Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Office apparel for Ways I Wore It Wednesday

It's another round of Ways I Wore It Wednesday!  
I am in love with this top!  Coral is becoming one of my top favorite colors!  It is perfect for clothing, shoes, home d├ęcor... everything!
Here is the Coral Sleeveless Top that was the pick of the week to be styled!
Paired with a pencil skirt and nude pumps, this cut-out top makes a great outfit to get your mood out of that mid-week slump! Who says you can't look cute from nine to five!

top: {Coral Sleeveless Top} Simply Style Boutique
bottom: H & M
shoes: Target
accessories: {Chain Link Bracelet} Simply Style Boutique
How would you style this top?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A B C's of me!

Saw this fun little list over at Wayferes and Worksheets and Lauren invited everyone to play along!  Check out her list and make yours too!
A. Attached or single?  happily attached
{to this hunk}
that little bobcat is currently stuffed and sitting in Brandon's parents waiting to go in our new house.. {it's going in the man room if I have my way, or on the mantel if Brandon get's his}
 B. Best friendsssss? I have to say I am so lucky to have some of the best friends anyone can ask for!

C. Cake or pie? cake… pies seems like a ton of work!
D. Day of choice? I am gonna have to say Saturday, you can have all the fun you want, and still have all of Sunday to do what you had put off before everyone heads to work on Monday!
E. Essential item? cell phone {I know that is awful to say}
F. Favorite color?
I change my mind on this one a lot, but right now I am loving light coral and blush {feeling a bit girly}
G. Gummy bears or worms? The worms.. definitely!
H. Home town? Virginia Beach, Virginia
I. Favorite indulgence? chips and salsa {I would eat it every meal if Brandon didn't stop me}
J. January or July? July, give me hot weather over a freezing cold, but not cold enough for snow, Virginia Beach January any day!
K. Kids? one day, I’ll just hang with my nephews for now and give them back when they get cranky!

last summer by the pool with my favorite buddies
L. Life isn't complete without? happiness
M. Marriage date? September 14th, 2013… which is coming at me, and my to-do lists, head on {but I am soooo excited!}!
N. Number of brothers/sisters? 3 brothers and 1 sister, don’t know what I would do without them!


1 - 5 ... oldest to youngest
{bangs were a bad decision}

P. Phobias? I couldn't really think of one, I have a few fears, but I wouldn't say they were "phobia" level fears.  BUT wanna see something crazy, I goggled "Phobias" and found this list {you have to check it out}.  It must be a miserable life to have some of these fears.. Euphobia- Fear of hearing good news / Geniophobia- Fear of chins / Ideophobia- Fear of ideas {crazytown!!!  How do you get through the day with these phobias?!}
Q. Quotes?We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be” - Nikki Giovanni
 R. Reasons to smile? Life… it’s not too shabby
S. Season of choice? Tail end of summer, beginning of fall {can I be selfish and pick two?!}  There is something about those last hot days of summer when the beach is perfect.  The toursits are gone, the sand is not scorching and the water feels refreshing.  Somehow the beer just tastes best on those days!  But you have to also love the light crisp air of fall, the leaves changing colors and back to school feel just seems to give a fresh start to everything!
T. Tag 5 people. Anyone who wants to play!  Such a great list from Lauren @ Wayferes and Worksheets!
U. Unknown fact about me?  I had jaw surgery my junior year, it did not line up correctly.  My mouth was rubberbanded shut for 6 weeks and my diet consistented heavily of cottage cheese and go-gurt!
V. Vegetable? Fried okra is my new favorite!  Brandon’s dad makes them for me now because he thought it was tragic that I had never had okra before I had them at their house.  He makes them into the perfect fried bite size pieces!
W. Worst habit? Over-commiting.  I like to be helpful so I'll always say yes
X. X-Ray or ultrasound? I have only ever had an x-ray {this one made me laugh… is it asking your favorite?}
Y. Your favorite food? That is a tough choice.  but if I am making it, it’s spaghetti (well I can cook the noddles and I use some sauce my mom makes) and if it’s made for me Shrimp Scampi over white rice… delicious!!
Z. Zodiac sign? scorpio

Leave a comment with a link if you play along!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ways I Wore It Wednesday - Bow Bouses!

{this commercial makes me laugh every time!)

and over here, Hump Day means another round of Ways I Wore it Wednesday! 

This week's feature is Simply Style Boutique's 3/4 Chiffon Top

3/4 Sleeve Chiffon Top
I paired this flowy top with the perfect pair of pink skinnies!  A cream cami underneath and a few gold accent accessories, this outfit is perfect for a afternoon cookout with friends!
top: Simply Style Boutique {I am wearing a size small}
pants: Target (similar)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Hunt for Red October...

I mean the Hunt for Mint Shoes!
{here is the Wikipedia link to that reference.... I am pretty sure my family is the only one that owns that VHS classic)
It seems to me that everyone and their dog must own mint shoes.  I went on the search for mint pumps for my bridesmaids to wear.  I came across some amazing pair.  I would look them over then email the girls and no sooner had they opened their inboxes then the shoe would be sold out in every size!  Madness!! 
It got to the point where my dreams were filled with mint pump parades!
After looking for weeks, I finally stumbled upon a perfect pair and can't wait to see them paired with the dresses.

Mint Pumps

Mint Pumps by emilymoran08 featuring platform high heels - {the link to Polyvore}
Some of the runners up... don't fall in love, they are mostly sold out! :(

What is your favorite color right now?  Is it mint like the rest of woman kinds?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Paddleboarding and puppies.. how was your weekend?!

Can we start our Monday with a high-five to mother nature for some awesome weather this weekend!!  Now, we are back to Monday and the rain has already started... but I'll take it.

This weekend was definitely a good one! 

Friday started with a Going Away party for Brandon's Uncle who headed out to sea on Sunday with the Navy.  Brandon had to work, so I went to hang out with his family. 

Saturday I started with some coffee and to-do lists for wedding prep! (the lists seem to be never ending!)
After my list was complete and I chatted with my sister a bit who had come over to lay by the pool it was off to the stores to grab some wedding supplies at the craft shops.  I could spend hours in those places.  They are like Pinterest in that they make me feel way more creative than I am!
Then out to the farm to help Brandon with some dog houses for the beagles.  Those puppies are getting more adorable everyday!

Sunday was a perfect day.  While Brandon got up early to head to work, I got up and headed down to the Outer Banks to visit with my family {poor guy misses all the fun things}.  My parents and brothers were down visiting with my aunt, uncle and cousins from Pennsylvania.  The sand was scorching hot, the water was ice cold, but the weather was perfect! 

I even got to try out paddleboarding for the first time!  The wind was crazy, but I was pretty proud of myself for staying up the whole time.  Though on the water and fighting the wind by yourself seems more fun in theory... I think it would be a bit more exciting if you had a destination and someone out there with you!

Rocked this little suit at the beach on Sunday and I would like to send out a PSA that this top, while adorable for beach romping, is not built for water sports {mainly paddling through waves on giant boards)!  Thank goodness the go-pro was not on while I was on the paddleboard... that video would not be family friendly!

We spent the day down on the beach and then after dinner I drove back home because it is back to work for me this Monday.  (though the idea of just living on the beach did cross my mind more than once!)

link up with Sami to share your weekend recap

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Simply Style Boutique - Retail Therapy Thursday

We are adding something new to Simply Style Boutique today and introducing Retail Therapy Thursdays!!
Every Thursday, we will choose a different shop item to drastically discount for all of you.

The idea came to me after a crazy long day, after a crazy busy week and as I sat on the couch with my wine and computer, all I wanted to do was reward myself for not giving up with a something fun to add to my closet.  I am pretty sure that treating yourself to something nice may be one of the greatest feelings. 
So we want to make that great feeling for you a little nicer on your wallet!!
Now the trick to Therapy Thursday's is that you have to be quick.  Once the item of choice is sold out, the sale is done!  Be sure that you are following Simply Style Boutique on Facebook and have registered on the site so you get you first view of the item for the day!
Without further ado, today's Retail Therapy Thursday item is our Charcoal Cut-out Dress!

This dress in the perfect shade of grey has the very popular cut-out design.  The comfortable fabric makes this dress so versatile for day or night!
and at $18.00... it's too good to pass up!!
Get yours at and Happy Therapy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This is my island in the sun

Today's Ways I Wore It Wednesday has a little different feel. 
There are no accessories added to this Simply Style Boutique dress... the Red Tropical One Shoulder Dress needs no extras. 
This little number makes me want to run to the airport and hop on the next plane to an exotic get-away!
Cheers to the islands and pass the umbrella topped drinks my friends!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Like a chicken with my head cut off

This weekend was not quite what we had planned, but laying down on Sunday night, life is still pretty awesome!
It all started when we realized Brandon and I wouldn't be able to make it up to DC for my best friend's engagement party.  I was devastated but it was just too far of a trip in not enough time. 
So, Saturday was spent sending a million wedding emails (slight exaggeration... but not far off) and doing some work around the farm.
Played with the little puppies again and we welcomed a new little puppy to the mix.  A friend had a male puppy that needed a new home, so we added him to our brood.  He looks like a "Stewart" (more pics to come soon).
{totally had my fancy camera all weekend, but of course the SD card I packed kept showing error messages and stored no pics... bummer}
this little one loves to nibble toes

It was all fun and games until someone popped on my shirt.  Then it was inside for dinner and more wedding prep.
Sunday we had a birthday party for one of Brandon's co-worker's little boy.  It could not have been a more perfect day for a pool party with friends.

Now I can't wait to catch up with Holly and hear all about her engagement party, and her new wedding dress {she said "Yes to the Dress}!  
Now we are back to the work week and the never ending to do list... there are no where close to enough hours in the day!
Sami's Shenanigans

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

My new discovered love for mismatching

I was always a very matchy-matchy person... I am talking down to my undies and shirt {the day just seemed off if my underwear was randomly colored}
That was until blogs... I feel like blogging gives you free range to test you style boundaries.

Now with that being said, I still like to play it safe and keep a pretty simple style.
But here was a recent attempt at some pattern mixing. 
{this was the end of a long day... I swear I started with less wrinkles}

I also have a intense obsession with oversized purses!! I mean you can carry anything you want, all the time!
How do women carry those little dainty bags... Baffles me!

Ways I Wore It Wednesday - Blue Studded Dress

It's Hump Day! 
{and now every time I say that I think of the camel on the GEICO commercial... clever advertising!}
and we are back again for Ways I Wore It Wednesday! 
This week we are featuring a few different items from Simply Style Boutique.
paired with the Mocha Three Strap Studded Belt and the Chain Link Bracelet accessories
This dress is perfect for an afternoon or evening out! The cool and comfortable fabric can be dressed up or dressed down for the perfect summer go-to!

Can't get enough of the studded detail!
shoes: Target