Stay on trend this New Years and embrace your girlie glam side! Nothing screams “Belle of the Ball” like a blush tulle maxi paired with a gorgeous sequins top. I adore this look, but you don’t have to shop this exact look. I often take inspiration from an outfit that one of my favorite bloggers or brands style and then put my own twist on it. One of my 2017 goals for a glaMoMorous life is to show readers how to do this as well. How to use what you have in your closet to embrace a trend rather than buying everything. To my readers that prefer direct shopping links..DON’T WORRY!! I’ll still have lots of shoppable posts because I know many of you prefer the ease of seeing an outfit and being able to click and buy. For my ladies who like getting a little inspo and then trying to recreate a look, this is actually easier to recreate than you think! Let’s talk it out. If you have a long maxi skirt in a solid color (doesn’t need to be tulle) then you’re half way there. Odds are you might own a gold, black, or silver sequins top (these colors go with everything). Tuck it in to accentuate your waist (if needed use spanx to keep it tight). Boom! You’re now the “Belle of the Ball”! Simple heels and a little red lipstick will up your glam factor! Note – If you don’t have a sequins top and want to try and grab one at the last minute, H&M, Forever 21, Zara, and Charlotte Russe (yes I typed that, ya know my love of mixing high and low) are your best bet for finding one quickly!
2016 was a remarkable year! As I sit here, pondering my top 5 favorite moments to share, I realize it’s so hard to list just 5! However, for the sake of y’all, I will refrain from listing 100 favorite moments because well.. that’s just a bit ridiculous. So, in no particular order here are some of my favorite memories to share. I should mention that at first every moment was about my children, lol, but I decided I could incorporate a few others.
The moment my 6-year-old daughter started reading. I don’t mean putting a few words/sentences together, I’m talking full blown reading chapter books! I get so much joy out of hearing her read, and seeing the love she has for books. It’s an amazing mommy moment.
Watching my 3-year-old (now 4) son ski down the bunny hill without an ounce of fear. He was so tiny, all bundled up, wearing a big smile, blazing down the hill!
Celebrating my parents 40th anniversary. My mother and father are two of the most selfless, hard-working, loving individuals I know. They have been my greatest example of marriage, love, communication, and commitment. I am beyond blessed to have them as parents and grandparents to my children. Celebrating their 40th was a magical moment.
My blog! I started this as a hobby and outlet as a stay at home mom. I’ve pushed myself more than ever in 2016 and the hard work is paying off with more opportunities, brand collaborations, and recognition! I can’t wait for 2017!
If you follow my Instagram account then you know that we brought home our french bulldog fur baby, King Louis, in May of this year! We are over-the-moon in love and obsessed with our new family member. He brings us so much joy and truly completes our family!
Wishing y’all beautiful moments, treasured memories, and all the blessings a heart can know! Happy New Year! Blogger Note –> Of course on the day of shooting this beautiful look it was soooo sunny, so we ended up shooting in two different spots! Our second spot proved to have much better lighting!
Layers are the perfect look for winter time and this is such an easy look to duplicate. I love that the red in my plaid dress feels festive for Christmas and pairs perfectly with a faux fur vest and over the knee boots! It would also be cute paired with skinny jeans, a belt, and booties. You can grab my dress here for $20 (for reference I’m wearing a size small). Now let’s talk large totes! If you’re a mommy, then you know a great tote is one of your best friends. I think I can fit about 5 things in my small cross body bags, which is no good for lugging around crayons, snacks, band aids, wipes, and lovies. Regardless of trends, a mom always needs her totes! My large tassel tote was a fun find from Nordstrom Rack and fits everything I need when running around with the kids all day! I searched and searched for a similar tote and price point, but had no luck. My vest and Cole Haan boots are a few seasons old, but I found some great options (adore the Vince otk boots) to shop below! I can’t believe we are 5 days away from Santa’s big day! Who also feels like they need 36 hours in a day? Lol! Wishing y’all good luck finishing up your details the next few days! We all know at Christmas time, that being a Mommy = also being Santa’s BIGGEST helper!!
The holiday season is my favorite time of year but for the past month our house has been pretty sick. With two toddlers we expect to have runny noses and coughs during the winter season, but it’s been Mike and I who can’t seem to beat this bug. So I apologize for being absent from the blog last week but I’m back! I’ve been brewing up a new blog series for a while and I’m excited to bring y’all – Tasty Sips! My husband has become quit the wine connoisseur over the years and is often a resource for friends and family when choosing wines. His passion and enthusiasm for wine is something we share together! So it seemed perfect for my first Tasty Sips post to be about wine!
Today’s Tasty Sip is from the Tognetti Family Winery. If you’ve never heard of the Tognetti Family Winery I had the great pleasure of connecting with granddaughter, Christina, who shared more about the family’s background and growing business. Grandpa Jack has been in the wine industry for over 30 years and is Schramberg’s top grower but it was his youngest son, Robert, that finally achieved the family dream and founded the Tognetti Family Winery in 2012. Mike and I opened the 2013 Chardonnay and enjoyed the brightness of this wine. The grapes are sourced from the family owned vineyard in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. With citrus and tropical notes it’s a balanced Chardonnay that drinks well now, but can also be aged to develop the characteristics of the wine. The Chardonnay would pair beautifully with various cheeses, a light pasta dish, fish, and most any salad. We love when friends bring a wine to dinner that we don’t know about. It always feels a bit more special and exciting to open something different than the usual grocery store choices. Take advantage of the 35% off Holiday Special the winery is offering for the 2013 Chardonnay. If you wish to try it, grab a bottle here for only $35!
What to expect from the Tasty Sips series? Entertaining inspiration with great wine reviews, craft brews, delicious cocktail recipes, and kid-friendly ideas! Stay tuned!
Hope everyone scored some great deals for Christmas during Black Friday/Cyber week. We certainly did! Here’s another post for my Three Things series! As Christmas and New Years approach I’ve been brainstorming tablescape ideas. It’s a process I truly enjoy. Although I love traditional holiday decor, I wanted to do something more playful and unexpected. I also wanted the table to excite the children, so when I popped in Marshalls the other day and found these adorable Nutcracker themed goodies, I knew I’d found my tablescape! How fun are these colors? Our Marshalls had plenty more of these Nutcracker items, so I’m guessing yours might too, if you feel so inspired to do the same. I can’t wait to build off this idea and share what our table looks like for Christmas 2016! As I create our table decor, I’ll be adding pics on Instagram if you need inspo! You could also just do this theme for the kids table!
Nutcracker Themed Christmas Table
Pom Pom Off The Shoulder Top
I wore this pom pom tassel top out to dinner recently and it was a big hit with my girlfriends. At $22 it’s super affordable and the perfect addition to your vacation wardrobe. If you are traveling anywhere tropical for the holidays or post holidays, grab it now. You could also pair it with a flowy skirt, white denim, or even throw it over a strapless bathing suit!
New Skincare Product Trial – Vichy
I’ve just recently started using Vichy products and I’m really loving their masks. My skin gets dull and dry during the winter so it’s been a great addition to my routine. Stay tuned for a full review after a few more weeks using their products! Wishing you all a wonderful week!
My favorite time to shop is Cyber Monday! I love being able to point and click to get my Christmas shopping done rather than race around each retail store with the mad crowds! I think many of you are like that too, so I rounded up some of my favorite Cyber Monday Steals and Deals. These are big brands with major discounts! To make it easy for all my readers all you have to do is click on the number of the item you are interested in and it will take you to the direct site. But, I also listed out each item below so that you can see how great these savings are!