Home for the Holidays

We are home for the holidays this year and I’m in the spirit to prep our home for the guests arriving in the next few weeks. I love being a hostess, and it never hurts if I have the mostess (just kidding, but I do appreciate an original idea.) I love the holidays, and for […]

‘Swagger’ + a Giveaway

Life seems to be as constantly changing as fashion and it’s trends.  One minute I’m a young girl dreaming of becoming a fashion designer and the next I’m standing in my 11 year-old’s bathroom blinking rapidly as I try to understand the contradicting misnomers he calls “His Hairstyle.”  I’m new to the world of pre-teen […]

Resort + Jewels

I’m headed out for Spring Break vacation and while I will be packing some of my favorites, a brand-spanking-new cornflower peplum two-piece swimsuit just arrived in the mail and is at the top of my suitcase.   Photography by CW Schildt Photograghy // LimeRicki Peplum Bathing Top (c/o) // MeadowBelle Market Bangles Choosing bathing suits can be difficult, […]

The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift ever given was Jesus. I just had to say that out loud, I guess (’tis the season and all that jazz.) But all religious differences aside, let’s talk about the greatest gift you’ve ever given (or received.) We know it’s the season for gift-giving (and let’s face it – receiving), gift-guides abound […]

Gift Guide: for Her

I’m still in shock at how quickly time flies.  I hate to be cliché, but seriously – bat an eyelash and bam! your children are grown. Or Christmas is only two weeks away.  I’m stockpiling gifts in my bedroom, in the basement, in any empty space I have left to hide gifts before the big […]


Quite possibly the most difficult gifts to give are for men.  In my experience (a father, four brothers, The Mr and various family friends), picking out the perfect gift for a man can be like shopping blindfolded (at a store like Ross Dress for Less – the official sponsor of this post.)  You grab something […]

DSW Family Event + $100 Giveaway

I have some very exciting news for my midwest (hello, St. Louis!) readers (and a great giveaway to say thank you to all my readers, no matter where you live!)  Megan Davey of ChasingDavies.com and I have teamed up with DSW to host a fabulous event to celebrate their latest in-store arrivals: kid shoes!!  Now […]

Ross Dress for Less + a Giveaway

Ross Dress for Less just opened a new store right by my local mall (ah, just typing the word mall brings back teenage memories, lol!)  I stopped by for the Grand Opening last week, and snapped a few pics of what you will find right now in stores.  Back-to-School?  End-of-Summer clearance?  Just need to get […]

Diamonds & Tea & a Giveaway

I’ve been a big fan of stacking bracelets, and I’ve got an entire drawer full of bracelets in every size, shape and color.  Some are trendy – super cheap and disposable; some are priceless treasures I will keep for a lifetime.  Sadly (is it really that sad?) the arm party has run out of booze […]

Fall Fashionista Giveaway: eShakti + JUNIEblake + Maddy Nash

It’s here!  The Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event (hosted by Still Blonde After All These YEARS, ModlyChic and KSquaredGlamour) starts now, with my wonderful sponsors eShakti ($50 gift cards,) JUNIEblake ($45 gift cards,)and Maddy Nash (I am so excited about this prize – you get to choose from a huge selection of fabrics and prints and it comes with a […]

Triple P Giveaway: Shabby Apple

When I was contacted by Shabby Apple about offering you a giveaway, I waffled (what does that mean anyway?)  I’ve never shopped with them, so I can’t give you my opinion on the quality, sizing, or what-it-really-looks-like-on-a-real-person-with-horrible-lighting  However, I asked my favorite sister (she put in a good word for them) what she thought and […]

1000 Place To See Before You Die + A Triple P Giveaway

Have you ever used a guidebook?  I remember borrowing a few from the library when The Mr and I were planning our honeymoon.  We knew where we were going, I just wanted to make sure we got to see everything worth seeing and stopped by the places a foreigner like myself wouldn’t know to look […]

InstaLife + Giveaway Winner

Life as I know it: We waited all winter for Pool Season, and Kansas gives us a cold front with temperatures in the 60s.  Thanks Kansas.  I mean that from the bottom of my heart….eye roll. Park play and Baseball Games.  Another Summer pastime.  And my new stripe t-shirt dress from Banana Republic Factory (Memorial […]

Triple P Giveaway: Dress from eShakti.com

eShakti is giving their website a Spring/Summer makeover and would like to offer you a chance to win one free item (including customization of dresses and skirts!) I wore a custom-made dress from eShakti for New Year’s (I also just found the perfect Roaring Twenties-esque necklace to match!) and not only do I love their […]

DownEast Basics Giveaway (Think Summer + Swimming.)

DownEast Basics.  Modbe Swimsuit: Islander (in chevron.)  Do I really need to say more? No, but here’s a photo (gah! I can’t believe I’m posting a picture of me in a bathing suit!) Quality fabric, quality craftsmanship.  This (fully lined!) bathing suit is worth every penny (and it’s a reasonable amount of pennies.)  Isn’t it cute?  Not […]