Saturday, August 9, 2014

Hectic summers & a volcano.

A few times a year life in our household gets hectic. (Or should I say more hectic than the usual amount?:) 
After coming back from Costa Rica, we found ourselves smack dab in the middle of a crazy summer.  Now, I must preface this by saying that our summers are always kind of crazy.  Both of our birthdays are in the summer, as well as our wedding anniversary.  And because summertime in Michigan is short-lived, almost every weekend is booked and planned by late spring. (And both of us working full-time and my two hour daily commutes really leave the weekends as the only time that we devote to getting things done.)  
This specific summer, however, has been especially busy.  With our Costa Rica trip in early July, my 30th birthday bash last week, a few visits from out of town family (My mom is staying with us right now. Hi, mom!) and tons of other planned activities, there hasn't been much time to just sit around and well, do the normal daily things that we want to be doing.  (I can't even tell you how much laundry I have sitting in a pile, just waiting to be washed.  And hopefully you don't judge me too harshly when I tell you that a month after getting back from Costa Rica, I'm still not really unpacked.  Actually, I think I'm passed the point of worry about judgement and have sailed straight into the 'I-don't-care', 'this-is-just-how-my-life-is-right-now' zone.=P)
Inevitably though, I always get to the point where I feel like I'm stuck in a spinning tornado.  But, I know that if I just buckle down and regain my composure, I can make it out alive.   So, my lovely friends, this is me posting the last of my "real" Costa Rica pictures and trying to get my life back in order. 
Be prepared for tons of work outfit photos from the past couple of weeks!
Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica
Mandie top c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)
Skirt c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact no longer available; Love this Flourish skirt here; Other super cute versions here, here, and here)
Wedges (Similar here and here; LOVE these here)
Necklace c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact no longer available; Love these options herehere, here, herehere)
Geo cuff (Love these ones herehere, & here)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For the Love of Ombre.

In my second to last Costa Rica "real" outfit photos... 
I absolutely adored this gorgeous and whimsical ombre ruffle dress.  How could I not? It's so unique and just totally gorgeous. 
Love love LOVE!

Caroline dress c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)
Wedges (Similar here, here, and here; LOVE these here)
Anar lace earrings c/o Bauble Boutique (Exact here)
Geo cuff (Love these ones here, here, & here)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sequins and Mint.

Since I don't usually take editorial style photos, being in Costa Rica and having time to actually take some "real" outfit photos was super fun!  And what's better than that?  A sequin and mint baby doll dress!  
This dress was so comfortable and pretty that I actually ended up wearing it twice on our trip.  
Hello, Lover! 

Sequin baby doll dress c/o Flourish Boutique (Sold out in mint; But, available in a gorgeous peach here)
Sandals c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)
Blue chandelier earrings c/o Bip and Bop (Similar here)
Boho bracelet set c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hello, Paradise.

About a week ago, J and I hopped on a plane and left the real world for Paradise: Arenal and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.
Only two words come to mind when describing our trip: mind blowing.

Being who I am, I like to use trips as escapes from the every day.  My perfect scenario is to lay out by a beach, read a couple of semi-decent books, and eat great food.  Our trip to CR was really not the type of trip I usually see myself saving my vacation days for.  But, oh my GOD, was it amazing!  We rappelled down waterfalls, surfed the Pacific, zip lined over the tops of trees, threw our bodies across the the rainforest on Tarzan swings, and rode in a humvee that looked like it belonged on the set of Jurassic Park.  
And in between, I managed to capture a few outfit photos, too.
Pura Vida, my Loves! 

Romper c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)
Sandals c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)
Aviators (Similar here, here, here, & here)
Geo cuff (Love these ones here, here, & here)
Gold & black bubble necklace (Almost exact here; Super cute options here, herehere, & here)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

In a trance.

This weekend happened to be one where we were actually home.  Subsequently, I found myself at the mall.  kidding.
But, all jokes aside, I did find myself at the mall because hubs was actually in "need" of new clothes for the summer.  Aren't guys funny?  So many of them don't shop unless they have absolutely run all of their clothing options into the ground and are left with practically nothing.  Me, on the other hand... =P
Anywho, so, J left the mall with a few bags of goodies from Express.... and I found myself at Forever21.  In a trance.  Per usual.  
And I walked out with my own bag of goodies. ;)

Here's what I've been wearing lately!

Mint green blouse (Exact old; Similar herehere,  here; Cute sleeveless options herehere, and here)//
Seamless cami (Exact here)//
"Jadyn" striped skirt c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
White pointy toe pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Pearl necklace c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact Sold Out; Similar herehere)//
Belt bracelet and "Lovely" bracelet c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here and here
Yellow cardigan (Exact old; Cute options herehere, & here)//
Seamless cami (Exact here)//
Geometric patterned skirt (Exact old; Love these styles hereherehere, & here)//
Nude pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//

Crystal neon necklace c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)//
"Lovely" bracelet c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here

"Laci" top c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Ivory and neon yellow skirt (Exact old; Super cute versions hereherehereherehere, & here)//
Strappy nude heels (Exact old; Similar hereherehere, & here)//
"Citrus Glitz" bracelet c/o Sira & Mara (Exact here)
White sleeveless blouse (Exact old; Similar here, here, here)//
Yellow pencil skirt (Exact old; Similar here)//
Strappy nude heels (Exact old; Similar hereherehere, & here)//
Colorful scarf (Exact not available; Love these options here, here, here, here)//
Earrings c/o Blossom Jewelry Design 
"Sallie" tank c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
White blazer (Exact here; Similar hereherehere, & here)//
Red skinny jeans (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Nude balett flats (Exact here; Similar  here and here)//
"Lovely" bracelet c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here) //

Oversized gold watch (Exact old; Similar herehere, & here)
"Dora" top c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Black tailored shorts (Exact old; Similar herehereherehereherehere)//
Skinny gold belt (Exact old; Similar here and here)//
Gold sandals (Exact old; Similar herehere, & here)//
Drop earrings ℅ Bip and Bip (Exact here)
Crochet "festival" top c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Seamless cami (Exact here)//
Boyfriend jeans (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Gold sandals (Exact old; Similar herehere, & here)//
Drop earrings ℅ Bip and Bip (Exact here)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Accessory Mercado $100 Flash Sale Giveaway!!

Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that my work-life has been a little wakadoo lately.  Long, 10-hour days have been the norm, and sleep and time to blog have been scant.  But, will that stop me from posting a super amazing giveaway?!  Absolutely not!!

And so, I present to you: a $100 credit giveaway to Accessory Mercado's Wednesday night Facebook Flash Sales!  
If you've never taken part in one of their flash sales, you  They are so much fun and really exciting!  Basically, they post a variety of special pieces (which are limited in number and set at amazing prices), and the first person(s) to "buy" the certain piece scores it!  
Accessory Mercado's Facebook Flash Sales go live every Wednesday night at 9 PM EST, on the Accessory Mercado Facebook page.  To enter and win a $100 credit to use in their fabulous flash sales, use the Rafflecopter app below!!  
(Don't forget to register with Soldsie-- it's so easy and it's required to  enter the giveaway!)

Good luck, dolls! <3
(P.S. Remember to check Hello Gorgeous' Facebook page next Tuesday, July 1st,  to see if you are the winner!!)
The small print: Giveaway ends on Tuesday, July 1st, and is open to U.S. residents. Winner will be announced on the Hello Gorgeous Facebook page and must claim prize within 24 hours. If prize is left unclaimed within this time, a new winner will be chosen.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hello Gorgeous/Avery Lane Boutique Exclusive Look: Summer Weddings.

Every summer, hubs and I have at least a handful of weddings to attend.  And each time a wedding rolls around I find myself asking the same question: "What the heck should I wear?!" 
There are so many suggested 'dos' and 'don'ts' when it comes to wedding attire.  Don't wear white. Or cream. Or anything light. Don't wear red! Don't wear black, it's not a funeral.  So, part of the reason that I'm always a little flustered with what to wear is because I feel somewhat restricted on what is appropriate.  Because the last thing that you want to do is wear something that the bride finds offensive.  It is her biggest day, after all.  
So, what's a girl to do?? Wear something somewhat neutral, but with a flare!  My favorite 'wedding attire' lately has been a dress in a neutral color.  But, one that has something that *pops* and catches the eye.  This way, you're playing it safe, but you're also having fun with your look.  A perfect example of this concept is this absolutely fabulous dress (and oh so pretty jewels) from Avery Lane Boutique-- handpicked by yours truly!  The gorgeous "Midnight Memories" dress and the "Frost Me" bracelet and earrings are this month's Hello Gorgeous/Avery Lane exclusive look-- and all of the pieces can be purchased right here!      

I wore this ensemble to a friend's wedding last week and the dress and jewelry were a huge hit!  And I just have to say, the bottom of this dress is incredible and so faboosh!  This look will leave you feeling appropriate, perfectly polished, and beyond fabulous!

"Midnight Memories" dress, "Frost Me" bracelet & earrings c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact here)//
Silver open-toe pumps (Exact old; Love these options 
herehere, & here)
"Midnight Memories" dress, "Frost Me" bracelet & earrings c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact here)//
Silver open-toe pumps (Exact old; Love these options 
herehere, & here)