Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MY BIRTHDAY DAY + THE MOST PERFECT STRIPE TOP...





TOP: Loft (similar here and here ) // BOTTOMS: Articles of Society // SHOES: Steve Madden // BAG: Gucci // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker // 

Before I get to my outfit details, I would like to thank you everyone for all of your kind wishes and words. Turning 24 was a little upsetting for me (lets face it, no one wants to grow old, lol) but, all of yall, my family, and friends definitely made me feel special. I hope that my year of 24 has good things stored for me. 

 It was by far the best birthday I have ever had. When Tommy and Liam woke up, they ran to Starbucks to get my favorite order, a caramel macchiato and a lemon loaf. Liam stayed in bed to eat the loaf with me and half of it ended up on our comforter, lol. Tommy is big on surprises, he had gotten me one big present, one medium present, and one small present. I HATE surprises. I hate not knowing. Plus, I manage to guess everything 99% of the time. He also likes to plays games so, he hid the presents around our living. Knowing that I suck at finding things, he hid them in the most obvious places. I absolutely loved the gifts, everything was on point. He got me this really pretty blue tote and said "now you have a bag for Easter". I thought it was so funny because it's ridiculous to have a purse just for easter, but at the same time, I was thinking it. We went to a late brunch at our favorite restaurant; Over Easy. It's delicious! If yall are ever in Colorado Springs, visit Over Easy and get their biscuits and gravy, it's heavenly. Liam loves the little dinosaur toys that they give him along with the french toast. Him and another little boy next to us kept playing with each other. They were roaring with their dinosaurs and it was adorable. We took a little break and lounged around the house until dinner. Tommy was taking us to Melting Pot. We had never been and tried to go for years but something always came up. We're usually in comfy, lounge clothes or casual clothes and we don't get a ton of opportunities to really dress up so we made it our moment. I think we can all agree that our Hubbys can easily clean up and look so good in a classic button up. Tommy always jokes that since he's married he can dress like a "Dad", but we both know that he loves dressing up and looking sharp. I wore the dress in my last post, despite how cold it was. And Liam wore a little collared shirt that he later got chocolate on. It's always better to be over dresses than under dressed. (We didn't get a picture because we didn't get finish with dinner until late). We both got the four course meal and it was honestly a dinner that we've never had before. We ate all of our courses fondue style and it was really really good! My mouth is watering just thinking about it, lol. Everything was flavorful, fresh, and really healthy. I think the dessert was our favorite. Chocolate strawberries, pound cake and marshmallows drenched in s'mores chocolate will hit the spot. Liam kept trying to stick the skewer into the fruits but was having trouble. He just licked the chocolate off of everything instead. We got home late and turned it. It was my first time celebrating with Tommy and it'll be one for the books. 

So, today's outfit...this top, this top is perfect in so many ways. I really love it because it's a perfection combination of all the spring trends tied into one. My closet is probably 40% stripes and I swear they are all different. Blue and white stripes are really popular during this time. A stripe top is classic, timeless, and has a nautical vibe. I think this top is a key staple piece; it can be worn casually with denim shorts and espadrilles or dressed up with a lace skirt and pumps

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo,
Annie

*Photos by Jenna Sparks


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

GOING ON 24...



 DRESS: Missguided (50% off!) // SHOES: Jeffrey Campbell // CLUTCH: Louis Vuitton // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker

It's unbelievable that today, I'm a year older; 23 going on 24. It's true what they say, as you get older time passes by faster. This birthday is actually the first birthday ever that Tommy is present. During college, we were always hours apart during my birthday. Of course, he would come visit the following weekend to celebrate, but it's not the same. 23 was a challenging and memorable year. I'm going to use today's post as a reminder of my accomplishment and lessons I've taken from year 23. It's a little more personal and not everything will be brunches and shoes, lol. 

Balancing Roles: I was absolutely horrible at balancing the roles of a mother and wife. For Liam's first year, it was 100% about him. Tommy completely understood that it was going to be like that for the first couple of months. I was in my own routine and in my own bubble and I kind of let that mindset take over. Yes, caring for my child comes first, but my husband is also apart of that family and is a vital key. Mine and Tommy's relationship was really tough, it was as if we were room mates at some times. All we did for months was fight and live our separate lives. It wasn't until the last two month where I really knew how to balance out those roles. Giving my time to both my son and my husband. Family is number one to me and I can't have that if I don't have a strong relationship with my husband. Our marriage is far from perfect, but we work hard and keep fighting for each other. Being committed to each other and Liam has made life so much easier and happier. 

Living in Reality: It's safe to say that we all dream big. Growing up, I imagined having a huge home, driving nice cars, traveling around the world, buying whatever my heart desired, and really living that luxurious lifestyle. I would say that my past 4ish year has pretty much been amazing. Ever since Liam was born, our first 1 1/2 years together was like a vacation. We traveled to 5 states and 1 country. When Tommy was coming home from deployment, that lifestyle had to be put on pause. I wasn't ready nor wanted that. Yes, one day I will be able to travel and do all those things, but it takes time and a lot of hard work. My mom has been a huge part of helping me get my life back into check. Growing up, I wouldn't say that I had many hardships or struggles. God has truly blessed me in ways that I couldn't even imagine. My supporting and loving family being one. The main one. My mom was a single mother that raised 4 children practically on her own. My mom's parents and siblings are the most caring people I have ever know. My family growing up wasn't just my mom and siblings, it was my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We are all SO close! My mom taught me that life isn't about having and doing all these things. That family is the most important and that you have to work hard to achieve those dreams. 

Being Independent: When I turned 23, I was living in Texas with Liam and our family. Tommy had deployed and it was tough not having him there to help with Liam. I completely struggled the first few months moving back in with my mom. I didn't have my own place, Liam didn't have his own room, and I had no privacy. To me, being a mother means being strong for your children when times are tough. Being independent wasn't something that I was great at nor preferred. Taking care of your child without your partner present is tough but rewarding. After 9 months of hardwork and trying to be there for your family and child, I learned how important it was to be independent and strong.

Staying True to My Blog: The blogging world is killer, you can easily get caught up in buying what everyone else has or trying to live the lifestyle of a top blogger. I got sucked up into it and noticed that I would buy things just to post them on my blog and not actually wear it. Or post post that weren't personal or all to exciting. It's not true to me or my lifestyle, AND it wasn't good, financially. I slowed down a little bit on my blog to try to figure out what I wanted my blog to be about. Fashion, lifestyle, travel, and being a mother are topics that I truly enjoy sharing and writing about. Blogging is hard work and having the support that I have from yall, other bloggers, family, and friends has really helped me through tough times.

I'm seriously so overjoy to announced that I have hit 10K on my Instagram. This was a huge goal for me and I'm honestly so happy and thankful for yall. Thank you for responding to my post and questions. Thank you for reading or even scrolling though my blog. Thank you for being kind to me and my family. I love yall and really couldn't do this without everyone. Thank you so much! With that said, look forward to a fun 10K post next month! 

xo,
Annie 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

THE DRESS FOR EVERY OCCASION...




DRESS: Anthropologie (wearing an XS) // SHOES: Jeffrey Campbell // BAG: Gucci (less expensive here) // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker // BRACELETS: David Yurman and Gorjana

When I saw this dress, I thought it was designed so well. The embroidery instantly reminded me of fiesta (that's my college self missing the San Antonio culture). Finding versatile dresses is a win win in my book. I love that this dress can be worn casually for a brunch date or out strolling town. My first thought was that it could be worn to church. With Liam constantly on my hip, puling my dresses up when he fidgets, longer dresses are actually a necessity. The mustard color reminds me of bright golden fall foliage. To dress it up more for spring, try adding a denim jacket or cute wedges. Oh, and these lace up wedges are seriously so so comfortable. Jeffrey Campbell makes some stunning and comfortable shoes. 

Ever since Tommy got his truck, I've been constantly on the go. I'm so happy to have my car back, but I also miss the days where Liam and I were trapped at the house. At least, I now have a reason to actually get ready in the morning, lol. I wore my joggers to death that I went and bought a second pair, lol. Today's hopefully going to be pretty calm for us. Liam has his Little Gym class in the morning, were going to clean up the house, and then go to Disney On Ice in the evening. Liam is going to go crazy! He loves Disney just as much as me, it's in our blood. 

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

xo,
Annie 

*Photos by Jenna Sparks

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ORANGE...


TOP: Banana Republic (dress version here) // BOTTOMS: Articles of Society (size down) // SHOES: Marc Fisher // BAG: Gucci

Happy Wednesday! I wore this look while it was still winter and loved bright orange color. Blue are typically my go to color, so I branched out a little bit when I found this scalloped top


Thank you so much for stopping by!

xo,
Annie 

*Photos by Jenna Sparks

Monday, March 20, 2017

SPRING BUCKET LIST...


TOP: J Crew (on sale!) // BOTTOMS: Loft // SHOES: Tory Burch // BAG: Gucci // BRACELETS: David Yurman and Gorjana 

Y'all, it's finally SPRING! There aren't enough reasons to list to explain why I love spring; the warm sun on my face, flowers blooming, picnics at the park, road trips, pool days, sandals, shorts, everything! This is my first time living in Colorado during the spring, so I decided to make a bucket list of all the things I want to do. If yall have any other recommendations that I should add to the list, let me know! 

My bucket list for spring: 

1: Visit a tulip field: There are tons of pictures on Instagram of people visiting these gorgeous farm. I've been dying to go for the past 2 years. We might have to make a little road trip, but it'll be worth it. 

2: Go on a picnic: This sounds like an easy thing to do and it is. Tommy and I have always wanting to go on a picnic. Unfortunately, it rains EVERY. SINGLE. TIME! I'm not even joking, lol. Something always comes up. We will go on our family picnic this season. 

3: Go to a Denver festival: Whether it's a music festival or food festival, events like these are always fun to attend. 

4: Hiking Estes Park: This is a really popular and scenic place to go hiking in Colorado. I want to take advantage of living near the mountain before we move. (I'm not moving anytime soon but you never know when your husbands in the military). 

5: Take a scenic road trip: I would love to road trip across Colorado. Driving through the mountains during the winter is beautiful (but a struggle). I bet the mountains look gorgeous during the spring. 

6: Try all the local ice cream shops: Ice-cream is our thing. I kid you not, we have 8 pints of ice-cream in our fridge right now. I love all the different things local ice-cream shops have to offer; crazy toppings, homemade ice-cream, crazy flavors, and yummy flights. 

7: Go to a Farmer's Market: I really can't wait to do this. I have never been and that's surprising considering how many there are in my area.   

8: Camping: I'm almost 24 years old and have never been camping. Tommy has always wanted to go, maybe we can plan a trip before it gets too hot. 

xo, 
Annie 

*Photos by Jenna Sparks

 

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