Monday, January 30, 2012

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! :)

*Strapless Maxi Dress in 'New Navy'

Anthropologie Terrace House Jacket

Prada Spring 2011 Striped Skirt

Anthropologie Concise Denim Jacket

Fiorentini + Baker Eli Engineer Boot

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 lovely day! :)


Rue La La: Give $10. Get $10.

Rue La La is offering a special "Love For All' promotion just in time for Valentine's Day. If you sign up through my Fabulous Florida Mommy link, you will receive a $10 credit to use towards a purchase on the Rue La La site. When/if you do make a purchase, then I will receive a $10 credit that I can use towards a purchase of my own on the site. (You will receive your credit within 72 hours of signing up and need to use it by 3.14.12.)

If you haven't heard of Rue La La, it is an invitation-only shopping site with private sale designer boutiques that open daily – and stay open only for a short time. The designer offerings are sold at private sale prices and there are always fabulous deals to be found. I have purchased several items from Rue La La, including my Kork-Ease Bette Wedge Sandals and a pair of Cole Haan ankle boots, both at amazing prices. Their customer service is excellent and shipping is fast...highly recommend giving them a try. Click here to sign up for your membership and to receive your $10 Credit. :)

Have a lovely day and Happy Shopping!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Yes Please!!!

Kate Spade New York Anchors Away pendant necklace

How absolutely adorable is this necklace? I love how dainty and feminine it is, plus the little anchor is just way too cute! Love, love, love!!! :)


Friday, January 27, 2012

Etsy Seller Spotlight: 'Livable Style'

Today is the first post in a new series here on the Fabulous Florida Mommy blog, called the 'Etsy Seller Spotlight'. In case you aren't yet familiar with Etsy, it is an online site where you can buy unique handmade and vintage items directly from independent sellers around the world.

After purchasing an apron (which I blogged about in this post) from Etsy at the beginning of January, I began to do more window shopping on the site and to my delight, discovered that there are a LOT of women making beautiful and unique items out there! I mean, I always knew that there were a lot of sellers with shops on Etsy, but hadn't spent much time on there until recently. Trust me when I say there is a lot to see, and a lot of women making and/or selling lovely merchandise. I feel they should be given a little bit of 'spotlight' and that is why I decided to begin my 'Etsy Seller Spotlight' series.

The 'Spotlight' today is on the Etsy shop Livable Style and seller Cortney, who is the designer and creator of a delightful line of handmade home decor and accessories. Her shop is currently featuring The Dressy, The Mini Dressy, and The Mini Jet Setter, which are stylish and functional hanging jewelry storage and accessory organizers. I had the chance to chat with Cortney and asked her to tell us a little bit more about herself:

"I live in Beaverton, Oregon, a city right outside of Portland. My husband and I enjoy spending as much time in the outdoors as possible. The forest, ocean, and mountains are so beautiful here, and are such an inspiration to me. My background in interior design and love of art has helped me realize my dream of creating home products. I started Livable Style as a way to incorporate accessories, organizing, and a bit of fashion to provide unique items that are not only functional, but also beautiful. I am currently designing fun new accessories, and will have those on Etsy soon!”

I had the opportunity to try out The Dressy this past week and have thoroughly enjoyed using it. What is The Dressy, you ask? Cortney describes it on her site for us:

"The Dressy hanging organizer is a unique and pretty way to keep your jewelry and accessories organized, while saving space. Each piece is carefully handcrafted using the highest quality materials so you can enjoy your Dressy organizer for many years to come. I have designed every organizer to be unique by selecting beautiful fabric prints and decorative trims that will coordinate with your individual style.

Your organizer will be made with fabric on one side. The reverse side is solid black with black trim. This item will be available to ship in two weeks.

The Dressy is reversible with clear vinyl pockets on one side and hook and loop closures on the other. The sturdy swivel hanger makes it easy to access either side. Keep your smaller items like rings, pins, earrings, watches, and hair clips safe and easy to find in the clear pockets. Your necklaces, scarves, and belts will stay tangle free in the hook and loop closures.

Hang this in your closet, or show off your fabulous collection on your wall. There are so many uses - jewelry, accessories, makeup, crafts, sewing notions, beading supplies… They make wonderful gifts too!

- Size: 19” wide x 43 ½” high x 1 ½” thick
- 6 large clear vinyl pockets: 5 ¾” wide x 5” high
- 32 small clear vinyl pockets: 4” wide x 3” high
- 29 hook and loop closures
- Reversible design on fabric covered metal hanger
- 100% Cotton fabric body

I also asked Cortney how she came up with the idea and design for the dressy and here's what she had to say:

"Like many women, I had all of my jewelry in a drawer. My necklaces were tangled, I couldn’t even tell what jewelry I had in there most of the time. It was a mess! I had always seen fabric organizers but thought they were plain and didn’t hold enough. So I thought I would make one myself, and went to work creating! I wanted it to be unique, coordinate with my bedroom, hold all of my jewelry, and not take up too much valuable space in my small closet. I now have all of my jewelry organized on my Dressy and hanging in my closet."

I have been using my Dressy to store my jewelry (instead of my silver J.Crew boxes, jewelry box, and jewelry corkboard) all week long and have been so pleased at the ease of finding the pieces I want to wear with my outfit each day. No more looking in each box to find a pair of earrings, or in my drawer to find a watch or I just walk to my Dressy and pull out what I need immediately, since it is right there in plain view. I snapped some photos so you can see what my Dressy looks like.

Love the way it came packaged...

I chose the Black and White Damask fabric since it coordinates so well with the Black and White Toile in our Master Bedroom.

The other side...

 With my bits and baubles...

and my necklaces.

From my photos you can see what I mean about the ease of finding the pieces. No more 'treasure hunting' in order to finish getting ready...everything is in plain view and easily accessible. :)

Cortney has additional jewelry storage and organizers in her Etsy shop here. Stop in and have a look...there are many lovely things to see. :)

That concludes the debut post for my new series 'Etsy Seller Spotlight'...I hope you've enjoyed it. 

As, always...thank you for stopping by! Have a lovely day! :)


Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Little This, A Little That...

Talk about an absolute 'You Had Me At Hello...' moment for me! That is exactly the way I felt when I laid my eyes on this photo from the Christian Dior Spring 2012 Couture line. This dress is so gorgeous and absolutely something I would love to wear if I had the lifestyle and means to do so.

Speaking of gorgeous...this vintage Lanvin c.1954 dress is absolutely stunning! Still 'In Vogue', it could easily be worn to a party or special event now. I know that I, for one, would love wear it. :)

A personal 'go to' item in my wardrobe arsenal is the Instant Button® For Jeans by KTR. I originally blogged about them here back in August of 2010, and have been using them ever since. Most of my pants and jeans end up being too large at the waist because I have to size up one to fit my hip/thigh area. I used to either wear a belt or have them tailored to fit until I discovered the Instant Button®  which acts like a 'temporary tailor', allowing me to adjust the waistband of my jeans/pants to fit needle and thread required. They were invented by Dana Hanh Contey, who writes on her website:

"I am the mom inventor of the patent pending Instant Button®. Instant Button® is the original removable and reusable button that allows you to add or reduce your pants size instantly for that tailored fit, without requiring a belt or an alteration.

I designed the Instant Button® to solve the common problems that impact the waistline and therefore, the fit of the waistband. Whether you lose weight; you gained weight; you have that embarrassing gap in the back, or a missing button, the Instant Button® is your solution. No sewing needed.

No matter the situation, with Instant Button® is your solution. You will never need to use a safety pin for a perfect fit, again!

With thanks and kind regards,

Dana Hanh Contey
Mom Inventor & Founder"

If you have the same problem with the fit of the waist on your jeans and pants like I do, then definitely give these a try...highly recommend! :)

I've been doing some window shopping on the ASOS website recently and discovered that they still carry one of the bags I reviewed here in September 2010. It's the Quilted Lock Across Body Bag available now in colors 'Nude', White and Black. I own the bag in the color 'Mink' seen here:

You can see my entire review with more photos in this post.

A reminder that you can save 20% when you spend $75 on clothing, shoes & accessories for the whole family now through Saturday, 1.28.12 at (click here to shop), and it appears that most of the eligible merchandise also qualifies for Free Shipping, as well.

My picks:

Sunset last evening...

Last night's dessert...Chocolate Mud Cake with French Vanilla Ice Cream.

This recipe comes from a cookbook put together by some lovely ladies at a local church and it is absolutely delicious!

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 6 T. butter
  • 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate (or 1/3 cup chocolate chips- I used milk chocolate chips)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa (powder)
  • 3 T. backing cocoa (powder)
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • Whipped Cream or ice cream

  • Coat the inside of a 2.5 to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. (Note: the cake's cooking time and final appearance will vary depending on your crock's size.)
  • Whisk together the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water and mix well.
  • Whisk in the 2/3 cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of cocoa, vanilla extract, salt, milk, and egg yolk.
  • Add the flour mixture and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  • Pour the batter into the slow cooker and spread it evenly.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, and hot water until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour the mixture over the batter in the slow cooker, cover, and cook on high for 1.25 to 2.25 hour, depending on the size of the crockpot.
Even when done, the cake will be very moist and 'floating' on a layer of molten chocolate (which I poured on the ice cream). You'll know it's ready when nearly all of the cake is set and the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pot. (As you check, try not to let the condensed steam from the lid drip onto the cake.)

Turn off the power, remove the lid, and let it cool for 25 minutes. Serve in bowls topped with whipped cream or ice cream. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

What have you been up to lately? Are you planning to take advantage of the promo at Target? Shopped at ASOS recently? Tried any new dessert recipes lately? Please do share...I'd love to hear from you! :)


Monday, January 23, 2012

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 Lana Cami

The Bayberry print that J.Crew offered in 2010 on a the washed-wool scarf
and the Flouncette blouse
reminds me of the print on THIS cardigan at Target.

J.Crew 'Vintage' Cashmere Shrunken Polka-dot Cardigan

Stella McCartney Kelly Wool-twill skirt

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 lovely day! :)