Happy Monday beautiful people! Did you have an amazing weekend? I sure hope so! As you probably already know we celebrated my sweet husbands birthday this weekend. And you probably know that because literally that’s all I talked about and shared on stories all weekend, lol! Sorry for the birthday overload! I just clearly love birthdays, especially when we get to show the ones we love how much we love them!
Today I am sharing one of my favorite outfits from New York Fashion Week! This matching floral suit paired with an Adidas bodysuit.
Outfit Details: Floral Blazer: ASOS | Floral Pants: ASOS | Adidas Bodysuit: ASOS (also I know they call it a bodysuit but it’s totally a bathing suit! 🙂 ) but I was okay with that because now I can wear it as a swimsuit! | Handbag: DSW | Heels: Steve Madden | Sunglasses: Quay
I know not everyone would see a completely floral suit and say “I need it” but I am one of those people lol and I loved this suit as soon as it came in. I had to get it hemmed though because I’m only 5’3″ but other than that I love the fit! I am totally going to wear this to work with a plain black or white cami. The Adidas bodysuit was just the perfect touch for this New York Street Style. I am normally a 4 but had to size up one size in all 3 Asos pieces for reference!
So we had such a great weekend celebrating the hubs but I definitely overcommitted on so much (but what’s new?) and now this week is going to be crazy. Tuesday and Wednesday I will be at an annual offsite meeting with our management team and then when I get back Wednesday I gotta pack up the whole fam again for a little family trip and church trip we have had planned. It’s like I say yes to all the things and then later just figure out how I can make it work, lol. Anywho, it was kind of nice prepping for this family trip because we will be doing a lot of kid and outdoor activites so I’m packing a lot of casual wear which is complete opposite from what I packed for NYC. My feet need a little break, haha!
God bless the men who marry bloggers! I mean poor Brandon didn’t even sign up for this! We got married and then a year later, I was like GOTCHA! lol. Today is his birthday so I wanted to share some funny things about being married to a blogger. He helped me with some of these which makes this post even better!
When We Ask You To Take A Picture We Mean Take 100 Of Them. From different angles, close up, far away, a few of me walking. If I’m not looking at the camera, don’t stop. That’s a pose. Brandon has learned to just keep shooting. One time there was someone walking by, asked Brandon the time and Brandon checked the time and told the guy without even missing a beat. He was still taking my pictures, lol. He’s mastered the task at this point.
If we go out to eat please don’t eat your food right away. Let me get a pic first. Possibly even a cheers boomerang if we are having a cocktail. And if that means I have to stand up on my tippy toes to get the perfect aerial shot, just let me be. The faster I get the shot, the faster you can eat your meal. 🙂
Your mailbox will always be full. There are packages at our door daily. Your dining room or whatever room is closest to your front door becomes a mailroom.
We expect you to become best friends with other Instagram husbands. I have met some of my best friends through blogging. It’s because we are passionate about the same things and we understand eachother. We will spend a lot of time with eachother and we just want you to enjoy the other husbands as much as we enjoy eachother, lol.
I know there are a lot more annoying things that Brandon could have shared about being married to a blogger but he was being pretty nice LOL.
If you see this sweet man today be sure to wish him a Happy Birthday! Babe, we love you so, so much and thank God for you every single day! We can’t wait to celebrate you all weekend!
Hi babes! Ahhhh, still on a high from Fashion Week but am so happy to be back with my baby! I mean I really missed my husband when I was at Fashion Week last year but it was crazy hard being away from baby Weaver this year. I’m not sure I can do 5 days without him ever again!
As you may have seen, my sweet Mom was able to partake in the New York Fashion Week festivities and I couldn’t have been happier! She was a natural sitting in the front row with her sunglasses on, haha! But she did have some questions which inspired me to write this post! Today I am sharing some fun facts about fashion week. But first, outfit details.
Outfit Details: Top & Pant Set: EzPopsy | Button Up Top: similar from Forever 21 here, here and here | Heels: DSW | Handbag: DSW | Sunglasses: Quay
Okay, so story time. During one of my late night shopping escapades I came across EzPopsy online. It was love at first sight when I saw this matching set so I purchased it immediately but I wanted to give you a heads up and let you know that it’s an overseas website so it took like 3 weeks to get to me! Thankfully it came in before New York Fashion Week because honestly I forgot I even ordered it! Anyway, I just wanted to give you all a heads up because they have some really cute items on the site but just know it takes a while to arrive. It’s kind of like how Shein used to be but Shein has gotten so much faster with shipping. Shopping tip for Shein is that if you see an express shipping option on an item, that item is available to arrive within the next week usually.
5 FACTS ABOUT FASHION WEEKS
1- The Big Four aka New York, Milan, London and Paris hold 2 shows a year. – The fall/winter collections are featured in February and the spring/summer collections are featured in September. So when you saw me at fashion week this September what we were actually previewing is 2019’s spring/summer collection. The shows are timed this way so that buyers can place orders and have them arrive in stores in time for the season. My first fashion week was actually a Mercedes Benz Fashion Week that used to be held in LA. It was 2006 and it was my first Buying job. It was quite an amazing experience so as you can imagine it’s a dream come true to be invited to New York Fashion Week not as a Buyer but as myself, for being an influencer. Pinch me.
2- There are about 40 fashion weeks held in different cities around the world every year. – Smaller fashion weeks are held in many countries and cities but the Big Four are the most prominent.
3- New York Fashion Week is the oldest. – In 1943 New York had their first ever fashion week. The newest of the Big Four is London. Fashion Week started as a trade only event that was only open to buyers and manufacturers. – As you may have noticed, now celebrities and influencers are attending the shows.
4- Fashion shows usually last about 20 minutes. – And usually never start on time, haha. Last year I had so many shows back to back and that was such a bad idea because the first show would start 45 minutes late and then the next show started on time. It’s so unpredictable. If one designer is showing then the runway show will last about 15-20 minutes. If you are going to a show where multiple designers are being featured than of course that will be longer. I attended 2 of those types of shows this year and they lasted about 30-45 minutes.
5- Not all shows are runways shows– In addition to runway shows, designers hold presentations where the models are wearing the clothing, posed in certain areas around the room or just walking around so that you can actually see the garment and touch the fabric if you want to. I actually really love presentations because they are more intimate and it’s always amazing to see the creativity that does into the set up. Here are examples from the Lela Rose presentation. It took place on a boat and really captures where the inspiration came from.
Photos courtesy of WWD magazine.
So tell me, are any of these fun facts new to you? I always love hearing your comments and questions about fashion week. Thank you all for the support during my time at fashion week! I was loving all of your DM’s and am so happy my dancing friends could entertain you, haha!
Yay, we made it to the middle of the week! I guess it wasn’t that hard with a 3 day weekend 🙂 I’m still a little under the weather, blah! But I’m drinking all the vitamin C and liquids because your girl leaves for New York tomorrow!
Today I am sharing 3 trends that are huge for Fall and I know we will see so much of them during New York Fashion Week.
1. Blazer Dresses- I personally love this trend. You all already know that I love blazers but I love how the dress silhouette gives the oversized blazer a more feminine touch.
2. Polka Dots- Polka dots used to be looked at as a print that was for the younger crowd but move over toddlers, mama gets to match you this season! 🙂 It’s such a fun print that we all need in our life. This blazer dress is like a two in one combo!
3. White Shoes- This was huge for Fall and Winter last year and I’m so happy it’s back this year. I didn’t get enough wear out of my white ankle booties so I’m excited to wear them again this season!
Are you excited about these trends for Fall? What trends are you most excited about?
Mommin’ so hard all week so I’m shoppin’ so hard in the middle of the night while everyone is finally sleeping lol 🙂 Sharing the best of Labor Day Sales on the blog today. I’ll definitely be taking advantage of them!
Happy Monday loves! I am so sorry I have been slacking on my blog posts lately. Life has been extremely busy. I’m like screaming inside but keeping all smiles on the outside 🙂 which is exactly what inspired me to get this post up today!
As a blogger I post things on social media daily, it’s part of my job. And as part of my brand, I like to keep things positive. That is why when you go to my social media pages you will see 99% of the things I post are all the “happy” things in life. I love sharing positive quotes, pictures and captions to make you smile and most days I am smiling on the outside and inside. But what you don’t always see are life’s not so happy and sometimes even terrifying moments.
From the outside looking in, I know it may look like a blogger is “living the life” but in reality most of us are just living our lives. And that means all the good, bad and the ugly that comes with it. Instagram is just a highlight reel of someone’s life. Instagram is a platform to help us share joy, outfits, recipes, etc. with each other. It doesn’t always show the whole truth.
I’ve seen a few of the bloggers I follow share Instagram vs. Reality posts where they show the hard work and struggle that actually goes into making that one photo perfect. One of my personal favorite Instagram vs. Reality posts are when bloggers share bloopers from their shoots LOL. But today, I’ve decided to share something a little different because personally, my family and I have gone through some scary moments in the past year and although I share bits and pieces about that every now and then I just wanted to give you all a good example of what social media can portray vs. what may really be going on behind the scenes.
Instagram vs. Reality Example One
What do you see? Probably this pretty pink Free People sweater that was trending like crazy last Fall!
What you don’t see: We got a phone call that morning for a Foster to Adopt placement. It was for a baby boy who was 2 months old and had been left at a fire station. They called me right before I walked into a meeting. I immediately said yes, called Brandon and sat down in my meeting. It was only like 5 minutes and I was already so invested in this baby. 10 minutes into my meeting Brandon called and I answered because I thought we was going to tell me details on pick up but he was actually calling me to tell me that the baby had been placed with another family.
Our agency told us that situations like this could happen but nothing prepares you for it. It took EVERYTHING in me not to breakdown crying in that meeting.
Instagram vs. Reality Example Two- literally only one week later
What do you see? Maybe a super fun travel pic and a happy care bears tee? You possibly read the first sentence of my caption talking about how it was my birthday.
What you don’t see: We got a second phone call for an adoption placement this day. This time they called Brandon. We were in Colorado for my birthday, I was relaxing at the hotel because Brandon went to go visit a customer that afternoon. He called me and said “the agency called. There are 2 little girls, sisters, under 2 that needed to be placed”. We told the agency we could hop on the next flight home and they said as long as we could get there by 6pm then we were good to go. I never packed up a hotel room so fast in my life! Brandon met me in the lobby and we didn’t even check out we were rushing out of there so fast! Brandon was flying to the airport as I was looking up flights back to Houston. There was literally one leaving in 30 minutes so we decided that I would rush to get on that one and Brandon would take the next one so he could check in our bags. We pulled up to the airport and Brandon’s phone rings…another family from a different agency was available to pick the girls up asap so…yup you guessed it. We didn’t get placed that day. It was definitely another sad moment but maybe the week prior had prepared me a little bit because I didn’t cry that time. And then when we turned back around to go back to the hotel Brandon and I laughed because we realized we never checked out and said to eachother “well I guess that worked out” lol
Instagram vs. Reality Example Three
Ahhhh!!! We were finally placed with our sweet baby boy. He had been in daycare for one whole week when I took this photo. And with daycare came a full on stomach virus. He got it. I got. I actually had blog campaign due the very next week so I couldn’t cancel this photoshoot with Yash.
So what you don’t see? I had to pull over twice on the way to this photoshoot so I could throw up. So gross I know. But again, Instagram vs. Reality my friends.
Instagram vs Reality Example Four
What do you see? A sweet photo of us on our anniversary trip with our sweet baby Weaver. Maybe you think “yay, they finally got placed with their son!”
What you don’t see: 4 days prior during one of our casual, routine CPS visits they notify us that a blood relative wanted custody and verbatim she said “once she passes the background check it could happen quickly”. Just like that. So matter of fact. “Once she passes”, basically our whole lives would have been turned upside down.
I looked back to my Instagram to see if one picture that week showed an emotion of sadness that would have even given the hint that we had a rough week that week. Nope, not one photo. That’s the “beauty” of social media.
Instagram vs Reality Example Five
What do you see? A smiling gal at a popular Houston restaurant? I was actually having lunch with my team that day.
What you don’t see: Actually I myself didn’t even see it coming. Right after lunch that day Brandon called me on my way back to the office. He had gone to court for the both of us that day. Since the court hearings were basically a day long event we took turns on who would attend.
Anyway, Brandon called to tell me that another relative showed up to court that day. He wanted to put forth a “family friend” to take custody of baby Weaver. This family member had never met baby Weaver nor had the “family friend” but according to CPS a family member will always take precedence over a non relative adoption.
Excuse my language here but honestly that was the first word that came to mind. I can’t really describe it any other way.
Without getting into the details, that person clearly did not check out nor did the other family member I mentioned earlier but in all scenarios we went hours, days, weeks, honestly it wasn’t until last week (almost 10 months later you guys!!) that all of my fears were diminished of losing our son. If you have talked to me in the past ten months I probably told you “everything was good and that we weren’t worried”. Well, I’m sorry that I partially lied to you. Yes, everything was good. It is good. But with all of these surprises and unknown we were still really scared on what could have happened. As you may know, we received some really good news last week.
We (thank the good Lord) are in a position that we have been praying about. Thank you Jesus. But before I steer this blog post into another direction my point today is that life isn’t always as it seems on social media.
Some might ask “why would I even choose to post that day if I was really having a bad day?”. Well, because in most cases I signed a contract with a company agreeing that I would post my review that day. Clearly not knowing what life could throw at us that day.
Life is…truly like a box of chocolates 🙂
The comparison game is so real and I’ve heard people say that they stop following bloggers that they originally loved following because it started to make them feel bad about themselves. That breaks my heart but I totally get it. If you ever start to feel like that just try and remember that Instagram is just a highlight reel and that everyone has their own struggles even if it doesn’t seem like it because of a perfectly staged photo.
I know I’m struggling like everyday over here, haha. These are just 5 examples but trust me I could share like 100 more.
If you ever need a laugh or just want to vent I’m here girl, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love you all so, so much!
“Everyday may not be perfect but a perfect moment can be found in everyday.”
I listen to 104.1 KRBE almost everyday on my way to work and they do this thing called dumb question amnesty. Basically it’s a segment where anyone call in with a “dumb” question and it’s a judgment free zone. The radio hosts answer their questions or listeners call in to help answer the question.
Anywho, I always laugh at this segment because they are truly legit questions, even if they sound silly to some. My point here today is, if you already knew the 2 things that totally blew my mind this week, then don’t judge. 🙂 One of them is probably something we learned in 6th grade science but I wasn’t paying attention that day!
Outfit Details | Dress: ASOS (as you guys know, I love shopping at ASOS but the items sell out so fast! This one is only available in a few sizes now so I am linking some similar ones below as well! | Heels: DSW sold out but linking similar one’s here, here and here | Handbag: DSW
Okay so…you know that Meme that is like “I went to YouTube for one thing and than 5 hours later I know how to talk to giraffes?”
Yeah, that one. Anyway, during one of my sleepless night escapades, and instead of doing anything productive I was reading articles upon articles that really added no value to my life except to share with you what I learned LOL.
Did you know it rains diamonds on Saturn?
Yes, for real. I mean technically (according to the internet) “As the clouds of soot fall towards the planet, they clump together forming graphite, and as the pressure builds up closer to the planet’s core, that graphite is compressed into pure diamond, thus literally raining diamonds on Saturn.”
Why is this so fascinating to me?! Literally I read articles for like an hour because I didn’t want this mind blowing news to be #fakenews.
So tell me…did we learn this in 6th grade science?
Okay, the other thing that I “learned” this week was, actually this is a 2 part deal. Australia has over ONE THOUSAND beaches meaning you could go to a new beach every single day for 27 years! Also, on one of the islands off of the West Coast of Australia is Lake Hillier. A BRIGHT BUBBLE PINK LAKE!
According to WorldAtlas.com, the pink waters of Lake Hillier are caused by the presence of the Dunaliella salina microalgae. I don’t know how accurate that is and those words didn’t sound amusing enough for me to want to Google so you can tell me if that is correct. 🙂 They already had me at pink.lake.
If you are wondering why I even fell into that hole, it’s because Brandon and I actually wanted to stop in Australia last year before our trip to New Zealand but with the amount of time we had, it didn’t make since to stop after all so Australia has definitely made it’s way to the top of our bucket list! And since we won’t be taking an international trip this year like we normally do, we plan on doing one when all is finalized with Baby Weaver’s paperwork so long story short, I’m up at 3am planning that trip, LOL.
Please don’t tell me I’m not the only one who gets sucked into this randomness and enjoys it oh so much! 🙂
Tell what was something that totally blew your mind this week?!
Ahhhhh, I feel like I have been waiting to share this news with you guys for centuries! I am over the moon to announce that you are looking at DSW’s newest Style Squad!
I mean look at how beautiful and stylish these babes are! Wouldn’t you want to be a part of that squad too?!
Over a month ago DSW reached out to us and notified us that we were handpick to be the newest Fall Style Squad. Ummm, pinch me!!
There are so many reasons that I am so stoked about this partnership! The obvious reasons are shoes, duh 🙂 And the fact that I was even selected out of so many talented and beautiful influencers out there to be a part of this squad is amazing. I’ve bee a customer of DSW’s for as long as I can remember so to say I am now officially part of the DSW brand is kind of unreal.
Today I want to highlight the 3 things I already love about this collaboration.
1- I actually personally knew 3 of these babes already. – I knew that they were hard working, I knew that they were hustlers, I knew they were authentic in all that they shared, and I knew they were as beautiful inside as they were stylish on the outside. I hadn’t met Shay until our photoshoot but instantly upon meeting her and connecting with her on social media I already knew she was exactly like that too! I knew DSW had handpicked this style squad for those exact reasons and to think I was categorized in a group of boss babes like this? Life. Made.
2- Our style is so different – We didn’t coordinate our looks at all for the photoshoot. We knew each girl would bring her best outfit to express her style. This squad is such a great representation of a real girl squad. Each babe unique and Extraordinary in her own, special way. I am so excited to collaborate and share everyone’s unique style throughout the upcoming months.
3- WE are so different. – We all come from different backgrounds, different ethnicities but we all work just as hard to live the life we love and embrace eachothers stories. The digital influencer world has grown into what we are because we bring a sense of realness to the game. Not everyone can relate to a runway model billboard advertisement but I’m sure you can list a bunch of bloggers who you can relate to because they look a little more like you, are your size, maybe come from a similar background. I couldn’t be more excited that they picked each one of us. So different, each has a different story to tell and a different style to share.
Outfit Details: Dress: Forever 21 (tucked in as a top) Skirt: ASOS (wearing a 6) | Heels: DSW | Sunglasses: Quay | Handbag: DSW
What happens now? Well, the best is yet to come! We will be sharing all of our favorite DSW styles for Fall, Winter and into the next year with you! We’ll share how to style your favorite outfits with your newest shoes! Follow along on our individual adventures and our #squad adventures with DSW and I promise you’ll be seeing some fun, inspirational things.
Thank you all for the support and for following along! If you aren’t following the whole DSW Style Squad yet, check out my latest Instagram post and all the babes are tagged there!
**Sponsored Post: Thank you DSW for partnering with me on this post. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.
You guuuuyyyssss….I know I’m not going back to school but a gal livin’ for a bargain won’t pass up tax free weekend!
Today I am sharing 4 things you need to know about Tax Free Weekend to save even more money back to school shopping. Oh and read through today’s post to see how 50 of you can win a $25 gift card for FREE!
I was thinking back to when I was in highschool a hundred years ago and laughed because I remember picking out my outfit for the first day of school like I was getting ready for fashion week. I would pick out my outfits, shoes, matching nail polish and then of course make sure my best friends were coordinating too, duh. And then I remember my second year of college and I was all “where are my leggings?” LOL This outfit is definitely a good reflection of how I would have dressed for college. Super casual. Still a bit trendy but super casual. I’m pretty sure Fila was my jam back then too. I’m happy to say it’s making its way back!
Okay you guys, who likes saving money?! I know I do! As you probably already know, it is Tax Free Weekend here in Texas so here are 4 tips to shopping smarter!
1- Know what is tax exempt and what is not – Most clothing, backpacks and school supplies under $100 are tax free this weekend. See the full list here.
2- Know when tax free weekend is – Each state differs. Tax Free Weekend in Texas this year is August 10-12th.
3- Know when to start shopping – The answer is now. Whether you are shopping for yourself or for your kids, try to go in a day before to try on sizes and make a list of everything you need (sizes included) so that you can be sure to snag all the things without waiting in line for a dressing room. Even ask if the sales associate can put your items on hold for the next day. If not, at least you will know exactly what you need to grab and just need to pay or them. Tax Free Weekend is cray so this is the way to go if you still want to take advantage of the sales.
4- How to save even more money? – This is a 2 part answer. The first thing you need to do is visit this link to get your coupons that will get you an additional 25% off your purchases! Remember some stores will even apply this to clearance items!!
Another way to save even more money is knowing retailers are competing for your business so it doesn’t hurt to ask for a price match if you see the item at another retailer for a lower price.
And your bonus gift for today?? The first 50 people to text in to Tanger Outlets will get a $25 gift card. Visit my Facebook here to get the code.
Happy shopping friends and let me know if you have any questions!
Oh and also, if you caught my Instagram stories this week you saw that I was at Tanger Outlet’s Mommy and Me event! It was soooo much fun. Baby Weaver did not want to get out of the indoor sandbox. Yes, you heard that right, INDOOR SANDBOX! It was all indoors which is a blessing in this Texas heat! It had bounce houses, craft stations and the sandboxes. And it was inside. Did I already say that? lol. Anyway, if you missed this week’s they will have another one on September 4th. If you mention my name at check in you are going to get a really nice gift!! I can’t tell you what it is but I can tell you I kind of want it for myself lol. I’ll be sure to post a reminder for you mama’s a week before the event!
If you caught my Instagram stories you saw that I found some great looks at Tanger Outlet in Texas City, Texas this weekend! I found baby Weaver some really cute items plus mama snagged some stuff for herself too 🙂 Today I am sharing 2 outfits that would be equally perfect for work or date night!
Oh and also sharing where to get your additional 25% off coupons below!
Outfit One: Ann Taylor Factory Store
Outfit Two: Loft Outlet
How cute are both of these outfits? So cute right?!
Did you know that Tanger Outlets offered coupons for additional savings?! I had no idea! I thought because it was an outlet and the prices are already marked down that they didn’t do coupons. I was so excited to find out they did! You can snag yours here!
I linked my outfits to the Ann Taylor Factory and the Loft Outlet websites in case you wanted to shop them online but remember you won’t be able to use you Tanger coupons there so if you wanted to take advantage of allll the savings be sure to visit your nearest outlet!
Tanger Outlets was also so generous to give me a code for you to text in to get a $25 gift card! This giveaway begins on Thursday, August 9th. So be sure to come back to the blog on Thursday morning to get the code so that you can use yours to shop this tax free weekend, August 10th-12th.
A gift card, coupons and tax free! Who could pass up that deal? Not me!
Let me know if there is anything you guys are looking for. Items your little ones, outfits for work or back to school! I’d love to help you out!
Photos by Banavenue Photography
**Sponsored Post: Thank you Tanger Outlets for partnering with me on this post. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.