Birthday Wish List

July 31, 2015

I have been so busy with traveling, home decorating, and working on our new business venture Emily and Erin and I have that I almost didn't get around to a wish list.  Like that was going to happen...... 
My birthday is In a few short days and I rounded up a few items I would love to receive!  There are several non fun things too like... a curling wand, and a new set of makeup brushes but those aren't near as fun as this roundup!  

Soludos     Tassel Earrings   Striped wrap     Grid Cross body bag     Stack rings    Tie up pink flats    Bucket bag     Pink shirt dress  

How To Shop With Groupon Coupons

July 30, 2015

It's no surprise I like to shop and shopping online is no exception.  Like most shoppers I also want to score the best deal possible.  Did you know Groupon offers coupons to some of your favorite place to shop?  Yes you read that right Groupon has coupons.  Unlike Groupon, there is no upfront purchase required to reap the benefits of saving.  Offering over 55,000 coupons  and promo codes totally free for the shopper, Groupon Coupons partners with more than 8,000 retailers to pass this savings on to you; top stores like Nordstrom, Express, Macy'sJC PennyNike and the list goes on. Taking a trip?  Search the site for deals with one of their partners Expedia, Hotwire or Travelocity.  I just returned from my trip to California and used Expedia for my hotel deal.   Rather shop in person?  you can also print some coupons off and take with you.  Many of these coupons are exclusive to Groupon Coupons. 
When you first open the webpage you will see their top coupons and offers. Who knows you may find deal you weren't looking for.  If a specific store is how you would rather shop, type the name in the search bar and it will bring up all the stores current offers.  I almost always search for an extra discount or coupon when shopping online.  

  I am a huge Nordstrom shopper, and Express.  If you remember this past fall I raved about my favorite pair of jeans, dress slacks and Portofino tops which are all from Express.  Adding a Groupon Coupon discount only makes my purchase that much nicer.   While I no longer have back to school shopping to do for my kids.... I do want to take advantage of the sales as well as the end of season sales.  Adding an additional discount to already sale items is a no brainer!!

Here are some tips for finding your savings:

Go to Groupon Coupons 

You may search by store or category

If you don't find a discount for your item, look for a free shipping offers.  Sometimes that in itself is a 10% savings!

Shop around for your specific item and compare savings with other stores offering the same item. 

Watch for when the offer expires so you don't miss the deal

 Ready to start saving?  Check them out and let me know what you think! 

This is a sponsored post but all expressions and opinions are my own not to mention the numerous post of me wearing my Express jeans. 

Traveling The Pacific Coast Highway

July 28, 2015
My first full day in California we decided to hit up the beach, then take a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway.  Also know as Highway 1 this major North South highway runs along most of the pacific coastline of California.  Know for its scenic views of the ocean;  it is popular amongst tourist.  (That was me.)  We headed up to Newport Beach to do a little shopping at Fashion Island and dinner at Fig & Olive


 I have heard great things about this restaurant and was excited when my niece who works for the management company made VIP reservations for us.  We arrived a little early and snapped a few outfit picks before heading in.  We had a wonderful table with a view of the entire restaurant.  My seat was a semi circle booth with throw pillows as my cushions.  Pretty cool.    I ordered the Zucchini blossom and goat cheese ravioli, and the presentation was fabulous.  



 As we waited for our dinner to arrive we were treated to an olive oil tasting.  Each meal begins with a taste of three distinct extra virgin olive oils.  Served with the restaurant's freshly baked Rosemary olive oil fougasse bread we delighted in the sampling.  My favorite was the Fig and Olive Arbosana which was sweet, fruity and creamy.  They have an entire website dedicated to their oils and you can purchase them here.   




Tank ~ ShortsRopes bracelet ~ Sandals (On Sale) ~ Hat c/o ~ Tassel necklace (Very Similar and this one is cute ) I found the same necklace on the website but no link.  I suggest going into your store and looking for it ~ Belt ~ WatchSunnies ~  Lips ~ Nails

Thousand Steps Beach

July 27, 2015
Hi guys! I'm back from my trip to Dana Point and Laguna Beach California and I am finally back to Midwest time!  I was tired for a few days and had a lot of laundry and unpacking to do.  I also have hundreds of picture to go thru and edit but there is so much to share!  We took outfit pictures almost everyday with the exception of the one day it rained in California.  Can you believe it?  It never rains in southern Cali and one of the days I am there it rained!  I must have brought it from the rainy Midwest.  You're welcome Cali!  

In case you didn't know... or I hadn't actually mentioned, my youngest son moved to southern California and I went out there to visit him and help him get settled into his new surroundings.  He is adjusting well to being a surfer, and his tan; I 'm jealous!  Everyday we spend some time on different beaches he had explored and wanted to share with me.  By far my favorite beach was Thousand Steps.  Tucked away in southern Laguna, it is well worth the hunt finding the entrance.  We went to this beach on more than one occasion but the name is a telling sign.  There isn't actually a thousand steps but...there are over 500 steps round trip.   

As you descend the stairs you begin to catch glimpses on the ocean and the beach.  The stairs themselves covered with a thick canopy were fairly steep and surprisingly full.  There was a steady stream of people all day and early evening each time we were there.   I was amazed at the number of surfers and families with a days worth of beach gear hiking these steps.  My calves burned on my second trip up the steps.  When you reach the beach you realize the journey was worth the view.  Surrounded by sheer cliffs with beach houses high on the hills you wonder what it must be like to live with gorgeous views from every window and on every day.  These cliffs are what capture the cove that makes Thousand Steps beach.  There were a few, maybe two beach houses that actually sat on the beach itself. I could have gone everyday to this beach but two things stopped me.  1) It would have been too brutal for me to drag him every day to the beach for endless hours of sunning, and 2) I don't know if my legs could have climbed the steps 5 days in a row.  Here a few pictures from our days on Thousand Steps Beach. 














I could be packed and ready to go back tomorrow!  

Toes In The Sand

July 17, 2015
I made it to California finally.  It was a long day of travels and full planes; but worth every minute.  Leaving the hot and humid Kansas to Warm and sunny beaches was a perfect plan.  As soon as I got my rental car and my hotel room, I wasted no time unpacking.... heck my clothes had been rolled up all day, what was a few more hours!  I drove to my son's house and we headed straight to the beach.  The sun was already down but it was wonderful all the same!  Have a great weekend.... I know I will!  

Happy Friday! 

How to wear heels with shorts

July 16, 2015
If you follow me on instagram or Facebook then you know we saw Dave Matthews Band Tuesday night and my son who was front and center of the concert was lucky enough to meet Dave.  You can see the pic on my Facebook page!    It was a fabulous concert and he played for almost 4 hours.  It was a late night out for a "school night" and today I am on my way to California.  I will be traveling most of the afternoon and arriving in time for a sunset beach stroll!  I am looking forward to sunshine, and maybe a little shopping!  Be sure to follow me on instagram to see my trip as it happens! I am looking forward to some downtime for sure.  

Distressed and ripped denim is on trend; or "fleek" as some would say.  I tried to get into this trend.... but something with the idea of paying good money for ripped clothes at a premium price no less, was just not setting well with me.  I opted for no holes.  Hey, if they are going to show wear I want it to be authentic and most certainly have a story attached to any holes or tears!! I found the perfect pair at Gap.  These white denim shorts are a great length and with a cute rolled cuff.  With a slightly higher waist, but that works in my favor!  When pairing your shorts with a heel be sure to match the height of your heel with the length of your shorts.  The longer the short.... the lower the heel.  The shorter the short.... the higher the heel!  Any heel over 4 inches with a pair of shorts is too much in my opinion.  I don't care how short your shorts are and how good your legs look.  Put a dress on instead.  These shorts have a 5" inseam so I paired a 2.5 inch heel with them.  To keep my outfit casual I wore a chambray top; add a pop of leopard and turquoise jewels for the finishing touches.  Would you wear heels with your shorts? 






Denim Shorts  Chambray top  Heels  Clutch c/o  Belt  Bracelets (similar)  Watch   Lipstick

Pink Shorts

July 14, 2015
Hello Tuesday!  I leave this week for Laguna Beach and excitement has fully set in.  I will probably drive Joe crazy with my constant packing list conversations until I leave! ha! I have pretty much everything ready to go with the exception of a few smaller containers of toiletries.  I will arrive at rush hour (ugh) but that leaves plenty of time to get to my hotel, unpack, and head to the beach for the sunset!  I have several things planned for my trip, but will be sure to fit in some fun sites as well.  If you have any recommendations let me know of your favorite places to hang!  I haven't been back to this part of California since I was a teenager so I know it will all look different.   One of my nieces lives in Santa Monica and I plan on making it up to see here over the weekend and enjoy that area for the day.  I picked up a few new pairs of shorts lately here and there, and these pink ones are none other than from Target!  Love the fit.  I picked them up in chambray too!  I am set on shorts for the summer just in time to pack them all for the beach.  I sure can't get much use of them here in KC... it won't stop raining.  Be sure to follow me on instagram to see my trip to Cali!





Pink Shorts  Gingham top  Necklace (similar)  Ropes Maine Bracelets  Watch  Converse  Pink Clutch  Lipstick

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

July 09, 2015
You know what today is?  It is the first day of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale early access.  Thats right.... early access!  You can shop new fall 2015 products at discounted prices. 

 Card holders have early access to shop the sale before it goes public.  As a Nordstrom cardholder, you get access to the Anniversary Sale 8 days before everyone else. Shop online or in stores July 9-16 to get brand-new fall arrivals on sale for a limited time. Not a Nordstrom cardholder? Apply now.

I am a card holder and I have browsed the catalog and already started my wish list.  Starting with Page 9 full of statement necklaces, and have you seen the boots for fall on page 15?  Quilted riders; and the Vince open toe bootie are a must on page 17!  Striped and Fringe capes on page 32 are screaming style; and pages 45 starts a wonderland of cardigans

Yes.... Nordstrom Anniversary is the best sale of the year! 

Pink Tee Dress

July 07, 2015
Hi friends.  It has been a bit crazy around here lately.  If you saw me in person or spoke with me over the past three weeks then you  know I have been sick... once... again.  My voice was deep, raspy, and for a few days there was no voice at all.  I pushed thru and as of today can say my voice is finally 99% normal.  If it hasn't been my voice its been storms.  We had a scare last night with sirens going off and warnings beeping on my phone to take cover for a tornado warning.  I have lived my whole life in tornado alley and you would think it would get easier with the sirens... but I am a nervous cat in storms!  

So remember when I posted my favorite roundup of pink bags here?  This Marie Turnor was my favorite and now it's mine!  I don't think there is a single outfit I won't try to carry this bag with.  I love how soft and supple it is; and you can bet its going to California with me next week.  I have most everything ready to be packed and cannot wait to dig my toes into the sand and smell the ocean!  Make sure you follow me on instagram to see my trip as it unfolds.  






Pink Dress  Jean Jacket  Pink Clutch  Watch  Sandals  Tassel Bracelets  Leather Bracelet c/o  Lipstick

Independence Day

July 04, 2015

Today is a beautiful day and I thank everyone who came before me to make this truly a day of Independence.  Please be safe however you celebrate this holiday! 

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