Showing posts from January, 2014

On The Shelf

" In a perfect world I would have a room just for all of my books.....and one for my shoes."-Me

Admittedly, I am a self professed 'book nerd'. I used to spend hours in the local library perusing all of my favorite author's latest titles and took pleasure in discovering new ones. I was always disappointed when my mother said I was limited to only two check outs and as soon as I got a card of my own I became known for checking out the maximum amount. At different locations. Needless to say I also racked up quite a few fines in my day. I couldn't help it. Reading was my escape and my favorite thing to do on a Friday evening or Saturday afternoon. Truth be told, I read whenever I had a 'free' moment and sometimes when I didn't. I can't tell you how many books I dropped in the bathtub when startled by my mother asking if I had washed up yet. Taking showers never appealed to me because, how could I read doing that? It was my quiet time and I looked …

THE LEGO® MOVIE “Prize Pack” Sweepstakes

So I've been sitting on this for awhile and today I finally get to share that there will be yet another awesome giveaway this month!! Whoop whoop!!

From Carpools To Cocktails presents ‘THE LEGO® Movie’ Prize Pack sweepstakes from Warner Bros. Pictures that includes tickets to see the movie!!
Somewhere my kids are dying. They have been waiting for this movie to come out, even Baby Ninja gets into the previews (which is saying a lot) and I am so jazzed to be able to be a part of this giveaway!

Not familiar with the movie? Watch the trailer and get excited!

Director: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Screenplay: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Story by: Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman and Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Producers: Dan Lin & Roy Lee Executive Producers: Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton, Kathleen Fleming, Allison Abbate, Zareh Nalbandian, Jon Burton, Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Seanne Winslow, Matt Skiena and Bruce Berman
Cast: Chris …

House Of Style // In The Boudoir

Our lease is up pretty soon and that means we are currently house hunting. We've lived in our current home for the last 4 years and it's been wonderful but it feels like the time is right to move on. We've sort of out grown this space and since we love to entertain while allowing the kids to have their space it only makes sense. But house hunting is hard y'all. There is nothing like falling in love with a house and imagining how your family would fit / live in the space and then it not being "the one" (i.e. you don't get it for whatever reason). You day dream about decor and making a fresh start in this brand new space and obsess over your Pinterest boards and before you know it your imagination has run wild and you're mentally planning your first get together. It can get out of control. 
So while we continue the search and begin the process of low key packing up our current space (because I fully believe that if you just start to pack it will come) I …

Work It Wednesday // Getting My Rear In Gear With Pop Physique

A few weeks before Christmas I came across a workout DVD at Target that got me excited. I'm perpetually on the hunt for new and exciting ways to challenge my body and get me "fitspired" so I was delighted to discover that Pop Physique had a DVD! I've been wanting to try this workout for some time. My friend Andrea goes to the studio in Seal Beach but that's over 30 minutes from my house as is the one in San Marino so until they open one on this side of the 57 freeway, I'll be working out at home.

For me, working out isn't about fitting some ideal standard of what my body should look like but maintaining a level of fitness that I have grown accustomed to. I worked very hard to lose the baby weight (because I could NOT afford a brand new wardrobe) and as such have tried to maintain where I was at. I'll be the first to admit I'm not as diligent as I could be. I see my friends post on Instagram about leg day and how they're hitting the gym first t…

Spring into Style With Stella & Dot

The polar vortex that hit most of the country last week had everyone everywhere dreaming of warmer weather. I don't blame them, I'm not a cold weather type of chick but I am all about the freshness of spring and the air of excitement that it brings.The new Stella & Dot spring line launch just happened to coincide with the awful weather and the bright colors, new designs and fresh styles were just what was needed to lift most stylists spirits. Mine included.

Yesterday, January 13th, marked the official launch of the Spring '14 line and the first official day customers can place orders. Trust me when I say that you want to get in on this.
There are literally so many delightful pieces I had a hard time choosing my samples and am still hemming and hawing over a few choices. Tonight I'll have the chance to view the collection first hand and I couldn't be more excited.

There is even more incentive to be a hostess this spring season as the collection is insane and you…

Don't Stop Get It Get It !! / A Giveaway!!

Y'all know I'm super pumped about 2014 and am doing all I can to make it the best year ever. So far things are shaping up to be pretty rad and it's all thanks to y'all my awesome readers and friends!
In honor of hitting 700+ followers on Instagram and to kick start the new year in the most positive manner I'm happy to announce that I've partnered up with Michelle Dwight Designs for an AWESOME giveaway!
One lucky person will be the winner of not just one but FIVE fabulous 5x7 prints their design shop. Yep. You read that right. Five. Because they are just awesome like that. Perhaps you're familiar with Michelle Dwight? Their famous "Every Day I'm Hustling" pillow cover was featured in a spread in HGTV magazine last April. I instantly fell in love with the design , placed an order immediately and my own pillow has been happily resting on my couch ever since. My husband saw it and just said "yes." so I knew it was a winner. I get so many…

Work It Wednesday // Sequins Are Always A Good Idea

You may remember a few weeks ago I posted about discovering sequin "sweatpants" from Lulu's and if you follow me on Instagram you've probably seen my obsession with sequin pants grow exponentially in the last month. And even though the holidays bring out the reason to don sequins at every given opportunity, I realized that I had been missing them in my everyday wardrobe. I began to seriously question myself for a minute (how had I NOT owned sequin pants prior to discovering the "sweats"?) and then I remembered how they can sometimes be uncomfortable and painful. Factor in life with a toddler who is decidedly excited by all things shiny and would want to touch them it made sense I hadn't seen them as a priority.

But the sweatpants lit a fire in me and I was on a low key quest to find just the right pair. Not too sequin-y as to be mistaken for a disco ball or anything that looked cheap.  I kept debating the "sweatpants", I knew they wouldn't…

In A Word // My View For 2014

I've always dug the beginning of a new year. I like the idea a fresh start and a clean slate. The ability to make things new if you will. There are always so many things to work on and get excited about. And this year is no exception.
I generally pick a word at the start of each year and that is kind of what I live by and in the past it's really worked well for me as a reminder to stay focused and what my focus is. This year is a bit different. No one word seems to fit. And I have SO many words running through my head it's hard to narrow it down. The themes for this year are varied yet similar and all resonate deeply with me.

Hustle Purpose Focus Serve Love
I don't write or make resolutions unless it's about style but I have goals that I want to hit and this time I've broken them down for each month and into categories like Relationship, Family, Home, Work etc.  I'm excited about all the things to come both personally and professionally.

I can feel the change i…

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night // TCFTurns5 Recap

Happy New Year loves!! I'm excited to kick off my first post of the year with a recap of THE event I attended this past Saturday night. One of my blogger lovelies The Curvy Fashionista celebrated her 5th blogiversary this past December and what better way to celebrate her successes than to have a rockin' shindig right? When she first posted about it way back in November I just knew I had to attend.

I first met Marie back in April at LuckyFABB and was blown away by how sweet she was and loved her pitch for why she should attend NY Fashion week as a correspondent for Lucky Magazine. She won the pitch fest and when I approached her after to tell her congratulations she couldn't have been more gracious. She's also a BLM girl and has been more than generous with her assistance to us newbies and lesser known bloggers. She's been willing to take the time to answer any and all questions and never hesistates to tell it like it is. In a word I love her. But in a non creepy …