FRIDAY FAVORITES...BEACH EDITION

Whoop Whoop, Happy Friday!!! June is going by way to fast!! Unfortunately, it's pouring down rain today. My mom and I were going to go to the beach but instead I'll be home today pricing garage sale stuff for our pre-moving sale next month. This weekend I hope to stop and take it in a little slower with a brunch wedding, day date afternoon with Mr. Nine and the boys all finishing up some landscaping updates on Sunday to get the house ready to sell later this summer. No worries, more beach days are within reach!! Let's get to some favorites and fun!

1. First College Apartment
So, the reason I was off blog land the end of last week was our oldest did a transfer orientation to IU and we went and saw his first college apartment he will be moving into in the Fall. He changed majors to Intelligent Systems Engineering and the IU campus has so much more to offer. Plus, he can walk to the stadium. Tailgate parties at his place, lol



2. Our Niece and her BF
I'm going to brag on our beautiful niece and her sweet boyfriend. They just graduated from Cardinal Ritter in Indianapolis and this Fall, she will be attending Xavier University. He will attend Easter Illinois on a baseball scholarship. Just this past weekend, Blake and his team won state! Our niece was unable to be there and had to listen to the game because she is on a field experience doing lots of fun stuff including......

....Hiking in Colorado!!! Love this girl!

3. Week's Attire
TJ Maxx Dress, Target Cardi, Charming Charlie necklace

Gap top, The Loft Pants, Macy's I.N.C. necklace. Another way to wear this top HERE

The Loft cardi, Target dress and sandals

4. Slouchy Beach Graphic Sweatshirt
I love me a slouchy sweatshirt. The beach town where we go soon and every summer has some cooler evenings so a comfy outfit like this is a must for watching the sunset and hanging our with the fam.
Buy this Sweatshirt HERE

More inspo





5. Misc. Fun!
Bonomo's Turkish Taffy
I always think of Narnia, ya know, "The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe" and the Turkish Delight when I think Taffy. My mom told me about the amazing Taffy from Bonomo's so I bought her a 3lb bag to share with me. Next up I want to try my other favorite flavor: Vanilla!
Buy this Taffy HERE

Jouer Lip Products
I first heard about this company on the Today show and I am blown away by their products and the decent price. I am all about metallics lately and let me tell ya, this stuff is the BEST!! And it smells like a Dum Dum cream soda sucker, which is my favorite sucker!!
My Shade: Metallic Shimmering Rose Gold! Buy this Lip Topper HERE

Friday Loves at The Blended Blog
I have the pleasure of heading up the Link-Up "Friday Loves" over at The Blended Blog today where we showcase favorite posts in our feeds for the week. Go check it out!
Go HERE to read this Week's Loves

Have a Summer Weekend to remember sweet peeps!!

Linking up with  Amanda // Friday Favorites  // Oh Hey, Friday  // High 5 For Friday // 5 on Friday // Fashion Friday

xoxo


COLOR BLOCK CUTENESS & TBB STYLE LINK-UP

Love, love , love a good midi and this one from The Loft was perfect. Welcome to our weekly fashion link-up. Today, I'm also over at The Blended Blog showing off my favorite Pom Pom clutch. I was just in The Loft recently and the sales lady said this was one of their fastest selling skirts. I could not find it online and I just ordered it 3 weeks ago but there were still a handful in my store so, check yours.

What I love about it, besides the length is the color combo....to me, it's a great mix to take us right into Fall, although I'm not ready for my favorite season yet at all. I was just thinking it'll be great to get another season out of it.

The linen tee is also from The Loft and I love how they are made. I never really used to be a huge fan of the mustard color but it really popped with this. In fact, when I walked in the living room, Mr. Nine said "that's a really pretty outfit!" So, of course I knew it was a winner!



The satchel purse by Sole Society is my favorite purchase from last year's Nordstrom Anniversary sale! I can't believe the big sale is next month! Are you ready?


Cannot wait to see what goodness you link-up today for our The Blended Blog Style Link-Up! Don't forget to head over to there and check out another fun summer outfit I styled. Have a glorious and sweet day my friends!!




xoxo


ALL AMERICAN GIRL & LINK-UP

 "She was an American Girl!" Just love that song by Tom Petty. I always wished I was Italian, from a country in the Swiss Alps or Canadian after traveling to Canada and meeting my brilliant Canadian friends. However, truth be told I'm pretty happy to be a citizen of the land of the free. If I'm being super honest, the pride swells in me the older I get but that could also be due to the growth in my love of all things red, white and blue. I find myself pondering the idea to wear all things Stars and Stripes during our July beach vacation and after getting yet another Americana piece with this darling straw flag tote, I said "whoa," that's enough patriotism wear, lol. Or maybe not.
I thought it would be fun to make this a Fashion LINK-UP. You can link-up old or new red, white and blue!!!!! It doesn't have to be those colors, link-up all your fashion goodness. I thought it'd be fun to get some style or stars and stripes inspiration for the biggest day in the year for the land of cotton and corn!! 
My dear friend Shauna from Lipgloss & Lace is a huge fan of all things patriotic and I first fell in love with this tote in one of her adorable posts. 
It is the perfect All-American straw bag for Summer!




While I will for sure be donning some stars on my clothing in the next couple weeks, What I love about this outfit is that each piece can be worn with so many different things. 

The new piece in this ensemble is this cute as a button red cross front ruffle sleeve top. Perfect with just some white jeans and blue wedges. Throw in the purse and a trio of red, white and blue bead bracelets and I'm ready to wave the flag at the parade and watch some fireworks over the lake. 



Flag Tote HERE or HERE


xoxo





NEON PINEAPPLES & TBB STYLE LINK-UP

Oh pineapple print, be still my heart! When this top from J.Crew arrived in the mail, I could not wait to rip it open and I bet if you would've been watching me, you would've seen my jaw dropped to the ground because the print with the giant neon pineapples is even more beautiful in person!


Literally, my most favorite item ever from J.Crew! And better yet I got it when they had their 30% off sale. Buy it HERE



I can think of all kinds of ways to style this. Besides these neon yellow pumps, I have some neon yellow flip-flops that I put on after these pictures. The straw yellow clutch was the perfect bag. Now this top can be worn with the shoulders up or with the shoulders down. For this particular top, I prefer it with the shoulders up and a fun strappy bralette underneath of which I just happened to have in neon pink.
Love these barlette's that criss cross in the back. They come in tons of colors. Buy HERE


It's so light, cool and flowy and I got lots of compliments on the whole ensemble. These ragged hem jegging capris from Target are still some of my favorites. 

Nope, I did not coordinate with the beautiful Adirondack chairs, just got lucky!!

Now Let's Link-Up your fabulous style and head over to The Blended Blog and see what one of our beautiful ladies is styling and loving!

CONFESSIONS.......

I confess....I have never done a Confessions post and oh what fun! Now I see why a lot of bloggers like to dish these out. Feels good to confess or vent about some stuff. 
We all need that from time to time!

Let's GO!!

~As much as I love off the shoulder and one shoulder tops and dresses, I do not like the way I look in "cold" shoulder. You know, the tops where just your shoulders are out. I like them on other people and I have one or two, but not a lot of love here on me. 

~I am coming to despise social media. It is so sad when you're in a large group of people and everyone is perusing the social media instead of talking with each other. I feel like social media is making everyone so much more stressed out and pressured than days ago when we would just sit around and chitchat. I will never get a FB and while I know I need an Insta to grow my Blog, I do not want it to consume me like I see it consuming others. 

~I think about quitting blogging every.single.day but it's the people I love! 

~I'm not a BeyoncĂ© fan. What is the obsession with her? 

BUT I am obsessed with J-LO!!!

~I have to look up how to spell "convenience" every time and I'm a good speller. 

~I'm sad I work at a job that is just "for the money!" I envisioned myself doing something I loved, something rewarding like counseling, meteorology (yeah weather is rewarding) or my dream job: College Sociology Professor. It's a case of should haves: should have continued graduate schooling, should've made better life choices, etc. Now, I just want to enjoy each day. In all honesty, to be a housewife would be the BEST OF ALL! 

~I like snow, I like cold as long as it's not bitter cold. While I love sunshine the best and am giddy up happy it's summer, I love all the seasons and I don't complain that much about winter, I get excited about it. 
I now you're missing this white stuff...bha ha ha!!

~I never know which LOL to use? Lower case lol or upper case LOL?

~Once, when I was pregnant, I ate an entire bag of Reese miniature cups in my car and that was back when there were like 50 of them in the bag...there were wrappers everywhere. 

~In High School, I wore these red glasses for awhile because I wanted people to think I had glasses. Look, I still have them. Ha!


~I truly feel the news media is to blame for half the world's problems. 

~I am fascinated by big wind turbines. The fields where there are clusters of dozen of them. On our way up north in Michigan, there is a several mile stretch in the highway where the whole town utilizes their power. When we come up over the hill and I see them, I get so excited, my palms sweat and it feels like Christmas. 
My LOVES

~Years ago, I would save hundreds of dollars on groceries from coupons and carried my coupon envelope in my purse for years, clipping here and there diligently. (One year I even tallied my coupon savings and it was over $3000) 
I threw away that envelope last week along with all the expired coupons from 2014. Extreme Couponing Days...over. Although I do still occasionally use them, there just aren't as many good ones out there of stuff we actually use and no stores around here double.

~I think I look a lot better with sunglasses and a fedora on. Bad hair day, little or no make-up and it can still be "game on!"

Classic Re-Creation Post HERE


STAY COOL CATS...The heat wave is happening in Indiana..93 today! Happy Monday!!
And What are your Confessions??



AND YUM! I'm over at The Blended Blog sharing a yummy 
Tasty Tuesday. Come link-up your goodies!!

Linking up with Biana // Totally Terrific Tuesday // Inspire Me Monday // Inspire Me Tuesday // Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party // Share It // Creative Monday's // Creative Muster Party // Wow Us Wednesdays // Wonderful Wednesday's Blog Hop // Feathered Nest Friday // Metamorphosis Monday /The Scoop 

AND Linking this up with Momfessional's Show and Tell Tuesday
Cause Let's face it, some of these confessions can be struggles too!
xoxo


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