Summer Chic

  
This outfit is pretty much all about the necklace. It is such a great statement piece that I bought from Versona. 

Wearing a nice, simple shirt and a fun necklace is a great way to “dress up” shorts.

The look:

“Kai” top in Navy – Yala Designs

http://www.yaladesigns.com/womens-bamboo-clothing/bamboo-tops/kai-bamboo-shirt

Tan Linen Shorts – Old Navy

http://m.oldnavy.gap.com/product.html?dn=op173934062&dv=1&shopid=1&pdn=oc35158&outlet=false

White Sandals – Cole Haan

Sea Themed Statement Necklace – Versona

http://www.shopversona.com/jewelry-necklaces (Note: my necklace is no longer available online, but they have many other beautiful pieces!)

Guest Post – Big Brother


There are many reasons to love summer. Warm days, longer nights, ice cream, the general feel of a more relaxed time, and the return of reality TV show: Big Brother.

This show started many seasons ago on CBS, and I not only enjoy it for the entertainment factor, but because I know my dear friend, Peggy, will be watching as well. We greatly enjoy spending the summer chatting about episodes, competitions, and of course, spoilers!

I am so touched that she decided to guest post this week and share why she loves the show:

My name is Peggy and I am a Big Brother-holic.

I have not always been a BBHolic. I, once, enjoyed a full, busy, summer season outside and with others.

I remember my first episode. It was early in the 4th season. That’s right. Fourth. It is now the 17th season. That’s 12 years (12 summers and one magical winter {thank you, writer’s strike ’07/’08!}.) of being hopelessly addicted to Big Brother.

I’m not even sure how I ended up on that channel that fateful summer evening but I was hooked immediately. I mean, really, how could I not be? Who were these people? What did I miss? Seemingly one of these “houseguests” aka HG’s was just kicked out. Like, scandalously KICKED OUT. Not the normal weekly eviction kind that was apparently scheduled to happen later that week. Oh, yeah. Later that week because BB doesn’t mess around. It’s on THREE times every week all summer long! AND! And there are cameras that are filming the entire time the HG’s are residing in there. Meaning this program truly is live and REALLY “reality”. You can, actually, pay CBS to watch these cameras 24/7! All access, baby! That’s right! If I so choose I can pay to watch neurotic and narcissistic people eat, sleep, compete, argue, make out, drink, drank, drunk and repeat!

But I digress.

Season 4. Violent outburst. Houseguest kicked out. SCANDAL!

Girls are bffs. Boys are best bros.Secretly the girls and boys used to date outside of the house. (They all think they have this secret advantage.) Wait. WHAT?!? Jun and Jee used to date?? NO!! Erika and Robert?? I don’t believe it!

I. am. hooked.

Season 5 is even better! Project DNA: Do Not Assume. Oh, please! Tell me MORE!

There are actually twins playing as one HG this season. The sisters secretly swap locations (one is segregated completely while the other is in the house playing the game) until a predesignated week when they both get to enter the house and play the game together and individually. They fool EVERYONE. Also, there are biological siblings in the house. The catch? They don’t know this because daddy never told them about each other! DELICIOUS!

Season 6 was juicy. Some of my personal favorite HG’s (I’m looking at you Janelle and Howie!) were this season. Honestly, the whole group was smart and competitive and I have trouble picking one out. I would like to point out that this is the group that caused the change in the free flowing booze option. I suspect you can imagine how good the drama was to illicit this particular change!

Season 7 was All-Stars. I mean, how perfect is that?? The best of the best and the most dramatic of the dramatic all back in the house. Together!

Dr. Will and, his “Chill Town” partner, Mike “Boogie” dominated All-Stars. Apparently, they owned season 2, also, and played the game exactly the same way all over again. (I’m still sad that I missed that season.) All-Stars is, obviously, THE. BEST.

(Dr. Will and Mike “Boogie”, “Chill Town”)

The next few seasons aren’t particularly noteworthy. Well, if you consider bikini baristas, estranged father/daughter duos, real born relationships (we’re talking eventual marriage and babies, here) and porn stars as “not noteworthy”, anyways.

So, now, here we are at season 17. This was a rough start. We’re beginning week 7 right now and the game is finally picking up. Of the, record setting, 17 HG’s I believe that there are MAYBE half a dozen game players in the house. It’s been frustrating watching a power couple (awww aren’t they cute being all cuddly?!?! GAG!) not play the game and still continue to run the house. Week 6 changed up the dynamic a bit and I’m finally curious about the eventual outcome of the game. As of now, I believe, that the professional poker player has this game in the bag. I kinda hope not, though. I have a weird crush on the Bobcat Goldthwait sounding dentist. Don’t judge. He’s great and I think he’s playing the game intentionally and smartly. There are others that are starting to peak my interest, too. I guess this season isn’t a total wash.

Is it Sunday, yet?

*twitch*

(“Johnny Mac”)

“Ochango” Smoothie

  
Here’s another Leopard Print Lindsay smoothie to add to your book!

I call it the “Ochango” after a juice I had years ago, that I have never been able to find again. It was made by Ocean Spray and was an orange, cherry, mango juice; thus the name “Ochango”.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Crushed Ice

1/2-1 cup Chopped, Frozen Mango

1/2-1 cup quarted Cherries (I used “Sweet Cherries)

1/2 tbls Chia Seeds

1 cup Orange Juice

Place in Ninja Blender, single serve cup, in that order. (Or in any other type of blender, in that order.) 

Blend until smooth (add more orange juice if too thick), and enjoy!

As always, let me know what you think if you try it!

Guest Posts

  
I am currently looking for people interested in guest posting on my website!

If you have a recipe, outfit, business, or story to share; please contact me! 

Your post will go up on my website and be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

If you are interested, please visit my contact page to see where to find me!

Stitch Fix

  
This week I received my first “styling” from Stitch Fix, and it was very exciting.

If you haven’t heard of this company, they are really neat! When you first sign up, you take a little “style quiz” so one of their fabulous stylists gets to know your fashion tastes. 

You schedule your shipment and they hand pick items they think you might like and mail them right to your house. Above is the picture of the items from my first styling. 

Also included in the box is a paper showing different styling suggestions for each piece. They send you items that you should be able to pair with pieces you might already have in your closet.

  

Also in the box is a price breakdown of each item.

  
You get to try the pieces on (again, in your own home!) and match it with items already in your wardrobe. The best part? You only pay for what you keep! Love it all? Get a discount! Don’t like any of it? Put it in their prepaid mailing envelope and mail it all back.

From my first styling, I ended up keeping only the cobalt shorts. They are very cute, and match items I already have in my closet!

I am already looking forward to my next styling. If you are interested in trying them out, I have included a link below! Let me know what you think when you do!

http://stitchfix.com/referral/5482505

Thank you to Erin who picked my “fix”!

Happy Styling!

 

Fashion Tip Friday

  

Yet another great quote. I stay away from things that are too “trendy”, because I basically hear, “Here today, gone tomorrow.”

Find a style that best expresses who you are, and will stick around for more than one season. 

Be bold. Be classic. Be fun. Be happy.