Wednesday, March 22, 2017

lace peplum top

Not exactly one of my most inspired outfits. But it was comfy - I mean, how could it not be with sandals, stretchy pants and a flowy pelpum top perfect for disguising food babies? And after a humongous Mexican lunch, there was plenty of food baby pooches to go around.

Though I wore this outfit to work, it's definitely on the casual side of business casual. To dress it up, I'd swap the cardigan for a blazer - maybe my seersucker which J. Crew Factory has again this year! - and my sandals for my beloved bow flats. Easy peasy. that I've planned it out in my head, I think I'll have to try out in real-life in the near future!

Speaking of sandals, I'm kind of excited sandal weather is back. As much as I love my scarves, cardigan and layers, I equally love bare toes. If I could figure out a way to go barefoot all the time I'd do it. Too bad that's not quite work appropriate. :)

top: Target (exact)  |  pants: J. Crew (exact)  last worn here  |  cardigan: Loft (similar)  |  sandals: Loft (almost exact) last worn here  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  bracelets: Bourbon and Boweties (exact three pearl, exact six pearl)  |  earrings: Stella & Dot (similar)

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Monday, March 20, 2017

monday musings: week 10 & 11

Welcome to Monday Musings. Each Monday I share a different "get to know me" style Q&A. I invite you to join in the comments below so I can get to know you as well!

Q1: In honor of the first day of spring, what is your favorite spring activity/tradition?

A1: It's not really an activity or tradition, but one of my favorite things about spring is flipflop/sandal weather. I love my winter layers - give me all the scarves, jackets and sweaters - but free toes come in as a close second.

Q2: What was one of your favorite family vacations?

A2: Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, vacations in Gatlinburg were a pretty common thing. As in, we went so many times growing up that it lost it's excitement/allure. But then I moved away, and before you know it, it had been 10+ years without a visit. So, October two years ago my parents, sister, brother and our families decided to go on a family trip to the Smoky Mountains. We had so much fun, we decided to make a tradition out of it. We went again last October and did a bunch of touristy things - including Dollywood, the chairlift and went trick-or-treating through downtown Gatlinburg. I'm already looking forward to this year's trip, especially since it's the only time this Florida girl gets to experience fall. Hello fall leaves and pumpkin-flavored everything! Is it sad that I'm jonesing for fall in March? Oh, well...

It's your turn. What's your favorite thing about spring and what was one of your favorite family vacations? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

kelly green puffer

when: Tuesday  |  where:  work  |  weather: 53 and overcast

Mother nature decided to throw us a curve ball last week with some of the coldest weather we've had all winter. Though technically I suppose it's spring now, right? Either way, the cooler temps gave me a chance to wear this fun kelly green puffer vest just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

Though to be honest, I felt kind of wrong to wear riding boots in March. Though the high was in the 50s, most of the day hoovered in the 40s, which in my neck of the woods is COLD. Anything below 60s (and for some folks 70s means it's time to break out the winter clothes). Ridiculous, but that's how we roll in Florida. I was feeling a bit overdressed in my boots and layers until I went to pick up my daughter from daycare, and another mom had on a wool pea coat and thick wooly scarf. So I guess I'm doing alright...

puffer vest: J. Crew (exact in other colors)  |  shirt: Target (similar)  |  pants: Loft (similar) last worn here  |  scarf: Ann Taylor (cute alternative)  |  boots: Arturo Chiang (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (exact)  |  earrings: Kate Spade (exact)

While I don't wear a lot of green, I did find a few green outfits in honor of St. Paddy's Day (#3's my favorite):

one  |  two  |  three

It's one of the busiest work weeks of the year, so I'm pushing back the next installment of my home tour until next Friday. I apologize for the delay!

// Sharing on Fabulous Friday. //

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

lace trim kimono

when: last Friday  |  where: work  |  weather: 60 and sunny

I want to say a great big thank you to everyone who commented and sent words of encouragement related to my Pinterest woes. Your support really means the world to me. After taking a day to think about things, I've decided I don't want to stop blogging, but I do want to take some precautions in the future about what kind of information I share on here. I did speak to a local police officer who handles cyber crime and he suggested I no longer show my face in my photos, but I hesitate to do that because I think I'd lose an importance sense of connection. From my experience, I feel like I know people in the blogs that I read. I celebrate their triumphs and mourn their setbacks. Even though I don't really know them, I feel like I do because I read about their daily lives. I see them, I see pictures of their lives and their families. I see their face. I feel like hiding myself like that and filtering too much will ruin that. I've been blogging for more than two years, my face is everywhere if you look for it. Is there really a point to hiding it now?

But, on to the outfit. 

Most of the time I'm a pretty conservative/borderline preppy dresser - think blazers, lots of cardigans and fancy flats, but sometimes the lure of the bohemian calls to me, like with this gorgeous lace trim navy kimono from Pink Blush.  I love the soft flow and drape and the lace really adds a fun - and pretty element - to the piece. I think it's going to be a good transition piece from spring to summer. If navy's not your color, it also comes in several lovely shades - including a soft peach that I'm drooling over and my favorite signature teal color. This is actually a maternity top, but I don't get a maternity vibe from it at all, it fits just like a normal kimono. For reference, mine's a 1X. 

To finish off the look, I added a white tee (though a cream/wheat color top would also look great), skinny jeans and booties. As I mentioned last week, we've been having a few gloriously cool days, but I've been trying to take every opportunity to wear my boots before it's full-on sandal weather. 

kimono: PinkBlush (exact, exact plus)  |  shirt: Target (similar) last worn here  |  jeans: Loft (similar)  |   boots: Vince Camuto (exact) last worn here  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  bracelets: Bourbon and Boweties (exact three pearl, exact six pearl)  |  earrings: Stella and Dot (similar)

As a side note, as you may have noticed something it going on with my photos links through Photobucket as they are currently not showing up on my blog. Are any of you bloggers using blogger running into this issue? I've been so frustrated with Photobucket lately, I'm seriously considering switching to a different photo hosting site. I know some folks use Flickr, any other suggestions? 

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Monday, March 13, 2017


I hope you'll forgive me, but today I'm taking a break from Monday Musings - don't worry it will be back next week - to have a bit of a rant. You see, I'm mad, disgusted and sickened and I want to share my story as a a warning for those of you who put yourself out there in the blogging world and social media. When I first decided to start blogging I prepared myself for the trolls, people who might say mean or hurtful things, but thankfully I've never really run into that the whole time I've been on this space. What I hadn't prepared myself for was for my images to be used on Pinterest in conjunction with pornography.

That's right, some sicko has pinned all the images from my blog where I'm wearing my rain boots and put them on a board featuring plus-size naked woman in lewd positions. Just mine, no other regular fully clothed women in rain boots. Just the naked images and me. Needless to say, I'm completely freaked. On another board I'm featured with sexualized women in rain boots and then my innocent images as well. Everything is dirty and sexual, with the exception of my pins.

I've reported and blocked this person, but the question I keep asking myself is why? I have a small blog with a small group of readers, what about me attracted the attention of a pervert? I dress modestly, I try to stay above board on this space, but it still happened to me. I'm angry at this person for taking something that I've created and making it dirty, I'm angry at myself for putting myself and my family at risk - though I never in a million years thought that something like this would happen.

I've mentioned my daughter's name on this blog, I've pretty much given a road map to where I live, a little googling would make it easy to find me. And as much as I'm pissed at this person, I'm just as angry at myself for making myself into a target. I'm erasing all mentions of my daughter's name on this blog and I'm not certain I will ever refer to her again on this space. I've removed my location, what I do for a living, etc. Though it's kind of like trying to put the horse back into the barn - too little too late, though I'm not sure what else to do.

Have any of you bloggers out there run into this situation? Maybe I'm overreacting, but right now I'm feeling a big dose of fear, a lot of angry and a prevailing sickness to my stomach. I pray that none of you run into my situation and caution you to protect yourself, as much possible these days online.

As much as a love my Hunters, I'm not sure I'm ever going to be comfortable posting them on here again. And that makes me mad too. People can be sick - this I know - but I want to do everything possible to protect myself and my family. I don't know the person who did this, it could be anyone. Maybe it's just a dirty fetish, maybe it's more. But I'm questioning if for the protection of myself and my family if I need to step away from blogging. Maybe not posting pictures of rain boots if enough, maybe block and reporting the person will stop it, but you don't know about people I worry it's too late?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

thoughts and whatnots 3.12.17

stripe dresses, cardis and boots:  one  |  two  |  three

blog love:

on teal and polka dots:
  • on the blog: Ever want to know what the place the I call home looks like? Check out the first installment of my home tour mini series. Also, I'm not always great about getting outfit photos, so you can see a few of my recent Instagram looks here
  • on instagram: Busting out an oldie, but a goodie, embroidered top for our spring-like Florida weather!
  • on pinterest: Has anyone attempted to spray paint their doorknobs? I'm tempted to try this pin to see if we can give the worn out knobs in our new home new life without having to fork out $$ for brand new ones...
  • coming up: A few outfit posts for sure and Friday will feature the living room edition of my mini house tour (spoiler alert: it's my favorite room).

favorite sales:

  • what I'm watching: Still watching reruns of The Office on Netflix and occasionally mixing it up with a Bob Ross or two. We did watch Moana this week, and while I I liked it, I really did, I wasn't really one of my favorite Disney animated movies. Maybe I need to give it another chance? 
  • what I'm crushing on: All the free-flowing, feminine tops from Target's Knox Rose line. I recently picked up this floral v-neck sleeveless blouse and this cream lace scallop hem blouse, but I'd love to add this black short sleeve lace yoke top and this gorgeous coral 3/4 sleeve blouse to my closet
  • what I'm looking forward to: It's Spring Break in north Florida and my current neighborhood allows short-term rentals, so it's been eight springs of loud music, scooters buzzing through the neighborhood and all other kinds of shenanigans. I'm kinda of excited that this is last time we'll have to deal with all that since our new neighborhood doesn't allow short-term rentals which means no Spring Breakers! I have no problem with the kids who come down here, I'm just not a fan of the noise at 3 a.m. that consistently wakes up our toddler. What can I say, momma likes her sleep. :)

Friday, March 10, 2017

home tour: curb appeal

We recently sold our house, and I wanted to show off the place we've called home for the past eight years before saying goodbye to it next month. This was my first home purchase; I bought it just as my husband and I started "hanging out" - he actually helped me move in - as a dating, then engaged, then married lady, and latter as a momma. But, at the end of the day, we've out grown our little home. Though that's not to say that I'm not going to miss it and all the wonderful memories made in it.

I originally planned to do one long post featuring the entire house, but it quickly became too cumbersome, so I'm going to break into into separate posts for a mini Friday series. Today's post features the outside of house. Next Friday the living room, then the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and so on. I hope you enjoy this little mini tour as much as we've loved living in our little beach home!

Welcome to our home! exact mat, exact shoes

exact holly leaf/lavender thistle wreath

Oh, snap! Since our hydrangeas and knockout roses where still dormant, we bought some pretty snapdragons to add a little curb appeal. The planters are super old - and have the wear and tear to show for it - but we went with it looks rustic?

My husband and I are in love with historic St. Augustine, and as a nod to one of our favorite places, last fall we painted the house Woodlawn Silver Brook from the Valspar National Trust paint color palette and choose out these pretty rubbed bronze sconces. The paint chip looked gray, but as you can see in photos there's a subtle blue tone, which we really ended up loving.

I snapped this photo last night since the knockout roses are currently in full-bloom. So pretty...

Back patio photos by: Christina Shults Photography

While we never did a lot with our backyard, we did put in the brick patio about five years ago. The knockout roses are usually lovely - but they weren't showing their best when this photo was taken. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing the outside of our home. Next Friday is the living room tour and the room I'm personally most excited to show you - hello gorgeous aqua walls and teal accents!