TGIF friends! We had a great weekend in Dallas last weekend! I love that Dallas is so close to home & we try to get over there every few months. On Friday night we had dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant there, Avanti, then had some Mexican for brunch on Saturday. Saturday night was the Empower dinner, hosted by Elise Woods, of Prim and Lovely, & Amanda Smith. It was an amazing event, with some truly inspiring women, beautiful flowers & table settings, & great food. One of my favorite parts of blogging has been getting to know other women who also want to support, empower, & inspire each other, rather than just compete. We also got to hang out with an old friend who recently moved to Dallas & it was wonderful to see him. This week went by in a flash, even though we didn’t have much going on after work. We’re gearing up for a vacation in a little over a week, so I’ve been working hard to get everything handled at the office & home so that I can unplug on our trip. This weekend, I’m hoping to get ahead on some work & start packing!
Good morning & Happy Good Friday lovelies! It was a short work week for me since I’m off today. While I love a 3 day weekend, it’s always hard cramming a full work week into 4 days. This week was a little easier since we didn’t have a lot to do after work, so I got to recuperate from a really busy weekend. We had our Rotary Club’s Doughnut Dash 5K on Saturday morning & it was huge success. Everyone had a great time raising money for the MLK Health Center & Pharmacy, eating doughnuts, & drinking some great Red River beer! After a quick nap, we headed out to a surprise crawfish boil for my bestie’s FIL. I have no idea how we managed to keep it a secret from him! We don’t have big plans this weekend, so I’m looking forward to checking some things off the to-do list & relaxing! For those that have been keeping up with the saga of the abandoned cats, both Little White Cat & Fluffy Brown Cat have made it to their new home. I already miss them, but my Cat was not happy having them in the house, so it was best for them to go to a new home.
Good morning & TGIF friends! I apologize that it’s been awhile since our last check-in here. Things have been crazy busy around here! The first weekend in March was busy with the first annual Peppy Awards, where we awarded kids, animals, & adults who are working to end animal abuse. Last weekend we celebrated the end of the Mardi Gras season with our Krewe’s annual wrap-up party on Friday night. Patrick & I were judges for the ribs portion of the Ark-La-Tex Craft Beer & BBQ Festival on Saturday, then I headed to the annual Miracles on the Red Gala with my girlfriends to help raise money for St. Jude’s. It was an amazing night celebrating No-Mo-Chemo for some really special little girls, including my bestie’s daughter. Between all of those activities & being extremely busy at work, I was sick by Sunday & stayed in bed all day Sunday & Monday. Cat is also sick with a respiratory infection, so his outdoor privileges have been revoked & he’s on several medications (#notahappycamper). It’s going to be a long weekend…
It’s Friday again! How was everyone’s week? Was it a short one or did you have to work on Monday? It was a regular work week for me. It was also a super rainy week here. While I’m loving the unseasonable warm weather, is anybody else getting tired of these early spring-ish showers? I could use a little Vitamin D over here! Spring in Louisiana means rain, but it also means crawfish season & I’m looking forward to enjoying some of the little crustaceans this weekend! I’m also looking forward to getting my hair done on Sunday afternoon & getting some fresh color on these roots. Other than that, I have some exciting collaborations & giveaways coming up here that I’m hoping to get a head start on. Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday friends! I got out of the habit of this weekly post, but realized that I missed popping in for a quick chat/life update & sharing some of my favorites from the week. So, I am bringing back Friday’s See It, Love It, Want It! This will be a round up of some the great reads that I’ve found online, things that I’m loving, & what’s on my must-have list, combined with a quick catch-up chat!
See It. Just because the temperatures are dropping doesn’t mean that you have to give up your favorite summer cocktails. Everyone knows my love of sangria. Kitchn has put together 10 easy fall sangria recipes that combine the light, refreshing drink with distinctly fall flavors. I can’t wait to try the sparkling white cranberry sangria! It’s going to be perfect for a pre-Thanksgiving get-together or Christmas morning!
Love It. I love Bath & Body Works “wallflowers” home fragrances! I put them in the kitchen, living room, bathroom, & bedroom to give the rooms a constant, light fragrance. There are the classic staples, like lavender vanilla, but the seasonal scents are constantly changing. It’s an easy way to update the house for each season. My favorite for fall is the sweet cinammon pumpkin!
Want It. There are few things that I love more than curling up in front of the fire with a cup of tea & a good book during the fall. I am constantly cold during the fall & winter months, so a cozy knit throw is a necessity. It’s also an easy way to add some texture to the living room & an inexpensive way to update decor for fall.
See It. It seems counter-intuitive, but we tend to wear heavier, water/sweatproof makeup during the summer. The Zoe Report rounded up The Best Removers that Melt Off Even the Most Waterproof Makeup. The list includes a variety of cleansers that will remove everything from stubborn mascara to long-wearing foundation.
Love It. I finally splurged on a Clarisonic cleansing system during the Nordstrom Sale & I am now a believer! It is absolutely as amazing as everyone says that it is. I’ve always struggled with large pores, so I use it in the shower, after removing my makeup, to get the deep down clean that I need. I’ve noticed a difference in the pores around my nose & in the overall condition of my skin.
Want It. Even though summer is almost over, no one is ready to give up that beachy glow. Since I have such fair skin & baking in the sun isn’t an option, a good self-tanner is a must. St. Tropez’s Self-Tanning Bronzing Mousse is one of the most recommended self-tanners out there. It promises to deliver an instant bronze that lasts for up to a week.
See It. Summer is officially here, which means the temps are soaring, we’re outdoors more, & we’re trying to stay in bikini shape. All of those things mean that it is really easy to become dehydrated. I am horrible about drinking enough water during the day, often choosing a soft drink or coffee instead. It is recommended that women drink 2.7 litres of water per day, which seems like a lot to me! But, dehydration can cause a variety of health issues, like fatigue & wrinkles! Today, Career Girl Daily published 6 Obvious Signs You Are Just Not Drinking Enough Water to make it a little easier to tell if you need to up your intake.
Love It. There are infused water recipes to fit just about any taste, with benefits varying based on what fruits you’re adding in. My favorite combo is strawberry, lemon, & mint. The strawberry helps to boost your immune system & curb appetite, plus it has anti-inflammatory properties. The lemon aids in weight management, improved digestion, & appetite control. The mint provides energy. Note: I am not a doctor & this is not medical advice! This is just a recommendation for a water recipe that I enjoy.
Want It. Last summer I got in the habit of keeping a large pitcher of water & fruit in my fridge. I loved the light flavor that the fruit added, plus I was getting some extra nutrients with my water! Win, win! The Define Water Bottle takes the same idea, but makes it a little more portable. The strainer in the center of the bottle keeps the fruit limited to the bottom section & out of your mouth.
See It. In keeping with this week’s summer theme, today’s list is all about getting ready for summer! This time of year the temperature is going up & clothes are shrinking. Spaghetti straps, linen fabrics, & sandals are all necessary when it’s 100 degrees outside. But they also come with all sorts of issues like bra straps hanging out & sweaty feet. PureWow has solutions for those issues & more in their Fashion Tricks to Help You Survive Summer! My favorite trick is how to make your off-the-shoulder top stay put.
Love It. It may be a southern-girl stereotype, but I love sweet tea! There is nothing quite as refreshing as sitting on the porch with a huge glass of ice cold tea. Luckily, Southern Living has compiled 21 Refreshing Sweet Tea Recipes to get you through the hot summer months! For me, the more sugar the better, but I have lots of friends who mix half sweet & half unsweet tea. You can also add lemonade to make an Arnold Palmer.
Want It. Don’t get my wrong, I love my heels, but during the hot summer months, a good pair of flat sandals are a must. I included the Tory Burch “Miller” Flip Flops on this week’s summer essentials round-up & they have been on my wish list since last year. The color “sand patent” is a perfect nude color & they are so simple, classic, & chic.
See It. When I was little, all I wanted was long, thick hair. Unfortunately, I have fine hair that grows extremely slowly. That means that I have to work extra hard to keep my hair healthy as I grow it out. The longer I grow my hair, the more important it becomes to do everything I can to keep it healthy. Luckily, the Zoe Report complied 10 Tricks Used by All Women Who Have Great Hair. Some I already do, like avoiding heat styling when possible, but some I’m hoping to incorporate others, like sleeping on a silk pillowcase to avoid breakage.
Love It. I’ve used Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo for awhile & love it. While I was in Ulta picking some up, I noticed the brand’s PHD Fresh Cut Split End Mender. It promises to quickly seal & heal split ends for visibly smoother hair. I was instantly interested & I must say, it lives up to the hype! I apply a small amount to the ends of my hair after a shower, but before any other products. I love that it’s lightweight & doesn’t make my fine hair look greasy, which is a problem with some leave-in treatments. After drying, you can apply a little more to problem areas.
Want It. My hair has never held a curl without lots of product & very high heat, but I still love a good wave. The T3 Whirl Trio is a favorite styling tool of bloggers & stylists because of its versatility. It has 3 interchangeable barrels of different sizes so you can create everything from beachy waves to tight curls. The barrels are tourmaline & ceramic to help prevent damage. It also comes with a heat resistant glove to protect your hands! It’s kind of pricey, but is definitely on my wish list.