Yes, you read that right! I found this pastel striped sweater and these pretty pink skinnies at Target! Sub the designer OTK boots and you’ve got an adorably charming outfit transitioning you colorfully to Spring for less than $55! I have…
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
There’s something so whimsically fun yet classic about wearing dots. I found the cutest dotted jumpsuit on sale recently and had to share it with y’all as well as some other dotted favorites in my closet or wish list!
What’s your go to print
Think PINKS, dotted details, pastel color palettes, big bows, retro sunnies, vintage cardigans, Valentine’s accessories, lightweight sweaters, and soft florals all buttoned up with feminine touches. This is my February wardrobe, transitioning me seamlessly to Spring.
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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
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)
Wearing Size 25 (True To Size TTS)
Wearing size XS (sized down one)
Colors Dusty Pink in Bobbi Brown for Lining and Pink Tease in Tom Ford to Fill in
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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. :)
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*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!
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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!
Happy Spring Shopping and Saving friends!
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!
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!
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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!
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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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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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.
Victoria's Spring Boutique
Florals, Two Piece Sets, Lace, Fruit, Ruffles & Frills, Picnic Totes & Straw Baskets, Gingham, Retro Chic Swim & Sunnies, Wedges, Statement Earrings, Pink Lips, Bold Yellow, Powder Blue, & Blush Pink
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My Tea Party Themed 30th Birthday
What a joy it was to have my best friends from High School, College and now join me in celebrating 30 years of life. It was truly special to get together with everyone near and far in such a fashionable, elegant setting that was so fit for me. I'm lucky to have formed and kept these relationships over the years with my friends.
Approaching 30, I wondered what I could do that would be different and memorable. I'm not really a party girl, so the truth is I had no interest in going out for some wild night of a celebration. Instead, I value the time I get with my close girl friends and enjoy our quality catch up sessions.
That all being said, I was inspired to throw a ladies lunch themed tea party for my 30th birthday because I actually inherited these vintage, über feminine tea sets from my Great Grandmother Pearl (I know I would have a grandmother named Pearl). The pieces are all uniquely numbered and were a part of her collection from London and Germany. Pretty cool right? I thought so.
So you may be wondering how to re-create this dreamy setting for yourself or another's special day. So where did I start? Of course, I drew the inspiration from my Great Grandmother Pearl's tea sets, but I also found a lot of the décor pieces, extra tea pots, and finishing touches at homegoods. I looked on pinterest at ideas too and then decided to create my own version (complete with Rosé and Pink striped straws of course).
My friend Katie actually graciously created the florals that I used in my two tea pots (that I actually found at homegoods but found one of the exact same ones on amazon and linked it in the post for you) on the dining room table. She's so talented with that stuff. I then saw on Pinterest a lot of lace and solid colored table cloths but I wanted to do something a little different and was lucky enough to find this very muted blush pink and lavender floral tablecloth by Tahari (I found the exact one on amazon and linked the exact one in this post for you). It worked because of the soft coloring and the pattern wasn't too busy to take away from the gorgeous florals of the tea cups and saucers. I then scooped up some cake stands, photo frames and a center vase from Hobby Lobby and Homegoods to complete the look. The rose gold tea light candles were from anthropologie and the rose gold 30 balloons I ordered from etsy (also linked in this post at the bottom for you).
It all came together perfectly, and the icing on the cake was the literal cake! My super talented friend Tori of Layers of Love Cakes made the "Naked Cake" with real flowers on it and I couldn't have been happier with the look and the taste. Everyone was googly eyed over it too. I hated that I had to cut it but forgot about that pain as soon as we all took a bite of that delicousness! Anyways, I'll stop gushing on and on but I hope you have a beautiful day and that I may have inspired you to try something fun and new that you've maybe always wanted to try but were unsure of where to start. After all, we only have one life to live so you mine as well live to the fullest, and have your cake and eat it too (In Victoria Taylor's words to say the least). Cheers loves!
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Lemon Vase Tutorial for Spring
So I love interior décor and I am always browsing pinterest and home decorating magazines for design inspo. I enjoy changing out our home décor with the seasons. I was struggling with what to do for Spring and we recently visited our friends home and they had used Lemons in similar clear vases as décor on the kitchen island. For me though just having the clear vase with the faux lemons was a little to simple and reminded me more of summer time. I wanted to add some southern charm and glamour to the kitchen without being too over the top feminine.
So what did I do? I went to Hobby Lobby of course as they are constantly getting in new items for the season and typically put their seasonal decorations on sale for 50% off and you can use a 40% off coupon from their website on anything that is not on sale.I stumbled across these beautiful peach, blush and yellow faux florals and the idea instantly came to me. I'm going to do the lemon filled vase with some burlap lace and these blooms in the middle. And walaa, they turned out beautiful. There you have it!
So to start I picked up the two clear cylinder vases at hobby lobby, and they also had the bags of faux lemons that actually look very real. The trick is you have to find fruit that looks real or it will just look cheap and cheesy. I had to use three bags of 6 lemons per bag in each cylinder vase. so all together I used 6 bags of lemons for the two. Then I scooped up the lace and beautiful florals. I trimmed them so they would sit at a good height and used a hot glue gun for the burlap lace ribbon around each. I think the flowers and lace just add that extra charm for the blooming spring season. They also match my yellow Le Creuset cooker that I like to leave out on the gas range this time of year with my Lilly Pulitzer seasonal cook book.
Let me know if you have any questions or re-create this look! Would love to see!
Spring Blooms Sundress
Ok seriously y'all this dress is a DREAM! I feel like I'm walking on clouds in it. It's so happy and airy, made of a lightweight pink floral print fabric. I think they are daisy's on it. Who doesn't love a Daisy right?! Shopping at Bloomingdale's this past week just made me smile the entire time because they have so many gorgeous new arrivals for the Spring season. From florals, to beautiful pastels, high-low hems, long dresses, short fit and flare sundresses, chambray and stripes, off the shoulder bell sleeve embroidered dresses, ruffles and bows, to fine scallop details and lace...it's all screaming my name and soo Spring! Get ready for the good stuff guys. Spring is in full Bloom at Bloomies :)
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Spring Charm on Valentines with Victoria Emerson
Happy Valentines my beautiful friends!! Today I am bringing on Spring! I'm in full Spring refresh mode this week, starting with my accessories and front porch! I love redecorating and changing out my wardrobe with the seasons and holiday. For me, at times, change can be rejuvenating and full of adventure. I'm loving everything pink, glam and ultra feminine right now, if you can't tell. So I'm sharing all my über romantic, girly Spring refresh details with you today. :) Enjoy the Valentines treat. XOXO
**Front Porch Décor Details**
Leo Buffalo Plaid Doormat// Smell the Rosé Coco doormat// Pink Tulip Door Swag// Vertical Wreath Hanger // Black Luciana Outdoor Swing// Zoey Urn // Peony Pink Ribbon // Nantucket Tall Tapered Planter // Nantucket Square Planter//
Life is Better in Lauren James
Beaches, Blooms and Bows...oh my! Darlin' it doesn't get any better than this fit and flare rosey Lauren James sundress! Spring has made its early debut in the Sunshine State and I couldn't think of a better way to spend the day, than on a day date to the beach with my hubby. With Valentines around the corner, it was so nice to escape for a Romantic Beach getaway in Clearwater.
This LJ dress made the day even more picturesque with it's southern belle, feminine flare. It comes in a gorgeous seersucker print too and multiple colors. I'm wearing a size small (which is true to my size) and it fit perfect! It's time we stop more to smell the roses and soak up the sunshine. Life is short, and I hope what I've shared today has put a smile on your face, and inspired your next adventure. May it be a stylish one, of course!
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Personalized Purchases with Marley Lilly
So if any of y'all are currently in search of a special monogrammed gift or even a bridesmaid or baby shower gift, look no further than Marley Lilly. They have the cutest stuff that is all personalized with a monogram in the font of your choice. From the cutest printed make-up bags, to tote bags and travel accessories, to pullover's, vest's, sweaters, dresses, and even adorable ballet flats and rain boots...they've seriously got it all and in the cutest colors and patterns. Here's a little preview of some of the items from my order, and I am linking some of my favorite products of theirs below for you to get your shop on. You're welcome friends! PS-Most of their winter stuff is on sale to make way for all of these gorgeous Spring arrivals that I'm also sharing with you guys below!
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