Monday, April 27, 2015

Sun and Music Weekending

Another Monday morning, another week of me sitting here left wondering why the weekend always goes by too stinkin' fast.

I kicked off the weekend on Friday with a quick happy hour with some work peeps before heading home and continuing happy hour by the pool. Happy hour at home consisted of some homemade skinny margaritas (recipe coming tomorrow) and grilled food before heading inside for game night and the kick off to the Subway Series.

Saturday, I enjoyed my morning coffee outside on the patio before going on a beautiful bike ride. One of my favorite parts of spring time in Florida are the gorgeous magnolia blossoms that bloom this time of year. I went by so many pretty trees on my bike ride, that I decided to finally stop and take a picture of my favorite tree.

A sweaty bike ride calls for pool time, and that's just what I did for the rest of the afternoon and it was perfection. I pool-hopped between my house and my neighbor's as we were doggy-sitting their pupper Apollo. Look at him all handsome taking in the rays on the sun shelf? He was so happy to romp around and splash in the water.

Saturday night called for some food downtown at Harry Buffalo with friends before stumbling upon some live music at the always-closed Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House. It's closed every time I go by so it was a nice surprise to not only see it open, but for live music and all you can drink Coors Light. I'm not a fan of Coors Light, but $10 for unlimited bottles and I'll pretend it's Mich Ultra all night no problem.

*Buffalo mac n' cheese was delish*

I was completely blown away upon entering at how big it was inside, and the woodwork and detail was breathtaking. Dark lighting and iPhone quality photos can't do this place justice. Let's just say we were all walking around with our heads looking up for a while taking it all in.

The first band up was Diamond Dixie, and those girls were really good!


*Always a photo bomb*


But can we talk about the amazingness that is the new extraordinary rewards coming soon to Sephora?! I usually hoard my points for the 500 point rewards, but now we're also going to have even more reason to hoard those points for 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and even 10,000 point rewards!

1,000 point reward will be a limited edition case from Kat Von D's collection filled with some of her best selling products.

2,000 point reward will be an ultimate collection of Urban Decay's naked collection signed by brand founder Wende Zomnir. (This will be definitely be what I'll hoard my points for!) I'm also wondering if this was a typo on the site, and it's really the 5,000 point reward because that wasn't mentioned.

10,000 point reward will be Stella McCartney fragrances stuffed inside her Falabella Shaggy Deer Foldover Tote Bag.

What will you be hoarding your Sephora points for?

Joining Biana for Weekending
Lisa and Bella for Weekend Recap

Friday, April 24, 2015

Favorite Mail Week

Fridays seriously are the best days! 

My favorite mail days are when my new Rocksbox arrives with pretty new baubles.

If you've never heard of the amazingness that is Rocksbox, it's like Netflix for jewelry. They send you 3 beautiful pieces at a time, and you wear them for as long as you want. When you're done, ship them back, and they'll ship you a new set. You can also choose to keep pieces at a discount if you fall in love with a certain beautiful necklace like I did. It's only $19 a month, but your first month is free if you sign up using this code - katebff27

My other favorite mail days, are when my black and white striped box arrives from Sephora. My goodies came in from the Spring VIB Sale, and I'm super excited to try out Bumble & Bumble's Sunday Shampoo and the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Primer recommended by Deborah. I also picked up a replacement brush for my Clarisonic Mia, as it had been embarrassingly too long since the last time I changed it out. 

Thursday was my 1 year anniversary at work, and my boss surprised me with tropical themed cupcakes which was too sweet of her. They were of course delish!

I'm super excited to head down to West Palm Beach for SunFest, some of my favorite bands and DJ's will be performing and I've heard nothing but great things about this music festival. I may have to steal Pamela's festival fringe look for the occasion. 

My favorite boys in pinstripes started making their much needed come back this week, by beating the Tigers 3 games in a row. CC still can't seem to pull out a win, but we are starting to pull it together finally.

*Brrrr it still looks super cold up there*

Loving some of my favorite finds on Pinterest:

Linking up today with Rebecca for That Friday Blog Hop, Christina for 5 on Friday, Tif for High Five for Friday, and Amanda for Friday Favorites. Hop on over and join us! Happy Friday!


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Coffee My Way

My favorite thing to look forward to when I get up in the morning is a good cup of coffee. My routine varies throughout the week between the k-cups supplied at work or the Starbucks that is conveniently steps away from said job *yep it's dangerous*. But, on the weekends you can find me in a lounge chair by the pool savoring my coffee out of my favorite Kate Spade mug.

Kate Spade mug found here

I used to be a cream and sugar girl, and now I can't stand the taste of it. I weened myself down to skim milk and no added sugar, but I do still prefer flavored coffee over regular. 

*You can almost hear my giddiness as I wait for it to brew*

My absolute favorite time of the week is relaxing outside with my coffee, and enjoying some greek yogurt and cereal by the pool. It's a nice treat after the hustle and bustle of running out the door every week day morning.

My coffee rituals are a bit different during the week....

I usually make some hazelnut coffee or chai tea in the break room with the supplied (such a nice perk!) k-cups, but some days I like to treat myself by walking across the parking lot for my iced skinny vanilla latte from Starbucks. Those are the best days! Not only are they delicious, but I love enjoying the beautiful walk back to the office amidst palm trees, giant chess boards, and pretty fountains. Yeah, I definitely made the right decision moving to Florida.

*Reverse color of my Barcelona Cami*

What are some of you favorite coffee rituals?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring and Summer Bucket List

It's my favorite time of year! Yep, I moved all the way to Florida from Connecticut in order to enjoy warm weather *almost* year round. We definitely get some cold snaps down here that leave me wishing sometimes that I moved all the way down to the Caribbean. But I do love having an extended summer, and with that comes a lot of things I like to make sure I do each year when it warms up.

1. More boat days like the one we had last weekend. Nothing says summer like spending the day on a boat with good friends and yummy drinks.

2. River tubing... whether it's at the lazy river or at the springs. I love it all!

3. Go out for ice cream - I am hoping to accomplish this during a trip to CT in July, because I have a serious craving for some Cookie Monster ice cream from Rich Farm. Seriously the BEST!

4. Outdoor concerts and/or music festivals

*Florida Country Superfest in Jacksonville 2014*

*Starship at Epcot*

*Fuel at Epcot*

*Night Ranger and Tommy Tutone*

5. Baseball games

Last time seeing Derek Jeter play *tear*

First trip to Wrigley Field with Emily and K in Chicago

6. Fireworks

7. Outdoor movie and food truck nights

8. Take more trips with friends

*Bahamas Cruise 2013*

*Chicago with Emily and K 2014*

*Treasure Island Beach Condos 2013*

9. Mini Golf

10. Lots and lots of pool days

What's on your spring and summer bucket list?


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