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Hi Everyone!

As summer winds down and we look ahead to fall and winter I figured this was the perfect time to give what seems to be a quarterly life update, as well as some suggestions for things to buy now that will transition your wardrobe into the coming cooler seasons.

Ahhhh life. Well my divorce was finalized in May, and while it didn’t really change a whole lot, it did make it so we could wrap up some loose ends and provided a little closure I suppose. It is bittersweet. I know it is for the best in the long run, but still has some sadness attached. My cousin said it will probably always be a little sad and I think that’s true.

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I mentioned back in April a relationship I was hopeful about, but we ended things in June – maybe I had a feeling that was going to happen and why I was so cautious about putting it out there. It is what it is. I was upset and it was hurtful, but I deserve to feel like I am a priority in someone’s life and I like to think I learned a thing or two about not trying to make a relationship work with someone who can’t or isn’t investing as much. And actions speak louder than words.

Just because something ends doesn't mean it never should've been. Remember, you lived, you learned, you grew and you moved on.:

So I’ve been working really hard on keeping busy doing stuff that makes me happy. I’m very extroverted and being alone is hard for me. I get bored and restless easily on my own and that’s something I’m trying to work on. Truthfully other than the first year I moved to Seattle after college (in which I was very depressed), this is the first time I’ve ever lived by myself. Kinda crazy to think about!

Not that I’m sitting at home much though! I spent some fun weekends over the summer in Montauk, it was nice to get away to the beach. I turned 34 July 2nd and some of my besties took me to a Mets game with fireworks to celebrate. There was a beautiful weekend in Chicago with 2 friends exploring the city, and then I just got back from one of my good friend’s birthday weekend in a lake house by the Hudson Valley – 11 awesome ladies, lots of wine, games, and even some horseback riding!

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And things aren’t slowing down either – this weekend I’m headed with my dinner/wine club ladies to Sag Harbor and we have a fun day of wine tasting planned. Then my sorority big sis who we call “Bunzie” is coming for a visit the following weekend. Might even be getting away for a last weekend trip somewhere the weekend of the 8th, and then I’m off to Ireland and Scotland for 10 days with my XO alumnae little sis, Dana! So many adventures and I’m just trying to appreciate and enjoy all of it. The holidays will be here before we know it, and we all know how those seem to fly by.

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So that bring us to the important things – what in the world to wear for all of this? haha

Fall in NYC is my favorite season here – people are back in the city instead of trying to escape it, the weather isn’t too hot, but not freezing yet, and there is just a wonderful energy about it all. When I’m shopping now I’m thinking what can I wear in the next month or two, but also when the temps drop and we are bundling up to survive. Unless we have another winter like last year when it is 70 degrees Christmas Day!

My first tip is dresses – I love dresses. Ones that have black in them, or go well with black, that are short or 3/4 length sleeved. These are perfect for end of summer and fall, but then transition easily by adding some black tights, boots, and you can often even layer the dress over a turtleneck or button down, or add a faux fur vest. Dress them up or down with footwear and accessory choices. (I find dresses with some kind of sleeve are better because you don’t feel like they need a layer as much as you do for sleeveless. They just look better with boots and stuff on their own.)

Here are some current faves:

Dress – Maggy London (Less than $50!) (I’m wearing a 6)

Shoes – Ann Taylor  (obsessed!)

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I’m a big fan of black and white stripes although this dress comes in just black and other prints too. Wear this with bare legs and a peep toe bootie now, later with black tights and a white faux fur vest. Old Navy is having 40% off with the code COZY until September 21st so get this for a bargain!

Dress – Old Navy (I have the animal print in a medium)

 

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I’m a huge fan of Old Navy’s t-shirt dresses as well, but I recommend going up one or two sizes from normal, I’m wearing a large here. Also love the colors in this scarf and the necklace is from my Rocksbox this month. Can wear with flat sandals for casual, pumps for work, and throw on tights, booties and a vest when the temps drop.

Dress – Old Navy

Scarf – Ann Taylor

Necklace – Kendra Scott

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Next up, you need a great pair of black skinny pants – these will help transition some of your more summery tops to the cooler temps now and then you can layer on the sweaters and boots when the time comes. Highly recommend these – they suck you in but have the perfect amount of stretch, a mid-rise, comfy, and affordable! Unfortunately this adorable top is sold out.

Pants – American Eagle

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I love my Old Navy ankle pixie pants and all of the fun colors they come in. Really loving this berry hue that is perfect for cooler temps.

Pants – Old Navy (I wear a 4 typically)

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Hmm, what to wear with those pants. I’m partial to a great tunic blouse. You can wear them with skinny jeans and a pump or open toed bootie now, and later add tall boots and a faux fur vest, or pair with your  leather leggings for a night on the town like this look. And these Hue leggings are definitely a must have! Wearing a small in these.

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Here are some great tunics I recommend

Tunic – Lush (Less than $30 and comes in all kinds of colors! Wearing a small)

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Tunic – Loft (This year’s version of the red one I’m wearing above, highly recommend)

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Sleeveless Tunic – Loft (Sleeveless are great for warmer climates and easy to layer a cardigan or blazer over)

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Now you need some shoes that we’ve talked about obviously. I used to think open-toe bootie was an oxymoron, but I swear they are the perfect transition shoe! I love these from Sole Society, the lace on the side is so cute! This is also a great neutral color to go with everything.

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Last but not least, I think a suede pump, especially in a red or berry shade is another item that you will get lots of use out of in the fall and winter. My red pumps get use now with navy dresses, or jeans and white blouses, and then I put them on over black tights in the winter for a much needed pop of color without bare foot exposure.

Suede Pumps – Sole Society

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Anything I missed? What are your suggestion? Happy shopping and thanks so much for stopping by!


Happy New Year everyone! I know we are more than a few weeks in here, so I hope everyone’s 2016 is off to a good start. Mine is going really well so far! As I mentioned before, the holidays were a bit rough but I got through them and life is looking up. I had a very relaxing Christmas Eve with 2 sorority sisters, we ate lots of crab legs and I made fresh pasta with meat sauce. Pasta is a special treat for me! I’m so grateful for the sisters I have here and all over the country – they really are there for me when I need them.

Then I spent an amazing girl’s weekend in Savannah for New Year’s Eve – such a fun place and it was so nice to get away for a few days. I rented this dress from Rent the Runway that I loved!

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I’m sorry I don’t have as much time to blog now, but I decided to stop pressuring myself too much about it, and just be more active on Facebook and Instagram. I will still post here sometimes when it is the best platform for sharing, but I do hope you will follow me on social media where it is just faster and easier to get things out!

Here is an outfit and a recipe link I just got up.

It is so easy to put together a black base and then jazz it up! I picked up this necklace on Ann Taylor super sale and you can get it now for $22!

Skirt – Express, Sweater – Ann Taylor (similar), Necklace – Ann Taylor, Shoes – Ann Taylor

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This recipe for a low carb pepperoni chicken bake was so easy and delicious, give it a shot!

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Thanks for stopping by!


My friend Alicia has been nagging encouraging me to post more. I’m pretty sure 80% of her wardrobe is picked out by me so she’s probably been a little lost haha. Love you Alicia!

I took yesterday off work and popped by Loft to check out some of their new winter stuff. Unfortunately the five pocket leggings I really wanted to try were sold out, but I found some other cute things. Even better a lot of the things I’m linking to are 50% off!

First off I was wearing camo pants so just grabbed this pair of jeans to use to pair the tops with for pictures. Well, the jeans fit so well they came home with me. In the past I’ve found the modern skinny legs to not be quite narrow enough for me. They’ve revamped this year and I’m in love. The perfect taper now. And let me tell you, if you have inner thigh issues these are the jeans for you. Seriously slimmed mine down while being totally comfortable. Get yourself a pair! I’m wearing a size 27, which I would say is true to size.

This sweater is the only other item that came home with me, although given our current weather situation I’m not sure when I will have a chance to wear it! It is freakishly warm as I’m sure you know and I honestly start sweating immediately in the subway if I’m wearing a sweater. I’m ready to break out the faux fur people! I mean, I’m glad not to have to make the 10 minute walk to the subway in a blizzard, but honestly, it is getting a little ridiculous. 64 degrees mid-December? It’s insane.

But back to this sweater tunic, size down, I’m wearing an XS here and it is plenty roomy. But I love the swingy cut and it will keep me nice and toasty if the temps ever do drop. And it comes in a bunch of colors and will work great with leggings.

 

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I love pieces that you can throw on but have great detailing or added dimension. This two-in-one sweater looks layered but is just one easy piece. Awesome. I would have taken this if they had a small. Wearing a medium here and it was a tad too big.

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If you are looking for a great layering piece this sleeveless blouse fits the bill, wearing a small here.

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A puffer vest is always a cute layering piece, and this one comes in a few fun colors. Wearing a small here.

 

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This sweater jacket is a bit on the bulky side but might be great if you live in Minnesota or Colorado. It has wool in it though so would recommend a long sleeve shirt underneath, my skin is really sensitive. Wearing a small.

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And lastly, a cute sweater dress. I love dresses, just so easy to throw on and go. This one is definitely made of substantial material, good for colder climates, and would look great with tights. Wearing a small.

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Last night one of my best friend’s, Angela, had a little girl’s get together at her house. It wasn’t a fancy affair but I wanted to look festive. So I broke out my new jeans (still loving their thigh slimming properties of course) and this blouse I picked up on Black Friday. Love that it is a woven in the front and a knit material on the back, very comfy. And the detail around the neck makes it special. You also all know me and my general boycott of heels over 3″. Well that is until I found these suede beauties, and I now have them in this gorgeous peacock blue color as well as black. Seriously, so comfortable. I also picked up this cute tote over Black Friday and I’ve received tons of compliments, this light grey color goes with everything! (I apologize for the mirror selfie, I really need to get my good camera out here soon!)

Hope everyone is having a fun holiday season so far! Thanks for stopping by!

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I’ve been slacking on the outfit pictures lately but I wore this a few weeks back, on an unusually warm night, to have dinner with our friends that were in town from Seattle. We went to this adorable place called Rosemary’s in the West Village that is one of my favorite spots.

A blazer was all the layering I needed so I paired this navy blazer with gold buttons over an orange blouse – one of my favorite color combos!

Blazer – Ann Taylor (similar), Blouse – Banana Republic (similar), Jeans – J Brand (similar), Shoes – Sole Society 

Happy Friday, hope you all have a great weekend!

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With our friend’s, Illi and Olivia

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Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We had a nice one here with lots of yummy food. My mom and I did hit a few stores on Friday, but for those of you who prefer Cyber Monday here are some of my picks!

Loft is having 50% off everything and it is a great place to get affordable, not too dressy holiday wear, as well as fabulous gifts. Use code  Monday.

I’m a big fan of this faux leather mini skirt, last seen here.Mine is a small.

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This lace sleeve sweater is perfect to dress up with a skirt for a holiday party. It is on the shorter side (which I prefer for skirts) and I took a medium.

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This tee dress is cute and easy to wear, just throw on with ankle booties. I took a small.

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I’m loving the Lou & Grey line for stylish lounge wear and this tunic is so cute. Took a medium for a more relaxed, longer fit.

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This sweater is so warm and cozy without being itchy, and I have very sensitive skin. It does shed a small amount but I love it. I took a medium for a longer fit.

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Very cute ankle pants with subtle pattern, easy to dress up or down. Took my regular Loft size 4.

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These ponte pants are very comfy and the leather trim is adds a luxurious touch. Took my regular Loft size 4, but if you are between sizes, size down.

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This little popover scarf is so cute and would make a great gift.

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Piperlime is also having a fabulous sale, 30% off with code “cybersale”! I’m a big fan of their new Piperlime Collection – super cute items with affordable prices.

I’m thinking about pulling the trigger on this southwest blanket sweater – so cute!

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This dress looks so cute and comfy

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A velvet collar blazer for less than $90? Yes please.

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This would make a great NYE dress!

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Also considering pulling the trigger on this eyelash sweater with shoulder detail – it looks so cozy!

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Ann Taylor is offering 50% off with code “cyber50”

If I weren’t going to be in Jamaica for NYE, I would be here wearing this jumpsuit

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I’m also loving this sequin mini

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These velvet ankle pants

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And who doesn’t love a cozy cashmere sweater?!

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What Cyber Monday deals are you taking advantage of? Happy Shopping!


Burrr it is cold here! Doesn’t seem like spring is anywhere in site so I’m still picking up some winter finds, and there is a lot out there on sale or at great prices. Here are some suggestions:

Super Skinny Jeans from Loft, perfect for tucking into booties, and black ones are on sale for $35! I’m a size 27 in these.

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I also love a good longer sweater, and this striped tunic on sale for just $20 is perfect. I have it in the Night Pine color, but would love a 2nd one. Not long enough for leggings, but great for skinnies. I took a medium in this.

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Old Navy is tempting me with their cute nautical inspired sweaters, perfect for winter to spring.

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Nordstrom has some great stuff on sale as well. This tunic is perfect to wear with leather leggings and booties, so cute. $47.40

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I’m obsessed with this Vince Camuto sweater – I own it in green and purple – it has just the right amount of drape. Mine are a small. $53.40

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Need a cute pair of waterproof boots? Check out these adorable Blondo boots, a steal at $103, I’m seriously considering these.

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Banana Republic is having 40% off your purchase until 1/26 – if you have a need for professional items they are a great place to check out.

Wear this cute shirt dress now with black tights and booties, and wedges and bare legs once spring arrives.

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I also love a good wrap dress and you can’t go wrong with leopard!

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A sweater jacket is a great way to stay comfy while looking professional and pulled together. Wear over a dress or skirt and blouse for work, and with distressed jeans and a tee on weekends.

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Ann Taylor is having 40% off until 5pm est. I’m loving this zebra print top!

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Happy Shopping!

 


Ah, my favorite day of the year is upon us when you can basically walk out of your favorite stores with somewhere around 50% off of everything. And the sales are already starting! The places I usually hit on Black Friday are Ann Taylor, Loft, Express, and then a stop by Victoria’s Secret online store, as they generally have good deals on top of free shipping. And let’s be honest, their shipping costs are generally ridiculous. I usually avoid departments stores because they are just too big on such a crowded shopping day to try and get through.

I think Black Friday is a great time to not only get gifts, but pick up a few new things for holiday parties and such, and maybe purchase the more expensive items that you don’t want to shell out for at full price.

I’m hoping to get out to the stores with my MIL on Friday for a bit, but if not, I will definitely be taking advantage of some online shopping deals. Loft and Ann Taylor are already offering 40% off and Express is at 50% off. I’m hoping Ann Taylor and Loft go up to 50% on Friday!

Here are some things I have my eye on!

LOFT:

Tapestry Jacquard Shorts  – I definitely need to get my hands on these to wear with tights, so cute!

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Polka Dot Puffer Vest 

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Shimmery Boatneck Sweater

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Jacquard Jacket

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Leather Sleeve Jacket

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Sequin Jacket

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Victoria’s Secret:

Maxi Dress – I love this dress, considering for New Year’s in Navy or Emerald

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Knife Pleat Party dress

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Ruched Sweater Dress

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Express:

Romper – I love a Romper for winter with tights and a sweater or blazer

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Feather Print Blouse

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Reversible Polka Dot Sweater

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Cowl Neck Asymmetrical Tunic

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Colorblock Ruched Sweater Dress

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Ann Taylor:

Faux Fur Collar Sweater Jacket

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Bow Pants

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Bow Sweater

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Polka Dot Sweater Dress

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Velvet Tuxedo Jacket

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Faux Fur Vest

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Happy Shopping! What’s on your Black Friday list?


Well we finally made it here to the Big Apple and are settling in just fine. Our movers showed up with our furniture today which was very exciting, but of course putting everything back together again is exhausting. Unfortunately my closet here is quite a bit smaller so I may be purging a lot of stuff tomorrow!

Last night I headed out to meet my hubby for our first Manhattan dinner. We went to a “pop-up” dinner at a fabulous restaurant that included communal seating. We met a really fun couple at our table who love to eat and travel just like us so we are off to a good start!

Being New York and all, I decided on an all black outfit with pops of color and pattern. I wore my new Sole Society shoes that I love, the low heel makes them very walking friendly, but I recommend going a half size up (Use this link to get 20% off your first purchase). You can see a little of the view from our apartment at night in the pics, we live on the 33rd floor in downtown Brooklyn, so beautiful!

Hoping to get back to more regular blogging now that we are settling in, thanks for stopping by!

Pants – Ann Taylor (similar and on major sale!), Blouse – Pleonie via Nordstrom Rack (similar and also on sale), Shoes – Sole Society, Necklace – Premier Designs, Clutch – Ann Taylor (similar)

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Hope you are all having a great week!

Last night I went to my fabulous friend’s, Mollie and Jaymee’s, holiday party at the beautiful Four Seasons in downtown Seattle, followed by dinner out with my husband and a few of his colleagues who are visiting from Boston. Not a bad Tuesday night!

Instead of buying a new dress, I instead had this pink one you’ve seen a few times before here and here shortened a little and paired with my black polka dot tights and a sparkly necklace to “winterize” it. A dress that works for all seasons! That is the great thing about a shift dress. I also had another dress shortened a bit for a party I have on Saturday night, sometimes that is a great way to change up a knee length dress if it is long enough to begin with. 

Along with my necklace I also accessorized with a Christmas present that my husband  was forced kindly gave me early, this sequin band for my watch – I love sparkly things! The bands on Michele watches are easy to swap out on your own so it is fun being able to change up my watch look.

What are you wearing for your holiday parties this year?

Dress – Ann Taylor (similar here and here), Polka Dot Tights – Commando (so comfy), Shoes – Nine West (similar), Necklace – Premier Designs,

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And here I am at the party with one of the hosts, Jaymee, and our dapper friend Andrew!

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Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all have a fun weekend planned. It is supposed to be almost 80 here in Seattle this weekend, which is practically unheard of, so we are going to be spending plenty of time outdoors. Last night the hubby and I had a fun date to see the Avengers in 3-D Imax. I’m not a huge action movie fan, but this one wasn’t too bad. Although a little more romance and a little less destruction wouldn’t have hurt : )

Aren’t we cute in our glasses?

Michael begrudgingly took an outfit photo for me, he was anxious to get in line! The sunny day was perfect for white jeans which I topped with a floaty navy blue blouse and tan moto style jacket I picked up on clearance during my Ann Taylor shopping spree in New York (using the gift card my Dad and his wife gave me for Christmas) and I added a little print with these floral shoes my MIL passed down to me.

Just want to also take the time to say a Happy (Early) Mother’s Day to all of you mom’s out there, but especially to my amazing Mom, Lynn, and to my Mother-in-Law, Carla. You are both beautiful, generous, loving and I am so grateful to have you!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!



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