Thursday, March 26, 2015

Friend Fav's!

I was sitting at dinner with my best girlfriends last weekend and one of my most favorite people in the whole world told me that she wanted to add her two cents to my favorite products post I did a few weeks ago!  So, the light bulb twisted on and I thought- well why not??!!  Once a month I am going to do a special edition of  beauty, fashion and fitness favorites from one of my favorite people.  Each month I'll introduce you to someone new who is not only important to me, but who loves sharing all their go to stuff!! I am always down for trying something new, and who better to get tips from than your best buddies!

So, because the idea sprang from my darling Nadia, I only thought it fair that I featured her list of go-to's first!  A little about her: she is my BFF's little sister- which means she automatically belongs to me too. (Wouldn't have it any other way!)  She is one of the only human beings who completely understands the total goof-ball side of me, it never fails that when she and I are together that there will be lots of laughing involved.  Nadia is also one of the hardest workers I know,  last year she was awarded the Outstanding Clinical Support of Nursing award at the hospital she works for because of her amazing work ethic and efforts.  Truly she is such a beauty on the outside, but this Girl has one of the biggest hearts and is never afraid to love on the people around her!!  My life is so very blessed because she is in it!

Here is Nadia's list (and commentary- lol) of her must haves!

1.  Nivea Creme.  Obsessed!  Everyone in my fam knows I cannot live without it!!  I pack it on my face day and night.  There are 3 things in life I cannot live without: Tetley Tea, Wine and Nivea!

2.  Apricot Exfoliating Scrub.  I have such sensitive skin, I stick to hypoallergenics!  This is the perfect scrub in the shower.  I also use it after I shave, my legs have never felt so soft- I LOVE it!!

3.  Zella "Live-In" Legging.  Okay, EVERYONE must own a pair!  They make you look skinny- they are high-waisted so they hide those mama bellies.  They are also super thick and so comfortable.  I always stock up on them when they are $38 at the Nordstorms Anniversary Sale!

4.  Unite Leave-In Conditioner.  Or as my 2 year old daughter calls it- "No Owie hair spray!" Haha!!  You spray this in your hair after your shower and it makes your hair so smooth.  It is the best thing ever and I use it in my daughter's hair too.  It also seriously smells so, SO, SO GOOD and won't break the bank!
5.  Hanky Panky underwear.  Yes, a bit expensive but so worth it.  They're sexy, comfortable and you can get them half off if you shop at The Rack!

~And last but not least, every woman needs a killer leather jacket and good boots!!  

(Here are a few of my picks for Nadia!)

I'm a big fan of Top Shop OTK boots, totally worth the investment and will last you for years.  And this leather jacket is similar to one that me, Nadia's sister and the majority of our circle of friends covet from Nod's closet!!! (Except hers is amazing...need it!)

This pic a little blurry but it's one of my very favorites! I love you Nod!!

What are your favorites right now?? Let me know and just maybe I will be listing yours next month!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


In case you are wondering, the title is not a typo.  Spring has SPRUNG here in my little part of the world. 70 degree days in March for the PNW is unheard of and this girl is not complaining!!  Baseball tees are a fav of mine.  They are easy to wear and you can dress them up with a fun statement necklace or scarf or keep it simple with jeans and chucks.  (In my case however, the more accessories the better!)  American Eagle always has great options in the t-shirt department. So, when I found this shimmer sleeve variation last summer I knew I was going to love it so much that I of course grabbed it in both colors.  I love this teal option they have online right now.  The scarf is a new addition.  I found it while "looking for sheets" at my local Ross Dress For Less for $5....and I have worn it every day!!  And nothing screams spring to me more than white converse tennis shoes, especially here where the 9 months of rainy days turn white sneaks more towards the brown variety.  

This sunshine is addictive, it makes it so hard to wake up to the inevitable rainy gloom!  What are you excited to wear this Spring?


 How cute is this print!!!  (Watch: Michael Kors (similar), Fedora: The Loft/similar)

Photography by: EMJ Photography

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Favorite Things!

Happy Thursday Friends!!  Here are some of my must have hair and beauty favorites as of late.

Last year me and my bff made a New Years resolution to take care of ourselves inside and out.  It might sound a little cheesy, but when you feel your best and not like a washed out Mommy, it goes a long way in feeling your best on the inside.  At least for me that is!!  What are some of your favorites?


P.S.  The texturizing spray by Unite...worth every penny.  
Thursday, February 19, 2015


Remember that one day when I said I had something exciting to share that I was working on and that I'd reveal soon?  Well....I jumped the gun a bit.  Still have exciting things to share, but the sharing part is going to be a ways up the road.  You live you learn- eh?  I didn't, however, want to wait to share this photo shoot I did a few weeks back with my super talented friend Bridget of Lundyn Bridge Events and Photography.  We had the best time and literally PERFECT weather on this day.  I bought this fuschia leather jacket from Saavy Trends at Nordstroms at the end of last summer with the anticipation of Fall.  It was such a fun, unique piece and I love the zipper detailing.  I had actually been on the hunt that day for the statement necklace that I am wearing in these pictures and so when I saw the jacket and tried it on, I knew that they'd look great together....and I was surprise there! ;)  

Please check out Bridget's page, not only is she a gifted photographer, but she puts together the most beautiful weddings and parties.  Love you B!

I love the way a leather jacket can be dressed up or down and have had a lot of fun pairing it with different pieces in my closet!

 Leopard accents are always a good idea!  Shirt/Jeans/Shoes/Clutch

I realize for some, a netted hat on a headband seems a bit much, but I seriously couldn't me!
Thursday, February 12, 2015


Question!  Did you know that there is a color annually selected as color of the year?  I always seem to gravitate towards certain colors more than others from year to year, and am usually right on point with the color trends that come out each season.  (Totally should've aspired to be a psychic...obviously!) So it came as little surprise when I read that Merlot/Wine/Burgundy/Maroon (etc., etc., etc.) was chosen as the official color for 2015.  Super ironic because for the last 10 months I've been completely drawn to items in that color: jeans, lipstick, hats, scarfs....and so on.  So, on a recent walk through Charming Charlie's I walked straight over to this top which was not only my current favorite color, but it had a contrasting leopard print bow cascading down the back.  Leopard + Bow = yes and yes!!  
While I try to veer away from too much of one color when I'm putting an outfit together, I couldn't help stacking all my favorite pieces together.  I always forget about these booties that I snagged from Forever 21 last year.  They are really comfortable and are a dark enough shade that they work as a neutral.  And I gotta rave about the lipstick.  I am a makeup/product junkie.  I will try just about anything out there and at all price points.  I have probably bought 8 different lipsticks in recent months trying to find the perfect rich burgundy matte shade.  NYX soft matte lip cream in Copenhagen so far has beat out all the prestige brands by leaps and bounds.  Its really pigmented and goes on amazing!  
So, while I wouldn't recommend literally covering your entire body in one color, I think a little bit of overkill worked out ok on this one!
I had fun little outing taking these photos with a local photographer friend of mine.  Check out her website:, she takes the cutest newborn photos ever!   Hope you are all having a great week.


 Top: Charming Charlie (in stores); Jeans: Express (old); Clutch: Charming Charlie (in stores); Coat: Forever 21; Booties: Forever 21 (old); Watch: Michael Kors; Stacked bracelet: Aldo; Lipstick: NYX/Copenhagen

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sick Day...

It happens to the best of us, itchy eyes, sore throat, runny nose and coughing up your lungs. Yes my dears, the cold season is upon us and it has found its way to me and mine with a vengeance.  Though I was unable to spend the entire day curled up and nursing myself back to health, here are some of my "sick day" essentials!!

Do you get to take sick days? (Automatic dislike if your answer is fair!!)


Thursday, January 29, 2015


Yes my friends, it is in fact Thursday--but today's post is all about Saturdays.  On Saturdays it is all about sleeping in until noon, catching up on Facebook, brunch with my favorite gal pals and maybe a pedicure....  WHAT???? If this scenario sounds familiar to you, well- God bless you!! (ha!)  Nope, in my neck of the woods Saturdays consist of waking up with my littles, digging through piles of laundry for dance clothes, scarfing down bowls of cereal, packing lunch and snacks for the day, and then maybe-just maybe throwing on some makeup to look presentable for the day!  However, every once in a while I have a few extra minutes to actually put on something other than just my workout gear.  Denim shirt dresses are always easy and comfortable and leggings win over jeans if I'm going to be running around all day.  Nothing too fussy with hair which is usually under a beanie so I don't have to brush it, but on this particular day I tried a half top knot which I have been sporting ever since!

Do you style your Saturdays or scrub it out like Moi??  Hope you all have a great day, can't wait to share a fun project I have in the works coming up in a few weeks! Stay tuned!!!!!


Dress: H&M; Scarf/old; Leggings/old; Aviators: H&M; Fringe Moccasins: Minnetonka; Watch: Michael Kors

Monday, January 19, 2015

Tutu Much?

You remember that one time when you were four and you were at your first ballet recital?  Your Mom let you wear for REAL makeup and put your hair up and THENNNNN you put on a tutu.  And it was not just any tutu, it was a purple and very sparkly!  Yes, I'm sure you are all super surprised that this was a true confession of my childhood ;) but I was most definitely one of those little girls.  And, again not surprising- I still am!

Vest: Astr (Old) Simlar here and love this; Sweater; Skirt: Lauren Conrad (Old) Similar here, here and here; Shoes: Steve Madden (Old), love this, this & this; Watch: Michael Kors; Necklace: Express.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy Happy New Year!!

Hello Darlings!

It has been a hot minute since last we met and I have missed connecting with you all and documenting my day to day.  My last part of Summer and most of Fall have been crammed full with having ALL 3 of my daughters in baby is a Kindergartner! ;(  I have also been super busy with my work at the dance studio I teach at amongst all the other things that are part of my day to day and have played a big part in keeping me away from all of you!  So, here is a little "I'm sorry" for my neglectful slump and a resolution to post more often in the upcoming new year!

Are you all ready for it? 2015....YIKES! Time flies, that right there is about as cliche as you can get but it is so true.  Ok, down to business.  What have you all been wearing since the weather turned?  I love this time of year and how festive all the clothes are.  So, I thought I would share some of my favorites as of late.  Some I own like the leggings, pencil skirt and sweater- which I've been wearing as much as twice a week since Thanksgiving!  Everything else is on my Gotta Have It list.  On a side note, did you know that one of the "colors of the 2015" is burgundy/maroon?  Makes perfect sense to me because I can't get enough of it and have my eye on this tunic dress from Free People.

I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season.  Ours was bittersweet this year.  We had a loss in our family and it forced me to hold on to and rely on all the amazing people in my life that love me.  I'm so blessed!  So, my resolution for 2015 is to strive to be the best me every single day.  Happy New Year everyone!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

On a whim.

Hey, hey!!

Every year around this time I start feeling that panicky countdown to the end of summer.  If  it wasn’t for all the family and friends living so close by (and the fact that its so beautiful and green here), I would’ve jumped ship for year round sunshine a long time ago.  Luckily for me, I had a fun event to attend last week to boost my spirts, Portland Fashion Week had their Fall Launch Party last week and I decided to attend all by my little self- something I don’t do very often!  I’m so glad I did, I got to chat with the director and co-founder, Jessica Kane, and several members of her amazing team!!  What a fantastic group of people, they are all so passionate about what they do and it is going to be an amazing event. 

My outfit was a last minute purchase from Express.  I don’t go there often but had a return to make and found a bright floral skirt on clearance with an additional 40% off of that! Total purchase amount for the top and skirt was under $40 and I received tons and tons of compliments!  (The only drawback on high waist skirts on someone who has a short waist- is that they always tend to ride up a bit and so I was having to keep it tugged down all night).

I hope you all are making the most of these last days of summer….sigh.








Top: Express; Skirt: Express (print not sold online); Shoes: Steve Madden (heart these); Watch: Michael Kors; Necklace: Old Navy (old); Clutch: Old