You Can’t Go Wrong With A Floral Print Dress

No matter the weather, the season, or the time of day, floral prints are always an effortless way to make a big statement with your outfit. I like floral print dresses especially because they are so comfortable, ultra-feminine and an entire outfit in one piece.

This past weekend I took an old floral print Lucky Brand dress out for a spin.


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Mia’s Three-Bean Chili Recipe

October is finally here and that means that glorious, crisp fall weather we all love can catch up with the calendar…any minute now…still waiting. 

We did have a few teaser days where it was cold – hovering right around 70 degrees – rainy and cloudy and I loved it! I was ready too! I had all the fixings for one of my all-time favorite cold-weather dinners just ready for such a day as this. 

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Favorite New Brand – Gal Meets Glam Collection

If you aren’t already obsessing over the Gal Meets Glam Collection, let me help with that! 

Launched in April 2018 by blogger and influencer Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam, her vintage inspired, ultra-feminine line of dresses for everyday, smart-casual and formal dressing continue to wow each mid-month when the newest additions to the Collection are debuted. This month the line has expanded to include petite sizing, a new color in the silk scarf line, and skirt and jacket sets. 

As a more recent reader of two years, I have been drawn to Julia’s blog week after week by her impeccable style. Never afraid to put her own tasteful twist on the classics, she – and her style – is something I’ve been able to connect with and admire. Her brand, images, style and adventures are inspiring!

Today marks the launch of the September additions to GMG Collection and I wanted to share a few of my absolute favorites with you, plus some insights on fit and quality of materials.

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Four More Years

Today I did something that I rarely ever do. Something that if given the choice, I would never ever do. 


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What to Wear to the Marine Corps Birthday Ball

It’s now September and that means Marine Corps Birthday Ball season is fast approaching, with some happening as early as October! Dressing for the Ball seems simple enough. It’s a black tie event, which means non-service members should be either wearing a floor-length dress if they’re female, or suit and tie or tuxedo if you’re a male.
Those aren’t my rules, they’re straight from the MCCS website on proper ball etiquette but if you need further validation, ask the nearest General. Just kidding.

First Ball Together in 2012! Gun-metal gray all-over sequin one shoulder gown with same color earrings and black pumps and clutch (not pictured).

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Delicious Sunday Dinner

For many families, Sunday dinner is a big deal and perhaps the best meal of the week. I have been so swamped with my school schedule/kids/house and my helper/husband has been out of town for the last three weeks. As a result of double the workload but not double the hours in the day, I have barely been able to get dinner on the table, let alone get an awesome dinner on the table. 

“Not tonight”, I said to myself as my taste buds were screaming for something a little more satisfying than macaroni and bleh. As you could see from my Instagram story, this dinner was the exact opposite of “bleh” and I am so happy to share it with you guys! Our main dish was chicken breasts in the most mouthwatering white wine mushroom sauce, perfect creamy parmesan risotto topped with more delectable parmesan, and brussels sprouts with bacon – your new favorite side dish!

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Edinburgh Part 2.

Following a busy but also strangely relaxing day in Edinburgh, we woke up bright an early and caught a cab bound for the center of Old Town. Our adventure today took us way outside of our temporary home city and all across the breathtaking Scottish highlands.


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Edinburgh Part 1.

Scotland is beautiful and so rich with history that it could take weeks to really see everything you want. We had 3 days.

With a few solid plans on the books, we made Edinburgh our base and left plenty of time to wander.

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Last Day in Lovely London

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On Thursday, our last full day in beautiful London, we did as any good Anglophile would do and tried our first Afternoon Tea. After months of searching for the perfect venue, I decided on Hotel Cafe Royal and I am so glad I did! Because you don’t just pick any ol’ place to cross an item off your bucket list, my friends!

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Day three- Tower of London and a very special ceremony.

On the third day of our trip one of my worst fears came true. We overslept! It was awful but not as awful as the jet lag we were both plagued with after our overnight flight to London where neither of us were able to get a wink of sleep. In addition to being in a perpetual zombie-like state for a few days I was also dealing with vertigo, which I’ve never experienced before.

I’ll share how I dealt with vertigo, how we survived that flight and the 13 hour return flight in a later post. For now however, let me take you through our third day in London and what we did, saw, ate and the one thing I need to get back to London for!

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