Thankful

Excuse me November, but may I ask where you went SO fast?! Lil' Miss had three birthday parties to go to, we went to a local free beer festival (admission and samples were all free - yes please!), enjoyed Thanksgiving with friends and celebrated one of our best over a fun dinner in Winter Park. Lots to be thankful for. 








This past weekend, we celebrated a friend's birthday over wine and dinner. I broke back out this OTS dress, and paired it with some ankle booties. We started at The Wine Room where you select your own pours before heading down the street for dinner. I sampled my favorite Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and tried a new Italian rosé both which were delish!












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Velvet and Mimosas

Another hurricane blew through Central Florida last Wednesday into Thursday, and we were extremely fortunate to not lose power this time. We also had minimal yard debris to clean up. A cozy rainy day without loss of power was good for the soul. 



On Friday, the sun was shining again so I took Lil' Miss out for a girls day. We went to our favorite breakfast spot for lunch, she tested perfume and eyeshadow while I had a wax at the Benefit Brow Bar at Ulta and we finished off at Target where she picked out a new toy with the remainder of her birthday money from family. 




Over the weekend, she had a birthday party for her pre-school bestie. The invitation specified that they'd be getting makeovers and to drop the kiddos off and come back later for cake. So, H and I were able to enjoy a nice day date while Lil' Miss had fun. 



We grabbed brunch at a local brewery, and I had the most delish breakfast bowl ever. I took this velvet one shoulder top out for a spin which will be on major repeat for allllll the upcoming holiday fun. Aside from sparkles, what is more festive than velvet? 









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Best in Show

We bid farewell to October with a date night at a new-to-us restaurant where I found the best Aperol Spritz I've had here in the States. Nothing, and I mean nothing has compared to enjoying one in Italy. I've found some tasty ones here back at home, but finally found a spot that makes them almost as good as in Italy. I was almost transported right back to the Navigli Canal in Milan. Almost... 





As promised, I rocked the new faux leather shorts, and they were so insanely comfy for all the food and walking around. Highly recommend!

Faux Leather Cropped Tank {available in 7 colors} | Faux Leather Paperbag Shorts | Moto Jacket | Ankle Booties {similar} | Necklace | Lipstick in Fabby






Lil' Miss kicked off her Halloween fun with Book Character Day and a trunk-or-treat at school. Then, that evening she had a Halloween Party at gymnastics. After just those 2 events, she had cupcake and marker stains on her costume and 2 tears in the front. I spot treated the stains, and was able to get the costume to carry her to 1 more party at her friend's house and for the grand finale of trick-or-treating. Those costumes weren't made for rambunctious kindergarteners with a jam packed social schedule. Ha! 




H and I broke out our cave people costumes that we've had since 2012. His has even gone international, as he wore it on the beach in Punta Cana when we were there for a friend's wedding over Halloween in 2015. Love love love getting more than 1 use out of a Halloween costume. And we even won a trophy at a friend's party over the weekend for best couple's costume. "The Flintstones" will be back in the coming years I'm sure of it. 




I also tried out Andrea's beer cheese dip for all the festive fun over the weekend, and it was DELISH! Do not sleep on this recipe for all the fall fun in November - perfect for by the fire, pre-dinner, an app for a party, Thanksgiving etc... YUM! 




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Faux Leather for Date Night

We have been non-stop over here with all the birthday and theme park fun, and Lil' Miss has not 1 but 2 Halloween parties this weekend. While she's at her gymnastics Halloween party, mom and dad get to enjoy a much needed date night. And I'm excited to break out these paperbag shorts which are insanely comfortable - so bring on the food! 


Faux Leather Cropped Tank in Olive {available in 5 colors} | Faux Leather Paperbag Shorts | BlazerBraided Sandals {48% off} | Necklace | Lipstick in Crème Cup








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Styled

Knock knock. Last week of October is that you? The glorious weather has moved in to Central Florida, and although it was a little too chilly for my taste last week the sun was shining the whole time, and it has now warmed back up to high 70's/low 80's with cooler mornings in the 50's/60's and low humidity. I am here for it. On one of the chillier days last week, I signed up to be a hair model at the brand new DryBar that opened up in Winter Park so the new stylists could practice. I was treated to the "Dirty Martini" do which is tousled and textured waves after a pampering wash and blow dry. 




I was greeted with a glass of bubbles (yes please!) and brought back to the hair washing room before settling in for the blow out and styling portion of the appointment. I relaxed with the glass of bubbles, and thoroughly enjoyed that they had Legally Blonde playing and it had just started. That and The Devil Wears Prada I could watch over and over again, and never get tired of them. 







I have been to a few blow dry bars before, but never the OG - DryBar since there haven't been any in Central Florida until now. I do love their products, and have scooped them up over the years from Sephora including the Super Lemon Drop brush, On the Rocks clarifying shampoo and Triple Sec finishing spray all of which were used during the appointment. 




Sending out more appreciation for this skirt! Not only is it super flattering, it's also insanely comfortable. I packed it for our trip to Cape Cod last month, and was excited to wear it around town back at home now too. 


One-Shoulder Sweater {30% off}| Free People Skirt {40% off} | Necklace | Lipstick in Crème Cup

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Revamp Your Wardrobe for the Holiday Season

When you change your wardrobe, you feel like you've done something good, which is a great

confidence booster. In addition, by going through your closet regularly, you can get rid of

clothes you no longer wear and add new clothes that fit your ever-changing style. 



If you have been thinking that your wardrobe needs an update, it might be time to do it, now

is the time to switch things up if you've been wearing the same style for more than two or

three years. 


Keeping your style fresh can help you look evergreen and chic. Fortunately, updating your

look is less intimidating than you would imagine. Instead, finding your new style can be

rewarding and fun if done in the following ways. 


Discover your style


You may already have a good concept of your preferred daily attire and a well-developed

sense of your unique style. However, doing a personal style audit is vital, even if you think

your style is all figured out.


Discover whether you prefer a wardrobe with fewer, higher-quality pieces or one that is more

lively, fun, and colorful. 


You could also write down your style goals and preferences, make a mood board of all the

outfits you like, or look at the styles of people you look up to in the fashion world. Once you

know what you like and want, it will be easy to find new clothes.


Follow the trend


Before changing your style, you should analyze what works and what doesn't about your

current look. Then, consider why you have the contemporary style you do. 


Attempting to force a new style on yourself that doesn't fit well with you, your habits, and

your attitude will often fail, so carefully consider what you need and desire from a style

before committing to it.


Be real


In addition to considering how you want to look, think about how you must look. Your ideal

plan must assess your workplace atmosphere, social environment, area, weather, holiday

plan, and budget.

 

Don't be scared to have an aspirational style; don't be afraid to start dressing like the person

you aspire to be. However, be practical and choose a type that fits your personality.


Start with the basics


Versatile essentials are the core of any style. While the kind of basics suitable to your class

can vary based on the appearance you're going for, typically required basics include:


  • Shirts of solid hues 
  • Some basic shirts -T-shirts, button-ups, polos, camisoles, etc., 
  • Black trousers - Consider contemporary and flattering pants for your body type.
  • Flattering jeans - Regardless of which pair of jeans you select, ensure they fit and flatter you. 
  • Solid-colored sweaters or cardigans 
  • Skirts and dresses - Add a black pencil skirt or a neutral wrap dress.


The latest additions to your wardrobe should complement your style, compliment your figure,

and increase its versatility. Therefore, search for complementary and distinct items from your

current collection to prevent your wardrobe from becoming too homogeneous. For example,

consider whether a particular shirt can be worn in various ways with different outfits before

purchasing it. 


Add accessories


With the right accessories, you can get a look that is uniquely yours, so finding the correct

items for your style can assist you in refining the tone and appearance of your particular style.

Accessories help you to add nuance to your ensembles, so when purchasing them, consider

the subtle components of the style you wish to portray. For instance, accessories can offer

subtle elegance, assertive confidence, or edgy comedy to your overall look. The standard

assortment of accessories consists of belts, jewelry, hats, scarves, and spectacles. 




The accessories can transform an outfit's focal point, add a splash of color, or transform it

from casual to office-appropriate to formal, so shop intelligently. In addition, you can get a

lot of choices and discounts while looking for wholesale hats, belts, bags, etc., online.


Shopping online


It's hard to change up your wardrobe, especially when you go to the mall looking for almost

nothing. So instead, use the internet to shop from home. But before that, list the things you

like to look at.


Moreover, you can use sites with festive offers and discounts to revamp your wardrobe while

staying within your budget.


Don't shy from experimenting


Try not always to wear the same outfits together when you match them. Instead of being

limited to the same colors in your clothing, a good combination will allow you to create a

unique style. 


Use the seasonal changes as inspiration. The most popular time to replace your outfit is

around the holiday season. During the winter, it's typical to see more red, green, or other

holiday-themed clothing. 


Why not experiment with layering your clothes rather than always wearing the same pair?

Just consider different layers, and you never know what you might find.




*This post is a sponsored article in collaboration with Scalefluence that I was excited to share you with you, as it came at the perfect time with us trying to plan for all the end of the year fun.


Turning Six

How is it possible that my sweet girl is turning 6 already?! I am definitely "one of those moms" who still sees her as an itty bitty baby, and I have to remind myself daily that she's no longer a baby. Her official birthday isn't until this weekend, but this past Saturday the stars aligned with the pavilion at the park she specifically requested to have her party at being available, my cake baker being available and some of our friends who had travel plans coming up also being in town. 



I originally encouraged her to have a party at her gymnastics gym, but she insisted on this park because she loves the splash pad, playground and beach sand area. She also insisted on a "Mei Mei party" since she has been watching "Turning Red" on repeat. This theme was not easy to pull off - for some reason they don't carry supplies for it at Target or Party City so enter Amazon. But even that wasn't as plentiful as it should be. 



It turned out that the rain I had been fearing that could ruin her big day wasn't an issue. In fact the skies were cloud free and picture perfect, humidity was low and it was warm enough for the kids to run around in the splash pad but not super hot where the adults were uncomfortable. What I didn't account for was the wind. Ugh the wind. I wasted the entire set up time fighting against it before surrendering. I had envisioned "Turning Red" tablecloths on each table, setting the tables with "Turning Red" centerpieces, plates, napkins, etc... and that all went out the window. Even the red table weights I bought immediately fell over and the tablecloths had a mind of their own. So, I'm sitting on several unopened tablecloths, plates, napkins and centerpieces if anyone is throwing a party with a "Turning Red" theme soon. 









I also forgot the t-ball bat at home, so H quickly ran to a store down the road and bought a broomstick for the pinata. Oh and the pinata - couldn't find one that was Turning Red themed even on Amazon, so I picked up a red one at Party City which happened to be Minecraft themed. Whoops! 



We had several amazing helpers when the party ended to clean everything out of the pavilion, and load up the cars. Then we headed down the street to our favorite local Mexican spot where I enjoyed a much needed margarita, and Lil' Miss opened her gifts from Auntie Emily who also joined us for some post-event beverages. They hit the spot, and it's always great to catch up.