Happy Monday + guest blog

Happy Monday everyone! Today I am guest blogging for Lauren at Peach State of Mind. It’s all about love and mushy stuff 🙂

new title with flowerAnd don’t forget about our $375 cash giveaway that is still going on until June 30th! I’ve teamed up with an awesome group of bloggers to give our readers a chance to expand their wallets a little bit. Who couldn’t use some extra cash?

Hope your week is off to a great start!

xo

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$375 cash giveaway is now open!

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Good morning all! It’s Alma’s first blogiversary birthday bash and we’ve teamed up with fellow bloggers to give away $375 via PayPal! Head on over to A Conquered Mess to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway now!

Disclaimer: Sweepstakes ends June 30th, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST. Open worldwide to anyone with a verified PayPal account who is 18 and over. Void where prohibited by law. Alma Lopez of A Conquered Mess will fulfill the $375 US Dollar cash prize via PayPal money transfer. Neither Alma Lopez, nor A Conquered Mess will be responsible in any way for any fees and/or taxes associated with prize fulfillment, including but not limited to money transfer fees and/or currency conversion fees. If applicable, these fees will be deducted from total prize amount. Taxes related to the winnings will be the sole responsibility of the sweepstakes winner. Alma Lopez and A Conquered Mess reserve the right to use the first name and last name initial to announce the sweepstakes winner. Winner may also be announced, in the same format via social media, including but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and http://www.aconqueredmess.com. Giveaway co-hosts will not be responsible in any way for prize fulfillment. If you have any questions regarding prize fulfillment you can direct them via e-mail with the subject line “Prize Fulfillment”.

Monday updates – birthdays, guest blogs + giveaways

Good morning loves! First I want to wish a VERY happy birthday to my mama 🙂 We are celebrating tonight with dinner out. I am so grateful to have her and my dad 5 minutes away. Brian and I are very blessed!

 

Mom, Tucker and me on Mother's Day :)

Mom, Tucker and me on Mother’s Day 🙂

Next, I am so excited to be guest blogging for Miss Lauren over at Peach State of Mind while she is away on her honeymoon next week! She just got married over the weekend and I can’t wait to see/hear all about it. I’ll keep you all updated on when that post will be appearing.

And also coming up this week, I’ll be participating in my first ever giveaway! I’m hooking up with Alma over at A Conquered Mess and fellow bloggers to give away some cold hard cash. The contest opens up on June 11th – look out for an announcement!

Hope you all have a fantastic week! xo

5 on Friday

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Better late than never, yes? Been a CRAZY day at work so I am ending my day with a little blogging 😉 TGIF!

1. Pay it Forward
Today I treated myself to my usual Dunkin breakfast sammie and coffee and decided I would pay for the car behind me, too. Every once in a while I decide to do that just for fun. Well when I got to the cashier, she told me I was the FIFTH person this morning who did that! And it was only 8:15. I just thought that was so cool and it made me smile. It was a nice way to start my Friday.

2. Ideeli
I have been a member of ideeli (referral link) for years and I think I’ve bought one thing. Well today that changed! I’ve been browsing a little bit more since thinking about the wedding/honeymoon and bought this super cute maxi today. I know, I swore off shopping until my next Stitch Fix…whoops. And it’s non-returnable so here’s hoping it fits! But was on sale for $20 so that makes it ok, yes? anyone? Bueller?

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3. Essie
I feel like I post about my love for Essie nailpolish mmmm all the time. But here’s another one from the spring 2014 collection I want to add to MY collection.

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Essie “Romper Room”

4. Wedding lips
I’ve been browsing wedding makeup styles lately. I love the way my make up was done for Kaitlin’s wedding, but for someone who wears minimal makeup that was even a little too much for me. I saw this on Pinterest and LOVE the color…minus the face bling :p I think it would be perfect for our fall wedding.

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Mac lipstick in Mocha

5.  Stair runner
So our stairs are carpeted and are pretty much an eyesore and smell like our (lovable) dog. I would love to strip out the carpeting and put in a runner if they’re in ok condition. It will most likely be a post-wedding project but I found this awesome tutorial on Southern Hospitality

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Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Wino Wednesday {Link Up} | 2013 Aime Roquesant Rosé, France, (Provence)

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I’m so excited to link up with my girl Amanda from Kids and Cabernet for my first Wino Wednesday! I love me some wine and I love talking about it with others, what a perfect combo!

This week I am reviewing a rose we bought a few weeks ago at a local specialty wine store. I know what you may be thinking – rose? Blech! But not this one..it’s nothing like your boxed white zin. It’s a perfect summer drinking wine and I am so glad I gave it a shot. Plus, it comes in the coolest bottle! I may have to hang on to it and re-purpose it.

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Tasting notes: Produced from a selection of the best varietals, Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah. This wine expresses the aromas and typical flavors of the Viduaban vineyard. The combination of an ultra-modern winery and traditional wine marking technique ensures perfect quality control and preserves the authentic character. This Rosé is lovely salmon in color with some very pronounced hues of rose. It has a lovely, powerful nose filled with aromas of red berry fruits and freshly cut grass. The palate is quite full and balanced nicely by refreshing acidity. It is spicy and balanced—and true to tradition and style of delicious Provence Rosé.

Food Pairing: Bouillabaisse, Caesar salad, Paella are perfect with this rosé, but you can always enjoy this wine on its own merit. And how about matching it with lighter style pasta with aioli, delicate white fish or light-to-medium-flavored cheeses. It’s perfect for sitting and sipping on your deck, patio or porch (which I’ve already done!)

Can’t wait to read about what others are sipping on this week!

May Stitch Fix Review – the sequel

Since I received two Stitch Fixes this month, I decided to make this a May one as well so as not to confuse you!

You know the drill with Stitch Fix (referral link) – after filling out a detailed style profile, a personal stylist picks out 5 pieces she feels will best suit you. Last time around I kept 3, let’s see what the verdict was this time…

1. Loveappella Carlita Jersey Maxi Dress
Price: $78
Status: Kept!

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I loooooved this dress. It was so comfy and the material feels like a dream. Plus I love the color. $78 seems high for a jersey dress, but, that is what it goes for at Nordstrom (I checked) and this is such a great summer staple. Uh, sorry there is a lovely broom in the background. You all get treated to the looks of my bathroom every month. Figured I’d keep it real.

2. Bay to Baubles Lydia Faceted Stones Long Necklace
Price: $38
Status: Kept!

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I am wearing this necklace in the picture with the dress, but here is a close-up. I absolutely loved it! I have nothing that looks like this and it will go with anything. It’s a keeper!

3. Kut from the Kloth Mona Boyfriend Short
Price: $68
Status: Kept!

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So these shorts, as with every single bottom piece I’ve gotten from Stitch Fix, fit like a GLOVE. When I saw a picture of them I was like no way, these are going to look like “mom shorts.” But nope, they fit perfectly and are another great summer staple. I am not crazy about the price. I did some research and looks like they go for about $10 cheaper in retail stores (assuming you’d have them shipped makes up that difference, though). So I am just going to monitor my next Fix and give them any feedback about pricing…I’ve heard complaints about it being inconsistent. But alas I loved these shorts too much to say no.

4. 41Hawthorn Moni Stud Detailed 3/4 blouse
Price: $58
Status: Kept!

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Also shown in the pic with the shorts, I loved this shirt! It’s such a “me” shirt (as Brian pointed out that it was a total Rachel shirt). Material is lightweight enough for the summer and can also wear to work. I did request more summery things in my next fix, like tanks and perhaps a maxi skirt. They’ve sent a lot of 3/4 sleeve blouses that once the dog days of summer hit I won’t be able to wear.

5. Papermoon Wynn Mixed Dot Print Front Pocket Blouse
Price: $48
Status: Kept…begrudgingly 

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This shirt was not my favorite. Had I not really loved everything else in the box, I would have sent it back. But Stitch Fix really gets you with their 25% off deal, so it was actually cheaper for me to keep it than to send it back. I am sure I will find a way to work it in to my wardrobe!

My stylist Patrice really hit the nail on the head this time, and mentioned multiple times how she had browsed my Pinterest board. Plus, I had a $25 referral credit from some lovely who decided to click on my referral link – so thank you to whoever you are! Total cost ended up being $197, not too bad for things that will go in regular rotation in to my wardrobe.  But no more clothes shopping for me for a while 😉

If you’re interested in trying Stitch Fix, you can click on my referral link here and get started!

5 on Friday

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I  can’t believe I am doing this but I am PRE scheduling a post!! Never done it before. But I want to give you all a Stitch Fix review too since my box is waiting for me at home. So alas, on to the 5!

1. This GUESS dress. I looove the colors in this dress, and am so on the maxi train these days. I have a Lord and Taylor gift card, I may need to cash that in soon.

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GUESS dress from L&T

 

2. This recipe. Rated 5 stars on Real Simple and sounds so delicious. I think I am going to have to put it on the menu planner for next week!

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Pork with black beans, brown rice and green-chile cilantro sauce

 

3.  This quote made me LOL when I read it on Pinterest last night. I 100% agree.

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4. I am loving the layered necklace look lately and need to get me some stat.

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5.  Our friends just got back from their honeymoon in Mexico and I swear all I can think about is sunshine and bathing suits! I added this beauty to my Honeymoonin’ board on Pinterest…I love everything about it!

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Signing off for now, loves. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!