2nd Year Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas-Cotton

People have been giving gifts to celebrate anniversaries for centuries. According to Wikipedia, “The historic origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Holy Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their 25th anniversary, and a gold wreath on the 50th. Later, in the twentieth century, commercialism led to the addition of more anniversaries being represented by a named gift.”

Last year when Brandon and I were coming up on our 1 year anniversary I decided that I wanted to stick to what we call today “traditional anniversary gifts”. I reeeaaally enjoy giving gifts so I thought this would be a super fun way to keep things creative! Year one is paper. I thought I could write him a sweet letter about how much he means to me, maybe get some fun prints from our honeymoon and past vacations or even tickets to somewhere! But when he surprised me with tickets to Chicago, a place I have always wanted to go while it was snowing, I thought okay I need to top his gift 🙂 so I bought him an Armani watch. Haha! Okay, I know you are probably like what the?! But really I was so super ecstatic about the trip I literally wanted to give him something just as good. Armani never disappoints and if you look at the “modern anniversary gift guide” year one is clocks so that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂 BUT back to my paper gift, I really did want to stick with the traditional gift giving idea I had set out for (even if that meant he got more than one gift every year). A few months after our wedding I actually ended up selling my wedding dress. I know I have talked about this before, but my closet is like a revolving door and this is the perfect example. I mean really, what was I going to do with the dress anyway?!

My husband didn’t know that I had sold it so when we were celebrating our anniversary dinner in Chicago I gave him his watch and inside of the case not only was there this amazing Armani piece but also a check! His paper gift guys! 😉 I mean who doesn’t love cash money?! Okay, if you are still stuck on the fact that I sold my wedding dress we can talk more about that later LOL!

So this year as we come up on our 2 year wedding anniversary we are celebrating the year of cotton! And I am able to share his gift with you today because the gift I ordered for him came in 4 weeks earlier than expected and I totally caved and couldn’t hold it to myself any longer!

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I was able to get this awesome and top notch quality Personalized World Travel Map printed on cotton canvas via Etsy. You can order it framed or not framed. It is 24” x 36” unframed. They are made with love by a husband and wife in Denver, CO. Your map will come with 100 colored push pins in a mix of red, white and black to mark your map. You can choose to use the colors as you wish. Choose one color for every place you have gone, another color for where you plan to go and you can even mark your favorites! I even read some people saying that they had “his and her” colors, but apparently if Brandon and I haven’t been there together it doesn’t get counted on the map! LOL! I think this is such a great gift for you and your spouse if you love to travel. Heck, I might be buying this for a few of my friends as well!

Here are a few other fun gift giving cotton ideas!

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  1. Robe: Purchase a plush robe and surprise him with a relaxing, spa retreat | 2. Personalized Pillows and Monogrammed Towels (I love anything personalized!) | 3. Fun Apron (You can buy one for yourself too and surprise him with a 5 course meal and a romantic night in) | 4. Personalized Canvas with the lyrics to the song you first danced to at your wedding | 5. Nice Suit (Surprise him with a suit and take him on a date!)

I would love to hear your ideas too! And since I know you all are planners we may want to start thinking about the upcoming celebrations!

Year Three: Leather

Year Four: Fruit/Flowers

Year Five: Wood

OMG, diamonds aren’t until year 60!!! Maybe we can switch back and forth between the “Traditional list” and the “Modern list”. At least the Modern list will get me diamonds at year 10! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by loves! Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas! I always enjoy them!

xo, Roselyn

Tweed Perfection- Ann Taylor

“The most important thing to wear is a smile” -Ann Taylor

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I am loving this tweed top and pencil skirt from Ann Taylor. It’s perfectly tailored for the most flattering fit, but the slightly unfinished, fringed edges gives it a bit of an edge. As much edge as you can bring to the office at least 🙂

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The red and cream combo will easily take you through spring. It’s so perfectly blended it almost looks like a blush pink in these pics! I dressed it up here with some sparkle, but it would look equally as cute with pearls! I chose to wear my single strap nudes rather than nude pumps because even though I super love midi skirts I can’t change these short legs LOL so I like to opt for strappy shoes when I wear midi length skirts to elongate my legs as much as I can!

Top | Skirt | ShoesNecklace | Faux Ostrich Tote (similar) | Bracelet

I hope you all had a great weekend and side note if you are in Houston, TX and haven’t been to The Dunlavy you MUST go! I finally got a chance to go last week for lunch and not only was it delicious, but the décor is SO cute! I have spent the last few days trying to figure out how I can work a couple of chandeliers into my home! You’ll see what I’m talking about as soon as you walk in LOL! Also, I highly recommend the Kale salad with chicken and the jalapeno cheddar biscuit. They were both delish! I’d love to hear what you think about the place or you can just invite me to lunch with you 🙂 Either way is good for me!

Thanks for stopping by!

Have an amazing week!

xo, Roselyn

From Weekend To Work & Back Again!

“My secret to a good Monday? A good outfit.”

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I love how crisp and feminine this dress looks with a blazer for the office. Then once you take the blazer off you instantly go from work to weekend!

Have you guys had a chance to visit Baanou boutique in the River Oaks district yet? If not, you totally need to! Not only will the interior of the boutique take your breathe away as its adorned with original Louis XVI chandeliers and sconces, but owner Maryam Afshari  handpicks the perfect mix of well known and emerging designers catering to every budget. I highly suggest this be a stop on your next shopping trip. The staff is so friendly and amazing. You’ll feel like a celeb with your own personal shopper! But for fashionistas on the go that may not have time to pop in, have no fear you can find equal the fabulousness at their site here.

“Baanou caters to fashion-savvy woman with an eye for classics as well as an interest in nascent talents.  Founded by Maryam Afshari in 2014, Baanou has quickly become the leading go-to destination for fashion and accessories, offering a carefully edited mix of lines that cater to every lifestyle and budget.”

Now let’s talk about Keepsake The Label which is the brand of the dress I am wearing here. Keepsake is an Australian women’s brand that emerged in 2011. Their line of apparel is the perfect mix of sexy and feminine! Their crisp lines and designs had me on the hanger! Not to mention once I tried it on the fit was amazing, hence why this pretty little number is now in my closet! The designers pay attention to every detail and it surely does show!

Unfortunately, this exact Keepsake The Label dress is sold out but I have linked some other perfect “from weekend to work” styles here!

 From Baanou Online Boutique: Keepsake Pretender Dress | Cameo Wrap It Up Dress | Finders Keepers As You Are Dress | Keepsake In The Silence Dress

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From Keepsake Online Boutique: Essence Dress | Need Me Dress | Break Even Dress

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 Depending on your office dress code you may need to wear a cute blazer with some of these styles so I linked up a few here. 🙂 All under $50!

Blazers: Kasper and here | Alfani | H&M | JCP | Alfani Draped Collar | Macy’s

Okay, so now I just have to share what happened to me at the gym! I can’t make this stuff up!! So, I was showering at the gym before work and you know how sometimes you throw your towel over a shower rod? Okay well that’s how my towel was and when I was done showering I pulled on my towel (I guess a little too hard) and THE FREAKIN SHOWER ROD FELL DOWN!!!!! I became so frantic trying to put the shower curtain back on the rod while putting the rod back up and trying to cover up as much as possible with my now wet towel! Omg, thank goodness no one else was in the bathroom at that moment which seriously there is normally one person waiting for the shower!!  I would have just died!!! The good Lord was looking out for me this morning but I guess he knew I needed a good laugh! LOL and now I hope you got a good laugh too!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by loves! Wishing you a blessed week!

xo, Roselyn

 

 

 

New Year…New To Do List

“Success is never getting to the bottom of your to do list”

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We are almost through the 2nd week of the year guys! Can you believe it?!

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Everyone that knows me, knows that I love distressed denim! My hubby not so much, LOL. I love that you can just throw on a pair of heels with this otherwise grunge look and take it to “street-chic” instantly! I am also loving the floral Adidas logo so I linked up a few styles below!

Adidas Top: Here and similar here and here | Denim: similar here and here | Blazer: similar here and here | Shoes | Bracelet | Handbag

Okay, so now that you have ordered your street-chic look let’s talk about this new to do list! Can you believe we almost through the 2nd week of the year?!

For the past 5 or so years I have not went into the new year with any resolutions rather a personal list of “things I want to accomplish/do this year”. I am a lover of to do list so I like to think of this as a more fun to do list for the year.

Just a few things on my to do list:

  1. Go somewhere I have never been (on my list every year). This holds me accountable for some adventure during our very busy lives
  2. Master bathroom total makeover. Stay tuned for pics! But don’t hold your breath though because I’m not sure this is going to happen first quarter LOL
  3. Total closet reorganizing. Both of my closets! I am wide open for suggestions. I keep “dream pinning”on pinterest and this year I am going to make magic happen.
  4. Take my parents and Brandon’s parents somewhere they’ve never been before. Even though this means cutting back on my monthly clothing budget (insert ugly cry here!) it is a risk I am willing to take!
  5. Make sure I take advantage of every opportunity to show the special people in my life exactly how special they are to me. I have always been a “YES!” person. Many of us are…but saying yes to everyone leaves you less time for the ones who matter most. The ones who have always been there for you. Let’s face it we all have people in our lives that are takers never givers. Pick your squad carefully.

Do you guys make a list every year? I would love to hear what you have!

Thanks for reading today my loves! Get your Friday on!

xo, Roselyn

Wednesday Wish List & The Amazing Tutu!

Did you guys ever grow out of wanting to wear a tutu? Good, me neither!

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 Look One

Top | Skirt | Shoes similar here and here | Purse | Necklace | Bracelet similar here and here

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Look Two

T-shirt | Skirt | Shoes similar here and here | Purse | Bracelet (use code STYLELYNNXOXO at Rocksbox for one free month!)

When someone asks me what best describes my style, I have to answer “it depends on what day it is”. Seriously, I wear what makes me feel the most comfortable and confident on that day. I mean I absolutely love love LOVE my destroyed jeans and heels look, but one day I may want to feel super girly and throw on a tutu. This is why I especially love my second look here. Pairing this sporty Adidas t-shirt with a pink tutu and blue heels is kind of perfect. My way of pulling it together was pulling the blue detail from the IG inspired bag and matching them to my heels and bracelet. I mean that’s what style is right? It’s your own.

“Fashion is what you buy. Style is what you do with it.”

If you love this tutu as much I do be sure to get yours from BBStyled Boutique.

They are just the sweetest and they have the cutest merchandise. Here are 5 other items on my BB Styled Wish List!

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  1. Crochet Top | 2. Multi Color Heels | 3. Ivory Dress | 4. Sequin Skirt | 5. Black Dress

Aren’t these items the cutest? Let’s grab them before they’re gone!

As always, thank you SO much for stopping by!! Have a fabulous day!!

xo, Roselyn

Tula Skincare

Tula Skincare

So last night I started my Tula skincare regimen. I don’t know if it’s because I got 5 hours of sleep (much more than usual) or if it’s my new purifying face wash and face cream, but today my face looks and feels so much more hydrated than usual! Only time will tell!

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As we age, we must change up our skincare routine. I will never forget one of my professors in college telling us that it was never too early to start using eye cream. I believed her and started immediately. I am totally thankful today!

In my 20’s my main focus was to keep it simple:

1) Wash my face every night before bed

and

2) Always where some type of sunscreen on my face. Lord knows I love the sun!

I have to say my “keep it simple” method worked fairly well, but now that I am in my 30’s and naturally my skin is aging. My skin is aging, but I am not. Weird, I know. 🙂 This means, slower cell turnover which amounts to dryness, volume loss so less tightening of the skin, thinner skin which exposes expression lines and sometimes even acne can all of a sudden show up in this decade. WTF, right?

So now, my regimen needs to change up a bit and that is why I searched for products that could help me avoid all these things this decade may bring. After much researching and actually some amazing reviews from some of my fav beauty bloggers I have decided to try Tula and share my results with you!

Tula is an all natural skincare line that does not test on animals. Tula believes in the power of probiotics.

Probiotics, or “good” bacteria and yeasts, are important for the health of your digestive system. Now their powerful healing benefits can be applied to your skin, your body’s largest organ. TULA’s Probiotic Skin Care approach harnesses the power of probiotics and other nourishing ingredients to protect your skin against  “bad” bacteria and environmental conditions that harm and age your skin.”

“Their scientific technology stimulates production of vital defense cells to make your skin healthier and more resistant to damage.”

The products I will be adding to my daily routine and reviewing are:

Learn more about the brand and all products here.

As I mentioned, I just started my new Tula routine yesterday so I will report back my full results in a couple of weeks, but I can tell you that I am already loving how lightweight all of these products are! This is something I look for in all of my beauty items! It hydrates but does not leave my skin feeling oily!

I can’t wait to share my end results you!

Thanks for following sweet friends!

Happy Monday!

xo, Roselyn

2015 At A Glance

2015 At A Glance

In honor of throwback Thursday and finally feeling like I am getting it together from being on vacation mode for almost 2 weeks, I am sharing some of our 2015 highlights. As many of us have big plans for this year it is always nice to reflect on the things we have already been blessed with!!

Let’s start with January 2015. I started on full time with a new company in Supply Chain Management. As I was in the retail corporate world for over 8 years it was definitely a big and AMAZING change for me. My work/life balance is, well…it actually exists now 🙂

February 2015

Celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary in Chicago and it was snowing! OMG, it just felt magical. And although, the Mr. planned an amazing trip can I just give myself some credit here and mention I surprised him with a bad a$$ Armani watch? Okay, thanks. 🙂

March 2015

Celebrated our 1 year anniversary (yes again LOL) in the Canary Islands with some of our best friends who were actually celebrating their 10 year! Also, I can’t forget there was a quick stop in London! Goodness, this may need to be a whole separate post, haha! In a nutshell, this vacation was amazing! We stayed in a beautiful 3 bedroom with a botanical garden in the master bath. I’m pretty sure someone ended up in it one night. We ate yummy food, drank yummy drinks, face timed family/friends at who knows what hours of the U.S. day and Danielle and I became Flamenco dancers. We had so many fun filled days and made amazing memories.

I also came back with bruised ribs and a sprained wrist. Long story short we went on a quad safari adventure and as were driving up this MOUNTAIN in a line of other riders we hit a huge rock and flipped our quad. We both flew off and I when I awoke, which seemed like forever but was really only 2 minutes from what Brandon says, everyone was standing around and a sweet girl who happened to be nurse was already pouring water on my scrapes. Okay, I know that sounds a little scary and maybe at the time it was but goodness I am so BLESSED that we can joke about it now. Those scars were not pretty, but that didn’t keep from laying out on those beautiful beaches everyday. Thank you to my hubby and friends for not judging a girl in a two piece with shining Neosporin and bandages all over her back and arm! I knew I should have purchased a GoPro before that trip! LOL

April 2015

First Avon 39 Walk Against Breast Cancer with one of my besties. Raised over $2,000 for the organization. It rained and it poured, but completing that 39 miles felt so good AND it was all for a good cause. My sweet mom is a survivor so I love participating in events such as this.

May 2015

Worked my first election poll. I can’t lie and say it was exactly voluntary because Brandon has been an election judge for the past years and he was in dire need on one more person. Yes, he let me take a long lunch LOL but at the end of the day I felt really good about doing it. Something I typically would not do. This was also the day I realized who I married and that I would probably be doing this every year! So remember to VOTE friends and come see me at the polls.

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June 2015

Made it to California just in time to watch our little nephew graduate high school! Proud auntie moment for sure!

New York, Canada, Pennsylvania & Cleveland! Oh my!

**My favorite pic was at the Christmas Story house : )

 

July 2015

Got to fly my nephew here to Houston as part of his graduation gift! Spent over a week spoiling him with Houston food and fun!

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Launched my blog!!! O…M…Geee this was a long time coming and so happy I finally did it!!

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September 2015

Fiji! I got to celebrate my first Feast of Tabernacles under the beautiful Fijian sun and beautiful Fijian breathen. I seriously have never ever felt so close to my faith as I did during this trip. I plan on continuing and growing that in 2016. **More pics from this trip can be found under Travel!

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October 2015

Celebrated my birthday with the hubby, best friends and the Presley’s in Memphis. Okay, maybe not the Presley’s but we did visit Graceland, same thing LOL. **More pics from this trip can be found under Travel!

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November 2015

New York City with my number 1 and my first at home JETS game!

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December 2015

Voted Best Newcomer Blog via Houston Fashion Bloggers Organization and YOU! Omg, thank you, thank you, thank YOU again!

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Best of all I ended the beautiful year and started the new one with my amazing husband and family in California.

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#sorrynotsorry for all the family selfies LOL

I feel very blessed guys. I mean just thanking God for another day to be here and then he blesses me with kind people that make everyday the best day.

Thanks for letting me share pieces of my life with you! Thank you to my family and friends for reading/sharing. Thank you so much to new blogger friends for the support/collaborations! You all ROCK!

Thank you for stopping by!! Happy Friday eve!!

Xo, Roselyn