July 31, 2011


  {Guava Hi-Lo Tunic ~ Free People / Black Mini Skirt ~ H&M / Black Suede Cut Out Booties ~ Steve Madden / Assorted Crystal and Enamel Bangles ~ Kenneth Jay Lane, Thrifted, Foreign Bazaar and  Chamak by Priya Kkar / Gold Drop Earrings and Name Necklace ~ Birthday gifts / Gold Clutch ~ Rebecca Minkoff / Nails ~ Essie "Turquoise and Caicos" and Misa "Baby I Love You"}

I went out for dinner and drinks with my sisters, cousin and my best girlfriends on Friday to celebrate my birthday and this is what I wore.  It was HOT and HUMID on Friday, so a tank and the shortest skirt possible was definitely necessary.  LOL.

This tunic was a super exciting purchase, but nerve wrecking all the same.  I ordered it on Wednesday for overnight delivery so that I could have it for Friday. Wasn't sure it would fit {size 12} and the top portion did drive me a bit insane, but I just had to make it work!  I am IN LOVE with the color and shape.  :)

I can also see this working well in the fall with leggings, a blazer and boots. Ugh, the fall.  I don't even want to think about it.  Can't we just have an endless summer?

xoxo, thanks for reading...I hope you had a great weekend!


July 27, 2011


 {Green Gray Jersey Dress ~ Anthropologie / Spotted Cardi ~ Spiegel / Black and Gold Leaf Belt ~ Thrifted / Black and Gold Flats ~ Tory Burch / Handbag ~ LV Damier Azur Noe Bucket Bag / Gold Name Necklace ~ birthday gift! / Gold Crystal Bracelet ~ Kenneth Jay Lane / Nails ~ Essie "Mint Candy Apple"}

I decided to create an ombre effect with my hair with a bit of color and I love it! Just a little pizazz for my birthday. :)

I can't believe how tanned I am... I have the Florida sunshine to thank for that. 

I love this little dress and "found" it in my closet this morning when I remember that today was "Neutral Wednesday". ...AND after having a mini closet breakdown, not knowing what I was going to wear.  Oddly, I thought I hated it, but I actually adore it.  A rediscovery for sure. The drop waist makes it a bit casual, but I dressed it up a bit with this fun belt. 

I think it's so funny how my legs are crossed in every pic.  I chuckled when uploading these...literally in every one, I had the same pose.  LOL!  I think it's the flats... I can't help but point my toe in flats, because I feel so short.  Weird!

xoxo, thanks for reading and for the birthday wishes!  I was seriously at work smiling all day reading them. :) 

Birthday Girl!

July 26, 2011

This year on my birthday, I am: THANKFUL.  
...Thankful to be entering another year of a wonderful life with an amazing family, great friends, good health and all of you!  :)
 I welcome 32 with open arms!
{baby Lexy, 6 months, hehe!}

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”  - Abraham Lincoln

xoxo, thanks for reading!

Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits

July 25, 2011

The dog days of summer are upon us and it is HOT here in Philly.  So hot that the thought of cooking over a stove or even eating a warm meal when it is 90+ degrees out makes me break out into a sweat, LOL. 

Dinner for us has been cool and refreshing.  Cucumber salad, club sandwiches, chicken salad, etc.  I like to have fruit and yogurt parfaits for dinner.  So filling and refreshing and oh so DELICIOUS! :)

Here's what I do:

{I like to chop pineapple and strawberries really small and then add blueberries.  I let them sit in the fridge {or freezer} together until the juices develop and everything gets nice and icy cold. Any fruit would work for this. I also love adding chopped up peaches when we have them.} 

{I like to use strawberry yogurt, but I have also used plain or vanilla and it's still delicious. Any flavor would work, really.  Your favorite brand of granola is just fine {Grapenuts would probably work too}. I LOVE "Just Bunches!" by Honey Bunches of Oats.  I like to add honey too... it adds rich sweetness and is just tasty, I can drizzle honey on anything, LOL!}

{Begin layering in a pretty glass or bowl.  I start with the yogurt.} 

{Then add the fruit.} 

{Be sure to put the granola on top of the fruit and NOT the yogurt, to maintain the crunch. :)} 

{And repeat.} 

{Right before the last layer, I drizzle the honey.  YUMMM!} 

{ENJOY.  and repeat if needed.  LOL!  I could eat 3 of these, so good!  These are great for breakfast too. {obviously!}}

xoxo, thanks for reading!

Family Vacation 2011

July 24, 2011

We had an amazing Orlando / Disney family vacation; it was everything I could have hoped for and more!

We relaxed {mostly} enjoying the waterparks Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach to cool off, then going to dinner every night as a family.  It felt great to enjoy each other's company, doing whatever we felt like doing for an entire week.  Our hotel was AMAZING {especially the breakfast and the pool} and the location was perfect!
Looking forward to enjoying the memories of this vacation, until the next one...next summer.  I'm thinking BEACH. :)

Here are some pics... I really enjoyed taking these using the Instagram app, via my iPhone. :)

xoxo, thanks for reading!

Summer Tribe

July 16, 2011

{Jeans ~ Source Of Wisdom via Torrid / Tribal Printed Tunic ~ Chelsea and Violet / Lace-up Fringe Moccasins ~ "Stranded" {found them on clearance in Daffy's} / Bangles ~ Street Vendor and Thrifted / Nail Polish ~ Toes: "Sun Worshiper"by China Glaze / Nails: "Bare It On Trafalgar Square" by OPI}
So these shoes have been deemed my pedicure shoes.... it seems like every time I wear them, it's a pedicure day.  It also just so happens that these show an abnormal amount of toe; pretty much every toe is exposed, LOL!  It's a little weird but I still love them.

I also wore a pair of the most amazing vintage sunglasses today, but forgot to take them out of the car for these pics.  We left the shoot location {hehe} to get started on our last minute errands for our vacation and we were supposed to pull over to take a few shots with my shades on, but forgot. Womp womp.  They will make an appearance soon enough, they are so fab!

Off to finish packing for vacay {leaving Sunday}; I am determined to pack really light, which means dresses ONLY for me.  Easy and perfect for the heat. Wish me luck. :)

xoxo, thanks for reading and have a fantastic weekend!