Blogger's Ball 2015

Hey Dolls,

I, along with my friend Krystle, and fellow fashion blogger and friend Cathy of Minister of Style had the pleasure of attending the Eye on Fashion 2015 Blogger's Ball in Tampa last weekend!  The week consisted of several amazing events including a  Men's Collection fashion show and fashion stylist competition but we were only able to make it to the ball that Saturday evening.  Nevertheless, we made it down to Tampa for a night of glamorous night of fashion!

Krystle, Cathy, Trice
What I loved most about the event besides getting to meet some of my favorite bloggers in person was that the proceeds from the event went to Redefining Refuge, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting for women and children who have been victims of sexual abuse and  domestic sex trafficking of minors.
This was me with Natasha Nascimento, the founder of Redefining Refuge.She was passionate about what she does and was very grateful for the support she received.
Here is me in my FABULOUS gown!  In the words of Beyonce, I was definitely "Feeling Myself!"
Some of you may have seen it before but...whatevs!  When you love something, you just love it!  You don't have to reinvent the wheel all the time.
Me and my girls!
Cathy was the walking Oscar in her beautiful gold gown from Asos!
I was so happy my friend Krystle came up to enjoy the weekend with us.  She isn't a blogger but she should be because she has great style!
These were the three beauties that spear-headed The Eye on Fashion weekend!
Michelle from Runway Translator 

Natasha from Fashionably Fabulous
These ladies did a great job putting this wonderful weekend together. 

 There was mingling, cocktails, networking, fashion, and of course bloggers!
Estrella from Estrella Fashion Report
I absolutely loved this look on fashionista, Jennifer Rodriguez!  The white suit with the cape was so crisp and stylish!  She werked that look!

We had live music from the saxophonist, Marlon Bloom as well as a DJ!

Guys are into fashion too!
One last treat from the evening were the delectable artisan chocolates by Viktoria Richards!

 Not only are these chocolates pretty to look at, they taste AMAZING!  She combines the most unique flavors together to create her truffles.
 These were my favs:
 Earl Grey Lavender
 Strawberry Reisling
 Key Lime Mango
I had to politely removed myself from the area or else, I could've stood there the entire night eating those things!
 Even the bartender was fashionable!  He had the coolest mustache!  He even hooked me and my girls up with a free drink!  Gotta love that!
Overall, we had a wonderful time!  Next year, I think I'll plan to make for the full week of events! Any excuse to get dolled up, I'm all for!
As always, 
thank you so much for stopping by! I'll be back soon!

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13 Gypsies

Hey Lovelies!

I'm back with another enticing restaurant review!  I recently met up with my foodie crew for brunch and we decided on 13 Gypsies, a small bistro that specializes in small plates and tapas.  They are located in Riverside. 
 This was my first time dining at 13 Gypsies.  I have passed by it several times and it has been on my list of places to go for a while so I was happy to get the opportunity to do brunch there.  With a total of 9 tables, they are very quaint but I liked the intimate feel.  You definitely need to call ahead for reservations if you plan on a visit.
 For starters we had mimosas!  I mean, what's brunch without mimosas right?!?!  It was good, however, they were served in small glass and not champagne flutes which, to me, is necessary when enjoying a mimosa.  Maybe I'm being a bit of a diva, but I want my mimosas in a champagne flute.  We also had the Crema de Queso.  This is a fresh handmade cream cheese that is drizzled with olive oil, a little seasoning, and served with bread that's made in house.  It was really good. 
 I got the pan seared french toast which comes drizzled in a sweet anglaise  and two chorizo sausage patties.  I loved the chorizo but I would've loved if my french toast was cooked a little longer.  It had a mushy center I didn't care much for.
 A friend and I shared the Chorizo hash that came with a potatoes and a fried egg.  It was as delicious as it looks.  I probably would've been satisfied with this dish alone.

Overall,  I enjoyed 13 Gypsies.  The flavors in the food were spot on, the ambiance is nice, and it is definitely in the right location. My only suggestion would've been to cook the french toast a little longer, and invest in champagne flutes for mimosas!  Other than that, I look forward to going back to try dinner!
As always, thanks for stopping by!  
Have a great day.

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Soft Stripes

Hey Dolls,

I'm a few days late but I wanted to share my Easter look with you!  I kept it pretty simple this year!   The message in church was about "The Stones of Life".  The stone in front of the tomb could be symbolic for the stones or burdens we face in our lives.  Stones like unforgiveness, jealousy, depression, envy, pride, bitterness, and the list goes on.  I lost a good friend to cancer yesterday and as I reflect on the message we heard in church last Sunday, life is definitely too short to hold on to these things.  Bring your stones to God and let him move them out of the way.  It was a very timely message and one that I won't soon forget. 
 Here was my look for the day!

Necklace: SteinMart
Top and Skirt: H&M
Heels: ShoeDazzle
As always, thank you for stopping by!  Enjoy the remainder of the week!

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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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