Monday, April 6, 2020

What Defines A Quality Leader?

Hello friends! I know this post is during turbulent times. I can hardly wrap my brain around school, parks and restaurant closings. There's enough conflicting information to spend the rest of my days reading and watching videos. However, as uncertain as things may be I am leaning into the ONE who is 100% certain ALL the time. And today's post is a peek into my heart. No, I'm not talking about the pandemic. Rather I'm shedding light on where I came from and why I'm passionate about quality leadership, women supporting women and so forth. We need strong leaders right now, right?

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Jambu Capri - No One Will Know They're Comfort Shoes

Buffalo Denim Jacket (Costco)//Lucky Brand Dress (Different Color) // Jambu Capri Shoes C/O Jambu // JORD Wallet Clutch C/O Jord// In The Navy Necklace

Hello my friends and Happy April Fool's Day! No fooling around in this post, but almost always some goofing off on Instagram stories! Anyway, today I'm featuring a stylish pair of shoes, by Jambu that no one will know are actually comfort shoes. They are on my "make me smile list" and I'd say it's a good time for such a list, right?  Now before I begin, allow me to share a few thoughts...

Never before has our country, or even the world, experienced what we are experiencing now. Disasters, wars, etc. But a world wide virus spread? There's nothing to compare it to. We are in the unknown, but we are not ALONE. God loves us and has not forsaken us, whether it feels that way or not. I can share that because I've repeatedly experienced HIS faithfulness throughout my years.

He's always there but I'm ever in awe over the creative ways He shows Up. And He will show up now in more ways than we can imagine. I feel it already in the show of community support. We are loving on each other virtually, doctors, nurses and staff are working tirelessly and so much more! I hope this post also finds you feeling loved and makes YOU smile.


Friday, March 27, 2020

Friday Favorites: The Best Socks, Vitamin C & More

I'm so happy to feature a Friday Favorites! I want to share some things that make me feel happy and I hope they help you think about those things that make you feel happy!  So are you ready for some before COVID-19 Favorites and AFTER COVID-19 favorites? In other words, there's moments I share what happened before we were told to stay home. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

XCVI Pastels for Spring, People and a Link Up

Hello my friends. Last Wednesday, I mentioned how much community means when the storms roll in. More specifically, I shared how much this cyber community has come to mean to me. Would you have thought we'd Zoom, Google, and have chats through Instagram or Facebook so much? Me either, but I find myself catching up with friends, long neglected, and making new friends through the world wide web.

I also mentioned last week that I had a cool story to share about how these pictures came about. So at the end of this post, right before the Style 6 link up, I'll spill the beans. In the meantime, I hope to brighten your day with spring pastels, windblown hair and heartfelt smiles. ;)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Linen & Camo, Community & The Style 6 Link Up

Hello. It's spring break, but it's not a typical spring break is it? I know these days are unsure. Schools, restaurants, and store fronts are closing, while churches are choosing not to hold services. It feels so weird. I'm grateful for our health and pray for the health of others as well as the effect these closings have on businesses and their employees.

I'm also grateful for this blogging community. I want to hear how things are near you. Do you know someone personally that's infected with the COVID-19 virus? Are you fearful? Angry? I think we can share each others burdens, while lightning the mood when we can. The momentary distraction is a blessing.  This community is an encouragement and I'm thankful for each and every one of you.

That being said, in addition to this dress, I'm sharing a few things involving community today!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

How I Style Wedge Sneakers

Like many trend trains over the years, I hesitated hopping aboard the wedge sneaker trend. However, when I tried on a few pairs I knew I'd cave. Now I have two pairs! I love the fun, casual vibe with added height wedges give. Both of mine are from Target - are you surprised? Anyway, I'll be brief with a few looks styled with these chic sneaks! 
Leopard Wedge Sneakers
Of course a pair of jeans would be fabulous to pair with them, as are leggings, and just about any pair of pants.  For this outfit I grabbed my tried and true kimono vest, a graphic tee and those jeans. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Winter Bucket List Recap: What I Did and Didn't Do

Did you compile a winter bucket list? Over the winter I set out to do several fun activities to embrace life and be in the present. (If you missed it, go HERE). Well, we had a few cases of sickness, full schedules and the list goes on. However, I was still able to check off a few items. Of course I look forward to making one for the spring because this bucket list reminded me to have fun in the crazy. Here's my line up of what I did and didn't do from my list. Thanks again to Leslie from Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After for organizing this!


Friday, March 6, 2020

Friday Favorites: Jeans, People and Places

Jeans, people and places. Doesn't that sounds fabulous? Maybe it depends on the day because I've had plenty of denim hunting moments where I felt frustrated with life. Can I get a witness? Over the years I've found some favorites that I'm sharing with you today. Also, sprinkled throughout this post are a couple more fashion items, life experiences and more. Thank you so much for joining in!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Sustainable, Luxury Fashion Accessories: A JORD Wallet Review

I have this wallet clutch. It's purple with a removable strap for easy toting. It's been my favorite for years now. However, there isn't a checkout I frequent that hasn't been gifted with material fragments from this special, purple wallet.  It's past time for an upgrade. So, needless to say JORD's timing to review a high-quality, eco-friendly luxury wallet clutch couldn't be better.

Back in the summer I reviewed one of their wood watch designs and loved it. There's something about works of art inspired by nature that draws me. And how the wallet is designed and manufactured is so fascinating! So as you've already guessed, I agreed to review this SUBERHIDE, sustainable wallet clutch. I'll explain more about suberhide, and an amazing cork oak tree from Portugal later in the post.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Amazon Prime Purchase & Wish List For Spring

Prime purchases are some of my favorite blogs to read. What does that say about me? I have a problem maybe? I must say though, it's not all about the purchasing (though I do add a thing or to my cart). I get so many ideas from seeing what your purchasing AND what you're doing with it. All that to say, I hope you enjoy today's quick round up of items purchased and items on my wish list!


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

What To Consider When Choosing The Perfect Spring/Summer Dress

If you could pick one dress for spring or summer what style would you choose? Before moving to Florida, I hardly wore dresses. They didn't feel like me. And, in full disclosure, I like to wear something at the waist to hold things in. However, living in South Florida forced me to seek out comfortable options for the hottest days. And you know what? The more I wear dresses the more I love them.  So today I'm excited to share what I consider to be the perfect spring/summer dress and discount code for you!


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

3 Ways To Wear: A Floral & Camo Mix

Hello! Do recognize a pattern with my Style Six Fashion posts? Coincidentally, I'm featuring "3 Ways To Wear..." every other week. Do you enjoy this or should I stick to one look per post? I'd love to hear your thoughts. ;) In the meantime, today's post features three looks with a camo and floral mix. One look I've featured before, but since it inspired my second look I decided to share it again. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Loft Spring 2020 Try-On

Don't you love how local stores are hosting events with snacks, drinks and discounts? Our local Loft even invited a few stylists from the area. These sweet gals were available to assist with style advice to any who desired it.  I haven't tried on clothes in a store for several months so I thought this "Galentine" event was the perfect time to go!  I tried on so many tops, I knew a post was coming so join me for the fashion link up and a few of my LOFT spring favorites!


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Natural Deodorant: Does It Work?

Wayyyy back in 2005, I began to swap my conventional health and beauty items with products free of chemical fragrances and other ingredients I couldn't pronounce. Of course deodorant was on that list as well and I couldn't wait to try a natural option. In the health store, I walked to a surprisingly small section of shampoos, conditioners and, yup, deodorants. There on the shelf was an attractively packaged stick of apricot scented deodorant.

Once the opportunity arose, I liberally applied the apricot scented deodorant to my underarms. Within an hour, I did a personal sniff test and reapplied. This kept on throughout the day. Eventually the BO smell seemed to be dominated by apricot, so I sought my sister's opinion.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

3 Ways To Wear: Cobalt Blue Print Sweater

Hello! Last post I shared my nursing woes, as my teens were down with the flu. Thankfully, they returned to school on Thursday and I played catch up over the weekend. I'm still not caught up! However, I was able to steal of few moments before the Super Bowl to get pics done for today's post. Speaking of this post, I am thrilled to bring you another "3 Ways To Wear Post"!

Today's feature outfit is shopped from my closet, with the exception of my jewelry. Remember the necklace and earrings I shared about in Friday's post? Well, I already put them to use this weekend.


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Amazon: January Purchase Round Up for 2020

Oh Amazon, you just might rule the world some day. Maybe not, but they sure hooked me with the convenience of 2 day FREE shipping. Who thought we'd purchase furniture, food, supplements, electronics, fashion and SO much more in one place? I'm spoiled, I admit it and I'm happy to share my January purchases here on the world wide web! ;)


Friday, January 31, 2020

Friday Favorites: Goodbye January

Hello to you and goodbye to January, right? In the course of a month we visited with family, celebrated two birthdays, had two down with the flu (may it stop there), received our largest car insurance bill EVER, and dove back into our home school routine. And so the New Year continues with February knocking at the door. However, before said door is opened, let's delve into a few Favorites from the past couple of weeks starting at the coffee station. Hey, it's where my days always start!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Outfit Re-Creation, Something Sparkly & The Style 6 Link Up

altar'd state

 I'm keeping it short and sweet today my friends. We have two boys down with what might be the flu -will this fever ever leave?  So today I'm simply sharing this outfit re-creation by Kellyann at This Blonde Shopping Bag as well as a sneak peek at something that sparkles. Wink.

Here's my inspiration photo:
I've styled cream with white before, but I loved Kellyann's style surprise with the snake booties. Isn't it fun when we see something we like and already have what we need in our closet?! The white crop pants from XCVI have been on repeat since they arrived. If you missed last week's post on 3 Ways to Style, check it out HERE.
xcvi cropped pants
Booties/Sweater Top: Closet/White Crop Pants C/O XCVI (20% Discount with GRANOLA20)

Something Sparkly
24 Style jewelry sent me a pair of their earrings from the Aurora Borealis Collection, as well as their Purple Infinity Heart Necklace.  I styled the earrings with today's featured outfit, but I'll be sharing a closer look at both items here soon. The website didn't do them justice!


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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

3 Ways To Wear: Two Closet Staples & The Style 6 Link Up

Hey beauties! How is your week going so far? Yesterday I linked up with Leslie to share our Winter Bucket Lists and now I'm dreaming about unicorns and rainbows. We have to ride those feelings for as long as we can, right? That being said I'm sharing not one, not two, but THREE looks with one top and one pair of pants! Also, it's the weekly Style 6 link up so I hope you will link up your beauty and/or fashion posts. 

Now let's get to it! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Florida Style Winter Bucket List for 2020

The sweet Leslie is hosting a Winter Bucket List link up and I'm excited to join her. Isn't the graphic fun? For me, I can dream of a cracking fire flickering in the background as I sip a hot drink while staring out the window. The view looks similar to the graphic. Snow covering the fields, trees decorated in white and maybe in some hills in the distance. I enjoy day dreaming every now and then. However, my winter looks nothing like that! It's Florida with the occasional grey skies, but mostly sunshine.

This is our peak season. Crowds fill the stores, roads, restaurants and even the beach. Many traveled down south, taking 75 all the way. It will be like this til April. All are welcome, right? Anyway, they are here to enjoy the mild Florida weather and I can't blame them a bit.  I'm going to do the same. However, before I do, I'll share a few benefits I thought of for compiling a bucket list!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday Favorites: Top 12 Looks Of 2019

Considering the fact that we're already mid-January,  my top looks are arriving fashionably late (pun 100% intended) to the blog party. However, I'm still working through my goals for the new year and wish to savor Favorite Fashion Moments,  before I move on to 2020. It was my hope for last year to grow in this space with you, and it is the same for this year. This beautiful community is supportive and I believe we all encourage each other to be embrace our own unique styles and SHINE.

Here's to another year of evolving, overcoming and cheering one another on!


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

It's All About That Tuck, Or Is it?

I've styled front tucks for quite some time. However, considering the fashion trend came on the scene in 2013 (thank you The Guardian), I'm sure I was considerably late to the party.  That's ok, I prefer the later trend, mullet tuck, where you tuck in the front and leave out the back. Either way, there's something about the trend that adds interest to an outfit for me.
In addition, I believe it can hide "problem" areas while still adding definition at the waist. So, rarely is there an outfit with all of the tee tucked in or out.  UNLESS, there's a curved hemline or as my knowledgeable friend, Lisa, says "shirt-tail"!   I hadn't thought too much into this, but if you don't want to fuss with any tucking of your shirt this style tee is the way to go. It's just so flattering!

For this reason, I'm featuring two outfits styled with a curved hem. There's no tucking to be seen. Wink. Also, aside from one of the tees and the shoes, my outfits are closet-shopped. Also, if you love this tee use Code: CHRISSY10 for 10% off!


Friday, January 10, 2020

Friday Favorites: Closing Out 2019

As is per usual for us around Christmas, we get in as much time with family as we can. However, we don't always have all my siblings close eough to all gather under one roof. Well, we  made up for lost time by visiting each other - ha! Today's favorites features a dabble of fashion, adventure highlights and even a sneak peek at my next beauty product I'm reviewing! I hope your New year is off to a fabulous start my friends!

Fashion Favorite

The Blanket Scarf Get Up that I styled for the #seeourstyles Collab with sweet Michele on Instagram. I look forward to these fashion inspiring collabs, held about every two weeks! Aside from the scarf, all my accessories were Christmas gifts! Ok wait, that scarf was a Christmas gifts as well, only from a few years ago! The cozy sweater and pants were shopped from my closet.
Favorite Family Moment - 
As I mentioned before, it's been years since my siblings and I were together...but we all met at my sister's for an after Christmas gathering. Just before some of them made their way down to Florida. ;)
Favorite Local Adventures - The Canopy Walkway at Myakka State Park
While my siblings (minus one - bohoo) were in town visiting we took them to Myakka to see the alligators sunning on the river banks. You never know what you'll see so it's always an adventure. This trip there were a few gators lounging, but the most fun was when a fisherman caught a fish and allowed a gator to come eat it right off his line. A loud yelp emitted from my mouth, as I peered over the bridge watching the giant lizard show off his stealth! How grateful I was not to be in the water with him!

Moving on from the gators we hiked the short path to the Walkway. The bridge is only 30 plus feet in the air but the look out tower is over 70 feet high. There's certainly far grander walkways around the world, but this was an adventure none-the-less. All the kids loved it as well. Now I want to visit the walkways all around the world. How fun would that be??

Busch Gardens  
Busch Gardens gives military and their families one free visit a year. Since we had passes it was a no brainer to head out there. We happened to pick the New Year's Eve, which is the busiest day of the year there. No matter, we went and played with the birds.
Favorite Silly Moment
While watching the sunset with my immediate family and visiting family, we saw a young couple get engaged. It was so sweet. Their sweet moment inspired our silly moments. On lookers might have thought we were making fun of the young man proposing to his girlfriend. Guess I should have thought of that before hand....

Favorite Product Reviews
Did you know that Tervis is based out of Venice, Florida? Now when I carry our Tervis around I'm supporting local - ha! Anyway, I had the opportunity to pick a tumbler from their site and new exactly which style I would go for - a stainless steel with a water bottle lid. They are fabulously easy to transport, easy to drink from (no messy spills - am I the only spastic one out there??), and oh so pretty!
R + Co - "Centerpiece" All-In-One Elixir & "Spiritualized" Dry Shampoo Mist
I'll be sharing more about these two products on the blog and Instagram soon! However, suffice it to say that I want to try EVERY product this company makes. Hair is a STRUGGLE for me. I had a terrible blow dryer, a curling iron held together by a scrunchie. Over the summer I tried a line of products from a brand I ended up enjoying, so I wasn't sure I needed to try another...oh yes I did! As I said, more to come on these beauties. 

Alright sweet friends, it's time to get ready for the weekend! Before you go, did you catch this week's Style Six Link up??

Happy to be linking up with...Momfessionals


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

How To Style A Relaxed Look Without Looking Frumpy

Hi! Here's looking at you 2020. In true time-passing fashion, 2019 came and went. Our family gatherings have slowed for the moment and it's back to business, right? Last year, I began my first journey in goal planning and this year I'm happy to report I'm going for it again. In spite of losing my organizational footing over the summer and barely keeping up in the fall, I concluded that some progress is better than no progress. With a smidgen of experience behind me, I can realistically assess my goals.  I'll share more on these thoughts soon, but for today let's focus on pairing two relaxed pieces together without looking sloppy.
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