evening!! :)

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