Month Three

September 21, 2014

month three

Ava -

Three months already?! Slow down kid! This month has brought even more joy and happiness to our lives. You are still a baby on the go and are experiencing so much of the world around you. You had yet another sleep over. This time with your Nana, Papaw and cousin Alivia. I think your cheeks were raw because of all the kisses Alivia gave you. She loves you so much already and I know you two will one day have a really special bond.

Also this past month you have developed quite the personality. Your coo’s and smiles aren’t without cries and mean looks. You make sure to let us know when you’re not happy and instantly smile when we cater to your needs. I think you have momma and daddy completely controlled. Each morning you wake us with the biggest toothless grin and little giggles. You are THE happiest baby when you wake up in the morning and it’s the best way for us to start off our day.

We take at least one picture a day of you and it’s always a surprise on how you will pose. When propped up or laying down you make the best faces and poses with your hands. I laugh a lot at what you do because it’s just another facet of that wonderful personality you are developing. Mini diva already!

You have also learned how to start holding your head up. The moment this happened your momma was so proud and shared the photo and video with everyone around her office. A total humble brag moment which made me feel like you were the best baby in the entire world (which you are in my eyes). You’re starting to sit up for a few seconds at a time before you turn into a lumpy potato and fall over. But it’s okay…we are getting there!

Love you always,

Momma and Daddy

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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

September 19, 2014

I have a confession to make. I used to work at Abercrombie and Fitch. The good ‘ol A&F. It was my first real job that taught me anyone with a college degree should not be considered for management and we definitely shouldn’t be trusted with keys to a retail store. Aside from the crazy atmosphere I experienced I did create a long-lasting friendship with someone who would eventually be a bridesmaid in my wedding. Lauren and I share an A&F bond that will forever be cemented in history. Or the depths of that backroom. I digress. Abercrombie has been under fire for many years now and the culture is only one that few understand. I don’t stand for anything they wanted to build their brand upon but I was apart of the company during a different time. Lately they have realized that things should probably change. You can’t get away with skinny, naked models and sky high prices forever. They have since rebranded and are attempting to save their business. What has possibly changed? Besides lower prices and a different fashion forecast, they offer BLACK. It was ingrained in me from day one that A&F does not sell black nor will they ever sell the color black. So for years I wore only brown and navy and black was a foreign concept to my wardrobe. They have pieces (including a black leather jacket) that I would actually wear and that’s saying a lot…I’m 32 years old and not the epitome of the A&F gal. My favorites this week are some of my picks from their current collection. Do yourself a favor and just look at their site. Let’s hope that they keep heading in the right direction and keep offering that black as a color in their lineup.

Friday Favorites

Rebecca Drapey Pants :: Mackenzie Tiered Cami :: Tatum Jacket :: Trisha Skater Dress :: A&F Jogger Sweatpants :: Parker Sweater :: Leather Baggu Clutch :: Benni Sweater


Shrimp Fajitas

September 18, 2014

shrimp fajitas

Seafood/Fish has yet to be featured on Recipe Thursday. During my pregnancy when the food posts started I had a huge hate for fish. The smell could make me gag and dry heave and we definitely didn’t want any of that. Also, I have never been a big seafood/fish person. Maybe the smell at the grocery store turned me off and maybe there were moments when I had it prepared in a poor way. Whatever the reason, I’ve never been a huge fan. But The Beard was determined to change that this past month when he prepared Shrimp Faijtas. I already planned a back up meal in my mind thinking that this was not going to turn out in my favor. I’m here to say I was pleasantly surprised and this will in fact make it into the dinner rotation. Shrimp Fajitas are a different twist on your typical beef or chicken fajitas and just as satisfying.

You’ll Need:

  • Medium onion sliced into long strips
  • 1 Red and 1 Green bell pepper sliced into long strips
  • 1 lb shrimp cleaned, deveined
  • Clove of garlic chopped
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • Tortillas
  • Olive oil
  • Salt + pepper to taste


In a skillet combine 2 tbsp olive oil, peppers, onions, salt and pepper – tossing well to coat. Cook until the onions are carmelized and the peppers are soft – roughly 20 minutes.

Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and add to a frying pan with 2 tbsp olive oil and the garlic. Be careful to not over cook the shrimp or you’ll be left with rubber bits. It will only take 2-3 minutes for the shrimp to be cooked all the way through. Once the shrimp is cooked, season with lime juice and cilantro.

Pile your fajita mixture onto a tortilla with your favorite toppings and you have homemade shrimp fajitas!

The Makeup Lady

The Makeup Lady – Recreate The Look

September 17, 2014

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We are starting a new series here on The Makeup Lady called “Recreate The Look” where we will feature favorite beauty looks from the ready-to-wear runway collections. Most times the beauty is overshadowed by the beautiful and intricate runway fashions. Once you start looking into the details of the makeup in each show you find that most are quite wearable and easy to recreate, hence our “Recreate The Look” series.

Starting off we will be focusing on the Fall 2014 RTW looks of Burberry Prorsum, Rag & Bone and Michael Kors. From fall plums, to extreme liner to a fresh natural face, it is everything we will want to try for the fall.

First up, Burberry Prorsum. I knew when I mentioned this series idea to Julia she would be on board, especially when the word Burberry was part of the suggestion. If you follow her blog you know she has extreme love for Burberry, but then again who doesn’t? Burberry is the iconic British luxury brand famously known for distinctive tartan pattern. Burberry Prorsum is the fashion forward collection of the famous brand. The fall 2014 RTW collection centered around the boho chic Bloomsbury Girls or a modern day Virginia Woolf. Soft plum eyes, nude cheeks and barely there lips top off this look as one of my favorites of the fall shows.

It’s easier than you might think to recreate this first look. Burberry fortunately has their own beauty line and lucky for us, have included a Bloomsbury Girl collection to help everyone recreate this dreamy look.

The Makeup Lady - Recreate The Look

‘Effortless Mascara’ Volumising Enhancer :: Complete Eye Palette No 12 Nude Blush :: ‘Lip Cover’ Soft Stain Lip Stick No 23 English Rose :: Sheer Luminous Concealer :: ‘Light Glow’ Natural Bush No 07 Earthy Blush

How She'd Wear It

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – 60s Pants

September 16, 2014

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The 60s were the heyday of mod style and mini skirts. But while the mod and mini movements are iconic and still looked back on as inspiration for today, people seem to forget the evolution of women’s pants that went down in the late 60s. Before the 60s ladies had trousers, riding pants, and what we would call today ‘mommy-jeans’. But the hippies and their love of flowing fabrics needed something a little more freeing and a little more fun, and two incredibly popular styles exploded onto the fashion scene; the ever-trendy bell bottom jeans and wide leg trousers.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – 60s Pants

1. TOPSHOP Faux Fur Collar Bomber Jacket

2. Lead Charm & Tassel Bracelet

3. Elizabeth And James Torrens Pinky Ring

4. Dean Davidson Castle Ring in Moonstone/Gold

5. Pour La Victoire Elie Mini Cross Body Bag – Pearl Multi

6. Wildfox ‘Luna’ 58mm Sunglasses

7. Heather Hawkins Braid Lariat Necklace

8. Frame Denim Le High Flare High-Rise Jeans

9. J.Crew Popover In Liberty Mixed Floral

10. B-Low The Belt Baby Bell Bottom Belt

11. ModCloth 60s Currant Scones Heel

So much of this outfit screams 60s from the bell bottoms and round buckle belt to the paisley printed peasant blouse and round sunglasses, and yet the look feels relevant for today. The bell bottoms and peasant blouse are obvious old school staples, but I chose to glam up this outfit with a lot of shine and glitz, which makes it more versatile and a little more timeless. Shiny glittery pieces will work in any era. While I chose to go overboard in styling with the furry coat and star and moon sunglasses, you could easily change the vibe by wearing booties and a peacoat.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – 60s Pants

1. MANGO Leopard Faux Fur Coat

2. Kate Spade New York Embossed Croc Metro Watch – Deep Caramel

3. Hinge ‘Ofcourse’ Bootie

4. Moorea Seal Etoile Studs

5. Natasha Couture ‘Jessi’s Bavarian Oblong’ Scarf

6. Tory Burch Fern Stretch-Wool Crepe Culottes

7. J.Crew Collection Cashmere Tunic

8. Labonia Leather Driving Gloves

9. Furla Candy Medium Satchel in Ink

This outfit is a mishmash of early 60s conservative and late 60s crazy. The wide leg trousers and animal print coat are almost early disco style pieces that continued into the 70s, while the structured bag and boat neck style sweater feel very specific to the 60s. Jewelry wasn’t piled on then like it is today but a slim watch and accessories such as gloves and scarves were important in a woman’s wardrobe. It isn’t quite cold enough for gloves but I couldn’t help but add the leather driving gloves after coming across this photo of a woman wearing a fur coat and short leather gloves and 60s hair with straight bangs. It looked incredibly chic.

- Julia of Style and Cheek

Life With The Lady

Life With The Lady

September 15, 2014

Life With The Lady

It’s time for me to come clean and be serious. I have am an addict of day dreaming about the finer things in life. Fancy baubles, bags, dream vacations…you name it, I love it. The wishing and wanting goes hand in hand with working hard to achieve the pretty things I want. I was raised to work hard and reward yourself with nice things. Hard work pays off, right? But it’s not always the case. Sometimes my dreams are a little too unattainable even for my type-a personality. It takes a bit more than working 50+ hours a week, working hard towards my Pinterest board dreams to come up with what I would really want.

I got to thinking about what I really love after Julia recently had me fill out a mini blurb about myself for her site. I posed some similar questions to friends and the answers not only shocked me but helped me learn a little bit more about each person. The opportunity to spend money on material things can show people’s wishes, desires and something about who they innately are. Most people have quick answers, because those are the true day dreams. Others had to take their time to really consider what they would spend their money on and why. Isn’t it funny how we all approach the topic in a different way?

There are quite a few fashion/clothing related posts on our blog weekly, but my ultimate splurge wouldn’t be on clothes. No. It would be on something much different. I can wish for all the clothes I want but destinations are the key to my ultimate dream happiness.  The location constantly changes and in the moment I would love to visit the Amalfi Coast in Italy. A friends trip, which would include the babe of course, traveling down the coast. Cliffs, blue skies and breathtaking views.  When I posed the same question to The Beard his answer couldn’t possibly be further apart on the spectrum of splurging. His response, which seems so typical as a man, would be a giant tv or to pay for our child’s college tuition. I guess one of us has to be the dreamer and the other with their feet firmly planted on the ground. If I had to be a realist my answer would be closer to The Beard’s. Taking care of and financially providing for our child is something of extreme importance. But we’re dreamers here today and it’s okay to step outside of reality and have a little fun.

So I pose the question to you… If given the opportunity to splurge on one thing, and one thing only, what would it be and why? You can give a philosophical approach of how you may help to spread world peace, cure cancer or be downright selfish in the moment, like me, and splurge it on your dream Pinterest worthy home. This is a judge free zone, so dream away and share them below. Then take the time to ask those around you because their answers might surprise you as well!


image via taylormmiles


Giveaway Winner

September 12, 2014

Thank you to everyone that entered, shared posts, pinned my face, commented and showed such great support for our first ever giveaway. Truly a success and you are all so wonderful.

Now for the big announcement…the winner.

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Make sure to check your email and respond back on where we can ship your goodies to.


Thanks again to everyone for entering and be on the lookout for a new giveaway coming up in the near future.


Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

September 12, 2014

Losing this baby weight has proven to be more challenging than anticipated. Not that I can say I’m working my hardest to lose it, but this last half is being stubborn. I’ve had to give into working out on a more regular-ish basis to feel satisfied with my progress. I’m still on my daily plan that I started back in August but I had to make modifications to work within my working mom career life. It’s not easy balancing it all and I’m still learning. To keep myself motivated I invest in some great athletic apparel. New sports bras because my old ones were way too tight and way too small. Thank you baby for the boobs. New pants and shorts because these hips don’t lie. I’m not the small size I once was. I even started branching out with different activities. Last Saturday I did yoga at Great American Ballpark on the field, which was a pretty incredible experience. Tomorrow I’m jumping into a spinning class – let’s hope I don’t barf on everyone from over-exerting myself. This week my Friday Favorites are all about the cute pieces I have started to invest in. If I’m going to work out I want to look good while doing it.

Friday Favorites


Adidas by Stella McCartney Mesh Sneakers :: GapFit Motion Heathered Tank :: GapFit Breath Long-Sleeved Hoodie :: GapFit gFast Knit Jersey Legging :: Low Impact Reversible Sports Bra


Pepper Steak

September 11, 2014

pepper steak

It’s surprising that I have yet to share this recipe on the blog. We make this meal at least 3 times a month, if not more, because it’s The Beard’s favorite meal to eat and to prepare. Based on our work schedules he has the opportunity to make dinner least twice a week. I know that when he’s in charge Pepper Steak will make its way onto our table. I’m not complaining because it’s delicious and a good recipe to have when you need a quick dinner. It takes no time at all and can literally be made with everything you likely have on hand. Serve it on rice, or rice noodles(my favorite) and you have a complete meal.

You’ll need:

  • 12oz round beef cut into thin strips
  • 3tbsp and 4 tsp of low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 5 tsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 medium onion cut into strips
  • 2 bell peppers cut into thin strips
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • pepper to taste

In a bowl combine 4 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp corn starch and 1 tbsp rice wine. Slice the meat into thin slices, almost as if you’re making meat for fajitas. Place into the bowl and set aside to marinade. Heat a wok or pan on high with 3 tsp vegetable oil and add your meat. Cook for a few minutes, turing the pieces over until they are browned. Remove the meat and add in your veggies with the remaining oil. While the peppers and onions cook down, combine the remaining soy sauce and cornstarch into a bowl. Once the peppers and onions have soften, add the meat back in with the soy sauce mixture. Let cook for a few minutes allowing the sauce to thicken.

When serving, sprinkle with pepper and crushed red pepper flakes to taste. Maybe even a little cilantro because that’s our favorite way to top it off.

The Makeup Lady

The Makeup Lady – Fall Colors

September 10, 2014

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Colors of the burgundy to black persuasion have me dreaming of cooler weather. Scarves, boots and the crisp fall air are just a few of my favorite things. You know it’s almost fall when the makeup brands start releasing darker hues into their collections. Rich reds, oxbloods, berries and midnight hues enter the mix and we can all rejoice. Fall is about to arrive! Head to toe I’m covering myself in darker clothing and it’s only fitting that I revamp my makeup collection to do the same. I’m packing away the bright pinks and corals and heading into the land of darker colors. There are so many rich tones out right now that flatter and suit every skin tone.  Blushes, lip colors, and even nail colors are getting a fall makeover.  Take the leap and update your fall makeup collection with these pieces.

The Makeup Lady - Fall Colors



NARS ‘Audacious’ Lipstick in Charlotte :: Lancome L’Absolu Rougue Lipcolor in Caprice :: Revlon ColourStay Moisture Stain in New York Scene :: Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Smoke Red :: butterLondon Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black :: 3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS Nail Polish in Dark Room :: Bobbi Brown Blush in Berry :: bareMinerals READY Blush in The Natural High :: MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush in Fever

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