9.22.2014

I'M LOVING: $500 Neiman Marcus Gift Card Giveaway!


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Happy Monday! Today I am collaborating with Kiss Me Darling and many other amazing bloggers to bring you a $500 Neiman Marcus gift card giveaway! 

Yes, you read that right. One lucky reader will win a $500 Neiman Marcus Gift Card to splurge on some amazing clothing, jewelry, and accessories. I put together some of MY personal favorites from Neiman Marcus right now and what I would spend the $500 on! What are YOU loving?! 

To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open until midnight on Wednesday, October 1st and remember the more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win! For fashion lovers around the globe, this giveaway is open internationally. GOO LUCK!

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9.16.2014

In a Funk

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I am thinking I need to get this print, it just makes you happy looking at it :)
 
Sorry I have been a little quiet on the blog lately. I am just in one of those funks. You ever get those? I have been having one for about a month now, maybe longer? I have never really been like this before and it has taken a lot of thinking and chatting through my thoughts with a husband who lovingly just listens to me when I need it to figure out why. Bless him, really. His support has meant the world to me, and has really made my love for him deepen. It is kind of crazy how you can fall in love with someone more and more when you originally thought you had to have hit your cap on how much you could. Life is kind of beautiful that way, and these are the feelings I am trying to focus on.
 
Without going into too much detail, I feel like so many things just cumulated at once to make life a little harder than normal for me. I have been feeling a little lost, which has resulted in me being less confident. Moving, starting a new job, Trevor taking the bar, life plans being changed, feeling like I lost a friendship, gaining some weight, all of this and some more have just made the last few months rough. BUT I am ready to get out of this funk. To pull myself up out of the trenches of life and start making the changes that need to happen for me to be really happy again. The funny thing is, there is no reason for me not to be incredibly happy, I just haven't been lately as much as I am used to. Does that make sense? I have always been a very happy go lucky kind of girl, but I feel like I haven't had as much control over my emotions this past month. I have never really experienced this before, what do you do?
 
And while I am writing this I wonder if I should even post it. I mean, it is kind of a random, spew my thoughts out in a blog post. But, why not? Maybe someone out there in the universe reading this is also in a funk, and it could make them smile and nod in agreement, like, hey... me too!
 
So here is to all of us in a funk right now, let's freaking stop worrying about all those things we don't have control over, and BE HAPPY! I know that is easier said than done, but something for me has changed, and I want to find my way back to ME.

9.15.2014

Sharing Style: Ponte with J.Jill

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The other night I was at a work party with Trevor and it actually got COLD - I haven't felt that in a while around here in Utah! It was a reminder that fall is just around the corner, and it is probably time to start pulling out some warmer clothes. One of my all-time favorite fabrics for fall is Ponte! Ponte is basically a fabric from the Gods. It is a unique rayon, nylon, and spandex blend with lots of stretch. It is just the right weight and fabrication to create a perfect smooth fit. Stretch and smooth, doesn't get much better than that does it? I have partnered with J.Jill to show you some super comfy Ponte looks.

J.Jill is easy, relaxed, inspired style that reflects the confidence and comfort of their customers. They look to uncomplicate a woman’s life by giving her a stylish, easy, ready-for-anything wardrobe that lets her dress confidently and focus on enjoying her life. The products are designed with a focused point of view, relaxed femininity, fine fabrics with thoughtful detailing, and simple and flattering silhouettes. 

J.Jill has so many amazing options for this time of year! Take for example, this adorable top. I love this unique play on the traditional gingham. I paired it with the most comfortable "leggings" I have ever worn. These Ponte Knit Zip-Pocket Leggings are a must-have because they are not only flattering and comfortable, but they offer that coverage that most leggings don't. They are SO thick, which is perfect for fall attire. This color in heather grey will match with just about anything. With their slim ankle style, smoothing fit, and comfortable elastic waistband, these are a must-have.


One item in particular that I LOVED from the moment I saw it on the rack was the Lightweight Ponte Knit Tunic. Also from the Ponte Collection, the lightweight mix of rayon, nylon, and spandex materials create a beautiful draped silhouette, which looks good on every body type. Its A-line shape gives coverage and comfort. Paired with slim skirts, pants, or leggings, the length of the tunic creates a soft silhouette of mixed proportions that has as much impact as a dress.


Ponte is an essential addition to a fall wardrobe. J.Jill has expanded their ponte collection to include a lighter-weight, quality fabric as well as simple and flattering silhouettes. Everything looks great styled together, and it is easy to mix and match, keeping things uncomplicated.

Ponte Features and Benefits:
  • Rayon-blended fabric creates durability in addition to flexibility and softness
  • Ponte is machine washable
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  • J.Jill ponte knit bottoms feature wide elastic waistbands with a clean finish for a smooth fit around the waist and a refined appearance
  • The weight, drape and finish of our ponte collection lends a more dressed-up feel to any outfit
  • Together, the new lightweight fabric mixture of rayon, nylon, and spandex invents great coverage and fit while also creating drape and movement.
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9.13.2014

Sparkles & Glue

Today I am excited to be featuring my first blogger for the Saturday Guest post!

Let me introduce you to the darling Jessica from Sparkles & Glue!



What made you start blogging?
I started blogging back in 2012. I was busting at the seams with ideas, recipes, and stories to share and so was my friend Missy. So, we sat down at her kitchen table and worked on a name for our blog and after much debate we agreed on Sparkles & Glue. We Finally had a place to share everything, and we did just that.
Missy went back to school to get her Masters degree and I took over most of the blogging. In April 2014, I decide to give Sparkles & Glue a brand new look and I have been in blogging heaven since then!
What is the coolest part about being an ICU nurse?
I admit I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie when it comes to my job. I love the rush you get when someone is rolling through the doors of the ICU and they need IV lines, medications, interventions, breathing tubes, and ME! The choices that are made by an ICU nurse can be life and death.
ICU nurses also have a lot of autonomy. The physicians build a relationship with you {and I don't mean Grey's Anatomy Style relationships} and start to trust your decisions. It’s an awesome feeling to be such a big part in someone’s recovery. It's a huge bonus when you run into your patient in the grocery story or gas station and they are walking, talking, driving, and living and the last time you seen them they couldn't breathe for themselves. It's an awesome job and I thank God for guiding my hands everyday.  Here is a post about ICU nurses I did on my blog! 
What are you looking forward to about fall?
Honestly, fall always makes me a little sad since it means summer is over and summer is by far my favorite season BUT I do look forward to walking down the sidewalk in a fun sweater and smelling the spices of fall wafting from the windows of every coffee shop and bakery in the area. The smells of fall do make me smile (and hungry!)
It sort of feels like everyone panics when fall starts to arrive and they hurry to pack in as many activities as possible before winter creeps up on us and I really enjoy all the fall events: pumpkin patches, hayrides, carving jack-o-lanterns, and baking with friends.
What is the hardest DIY project you have ever done?
My Prince Charming and I had carpet that was well let’s say icky. I hated even walking on it because, it just always felt gross and dirty to me so we tore it out and laid hardwood floor~ that was the easy part! The hard part was installing the stairs, sanding, staining, and sealing them! I just finished them and plan on sharing the stair project along with some other updates we have done in our home.
The steps took forever and made our house un-usable for the weekend~ hotel here we come! Too bad I was to exhausted to enjoy it! Check back soon to see the before and after’s!
What are two of your favorite posts you've written lately?
I’m currently in love with my crossfit classes! So, sharing how I got started and tips to survive, as a new-be has been a lot of fun! I plan to continue sharing my progress as I go! I’m even going to post my before and after pictures! I still can’t believe I put a bikini on for my before pictures. After a month of classes I’m already down 8 lbs!
Gluten free is another topic I’m pretty passionate about. I mean you either dwell on the idea that you can’t eat soft, chewy, fresh, yeasty bread or you embrace the gluten free life style suck it up and enjoy everything else! I have embraced my gluten free life style and I love sharing my recipes with my readers! Gluten Free Breakfast Pizza, Mediterranean Tomato Salad, and my favorite Gluten Free Chicken and Waffles on a stick

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9.11.2014

WHERE I SHOP

One huge element of my blog is sharing my favorite fashion and beauty finds with all of you. I guess you could say this is more of a shopping blog than anything else! (sorry husbands!) While I usually link to where I got something, I decided it was about time I put together a list of all my favorite places to shop online. I hardly ever go to the store anymore because shopping online is my all time favorite! I often receive questions about sizing, etc. so feel free to e-mail me anytime because I have got to the point where I know how most things will fit from different companies and can give you my best educated opinion on what I think will work best for you! Enjoy!


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9.08.2014

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner - First Impression Review

I have heard so much about this Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, and finally gave it try! Check out the video for my first impressions with the product!

9.07.2014

Xan Photography Utah Giveaway

 

Earlier this summer Xan reached out to me about taking some pictures with me. One look at her work and you will know why I said, "Um, YES!" She is so talented and has such a creative eye, how could I say no? She knew she wanted to do something in the water with flowers, and so we decided to meet at the Salt Lake and basically magic happened. The sunset was beyond beautiful that night, and she somehow managed to make me look like a water goddess. I mean, I don't normally view myself as "sexy" but that is how she made me feel that evening. So yeah, if you are ever interested in doing a boudoir shoot, she is your girl ;) Not only is she one of the nicest people you will ever meet, she makes you feel so at ease and so comfortable. These shots are stunning and I just feel so lucky she asked me to work with her.

And lucky for you, Xan will be offering one lucky reader a photo session with her when she is here in Utah in the month of December! Enter below in the raffle-copter :)