12 June 2016

Sprucing Up Your Summer Wardrobe With PANDORA Leather Bracelets

Over the past couple of years, I have really made an effort to fill my closet with pieces that I genuinely love. And I think in the first time in my life, I'm at a point where I can say that I'm really happy with my wardrobe. One thing I struggle with, though? Jewelry and accessories. I tend to be very indecisive about jewelry, so I will just go without most of the time.

I was recently introduced to these PANDORA leather bracelet's and they are exactly what I needed to spruce up my Summertime wardrobe. They aren't too chunky, but rather, dainty & feminine.

The best part about these bracelets, is that there are hundreds of different charms available to get! Everything from charms for different occasions like birthdays, holidays, wedding anniversaries... etc. There are also charms to represent travel, pets, family, hobbies, sports, nature, and the list goes on! Anything that is meaningful to you in some way, I'm sure there is a charm to represent it. Such a fun way to display the things your lives that are important for you.

The pieces I have are:
  • Blue Leather Bracelet
  • Pink Leather Bracelet 
  • Shining Elegance CZ Teal Clip
  • Flower Garden Murano Charm
  • Shimmering Droplets Pave Charm in Teal CZ
These are all from the Summer collection just released on June 3rd! This whole collection is awesome, and includes bright beautiful colors that have only now become available. Head over to Reeds to check out the Leather Bracelet event. From now until June 19th you will receive a FREE leather bracelet with a $100 PANDORA purchase.

These would make fantastic gifts as well. Something that you could continually add to as occasions and holiday's come up. Don't you think??

09 June 2016

June Stitch Fix - Summertime Perfection

Someone pinch me, it's almost Summer!! I don't believe it. I mean, I'm excited, but the year is already half over and I feel like I'm in some sort of time warp. Speaking of Summer, I'm stoked for me awesomely styled Summery Stitch Fix that arrived on my doorstep the other day. Florals, stripes, aztec... it's all perfection. :)
One thing that I really love about Stitch Fix, is how personal it feels. Nicole has been my stylist (at my request) for a long long long time. And there's a reason for it. I feel like she really pays attention to my style and considers my notes and feedback very seriously. Makes me feel warm & fuzzy.

Before I dive into the the photos where I dive in and "model" the pieces in this months box, let me tell you about Stitch Fix, you know, in case you've been living under a rock ;-)

First thing, stitchfix.com and check it out! Next, create your style profile. Also, be sure to start a Stitch Fix Style pinboard and link it to your profile so that your stylists can get a feel for your clothing tastes and preferences. Then schedule your fix!! The stylists will hand pick 5 items for you to try on. They send the clothing pieces directly to your house, you try them on and decide what to keep (if anything) and then you send back what you don't want. Super easy and convenient!
  • There's a $20 styling fee, which you can use toward your order. (that's awesome!!)
  • If you keep all 5 items you receive 25% off your order.
  • You choose your price range.
  • The more feedback you give on the pieces sent to you, the better they get over time. So be sure to be very specific to your stylists so that they can send you things you'll love.
This was yet another amazing fix. I don't know how I will decide... might end up keeping the entire box... again!! :)

Item #1 - Kami Mixed Material Knit Tank
Before I behind, can we just agree to ignore my Rudolph nose? I got a little sun the other day and by the time I put on sunscreen, my poor nose was already red. lol. Okay moving along....
Lately I have been trying to stray away from stripes, because for a while there, that was literally all I bought. Stripes stripes stripes. So when I first saw this I was going to just toss this one aside and move along. But then thought that would be ridiculous, might as well try it on. Plus, the soft pink color drew me in a little, since I don't have much in this color. After putting it on, I really like it, despite the stripes. It's a fun summery top, plus it's super comfy & casual. I think I might keep it afteall! :-)

Item #2 - Moreno Lace Detail Top
Well, Nicole, this is right up my alley. I have continually requested more feminine, floral tanks/tops for the Summer (since I'm straying away from stripes). And she definitely delivered. Not only does this have a pretty, dainty pattern, I love the lace detail on the front of the top. It makes it different from all of the other Summer blouses I have. 

Item #3 -Meghana Dress
First thing, a DRESS!! I haven't gotten a dress in a while. And I love the simplicity of this one. I really should have dressed this up with some cute jewelry... but I just wasn't thinking. ;) I can really see myself wearing this with a cute pair of sandals, or wedges. Thumbs up!!

Item #4 - Toluca Lattice Detail Blouse
So my stylist told me she threw this blouse in as a "wild card" item. lol. And she was right, she took a risk on this, because while I love the colors & pattern, I'm not super crazy about the style. Don't get me wrong, I think it's fun and unique, but I'm not sure how much I would wear this top? I'm torn, though. What do you think???

Item #5 - Easton Structured Crossbody Bag
This bag is called the "Easton" structored crossbody bag. It's like a sign that I'm supposed to keep it, because my son's name is Easton. So... duh. ;-) Plus, I am loving the pale green and the style of this purse. It's MINE!

Overall, another freaking amazing fix I think!! I'm still on the fence about a few of the items, and I'd love your opinions!! So bring 'em on! What do you think of these items? What would you keep, and what would you send back?

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16 May 2016

Sprucing Up The Boys Room With Fathead Wall Decals #peelstickdone

It probably doesn't come as a surprise, but I love to decorate. I am by no means at a professional status, but I really enjoy designing rooms and seeing my ideas come to life.

With that in mind, I decided to kinda of spruce up the boys room! Or rather, finish decorating the kids room. Ever since we combined their rooms last year, I've left the wall spaces almost blank. I didn't know which direction to take the decor, and wasn't sure what the boys would like long term. Because kids, they change their obsessions frequently, yes? I wanted to put things on the wall that would be kid-ish, but not childish. Does that make sense?

We were introduced to Fathead wall decals, and I knew instantly this is exactly the kind of thing we needed to complete the boys room! They have such a wide array of options, it was very hard to narrow down. We filled our shopping cart with all sorts of cool decals & let the kids in on the action. They were instantly drawn to all of the sea creatures. Which totally makes since, since the kids and I love the beach & the ocean. They are obsessed with marine life.

And SHARKS. Sharks was the first thing they asked for. So... sharks definitely had to make the cut. We also found a really awesome sheet with assorted tropical fish, sea turtles, sting rays... etc.

When the Fathead decals arrived, the Reef shark sheet also came with a few other fun decals! The kids are going to save the others and take them to the beach house to put in the walls in their room there!

The application process is pretty simple, but I do recommend following all of the instructions.
  • The Fathead decals are delivered rolled up nicely in a canister. But they need to lay out flat for a bit before trying to apply. So find a flat surface and spread it out for an hour or so.
  • Measure and make sure you have enough room!
  • Clean your walls making sure you have a warm, damp washcloth to wipe down the surface. Avoid using soaps or cleaners.
  • Ask for help if you need it! Some of these decals are quite large, and can take two people to get them on the wall.
  • STICK IT! Apply to wall, then use the squeegee to smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles. Start from the middle and work your way to the edges.

The decals went up fairly quickly and easily, and I'm so pleased with how everything turned out! We let the kids choose some of the various tropical fish and stick them around their room. They had a really good time deciding which creatures they wanted to put up, and where to put them. I feel like these fun sea creatures were just what their room needed to complete it! And the kids are so excited about it! What do you think??

Fathead has such a wide variety of options! They have so many different themes to choose from. Sports teams, movies & entertainment, animals, decorative accents, music & dance, video games, vinyl lettering, personalized monograms, and so much more. There is something for everyone. So if your walls need a little bit more flavor, I highly recommend hopping over to Fathead and check out some of their wall decals.

05 May 2016

Laundry Can Wait.

Remember the days when someone, a friend, neighbor, whoever -- would stop by unannounced? And you'd invite them in and chat & visit. Or okay, maybe "unannounced" is reaching a little. Perhaps, more like, they would call text and tell you they are in the area, and want to stop by for a bit to catch up or whatever! No? Doesn't happen to you?

I'll tell you why, it's because there is no time for it. Society has become all about filling our schedules, never saying "No" to anything. We're multi-tasking, and staying so busy that we're all running around like headless chickens. It's almost like if we aren't super busy all of the time, what on earth do we do with ourselves? I feel like this is a problem, and not just a little problem, I think it's a big problem.

Do you ever have those friends that you invite to every single event, playdate, girls night... etc. And literally, every single time, the answer is "Wish I could make it, I just have so much going on!" or "Oh man, things have just been so crazy busy lately, I'll try and make it next time!" I mean, man at this point, I'm starting to wonder if they just don't want to hang out with me. ;-) But the truth is, they probably really are that busy. And if this is the case....

Slow Down. Everyone, we need to slow down.

There is no reason why we should be so busy, that we don't have time for anything out of the "norm." And not only that, we need to actually make room in our busy lives for spontaneity. Sounds silly to set aside time to be spontaneous, but that's the point we've come to. For example: being able to just text a friend and say "Hey, what are you doing right now, wanna get lunch?" and then actually have them say "Sure, let's go" -- is pretty freaking awesome. It's rare, but it's awesome what that happens.

And you know what, as soon as we do have a spare minute, we're all driving ourselves crazy trying to "get stuff done." Listen, I know we're adults with responsibilities. But I am here to tell you that the laundry, is not a priority. I know, I'm talking crazy talk right now. But something I have come to realize, is that while I love to have a clean house and I do my best to keep it (at least the downstairs) picked up and tidy -- CHORES CAN WAIT. They really can. Next time someone randomly asks you to come to an event, or invites you to dinner, do not respond with "I really should get home, I have so much do, I have like 5 loads of laundry to put away." Really? I get it, you are trying to be productive. But in the grand scheme of things, the housework is not the priority. People, experiences, family, they are the priority.

This mentality of staying busy, working all of the time, and leaving no time for anything else, what is life even? Life is passing us all by while we're caught up in air-tight schedules and feeling the need to be oh-so-productive all of the time. And then feeling guilty if we don't get to everything on our to-do list.

So my challenge? Find a balance. Tend to your schedule, but leave yourself some down time. Let yourself off the hook if you decide you want to go sunbath instead of finishing the dishes. Don't beat yourself up if you decide you want to go to lunch with a friend, and put off grocery shopping a little longer. It really is OK.

Slow down. Learn to say "No" when you have too much on your plate. Bring a little spontaneity back into your life. And for the love, laundry can wait.