Friday, May 31, 2013

Salt Lake City

Just a few pictures of our morning in Salt Lake City, Utah. We drove around for a while just exploring and taking pictures of everything. Everything here is so beautiful and green and I love it. The weather has been a little cold for us, with the highs in the 60s, but I'll take that over weather in the 100s any day! And how amazing is this view?? I love the Salt Lake temple in the background. I seriously have not seen a more beautiful building.




Top: Forever 21 // Jeans: Old Navy // Booties: Target // Sunnies: HelloFab // Bag: Theit
I hope you all have a great weekend, and don't forget there are only a few more days to enter this giveaway
xoxo,
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Love Affair

**Head on over to Jeans and a Teacup & And Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson today to see my guest posts, and check out their fab blogs!! 

So I know that it's practically June already, so wearing booties isn't too common in Arizona, but I couldn't help myself. These are my favorite shoes for when I feel like dressing up an outfit, without wearing heels all day. These booties are incredibly comfortable and probably my favorite. Plus, H and I are leaving for Utah tonight for a friend's wedding, and the weather has been in the 60s-70s lately, so I wore them in all of my excitement for our trip.

And yes, I have in fact been having a love affair with these pants. See how I styled them HERE, HERE, and HERE. They are my go-to pants for summer, and they go with everything! You'll probably be seeing them a whole lot more this summer, and I don't even feel bad about it! Oh and the elbow patches on this shirt? To die for, right? I need more elbow-patched shirts in my wardrobe!





Top: H&M // Pants: Charlotte Russe [similar] // Booties: Target // Bag: Marshalls

Scroll down to read about my May Cara Box! And don't forget to enter this giveaway!!

Linked up with: Three-fer Thursday // A Lovely Blog Hop
xoxo,
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May Cara Box Match

A little over a  month ago, I came across the blog Wifessionals. If any of you have not read her blog before, I highly recommend heading on over there and checking it out. One of my favorite things about her blog is the Cara Box Exchange. Once a month, a theme is chosen, and all of the bloggers that signed up are matched. One person sends you a box, and you send someone else a box. You send them a box full of at least 5 things that go along with the theme. When I first read about this idea, I instantly fell in love with it. It's such a smart and fun idea! There are so many bloggers that participate, so it's a good way to "meet" new blogger friends! 

The theme this month was: Region where the sender lives. My Cara Box Match this month was Michelle. Her bog is so cute and fun and full of coupon-ing and crafts! It was fun trying to figure out what to send her!

I was Callie's Cara Box Match and I absolutely loved receiving her package! She is a Rocky Mountain girl, so some of the items she sent me included: Rocky Mountain chocolate [which was delicious!], scented candles, and some great nail polish colors that she renamed! She also sent me a sweet note, which I really enjoyed, because I could tell that she really stalked my blog and tried to get to know me! 

It really is so much fun finding and meeting new blogs/bloggers, so if any of you feel like making some new friends in the blogosphere, head on over to Wifessionals to sign up for the June Cara Box Match!!







I hope you are all having a wonderful week! H and I are leaving for Utah tonight and I am so excited!!
xoxo,
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pattern Craze

Guys, I am the worst kind of quitter. It's bad to quit something within the first week [like most New Year's Resolutions], but it's pretty awful to quit with only a few days left. Like the Blog Every Day in May challenge. I was going strong the entire month, untilllllllllll this past weekend. With only 5 or so days left, I quit. Ugh. But I didn't really feel like blogging over Memorial Day weekend, and the final topics didn't really interest me that much. Oops...

Anyway, yesterday one of my favorite bloggers posted an outfit that I immediately started drooling over. [See HERE.] I don't know what it was, but this outfit was calling to me. 

[Image via The Pink Peonies]

This outfit is probably one of my favorites that I have seen on her blog, and I knew I had to recreate it. I would say that this is outfit just describes me perfectly. A little crazy with the patterns, a little comfort with the  messy bun and chambray, and a little bit girly with the pop of pink. Gah, I am seriously obsessed with this outfit! I switched it up a little bit, and used what I already had in my closet, but I'm in love with the result! 





Top, Pants, and Earrings: Target // Shoes: Charlotte Russe [similar] // Bag: Steve Madden via TJ Maxx // Sunnies: HelloFab

What do you guys think? Is this look a little too crazy?

And don't forget to enter this fab giveaway! Giveaway will run until Monday at 12 AM.

*Linked up with: Because Shanna Said So // Rolled Up Pretty // Your Whims Wednesday // The Pleated Poppy // My Thrifty Chic

xoxo,
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sally Hansen #IHeartMyNailArt

**Disclosure: I am a member of the Social Fabric Collective Bias community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. **ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

Guys, I threw a nail party this past weekend. And it was fabulous. I had a bunch of my girlfriends over and we attempted to do some crazy Street Style nail art via the Sally Hansen I Heart My Nail Art campaign at Walgreens. We weren't too successful, but we all enjoyed trying out things we normally wouldn't, and the night full of constant laughter.

I used to have girls nights all the time before I was married, but since then, I haven't really had the chance. This nail party was the perfect opportunity to do so--although H did not plan well and ended up walking around stores until I told him it was safe to return home. ;] We all looked up different ideas and inspiration on Pinterest, but in the end, we just kind of came up with our own thing. It really is hard to mimic a look that was done by a professional. I have a board on Pinterest [see HERE] that is mostly dedicated to nail art, but those nails always look so perfect! And every time that I try out a different style [and fail miserably] I get really frustrated. I guess I should just leave it to the professionals. Or at least accept the fact that my nails will never look like those dang models! ;]


To be completely honest, I have never really been a fan of Sally Hansen nail polishes, mainly because I'm not sure if I've ever tried them before. [Besides that top coat my mom had that is supposed to make you quit biting your nails. The taste and smell is awful and maybe I was convinced that all of Sally Hansen nail polish was like that.] But they are definitely my new favorite nail polishes! The colors are bold and bright, and they stay on very well! They even have an Instant Dry nail polish that dries, well, instantly. [Though as much as I love not having to wait for my nails to dry before I can do anything else, if you get any nail polish on your skin, it is an absolute pain to get off.] But really, if any of you haven't tried Sally Hansen products before, I highly recommend them!

^^I loved all of the Sally Hansen nail colors, and the packaging was so eye catching. The colors were all so bright and funky-perfect for creating Street Style nails.^^



^^you can't pass up deals like these, and you all know how much I love a good deal!^^

[AND, at Walgreens this week, Sally Hansen Nail polishes, Nail Art Pens and Salon Effects are buy one get one 50% off! Check it out HERE.]

^^this is only about half of what we purchased!^^




All of the products that we used were Sally Hansen, and I completely fell in love with the Sally Hansen Salon Effects [which were on sale!] and the Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens. Both of these products make it so easy to achieve a flawless look! [Although you couldn't tell by looking at my nails. ;] I have had some bad experiences with the paper nails that you press on, so I was very apprehensive to buy the Salon Effects. At $10 a box, they don't seem like that great of an idea. But I bit my tongue and bought a few boxes anyway, and I am glad I did. They were so easy to apply, and they don't peel off after an hour of wearing them, like some of the other products that I've tried. And I always wondered how people got those intricate lines and details on their nails... Well now I know! The Nail Art Pens were perfect for that, as you'll be able to tell in some of the following pictures! They have almost every color, and I am a bit obsessed.

^^attempting the "splatter" technique^^







^^I love these colors!^^


^^don't mind the really cute sweatpants that I cut into shorts; I spilled nail polish on my skirt^^

^^fierce ;]^^



I was in awe of some of the nail art that was created! We are definitely not professionals [and mine did not turn out that great], but everyone else ended up with such fun, cute, and funky nails! I think we may need to do another Girls Night Nail Art party around here, so let me know if you want to join in next time! :]

Make sure to check out some real nail art on Sally Hansen's Facebook and Twitter pages! And you can also see my Google+ Album HERE.

Have any of you tried any fun Nail Art designs lately? 

xoxo,
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Monday, May 27, 2013

Patriotic

Happy Memorial Day! The patriotic holidays are definitely my favorite! I may or may not [but definitely do] get really excited and go a bit overboard with the red, white, and blue outfits. And I even incorporated my favorite summer drink into these pictures. ;]  I'm excited for a day full of family, food, and swimming! As much as I hate summer, I love summer barbecues!

And we are grateful for the opportunity we have to celebrate Memorial Day, and all of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.



^^I couldn't not post this one, haha^^

Top: Old Navy [similar] // Blazer: Forever 21 [similar] // Pants: Charlotte Russe [similar] // Shoes: Target // Bag and Sunnies: Marshalls

I hope you all enjoy your day off!
xoxo,
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