Wednesday, March 20, 2019

FIRST OFFICIAL DAY OF SPRING...





ROMPER: VICI // SHOES: VICI // BAG: VICI

It's the first official day of spring 2019. To be completely honestly, I thought spring had already arrived. When March arrives I assume that it's spring. I have so much to look forward to this season. Liam and I have our trip to Disneyland/LA next week, I turn a year older, trips to the pool with the children, and so much more. I'm not able to plan last minute things so I've pretty much have a schedule for the next 3 months. 

I thought it would perfect to share this fun and flirty romper for my first spring post. I had ones of these rompers in white last year and LOVED it. It would be a cute outfit for any upcoming travels or a day out. I personally think it pairs better with a flat sandal versus a wedge. The romper already has a lot going on and it's on the shorter end so I kept it simple and balancing it out. Since we're already talking about romper, does any feel exposed when using the ladies room in public while wearing a romper or jumpsuit?! The worse is when you're not wearing a bra so you're basically completely naked in that stall, lol. I haven't gotten use to it but I will soon because half of my spring pieces are rompers or jumpsuits. 

I also had to share this picture of Liam because he NEVER wants to take a picture with me anymore. I try my best not to force him to take a picture with me but I miss our little mom and mini pics. Liam only likes taking pictures with his friends, dad, chloe, and basically anyone but me. Hopefully he'll feel different when it's just us two in Disney. 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

*Photos by Banavenue 




Thursday, March 14, 2019

THE PRETTIEST JUMPSUIT...



JUMPSUIT: Revolve (love this one too!)

Since Instagram went out yesterday, I thought I could take the entire day off. Honestly, I'm glad Instagram went out. I was barely on my phone and it was so nice to spend time with my family. The kids and I drove  3 1/2 hours to see Tommy to only learn that Tommy has a 3 day weekend and will driving back to Houston today. We basically drove 7 hours in total to visit Tommy for less than 24 hours. Oh, well! We ended up getting dinner and watching a movie so it was worth it. Liam and Chloe did so well on the way up. I'm use to taking long road trips so I knew that I had to time the start of the trip around Chloe's nap time. The first 30 minutes of the drive she was awake, then slept for 2 hours, and then played with her toys for 30 minutes after her nap. She got cranky at the end but we were practically here at that point. Liam had his books and hot chocolate so he was very entertained. 

Anyways, I've shared this jumpsuit a few times on my Instagram and I'm OBSESSED! The second that I laid my eyes on it, I knew I had to have it. I love the ruffle detail and how simple it is. I'm brining it to California with so expect to see more of it. This jumpsuit does cost a little more but I truly LOVE it. I did link tons of other jumpsuit options that are under $100. Revolve has this new line "superdown" and I want everything! There are tons of pretty pieces that look like they should cost $100+. 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

xo, 
Annie 


Monday, March 11, 2019

WHERE TO TAKE YOUR CHILDREN TO HAVE FUN DURING SPRING BREAK...

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese's. The opinions and text are all mine.






Spring Break has arrived so that means that the sun is out longer, children are out of school, and vacation mode offically begins. This year we decided not to travel anywhere, instead we're going to take advantage of living in the city. Honestly, Spring Break hit us by surprise this year. I've been so busy that I didn't realize that it is Spring Break until a few days ago. As soon as I realized it, I planned out something our family could do at least every other day. Liam enjoys being out of the house and playing with his friends so we have a full agenda ahead of us. 

One thing that we're definitely doing is going to our local Chuck E. Cheese's. I grew up going to Chuck E. Cheese's with my siblings in California and those are some of my happiest memories. I don't remember a lot from when I was four years old, but I do remember my trips to Chuck E. Cheese's aside from having movie marathons with my family. 

  I've been taking Liam at least once a week and sometimes twice if he's behaving really well. You might have seen all of my Instagram Stories of Liam and his best friend, Sofia, there these past couple of months. We take them during lunch time so they can play and also eat while we're there. They're constantly running around, sliding those cards on every machine, and dancing with Chuck E. We may have a little argument here and there because the children can't decide who gets to go on a ride or play a game first but they usually last about a minute. Since Tommy has been back, Liam has been wanting to do everything with his Dad. We have a routine when we go, we start out with games, take a quick pizza break, play more games, and then see what prizes we can get with our tickets. When Liam plays the games, he usually gets about 2 or 3 tickets per machine. I'm pretty sure we spend a good 20 minutes putting all of his tickets in the ticket eater! What I appreciate about Chuck E. Cheese's is that you're able to purchase the prizes for a penny a ticket. When Liam is 20/30 tickets away from a prize he has had his eye on, I'm able to make up for the tickets. Liam's happy and I avoid a disappointed and crying toddler. We already know how hard is it to get your child to leave Chuck E. Cheese's. 

During Spring Break Chuck E. Cheese's will have an "All You Can Play" special for $10! All you have to do is sign up for the More Cheese Reward Program on the mobile app (iTunes or Google Play) or online. With every visit you can earn rewards for food, drinks, games, and prizes. My sister was the one who told me about the app months ago because as soon as you sign up, you get a free personalized pizza. There are also birthday perks, referral bonuses, and a $10 reward after you've visited 3 times (within 12 months). 

They say that children start building long lasting memories at 3 1/2 to 4 years old. I hope that as he gets older, he remembers those happy memories that he spent with his family and friends. It's easy to plant a child in front of a TV and call it a day. Trust me, I've done it before and I felt so bad after realizing how long he was watching tv. I enjoy taking Liam out to do things that he loves. He's able to  interact with us, friends, and have an amazing time. Taking Liam to Chuck E Cheese's always excites him and I don't break the bank doing it. 

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Spring Break! 
xo, 
Annie


Friday, March 8, 2019

ACCESSARIES THAT WILL LAST ALL SPRING LONG...


DRESS: Red Dress (love this one too) // SHOES: Marc Fisher (similar here) // BAG: Red Dress // CHLOE- Dress: Zara (old) // SHOES: Freshly Picked

Hi everyone! I know it has been a while. Geez, this is my first blog post this week. I've been stuck in a rut where I didn't know what to write about or have any to share with yall. Maybe it's this gloomy weather in Houston or the booked up schedule I have. It has been raining for almost 2 weeks in a row so it has been hard to create content. I've probably spent less than 1 hour at my house everyday this week. It has been crazy.  

Anyways, this outfit is one of my first spring outfits I wore out and I LOVE it. The pale mint color is so pretty and this straw bag has been on my wishlist for over a year. I'm not going to lie, when I first put this dress on it wasn't that flattering, it was too big on me. I learned a trick for longer length dresses and that's to tighten the waste drawstring or tie a belt around your waist then roll extra fabric behind the drawstring/belt. It changes the entire look and if you're short, this tip is life changing. 

When it comes to planning spring outfits, I know that a pair of sandals and a straw bag can go a LONG way. There probably the only accessaries you need. I've had these platform wedges for 3 years and they're still going strong. They're worth every penny. When investing in items that are $100+, I try to find an item that I'll have for at least 2 years.

I've also had my eye on this bag for years as well but this version is much cheaper than the ones I've seen online. I personally love straw bags. They look clean and are refreshing. I usually get one or two bags per season and I'm set.  There is no doubt that you'll be able to throw these two spring accessaries with all of your outfits and be set!

Chloe is popping in for this blog post because I had to share that sweet face of hers! 

Thank you for stopping by!

Best, 
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue 



Friday, March 1, 2019

FINDING THE PERFECT EVENING GOWN FOR UNDER $200...



It has been a few years since I’ve worn an evening gown and after putting this gorgeous Halston Heritage one on, I was finding every excuse in the book to wear it out. What woman doesn’t look stunning and feel confident in an evening gown? With spring arriving soon there are a handful of occasions where an evening gown is part of the dress code. Whether it’s prom, a bridal reception, a wedding, a formal event, or a romantic evening night out, the Halston Heritage collection at Stage has a beautiful dress for everyone. If you’re not familiar with Halston Heritage, they design gorgeous evening gowns, cocktail dress, and women’s apparel. They retail from $99 to $2,400 but Stage will have a collection of Halston Heritage collections at select Stage stores and all Gordmans locations for $49-$199! You can’t ask for a better deal! 

When I was shopping for a prom dress YEARS ago, my mom handed me $175 and told me to go find something at the mall. Several of my high school peers were dropping $500+ on their dresses and I felt pressured to spend a lot of money on a gown, so I could feel as pretty or look as glamourous as them. I only wish this collection was around during my younger days. Looking beautiful and feeling confident shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. 

When I went into the Palais Royal at the Meyerland Plaza, I found a huge assortment of dresses and tops for under $200. When it comes to buying clothes that I won’t be able to wear on a regular basis, I try to find something that is reasonably priced, classic, and flattering. I tried on 5 dresses from the collection and majority of them were timeless. I knew I had to bring this stunning black one home after trying it on. It was between this black one and a white cut out dress (that I’m sharing on my Instagram stories). A handful evening gowns/cocktail dresses are made with a body con fit, so I knew I wanted a black dress to hide all of my imperfections. This dress is extremely flattering and fit just right. The slit details also makes it easy to walk and you’re able to show some leg. 

It’s not every day you get the chance to wear an up do, put on glamorous make up, and go out with your date and friends. I thought it would be fun to share some easy tips on how to style your evening/cocktail dress so you’re ready for your night out! 

EASY TIPS ON HOW TO STYLE YOUR EVENING DRESS

·     When you’re deciding which color dress you want, ask yourself if you want to look classically chic or bold and fun. Black and white are timeless colors, they’re safe and elegant. If you’re looking for a colored dress, find a dress that compliments your skin tone. If you have a date, ask your date if they’re comfortable wearing a bold color. Not everyone is comfortable with wearing fuchsia pink or an emerald green. 

·     If you’re not sure which shoes compliment your dress, a simple open toed heel is always safe. Find a heel that you can walk in because you’ll be in those shoes all night. If you have a slit, wear a pair of heels that stand out because everyone will be seeing them. 

·     A great and simple rule that I saw on BAZAAR, the shorter the dress the higher the neckline. Consider what the attire is for the event. Are you required to wear a floor length dress or a pretty cocktail?  

·     When it comes to pairing the perfect accessories, find a pair of gold or silver earrings that compliments your dress. If you’re dress is more on the simple and classic side, grab a pair of statement earrings. If you’re dress is glamorous and has a lot going on, opt in for a pair of simple drop earrings or studs. 


Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie 

*Photos by Banavenue

*Thank you Stage for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions are my own






Thursday, February 28, 2019

HOW MY HAIR HAS TRANSFORMED AFTER TAKING THE #PANTENE14DAYCHALLENGE ...

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pantene. The opinions and text are all mine.



A woman’s hair can make or break her day. Was it just me or were your bad hair days always on an important days? My hair never seemed to function during family pictures, date nights, weddings, or on the weekend. To be honest, I’ve had one too many bad hair days since having children. No one ever told me about the post partum effects on your hair. During pregnancy, my hair was growing and glowing. After pregnancy, my hair was literally falling and thinning out 10x faster than normal. In the past 3 years I’ve gone through 2 phases of “let’s just chop it”. There was a point where my hair was always tangled because it was dried up and the split ends were horrendous. I personally prefer long hair. Always have, always will. It makes me feel confident and there are so many ways to style it. It also requires a lot of maintenance. The battle to constantly make it look healthy, shiny and groomed is a struggle because we all know how easy it is for long hair to look like a dried up mop. 

In the past 6 months, I’ve gone through 3 different brands of shampoo and conditioners. When I was asked to try out the Pantene 14 Day Challenge, I immediately said “YES”. I grew up using Pantene products but haven’t tried it to revive my thin and flat hair. I tried Pantene’s Sheer Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. The collection is silicone-free, clinically-tested, and helps prevent oxidative damage. My hopes were that my hair would feel healthy, look shiny, and have natural volume after 14 days. 

After the first 3 days, I could already tell that my hair felt cleaner and lighter. I was on track to having more great hair days. On day 7, I styled my hair and DIDN’T apply any hairspray or volume sprays. My hair already had a natural volume boost and I couldn’t be happier. If you have thin straight hair, you know how difficult it is to have natural volume. Our oils weigh our hair down and there isn’t much you can do about it. To already be able to see a volume lift within a week, was enough for me. I was really looking forward to the results on day 14. Before I took the Pantene 14 Day Challenge I was planning on scheduling an appointment with my hairstylist to cut 4-6 inches off. I would decide after the challenge whether or not I would keep my long locks. I’m so happy to say that “I’m not chopping off my hair”. My hair after 14 days feels healthy, full, light, and most importantly has volume. The results went beyond my expectations. A lot of my work requires being behind a camera and to feel confident about thousands of people watching me really makes working easier and more fun. Having more great hair days has helped me feel more confident and stress free. If you’re looking for natural volume like I was, I encourage you try the Pantene Sheer Volume Collection, they have a great deal on this duo at Walmart. Just looking for a conditioner? Click here for the large sized conditioner pump. 


When choosing a way to style my hair, 99% of the time I choose to curl it because it helps my hair look fuller and thicker. I no longer need to curl my hair to add volume. There are so many other hairstyles that I’ve been wanting to try and now I have the confidence to do so. Here are 3 easy hairstyles that you can create this spring after trying out the Pantene 14 Day Challenge. There will be more great hair days for me this year! 

 3 EASY HAIRSTYLES TO TRY WITH YOUR NEW VOLUME

STEP 1: Tie the top half of your hair into a small pony tail
STEP 2: Grab a pretty handkerchief and tie a knot on your pony tail 

STEP 1: Section your hair into 3 (a small section on your left and right near your face, and a middle pony tail)
STEP 2: Tie your ponytail in the back
STEP 3: With your left and right pieces, twist and turn towards the back of your hair and crisscross them above your ponytail. 
STEP 4: Tie another elastic band around all 3 sections  


STEP 1: Create two small sections of hair on the left and front 
STEP 2: Twist both pieces back and tie with an elastic band
STEP 3: Braid the pony tail 
STEP 4: Make the braid messy to create a fuller braid

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pantene. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



 

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