August 30, 2015

Weekend Photo Diary: My Little Sister Is Engaged!


The biggest and most awesome thing happened towards the end of this week...my little sister got engaged!  I am so excited for my sister to be marrying the wonderful and talented, Jeremy Groves!  Lucas loves his Uncle JJ and we are all just so happy for them both.  He proposed to her in Lake Tahoe and all of the photos they sent us were gorgeous!  We knew he would be proposing this week but did not know what exact day so I was so anxious to learn all the details.  Let the wedding planning begin!


Lucas just finished his first week of school and while Monday his report was "happy" and "playful,"  Wednesday was a whole different story.  On Wednesday, we were told that he was tearful which just broke my heart.  My little boy is just not a crier - never has been.  He's the kind of kid that when he's sick or hurt, brushes himself off and you would never know he wasn't feeling well.  On Friday, when we picked him up, we were told that he was tearful but doing better.  Ugh, I'm hoping it gets easier.


Onecklace made my week by sending me these adorable necklaces!  I'm a monogram lover and although I see that the trend is to wear the super big Mr.T monogram necklaces, I'm still loving the smaller versions.  The necklace on the left has our wedding date engraved.  I'm going to be wearing these a ton this week!  Definitely check out these necklaces and if you use the Onecklace promo code maria10 you will get 10% off your purchase!


Speaking of necklaces, I'm still in lurve with this one from Design Darling!  Don't mind the scrubby clothes I wore to run errands this weekend...


It was just one of those days where Lucas just couldn't make up his mind.  Boots on, boots off, wants Mia in his room, pissed Mia is in his room, wants Olaf in his tent, does not want Olaf in the tent...toddlers are tough.


This weekend I organized my planner supplies.  Yup, yup, my planner has supplies.  I have gone full out planning and it has been amazing!  I've been using my Erin Condren planner now for about 3 weeks and I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful it has been.  During our beach vacation, one night I fell into a rabbit hole of watching "plan with me" videos on youtube.  Since then, I've been slowly purchasing planning stickers and supplies on Etsy, Target, and Michaels.  Since I've been planning, I have noticed that I am much more efficient at finishing my to do list at work and just feeling less overwhelmed in general.  The planning and decorating part is definitely my favorite - I'm able to have a creative outlet and it has a purpose.  I'm telling you, I have become a full blown crazy planner lady.  

Below is what my week looks like on Sunday nights before the start of the week.  I don't fill everything in the first day since things can change.  I find what works best for me is to fill in what I can and know won't change, then the morning of, write in the tasks I want to accomplish for that day.  I blurred out some of my tasks since I use client names but this is generally what it looks like at the start of the week.  If any of you are planners, let me know what your favorite Etsy shops are!



August 26, 2015

Lady in Red


So Lucas' first day of school went well, thankfully.  His report from his teachers was that he was happy, playful, curious, and ate all of his snacks (duh).  When we got him and he was running about, I could hear him humming a song.  I know that they sang lots of songs that day and that little hum made me feel a little better about him going to school.  He's learning, playing with other children, and hopefully, learning to be independent.  Ugh, silver lining right?  I hope this gets easier :-/

Sweater: Loft   /  Dress: Loft {Similar}  /  Shoes: Tory Burch  /  Bag: Louis Vuitton  /  Necklace: Kendra Scott


August 24, 2015

Weekend Photo Diary: Getting Ready for "School"


Pay no attention to the chaos happening behind me.  Lucas was kindly cleaning my vanity using my MAC brushes and Mia was barking at him to jump in the bed with her.  Yes, this is my fancy life.  This weekend was an errands full kinda days trying to get everything in order for Lucas' first day of "school" today.  WAHHHHHHHHH!  I'm a mess and I cannot even lie.  Ugh.  That boy has made me such a mush so I hope he loves it and doesn't think I abandoned him.  Here's to hoping for a great week...

Shirt: J.Crew Factory  /  Shorts: Old Navy  /  Shoes: Tory Burch  /  Necklace: Kendra Scott  /  Bag: Coach {Similar}


August 21, 2015

Long Button Down


Lately, I have been allllll about tunics and oversized shirts.  I like to dress them up, dress them down, and basically live in them.  At least a couple days a week, I do have to dress more conservatively due to meetings, hearings, etc. so I love this J.Crew Endless shirt.  I normally wouldn't post a side-view shot because, umm hello, but I wanted to show how long it is.  It's like a button up tunic which is the best of both worlds for me.  Anything I can do to still look professional and be comfortable at the same time is right up my alley.

Shirt: J.Crew  /  Pants: Old Navy {Similar}  /  Shoes: Sole Society  /  Bag: Tory Burch {Similar}  /  Necklace: Kendra Scott


August 20, 2015

Because It's Easy


I just love how easy the dress + cardigan formula is.  Whenever I'm running late, a dress and a cardigan is my go to even if it's kind of boring.  I try to throw in a necklace or some sort of accessory to make things interesting.  Even if it gets tangled like mine clearly is in these photos, I think accessories are great completer pieces.


Cardigan: Old Navy  /  Dress: Old Navy  /  Shoes: Charles by Charles David  /  Sunnies: Ray Ban  /  Bag: Tory Burch {Similar}  /  Necklace: Swoozies


August 19, 2015

Favorite Eye Shadow Palettes


I just love eyeshadow palettes.  I, embarrassingly, have more palettes but the ones above are my favorite.  I switch it up and sometimes just use one palette a day or use different colors from others to create one eye look.  I definitely stick to neutral palettes since because of what I do for a living but I love putting eyeshadow on.  I'm not much of a lipstick girl so eyeshadows are my thing.

Custom MAC palette: I picked my own shades for this palette and, for me, it's the perfect neutral palette.  I have another MAC palette that I made but that one has all bright and colorful shadows that I rarely use, honestly.  But this one gets used almost daily.  The colors in mine are: Blanc Type, Brule, Mylar, Naked Lunch, All That Glitters, Dazzlelight, Yogurt, Kid, Cork, Satin Taupe, Swiss Chocolate, Espresso, Patina, Mulch, and Woodwinked.

Urban Decay Naked palette:  Aww, my beloved Naked palette.  I also have the second one but the original gets used a lot more.  I mainly use the colors Buck and Naked but I've pretty much used all colors at some point.  I gravitate towards brown colors which is why this one of the series is my favorite.

Urban Decay Basics palette:  This is a great everyday use palette and I almost always bring this with me when I travel since it's neutral but can be built up to be dramatic.  

Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette: I LOVE THIS FLIPPING PALETTE!  I DO!  And I don't just love it because it smells like chocolate but it doesn't hurt.  I seriously love this palette so much and use the darkest color to line my lids every day.  This is the perfect perfect work and everyday palette but it also has bright colors if that meets your fancy.  Seriously, you need this palette in your life.  If I only could have two palettes, it would be this one and the Urban Decay Basics palette.

Stila Mind Palette: I received this palette as a gift and love the matte colors.  The entire palette is matte which I like to wear during the day.

Bareminerals palette:  The colors and price point sold me on this one.  I was drawn to the coral color and the others match it perfectly.

Wet n Wild palette:  Don't knock this until you try it!  I think I paid like $3.00 for this and it was worth it!  I also bought Comfort Zone and I am seriously impressed.  I even noted MAC dupes with this.  I highly recommend!



August 18, 2015

Neutral Palette


This is my version of camouflage.  Almost everything blends in with my skin tone so it was quite the invisible cloak kinda day.  I can't say I hate it though.  I think I may try more neutral monochromatic looks this week to break it up from my all black all the time.  This was clearly something I wore to work and not something I would wear at home...with a two year old.  #whyareboysmessy


Sweater: J. Crew Factory  /  Pants: Express  /  Bag: Coach {Similar}  /  Shoes: Nine West {Similar}  /  Necklace: J. Crew {Similar}  /  Bracelets: David Yurman and David Yurman  /  Sunnies: Chanel {Similar}


August 16, 2015

Weekend Photo Diary: MOMMAS I NEED YOUR HELP!


It was a perfect Florida Saturday with the heat at a tolerant level and just the right wind, so we headed out to Magic Kingdom.  We had a great time as always.  The crowd level was low since Florida schools are back in session so we let Lucas run around and get his energy out.  He just tall enough to ride the roller coasters, but he's going to have to wait awhile until I feel he's old enough for to ride them.  As always, we dressed in Disney shirts which we never did pre-Lucas but I think it's more fun to do with him since he knows the characters and thinks it's hilarious when he recognizes a character on our shirts.  His favorite character has always been Donald or DUCK so, of course, we did our best to find Donald and Daisy shirts.

We are trying to get a lot of playtime with him because, and here is where the title of my post comes from, Lucas is starting "school" in a week.  It's pre pre pre school and it's only three days a week for a couple of hours but I am a nervous wreck, to put it lightly.  Honestly, I'm a hot mess.  It's no secret around these parts that I have loads of working mom guilt.  I know he's going to love school but I can't help but feel like I wish I was the one caring for him.  Lucas is very social, outgoing, and loves playing with other kids.  BUT, he's a typical only child and is use to being the center of everyone's universe.  So I wonder if he'll be alone and sad or if he'll be scared because he won't recognize us.  Ugh.  I'm having a really hard time with this even though I know, I know he's going to love it and thrive.  Any advice out there?? 





Both Saturday at Disney and Sunday running errands, I wore Kushyfoot socks sent to me by the company to try out.  I have to say, I'm a fan.  I don't like socks sticking out of my shoes nor my heel rubbing against the shoe and I really liked the way they felt.  I was sent other socks as well that I'll be trying out and will let you know how I like them.

Shoes: New Balance




August 14, 2015

I'm Not Perfect


It's been quite the week.  Quite the week.  I recently, like within the week recently, got into the whole planner craze.  I ordered my Erin Condren planner in July and it arrived a week or two ago.  I ordered tons of stickers and really plan (ha) on making this work.  The biggest anxiety I get is not getting things done accordingly, not having enough hours in the day, and, Lucas, of course.  I'm constantly asking myself how others seem to have it all or else appear like they have it all.  I'm pretty hard on myself for being a full time working mom and I know the song and dance can seem like I'm always talking about the struggle of being a full time working mom but it really is no joke.  I would prefer to be with my son 24/7 so if I'm at work or away from him, it better be worth it.  For right now, it's the best decision for our family for me to continue working plus, I like what I do.  The whole point of this rant and these pictures is that most days, I'm just running out the door barely catching my breath.  So my hair isn't perfectly straight, my room isn't tidy, and an oversized shirt is enough to make me feel put together.  And for some reason, I think it's appropriate to post these and my random thoughts on the internet because, heck (yes, heck) it's okay to be imperfect. 

I literally just thought dumped this post...please tell me this is normal ;-)

Shirt: Old Navy  /  Pants: Express  /  Shoes: Charles by Charles David  /  Necklace: Kendra Scott  /  Bag: Tory Burch


August 12, 2015

The Summer of Pineapples and Flamingos

All this talk of fall coming soon and I'm still loving summer!  Fall is definitely my favorite season but we've been having such a great summer that I'm sad to see it going by so quickly.  This was definitely my summer of tunics, pineapples, and flamingos!  I just could't get enough.  Even my little guy, Lucas, sported some pineapple and flamingo swim trunks.  He rocked them as usual :-/  Below are some more flamingo and pineapple picks that I just thought were so cute!  If you click on the item, it is suppose to take you to the store but it's a new thing I'm trying so who knows.  So sad to see my summer of pineapples and flamingos coming to a close so off to looking at pretty things I go!


August 10, 2015

She Was A Showgirl


I don't know what happened but somewhere along the line, I became afraid of wearing color to work.  Looking back in my archives, I was not shy before even though some of those old posts have gots to go.  I've always been a lover of wearing black everything but definitely need to change it up.  I think the color black as my safety and feel like if I wear too much color that it's "showy" but I really love this skirt and how bright it is!  I'm still loving these blue sunnies too and want to maybe get the pink version!


Sweater: GAP {Similar}  /  Skirt: Target  {Similar}  /  Shoes: Charles by Charles David  /  Sunnies: Ray Ban  /  Necklace: Kendra Scott  /  Bag: Tory Burch {Similar}


August 7, 2015

Tale of A 32 Year Old Shopping at Forever 21


Once upon a time, there was a 32 year old woman (let's call her "Naria") and she was reading Tara's Bargain Saturday blog post one day wherein she linked the most exquisite top.  Naria said "I need it."  Naria clicked on the link to the much wanted/needed top and the 32 year old Naria found herself being taken to the Forever 21 website.  Ok, I can't keep this story up but yes, at 32 years old I longed for a Forever 21 top.  Now, college even law school me rocked Forever 21 like nobody's business but I haven't shopped there in forever 21 (see what I did there) but I had to do it.  I had to have it.  Plus, Tara liked it and Tara's awesome!  I opened my package, tried it on, and luuurrrvvveed it.  Lurve, people.  And at like $15, my wallet and husband loves it even more!

Sweater: Nordstrom  /  Shirt: Forever 21  /  Pants: Express  /  Shoes: Charles by Charles David  /  Necklace: Kendra Scott  /  Handbag: Tory Burch


August 5, 2015

Blue Eyed Girl


I talked about these sunnies last week and I'm still smitten with them.  I'm also smitten with these shoes that I purchased at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  I love them so much that I also purchased the same ones but in black.  Confession time: I have never shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  FOR REALS!  We stopped on the way to the beach and on the way back home to Nordstrom and OH EMMM GEEE!  For all the spending I haven't been doing, I more than made up for up.  I just couldn't flipping help myself and now I get the hype.  I, like most everyone else, had my blog reader inundated with Nordstrom Anniversary posts and I couldn't help but just scroll past them.  After seeing this sale in person, I get it.  I get it.  I like a good deal and a good deal was had.  I still have some exchanges to make since I was sort of rushing but I just love everything I got!  Let me know what goodies you scored during the sale!

Shirt: J. Crew  /  Pants: Old Navy {Similar}  /  Shoes: Charles by Charles David  /  Sunnies: Ray Ban  /  Bag: Tory Burch  /  Necklace: Kendra Scott


August 3, 2015

Work After Vacation


Going back to work after being off for a week was hard.  I really love my job but the work that built up has been cray-to-the-cray.  I have not had a week off from work since my honeymoon.  I worked during my maternity leave with Lucas so it wasn't really time off from work.  Anywho, I opted to dress comfortably last week since I knew I was going to be tied down to my chair for awhile.  But am I the only weirdo masochist that likes to be super busy at work?

Top: Ann Taylor {Similar}  /  Pants: Express  /  Shoes: Charles by Charles David     
Handbag: Tory Burch  /  'Lucas' Necklace: {Similar}


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