I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! I was home and celebrating Easter with my family. As a kid, I loved having an Easter egg hunt! Now, I love wearing my Sunday best. The brighter the colors the better! I chose this neon coral midi dress from the Eva Mendes collection at New York and Company. The midi length is something I’m still getting used to. I’m 5’3″ so when the length of the skirt/dress hits my calf, I look a lot shorter than I am! Throwing on a pair of heels adds height to my look. To make this outfit more modern, I threw on a gold turban headband. These headbands are my new favorite thing! I love how they jazz up any outfit.
There is so much to give thanks for this year! Not to start off on the dark side, but I’ve always been thankful for having all 4 of my grandparents until I was 24. I have a special bond with all of them. This year, I’m thankful for the times I get to spend with my Grandpa, esp after my grandmother passed. He lives in Virginia Beach. Ever since I was younger, I started calling him Bumpy and called my grandma, Bada. The start of Bada of Bumpy began – and the nicknames stuck with everyone!
When I picked him up from the airport, I brought him to my neck of the woods – Short North – and we hit up The Pearl’s happy hour – beers and oysters. SO DELICIOUS!
I even sweet talked my Bumpy into taking my blog pictures for me. He’s really into photography – normally birds – so I think taking photos of an actual human was a new experience for him.
As I picked out my Thanksgiving attire – comfort was my number one goal. This oversized varsity sweater has been my go to this fall. I first fell in love with it when it was the cover photo on Cosmo’s Sept edition. When I found it a few weeks later on Francesca’s website, I scooped it up. I paired it with a Chambray shirt for extra warmth (the sweater is more thin than I would have wanted). These camo pants were a no brainer because who isn’t thankful for the brave men defending our company. I am very thankful to live in America. Land of the great! I kept it basic with these cognac flats.
My family has all of the food covered this year, so I was in charge of table decorations. I used a lot of leaves, candles, mesh, pumpkins, and GLITTER. I also took to pinterest to learn about napkin folding. I’ve impressed myself.
What are you most thankful for this year?
Would you believe me if I told you my dress cost less than these shoes??! Well, that’s a fact, believe it or not!
Thanks to Francesca’s and their amazing FLASH SALE, I scored this dress for only $29.99! I couldn’t wait to receive it in the mail, and it came just in time to wear to a friend’s wedding. It was an outdoor wedding, but the dress was a little heavier so I wasn’t cold like I anticipated – oh, listen to me, “Cold” in August?? I know it’s 93 degrees this weekend, but a few weekends ago, it was down in the 50’s…. are other states feeling these temps??
I loved the fit and flare of this dress! Not to mention, it was easy to dance in – I was the one who requested B.Spears ten times, you’re welcome, wedding guests! Because of the floral texture and the beaded waistband, jewelry wasn’t really an option with this. Sometimes, less is more and that was the case for this dress. If I wore silver jewelry, I would have paired it he dress with some silver bracelets for some extra Bling! But these BCBG suede dorry heels took care of that extra Bling for me! Talk about “W-O-W” Best part is they were soft suede so I was actually comfortable all night for my first time wearing them.
DId I mention the best part?! Francesca’s is having 30% off right now on dresses. Score this Jun and Ivy Embellished Floral dress for 30% off (Regular $118). I have to say that buying this dress during their flash sale was one of my best bargains yet….. Ain’t that the truth!!!
Dress – Francesca’s
When it comes to my birthday, I don’t mess around! It only comes once a year so I start celebrating the first of July (I mean, America is already celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving…. why should my birthday be any different?).
In 2014, I’ve now been living in Columbus for a year now. I moved back from Minneapolis because I missed my friends, my family…. I was professionally happy, but I was still missing something to complete my personal happiness. I can honestly say that now I am personally happy being so close to my family, living in the same city as my best friends, and being swept off my feet every time I’m with my boyfriend.
I’ve learned to realize what I love about life, what makes me happy, and that the future can change focus. I’ve accomplished professional goals and personal (débuting a pop song, starting this blog….).
This year, I had my nearest and dearest meet me out for martinis and dinner, a fantastic seafood dinner with my parents (I absolutely recommend the Lobster and Shrimp stuffed cod !! My mouth is watering now just thinking about dinner – OMG), and to end my birthday month, a romantic dinner with the boyfriend.
I’m happy, grateful, and lucky to live another year! I’m also freaking out that 3-0 is just that much closer……
I had bigger things to worry about than turning 30 right now, with all of my birthday plans comes several birthday outfits:
A group of 4 friends and I met up on Friday night in Cincinnati. A road trip with friends doesn’t happen too often now that we’re in our mid 20’s. Not to mention that three of the girls are engaged and one is expecting her first baby. We all have our own lives, so it’s nice when we make time for a night out with the girls – no boys!!
Since one of my best friends moved to Cinci, I enjoy any time that I get to spend with her. But, a night away from the boo-thing and a night out with the girls means I over think what to wear. I wanted something girly, something feminine, something “man repelling” but still had to look fashionable in front of my friends (can’t grab drinks in yoga pants – or can you?!). One glance at this maxi dress from Target and I knew it was a no brainer! I loved the way it mixed patterns so I could effortlessly put this outfit together. I felt conservative, although, there was a space in the back that showed a midriff. People thought it was two separates pieces!
Being that it was Friday, the 13th and we were in Newport, we were not disappointed in the entertainment of other bar hoppers. From the unknown girl booty popping on us to the blonde with cornrows, thanks for coming out! To the UC student who told us that we “probably wake up at 5am and eat a ‘senior breakfast'”, I hope you don’t kiss your mother with that mouth!
Our entire night reminded me of Jenna Marbles’ “How to Avoid Talking to People You Don’t Want To Talk to” skit – “Can’t you see? We’re having a girls night!”
I purchased this skirt in December from New York and Company to wear over the Holiday season. I love the matte sequins and chevron design of this skirt! I wanted to make it more versatile to wear during other seasons. Denim is the most versatile trend out there and my denim shirt has easily become the most rotated shirt in my wardrobe. I wear my denim shirt with colored denim, leggings (print and solid – last seen HERE), shorts (last seen HERE), and now, sequins skirts. I promise you this is not the only shirt I own…
I digress….. The dark colors together made this look too drab. I brightened it up with a red blazer and a floral design necklace. Another year-round trend? Boots! These short booties have a buckle on the side and cut-out detail which makes them easier to wear on warmer days.
Hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend! I sure am ready for a three day weekend!