April 21, 2021

White Blazer, Camisole + Denim Shorts



Happy Wednesday!

Hope you are having a great day.

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MY DAILY FINDS & DEALS
This dress would be perfect for a summer wedding.

This puff sleeve sweatshirt - for only $10.

The perfect denim jacket.


This sweatshirt for $9.

I ordered these jeans for my husband.


I like these leggings for $17.


This classic linen tee for $13.

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April 19, 2021

Stylish Workout Look

yeti mug, sneakers, workout leggings, black sweatshirt, heart earrings

Happy Monday!

Hope you had a great weekend.

For some motivation this Monday, I thought I would share some encouragement if you are like me and struggle with getting hung-up on past mistakes or regrets - and feeling stuck because of missed opportunities. I read this great book recently which is all about moving forward to accomplish great things in life. It was a great encourager - and I highly recommend the book.

"Forget your past mistakes… make up your mind to forget those things that haunt you. As Ruth Bell Graham quipped, “Every cat knows some things need to be buried.”… Bitterness is remembering an offense that should be buried by grace. Discouragement is letting the last setback become a roadblock. Your brain wants to relive events over and over. If you let it, it will haunt you with failures... You can override your brain by giving the past to God and then forgetting the things that would pull you back and down."



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4. Leggings // 5. Nail Polish // 6. Sneakers

MY DAILY FINDS & DEALS
This cute floral top for summer.

These are my favorite summer flip flops.

I just heard about this moisturizer with SPF - that lightweight and not greasy.

These popular sandals for 30% off.

These white mules for summer - that are 80% off.

These are my favorite (and very comfy) sneakers.

I like this sweater tank for 60% off.

This sweatshirt for $16.

This great basic tank for $8.

I love this new arrival puffer vest (for spring or next fall).

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April 14, 2021

Sale of Season : Spring Sale Picks

style blogger, try on session, nordstrom rack, juicy couture sweatshirt

Happy Wednesday!

The sweatshirt that I am wearing is on sale for a great deal - and available in four different colors - off white, black, pink, and grey.  It can be worn with jeans - or as a cute workout top.

I am also sharing some spring sale picks from the sale of the season - items that typically don't go on sale. 

My encouragement for the day - from a favorite devotional of mine. 

"When you focus on what you don’t have or on situations that displease you, your mind also becomes darkened. You take for granted life, salvation, sunshine, flowers, and countless other gifts from Me. You look for what is wrong and refuse to enjoy life until that is “fixed.”  When you approach Me with thanksgiving, the Light of My Presence pours into you, transforming you through and through."

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Sweatshirt (65% off) // Jeans // Leggings // Heels // Necklace + Charm


SPRING SALE PICKS
These popular denim shorts are on sale!

These have become my new favorite jeans.


This necklace is my favorite brand.


MY DAILY FINDS & DEALS
This classic white blazer.

These are my favorite sneakers.  


I love this sweatshirt - and the color - and it's on sale!

These sandals are very popular.

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April 12, 2021

Best Chocolate Cake in 15 Minutes




Happy Monday!

I am sharing my cardigan set styled with both a black and off white (or ivory) cardigan.  It was the most popular post of last month.  I bought that tube top for $5, and it can be worn under the cardigan or on its own.  For summer, I probably would style it with these sandals - instead of the boots.

 One of my favorite desserts is this chocolate cake that I make in 15 minutes. It is a lava/molten chocolate cake - and it is super easy to make.  And, in my opinion, the best chocolate cake.  It takes longer for the over to warm up - than it takes to actually make the cake. Also, you can put the cake in the refrigerator overnight, and the next day it turns into more of a fudge consistency - that you can eat cold.

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Cardigan (Only $18) // Tube Top // Jeans // Combat Boots // Necklace + Charm // Heels

MY DAILY FINDS & DEALS
This lilac leather jacket for 65% off.

This comfy sweatshirt.

I like these chunky heeled sandals.

I love the color of this sweatshirt for $17.

This new summer cardigan.

These ankle booties - great price - perfect for spring.

This charm necklace for $19.

This zip up sweatshirt - on sale and many color options.

This summer top for only $8.


BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE
2 oz. bittersweet chocolate (I use this one.)
4 T. butter
1/2 tbsp red wine or port
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 c powered sugar
1 egg
3 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Break chocolate into pieces and cube butter. Melt in microwave for 1 minute (or less) - until the butter is melted.  Do not burn or sizzle the butter.  Add red wine/port, vanilla and powered sugar and whisk gently until mixed. Add egg and gently whisk in. Add flour and cinnamon - and gently stir.

Pour into 2 ramekins - and bake a 425 F for approximately 9 minutes.  The length of time you bake it depends on how "molten" you want the cake. I under bake mine just a little because I like it less cakey and more lava-ish.

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April 9, 2021

10 Things I Bought for Spring + Summer


Happy Friday!

Summer is coming - and I have been doing some shopping.  I thought I would share 10 things I have bought this spring - in anticipation of summer!

10 THINGS I BOUGHT FOR SPRING + SUMMER
I bought this basic tee for $16.

This bralette - great neutral color.


This staple henley tank - on sale.

These really cute strappy sandals.


This sweatshirt for under $20 - in a sunny yellow 
(Fun fact: yellow has been my favorite color since I was four years old).

This workout top - for only $13.

These comfy - and under $50 - sandals.

Also, I bought this bikini

Necklace (50% off) // Fuzzy Sweater (50% off)


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April 7, 2021

My NYC Apartment + Fashion Design Experience









Happy Wednesday!

A few years ago I had the opportunity to study fashion design at Parsons and live in NYC.  It was the most amazing experience. I found the perfect apartment in the West Village - a block from my subway stop, which I took each day to Times Square. The apartment was very spacious with over 900 square feet.  In addition to this living space, I also had a large bedroom, walk in closet, and an entryway that was large enough for a queen size bed!  I also had a doorman - so I had the safety of someone always see me come and go. The windows you see in the picture overlooked a small park - and it was fun to see people coming and going. I was on the second floor - so I definitely got the sounds and smells of NYC - like sirens all hours of the day and night - and garbage pick up in the middle of the night.

My days pretty much consisted of getting on the subway each morning - for my class that started at 8:30 - and I would spend the entire day in the Times Square area - that is where my class was.  Then, at night I would take the subway back to my apartment.  In the evening, I would walk somewhere to get dinner - and then work on homework.  I loved the sights and sounds of all the people - and the excitement of everything the city had to offer - pretty much anything you wanted was just a subway ride away!

MY DAILY FINDS & DEALS

This is my favorite necklace.

This sweatshirt - great layering piece.

These cute sneakers.

These summer sandals.

This sweater dress would be perfect for spring/summer.

This fun smocked pink blouse for only $13.

These workout leggings for 33% off.


FASHION DESIGN EXPERIENCE


This is the 10 piece collection that I designed.  I was inspired by the NYC architecture and building lines.  My fashion design course was an accelerated class.  In a month, we had to learn to sew (on industrial machines) and pattern what you designed.  We had to sew one of our designs.  We also had to learn to draw these fashion croquis - these elongated fashion models - and style them with our designs.  We also had a digital component - where we had to come up with concept boards - and render different prints all online through products like Photoshop.  It was an intense time - but the most fun I have had!  I loved the experience - and so glad I got to be a part of it.  

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April 6, 2021

Rollerblading + Amazon Prime Purchases


Happy Tuesday!

Just in case you missed it - I shared 5 fun facts about myself yesterday HERE.

Another thing about me is that I love rollerblading!

It was warm enough yesterday that I was able to get out on the trail for the first time this year   I am thankful to live near a 13 mile trail that winds through wooded areas and farm fields that is a great place to rollerblade.  It is great exercise, but it never really feels like work. 

I went rollerblading for the first time over 30 years ago - and I still love it today - and I look forward to getting out more and more this spring/summer!  

That outfit is pretty much what I wore for rollerblading - my favorite leggings, a sweatshirt - and a tank underneath.  

As far as my exercise routine, I go ice skating 3 times a week, and then on alternate days, I go walking.  I do strength training with weights (upper body) and lower body more ballet-style strengthening.  

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MY AMAZON PRIME PURCHASES
This packaging tape - for all the returns that don't work.

My favorite hair spray - great smell and just right amount of hold. 

These dried cherries (great on salads or snacks).

Summer is coming - time to tone-up the arms with these dumbbells


I can't clean without these.

I store my blueberries in this container.

MY DAILY FINDS & DEALS
This vintage tie dye sweatshirt for $20.

I love my initial charm that I bought for my necklace.

I like this cute sweatshirt on sale for $10.

This fun windbreaker.

These white jeans for 70% off.

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April 5, 2021

5 Fun Facts about Me


I hope you had a wonderful Easter.

Did anyone else watch the final four basketball games this weekend, and happen to catch the UCLA vs Gonzaga game?  UCLA looked like it was going to force a second overtime - when Gonzaga hit an amazing 3-pointer from about 40 feet out to win the game.  What an ending to the back and forth game.


FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT ME
1. I have this uncanny ability to remember dates and years.  I can tell you what year, month, date, or weekend some events happened in my life or others.  And not just recent events - things that happened over 30 years ago or more.

2. When I was in elementary school I could run faster than the boys in my class - and I would actually challenge them to races to prove I could run faster.  

3. I use this men's shaving cream - and I have for years.  I just love the smell of it!

4. I had a professor in college challenge us that we should go out with at least 50 different guys before we got married.  I took him up on the challenge.  My roommate would always tease me because I would go to the library to study, and come home with a new date for the weekend.  

5. I skipped 7th grade math.  I took 8th grade math as a 7th grader.  This allowed me the opportunity to take Calculus my senior year - which was one of my favorite classes.


MY DAILY FINDS & DEALS

I like this "scuba" tank for summer.

This buttery soft leather jacket for 80% off.

These leggings are on sale for $7.

I like this purple sweatshirt for $20.

This new fuzzy cardigan.

These best selling compression leggings.

This summer henley is 50% off.

I just bought this bralette to layer under my lace top.

This layering necklace.

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Sweatshirt (Only $15) // Jeans // Combat Boots // Necklace + Charm



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April 2, 2021

Happy Easter


 I hope you have a wonderful and Happy Easter!

 I thought I would share part of an Easter devotion from my favorite pastor.

"Hope is one of the most emotionally packed words in any language. When it is spoken, the impossible suddenly becomes possible, where darkness is overtaken by light and despair turns to joy. Because of Christ’s resurrection, we have hope—not only for the future but also for the past and present."

I know this year many people are struggling.  If you are having a rough time or know some that is - I pray that you can find hope and encouragement this Easter season. 

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MY DAILY FINDS & DEALS
This spring cardigan for $18.



These popular braided sandals are $29.

This spring "popover" windbreaker - in great colors.

This long cardigan is 55% off.

These white jeans are 60% off.

These cute running sneakers.

I bought this $10 pink bikini.

The perfect summer necklace.


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