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STYLE GUIDE: TRENDS I’M LOVING

It really is true that every trend eventually makes it's way back around again to be a relevant 'thing' that we all do . . . even the MC Hammer parachute pants, oh yes! I've seen a lot of trends peek their way behind the 90's curtain and into this summer's fashion and I can't say that I don't love it. Actually, I'm really happy that comfort IS a trend! Off the shoulder, denim, rompers, jumpers, overalls . . . over all, these trends make me so happy because it's a one piece outfit, and BOOM, you look so PULLED TOGETHER! Overalls- in the early 90's overalls were my jam and they're baaaack! And in a big way! Paired with a tank or tee, just slip on some bright closed toe pumps and you're the new Summer 2016. Rompers- I mean, I've been living in these this summer. They're comfortable, stylish, sexy, and I don't have to think about it which is the BEST part! This summer has been all about blush tones, bold prints, and off the shoulder. Shoulder cut outs are big this summer (as seen above) much the same way that shoulder pads were a thing of the 80's. *please say that shoulder pads will never make a comeback* Jumpsuits- Also another favorite of mine that has been on repeat this whole summer. We've seen a lot of off the shoulder, shoulder cut out, and key hole details with these classy and comfortable pieces. You'll notice the same color [...]

TAKING A TIME OUT – FOR YOURSELF

We're told that vacations are okay and not just okay but healthy! Duh right? Vacations keep you sane because working too much will make you crazy, we all know that. Other than some much needed R&R and being over worked, we'll actually take any excuse in the book for a getaway and that's okay too. What they don't say is that's it's okay to go a lil crazy. Hell, I say go a lot crazy! We work to grind and grind to make life happen, and the in-between moments are full of running errands, finding time for your family and friends, and catching all the lemons that life throws at you ALL while mid lunge and it's a TASK .  But we do it with grace, and a side of vodka of course. Today I thought I'd share with you my personal 'me time' things, because it's also really healthy to take a time out for yourself and to not feel guilty about it. That's the kicker. As a mom I feel like sometimes I'm being selfish demanding my alone time and even wanting that at all, but you know what-  we're human and being comfortable being alone is a healthy thing. For you, for your family, and for your mental health.  You don't even need to leave the house necessarily . . . though running out to grab a cup of coffee by myself is one of my favorite things to do.              Write it out- going [...]

BRIDE GUIDE: TOP 5 WEDDING PLAN TIPS!

I'm so excited to share this series with you and I'm also creating videos for it on my YouTube channel! Welcome to the Bride Guide, from yours truly! Because, those that can't do, teach and I'll be the first to admit that I suck at planning! Like really I'd rather have someone else just tell me where to be and when ha! Realistically though I'm a control FREAK so I'm giving you my tips and tricks to staying bright and breathing and never turning into the huffing puffing bridezilla, from the control freak in me to the control freak in you! So the part of wedding planning that I found to be the most stress inducing (ahem the entire 'planning' part of it duh) has become the most fun to do ... once I relied on other sources to do it for me of course! Today I'm sharing with you my bride guide to planning your big day with ease, featuring some of the sites I'm currently using to prep, plan, style, and SAVE with my top 5 wedding planning tips! 1. Create a site- a landing page for guests and a place to get information surrounding your wedding. If I have a ton of questions I can't imagine the questions my guests would have and creating a site for this puts it onto one place- the who, the where, the what, the when, the hows! You've probably heard of Martha Stewart weddings and The Knot, and I love checking in on those sites [...]

TRAVEL GUIDE: PALM SPRINGS, CA

Growing up an Army brat I moved every three years, at least. Which makes me really comfortable with being uncomfortable. You know, that feeling you get when you move to another city or explore a town you've never been to, I live for that feeling. So I've made it my summer to-do in exploring a new destination each month, and today I'll share with you a piece of paradise I found close to home, Palm Springs. I stayed at the Avalon Hotel for my friend Miya's birthday and what I love most about this boutique hotel is the customer service and its attention to every detail. If you're looking for a quiet getaway complete with on site bicycles, 3 heated pools, health spa, fine dining, and a bungalow lifestyle, than this is the place for you! With the desert setting and magnificent mountain views, you'll really enjoy one of their poolside rooms! Ummm and can we talk about the decor?! I mean . . . clean, super bright, with pops of color, it's got that retro feel with a modern finesse! I'm just completely obsessed with this place! I've found that in many cases, such a beautiful hotel will have not-so-comparable dining services, but this is not the case with the Avalon. Five JessQuests stars to their Avalon Burger *ahem grass-fed short rib sirloin*, and my absolute favorite, their fruit cart (pictured above)- complete with chili and lime *drool*! We were greeted with complimentary champagne and fruit upon our arrival [...]

GO TEAM USA – CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY!

It was such an inspiring experience in Venice Beach this weekend as I joined AT&T on the final stop of the Road to Rio tour! We celebrate and send off the US Olympic and Paralympic Team that AT&T has been a sponsor of for 30 years, and I got to connect with the #ATT-Fanmate community. I even tried my hand at a few activities that were on site simulating some of the Olympic sports! The events were free and open to the public, held outside of the Venice Beach Recreation Center and it couldn't have been a more perfectly beautiful summer day! The crowd really turned out as we all enjoyed the AT&T Road to Rio Trailers that were set up around the AT&T Main Stage. From a virtual reality experience in an Olympians point of view, to zip lining, and fun green screen photo activities, it was a fun and engaging afternoon. We also got the opportunity to meet some Team USA athletes and enjoy live performances on the AT&T Main Stage by Hailee Steinfeld, Heffron Drive, Rachel Platten and others! Look at that view! I got to enjoy the excitement from the best seat in the house! The best part of the day was sharing a special message to Team USA. I told them that we're all so proud of them and that they're already winners to us! I can't imagine the dedication and perseverance it takes to become an Olympian! This weekend was all about connecting our community [...]

TRAVEL GUIDE: TOP 3 PACKING HACKS!

Imagine if you will, 8 outfits, 3 pairs of shoes, 4 bikinis, and 4 cover ups all in ONE carry on bag! Not to mention the additional toiletries, cosmetics, and electronics! Yup, all the necessities into one bag! That's exactly what I did when we went to Vegas for our 6 year anniversary a few weekends ago! I carry that feat with great pride, like someone who carries 8 bags of groceries from the car to the garage all in one trip. *ahem also me! lol* So today I'm sharing with you my tried and tested, very professional top 3 packing hacks! And by professional I mean I'm winging it and so far it's worked for me so I hope it works for you too so there. Roll it up baby! - Use the rolling method to pack all of your clothing, rolling the softer items and folding the heavier, bulkier pieces. If you're unfamiliar with this method here is a step by step HERE. I was able to fit 8 outfits, 4 bikinis, and 4 corresponding wraps to go with because of it! Pack versatility into your wardrobe! - And your shoes! Shoes are bulky and take up so much space. Tote along a pair of shoes that can easily go with any of the outfits that you pack. Opting for a pair of flip flops that are a bit fancy can easily take you from the beach to brunch! Throw in a pair of wedges that are comfortable for [...]