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Hi Dolls, 

Mimi's Cafe, well known for offering French inspired American comfort food, has become one of my favorite places to dine over the years!  To be honest any place that offers warm baskets of carrot cake and baguettes as a compliment is grade A in my book!  All jokes aside, I love how Mimi's changes their menu throughout the seasons and I recently had the opportunity to check out some items from their latest menu!
For starters, we ordered the Trio of Appetizers!  It features some all time favorites: warm spinach and artichoke dip with homemade chips, hand-breaded chicken tenders, and a new menu item, lightly fried zucchini.  I loved the zucchini fries!  They were very flavorful and had the perfect bite.  Even though they're fried, I didn't feel too guilty eating them since it is a veggie!
  A new feature on Mimi's menu is the mix and match option!  You can choose from a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts!  Per the recommendation of our awesome waitress, Petra (hey girrlll), I chose the Turkey Royale sandwich that came on an amazing cranberry wheat bread, tomato basil soup, which had a delectably creamy texture, and the delicious bacon and bleu cheese salad.  This trio was perfect together.  I think this menu option will be a new lunch go-to for me!
 The Hibachi plate is also a new menu item.  
Of course, I immediately thought of a Japanese steakhouse when I saw Hibachi as a new feature, but in this instance it's simply the method of grilling.  I choose the hibachi plate with salmon but you can get it with chicken or shrimp as well.  It was a very nice portion of salmon and it came with crunchy vegetables, a sweet honey teriyaki glaze, sprinkles of sesame seeds, and long grain rice.  I absolutely loved this dish.  It had nice Asian-inspired flavors, and I love when veggies still had that lovely crunch to them!
Last but not least was the chicken, shrimp, and Andouille sausage jambalaya.  This is definitely a French Basque inspired dish!  If you love cajun-style cuisine, you will LOVE this.  We got it with rice but you can also get it with penne pasta.  Super flavorful and just the right amount of heat!
Needless to say we were stuffed so we reluctantly passed on dessert but I am always pretty impressed with the menu choices at Mimi's!  This new update did not disappoint!  A couple of new dishes that I would love to try are the Tuscan-Style Grilled Chicken served with garlic toast, mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, and artichokes.  I also noticed the Provencal Veggie pasta. I noticed the sea of some of my favorite veggies in it including roasted zucchini, squash, eggplant, mushrooms, artichokes, onions, and grape tomatoes!  Definitely a perfect dish for fall and a perfect dish for anyone trying to get in that daily dose of veggies.  Overall, we enjoyed every bit of our dinner.  Stop in to your local Mimi's to give some of these new menu items a try!  You will not be disappointed!  
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO


Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Mimi's Cafe.  I was given the food used in this post but my opinions are unbiased and 100% my own.

Mimi's Cafe New Menu Favorites


Hi Dolls, 

Mimi's Cafe, well known for offering French inspired American comfort food, has become one of my favorite places to dine over the years!  To be honest any place that offers warm baskets of carrot cake and baguettes as a compliment is grade A in my book!  All jokes aside, I love how Mimi's changes their menu throughout the seasons and I recently had the opportunity to check out some items from their latest menu!
For starters, we ordered the Trio of Appetizers!  It features some all time favorites: warm spinach and artichoke dip with homemade chips, hand-breaded chicken tenders, and a new menu item, lightly fried zucchini.  I loved the zucchini fries!  They were very flavorful and had the perfect bite.  Even though they're fried, I didn't feel too guilty eating them since it is a veggie!
  A new feature on Mimi's menu is the mix and match option!  You can choose from a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts!  Per the recommendation of our awesome waitress, Petra (hey girrlll), I chose the Turkey Royale sandwich that came on an amazing cranberry wheat bread, tomato basil soup, which had a delectably creamy texture, and the delicious bacon and bleu cheese salad.  This trio was perfect together.  I think this menu option will be a new lunch go-to for me!
 The Hibachi plate is also a new menu item.  
Of course, I immediately thought of a Japanese steakhouse when I saw Hibachi as a new feature, but in this instance it's simply the method of grilling.  I choose the hibachi plate with salmon but you can get it with chicken or shrimp as well.  It was a very nice portion of salmon and it came with crunchy vegetables, a sweet honey teriyaki glaze, sprinkles of sesame seeds, and long grain rice.  I absolutely loved this dish.  It had nice Asian-inspired flavors, and I love when veggies still had that lovely crunch to them!
Last but not least was the chicken, shrimp, and Andouille sausage jambalaya.  This is definitely a French Basque inspired dish!  If you love cajun-style cuisine, you will LOVE this.  We got it with rice but you can also get it with penne pasta.  Super flavorful and just the right amount of heat!
Needless to say we were stuffed so we reluctantly passed on dessert but I am always pretty impressed with the menu choices at Mimi's!  This new update did not disappoint!  A couple of new dishes that I would love to try are the Tuscan-Style Grilled Chicken served with garlic toast, mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, and artichokes.  I also noticed the Provencal Veggie pasta. I noticed the sea of some of my favorite veggies in it including roasted zucchini, squash, eggplant, mushrooms, artichokes, onions, and grape tomatoes!  Definitely a perfect dish for fall and a perfect dish for anyone trying to get in that daily dose of veggies.  Overall, we enjoyed every bit of our dinner.  Stop in to your local Mimi's to give some of these new menu items a try!  You will not be disappointed!  
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO


Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Mimi's Cafe.  I was given the food used in this post but my opinions are unbiased and 100% my own.
Hi Dolls,

Oktoberfest is this month and folks are getting their bellies ready for insurmountable amounts of beer but like I've said before (here), "it's more fun when you're having rum", at Rumtoberfest!  
Bahama Breeze is celebrating their 5th annual Rum celebration to commemorate the Caribbean's love for rum!  It's a celebration of all things rum, and I joined in on the fun!  This year there's even more ways to sip and well....eat rum!  As a matter of fact, because I had a hard time choosing one rum cocktail, I got a flight with three!  Don't you dare judge!
I ordered the Higgla's Happy Juice! 
 Before I get into the drinks, the teacher in me has to educate you, a little, on what "Higgla" means!  Island street vendors like to haggle and I can vouch for this as I've been privy to it during my past island vacations.  So higgla (hig-la) is a little Island slang for a haggler or salesperson.  However, if you like rum and fruity drinks, I won't have to do much to sale you on this tropical rum flight!
So here's what you get with the Higgla's Happy Juice in the order pictured:
Shipwrecked:  This drink had a nice earthy vibe to it!  It was made with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Cruzan Coconut Rum, bitters, and tropical fruit.  
Tradewinds:  This was my favorite of the flight!  It's made with Cruzan aged rums, aprico brandy, coconut and lime juice.
Bahama Mama:  It's hard to go wrong with this classic!  It's made with Cruzan Coconut, Bacardi Black and Castillo Silver Rums, Leroux Banana Liquer, pineapple and orange juice.
New this year for Rumtoberfest is also the Rum Raid!  This is an ultimate flight featuring 8 rum-filled elixirs inspired by the Caribbean!  Since my boyfriend wasn't indulging in the rum cocktails this evening I didn't want to be a complete lush so I stuck to the Higgla's Happy Juice.  I think three drinks is a good limit!
No matter what I'm at Bahama Breeze for, Coconut Shrimp is a must order, every single time!  It is easily one of my favorite menu items at Bahama Breeze.  The citrusy mustard sauce compliments the coco-nutty shrimp, perfectly!  We always demolish these babies in 2 minutes or under!  
In honor of Rumtoberfest, I had to order the Rum and Coke Chicken and Ribs!  Both are glazed with Bahama Breeze's rum and coke BBQ sauce and served with griddled mac and cheese, grilled corn on the cob, and jimaca cole slaw (which I substituted with mashed potatoes).  I liked everything except for the griddled mac and cheese.  They were pretty bland.  The tender ribs and chicken made up for it though!  The ribs were literally falling off of the bone!
My guy ordered one of my favorites from Bahama Breeze!  The grilled chicken with cilantro-crema.  This dish is so flavorful and comes with mashed potatoes, roasted corn, topped with a blend of three cheeses and drizzle of cilantro crema!  It's is so good!  I have participated in Rumtoberfest at Bahama Breeze for the last 3 years or so and each year gets better and better!  Bahama Breeze is just lots of fun anyways!  I always enjoy sitting on the patio to enjoy live reggae music and entertainment.  
So, now that summer has come to a close, fall is all about connecting with loved ones as the holidays approach!  This is my favorite time of year!  Bahama Breeze is making it easy to let loved ones know you're thinking of them through a limited-time partnership with the Ink Card app (here)!  To celebrate Rumtoberfest, Bahama Breeze designed a capsule collection of ink cards which are now available!  I created this one and sent it to my family in Texas and now my fabulous readers can do the same!  
Use the code below and send your first Ink Card for free!!!
-Simply download the Ink Card app for free!
-Enter your email address
-Click the icon in the top left to expand the menu
-Select "Unlock Hidden Card"
-Enter the code:  BBRUM3
-Select your card, upload your favorite photo, customize the text and address, then send it off to make your loved ones' day!
Make sure you grab a friend or two to head out to Bahama Breeze to partake in all of the rum fun!  Rumtoberfest will be happening from now until November 5th. Make sure to try the Rum Raid, takes lots of pics (#Rumtoberfest), and most of all, have fun!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!
XOXO

Disclaimer:  This post was sponsored by Bahama Breeze.  However, my opinions were my own and 100% honest and unbiased.

Bahama Breeze Rumtoberfest 2017

Hi Dolls,

Oktoberfest is this month and folks are getting their bellies ready for insurmountable amounts of beer but like I've said before (here), "it's more fun when you're having rum", at Rumtoberfest!  
Bahama Breeze is celebrating their 5th annual Rum celebration to commemorate the Caribbean's love for rum!  It's a celebration of all things rum, and I joined in on the fun!  This year there's even more ways to sip and well....eat rum!  As a matter of fact, because I had a hard time choosing one rum cocktail, I got a flight with three!  Don't you dare judge!
I ordered the Higgla's Happy Juice! 
 Before I get into the drinks, the teacher in me has to educate you, a little, on what "Higgla" means!  Island street vendors like to haggle and I can vouch for this as I've been privy to it during my past island vacations.  So higgla (hig-la) is a little Island slang for a haggler or salesperson.  However, if you like rum and fruity drinks, I won't have to do much to sale you on this tropical rum flight!
So here's what you get with the Higgla's Happy Juice in the order pictured:
Shipwrecked:  This drink had a nice earthy vibe to it!  It was made with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Cruzan Coconut Rum, bitters, and tropical fruit.  
Tradewinds:  This was my favorite of the flight!  It's made with Cruzan aged rums, aprico brandy, coconut and lime juice.
Bahama Mama:  It's hard to go wrong with this classic!  It's made with Cruzan Coconut, Bacardi Black and Castillo Silver Rums, Leroux Banana Liquer, pineapple and orange juice.
New this year for Rumtoberfest is also the Rum Raid!  This is an ultimate flight featuring 8 rum-filled elixirs inspired by the Caribbean!  Since my boyfriend wasn't indulging in the rum cocktails this evening I didn't want to be a complete lush so I stuck to the Higgla's Happy Juice.  I think three drinks is a good limit!
No matter what I'm at Bahama Breeze for, Coconut Shrimp is a must order, every single time!  It is easily one of my favorite menu items at Bahama Breeze.  The citrusy mustard sauce compliments the coco-nutty shrimp, perfectly!  We always demolish these babies in 2 minutes or under!  
In honor of Rumtoberfest, I had to order the Rum and Coke Chicken and Ribs!  Both are glazed with Bahama Breeze's rum and coke BBQ sauce and served with griddled mac and cheese, grilled corn on the cob, and jimaca cole slaw (which I substituted with mashed potatoes).  I liked everything except for the griddled mac and cheese.  They were pretty bland.  The tender ribs and chicken made up for it though!  The ribs were literally falling off of the bone!
My guy ordered one of my favorites from Bahama Breeze!  The grilled chicken with cilantro-crema.  This dish is so flavorful and comes with mashed potatoes, roasted corn, topped with a blend of three cheeses and drizzle of cilantro crema!  It's is so good!  I have participated in Rumtoberfest at Bahama Breeze for the last 3 years or so and each year gets better and better!  Bahama Breeze is just lots of fun anyways!  I always enjoy sitting on the patio to enjoy live reggae music and entertainment.  
So, now that summer has come to a close, fall is all about connecting with loved ones as the holidays approach!  This is my favorite time of year!  Bahama Breeze is making it easy to let loved ones know you're thinking of them through a limited-time partnership with the Ink Card app (here)!  To celebrate Rumtoberfest, Bahama Breeze designed a capsule collection of ink cards which are now available!  I created this one and sent it to my family in Texas and now my fabulous readers can do the same!  
Use the code below and send your first Ink Card for free!!!
-Simply download the Ink Card app for free!
-Enter your email address
-Click the icon in the top left to expand the menu
-Select "Unlock Hidden Card"
-Enter the code:  BBRUM3
-Select your card, upload your favorite photo, customize the text and address, then send it off to make your loved ones' day!
Make sure you grab a friend or two to head out to Bahama Breeze to partake in all of the rum fun!  Rumtoberfest will be happening from now until November 5th. Make sure to try the Rum Raid, takes lots of pics (#Rumtoberfest), and most of all, have fun!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!
XOXO

Disclaimer:  This post was sponsored by Bahama Breeze.  However, my opinions were my own and 100% honest and unbiased.
Hi Dolls,

Do you ever sit back and think about why some of the things that happen on a day to day basis...happen?  For example, do you ever wonder why you spend 10 minutes looking for your keys when they're staring right at you, in plain sight?  What about when you're running late and realize, as you're leaving your neighborhood, that you left your phone on the kitchen counter and HAVE to turn around to get it?  Oh, here's a good one, what about when your gas tank is on E but you figure you can make it to the gas station in the morning with no problem but then you actually run out of gas one block from the gas station?  No?  None of these things have ever happened to you?  Ha Ha, well all of them have happened to me at one point or another with the latter being the most recent!  Sorry mom!  In an attempt to be optimistic, I always try to look at these "setbacks" as blessings in disguise that were put in place to keep me safe.  
My friend Veronica, who also happens to be my go to photographer, came to my rescue as I was literally 3 minutes from her house.  After a quick session of laughing at the ridiculousness of running out of gas, we added a little gas to the tank then got in a quick photo shoot!  
Every thing happens for a reason right!?!  I had no intentions of showing off this cute lil' number!  Even though I didn't make it to service, this was my outfit for church last Sunday.   It looks like a blouse and skirt, but it's actually a dress!  The detail in the skirt is what drew me in!  The pictures really don't do it any justice as the black roses are made of a felt-like material.  Ohhh the details!
When it gets cooler, I definitely plan on wearing this again with a black or blush cape or a long blazer!  For Sunday service I kept it simple but cute as always!  
These heels happen to be a favorite pair of mine for two reasons!  For one, they're cute and comfy and for two, the name of this pair of shoes is my name, "Katrice"!  I never find ANYTHING with my name on it and to find a pair of shoes named after me is a pretty big deal!  
Dress:  Ross
Heels:  ShoeDazzle
What are some crazy things that happen that slow you down?  I'd love to hear about them!
As always thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO

Felt Printed Skirt

Hi Dolls,

Do you ever sit back and think about why some of the things that happen on a day to day basis...happen?  For example, do you ever wonder why you spend 10 minutes looking for your keys when they're staring right at you, in plain sight?  What about when you're running late and realize, as you're leaving your neighborhood, that you left your phone on the kitchen counter and HAVE to turn around to get it?  Oh, here's a good one, what about when your gas tank is on E but you figure you can make it to the gas station in the morning with no problem but then you actually run out of gas one block from the gas station?  No?  None of these things have ever happened to you?  Ha Ha, well all of them have happened to me at one point or another with the latter being the most recent!  Sorry mom!  In an attempt to be optimistic, I always try to look at these "setbacks" as blessings in disguise that were put in place to keep me safe.  
My friend Veronica, who also happens to be my go to photographer, came to my rescue as I was literally 3 minutes from her house.  After a quick session of laughing at the ridiculousness of running out of gas, we added a little gas to the tank then got in a quick photo shoot!  
Every thing happens for a reason right!?!  I had no intentions of showing off this cute lil' number!  Even though I didn't make it to service, this was my outfit for church last Sunday.   It looks like a blouse and skirt, but it's actually a dress!  The detail in the skirt is what drew me in!  The pictures really don't do it any justice as the black roses are made of a felt-like material.  Ohhh the details!
When it gets cooler, I definitely plan on wearing this again with a black or blush cape or a long blazer!  For Sunday service I kept it simple but cute as always!  
These heels happen to be a favorite pair of mine for two reasons!  For one, they're cute and comfy and for two, the name of this pair of shoes is my name, "Katrice"!  I never find ANYTHING with my name on it and to find a pair of shoes named after me is a pretty big deal!  
Dress:  Ross
Heels:  ShoeDazzle
What are some crazy things that happen that slow you down?  I'd love to hear about them!
As always thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO
Hi Dolls, 

 I recently partnered with the local BBQ King, Sonny's BBQ, to celebrate National Pulled Pork Day (here) and they were so kind to gift me with a Sonny's sauce kit!  The sauce kit contained their Original BBQ Sauce, Sweet BBQ sauce, and Classic dry rub!  Although today marks the second year that the National Pulled Pork Day is being celebrated, I decided to share one of my favorite, quick and easy recipes to showcase the Sonny's Sweet BBQ sauce, using chicken.  You can easily do the same thing with Pork Chops!
On those nights when I am super tired but want a home cooked meal, I throw a few BBQ Chicken Breasts together.  This recipe is so easy to follow and when you use thinly sliced chicken breasts it's ready in no time! I basted these babies with Sonny's Sweet BBQ sauce and it was money!  Check out the recipe below!
Sonny's was so generous to provide the a second sauce kit to one of my fabulous readers!  You'll receive the two BBQ sauces and Dry rub!  

To enter the giveaway is always simple! 
 Of course you should be a follower of mine and secondly just comment below with your favorite BBQ dish!  
The giveaway will be hosted on all of my social media channels and I will choose a winner this Sunday!  
As always, thank you for stopping by!  
You guys are the best!
XOXO

Disclosure:  I was asked to participate in the #PulledPorkDay campaign, sponsored by Sonny’s BBQ. Although I have been provided products, all opinions are my own.

Sonny's Sweet BBQ Baked Chicken & Giveaway

Hi Dolls, 

 I recently partnered with the local BBQ King, Sonny's BBQ, to celebrate National Pulled Pork Day (here) and they were so kind to gift me with a Sonny's sauce kit!  The sauce kit contained their Original BBQ Sauce, Sweet BBQ sauce, and Classic dry rub!  Although today marks the second year that the National Pulled Pork Day is being celebrated, I decided to share one of my favorite, quick and easy recipes to showcase the Sonny's Sweet BBQ sauce, using chicken.  You can easily do the same thing with Pork Chops!
On those nights when I am super tired but want a home cooked meal, I throw a few BBQ Chicken Breasts together.  This recipe is so easy to follow and when you use thinly sliced chicken breasts it's ready in no time! I basted these babies with Sonny's Sweet BBQ sauce and it was money!  Check out the recipe below!
Sonny's was so generous to provide the a second sauce kit to one of my fabulous readers!  You'll receive the two BBQ sauces and Dry rub!  

To enter the giveaway is always simple! 
 Of course you should be a follower of mine and secondly just comment below with your favorite BBQ dish!  
The giveaway will be hosted on all of my social media channels and I will choose a winner this Sunday!  
As always, thank you for stopping by!  
You guys are the best!
XOXO

Disclosure:  I was asked to participate in the #PulledPorkDay campaign, sponsored by Sonny’s BBQ. Although I have been provided products, all opinions are my own.
Hi Dolls, 


One thing I can say that resonates with most foodies is that everything tastes better with bacon!  And ever since I moved to the south, I've noticed that there are a heck of a lot of people who LOVE them some pulled pork!  With the love of pork at an all time high, what better way to honor the popularity of the beloved pig than with a national holiday!  Did you know that October is National Pork Month and that today is National Pulled Pork Day!?!?  I know right, neither did I until recently.  Sonny's BBQ is the inventor of National Pulled Pork Day and today marks the second year that BBQ restaurants and pork lovers have been celebrating all over the world!  
Last year, during the inaugural National Pulled Pork Day in Winter Park, Florida, Sonny's made big waves by setting a Guinness World Record for the largest serving of pulled pork!  It was served up hot and sauced on a bun and was a sight to behold, I'm sure!  
I recently partnered with Sonny's BBQ to get a taste of their pulled pork sandwich for myself and share some goodies with my readers so you all can partake in the pork-filled festivities!  I absolutely loved the sandwich!  There was nothing too fancy about it, just pulled pork in between a couple of slices of garlic toast but it was so good!  It's definitely worth trying for yourself and today would be the perfect day to do so!
Starting today you can enjoy some of the following:
$1 Pulled Pork Sliders (Oct. 12)
$1 OFF Pulled Pork Menu (Oct. 12-15)
this includes:
Redneck Egg Rolls
 Pulled Pork Dinner
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Sweet Carolina Sandwich.
Thank you to all who participated in my IG giveaway for a $25 gift card to Sonny's!  If you're bummed about not winning the gift card, don't fret because I've got another giveaway happening in my next post so stay tuned.  
Now if  you can't wait and you're really crazy about Pulled Pork you can enter in for a chance to win free pulled pork for a year!  For more details go to www.NationalPulledPorkDay.com
I hope to see you at Sonny's but if I don't enjoy your pulled pork and tell them Trice sent ya!

As always, thanks for stopping by!
XOXO

Disclosure:  I was asked to participate in the #PulledPorkDay campaign, sponsored by Sonny’s BBQ. Although I have been provided products, all opinions are my own.
   

National Pulled Pork Day

Hi Dolls, 


One thing I can say that resonates with most foodies is that everything tastes better with bacon!  And ever since I moved to the south, I've noticed that there are a heck of a lot of people who LOVE them some pulled pork!  With the love of pork at an all time high, what better way to honor the popularity of the beloved pig than with a national holiday!  Did you know that October is National Pork Month and that today is National Pulled Pork Day!?!?  I know right, neither did I until recently.  Sonny's BBQ is the inventor of National Pulled Pork Day and today marks the second year that BBQ restaurants and pork lovers have been celebrating all over the world!  
Last year, during the inaugural National Pulled Pork Day in Winter Park, Florida, Sonny's made big waves by setting a Guinness World Record for the largest serving of pulled pork!  It was served up hot and sauced on a bun and was a sight to behold, I'm sure!  
I recently partnered with Sonny's BBQ to get a taste of their pulled pork sandwich for myself and share some goodies with my readers so you all can partake in the pork-filled festivities!  I absolutely loved the sandwich!  There was nothing too fancy about it, just pulled pork in between a couple of slices of garlic toast but it was so good!  It's definitely worth trying for yourself and today would be the perfect day to do so!
Starting today you can enjoy some of the following:
$1 Pulled Pork Sliders (Oct. 12)
$1 OFF Pulled Pork Menu (Oct. 12-15)
this includes:
Redneck Egg Rolls
 Pulled Pork Dinner
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Sweet Carolina Sandwich.
Thank you to all who participated in my IG giveaway for a $25 gift card to Sonny's!  If you're bummed about not winning the gift card, don't fret because I've got another giveaway happening in my next post so stay tuned.  
Now if  you can't wait and you're really crazy about Pulled Pork you can enter in for a chance to win free pulled pork for a year!  For more details go to www.NationalPulledPorkDay.com
I hope to see you at Sonny's but if I don't enjoy your pulled pork and tell them Trice sent ya!

As always, thanks for stopping by!
XOXO

Disclosure:  I was asked to participate in the #PulledPorkDay campaign, sponsored by Sonny’s BBQ. Although I have been provided products, all opinions are my own.
   
Hi Dolls,

I'm pretty sure we all can agree that there have been times when you had a fun outfit styled in your mind but when it actually came time to wear it, you chickened out and went with something "safe".  It has happened to me more times than I can remember.  I think we let our insecurities get in the way of rocking a fabulous look for various reason be it size, height, or whatever! Sometimes social media and constant distractions on television distort our views of style appropriation and we find ourselves comparing our bodies to celebrities, models, and the random strangers we follow on Instagram.  The beautiful thing about fashion and personal style is that they have no boundaries.  I think you should always wear what makes you feel good!   Who cares if Joe Blow doesn't like it.  It's your relationship with style and when you feel good about what you're wearing, it shows.  
Today for "Try Day, Friday"  I've participating in an initiative created by Dia & Co.   They are a curated shopping experience, delivered to your doorstep, exclusively in sizes 14 and up.  "Try Day, Friday" was created to encourage us to face a fashion fear by stepping out of the box and today I styled an outfit that I typically wouldn't wear.  
I will say that since I became a blogger years ago, I have gotten a lot bolder and comfortable with the the articles of clothing I choose to rock!  I wear things now that I never would have thought twice about before.  I'm grateful that blogging has taken me outside of the norm in that realm. 
So about this look....
I use to be extremely hesitant about wearing mixed prints in fear of looking tacky.  I always kept it safe and super matchy-matchy.  I also shied away from wearing huge prints, especially floral ones in fear that they would make me look bigger than I am.  Don't know what on Earth gave me that notion but those were my reasons.   
I was in Chicago visiting for a few days last week and decided to rock this look one day!  I won't lie...at first I wasn't sure if the gingham and floral would work together but they totally did!  I received tons of compliments walking down the streets of Chi-town!  I added a sassy wide belt and cute accessories and  my look was complete.  
SIDENOTE:  When in Chicago, it is only right you visit Garrett Popcorn!  If you're a nut lover like me, you'll love the nut crisp popcorn!  I will be doing another post soon, detailing the fun ins and outs of my short visit to the Chi.  I love that place.  
 
So back to the topic at hand.  It's always fun to try new things and I enjoyed stepping out of the box with my look!  
I may just do a Try-Day Friday every week with something I wouldn't normally wear.  I don't mind seeing my personal style evolve into something more eclectic!
Pants:  Zara ~  Top:  Marshall's  ~  Earrings & Necklace:  Kendra Scott  ~  Sunnies:  Prada  ~  Watch:  Jord
Shop similar looks below.

So what are some of your fashion fears? 
I'd love to hear about them!  Leave me a note in the comment section below!  
As always thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!
XOXO

Facing My Fashion Fears

Hi Dolls,

I'm pretty sure we all can agree that there have been times when you had a fun outfit styled in your mind but when it actually came time to wear it, you chickened out and went with something "safe".  It has happened to me more times than I can remember.  I think we let our insecurities get in the way of rocking a fabulous look for various reason be it size, height, or whatever! Sometimes social media and constant distractions on television distort our views of style appropriation and we find ourselves comparing our bodies to celebrities, models, and the random strangers we follow on Instagram.  The beautiful thing about fashion and personal style is that they have no boundaries.  I think you should always wear what makes you feel good!   Who cares if Joe Blow doesn't like it.  It's your relationship with style and when you feel good about what you're wearing, it shows.  
Today for "Try Day, Friday"  I've participating in an initiative created by Dia & Co.   They are a curated shopping experience, delivered to your doorstep, exclusively in sizes 14 and up.  "Try Day, Friday" was created to encourage us to face a fashion fear by stepping out of the box and today I styled an outfit that I typically wouldn't wear.  
I will say that since I became a blogger years ago, I have gotten a lot bolder and comfortable with the the articles of clothing I choose to rock!  I wear things now that I never would have thought twice about before.  I'm grateful that blogging has taken me outside of the norm in that realm. 
So about this look....
I use to be extremely hesitant about wearing mixed prints in fear of looking tacky.  I always kept it safe and super matchy-matchy.  I also shied away from wearing huge prints, especially floral ones in fear that they would make me look bigger than I am.  Don't know what on Earth gave me that notion but those were my reasons.   
I was in Chicago visiting for a few days last week and decided to rock this look one day!  I won't lie...at first I wasn't sure if the gingham and floral would work together but they totally did!  I received tons of compliments walking down the streets of Chi-town!  I added a sassy wide belt and cute accessories and  my look was complete.  
SIDENOTE:  When in Chicago, it is only right you visit Garrett Popcorn!  If you're a nut lover like me, you'll love the nut crisp popcorn!  I will be doing another post soon, detailing the fun ins and outs of my short visit to the Chi.  I love that place.  
 
So back to the topic at hand.  It's always fun to try new things and I enjoyed stepping out of the box with my look!  
I may just do a Try-Day Friday every week with something I wouldn't normally wear.  I don't mind seeing my personal style evolve into something more eclectic!
Pants:  Zara ~  Top:  Marshall's  ~  Earrings & Necklace:  Kendra Scott  ~  Sunnies:  Prada  ~  Watch:  Jord
Shop similar looks below.

So what are some of your fashion fears? 
I'd love to hear about them!  Leave me a note in the comment section below!  
As always thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!
XOXO
Hi Dolls,


When I first saw this super cute embroidered top in the store, I jokingly told my friend who was with me, "This top is soooo nice!  Like me!"  Of course that can be interpreted a few different ways but I really am a genuinely nice person.  A friend on Facebook posted a caption that asked "What makes you a "good" or "nice" person?"  I chimed in explaining how I felt I was made this way.  I have genuine compassion and empathy for people.  I don't like to see people upset, especially because of something I've done.  I like seeing others happy and in a lot of cases I've sacrificed my own happiness so others can be.  When I read the responses from others, the answers varied but mostly centered around the same notion that you're nice by treating people the way you wish to be treated.  In light of current events, the Golden Rule is in need of some serious reinforcement.  I will never understand why or how people can treat others so nasty with out reason.  The world needs prayer.   On the brighter side we still have fashion so let's get into this look!
This entire outfit came from one of my favorite stores, TJ Maxx.  The exception is the clutch that came from CitiTrends.  The items were all purchased at different times but everything came together nicely, wouldn't you say!?! What I love most about the top is the embroidered bell sleeves and the fact that it ties to the back making it somewhat of a crop top.  LOVE!
 You can shop similar looks below!  

Before I go, I would love to hear from you all! 
 What do you think makes you a nice person?  
Let me know in the comments below and as always thank you for stopping by!
XOXO

Nice. Like Me!

Hi Dolls,


When I first saw this super cute embroidered top in the store, I jokingly told my friend who was with me, "This top is soooo nice!  Like me!"  Of course that can be interpreted a few different ways but I really am a genuinely nice person.  A friend on Facebook posted a caption that asked "What makes you a "good" or "nice" person?"  I chimed in explaining how I felt I was made this way.  I have genuine compassion and empathy for people.  I don't like to see people upset, especially because of something I've done.  I like seeing others happy and in a lot of cases I've sacrificed my own happiness so others can be.  When I read the responses from others, the answers varied but mostly centered around the same notion that you're nice by treating people the way you wish to be treated.  In light of current events, the Golden Rule is in need of some serious reinforcement.  I will never understand why or how people can treat others so nasty with out reason.  The world needs prayer.   On the brighter side we still have fashion so let's get into this look!
This entire outfit came from one of my favorite stores, TJ Maxx.  The exception is the clutch that came from CitiTrends.  The items were all purchased at different times but everything came together nicely, wouldn't you say!?! What I love most about the top is the embroidered bell sleeves and the fact that it ties to the back making it somewhat of a crop top.  LOVE!
 You can shop similar looks below!  

Before I go, I would love to hear from you all! 
 What do you think makes you a nice person?  
Let me know in the comments below and as always thank you for stopping by!
XOXO

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