Closing Out Birthday Month

Closing Out Birthday Month

Is it really the end of August already? We're a few weeks into the new school year for Lil' Miss, and my birthday has come and gone. I was excited for a belated celebration with friends this weekend at a new-to-us brunch spot. 

H and I finally headed to the tailor on Friday to get my gown and his tuxedo pants hemmed so we aren't tripping over ourselves on the dance floor at my cousin's wedding. Who am I kidding? I still probably will - ha! That night, Lil' Miss went to gymnastics for parent's night out while we headed to dinner and stopped at our favorite hidden tiki bar for a night cap. 

Twisted One Shoulder Bodysuit {40% off} | Shorts | Braided Heels {62% off| | Camera Bag | Lipstick in Twig

And how else does one close out birthday month? Brunch of course! I scooped up this pattern mixing dress for the occasion, and enjoyed amazing food, mimosas and lots of laughs with framily. 

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Our Hogwarts Letter Arrived

Our Hogwarts Letter Arrived

...kind of. Other than visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as much as possible with our Universal Orlando Annual Passes this is the closest we'll get to feeling accepted to the best school ever. The most adorable canvas made from a photo of our sweet pup arrived, and I can't get over how much I love it and also giggle at it. It combines two of my favorite things - our doggy that has fit seamlessly into our home and all things Harry Potter. She is appropriately a Gryffindor, and dressed in her house robes. 

Can we also have a moment for the gold accent tables that I'm still loving after scooping them up during the height of the pandemic? They get pushed around from occasional rough housing between the pup and Lil' Miss, and have stood the test of time. So do not be deceived by the innocent face in this canvas - ha! 

I introduced her to her canvas, and had to bribe her with treats to pose for the camera of course. I mean look at her paw holding a wand from Ollivanders - amazing detail! A custom pet portrait is the perfect gift for your favorite cat and/or dog lover whether for a pet's birthday, a fun celebration, Christmas (which is coming up quicker than we think) or just because. I'm a huge fan of "just because" presents. 

I chose the photo I took of her for her 1st Christmas, and of course she had to be bribed with some puppy treats for this shot as well. She was already so grown up looking at just 5 months old (she's a July baby). 

This view never gets old at Universal Orlando, and I have to stop every time we're at the parks to take it all in. Please excuse me as I go perfect a butterbeer recipe so I can enjoy the deliciousness at home now that my pup is officially a Hogwarts student. 

**This blog post is in collaboration with Responsival, however all opinion are my own.**

Birthday Month Fun

Birthday Month Fun

Another birthday in the books, but we are still celebrating over here. I'm looking forward to seeing my nearest and dearest this coming weekend over a yummy brunch (of course). 

The weekend before my birthday, my best friend from high school was in town with her family after disembarking from a cruise. It was SO good to see her, and catch up. Our daughters are only a few months apart and instantly bonded - it was absolutely precious watching a 2nd generation friendship form. 

Lil' Miss also wrapped her summer baseball season, and experienced Top Golf for the first time with our framily. Some fried food, air swings (for me) and spending time with some of our besties was good for the soul after I had a rough week. 

Fast forward to my birthday-eve and I snapped some pics in the backyard for a campaign with Uwila Warrior. I was totally out of my comfort zone not knowing how to present the pieces and showing the world my underwear. Then I decided to break out a cozy robe, and that it's essentially the same as laying by the pool in my bathing suit. Did I mention they are seriously the softest pieces ever?! I'm anti-bra while at home, and I may have been converted. 

Soft Bra in Blue Ocean Coral | Seamless Underwear

The next morning, we dropped Lil' Miss off at school and headed to Universal Studios for an adult day of riding all the roller coasters. A stop for my free birthday coffee was on deck, then we headed to Islands of Adventure first where we conquered The Hulk, Velocicoaster and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey before I needed to stop for lunch, ice water and air conditioning. I was starting to feel sick from the heat and being jittery because a girl's gotta eat. 

Can we have a moment for these sneakers? Not only are they on major sale {only $36} and come in multiple colors, but they have the best cushion support for walking around all day even in the heat. I was exhausted and feeling sick from the heat, but my feet were completely fine. After being passholders at Disney World and Sea World in the past this is the first time I haven't had issues with my feet. We're also loving our Universal passes more than the other 2 parks, and wonder why we didn't do it sooner. 

We decided to walk through City Walk, and stop off for a margarita before heading into Universal Studios. I felt so much better, and re-charged and ready for more rides. We ended up taking advantage of the single rider line for Rip Ride Rockit and rode it 5 times - one of the times I ended up in the front row and another time we were able to ride together. We waited 5-10 minutes tops each time, and are huge believers in splitting up for the sake of time and adrenaline! 

Then it was time to pick up Lil' Miss and head to my birthday hibachi dinner (free for your birthday). She was a champ eating with her chopsticks, and of course had to have her own cupcake. 

I came home to a fun surprise from Andrea in the mail. She is seriously the sweetest, and always puts so much detail into her care packages. She even included stickers for Lil' Miss who was ecstatic that there was a present for her too. 

Fall Florals and Gowns

Fall Florals and Gowns

I can't believe that not only are we in the latter half of the month of August, but that fall is almost around the corner. Lil' Miss started kindergarten last week at her new big girl school (queue the momma who wasn't quite ready yet tears), and my cousin's wedding that she has been planning for the past two and a half years is in just a few more weeks. I'm looking forward to flying back up north to see family again after what seems like forever, Lil' Miss having some much needed cousin time and my husband and I escaping to Cape Cod for a few days to relax and attend the family wedding. 

Before we head up north for all of the festivities, I am going to change over the decor around the house to some of my favorite fall touches. I want to incorporate more dried floral table arrangements that will compliment the pumpkins, candles and my favorite little trucks and bales of hay. The entryway table, dining room, coffee table and bar cart will all be spruced up and extra festive with the fun pops of color that will be perfect for the new season. I'm also excited to see the tablescapes and florals my cousin has chosen for her wedding, and am sure there will be some coastal New England and fall charm mixed in. 

This will be our first ever black tie wedding, so my usual cocktail dresses just wouldn't do. Who am I to deny an opportunity to not only go shopping, but to get all dolled up and fancy? I ended up choosing this satin navy blue number, and just need to get it hemmed since it's a tad bit long even with 4 inch heels on. I'm already clumsy enough without any extra help from tripping over my gown - ha! I plan to pair it with a fab pair of heels and a simple clutch.

We also looked into pricing for tux rentals, and it just made more sense to purchase a classic tux that my husband will be able to use for any other upcoming black tie attire events. I love that we both went with navy blue, and we have these formal looks for future shindigs. Can you tell that I love to get dressed up?

Satin Maxi Dress in Navy Blue {only $68}

Now, I need to figure out what to do with my hair. Other than a basic ponytail or bun, my hair is usually down and blow dried straight. Every time I have attempted soft waves or curls they fall flat pretty quickly and it's just not worth the time spent for them to disappear quicker than a magic trick. 

I continued the blue trend, and scooped up this midi dress for the day after brunch. I'm not sure what the weather will be like as it could be really warm or quite chilly for that time of year. So, I'll also arrive armed with a wrap and a jacket. 

Lace Midi Dress in Royal Blue {comes in 3 colors}

Between all that's been going on professionally, building my portfolio, balancing blog campaigns, birthday celebrations (hello birthday month), Lil' Miss starting the new school year, preparing for our upcoming trip and starting to plan a certain little girl's sixth birthday party (seriously - how is she going to be SIX already?!) I need to start planning now how to decorate our home to fully embrace the upcoming new season. How do you like to add special touches for each season around your home? I can always use some extra inspiration!

**This blog post is in collaboration with, however all opinion are my own.**

Weekending Catch Up

Weekending Catch Up

I may be a week late, but am playing catch up from all the fun had last weekend with family and celebrating a friend's birthday over the best meal of the week - brunch.

Lil' Miss had another baseball game on Saturday morning where she was the only player on her team to get a base hit off a pitch instead of the tee. Did I mention she's the only girl on the team? After a quick dip in the pool, and some lunch at home we headed down to Universal for some rides and of course more food. Each time we go, we try out new-to-us rides, and mix in some old favs.

We started off in Islands of Adventure where I finally got on The Hulk (it rained and shut down the past few times I was standing in line), my husband tried out VelociCoaster while I took Lil' Miss on the Pteranodon Flyers Fliers and to the Jurassic Playground. We then took the Hogwarts Express over to Universal Studios, had some Butter Beer, and re-rode the Simpsons Ride before trying out Jimmy Fallon's Race through NYC and the Minions ride. We were exhausted after, but already can't wait to go back for more!

On Sunday, we celebrated one of our good friend's birthdays over brunch at The Osprey. I broke back out one of my favorite resort dresses that I always pack for warm weather vacations, and it did not disappoint. Such an effortlessly pretty piece to wear in the heat, and I love how airy and flowy it is when indulging in all the food, 

Disclaimer - I don't even eat seafood (I'm allergic - womp womp), and thought this spread was too pretty not to capture. 

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Alice in Wonderland Experience

Alice in Wonderland Experience

Experience indeed! My friend Tina and I were treated to an afternoon at The Alice in Wonderland Cocktail Experience where we journeyed down the rabbit hole and enjoyed tea, a performance, delectable cookies, themed drinks and solved riddles. I even ordered a mini top hat headband fascinator just for the occasion, and will break it back out when I bring Lil' Miss to the tea room downtown that I've been wanting to check out. Always down for a good themed outing!

Dress {sold out - similar} | Mini Top Hat Headband | Camera Bag | Lipstick in Rose Stiletto

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