Thursday, April 26, 2012

10 Items Every Women Needs In Her Closet

Fashion and clothes should be fun. I truly believe what you put on your body shows the world what you think of yourself. My sister always tells me she never knows what to buy or how to put an outfit together. All you need are the basics, after that it is all about personal style.

Trends aside, here are 10 items I believe every woman should own. Once you have these, buy things that are fun. You have one body, dress it well!

1. Simple black Sheath Dress. Literally, this will go with almost anything. You can add a blazer for work, a sparkly necklace for a date, or a cardigan for church. The possibilities are endless.

2. A black cardigan. You need this because you can put it over any spaghetti strap (or strapless) dress and become instantly work appropriate.

3. Tall Brown Boots. These boots are a wardrobe staple because of their versatility. I wear mine with jeggings to work on Fridays or to lunch with girlfriends paired with a skirt or dress. Plus, they're flat so they give your feet a nice break.

4. A denim jacket. Much like the cardigan, the denim jacket adds modesty to an outfit. I wear mine with a jersey dress and flats.

5. A lady like blouse. The purpose of this blouse is to make you feel super feminine. The color doesn't so much matter, you just need to feel pretty when you put it on. It also goes great with jeans or a pencil skirt.

6. A playful maxi dress. Wear it alone or with your cardigan or denim jacket. I'd stick to color you love. Prints are great, but you might tire of it quickly. You're more likely to keep it if you choose a favorite color. Mine is black.

7. A VaVaVoom dress. I purchased a similar dress to this in 2006 and still love it. I get tons of compliments when I wear it. The wrap style cinches my waist while detracting from my hips. Pick a dress that  highlights what you love most about yourself.

8. A great pair of jeans. "Mom" jeans are not allowed. I've always steered towards trouser jeans because I'm self-conscious about my hips and thighs. Recently, I've gone for slimmer fit and loved it. The key is not being afraid to let yourself look good.

9. A versatile shirt. You need a shirt that will look great with jeans, dress pants, or a skirt. Button-up shirts are a classic. These will never go out of style. If you're busty, be careful to choose the correct size. You want this shirt to be crisp, but not stuffy. Go with a basic color that will match other items you own. A good tip is to try to think of 3 or 4 items you already own that would go with it.

10. A skirt that shows your personality. Are you a classically chic lady? Then maybe you'd love a high-waist pencil skirt. If you're a fun loving girl, then a brightly colored skirt may be for you. Are you a free-spirited woman? Then you may choose a flowy maxi skirt. The trick is to feel so "you" in this skirt.

So there you have it. 10 items I think every woman should own. These are things I own myself and wear often. Today, I'm wearing a black cardigan over a lady like blouse with black dress pants.

Photos courtesy of : (1) Banana Republic, (2) The Limited, (3) Piperlime, (4) J.Crew, (5) The Limited, (6)-(7) Victoria's Secret, (8)-(10) J.Crew.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

10 Pics to Celebrate

Today is my sweet, sweet husband's birthday. In honor of the special day, here are 10 of my favorite pics of him/us.

Happy Birthday, Kris! I love you!

1. Our wedding day. We're so Vogue! (2011)

2. Another from our wedding day. (2011)

3. From our (well, my) Barbie and Ken party. (2012)

4. Our honeymoon in Antigua. Love the hat! (2011)

5.Graduation from law school. (2011)

6.Wedding weekend. LOVE this pic!(2011)

7. Knoxville Marathon Relay. (2011)

8. I didn't know it at the time this picture was taken, but we were about to get engaged! (2010)

9. The first time we went to Aruba. Now our favorite vacation spot! (2008)

10. How can you not love this face? Probably my favorite picture of him! (2011)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

10 Things I Don't Understand

There are many, many things in this world that make me stop and say "What the hell?" People never cease to amaze me and not always in a good way! Here are 10 things I don't understand. If you can provide some insight, feel free.

10. Parents who put those huge disgusting bows in their children's hair. Why? Gross.

 9. Cartoon characters on clothing. Even on children's clothing. I don't get it.

 8. Socks with sandals.Need I say more?

 7. Kids/teenagers who don't want to go to college. College is so much fun; why wouldn't you go?

 6. People using the word "won't" when they really should use "want." Those words do not mean the same thing, not even close.

 5.Parents who let their children eat whatever the hell they want because they are "picky eaters." How about teaching them healthy habits now so they don't have to struggle as adults?

 4. Women who don't fix themselves up. Respect yourself ladies; you are worth time and effort.

 3. Reckless disregard for the environment. If you think your gas guzzling SUV doesn't affect the environment, you are wrong. You do have an impact.

 2. Generally disagreeable people. "Go along and get along," words to live by.

 1. Facebook over sharing. No one wants to know what you ate for dinner, how sick your kid is, what all you have to do today, etc. Let's all try not to share every aspect of our lives on Facebook; it is unnecessary.

Friday, April 13, 2012

10 Websites To Brighten Your Day

Have a case of the blahs? Think your work day might never end? Want to look busy but not actually be busy? These 10 websites will make any work day a little sweeter. Enjoy!

1. Uncommon Goods. Unique and interesting gifts.

2. The Foundary. Flash sale site for home accessories and furnishings.

3. Sole Society. One price. Cute shoes. Free shipping.

4. Some eCards. Funny and always slightly (or not so slightly) inappropriate.

5. Above the law. Stories of other people's idiocy make you feel less stupid.

6. Decadestwo1. Designer consignment(ish). Not always affordable, but fun to look at.

7. Ruche. Vintage inspired and affordable.

8. My Fitness Pal. Keep track of what you eat and how often you exercise. WARNING: you will become addicted to this website.

9. Nashville Toffee Company. The. best. toffee. ever. You're welcome.

10. Edropoff. Designer eBay auctions. Catch a great deal plus the thrill of the hunt.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

10 Must Haves for Our New House

They tell us we're in the 60 day range from our house being finished. I don't know if I believe it, but it is definitely exciting to think about. Here are my 10 must haves for our new house.

1. Accent chairs for the living room. We have a great couch, but we have GOT to have new chairs.

2. Rug for the living room. We have hardwood so a rug is a must.

3. Throw pillows for our fab couch. Love a good throw pillow.

4. Leaning bookcases for our office. We have the desk that matches; we need the bookcases.

5. Dining room table. We will have a formal dining room, so we need a table. No picture to link to here because the table I want is at a local place (Southeastern Salvage) for a great price. $188!

6. Master bedroom bedding. It has been over 2 years since I've changed our bedding; it's time for an update.

7. Master bedroom floor mirror. I'm thinking of putting our current master mirror in the new dining room. Again, no picture to link to because the same local place has a huge railroad tie mirror for $200! I can't wait to have it!

8. Dining room rug. Hardwood floors call for rugs.

9. Fridge. Our house comes with all appliances except a refrigerator.

10. Skee ball lanes for bonus room. I LOVE to play skee ball and a girl can dream, can't she?

Kris and I have a very minimalistic style. We like cool colors, with only slight hints of warmth. We don't like knick-knacks or tons of things on the walls. We're excited make our new house a home.

Friday, April 6, 2012

10 Chocolate Wonders

So, I gave up chocolate for Lent. It has been very difficult. I didn't realize until recently that my most favorite candies contain chocolate. Because almost all of my guilty pleasures are chocolate, I haven't really eaten tons of sweets for the past month and a half. As Lent draws to an end, I've been thinking about my most favorite chocolate treats. Here they are in top 10 form. What do you love?

10. Little Debbie Fudge Brownies

9. Dove Dark Chocolate Silky Smooth Promises

8. 3 Musketeers Original Candy Bar

7. Hershey's Take 5 Candy Bar

6. Weight Watchers Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Cup

5. Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Candy Bar

4. Girl Scout Thin Mints

3. Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar

2. Peanut M&Ms Chocolate Candies

1. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Thursday, April 5, 2012

10 Beauty Products I Can't Live Without

If being a product whore is wrong, I don't want to be right! Here are 10 beauty products that I love.

1. Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray. I HATE to wash my hair. Well, not really the washing part, but the styling that comes after washing. I love my hair too much to heat style it everyday, so this stuff is a must!

2. Aveda Shampure Shampoo and Conditioner. Ok, for the three or four times a week I actually do wash my hair I use this. It smells oh so good. Plus, Aveda is such a great brand.

3. MAC Opulash Mascara. I'm obsessed with luscious lashes. This is hands down the best mascara I've ever used.

4. Aveda Smooth Infusion Prep Style Smoother. This keeps my hair smooth for days.

5. Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Polish in Katie. This soft pink gloss looks great over any lipstick.

6. Equate Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream SPF 15. Yes, Equate. Love this stuff. Sunscreen every day even in the winter.

7. Clinique Clarifying Lotion 4. You should choose your own number, but I have SUPER oily skin, like even my eyelids are oily.

8. OPI Ridge Filler. I use this as a base coat and love it.It's like a sheer white, so it makes your color really vibrant.

9. Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment. I bought this for my honeymoon because I didn't want my new husband to see the monster I turn into after I take my makeup off. I fell in love with it. It makes skin so smooth.

10. MAC Mystery Eyeshadow. It's a little harsh as eyeshadow, for daytime so I use it as a liner and a brow filler. Totally work appropriate.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

10 Spring Items I'm Dying to Have

Here are 10 spring items I die for...

1. Colored pants from J.Crew. I'm loving everything pastel. So feminine and sweet. A must have.

2. CAbi ahoy tank. I love the nautical trend. Put a neutral jacket over this and sail to work!

3. Super fun wedges to jazz up work outfits.Sometimes work clothes can be blah. These shoes really spice it up!

4. This Tory Burch bracelet is super cute and screams "Go Vols!"

5. Essie nail polish in ole caliente. Again, I am obsessed with anything colorful this season!

6. Gold sandals. These are way better than your average sandal.

7. A cute skirt makes any day better. It's hard for me (and most people) to wear yellow, so putting it on my lower half works best.I can still be on trend without looking like a loon.

8. Michael Kors Very Hollywood to change up my fragrance for spring. I love my signature fragrance (Chanel Chance), but I think this will glam up any spring outfit!

9. This eyeliner in Ransom by Urban Decay. I like the idea of the bright color trend on eyes.

10. This statement necklace by Kate Spade.Love the coral color.