Saturday, February 28, 2015

'Hello There' Doormat


This darling 'hello there' doormat just came back in stock!  So cute - I just picked one up for my front door!  Just thought I'd share!  Have a lovely weekend!

And this super cute 'Ooh La La' door mat - maybe I'll have to get this one too!

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Lip Care & Makeup Essentials

Happy Saturday Lovelies!  Here are just a few of my favorite lip care essentials!  

Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss  - perfect shine and keeps lips moisturized
Lip Scrubs - these sugar scrubs make your lips oh so kissable soft!
The skin on your lips are extra thin - make sure they stay protected with a sunblock formulated for lips - my fave is by Shiseido - use it underneath your lipstick- love that it has no taste nor scent.


Style Guide: The Cutest Bikinis for Under $25!


Winter is almost past us....well, almost!  But -  it's never too early to get ready for bikini season!  You don't have to spend a fortune on the latest bikinis - there are so many cute bikinis that I've found for under $25!  From polka dotted to retro bikinis - they're all within your budget for some cute new swimwear.  

Sales to be had - remember - you're saving money here!  

Amazon - You would never expect that Amazon would have so many cute bikinis under $25 - but they do!  All styles and sizes too!

asos - save $15 off $100 with code:  15FREE, $30 off $150 with code:  30FREE and $50 off $200 with code:  50FREE - ends March 1st at 3:00am EST (basically - shop today!)  - They seriously have swimwear starting at $3!!  

Charlotte Russe - Sign up for their email list and get an additional 10% off

Forever 21 - I had no idea they had so many cute bikinis! And starting at only $4.80!!

Nordstrom - a bunch of cute bikinis and a few on sale for over 40% off!  All under $25!

Victoria's Secret - $15 off $100, $25 off $150, and $55 off $250 with code:  SPRING15 - Valid thru March 1 at 11:59 PST.  Shop today!!

Which one is your favorite?  

Friday, February 27, 2015

Style Guide: Animal Prints Fashion Trend 2015

Animal prints are such a timeless trend.  You can treat them like a neutral and pair them with almost anything.  Don't be afraid to match them with a pop of color.  If you're not bold enough to wear a leopard print shirt, try a scarf instead.  What is your favorite way to wear animal print?  

Kahala Resort - Best Sticky Buns Recipe



Good morning Lovelies!  Have I got a treat for you today!  The wonderful chef at Kahala Resort has shared their famous sticky buns recipe with us!  With only 6 ingredients - it takes only 5 minutes to assemble and the rest of the next 18 minutes - you will spend drooling in anticipation of eating these sticky and gooey and mouth watering sticky buns.  

Ingredients:

One can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls
1 stick of unsalted butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup pecans

Preheat oven to 375.   Cream the butter and the sugars.  Drizzle honey in and mix well.  Distribute the pecans evenly amongst the muffin tin.  Add a good sized dollop of buttery goodness on top of the pecans and top it off with a cinnamon roll.  Bake for 18-20 minutes.  Flip them out and serve immediately.  

Sorry - I do not know the calorie count nor will I even make an attempt to figure it out.  I cannot be held responsible if you eat the whole platter because they are really that good.  Good thing maxi dresses are in this summer!  Or if you're just gonna have one - then these pretty swimsuits are definitely waiting for you.  


See?  Just 6 ingredients!  Easiest sticky buns you'll ever make! 


 Cream the butter and the sugars


Drizzle in the honey and mix well while scraping down the sides.




Add pecans into muffin tin and spoon the butter/sugar mixture into each well.


Drop a cinnamon roll onto each mixture.


Flip them out immediately and enjoy!  Don't forget to lick your fingers!!  


Style Guide: The Prettiest Maxi Dresses for Summer



Maxi dresses!!!  I love maxi dresses.  They are so comfortable and so beautiful!  And they're flattering for every figure.  They hide our flaws oh so well!  From gorgeous florals and geometric designs to solid colors and gorgeous prints, I love them all.  For sure you'll find me living in them during the summer!  

Here are some places that I like to shop for maxi dresses:


And here are some of my favorite dresses for this season:


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wedding Save The Dates

Congratulations to your wedding engagement!  You must be so excited about planning your wedding!  I still remember planning mine like it was yesterday - it's been nearly 14 years!  The first thing you'll want to do after you've found your venue and settled on a date is to send out Save the Date cards.  You'll want to send them out 4-6 months in advance so out of town guests have plenty of time to make travel arrangements.  Take a look at these pretty save the date cards that we've found for you.  Which one is your favorite?  I'm loving the gold foil embossed ones!  So pretty!


Pastel Pink Outfit Ideas - Pink Outfit Inspiration


Good morning lovelies!  Are you ready for spring?  I am!  What better way to welcome spring than to add some pink pieces to your closet?  I also love changing up the scents in my home from warm winter scents to more floral scents such as Jo Malone's Orange Blossom - it really is such a beautiful scent.  Another favorite from their line is Peonies & Blush. You can also combine their fragrances - they layer quite well!  I'm also loving these kate spade spring blossom sneakers.  So pretty! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What to Wear to a Wedding

Finding a dress for a wedding shouldn't be difficult - but it always seems impossible!  You don't want to be underdressed nor overdressed and you definitely don't want to take the spotlight away from the bride.  White's a no-no, but cream is ok.  Any other rules that you can think of?  

I've found some gorgeous dresses for you - in all price ranges.  Which ones are your favorites?  


   

Bauble Bar Sample Sale!



Baublebar is having an amazing sample sale - with select gorgeous pieces at up to 75% off!  Get ready to sparkle!  Don't wait - pieces are selling out quickly so if you have your eye on one - make sure you buy it soon!  

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Gifts for the Tech Lover






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I love tech gadgets - possibly because I'm secretly a nerd.  I still remember when the first iPhone came out and I went out and bought one.  It was the.coolest.thing.ever.  I digress.  Being nerdy doesn't mean that you are relegated to the color scheme of black, white, and grey.  There are so many cool and fun patterns out there for our tech gadgets - from leopard print iPhone cases to polka dot laptop sleeves by kate spade.  


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

50 Bridesmaids Dresses They Will Love To Wear!

Finding a bridesmaid dress that will suit the entire bridal party doesn't have to be painful.  Take a look at these gorgeous dresses - think about letting your girls mix and match as long as it's in the same color family.  That way they are more apt to be able to wear the dress again for another occasion.  

Here are some gorgeous dresses that are on sale:


J.Crew is having their once a year 25% off wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses - use code:  LOVE

Things to Do on Oahu

There is a lot to do on Oahu from helicopter rides to cage diving with the sharks.  But.....we wanted to relax - so we didn't do a whole lot of the touristy stuff.  We spent most of our time at the Kahala Resort - laying around and playing on their private beach and snorkeling around their man made reefs.  

We spent one whole day driving around the entire island - seeing all the popular tourist spots.  It was fun but the traffic - oh the traffic - nearly drove me nuts.  There was only one lane at a lot of spots and the speed limit was only 35 MPH!  

Waikiki - we saw this busy little city on the first day in.  It was packed full of people!  Mental note - avoid Waikiki the rest of the trip!  We did stop here for dinner at Ramen Nakamura on the recommendation of a friend - it was delicious!  If you go - it's cash only - that's one thing that I noticed on the island - a lot of establishments is cash only.  The beach is packed - there is no easy parking - people were walking all over the place in their tiny bikinis and surfboards in tow.  





Oh did I say that I was here to relax?  Yes - the beach.  I loved the beach at the Kahala - it was clean and many times there were only a few families sharing a nice stretch of beach with us.  Quiet and a protected lagoon.  This swimsuit was perfect - ruffles and stripes and under $100.  These sunnies are another favorite of mine - super dark shades and oversized.  


Loved that the Kahala had a diving platform for the older kiddos to jump off of while Mama laid on the beach.  Cute bow sandals for $25!  



The snorkeling at Hanauma Bay was awesome - so many schools of fish.  Make sure you get there early because they will run out of parking - that and they only let 3000 people in per day.  Entry is $7.50 for 12 and up.  



Water shoes are a must.  These are super comfy and stay put via velcro.  You definitely don't want to cut your feet on the coral.  


And when the little guy gets tired - he wants to be carried.  I LOVE the new ErgoBaby 360 that lets him face forward.  He loves being able to see everything!  It is so comfortable to wear that I didn't even bring a stroller on this trip.  The belt is thicker than the old style and allows you to adjust the tightness via velcro - almost like a weight belt.  



Olivia really wanted to swim with the dolphins so we booked it through Dolphin Quest which was located right on property at the Kahala.  Amazing and attentive staff who really took the time to explain dolphin behavior, training, and husbandry to the kids. 




We visited the shrimp trucks in Haleiwa along the North Shore.  The husband got the garlic shrimp and rice from Giovannis and I got mine from Honos.  We both agreed that the rice at Giovanni's is better but the shrimp was better at Honos.  Both were delicious and definitely a must eat.  Bring cash - $13 a plate.  The only drawback was - there were a million flies flying around which was quite gross....but everyone said we had to try it - so we did!  


We stopped by the North Shore to see the famed 15-20 foot waves.  So sad.  There was nothing that day.  It was a pretty stop nonetheless!  We also stopped by the Dole Plantation  and learned some fascinating facts about pineapples.  Don't get ripped off like I did and buy the chocolate covered macadamia  nuts there - they charge $14 a box whereas at Costco - yes I went to Costco - sells it for only $2.35 a box!!  The husband liked to joke that the Pineaapple Dole-ar exchange rate is 6:1.



Our next stop around the island was at the Mormon Temple in Laie.  It was beautiful but we didn't get to stay because it was getting late and it was another hour and a half long drive before we would get around the island. 

We kept driving and saw the ranch where they filmed Jurassic Park - it's a beautiful drive if you have the time.  Where are your favorite, must see spots in Oahu?  

Monogrammed and Personalized Gift Ideas - Marley Lilly

Are you looking for a personalized or monogrammed gift idea?  Look no further than Marley Lilly for cute and affordable monogrammed gifts!  They frequently have flash sales where they offer super cute items for a highly discounted price.  Take a look at our pretty picks for you - what's your favorite item?



BHLDN - Pretty Wedding Inspiration from Decor to Dresses

Did you recently get engaged?  Congratulations!!  Now the fun part begins - wedding planning!  BHLDN is such a pretty place to start the planning process - they have a highly curated selection of wedding pretties - from ridged tin vases (which are on sale starting at $2 now) to beautiful wedding dresses made of Alencon lace.  Take a look at all the pretties they carry - I especially love their bridesmaid dresses - the girls can totally wear them again after the wedding!



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