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Month: July 2015

the one about food on a stick

When you are eating healthy I find that if you make it fun you’re more likely to actually follow through. Or is that just me wanting to eat fun things? My sister would tell you that it is just me wanting to eat fun things and my paper straw obsession is proof.

My mother in law; however, once told me that Popsicles are a cure all. I was sick so she and my husband went out to get me some meds. They came back with tea, flowers, Nyquil so I could sleep, and Popsicles.  I got better the next day.

So really what I’m saying is that to be healthy you need to eat food on a stick. So here’s some of my favorite ways to eat food on a stick this summer. . .

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1. Cantaloupe Mozzarella Prosciutto Skewers – cantaloupe is one of my favorite summer fruits. I might like it more than watermelon. True statement.

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2. Pesto Grilled Shrimp – Kabobs on the grill are my husbands jam like straws are mine. So these bad boys are on steady rotation.

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3. Sour worm Popsicle – Popsicles are cure alls you guys. That’s all you need to know.

 

What are your favorite foods on a stick?

 

the one about olive

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similar top // similar top . wedges . sunglasses . shorts . beaded earrings

 

conversations with my husband while he takes pictures of this outfit

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Iron Man :: I’m gonna take a picture from this angle.

But you’ll get the cars

It’s a camaro, it’s fine.

this is a women’s fashion blog, babe

women can like cars.

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me :: if we have a daughter can we name her Olive.

no

why?

i don’t like it

what about Oliver for a boy

that’s fine

what’s the difference

one is better

i think you’re confused as to which is better

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I’m really happy that the color olive is making a come back for late summer/early fall. Now I can wear this shirt as often as I’d like. I’ve had it for years, and I love it. But olive is a hard color to wear and it definitely goes in and out of style – both in real life and in my brain. The two have finally matched up in reality, and I’m very thankful. Olive is one of those colors that actually matches most others – like coral, but since it’s a unique color by itself adding it to another makes it fun and weird. Just imagine coral and olive together!!! New outfit idea – coming soon.

What do you think about the color olive? Do you wear it a lot?

the one with Chrissy Tiegen

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cut offs white t . panama hat  . chambray top . sunglasses . shoulder bag . sandals

Chrissy Tiegen is one of my favorite celebrities. She’s funny, she’s pretty, she’s married to a legend, she’s not ashamed of her stretch marks, and did I mention she’s funny. I forgot the most important part . . . she likes to cook and she seems to be good at it. There is a difference. AND she’s coming out with a cook book. I can.not.wait. You will see tons if not all of the recipes here on the blog because I’m buying one for me and all my friends.

Chrissy Tiegen is the queen of cut offs, and with it so hot short shorts sound real good right about now. I’m not wishing to show off my legs as much as she is so I chose these 4″ jean shorts from j. crew. Still short, but long enough to be modest – the shorts you see on me all the time from Old Navy are 5″. I also linked a white t from j. crew – I’ve worn this type before and like it, but let’s be real – like Chrissy – a white t is a white t is a white t.

the one where Bex is a ballerina

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chiffon skirt . top similar .  sandals // similar sandals

Doesn’t every little girl wish at one point in their lifetime or another that they were a ballerina? I did. Well, I guess it was more like i wished I was a dancer, but a ballerina is like the prima dancer so it all works out. Actually, I wanted to be a singer so I guess I would be like a pop dancer . . . hip hop, maybe. Not a ballerina. It all makes perfect sense, and if you know me then you know that it could have been possible (no it couldn’t have). But I went down a different life journey (thank God). and thus no Grammy’s . . . and only occasionally Zumba. But I can still wear pretty little ballerina outfits, right? Especially when my hair is braided like Heidi – thanks to Nina.

My favorite part of this outfit is the edginess the shoes bring. A little delicate ballerina skirt with some studded shoes puts the contrast for the outfit on the perfect level. There isn’t a better combo than girly and edgy, in my opinion. Ok, maybe peanut butter and chocolate or Oreo’s and milk. Those are actually much better, but when it comes to this outfit there’s nothing better than girly and edgy.

What’s your favorite combo? Did you dream of being a ballerina?

 

the one about the importance of sunglasses

11 years ago at the age of 18, I went to New York with my very conservative sisterWe were walking through Times Square and got stopped at a street corner. At this particular street corner, there was a lovely lady with very high heels and a very short skirt selling sunglasses. She stepped up to me and asked if I wanted a pair. I told her I really liked the ones she was wearing. She said they weren’t for sale. Disappointed, I said ‘ok’ and turned away. A few seconds passed and she came back and said ‘fine you can have them for $20’. A huge smile came over my face I handed over my $20, took the sunglasses from her, and put them directly on my face to the dismay and disgust of my sister. My nephew who at the time was 9 years old laughed and laughed at his mothers disgust having no idea I had just purchased sunglasses from a lady of the night. If I’m being completely honest it took about a week for me to realize what exactly had gone down, but at that point the sunglasses had become my favorites. And who am I to judge? 11 years later, I still rock these bad boys on a regular basis even tho they do nothing to protect my eyes from the sun – they’re solely for style.

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There are lots of thoughts on what sunglasses look good on what face shapes, but if you want to hear my opinion – I think it more has to do with how you carry the sunnies you’ve chosen to wear than the shape of your face. Sure, round frames will make a round face look even rounder. If you have a small face the smaller the sunglasses you need. But I think, if you like them and feel comfortable in them . . . buy them and wear them out.

1. Wayfarer/Rayban – They’re iconic for a reason, and look good on most face shapes (if you’re worried about that)

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2. Aviator – Everybody looks good in an aviator. They’re just so classically cool.

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3. Cat-eye – Classic, retro. Every woman wants to accentuate her eyes, and rightfully so.

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4. Jackie -O – Sometimes you just need to hide behind your sunnies.

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5. Party Pair – Maybe they don’t look so good on your face, maybe they’re a super bright color – but every time you put them on you grab a cocktail and your party pants.

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6. Designers – I believe it’s better to have good quality yet cheaper sunnies so you can have many pairs, but every girl deserves to have her one designer pair to remind her she’s worth it.

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7. Statement – Once in awhile it’s nice to have a pair to wear that say ‘This bright color/pattern/embellishment is a little crazy and so am I. I mean I did buy these on a street corner in New York”

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What are your favorite pair of sunglasses?

the one with the first black and white outfit

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similar black shorts similar topsunglassesleather sandalssimilar emerald earrings

I realized a few days ago I have never done a full black and white outfit. It’s either all black or all white. I do mix the two colors . . . I mix the two colors a lot so it’s only natural that they be on the blog. It’s shocking that they aren’t on the blog almost every week, really. But, better late than never right.

Now, serious question. Have you ever walked out of the house with two different earrings on? two different shoes? different socks? I do the socks thing on purpose sometimes, and somehow I’ve never walked out with two different shoes on. There have been times when I’m running so late that I’m sure the only reason that worked out is because of my C.O.D. – closet organizational disorder. (overly organized life really not just closet) But wearing two different earrings. I tend to end up doing that a lot. I try one on to see if it looks good . . . then I try another in the other ear . . . and then I just walk out the door. Proof is up above in the 3rd picture. It was only a matter of time before it happened on the blog.

 

the one with Easy Abstract Art

I’ve decided that I’m going to become a painter. Not really . . . I just wish I was a painter. Kinda like how I wish I was a grammy award winning singer. I can’t sing that well, and I can’t paint that well. But practice makes perfect so I’m singing a lot more, and painting a lot more. Here’s a fun tutorial for some easy abstract art I recently did . .

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Supplies:
Canvas or Heavy Paper
angled brush set                                                                                                                                                              Washi Tape (or painters tape)
acrylic paints

The first step in this art piece is laying out the overall shape.  Using a pencil, I roughly drew out the shapes I wanted – a diamond and a hexagon. Then I outlined them with washi tape so it would have a crisp edge when all finished.

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Once your main shape has been laid out, it’s time to create all the smaller diamonds and triangles that make this art piece unique and abstract.  You can use a ruler, but as I’m sure you can tell, I just free handed mine.

Then, start filling in each of the shapes one by one with whatever paint colors you choose. To keep it abstract and fun, I’d choose 3 or 4 different colors and just go crazy. Be sure to use them all and in different patterns. You can cover each section with an outline of tape so it’s easier to stay in the lines. I didn’t and I bet you can see which shape I did first. Then my hand got steadier for the 2nd.

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Once your paint has dried, remove the washi tape. Be sure you wait until it’s dry . . . find patience . . . go find things to do . . . wait until the next day.

Then hang it up and enjoy!

the one with a maxi skirt

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similar maxi skirt // similar maxi skirt // braided leather belt // cat eye sunglasses // similar sandal // similar sandal

versatility is a noun that means having a wide variety of skills.

versatility describes having many different skills or qualities.

Versatility allows you to adapt to many different situations.

I love versatility. I especially love versatile clothing. When I go shopping if I can’t think of at least 3 different ways to wear with what’s already in my closet while browsing – then I don’t buy it (except for special occasions). 3 might sound like a lot, but it’s actually pretty easy. What will it look like by itself? Do I have a completer piece that matches it? Shoes that match? Can I dress it up and down? These are all quick questions to ask that will find you 3 different ways to wear it. It also cuts down on having unnecessary clothing filling my closet or clothes I rarely wear. I’m harsh at the store, but I’ve never been a girl to donate clothes with the tags still on.

This ‘dress’ I have on . . . it’s a skirt. Talk about versatility. I was a little worried that because of my shape I might just look like a sack of potatoes, which is why I added that belt. No potatoes in Florida.

Do you look for versatility when it comes to clothing?