Thursday, July 27, 2017

Black & White Ensemble, Travel Outfit & Premier Adventures

Hello! And let's hear it for more adventures today.  I've recently returned from our Premier Designs Convetion in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas. It was two (full) and a half days of learning, inspiring and encouraging. I've been with Premier just over a year and this was my first convention.  I won't gush on about how much I loved it or overload you with all the details. Instead I'll share my aha moment from observing the women I met or heard speak.

It was one of our last sessions...My brain was almost complete mush, with my mind beginning to wander more frequently. I'd pan my eyes around the convention center from time to time, foot propped up on the empty chair in front of me and chin resting on my knee.

That's when this thought begin to form in my mind...

Success does not discriminate.

Nope. Not even a little.

Young or old. Big or Small. Single Gal, Single Mom, Married with kids. Stay home mom or Gal with full time job and work on the side. Disabled or not.

I noticed that those who were achieving their goals had a few things in common...

  • They work hard.
  • They trust the beautiful heart of the company.
  • They are consistent no matter the circumstances.
  • They care about people more than their next sale (hallelujah - direct sales can be obnoxious).
  • They don't quit because they believe in what they are doing and what they have to offer others.
  • They remain (and continue to remain) true to who they are; not comparing themselves with how others make it work.

So what am I going to do with this dawning of a new thought process for my hot mess of a self? Well, I'm not quite sure yet. What I can tell you is that I'm going to start on my negative thought patterns that are unhealthy and untrue.  Everyone. Everyone has something to offer those around us and sometimes throughout the world!

Some have suffered greatly and have over come more than I could ever imagine...Below is a picture of our group with Joni Eareckson Tada, a beautiful woman who became paralyzed after a diving accident in 1967. She is known for being a mouth artist (say what?!),  for starting the Joni and Friends ministry that reaches out to the disabled, and much more! We bumped into her after dinner in town and her sweet husband took this photo for us!

One more!!! This beautiful couple shared their story one evening...while her 6 month old baby was sleeping in the next room, she suffered a brain stem stroke at the age of 26, followed by a 2 month coma, which resulted in 2 years of brain rehab!  Tears streamed down my face as I listened to their story of hope and healing in the midst of tragedy. They've written a book called "Hope Heals" and speak at various venues. If you're interested in hearing more you can check out their website...HERE.

Ok, if you're still reading I'll put an end to my typings with a big thank you to Premier for exceeding their goal to inspire, encourage and challenge!

Meet my roommates and newest friends...

Making new friends was my favorite part of the weekend for sure!

Outfit Breakdown:

Top: WHBM (old)/Hat: Khols (old)/White Denim: Entourage Clothing/Shoes: GAP (sold out)/Jewelry: Premier Designs

Alright, I close today's post with some pictures I took thought out my fun weekend.

Necklace Layering Fun

I got spoiled to a fun lunch with my Premier "Mom" and "Grandma" ;)

I've known Brooke since high school. She has been in Premier for over 12 years and I joined her team in 2016!
Our Night On the Town...

Sundance Square

My outfit was red, white and blue for our patriotic service, but I had to change my shoes, ditch the scarf and throw on a hat (the Texas heat was worse than GA heat). Sometimes it is comfort over fashion!

Travel Wear - I LOVED this Outfit - So Comfy!

Outfit Breakdown: Jumpsuit (GAP), Black Tank: TJMaxx, Shoes: Clothes Mentor, Hat: Khols, Jewelry: Premier

Who is that guy???!!! Total photo bomber!

And Finally!!!!! These are pictures of gals I corned for a picture because I thought they were just too darn cute!!!

Have a wonderful day my reader friends! I hope you are inspired and encouraged to keep at it!!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pinterest Inspiration: Striped Dress & Chambray

Hello! Once again while scrolling through Pinterest I came across an outfit that I could easily replicate. Only this time it was with a dress that I rarely wear. In fact, the last time I styled this dress on the blog was here, in 2013 (Be warned, as you will get an inside look at my early blogging days - scary.)!

But don't you just love, what a little research can do for closet inventory? I have a small list of items that would really add bang to my closet. On this list is a staple among staples, a white oxford style shirt. Can you get any more basic then this??? I've attempted to purchase one on a few of my outings with no luck. Anyway, other than those few items, do I really need to keep adding more if there's plenty of life in the clothes I already own? Just something I've been thinking about.

Well, here is the pic that inspired this outfit! Thank you beautiful gal, whoever you are. ;)

It was far too hot to wear the denim top, so I tied it around my waist. Can I tell you how comfortable I was ALL day? The dress is clingy, which I don't love, but when I add something around the waist I forget about bulges, possible panty lines, etc throughout the day.  I'd say this will go down on my favorite list, to be repeated in the near future! In the fall, I could wear the denim top and add some black ankle boots. Bam! Live on LOFT dress. LIVE ON!!!

My backpack purse is a definite staple and gets a place on the good investment list. In fact, it will be my bag of choice for travel to Texas for my first Premier Designs Rally (should be interesting!).  I purchased it back in the fall at one of Clark's clearance sales. The shoes were $5 at Nordstrom Rack. I mean. Skip on the coffee and buy the shoes, right? ;)

That just leaves my accessories. I chose the silver with wood because of the dark wash of the denim top and I couldn't resist adding the adorable floral ring to the mix. 

Oh! I wanted to share my latest deal I found at GAP. Are these too similar to the above black sandals? They were on sale for $15.00. Thoughts??

Quick Outfit Breakdown
Dress: LOFT (latest option)/Denim Top: LOFT (GAP option)/Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (old)/Backpack Purse: Clarks (Current Option)/Necklace, Earrings & Ring: Premier Designs (Online Catalog)

****Cupcake Adventures!!****

It's been awhile since I've posted some pictures from my adventures in cupcakes, and I didn't want you to think I'm letting my FREE cupcake a day go to waste! 

Our women's ministry gave away 31 free cupcakes and I hung to greet whoever showed up, wearing this very outfit! ;)

I'm holding French toast, which was devoured by my 15 year old. No pics. Only IG stories on that day. 

My middle child had his friend since kindergarten visiting. We HAD to take him!

Momma had to get one for her birthday!! Isn't she pretty? :)

My boys make themselves at home there, which is the vibe you get at Splat anyway, so I don't stress about it.

Yeah. Every once in awhile I eat one too. I have a couple favorites that are hard to resist when they are available. Tres Leches is light and creamy, Banana N Creme is the perfect banana bread with a delicious cream cheese icing, which is not too sweet and my new favorite that I think about when I'm at home is Wild Oats. Someone please bring me one NOW!!

Well that's all for today my reader friends. You make blogging so fun, so comment I way. I love it!!