The Color of The Season

There’s no doubt about it, if you’ve landed on my page, you are seeing COLOR. It’s no secret that it’s my style and pink is my favorite color. Not just to look at or in fresh florals around the house, but to wear.

Blush pink is my absolute favorite neutral to tie into almost anything, whether it be my sunnies, shoes, lips or dresses, but really I love all shades of pink (clearly). However, it’s not all about me here people, I promise you…

Three Dresses to Wear to a Spring Wedding

Dressing up is more than just the physicality that meets the eye. It’s the feeling a woman gets when she slips on a brand new outfit and dresses to confidently take on the day. I believe you should look and feel good while taking on the many roles we play as modern women in the year 2019. This includes dressing glamorous and feeling guilt free about being so for all of life’s special occasions.

As Spring Wedding Season is upon us, take dressing to attend a Wedding for instance. As Southern women…

The Blushing Staple Piece You Won't Take Off

It’s that time of year again! The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping. This is actually all new to me (experiencing seasons), since we moved to North Carolina. Slowly but surely though things are coming back to life and it sure is beautiful! I do find it somewhat challenging to figure out what to wear this transitioning phase from Winter to Spring because its still cool enough in the morning and evenings for sweaters and all things cozy. It quickly warms up into the afternoon though…

How to Wear a Jumpsuit with Style

With Spring around the corner there are many airy, floral, pastel prints on the rise, and in all honesty I am loving every second of it. Each piece just seems to get more charming and pretty than the next. With the weather warming up and the sun coming out, I find myself gravitating towards sleeved dresses and jumpsuits with a beautiful floral print like the one I wore recently on park avenue while visiting Florida (pictured here). If you’d like to rock this style but are unsure how to style…

Retro Inspired finds

Earlier this week I spoke in “Coffee with Jess” about finding your personal style and in it how I found mine. What I love about fashion is history always repeats itself. I love seeing certain very classic trends come back into our modern wardrobe. I always try to find elements of a past time to incorporate into my wardrobe. Spring is my favorite shopping time of the year to do so. Think Betty & Megan Draper…

Winter to Spring Work Wear

Call me crazy but we did partly move to NC for seasons! And boy are we getting them. I’m experiencing what it is like to live through Winter for the first time, and with it the challenge of how to dress professionally for work when it’s still so cold out but Christmas is long gone.

That means out with the cozy oversized snowflake patterned sweaters and into beautiful colors and blooms. With this, I found myself asking, how to dress professionally for work to stay warm during

GALENTINES INSPO

You guys!! I can’t believe Valentines is around the corner now! This year, one of my resolutions or goals if you will, was to connect with more like minded women-boss babes! I have been putting that into full force the past several weeks having connected over the phone with Lauren Taylor- a YouTube personality, go-getter, gorgeous model, empowering boss babes all over the world to live their dreams, as well as via Instagram messenger Lauren Cermak- a Southern beauty full of feminine style, charm, recipes and grace, of Going for Grace blog. Y’all I haven’t tried one of her soulfully southern recipe’s yet (because let’s be honest, I’m not that great in the kitchen yet), but they always look so delectable. One of these days I’m going to attempt one! Most recently though, I got to meet in person the beautiful, style and fitness Goddess Tiffany Allison of Treasures and Trails by Tiffany blog. She is

My Memorial Weekend Sale Picks

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How to Pack for a Business Casual Work Trip

Packing for a Business Casual Work Trip

Hey y'all! If you were watching my Insta stories, packing/try on session for a business casual work trip, you're in the right place. I have included details to all products that are currently available on line below for you.

Most of it is 40-60% off with an additional 20% off! So here's to dressing affordable and professional. I've shown you in my insta stories today how to accomplish both while packing light (or lighter than usual for me) by transitioning some of these pieces from day to night.

If you're interested in where I bought the product, just click the product image below and it will take you directly to the website to purchase it!

**Note, in the images below sometimes it shows the other color option available, not the color I am wearing so look closely. :) Let me know if you guys have any questions!

Blazers & White Denim Jacket

Wearing sizes 00 in Blazers and XXS in Denim Jacket (Sized down one)

Jeans

Wearing Size 25 (True To Size TTS)

Tops

Wearing size XS (sized down one)

Heels

All TTS

Bags

Lips

Colors Dusty Pink in Bobbi Brown for Lining and Pink Tease in Tom Ford to Fill in

Earrings

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Sephora Spring Bonus Sale

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Shop my Sephora Spring Bonus Beauty Picks

Hi guys! Last week in my Insta stories I shared my three must have lip colors for the Spring season of beauty. In honor of the Sephora Spring Bonus Sale, I've added two more of my favorite lip picks so you can take advantage of these savings and have kiss ready lips all Spring season! PS-Don't mind my terrible selfies from my Insta stories...I included them so you have a better idea of what the color looks like on. :)

SALE EVENT DETAILS:

*Sale starts today April 13th for all Sephora Rouge Members.

*The Sale event opens to all VIB and Beauty Insider members (free to sign up, click here then click register on the top right of the screen) on April 20th and ends the 23rd!

1. Tom Ford- Pink Tease Lipstick

This is my go to for a Nude with blush pink undertones. It doesn't wash my medium skin tone out or pull too brown. Because my skin has pinkish undertones, this really looks like a faint natural pink while making my eye color really pop too! Sometimes I pair it with the next color I am going to share with you that I'll use as a lip liner and fill in with TF Pink Tease color.

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2. Bobbi Brown- Dusty Pink Art Stick

I love this again for a very natural pink that pulls slightly deeper mauve tones. It's warmer than the first color which switches it up. The color continues to moisturize and lasts pretty much all day (with a minimal touch up after eating). Much like a crayon for your lips, that again I sometimes combine with the previous color by Tom Ford. :)

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3. Nars- Give it up Power Matte Pigment

This one is truly a lip stain. And ladies, it ain't going noooowhere once on your lips. Yet it is somehow not drying or crackily. I've ate meals in this with no touch up required afterwords, and I just love the bright berry undertones that pull hints of fuschia. It's a super fun color for festival season, a date night, or paired with a classic sundress for a ladies luncheon.

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4. Dior Addict - Lip Glow Raspberry

Now, this one works as a sheer tinted color that moisturizes, and pulls out your natural lip color with an extra touch of pink. It's super natural, with enhancing elements to just simply enrich your natural beauty. Perfect for all your errand running on the weekends.

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5. Sugar- Tint Tulip

Last but not least this gorgeous lip tint with spf. One of the only spf tinted lip colors that I've found that has enough pigment to last on hot Spring and Summer days. It's moisturizing, smells yummy, and truly pulls the pigment it says it does. This is a hot pink hue with SPF 15 perfect for a beach day, boating or pool party!

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Happy Spring Shopping and Saving friends!

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Happy Easter Tablescape

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He is Risen!

Happy Easter everyone! Today I am showing you how to re-create this pastel Spring table-scape that is perfect for all your Spring Entertaining.

So I found most of my pieces at homegoods, and then my good dinnerware I mixed with these pastel pieces is Lenox French Perle and can be bought at most department stores like Macy's or Bloomingdale's.

Keep your eye out for anything Pastel. Pastel's are super hot this Spring, which I am absolutely loving. Detailed etched edges in dinnerware to mimic lace, or scalloped borders are also fine details to keep an eye out for.

Also Look for pretty pastel napkins in a gingham print, seersucker, or solid with some fringe or eyelet detail bordering the edge line to add that extra feminine touch.

You can shop my table-scape favorites for Spring to mix and match all right here, by clicking the product image you like below. Happy Easter, He is Risen indeed!

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Spring Skirts under $50 and Skirts over $50

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Twirling in Nature's Pink Confetti

What a gorgeous Spring day here in downtown Winter Garden! This photo was actually taken on my Birthday, and I'm just now getting around to getting it on the blog. Better late than never though right?

Today, I'm sharing details to this outfit, including this adorably classic, navy polka dot skirt. It's a fit and flare style, cinching in the waist with a little bow tie to top it off! I've also added some additional options that have totally caught my eye and are right on trend for Spring. Icing on the cake? I've categorized my favorites all under $50 and the ones that are also splurge worthy so you're welcome!

**My Outfit Details Here**

**Shop Skirts under $50**

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Is it a Dress or a Romper

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Rompin' around

You guys! I found the perfect romper for Spring that you can dress up or down! It looks like a cute little dress, with a layered ruffle hemline, but is actually a practical romper with shorts underneath - making this look cute and practical for a day out and about paired with flats or a girls night paired with heels. The back is a pretty criss-cross design too!

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I love where I live because there are so many picturesque spots to just stop and enjoy the day, read a good book, and/or people watch (I did a little of both lol). Happy Friday friends!

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Fits true to size at just $50

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Special Moments with Picnic Time

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Classic Picnic Style Meets Modern Day

Ever since the news of Mark's cancer, we've been trying to slow down a bit and truly appreciate each moment together. Sometimes, as humans of this generation we get caught up in a fast paced lifestyle, but it's so important to take time for yourself and appreciate the special daily moments of life.

This "Romance Picnic Basket" by Picnic Time, with the cutest watermelon print interior and accessories, was the perfect way to set the mood for a Saturday afternoon picnic. It has all the modern day essentials we would want, like wine glasses, napkins, plates, bottle opener, utensils...the whole nine yards basically, but all neatly packed up in this classic basket so you would never know it.

We truly enjoyed our day together and I hope this has inspired you to create time for your loved one in your busy schedules. You never know what your future holds, and it was nice to relax and enjoy this beautiful day together. It's easy and relatively inexpensive in comparison with other activities (cancer is EXPENSIVE y'all) to re-create a day date like this. I'll share the details on where you can scoop up your own picnic basket like this one, below here in this post. Have a beautiful day friends.

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Confessions - The Big C

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Our Confessions

Hey guys. Today is a day of truth and to be honest, this isn't going to be easy. My husband and I debated over how, when and if we wanted to share what I am about to tell you. It's also not an easy decision, but I share with you guys glimpse's of my world, big moments and small, and it's important to my character and authenticity with you all, that you know my life is real just like yours and everything is most definitely not always sunshine and roses (which social media can often lead so many people to believe otherwise). That being said, you will see my husband Mark pop up every now and then on my Instagram feed, but he's also the main man behind my photographs and very supportive of my blog. He is my world and I'm lucky to be his wife. Life has definitely thrown us a big curve ball recently, so I encourage you to read on, but at your own will.

Unfortunately I wish I could say the big "C" in this case were the pretty Cherry Blossom's in this beautiful LovePop Birthday card from Mark. This next sentence is such a struggle and I think I deleted it, unsure of how to word it, like a hundred times. So I'm just going to come out and say it bluntly. The big "C" does stand for Cancer. There's no eloquent or other way to put it. My husband Mark was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma (Cancer of the lymphatic system) on February 21st and so it began. And before I go on, I want to make clear the reasons why we decided to share this news with you all.

1. We believe in the power of prayer. God is good and we will make it through this with a whole new perspective and gratitude towards life. 2. We believe we are stronger together and should show each other more kindness, as you never really know what's going on in someone Else's life. And 3. If our journey can touch, inspire, or encourage any of you who may be going through this or something similar, then I would want that for you. It's nice to be able to connect over similarities and feel related to, and I can't thank you enough already for those of you who have known, for your overwhelming love and support. It's truly amazing how tragedy can bring people from all over the world together. I'm so grateful to have connected with you all and I again am so humbled and thankful for your support through this difficult time in our lives.

So you're probably wondering how it happened, what is next for us, and what is the relevance of the Cherry Blossoms. I'll start with how it happened and what we've found out since.

Right after Christmas we both got sick with a cold and were on the tail end of it when we left the first week of January for Park City Utah. While out there, Mark noticed a swollen lymph node on his neck and I, having had one after being sick in the past, assured him it was probably from being sick and if when we got back it wasn't gone, he should see a doctor for antibiotics and it would go away. To be honest, our schedules are crazy and when we got back we both kind of forgot about that conversation until about a week later when the lymph node grew and started to give him pain. We immediately got in with our doctor and she prescribed him antibiotics. Unfortunately after a week of strong medication, not only was it worse, but others were starting to appear in his neck and collar bone area. They were quite painful too, he will tell you. His doctor immediately took precaution and ordered an MRI, CT scan, bloodwork and sent him to an ENT specialist. From those results showing their were no viral infections, and there were some swollen ones in his upper chest, that all signs and his symptoms were pointing towards lymphoma. We were stunned to say the least. This definitely couldn't be right. After all we are relatively healthy 30 year olds, who may indulge in pizza a little too often given our Italian heritage, but I mean c'mon, right?! This can't be happening to us. Wrong!

It all puts things sort of into perspective for us. Me being the control freak that I am, and my husband possibly thinking he's more invincible than he really is, God had a wake up call for us. We are not fully in control and tomorrow is never promised. Even though as humans, we know and understand to not take things, people or life for granted, we all too often get comfortable in our lives and just when you get too comfortable, things are snapped back into reality and you're put in your place. So here we stand. But we stand with a choice. To let this defeat us and bring us down, or to stay positive and make it through this stronger together. We've chosen to be positive and proactive in treatment and faith, although I know there will be days and times where it is easier said then done. I'm not sure if its quite fully hit us just yet actually, but we are doing the best we can to prepare and persevere.

So what's next for us. The good news is, although Hodgkin Lymphoma is cancer of the lymphatic system and Mark seems to have a lot of enlarged, infected lymph nodes, the cancer is indeed curable. The cure rates are extremely high. So we have accepted that life will be interrupted and brutal during the next 6 months of treatment, but after that we will celebrate him being cancer free. We have to stay strong and positive. He will be doing chemo therapy every two weeks for 6 months and side effects can be nausea and definitely fatigue with hair thinning to hair loss. Again, the good news is, once it is over everything goes back to normal. So many thoughts have crossed our heads though over the past weeks, believe me. Again staying positive, on another note, one of our friends went through the exact same thing at this age 5 years ago now and we are going to the same wonderful doctors that she did. She has been cancer free now for years and has a healthy child. Again, reassuring us that we are in good hands, and with a strong support team, we will make it through this. 

Leading me to my next topic. Boy oh boy did we have big plans for travel this year, Europe, more specifically Paris finallyyyy, included. I don't think we will be doing much if any travel, at least not by air during this treatment time, which will also be a big change for us as we have caught quite the travel bug and wanted to get some big places knocked off the list this year, prior to children. Again, God has a way of reminding me, we are not in total control here. So on top of getting this news, I also just had my 30th birthday. My husband being the sweet, caring man that he is got me this beautiful LovePop card that we actually learned of from watching Shark tank. I mentioned how beautiful I thought the cards were and he took mental note and surprised me with one on my birthday this year (some of you may have saw it on my Insta stories). It brought me to tears because the card is of a Cherry Blossom tree, which has been on the bucket list to go see them this year in D.C. He wrote in the card "Why go to D.C. when we have the Cherry Blossom's here with us". And of course I lost it like a little baby because the gesture was just so pure and sweet and again reminds me life is all about your perspective. I'm doubting we will make it to see them in person this year, although you never know. What's important is that I have what is most important to me right here with me. Mark.

Now that you know, I will do my best to provide updates throughout this crazy journey of life and again thank you so so much for the love, prayers, support and kindness. It truly means so much at a time like this.

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