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Hi  Dolls, 

Is fashion simply an applied art?  

I would agree it is.  Art is expression and every day we get dressed is another day to express ourselves through the clothing we wear.   I recently had the distinct honor of attending the ArtRepublic Fashion Design Gala at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.  There, was an exhibit by Jacksonville photographer Toni Smalajic and the black-tie occasion contributed to the notion that fashion is an applied art.  The event was sponsored by Estee Lauder and the honorary fashion designer for the evening was New York City's own, Alex Vinash.   It was definitely a riveting evening of fashion design and flashing lights.  
My only complaint would be the hideous wrist band we had to wear that took away from our lovely evening gowns.  At least it was blue so it sort of matched but if you're reading this Art Republic, no wrist bands next time. :)
But any who, I grabbed my bestie and we painted the town, or shall I say, the Prime Osborn, red together! 

 ~THE COCKTAIL PARTY~
Before the fashion show, guests, dressed in their best, mixed and mingled over hors d'oeuvres and cocktails sponsored by Glenfiddich.  I ran into Tracie Franklin, ambassador for Glenfiddich, who I had the pleasure of meeting last spring at a Glenfiddich Whiskey tasting and she was just as pleasant as I remember. 
 My two favorite Glenfiddich cocktails for the evening were the Madame X and that really pretty pink drink, The Kiss.   The drinks were pretty strong but they were good and perfect for sipping whilst mingling. 
The specialty hors d'ouevres for the evening were these delicious chicken and waffle bites.  They were some what deconstructed because they didn't look like chicken and waffles but they definitely had all the flavors of the iconic dish.
Of course there was an Estee Lauder step and repeat.  It was great seeing such a reputable brand as the title sponsor for the gala.
 In a press release, Estee Lauder Sales and Education Executive, Valerie Fazzingo mentioned "I couldn't be more pleased with the partnership between ArtRepublic and Estee Lauder."  "Through our fashion event and social media campaign, we will work to showcase the strength and beauty behind modern trends, and shed light on the fashion and beauty community in Jacksonville."
Her statement resonates with me as a fashion blogger because there are lots of great things happening in the fashion and beauty community here in Jacksonville, that people need to know about.
Now you already know, I had to get in my photo op on the red carpet honey!!!

~ESTEE LAUDER BACKSTAGE EXPERIENCE~
The backstage experience was intended to give sponsors, partners, and VIP attendees a closer and more intimate engagement with the designer.   I spent a great majority of the evening mingling during the cocktail party but I made my way into the backstage area right before the fashion show began.  Make-up artist Gregory Lawrence was already done making up all the beautiful models and guests of honor, but I was able to catch a glimpse of this make-up chart he "beat"!
Luckily Alex Vinash was still backstage getting in pictures with some of the models and of course I slid on in there for a picture as we all were being directed to the main room for the show.
We took a picture together and I even got a few giggles out of him while I was at it.  
I also met this lovely young lady who was rocking the heck out of this pant suit.  This was one of Alex Vinash's designs and I believe it was made just for her.  It takes a certain someone to pull off this look elegantly and I think she did it perfectly.

~THE FASHION SHOW~

I was pretty excited to have a front and center view of the fashion show.  I felt like I was at New York Fashion Week in my own back yard.  Reminds me that I need to get my plane ticket to New York for February.  I'm not sure if it was my excitement but I loved everything that came down the runway!  All of the pieces from the collection aren't pictured but these were some of my favorites.  You can see a little more of his collection from the show in a short clip on my Instagram page (here).
For this show, Alex Vinash revealed his 2018 spring collection.  As I mentioned earlier, I loved everything.   For every look I uttered "I'd totally rock that!".  His new collection features handmade textures and feather accents.   
I adored this gold and green dress.  It was so pretty!

  I loved the feather detailing down the left side of the dress.  Beautiful!
Oh...one thing I did notice is that a lot of the pieces in Vinash's collection are cheeky!  Like I mentioned earlier, the right person can pull it off flawlessly.
Of everything that evening, I truly enjoyed the fashion show the best! Alex Vinash is extremely talented.  He is definitely on the rise.  In a press release he mentioned "I am thrilled to be participating as the lead designer in ArtRepublic's Fashion Design Gala."  "I am honored to get the opportunity to work with Art Republic and I am impressed with how their incubator program helps designers obtain exposure and to gain access to the fashion marketplace.  ArtRepublic is an important resource that helps emerging designers to reach the next level." 
I definitely wish him the best of luck.  I won't be surprised to see him in an even bigger light soon.  His clothing are phenomenal.  
I''m really excited about what ArtRepublic is doing.  First the Techism exhibit, then the Fashion Design Gala, and I can't forget to mention all of the incredible murals that have been going up all over town.  I am definitely impressed by what they're doing in the art community and I'm certainly a fan! 
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO

ArtRepublic Fashion Design Gala

Hi  Dolls, 

Is fashion simply an applied art?  

I would agree it is.  Art is expression and every day we get dressed is another day to express ourselves through the clothing we wear.   I recently had the distinct honor of attending the ArtRepublic Fashion Design Gala at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.  There, was an exhibit by Jacksonville photographer Toni Smalajic and the black-tie occasion contributed to the notion that fashion is an applied art.  The event was sponsored by Estee Lauder and the honorary fashion designer for the evening was New York City's own, Alex Vinash.   It was definitely a riveting evening of fashion design and flashing lights.  
My only complaint would be the hideous wrist band we had to wear that took away from our lovely evening gowns.  At least it was blue so it sort of matched but if you're reading this Art Republic, no wrist bands next time. :)
But any who, I grabbed my bestie and we painted the town, or shall I say, the Prime Osborn, red together! 

 ~THE COCKTAIL PARTY~
Before the fashion show, guests, dressed in their best, mixed and mingled over hors d'oeuvres and cocktails sponsored by Glenfiddich.  I ran into Tracie Franklin, ambassador for Glenfiddich, who I had the pleasure of meeting last spring at a Glenfiddich Whiskey tasting and she was just as pleasant as I remember. 
 My two favorite Glenfiddich cocktails for the evening were the Madame X and that really pretty pink drink, The Kiss.   The drinks were pretty strong but they were good and perfect for sipping whilst mingling. 
The specialty hors d'ouevres for the evening were these delicious chicken and waffle bites.  They were some what deconstructed because they didn't look like chicken and waffles but they definitely had all the flavors of the iconic dish.
Of course there was an Estee Lauder step and repeat.  It was great seeing such a reputable brand as the title sponsor for the gala.
 In a press release, Estee Lauder Sales and Education Executive, Valerie Fazzingo mentioned "I couldn't be more pleased with the partnership between ArtRepublic and Estee Lauder."  "Through our fashion event and social media campaign, we will work to showcase the strength and beauty behind modern trends, and shed light on the fashion and beauty community in Jacksonville."
Her statement resonates with me as a fashion blogger because there are lots of great things happening in the fashion and beauty community here in Jacksonville, that people need to know about.
Now you already know, I had to get in my photo op on the red carpet honey!!!

~ESTEE LAUDER BACKSTAGE EXPERIENCE~
The backstage experience was intended to give sponsors, partners, and VIP attendees a closer and more intimate engagement with the designer.   I spent a great majority of the evening mingling during the cocktail party but I made my way into the backstage area right before the fashion show began.  Make-up artist Gregory Lawrence was already done making up all the beautiful models and guests of honor, but I was able to catch a glimpse of this make-up chart he "beat"!
Luckily Alex Vinash was still backstage getting in pictures with some of the models and of course I slid on in there for a picture as we all were being directed to the main room for the show.
We took a picture together and I even got a few giggles out of him while I was at it.  
I also met this lovely young lady who was rocking the heck out of this pant suit.  This was one of Alex Vinash's designs and I believe it was made just for her.  It takes a certain someone to pull off this look elegantly and I think she did it perfectly.

~THE FASHION SHOW~

I was pretty excited to have a front and center view of the fashion show.  I felt like I was at New York Fashion Week in my own back yard.  Reminds me that I need to get my plane ticket to New York for February.  I'm not sure if it was my excitement but I loved everything that came down the runway!  All of the pieces from the collection aren't pictured but these were some of my favorites.  You can see a little more of his collection from the show in a short clip on my Instagram page (here).
For this show, Alex Vinash revealed his 2018 spring collection.  As I mentioned earlier, I loved everything.   For every look I uttered "I'd totally rock that!".  His new collection features handmade textures and feather accents.   
I adored this gold and green dress.  It was so pretty!

  I loved the feather detailing down the left side of the dress.  Beautiful!
Oh...one thing I did notice is that a lot of the pieces in Vinash's collection are cheeky!  Like I mentioned earlier, the right person can pull it off flawlessly.
Of everything that evening, I truly enjoyed the fashion show the best! Alex Vinash is extremely talented.  He is definitely on the rise.  In a press release he mentioned "I am thrilled to be participating as the lead designer in ArtRepublic's Fashion Design Gala."  "I am honored to get the opportunity to work with Art Republic and I am impressed with how their incubator program helps designers obtain exposure and to gain access to the fashion marketplace.  ArtRepublic is an important resource that helps emerging designers to reach the next level." 
I definitely wish him the best of luck.  I won't be surprised to see him in an even bigger light soon.  His clothing are phenomenal.  
I''m really excited about what ArtRepublic is doing.  First the Techism exhibit, then the Fashion Design Gala, and I can't forget to mention all of the incredible murals that have been going up all over town.  I am definitely impressed by what they're doing in the art community and I'm certainly a fan! 
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO
Hi Dolls!

Cheetohs?  Yes!  Snickers?  Yes!  A new Corvette?  Huh!?!?  
Yep, that's right!  You can now get all of these things out of a vending machine.  Well not the same vending machine, but you get what I'm saying.  Carvana has made buying a car a completely seamless and memorable experience with the new car vending machine concept!  Ya know...16 year old kids have really got it made these days!  Their first car experiences are about to be lit!
THE CAR VENDING MACHINE EXPERIENCE
If you have driven up and down I-95 over the last couple of months, there is no way you've missed the massive glass tower of cars with that gorgeous blue glow at night!  That is the new Carvana car vending machine.  Actually it's the first car vending machine in the state of Florida, right here in Jax!  With 8 stories of sparkly and fully detailed used vehicles and 4 delivery bays, the fully-automated, coin operated beauty is the new way to purchase a used car.
I was invited to an exclusive behind the scenes look at how Carvana vends fresh cars, daily, and it was pretty cool.  First and foremost, the car buying process is done completely online.  From browsing their 7,000 + inventory of certified vehicles, to completing financing paperwork, you can purchase your new car within minutes from the comfort of your home.   No haggling and no middle man!  You can then have it delivered to your driveway or pick it up via the car vending machine experience!  Of course, I would totally opt for the latter!   They also have a 7-day money back guarantee so once you pick up your car, you have a week to truly decide if it's for you with no worries.
During our sneak peek we got to take a little ride up the car lift for a closer look at the cars and how they are maneuvered down the vending machine!  It is a pretty cool sight!  You  even get a life-size coin to drop into the slot.  Then Yahtzee!  Here comes your shiny new whip, ready for you to drive off in!
IT'S A CELEBRATION
As I mentioned earlier, this is the first car vending machine to be built in Florida so there's definitely need for celebration.  During our sneak peak, we got to nibble on Sweet by Holly cupcakes which are so sinful!
They always amaze me with the variety of flavors they offer.  You've got to watch out for those little cuppies.  You can't eat just one...or five. 
We also had wine!  Lots of wine because what's a celebration without an adult beverage!?!
The Rose was on point!
We also got goodie bags with lots of Carvana swag! 
WHAT'S THE CATCH?
Well there's no "catch"  to the Carvana car vending machine!  It's everything I mentioned and an experience you have to add to your bucket list.  What's the Catch, the food truck, was what was for dinner!  They were in the building to make sure we didn't go hungry after such a cool ride.
I've had tacos from them once before a long time ago and after this night, I'm kicking myself for not having indulged more since.  Their tacos are amazeballs!
~BAJA TACO~
This was the day's special!  Made with blackened Mahi on a bed of lettuce topped with black beans, corn salsa, tortilla sauce, and their signature slurry sauce.  This taco was BOMB!!!  So good I had to get another one before leaving!
~ISLAND SHRIMP TACO~
Made with fried shrimp over lettuce with pineapple-mango salsa, pico, and Peruvian sauce, this taco was equally BOMB!!!
Overall, we had a really fun time at the Carvana behind the scenes tour!  There's nothing like seeing something cool that piques your interest and then being able to experience it for yourself.  It was fun for me and I wasn't even shopping for a car. I can only imagine the excitement one will feel going to the Carvana car vending machine to pick up their new vehicle.  It is definitely sure to be a worthwhile experience.  Plus any event with wine, food, and cupcakes gets an A+ in my book!  If you're in the market for a new car, check out Carvana! This may be just the experience your looking for.
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week!
XOXO

Carvana Car....Vending Machine

Hi Dolls!

Cheetohs?  Yes!  Snickers?  Yes!  A new Corvette?  Huh!?!?  
Yep, that's right!  You can now get all of these things out of a vending machine.  Well not the same vending machine, but you get what I'm saying.  Carvana has made buying a car a completely seamless and memorable experience with the new car vending machine concept!  Ya know...16 year old kids have really got it made these days!  Their first car experiences are about to be lit!
THE CAR VENDING MACHINE EXPERIENCE
If you have driven up and down I-95 over the last couple of months, there is no way you've missed the massive glass tower of cars with that gorgeous blue glow at night!  That is the new Carvana car vending machine.  Actually it's the first car vending machine in the state of Florida, right here in Jax!  With 8 stories of sparkly and fully detailed used vehicles and 4 delivery bays, the fully-automated, coin operated beauty is the new way to purchase a used car.
I was invited to an exclusive behind the scenes look at how Carvana vends fresh cars, daily, and it was pretty cool.  First and foremost, the car buying process is done completely online.  From browsing their 7,000 + inventory of certified vehicles, to completing financing paperwork, you can purchase your new car within minutes from the comfort of your home.   No haggling and no middle man!  You can then have it delivered to your driveway or pick it up via the car vending machine experience!  Of course, I would totally opt for the latter!   They also have a 7-day money back guarantee so once you pick up your car, you have a week to truly decide if it's for you with no worries.
During our sneak peek we got to take a little ride up the car lift for a closer look at the cars and how they are maneuvered down the vending machine!  It is a pretty cool sight!  You  even get a life-size coin to drop into the slot.  Then Yahtzee!  Here comes your shiny new whip, ready for you to drive off in!
IT'S A CELEBRATION
As I mentioned earlier, this is the first car vending machine to be built in Florida so there's definitely need for celebration.  During our sneak peak, we got to nibble on Sweet by Holly cupcakes which are so sinful!
They always amaze me with the variety of flavors they offer.  You've got to watch out for those little cuppies.  You can't eat just one...or five. 
We also had wine!  Lots of wine because what's a celebration without an adult beverage!?!
The Rose was on point!
We also got goodie bags with lots of Carvana swag! 
WHAT'S THE CATCH?
Well there's no "catch"  to the Carvana car vending machine!  It's everything I mentioned and an experience you have to add to your bucket list.  What's the Catch, the food truck, was what was for dinner!  They were in the building to make sure we didn't go hungry after such a cool ride.
I've had tacos from them once before a long time ago and after this night, I'm kicking myself for not having indulged more since.  Their tacos are amazeballs!
~BAJA TACO~
This was the day's special!  Made with blackened Mahi on a bed of lettuce topped with black beans, corn salsa, tortilla sauce, and their signature slurry sauce.  This taco was BOMB!!!  So good I had to get another one before leaving!
~ISLAND SHRIMP TACO~
Made with fried shrimp over lettuce with pineapple-mango salsa, pico, and Peruvian sauce, this taco was equally BOMB!!!
Overall, we had a really fun time at the Carvana behind the scenes tour!  There's nothing like seeing something cool that piques your interest and then being able to experience it for yourself.  It was fun for me and I wasn't even shopping for a car. I can only imagine the excitement one will feel going to the Carvana car vending machine to pick up their new vehicle.  It is definitely sure to be a worthwhile experience.  Plus any event with wine, food, and cupcakes gets an A+ in my book!  If you're in the market for a new car, check out Carvana! This may be just the experience your looking for.
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week!
XOXO
"What is that?  Velvet?!?"  Name that movie or we're no longer friends!  Just kidding but these booties though!!! 
"THESE BOOTIES THOUGH!"
There is no denying that Crushed Velvet has made a comeback in a major way.  It is definitely on trend this fall and I am totally here for it!  The luxe sheen and soft texture completely lures you in!  Unlike traditional velvet, crushed velvet adds a little more va-va-voom to the look of the fabric.  The crinkly texture creates shadows and dimensions making the fabric a statement in itself!  When I saw this amazing pair of crushed velvet booties from the fab, online shoe boutique, An Unlikely Pear, it was highly likely I had to have them!
I am literally obsessed with these booties!  You all know I love my heels and I am completely smitten by these.  They're definitely a show stopper and an attention getter.  I received tons of compliments from my entire look that day but most were enamored with these Teddi Crushed Velvet Ankle Booties, honey!  
We won't even talk about how many times I was caught petting my shoes!  Ok, ok, so I really just wanted to make sure I kept them spiffy.  Velvet is hard to clean!
Rose gold, blush, mauve, and pink hues in general, are some of my favorite colors so the fact that these baddies are blush may have quite easily made these my new favorite pair of shoes.  I am going to get plenty of wear out of them this season!  I can promise you that!
 THE LOOK:
Leather goes great with crushed velvet!  The contrasting textures compliment each other perfectly!  Burgundy and blush look amazing together as well so I grabbed my blush choker sweater and leather jacket, burgundy leather pants, and these new blush crushed velvet booties and IT WAS A LOOK! 
My snakeskin clutch tied the entire look together! I was totally feeling myself!  Can you tell?
Sidenote: Did I mention it is still hot as balls in Florida...in November?  Yeah, soooo, the jacket had to come off but your girl was still cute! 
Shop Similar Looks Below:
THE BRAND:
So let me tell you about An Unlikely Pear...yes pear as in the fruit!
They are a fun and trendy online shoe boutique based right here in Jacksonville!  They have exceptional customer service and I absolutely love their story behind using the word "pear" instead of pair.  Here's the scoop...shoes and fruit have a lot in common.  They both come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and types.  Fruit have a short shelf life as sometimes shoes go out of style.  Plus the pear happens to be the brands favorite fruit and a homonym for pair so it totally works!  Fun right?!?  Do the unexpected!  I love it!
GIVEAWAY!
I know you love these booties as much as I do and now you have the chance to get yourself a pair! 
If you shop An Unlikely Pear now, you can get 10% off of your purchase with the code HIGHHEELSGOODMEALS.  
If you're really feeling froggy, jump on this giveway for your very own pair of Crushed Velvet Booties (here) or Leopard Print Booties (here)!  I know right!  (Where are the laptop emojis when you need them?!)  One of my lucky readers will win one of them.  
Simply follow the steps below!
~To Enter is Simple~
1.) Follow An Unlikely Pear on Instagram (here) and Facebook (here)
2.)  Follow me on Instagram (here) and Facebook (here)
3.) Leave a comment telling me which pair of booties you absolutely have to have and why!
The giveaway will run here, on Instagram, and Facebook until next Thursday, November 16, 2017.  
I will announce the winner on my Instagram stories!  
This is an amazing giveaway!  The winner is going to love their new pair of booties!  As always thank you so much for stopping by and for your continuous support!  You're all appreciated!  Have a great day and good luck!
XOXO

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by An Unlikely Pear, however my opinions are 100% my own.

Totally Crushing on These Crushed Velvet Booties (Giveaway!)

"What is that?  Velvet?!?"  Name that movie or we're no longer friends!  Just kidding but these booties though!!! 
"THESE BOOTIES THOUGH!"
There is no denying that Crushed Velvet has made a comeback in a major way.  It is definitely on trend this fall and I am totally here for it!  The luxe sheen and soft texture completely lures you in!  Unlike traditional velvet, crushed velvet adds a little more va-va-voom to the look of the fabric.  The crinkly texture creates shadows and dimensions making the fabric a statement in itself!  When I saw this amazing pair of crushed velvet booties from the fab, online shoe boutique, An Unlikely Pear, it was highly likely I had to have them!
I am literally obsessed with these booties!  You all know I love my heels and I am completely smitten by these.  They're definitely a show stopper and an attention getter.  I received tons of compliments from my entire look that day but most were enamored with these Teddi Crushed Velvet Ankle Booties, honey!  
We won't even talk about how many times I was caught petting my shoes!  Ok, ok, so I really just wanted to make sure I kept them spiffy.  Velvet is hard to clean!
Rose gold, blush, mauve, and pink hues in general, are some of my favorite colors so the fact that these baddies are blush may have quite easily made these my new favorite pair of shoes.  I am going to get plenty of wear out of them this season!  I can promise you that!
 THE LOOK:
Leather goes great with crushed velvet!  The contrasting textures compliment each other perfectly!  Burgundy and blush look amazing together as well so I grabbed my blush choker sweater and leather jacket, burgundy leather pants, and these new blush crushed velvet booties and IT WAS A LOOK! 
My snakeskin clutch tied the entire look together! I was totally feeling myself!  Can you tell?
Sidenote: Did I mention it is still hot as balls in Florida...in November?  Yeah, soooo, the jacket had to come off but your girl was still cute! 
Shop Similar Looks Below:
THE BRAND:
So let me tell you about An Unlikely Pear...yes pear as in the fruit!
They are a fun and trendy online shoe boutique based right here in Jacksonville!  They have exceptional customer service and I absolutely love their story behind using the word "pear" instead of pair.  Here's the scoop...shoes and fruit have a lot in common.  They both come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and types.  Fruit have a short shelf life as sometimes shoes go out of style.  Plus the pear happens to be the brands favorite fruit and a homonym for pair so it totally works!  Fun right?!?  Do the unexpected!  I love it!
GIVEAWAY!
I know you love these booties as much as I do and now you have the chance to get yourself a pair! 
If you shop An Unlikely Pear now, you can get 10% off of your purchase with the code HIGHHEELSGOODMEALS.  
If you're really feeling froggy, jump on this giveway for your very own pair of Crushed Velvet Booties (here) or Leopard Print Booties (here)!  I know right!  (Where are the laptop emojis when you need them?!)  One of my lucky readers will win one of them.  
Simply follow the steps below!
~To Enter is Simple~
1.) Follow An Unlikely Pear on Instagram (here) and Facebook (here)
2.)  Follow me on Instagram (here) and Facebook (here)
3.) Leave a comment telling me which pair of booties you absolutely have to have and why!
The giveaway will run here, on Instagram, and Facebook until next Thursday, November 16, 2017.  
I will announce the winner on my Instagram stories!  
This is an amazing giveaway!  The winner is going to love their new pair of booties!  As always thank you so much for stopping by and for your continuous support!  You're all appreciated!  Have a great day and good luck!
XOXO

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by An Unlikely Pear, however my opinions are 100% my own.
Hi Dolls,

I don't know about you all, but I live for a good deal!  From flights to clothes, I have a phone full of apps to help me find the best deal for just about everything I purchase.  Though I love quality items worth investing in, I appreciate affordable clothing that's trendy and flattering.  This fun outfit was under $75 from head to toe, and it's super cute!
I haven't been able to get enough of this hat lately.  
I've never really been much of a hat kind of girl, but I think that will be changing now!  They're so cute and can really take your look up a notch.
I also can't get enough of these Diandra shades and Tracee earrings from Shop Amerika B. Style Me!  They're my favs and I always get so many compliments when I wear them!
Click here to get yourself a pair!
Although, the weather is still pretty warm here in Florida, I have been itching to wear my boots and I couldn't resist the opportunity when I put this look together.
I got these thigh high Kelsie Dagger boots a few years ago and I'm still in love with them.  They're comfortable and versatile enough to wear with a plethora of looks.  The exposed zipper down the back of them is what I love most!
As I mentioned earlier, this is a bargain look!  I love shopping at places like Ross, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls because you can always find a great deal if you have the patience to look through the racks.  
I got this dress from Ross for a whopping $9.99!  Crazy right!  My hat was from Forever 21 for $12 bucks, my accessories were around $20 and the boots were around $30! 
I didn't purchase everything at the same time, but it just goes to show, you can always but together a great look with out spending a ton of money.  All about mixing and matching!
Shop Similar Looks Below!

Where are your favorite places to bargain shop?  
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a wonderful week!
XOXO

Bargain Shopping

Hi Dolls,

I don't know about you all, but I live for a good deal!  From flights to clothes, I have a phone full of apps to help me find the best deal for just about everything I purchase.  Though I love quality items worth investing in, I appreciate affordable clothing that's trendy and flattering.  This fun outfit was under $75 from head to toe, and it's super cute!
I haven't been able to get enough of this hat lately.  
I've never really been much of a hat kind of girl, but I think that will be changing now!  They're so cute and can really take your look up a notch.
I also can't get enough of these Diandra shades and Tracee earrings from Shop Amerika B. Style Me!  They're my favs and I always get so many compliments when I wear them!
Click here to get yourself a pair!
Although, the weather is still pretty warm here in Florida, I have been itching to wear my boots and I couldn't resist the opportunity when I put this look together.
I got these thigh high Kelsie Dagger boots a few years ago and I'm still in love with them.  They're comfortable and versatile enough to wear with a plethora of looks.  The exposed zipper down the back of them is what I love most!
As I mentioned earlier, this is a bargain look!  I love shopping at places like Ross, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls because you can always find a great deal if you have the patience to look through the racks.  
I got this dress from Ross for a whopping $9.99!  Crazy right!  My hat was from Forever 21 for $12 bucks, my accessories were around $20 and the boots were around $30! 
I didn't purchase everything at the same time, but it just goes to show, you can always but together a great look with out spending a ton of money.  All about mixing and matching!
Shop Similar Looks Below!

Where are your favorite places to bargain shop?  
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a wonderful week!
XOXO
Hi Dolls,

I never really understood the power of completing "lists"  until I started taking my "bucket" list seriously!  The saying goes, "If you write it down, you're more inclined to do it".  A few years back my brother and I decided we would do something adrenaline-inspired once a year and we started with sky-diving.  Since then, we've zip-lined through the rainforest, snorkled in the Atlantic, rode horses along the beaches of PR, and ATV'd through the islands.   I've taken things a step further and started seeing more of the world.  If you're like most people, you've gone ga-ga whenever you've see pictures or videos of Santorini, Greece.  The perfect skies, colorful flowers, beautiful water, and pristine white buildings with blue roof tops will entice anyone who loves pretty things.  It certainly lured me...so much so, I was able to scratch it off of my bucket list recently.  
I finally made my way to Oia Village in Santorini during my Ancient Mediterranean vacation last summer and it was more beautiful than I ever expected. 
This village is a bloggers dream!  The white buildings are the perfect backdrop for photo ops!
We were only in Oia Village for a couple hours, as our itinerary was jam packed and tightly scheduled, but with everything so picturesque,  having a camera ready to snap at every corner was a must!  
For what ever the reason, the village was packed with visitors during this time so getting that perfect shot was a challenge, especially with the heat a-blazing, but for the most part I prevailed!
Every time I look back at these picture, I'm enamored with God's creations.  This village is so perfect, these pictures almost look fake.  It looks as though I'm standing in front of a backdrop.  Nature's beauty!
The next time I visit Greece, I have to make sure it's during the cooler months.  It was hot as fish grease out there.  I think I sweat a few pounds off in those 2 hours but it was totally worth it!
Even though we were there for what seemed like a minute, it was an amazing time.  I felt unreal. 
 These are the kind of moments I live for!  For the rest of my life, I want to experience new things and see as much of the world as I possibly can!  It's truly fulfilling!
When we got back to our cruise ship, I felt as though my entire 13 day vacay was complete!  I think it was written all over my face.....and the fact that I had unlimited margaritas helped!
 I'm not done with Greece. 
 It's been on my mind a lot since last summer so it's only right I return.
  Next time I want to spend a little more time exploring Santorini!  If you've ever been, please let me know what I else I must see!  What things are currently on your bucket list?
  Besides returning to Greece, I'd love to visit London next! (insert "thinking" emoji here)
As always, thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a fabulous weekend!
XOXO

Oh Oia!

Hi Dolls,

I never really understood the power of completing "lists"  until I started taking my "bucket" list seriously!  The saying goes, "If you write it down, you're more inclined to do it".  A few years back my brother and I decided we would do something adrenaline-inspired once a year and we started with sky-diving.  Since then, we've zip-lined through the rainforest, snorkled in the Atlantic, rode horses along the beaches of PR, and ATV'd through the islands.   I've taken things a step further and started seeing more of the world.  If you're like most people, you've gone ga-ga whenever you've see pictures or videos of Santorini, Greece.  The perfect skies, colorful flowers, beautiful water, and pristine white buildings with blue roof tops will entice anyone who loves pretty things.  It certainly lured me...so much so, I was able to scratch it off of my bucket list recently.  
I finally made my way to Oia Village in Santorini during my Ancient Mediterranean vacation last summer and it was more beautiful than I ever expected. 
This village is a bloggers dream!  The white buildings are the perfect backdrop for photo ops!
We were only in Oia Village for a couple hours, as our itinerary was jam packed and tightly scheduled, but with everything so picturesque,  having a camera ready to snap at every corner was a must!  
For what ever the reason, the village was packed with visitors during this time so getting that perfect shot was a challenge, especially with the heat a-blazing, but for the most part I prevailed!
Every time I look back at these picture, I'm enamored with God's creations.  This village is so perfect, these pictures almost look fake.  It looks as though I'm standing in front of a backdrop.  Nature's beauty!
The next time I visit Greece, I have to make sure it's during the cooler months.  It was hot as fish grease out there.  I think I sweat a few pounds off in those 2 hours but it was totally worth it!
Even though we were there for what seemed like a minute, it was an amazing time.  I felt unreal. 
 These are the kind of moments I live for!  For the rest of my life, I want to experience new things and see as much of the world as I possibly can!  It's truly fulfilling!
When we got back to our cruise ship, I felt as though my entire 13 day vacay was complete!  I think it was written all over my face.....and the fact that I had unlimited margaritas helped!
 I'm not done with Greece. 
 It's been on my mind a lot since last summer so it's only right I return.
  Next time I want to spend a little more time exploring Santorini!  If you've ever been, please let me know what I else I must see!  What things are currently on your bucket list?
  Besides returning to Greece, I'd love to visit London next! (insert "thinking" emoji here)
As always, thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a fabulous weekend!
XOXO

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