Thursday, September 18, 2014

Transitioning Into Fall Fashion

Despite the fact that the rest of the country is celebrating the transition into fall, Southern California refuses to conform. This last week has been the hottest of the year, reaching temps of 107 degrees. While I'm thankful that we have sunny skies and great weather most of the year, I could certainly take some cooler days, a PSL or two, and the comfort of leaving my home without sweating profusely!

The best I can do to get into fall fashion right now is a pair of booties. Enter these Old Navy Faux-Suede Ankle Boots in the color "Mouse House". The wide heel makes them really comfortable (I never wear heels because I don't do pain over beauty) and provide me with a good 3" of height. I'm really excited to live in these for months to come!

This Boohoo.com dress (that's less than $25!) is another staple I plan to get use out of year round. When it gets cold, I'll throw on some tights and be good to go. I am all about versatile pieces.

Fall 2014 Fashion

Boohoo.com dress


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Dress  |  Booties  |  Sunglasses  |  Necklace (similar)  |  Earrings  |  Watch  |  Cuff  |  Clutch (similar) |  rings


I hope you're all not too jealous of my stellar modeling skills. I mean, look at that variety in poses...HA! I apologize for having no outfit posing game. And on that note, happy Friday!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SoCal Blogger Society Fall Brunch

Sunday I had the pleasure of attending one of SoCal Blogger Society's quarterly brunches. Unfortunately, it was anything but fall this weekend! Throughout SoCal temps ranged from the 90s to high 100s. Despite the scorcher, I had a great time mingling with other bloggers and meeting wonderful ladies!

Nautical By Nature and Join the Gossip

Outfit posts are few and far between. Luckily every time I see Kate I sucker her into taking a few pics. Stay tuned for an outfit post Friday!





linking up: WIWW 

Monday, September 15, 2014

100 Happy Days

I finally decided to jump on the 100 happy days train last weekend! I already missed one day, but let's pretend like I'm 8 for 8. Here are my shots from the past week:

 

1. soaking up the last days of summer, enjoying palm trees and sunshine


2. my obsession with photographing flowers even extends to wilted ones



3. pre-ordered One Direction's new album - download the free single "Four" it's really catchy



4. put together some toiletry packages for kids in shelters with my sorority alum chapter



5. on 9/11, taking a few extra seconds to appreciate our flag and what it stands for



6. enjoying Belmont Lights at the House of Blues Sunset Strip before it's torn down to build condos BOOOO!



7. Fall SoCal Blogger Society Brunch

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Kate is always up to something fun down in Florida. Go say hello!








Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nicholas Sparks's Deliverance Creek

How many of you love Lifetime movies, like me? And Nicholas Sparks? Perfect, because the two have come together to bring you Deliverance Creek premiering this Saturday on Lifetime! Making his TV debut as an executive producer, Sparks is assuming a role very different from what we're used to with his writing skills. Nonetheless, anything he touches turns to gold and this made-for-television film is set to be another one of his many professional hits.

Deliverance Creek

I had the opportunity to learn more about the film directly from Sparks, as well as Lauren Ambrose, who plays Belle. I don't want to reveal too much about Deliverance Creek (I already watched it, two thumbs up!) but I will say this is not the typical Nicholas Sparks project. There's a strong love that fuels the plot, but it's not the same as The Notebook or The Vow, it's a mother's love for her children.

Set in the midst of the Civil War, we see Belle fighting to protect her family and doing whatever it takes to do so. She's pretty badass! Ambrose brought a lot to the role and it was evident in her performance that she really understood Belle. She explained, "I just absolutely love playing this character - bringing this fierce, gritty, you know, tough lady, who is flawed and passionate and has a lot on her plate - to life."

The way the movie plays out, you'll be wanting more at the end. And luckily, for us, Sparks wants to give us more. If all goes well we can expect additional Deliverance Creek movies, or even a weekly show. "I would prefer a series, a really well done series and you know, 10 to 12 really high quality episodes per year," said Sparks.

Deliverance Creek is full of love, heartbreak, revenge, greed, and so much more that'll have you glued to the TV screen for two hours. Be sure to tune in this Saturday, September 13 at 8/7c on Lifetime! Fingers crossed the movie does well and we'll get to continue on with the story.





Image courtesy of Lifetime

J.R. Ewing Bourbon Launch

J.R. Ewing Bourbon

Do you remember back in February when I had the pleasure of traveling to Texas to visit the Dallas set and attend the J.R. Ewing Bourbon unveiling? Exciting news, the line of bourbon has officially launched to the public!

J.R. Ewing Bourbon is a true bourbon whisky, distilled in Kentucky and aged four years in oak barrels. Mixing corn with hints of caramel, vanilla, oak, and orange, the flavors are just right for a Bourbon and Branch indulgence. I'm not a big fan of dark alcohol, but was pleasantly surprised with the taste of this bourbon and found myself enjoying the drink. 

There's just something about sipping on bourbon that makes you feel badass. I see why it was J.R.'s favorite. From the original to new version of Dallas, he was known for his love of a stiff drink so it only made sense to craft an exceptional bourbon in his honor. If Mr. Hagman were alive to see his famous charater's namesake adorn this attractive bottle, complete with a Southfork image, I'm sure he'd be awful proud.


To find a local J.R. Ewing bourbon retailer, check the availability map on the site. Cheers!






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