Monday, April 29, 2013

Trend to Try: A Floral Blazer

I am not a big prints person. I think we've established this
But the last few months has had me coming out of my box a bit and reaching for all things patterned and printed. In a big way. 
I blame the Prabal Gurung for Target collection. That pretty much kicked off my love for all things floral and it's been blooming ever since.
While at Lucky FABB I had the pleasure of chatting with Emily Schulman
(oh ya know, just Cupcakes & Cashmere famous) and she had on a glorious floral blazer paired with a simple white tee!

I was smitten.
A few nights ago while Pinning the evening away I stumbled across a delightful floral blazer from Target that spoke to me through the screen. (I know! #targetdoesitagain)
The price is right and something about the colors are drawing me in but first I wanted to figure out how to style it.
As with any new purchase I have to come up with at least three outfits for the piece before I can really justify adding it to my wardrobe.  
So I came up with three ensembles that allow me to see how this piece would truly work for me.

How To Wear A Floral Blazer

How To Wear A Floral Blazer by ambs32 featuring destroyed jeans

This speaks to me on so many levels. It's simple yet chic and still makes a bit of a statement.
The heels are just super fun while the classic white tee gives it a 'not fussy' vibe, and the clustered pearl statement necklace classes up some perfectly destroyed denim and the satchel bag adds an extra fun pop of color!
It all comes together for pulled together mid-week date with the Mr. or fun after work event with the ladies!
From Carpools To Cocktails approved!

How would you rock a floral blazer?

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Day Dreaming & I'm Thinking Of You: Spring Wish List

I have been on a wicked Pinning streak as of late( follow me!) after not having been active for a little while (gasp!) other than to look up recipes or tips. But all the fabulous emails from my favorite brands detailing their great deals on all the new spring items has me jonesing for a massive shopping haul.

However, budget constraints being what they are I am left to PinPolyvore to my hearts content.

Here's what I wouldn't mind adding to my closet:

Spring Wish List

Clearly I'm going through something in the matter of prints & colors!
The metallic heels are a must and at $30 you can't beat that! And that bag!
From the moment I saw it in the Just Fab showroom at Lucky FABB I knew it needed to be mine.
I totally would not be upset if any of these items ended up in my closet as Mother's Day or Birthday gifts!!

What's on your Spring shopping list?

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Blog Love : Let's Make the Move

Hey y'all! 
By now you may have heard the news that GFC is becoming obsolete? 
Perhaps?? Anywho - people were F R E A K I N G out. 
I mean - how would anyone know how many people like and follow your blog?  How ever would we tell how popular (how much of an influencer) you are without it?
That seems insane to not have some kind of counter right?  (I kid)
But seriously - the blogging community was all twitter-pated about it.
Enter - Bloglovin'
I've actually been using Bloglovin' for awhile and kind of prefer it. 
In fact - that's pretty much the only way I read blogs anymore. It's so much easier to get one email that has all of my favorite spaces in there!
Not to mention that my basic reader was getting cluttered with blogs I don't read/follow anymore but couldn't figure out how to delete! 
Call me lazy but Bloglovin' is where it's at!
I also dig that you can categorize all the blogs you read so it filters them for you!
It's pretty much my favorite thing! 
So if you're not already - PLEASE head click on the button on the right (or the one below) and follow me!! 

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Daily Style: Weekend Wear

It's been awhile since I've done an outfit post and that's mainly because the photos as of late have been not the best and require quite a bit of editing that I'm simply not in the mood for. 
But this past Saturday the weather and the lighting cooperated for a few short minutes for my Sweet Pea to capture these shots.

The last time I wore this outfit all together was almost a year ago this time for my first Mother's Day as a Mama of two (shown below) with some strappy sandals. This time I paired it with wedges for a more relaxed vibe.
do you see the tiredness behind my eyes? that's what an almost 4 month old will do to you.

 I love the fact that this can be dressed up or down by simply adding heeled sandals/wedges or throwing on some flat sandals and calling it a day!

Top: Nordstrom Rack (old) // Skirt: Target Style (old/similar) // Wedges: Mossimo // Jewelry: H&M(similar)

This was the perfect outfit to take me from a warm afternoon to a cool evening Anniversary party for friends. No fuss, no muss!

Happy Wednesday Friends!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April Showers: What to Wear

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With the exception of this past weekend and this upcoming weekend I have Baby Showers up the wazoo.
This has always been our 'busy season' but oh my our calendar has been full!
With all that I've got going on it made me realize its also wedding season and then there are the prom and graduation parties, so I figured I'd share a few of my favorite type of looks to wear to these kind of events.

Shower Season

1. I love the fun print of this dress and it's exactly what I'd love to wear to my BFF's baby shower in a few weeks. Wedges instantly dress it up and I would totally pair my Sam Edelman 'Gigi' sandals with this for a day look.
2. The silhouette of this dress is super flattering and I love the great color. Would be great to pair with bright pumps or strappy sandals. I could also see styling it with some nude pumps for church or an actual wedding!
3. This easy breezy dress screams laid back boho shower style. Strappy sandals and fun accessories make it perfect for meeting your besties great aunt Agatha!
4. Bold color and a tribal print? Yes, please! I mean! I love it paired with flat sandals for a more casual at home affair or wedges for an upscale fete.
5. A classic strapless dress in a timeless print. How can you go wrong? Polished and perfect I would make a statement with some bold strappy sandals or unexpected jewelry.

Would you wear any of these to your April Showers?

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Lucky FABB Gift Bag Giveaway!!

Happy Monday y'all!!

Lucky FABB was amazing and the gift bag we received was more than generous so I thought I'd share some of the goodies with y'all in the form of my very first giveaway!
Here's what one lucky CTC reader will receive:

* $25 Danielle Stevens Jewelry Gift Card
* Surprise gift from Just Fab!
* Melie Bianco Sequin iPad Case
* Juicy Couture La-La Fragrance
* Revitalash 12 Hour Eyeliner
* Xtreme Lashes Long Lashes Eye Pencil & sharpener
* Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel & Body Scrub
* Miss Me Fragrance Ring
* Cover Girl Lipstick in Euphoria
* Cover Girl Lip Liner in Passion
* Notebook from
* Hair Ties from Lizzie Starr
* M Perfect Cover BB Cream
* Mirabella Highlighting Powder
* Epiphany Fine Chocolates

The giveaway ends April 29 at 11:59 pm PST. I'll announce a randomly-selected winner on May 1st.
Good Luck!

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Love: Discount Codes & a Giveaway Announcement!

TGIF y'all!! Whew! What a week this has been! We've had a lot going on both at home and out in the world and I am looking forward to a pretty chill weekend.

But first I have some happy news! Y'all know I had an amazing time at Lucky FABB but what you may not know is that there were some amazing brands there and I was lucky enough to chat with all of them! 
You also know from my Instagram posts that we received a TON of swag. Too much for me to keep it all to myself so check back Monday for my first ever giveaway!! Eeek!! 
Trust me you don't want to miss this! It's gonna be good!! 
Back to Lucky FABB 

The lovely ladies at Thursday/Friday hooked me up with this adorable bag and then brought tears to my eyes when the offered up another one for my Sweet Pea!

for me:

For my "mini":

This is so right up my alley: I've always wanted a fabulous designer handbag but really can't justify the price tag! It's like they made this line just for folks like me! 

Use code: Lucky Fabb for 30% your purchase!!

Thanks to Jami I received this cute skull wrap bracelet in my swag bag and I just love it! 
I'm just now getting into the whole 'arm party' thing so this is a great step in the right direction for me!
Use code: FF35 for 35% off your entire order until June 1, 2013

Jewelry in all forms is great. Jewelry that is wonderfully made and beautiful is icing on the cake.
Julie Vos is a fabulous designer out of NYC that I had the pleasure of meeting. I was immediately enamored with several of their pieces and had a hard time picking a piece.

I finally settled on the M Chandelier earrings and the Colette Link Necklace I love them so much and have worn them a couple times already!
They instantly perk up a plain tee or dress and will for sure be getting a ton of wear in coming weeks! 

They said I could share the code: VOS15 with all my readers so you too can enjoy their beautiful products!

Let me know if you buy something! I'd love to see what speaks to you!!

Happy Weekending Friends!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Home Style: Brightening up for Spring (under $100)

Lately I've had a case of the I want to change something.
It always happens this time of year. When the sun begins to shine more and the days start to get longer, the flowers begin to bloom and everything looks fresh and new.
I want the same feeling in my indoor space. 
While I was pregnant I nested big time and created a few fun things for around the house but lately I've been itching to do more. To do bigger and brighter things.
In my dreams I would get a new couch but in real life that's just not in the budget so I headed to HomeGoods to see what was what.
I was hoping to find some fabulous pillows that would brighten up our current living space and sort of distract from the fact that our couch is not quite what it once was (thank you Baby Ninja). 
I also needed to find something that was not going to shock the Mr. but still satisfy my color jones.

I was so happy with how it all turned out I couldn't wait for D to get home. 
But alas, something was missing. And then it hit me: the pillow by Michelle Dwight designs I'd seen floating around the Internet and looking me dead in the face in my HGTV magazine, was calling my name. I had to have it.
So I placed my order. And it is perfect.
D came home, took one look and said : "Yes." 
Husband approved. Which, let's face it, is always a struggle when decorating is involved.
I was so inspired I wanted to do more so I bought some fresh flowers to put on the table and mantle and add some life to each space.

These simple changes were so easy to do (minus all the hemming & hawing in HomeGoods) that I wanted to share a few more tips with you!

So here are my top 5 ways to brighten up your home for Spring for under $100!
Home Style: Sprucing up for Spring

  1. Fresh flowers make a big impact. Try your local farmers market or in a pinch Coscto has a pretty decent selection.
  2. Pillows. A few brightly colored or patterned pillows can make a huge difference on an otherwise dull surface.
  3. Throws. I love a good throw and think mixing patterns and colors will add spice to any space.
  4. Paint/Wallpaper. Add some depth to a bookshelf by painting the back a contrasting color or adding wallpaper in a fun pattern for an unexpected twist.
  5. Lamps. Lighting is key in any space and a funky lamp can change mood of the whole room.

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Your turn: Tell me, do you feel the need to switch things up for each new season?


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