Slouchy Sweater

Hey Dolls!

I pray you all enjoyed a beautiful Christmas with family and friends!  I most certainly did!  I'm super excited to play with my new camera but I wanted to do a quick OOTD for you first!

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I don't know....the weather this winter has been pretty unpredictable.  I've been dressing in layers and wearing lots of sweaters but I can honestly say that I've gone almost every day of my winter break without really needing a coat. 
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I absolutely LOVE this sweater because it is so slouchy and comfy!!!  I thought the scarf was a nice touch in case I got chilly with the shoulders out.
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I think there is something sexy about showing a little shoulder!  
What do you guys think?
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Sweater:  New York & Co./ Scarf: Ross/ Jeans:  Forever 21/ Boots: MJM Designer Shoes

On another note I want to let you all know that I am truly thankful for all of you who take the time to stop by and read my blog!  I've been blogging for 2 and a half years now and I haven't gotten tired of it yet.  I'm still having a ball and I have you all to thank for it!  I pray you all have a wonderful weekend!

Be back soon!

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Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Hey Dolls!

I'm so happy to be back in Texas for the holidays!  I always look forward to coming back home for so many different reasons!  Of course for spending time with my family but to catch up with my hometown friends as well! 

That is exactly what I did a few nights ago.  I met up with some of my old friends at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen for a night of catching up, laughs, and good eats!
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When having girl talk with old friends, what better way to do it but with good drinks, right?!?!?! I had The Grand Hennesy which came highly recommended by our waiter.  It is a handcrafted cocktail made with Hennesy of course, a sugary rim, and a slice of orange.  It tasted like sangria but I loved it nevertheless!
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My friend Andrea had the Strawberry-Mango frozen margarita!  She enjoyed it so much, she had two!  
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The food was just as I remembered it, DELICIOUS!
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For a starter we shared the complimentary bread and these golden onion rings that were seasoned and fried to perfection!  I don't normally care much for onion rings but these hit the spot plus they had a nice little kick which I always LOVE!
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I had this fabulous looking dish, The Jumbo Shrimp Brochette!  This was 6 chargrilled jumbo shrimp wrapped in bacon and stuffed with Monterey Jack Cheese and a sliver of jalepeno, served over a bed of dirty rice.......I die!  It was AMAZE-BALLS!!!  
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My friends Andrea and Toni had the fried crawfish tails and fries and a loaded baked potato that I failed to get a picture of.  They told me it was a little spicy but good!
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen on Urbanspoon
We had a wonderful night and I am so happy I had the opportunity to meet up with these lovely ladies during my holiday vacay.  As for Pappadeaux, it is an absolute must try if you've never been!  There isn't a Pappadeaux in Jacksonville so I jump on the opportunity to visit whenever I'm in a city that has one.  

If you're a seafood lover like me, you'll love Pappadeaux! Try them and thank me later!!!

That's all for now dolls, I'll be back soon!

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Ready For Christmas

Hey Lovelies,

It is almost that time!!!  Christmas time that is!  My favorite time of year.  My favorite mostly because I get to spend time with my family which are times I cherish most.
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It's the little things that I look forward to the most like sitting by the fireplace sipping hot cocoa in my pjs or staying up all night to  beat the entire series Super Mario Brothers with my brother the nights leading up to Christmas.  We're definitely still kids at heart!
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Are there any special traditions you have at the holidays?  We always open our stockings and 1 gift on Christmas Eve and watch The Christmas Story alllll Christmas day long!  Good times!  I'm getting even more anxious to go home!
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My outfit puts me in the Christmas mood.  The deep red hues in my trousers remind me of the bow on the wreath in the background.   I love the jewels on the collar of this shirt too, they compliment the capped heels nicely.  My top and pants came from H&M.  Shoes are from L.A.M.B by Gwen Stefani.
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In case I get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and family time, I pray all of you have a wonderful Christmas holiday with those you love and a safe and prosperous New Year!

Be backs soon!

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Hey Dolls,

It's that time of year again for office parties and Christmas socials and I attended one at Biscottis last Thursday! Biscottis is a quaint little restaurant nestled in the heart of Avondale of Jacksonville, FL.  They offer wonderful gourmet meals, great coffee, and some of the best cakes you'll ever eat!

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I have eaten here before and I absolutely LOVE their food!  It's so fresh and flavorful!
For an appetizer,  I had the mozzarella bruschetta!  I have tried bruchetta from several different restaurants and this ranks up there with the bruschetta I had from French Pantry!  It was delicious!  The cheese is ooey and gooey deliciousness and the fresh tomatoes and pine nuts were heavenly!
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For my entree I had the ancho honey-glazed salmon BLT with pasta salad!  Oh my goodness....this sandwich was THE BOMB! LOL!  I wanted to eat all of it in one sitting but I stopped myself because I knew I wanted to save room dessert!  The flavors of the salmon and pancetta meshed together very well along with the tomato remoulade and the pesto on the pasta salad was perfection! 

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Last, but certainly not least are the desserts!  Homemade daily by their pastry chef, Biscottis offer a wide variety of decadent cakes, pies, and tarts!  I had the German chocolate cake and it was so good!  My colleagues had the Oreo cream pie, and croissant bread pudding.  I sampled them both and will definitely be purchasing my own serving next time I visit Biscottis! 

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Biscotti's on Urbanspoon
 I have absolutely no complaints what so ever when it comes to Biscottis!  It may very well be my new favorite place!  The New York Times Sunday Travel ranks Biscottis as one of the top 4 places to dine in Jacksonville and I couldn't agree more.

Talk to you soon!

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Yep, I wear glasses!!! (GlassesUSA Review)

Hey Dolls!

Sooooo I betcha didn't know I wear glasses!  Well yep, I do! I've been wearing prescription glasses since the 6th grade!  I don't wear them often because I've gotten so attached to my contacts but I do pull them out occasionally.  In fact I've been on a search for a new pair.  

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I was recently presented with the opportunity to review and I jumped right on it!  They offer discount glasses  and sunglasses that are not only affordable by stylish as well.  What I loved even more is their virtual mirror.  You upload a headshot of yourself and go through virtually all of their glasses to see which variety of frames look the best on you!  For all of you fashionistas this is total fun!  Take a look at my virtual mirror:

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I've found that I prefer plastic or very bold frame over the rimless frames.  That was the beauty of trying on glasses online .  
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I've included the virtual mirror here for all of you to try out!  Trust me, if you're looking for a new pair of specs or just want to see what you look like with eyeglasses on, you'll enjoy this!  Give a try.
If you need some new eye wear, check out Glasses   There you will find these discount glasses and their latest sales!  To sweeten the deal, you can use the code Blog10 to take 10% off any order.  

I know a lot of you guys wear glasses but are they any of you out there like me who rarely or never blog with them on?   Thanks for reading!

Talk to you all soon!

This post was sponsored by GlassesUSA.  Opinions were 100% my own.

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Teachers Have Style Too: Super Casual Workday

Hey Dolls,

Happy Friday to you!  Is it me or is time just FLYING by!?!?!  I mean, it was just Black Friday yesterday!  Anywho, I'm back with a really quick and casual work OOTD!
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The weather has been so wacky lately.  Freezing one day and warm the next.  The other day I snoozed a little too long so I decided to throw on something quick, warm,  and casual  for work.  This is what I came up with!
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The vest was so warm, I found myself coming out of it and putting it back on the entire day.  One thing is for sure, the cold front/freeze definitely has not made it to Florida yet.   Doesn't quite feel like Christmas time.

This was definitely a shop my closet outfit but there's nothing wrong with that! 
Vest:  Forever 21
Shirt/Pants: Ross
Boots:  MJM Designer Shoes

 Before I go, I want to thank all of you who participated in the Smoothie King giveaway and congratulate the winner, Fredetta of  CrazyCurvyCool !  
I will email you today for your address!!!

I'll be back soon lovelies.  Have a great weekend!

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Smoothie King GIVEAWAY!!!!! (Closed)

Hi Lovelies!

Happy belated Thanksgiving to all of my fellow bloggers!  I pray you had a wonderful time with family, friends, and the ones you love most!   With the holidays amongst us, it is sooo easy to get caught up in all of the good eats and delectable drinks and completely forget about our workout regimens and girlish figures LOL.  I know I have been totally guilty of this!  I'm still feeling stuffed after Thursday's chow-down!

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 Well, I have some great news for you!  Smoothie King has a new line of healthy smoothies that can help get you through those holiday lunches and parties and maybe even replace dinner here and there before the next chow-down in a few weeks!  Smoothie King's nutritious and vitamin packed Veggie Power Smoothies are an easy way to get the health benefits of vegetables, especially if you aren't a big leafy green fan
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I love veggies so I decided to try all three of the new super food smoothies!  Apple Kiwi Kale, Carrot Kale, and Berry Carrot Dream.  

Here's the run down!
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The Carrot Kale Crush smoothie is made with a nice serving of veggies including carrots and kale and Smoothie Kings "Slim and Trim" Vanilla Protein Blend!  This smoothie is perfect for maintaining that strong body and keeping a healthy immune system through this cold weather.
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The Berry Carrot Dream smoothie includes loads of berries and carrots that comes packed with Vitamin A that is great for your eyes and skin, as well as fiber to keep the digestive track in order!  After Thanksgiving, I need another one of these right about now ;)
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The Apple Kiwi Kale smoothie has your tangy and sweet apples and kiwi as well as your leafy green kale all containing vitamin C and free-radical fighting antioxidants!

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A trip to Smoothie King wouldn't be right if I didn't get a slice of the Naturally Delicious Zucchini Bread to go along with my smoothies!  They are the best ever!  I've been eating them since college and I can never get over how great they taste!
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After tasting all of the Veggie Power Smoothies, my favorite was the Carrot Kale Crush!  It was creamy and delicious! I felt great knowing that I was replacing my lunch with a drink that had so plenty of health benefits!
 Smoothie King was so gracious to offer me a $25 gift card to review these three smoothies and my opinions were certainly my own!  Here is the even better of you  lucky readers will receive a $25 gift card as well to try some of Smoothie Kings goodness! 
I will be running this giveaway until Thursday, December 5, 2013.  All you have to do is of course be a follower of my blog (GFC, Twitter, FB, IG, or Bloglovin)  I'm all over the place LOL!  Also leave a comment on this post telling me which smoothie you would love to try first if you win the gift card and your email address!

That's all for now dolls, I will be back soon! 
Have a great week!

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Anjolee Review

Hey Dolls,

I'm super excited to do a review for a wonderful company, ANJOLEE, a fine jewelry manufacturer who specializes in custom made pieces. When I was contacted to review one of their rings, I happily obliged because I know first hand that their jewelry is high quality and as an added bonus, they are always willing to customize a piece of jewelry to suit your individual style and budget.

 Here's a little information about Anjolee.  They were founded in 1977 as a high-end jewelry manufacturer.  They originally started selling their products to wholesalers and retail stores and quickly gained recognition as the leading manufacturer of high-end diamond jewelry.  Anjolee's product line has expanded throughout the years and includes an extensive collection of bridal/anniversary jewelry including: anniversary rings for women , diamond tennis bracelets, earrings, diamond bracelets, and diamond pendants.

I decided to review their beautiful Seven Across Gemstone and Diamond ring. 
 My ring is 3mm, in silver and cz with garnet gems and it is gorgeous! 
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Anjolee has exceptional customer service and were very expeditious in creating my ring and shipping it to me.  I was a happy camper when I received this gorgeous ring in the mail so quickly!
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This ring was provided by Anjolee for the purpose of this review.  My opinions, however, are my own.
 I highly recommend Anjolee the next time you want to purchase fine jewelry.  For all of my fellas, if you're in the market to purchase an anniversary ring for you lady, definitely give Anjolee a try.  Their products are impeccable and their customer service is remarkable.  

Have a great week!

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Newks Eatery "Pizza Edition"!

Hello Dolls!

A few months ago one of my new favorite eateries, NEWKS, opened up at the shopping center down the street from my house!  I was TOO excited because if you read the restaurant review I did here about the first Newks I tried, you would understand my new found love of the place! 
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The last time I reviewed Newks, I had the soup and sandwich but this review is the "Pizza Edition"!  Their pizzas are SOOOOOOO FREAKIN GOOD! LOL!  One thing that does it for me when it comes to pizzas is the crust.  The crisp, yet chewy, perfectly charred crust gets me every time!  I promise I will not buy another popular franchise pizza as long as I have Newks around.  They have so many different ones to choose from but these are my top 3 favs!

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NEWKS "Q" Pizza 
This is my fav!  This pie is amazeballs!  It the pizza version of their Newk's Q sandwich.  It comes with a special white bbq sauce, chicken, bacon, Roma tomatoes, and jalepeno peppers!  The flavor of this pizza is insane!  I order it way too much! So much my pants are starting to fit a bit tighter.
Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza
I mean, how can you go wrong with a classic!  Once again, the flavor is insane.  We've got cheese, sausage, pepperoni, and the best part, fresh basil and tomatoes!  Another winner!

  BBQ Chicken Pizza
Another winner in my book!  This pie has sweet and tangy bbq sauce topped with succulent grilled pieces of chicken, red onion, tomatoes, and basil.  One thing I love about Newks is that they don't skimp on the meat!  

Newks Eatery on Urbanspoon

I love everything I have ever tried at Newks from the sandwiches, to soups, to salad, to pizzas! They NEVER disappoint me! If you've never tried them before, TRY THEM! You can thank me later :)

Talk to you all soon!

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John Rivers' "The Southern Cowboy" Cookbook Signing

Hey Lovelies,

If you live in Jacksonville, Gainesville, WinterPark (Orlando), or Longwood, Florida, you may be familiar with 4Rivers Smokehouse!  If good ole-fashion barbeque is what you like, you may want visit 4Rivers and if you're a cook-book lover like myself, you're going to LOVE what I have to say next!

 The Southern Cowboy, the first cookbook written and curated by Chef-Owner John Rivers of 4 Rivers Smokehouse hit the shelves last week on November 1.  This book features home-style recipes accompanied by personalized anecdotes and personal stories of a corporate pharmaceutical executive turned barbeque, smoking, and grilling guru!!!

Chef Rivers will be doing a cookbook signing in North and Central Florida over the next couple of days! For all of my fellow Jacksonville readers, there will be a signing here this Friday! To make the deal even sweeter, there will be Thanksgiving carving and tasting station at the signings!  If you'd like to take a peek at the cookbook, click here!  Below is the Signing Schedule. 

The Southern Cowboy Cookbook Signing Schedule:
Friday, November 8, 2013
Jacksonville: 11am-1pm
Gainseville: 5:30pm-7:30pm 

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Longwood:  11am-1pm
Winter Park: 5:30pm-7:30pm 

Saturday, November 23, 2013
Winter Garden: 11am-1pm    

Let me know if you guys attend!  I'd love to know how the experience was for you.
Talk to you all soon!


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Nedra's Bridal Shower

Hey Dolls!

Last weekend was filled with lots of fun, laughter, and smiles!  My friend Nedra got married!!!  Ofcourse before the ceremony we had to celebrate her last days of bachelorette-hood with a bridal shower/ bachelorette shin-dig!
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The decorations for the shower were so pretty!  Every wedding I go to, I create more and more mental notes of what I want when my special day comes!  The balloons in the walkway and the banner of the bride and groom are definite must-haves when my time comes!

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I absolutely ADORED the bridal shower cake!  It was perfect for the occasion!  The sweet bar was super cute and she even had water with her and her grooms name on it! How cute is that!?!  We had a ball and when the older guests left (moms and grandmas) us girls had a little fun for the bachelorette party portion of the evening!!!

Great times!  I'll be back tomorrow with pictures from the wedding! 

Have a wonderful day!

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Potter's House Soul Food Bistro

Hey Guys!

Last weekend I had the dutiful honor of being the hostess for a friend's wedding.  I will share pictures later on this week but first I have to talk food!!!  The rehearsal dinner was held at the Potter's House Soul Food Bistro.  I have been wanting to try them since they moved to their new location on Atlantic Blvd. so I was happy to find out the dinner would be held here.

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There aren't very many soul food restaurants I've gone to here in Jacksonville that have impressed me but I have to admit that Potter's House Soul Food Bistro may be number one to date!!!  The food was delicious, very well seasoned, and reasonably priced!
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They serve your quintessential fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, smothered pork chops, and greens.  They also had ribs on the menu and I may have seen fish as well but don't quote me on that.  I ordered the oxtails with gravy and yellow rice and they were amazing!!!  The meat was so tender and seasoned to perfection!  They had a great variety of veggies as well.   The greens and cabbage were some of the best I've had from a restaurant and the sweet potatoes were great too!
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On top of the food being delicious, the service was awesome as well.  There was definitely southern hospitality being offered the moment we walked in.  If you're ever in Jacksonville and are looking for some good ole' southern home cooking, I recommend you go to Soul Food Bistro.

Talk to you all soon!

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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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