Monday, December 10, 2012

Motivation Monday

Happy Monday!I hope you all had a great weekend!!!! We didn't have much going on, but it was still nice! Friday night we had my Brother-in-Law, Sister-in-Law & nieces over for dinner and had a couple glasses of wine. It was nice to spend some quality time with them before the craziness of the Holiday really kicks in to full swing the next couple weeks! I also have a coupe DIY projects going on that I'm hoping to post later in the week as well!

But what I really have going on right now is that I'm trying to get myself motivated. I'm quite ashamed to say that I've really fallen off the wagon lately. Before my surgery in October I was doing so good! I was waking up early every morning and getting a good workout in right after my Hubs and son would leave for school. I was eating well and starting to get a little toned. And then I started feeling so sick and it felt like everything with my health spiraled out of control. I'm ok now, I still have a bit of things going on that I'm going to address after the New Year, but nothing serious. I just want to start working on myself again & to enjoy my Holidays!!!

So this week I am back on board the health train! I've been loving soups, stews & chili's, so we'll be keeping it light with an array of them for dinners with a salad all week. I'll be getting back into my TAM workouts and also be adding in some delicious recipes & workouts from the Tone it Up nutrition plan I follow as well. Love those girls!!! In the meantime, I thought I would post some of my fav pics from my "Thin"spiration board on Pinterest! I need some extra motivation and if you do too, maybe this will help you!!!

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I'm off to work out! See you tomorrow with a new gift guide!!!


XOXO
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday's Fancies - Pretty in Plaid


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sweater  //  jeans  //  glittens  //  trapper hat  //  scarf  //  coat  //  bag  //  boots

It's that time of the week again! I love this weekly Friday's Fancies linkup with Long Distance Loving! It's always so fun to put looks together and see what everyone else comes up with!! This week, as you can see, the cozy trend continues. I've always loved plaid, but can't always pull off the complete plaid trend other than a cozy flannel shirt. So I like to add touches of it. I'm still loving the Sorels and these boots are adorable!!! And I practically live in Cowlneck sweaters during the winter. The winter white is so pretty! 

Make sure to check out the linkup and join in! Stay tuned for more Gift Guides and if you missed my Sparkle themed gift guide from yesterday, you can check it out here! Happy Friday!!!

XOXO
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Dose of Sparkle...


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necklace  //  tank  //  iphone case  //  nail laquer  //  hair pins  //  earrings  //  satchel

I've been meaning to get some gift guides together for a while now and this year I'm finally ahead of the game! Expect to see a few over the next week featuring some of my fav items as well as a few that are on my own wishlist!!! As for this guide, it's no secret that I'm majorly obsessed with sparkle. There's no doubt in my mind that any of these gifts would make a fellow sparkle addict swoon. I personally own the tank & iphone case and I love both! I also own a similar pair of earrings and I love them! They are perfect for everyday wear, but a little different than your traditional diamond stud. I've been hearing great things about Julep's nail color and think this set would be perfect for me! Plus Julep;s nail laquers don't contain all the gross chemicals that most do, and you know how I feel about all the nasties in my beauty products! I've also been coveting this Deux Lux satchel for some time! Isn't she lovely?! My only issue... I can't decide which color I like best. I'm very partial to the gray since it has both gold & silver glitter!

More gift guides to come soon! Don't forget to stop back tomorrow for my Friday's Fancies!!!


XOXO
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tuesday Musings

Tonight is the night!!!! It's one of my favorite traditions this time of year and I get so excited for.... The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show! Nothing screams holiday cheer like supermodels walking the runway in skivvies & wings to the beat of Bruno Mars! Am I right?!? In all seriousness, I absolutely love everything about it. It's girly perfection and all the angels remind me of living dolls. I adore all the sparkles, glitz, etc and not knowing what will come down the runway next. I get giddy like a little girl watching. I so wish they would have had the VS Fashion Show when I was little!

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 I mean how gorgeous & adorable is Miranda Kerr?!? I still can't believe this girl had a baby! Any of them for that matter!!! And I love seeing Orlando just gazing at her so adoringly as she flutters down the runway. I can't wait!!!

 Another exciting yet slightly sad thing tonight will be the Sons of Anarchy season finale! I can't believe the season is over already!!! Oh how I'm going to miss my weekly dose of Jax & Chibs!!! I don't know what I'm going to watch this week with all the mid-season and season finales going on. All the shows are just dropping like flies! Do you watch SOA? What do you think is going to happen tonight???


XOXO
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Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday's Fancies - Cozy Weekend



 sweater  //  jeans  //  earrings  //  necklace  //  hat  //  boots   //  coat

This week I'm linking up with Long Distance Loving for Friday Fancies. It's been quite a while since I've done this, but now that it's finally my ideal season, I had some inspiration! Right now I'm all about being cozy, especially on the weekends! This is my favorite time of year and I love to accessorize with amazing coats, cute boots, soft winter scarves, glittens and hats as well as simple gold jewelry. This monogram necklace has been on my wishlist for quite a while!

On another note.... I've been meaning to take pics of those jacket I bought from Banana Republic years ago, and I mean years!!! But it's beautiful, I've never worn it and I would really like to find it a new home just in time for the holidays!!! It's more of a dress coat and it's literally still in the dust jacket I brought it home in. It's a silk brocade dress coat in a pretty champagne/gold color with a paisley pattern of light green with gold thread. This pic doesn't do it justice!!! It was regularly $298, I purchased it for $189 and am willing to part with it for $100. It's a size Small and it would make an amazing compliment to a gorgeous outfit for Christmas or New Years Eve! If you're interested, shoot me an email or comment here!


Have a great weekend!!!

XOXO
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday Steals!

There are so many great deals going on today that it makes my head spin! I'm not a black friday shopper, at least not in stores anyway. Today is my favorite shopping day to kick off the holiday season and that's mainly because I always prefer shopping online & think that cyber monday offers the best deals. I can prioritize so much easier and I know exactly how much I'm spending. I get major anxiety trying to make important decisions standing in a store! I'm known for buying and returning items many times this time of year. Just ask my Husband!!! He never seems to understand why I can stand in JCrew agonizing over which coat to buy for an hour when there's a good sale! These are important decisions!!! So I apologize in advance if this post is all over the place. I really can be such a magpie when it comes to pretty things. Especially pretty sparkly things, which to my delight, dominate the shops this time of year!!! So here are a few of my handpicked fav's....

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I snagged this gorgeous silk skirt from Club Monaco on sale with an additional 30% off! They only had Size 6 left, so if you love it and that's your size, hurry!!!


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These cashmere fingerless gloves were also an amazing deal! They come in a bunch of colors (grey & camel are my fav!) and with the additional 30% off they are a steal!!!


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There's also some amazing deals on Gilt today! If you're not familiar with this site, it's a sample site that I've been shopping through for years! You can get tons of designer items at a discount, like this Soia & Kyo Houndstooth Coat or this adorable Moschino Heart Umbrella on sale today! Even better, Get $25 off your first purchase through this link!


So that wraps up all my current picks! Also make sure to stop by a few of my other fav stores to get some great deals...

JCrew - 25% off with code MONDAY & 6% cashback
Asos - 30% off with code CYBERMONDAYSPECIAL
Madwell - 25% off with code TREAT & 8% cashback
ON, Gap & BR - 30% applied at checkout & 10% cashback

Happy Shopping!!!

XOXO

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I'm so sorry for the lack of posts lately! I always feel like my brain is going a mile a minute!!! Ever since Halloween, everything seems to be on warp speed! Can you believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving?!?! The time just flies by!!! I've been really trying to get everything organized between my son's class parties, planning gifts, making gifts etc because I know that Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye! With life going by so quickly, I wanted to make sure I popped on here to share a few things...

What I'm thankful for....

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I'm super thankful for my little family - my husband, my son, my pets & myself ; ) It's so easy to get caught up in the everyday woes of life, family issues (c'mon most people have them!), financial stress, and sometimes even "keeping up with the joneses". I don't necessarily wish I had things other people have specifically. But I'm def guilty of wishing I had things on my own wish list and not appreciating what I already have. Today I read a very sad post by a blogger sharing the story of how she lost her little brother in a tragedy 3 years ago, and it really made me stop and think. Sometimes I get so caught up in the "get up go go go" constantly, that I forget how fleeting & fragile life really is. No ones life is perfect. Mine certainly isn't. There are things I wish were different and often find myself pining, which makes me forget how good I have it. I have a home with a roof over my head, nice things and a wonderful Husband & little boy who I love dearly. What more could I ask for?

I also truly appreciate all of you! I'm such a perfectionist that I often get caught up in constant self-criticism regarding my blogging. It's times like this where I remember to take a breath, stop focusing on what I'm going to write about next, is it good enough, will people like it, etc and revel in the fact that I've connected with all of you. I've become bloggy friends with some amazing girlies over the years and am making so many new friends through this little blog O' mine, that I never would have crossed paths with otherwise. I love that. The sense of community!!! I adore all of you and am so happy that you have stuck with me through so many ups and downs in the last year!

On that note, I have an amazing recipe to share with you. Many years ago, when I first started cooking Thanksgiving dinner (which I think was back in my Condo with my then Fiance at maybe.... er.... 23?) I pulled out an Ad for Jimmy Dean sausage with a stuffing recipe on it. Now let me preface by saying that I am a Health Nut a majority of the time. However, I've been making this recipe for so long, that it's a Thanksgiving staple in my home! And now I want to share it with you!!!


I really hope you enjoy it! It's so good!!! I'm hoping to get some gift guides together over the next week or so! There's some amazing deals going on that started today! Check out some of my fav items from JCrew, JC Factory, Anthro & Club Monaco!!


JCrew - 25% off $150+ with code COLOR25
JCrew Factory - Extra 15% off already marked down items with a purchase of $100+
Anthro - Extra 25% off Sale items no code needed
Cub Monaco - Extra 30% Off Sale items + FS

I'm also planning on sharing more sales as well as my top picks! Until then, wishing each and every one of you a fantastic holiday!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

XOXO
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wednesday Wants - Gift Ideas for someone special or you!!!

Since the departure of Sandy it's been freezing here in Jersey! I don't mind it much though. Winter is my fav season!!! Am I a glutton for punishment? No way! I love being toasty & cozy. But most of all, I love everything the late Fall & early Winter brings! The crafts with my son, snugly movie nights with the Husby, prepping for delicious holiday meals, making holiday gifts, and getting ready for Christmas! Yes... I really dropped the C word already. It seems the second it starts to get chilly and November starts, I have Holidays on my mind. I love it all. The music, the decor, the crafts (hello pinterest!!!) and ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas!

So of course, in all of my Pinterest Perusing & Window Shopping daily online, I've developed quite a lust list! I just had to share a few of my fav's!!!


One little darling at the tippy top of my list lately is by a company called Melange Perfume based out of LA. I've been following this amazing company for some time and kept dragging my feet on making a purchase since I couldn't decide what I wanted. I LOVE mixing my scents, so I knew I def wanted a palette. I finally decided on the Amber 2 palette and put it on my birthday list back in Sept. Hubby did buy it for me and  I have not stopped wearing this gorgeous set of scents since!!! The fragrances are so unique and I love that I don't smell like everyone else!

One thing that is super important to me is that the perfumes are a healthy alternative being that they are based with various natural oils depending whether you go with a liquid or solid. For those of you that might be new to the blog, I'm a health nut! Especially with cosmetics!!! You might be shaking your heads thinking "But what does that have to do with perfume?" Well unfortunately your typical perfume can contain thousands of chemicals just in the "fragrance" part of it!!! I know, I know. I'm sorry! I don't mean to burst your pretty little bubbles, but it's true =( Trust me, I was once a perfume collector many years ago. But I haven't worn regular perfume in years. In fact, aside from the hazard factor, it downright assaults my nose at this point! Anyway, moving on.... This palette is to die for! You can wear the scents alone or layer them and you can rest easy knowing that you're not lacing your body with tons of ick!!! The best part? Melange recently had a palette featured in Marie Claire and they are offering a celebratory coupon code to be used on their palettes!!! Now through November 20th you can save 20% on any palette by entering "Marie Claire" at checkout & recalculating! I highly recommend the Amber 2 if you love vanilla and smoky scents. Amber 1 is next on the list for me!

I've also been lusting after this gorgeous Deux Lux satchel for quite a while! They posted a little sneak peek photo on their FB page back in the summer! That's how long I've been waiting for this baby!!! Isn't she gorgeous?! Though I have no idea which color I would pick. I'm between the Gray & Black I think. This bag adds the perfect dose of sparkle in those chilly winter months and what girl doesn't need sparkle?!?



I also have a lengthy list of current fav's that I've been keeping track of through CurrentlyObsessed and rather than post all the pics separate, it's just easier to allow you to scroll through! Right now there's an Asos coupon for that lovely Foil Dot Sweatshirt (ACE25) and there's also a coupon for JCrew Factory (HaulPass)!

Happy Shopping!!!

XOXO
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DISCLAIMER: The Melange Perfume review was not paid and I will recieve no compensation for this post. I just happen to really love the product! I would never post about a product that I didn't like. I hope you enjoy the palette as much as I do!!!