Thursday, June 22, 2017

Travel in Style with Jon Hart Design






Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


I've gone through suitcases over the years.  I will never forget the first set of suitcases given to me...my parents gave me a set of black suitcases after college graduation as we were traveling to Hawaii to celebrate.  I carried those suitcases until the wheels fell off (not really) but I did carry them until they just begged for retirement.

I've also looked at suitcases time and time again...does anyone else find it hard to settle on which suitcase set to get?  They all have their "perks" their bells and whistles but sometimes its just so hard to pick the right one.

So I recently settled on pieces from Jon Hart Design.  I love the look of this set and the size of the larger suitcase is perfect for a long weekend away.  The weekender is perfect for carrying on too!  Not to mention, the personalization adds such a special touch and no one will mistaken your bag for theirs!  The large suitcase also comes with a clear cover that protects your suitcase while flying the friendly skies.  There is nothing worse than a beautiful suitcase getting beaten and marked up so when I travel by air, I always put the protective cover on.

In the need for a new set yourself...I recommend that you consider Jon Hart Design!  Their pieces also make wonderful gifts too!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pineapples & Poms






Photography by Hallie Duesenberg


Pineapples and pom poms...the perfect little combo for this adorable kimono!  I love the bold red backdrop for this cute pineapple print and the fun colorful pom poms add such a festive touch too!  You can also wear this kimono over your swimsuit if would like!

Of course I had to pair it with my favorite picnic basket bag and these adorable pineapple earrings.  Guessing I just have a thing for pineapples right now but can you blame me?!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by...hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Palm Print Workout Wear





Photography by Hallie Duesenberg


Sometimes you need new workout gear, well and a beautiful tropical destination. to feel inspired.  I picked up this fun subtle palm print workout set prior to my trip to Fairmont Mayakoba as I knew we would be exploring the property, riding bikes, and hopefully doing a little yoga.

I spent some time during the early morning hours, on one of my first days there, meditating and soaking in the beautiful quiet around me.  It was so peaceful and relaxing.

This particular spot overlooks a beautiful canal on property and there was no one else at the pool at the time...talk about solace!  I also spent the morning exploring a Cenote!  I've included my full recap HERE, in the case you want to read my review of the gorgeous Fairmont Mayakoba.

How do you stay inspired with your workout routines?  Is it buying new workout gear, a change of scenery, a new play list?

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dressed for Summer with Nordstrom






Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson



The first official day of summer is this week and although we've personally already welcomed summer, I'm looking forward to those longer days where the sun doesn't set until 8:30pm or later.  We love spending summer evenings outside as a family!  Popsicles on the porch and chasing fireflies are two of our favorite things to do.

Most of you know that I LIVE in dresses during the summer.  I would much rather wear a light breezy dress than anything else when it is hot outside.  Not only are dresses perfect for staying cool during the hot summer months but they are also versatile and easy to wear for a variety of occasions.  From running errands, to an outdoor cookout with family or friends, to a date night, or to a wedding...a beautiful summer dress is perfect for all occasions.

Every summer season, I shop for new dresses at Nordstrom.  They have THE BEST selection of summer dresses and I'm alway able to find just what I'm looking for.  From casual to dressy, you can find the perfect dress for every occasion.

When shopping most recently, I saw this gorgeous floral off the shoulder maxi dress at Nordstrom and I was immediately drawn to the style, colors, and bold floral print.  We have some evening events this summer and I knew this dress would work perfectly for some of those events.  I paired it with simple blush heels and a bright white fold envelope clutch.  To not take away from the bold floral print, I kept my earring choice simple with these Sophia drop earrings.

Hope you are all having a great start to your summer!  As always, thank so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

p.s see more of my top summer Nordstrom dress picks below!  Click on any image to shop.



Friday, June 16, 2017

Becca Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress






Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson

DRESS || SHOES || WATCH || RING

Watercolor buds, the prettiest ruffle flutter sleeves, and pockets!  This Becca Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress from Donna Morgan is such a pretty feminine every day dress.  Perfect for the office, perfect for a special occasion, and perfect for church on Sunday.

What I love most about Donna Morgan's dresses is that they are classic and timeless.  There are a variety of styles to fit every woman's shape and style.  I'm loving some of their new arrivals...bold prints, playful patterns, ruffles, off the shoulder necklines, and special little details.

A Donna Morgan dress is one that you will have in your wardrobe from year to year!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Friday!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pineapple Midi Dress - 1st Fairmont Mayakoba Vacation Look





Photography by Hallie Duesenberg


I don't know about you but when I'm on vacation, especially a tropical destination, I love wearing fun vibrant prints!  This bright fun colorful pineapple print dress is so darling and the fit & flare style is flattering on most body types.  The tie shoulders are so nice too...adjust them for the right amount of support!

And how cute are these little pineapple earrings?!  I wore these so much while vacationing at Fairmont Mayakoba in Riviera Maya!  And I love how this bold orchid clutch brought out the pink in the pineapple print!

I wore this dress to an evening dinner but what I love most about it is that you can easily wear this with a pair of thong sandals or wedge sandals for a daytime look!  Throw your hair in a low pony or top knot, put some thong sandals on, and carry a cross body bag and your ready to go!

If you did not catch my review of Fairmont Mayakoba, you can read that HERE.  I am dying to go back, I just loved it so much and can't wait to visit again!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by...have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Blush Lace-Up Lace Midi Dress







Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


This little blush lace-up midi dress is such a statement maker.  From the lace-up neckline to the somewhat sheer lower panel, this dress is unique in so many ways.  I love that this dress is so feminine yet a bit flirty too.  It's the perfect mix of conservative and sexy.

I've paired this dress with these stunning rose gold metallic heels and some simple accessories.  When wearing a dress this pretty, there is no need to wear too many accessories as it may take away from the dress.

For a size reference, I'm wearing a size small but keep in mind this material does not stretch.  This beauty is also on sale right now and sizes are limited!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and I wish you a great week ahead.  As always, thanks so much for stopping by!



Thursday, June 8, 2017

St. Tropez Pro Light Spray Tanning Device - Review with QVC

**Today's post is in collaboration with QVC & St. Tropez.  I've been compensated by QVC for my participation.  All opinions are my own.










Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


Summer is upon us and so is sun kissed skin.  As much as I love having a summer glow, I'm also very protective of my skin and prefer not spending too much time in the sun.  Getting a spray tan is a great way to achieve a sun kissed look.

When QVC asked me to try the St. Tropez Pro-Light Portable Spray Tan Device, I was immediately intrigued and excited to give it a try.  I've always thought about buying my own spray tanning device to allow for in-home spray tanning.  Owning your own spray tanning device allows you to achieve a beautiful glow without having to go to a salon and pay the expense of having someone else airbrush your tan.

The main reason I never invested in my own spray tanning device was because I was afraid that it would be too complicated to use or I wouldn't use it correctly.  What I love most about the St. Tropez Pro-Light device is how easy it is to use!  My fears of a tanning device being too complicated were put to rest after using this for the first time!

The instructions are straight forward and easy to follow.  Once you have your device set up, which takes only a couple of minutes, you can get started with achieving a natural looking glow.  At first I wasn't sure if I would be able to spray tan myself, but with a little practice, it was so easy to do.  I did have to have a little help when spraying my upper and lower back but I was able to spray all other areas myself.  I also love that I can just spray my legs, arms, and chest if I just want a bit of added color for an event, night out, or particular outfit that I may be wearing.

I recommend that you purchase the device with two "bronzing mists", which is all you truly need to get started.  The kit also comes with prep instructions and offers recommendations on how to prep your skin for your spray tan and how to maintain it as well.  Before I sprayed myself, I laid down a dark towel to stand on and removed anything right around me that could possible get any mist on it.   Because you will hold the device only about 6 inches away from your body, you shouldn't get the mist anywhere else but you will want to make sure you protect your floors and spray yourself in a ventilated area.

The device is super light and easy to maneuver around your body.  I also love that it has a heating option that you can turn on to help dry your tan immediately after spraying yourself.

Overall, if you have thought about or are thinking about owning your own spray tanning device, I highly recommend the St. Tropez Pro-Light portable spray tanning device available on QVC.

Let me know if you have any questions...I'd be happy to answer!  As always, thanks so much for stopping by...have a great day!

p.s you can shop the device and some of my other favorite St. Tropez products by clicking on any of the images below.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

TIME IS A GIFT with MOVADO

**Today's post is in collaboration with Movado.  I was compensated for this collaboration however, all opinions are my own.







Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


Peter and I have spent a lot of time lately talking about how we wish time could stand still.  How we wish we could make time slow down so we could spend more "time" enjoying the stage of life that we are in.

We cherish the life that we have together and the life that we have built for our little family.  The time we spend together is precious and is never to be taken for granted.  We count our blessings daily and we can only hope that our time will never be limited...that our time will always be spent together as a family, by each others side.

Watching our children grow over the years has been such a gift.  Being parents is our most important job and it just happens to be the coolest too!  We always knew that the years would pass quickly and although our children are still very young, we look back on the last 7 years and often times wonder where the time has gone.

Every parent before us has shared with us that the days may often times seem long but the years will go by fast and that is so true.  More recently our days have seemed to pass by quickly too.  As busy parents of two school age active children, we are often times planning ahead so much so that we forget to live in the moment and enjoy the little things.  So we have really spent more time focusing on our core family unit, just the 4 of us, and ensuring that we are living in the present.  Spending less time right now filling our agenda with to-do's and activities...staying at home a bit more and enjoying a slower pace of life.

Although we wish we could stop the hands of time, the time that we spend together is timeless...just like this stunning Movado Edge special edition watch.  The black and rose gold design creates a sleek, chic, classic watch.  The thin bangle bracelet is so feminine and dainty too.

I love a beautiful watch that I know I will have for many years to come.  A watch that I will wear now when my babes are little and a watch that I will wear when our babes grow into adults and learn to appreciate the importance of time well spent...every tick of the hands on a clock.

This beautiful Movado Edge watch will grow with me as well.  It will be a classic timeless piece that will stand the test of time and that will be a reminder of how precious time truly is.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by...take today to think about what you can do to cherish each and every moment!