I keep saying this but I cannot believe this year is flying by so fast! Tomorrow is officially the first day of summer so in honor of that I am sharing our summer 2018 bucket list.
I did a bucket list last year but this year is just so much more fun because we have a little one to enjoy all of it with!
Go To The Zoo
Staycation at A Hotel
Visit A Splash Pad (or two!)
Fly A Kite
Enroll baby Weaver into a gym for littles. OMG, why do I think this is the cutest thing ever?! Because it is 🙂
Take a family vacation with friends
Draw Outside With Chalk (Brandon is going to flip lol) We may have to do this when he is out of town.
Visit A New Park
Watch A Baseball Game
Get Snow Cones (and let him make a mess with it)
Spend A Day At The Beach
Visit A Waterpark
Visit A Local Farmer’s Market
Go To A Museum
I will be printing this out and putting it up at the house so we make sure we cross everything off the list in the upcoming months! Below I am sharing a printable version in case you want to print and stick on your fridge for some summer fun inspiration! Please let me know what is on your bucket list!
How was everyone’s weekend?! Amazing, I hope! We had a busy (but fun) weekend filled with church, a wedding and celebrating Brandon’s first Father’s Day! Insert all the heart emoji’s.
Today I am sharing this super adorable navy and white gingham dress that I have been wearing on repeat lately! I’ve already worn it 3 times this month. Twice to work and once to church so it’s perfect for the office and the weekend!
Can you believe this dress is from Dressbarn?! I was so shocked to see all the cuteness they have. I was so surprised to see their assortment when Dressbarn reached out to me. They have such cute stuff for summer. I got this embroidered dress from there and this super cute ruffle skirt as well. I have a size 4 in the dresses and a medium in the skirt for reference. They are currently having a buy more save more sale right now but I have to stay clear for the next 12 days 🙂
Also, I did want to point out that I have been blown away by your sweet messages about my No Shop June challenge. I had no idea I would inspire so many of you to take the challenge as well. I’m not going to lie, it’s been pretty tough but it’s also been so fun forcing myself to style my existing wardrobe so many different ways and also giving all the cute items more wear like they deserve 🙂 Like this dress for example.
As I mentioned before, when I share outfits with you guys, it’s not to make you feel like you need to purchase allll the things but to inspire you on how to style your current items. I’m here to help you find your personal style so that when you get up and get dressed you feel good and in return makes you do good. 🙂 That all can happen without breaking the budget. I have to constantly remind myself that 🙂 This No Shop June has been a challenge for sure but it’s definitely a rewarding one. I love all of your sweet messages and please keep sharing those pictures!
Dad is full of amazing life lessons but one of the many things that I love about him is that he always showed us what kind of people to be, not just told us. Growing up, our family was so big into the Filipino American Association which meant we were constantly busy with parties and festivals.
Guess who was always there early helping to setting up. My Dad. Guess who was always there with the kitchen crew making sure everything was cooked and ready to go? My Dad. Guess who was always in the serving line, ready to serve people. My Dad. Guess who stayed late to help clean up (and made his kids help too). My Dad.
Now, can you guess who we can always count on if we need someone to talk to or just someone to be there? My Dad!
I want to be just like him in that my friends and family will always know that I will show up for them when they need me. #bemorelikeManny 🙂 He is always ready to do things for people without ever expecting anything from them. My Dad is the most sincere, kind and loving human being that if someone said anything bad about him, you’d know it was a lie. Also, I have never heard him say anything bad about anyone. I’m not even exaggerating. I promise you, I tried to think of at least one thing LOL and couldn’t come up with anything he’s ever said negative about someone.
If I ever said anything semi negative about someone’s situation he would respond with “well, that’s their life” or “that’s not our business”. Basically his nice way of saying “stay out of it Lynn”. LOL
I’m am so far from perfect but if I wake up and try to #belikeManny more and more everyday I think I’m on the right path. I want my friends and family to know, without a doubt, that I will be there for them when they need me. Knowing someone that can trust me like that truly gives me so much happiness. Dependable, trustworthy, hard working and kind. That’s my Dad and I wanna be just like him when I grow up! 🙂
I would love to hear advice that your Dad gave you growing up!
Day 6 of my no shopping challenge is still going strong! I know it’s only day 6 but dang it’s hard because I love sharing sales with you guys which in return makes me want to shop, haha!
Anywho, you know this girl loves her denim shorts. You probably have seen me in these Free People ones like a gazillion times but today I am rounding up 15 super cute summer shorts that aren’t denim to help elevate your summer style!
Currently crushing on all fabric shorts because not only does it help you beat the summer heat but keeps you effortlessly stylish while doing so! These shorts give you a more dressed up look than denim shorts and I love that you can just throw them on with a basic cami for a super cute OOTD.
Below I am rounding up 15 great styles for summer that are super affordable!
Also, I did want to let you guys know that I will be at the Kendra Scott Baybrook Mall on Friday evening and I would absolutely love for you to come see me and chat with some amazing Houston Bloggers. Not only will you get 15% off of your order but 20% off all proceeds will be donated to the Santa Fe Memorial fund. We will have Rose` and a braid bar! Plus it’s National BFF Day so bring your besties for a fun time.
Sometimes we feel so helpless when horrible events like the Santa Fe High School shooting occur so if you have been looking for a way to give back, just know that 20% of these proceeds will go directly to the families affected.
Happy Monday beauties! Today I am talking about the 4 products that I use to help this mama look less tired. I figured no day more perfect than a Monday to talk about this topic, haha!
If you are a mama, workaholic, late night studying student, this post is for you!
I love makeup. That’s no secret but the perfect lip color isn’t going to hide these tired eyes! I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten less than 4 hours of sleep and then someone compliment me on my makeup the next day. Before these 4 magic products I would have probably gotten a “are you not feeling well today?”. Why do people think it’s okay to ask that? It’s like just say I look like crap because I know that’s what you really mean 🙂
Anywho, no one is going to be asking you that once you begin working these products into your regimen!
1- Dr. Brandt No More Baggage – I first heard of Dr. Brandt after seeing everyone post about the magnetic mask. The Dr. Brandt No More Baggage Gel immediately reduces the appearance of bags and puffiness because its enriched with antioxidant botanical extracts and caffeine. It is also said to help with dark circles but honestly I don’t see it as a solution for dark circles which is why I use product number 2. I apply the no more baggage gel after my morning skincare routine and before I apply any of my makeup. Let it dry completely before you apply makeup.
2- Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector – This full coverage corrector hides dark circles by brightening and evening out skin tones. It’s infused with ultra, fine light and reflecting illuminators and is water resistant. I apply this after my no more baggage gel and before my It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye.
3- It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye – You are probably thinking, “geez, this is a lot of eye coverage” but talk to me when you look rested after 3 hours of sleep” LOL. The Bye Bye Under Eye is my ride or die. This product along with the Becca brightening corrector and Dr.Brandt no more baggage gel are amazing but if I had to give up all my makeup and choose one, it would seriously be this. It’s also perfect if you really don’t have time for all 3 steps or if you don’t really have a problem with under eye bags, you could definitely just do this product!
“Developed with plastic surgeons, Bye Bye Under Eye is infused with anti-aging ingredients including hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, vitamins, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants to cover absolutely everythingwhile making your skin look younger at the same time.” It’s basically a no brainer. I wear the medium shade for reference.
4 – Becca Highlighter – This highlighting magic lasts forever because all you need is a little tap onto your brush and it will give you that perfect glow. I tap a little onto my cheekbones and nose. The subtle shimmer makes your skin look so fresh and sunkissed which in return makes you look rested and awake even though your body is like “gimme all the coffee.”
Gift with purchase is happening with most of these items at Ulta right now so if you are thinking about trying any of them, this would be a good time to grab them. One of the many reasons I love shopping at Ulta is that if you are not completely satisfied with a product for any reason you can return the product for a full refund or exchange. This makes it stress free for me to shop beauty products online because I know if the shade doesn’t work for me I can switch it out without a problem.
Also, I know I am going to get questions about these faux marble brushes because they are so cute! I actually snagged them from Amazon here and I was so surprised with the quality for the price. I definitely recommend them. It’s a 10 piece brush set and it’s available on Amazon Prime.
Have you guys tried any of these products? What are some of your favorite tricks to make you look more rested? I wanna hear!
Happy Friday and first day of June! It is currently after midnight and I am catching up on my shows! Before we get into the top ten sellers for May can we talk about how hilarious Chrisley Knows Best is? Each one of them makes me laugh so hard but I think my favorite is mama Faye, haha. Do you guys watch that show?!
Okay, let’s talk about the ten things you all loved the most in May!
Stripe T Shirt Dress | A throw on and go on dress is always a winner in my book! The colorful stripes make it perfect for summer. Pair it with wedges, flat sandals or tennis shoes for so many different looks. I am wearing a medium for reference.
Silver Keds | What better way to step up your sneaker game than with metallic tennies?! If you are in between sizes, size down.
Round Crossbody Bag | One of summers hottest bag trend so I’m not surprised you guys loved this one! You guys sold it out! I am linking similar ones here, & here.
Stripe Front Knot Jumpsuit | This colorful stripe jumpsuit is so cute and so flattering. I am wearing my normal size medium. Also, it’s currently on clearance!
Stripe Blazer | I shared this one that I got from Asos and then found the almost exact style from Forever 21 for a fraction of the price. I have worn this stripe blazer more times than I can count. I love it with the matching shorts but I have also paired it with ankle pants for the office and a graphic tee with denim shorts for the weekend.
Loft Tropical Midi Dress | I don’t want to tell you that you need anything but….eek this dress is so flattering and so cute for the office! The fit is professional but trendy with the tropical print. I am wearing a medium.
Libby Edelman Ruffle Top | A great top for dressing up and down. The sleeves are separate pieces so you don’t have to worry about messing with them all day like we have to do with some other off the shoulder tops.
Mommin’ So Hard Tee | The perfect addition to your #momuniform. Wearing a medium for reference. I got our little guy a “nap so hard” one so we can match 🙂
Universal Thread Lavendar Dress | The sweetest midi dress in the Pantone color of the year! This dress is great for brunch, work, church and it would even be a great wedding guest dress option for a day time wedding. Wearing a size 4. If you are between sizes, size up.
P.S. Not all of these looks get posted on the blog. Too many clothes, so little time LOL. Some of these outfits only got posted on Instagram so be sure you are following along there too. If you don’t have an Instagram account all looks can always be found on this shop page for easy access!
Let me know if you have any questions about anything.
Yes you read that right! I have decided for the whole month of June I will not be shopping for anything. No clothes, no shoes, no makeup, no new throw pillows LOL. Not even buying any clothing related items for baby Weaver because his wardrobe is starting to get a little crazy like mama’s, haha.
4 Things I Really Want To Achieve In My No Month Of Shopping
1- Making use of what I already have – I know I’m not the only one that has never been worn items in their closet. Going through my closet this weekend, I’ve realized that even after piles and piles of donating and even selling items, I still have so many items I’ve never worn. In the next 30 days, I plan on wearing those items (and sharing them with you of course!) and if I don’t wear them then maybe it’s time to toss it!
2- Cleaning out my closet – Back to what I just said, if I don’t feel the urge to wear something this whole month of shopping than I am seriously considering donating it. I was actually a little disappointed in myself because I ordered something the other week and then as I was looking for something else in a drawer I realized I already had that shirt! What is this life I am living?!
3- Inspire you – I really want to take a step back and think of why I started my blog. Of course, it was to share fashion and life with you but most importantly, it was to inspire and motivate you to find your own personal style. That doesn’t have to mean buying the next new thing every.single.week. It means sharing outfits with you that you can recreate with items you already own or inspiring you to wear those 2 mix prints you already have in your closet for a whole “new” look. I don’t want you to feel the urge to purchase everything that I share although I do really appreciate when you use my affiliate links when you decide to purchase something! I more so love when I inspire you or remind you that you have something similar in your closet that you didn’t think of styling a way that I shared. $0 needed!
4 – Save some money – Do I have a budget? Yes. Do I always abide by it? Sadly, no. All these summer sales up the yin yang and now that I am shopping for 2 🙂 my shopping has gotten out of control and I really need to scale it back a bit! Also, I want to prove to my husband that I can actually do it. He doesn’t think I’ll go through with it. This really should be his Father’s Day gift, haha!
Also, fun fact. I actually did a 40 days of no shopping 3 years ago the month I started my blog. You can check one of those posts out here. Don’t judge the pictures please. 🙂
What I will also be doing on Instagram stories is sharing my outfit every single day. A lot of times what I post are my professionally taken photos and by sharing my day to day outfits on Instagram stories I will share how I style the same items different ways and hopefully inspire you to remix some items in your closet!
I am wearing a small in the blazer but I must share that I found the exact print here for $27! I absolutely love Zara but you all know that I wear a ton from Shein as well! If you do choose to grab the one from Shein, I wear a medium in their blazers for reference!
3 Tips On Styling A Blazer For Summer
1- Lightweight Fabrics – Depending on the area of the country you are in you may be able to rock your same blazer all year long but in Houston lightweight fabrics in the summer are key!
2- Pair it with shorts – I love how this long boyfriend blazer paired with these casual denim shorts look so chic! Plus making sure your legs are getting a good breeze will keep you cool even in a blazer in this summer heat!
3- Fun prints and colors – This floral print is perfect for summer and spring! I paired mine with yellow earrings for more color. If all over floral prints aren’t your thing, try finding a solid color blazer in your favorite color or wear a classic white blazer with a colorful tank!
Sharing a great summer dress that would be equally perfect for the office or a brunch date with your besties! Speaking of brunch I am also talking about 4 restaurants we have tried this week along with my honest review
Outfit Details: Dress: Target (wearing a 4 for reference)| Heels: DSW | Handbag: Francesca’s | Sunglasses: Quay | Earrings: similar Kendra Scott styles here and here
Are you all having a great week? I sure hope so! My team and I have been spending a lot of time with our vendors who were in town this week for our charity golf tournament which also means we have been trying out new restaurants left and right. If you follow me on Instastories it probably looks like I have just been eating all day long, haha! Yesterday we tried out Postino in the Heights for lunch and it was really delicious! The Panini’s were so big I had to take half of it to go which never happens! #foodieatheart. I would recommend this place and I will definitely be back! They have great wine specials and shared plate options that I think are perfect for happy hour.
Baby Weaver got to join us for his first team meeting last night for dinner, lol. We went to Laurenzo’s Restaurant which I have been to a couple of times for work. Have you guys been there? It’s an El Tiempo chain so their Mexican food is really good but they also have Italian, seafood and steak on the menu. It’s great for a big group because it has a lot of options but I’ll be honest it’s not my favorite place. I’ve had salad’s there as well as their Italian food and last night I tried the ahi tuna steak. Not impressed. If you see me there again, it’s most likely because a coworker chose it. If I want the yummy Mexican food, I’ll just go straight to El Tiempo which is one of my favs. Baby Weaver was loving that he got to try everyone’s dessert though 🙂
Monday after the golf tournament we grabbed a quick bite at Paulie’s Restaurant. It’s a super cute, family owned Italian restaurant. There is also a separate area where you can run in and grab a coffee and something from the bakery. I had the grilled Portobello and goat cheese sandwich. I would definitely get that again!
My favorite new spot of the week was, hands down, Mastro’s Restaurant in Uptown that we tried on Sunday night. Holy smokes, everything was delicious. I had the 8oz petite filet and the group shared gorgonzola mac & cheese, twice baked potatoes, creamed spinach, gruyere cheese scalloped potatoes, french fries, roasted brussel sprouts, grilled broccolini, butter cake and cheesecake. Haha, I know that’s a lot to list but I had to tell you everything we ate because nothing disappointed! Not only was the food 5 stars but the service was impeccable. When the sides came out, I’m not exaggerating when I say there were about 7 people serving us the sides individually. The atmosphere and décor was super chic too. They had a live band that was really great. 5 out of 5 stars for Mastro’s for sure! I love trying new restaurants so be sure to send me your favorites!
Also, after writing this I realize I need to get to the gym today, haha!