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Wanna know why "Laughter is the best medicine"?  Well, it decreases stress, relieves tension, boosts your immune system, and releases endorphins.  In short, it makes your feel good!  My man laughs at EVERYTHING and has the innate ability to get me to laugh even when I don't want to.  My family and friends know that when we get together, there is going to be some extended periods of laughter!  I love being around people who I can laugh and have a good time with!  Photoshoots with my photog friend, Roni, is a guaranteed session of gut busting laughing!  She always has the greatest ideas for a shoot but it usually involves me looking pretty in a pretty rough place.  But they always make for some pretty awesome shoots and pretty fun times!
If you guys could have witnessed the lengths we went through to get to this rooftop, you would have enjoyed a laugh or two your self!  I'm pretty sure the people driving by did but I digress.  I love trekking through Jacksonville finding new locations with wall art I can admire.  It's really fun!
So about this look.  I thought this dress was adorable when I first saw it.  As you can see it's sheer so of course I had to wear something underneath.  I went with jeans this time around but when it gets cooler, I'm thinking a pair of leather pants and a moto jacket!  How would you style this dress? 
Dress-Forever 21~Jewelry-Kendra Scott~Heels-ShoeDazzle
(Shop Post Below)
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO

Pretty Things In Rough Places

Wanna know why "Laughter is the best medicine"?  Well, it decreases stress, relieves tension, boosts your immune system, and releases endorphins.  In short, it makes your feel good!  My man laughs at EVERYTHING and has the innate ability to get me to laugh even when I don't want to.  My family and friends know that when we get together, there is going to be some extended periods of laughter!  I love being around people who I can laugh and have a good time with!  Photoshoots with my photog friend, Roni, is a guaranteed session of gut busting laughing!  She always has the greatest ideas for a shoot but it usually involves me looking pretty in a pretty rough place.  But they always make for some pretty awesome shoots and pretty fun times!
If you guys could have witnessed the lengths we went through to get to this rooftop, you would have enjoyed a laugh or two your self!  I'm pretty sure the people driving by did but I digress.  I love trekking through Jacksonville finding new locations with wall art I can admire.  It's really fun!
So about this look.  I thought this dress was adorable when I first saw it.  As you can see it's sheer so of course I had to wear something underneath.  I went with jeans this time around but when it gets cooler, I'm thinking a pair of leather pants and a moto jacket!  How would you style this dress? 
Dress-Forever 21~Jewelry-Kendra Scott~Heels-ShoeDazzle
(Shop Post Below)
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO
Hi Dolls,

Ever since I was a kid, I have enjoyed popcorn as a snack and that hasn't changed since becoming an adult.  There's just something so endearing about watching a good movie or series on TV while muching on popcorn.  It's my go to on Thursday nights for Scandal or anything binge-worthy on Netflix.  And what pairs wonderfully with popcorn???  That's right, wine...or any other spirited beverage if you ask me!  Lucky for us, SkinnyPop has created the perfect "Popped and Paired" popcorn and cocktail pairing just in time for summer!
From mojitos to margaritas, SkinnyPop has got you covered especially if you can't quite decide what to "sip" on while enjoying your popcorn.  I love all of the pairings but one of my all time favorite drinks is the Moscow Mule so I grabbed my Original and Naturally Sweet bags of SkinnyPop, a few limes, some Titos, Ginger Beer and was all set for my Friday night of Netflix and Orange is the New Black!
 
Indulging in SkinnyPop is ideal because you can pretty much eat the whole bag without feeling like you need to hit the treadmill for a hour.  Their popcorn has no GMO's, gluten, or preservatives so feel free to munch until your heart's content.  On top of that they have so many different flavors, you're sure to find the one that best suits your fancy and now with the cocktail pairing to go along with it, you've got movie night under wraps!
The next time around I am totally going for the coconut margarita pairing.  I love eating jalepenos with my popcorn so I think jalepenos with the Jalepeno SkinnyPop would be amazing!  The coconut lime margarita would be perfect to cool off the spicy tastebuds!
Check out the cocktail pairings below!  Which one would be your go to?  Let me know in the comments below!
As always thanks so much for stopping by!  Grab you some SkinnyPop, an adult beverage, and enjoy your weekend!
next movie night!
XOXO

Skinny Pop for Movie Night

Hi Dolls,

Ever since I was a kid, I have enjoyed popcorn as a snack and that hasn't changed since becoming an adult.  There's just something so endearing about watching a good movie or series on TV while muching on popcorn.  It's my go to on Thursday nights for Scandal or anything binge-worthy on Netflix.  And what pairs wonderfully with popcorn???  That's right, wine...or any other spirited beverage if you ask me!  Lucky for us, SkinnyPop has created the perfect "Popped and Paired" popcorn and cocktail pairing just in time for summer!
From mojitos to margaritas, SkinnyPop has got you covered especially if you can't quite decide what to "sip" on while enjoying your popcorn.  I love all of the pairings but one of my all time favorite drinks is the Moscow Mule so I grabbed my Original and Naturally Sweet bags of SkinnyPop, a few limes, some Titos, Ginger Beer and was all set for my Friday night of Netflix and Orange is the New Black!
 
Indulging in SkinnyPop is ideal because you can pretty much eat the whole bag without feeling like you need to hit the treadmill for a hour.  Their popcorn has no GMO's, gluten, or preservatives so feel free to munch until your heart's content.  On top of that they have so many different flavors, you're sure to find the one that best suits your fancy and now with the cocktail pairing to go along with it, you've got movie night under wraps!
The next time around I am totally going for the coconut margarita pairing.  I love eating jalepenos with my popcorn so I think jalepenos with the Jalepeno SkinnyPop would be amazing!  The coconut lime margarita would be perfect to cool off the spicy tastebuds!
Check out the cocktail pairings below!  Which one would be your go to?  Let me know in the comments below!
As always thanks so much for stopping by!  Grab you some SkinnyPop, an adult beverage, and enjoy your weekend!
next movie night!
XOXO
Hi Dolls,


I know it has been a few weeks but wait I can explain!  I just got home from an amazing trip around the Ancient Mediterranean!  Yep, that's right!  I spent 13 days travelling around parts of Italy and Greece and saw some incredible views and archaeological sights! Of course, I did so while being comfortable and stylish, darling!  I know most people immediately think of Santorini when beautiful Greece comes to mind and yes, Oia Village in Santorini was seriously one of the most breathtaking places I've ever been!  I will share my experience in Oia with you soon but first let's talk Mykonos! It was easily another favorite of mine, especially as the sun set!
  Mykonos is one of the more popular islands in Greece lined with white buildings, winding roads, beautiful sunsets, beaches, and all of the summer time feels!
In true fashionista form, I wanted to wear an outfit that would pop against the white buildings and blue trim so I went with this super cute and flowy yellow dress!
   I'm still loving the off the shoulder trend and going to Greece wasn't going to stop me from rocking the look!  Besides the bright yellow color, the sleeves and off the shoulder detail is what sold it for me.  
But back to this beautiful little town in Greece...affectionately referred to as "Little Venice".  The sunsets are gorgeous and there are plenty of waterside restaurants and bars to catch a bite or a drink while watching the sunset.
 I'm sure most would agree that the 16th century windmills of Mykonos are the defining feature of the island and a must see! They're meticulously situated on the famous landmark hill in Chora and can be seen from most points throughout Mykonos. 
 Though they are not in operation today, from the 16th to 19th century, they functioned using gusty Nothern winds to help grind wheat and barley.  Farmers were able to support their families by the goods they were able to manufacture with these windmills.
 Throughout Mykonos are twisting and turning streets that one could easily get lost amongst but the charm and landscaping will help you forget about being stuck in a maze!
 
 I absolutely loved the cobblestone roads and painted trim on all of the the buildings! 

Because of the cobblestones, hills, and uneven pavement, I had to stick with flat shoes.  I didn't need to sprain any ankles while on vacation!
Just as I hoped, the yellow dress was an excellent compliment to the white and blue streets!
And who can resist a photo with a beautifully painted blue door?!?! Or a hat with what appears to be someone's name on it lol!  Obviously not me!
Dress:  Ross/ Sandals:  Nine West
Mykonos was beautiful and so much fun to explore.  It was a smidget of the wonderful things I experienced over the last few weeks.  I'll be sure to share more but in the meantime, thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO


Mellow Yellow in Mykonos, Greece

Hi Dolls,


I know it has been a few weeks but wait I can explain!  I just got home from an amazing trip around the Ancient Mediterranean!  Yep, that's right!  I spent 13 days travelling around parts of Italy and Greece and saw some incredible views and archaeological sights! Of course, I did so while being comfortable and stylish, darling!  I know most people immediately think of Santorini when beautiful Greece comes to mind and yes, Oia Village in Santorini was seriously one of the most breathtaking places I've ever been!  I will share my experience in Oia with you soon but first let's talk Mykonos! It was easily another favorite of mine, especially as the sun set!
  Mykonos is one of the more popular islands in Greece lined with white buildings, winding roads, beautiful sunsets, beaches, and all of the summer time feels!
In true fashionista form, I wanted to wear an outfit that would pop against the white buildings and blue trim so I went with this super cute and flowy yellow dress!
   I'm still loving the off the shoulder trend and going to Greece wasn't going to stop me from rocking the look!  Besides the bright yellow color, the sleeves and off the shoulder detail is what sold it for me.  
But back to this beautiful little town in Greece...affectionately referred to as "Little Venice".  The sunsets are gorgeous and there are plenty of waterside restaurants and bars to catch a bite or a drink while watching the sunset.
 I'm sure most would agree that the 16th century windmills of Mykonos are the defining feature of the island and a must see! They're meticulously situated on the famous landmark hill in Chora and can be seen from most points throughout Mykonos. 
 Though they are not in operation today, from the 16th to 19th century, they functioned using gusty Nothern winds to help grind wheat and barley.  Farmers were able to support their families by the goods they were able to manufacture with these windmills.
 Throughout Mykonos are twisting and turning streets that one could easily get lost amongst but the charm and landscaping will help you forget about being stuck in a maze!
 
 I absolutely loved the cobblestone roads and painted trim on all of the the buildings! 

Because of the cobblestones, hills, and uneven pavement, I had to stick with flat shoes.  I didn't need to sprain any ankles while on vacation!
Just as I hoped, the yellow dress was an excellent compliment to the white and blue streets!
And who can resist a photo with a beautifully painted blue door?!?! Or a hat with what appears to be someone's name on it lol!  Obviously not me!
Dress:  Ross/ Sandals:  Nine West
Mykonos was beautiful and so much fun to explore.  It was a smidget of the wonderful things I experienced over the last few weeks.  I'll be sure to share more but in the meantime, thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO


Hi Dolls,


I can't seem to get enough of the off the shoulder pieces this season!  I'm noticing a strong affinity towards embroidery too! Needless to say when I found this shirt that not only had embroidery, but was off the shoulders with the added bonus of stripes, I had to have it!
Not only that but it's super girly, light weight, and perfect for my summer wardrobe!
I paired the top with a nice pair of jeans, espadrilles, and this really cute lip crossbody bag.  I took the straps off and used it as a wristlet.  Love it when we have options!
I definitely have more plans for this adorable top!  
A nice pair of white shorts, linen trousers, or a pencil skirt with a peplum hem would look so fab with this top as well!  
What pieces are you always finding yourself reaching for this season?  
Top:  Steps New York (Orlando)
Heels:  ShoeDazzle (Similar)
Lip Crossbody:  Charlotte Russe (Here)
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  
XOXO

Off With The Shoulders!

Hi Dolls,


I can't seem to get enough of the off the shoulder pieces this season!  I'm noticing a strong affinity towards embroidery too! Needless to say when I found this shirt that not only had embroidery, but was off the shoulders with the added bonus of stripes, I had to have it!
Not only that but it's super girly, light weight, and perfect for my summer wardrobe!
I paired the top with a nice pair of jeans, espadrilles, and this really cute lip crossbody bag.  I took the straps off and used it as a wristlet.  Love it when we have options!
I definitely have more plans for this adorable top!  
A nice pair of white shorts, linen trousers, or a pencil skirt with a peplum hem would look so fab with this top as well!  
What pieces are you always finding yourself reaching for this season?  
Top:  Steps New York (Orlando)
Heels:  ShoeDazzle (Similar)
Lip Crossbody:  Charlotte Russe (Here)
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  
XOXO

Hi Dolls, 

Last week I was invited to Tijuana Flats to try out the new "Flat Outrageous" dishes that have been added to their menu right in time for summer!  The five new items are now available and are packed with flavor! My favorite thing to order whenever I go to Tijuana Flats is their flautas! They are lightly fried tortillas that are crunchy yet chewy and usually stuffed with something delicious so I was most excited to try the new Philly Cheesesteak Flautas which were easily my favorite dish that evening!
These flautas were made with shaved sirloin steak, mozzarella cheese, grilled onions, and pepper, served with queso. It was a nice take on the beloved sandwich and since I love flautas and I love Philly Cheesesteaks, this was a perfect remix!
Street-style Tacos are also new on the Flat Outrageous menu. For those of you who like a little kick, you'll enjoy the Jerk Chicken street taco. It's made with crispy jerk chicken, "MoreFire!" hot sauce, shaved cilantro cabbage, pineapple salsa, and cotija cheese. I really enjoyed the crispiness of the chicken. I like things a little spicy and the heat that the MoreFire sauce added was spot on!

The Crispy Baja Fish taco was made with crispy cod, chipotle crema, shaved cilantro cabbage, and pineapple salsa. This was my least favorite, mostly because the toppings really took over the taco. There were small bites of fish hidden under the massive amount of cabbage and salsa. The fish did have a nice flavor though, I just wish there was more of it!
My favorite street taco was the Lime steak. It was made with grilled garlic-lime steak, avocado crema, shaved cilantro cabbage, pico de gallo, and cojita cheese. The steak was very tender and seasoned well!

Last but not least were the Bangin' Chicken Tostadas. They were made with crispy corn tortillas with "Smack My Ass Bangin' Chicken", refried beans, cheddar-jack cheese, grilled onions & peppers, tomatoes, and ranch dressing. One thing I really love about Tijuana Flats is the names they come up with for their dishes and sauces! They crack me up!
I had a good time at the tasting. The new dishes were pretty tasty! Make sure to stop in at one of your nearest Tijuana Flats to try out the new Flat Outrageous items! I'm sure if they're limited time only but they are definitely great dishes for the summer!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a great week!

XOXO

Tijuana Flats is Flat Outrageous


Hi Dolls, 

Last week I was invited to Tijuana Flats to try out the new "Flat Outrageous" dishes that have been added to their menu right in time for summer!  The five new items are now available and are packed with flavor! My favorite thing to order whenever I go to Tijuana Flats is their flautas! They are lightly fried tortillas that are crunchy yet chewy and usually stuffed with something delicious so I was most excited to try the new Philly Cheesesteak Flautas which were easily my favorite dish that evening!
These flautas were made with shaved sirloin steak, mozzarella cheese, grilled onions, and pepper, served with queso. It was a nice take on the beloved sandwich and since I love flautas and I love Philly Cheesesteaks, this was a perfect remix!
Street-style Tacos are also new on the Flat Outrageous menu. For those of you who like a little kick, you'll enjoy the Jerk Chicken street taco. It's made with crispy jerk chicken, "MoreFire!" hot sauce, shaved cilantro cabbage, pineapple salsa, and cotija cheese. I really enjoyed the crispiness of the chicken. I like things a little spicy and the heat that the MoreFire sauce added was spot on!

The Crispy Baja Fish taco was made with crispy cod, chipotle crema, shaved cilantro cabbage, and pineapple salsa. This was my least favorite, mostly because the toppings really took over the taco. There were small bites of fish hidden under the massive amount of cabbage and salsa. The fish did have a nice flavor though, I just wish there was more of it!
My favorite street taco was the Lime steak. It was made with grilled garlic-lime steak, avocado crema, shaved cilantro cabbage, pico de gallo, and cojita cheese. The steak was very tender and seasoned well!

Last but not least were the Bangin' Chicken Tostadas. They were made with crispy corn tortillas with "Smack My Ass Bangin' Chicken", refried beans, cheddar-jack cheese, grilled onions & peppers, tomatoes, and ranch dressing. One thing I really love about Tijuana Flats is the names they come up with for their dishes and sauces! They crack me up!
I had a good time at the tasting. The new dishes were pretty tasty! Make sure to stop in at one of your nearest Tijuana Flats to try out the new Flat Outrageous items! I'm sure if they're limited time only but they are definitely great dishes for the summer!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a great week!

XOXO
Hi Lovelies,


I am walking into this week all smiles!  Wanna know why?  Because it is the last week of school!  I say this every year but I feels as though this school year FLEW by!  I guess that's what happens when you enjoy what you do.  It hasn't always been that way for me but I'll save that story for another day.  Anywho, I can't believe summer break is a few blinks away!  It is going to be an epic summer for me because I will be crossing off a few more bucket list items and I am stoked about it!  More on that is to come later but in the meantime, let's chat about this super summery outfit!

Thick Thighs Save Lives

Hi Lovelies,


I am walking into this week all smiles!  Wanna know why?  Because it is the last week of school!  I say this every year but I feels as though this school year FLEW by!  I guess that's what happens when you enjoy what you do.  It hasn't always been that way for me but I'll save that story for another day.  Anywho, I can't believe summer break is a few blinks away!  It is going to be an epic summer for me because I will be crossing off a few more bucket list items and I am stoked about it!  More on that is to come later but in the meantime, let's chat about this super summery outfit!

Hi Loves!


I recently visited the super cute, new artisan doughnut spot downtown and I have to admit, 
Good Dough is gooood though!  Haha, pun intended! 
I had been hearing a little chatter here and there about Good Dough well before their Grand Opening a few weeks ago as they've made their doughnuts available at a few pop-up events throughout town prior to.  I was excited to finally make my way out to their new brick and mortar in San Marco last week!  I was anticipating long lines so my mom and I got there pretty early but there were only 3 people ahead of us.  I was also crossing my fingers hoping that they wouldn't run out of doughnuts as I heard they did every day during their first week.  Welp, that didn't happen either!  Needless to say, we went on a good day!
Good Dough specializes in artisan donuts and coffee so each doughnut ranges between $2-$3 bucks.  Some may find that a little pricey but you've got to remember that they are hand-crafted and made fresh, in small batches daily!  As a matter of fact, you can watch them make the batches in house!  I love it when restaurants do that!
The flavor options were pretty unique.  Take the Mimosa doughnut for example!  I've never had a mimosa flavored doughnut but I have a sneaky suspicion that it has an orange flavor.  It is on my short list of doughnuts to try next time I visit.  Ooooooh and you know what would be really great...if they actually sold mimosas to go with their mimosa doughnut! Now there's a thought!  
Other flavors that day included Honey Lavender, Cardamon sugar, Strawberry, Chocolate Pistachio, Salted Caramel, Molly Ringwald w/sprinkles (raspberry), Monte Cristo, Brown Butter, and Nutella Bombs.
I believe their menu will vary throughout the seasons, consisting of their regular doughnuts and specialty doughnuts but with that being said, I was a little bummed that they didn't have a regular glazed doughnut on the menu.  I asked which doughnut would be the closest to it and the Brown Butter doughnut was the recommendation so that's what I got along with a nicely caffeinated cappuccino.  Good Dough serves locally roasted Vagabond coffee (here) and I really love the local camaraderie!  My mom got the Nutella bomb and a green tea. 
So as for my opinion....
The doughnuts were very rich, very very sweet, and a little more dense than I'm used to.  However, the flavors were great!  My mom mentioned that the Nutella bomb would've been perfect with a few chopped hazelnuts inside or on top!  
So listen...I had to make a second trip to Good Dough with very concrete intentions to try something else I saw on the menu!  Besides the artisan donuts, they have Doughwiches!  Yep that's right, doughnut sandwiches.  They currently have two, the Ham, Egg, and Cheese Doughwich and Fried Chicken Doughwich!  
You already know which one I went back for!
Yep, that's right, the Fried Chicken Doughwich!  
Y'all....this sandwich was AMAZING!  Of course I did not eat it all in one sitting because I'm trying to get my gym life back in order but WOW!  The beer battered chicken is flavored to perfection, fried to a perfect golden brown, topped with homemade pickles, and placed in between a split glazed doughnut (you know, the one I was missing from my first trip)!  When they brought it out to me, it felt like the moment when restaurants surprise you with a complimentary dessert on your birthday!  I was more in awe with how delicious it looked but trust me when I say it tasted just as good as it looked!  
Overall, I really like Good Dough!  As with most new things, there are a few kinks that can be worked out but I'm confident they'll flourish and I am looking forward to my next visit!

Which doughnut would you be most interested in trying?

As always thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO

Good Dough!

Hi Loves!


I recently visited the super cute, new artisan doughnut spot downtown and I have to admit, 
Good Dough is gooood though!  Haha, pun intended! 
I had been hearing a little chatter here and there about Good Dough well before their Grand Opening a few weeks ago as they've made their doughnuts available at a few pop-up events throughout town prior to.  I was excited to finally make my way out to their new brick and mortar in San Marco last week!  I was anticipating long lines so my mom and I got there pretty early but there were only 3 people ahead of us.  I was also crossing my fingers hoping that they wouldn't run out of doughnuts as I heard they did every day during their first week.  Welp, that didn't happen either!  Needless to say, we went on a good day!
Good Dough specializes in artisan donuts and coffee so each doughnut ranges between $2-$3 bucks.  Some may find that a little pricey but you've got to remember that they are hand-crafted and made fresh, in small batches daily!  As a matter of fact, you can watch them make the batches in house!  I love it when restaurants do that!
The flavor options were pretty unique.  Take the Mimosa doughnut for example!  I've never had a mimosa flavored doughnut but I have a sneaky suspicion that it has an orange flavor.  It is on my short list of doughnuts to try next time I visit.  Ooooooh and you know what would be really great...if they actually sold mimosas to go with their mimosa doughnut! Now there's a thought!  
Other flavors that day included Honey Lavender, Cardamon sugar, Strawberry, Chocolate Pistachio, Salted Caramel, Molly Ringwald w/sprinkles (raspberry), Monte Cristo, Brown Butter, and Nutella Bombs.
I believe their menu will vary throughout the seasons, consisting of their regular doughnuts and specialty doughnuts but with that being said, I was a little bummed that they didn't have a regular glazed doughnut on the menu.  I asked which doughnut would be the closest to it and the Brown Butter doughnut was the recommendation so that's what I got along with a nicely caffeinated cappuccino.  Good Dough serves locally roasted Vagabond coffee (here) and I really love the local camaraderie!  My mom got the Nutella bomb and a green tea. 
So as for my opinion....
The doughnuts were very rich, very very sweet, and a little more dense than I'm used to.  However, the flavors were great!  My mom mentioned that the Nutella bomb would've been perfect with a few chopped hazelnuts inside or on top!  
So listen...I had to make a second trip to Good Dough with very concrete intentions to try something else I saw on the menu!  Besides the artisan donuts, they have Doughwiches!  Yep that's right, doughnut sandwiches.  They currently have two, the Ham, Egg, and Cheese Doughwich and Fried Chicken Doughwich!  
You already know which one I went back for!
Yep, that's right, the Fried Chicken Doughwich!  
Y'all....this sandwich was AMAZING!  Of course I did not eat it all in one sitting because I'm trying to get my gym life back in order but WOW!  The beer battered chicken is flavored to perfection, fried to a perfect golden brown, topped with homemade pickles, and placed in between a split glazed doughnut (you know, the one I was missing from my first trip)!  When they brought it out to me, it felt like the moment when restaurants surprise you with a complimentary dessert on your birthday!  I was more in awe with how delicious it looked but trust me when I say it tasted just as good as it looked!  
Overall, I really like Good Dough!  As with most new things, there are a few kinks that can be worked out but I'm confident they'll flourish and I am looking forward to my next visit!

Which doughnut would you be most interested in trying?

As always thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO

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