Thursday, August 16, 2018

Our Patio :: Progress Photos

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Hope you're having a great week so far. It's been a hectic week for us. The kids are back to school. I kept saying this but I still can't believe our little girl is off to first grade! Where did the time go? She is doing so well adjusting to the new school. I teared up a little on her first day. My husband has been working like a beast on the patio. It's been 5 weeks. The patio is nowhere near finished but we're hoping to wrap things up before the holiday weekend. We're hosting a cookout with friends and family. It's a bigger job than we anticipated. Some tasks are very tedious. He has been working around the clock to get things done. He also takes the time to do it right the first time. I may be biased but I am very impressed with how well the pergola turned out. I know my husband can build things but that pergola is solid. It's built to last! I am very fortunate to marry a handyman. Other than pluming and electric, this man can build/fix anything. I can't wait to see it all come together!
What's left to do:
- Install tile flooring for the covered porch 
- Put in granite countertop for the bar area 
- Build the sitting wall around the firepit 
- The contractors will take care of all lighting and electrical needs
- We purchased this swing set for the little one and that needs to be put together as well.

Yikes! There is still a lot of work to be done. Below are a few progress photos. I probably won't do another update until everything is done and ready for the big reveal. Have a great weekend, everyone!
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Monday, August 13, 2018

Black & White Gingham Dress

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Can't believe my kids are back to school tomorrow. A friend of ours has a really nice camper so we went camping last weekend. The kids had fun running wild in the woods while the adults catching up over beers. Quite honestly, I am ready for them go to back to school. Being a routine person, I am looking forward to a normal schedule. Speaking of back to school, I ordered this dress for my teen daughter. It looks so cute on her so I thought I would share this outfit just in case you're interested. One of the perks of having a teen daughter is that we can share clothes. This look is exactly what she's going to wear on the first day of school. Outfit details: Shein dress *size XS* | Adidas Superstar sneakers | Louis Vuitton backpack | H&M denim jacket | Cartier bracelet
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

My birthday wishlist

Let me start off by saying that I am very touched by your sweet comments and questions in my last post. I am working on answering them. In the meantime, if you have additional questions, please feel free to leave them below. A fun post today to show you what's on my birthday wishlist. I know I am truly blessed for being surrounded by such wonderful people in my life. My family always makes me feel special on my birthday. This year is no different. My birthday gift has arrived last week. Ekkkkk! My thoughtful husband did go all out this year. Bless his heart =) I can't believe I have it in my possession. Will have to share what I got in a later post. With that being said, I have zero expectations when it comes to any of these items. They're just fun to look at. I might get one of two on this list at some point but I am in no hurry. Did you notice? No bag!! lol If you have a special occasion coming up, I hope this list gives you some ideas. Material things are always fun to look at but the nothing worth more than surrounding myself with people who make me feel special on my birthday
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1. Chanel slingback: There is nothing more classic than these Chanel slingbacks. I purchased an affordable version from Zara last month and have been enjoying them. These shoes are on my list of things to check out when I am in NY next month.
2. Gucci Marmont belt: I talked briefly about the belt here. I purchased the 1.5" version and it was way too big on me. I also purchased the 0.8" version and it was too small. One day, I thought to myself "Since the belt is unisex, why not look in the men's section?" Low and behold, I found the 1" version and it's exactly what I am looking for. I am planning to purchase this belt towards the end of the year.
3. Louis Vuitton 6-key holder: I have always wanted to add this piece to my collection. This might be the year to pull the trigger
4. David Yurman earrings: I've been entertaining the idea of getting a pair of earrings to match my cable bracelet. These are so perfect for everyday wear.
5. Chanel pearl necklace: Another classic item from Chanel that I absolutely love. Although, it's debatable whether it's really worth the price tag. I have never seen one in person. Added to my list of things to check out in NY as well.
6. Christian Louboutin black simple pumps: I get so much wear out of my nude pumps that I am considering getting the black pair as well. The 85mm heel is a great option if you're on your feet for long periods of time
7. Gucci sunglasses: Gucci sunglasses are all the rage these days. I did try on the popular square version but they're huge on my face. I stumpled upon this style and they fit amazing. Not sure how I feel about the price tag but hey, it's fun to dream =)
8. Dyson hair dryer: I am seriously in need of a new hair dryer. The one I am using right now is so old. These days, I wake up at 5:30 a.m to get ready for work. Since my hair dryer is so old and loud, I feel like I wake up the entire household when blow drying my hair. Do you own a Dyson hair dryer? If so, please share your thoughts? I heard it dries your hair really fast and is very quiet
9. Canada Goose camp down jacket: This is something that I keep putting on and taking it off my wishlist. I had a chance to try this exact jacket while I was in Banff earlier this year. Quite honestly, I don't understand the hype. It feels the same as my North Face jacket but it costs 4 times as much. The down jacket is the only style that I am kind of considering. I am not interested in the ones with real fur.
10. Barefoot Dreams robe *available in 11 colors*: The last item on my wishlist is this amazing robe. I am a huge fan of the brand and would love to wrap myself in this insanely soft robe.
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Ask me anything

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Did you know I've been blogging for 9.5 years? It's so crazy to think that I am still here. Not sure how much longer I will keep this blog going but that's another discussion for another day. Whether you're a regular reader or not, you probably noticed that my blog is dedicated mainly to fashion and material things. I choose to keep my person life private and I choose to keep my children off social media. Internet is a wonderful yet a scary place at the same time. The fact is you can't please everyone. Some will agree with what you have to say, some will not. My Dad said something years ago and it always stuck with me. He said "if you don't want people to talk about you, then don't give them a reason to". However, I've been entertaining the idea of doing a birthday Q&A post. I know I have a small number of followers visiting this blog on a regular basis (thank you!). If you'd like to get to know me a bit better whether you're curious about my personal life, my family, my career or all of the above, leave me your question(s) below. I will do a Q&A post on my upcoming birthday. I may get one, two or no question. I am not sure but I'll give it a shot. You can also leave me a comment below to tell me more about yourself. I am genuinely wanted to know. I know I don't say it enough but I appreciate each and everyone of you for still sticking around. Outfit details: Old Navy dress *under $14* | Bamboo bag | Free People sunglasses | similar nude mules
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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Mixing high end and low end fashion

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Heads up! Today is the last day to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Prices go up tomorrow. My recommendations are here and here. If you're a regular reader then this post comes as no surprise. I love mixing designer items with affordable pieces. My general rule of thumb - invest in luxury accessories. They will elevate your everyday outfits and make your clothes look more expensive and stylish. Plus accessories can be worn year after year. When it comes to clothing, go with affordable pieces. Oftentimes, people are surprised when I told them my outfit was from Target, H&M or Forever 21. You can find expensive-looking pieces from those places. You just have to know what to look for. I hardly ever spend more than $50 on a single piece of clothing and that's a fact. Outfit details: Denim overall *runs small - also comes in dark wash* | White bodysuit *love* | Hermes Kelly bag | ZeroUV sunglasses | Express sandalsCartier bracelet
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When you spend a ridiculous amount of money on luxury accessorizes, wear them. Some people might think an Hermes bag does not suit their lifestyle. I am here to tell you it does not matter. My lifestyle is super chill. We hardly go out for a fancy dinner but you know what, I will enjoy my expensive handbags regardless. Take this outfit as an example. Wearing a denim overall does not mean that you have to go with a pair of sneakers and a backpack. I dressed up a casual outfit with my beloved Kelly bag and a pair of high heel sandals. These accessories instantly take a simple outfit up a notch. My point is, when you spend your hard earned cash on something, no need to wait for a special occasion to use it. Mixing designer and affordable items together is one of my favorite things to do when it comes to fashion.
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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale :: What's still in stock

You have 2 days left to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (prices go up on Monday). Things are selling out really fast. I went through 48 pages to pick out some of the best items still fully in stock. Act now before they sell out again. Have a great weekend, everyone!
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1. Vince Camuto booties - The perfect booties for Fall. I love the slits down the sides (save $50 - available in 3 colors and all sizes are in stock)
2. AG ankle skinny jeans - These jeans fit and feel amazing (see them on me). I wore a size 24 (save $75 - all sizes are still available)
3. Tory Burch tote - The perfect every day tote in pebbled leather (save $200)
4. Nordstrom earrings - I own these and can't say enough good things about them (under $35)
5. Halogen seamless day bra - The perfect everyday bra. They don't give a lot of support but they're insanely comfortable to wear (available in 3 colors - under $12)
6. Spanx smoothing shorts - You need one of these shorts in your closet =) They smooth out everything especially under tight dresses (under $40)
7. Kensie faux shearling jacket - So comfy for Fall (save $70 - all sizes are still available) 
8. Michele Caber watch - I love my Michele watch and would recommend it to anyone. Save almost $500 on this version
9. Voluspa Maison Blanc candle set - I love candles in general and will splurge on them. Picked up this set last week and I love it. They smell so so good. 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Finding my birthday outfit

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1. Mint one-shoulder jumpsuit (available in mint and white, regular and petite)
2. High neck dress (available in 3 colors, size 0 - 12)
3. Red cut out dress (available in 3 colors, size XS - XL)
4. Blush pink off the shoulder dress (available in 2 colors, size XXS - XL)

Whether I like or not, my 40th birthday is fast approaching. I have so many thoughts running through my mind lately but will have to share them in a future post. Our dear friends have planned a night out for my birthday. When your friends plan a birthday celebration for you 6 weeks in advance, you keep those friends close to your heart. I am searching for outfit ideas for a night out on the town. I am not looking for just a dress. I am looking for something fun and a bit over the top for the occasion. My husband and I are also taking a weekend trip to NYC to celebrate my milestone birthday. I seriously can't wait!!! I have never been to New York. If you have any recommendations, please let me know below. We'll be staying right on 5th Ave. I scoured the web and settled on these 4 options (all under $70). I think I am going to order 2 of them. Which is your favorite(s), ladies! Help a girl out =)
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Monday, July 30, 2018

Culotte Jumpsuit :: Round Straw Bag

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I mentioned before but I still can't believe my kids are back to school in 2 weeks. My little girl is going to be a first-grader! It's such an important milestone. She's excited yet nervous at the same time. We finished our school supplies shopping yesterday. Thank goodness! It was so chaotic. Is anyone interested in a back to school shopping post for kids? Let me know if you're. I'll be happy to put together a list of what I picked up for both of my daughters.
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With the summer coming to an end, I've been trying to use my summer accessories as much as I can including this little beauty. Round straw bags are all the rage this season. There are so many versions out there ranging from over $100 to less than $20. If you're a regular reader then you know I don't spend a lot of money on trendy pieces. They don't seem to last more than a season or two. My number one source for finding cute trendy pieces at affordable prices is Etsy. I stumbled upon Gonics Bali shop and I fell in love with her products. I picked up this little round straw bag and for only $22.50, I am super impressed with the quality. The strap is made out of genuine leather. I am glad the strap drop is only 21.5". Anything longer than 22" would be too long for my short frame. Since it's made out of leather, it's so soft and comfortable to wear. Outfit details: Similar jumpsuit | Gonics Bali bag | Cartier bracelet | ZeroUV sunglassesSimilar suede sandals *Marked down to $48 - was $325*
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Let's talk about the design! I love the fact that this bag only opens half way. Some bags open all the way and things tend to fall out easier. You can definitely open and close this bag while wearing it and your stuff is guaranteed to stay put. The lining is summery and vibrant. Please keep in mind that the bag has a bit of smokey smell to it but it is slowly going away. Based on the description "these bags are sunbaked and smoked over coconut husk as part of the finishing process, to bind the rattan to ensure it's resilience as well as give it a darker tone". Just let it air out for a few days and the smell will fade. Another thing I love about this bag is that it can hold a ton of stuff. I can fit my iPhone X, my compact wallet, sunglasses, chapsticks, key and there's still more room to spare. Do not underestimate how much this little bag can hold. It fits everything you might need for a summer night on the town. All in all, I love it and highly recommend Gonics Bali shop. This bag is perfect for trips to the pool, beach or any summer activities. If this bag isn't your cup of tea, Gonics Bali offers a wide range of handbags made of natural materials. Check them out if you're interested!
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Sunday, July 29, 2018

The perfect one-piece swimsuit for Moms

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Happy Sunday, ladies! I wanted to get on here real quick to share a super deal with you. I purchased this one-piece swimsuit several weeks ago for $29.99. I just checked this morning and it's marked down again to $12. **Update: I just realized you can stack code 11631 for an additional 30% off. This swimsuit is now only $8.40!!! That's an absolute steal!!! The quality of this suit is amazing. I love the textured fabric. It's a one-piece but from the back, it looks like you're wearing a two-piece swimsuit. The knot/cut out detail adds some interest to the suit. It's available in 5 colors but I love the yellow. It's such a happy and fun color to wear. Grab it now before it's gone. I am wearing a size XS here. For all the Moms out there, if you're looking for a stylish, one-piece that has moderate coverage without looking matronly, I highly recommend this one. Not to mention, it won't break the bank either. Shop the entire sale hereOutfit details: A&F swimsuit | Brixton hat | Unicorn float
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Everything you need to know about the Cartier LOVE bracelet

As mentioned in this post, today, I am sharing some information about my Cartier LOVE bracelet. I wasn't sure how I feel about having something on my wrist 24/7. After wearing for 9 months, I can't imagine not having it. It's now a part of me. If you're interested in owning one, I hope you find this post helpful
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The history: Designed in 1969 by Aldo Cipullo, the LOVE bracelet was created as the ultimate symbol of a strong bond and commitment between two people. Nearly half a century later, the bracelet remains one of the most iconic fine jewelry pieces on the market.

The design: The bracelet is available in yellow gold, rose gold and white gold. The yellow and rose gold version starts at $6300 while the white gold version is a bit higher at $6750. The LOVE bracelet comes in 2 different widths: the original (which I have) and the mini LOVE (super cute!). If you love stacking your bracelets, the mini version is a great option. I might get one for my daughter when she turns 18. The bracelet features a wrist-hugging oval shape which makes it so comfortable to wear even though it has a good weight to it. You'll get used to wearing it after a few weeks. The LOVE bracelet is available in 7 sizes, ranging from 15cm - 21cm. Mine is a size 16 (my wrist measures 5.5"). You can't see any space but there is room for the bracelet to move up and down my wrist.