Monday, September 29, 2014

Casual what I wore

Today was a cloudy, on again off again rainy but sunny day. Haven't been feeling well so took me awhile to find something comfy but that I wouldn't be cold or hot in as the weather changed all day. Decided to go with a tank top I found at Marshall's and some camo leggings also from same spot. The jacket I have had for a long time, actually freaked cause when I was thinking about it remember my oldest daughter was four and she is almost fifteen. Yes I have had it that long but love how it fits and it is broken in so the denim is soft. Found it at Dillard's. The sandals are cute ankle strap, with studs and rhinestones, found those at Kohl's a couple years ago and they are made by Candie's. The bracelets I have gotten off eBay or etsy shops, one being a hamsa hand, the other sideways cross, then I have a rhinestone bar, and last of all my saints protection bracelet. The tank top and bracelets are all kind of the mood I am in. Just breathe with a Buddha, I love Buddhas.  Have needed some peace and inner strength with health issues lately. 


Hope everyone has an amazing week and I will have more posts coming but please excuse if I miss some this week have several mris and tests scheduled this week. As I struggle with my health I do my best to remain postive and stay up to date on whatever I can. 

Have a Dliteful week:). 



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Some photos of mine

A couple photos of mine from the beach here in Florida with some custom quotes. I sell these online and all my photos are available for print or custom quotes/inspirational quotes. I have had a couple ordered on canvas, glossy or matte photo paper and a metal print that are amazing. Also have wood prints and more custom graphics available upon request. Never post these on my blog but wanted to share while my site is under construction and also show some of my more recent outdoor photography. These photos have no filter or editing only cropped and text added. Enjoy 




Blog under construction

Working on updating the blog site. For now have a fall theme but going to start making some changes and updates. Started clearing out the clutter from when we fixed our garage door and started organizing garage, so today managed to get online from my desktop and start making a few changes to update the page. Thank you for your patience and will have lots of cool changes coming soon. Have a great weekend and go FSU

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Freebird by Steven, cute boots and booties for fall. Also have comparable styles with more to come

My new love for boots are the Freebird by Steven line. Amazing boots with a western, worn, rocker kind of look. I first feel in love with the Drover but at almost $300 was waiting for clearance or to find a pair on EBay. Finally found a pair of cognac at Marshall's, reddish brown color for way less. Then found a black pair but also found a cute close knock off look at Just Fab shoe store online. Actually found a bunch of cute pairs there and Target, Marshall's and Walmart even has some super cute pairs. Living in Florida we don't have boot weather but still love to wear them with my fall and winter fashion, or when we get our one cool front here and there. Below are some photos of my favorites by Freebird and then some comparable ones. Will list where you can purchase them. 

Also found a new line of cute tees and tanks today from the ladies who start Juicy Couture. Will have a post coming up with photos and where to purchase. 

Enjoy your end of the week and upcoming weekend. Also will have a Marshall's, post of fab finds for fashion and the home stay tuned. Good night 

Freebies by Steven cute booties all found on EBay. 
Freebird by Steven booties from EBay one of my go to spots for designer brands for less. 

Freebird by Steven, my new favorite western rocker chic boots. Must have for fall and winter fashion 

Freebird by Steven found at Marshall's. Fab found 


Freebird Drover boots can be found at Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and online stores. Retail for $249 and up. Also check out eBay for new and used pairs. Love mine have a worn in, western and rocker vibe. Super comfy and stylish 
Just Fab online has a lot f cute boots in addition to Marshall's, TJ Maxx, Target and even walmart 

Found this cute pair at Just Fab online for $19.95 for new members and close to the freebird drover style. Newer look not as worn in looking but going to order a pair for my daughter to compare. 

Enjoy and happy boot shopping for the fall everyone. 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mod camera straps

I love photography and back in December won a new camera, I looked around for a few months for some new camera straps that wouldn't break the bank and found this amazing company, MOD straps. All the strap are made in the USA and they have a large selection of not just straps but accessories also. 

At the time I ordered a houndstooth print for my old Nikon D3100 which my daughter has been using when I don't use it for something, and grabbed myself a cute colorful chevron pattern for my new Nikon D610. While on vacation I decided to pass by target because they carry mod products now and got myself a black and white chevron camera pouch so I didn't need to carry a heavy camera bad while we were walking a lot sight seeing. 

I saw on Instagram rhat they were having a contest over the summer called mod straps on the move, just tag your mod gear photos and they would feature customers with their mod gear, then at the end of summer they would pick a winner for a $100 and two $25 gift certificates. I ended up winning the $100 prize and got myself a matching set in my favorite color, blue! I got a strap, a Velcro strap pouch for storing my id, cards and cash, a cap saver with a cute rhinestone and a matching pouch for my camera. Love everything not to mention the amazing fast shipping and customer service. 

If you are in the market for a new camera strap I recommend this brand hugky. Made in the USA is a plus and amazing prices with huge selection, fast shopping and now they are not only available in Target but walmart too. Can't beat that. Remember to always support the small local and American made businesses. Below are some photos of my mod gear. 

The pouch is perfect for covering your camera and protecting it. I carry it with the strap like a purse strap, the Velcro pocket for my cards and money then the pouch as a bag, even throw a extra battery in there. Hope to get some bags for my lenses soon. 

Love all my MOD gear so much and made in the USA 
At the beach to keep the sand off my camera 
Strap is heavy duty for my very heavy Nikon D610, trust it with my little one using the camera 





Living room changes.

From house of brown and earth tones to house of blue and colors! Super excited this summer we were able to get rid of our dark brown, large rocking sofa, love seat and chair, with large tables and get this lovely large sectional. We have always had leather since we first moved in together but finally decided to try fabric on our sofa. We wanted something more comfortable, less slippery and lighter in color. We still have young kids and pets so wanted something durable. I couldn't wait to get rid of the leather, I love pillows and throws but with leather they are always sliding off. I wanted something we could lall have room to cuddle up together as a family for watching movies and family game nights. We looked for a couple months but everything came together finally. We ended up getting a large custom sectional, with a chaise, then a large storage ottoman, a small round banana leaf style table for the side and then a really large tv stand, my hubby wants to get an even larger tv then we already have so he wanted something that would be large enough to for under a larger tv so we wouldn't out grow it. I also found an amazing shag rug at Homegoods that matches perfect, repurposed my old curtains from the dining room and got a couple new accent pieces.

Like everything in my home it is a work in progress. I want colorful different shades of blue pillows, we need to hang family portraits along with a canvas beach print of one of my own photos I took, hang some Moroccan lanterns I have had and need to finish recovering these Moroccan style poufs j got at good will which originally were for outside on the patio but will work amazing in the living room. I found these large floor pillows and was inspired by the Moroccan look. I have my bak patio sort of decorated in that theme now which you can see in old posts but now trying to do that in the living room. Again a work in progress but wanted to share a few photos. If you follow me on ig than you have seen the transformation develop and know my plans. Been hard because we traveled a lot this summer and my husband works a lot. Right now trying to get my Halloween decor out because I was injured a few weeks ago then we all got a care of this bad cold going around. Enjoy the couple photos I have and will have more soon:). Blessed day to all. 






Dining room update photos

Finally found a rug for my dining room. Been looking for awhile and waiting. Laid off ended up getting a rug from ZGallerie I loved and at 70% off. Super excited. Still a work in progress but again the holidays will being pausing any work since it is time to decorate for fall and then Christmas. Wanted to share some recent photos with the new rug. Still have plans to paint the wall sconce glass a silver or blue mercury glass look, then hang the fishnet I bought around mirror with some starfish and shells. It is close to done finally. Love our Florida keys inspired dining room we started after our trip last summer. Was fun to return to the same house again this summer for 5 days and see what inspired me so much to add more color to our home. 

We actually had a lot of home projects between traveling this summer. We got new living room furniture, did some chnages to kitchen, dining room, bedrooms and other areas. Also got a new garage door and updated out security system which was already in place with cameras just added some new cameras and a couple extras for better views and clarity in the evening. 

Enjoy the updated photos and would love to hear what you think. You can look back in my blog to see the before and during shots also. 










Master bedroom update photos

Awhile back, around this time last year was posting photos of my master bedroom update. My hubby had purchased our dream bed from ZGalleries and I had started to get together some of my garage sale and craigslist find furniture pieces. I refinished. At the time I couldn't find bedding and was using a set I found at Target. Since we have found bedding from potterybarn and zgallerie. I have hung some mirrored pieces on the walls but continue to work on this room. My home is always a work in progress. I am very budget conscious on everything I buy and usually wait for items to go on sale or to find something close to the designer style I like in Homegoods or Marshall's even online. Going to try to update the blog with photos of the bedroom along with photos of my dining room makeover, living room makeover and some other small decor projects. Enjoy the photos 





These photos are actually still a little old, have made some changes to the art, added photos to the frame above bed and a few other small detail changes. Will try to take some more recent photos soon but wanted to update from my last post since there have been a lot of chnages. Enjoy. 

Week of fashion fun

Wanted to quickly post a few snaps I took of some outfits from this passed week and last week from my Instagram. Love to share what I wear and also follow a lot of others that are posting photos of their daily outfits. Fashion is something j never considered myself to be very into, but discovered I was more into it than I cared to admit. My closet is bursting at the seams and I am always picking up amazing deals and cute finds for amazing prices. I am a savvy, budget conscious shopper always looking for amazing deals. 

I have a bit of an accessory obsession. I love jewelry, hair accessories, shoes, purses, watches and scarves. My purse collection is very large and actually have stopped buying designer bags and started buying used or non designer, cute in style bags. I also have cut back on buying shoes, living in Florida I have so many sandals and flip flops it is kind of insane and then every year I get a new pair of boots, booties, and then sneakers. I try not to buy heels anymore because I went over board four years ago buying tons of them and don't wear them as often as I would like. Usually only for a special occasion or event, or date night. 

I have so many pieces of jewelry from real items, costume pieces and some knock off pieces I have been given, that I don't even have room to store them. Have had a few pieces break cause the jewelry is so cluttered. I have a jewelry box and several hooks and cute organizers I have gotten to organize them but really just have too much. 

My personal style is very comfy and relaxed. I like to call it rocker chic. I love to dress up and use to work as a teachers aid and as a photographer at the schools, so I have a lot of cute pant suits, shorts that are dressier, capris, dresses, skirts, jackets, and other business/formal attire. In fall I love to wear maxi dresses and skirts with either a light weight tank or tee, love layering so I have tons of jackets, vests, cardigans, kimono style tops and other cute layering blouses. My tank too collection is up there with my tee collection and denim collection for sure. When you live in south Florida you can never have enough tank tops, shorts and sundresses along with sandals and flip flops.  My rocker chic comes from a love for destroyed denim, band tees and comfy tees or tanks, lots of rocker style jewelry with chunky chains, skulls and crosses. 

I also have a large collection of sunglasses which I need to start remembering to put in my photos with my outfits. I always leave out my bag and glasses. Below are some photos from last week and this week. Will try my best to post under each photo what each item is from the outfit and where I got it. A lot of my clothes are older. I have a a lot of favorite items, some back from a decade or even maybe older. Every season I try to pick up a couple new items to mix and match items I already have to make new outfits and keep in with the latest trend. 

My fashion style had always been ripped jeans, tee shirt or tank for casual and cute tops for going out, then sandals or sneakers in the spring summer months, then boots or cute closed toe flats for winter fall months.  Again I apologize for typos and my quick posts, using my iPhone for everything lately and have been dealing with issues with my vision. I will have a post coming later this month with an update on my health issues and the Botox for my migraines. Hoping to get glasses in the near future to help me. Went to eye dr and he claims I have 20/20 vision but my neurologist typed up a letter for me to bring describing my neurological issues and how it is affecting my vision. Hopefully this will help them understand my issues better. 

Back to re fashion lol, below are some of my photos and if you see something that I don't list derails in just comment and I will do my best to answer everyone's questions. Again Ty for following and reading. Please share a link to your blog for me to follow back. 

Rock and Republic top from Kohl's. Got this a couple years ago and was in sale because one of the studs or more, were coming off. I sewed them back on and perfect now. The necklace and bracelets are also Rock and Republic from Kohl's. Jeans are black, skinny, Lucky Brand purchasd at Burlington Coat Factory for $16. The studded sandals I found at a store called Mabdee that sells cute sandals all for under $15-10. Headband is from Charming Charlie and watch is MK
Marc Jacobs purse on super clearance two years ago. Posted about this in older blog post. 
Cute Romper I got from Live Culture, may have a older post about this. Got this in the spring. It was a little long in length but had it hemmed. 
This outfit above necklace is Rock and Reoublic. Skirt is lily rose from Marshall's. Top is a black cowl neck top from express with sequins, and shoes are studded grayish black Jessica Simpson. The shoes I purchased almost four years ago from macys.  
Gray Michael Kors bag I wore with the animal print skirt and black top. Matched well with the gray colored shoes. 
Rock and republic necklace from Kohls 
Another angle of the skirt and top, top has sequins and a cowl style neck from Express. 
Bracelet is Rock and Reiublic stackable set from Kohl's. Wear them a lot and love the R&R jewelry line and shoes. 
This is a more professional office attire style outfit. The pencil skirt is from Express, the top is Candies from Kohls and has a ruffle beck line, Chanel black and white logo pearl necklace, pearl and tennis style layered bracelets and rock and Reoublic from kohls, mid heel, suede black heels. 
Another angle of the outfit to show necklace, ruffle in bottom of gray pencil skirt. 
Skull top from Marshall's with pearl beading detail, leggings were from Charlotte Russe during Halloween, black boots, skull and crown scarf from Charlotre Russe, skull necklace from Claire's and rock and republic stackable bracelets, along with a cute skull bangle I got in my mystery Halloween box from julep two years ago. Some of these items may be in older blog posts cause I have had all these items for 2-4 years. 


Michael kors Astor black studded with silver hardware purse. Hubby got me this 4/5 years ago for my birthday and was my first MK purse. Have matching wallet. 
Tory burch clutch with gold chain hardware. Great for evenings out on the town when you don't want to carry a larger bag. I take this to weddings, parties and events. Also clubs and bars or concerts when I need to carry a bag, a lot of times I carry a wristlet or something j can slide in my pocket of my jeans.




Hope there aren't to many typos. Again having issues with my sight due to some health issues and my phone has the worst auto correct. I will try to go over it now before I post. Again my blog is for fun. I am a stay at home mom of two that enjoys blogging about fashion, deals and finds, home decor, photography, party and event planning, interior design, fitness, health and more. Try to cover a little of everything. I even throw in some product reviews along the way. Hope you enjoy. Have a Dlitefiul day. 

Mel