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Monthly Archives: June 2013

What I Love: Summer Dresses

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Why I Love Them

-As the heat rises, they are perfect for keeping you cool.

-Takes no thought, just pick a dress, shoes & necklace and you have a complete outfit.

-Totally feminine, even for just running errands.

How To Wear Them

-Choose a flowy material that isn’t too clingy (helps for airflow when the temp rises near 100 degrees).

-Belt it loosely to accentuate your waistline.

-Pair with ballet flats or sandals for a dressy casual look.

-Works well with a braided up-do or high ponytail.







(Source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Summertime And The Living Is Easy

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pink shirt 1 pink shirt 2(Necklace: HandMeDown  Shirt: Plato’s Closet (Mossimo)  Skirt: Plato’s Closet  Shoes: Borrowed)

I am FINALLY on summer break, which is really good because for a while there I seriously felt like my brain was melting…no joke. The past two days of vacation have been so joyfully full of fun things/getting stuff done around the house that they have felt more like a week, which for me is just peachy. Here are a list of my favorite things about summer:

-the smell of suntan lotion (I might be creeping my kids out by how much I’m sniffing them, but gosh dang it’s the best smell in the world!)

-the whir of a fan motor (the best white noise out there)

-long days (we are going to bed so late because we just keep forgetting and not realizing how late it is because the sun is STILL up…love!!)

-the lack of laundry (my boys are living in their board shorts)


-ice cream, ice cream, ice cream (okay, I know that last one isn’t specifically for summer, but it tastes so much better when you have to lick it up really quickly because it’s melting in the heat)

What are your favorite things about summer?

The Californians

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pink striped dress 1 pink striped dress 2(Necklace: Bridesmaid gift  Dress: GAP  Belt: Clothing Exchange  Shoes: Borrowed)

Have you seen the SNL skit “The Californians”? It’s a mock soap opera, in which “The Californians” talk in this completely over exaggerated “valley girl” accent about directions to places and where the traffic would be horrible, etc. I myself as a true California girl think it’s hilarious. Completely wrong, but still hilarious. And I can’t stop talking like them. I am going around the house calling my husband “Stewart” and asking people “What are you doing here?”. I’ve discovered that the funnest thing to say so far in this accent is “Cheesecake Factory”. Try it. You can’t help but smile.

Hope your Monday is fabulous!

Best Bathing Suit I’ve Ever Owned

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Let me start off by saying that I’d rather go to the beach on a cold and overcast day in sweats than to be caught dead in a swim suit. I am not the type that likes to show too much, if any skin. I am incredibly modest and prefer to cover up any spots (*cough my stomach, thighs and butt cough*) that just aren’t that lovely and should be hidden away from any seeing person.

That being said, I have found a new suit that I LOVE and that pushes me out of my comfort zone, although I’ve never felt sexier. Go figure.


Here’s the story:

Right before Memorial Day, I was shopping at Target and got the urge to buy a new swimsuit. It has been two years since I bought my last swimsuit and I was still working off some baby weight back then, so there aren’t good memories attached to it (you mamas know what I mean). It’s a tankini and nothing is wrong with it per se, it’s just not incredibly flattering.

I went looking through the bathing suits and threw three one piece suits (two were the same in a different size) in my cart and walked to check out. There is no way I was going to put myself through trying on a bathing suit with those dressing room mirrors and bad lighting. No thank you.

I took them home and tried on the first one. And it was love at first sight. It definitely shows more chest area than I prefer, but it boosts my girls right up, instead of flattening them in an unflattering tube like my tankini.

I looked at the tag and realize it’s made by Assets which is a version of Spanx.


I really wish someone would have told me this ten years ago. I would have possibly attended a lot more pool parties sans board shorts and t-shirt. 😉

No wonder I feel so incredibly sexy! It hugs/lifts in all the right places and is a HUGE boost of confidence to this mother of two.

If you need a bathing suit for this summer, I urge you to look at Target. You can buy the same one as me online here. (I got a Large and normally wear a 10-12.)

Happy Fashion Friday!

Making Pajama Pants Trendy

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court 1My friend Courtney has her own style. And let me tell you…she rocks it! She showed up to my house in this outfit and I am amazed. There is no chance I would ever even think about wearing pants like that, but she did and she made them work. In fact, she confessed to me that she wanted to wear pajama pants and these seemed like a classier alternative (Note: These are REAL pants, NOT pajama pants). So the moral of the day is:

“If you want to wear something, just DO IT and WEAR IT WITH CONFIDENCE!”

Although it does help that she has this adorable, tiny little body. 😉

Mourning The Loss Of Instagram

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green skirt 1 green skirt 2(Earrings: Cookie Lee  Shirt: Old Navy  Skirt:  Shoes: Thrifted by a sweet friend)

If I were to name my favorite app of all time, it would be Instagram. Without a doubt. Who couldn’t love a place where people display beautiful pictures of their day? There’s no bickering or bashing (*cough Twitter cough*), it’s not confusing and not full of “so and so’s friend liked this picture” (I’m so sick of Facebook).

But it makes me think and mourn for a time that I didn’t have Instagram. I really wish I had had it the day I met my husband back on the beach when we were barely legal adults and I fell in love immediately with his gorgeous face. Or when we got married. How awesome is it that other people can take a picture of an event, add a hashtag, therefore making it incredibly simple to just scroll through all the pictures of your lovely day?! #jesseandrenasbigday would have been one stellar hashtag. I guess I will just have to keep those lovely memories in my head and move past my mourning. *sigh*

If you ARE on instagram, you can find me at _thegirlwiththesmile. 🙂

Here Comes The Bride

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(Disclaimer: These pictures were all taken with my iPhone, so please forgive the “not as good as my Nikon” quality.)

I was a bridesmaid in my sweet, precious, wise, gorgeous friend Cheryl’s wedding this past weekend. It was a romantic location, perfect weather and an absolutely gorgeous event.

All the bridesmaids were allowed to pick out their own dress, as long as it was blue green. I am blown away at how well our dresses went together. And we didn’t even see them all ahead of time! I got mine at Ross for $15! Cheapest bridesmaid dress ever!

wedding Collage 1

The turquoise dresses with red accents made my little heart so happy. And Cheryl’s dress was breathtaking.

I decided to do my hair in the milkmaid braid and got huge compliments on it. Yay! I even did my friend Laura & Katie’s hair. If it’s a braid, I can do it!

wedding Collage 2

(I’m hoping in the near future to do a “30 Days Of Braids” with daily tutorials on different braided hairstyles. Would that interest anyone?)

Lastly it was so fun to catch up with old friends at the reception and hang out with my husband sans kiddos. He even danced on the dance floor with me, which if you know my husband is a BIG DEAL!!


Congratulations Glen & Cheryl! It is apparent to anyone who meets you how much you love each other and I’m excited for you to start your life together! God bless!