Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Loving Lately: Backpacks

Overalls (on super sale!!) // Striped Tee

Backpacks...who would have thought this trend would be coming back?  But, I said the same thing about overalls and I now own two pairs sooooo....there ya go.  All the totally cute backpacks I'm seeing coming out so far this season has me wanting one bad.  The perfect accessory to throw over your shoulder when you're spending a day out and about running errands.  And since I'm looking for purses that help even out the weight that is all the crap I stuff in my purses, I think a backpack would be more kind to the shoulders and back.  Stylish and physically beneficial.  That's a win win.

Some may find this trend more on the juvenile side, but I would disagree.  There are so many styles out there that have been made to look very sophisticated and not overly trendy.  The brown one above is definitely my favorite.  I love the shape and plainness, but the added fun with the little leather tassel hanging down.  It doesn't bring it over the top, but it makes it unique.  Here are a few more styles of backpacks that have made my favorites list lately.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Week 14 of 52

This week consisted of getting our butts back into gear.  Brace yourselves for this shocking revelation, but I actually went to the gym everyday this week.  Now that's news worthy.  I also started Alexa Jean's Sore to the Core Challenge.  I would have to say my core is probably the weakest part of my body and oh boy is this challenge giving me a run for my money.  I'm already seeing results, which only motivates me to push through and keep going.  I'm literally forcing myself to keep the momentum, because I know after a week or two, it will just become habit.

The rest of our weeknights would then consist of sitting on our worked out bums to relieve our DVR.  We are totally loving this season of Dancing With The Stars.  Has anyone else been watching it??  I'm pretty impressed with the star contestants.  It'll be tough to choose a winner, but my favorite has to be Rumor Willis and Val.  I think they may take the trophy.

Aaron's company was a beverage sponsor for our local rodeo this past weekend, so he was working all weekend.  On Saturday, my neighbor/good friend needed a second opinion for some Summer wardrobe shopping she needed to get done.  How can I say no to that?  It was so fun to help her get her Summer wardrobe stocked up...I love helping other people shop for weird as that may sound.  Then we proceeded to wander about our little downtown area and window shop.  

Sunday was dedicated to getting stuff down around the house.  Major cleaning ensued, but we still made time to enjoy the beautiful weather.  I brought the puppy outside with me while I cleaned out my car.  She has this very long rope that allows her to roam around the front yard and the garage, but will keep her from running off with a neighbor walking by if I am not looking.  She does pretty good for the most part.  It's the litter box you have to watch her with.  She loves her some kitty sand....ugh...soooo gross!
I also didn't realize how much of a challenge vacuuming the car would be...I go to lay out the car rugs and when I turn back, someone is sitting and waiting to go bye bye.

Exra sunshine meant extreme shadows...but we loved it!  A beer well deserved and some yard play time was perfection. Puppy passed out no problem when we went back inside for her mid day nap.

Happy Monday!


Linking up with Meg and Lisa today.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Olive Shirt Dress

Shirt Dress (old) Similar here & here // Fedora 
Clutch (old) Similar here & here // Sandals (Old Navy last year) Similar here & here

This dress has proven to be one of those stumbled upon gems that has become a great staple in my closet.  I found it at Ross, I think, for $8.  It was during their end of the season sale and I scored big time.  This color is perfect and the material is light and airy, while still providing enough coverage.  
I've worn the heck out of it, paired with leggings and booties, or riding boots for Fall/Winter and now it's time to break out the sandals and fun Spring/Summer hats to pair with it!  Talk about so many great ways to wear one piece.

It can be dressed up or down and I can't wait to try many more ways to wear it.  Check out my blogger bestie, Sarah, who paired a similar dress with a pair of white Converse.  Talk about adorably casual!  Find her post here.  

P.S - I'm slowly learning that with lots of hair comes more need for product.  Hello static electricity and random fly aways in these photos. Anyone have any good product suggestions for keeping hair nice and smooth and not so staticy?  

Cheers to the weekend!


Linking up with The Farmer's Wife and Twenties Girl Style today.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Grey & White

Grey Sweater (on sale!!) // White Jeans - Similar here
Metallic Sandals (J.Crew last year) - Similar here // Crossbody Bag

Pay no mind to the fact that it rained cats and dogs yesterday (where does that reference even come from??).... the weather had been nothing but blissful up until then.  But, beggars can't be choosers, us Californians need some rain!!

Part of what made it so blissful...wearing sandals.  Cause....these talons and flat feet don't like being couped up in closed toed shoes for too long.  It hadn't been too hot, nor too cool...and that's where this amazing sweater comes in.  It really is the perfect light sweater for the Spring season and goes with anything.  I seriously want it in every color.  My focus has been the in between pieces lately to add to my wardrobe and I hit the jack pot with this sweater.

I'm also completely lusting over all things white this season.  Should I be afraid to wear it?  Maybe.  This is the same girl who took a drink of her coffee and then proceeded to open her mouth to talk like I didn't have brown coffee in my mouth...that took a lot of Tide pen....
But there is just something so classic about white that has me wanting to wear it all the time.

Hope you all are enjoying your week so far!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Backyard Progress

This past week we added the first portion of our concrete work to finally finish our backyard!  This has definitely been a patient process, as we have been in our home almost 3 years now and are finally able to get it all done.  I don't know if I have showed what our backyard started as...well....there really isn't much to show.  It's just a lot of dirt.

See?  Just a lot of dirt.

Aaron and his dad spend the weekday evenings framing and digging where the cement is going to go.  Did I mention how thankful I am to have two handy Bracco men to do all this fantastic work??  They are nothing short of amazing and you bet they ate good for dinner after they were done working away in the back yard.

We wanted to extend our patio and make a cement pathway to the other side of the house to mirror the pathway that leads to Bella's dog run.  We did Bella's dog run first thing a couple of years ago after we got her.
On Saturday morning, more family and amazing friends showed up bright and early to help wheel barrel and get the cement in.  How fortunate we are to have such great people in our lives to help us with such a task early on a Saturday morning.  And a holiday weekend no less.

It turned out beautifully!  The guys did such a great job working together!  This was obviously before it fully dried and the finishing lines were put in it.  It's still drying a little and should be that light cement grey in a few days.  So I'll be sure to get some finished finished photos of this area when we do the next leg of the cement work.

In a few weeks, we plan to start down the side of our house.  An extended pad outside the garage door and a pad for the Mr.'s soon to be shed for all of his man crap.  Then a few weeks after that will be the connecting walkway for the two and then we are ready to plan for some sod!  Seriously, I am so excited about this all getting done and how it's coming together.
Something about sitting on your back porch with a drink in your hand, listening to music, and throwing the ball around with the puppy while the cat tweeks out on the grass...makes me smile just thinking about it.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Week 13 of 52

This week we wasted no time getting ourselves prepped for the weekend.  We decided this past weekend was a great time to start the first leg of our concrete work in our back yard, so Aaron and his dad worked a few hours every week night.  They dug and packed the dirt and then did all the framing work for the concrete to be poured.

Saturday morning, we were up bright and early and ready to pour concrete.  Of course I didn't help with the pouring...I was doing the most important stuff inside.. having breakfast and coffee ready for the helpers and then lunch and doing water runs when needed.  We seriously could not be more appreciative for the amazing friends and family that gave up part of their Saturday to come help us with our concrete.  We couldn't have done it without them and are so grateful.  It turned out beautifully and I will share it with you all tomorrow. ;)

After a long day of concrete work, the last thing we wanted to do was worry about dinner, so we decided on a last minute date night out to celebrate getting started on having our backyard completed and also because..sangria......

For Easter Sunday, we got together with family for a wonderful gathering.  The food was delicious and the decor was absolutely adorable.  I wanted to take one of these table settings home with me.  Loved how it was all set up for a great day to celebrate.

Had to get a pic of us as this handsome man of mine. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!


Linking up with Meg and Lisa today.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Dressed for Night: Blush Pleated Skirt

Blouse // Pleated Skirt - Forever 21 (sold out) - Similar here & here
Clutch - Save here & splurge here // Pumps (old) - Similar here

I really can't get enough of this skirt and its versatility to go from day to night with ease.
I wore this ensemble to a friends wedding last weekend.  I felt so whimsical and romantic in this, which is totally perfect for a wedding setting because what is more romantic than watching one of your friends as a beautiful bride, saying her vows to her new husband...all while having your better half squeeze your hand with love through the entire ceremony?  *sigh*....I just love love....

This whole "versatile staple pieces" theme I've got going on for my wardrobe is proving to really work for me.  I see many more outfits being plotted for this gem.  This blouse is also one staple piece I am starting to feel like I need in every color they offer.  Soooo soft and looks great tucked in a skirt or dressed down with a great pair of jeans and sandals.  I've also had these classic black pumps for a looooooong time.  You know one of those classic staple pieces you never get rid of no matter how many times you wear it, because who knows when you will need it or if you will find something like it again?  Well, these pumps are it for me.  Perfect height and comfort and the first thing I thought of when planning to wear this outfit.

Happy Good Friday!
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!


Linking up with The Farmer's Wife and Twenties Girl Style today.