Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Heart on My Sleeve








A few weeks ago I came across this adorable shirt and fell in love after I saw the heart elbow patches. It was one of those 'I must have this' shirts for me. After spotting it on a website and seeing that it was sold out I quickly started my search. I ended up finding it on Amazon Prime for a fraction of the price the original boutique had it listed for, twelve dollars y'all! Unfortunately it is sold out in the red right now but they do have navy and watch for the red to be back in stock. Plus they have raised the price some but I'm sure after this week it will go back down. The reviews say it runs small but I am wearing a medium and think the fit is great. I think this might have to be a repeat outfit for Sunday morning church.
 
 
 
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine's Day Style


I love any excuse to wear red and pink so this week I've been planning my outfits centered around both. I have to say I've been feeling extra girly and I love it! I know that time is running out before Valentine's Day to order any new fun outfits but I wanted to share some of my inspiration for my styling thoughts this week. AND most of the items are on SALE including several from the Surprise Kate Spade sale. Have any of you shopped it? What fun things did you order? Share what your fun valentine inspired outfits you've been wearing in a comment, I'd love to hear!

 
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I was Cajun for the Weekend!

This past weekend I had my very first Mardi Gras experience and it was so fun! I spent the weekend in Lafayette, Louisiana and little did I know I was going to experience Mardi Gras. I will be completely honest and thought Mardi Gras was one day, one day only on Fat Tuesday. Nope, if you are like me and have no clue it runs from January 6th until Fat Tuesday every year. 
I was in town from Thursday until Sunday morning and I think I had seafood for almost every meal and it was so amazing! Being from Oklahoma I don't get to have seafood a ton and if I do its certainly not fresh seafood.  However, even with king cake for breakfast and delicious dinners one after another I did fairly well on my diet. I even weighed in three pounds down at the gym Monday after getting back. PS, if you are close by or visiting Lafayette I highly recommend Jolie's Louisiana Bistro...and do splurge and get the crab cakes with lump crab on top and order the Gouda mac and cheese for me! I had one bite and wanted to dive face first in...I refrained. 



I was a little anxious about attending my first Mardi Gras parade on Saturday evening but was prepared to walk away without beads if it meant I would be flashing parade floats. I am happy to report that the Krewe of Carnivale En Rio Parade was a very family friendly parade and I ended up with more beads than I know what to do with and my shirt stayed on the entire time. From what I hear Lafayette is much more tame than New Orleans...do I have any Cajun readers that know more about this? I will say even as tame as it was it was still great people watching!



It was another short weekend trip but it was fun and I am so glad to be able to say I have experienced Mardi Gras now. Maybe next time I will be more experienced and catch more of the beads flying at my face 20 mph, ouch!
 
 
 
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My Trip to Beautiful Utah

The past two weekends I spent away from home and in two completely different but wonderful places. First I headed to Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah and it was nothing short of amazing. Y'all come back tomorrow to see where I spent this last weekend.
 
My trip to Utah was a very quick weekend and I would be lying if I said I wasn't hoping that my flight would be canceled on Sunday from the snow storm that hit the state while I was there. Spoiler, it was not. Bummer! 



Image via Grand America

I stayed at the beautiful The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. This hotel is a dream, I'm really kicking myself for not taking more pictures and just snap-chatting it. They didn't miss one detail while building it. Side note, this is the second time I've stayed here and I thought for sure it was built in the seventies. I was told it was just built in 2000 for the Olympics. Crazy, I would've never guessed. Anyways the hotel is complete with a candy and toy store, the cutest bakery lined with colorful macaroons and the most perfect cakes and cake balls. To top it off they have a harpist in the lobby and beautiful chandeliers everywhere you turn. Truly magical! If you are ever going to Salt Lake City, stay here! 
 

 
Friday after arriving and checking in I got caught up on some work and then headed over to one of my favorite malls located just a couple miles from the hotel, City Creek Center. It is a beautiful indoor/outdoor mall located right in the middle of downtown. I hit all the stores we don't have in Oklahoma with Nordstrom and H&M first on my list. Afterwards we spent the evening sightseeing, snapping pics from the mountains and having dinner.
 
 
Saturday morning we headed to Park City for breakfast and more sightseeing. I got to Park City about four times a year and typically the weekend I end up being there is either before or after the well known Sundance Film Festival. I didn't realize until just days before I left that we would be there on the same weekend as the film festival was taking place...celebrity sightings possibly?! I was so pumped! I'm the girl constantly throwing my head around in airports looking for a glimpse of a celeb. So after breakfast we headed to Main Street area to try our luck of actually finding a parking spot. We weren't planning on attending any of the films but wanted to walk Main while doing some shopping, hot chocolate sipping and celebrity looking. Sadly, I drove around all over town for more than an hour looking for a spot to park or even shuttle into town and wasn't successful. So, we just drove through Main street while I tried to creep all the sidewalks for a glimpse but sadly, again, no luck. It was still fun to see all the hustle and bustle. Maybe next year...


Afterwards we drove to the Park City Canyons where we typically ride the gondola in the summer and fall when it isn't ski season. Since out of all the trips I've been on to Utah I have yet to see it covered in snow  and by this time the snow storm had rolled in and beautiful huge and fluffy snowflakes were covering the mountain, I HAD to ride. I just wish I would've had more time to actually ski. Again, maybe next year...
 



I was absolutely content with riding the gondola up and down the mountain while sipping hot chocolate and taking in the breathtaking views. After several trips up and down the mountain I had to make one last stop before leaving. This barn is my very favorite part of Park City and my favorite barns of all barns. It was magical to see it covered in snow this trip.
 
 
That evening we then headed back to Salt Lake City for dinner and to prepare to leave early in the morning. While driving to the airport I still was holding on to a slim chance we'd get snowed in. Then we boarded the plane and that hope disappeared and the reappeared for a short few minutes when we had to be deiced twice before we could take off. Then we were off and I am already dreaming of April when I will return.
 
 
"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness."
 
 
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Favorites!

Oh man it has been a hot minute since I put together a Friday Favorites post. I'm writing this from my hotel room in Lafayette Louisiana before I have to dash off to a business meeting. I'm really excited about a few items and things going on so I knew I had to crank out a favorites post. As always linking up with some great girls today!
 
ONE:  Let it Snow
 
I spent last weekend in Park City, Utah and it was amazing! I didn't want to come back home and I was secretly hoping our flight would be canceled. Spoiler, it wasn't. However, it was a great weekend spent in the beautiful snow capped mountains and I promise to recap the trip on Monday. So, come back for a full post!
 
 
 
TWO: Lindi Skin Products


Have you guys tried any of the Lindi Skin products yet? I recently received the face serum and eye hydrator and have been pleased with both of them. I have super oily skin and it can sometimes be a little sensitive but I've had no negative reactions to the face serum or eye hydrator. I use the serum everyone morning after getting out of the shower and I feel like it starts restoring my skin right away. It is citrus scented so I love the fresh scent in the morning helping me to wake up. It also comes in lavender that I think I will order when mine runs out. Since it is a non-oily product I love that it doesn't contribute to my overly oil skin but I still have refrained from using it after my night showers. Yes, I take two showers on most days and I know some of you will be the first to tell me how bad that is for my skin and hair but I just have to! I workout in the evenings so I can't stand not to shower. Anyways, I try to avoid any extra products on my face at night to try and control the oil buildup. So I don't use the eye hydrator at night either but with my constant bags under my eyes I'm thinking I will try it in the next couple nights since it seems to help with the puffiness. I do love the hydrator in the mornings after applying the serum.

 


Lindi Face Serum // Lindi Eye Hydrator

Like I said, I've been very pleased with both products and highly recommend them. Lindi Skin products are all made with ingredients that have effective preservatives by design, in order to prevent bacterial growth which keeps your immune system on point which we all need during the cold weather months!
 
If you are interested in trying Lindi Skin products you can get 25% off today using the code BLOG25 when you check out on Lindiskin.com.
   
These products were sent to me by Lindi Skin in exchange for my honest feedback, all opinions are my own. 
 
THREE: 200 Calorie Mini Tortilla Pepperoni Pizza
 
 
I am finishing out my fourth week of strictly counting calories and oh my word, I want pizza more than life at this point. It is very odd because I am not normally a HUGE pizza gal but I have been forever craving it this past month. After Sarah posted these 200 calorie pizzas on her snapchat last week I couldn't get the recipe fast enough from her! I made them the very next night and they were a pleaser! It wasn't comparable to the real deal but it definitely satisfied my craving...for three days. Super easy, tasty and a whopping 200 calories these are a must try!  
 
200 Calorie Mini Tortilla Pepperoni Pizza
 
Ingredients
1 Low Carb Whole Wheat Tortilla
2 ounces fat free mozzarella shredded cheese
3 tbs marinara sauce
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 pinch of crushed red pepper
8 slices turkey pepperoni
1 spray of canola oil spray
 
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Assemble your pizza by spreading the marinara on top of the tortilla.
3. Add the mozzarella cheese, then pepperoni.
4. Top with oregano and crushed red pepper.
5. Spray very quickly with canola oil spray (a half second spray).
6. Bake for 5-7 minutes, until bubbly and browned.
7. Let sit for 2-3 minutes before eating.
 
Enjoy! And if you are doing points for Weight Watchers these are 6 points.
 
FOUR:  Yes Please
 
 
After reading from several bloggers how good the audio version of Yes Please by Amy Poehler is I had to try it. I have never 'listened' to a book before but these ladies were right, Amy is hilarious! I knew with these past couple trips coming up I'd have sometime to listen while on the big steel bird. It took me a little getting used to and she's a little crude but I was definitely laughing throughout the whole thing. Recommend the audio version for sure!
 
FIVE: TKO 4 Way Resistance Band
 

Like I mentioned I've been counting calories but I have also stepped up my workouts as well. Instead of just maintaining and being in the gym twice a week or so I am now there four or five times a week and really trying to shred weight. However, I will admit it is so much harder to stay on track while traveling. So, I was super pumped to get this TKO 4 way resistance band that was super easy for me to pack for this weekend's business trip. It gave me the extra motivation I needed when I unpacked my suitcase this evening and I ended up in the hotel's fitness center to try it out. I love it! It is so easy to use and has adjustable tension for varied resistance which is great. I really love how convenient it was to just grab and pair it with my normal cardio routine in the small hotel gym. The adjustable resistance gave my abs and core a great workout along with my arms.  
 

Excuse the terrible pictures, I was alone besides the little girls at the window in the pool area trying to talk to me and make me laugh. They were super cute but not much help with taking great pictures. But you can really see how easy the TKO band is to use here.

 
 
This band will for now on be packed with me on every business trip. Great, easy and convenient workout! Also it is less than $13 and on Amazon Prime!
 
This product was sent to me by TKO in exchange for my honest feedback, all opinions are my own. 
 
I hope y'all are having a wonderful Friday and have a great weekend! Sadly I will be working most of my mine but on Sunday evening when I get home my brother and sister in law are having their gender reveal party at my in-law's house so I will find out if I'm getting another niece or nephew! Team pink!
 

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Beauty Review: Shinny Nails with Emjoi Micro-Nail

Over the holiday break I treated myself to a much needed manicure and pedicure. My nails looked atrocious from all the Christmas hustle and bustle. So my legging wearing, Starbucks sipping self got a little pampering. I will say that I don't normally splurge and get a manicure since I'm weird about wearing colors on my fingernails and I definitely don't splurge on shellac often since it is very rough on my nails. However, like I said it was a pampering day so I got a pretty dark red shellac manicure and enjoyed every minute of it.
Fast forward a week and a half later...the polish was then chipping and left my nails looking like I just got back from war. Ok maybe that is a little extreme but definitely leaving me with 'why did I pay thirty dollars for this again?!' thoughts.


With a business dinner coming up I needed a fix and quick! I didn't have time to leisurely head to the spa because I've sadly traded in my leggings for slacks again. I decided to give my new Emjoi Micro-Nail a try! This little handheld size battery operated nail polisher worked some magic, let me tell you!


  

I just quickly filed down my nails and then first used the buffing spin attachment over each nail and already I could tell a huge difference. All the chipping and damaged layers were buffed out. I rinsed my hands and changed the attachment for the polishing spinner. 



After a few more seconds my nails were so shinny, I honestly couldn't believe how well this worked. I was somewhat skeptical being a battery operated handheld device but all doubts were quickly gone when I saw the shine it left on my nails. I was so thankful to have great healthy looking nails for my dinner meeting.


Since I did need my shine to last for the dinner I did apply a top-coat to mine but honestly I didn't have to, I just wanted mine to last longer. I highly recommend the Micro-Nail especially for quick fixes yourself. I founded it cheapest at Kohl's for under thirty-five dollars however QVC also carries it but they are currently sold out it looks like. 

Since we are on the topic Emily from The Sweetest Thing just talked about getting her nails dipped in an acrylic formula called SNS. It looks like there is only one spa here in Tulsa that does them but I wanted to see if any of you have had your nails done with it. If so how was it? Does it leave your nails damaged? Let me know ladies!
This product was sent to me by Emoji in exchange for my honest feedback, all opinions are my own. 
 
 
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