Monday, May 30, 2011

You Look Very Familiar...Have I Seen You Some Place Before?

Hello Everyone! I hope you're having a great week so far! It's time for another edition of *You Look Very Familiar...Have I Seen You Some Place Before?*, so let's get started! :)

J.Crew Cotton-Cashmere Bouquet Cardigan 
*Embellished Cardigan (in Tuberose)

Anthropologie Folded Mementos Tee

If you have a *Familiar Find* you would like to share, please feel free to email it to me:

That's it for this week's edition...I hope you've enjoyed it!

Have a beautiful and blessed day! :)


Inspiration: What Heroes Gave

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What Heroes Gave
by Roger Robicheau

Each donned their uniform to be
Defenders of our liberty

Their mission sure, their spirits bright
Guard freedom’s home, be brave to fight

One final day each faced their call
Each gave their best enduring all

We’ll never know what they went through
But know they loved this country true

Deep down inside we should all feel
What heroes gave, their cost so real

We must stay thankful, grateful of
The gift of freedom through their love

Their loved ones bore the gravest pain
What we can’t know, some now sustain

To God I pray their pain will cease
And each will find long-lasting peace

Remember this from year to year
What heroes gave – shan’t disappear

We’ll never let their special day
Their time for honor slip away

These brave fought for a nation free
If not for them, where would we be?


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Sale Shopping: Kate Spade, Gap, and Nordstrom

Hello Everyone! Memorial Day Weekend is here and so are plenty of sales and deals from different retailers...what a fun time to shop! Here are a few worth mentioning, along with some of my picks. :)

Kate Spade: Save up to 60% off Sale Items PLUS receive Free Shipping on ALL ground orders.
*Shady Side Small Karen. I just love this one. The size, the silhouette, the lining...absolutely adorable, especially in the pink colorway.
*Paley Paisley Small Karen. Love the colors of the perfect for summer!
*Eastward Avenue Kayla. Such a great option for a summertime clutch, especially to go with all those pretty little dresses you're going to be wearing.
*Dizzy Dot Sophie. Love those polka both colors, too!
*Gold Coast Bright Evangeline. Tickled Pink, indeed...Love. Love. Love!
*Kennywood Sydney. Hardest part is deciding between black stripes or red stripes...
*Shady Size Magazine Tote. Such fun colors described on the website as "summer sunshine reflected in the pool".
*Seersucker Patent Treesh...oh how I adore those stripes!
*Devote Mod Leopard Augustine . Be still my heart...
*With a Twist Orange Slice. What a fun take on the straw bag.

GAP: Save an extra 30% on sale merchandise with code GAPSAVE at checkout until 5.30.11.

*Tonal Stripe Cardigan. Love the colors and retro-vibe on this one.
*Grandpa Cardigan. Nice long length and color selection.
*Peter Pan Collar Shirt. The white is a great option if you don't already one and the Verveine color is absolutely lovely.
*Geo-print Top. Very pretty and feminine with the drapey neckline. This would work well with jeans, capris, a skirt, or shorts like shown on the mode.
*Classic Khaki Pants. A great staple piece for every wardrobe.
*Asymmetrical Blouse. So feminine and flowy...
*Favorite Ribbed Tank. Another great staple piece...wear it with skirts, shorts, capris, jeans, and under cardigans or blazers, as well.
*The City Flat. I own 3 pair and love them. Size up though because they do run small.
*Suede wide-strap wedge sandals. I've seen these IRL and they are very nice for this price.
*Skinny Glitter Belt. A fun to add extra interest to a basic outfit.

Nordstrom: Half-Yearly Sale. Lots of markdowns on your favorite brands and Free Shipping on orders of $200+

*Michael Kors Ladies' Chronograph Resin Bracelet Watch. I absolutely love this...such a fantastic price on it, too.
*Shimera Silk Pajamas. Such pretty colors and a great way to pamper yourself.
*Me Too 'Princess' Espadrille Slingback. These are absolutely that red! They also come in!
*Not Your Daughter's Jeans® 'Katia' Stretch Capri Jeans (White Wash). White denim is a must-have for summer...these are cute, flattering, and a great price.
*Halogen® Embellished Cardigan. A fun change from the basic cardigan.
*Halogen® Dot Cardigan. Absolutely adorable!
*Vera Wang Lavender 'Lillian' Flat. What a gorgeous color and a great neutral, too.
*nine 3 two Shirred Maxi Skirt. I am in love with this skirt! So pretty, flowy, and also comes in a nude color that isn't included in the sale for anyone interested.
*MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Juniper' Espadrille Sandal. So perfect for summer...
*Free People Tiered Lace Dress. Another great piece for easy summertime dressing...just put it on, add a great pair of earrings, bangle, fab pair of shoes, and then grab your handbag and go. :)

Have a lovely day and Happy Shopping! :)


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fabulous Florida Mommy *Book Club*...Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange

Hey Everyone! It's time once again for Fabulous Florida Mommy *Book Club* and this week we continue our read of Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange. :)

Part 3: Spotlight on Accessories (Part Three)...

Diamonds are a girl's best friend...

*24/7 Brilliance: Who still thinks diamonds should only come out at night? I have a rivière necklace that belonged to my grandmother. I wear it during the day over a T-shirt, and if anyone asks where I got it, I tell them it's paste! (I sometimes wear paste, too, but no one can tell the difference nowadays!)

*Memo: Don't pile on your engagement ring, your eternity ring, and a bracelet loaded with charms from the birth of each of your four children: your most beautiful item of jewelry is your wedding ring. 

*Avoid ostentatious, sophisticated luxury pieces. Instead, opt for something minimalist, like a single stone simply set, or a tourmaline ring from Marie-Hélène de Taillac (

Five Pieces guaranteed to make a Statement...


*Antique Earrings: Never out of style (they already date from centuries past). By day, or at night, they adapt to any and every style. Hoop earrings are good, too.

*A Lucky Charm Bracelet: Especially when it's been brought back from India and you can tell your friends "I'd give you the address but it was a gift from a friend, she brought it back from India..."

NEVER. EVER.: A chunky necklace with big earrings you do not want to look like a Christmas tree! If you want to mix it up, choose very delicate, very unmatching pieces.

*A Man's Watch: A big, man's watch with a cashmere sweater, jeans, and Converse sneakers is very sensual. And with a tuxedo jacket or little black dress, it's sexy.

*Colored Gem Rings: Gold rings topped by precious or semi-precious stones are truly timeless. Some people claim the different stones have life-enhancing properties: chalcedony is known for its soothing powers, for example; citrine is energy-giving; peridots protect from harmful, negative influences and add a cheerful note. Wearing jewelry to make life even better j'adore!

*A Cuff Bracelet: A striking cuff will always make a statement and stand out. An armful of fine bangles is another good investment."

(All the information above is from the book.)

What are your thoughts on this excerpt from the book? Do you agree with what Inès de la Fressange has to say? Will you consider following her advice for Accessories? Do you already own some of the items she recommends? Please do share! :)

Have a lovely day!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Style Inspiration by FFM:*Love This...* Interpretation/Recreation

Hello Everyone! Today's post continues an ongoing feature called *Style Inspiration by FFM*, where I will post one of my Polyvore set designs and include links to items you can purchase to re-create the look if you so choose. Some of the set designs will be outfits I am wearing or have worn in the past, others will be *reader request* sets, and some will simply be outfits I would love to wear. (If possible I try to include a *real life* photo of me in the outfit if it's something I'm wearing at the time.  Of course my schedule doesn't always allow time for snapping a pic, but it is definitely something I hope to include more of with this feature in the future.)

Now on to today's *Style Inspiration by FFM*...this set is my interpretation/recreation of a look featured in one of my *Love This...* posts back in April. From the moment I saw this photo, I knew I wanted to wear something like it. I love the understated, effortless, casually chic look of the outfit, so I put together a similar outfit that I plan to wear this summer. :)


My top is the Old Navy Lightweight Roll-up Shirt in *Mineral Deposit*. I purchased this top at the beginning of April for a fantastic price, and it's still available in numerous sizes at 15% off today with code ONMELON, if you're interested. (Similar here and here.)

The shorts are from J.Crew and were purchased on the JCA Weekly Exchange. If you're looking for navy shorts (a great staple for every wardrobe, btw), you can find a similar pair here (30% off with code LOVEIT) and here.

My Monet Gold Hoop Earrings were purchased at Macy's last year. They aren't available online, but you can find similar options here and here.

The gold oversized watch is from Target and is a great less-expensive alternative to this one from Michael Kors. It runs large, but I had a jeweler remove a couple of the links and it's now a perfect fit. I love it AND the price! :)

I purchased my Angela Caputi Chain Link Bracelet (in Amber) from Serena Italian Imports back in December of last year. I absolutely love it and wear it all the time. (It is the same one seen in this photo and this photo from The Sartorialist.) The bracelet is also sold here at the "Off Broadway" Boutique.

The Kenneth Jay Lane Champs-Elysees 8-3/4" Bracelet is one of my favorite jewelry pieces. It is big and bold, yet lightweight...the perfect statement piece. I purchased it at early last year, so it is sold out now, but there are similar options here, here, and here.

I purchased my Tortoise Sunglasses a couple of years ago on Ebay, and they are still in great condition. (You can find a similar pair here and here.)

I opted for my J.Crew Serengeti Skinny Patent-Leather belt from 2008 (similar here and here)  instead of a solid colored one like in the pic, because I like the added visual interest it gives to the look. 

The sandals were purchased at LOFT two years ago on super sale, and you can see from the pic that I have worn them a lot. They are the Serena Mini-stud Sandals in Gold, but I also own them in Black with Gold Mini-studs and White with Gold Mini-studs. They are so incredibly comfortable and another great purchase...CPW (Cost Per Wear) must be in the negative amount by now. I'm not sure if you could find them on Ebay, but this pair (in Gold) and this pair (also in Gold) may work as an alternative for you.

My Goa 4-Pocket Handbag is from Banana Republic. I like the way the color of the bag works with the color of the footbed on the sandals, really helping to pull the outfit together. The bag is no longer available, but there are similar options here and here.

Btw, I'm not the only one recreating my *Love This...* look. Peggy recreated the look here and Piccolinas recreated it here...fabulous job ladies!!! :)

On another note, if you're sale shopping this week, there are several promos going on. You can check out my post on the J.Crew, Old Navy, and Boden deals here.

That's it for now! Have a lovely day! :)


Monday, May 23, 2011

You Look Very Familiar...Have I Seen You Some Place Before?

Hello Everyone! I hope you're having a great week so far! It's time for another edition of *You Look Very Familiar...Have I Seen You Some Place Before?*, so let's get started! :)

Anthropologie All Hours Belt

Anthropologie Peek-Through Belt

*Chambray PJ Short

A big THANK YOU goes to Julie from the blog JulieStyles and Desert Flower for sharing the next *Familiar Finds* with us:

From Julie:

From Desert Flower:

(If you have a *Familiar Find* you would like to share, please feel free to email it to me:

That's it for this week's edition...I hope you've enjoyed it!

Have a beautiful and blessed day! :)


Monday Sale Shopping at J.Crew, Old Navy, and Boden...What Fun We'll Have!!!

Happy Monday Everyone! What better way to start of the week than with a bit of SALE SHOPPING!!! Many retailers are offering extra % off promotions today, and here are a few of my favorites, along with my picks. :)

J.Crew: Save an Extra 30% off of Spring Sale items, plus get Free Shipping on orders of $100+ with code LOVEIT at checkout until 5.25.11.

*Urbanite Shift Dress. Such a cute dress...perfect for casual summer days or running errands.
*Madras Popover. I have this the colors and the plaid. You can't see it well in the online pic, but there is a line of golden yellow that runs through the plaid, so gold accessories look really cute with it.
*Silk Sophie Blouse. I love this one...reminds me so much of Tory Burch with the little gold buttons. Easily dressed up with a pencil skirt and heels or dressed down with a pair of bermudas, capris, or jeans. Here is one of the ways I plan on wearing it in 'Muslin'.
Sophie and Lolli

*Rialta Tweed Jacket. So chic and the color is absolutely lovely.
*Schoolboy Blazer in Madras. The colors on this look really nice, not to mention very versatile since it will go with numerous tops, skirts, pants, or shorts.
*Katie Eyelet Cami. A great piece to wear this summer with bermuda shorts or capris and a fab pair of sandals.
*Silk driving scarf. I have this in the Modern Red (floral pattern) and wear it often. The silk is lovely...this is a great price for it, too.
*Herringbone Schoolboy Blazer. If I didn't already have a linen blazer I would be considering this one.
*Luxe Baseball Tee. This looks so the color, too.
*Eyelet Pencil Skirt. This is a new markdown and sure to go quick at this price...get yours now if you're contemplating one.

Old Navy: Save 25% off your order TODAY with code ONMELON at checkout.

*Smocked Jersey Tube Dress. I have this in black and use it as a bathing suit coverup, although it could be worn as a dress or tunic just as well.
*Tiered Gauze Skirt. Love. Love. Love! So much better IRL and super cute worn with a basic tee and sandals...easy casual-chic. :) I posted pics of the Pink and Yellow print here.
*Plaid Bermudas. How cute these would be paired with a plain tee or tank top and a pair of espadrilles or fab sandals for summer.
*Lightweight Roll-Up Camp Shirt. What fun colors on this! My favorites are the French Blue, Bright Coral, and Orchid Sizzle.
*The Flirt Flared Jeans. I own these...nice dark denim color, comfortable, and very flattering.
*Perfect Tee. Lots of colors to choose from, and a great staple piece for every wardrobe.
*Denim Jacket. Every woman needs one and this is a fantastic price.
*Cut-Out Linen-Blend Clutches. Cute. Cute. Cute! The size looks perfect and the colors are great.
*Faux-Leather Thong Sandals. Such an excellent color choice selection. I especially LOVE the Neon Pink and Tortoise. :)
*Plaid-Trim Straw Fedora. Absolutely adorable...

Boden: Save 25% off your order plus Free Shipping until 5.26.11. No code necessary.

*Fringed Tweed Jacket. Love. Love. Love.
*Pretty Silk Shirt. Absolutely feminine and the colors are beautiful.
*Brittany Jumper. Love those stripes!
*Essential Short Sleeve Scoop Neck. Comfortable, flattering, and excellent quality.
*Saint-Tropez Skirt. Such a pretty that navy blue aka 'Ink'!
*Retro Shift. Love the detailing at the neckline.
*Cropped Jeans. Offered in 5 different the 'Radish'.
*Scalloped Shirt. SO adorable! The hard part would be deciding on which color to get...
*Statement Sandals. Another key piece for your summer wardrobe.
*Metropolitan Shopper. In four lovely colors...once again, loving the 'Radish' color. :)

Are you doing any Monday Sale Shopping? Have you already placed an order? Are there any items you have and would like to recommend? Please do share! :)

Have a lovely day!