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Essential Elements of a Great Girls' Weekend

Friday, July 6, 2018
This past weekend my crew and I had our annual "Girls' Weekend" and when I tell you it was a blast, I do mean a blast!  #SpaceForce

Ha!!

We've been planning these weekends in this same style for at least five years, if not more.  We used to just kind of plan randomly and whomever could make it would come.  We had to put the kibosh on that.  These weekends are for making sure our already tight bonds develop that much tighter, so we plan ahead as much as possible.  Usually 2 months out is the sweet spot for setting the date but sometimes we can only manage about a month's notice.  It's really about communication with the host (usually we take turns but the last few years have been at the Kelster's Casa).

What seems to work is having a party with lots of friends on Friday night and then having a more intimate, formal agenda on Saturday.  Whomever can come out on Saturday is always welcome but we know it's hard for most mamas (the season of life where most of our friends are) so it usually ends up being the fabulous four of us.  Last year our Saturday activities included mini facials, eyebrow threading, henna tattoos, massages and dinner and a movie.

We have become very committed to really setting the time out to have a full weekend together and we mean business!

When I see this picture, I think, "wow, we all have really great natural looking eyebrows."  lol

Summer Dress Refresh

Friday, May 25, 2018
The Dress.

I would say it's making a comeback but it never left.  I'm just experiencing a resurgence of love for the frock, especially since the latest Royal Wedding

Now I don't know what occasions you wear dresses for but I hardly wear them.  So this resurgence has me thinking about practicality and staying true to my style.  I don't have any weddings coming up but I do have a few social engagements where a dress would be more than appropriate.  I am also obsessed with the idea of a breezy cotton or linen striped midi dress but haven't quite found the perfect one.

Luckily, as a loyal Nordstrom customer, I got word that their Half-Yearly Sale is on now.  And since girlfriend (me) is on a very strict budget (so not fun), I need a sale!

My favorite finds are featured below.  There is 1 dress in the collage not from Nordstrom's (the yellow one) but the price was too good so I had to usurp this post with it.

My First Royal Wedding: Reaction and Commentary

Saturday, May 19, 2018
In other words, how can I make this wedding about me?  Ha!!!

Admittedly, I love English "Pomp and Pageantry" but I actually did not watch Prince William wed Kate Middleton, although I do generally follow them as couple these days.  And I don't recall watching Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer marry - I was only two years old at the time.  But the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle really had me feeling some type of way.  Some type of good way.

Here's why.

Via Getty Images

10 Things That Make Me Happy

Friday, May 18, 2018
Focusing on the positive is sometimes easier said than put into action.

I'm a pretty positive person but I love to vent.  When I get things off my chest, I feel better.  Once I vent, I can pretty much let things go.  Unless it's something negative that keeps happening over and over, and then, it's up to me to change my situation.  I'm not a fan of dwelling in a negative space.

But I am always cognizant of the good in my life and and I try to focus on that every single day.  Choosing to have a grateful heart can be the difference in receiving blessings or drowning in sorry.

I choose to receive joy.  

In no particular order, here are 10 things that make me happy.   

Les Espadrilles Les Plus Chic Pour Le Printemps et L'été

Monday, May 7, 2018
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The Chicest Espadrilles for Spring and Summer

Hopefully the title is the correct translation.  I just felt like posting a French title because I'm a complete Francophile and I'm brushing up on my French in preparation for a trip to Quebec or Paris.  No big deal.

Weirdo French obsession aside, it is past time I posted a good shoe blog.  While, my husband is not a fan of espadrilles, they are one of my favorite shoe styles.  And we all know by now that we dress more for ourselves and other women than for men, right?  I think he is just not a fan of a heel encased in jute like rope.  Whatevs.

I rounded up some of the cutest ones I've seen this season.  They will certainly get you through the rest of Spring and be a great addition to your Summer wardrobe.

The Little Things Thursday Tea Time

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Themed days for blog posts are fun.  Remember when I told you I'm not going to worry too much about making sure my blog resonates because I feel that people need to get to know me in person (here)?  Well, I still feel that way but a blogger is gonna blog.  I love blogging and I'm not going to worry too much about SEO and making sure my content is Google ready.  I mean, I've been doing this for well over 10 years and the blogging world has changed so much.  Everything is for profit, which is not a bad thing, it's just a different animal than when I first started blogging.