Victoria Emerson Summer BOGO

Hey, friends!  Can you believe that Summer is coming to an end here in a few short weeks?!  As ready as I am for fall due to these blazing hot temps here in Dallas, I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to sweet summer.  We had the best time with the kids this summer….Knox is heading into Kindergarten and Asher will be in EIGHTH grade!  I just can’t deal with this, you guys.

Before this post takes a super depressing turn, I wanted to brighten your day by letting you know about the Victoria Emerson Summer BOGO sale!  You know I wear these watches and multi-wrap bracelets on the reg, and right now their entire site is buy one get one free.  I guess it’s their sweet way of softening the blow of summer coming to an end!  I’ll take it.

My black marble on rose gold watch is a new favorite of mine – it’s so perfect for any look and will add just the right touch to any t-shirt and jeans combo.  It retails for $80 but is also part of the BOGO summer sale!

As much as I loved our trip to California this summer, Texas is home.  So when I spotted this gold Texas pendant necklace, I had to have it!  So cute worn alone or layered with your other gold pieces.  All 50 states are available, under $30 and also part of the sale.

My black sunburst on black watch is my absolute FAVORITE watch right now.  It’s so classic and the black and on black is just too chic for words!  Needless to say, I will have this watch on serious repeat as it’s a staple that will never go out of style.

Wrap bracelets are such an easy way to look like you’re instantly put together.  How gorgeous is this large crystals on natural multi wrap bracelet?!  Makes such a statement and can be worn with something as simple as a white t shirt.

I linked all of my current faves, per usual!  Make sure you jump on this summer BOGO sale while it lasts!  Happy shopping, ladies!

 

 

 

*This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.

 

 

Back to school with Burkes

Ahh… back to school.  I can almost hear all of the middle school insults now… ha ha.  But really – the thought of summer ending and school being a week away was one of the most nauseating feelings as a kid, amirite?  Lucky for this guy, Kindergarten is a bit more innocent and he’s looking pretty stinkin’ fly if you ask me!

Burkes has THE most amazing prices on all things back to school…How adorable is this set on Knox?!  It’s such a cute outfit for your little guy’s first day back and the best part?  It was under $10.  Most everything I find at Burkes is $10 and under!  My red and white bodysuit is also from Burkes and it’s the softest thing I’ve ever felt.  Best part?  It was under $4.  I know, I know.  Sounds too good to be true but I can assure you this bodysuit feels amazing!  Burkes not only offers lots of trendy pieces in the juniors department, but believe me when I say there is something for every single person in your family at Burkes Outlet.

This vegan crossbody bag by Steve Madden retails for $58 and I snagged it for just $19.99, you guys!  I will be wearing this purse with everything, year round.  I have found so many amazing staples like this!  After all, momma has to do a little bit of shopping for herself while she’s buying backpacks and no. 2 pencils.

Speaking of backpacks, this camo backpack was just $7.99!  Knox was super excited to have his first “big boy” backpack for Kindergarten!  I honestly can’t believe he’s going to be in school full time….I have been a stay at home working momma all these years so this is very bittersweet for me to say the least!

This exact backpack is sold out, so I went ahead and linked a bunch of cute backpacks, lunch bags and crossbody purses similar to mine (see bottom of post) that you are gonna LOVE!  The prices are seriously phenomenal.

My pink snap front dress was $9.99 and would honestly be a great option for a teacher this fall.  Wear it with white booties and layer with a denim jacket and you’re all set!  Ha, I knew my experience as a remote stylist would come in handy one day.

If you’re a last minute shopper like me and want to save a ton of money on back to school clothes for your kids, do yourself a huge favor and check out Burkes Outlet!  Be mindful of the fact that items do sell out fairly quickly due to their crazy good prices.

 

Happy shopping!

 

 

*This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.

 

 

 

Christmas In July with Victoria Emerson

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been OBSESSING over these gorgeous new watches by Victoria Emerson.  This emerald green on gold watch has been on major repeat lately for obvious reasons….how amazing is this color combo?!

Right now, Victoria Emerson is having a big Christmas In July sale, making everything (site wide) either $19.99 or $24.99!  I would highly recommend taking advantage of this sale as it will only run from the 25th through the 29th.  This would be THE perfect time to stock up on all of your favorite wrap bracelets and watches!

So many amazing pieces to choose from…

I wear these watches with everything, you guys.  You can layer with a simple wrap bracelet or wear a multi-wrap or watch alone if you’re more of a minimalist.  The floral faced watch on neutral suede is one of my absolute faves, too.  It’s so feminine and has this vintage feel that I am in looove with!  It’s normally $90 and under $25 right now.

The black leather watch with the white marble face is another go to because it’s a bit more casual and literally goes with everything.

As far as wrap bracelets go, I would have to say my current fave is the sunrise orange on natural leather multi-wrap!  It looks gorgeous worn alone and makes such a statement (especially for you fellow bohemian lovers)!

If you don’t have a Victoria Emerson watch or wrap bracelet, now is the time to stock up.  No better way to break up the summer heat than by shopping the Christmas in July sale with Victoria Emerson.

 

Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

*This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.

 

Recent home update – My 70’s inspired slice of Texas

Hey guys!  I recently decided it was time to make a few little home updates here in my cozy, retro inspired house.  My family and I live in a small house located in Dallas, Texas.  It was built in the 1950’s and not any bigger than 1,500 sq ft, so it’s fairly inexpensive when it comes to making little changes here and there.  The lack of space can be a challenge but there is something so charming and quaint about a small house that is decorated just the way you like.

I wanted my home to feel like me.  You know what I mean?  Just like your clothing, I feel your home should sort of be a reflection of you and your style.  So naturally, I went for a 70’s inspired, Bohemian vibe.  I really wanted it to feel like you were stepping into one of those San Diego bungalows….and I think you definitely get that feeling now!

A simple way to update your living room?  Change up your throw rug and add some greenery!  I am a minimalist when it comes to decorating, so I try to keep things simple and always tell myself that less is more.  My tufted area rug is from Urban Outfitters and I went with the 5×8 since my coffee table (and living room space in general) is on the smaller side.

My potted faux fern is so gorgeous and just $25…such an affordable piece that makes a huge statement!

As far as my little bedroom goes, I wanted it to look like you’re stepping into bohemian heaven… aka, a jungle.  I added more greenery around my mirror and it added so much!  The greenery is also from Urban Outfitters and is part of a decorative faux vines set for just $14.  My triangle shelf is just $8 and was the perfect little addition to the wall over my bed.

I’m obsessed with these printed tin candles — they smell SO good and are 2 for $20 right now.  My distressed check duvet set is under $70 (I have a queen sized bed) and would look amazing with any decor since it’s such a simple and classic print.

Can’t forget the boys’ bathroom update.  With a small bathroom, the trick is to just change out the shower curtain and bath mat and voila!  New bathroom.  I wanted it to be cute and fun and unique, so I HAD to have this “GET NAKED” bath mat.  It’s $34 and the quality is amazing.  This banana print shower curtain is so fun and under $40!

Thanks for reading and happy shopping!

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*This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.

Victoria Emerson BOGO

Hey friends and fellow boho lovers!  I wanted to drop in to let you know that Victoria Emerson is having a BOGO (buy one get one) sale on all of their gorgeous wrap bracelets!  I am obsessed with these bracelets as they add so much to any outfit.

These wrap bracelets are perfect to wear alone with a neutral dress or can be layered with your favorite watch.  I personally love wearing the multi-wrap bracelets alone and then the single wrap bracelets with one of their stunning watches!  You can’t go wrong either way as they all make the most beautiful statement.

I have also been LOVING their freshwater pearl wraps.  How elegant do they look just worn alone?!  These bracelets would seriously make the perfect gift for anyone.

Whether you are shopping for yourself or someone special, you should probably take advantage of the Victoria Emerson BOGO sale!  These wrap bracelets are such amazing quality and you cannot beat the price points.

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*This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.

 

Let the good times roll

This post is something I have been putting off writing for a while now, but I guess it’s better late than never! My life has changed drastically since last August. I started Brazilian Jujitsu (something I knew NOTHING about) in hopes to learn some self defense moves so I could brag a little bit to my husband and kids. What I didn’t know is that it would change my life forever.

The physical growth aspect…

Last Summer (July 2018)
Last Summer (June 2018)

Let me just start with the more… for lack of a better word – “shallow” aspect of how this combat sport has changed my life. I’ve always been a thin person – purely by genetics. I’ve always eaten what I wanted and really never worked out a day in my life, nor did any sort of sport growing up. I understand that some might envy the skinny gene thing, but the truth is, it’s caused me to be lazy ass. The two swimsuit photos above are from last summer. Truth is, I felt great about myself! I am not one of those women who feel like they have to have the “perfect figure” and I am not weight obsessed….at alllll. Looking back at the photos I am still fine with the way I looked last year. But starting jujitsu and sticking with it each week….stepping it up from one to two days a week? Game changer. As of two weeks ago I am now going three days a week and it’s becoming more of a lifestyle to be honest. I feel healthier, stronger, more toned all around. Because you literally use EVERY MUSCLE in your dang body with this sport. It’s complicated and challenging and exhausting and non conventional. And I love that. The best way I can describe jujitsu is that it’s like a game of chess….and I dig the crap out of some chess.

Let go of all the thoughts that don’t make you strong.

So yes, I am physically stronger now which is freaking AWESOME. Because I now am confident enough to walk to my car at night knowing that I’ve got some real techniques up my sleeve and I will do everything in my power to survive. And that’s a pretty cool feeling right there.

But the mental health aspect is even more amazing.

Just to be clear, this is not a sponsored post. Nobody is paying me to write this and it’s all coming straight from my heart. My brother did Taekwondo growing up so I was slightly familiar with martial arts, but had no idea what jujitsu even was. All I knew was that grown men would sort of wrestle around while making strange noises… and that there was a lot of V aggressive cuddling going on. I was not only wrong about how intense this sport actually was physically, but it has also brought me more peace than I can even put into words. It’s hard to explain and toootally one of those things that you just have to try out for yourself to fully understand….but it’s helped me cope with some incredibly difficult things over the last year. Lots of anxiety, depression… and at times self doubt.  When I’m in class I am able to really clear my mind and all the bullshit from that day just seems to disappear.  What’s ever better?  This sport truly does ignite a confidence inside of you that will forever change your life.  We’re all just there to lift one another up and push each other to be better versions of ourselves.  Truly the kind of camaraderie that is few and far between these days.  It’s made me realize what’s important (and not so important) in life. Materialism, money, not to mention all that petty ego stuff that we all struggle with.  Martial arts has shown me that less truly is more.

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.

So yeah, this unconventional sport came into my life out of nowhere and I couldn’t be more grateful for the team that has become like a second family to me. Everyone has been so freaking warm and welcoming since day one, and for that I am eternally grateful. Remember, nothing great comes from comfort zones. You never know what might come from something new and “uncomfortable.” A friend of mine always says – “you can let your struggle become your prison or your power.” No doubt which road this momma is going to choose.

As always, thank you for your continued love and support, my friends! Truly means the world.  Let’s let the good times roll.

 

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Dive Into Zappos

Sponsored by Zappos

Swimsuit season is officially upon us and there are so many amazing swimsuits to choose from these days that it can be mighty overwhelming. To be honest, I always knew Zappos had an amazing shoe selection, but had no idea they offered trendy clothing and swimsuits as well.

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon the best selection of swimsuits on Zappos and found one in particular that I HAD to have. This retro inspired one piece by Lucky Brand is right up my alley and fits like glove, you guys!

How adorable is this one-piece?! The back detail is so cute and the cut in general is super flattering for all body types. The fit is true to size, so to give you an example I ordered an extra small which fits like a 2-4.

Why shop this Lucky Brand swimsuit on Zappos? Two words: free shipping. Even if the suit costs the same on another retailers site, chances are there won’t be free shipping (there’s also a good chance the same swimsuit will be a little more expensive) which is pretty lame in my book. Swimsuits can be tricky, so the last thing I want to do is spend money on shipping when there’s a 50% chance I’m going to have to return it.

So, next time you’re in the market for the perfect swimsuit and don’t want to bother hunting down promo codes for free shipping, check out the huge selection Zappos has to offer! There’s no doubt in my mind that you’ll find whatever you’re looking for for everyone in the family.

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Our Xtreme Experience

One less item on the old bucket list…

Not really for me, per se, but for Rob and Knox? This past Saturday was a dream come true. As a boy momma of two, it can be rather challenging at times to come up with cool new things to do on the weekends…. especially when my job revolves around fashion. Although I am a boy mom, I’m not the mom who sits and plays on the floor with cars. I’ll admit it! I always say that’s what Rob is for, and to be honest he’s way better at it anyway so why rock the boat? But when I found out that we had the opportunity to drive super cars with Xtreme Xperience (think Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, etc.), I knew this would instantly score me major mom (and brownie) points.

Rob and Knox couldn’t wait to get there, but I was a little (okay, extremely) nervous to say the least! I will go ahead and admit that I’ve never really been a dare devil and the thought of wrecking a quarter of a million dollar car wasn’t exactly easing my anxiety.

Everyone at Xtreme Xperience was incredibly friendly, accommodating, and most importantly — informative. After turning in our drivers licences and checking in, we did a brief drivers class where they walk you through the course, go over all of the safety rules, and give you a better idea of what to expect from your in car instructor.

If there’s one thing that stuck out to me (other than driving super awesome cars), it’s when my instructor said, “trust me and I’ll trust you.” It was no secret that I was literally shaking when it was finally go time.

Talk about an adrenaline rush…

Momma got to drive the Ferrari 488 in yellow…it honestly didn’t even feel real at first. Sitting in it was one thing, but I couldn’t believe I was about to floor it in a car that costs more than my house. What if I hit a cone and get fined? What if I get a little too confident and lose control? Just a few of the many questions racing (pun intended) through my brain as my Xtreme instructor gave me the green light. Not to worry…I made it out alive and it was even more fun than I could have imagined!

Rob drove the Lamborghini Huracan in matte blue and you can just tell by the look on his face that he was in his glory. Meanwhile, all the employees at Xtreme Xperience let Knox sit in every single car they had! They gave that kid the royal treatment and it truly made us so happy. Even if I hadn’t driven one of the cars, just seeing that boy’s big blue eyes light up as he sat in the drivers seat(s)….let’s just say it was something that I will never forget.

I HIGHLY recommend Xtreme Xperience whether you’re looking for a fun new date night idea, want to make your kids happy or you just have an itch to drive a badass car that you can’t ever actually buy. It was a first class experience and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a Saturday.

*This is a sponsored post with Xtreme Xperience. All opinions are my own, and I mean it when I say we really had a badass time. Sponsored posts like these allow me to create quality reviews for you guys. Your support is greatly appreciated.*

How I found the prettiest spring outfit for under $30

What would you say this outfit costs?

Go ahead, take a wild guess. If I saw this off the shoulder dress and these cute little block heeled sandals on a stranger at the store, I would easily say the outfit was around $100 total — if not more. But this momma is looking for cute AND affordable, amirite?!

This ruffle off the shoulder dress was under $13, you guys. My black block heeled sandals were under $17! Insane. You’re probably thinking, “what’s that catch?” There’s no catch. Each piece from Burkes Outlet is brand new and the quality is amazing. I’ve ordered several outfits from Burkes now and haven’t been disappointed once! Everything seems to be very true to size and you just can’t beat their prices. Most of the tops I looked at were under $10 and you will find that most clothing items are under $20!

Burkes offers more than just cute, affordable threads.

Yeah, you’ll find some KILLER deals on clothes (for all ages) at Burkes Outlet, but they offer much more than that. You will find amazing deals on all the hottest toys, kitchen appliances, home decor, accessories…I could go on.

I also found these tan, perforated heels for under $18 which is amazing because they will go with everything this spring and summer! Keep in mind that because Burkes prices are so competitive, styles do tend to sell out pretty quickly. The good news? They add trendy new styles to their website on the reg, so you’re always bound to find something you’ll love at Burkes for a fraction of the price.

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Loving you for you

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

I don’t care what anyone says, there’s not one person in this world who hasn’t been insecure about something at one point in their lives. Growing up, I was often teased for being “too thin” and kids would even ask me if I had an eating disorder. Ahh, middle school — ya gotta love it! Meanwhile, I ate like a full grown man (some things never change) and at times people’s comments made me feel like I needed to be curvier.

Did I eventually get over that whole “skinny girl” complex? Yes. I started to appreciate my fast metabolism and focus on what I did love about my body. Does that mean I never feel insecure about anything anymore? Nah. I’m far from perfect and just like most women — I will let the occasional self deprecating thought run a muck in my mind. Let’s just put it this way — we are all a work in progress and the grass will always look greener if you let it.

CHOOSE to love the skin you’re in.

Now that I’m in my thirties and a mother of two, I want to feel sexy, confident, all while feeling comfortable. I love this seamless bralette — it provides the support I’m looking for and is seriously the most comfortable bra I own now. It comes in five different color options and is under $50. It’s the perfect bra whether you’re layering, lounging, or working out. I linked all of my favorite new arrivals from Soma, a company who takes pride in empowering women regardless of their shape or size.

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