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A Must Read: Conversations Between Me and the Kid

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It's no secret that I love to read and I have been on a bit of a spree as of a late.
I'm also happy to promote my friends work so when my dear college friend Phnewfula told me her book was finished and ready for print I immediately requested a copy! Lucky for me she happily obliged.
Awhile back Phnewfula began sharing tidbits of her life with The Kid and we all enjoyed these hilarious exchanges between mother and precocious toddler. Conversations Between Me and The Kid is a compilation of some of the more entertaining banter that has transpired since The Kid could talk. 


As I was reading I was reminded when my Sweet Pea was also a precocious young thing and full of questions and ideas. That's actually what prompted me to start blogging so I was behind this book from the jump. 
Phnewfula is a 15 year music industry veteran and former owner of the lifestyle and fashion destination The Red Lemon Store. While both of these industries taught her a lot and required her to think on…

Playing With Color...UnderCover Style

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I'm obsessed with brights this summer and it's been fun to play around with different color combinations as I try my hand at pattern mixing and giving in to a more relaxed summer vibe.Hanes is unveiling a brighter more colorful look this summer with panties bras and tees in on trend patterns and vibrant hues that women want most. This makes me excited as I love to find new ways to spice up my wardrobe. Even if it is with undercover color. I was stoked to open my package and find bright Bandini Comfort Flex Fit Bra's in my favorite colors and the softest most comfortable boy shorts I've ever worn. As soon as I saw the hot pink Bandini I felt led to put it on and get my yoga on!!



I styled a few looks to wear throughout the week with them (which never happens) and loved how the colors popped underneath the tanks. I also dug how comfortable the Bandini's were. No desire to take my bra off as soon as I got home this time!


The boy shorts were perfect to sleep in. Extra…

Happy Hour + Friday Links

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This is the last Happy Hour for August! We're heading to San Diego next weekend and the Monday after that I begin my 'blogging hiatus'! Hooray for letting the ideas flow with no deadlines! I'm going to try my best to get a post scheduled and up before we leave town but it will all depend on how the packing + organizing + toddler chasing goes!

We went back to school shopping this week even though I'm still hanging on to Summerwith a vice grip. Sweet Pea cleaned up as usual (I pretty much want everything she got in my size) and I got some new black sunnies. It was a good day.


Also - if you could say a prayer? My mom is having surgery to remove the cancer cells from her breast on Wednesday. Needless to say I am a wreck and choosing to focus on other frivolous things to distract me.

* A few FB friends shared this post. I was compelled to do the same. It hit me where I live,where most of my mommy friends live too.

* My college alma mater made Forbes list of Top Colleges…

Holding Firmly On + Falling Back into Routine

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I don't know about you guys but I'm not quite ready to let go of summer.
I know there are only a few short weeks of August left and then it's back to doldrums as it were but I plan on milking these last few weeks for all their worth.


We've been trying to maximize every last drop of these summer months while still 'taking it easy' and I think I've done a pretty decent job but I still want to wallow. I love summer. I've said it time and again but alas, the season change and soon it will be time for school. And I will have a 6th grader. SIXTH GRADE y'all. I'm so not ready. I was going through some photos this morning and stumbled across one of my favorites of her from Kindergarten and I was awestruck at how quickly she's grown up. Time has marched on much too quickly for my taste. Awhile back I mentioned a few things we were going to do to maximize our summer. Conversely, at the same time, I began thinking about what we will do to prepare for s…

Everyday Style // Where the Day Takes You

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What is summer if not multiple opportunities to rock cut-off shorts in a multitude of ways?
I've said previously I'm a die hard cut-off's girl and I kind of love this more 'grown up' way of styling them.

Taking a cue from my friend Ashley I paired a simple striped top with shorts and some cute sandals. Add a hat and clutch and I was ready for wherever the day might take me.




I loved that I was uber comfortable and confident in my look (the new shoes helped) and I  knew that if the opportunity presented itself I could slide on some wedges or strappy sandals and jacket for cocktails with friends in the evening. Because that happens. Sometimes.



I fell in love with the shirt the moment I saw it. I know that stripes are a classic and I've been on the hunt for just the right piece to add to my wardrobe. I can see styling it in so many ways the decision to buy it wasn't even an argument.
The sandals were another story. Obviously I'm a fan of Sam Edelman having…

Love & Marriage // Focusing on Each Other

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When I first met my husband it was the fall of 1998. The summer glow was fading from my skin as well as the highlights from my hair. By the time I really got to know him my hair had grown dark and I was rockin' blue eye shadow like it was going out of style since my skin had lost its luster (it was cold in Atlanta!). I remember telling him " I look much better in the summer". We weren't even dating at the time.




Fast forward a few years and we just celebrated our third wedding anniversary. Two kids and fifteen years later, I am even more in love with him now than I was back then. It hasn't been an easy fifteen years of courtship let alone three of marriage. In fact, I'll be the first to admit this last year tested us and shown us who we are as individuals and as a couple. Having Baby Ninja knocked us on our ass, pure and simple. He is so different than Sweet Pea and it's taken us a minute to get our groove but it's also given us yet another way bond a…

Friday Happy Hour + Links

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Happy Friday everyone! Is it just me or did this week go by particularly fast? Perhaps because D was home on Monday and we took it easy like it was Sunday and throwing me off for the rest of the week. Anywho, I'm looking forward to this weekend's activities because they include making cupcakes for our sweet niece's 2nd birthday!!!

* These are my two favorite insta photos of the week. (I'm @fromcarpools2cocktails) This boy just melts me.




* Over on the C2C page I shared this look for fall. Pretty sure I can re-create this with minimal effort but I'm going to need one of these Love,Cortnie Handbags to complete the look.



 * And on the blog I shared my outfit for our anniversary date and why I won't have to do cardio for at least two weeks.

Around the web *********************************
* I'm a huge fan of Jada Pinkett Smith and follow her on FB. She posted this the other day and I was all "mmhhmmm" and "yep" while reading. Love.

* IFB write…