Friday, September 30, 2011

October Dress Project

The Dress: Merona for Target, $9.08

So who would wear the same dress for 31 days? These girls! We are doing it again folks! Last year I rocked November inspired by girlfriends that participated in the October 2010 project! Why am I doing it? I tend to not appreciate my closet or utilize my accessories before heading out to shop for more. This is 31 days of using what I have to change up the look of this dress, and appreciating what's hanging in my closet that I can't wear. Finally, NO shopping! Why are others doing it? Read about it here. These photos are by the fabulous Nate Mundell. The first shots are the origninal 4 of us from last year. As you can see, we have brought along some friends! So wish me luck, I am going to need all of the encouragement I can get! I'm off now to enjoy wearing something other than "the dress" for the last time in 31 days! Cheers!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

TRESemme Dry Shampoo

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TRESemmé for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


So a reader recently asked how I keep my hair so shiny, and I am going to share my secret! I use TRESemme' Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, and here are some tips for the best results:

- Shake vigorously before use and in between spray bursts for best results.

- Lift sections of dry hair and spray lightly at roots.

- Spray in short bursts, holding 8-12 inches from head.

- Don’t spray it like hair spray (all over and continuously).

- Leave in for 1-2 minutes.

- Use fingertips or a brush to distribute product evenly.

- If clogging occurs, remove nozzle and rinse the nozzle under warm water, then reattach.

I absolutely love this brand, they have a complete line of dry shampoos that will revive your style's look and feel on days you skip a shampoo. Anyone with short hair knows this is a MUST, as I usually have to wash my hair daily to keep it from looking too oily. 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jamacian Me Crazy!

Scenic bus ride to the resort

These were AWESOME for sun tanning!

The main pool

Michael assisted the chef in a cooking class, this was his masterpiece! :) 

This gentleman made woven hats, and cups out of bamboo! We got one, so COOL!

I joke this is going on the next brochure! Ha Ha 
Most likely you will see a part two of this post because there are SO many pictures I want to share! What a FANTASTIC trip! My husband and I had the most fun that we have had together in a LONG time! What a beautiful resort, and Jamaicans are the nicest, happiest people! I am wishing I was back there right now, although I did miss the kiddos like crazy! Back to reality!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Leavin' On a Jet Plane-With a New Do!

My excited face, lol!

The new do, by Jen at Liquid Hair Lakeland

I cut my hair, imagine that!! It happens a lot!  Especially when I am going on a trip, we are headed to Jamaica tomorrow to the Sandals Grande Rivera Resort! I can't WAIT to tell you all about it. Most of all I am looking forward to spending time with my husband to celebrate our 8 years of marriage! Bonus: my best friend and her husband are coming along too! So until then, here's to the 15 restaurants on the resort, climbing waterfalls, the beach, and time alone with my husband! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Out the Door!

Top: Banana, Cardigan: J. Crew, Shorts & Belt: Express, Shoes: Unisa,
Bag: Louis Vuitton, Jewelry: Stella & Dot

Out the door to MOPs, followed by a haircut, work, and last minute trip errands! Today is going to be a busy day! I hope you all have a GREAT one!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Birthdays and Barbeques

We took a road trip to Lady Lake on Saturday for weekend fun with the family! It was my brother's and my two little cousins' birthdays! My cousins live on a great piece of property with nothing around-dirt road and all! It was great out there, so peaceful and quiet....well all except for the noise we were making :) I missed the Tim Gunn Blogger Brilliance in Tampa, but skipping it for family was totally worth it! We had a GREAT weekend! Hope you did too! So....I am on final coutdown for my trip to Jamaica with my husband and BFF and her hubby! We leave Thursday! Can't WAIT!!!!! I really should get some packing advice from my Getaway Girl pal, Casey Wohl! Check out her blog for amazing reads of all things travel! She is a blast!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hot Momma!!

Maxi dress: Kohls, Shoes: Nine West, Clutch: Vintage, Belt: Hatties Branches

Maternity Jeans: Joes, Clutch: Michael Kors, Watch: Nixon, Poncho: Vintage
Yep, your right this is not me! It is the fabulous stylist Courtney! The camera was not pointed at me today, but at this pretty momma! We are planning for our Lakeland Local True Style column, maternity edition. We had so much fun this afternoon. My sweet friend and stylist has a bit of a shopping problem, (I think it comes with the job, ha!) Today I sat on the floor of her closet and found myself lost in a sea of accessories! I started sorting and organizing while we picked out outfits for our photo shoot. I made a small dent, but most of all it was fun. Courtney has this laugh that is just infections, when we are together we laugh until we cry, talking about funny memories and such. She has such a big heart and I can't wait for her sweet baby to arrive, she is going to be a great mommy! BTW...doesn't she look FANTASTIC? She does a wonderful job of using accessories to jazz up otherwise basic looks. I couldn't remember all of the pieces, but I did list what I could! You will have to tune in to True Style soon to see the rest of the looks we put together! I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! XXOO

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I'm Lovin' It!

These are SO good!!! Dessert, YUM!

We had McDonald's and the entire park to ourselves this afternoon! My kiddos love the park and flat wore themselves out playing today! I love my Thursdays, which are reserved for special time with these two cuties!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

You Can't Be Fabulous Every Day!

Well, this is how I came to work today, post run and all! You just can't be fabulous everyday. Although, I am happy to say that the 5 mile run was just what I needed to clear my head and be productive during my few short hours at the office. So I mananged a few social media accounts, drafted a press release, and  edited some photos for an article I am writing. Now on to pick up children from early release day at school! Cheers to getting the job matter the outfit!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Good Things Come in Small Packages

Top: Loft, Belt: Express, Skirt: Banana Republic, Shoes: Boutique 9
Free stuff....we all love it, and it really doesn't matter what it is. Being in PR, I know this to be true! Give away something free...and you gain attention! Victoria's Secret uses this little plot to get us in their stores to shop....BUT not this time! I went in, picked out my free pair of panties, presented my free panty coupon, and back out to my car I went! Small victories folks, small victories!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fun With Blogging

Dress:Banana Republic, Top and Belt: J. Crew, Shoes: Plenty by Tracy Reese

The ONE purchase I made at FNO! On clearance plus a $20 Nordstrom note! Whoop!

I do love this blog! It's fun for me. I know some people don't get it. Take my business partner for example, who tells me he laughs when he pictures me setting up the tripod and running to strike a pose in my sitting room. I know it is kinda funny.....but really, it's fun. I have always loved fashion, ever since the days of dance class when I would mix my old costume pieces together to create outfits. I have followed fashion blogs for several years now, but always thought I couldn't do it because my pictures wouldn't be good enough, or maybe I don't have the right clothes. Then with the start of the 30 day dress project, my fear was broken! I love the inspiration I get from other bloggers, and I hope to share a little with you! I hope everyone had a great weekend, and here's to the start of a new week! 

Friday, September 09, 2011

Fashion's Night Out Tampa Bay!

My friend, fabulous stylist, and Co-Author of True Style: Courtney Philpot
My dress: (My Anniversary Present) by Milly, Shoes: Steve Madden

Strutting the Red Carpet!
Yummy chocolate bar! Left with a box of these goodies!

Neiman's Lipstick Lounge

Braid Bar by Tony & Guy

Kevin Hayes, a designer for Jessica Simpson

Louboutin Trunk Show at Neimans! 

FNO Merchandise!

Sweet Fashionista Friends!

Red Carpet Fun!

Dress by St. Pete Designer: Tracy Negoshian
What a FUN night! So great to spend time with friends like Courtney and Aimee, see the sights, and talk about all things fashion! International Plaza and our friends at White Book Agency did a fabulous job with this first year event! We had a blast filling up our chocolate boxes, watching the runway shows, strutting the red carpet, and playing dress up! I was proud to only make ONE purchase...a great pair of shoes (on clearance) which I will be posting soon! I can never wait to wear something new, so I wore them today! What did you do for Fashion's Night Out???