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wool blend coat

Cozy Outerwear from Abercrombie & Fitch

I am NOT down with skipping over Thanksgiving and going straight to Christmas but I can’t lie, I am thinking about my gift giving already. I am at the stage in my life that I want to give practical gifts that will actually be loved and used. Classic styles are definitely the way to go. Thanks to Abercrombie & Fitch for sponsoring this cozy look!

If I were to receive this plaid coat from someone as a gift this holiday season I would be thrilled! This long wool blend coat will be in your closet forever! It is classic so it will forever be in style. It can easily be dressed up for more formal occasions as well as dressed down for a casual day of brunch and errands.

This floral embroidered tee is unbelievably soft and so dang cute! Just like the coat, it can easily be up styled for a fancier look if you need it to. It is totally a next level gray tee.

You generally can’t go into the world with out pants so why not wear the best jeans your butt ever felt?!?! These high rise distress denim jeans are amazing on so many different body types and they fit like a dream. I am happy to say that they are kid proofed. You can bend over, pick up , run with, and carry your kids around with out the fear of a “crack attack.” They stay in place and keep their shape all day.

I understand that you may get these pieces for someone else and end up keeping them for yourself. They really are that great so I included a special pine scented candle that will always remind you and your loved ones of the special holiday times. That will be easier to gift but get two just in case you need to keep that as well Lol Enjoy!

Plaid Coat

Floral Embroidered Tee

High Rise Denim Jeans

Candle

 

This look is sponsored by Abercrombie & Fitch. All opinions are my own.

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Buffalo Plaid Poncho

Thank you Charming Charlie for sponsoring this look!

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Buffalo Plaid Poncho $30

Striped Shirt $16

Print Pants $34

Plaid Rain Boots $29

Star Purse $16

This is such a fun look for a cool rainy day! At some point this Fall it will be wet and cloudy but you can bring the sunshine with this outfit.

The bright red colors is one of the keys to the “cheerful” feeling of this look. Now add the different horizontal striped pattern in the tee shirt and you’ve added another great element to this look. The pants are a cropped pixie pant but the small plaid pattern add even more interest to this look with an extra dose of print. You know me! I’m all about print, patterns and color! Lastly, on my feet are ultra fun plaid rain boots from Charming Charlie to keep my toes dry while I looks cute.

Pop on a bold red lip color and your favorite pair on sunglasses and run out of the door. This look is completely comfortable, kid friendly and mom proof. I guarantee that your littles with want to snuggle in your poncho. Enjoy!

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girl gang tee, bad girl look

Girl Gang Crop Top

If you are looking an outfit that makes you feel invincible, I’ve found it for you! ToSave.com sponsored this bad girl look and I am loving it! What’s even better is that this is the perfect look to wear for a girls night out. You and all of your girlfriends will feel empowered and bold. This is the epitome of my tag line, “Bold style for the everyday girl!”

I’ve heard so many times that color influences your mood so you wont be surprised to feel like Wonder Woman in this outfit. Right now it’s still pretty warm in Houston but I can’t wait to throw a black leather jacket on with black boots to set this look off. For now, I will stay cool by wearing the top as is and just pairing it with these awesome lace up pants. These pants feel like a more comfortable version of an over the knee boot. You get all of the pizazz with all of the comfort. Let me know what your favorite part of this look is and how you would style it. Enjoy!

Girl Gang Crop Top

Sunglasses

Lace up legging

halloween, pumpkin patch, zoo boo Houston

Zoo Boo – Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo is a great place to visit for Fall fun in October. The entire zoo is covered in Fall decor and there is a ton of fun games and activities for everyone to enjoy. The zoo staff organized Zoo Boo down to the very last detail and it shows. This post will give all of the best tips to enjoy your Zoo Boo experience.

Tip 1- Get there early!

We arrived at the zoo around 10:30 am on Saturday only to drive around the parking area for at least 20 minutes. We had to wait, look, and stalk people as they walked out to find parking. (Ha ha) It was not fun and right before we found a spot I was considered leaving. The good news is that parking was the only thing that was tough during Zoo Boo.

Tip 2- Be flexible!

When we go to the zoo during other parts of the year, the focus is on seeing the animals. I was surprised how my son’s interest changed while at Zoo Boo. He was more interested in going to each of the candy corners for trick or treating, playing the games, and people watching. He loved to just sit for a few minutes and check out costumes of the other children. I did encourage him to look at the animals but he honestly wasn’t interested. Be ready to let your child roam free!

Tip 3- Move slowly and take a lot of breaks.

The kids and possibly you will be wearing costumes that are hot and have to constantly be adjusted. Grant drank a ton of water and asked to stop at times just to sit on a bench. Listen to how everyone is feeling and stay hydrated. Our longest break was for lunch and it was well deserved. You are free to pack a picnic but we went to the Cypress Circle Cafe for pizza and it was so delicious!

Knowing that there would be candy passed out made me a bit nervous. We don’t eat a lot of candy so I didn’t want my 4 year old to be over powered by mountains of candy. Luckily the candy stations were organized so that each time you visit a station the volunteers stamp your map and give out 2-3 pieces of candy. It was comforting to know that he would only receive 12-15 pieces that day. It helps to teach our kiddos about moderation even at a celebratory time.

We had so much fun and will probably go again before the event ends. Zoo Boo is an amazing family event that I recommend for everyone! Enjoy!

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Stamps in cool colors!

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Decorative pumpkins everywhere!

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Fall decor!

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Hermann Park Train ride!

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Decorating his mini pumpkin!

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Grant enjoying the puppet show of “talking pumpkins”.

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Golf, tic-tac-toe, bean bag toss, and more games for the children to play!

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DJ booth, Jump ropes, hula hoops, and bouncy ball for the kids to enjoy!

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Giant coloring book.

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Fashion X HOUSTON 

Thank you Koh Gen Do for inviting me out to join behind-the-scenes for Fashion X HOUSTON. I was busy with work and life so I was unable to see the 1st and 2nd night of fashion but the final night of Fashion X HOUSTON did not disappoint. It was filled with talented designers that poured their hearts and souls into every single garment that came down the runway. I had to skip out right at the intermission so not all of the designers that presented are shown in this post. 

What I enjoyed the most is being amongst so many smiling faces both familiar and new. Everyone looked beautiful and the positive energy matched the prints, stunning colors, and unique designs that hit the runway. Enjoy!