What Fashion Rules?

Hi Dolls,

How do you feel about fashion rules?  "Don't wear white after Labor Day."  "Don't mix prints."  "No sequins in the daytime." The list goes on and on.  I mean who made up these so called "Fashion Rules" anyways?   Some say rules are meant to be broken and in this case, I certainly agree.  Fashion and your personal style should make you look and feel good and it definitely shouldn't be restrictive!
 I decided a long time ago that I would wear whatever I suited my fancy.  Now, don't get me wrong, you probably won't catch me in a tank top and flip flops in the winter or a mink coat in the summer but in the same breath, I'm not opposed to rocking a nice pair of shorts with pantyhose and closed toe pumps in the fall!
As a fashion-lover, I admire those who take fashion risk!  The more unique, the better!  As a matter of fact, since becoming a blogger, I've taken fashion risks of my own.  Nothing too drastic, but I rock  things I probably never would have, 10 years ago.
Crop tops are one of those things!  
I've never really been all that comfortable with baring my mid-drift and that may very well be due to the antiquated "fashion rule" that they are only to be worn by those with completely flat tummies.
Now, I have full confidence to not only rock mixed prints but a long sleeved crop top right in the mist of spring!  
In the words of Sheree from RHOA, "Who gon' check me boo?"  
But in all seriousness, you can break fashion rules and still look fabulous if you do it correctly and with tact!  
I made sure to wear high-waist palazzo pants to hide my beloved kangaroo pooch and high heels to help them fall nicely.
Top:  Forever 21(old) (similar)
Pants:  Zara (old) (similar)
Heels:  GX by Gwen Stefani (old) (similar)
What are you least favorite "Fashion Rules"?  I plan on breaking a few more in the near future (wink-wink)!  As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous weekend!

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Mother's Day at Mimi's Cafe

Hi Dolls,

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Mother's Day is a couple of days away!  If you're stuck on where to take mom for a well deserved meal, I've got you covered!  Mimi's Cafe, well known for offering French-inspired American comfort food, is showing mom and her family twice the love this Mother's Day by rolling out a special 3-course Mother's Day Menu!  I was extended the opportunity to try some of the menu items a little early so I took my bestie, Krystle with me and I'm excited to share what we had!
 Mimi's will open at 7am with their delicious breakfast menu and beginning at 11 a.m. they will offer the 3 course Mother's Day menu for $18.99.  I really enjoy prix fixe menus because they give you more than one option for each course!
Check out the menu options below!
What's brunch without mimosas!?!?  Well...I never want to find out!  Mimosas will be on deck in several flavors you can indulge in including original (Mimi-Mosa), peach, mango, and triple berry.  They come in nice size flutes so you can enjoy for several sips!
For the first course we both went with the Caesar salad.  It was yummy with just the right amount of dressing.  I believe the croutons were made in house.  
For the main course I chose the Shrimp Brochette Skewers.  They were served with a salad and cheesy gratin potatoes.  I substituted the salad for sauteed spinach.  The shrimp were very well seasoned but my favorite from this dish was the potatoes.  They had great flavor.
The star dish of the afternoon was Krystle's entree, the Chicken Tillamook Cheddar Mac!  It was made with penne pasta, pulled chicken, bacon, a mild cheddar sauce, and topped off with a delicious Parmesan crust!  I spent most of the meal mooching off of her plate because it was delicious.  As a matter of fact, I'm thinking of reinventing something like this at home! Hmmmmm!
We shared the Chicken Chopped Salad which had delicious Asian inspired flavors!  If nothing else it was a gorgeous salad!  I loved the crunch from the fried wontons!
 Of course no meal is complete without dessert and because we had such a tough time deciding what we wanted, we were brought out several different options to sample!
Krystle loves Creme Brulee so choosing the creme brulee cheesecake was easy for her.  It was a rather large and dense slice of cake, but it was good, especially with the strawberry sauce.
I had the tiramisu and it was just okay in my opinion.  It wasn't bad but I wasn't overly impressed with it so I resorted once again to pinching off of my friend's dessert!
As an added bonus we were brought out the banana muffin ice cream sundae and boy was that a treat!  If you like banana splits, this would definitely be the dessert for you! 
Overall, we really enjoyed our meal at Mimi's!  I'm pretty sure most mother's and their families would as well!  Plus Mimi's will be giving each mother a special gift and a free entree upon return visit through May 28 with the purchase of a second entree and two beverages!  If you're in need of a place to treat mom this Sunday, Mimi's would be ideal!  As always thanks so much for stopping by and to all the mother's reading this post, Happy Mother's Day!!!

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. 

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Dusty Boots and Pom Pom Pumps!

Hi Dolls,

I don't know about you but after a long day (or week) at work, sometimes a girl just needs a nice cocktail with a fabulous rooftop view and that's exactly what I was feeling this day!  So I threw on a jazzy outfit and headed downtown to Riverside!
You've probably already heard me rave about one of my absolute favorite restaurants in town a time or two, but what's one more time gonna hurt!?!  
Black Sheep has one of the best views of downtown Jacksonville from their rooftop and besides sitting up there to enjoy the views and great food, it's ideal for a great cocktail as well!
My favorite cocktail is the "Dusty Boot"!  
It's made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, simple syrup, lemon and lime juice, Jerry Thomas bitters with a smoked sea salt and pepper rim.  It reminds me of what a "Dirty Margarita" would taste like if there were such a thing! YUM!
It can get pretty windy up on the rooftop but it's the perfect place for happy hour, brunch, or any meal for that matter.  I love great scenery while indulging in a good meal!
Can we get into this outfit though!?! 
 I am absolutely in love with this lacey off the shoulder romper.  Because there's so much going on with the material and the off-the shoulder bib, I kept the accessories minimal.  
I didn't want a necklace taking away from the look so I threw on some long gold earrings and made my heels and clutch the statement pieces!  Oh and boy did these heels make a statement!
  It's like my pumps had a ponytail!  Or pom-poms!
Restaurant:  Black Sheep (here)
Romper:  Marshalls (similar)
Heels:  Shooz Venetian (similar)
Clutch:  Gift (similar)

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

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Birthday Reflections!

Hi Dolls,

Today is my birthday y'all!  As I look back over my life, I can truly say that I am blessed!  I, legit,  had an out loud conversation with myself last night and reflected over the year that was coming to a close and putting into the universe all the things I want for myself in this new year.    
 Like most, I had lots of ups and some downs but in the end, blessings prevailed.  Today as I step into this new year of life I am grateful, thankful, and humbled that the Lord saw it fit to continue bestowing His blessings upon me!
On today I am confident in who I am, happy to be making an impact on the world both great and small, and overjoyed to live in a time such as these and on this day, there's nothing that will wipe this smile off of my face! 
Now about this post...can we say aging like fine wine!  HaHa!  If nobody else will toot my horn, I'll always be happy to do it myself! 
When I first put this dress on, it felt like it was made just for me!  
It hugged my curves perfectly!
And who doesn't love a maxi that sweeps the ground?!?    
Keeping with the florals and off-the-shoulder trends that I am absolutely loving this spring, this dress was love at first sight!
Dress:  Steps New York (Orlando)
Heels:  ShoeDazzle
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous weekend!

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The Hyppo

Hi Dolls,

With summer (and Florida heat) quickly approaching, staying cool is high up on my to-do list!  Honestly, whenever I'm out and about whether it's in Riverside or St. Augustine, I find my way strolling into The Hyppo for a deliciously cool and refreshing treat!
These gourmet ice pops are handmade daily with all natural ingredients!  They use the freshest fruit, herbs and spices, evaporated cane juice, and hormone free dairy.  If dairy isn't your thing, no worries!  All ice pops that contain dairy are indicated by the dot by the name of the pop!
The variety of flavors to choose from make it quite an ordeal when ever I go in!  I've never had a pop I didn't like so it's hard to pick one every time!  Some of my favorites include the Strawberry Basil, Watermelon Hibiscus, and Pistachio Coconut!  There are others that have piqued my interest that I have on a list to try this summer like the Peach Prosecco Mascarpone and Sweet Potato Crunch! 
I love that they use the best fruit around for the season.  They flash freeze the ice pops for ultimate freshness that you can really taste with every bite!  I'm looking forward to the Pumpkin Pie pop next fall!
This day I was in the mood for a something less fruity so I got the Creamy Walnut and had it dipped in chocolate!  It was absolutely amazing!  The creamy texture of the ice pop and the smooth vegan-friendly chocolate complimented each other nicely.  
I love supporting local businesses especially when the product is phenomenal!  Like I mentioned earlier, I haven't had a bar I didn't like and with a menu as extensive and creative as theirs, you're sure to find something you'd love!
Which ice pop would you try?   
Besides the incredible ice pops, the staff members are always a delight and willing to help you decide on the best flavor for you!  If you're ever in the area, The Hyppo is a must try!
 As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by The Hyppo.  I was given the product used in this post but my opinions were 100% my own and unbiased.

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Biggie Biggie, Gimme One More...Slice

Biggie, Biggie, gimme one more....slice!  

That's exactly what I was thinking once I finished my lunch at Biggie's Pizza last week.  I have been wanting to get to the beach to try out Biggie's for a while now so I took total advantage of the opportunity when I was in the area recently!    
This is definitely the hippest new pizza joint in town and is a family ran business consisting of a cousin and a couple of brothers who grew up in Queens, New York.  It's no secret that they are bringing the authenticity when it comes to great tasting New York style pizza.  
 The location is very quaint but I think that just adds to the local charm.  I absolutely LOVE the decor, especially the Biggie mural, all of the Biggie quotes, vinyl records, and choice of music playing in the background.  I told one of the owners that I was expecting to hear Biggie playing and he told me I had to come back at night.  I will certainly be taking him up on that because this place was awesome!
On my way there, I already knew I wanted pizza.  They also have sandwiches, garlic, knots, and desserts that I will make a point to try at some point but for today, pizza was what I wanted!  They had so many pizza options but I went with what I know, the deluxe...Brooklyn Deluxe to be exact! 
Oh, and because it was 5 o'clock somewhere, I got a nice glass of Riesling to wash down my slice.  I'd like to mention that they gave me my kind of pour, about 3/4 of a glass.  I appreciate them even more for not being skimpy with the wine!
This picture doesn't do this slice of pizza any justice.  In true NY style, the slice was quite large, full of toppings, and full of flavor!    Call me girly if you must but I really wanted to use a fork and knife to eat my slice.  The slice was so big, full of toppings, and a tad on the greasy side, so it was a little tough to hold with out anything falling off.  I managed and it was delicious from first bite to crust.
Biggie's Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
  If you're ever in the area (or not), do yourself a favor and go to Biggie's.  I can see them easily becoming my go to for good pizza!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Hi! I'm Trice, a Jacksonville, FL based blogger. I LOVE shopping and all things fashionable and want to show everyone that "Teachers Have Style Too!"! I also LOVE to cook and enjoy dining out. Please enjoy my fashion and food experiences and leave a comment if you'd like.
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