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Live Colorfully

Last year I decided to have a word of the year and while I have lots of goals and plans for 2019 I decided to have a word for the overall theme for 2019 as well and this year I’ve decided on Live Colorfully. Living colorfully can mean many things though and while yes I take it to mean literally not being afraid to have color in your life I think it can mean so much more than that. To me, living colorfully is about trying new things and purposely finding new experiences. It’s also about not living in the shadows and embracing the full experience of life.  
As a blogger on thing I’ve really struggled with is finding an aesthetic – you go to many bloggers instagram feeds and they have soft neutrals, or bold colors, or delicate pinks . . . but then you look at my feed and I’m all over the place. Here’s where I’m going to let y’all in on a little secret – there are a lot of bloggers who post staged photos and do not wear the outfits in their photos in real life. When I tag my pic #realoutfi…

Blue Christmas

Last year I wrote about why I passed on the gratitude challenge (you can read it here) and at the end of the post I talked about how the Holiday season can be a struggle for many, and this year I want to expand more on that because y'all - I have been one of those many. The holiday season is a wonderful time of merriment and joy but I feel like there's a lot of pressure. Everyone is posting their happy joyful pics sending the message BE THANKFUL, BE JOYFUL, YOU ARE BLESSED - and yes I typed those in all caps on purpose because sometimes it feels like the world is yelling these things at us. If I'm being perfectly honest 95% of the time I am the person posting the happy, joyful pic but 5% of the time I don't feel thankful or joyful or blessed and then I feel like a complete garbage human for not feeling those things. I haven't had a serious period of depression in over six years but I've spent enough time being depressed that I know it when it happens and I ca…

Sincere Gift Giving

This holiday season there's lots of gift guides talking about what to get for whom but I think during this time of year it's so easy to caught up in the buying of gifts that we forget the reason we give gifts. Gift giving is one of five love languages - the others being physical touch, words of affirmation, acts of service, and quality time. Gift giving is my personal love language- for years I felt like that made me shallow but the reality is the gifts I have enjoyed the most have sometimes been the least extravagant and most thoughtful.


I personally HATE being asked what I want for a given holiday - to me giving someone a gift isn't done out out obligation it's because you want to make that person feel loved and special and what better way to do so than to put a little time and effort into finding something they will absolutely love. One of the most thoughtful gifts I ever received was after my mom passed away - a sweet friend sent me a delicate gold necklace with a…

Custom Hair Care with Formulate

I've had short hair most of my life, but the past few years I have been growing my hair out and one thing has become very clear - long hair is a commitment. And long hair that has been color treated for years is a project, which is why I was so excited when the team at Formulate reached out to have me try their new custom shampoo and conditioner. Even better yet - we have teamed up to give one lucky reader their own custom set for FREE!

Enter GIVEAWAY here! Getting hair care customized for your hair sounds complicated but the process was very simple as a consumer - I took a brief survey about my hair's current condition and what my hair goals were - you can pick up to five. I have a pretty oily scalp so that was my top priority but color protection, heat protection,. frizz and volume are also my concerns. I was then able to select my scent and strength - I like a strong scent in my shampoo that leaves a light linger and selected the green apple - I've been getting complime…

This is Us

Y’all this year I was so excited for our anniversary activity - the 2nd anniversary traditional gift is cotton and there was a cotton field nearby. The website said “mid October” would be the perfect time for pictures so I booked a session for our anniversary weekend on the 21st. We stop by the field the day before to check it out and it was all gone. Even though no harvest date was listed on the website a week earlier it had since been updated that the cotton was harvested that Friday – seriously, they couldn’t have given one more weekend for photos, grr! All the other cotton fields were too far away so I cried how our anniversary was ruined. We wound up moving photos to the same spot where we took our wedding photos and brought along the dogs to get our family Christmas card photo. This session did not go as well as I would have liked – Because I didn’t plan to originally have the dogs sweetie was not freshly groomed. My brand new sweater got snagged by one of the dogs getting in and…

Corporate Cool with Maree Pour Toi

I'm pretty lucky in that my day job is very casual - so sequin and large tulle skirts aside most of my fashion posts are real outfits I can wear on the weekends and during the week. Just because I can wear jeans any day of the week doesn't mean that's what I wear though - I've always been the type of person to dress up more than I dress down and my work life is no exception. My last look from Maree Pour Toi featured a dressy look dressed up and down but today I'm mixing and matching dressy and casual pieces for a "corporate cool" look.  




First off, I am so in love with the Compression Slim Pant - I am wearing them in wine but they also come in black, olive and navy. I'm pretty sure I need the navy ones as well. Hearing "compression" made me a little nervous but these are not tight or uncomfortable at all. Made of a soft material they are a heavy knit with a bit of spandex to provide stretch and support. I sometimes go up a size in pants si…

Why I Blog

Years before I had an instagram account I had a Yelp account and I must admit that my very first review was a terrible 1 star review. While I think honest good and bad experiences are valuable on review sites I realized that's not the person I wanted to be. Instead of only putting negative thoughts into the world I challenged myself that for every negative review to take the time to write five positive reviews. Soon I found myself gushing over businesses I love and writing reviews of businesses I was trying for the first time. Within a few months I was invited to join the Elite squad - now I  have over 250 reviews and have reached gold elite status - this means I've been on the squad for five years. As much as I enjoy sharing reviews I enjoy reading them. I'm a planner and researcher by nature so before I go anywhere I want to know as much as possible. For example, when we go out to California we're going to have tea at the Hello Kitty Grand Café - I have read every …