Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ella's So Fab

Yet again, Ella was so excited about her FabKids outfit. If I had to hear her ask one more time "Mommy is it warm enough outside yet?"!!

This past Sunday, it was nearly 80 degrees here, so the perfect weather for her to sport this cute outfit to church. Anything that sparkles is awesome in her book for sure! As a Mommy who sometimes has to take a backseat when Ella picks out her outfits (see this photo), I am thrilled when she chooses her FabKids outfits- I know they match, I know they are comfy for her, and they are cute of course. Ella is particularly a fan of leggings (and her pj's)-most of the FabKids dresses come with leggings, which is awesome for her, and makes it easier for her to wear dresses to school-she can sit on the floor, play on the playground and just be a kid!

Outfit Details:
Dress, Leggings, Headband: c/o FabKids /// Sandals: Gap, gifted 

Right now they are having a new member exclusive where your first dress is only $10! Adorable and affordable! Their sizing is pretty great too-I love that I can get Ella a small and know that she can get a ton of wear out of it. Snug enough that it fits her comfortably, but big enough that she has room to grow!

I am taking tomorrow off and getting ready for the awesome weekend ahead! You all have a great Good Friday and a blessed Easter! See you all Monday! 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Stripes and Leopard

To me, stripes and leopard just go together like peanut butter and jelly. Leopard has become such a neutral, a wardrobe staple, over the last couple of seasons, that it just seems fitting to wear it with anything and everything, including stripes!

I love this Old Navy dress-perfect for spring, an easy transition into summer. To dress it up a little, I could easily swap out my leopard sneakers for my favorite wedges and ditch the denim vest! Being that it was the weekend, and I was feeling a little lazy I opted though for a pretty laid back, casual look.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Old Navy /// Denim Vest: Old Navy /// Shoes: Windsor Store /// Necklace: Sophistifunk /// Bracelets: Coach (similar), Target, Stella and Dot 

Although this dress rides up just a tad (maybe should have sized up, but couldn't justify with my doing Nutrisystem), I know I will be getting my wear out of it with the warmer temps now here!! 

Don't forget to enter my giveaway with Because of Jackie to with $150 worth of our favorite things!! 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nutrisystem Check In

Well my first full week of Nutrisystem is in the books! I am happy to say that I have lost 5 pounds! Woo hoo! That's a start, right? 

Here is my breakdown of week one:

I did their Fast 5 for the first week. Basically the Fast 5 is a program for your first week to jump start and accelerate your weight loss. Everything comes in one box for you, and it is pre-selected food.  I am not going to lie- the first week was pretty hard you guys. The food was delicious. I was shocked at how good it was. For breakfast, I had several muffins throughout the week, and they were so good. I expected them to taste like cardboard, air, anything but a delicious blueberry or double chocolate chip muffin. Lunches and dinners were just as tasty. My problem I think was the portion sizes. I loved everything so much I wanted to eat three of the muffins, or another serving for the chicken alfredo (which is clearly why I am doing a diet program...hello portion control!). I know this first week was just an adjustment to actually eating the portions I am supposed to eat, and not what I want to eat (which is apparently a lot). 

Also, the first week, you can't snack as much (I will get more into that later). My problem was at night- I would be starving by the time I went to bed- I was hangry (hungry and angry). Again though, totally my body adjusting to eating what and how much I should be! 

One thing that did help were their Craving Crusher and Energizing shakes that I had in the morning and the afternoon. It helped curb the hunger a little bit! 

What also got me through the week was knowing I was losing weight/getting healthy, and the fact that after the first week I could add in a little more food! 

Bottom line- I am totally loving it. Hunger aside, I knew it was my body adjusting to the diet and eating the right portions. I really can't get over how good the food is, and I am glad at the progress I made so far! 

Next Tuesday, I will recap my second week, the week in which I can add more snacks and DESSERT! I will also share with you some quick exercises I have been slowly adding into my daily schedule. They are great for those of you that may not have an hour or two for a workout! 

I am an official #NSNation Blogger and have received Nutrisystem for free in exchange for my honest opinion of the program. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and 100% honest. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Perfect Midi Skirt + the Most Amazing Giveaway Ever!

Happy Monday, everyone! Another weekend seems to have flown by, this time with some gorgeous weather! I can't believe it was in the 70's. I almost forgot what warmth on my bare skin felt like!

One trend I have been sort of wanting to try, but sort of scared to try has been the midi, body con skirts. Maybe a little too tight for my liking, but the length of a midi skirt is appealing to me, especially when it is a high waist midi!

When I added this skirt to my Elizabeth & West inventory, I figured I would give it a shot. Why not, right? I decided to be a little courageous and knot my favorite chambray, toss on some sandals, a panama hat and call it a day. I loved the casual feel of it!

Outfit Details:
Shirt: Old Navy /// Skirt: Elizabeth & West /// Shoes: Target /// Hat: Target /// Bracelets: Alex and Ani /// Sunglasses: Steve Madden via TJ MAXX

Now onto the really exciting part, the giveaway!! I am super excited to be collaborating with my dear blogging friend Meagan at Because of Jackie! Meagan and I were blogging friends, and were fortunate enough to be able to meet in real life at Lucky FABB last October! That's the amazing thing about this whole blogging world-you become great friends with people you otherwise would have never met! Meagan is my style sister (we are twins quite a bit!), she is so down to earth, as gorgeous on the outside as she is on the inside, has passion that I admire and is someone I look up to (and who I know will answer my blogging questions in a heartbeat)! The success of her blog is one I would love to achieve some day with my own! If only she didn't live so far away from me- she would be my partner in crime at my store and we would style customers and drink champagne and wine all day long! 

This week marks Meagan's three year blogging anniversary (yay for her!!!) so we are teaming up to giveaway some pretty awesome stuff to ONE person!!! The winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter and is only open to US residents. 

The winner will receive:

A $50 store credit to Elizabeth & West Fashion House
Essie Nail Polish in Fashion Playground
Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm
La Mer Collections Watch (in a gorgeous blue!)

Oh, but it gets better!!! Head on over to Meagan's to see what goodies she is giving away IN ADDITION to mine!! Also check out how she styled the striped midi skirt I am wearing! Can't get enough of her and her effortlessly gorgeous style!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

The Chicest Glasses That Ever Existed

It's amazing how opinions can change over the years. I remember when I was younger thinking how thankful I was that I didn't have to wear glasses, that I was blessed with perfect vision.

Several years ago though, I was given a prescription for reading glasses, and I was actually thrilled. No longer did they seem like something of a nuisance, but an accessory! They have evolved so much of the years, even from 10 years ago when I got my first pair-so many more styles, colors, indoor/outdoor options, you name it!

Being that my frames were almost 10 years old I knew I needed to update them and get with the current trends! I am in love!!

For those of you in the York area, York Eye Optical totally delivered with their selection. Although I think I had my heart set on these Michael Kors frames from the beginning, there was a great selection of trendy frames. 

Not only do they have computerized fitting, but their glasses are created through digital lens technology, which means they are extremely personalized for you (more than just the prescription)-they are created so there is minimal unnatural head movement when reading, they provide comfortable transitions for different distances, and they reduce peripheral distortion. 

I like that they take their time to create your glasses (typically 7-10 days). They don't just mass produce them on site so they can move on to the next customer. They take their time, making sure to meet your needs. They are super thorough during your appointment as well. I had an appointment not long after I got Bells Palsy and they were really thorough and cautious with my condition.

Amanda, their certified dispensing optician is super nice and extremely knowledgeable on all things optical and really takes her time with you! 

To celebrate their one year anniversary (woo hooooo!) they are giving their patients 20% off premium lenses with the purchase of frames. They are also having a contest between now and April 30th: any patient who purchases a pair of glasses will be entered to win a FREE pair of glasses. I personally would love another pair, because to me, glasses are like an accessory!!

Anyone in the York or surrounding areas- I definitely recommend York Eye Optical. They are accepting new patients (which is always a good thing. Nothing worse!). I called and was able to make my first appointment for less than a week away. Super convenient. 

I mean really, what's not to love about the cutest pair of tortoise, Michael Kors glasses??