March 27, 2015

Friday Favorites - Where Did March Go???

Seriously how is it the end of March already?  I feel like I'm going to blink and Summer is going to be here already.  I thought once the wedding was over I was going to have all the time in the world but in reality I feel even more busy now!  This weekend I have lists to do (which includes finishing up the thank you cards) and a lot of things I want to get done for this space over here.  Why does the weather have to be perfect when you need to get things done right?

Favorite Song

Great Summertime jam.  Total windows down and sunshine on the face song.  KDrew, Rico & Miella "Let Me Go".

Favorite Recipe

Clearly you should know by know my favorite food genre.  Crockpot Korean Beef Tacos with Cucumber Slaw full recipe here.

Favorite Workout

Okay if you can get past the fact he said "or a throw pillow" in the beginning and the fact he sounds like he is cuing to an invisible song that isn't playing......this ab workout is killer and very similar to the moves I teach in class.  10 Minute Barre Abs.

Favorite Purchase

These gorgeous bad boys are on the way to me.  Thank you to everyone who just said get them.  They will be perfect for Summer!  Also because Nordstrom is the best ever they are price matching everything to the Bloomingdale's sale right now! So definitely scoop them up here since the other ones are sold out.  Did you check my full sale recap here?

Favorite Funnies

This is one of the reasons why I prefer the stairs......that and forced awkward conversation

I'm sorry when you work with them.....this is hilarious

When someone isn't moving quick enough and I want dinner started

Then I'm not happy with how long dinner prep is taking

When everything on Sports Center right now is about March Madness.....

When Mark tells me to look in the freezer because he picked me up a new Gelato flavor I haven't tried before

Finally.....because it's Friday and I just realized all my funnies pretty much involved animals

Your turn tell me all your favorites from the week!  I hope you have a fabulous weekend!  xoxoxoxo

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March 26, 2015

Choosing To Be Happy

This week has just been one of those weeks.  You know the ones I'm talking about where you just feel there are literally not enough hours in the day to get it all done.  On top of that I have so many ideas that I want to just run with but don't feel like I have the time to really foster all these entrepreneurial inspirations that I have.  Then you scroll through your instagram/bloglovin/facebook feed and see all these bloggers/other friends with gorgeous big homes, closet space and another thousand dollar plus bag slung on their arm and you're like......ummmmm what the heck.  What am I doing wrong?  I can only have so many jobs in one day and still not be cutting it.  Then work is just insane and people are pulling you in every direction and expecting 110% all the time it's exhausting right?

I am never one for the comparison game by any means.  There is always someone who is going to have more and always someone who is looking at you thinking you are that one with more.  I am also adjusting into my new living environment.  Going from my perfect little princess pad with gleaming wood floors, blogging/work nook and a designated space for just my current living quarters where there is just not enough space has been trying at times.  I was getting a little panicky/overwhelmed this week and I decided I needed to do what I did best.  Make lists.

Ways To Choose To Be Happy

Drive with the windows down, sunroof open, hair whipping around, sunglasses on and belting out some great songs.  Tell me that wouldn't put you in a great mood.

Reflecting on all the things to be grateful for like my health and the current healthy state of everyone I love.

Having a job that is challenging but when I have a patient that gives me a hug and tells me that it has been a blessing that I am taking care of their child......yeah that will definitely change your outlook on life.

Breaking out all those expensive products that you never use because they should be saved for a special time.....well a Wednesday afternoon seems good enough to me right?  Put on the Pandora spa station (it's amazing honestly try it you'll feel like your getting a massage) and just have some time to yourself. While you're at it.....update that mani and pedi.  Pretty nails always puts me in a better mood.

Telling myself that our tiny place and my shoes still in storage bins means we are not living beyond our means.  I am able to save like crazy so that soon (hopefully!) we will be able to have our dream house with tons of storage.  Like I may even make a bedroom my own closet.  Watch me.

Break out that expensive bottle of wine.  Why not?  Then enjoy it some girlfriends/your significant other/family whoever.  

Focusing on all the exciting things coming up this Summer like our Honeymoon and the Charleston trips with my loves! 

Being able to get that new purse I want for the above related trip because hey we don't have a mortgage right now!  See positive thinking....

Laugh.  As much as you can because it really is the best feeling ever right?

Ultimately knowing that we are enough.  We are doing enough and ultimately working towards a common end goal.  This to date is one of my favorite posts and I think it sums this point up perfectly.

So at this moment thank you for letting me get all of this energy out.  What do you do when you're feeling overwhelmed?  I think just setting your mind to being happy and positive is such a great start. It is so easy to fall into the negativity trap but in the end it really leads to nowhere.  Tell me what makes you happy!  Oh and if you have closet space and can see in between your hangers.....go home and give your clothes a hug for me.  xoxoxoxoxo

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March 25, 2015

The Bridesmaids Gift Guide - What They Really Need

After Mark and I got engaged we sat down and talked about all those really fun things that guys like to talk about........things like the size of the wedding, who we were thinking of inviting and finally picking our bridal party.  I swear Mark could have had 12 groomsmen at the drop of a hat......I on the other hand have a handful of really close girlfriends that I couldn't imagine my wedding without.  I was so nervous about asking them however every single one of them was over joyed when I did (see how I did here).  I was truly blown away with how happy they were.

I vowed to not be a bridezilla.  You can ask every single one of them and they will vouch for me.  They had to constantly ask me "are you sure you don't need help???"  They threw me the most beautiful bridal shower and who can forget that fabulous bachelorette party??  When the wedding approached I really put a lot of thought into their gifts.  A few of them had recently been in weddings so I didn't want to get them another robe and flip flop set that they'd throw into the closet.  I came up with some essentials that I think had great price points (because buying gifts times 5 does add up quickly!)

Something to get ready in that wasn't a robe.  These rompers I was so impressed with the quality.  They were soft, not see through and fit everyone perfectly.  We won't talk about the fact it was freezing that morning so they did wear sweaters over them.....

I also paid for their hair and makeup.  That is just my personal preference but I've been in a few weddings where I paid an arm and leg for some less than stellar hair/makeup.  Isn't that the worst?  Let me drop $200 for a prom up do that is half falling out. Either let them do their own or pay for it was my mindset.  Once again personal preference and I made sure I budgeted for it. They all had airbrush makeup and I think they looked flawless.

I asked all the girls to get their nails (hands and toes) done before they came down for the wedding.  I asked them to stay in the pale pinks/mauves color scheme.  No Lincoln Park after Dark if you will.  They all went to their own favorite nail gals and when it worked for their time table (see no bridezillas here).  After they sent me pics of their nails and they were on point.  See saved on the nails which allowed to pay for their hair/makeup.

Next my mother found adorable cases to stash all the goodies in and naturally she found some gorgeous vintage handkerchiefs that she added in......of course she did.  Nobody had one for me when I started tearing and my nose ran during our vows.  Mark started dying laughing when I had to basically wipe it on my arm.  My mother afterwards "all those vintage handkerchiefs and not one for you during the ceremony??!?!?"  Par for the course with me.  Look at his face.  Classic.

I tasked the job of the jewelry to my sister.  She did a fantastic job.  I told her I wanted stones that were in the same color scheme of the dresses.  I loved what she picked.  I also had the idea of these bourbon and boweties as a statement piece as well. Bracelet and earrings.  Didn't need to go crazy with the matching necklace as well.  Those two pieces were perfect.

I added these headbands (mine were gold, sold out online similar here) at the last minute and I think it was really pulled the whole look together. They had the most perfect amount of stretch but stayed tight cannot recommend them more especially for the price!

My advice save on the matching tote bags.....they add up and how many do you still use from when you were one?  Don't get me wrong I think they are amazing and thoughtful especially when monogrammed.  However they didn't make the cut with the budget.  I put them in really pretty gift bags in the color scheme of the wedding.....of course.  Don't spend the excess on the sandals, lipgloss, nail polish etc etc.  They seem not too expensive to start with but times 5 they add up quickly.  My focus was gifting them things that they wouldn't have to buy on their own and would use afterwards.

What do you think?  What did you get for your girls?  What things would you like to get if you are asked to be a bridesmaid? Wasn't I so laid back?  I didn't even raise my voice or freak out once.  I think it was the bubbly I was drinking in the morning.  See even did some Gator chomps with my little.

Have to show my gorgeous nieces who were flower girls.

Hope y'all are having a fabulous week I have been swamped at work I apologize for my less than stellar presence I promise I'll be caught up soon!  xoxoxoxo
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March 24, 2015

Bloomingdale's Friends & Family Sale Ultimate List

Bloomingdale's has finally graced us with their friends and family sale.  25% off just about everything in store and online.  Now is the time to finally splurge and get those pieces you have been lusting over that never go on sale like my red mirrored Ray-Ban aviators that have literally never been taken off my face since the warmer temperatures hit.  I will be living in this black dress this Summer, so versatile, comfortable and can be dressed up or casual with these sandals.  This Amanda Uprichard dress is on sale and part of the friends and family....I think it may be coming with me on the honeymoon.

You know me.  I took all the work out of it for you and found all the best trends and lust worthy pieces that you have been coveting for the Warmer temps!  My Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac which is seriously the best cross body you will ever own.  It fits your wallet, phone, keys and a few makeup essentials flawlessly.  It totally glams up every outfit is part of the sale!  Or if you want to be a major bargain shopper....this gorgeous color is already on sale PLUS you can use the additional 25% off.  I don't think I've ever seen a mini mac for that affordable ever!  Hurry my grey has already sold out...only a few colors of the sale ones still available.

Totally loving these studded ankle strapped sandals which are a great dupe for these Isabel Marant but a fraction of the price.  Mara Hoffman is also included this bathing suit is definitely sitting in the checkout cart.  Finally this black drape shirt is on major sale plus you can take 25% off....major repeat it will be.

If you have your eye on it grab it soon!  My cart has half sold out by the time I went to checkout.  This sale is major jump on it!  Tell me what you have your eye on! xoxoxoxo

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March 23, 2015

Weekending - True Blogger Style

I am not ready for Monday can we just start off with that?  All I can say is I have to do a lot of classes this week after this weekend!  Linking up with Biana and Meghan!

The Beer fest on the downtown Tampa waterfront was a success!  Give me everything in this picture! It was my hippie child's dream.

Immediately following this picture I nailed some random bystander in the head and knocked the drink out of their hand.  Of course I did.  

The beer trucks weren't doing it for us so we quickly jetted out for some Eddy and Sam's pizza.  The Sicilian and eggplant were amazing!

Worth every single calorie/bite.

Played with some gorgeous makeup

The back of this shirt is everything.  Check out that mascara in its full glory.

No weekend in the books would be complete without a burger at the bar from Bern's.  This week will be all about the salads and water.  I  mean is there anything better than ranch dressing and french fries?

I also had the absolute pleasure of working with a close friend who has a beautiful eye for photography this weekend to showcase all the fabulous Spring and Summer clothes on the radar.  I cannot wait to share them with you!  Make sure to check back this week I have some fun news to share with you on Wedding Wednesday and to see what trends I'm digging tomorrow!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend!!  xoxoxo

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March 20, 2015

Friday Favorites - Can You Believe It's Been a Month??

Can you believe it's been a month since I was walking down the aisle isn't that crazy?????  Seriously wasn't this week the longest?? Can I get a round of hands up of who is so ready for this weekend?  I am so looking forward to it! We have a local beer fest going on tomorrow that I can't wait to partake in especially since the weather is going to be gorgeous!  I hope y'all had a great week! See what happens when I have time on the weekend?!?  I don't want to pat my own back but this week I was really digging what this creative mind came up with!  If you didn't have a chance to see them......check out the ultimate Spring/Summer Guide with everything under $35.....then my Wedding pictures debut and this funny about asking some tough questions.  

Favorite Song

This song has been on major repeat.  Such a chill sound with Ellie Goulding's gorgeous voice but then it kicks in with the beat.  Love!!!  Seven Lions ft Ellie Goulding "Don't Leave".

Favorite Recipe

This will be made this weekend.  Thai Cauliflower Rice Salad with Ginger Peanut Lime Dressing full recipe found here.

Favorite Workout

Planks with side to side hops......are you kidding me?  

Favorite Purchase

Basically everything in this post.  However if I had to be specific it would be this dress.

Favorites Funnies

Pretty much every single night when we turn the tv on

You know it's a great weekend day when this happens to you

I'm sorry.  It's adorable.

Trying out some of the fancy new kitchen gadgets off our wedding registry

When I'm back in my office trying to actually eat lunch and I hear someone speak my name

When I tell people that I work in Cardiology

When you finally wiggle into that tiny dress and get it zipped......but then try to bend over to put on your shoes the end of a night out when you just can't walk in those heels anymore

Alright it's your turn!  Tell me your favorites from the week!!!  xoxoxo

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