Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Passion for Pineapples

For many years I have loved pineapples. It all started when we went to Savannah Georgia and were on a tour of the historic squares. A lot of the house had these gorgeous pineapple decorative pieces on the front steeps, door knockers and other cute pieces outside the entry of the home. Back in the days pineapples were placed outside to welcome guests or troops during the war. In memory of the trip I got a pineapple for my charm bracelet and ever since have always been drawn to them. My hubby got me a stone pineapple statue for the garden that same year, and like anything I get into like owls, butterflies, feathers, cattle and cow skulls, dear heads, arrows, Asian and Moroccan decor etc. over time my family and friends begin to buy me these pieces as gifts or whenever they see something cute that makes them think of me.

As a younger adolescent I was into sunflowers, sun, moon and stars, and Pepe Le Pew the skunk. I remember our first apartment my kitchen was all sunflowers, I had dishes, floral swag and centerpieces, a sunflower pasta cooker and crock pot, and most of my kitchen and dining room was all sunflowers, our bedroom and bathroom was the celestial, sun, moon and stars theme. I have the tattoos and all lol. I actually have to tell a couple of my friends and my mom to stop getting me stuff cause it starts to get over board lol. I fell in love with owls and I swear I must have every owl piece of jewlery, home accent and shirt ever made lol. I just was going through garage sale stuff and I have some really cute owls that I hate to part with but just don't have the room for them lol. 

Here and there my mom always picks me up cute stuff when walmart gets it in. My kids have tons of swim suits and clothes along with sandals and other cute things. If she sees something cute and stylish come through since she works in the back cash office she usually scoops them up before they even hit the racks. She recently brought me home a bikini with pineapples, a cute wallet, some socks, a pair of flipflops, some sunglasses and a few tank tops with pineapples. I was joking cause last summer I got a over load of pineapple stuff at Old Navy and Target during the spring. Then the summer before had gotten a couple tee shirts and a tote bag along with some other cute pieces at forever 21 and Love culture. In all honestly I don't need anything lol. I have so much stuff that really I could wear something different every day for the next six months if I wanted to lol, but I don't usually do that. I have my favorite pieces and they get a lot of repeat wear.

Some of my favorite pineapple pieces I wanted to take a moment to feature. I will make sure to do my best to remember the details of what stores and when I got them. I just made a cute tee shirt myself with a pineapple for the summer and thinking of getting a long tank to use as a swim suit cover up to also make a similar design on. I have seen so many cute tee shirts I have wanted but with summer coming we have the expense of summer vacation, my hubby's birthday, fathers day, my oldest has cheer expenses which is close to $400 for everything, and I am on my last week of work next week. My last day is Tuesday. It's bitter sweet but I wanted to spend the summer with my girls. I have always looked forward to having the time with them. I am lucky because my boss loves me and told me she wanted me to stay on as a call in for jobs and when summer was over I welcome to return back if I am still interested. As of right now I am going to see where life takes me and what happens over the summer. 

Enjoy my collection and favorite pieces. Pineapples are for sure a super cute trend for the spring and summer time.��

Old navy pineapple graohic tank worn with some Machine jeans and a crochet white vest with fringe detail. 

Wanted to try to get my Lilly for Target pineapple sandals in the photo, they look fabulous with my Old Navy pineapple gold necklace. Also sporting the LV speedy matches good with the gray and white. 

In color. Bracelets are some Miscellaneaous bangles and the beaded bracelets are all Lacey Ryan from Maurices. 

Same Old Navy gold Pineapple necklace with a walmart tank my mom got me. Have a white one and a solid pink with pineapple center graphic. Under $4 at Walmart now. 

This button down top I got late winter early spring last year at Target. Also have a cardigan and tank. 

Old Navy graphic tees and tanks from last spring. 

Got this cute tank which matches the above button down and also have a matching cardigan, from Target. Old Navy gold pineapple necklace and JCrew chino yellow shorts. 

This gold foil pineapple tank was from Old Navy Soring last year along with the necklace 

Another shot of the Old Navy tank. Was taken in Washington DC over the summer on our annual summer vacation. 

Maurices striped burnout pineapple tank and Old Navy necklace. Love that necklace. Glad I grabbed it was last one and have worn it a lot. 

Alex and Ani pineapple bracelet. My mom got me a Buddha for Christmas and now I have a collection going. Have some gold and silver tone. Like to stack and mix and match. Just got my daughree's teacher a Alex and Ani for the end of the year gift. 

This cute ring is from forever 21 and was a few dollars. 

Pineapple dress from a shop on Daytona beach three almost four years ago while on vacation. 

My Lilly for Target Pineapple sandals. One of the only pieces I wanted from the fashion collection. Also have the pineapple serving bowl and juicer then a beach bag. 

Basic white burnout style pineapple graphic tank from online. Think I got this one off eBay. 

This blue pineapple tank has cute side ties and back graphics, by Roxy. 

Cropped pineapple tank from Wetseal I believe I can't remember it has been so long and I cut the tags out of my clothes cause they bother me. Something I have always done even as a kid. 

Last up my Lilly for Target beach bag, u had found it in Pink but didn't like the pink as much as the green once I saw the green one, we had a few people between myself, my mom, my aunt and some friends that went to our local stores and scooped up a few items then we all got together and traded items or sold to other friends or coworkers who couldn't get their hands on items. I was happy with the green. I could only find a pink and blue which I scooped up cause my aunt wanted the blue she loves beach themed stuff, but was happy someone found the green with the pineapple. I have carried this as a overnight bag but haven't taken to the beach usually take one of my free Victoria secret beach bags or totes have like ten lol. 

Hope you enjoyed my passion for pineapples. This is just what I have photos of I am sure I have other things like my Pandora charm, a Brighton charm, some earrings, and a romper. Also a cute bikini my mom got me at target. Enjoy your week and happy summer shopping. Xoxo


Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

Want to take a moment to say thank you to all the veterans and military peeps out there. I know today is a day to remember all those who served and are no longer with us, but I also want to say thank you to those still with us for serving our country. I am proud to be an American. The home of the free because of the brave. So many brave men and women who have served in the military to make our country what it is today. Bless you all xoxo.

We celebrated the weekend with a stay cation at the beach about fifteen minutes from our house. Has become a bit of a annual tradition to stay at the same hotel on the boardwalk here in Hollywood beach. We set up our canopy and just spend the entire day enjoying the gorgeous weather relaxing with good friends, and of course family. 

Some photos from the beach this weekend...

We had an amazing time and really the weather could not have been any better. 

Sunday Funday. Necklace was sent to me by the ever so sweet and kind Christie from Wooden.Arrow.Shop on Etsy. I got my hoops she embroidered for me and love them, will post photos when I finish hanging stuff or check my IG feed have some photos there. 

Got this super cute vneck graphic tee off eBay and love it. Also got another Wifey tee in black vneck from same seller. Great prices and amazing quality. Today I spent some time hanging some tees and tanks then re folding all the ones I have on my shelves I counted and stopped at 200. Yes I have over 200 graphic tees and that does not include solid, and some printed tanks and tees I have those are just the ones with a large grapic or quote. Amazing. I think I can take a break from tee shirt shopping, not lol I just went by one of the local stores by my house today when making a quick run to dollar tree for ended of year party supplies for my little one a grabbed a tank and a tee, also got one of those cute crochet vests in white with the fringe, like my rust and navy crochet tunic dresses I got. Was in clearance for $7.99 and the tee was 5 and the tank 3.99 couldn't resist lol. 

Of course Memorial Day I have an outfit with all red, white and blue down to the shoes, and accessories. I love to be festive. ����

My poncho I have been wanting to wear so badly since my mom got it for me at Cracker Barrel over spring break. Love it. 

My tank top is a muscle tank from Target and wore a blue solid tank from Walmart under it. 

Necklace is from Old Navy, and have some cute flag print sandals from Payless by American Eagle. Necklace is older and shoes also. Not pictured is my Itsy Bitsy headband with red and white striped band and navy with star bow. I ordered that this time last year for the summer. 

Here is a shot of my detailed shorts, I got these Vigoss shorts on sale online and didn't even realize they had the red, white and blue design. Noticed the star bling but was happy to see the flag colors to wear for Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day weekend parties. Also wore my new Adam Rabbit agate slice blue ring from Etsy and a similar bracelet with a stone that almost matches. Adam Rabitt has some cute bangles that match the ring I have been thinking of custom ordering. Right now trying to save up for summer vacation. Think I will be taking a breather from shopping and just wear the hundreds of tees I own lol. I also have some really cute summer clothes I got on sales and online recently I can't wait to wear and share. 

Off to enjoy a movie with my girls and ready for the last week and a half of school. So excited summer is starting. Summer is my favorite time of year, I love it even more then the holidays cause I have my girls home for two months, we go away on an amazing family road trip every year, spend days at the beach, swimming in our pool, hanging with friends and family, football starts soon which I can't wait for also lol, and just the amazing memories we get to make. Everyone have a great evening and hope you had a wonderful long holiday weekend. Xoxo ✌️❤️

Friday, May 22, 2015

Lacey Ryan jewelry

A good friend of mine sent me my first Lacey Ryan piece in a package for my late Christmas gift and I was in love. It was a triple layer bronze gold tone necklace with a arow head, stone and etched horn. I was so in love I had to find out more about this line of jewelry. I searched online and found her website, as soon as I started scrolling though the photos I was in love with every piece. As I was researching I called my friend to find out where she had found the necklace she sent me, because it was slightly different than the one on the Lacey Ryan site.  She told me about this store where she lives called Maurice's. I had never heard of it because we don't have any in my area but I looked them up online and was in love with their clothing along with discovering that they had done a collab with Lacey Ryan and carried an entire collection of trendy cool pieces that were super affordable.

Two weeks later I ordered a couple more pieces, and within a a couple months u had several necklaces, beaded bracelet set and a hand bracelet. I always post my favorite pieces and wear them daily when I share my outfit of the day faves on social media and of course here on my blog. One night I happened to search on Instagram and discovered that Lacey Ryan had a Instagram page. I followed her and began to tag my photos with her pieces, then one day had a message on one of my posts from her. Not long after she sent me her email and I emailed her back raving about how much I loved all my pieces from her collection. She sent me a very kind email telling me how much she appreciated my support, and how inspiring fans like myself are for her line and collection. She then told me she would be sending me a package with some pieces to add to my collection, I was so excited and couldn't believe the kindness. Today my package arrived and here I am all excited thinking I am going to get a ring or maybe a bracelet, but she sent me two gorgeous necklaces, a hand bracelet, beaded bracelet set and a ring! It was like my birthday or winning a contest I was so over joyed I actually got teary eyed filled with joy and feelings of gratefulness. I couldn't be more thankful for her amazing gifts and can't wait to wear every one with pride. Every time I wear them I will be reminded of how kind hearted this designer is. Sure being a blogger and working as a curator/stylist I get freebies from time to time but I have never gotten a package like this. It was as if she knows me because every single piece was perfect for me and goes with my style so perfectly. Then again all of her collection is my style and very on trend with the bohemian vibe style that I so love. I have a passion for vintage lace, crochet and bohemian inspired pieces. I usually shop for a lot of my pieces online, thrift stores and vintage shops or garage sales. I really love the vintage stuff but right now with the festival fashion being so in style I am able to scoop up a lot of stuff I couldn't find for many years as easily. I love long bohemian skirts, anything lace or crochet, silk, kimonos, shawls or wraps, wrap skirts, old vintage tee shirts and torn vintage denim. I also have a huge love for old vintage custom jewelry, you know the large pieces, and the old crystal style pieces from the 80's. Anything vintage and bohemian/gypsy vibe I love. Some of my favorite pieces I scored at the local good will and we have an amazing vintage consignment shop by my house, on the way to the beach that always has some amazing finds. I am still on the hunt for a skirt with different strips of fabric sewn onto a band that are all from old vintage dresses. I found one at a festival we went to and someone scooped it up before I could get it but I have been on the look out at every festival and artisan craft style show I go to. 

These are the pieces along with the super sweet note from Ms. Lacey Ryan. For sure one of the sweetest and kindest designers I have yet to come into contact with. I will be forever honored and thankful. She mentioned she has a new collection coming at soon, can't wait to see. 

Above is my new tattoo I got yesterday and I am wearing one of my new Lacey Ryan pieces along with a hand bracelet, ring and beaded bracelet set on other hand✨ The tank is from Maurice's and has a feather with, happiness is free be happy, the back is all open with slits, love it. 

Below are my Lacey Ryan pieces. I will do my best to post details on each one but if you are looking for anything in particular I recommend finding her on IG @Laceyryaninc and her website link is in her bio, or also going to Maurices.com and searching Lacey Ryan.