Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Memphis Blogger Meetup...

Hello friends!

How are you doing this Tuesday?

From my perspective, it's dreary and cold outside.


I'm so beyond ready for Spring!

Well, this past Saturday night, I had the privilege of attending a fellow Memphis blogger meet-up at Local Gastropub on Madison!

I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make it, but fortunately, I did!

And let me say, it truly was so much fun to meet these great ladies.

Laura from Walking in Memphis in High Heels and my sweet friend Miss Bekah from Matters of Merrymaking helped organize it, and they both did an amazing job!

Deocorations were so cute!!

Here's Miss Bekah and me...we used to work together four score and seven years ago...and we've been able to stay in touch through blogging and social media :)

Old friends!

Jamie at Mommy on a Mission made this beautiful and delicious cake: 

Isn't it gorgeous?!

I have to admit, I was a little nervous on my way there...

I like to think of myself as a social butterfly, but I have a teensy bit of social anxiety every now and again...

But these ladies made me feel very welcome...it's like we've all known each other for a while!

That's what I love about blogging...

It brings people together from all walks of life!

Here's a shot of the group:

Memphis bloggers!

I encourage all of you to check these fantastic bloggers and their blogs out:

Judith at Creating Balance

Colleen at Parties and Cardis

Natalie at My Crazy Busy Life

Jennifer at Southern Belle

Hooray for Memphis...and hooray for Memphis bloggers! 

Much love, ;)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Some New Favorites...With Some Recycling Thrown In...

Hiya friends!!

How's it been?

I hope well. 

As I mentioned in a blog post before, my life has been all kinds of crazy lately.

My new job has been keeping me busy....and then I got sick with a nasty sinus infection...I celebrated several birthdays including my niece's 3rd....I threw my brother a surprise 40th birthday party...my office moved to a new location....and thennnnn there was Valentine's Day.


I plan on giving several recaps of both surprising my un-surprisable big brother....and seeing my sweet niece as a princess...

But today I'm just going to share some of my new favorites in regards to beauty products....


Some new outfits that I'm recycling quite often.

Remember when I mentioned (waaayyy back..haha) about how I was loving Old Navy's selection lately?

Well, after my birthday I snagged a couple of things on sale, and I've gotten several wears out of each item already!

So first up is this black and white striped top...I love that black and white is such a trend for spring...but I'm so over winter that I'm busting it out now.

I've worn mine several times now....I wore it first to a birthday celebration for my dear friend Robyn:

Top: Old Navy
Tank: Cato's
Leggings: Style & Co.
Flats: Tory Burch

Please ignore my unmade bed.
One of the things I like most about this outfit was the Kardashian-esque bracelet I wore. I picked it up at Charlotte Russe for $5.99. When I saw it, I immediately thought "Kris Jenner!" Haha. I have no idea why I have such affection for that family. Don't judge.

Well, I a few weeks later I wore it again for my brother's surprise 40th birthday party...here's a shot of my beautiful sister in law and me before we headed out:

We called ourselves the "Striped Sistas." 
Well, I loved my black and white top so much, I picked up this green and navy one, too. I don't have any pics of me in this one...but I've been rocking it. :) I love this color combo sooo much. Preppy to the max!

The next dress that has gotten a few recycles in is this one:

I also snagged it on sale at Old Navy. When I saw it, I thought, "That's perfect for Valentine's Day."

Sure, it's a little literal...with the hearts and all...but I don't care. I love dressing up for holidays...(I'm now thinking about a St. Patty's Day inspired get up!)

I wore it to the office on Valentine's Day...and you'll never guess what happened:

Dress: Old Navy
Cardigan: JcPenney

My coworker and I had the same idea apparently! Haha! 
It was too funny. Everyone in the office got a big kick out of it. The funny thing is...that I almost paired my dress with my blue jean jacket, too. We both rocked tights and brown boots...but I opted to pair mine with these navy tights from Target:

Tights: Target
Boots: Payless Shoes

I loved the outfit so much, I decided to wear it again on the hubs and my Valentine's Day excursion to Texas de Brazil downtown:

Isn't he just handsome?!

Needless to say, after our dinner, the dress wasn't fitting as easily as it was before. 

Texas de Brazil = food coma. 

(And as a side note...I don't really want to eat there for a long long time. Eating all that chicken, beef, and pork, annnnd cheese all at once reeked havoc on my skin. Breakouts galore. Ugh.)

Next on the items I've been recycling...are the pants below...

After Christmas (and before my haircut, too haha) I used a gift card to snag these plum pants at Target:

What kind of look is that?!
I snagged these for $13.00. Whoop!

Anywho, I've enjoyed figuring out new outfit combinations as of late. The hubs and I are trying to scale WAY back on our spending, so I've got to get REAL good at recycling.

Switching gears to beauty products...

I am 110% in love with this lip product:

L'Oreal Colour Riche Lip Balm!!

This stuff is so soft, but covers as good as a lip stick. 

Love love love it! 

You can build it up to the coverage you want, without drying out your lips.

Speaking of building up coverage....

I've also been using Revlon's Colorstay Whipped Foundation!

It's very light, but you can build it up to the coverage you want! I'm wearing it in all the pics above (minus the purple pants pic).   

Next on the things I'm loving....

This DermOrganic leave-in treatment made with Argan Oil.

After my stylist used it on my hair at Dabbles...I decided to just bite the bullet and get some for myself. My hair has been on the dry side lately, so I'm hoping this will restore a little bit of moisture back.

So there ya go!

What are you all loving right now friends?

Up next on the blog....birthday recaps. Fun fun funnnn...

Much love, ;)

P.S.- Thank you to all the new followers and for all the comments from new faces! I'm so excited to get on over to your blogs and learn about you!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

My Life Has Been Craziness....

I'm still here.


My life has been a big ball of craziness lately.

I apologize for the lack of blogging...for almost a month!


I have two goals tomorrow....

Clean my house.


Getting back to blogging.

It'll be fun to catch up friends.

Lots to share. 

Hope you all are doing well.

In the meantime....

Much love, ;)