Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Summer Set

crop & skirt (BCBG c/o Morton James LOVE this MATCHING SET at 30% OFF), heels (Joie, see SIMILAR SPLURGE vs STEAL), clutch (Elaine Turner SPLURGE vs STEAL), necklace (Hazen c/o Adele Lexington), shades (Gucci), rings (Anna Beck, Lagos)

Now that summer is more or less upon us, no better time than the present to start sporting Matching Summer Sets (ps:  this LOVELY is 30% OFF).  I love the idea of a unified print and just a hint of midriff---Chaser would have a fit if I showed any more skin--she's at that, "mom button that button," stage, which I really just find precious.  Never one to disappoint, Morton James has a boatload of summer frocks and sets to get us all geared up for the season.  Quick sidetone, my cork clutch is sold out but found this CORK is the perfect sub at a great price point!  
Alright gang, I'll be back to my normal posting routine now that I'm back from my weekend in Chicago.  Cheers to a wonderful start to your week.  Feel free to shop the look below---make it a great one!

photos courtesy of Kristin Tatem

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Swim Talk

this post is sponsored by  TARGET

bikini (TARGET), hat (Nordstrom ONLY $22), shades (Ray Ban), bag (TARGET), shirt (Jcrew see SIMILAR), necklace (Maya Brenner)

With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, it is the official kick off of bathing suit season.  Now look, I know this time is more or less dreadful in part for most of us because we have to bring the pasty white bods out from hiding and hope and pray our workout/diet routines will finally have paid off.  Here's the deal---I hope I'm not speaking out of turn, but I can speak on behalf of the ladies in my life, we are ALWAYS going to have an area(s) that is the pain in our side...or in my case--my hind and my hips.  They're big, they're curvy, they're not as proportionate to my flat chest as I'd hope for but you know what---they're not going anywhere....They're mine--suckers are here to stay.  The hips birthed the babes, the chest fed the babes, and the booty, well it's just where the cupcakes go and I'm not about to give those babies up.  And it's taken me 30+ years to embrace the robust nature of them but I finally have.  Finally.  And the moment I accepted that I'm going to work towards the best version of myself and own it, was the moment I stopped dreading tossing on a suit.  And my wish is that we can all get there---just own it, gang.   Because here's the deal, I've got two little ladies that watch my every move and my hope for them is they love themselves inside and out.  Throughout all of the challenges that life and snarky kids will throw their way, I want them to have the utmost confidence in who they are mind, BODY, and soul.  So while the pool is indeed motivation to get my hind in gear, my two daughters really drive my mindset towards being comfy in my skin.  

I think the key to getting ourselves confident in a bathing suit is finding the right suit for our shapes.  Accentuating the positives, right?  This is why I love Target's options.  There are A. a ton of possibilities to mix and match, B. amazing price points so you can snag a few different sets, and C.  the prints and colors are spot on.  Take this tribal one I'm sporting piped in black.  I've long been a lover of the athletic top--I'm not going to try to pretend I have a big chest so I nix the underwire, padding option---I'm comfy in this.  I feel like I'm wearing a sports bra...I can move, I can swim, I can chase the babes, and I can have a margarita poolside in this bad boy.  The bottoms have just the right amount of detailed elements but don't accentuate and draw too much attention to my curve---win/win, right?  I also think it's critical to be honest with yourself---you may love a bandeau but if you're too busty, that sucker ain't gonna work.  On the flip side, I look like a little boy named Timmy when I try to sport a bandeau too, so I forgo that option.  If your tummy is a point of contention, one pieces are making huge strides and are so dang slimming so maybe give them a go.  Bottom line, TRY A TON ON, and bring a friend who is going to be honest....like brutally honest.   Don't bring a "Yes Man" to the dressing room--bad bad move.  

Here's another tip for upping your bathing suit game---the styling of your look.  It's not just about the suit itself but the accessories that accompany and amplify the look.  Think hats, beach bags, bright sandals, necklaces, shades....these are all easy add ons that will take your beach/poolside look to the next level.  I'm personally a big fan of oversized men's shirts...they're subtly sexy, comfy, and cover you as much or as little as you want---they're also effortless and we all own them so it's an easy way to up the ante.  Also, I typically find myself making stops for dinner and/or drinks after the pool so by simply tying this blouse in a knot and tossing on jeans or shorts, I'm good to go for an early evening out!

I'm not just spouting off at the mouth with these tips...it's truly how I approach bikini season.  I've learned to perfect the swimsuit shopping game and I highly encourage us all to have fun with it.  I mean, we've just made it through an extremely nasty winter and deserve some dang fun in the sun, you know?   Have fun trying on your own suits and finding that perfect combo that will exude confidence.  Be honest about what's holding you back from having some pool/beachside swag.  Allow Target to get y'all geared up to have a summer for the books!   

photos courtesy of Kristin Tatem

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Sale Alert

The Memorial Day Sales are already underway and this one from Nordstrom is a damn good one indeed.  I always take advantage of the ShoesBags, & Denim--such goodins.  Be sure to check out some of my picks below--the sale lasts through the end of the month so be sure to snag the goodies while they're still avail!  Y'all have a great evening--make it a great one!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Spots Squared

dress, heels, clutch (Omar + Elsie), rings (Anna Beck), shades (Sole Society)

You know when you can sport a head to toe look from one spot, it's a damn good joint indeed.  We're talking Omar + Elsie, and it's been one of my faves in town since their doors opened.  Chock full of looks for both day and night and a shoe selection that I've long coveted--Miss Abby has curated a boutique that's both fun and unique---simply adore.  Be sure to swing on by (or call if out of state) and mention s + s for 15% off your purchase!  
Y'all have a great rest of the day---make it a fab one!

photos courtesy of Kristin Tatem

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Fresh Faced

obagi producst c/o Prive Medspa Lexington, KY, chambray (Sundry c/o Omar + Elsie), jeans (7FAM, see SIMILAR ONLY $56!), pillows (Adele Lexington)

Talking all things skincare today, gang!  So let me preface this post with a little background on my mug....Born and raised in South Florida where I essentially lived on the boat and beach as a kid--so much so that at the age of 27, I was diagnosed with skin cancer (squamous) and then again at the age of 30 (basal)...on my scalp of all places.   Therefore, I am the absolute first to admit my skin could be so much better had I not lived in the sun as a kid---I wish I would have protected it more as I'm now battling the dreaded crow's feet and sun spots that plague my face on the reg.  B U T, with this all being said,  we gotta live in the present and focus on making the best of what we're working with, right?  Enter Prive Medspa.  I cannot begin to tell you how much I value Prive from their insanely qualified, professional, just down right fabulously personable staff to their technology and product knowledge.  They're legit, gang.  I love that we have candid convos about the state of the union with my skin, what my concerns and insecurities are, and how we can best tackle and zap the shit outta them!  After sitting down with the gals several months ago, we decided my biggest challenge were my spots and discoloration and the perfect remedy for this was a series of 3 IPL sessions coupled with a daily regime of Obagi-C and monthly chemical peels.   I have to tell you, I could not be more thrilled with the outcome....the pics above have Z I P makeup or touchups on them...all natural, gang. I've noticed a huge improvement in the texture of my skin---almost as though it's more supple and smooth....my spots have minimized like you wouldn't believe and it's as though I'm working with the best case scenario my skin has to offer---over the moon with the results!  
Lexingtonians, I truly cannot express enough how much I value the group at Prive--I highly recommend that you give them a go.  And if you're feeling a little gun shy, why not try their monthly membership which helps to keep us accountable for our skin care routine?  By signing up (only $59/month), you receive your choice of a monthly facial, microderm, or chemical peel as well as annual discounts.  20% off products either once or twice a year depending on the length of your membership, 10% off injectables, and 10% off lasers such as the IPL I received.  I'm telling you, the membership is the O N L Y way I stay accountable to my routine....have a little microderm today as a matter of fact.  Be sure to give the gals at Prive a buzz and they'll get you all set up!
Alright gang, cheers to a great start to your week---friendly little reminder to start wearing that daily SPF---sun is a shining brightly these days!  Make it a great one and feel free to shop my look below!

photos courtesy of Kristin Tatem

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