Wednesday, February 29, 2012


It's D-Day. Also known as Hair-chopping day.  I'm going for it!!  Right now my hair is pretty long, and I desperately need a makeover and a clean start.  (Here is my hair now....)

I'm taking some inspirational pics into my salon to show my hairdresser.  Here are some lovely ladies who I am going to end up looking EXACTLY like.  Yeah right. 
But maybe close :)




Do you have a favorite?
I'm basically thinking layered "lob" with some side bangs.


February Faves

Happy Leap Year!  Can't believe that February is already coming to an end! Spring is just around the corner and I couldn't be more excited!  John and I have some very exciting things planned for the next few weeks - can't wait to share!! 

I wanted to do a little re-cap of some products/snacks/clothing items I have been especially loving throughout the month of February!  Some are oldies but goodies, and some I just discovered this month!

So here they are!



So yummy!  And they come in lots of different flavors. 

(no high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, or preservatives)

(High in Fiber, whole grains, and is all natural and delicious!)


Red Jeans
I have been wearing the heck out of these!  Pairing them with everything from plain tshirts to dressy blouses.  I love to wear them with stripes too :)
 (I got mine from Forever 21)

Black Booties
 perfect transitional shoe to wear with anything from jeans to dresses
(The above are the Steve Madden Pita)

(My mom sent this to me in a fun care package, and I love it!)


(Perfect for giving that summer glow all year round)

(I think this is my 3rd bottle - in LOVE with this stuff)

YUM.  Leaves my hair soft, smooth, and smells so good!

I've been having so much fun experimenting with new eye looks
- and I love every single color!

Smooth, creamy, pigmented lip balms. 
I especially love Creme Brulee, Lollipop, and Cotton Candy.


Such a wonderful and inpsiring true story.


I would love to hear what you've been loving this month!! 
Do share!!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday's Fancies: Bright and Bold

Happy Friday loves!!  It's time again to link up with {av} for Friday's Fancies...and I pulled together a look that will surely WAKE you up this morning :)  
Spring is just around the corner and bright colors are already starting to appear on runways and on clothing racks.  The "Neon" trend is in full force, and I have to say...
I kind of love it. 

I'm tired of black and gray.  Every winter I try to wear brighter colors to make me happy, but it's just so hard to find warm cable knit sweaters in a lime green!
So alas, I settled into my typical cozy outfit of oatmeal cardigans, black leggings and brown boots.

BUT NOW, it's time for some color!  :)   

Brighten Up
13 - Jada Bracelets $380

Ok, so obvi I can't afford a single thing above except the nail polish and swimsuit, BUT neon is everywhere right now!  I've seen lots at Gap, Forever 21, and Old Navy already -- much more wallet friendly ;)

Be sure to check out more Friday's Fancies inspiration over at {longdistanceloving}
And, Happy Weekend!!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

In My Shopping Cart

I have a confession.  Sometimes when I'm online shopping, I will put items in my shopping cart and "pretend" that I'm buying all these wonderful treasures.  Most of the time, I end up walking away from the computer with the items still in the cart...never to be purchased.  But it still gives me that rush of finding cute things and day-dreaming about having them.  It's kind of like a cyber dress-up party.  Am I alone in this?  

Now granted, there are special occasions where I get to press the button "Proceed to Checkout" and the little lovelies DO become mine.  But usually they are just left in my online shopping cart until the time runs out and I forget about them all together.

Here are some beauties that I have added to my cart, but have yet to actually take the plunge and purchase....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Welcome to February - Instagram Edition

I'm kind of obsessed with Instagram-ing.  I rarely even use my camera to take pictures anymore!  
Here's a sneak peek of the month of February - through the lens of my Instagram :)

peeps are here!
Ready for spring!  Revlon's Minted

pink lips love

flight over the TN mountains

baby shower for my bestie

dinner with friends :)

vday home-made goodness ;)

worked the vday shift at the hospital -- they "treated" us very well 

vday (belated) breakfast in bed from my sweet hubby!

love this man

diy for hubby

vday dinner - homemade deep dish pizzas!  step one - the dough
don't you love my hair-do?  :/

pizzas are ready for the oven!

vday dessert - choc molten lava cakes 

new nail colors 

2 of my favorite things - shopping and iced chai tea lattes

new lamps (from target!)  -- and my chalkboard frame ready for march!

celebrating Mardi Gras with mini king cakes!

happy mardi gras!!  ;)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Feathering the Nest

Last weekend, I jetted away to Nashville, TN, to celebrate and help host the baby shower of one of my very best friends, Aubs.  I had the BEST weekend, filled with shopping, dining, baking, visiting with family, and catching up with all my college girlfriends!  
Some pics from the weekend!

flying over the Smokies!

shopping in Nashville - new boots! (50% off!)

lunch at CPK

Carter's nursery is ready!

The morning of the baby shower, I needed to bake 72 cupcakes, so I hired my two sweet-as-pie nieces to help!  Their pay was to get to decorate and enjoy their own special cupcake ;)
  We had so much fun and I think the cupcakes turned out so cute!  (The theme of the shower was "Feathering the Nest")


The Shower:

cupcakes on display!

gifts galore

sweet college friends

I also made this banner of the mommy and daddy's baby photos

me with sweet Gran - she'll be the great-grandmother!

the hake fam :)

gorgeous backyard

me with the momma-to-be!!

Breakfast the next morning - looking a little rough ;)

35 weeks!!

Thanks for hosting me Aubs and David & Christina!  I had such a fabulous time!