Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring is in the air, and a Birthday Giveaway!

Hey there ladies! I've been a little MIA on here lately trying to get settled here since our big move. I am happy to say that spring is finally making its approach to NJ and I am loving it. Is it just me, or does anyone else think it should be illegal for mother nature to allow snow before the month of December, and after the month of December? Just saying.

On another note, its my friend and fellow blogger Kristin's Birthday today!!! So, of course I joined her for her birthday giveaway! See below for details. :)'

Top: Little Mistress c/o | Skirt: Little Mistress c/o | Heels: Nordstrom | Bag: JustFab | Bracelets: Sisco Berluti c/o | Initial Bracelet: Monica Vinader c/o

Big Birthday Giveaway!
Hi friends! Today I am so excited to share this awesome giveaway with you! For my 29th birthday I decided that I wanted to do something fun since it's my last year in my 20s. So why not give you guys a bunch of free stuff! There's not just one prize up for grabs today, but EIGHT amazing prizes (or shall I say birthday gifts) from me to you! I've teamed up with some of my favorite companies and favorite bloggers to share this with all of you! Thank you for making blogging worthwhile for me and following! I love you all!
There will be 8 different winners. One for each gift. The giveaway will run from today (March 27th) until midnight of next Friday, April 3. I will announce winners the following Monday. You must be a U.S. resident. Just complete the easy steps in the rafflecopter below and remember, the more steps you complete, the more opportunities you have to win!
Now for a list of the prizes!
Marc by Marc Jacobs Metropolitote from What's Hot BoutiqueMetropolitan Straw Tote
$150 Anthropologie GiftcardAnthropologie
$100 Tai Pan Trading GiftcardIMG_2454
$100 Bella Ella Boutique Giftcardbellaella
$75 Giftcard to Candy Strand Swimwear
These suits are reversible, adjustable, and can be worn multiple ways! Loving their fun prints!!!
Candy Strand Swimwear
Item of Choice from Pink Blush
No restrictions! Pick any item from Pink Blush or Pink Blush Maternity!
$50 Giftcard to Aro & CoAro&Co
$50 Giftcard to Beverly's Swimwear
Vintage inspired customizable swimsuits that give you the perfect fit!bevswim

Monday, March 16, 2015

Beach Ready featuring Show Me Your Mumu

I can't believe its already been a week since we moved to New Jersey. It has definitely been an adjustment, but I really feel it is where we need to be. It is so odd to me hearing people talk about working in NYC, or meeting there for lunch. It has never been this tangible to me, and its strange having it become a normal part of my life. The way people talk with their New York accents, the busy lifestyle, its like living in another country! 

Anyway, today's post has nothing to do with that. I am honored to be able to collaborate with Show Me Your Mumu. I have been a big fan of their cover ups for quite some time, every piece is absolutely gorgeous, fashion forward, and great quality. They are also sold at many reputable online shops such as Revolve Clothing. I wore one of the rompers to Cancun and got so many compliments on it. Unfortunately the day I wore this maxi dress my husband took picture on our nice camera. Well, my son Beckham found the memory card and decided to make it a chew toy. So, sadly I lost all of those pictures. I was however able to take some by the lake at home. It was extremely windy that day if your couldn't already tell. 

Oh, and if you want a really good laugh, make sure to stop here on your way out. Probably the most embarrassing and funny story I've ever told on my blog.  Also, don't forget to enter the $450 Nordstrom gift card giveaway here.

Photography by Luxury Lens

Maxi Dress: c/o Shoe Me Your Mumu exact dress found here 
Gladiator Sandals: similar here and here

In case you didn't see the adorable romper, here it is. :)

Romper: c/o Show Me Your Mumu more sizes here 
Gladiator Sandals: similar here and here


My WORST fear

A few weeks ago my husband and I went to Cancun. It was an incentive for VIVINT and he got it, so I was lucky enough to tag along. Anyway, on the last day there my husband wanted to do something with just the two of us. He mentioned renting jet ski's for the day, and I absolutely refused. You see, I have a beyond terrible fear of sharks. Not just sharks, but pretty much anything in the ocean that is large and could potentially eat or bite me. You know; sharks, baracudas, whales, etc. The thought of bouncing around on waves in a tiny jet ski made me want to throw up. What if I fell off and a SHARK ATE ME!? (For the record, I can ride jet skis all day in Utah lakes. There are no sharks in lakes there! At least I hope not.) So, we settled for a boat ride through the jungle and snorkeling in a cove. Snorkeling, snorkeling, I thought. I can do that. Small fish, no danger, away from the wide open ocean, I can do that! So we show up for our reservation, and they lead us to our, "boat." Aka JET SKI! My heart is racing, but I don't show my husband. I know he went out of the way to do something nice for me and I wasn't about to show him that I was beyond freaking out. He immediately starts telling me, "its going to be okay, this is going to be fun! You'll be glad you did it." Meanwhile, I'm writing my death will in my head. Who will take our kids if we die? How long will it take our friends to figure out that we are gone? Will they ship our bodies back to the US so we can be buried there? 

Next thing I know, I'm on a jet ski with my husband holding onto him for dear life, and we take off! The first part of the trip didn't scare me too much, the jungle was pretty and I thought we were almost there. NOPE, we still had a long ways to go. We start jet skiing in the middle of the ocean to who knows where, and the people we are following apparently did not know how to drive in a straight line. We end up riding their wake and bouncing up and down, water is spraying me straight in my eyes, and the wind is not making it any better. It was about this point I knew this experience was not going to be a good one, I tucked my head behind my husband while tears came rolling down my face. I couldn't even look at the water, or even think about the creatures that lied below. The whole time I just kept thinking to myself, "it'll all be better when you get to the cove. It'll be relaxing, this will be fun!" 

We finally arrive, and when I get the courage to unbury my head from behind my husbands, my mouth dropped. We weren't in a secluded cove. We were in the middle of the freaking ocean!!! All I see is ocean all around me for miles and miles. My husband straps on his fins and jumps right in, he takes my hand excitedly and says, "you ready?" I blamed it on the fact that the trip made me queasy. (Which it did, just not in the way he was thinking) but I had to sit on the jet ski for a minute and try to regain composure.

After a minute I jumped in. The water was freezing compared to the shore, which immediately made me on edge. When I looked under water for the first time, the first thing I saw was two under water buoys. They looked like two giant eye balls coming from some kind of alien fish. Let me tell ya, that was the wrong thing to spot first glance and it was all downhill from there. My mind registered that it was not a fish, but my heart was racing out of my chest. I kept looking behind me thinking something was there. I couldn't control my body because my life vest was holding me up so high, and the wake was pushing me further out in the ocean which I DID NOT like. I didn't realize how terrified I was of the ocean until that moment. It wasn't just sharks or huge under water creatures I was afraid of. Apparently it was the whole experience of it, and the fear of the unknown. So many things live in the Ocean. You can't see them, but you know they're there and could come lurking up at any moment. Once this registered, I picked my head up out of the water and immediately starting sobbing. Full on ugly face crying going on, and my whole body started shaking uncontrollably. Oh man, I wish you all could have seen my husbands face. It was a mixture between shock, compassion, and pure confusion. Priceless.

The funny part is, at this point we hadn't even seen a single fish! Also, did I mention the water was shallow? My life vest didn't allow me to touch the bottom, and I'm only 5'3" okay?  He scooped me up and carried me back to the jet skis. He sat with me for a minute, tried to calm me down, and I could feel everyone around us staring. Here I am, grown adult having a full on panic attack over snorkeling. Probably one of the least dangerous things you can do in Cancun. I saw a 12 year old little boy flapping his fins, so excited about this giant fish he just found. So, I got some more courage and tried again. This time we saw lots of fish. A whole school of fish came right at us and swarmed all around us. I could feel them touch me as they swam by. So, what did I do? I start climbing up my husband like a cat out of water! Literally holding onto him for dear life as I sobbed uncontrollably! I think at that point he knew it was a lost cause, considering I was hyperventilating over a school of tiny fish.

For the record, my husband was pretty amazing about everything. The whole way home he kept telling me how bad he felt, and he really just wanted to do something fun that I had never done before.

So, now I know. I am 100% deathly afraid of the ocean. Lets hope our ship doesn't sink if we are ever on a cruise liner. Also, I wasn't always afraid of the Ocean. I grew up in California for crying out loud, and would have races with my dad and sisters to see who could make it out the farthest! Then, I moved to Utah and watched JAWS for the first time. Moral of the story- Don't let your kids watch JAWS!!


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Thursday, March 12, 2015

$450 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway!

TGIF everyone! Today I am thrilled to be collaborating with a gorgeous and talented group of bloggers to bring you a $450 Nordstrom gift card, or Paypal cash (winner chooses) giveaway! Looking for the perfect spring wardrobe? Clothes for the kids? Or maybe even a birthday gift for a friend? Think of all the possibilities!

To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open until 11:59pm EST on March 27, 2015 and remember, the more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win! For fashion lovers around the globe, this giveaway is open internationally. Oh and be sure to go say a big hello to all the fabulous people involved. Good luck! 

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cancun Trip Recap #OOTD

Can I just say that I'm having major Cancun withdrawls? I have been craving chips and guac almost every day, and store bought is just NOT cutting it. :( I miss the white sand and teal blue water, I miss lounging on the beach catching rays while sipping on a virgin miami vice. It was the life, and now I'm back to reality. While in Cancun I put a lot of thought into my outfits every day because I wanted my readers to have a resource for their future vacations, and to help you brain storm ideas of what to wear! So, without further ado, my Cancun Mexico recap!

Day One:

Shoes: Nordstrom Racksimilar | Bag: similar | Sunglasses: similar | chambray: Nordstrom

Peplum swim top: c/o Kortni Jeane | High Waisted Bottoms:c/o Kortni Jeane

Sundress: c/o Sundress Official also found here | Sandals: Nordstrom Rack

Valentines Night Dress: c/o LuLu's | Heels: Glint

Day 3: 
Metallic Gold Tatoos: c/o Avenlie

Romper: c/o Show Me Your Mumu find the exact romper here | Similar sandals: nordstrom

Pineapple Swimsuit: also loving this | Sunnies: similar

Palazzo Pants: Francesca's | Crop top blouse: old | Bag:  Francesca's

Day 4:
Clutch: Nordstrom | Sunglasses: similar

Maxi Dress: Alloy on sale for only $30!!!

Embellished Swimsuit: Shoptiques | Sunnies: Aero

Sequin Aztec Blouse: c/o Aro & Co | Heels: | Clutch: c/o White Plum

Day 4:
White Tassel Cover-up: Nordstrom | Tassel Necklace: c/o Boho Beads (contact to order) | Bag: Francesca's

Swimsuit: Designed by yours truly via c/o Kini Swimwear | Sunnies: here

Dress: c/o Halebob | Heels: | Black Clutch:c/o White Plum

Day 5:
Romper: c/o Foi Clothing | Sandals: Target old | Sunnies: Aero  Bag: Francesca's

Swimsuit: c/o Triangl Swimwear | Sunnies: Aero

Day 6:
Bag: Francesca's  Sunnies: similar

Chambray: Nordstrom | Shorts: c/o Catch Bliss | Sandals: DV by Dolce Vita on sale! | Bag: Francesca's
Swimsuit: Nanette Lepore loving this | Sunnies: similar

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