There Must Be Some Toros in the Atmosphere

A cold front has moved in, and it's been time for sweaters and boots. It was 37 degrees when I took Lil' Miss to school yesterday morning, and it wasn't for the faint of heart especially when the wind gust came through. I always joke that I didn't move to Florida to be cold, and it's true that your blood thins out. I grew up in Connecticut where it got MUCH colder than this for way longer, and now I get can't get warm when it drops below 60. 

Pullover {15% off} | Faux Leather Leggings | OTK Boots | Lipstick in Twig | Sunnies | Double Ring

I purchased this pullover for my work trip to Dubai in November as something that can be thrown over anything to cover my shoulders and respect their modesty standards. It was light and airy enough for the desert, but also great for the recent drop in temps back here at home. 

I paired it with my favorite faux leather leggings which are ridiculously comfy and a pair of OTK boots that I scooped up at Nordstrom Rack a few seasons ago. 

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Winter Sunshine

Am I finally playing catch up? Other than being sick for the better part of 2 weeks, not much has been going on. Once we were able to move freely outside the house again, we've mostly been supporting local and enjoying the Florida winter weather (which is more like fall weather up north - chillier but warm enough to enjoy being outside). 

Mauve Jeans | Dolman Sleeve Tee {only $12} | Ankle Boots {60% off} | Jeweled Headband {only $12} | Camera Bag | Sunnies | Lipstick in Creme Cup

Last weekend we hit up a few local spots downtown, and picked up a cupcake from the food truck festival. It was the perfect nightcap and delish! 

Lil' Miss finally got her ears pierced, and loves posing for pictures to show off her pretty earrings. Breakfast dates and playground trips have also been on the agenda for my sweet girl. 

I've also been working on replacing some basics, and this tank is so soft and perfect for layering or on it's own. I picked it up in teal and in black during Target's 30% off sale which means they were only $3.50! It was perfect for football on the patio of one of our favorite local spots (and their $4 mimosas). 

Tank Top {only $5} | Shorts {similar} | Sunglasses | Barrette

We finally checked out Gideon's Bakehouse and in my best DJ Tanner-Fuller voice - OH MYLANTA they were worth waiting in line for! Instead of heading all the way to Disney Springs, we went to the one inside East End Market. The shop was adorable, and the d├ęcor gave me Harry Potter vibes which made it even better! We enjoyed our cookies in their garden along with some tasty drinks from the cutest bar that was upstairs, and were even treated to live music. Lil' Miss climbed one of the trees in the garden, picked me a flower, and danced her heart out to the music. Perfect Saturday afternoon. 

*Someone thoroughly enjoyed her cookie by wearing it*

Flannel Shirt in Lilac {only $20} | Ankle Booties {60% off} | Lipstick in Twig | Sunglasses

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New Year New to Me Beauty

Happy New Year! Is it ok to still say that on January 10th? Between the virus that shall not be named hitting our house for Christmas and into the New Year, and still being super busy at work I haven't had a chance to hop in here for a bit. Thankful to report that we are all much better, and if there's ever a time to get sick it's when school and gymnastics are out for Lil' Miss coupled with company holidays and PTO. We were able to hunker down at home eating Christmas cookies and watching holiday specials while Face Timing with the fam up in Connecticut. 

Since it's a new year, it was time for me to update some beauty items. I used to overspend at Sephora and went from VIB status to not even spending $1 in there the past few years. Needless to say, I needed to start replacing some of my staples and discover new-to-me products. 

I was looking for another wear with practically everything lipstick, and finally scooped up MAC's Twig which went for a spin on girl's night out recently. Such a pretty shade! 

I'm a total dunce at doing my own hair (and makeup if we're being honest), so a tool that will help achieve that salon blowout look was calling my name. I'd seen so many people try the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer Brush and alerted my husband to a great sale before Christmas. The look of surprise when it was under the tree on Christmas morning was Oscar award worthy. The only complaint I have is it doesn't do as great a job at controlling my fly-aways as my trusty regular hair dryer. 

Oh Shape Tape - the overpushed by influencers beauty product. Well, I finally decided to see what they hype was about and scooped up a duo that included their Glow Wand as well. 

Did you know you can purchase Ulta products at Target now? Well none of the Targets around me are fancy enough to carry the products in-store, but I was excited to order this clarifying shampoo with my Red debit card for free shipping and 5% off. It had been too long since I used a weekly clarifying shampoo and my hair was getting dull. Glad to bring some of the oomph back until my next salon visit. 

I've never ventured into a blending sponge for applying makeup, but now that I picked up the Shape Tape Glow Wand I wanted to properly blend it in for an extra glow. Enter the $6 e.l.f. sponge that I simply added to a recent Target Drive-Up order. 

I used to ask for a new perfume every Christmas, and realized I hadn't refreshed my collection recently. Maybe it was the Lady Gaga commercials, but whatever the reason Valentino's Voce Viva eau de parfum is the perfect blend of florals and vanilla. 

Dry Shampoo {only $9} | Rose Quartz Roller {only $15} | Honest Primer

I also hadn't replaced my dry shampoo for far too long even with less showers thanks to permanent work-from-home (can I get a hallelujah?) I wanted to try one that was specifically for brunettes, and got this dry shampoo from Santa in my stocking. 

Another score from my stocking was a rose quartz face roller. No matter how much sleep I get, I still have puffiness and dark circles around my eyes and let's not get started on the wrinkles creeping in. I picked one up a few months back, and after only using it once Lil' Miss picked it up and said "Mommy what's this?" and then proceeded to break it. Needless to say my new one will be kept safely out of reach. 

I'm working on trying to be better about clean beauty products, and have liked everything I've tried from Jessica Alba's Honest Beauty line. The Everything Glow Primer is the perfect base for a dewy look plus it contains hyaluronic acid. 

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Strawberries and Brunch

To say the last couple of weeks have been busy is an understatement, but at the same time they've been filled with lots of fun and celebrations. Just a few more days before the big guy makes his way down the chimney! 

I was asked to attend an event at Atwood Family Farm to kick off their strawberry picking season. We told Lil' Miss she'd be picking strawberries, and that there'd be a playground so she was excited. We were greeted with fresh strawberry lemonade and strawberry shortcake upon arrival, and then the fun began. 

I was surprised to bump into Alyssa (Bates) Webster, and her family. She's one of the 19 kids from the show Bringing Up Bates, but lives here in Central Florida. She was super sweet, and we chatted for a bit before taking a picture. I knew my mom would be excited to see that I met her, as she's the one who got me into watching their show. 

Then it was time to explore the sunflower fields and pick our own strawberries. It was a beautiful sunny day, and abnormally warm for this time of year so Lil' Miss donned rosy cheeks and even got a little sweaty after all the running around. 

Then on Sunday it was time to celebrate Emily's birthday with the girls. I still miss her here in blog-land, and hope she'll make an appearance again soon. We enjoyed the new brunch menu at Chroma where the cocktails are almost too pretty to drink, and the french toast comes out piping hot and ready to slice open where strawberry cream and fresh strawberries fall out. YUM!

I re-styled this floral top for the girls brunch with a skirt and peep toe ankle booties after wearing it for date night with boyfriend jeans and my favorite statement heels. Always shopping my closet! 

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Festive Fun

We have been partaking in all the holiday fun! From festive beverages to going to see all the Christmas lights to a sleigh ride down the river, we're taking it all in before this fun season is over in the blink of an eye. 

I was excited to receive a fun and festive package from Van Gogh Vodka. They sent me their holiday dessert pack, and they are DELISH! I shook things up (quite literally) in an Instagram Reel last week. I'm not sure if it was more fun making the Reel or enjoying the fruits of my labor. 

There's something extra magical about that morning cup of coffee when it's enjoyed in front of the tree isn't it? I found the cutest mug for only $5, and it's been on repeat each morning. 

We took Lil' Miss to Wekiva Island for a sleigh ride down the river, and were surprised by not just Santa but Mrs. Claus too. We love going there in the warmer months for floating and swimming, but had never been there for Christmas and now it's definitely going to be an annual tradition. They have a field of decorated trees, and the whole place is decked out and festive. Nevermind the Santa sightings and Florida-style sleigh rides. 

An adult slushie for the sleigh ride, and a little of my new lipstick showed itself on the paper straw. Last time I brought back 6 empties to MAC, I asked everyone which lip shade I should pick out for my reward and the 2 shades that were the most popular responses were Creme Cup and Twig. I ended up going with Creme Cup, but finally picked up Twig and am LOVING it. Such a great shade especially for this time of year. 

Afterwards, we went out for pizza at a favorite local spot before walking around Cranes Roost Park to see their Christmas lights. 

One last festive find - we discovered a local coffee shop called NewCity Coffee Co. was making holiday coffee flights. Yes please! They were delish, and I was surprised that the maple bacon flavor was my favorite one. I expected to be all about the White Christmas or Gingerbread Cookie. 

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