April 30, 2015

Office Casual


Sometimes, okay, all the time, it's nice to be a little more casual at work on those days you plan on getting tons of work done.  I'm trying to tackle my never ending to-do list so that I can be more efficient at work.  I'm probably in the minority when I say that I love having lots and lots of things to do at work.  Not only does it make my day go by faster, I so look forward to winding down at home and feeling accomplished.  On these busy days, I like to dress down as much as I can without wearing sweats to work.  Sweats and the courtroom?  Not a good look.


Sweater: J. Crew Factory  /  Shirt: GAP  {Similar} /  Pants: Old Navy {Similar}  /  Bag: Coach {Similar}  /  Shoes: Nine West {Similar}

* Linking up with Mix and Match Fashion

April 29, 2015

Sunshine


Reason #354,890 why I hate laundry...I shrink my clothes.  Hence, the cropped sweater look that was not done on purpose.  Sadly, my only yellow sweater has been retired since this is the only way I could possibly ever wear it.  Oh NO I have to buy another yellow sweater!  But seriously, I do and I'm loving these: J.Crew,  J.Crew Factory, and GAP.

Sweater: Limited {Similar}  /  Shirt: Old Navy {Similar}  /  Pants: Old Navy {Similar}  /  Shoes: Nine West  /  Necklace:  Bag: Tory Burch



April 27, 2015

Tray Decor


Slowly but surely, I am emptying out the boxes in the garage and using old and new things to decorate our home.  Three things I have discovered going through my boxes and new bag purchases (shhhhh, don't tell the hubby!) is that I have way too much of and therefore love too deeply trays, ginger jars, and metallic decor.  However, my ginger jar and tray obsession is off the charts.  Most of my trays actually have sentimental value as they were either gifted to us for our wedding or are silver platters belonging to our grandmothers.  Then there's the Homegoods and Target treasures sprinkled in.  I happen to love home decor posts and/or blogs so I hope you enjoy as well!

In case you were wondering why I am such a weirdo and have a huge restaurant menu blown up and put on my wall, right after my husband proposed to me in Central Park, he took me to Tiffany's then we had dinner at Serendipity's.  It was such a magical night so we bought the menu the restaurant was offering that night and when we moved into our new home, I had the menu framed and put in our dining area.  



The tray above is a gold beauty I found at Target this weekend and the one below is from Hobby Lobby.  The Hobby Lobby tray was green so I spray painted it white so that it matched everything else.  



The two trays below belonged to our grandmothers.  If anyone knows how to clean silver, I am all ears!  These trays could use some cleaning but I don't want to do anything that ruins them.


Below is a frame I picked up at Hobby Lobby over the weekend which, of course, had to be mine because of the sweet doxie that looks like my Mia.  I spray painted the frame gold since the wood frame didn't really match anything else.  Love!



April 24, 2015

Grayscale


I've posted three times this week!  YAY!  I'm so happy to be back to a blogging schedule and I've even indulged in a little shopping for myself this week.  I've mentioned this before but it's been two years since I've shopped for myself.  With the exception of buying items here and there, I haven't really bought myself clothes, accessories, etc since before I was pregnant.  I started working out, controlling my to-do list at work, and suddenly gained a new interest in taking care of myself.  I now know how important it is to take care of yourself as a key to happiness.  I have been so consumed with my beautiful boy and juggling motherhood with being a working mom that I have let myself go.  I am my own worst enemy but I am working towards eliminating negative thoughts.  By doing so, I can say I am in a happy place.  See, I can get deep here on Dainty and Decadent!

Sweater: Old Navy  /  Tee: Old Navy {Similar}  /  Pants: Old Navy  /  Shoes: Sole Society {Similar}  /  Bag: Tory Burch  /  Accesories: Chanel Sunnies, Lorenzo Necklace, David Yurman bracelets


April 22, 2015

Baggy Cardi


Did I set out the buy the baggiest pink cardigan I could find?  No.  But I don't hate it.  Sometimes it's the simple outfits that I love the best that don't translate the best in photos.  Cardigans, big or just right (can't say small because I hate things that are too small) are my staple items.  I wear one probably every day during the work week because it completes everything for me.  So Grandpa-big cardigans don't disappoint me at all.  But I am now on the hunt for a smaller-ish sized cardigan.

Sweater: J.Crew /  Shirt: Old Navy {Similar}  /  Pants: Old Navy {Similar}  /  Bag: Tory Burch  /  Sunnies: Polette


April 19, 2015

Weekend Photo Diary


It was another Disney weekend for us and this time we went back to Hollywood Studios.  This once was our favorite park to go to because of the thrill rides but, now, with a toddler, it's probably our least favorite to take him to.  That's not to say we didn't have a great time!  Since there's really only one ride Lucas can go on, Toy Story, we decided to take on most of the musical shows.  We sang our hearts out during the Frozen Sing Along attraction and Lucas was really into the Frozen show as with the Disney Junior show where he tried to run up on stage when he saw Jake the Pirate.  He must have felt bad for acting shy earlier when we tried to take a picture with Jake  He's usually really good with the characters but this time he was super shy around Jake and Sophia the First.



Toy Story and the Frozen show were a hit!


Since my mom came with us and got an annual pass for herself, my husband and I were able to go on the thrill rides.  I've become such an old lady and complained about the nausea from the Tower of Terror ride and neck ache from the Star Wars ride.  I'm getting too old for fun, I guess ;-)




Oh and we completely decked out in our Disney shirts and didn't feel bad not one bit!

My Shirt:  Forever 21
Lucas' Shirt: Kohls
Husband's Shirt: JCP



April 17, 2015

Working for the Weekend


It's been a great week..busy but great.  It's rare for me to call a work week great but whenever I am super busy, time flies and by the time I know it, it's the weekend!  We have some fun things planned this weekend and fingers crossed Lucas' little stomach bug goes away so he can have some fun.  Happy weekend!

Sweater: Loft  /  Shirt: Loft {Similar}  /  Pants: Old Navy  /  Shoes: Sole Society  /  Bag: Tory Burch  /  Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs


April 15, 2015

Blues


Blue is definitely one of my favorite couples and not something I have enough of in my closet.  I recently did a huge closet clean out which feels like such a refresher.  I love seeing a cleaner closet and deciding to only buy pieces that I love.  I think this is why I have had a hard time shopping for myself because I only want pieces that I really really love, think I will get a lot of uses out of, and different from anything else in my closet.  Lately, I've been spotting things here and there but nothing too much has stuck out at me.  I'm trying to get out of this rut and it doesn't help that I'm obsessed with buying toddler clothes much to Lucas' luck!


Sweater Blazer: Ann Taylor {Similar}  /  Dress: Old Navy  /  Shoes: Nine West  /  Bag: Tory Burch


April 13, 2015

Weekend Photo Diary


Lucas had his last Easter egg hunt and I got mah hairs cut.  Woot woot!  Thanks to an awesome hair stylist and reader Jennifer D for her great advice, I'm very happy with my cut.  I always have had my hair cut one length but this time, it's a little shorter in the back and layers throughout.  I'm a happy girl.

Sunday we went to a friend's house for an egg hunt with a group of toddlers that have been getting together since they were 4 months old!  I love seeing all the kids growing up and hope they can remain friends as they all grow up.  We also had fun on our backyard patio as we added a playhouse and more fun outdoor toys for this rambunctious boy.  I think I had more fun blowing bubbles than Lucas did trying to "catch" them.  Happy Monday!





My Outfit:  Shirt: J. Crew  /  Shorts: GAP  /  Shoes: Tory Burch
Lucas' Outfit:  Shirt: Carters  /  Shorts: Old Navy  /  Shoes: Target



April 10, 2015

Beauty Game Changers

I LOVE makeup.  I HEART makeup.  I have a TON of makeup.  I just have ZERO time to apply it in the mornings and it is rare that I wear anything but concealer and curl my lashes on weekends.  However,  I've recently been discovery some real game changers that work for me and my schedule.


I've been wearing this Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation for almost two years now.  I love love love it and the fact that it doesn't oxidize (turn orange) on my skin after a long 8+ hour day at the office.  The only thing I disliked about the foundation was that you have to pour it on your hand since there is no pump.  I hate wasting product and pouring it on your hand will do that.  HOWEVER, while picking up my MAC powder the other day that I use to set my foundation, the MAC makeup artist told me that the MAC pumps work on this bottle.  Ummm genius!  For $10 I'm sold!


I've had this brush from Sephora in my stash for awhile and I had bought it to apply bronzer.  Although, it applies bronzer well, it's a little too dense for me so I use my MAC 150 brush to apply my bronzer.  I did find that this Sephora brush applies my foundation perfectly!  It blends to perfection and it the right consistency of softness but firm enough to apply foundation.  Although the silver handle brush isn't available anymore,  this one is quite similar.


Up until two years ago, I never filled in my brows.  Now, I pretty much always apply my MAC mystery eyeshadow using my MAC 266 brush and finish with the Maybelline Brow drama.  People, I would be so so upset if Maybelline discontinues this AMAZEBALLS product!  Like I said before, I barely ever apply makeup on weekends but when I do, the brow drama is the perfect eyebrow fix.  Seriously.  I use the dark brown shade and honestly prefer this to the more expensive brands.


The Easter bunny gifted me a set of these Stila creme blush/lip trios and I am loving applying it before I powder my skin.  It helps prolong my blush wear which is always nice at the end of a long day.  That Easter bunny is so thoughtful.


I'm not much of a contouring and mainly just use bronzer but lately I've been contouring using this Nars Laguna multiple and it is amazing!  I apply by making a line underneath my cheekbones and blend using my MAC 109 brush.   The product is creamy, long wearing, and not too dark on the skin.  If you are looking into contouring, I can't recommend this method enough!



April 8, 2015

Short Hair Inspiration


I've been feeling so blah about my hair lately so I made an appointment to revamp this lifeless hair on Saturday.  Much to my younger self's dismay, I now prefer to have short hair and have been scouring Pinterest for inspiration.  I'm never sure if it is rude to show your hair stylist inspiration pics but I've been looking so I have an idea of what I want.  Here's the thing, I want a hairstyle that will make me want to do my hair in the morning (not throwing it in a ponytail) and easily since I rarely give myself more than twenty minutes to get ready in the morning mmmkay?  Here's to hoping.

Photo credits: Pinterest and Google


April 5, 2015

Easter 2015


We had such a lovely Easter weekend full of Florida sunshine, easter egg hunts, and yummy food.  Lucas has become a pro at Easter egg hunting and even has another to go to next weekend!  At one point during the egg hunt at my parent's house, Lucas got tired of picking up his Easter eggs and made my dad pick the rest of them for him.  Lazy.  But, as you can see in the picture above, Lucas was having lots of fun!  I hope you had a great weekend!






My Outfit //  Shirt: Old Navy  /  Jeans: Old Navy  /  Shoes: Tory Burch  /  Earrings: Kendra Scott
Lucas' Outfit //  Shirt: Old Navy  /  Shorts: Old Navy  /  Shoes: Target


April 3, 2015

Easter Basket Goodies


I'm so excited to take Lucas Easter egg hunting this year since he's been practicing a lot at my mom's house!  He doesn't try to open the eggs just runs to grab as many as he can to then run back to his basket.  

I didn't go crazy buying stuff to put in his basket since he's still a toddler but I couldn't pass up on some of these goodies.  My favorite are the egg shaped chalk that I found at the dollar store!  He's lately loving Donald or as he calls him DUCK and loving bubbles of course.  His dad had to add a toy car in there as well which I'm sure Lucas won't mind.  Happy Easter!





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