Lace and Green Onyx

she inside crochet top

she inside ashely schenkein

ashley schenkein gorgeous necklace

gorgeous lace top

ashley schenkein necklace and she inside top

Ashley Schenkein La Rambla Green Onyx

Blouse | c/o SheInside
Pants | Spanx (yeah I’ll admit it)
Shoes | BCBG (old) Similar Here
Necklace | c/o Ashley Schenkein
Handbag | Louis Vuitton (Vintage)

Can you just smell the fall in the air?!  It might be still in the 80s and 90s here in Cali, but the nights are so chilly!  Did I seriously just start my blog post talking about the weather?  Yes, yes, I did.  I don’t know about you but I get giddy about the thought of snuggling under a blanket with some hot cocoa.

I am loving this outfit for transitional weather!  White screams summer but it also looks great in the fall and winter.  I can not wait to style this gorgeous lace top from SheInside again.  You can bet your bottom dollar it will make another appearance on this here blog.  Faux pas or not – it’s happening.  This blouse is elegant, sexy, and feminine all at the same time.  Isn’t that what every woman wants to be?  

Samesies with this gorgeous green onyx necklace from Ashley Schenkein.  When you wrap the necklace around it completely changes the look.  The stones are so vibrant and add the perfect pop of color!  It’s from Ashley’s Global Collection inspired by Buenos Aires.  After seeing this necklace in person it has inspired me to add Buenos Aires to my bucket list.  She’s that talented.  Seriously, go check out her masterpieces.  

Want to know a secret about my Louis Vuitton?  The other side of the strap is almost falling off because my dog decided it looked like a snack.  Tragic, right?  A fashion tragedy.  I’m pretty sure I got seven years of bad luck from it.  I love this little crossbody so much I need to get it repaired.  Like six years ago.  I haven’t mustered up the guts to go to a Louis Vuitton store and ask for it to be fixed.  That and I’m too lazy to trek it in to the city.  I know I know, I’m lame-o.

I decided to let my skin breathe and only wear mascara, a little shadow, blush, and lipstick.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.  Except for the fact that my lashes clearly hate mascara.  I seriously don’t know how I survive without my Ardell Wispies.  Clearly not well.  All of you with stubborn, straight, and downward growing lashes know what I mean.

Are you guys excited that fall is coming?  What are you most excited about?

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First Day of Preschool Sign

First Day of Preschool Sign

Is it really time for preschool?  Already?!  When did my sweet baby turn into a school boy?!  

I am officially a soccer mom and I couldn’t be more excited about it.  Watching my kids grow up is bittersweet.  I have loved watching Damian grow into his a young boy with a charming personality.

Sending my coconut of to school brings so many emotions.  Before I know it he will be solving quadratic equations and applying for colleges.  

Time is the one thing we can not control.  Time will always continue to go on.  All I can do is make sure I cherish every moment I can with my children.  All I can do is play trains every time he asks, always kiss him goodnight, never fail to say “I love you”, and make him laugh until he gets the hiccups.  I pray he never gets sick of our Mommy/Damian dates.  I hope it’s something we can enjoy together for a long time to come.  I hope he always looks forward to spending quality time with his Mom.  Yup, I’m going to cry.

What do you think of the little “First Day of Preschool” sign/print I made for Damian?!  I know his first day of school isn’t for a while, but back-to-school fever is in the air.  I took a lot of inspiration from what I have seen on Pinterest and created it into a customized print for my coconut.  I actually used a majority of the layout from a freebie printable I found but the website was unsafe.  I wasn’t able to actually grab the printable so I just made one from scratch.  Not too bad, right?!

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IKEA Experiment With Time Travel #IKEATimeTravel

Time travel.  It’s something we have all thought about at one time or another.  We wish we could go back in time or to see our future.  Many times we want to know what we our future holds.  What will my life be like?  Will I be happy?   Where will I live?  What does my home look like?  IKEA decided to host an experiment using – you guessed it – time travel.  They hired world-renowned hypnotist Justin Tranz to hypnotize a couple into believing they were in the future!  Each time travel event took place in different decorated rooms within the store.  Let’s just say the results are classic!

IKEA Adam Sofi

The future (non-existent) daughter’s boyfriend bit was one of my favorites. You have to see it to understand what I mean:


“Our kids will listen to us”  Uh-huh.

“The everyday is exciting! It’s on those seemingly ordinary days life happens and changes. And when it does, so does our home”, says Johan Wickmark, Global Catalogue Manager.

Isn’t that the truth?  I don’t know how many times I have been to IKEA to find solutions for my ever changing needs.

What was your favorite part of the video?  (I think George is my favorite)

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in partnership with AOL Be On Networks and IKEA.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Alaska Photo Diary

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I know my little photo diary is a little late but I had to share my Alaska cruise photos.  I am an avid cruiser and truly think it’s one of the best ways to travel with a family.  There are great kids programs, fun cooking classes for me, and great reading spots for Pat.  Plus, free food.  Do you need any other reason than that?  

This was the first time I have cruised with Holland America in 20 years and it was fun to try the line again.  Although, being able to unplug for a week was nice. Okay okay, we had service in port.  It’s not like we were out of the country the whole time.  Pat was on the phone working while we were in port, but for the most part he was able to put the phone down.  Having quality family time is what it’s all about!

I 100% over packed for the trip.  In the past, I would have been solid.  That was before kids, eating dinner in the dining room vs. buffet, and out partying all night long.  I guess I grew so accustomed to changing 3+ times a day I didn’t even think about it.  I definitely want to cruise with my family again the next time we can take a vacation.  I might go back to my tried and true Princess or try Royal Caribbean or Disney.  I’ve cruised to Mexico, Alaska (several times with different lines), Hawaii (several times), and the Caribbean.  I miss Europe so much and think a Mediterranean cruise would be divine!  I love truly exploring Europe but would rather wait till the kids are teenagers.

Have you guys cruised to Alaska or anywhere else?  Do you have a favorite line?

The Bouqs: A Review

Bouqs review

Is there really anything better than fresh flowers to make your home feel like home?  I think not.  The Bouqs is a unique online flower company.  Your flowers are shipped directly from their farm in South America to you!  

I love that you don’t have to worry about being upsold with fluffy extras.  The Bouqs care about giving you sustainable, quality flowers grown in volcanic soil.  Nothing else.  

I think my favorite part of the company is the fact that the flowers are only cut when sold.  Think about all the waste and labor that is saved!

For only $40 (shipping included)  you can choose which ever “bouq” you want.  If you want to make the bouquet larger you can but don’t worry about being pressured to add a teddy bear in a weird box no one will use.

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I chose the Hot Lava bouq for the bright colors but it took me forever to chose which one I wanted more.  They are all so beautiful!  I followed the instructions given and my flowers lasted at least 8 days.  I have no idea how much longer because I was out of town for 2 weeks after that and didn’t have a chance to see how long they would have truly lasted.

Aren’t they gorgeous?

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I do have to say that I was a bit bummed when I saw quite a few brown petals when I opened my package.  I’ll chalk it up to the hot Cali weather.  I didn’t have any issues except for one rose completely fell apart when I ripped the petals off.  This happened with only that one yellow rose.  Maybe I didn’t do it right?  

I never realized how slim a dozen roses really are without the baby breath and fillers.  Next time I will have to try to get a double to fill my vase.

Have you tried The Bouqs before?  What Bouq is your fave?
Disclosure: The Bouqs sent me flowers for review and affiliate links are within the post.  As always, this post reflect my 100% honest opinion.


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