Beach Dreams...
I really need a vacation.  No, I mean REALLY need a vacation. For a multitude of reasons, none of which are very pleasant, we have not been on a real vacation since 2006 (and it shows!). I dream of being on a soft sandy beach with crystalline azure water and clear blues skies-a soft breeze might be nice as well. While we are at it, might as well add a fruity ice cold drink with an umbrella to round out an already perfect fantasy vacation. Although a trip to the beach might not be happening this summer, at least I can look as though I am having some fun in the sun with some Moroccan Sea Salt Spray from OGX. I love the soft beachy waves it makes without making your hair seem stiff and crunchy. The softly tousled look it gives your hair is so touchable and sexy. Personally, I love every OGX Moroccan product I have tried so far especially the Moroccan Surf Paste which I use daily. It gives my hair exceptional hold but keeps it pliable and ‘stylable’ all day long. Hoping your weekend if filled with lots of fun in the sun!
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Shoe Obsession
I am a total shoe addict which is not so much a confession as much as a statement of the obvious. My shoe total is in the triple digits but we won’t mention that to my husband, okay?  The funny thing is that despite sharing a closet, I really don’t think he has a clue as to how many pairs of shoes I actually own or perhaps he just has the decency to not mention it if he does.  I appreciate that, really I do especially since I have absolutely no intention of curtailing this little addiction of mine. I am currently obsessed with the lucite heel and the dove gray lace-ups are at the top of my ‘Lusting For’ list.  That said, they are from Barneys and cost $1125 so they will stay on the list and alas will not be added to my closet. Sigh.  The sexy two-tone embellished pair will definitely be coming home with me!  They cost less than $32 and are from my new favorite site Charlotte Russe. Be sure to check them out!
Green With Envy...
…and just like that, today marks the end of another school year. I cannot believe how fast the year went and I worry that the rest will move all too quickly for me as well.  I just love the ‘little’ stage. I think I peaked too early as my all time favorite stage for my children was definitely  0-5 years. I miss their little voices and the fact that everything is so new and exciting to them. I even miss playing with all the Little People toys and marveling at each and every new thing they learned. While I certainly enjoy every stage of their development, I sure do miss the ‘simpler’ times as Middle School girl drama and tween boy crazies are wildly over-rated!
I am trying to relish my last hour or so of calm before my not-so-little guys get out of school and we head out for our annual Last Day of School lunch.  For me, there is no better color that emanates ‘serenity’ like green. No matter what the shade, from a light, refreshing mint tone to the darker, more lush grass tone, green not only soothes the senses but it is also quite complimentary for most skin tones. I just love that mint and crystal bracelet from Max and Chloe plus it is less than $30.  Happy weekend, everyone!
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Brighten My Day!
Th weather is lousy today and I am cranky as a result.  Don’t you hate days filled with gray skies and rain during springtime? I long for a week filled with clear blue skies, comfortably warm temperatures and bright sunshine! Since Mother Nature does not seem to be cooperating this week, I will have to make my days bright in other ways and what better way to liven up a gray day than with some fun and colorful accessories? Shop Primadonna has a fabulous selection of brightly hued shoes and handbags along with some trendy jewelry options as well. I love that neon yellow hassle necklace or the cool magenta druzy necklace.  Wouldn’t either one look great with a simple tee, a maxi skirt and those chrome and fuchsia flip flops? Budget-friendly, wearable and fun. Brighten your day at Shop Primadonna!
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Splurge V Steal
Wow! Monday, why did you come so soon? Sorry I have been MIA for a few days, but with my son returning home from college, I am a little distracted. Between my constant trips to the grocery store (his newfound workout schedule has him hungry all the time), juggling our cars (seems we are one short now that he has returned), and keeping my younger children focused on their schoolwork as we head into their last week of school (is there a reason why we need to schedule a gazillion tests and projects the last week???), I have been busy to say the least. That said, I found a great deal and I want to share it with you. I love the ease of a simple tee shirt dress well-accessorized for a stylish, yet simple outfit as the temperatures rise. One of my favorite looks is a nautical-inspired striped dress with some Keds and sunnies and I am ready for errands, sight-seeing or whatever my children decide we ‘need’ to do. The BOSS dress on the left is from Nordstrom and costs just under $500 and the dress on the right is from Forever21 and costs just under $30 for a budget-friendly option. Those cool sunnies come from a site I just discovered called Fantaseyes and they are running a cool 30%OFF sale right now with the code Summer30. Be sure to check them out for sunnies and other fun accessories to dress up your outfits. Hope you have a great start to your week!
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B/W + Pop of Color
Ah, Wednesday–we are halfway through the week and we finally are seeing some sunshine today.  Rumor has it that we are also going to reach about 80 degrees as well. Maybe summer truly is just around the corner. I was mentally assessing my wardrobe for the warmer weather and I realized how little black and white I actually own for summer despite loving the crisp look–I must remedy that with a little sale shopping. I especially like the trend of pairing black and white with pops of color, specifically yellow and red. Be it a colorful shoe or handbag, that pop of color makes the black and white palette come alive. Right now, BananaRepublic is offering 40%OFF (code BRNEWYOU) everything from dresses to tops and shorts to shoes and jewelry, all at great prices plus the additional discount. I just love that ruffle tiered dress and those lemon yellow shoes would look great with dresses and skirts as well as your favorite boyfriend jeans. That little fringe necklace is totally on trend right now,too. Happy shopping! Linking up with The Miller Affect and High Latitude Style today–check it out!
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Steal of the Day
I cannot believe that we have yet another day of rain and it is a Monday, too. But, we do have today off and we are heading to the movies, so it is all good.  My son is home from college, too! Things are definitely looking brighter for me, plus, there are only two more weeks left of school before summer vacation–and it cannot come fast enough more me! I have definitely ‘checked-out’ of this school year (thank heaven my children are more focused than I am right now or we would be in big trouble!).
I just discovered a great new site called Make Me Chic which just happens to be offering 30%OFF their already great prices.  I just love that flirty off the shoulder dress with the crochet hem.  Can you believe it is less than $25 after the discount?  Those cute little flip flops are less than $10 after the discount. So many pretty and stylish items, all for super low prices.  You must check it out!
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Transitions...
Tonight is a big night for us as we will be attending a Transition Banquet for our daughter marking her move from one school to another.  Big deal in our household made even bigger by the fact that she will be giving a speech as well as performing a flute solo during the evening. I am sure I do not need to even mention how we agonized over what to wear, further complicated by the perhaps more important question about which killer shoes we should purchase as the perfect accompaniment for her awesome new dress. Of course, my mom intervened and bought her the wildest and most awesome Steve Madden heels–with an inappropriately high (but fun!) heel.  Being the true over-achiever that my daughter is, she started practicing walking in the heels a couple of weeks ago and mastered not only going up and down steps, but doing so carrying her flute and music, all without spraining an ankle in the process. While I am thoroughly looking forward to the evenings festivities, I must admit that I am not going to breathe easily until her performances are over and she is safely sitting beside me.
Once this evening is over, I can turn my attention to picking up our oldest who will be returning home from college after his freshman year.  I cannot wait for the weekend and it is a long weekend at that.  Woo hoo! Great sales abound and I plan to hit a few stores to enjoy the great deals. Forever21 is offering 30%OFF a huge selection of summery items from shorts and tops to bathings suits and accessories.  The adorable sunny yellow tank–one of my top picks–is about $8.00 after the discount while the fringe-inspired earrings come to about $3.50 after the discount has been applied.  You really cannot beat those prices.  Happy Wednesday!
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Is there a weekend close at hand?  I certainly hope so because this was one long week for us between tests, projects, concerts and lacrosse games.  Of course, our weekend is filled to the brim with ‘must do’s’ as well, but at least I can look fashionable while managing all those errands and events.  It was not the best week for me, so one of the few things that almost always guarantees a mood-lift is some retail therapy and judging from my mood, I am going to need a lot of it!  I am adding those perforated flats to my wish list along with that awesome embellished cross body bag.  I know that bag will be on repeat throughout the summer with everything from these denim shorts to a Bohemian-inspired maxi dress.  Honestly, it even would look adorable paired with a bikini for carrying essentials at the beach or pool. Be sure to see what else is new at Nordstrom this weekend.  You won’t be disappointed!
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The Stella Tote
My oldest son was never really into sports. At first we thought he was not overly athletic, but quickly realized that was not the case. It seemed that he just never clicked with any of the numerous sports we had explored.  When he was about 4 years old, we tried soccer but when the ball and the team went one way, my son ran in the other direction. We quickly moved on to baseball–his father’s first love–and though we toughed it out for many a season, he never really enjoyed playing and I certainly did not enjoy the amount of cajoling it took to get him to reluctantly head to practice each week. Middle school tested his desire (and often my patience) to try tennis (lasted one season), cross country (gruesome for all concerned) and swimming (fair, but certainly not a big win). All this changed, however, in his sophomore year of high school when our school started a lacrosse program and my son became one of the members of the inaugural team.  Bingo! Not only did he take to it immediately, but it has become a huge part of his life and he is now not only coaching young players, but he is playing on his college team which is currently heading into the semi-final round of the MCLA National Lacrosse Tournament. I could not be any more proud of him and his team.
So what does that have to do with this awesome Stella McCartney bag from Adidas, you might ask?  Well, I spend a lot of time on lacrosse fields (I have two other players, too) and since Mother Nature is not a kind soul where we live and does not seem to realize that lacrosse is a spring sport, not a fall or winter one, I have watched games in everything from rain and hail to snow. This bag would be perfect to carry all my essentials as it has a foam and rubber exterior to keeps things dry, not only from the elements but also from sand and water which makes it the perfect summer bag as well. It has draw-cord straps to wear it as a backpack, but it also has handles so it can be carried like a tote.  The best part is that I found it on sale for $45.50 at The Iconic. Check it out! Halfway to the weekend!
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