Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mid Week Muse: Stella & Dot Launch

Stella & Dot just launched a new line that I'm LOVING!  Even though it's still H-O-T outside I'm starting to think about transitioning into fall.  I love to invest in quality pieces that can be worn year-round and work for multiple events - work, fun, weekend.  I tend to wears lots of dark, solid colors in the fall and winter and love to play with accessories for fun little pops!

Here are just a few of my favorite pieces on my wishlist!



 
 

 
Melanie Chandeliers, Mint/Gold - I love these earrings because you can wear them 3 ways!!!
 
 

 
 
 

 
 


 
 
 

 
 


 
Madison Tech Bag, Black/Crème Breton Stripe - My current laptop bag is on it's last leg and I LOVE this one!
 
 

 
Chelsea Tech Wallet - Glow Pink Perf - I love that this wallet has room for an iPhone, plus I love the laser cuts!


I'm hosting an online trunk show this week!  Just click here and go shopping!  There are some trunk show exclusive deals for you AND by joining my Facebook Trunk Show you have access to win some great prizes throughout the week!  First person to make a purchase through the link gets an extra sparkly in their order!


Thanks to Ann Elliott and Pampers & Pearls for hosting this weekly linkup!
 
Ann Elliott
 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Concerts!

I'm over at Houston Moms Blog today talking about hot summer shows and venues in Houston. 

 
I'm super excited to see Counting Crows later this month when they roll into town. 
What summer concerts are you looking forward to?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Hot" Topic over at Houston Moms Blog

I'm over at Houston Moms Blog today discussing what I've been hearing way too much of in the news the last few weeks - kiddos, babies and animals being left in cars.  Warning - this is a heavy post, but such an important reminder for all of us. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thoughts on Thursday: The Dreaded Bathing Suit Shopping



 Fourth of July Weekend Getaway with Family

 
Yesterday during my one-hour lunch break I ran to Macy's in desperate need of a bathing suit or two that I could actually wear in front of others.  I've been wearing two-pieces from my pre-Jack era and although (surprisingly) the bottoms fit pretty good all of the tops have been way too small - plus I'm still working on my mid-section since baby. 
 
I would probably just made due this summer, except that this weekend we are going to be in our swim gear in front of others.  Cover-ups are good for walking around, but sitting on a boat in the Houston heat you want to be in as little as possible. 
 
I ran into Macy's knowing one hour was pushing it to find the perfect suit - a must to try-on.  To make it even harder, all of the suits had been moved from their normal area to a teeny and crammed space thrown on a few racks and all mixed up.  I would have paid full price just to get some organization. 
 
Due to lack of time, I went through and only grabbed suits with a Ralph Lauren tag...old faithful!  I went into the dressing room with a mountain of options: two-pieces, one-pieces, tankinis and skirts. 
 
Good news: I found two suits that looks really good on and are super comfortable
Bad news: I just can't rock a two-piece these days
 
That's okay!  I'm working towards getting back to that one day.  In the meantime, I LOVE the one-pieces that I found.  They are both "tummy-control" but I love that the material isn't super thick so I'm hoping it won't be too hot. Very flattering and I will feel confident wearing these in public!

I have several great cover-ups to thrown on when walking around including this Pom-pom Tunic from J. Crew:


 

What do you wear when sporting a bathing suit in public?  Do you dread bathing suit shopping as much as I do?  

 
Thoughts for Thursday
 
Thank you Annie and Natalie for hosting this link-up today!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mid Week Muse: Patriotic Casual

Patriotic Casual
 
 
 
I'm so excited for this (long) weekend!  We are going to be super casual this weekend, likely heading to Matagorda for some R&R, fishing, eating and boat rides.  I still plan to dress as festive as I can for those activities.  Usually after a long day in the sun I love to throw on an easy dress (bonus if it doesn't require a bra) and sandals for dinner.  I have everything pictured above and ready to go except for that precious Kendra Scott Rayne necklace in Bright Red
 
So if anyone...cough, cough Jason...would like to run by Kendra Scott on their way home from work and buy me this as a thank you present for being such a wonderful wife (or whatever I am to you) by Friday, then go right ahead!  Dream on Chelsea, dream on...
 
Outfit deets below!
  


Thanks to Ann Elliott and Pampers & Pearls for hosting this weekly linkup!
 
Ann Elliott
 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Taste of Tuesday: Red Gold Tomatoes Grilling Recipes

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Red Gold Tomatoes to see if I was interested in trying some of their new canned tomatoes and grilling recipes.  Some bloggers get jewelry and clothing.  I get canned tomatoes.  Go ahead and be jealous. 

I thought it would be fun to try some new recipes so I said sure, send me those tomatoes!


I was given 6 cans of different flavored tomatoes, a cute red apron and some recipes to try.  This past Sunday (our typical grill night) Jason and I made two of the recipes and oh my goodness they were yummy...and took all of 5 minutes to prepare!  These will become regular staples in our house. 

Spicy Tomato Burger
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles, drained very well
  • Salt and pepper to taste (we just used a pinch of salt, but a lot of pepper)

Mix all ingredients together, grill and cook to desired temperature! 

Garnish however you desire.  I used a medium cheddar cheese and Jason wanted some extra kick so he used jalapeno jack cheese. 

Jason's Masterpiece


My Masterpiece - I wanted to try both without blowing my diet

Caribbean Chicken Burger
  • 1 pound ground chicken (this would work great with lean turkey too)
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes w/Lime Juice & Cilantro {so yummy} OR 1 (14.5 ounce) can Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Chipotle, drained very well. 
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs (I used Saltine crackers)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together, grill and cook to desired temperature!  Serve with guacamole, avocado or roasted pineapple slice.  Top with mango chutney or fruit salsa. 

I garnished mine with a grilled pineapple slice and a scoop of mango pico de gallo from HEB and it was delish!  Jack gave his stamp of approval on this recipe too!



You can get more recipes here including a grilled tuna burger and Italian turkey burger that I want to try!  You can also enter to win Red Gold's Summer Grillin' Party Promotion for a Large Big Green Egg...which Jason is drooling over right now. 

I was not compensated for this post.  I was given the product and apron in order to try and review.  All opinions are my own. 

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I'm linking up today with Kate and Emily for Tuesday's Recipe Swap!

Martinis & Bikinis

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mid Week Muse: Let's Get Fit!

If you have been reading my blog lately you know that I'm on a mission to lose my baby weight {from a year ago} and just feel healthier.  As someone who isn't naturally athletic and has to really force myself to workout, I've discovered two things that help me get those workouts in:

1 - A new outfit makes me feel good and motivated, even if that new outfit is workout wear
2 - I'm fiercely competitive

ONE - Lululemon is my go-to, although I also have a few Splits59 pieces that I love.  For the hair, you can't go wrong with a Sparkly Soul headband!

I'm loving this new Lululemon "Runsie."  I have not tried it on so I can not speak of the functionality or fit, but I love the idea...especially for the Houston heat. 


TWO - To take advantage of my competitiveness, I am LOVING my FitBit Zip.  The Zip Model (which is the least expensive of them all) clips to your bra or belt and tracks your steps, calories burned and distance.  I'm competitive with myself and try to reach my goal of 10,000 steps each day, but I also get competitive with my FitBit friends.  You can actually see their steps from the App and try to beat each other each week!  If you already use FitBit and want to be "friends" find me here!


I'm considering upgrading to the FitBit Flex which is the bracelet that does everything the Zip does, but also tracks your sleep patterns.  I sometimes don't like clipping the Zip to my bra or belt depending on my outfit so I the bracelet may be a better option...but the real reason for the upgrade is that Tory Burch is teaming up with FitBit to do a Gold Bracelet and Pendant that fits your FitBit.  Pricing, release dates or official images have yet to be released, but I will let you know as soon as it is! 






Thanks to Ann Elliott and Pampers & Pearls for hosting this weekly linkup!
 
Ann Elliott
 
 

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