To Mom, WIth Love

….And then my mom decided to change so she didn’t clash with the prints!

Our new family dog, Ben!

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom!! She is such a beautiful person inside and out so it was time to get her out from behind the camera!  She’s taught me to be the person that I am today.  She’s my rock, my role model, my best friend.  We talk for hours on the phone every week – sharing recipes, decorating tips, accomplishments, embarrassing moments, updates, gossip, etc.  I can’t imagine my life without her.  From her big smile to her big heart, if I become half of the woman that she is, it would be my biggest accomplishment in life.

My mom and I like the same type of fashion, but we feel comfortable in different types of clothes.  To show off our own style, we started with the same pair of shoes and worked our way up. These Franco Sarto dress sandals are a great neutral color and extremely comfortable!  I would highly suggest any type of shoe that’s Franco Sarto – great price point and quality that doesn’t break the bank.

In the warmer months, I tend to wear a lot of skirts and dresses while my mom said she’s more likely to be found in capris and a flowy shirt.  My favorite accessory is anything that shines.  My mom’s favorite accessory is hoop earrings – gold, silver, bronze, she has a pair in every color.  I guess she’s still an 80’s girl at heart 🙂

Here’s a couple other questions I asked my mom throughout our discussion over some mimosas:

What’s your favorite thing about being a mom?
Kids.  Watching you and your brother grow up and becoming so smart.  You’re both good kids.  So, enjoying my kids is the best thing about being a mom.

What would be your advice to new moms?
Enjoy your kids at every age because they grow up too quick.  Even when they’re going through their terrible two’s, enjoy your kids.

Can you think of any favorite memories about being a mom?
To you?  Or you and your brother?

Mmmm….me 🙂
Reading all of your Disney and Minnie Mouse books.  We read all of the time so we had them memorized.  On the way to preschool, I would have to tell you the story of the Little Mermaid.  Every time I would skip a part to make the story end faster, I always got caught.  You would tell me, “mom, that’s not right!  You forgot….” And I would have to go back and add in the part that I skipped over.

Dress – NY&CO
Necklace – Shop Hope’s
Shoes – DSW

Lady in Red

Valentine’s Day is almost here…  You either love it or you hate it!  I, myself, love this “holiday” I love wearing pink and red, wearing hearts, and eating chocolates!  I also have big plans to raid every nearby grocery store on Sunday when the candy is 50%… I need enough reese’s to last until the Halloween candy sale…

Anyway, I digress….Red is a daring color.  I decided to be bold and wear all red – lips, nails, dress, shoes.. I mean, go big or go home, right?!  I wore a ‘tiffany blue’ heart necklace for a pop of color against all of the red. 

We had beautiful weather last weekend!  It was warm enough for me to take pics outside in the sun.  Valentine’s Day is going to be a high of 7, so my boyfriend and I are staying in and making sushi.. Hiding from the crowd and the cold!

Next weekend I’m headed to Nashville for a bachelorette party!  Stay tuned for some honky tonk fun….

Dress – Charming Charlie
Shoes – Shop Hope’s
Necklace – Tiffany & Co
Planner – Kate Spade New York

A Birthday Collection

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: