Oh So Cozy

The temps have started cooling off here in the sunshine state, so I've been pulling out the cozier pieces in my closet like my faux leather leggings and this fun new waterfall vest from SheIn. I packed some of these pieces on recent work trips, and know they'll keep me warm as the chillier weather moves in.

Vest {Only $16} | Top | Heels | Sunglasses | Faux Leather Leggings




And oh wait - what is that? It's the return of the mirror selfie! Please excuse the bare feet, we leave all our shoes in the mudroom since we have a toddler who plays and rolls all over the floor (and of course picks up the occasional dropped piece of food and eats it). Now that I've had my eyes opened to what could be lurking on the bottom of our shoes I can't believe I ever used to walk through the house with them on. 

But let's talk about this poncho! It's been so long since I rocked a poncho, and I fell in love with the fun detailing of this one. Especially those buttons! I paired it with a skirt for now, but will also layer it over jeans or leggings in the colder weather. 

Poncho {Only $17} | Skirt {50% off} | Bracelet | Lipstick



Another favorite cozy piece for fall and winter is this sweater that I wore while in Milan (recap found here) on the first night for dinner on the Navigli Canal. I styled it over a dress with sneakers in Italy, but also love the look of it with some distressed denim. Super affordable, cozy, and available with Amazon Prime shipping. Huge win! 



Don't forget to use coupon code Q4peridot15 to save an extra 15% off any purchase at SheInand don't forget to check out their Daily News for fun new piecesHappy Shopping!

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Fun Fit Friday

Cheers to Friday! It's been a while since I showed up here three times in one week, but I am excited to kick off the weekend with a great workout. I try to never make an excuse to skip my workout on Mondays or Fridays which is SO easy to do. Life happens sometimes, but I usually try my best to stay on track. If it means squishing in a quick workout dvd at home or heading to my favorite barre studio for a lunch break sweat session I try to make it work. It makes those happy hour glasses of wine or margaritas so much more worth it! Plus fun workout clothes like these mesh workout leggings help me stay even more motivated!

Workout Leggings {Only $10} | Top | Sports Bra | Sunglasses




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Black is the new black

It's official - black is the new black. Also - I'm still not ok that Orange is the New Black is officially over. If anyone wants to chat about the series finale - I'm game! But back to some of my favorite new pieces hanging up in my closet from Femme Luxe. Super affordable and super cute! I can't get over this darling Babydoll Mini Dress or how insanely comfy this Top and Trousers set is. It's technically a lounge wear set, but HUGE bonus points that it can be worn to the office with a fun pair of heels.

Dress {Only $27} | Ankle Booties | Sunglasses | Bracelet


When I'm wearing black on black, I usually try to mix it up with a bright or sparkly pair of heels and a colorful statement necklace to add a much needed pop. 

Loungewear Set {Only $19} | Sunglasses | Bag | Heels







This flirty dress is perfect for weekend fun, and can be worn on it's own or over leggings. I decided to pair it with my favorite slouchy ankle booties before enjoying some happy hour cocktails to kick off the weekend. 

Not So Scary Birthday Party

I'm still in utter disbelief that my baby is THREE! We celebrated her with a Minnie Mouse themed "Not So Scary Birthday Party" at the house per her request which was the perfect combo of Minnie and Fall.








The Mystery Mouskatool was a surprise tool that the adults could use later - it was apple cider, spiced rum, cinnamon, and apple slices. I forgot to snap a picture until it was almost gone, but it was delish!

*She was so excited to have some of her favorite school friends at her house*



It was an abnormally warm day for late October, even for Florida (contrary to popular belief it's not hot here all year - the heat usually breaks by late September or early October) - so the kiddos braved the chilly pool water after sweating it out with some bounce house fun.








*Same crew as several years ago - we've just added a bunch of littles*


Menu

Ordered pizzas
Mouskatools (silverware)
Hot Diggity Dogs (pigs in a blanket)
Minnie's Bow-tique (strawberries and grapes)
Daisy's Cheese and Quackers
Minnie's Trail Mix
Pumpkin Pie Dip
Bow-tie Pasta Salad
Gooey Fish (Swedish Fish)
Honest Juice Pouches
Water Bottles
Bottled Beer for the adults
Mystery Mousekatool for the adults (recipe above)
Cake was custom made by our former neighbor and was pumpkin spice with butter cream filling and fondant on the outside. 

Activities

Bounce House
Corn Hole
Soccer goal and soccer balls outside
Swimming 

Favors

Mickey and Minnie Ears
Pumpkin Buckets ($1 each from Target)
Mickey Straws
Play Doh
Organic Fruit Snacks (I picked up Annie's Halloween version of bunnies and bats)
Bubbles


Most of the decor was from Amazon, Etsy, Hobby Lobby, and Target. I was very disappointed in the selection at Party City, and all that came from there were the balloons and they lost air so quickly that I was unimpressed with those as well and will get party balloons from Publix next time. 

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Ciao Bella!

It's been a while since I showed up here hasn't it? I returned from a work trip to Milan last week, celebrated lil' miss' birthday (how is my baby THREE?!), and have also been trying to combat a sinus infection that most of us seemed to have brought back from Italy as a souvenir before we head into our last international trip for the season next week. Any guesses where I'm off to next? I'll give you a hint - it's a new continent and it'll be warmer than it was in Milan.


I was in awe as we were descending into Italy over the Alps - the mountains are just breathtaking and pictures from the plane do not do it justice... at all!


I was sad however that my layover in Amsterdam wasn't long enough to leave the airport and explore. So, I faked it by enjoying the glossy tulips and touristy souvenirs around the airport. 



I like to call this look "fresh off the plane chic". No really - after over 12 hours of (overnight) travel where I barely dozed off, we had about an hour drive to the hotel from the airport, I checked in, dropped off my bags, and headed to dinner at the Navigli Canal because we were all hangry. Exhausted and hungry is never a good combination! But we were about to make up for it with real pizza and gelato! 











The next day, I headed over to the convention center to start collecting content and have a meeting with some co-workers from our European team. Then a few of us headed out to the Milan City Centre to collect content for social media and recap videos of where we were so we weren't just posting from the venue. Not too shabby if you ask me! Pulling up to the Duomo Cathedral was a surreal moment to say the least.

Sweater {only $22} | Jeans | Sneakers



Collapsing with wet hair for the night calls for messy buns the next day. This is real life - I wore what was most comfortable to site see and didn't have time to do Insta-worthy hair and makeup. But you know what... I think I enjoyed the experience even more without worrying about the not-so-important stuff.






*The food oh the food - it truly is THAT good in Italy*



That evening, it was time to get dressed up for the Gala. This is my favorite event of the weekend, as it's not as rushed and I'm not running around as stressed. And did I mention the gorgeous details that go into this dinner? Hello animal print - you are my favorite neutral.



*Terrible lighting - but the setting for the gala was gorgeous*


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