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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Off The Shoulder, Mixed Prints, and Bows

Hi Dolls,

I am totally loving off the shoulder tops this season!  They're so versatile and they make me feel super girly!  I'm also loving the color yellow this spring.  It's very complementary to my skin tone.  For this look I decided to do a little print mixing and added striped trousers with the gingham print, off the shoulder crop top.
  I'm usually not the one to bare my mid-drift but with the trousers being high-waisted, it totally worked out in my favor.  Plus a little mid-drift never hurt nobody!
I kept the accessories minimal.
And since the trousers stop slightly above the ankle, I added strappy sandals for interest!
I can't get over how cute the bows are on both the top and bottom!  I almost feel like the bows can pass for accessories in their own right.
What do you think?

The day was absolutely gorgeous when we took these photos!  I am enjoying this warm Florida weather now before the scorching summer sun rears it's "hot head"!
How adorbs are these yellow flower sandals?  ShoeDazzle has so many fabulous shoes this spring, it's hard to resist purchasing everything!
Yellow Gingham Top:  Zara (here)
Striped Trousers w/ Belt:  Zara (here)
Heels:  Shoe Dazzle (here)
So what looks are you loving this spring?  Are you reaching for certain styles or colors more than others?  Let me know in the comments below!
As always, thank you for stopping by!  Happy Humpday!

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Color for Days!

Hi Dolls,

Spring is completely sprung (at least in my neck of the woods) and I am totally here for it!  The sun is out in full effect and everything just looks and feels bright and cheery!  I've been working on a complete spring cleaning of my life and my closet is where I started.  I got rid of a ton of things that I've been holding on to for years be it for sentimental reasons or with the mindset of "Oh I'm sure I could wear that somewhere, someday".  While cleaning, I came across this jacket I purchased last winter and with all of the colors, it definitely puts me in the mood for spring!
Speaking of cheerful and colorful, I love working with the photographer (who also happens to be a friend of mine).  We have a ton of inside jokes and spend most of our shoots laughing hysterically at stuff!  Laughing makes for great candid shots! 
Because of the variety of colors in the jacket, I went with a solid black jumper underneath.  I didn't want the outfit to become too busy.

I recently purchased these adorable yellow sandals and they were a perfect match for the look!
Is it me or does a good pair of aviators give you all the confidence in the world?  I was totally feeling myself in these shades?  The multicolored tint matched the look I was going for without being too much!
And can we talk about the tassels on the end of this jacket?  Cute right!?!  They add a little more interest to this already fab jacket!
So as a blogger who is always on the hunt for cool places to shoot, I have discovered some hidden gems around the city!  I'm so grateful for this hobby of mine because it has allowed me to appreciate a place I once found unvaried and mundane.
I live for a graffiti backdrop!  Where's your favorite places to take photos?
Jacket:  Shein (here)
Jumper:  Gift (similar)
Heels:  Shoe Dazzle (here)
Watch:  Jord (here)

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful Easter weekend!

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Urban Bean Coffehouse Cafe

Hi Dolls,

I was excited when I heard @NateDoesFood would be having a "Coffee and Donuts" event at The Urban Bean because I mean who doesn't love that combination!  Plus I have had this place on my radar for a while and this event gave me the perfect opportunity to make my way out to Orange Park!
 First and foremost, I love the look of the cafe!  The exposed brick walls, wooden benches, and piano adds so much charm to this swanky coffee house!  I also love that they have outdoor seating available which is where the event was held.  The weather was perfect for the occasion. 
 I have heard so many great things about Urban Beans menu.  They offers sweet and savory dishes along with amazing coffee, tea, and craft cocktails so when I saw the event menu, I was excited to have the chance to try a variety of things.  
I have to start off with my favorite of the evening, the vegan-friendly Pandan and coconut donut! I'd never heard of Pandan before and discovered it is a tropical plant found in Southeast Asia and used often in Southeast Asian cuisine.  Paired with coconut, it added a wonderful flavor to very green pastry!
Next up was the Fat Elvis!  Can you guess what it's made with?
 This donut was topped with whipped peanut butter, bananas, a drizzle of caramel, and my favorite, bacon!  I'm glad all of the donuts were cut in half because this is definitely a treat I wouldn't be able to finish, if I had a full meal before hand.  
The Sea Salt Chocolate Espresso donut was semi-sweet and paired perfectly with the coffee.  Unlike the Fat Elvis, this would be ideal for a breakfast treat with your morning coffee. 
I have a new found respect for Matcha Green Tea.  If I can get past my coffee obsession, I will start drinking these more instead of coffee.  It's a lot better for your health from what I've been told.  It doesn't taste half bad either.  It's also frothy enough for latte art which I adore!  
There are a few items I enjoyed that weren't photographed, including the South of the Border bowl!  If you love tex-mex, this dish is right on par!  It's made with scrambled eggs, seasoned brown rice, tomato, onion, green peppers, and green chili pepper.  It's a perfect dish if you're in the mood for a savory breakfast!  Add a little hot sauce and it's money!
We also go to sample a few of their savory flat breads including the BBQ Chicken , Margherita, and Black Bean.  They were all delicious but my favorite was the Margherita flatbread!  It was made with fresh garlic, tomato, fresh basil, mozzarella, and balsamic!  It was the perfect marriage of sweet and savory!
To wash every thing down, I enjoyed this drink!  The Shakerato!  It's an organic and kosher certified espresso shaken with sugar and ice and the perfect cold brewed coffee if you ask me!  
Urban Bean Coffeehouse Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
I was pleased with my first trip to Urban Bean!  The next time I'm in the area, I will definitely stop in for a caffeine fix and sweet treat!  As always, thanks so much 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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