Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Little Mermaid

On Saturday, we went to see The Little Mermaid show at the Straz Center.

It was so cute! Leading up to the show, I was curious how they were going to do the under water scenes on stage. Well, so it was interesting. There were times they would drop this sheer backdrop with a bubble pattern and raise actors with cords to look like they are swimming in water. That was pretty good. The kind of weird part was the times they were standing on stage. They would move their bodies as if they were in water. THE. WHOLE. TIME. Hard to really explain in writing. Really something that you have to see in person. It was a cute show. They didn't fully stick to the original movie script towards the end. It was a little different.

Here's a picture of my cute date and I before the show. Love him.

We are already looking forward to our next show at the Straz in September to see Harry Potter Film Concert Series. It will be so fun to hear the Florida Orchestra perform the music to Harry Potter live during the movie!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Style | Warby Parker

Hi friends! I am here today to chat with you all about Warby Parker. I was contacted a couple weeks ago by one of the brand reps, who asked if I would mind writing a post of their new collection that debuts TODAY for them on my blog. I've been contacted before by other companies/brands to do collaborations but they were companies that, honestly, I've never heard about before. I was a little skeptical about those so I passed. However, I have heard about Warby Parker before and have always had an appreciation for some of their styles.

I also love to support brands that have an initiative to help others. They have the Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program - for every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. You can learn more about it here.

Let me start off by saying, this is NOT a paid sponsored post and I did NOT receive any goodies in the mail. I am simply sharing my thoughts based on the images and descriptions that were emailed to me. 

Okay, enough formalities, let's get to the good stuff! Their new collection contains four new styles: Gemma, Mae, Skye and Stella.

Gemma - Walnut

Mae - Onyx

Skye - Jet Black

Stella - Sable Horn

I'm really loving the Gemma and Mae! The Gemma's I could totally see wearing on the daily. Stylish and Feminine. The Mae would be my go-to's for the weekend. Fun and flirty. The touch of color on the sides adds some variation to them but not a lot. When it comes to accessories like sunglasses, I am not one that hoards a collection of them, so I like to have one or two pairs that can go with anything.

The last two are a bit to futuristic looking for me, but definitely something I could see a model wearing down a fashion runaway.

If you're interested in any of these, you can visit their site or location for a location near you. I just discovered they have a location at one of my fave places, The Oxford Exchange! I may need to plan brunch over there next weekend and go peruse the new sunnies in person.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Five | No. 18

This is my Friday Five - Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Edition. If you've been living under a rock and haven't been bombarded with posts all over social media about this, the sale starts July 21st.

Tory Burch Adeline Boot - I am in need of a new pair of riding boots. The last pair I had were in pretty bad shape and I needed to toss them out. I have wanted TB boots for some time now and what better time to get them than during a big sale? Hello, $200 off!! #nobrainer

Kate Spade Park Bow Bracelet Watch -  Y'all know I love me some Kate Spade. I have been wanting a watch that is both silver and gold for it's versatility. This one is adorable!

Sole Society Ivan Faux Leather Backpack - I have been on the hunt for a nude backpack purse to use while in Las Vegas. I know I will be doing a lot of activities and don't want to worry about slugging around a tote purse. It needs to be a more formal looking bag because I will be using it during the conference and wearing business attire. This purse hits the mark! I want to see it in person to see the size of it.

Sigma Beauty Classically Beautiful Brush Set - Confessions. I have been wanting Sigma makeup brushes since I started watching YouTube videos back in 09. Of course, I kept delaying because I couldn't get myself to dish out the money but I am still wanting them!

Diptyque Scented Candle Set - I have heard so much about these candles. Very possible that it is just people that are sponsored by this brand that rave about it. Not sure. Have any of you tried these? Are they real deal?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Weekend | July 8 & 9, 2017

It was another HOT weekend here in Florida. I'm over it and ready for Fall. Not that that means much here but still. Over the heat.


A friend of mine recently bought her first house and had a housewarming party. She had a little hawaiian theme and she DIYed the cutest balloon banner to go over the food table. I was so proud of her party planning skills! 

Oh and her BF has a this game station. Which y'all, he has the Nintendo NES, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 AND the Cube. Seriously, #gamersgoals! As you can see by the picture below, we were glued to our seats playing in the AC. Meanwhile the young crowd was out in the lanai playing beer pong and water guns. HAHA!


It was a chill day for us. We had breakfast at my fave, First Watch, and went grocery shopping. After dropping the Mr off at home I went to the outlet mall to do a little shopping for Vegas. I got a cute black dress from Banana Republic that was 60% off and the pumps below at ALDO for 50% off. Love me some good deals!!

I think I am set with shoes now - black and nude. This pair has a slightly higher heel than the nude pumps I got last week, but not too high. I did also get these sticky pads that you put on the bottom of the shoe to prevent slipping. Lord knows I need all the help I can get to prevent me from busting on my bum. 

After my mini shopping haul, when I got home, I'm not sure what got into me but I did some major cleaning and purging in our closet and drawers. I have a mound of clothes and shoes going to Goodwill this week. 

Ended off the evening giving myself a mani while reading a book and watching the thunderstorm storm outside cause it was cuh-razy! I'm talking shake the house kind of thunder.

Now to get this week started. It's gonna be a crazy busy week at work and I am ALREADY looking forward to Friday. Oy vey!


Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday Five | No. 17

ONE | Summer Vacations

If you missed, I shared with you all some tid bits of our summer vacation in St. Augustine. You can read about it here. It was so nice having the extra days off from work for the 4th of July and only having a two day work week. Although I will say, it wasn't easy getting up Thursday morning for work!

TWO | Britney Spears Las Vegas

It's official! I purchased my ticket to go see my girl Britney Spears in Vegas next month!! I am going for a convention for work and extended my stay there to have a little girls weekend with a friend. She is a huge Britney fan like moi so this was an obvious must do while in Vegas. Excuse me while I brush up on my vocals and dance moves...

THREE | Beauty and the Beast

I have been dying to watch this movie since it was first announced that they were making it. Sadly, I didn't get the chance to see it while it was in theatres. I told myself that once it was out in DVD I would be purchasing and watching it. Well, I watched it Tuesday evening and it did not disappoint! I loved the animation and love that there was singing! On the DVD, there is an option to watch the movie and sing-along.... we know what I will be doing this weekend...

FOUR | Nude Pumps

As I briefly mentioned above, I will be attending a convention in Las Vegas next month and I have begun doing some purchases here and there for clothes and shoes. I have been in need of new nude pumps and tried a couple places then found these at Dillards. Not only are they comfortable with a not so ridiculously high heel, but they were on sale too! Win, win!

FIVE | My faux fig leaf tree

We have been living in our house for over two years now and I am STILL working on decorating it. I have a vision but always struggle finding what I want for a decent price tag. Money don't grow on trees y'all!

One of the areas I have been working on is our "foyer". I have a table and mirrors from Ballard's that I absolutely love, but wanted to add some type of greenery. After what felt like years of searching for a fake fig leaf tree that didn't cost an arm and a leg, I finally found one at Hobby Lobby. I would scour online sites like Wayfair for a decent one with good reviews that I didn't need to sell my soul to afford and always ended up empty handed. Well, when I saw this little guy at Hobby Lobby and saw the orange 30% off tag, I knew it was meant to be mine. The basket I found this weekend at Homegoods for $15 and I am really diggin' the look. This weekend I want to go to Michael's to get something to put on the base to give the tree a little more height and then add some fillers.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Read | The One & Only by Emily Giffin

I finished reading this book during our summer vacation to St. Augustine beach. I started it a couple weeks ago, reading a few chapters at a time and was determined to finish it during this trip. It's an easy read but a little over 400 pages long. Usually takes me a hot minute to get through books that long.

Overall, it was a good read. I was a little disturbed while reading it, I'll explain why shortly. The story is about a gal named Shea, who is a big college football fanatic (specifically for her alma mater, Walker). She's a budding sports journalist and lands her first real job after having worked at Walker for years.

Then, as with any gal in her late 20s/early 30s (?), there is the whole love situation. She starts off the story in a relationship with a guy who everyone agrees is not the guy for her. She ends up breaking it off with him. Then throughout the story we follow along her love struggle as she has feelings for two guys. One is the McDreamy guy, Ryan James, quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys who is perfect in every possible way except he holds a dark side. Then there is the other love interest, this is where it gets a little disturbing for me, her childhood best friend's father, Coach Carr, who is a recent widow. There is just so much wrong with this. Not only is he her best friend's father, he is also twenty plus years her senior. That is just all kinds of wrong. As you can imagine, this does not sit well with her bff when she finds out.

I won't spoil the story for you, in case you decide to read this book. :)

As always, if you have any good book recommendations, please leave it in the comments!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Travel | St. Augustine Beach

Happy 4th of July friends!!

Aren't we just the cutest? In our matching Patriotic attire... Holla at Old Navy for their $2 women's tanks and $4 dollar men's tees. 

We just got back from our three night stay in St. Augustine Beach. We stayed at this cute little rental that was in walking distance to the beach and restaurants off the A1A. Seriously, the BEST location.

We went to the beach the second day we were there for a couple hours in the morning. That was enough beach time for me. I am not a huge beach fan, so the close proximity made it perfect for the Mr. to go take a dip in the water while I stayed indoors reading a book.

We also did a little sightseeing in the historic district, visiting the fort and taking a stroll down George St. Guys, the Florida heat was at an all time high. We I did not last very long. After grabbing a bite to eat, we made our way back to our rental.

If I'm to be honest with you, the historic part of St. Augustine is alright. We visited once, back in 2010, and I was looking forward to visiting again. But after having traveled to so many places, I was perhaps a little disappointed with the historic part. The restaurant selection was ehh to me. Typically, I flood people's IG and Facebook feeds with all the different foods we eat on vacation and this time, the food posts were minimal. So that was a bummer.

It also felt very dirty to me. Probably that dirtiness was heightened because of the extreme heat.

Aside from the food game being weak, the trip overall was nice and needed. Very relaxing. I was able to lounge around and do some reading. Also got myself a nice little tan.

The Mr. and I both agree that if we do a vacation up there again, staying next to the beach is the way to go.

Added bonus is that it's only a three hour drive from our place. We left late morning and got home early afternoon. Leaving us plenty of time to settle back in at home and go out for a late lunch. What's even better is that we have tomorrow off as well, so the vacation fun continues on for one more day!