Friday, August 1, 2014

#101lovestravel: Napa

Napa was delicious in every way possible. It was our first getaway without the nuggets. Make that our first trip in three years! Note to self: this cannot happen again. We finished conversations, literally went numb with relaxation and interrogated every winemaker/sommelier in the valley...ok, that was just me. But, still...Napa is just one HUGE photo opp waiting to happen so I thought I'd share some of my favorites from the trip. Follow along...

Being able to use my Nikon for non-related style posts was a treat. There was so much detail to capture.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Coffee run.

I'd be a fool not to take a couple blog-related photos on vaca. Let's face it, my backyard does not compare to the quaint streets of downtown Napa. My loyal photog, aka my husband, quietly obliged to taking a few snaps in exchange for coffee. Not a problem in my books. I wake up for the mere aroma of coffee...but we know this.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

LWD, a summer glow + a giveaway!

photography by Cleodine Photography

I shared some of my favorite LWD's here. And while I love the look of a boho LW-sundress, I was really craving something more structured and classic for work. This one fit the bill with its subtle pleats and meeting-friendly length. My best accessory? A bronzy, summer glow...not too orange and no splotches, please and thank you. More on that later - there's something in it for you, too!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beauty 411: June & July Beauty Box Five

The June & July Beauty Box Fives' were an introduction to an entire of host of brands I've never been exposed to. Fantastic mascaras to dessert inspired body was fun to be a beauty blogger! The timing couldn't have been better either as I had just about everything I needed for our recent trip to Napa. Just because you're traveling doesn't mean you have to scrimp on quality. Win-win!
  1. Organix Coconut Water Shampoo & Conditioner: If your hair is thirsty from the sun, then this is the perfect marriage to whip it into shape. It's light and hydrating leaving your hair silky and shiny. Good enough to eat!
  2. Nicka K New York Nail Color: Almost chip-proof and formaldehyde-free, too. I love this color for my pedicures.
  3. HASK Argan Oil Hair Treatment: This deep conditioning treatment is the perfect follow up to the Organix products. You'll notice the softness last about two weeks on average. It's a little heavy for oily hair but would be a great savior in the colder months.
  4. Anna Naturals Glowing Mama Walnut Face & Body Scrub: This scrub has a secret fan base in the pregnancy crowd. It smells divine while gently exfoliating without harsh chemicals or scents. Bonus: it didn't scrape my skin off. 
  5. Vita Bath Body Wash: I could eat this body wash, too. It smells like cupcakes. A real eye opener in the AM. Also, a great way to end the evening in a big ol' tub with a glass of wine.
  6. Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara: I was in the market to try a new brand. I love the fact that it doesn't flake and I can ditch my curler in the interim. It's all about volume with a new, technology-forward wand.
  7. Eslor Collection Calming Kit: Basically an entire skincare kit in handy little packets including a refiner, cleanser, scrub, mask and soothing cream. My favorite was the soothing cream which felt heavy but absorbed quick without weighing my skin down. I was squeezing every last drop out. (rather pathetic to watch but hey! I like what I like...)
  8. Body Drench Candy Licious Lips: My girls steal this chap stick from me on the regular. Beeswax, Coconut Oil and Vitamin E leave my skin feeling soft and supple without the greasy residue. And the scent isn't overwhelming, either.
  9. Starlooks Lip Liner: Another great nude liner! Creamy and works great under my neutral glosses without any bleeding. Every gal needs a great nude liner. The hue would suit just about any skin tone, too!
  10. Glam Natural Mascara: I used this puppy right up. It has this amazing gluten-free, paraben-free formula that allows you to layer away without the cakey appearance. It forms a coat around each last that washes off with regular soap and water. I absolutely LOVED this mascara. Good to the last drop!
Next up, August which is all about prepping your skin for the climate change! Be sure to follow Beauty Box Five on Facebook and Twitter, too.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Q2 Style Round Up

all photography by Cleodine Photography

If you remember my Q1 Style Round Up, it was heavy on layers and pants. Exactly the opposite of my Q2 recap! Skirts and dresses on repeat with bold color infused throughout. Truly, dresses make summer my favorite season. The ritual of getting dressed is so much easier - there's something to be said for that. Especially when you're a mom and trying to get everyone else out the door in the morning!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - simplified!

Greetings! I'm back from Napa and I've wasted no time in rounding up my favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This is one of those "run-don't-walk-sales" because prices go up as of 8/4/14 and quantities are limited. As hard as it is for me to digest the concept of's here. Secretly, I'm a little excited for leather and oxblood again but you didn't hear it from me.

Happy shopping! xo

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Crop it like it's hot!

photography by Cleodine Photography

You've probably noticed my posting is a little delayed this week and if you follow me on Instagram, then you definitely know that I've been drinking my weight in red wine. My husband and I are celebrating our anniversary in Napa. It's been the most relaxed I've been in years. Then again, I suppose wine will do that to you.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Roses & the Bouqs. Company

Fresh flowers rank among the top of my list when it comes to making a home a home. Ballet, pink roses might just be my favorite. Thanks to the Bouqs Company, these gorgeous roses have left a heavy scent throughout my entire first's divine. 

You might have caught them originally on Shark Tank which is where I first saw them. Not only can you receive your Bouq the next day, you can be assured that your arrangement is grown on eco-friendly, sustainable farms nurtured by melted volcanic ice. They only cut when you order reducing the amount of wasted stems other companies encounter. I like the sound of that.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


18 years of friendship.
4 years of marriage.

Happy anniversary.
I love you.
I love us.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pattern play.

photography by Cleodine Photography
Along the lines of taking risks, you could've probably guessed that I am a sucker, straight up, for patterns. Including this hazy mirage dress. It's more contemporary than most of my closet but I love the color palette. Especially the cobalt blue. It just begs for a killer pair of nude heels.

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