'Tis the Season

I consider Thanksgiving a cozy holiday, I can usually be found in leggings and an oversized tee or sweater depending on the weather in the sunshine state. But when it comes to all the fun Christmas parties I love the thought of more is more. Bring on all the bold reds, shine, lace, and sparkle!
Tis the Season
Tassel Earrings - BaubleBar | Heels - Jimmy Choo | Red One Shoulder Dress - Express | Sequin Shift Dress - Chelsea28 | Pearl Stud Heels - Jessica Simpson | Wrap - Glint | Lip Duo - MAC | Bow Front Dress - Tahari | One Shoulder Peplum Top - Eliza J | Leggings {Less than $19} - BP.

With our annual Christmas party coming up, I have all things holiday fashion on my mind. I usually go with a fun festive dress and sparkly heels, but may switch it up this year. I know not everyone lives in Florida, so a fun metallic wrap comes in handy to keep warm.

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Distressed Savings

As you know, I never pay full price. I do the majority of my shopping online, but I learned my lesson that sometimes you need to go in store not just for the deals but also because the products look different in person. I never would have added these jeans to my online shopping cart due to the web images, but in person I fell in love. I gritted my teeth, and braved a trip to the mall after receiving an email that all jeans would be $39 for 4 hours only... in store. It was worth it!

Top - Jac Parker | Jeans - Express | Heels {On major sale - less than $22!} - FFC New York | Sunnies - Le Specs | Necklace and Double Ring - Kendra Scott | Clutch - Rebecca Minkoff | Lipstick in Smile - Giorgio Armani








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Festival Celebrations Weekending

Well, it's official - I can't hang like I used to! I've known this for a while, but have been in serious denial. All day fun on Saturday means low key Sunday with a trip to Target mixed in (of course).


On Saturday, Emily, the girls, and I celebrated a friend's birthday at a local winery during their Holiday Festival. We started off on a walking tour and free tasting before grabbing a table in their wine and cheese shop to enjoy live music and catch up.


*I'm usually not a big fan of reds, but their Cabernet is a win*





Then we made our way over to a local brewery where there was another festival with live music going on. Never a dull moment in Central Florida, and I love it! Such a fun day with the girls which is always good for the soul.





Sunday was relaxing with a trip to get more coffee and a stop at Target to check out their Christmas decor. They seriously have the best wrapping paper! 

Sweater {similar} - Express | Sunnies - Le Specs | Nails in Flowerista - Essie | Necklace - Rocksbox | Double Ring - Kendra Scott



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Joining Biana for Weekending
*Cheers to a fabulous week*

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It's the most wonderful time of the year

So many sales, so little time! Express has been on point lately with their sales (currently 40% off everything), and I scooped up these pretties last weekend for only $30 ~ stay tuned to see them styled in next week's post! But right now, I'm all about the Nordstrom Fall Sale and Sephora's annual Beauty Insider Event. People ask me all the time why I love Sephora over Ulta and the answer is simple, better sales with zero exclusions. The sale is valid on every single item period.
Cozy Chic Sales
Necklace {40% off} - BaubleBar | Perfume {15-20% off} - Michael Kors | Boots {20% off} - Steve Madden | Ruffled Top {33% off} - Gibson | Jeans {33% off} - PAIGE | OTS Sweatshirt {25% off} - Treasures and Bond | Lounge Pants {40% off} - DKNY | Sweater Dress {40% off} - French Connection | Blush {15-20% off} - Hourglass | Mesh Leggings - BP. | Side Tie Sweatshirt {40% off} - Caslon

I'm all about being cozy this time of year, and live in oversized cozy chic sweatshirts, leggings, and stretchy jeans. I had been eyeing these mesh leggings for a year now watching them go in and out of stock, and I finally ordered them last week since they're currently only $23! 


Since I loved my cold shoulder Caslon sweatshirt (styled here) that I scooped up last spring, I knew I'd love their side tie sweatshirt as well. Nothing beats cozy chic! And sales too of course!

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Best of Both Worlds

I couldn't resist this blue top that combined two of my favs ~ bell sleeves and cold shoulder detailing. The bow on top *pun intended* was the tie front giving it a little extra flair. Oh and did I mention it's super cozy, and keeps me cool even in the warmer FL temps we're still experiencing? Winning all around!

Top - Jac Parker | Shorts {20% off} - Target | Sunnies - Marc Jacobs | Necklace and Double Ring - Kendra Scott | Lipgloss - Urban Decay | Ankle Booties - Kristin Cavalarri









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My Little Mermaid

I may be a week late, but my heart is still full from all the love celebrating baby girl and her first birthday party. After months of planning, pinning, and shipments arriving from Etsy and Amazon I can't believe the day has come and gone.


I chose the theme of "Our Little Mermaid is Turning One" since girlfriend loooooves to be "splishy splash" at bath time and swimming in the pool. I didn't go full throttle with the Disney movie theme, just mermaids in general which turned out great with the lavender and teal color combo.


The cake was made by my very talented neighbor, and she even included a 4 inch smash cake that was made without eggs since Serena has a minor egg white allergy. If you're in the Central Florida area, and ever need a cake baker let me know and I'll send along her info. Her cakes taste just as great as they look! 

"Sand" was brown sugar



Favors

I knew I didn't want to just give away cheap dollar store trinkets that will go right into the garbage, and I also didn't want to fill up the kiddos with a bunch of candy with Halloween a few days after the party. So, I ordered some small beach pails and filled them with goldfish packets to keep with the theme.

*Silverware was of course appropriately named Dingelhoppers*


Menu was specified on the invite of finger foods and cake

Sea Shell Pasta Salad
Seaweed Dip (spinach dip)
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Shark Teeth (white cheddar cheese triangles)
Fruit and veggie tray
Sea Snails (pigs in a blanket)
Driftwood (pretzel sticks)
Peanut Butter Jellyfish (tried cutting them into stars using a cookie cutter, and that was a major fail)
Seaweed (green grapes on skewers)
Waves (wavy potato chips)
Mermaid Cous Cous
Under the Sea Cake
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Beer, Wine, Bubbles, various liquors and mixers, and Signature Cocktail for the adults
Water, Juice, and Soda for the kiddos
Cake by the Ocean - Signature cocktail for the adults

  • Cake vodka
  • Malibu
  • Blue Curacao
  • OJ
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Club Soda
  • Served in a punch bowl with orange wedges as a garnish















Cake Topper - Etsy Seller HBSouthernInspired
Monthly Ribbon - Etsy Seller ConfettiMommaParty
Personalized Onesie - Etsy Seller KennedyClaireCouture
Headband - Etsy Seller (my talented momma) NanaFaithCreations
Tutu - Etsy Seller NanaFaithCreations
Menu Signs - DIY with construction paper and MS Word
Fish Net Party Accessory - Amazon
Highchair Tutu - Amazon
One Party Banner with Mermaid Tails - Amazon