Wednesday, June 29, 2011

O Say Can You See . . . Festive Fashion

With it being a holiday weekend I have Red, White & Blue on the brain - and in fashion! One cannot go wrong with any of these colors worn alone or together. I'll start off with one of my FAVORITE ensembles worn by Salma Hayek!! I love this outfit . . . from her navy blazer, her simple neutral tee, her necklace, jeans, red wedges and of course her fab bag!! Love it!!

{photos via}

Now for some other fab looks in America's colors!

Joanna Garcia

Cameron Diaz

Heidi Klum

Ashley Greene

Liv Tyler

Taraji P. Henson

Gwyneth Paltrow

Penelope Cruz

Freida Pinto

Which outfit is your favorite?? I think I'll take one of each! I especially like Gwenyth's comfy, casual belted blue dress, along with Joanna Garcia's fab, red hot one shoulder dress {I'm always a sucker for one shoulder dresses!}

Which gets me thinking . . . what am I going to wear this holiday weekend??

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Feather Party, Fun & Friends

What did I do this weekend you ask? Well . . . I had a Feather Party! Feathers are the hottest summer trend and so many of my friends have been getting them and I just happen to have a friend who does them - so I decided to have a feather party!

I set up my dining room table with chargers to display the feathers and cool photos of girls with feathers - just for the presentation! It was fun to mingle, eat, drink and look at what feathers we all wanted!

I LOVE fresh flowers and having a party gives me an excuse to get a lot of them, so that's what I did! I added these feather balls that I actually used over Christmas in my tree. I loved them mixed in with my arrangements! I had some feather boas stuffed in my closet and had thought about using them to decorate with, but then decided it would look too much like a little girl party and I wanted to keep this party classy but fun at the same time, so I didn't use them!

{Chicken purses - basically like a chicken southwestern egg roll - they were SO good}

{I made these too, which was garlic toast from my local grocery store bakery with cream cheese on top and smoked salmon. I sprinkled some dill on them for color and flavor too.}

{I love doing grape kabobs - they are easy and make a great, pretty presentation!}

{Brie and dried mango. I had some extra garlic toast, which was what was eaten with the brie.}

I didn't get a photo of some of the other things I had to munch on, which was cheese cubes, chips with spinach & artichoke dip, mini brownies, mini carrot cake cupcakes - and of course we had wine. Most of us drank white wine (pinot grigio} but I did have some red for a few people who I knew were red wine drinkers!

More beautiful flowers!!

{I tied neutral feathers around all of the stems of my wine glasses}

{My friend Alexa was the feather stylist and was doing her magic with feathers all night, she did a great job!!}

{My friend Lindsay and me, Lindsey!}

{Me & my friend Kecia}

{My bestie Lindsay with her fab feather!! I just love her hair too, so shiny and beautiful!!}

{My other friend Lindsay (lot's of Lindsay's I know} . . . she was gettin silly with the feathers! ha ha}

{cute girls with their feathers!!}

{This picture was funny - it's the 3 L's: Lindsay, Lindsay and me Lindsey!! I thought they were all making a face, so I did too - but obvisously I was alone - thanks girls! lol}

Oh and these are my feathers, I need to get some better pictures of them . . .

And the best part of the night . . my baby, Mr. Big got a feather too!! I had to bribe him with some cheese so he would be still! I love it!! And suprisingly it's not boterhing him!! It sticks straight up sometimes and I call him Yankey Doodle! so funny!! Even my hubby likes it on him!!

After the party a few of us went out for a bit . . .

{I have no clue what we're doing here . . . silly girls!}

{Me and Alexa who worked hard doing feathers for all my friends that night! She was rockin some fab feathers too!!}

Me and Lindsay!! Love her!!

It was a great time!! I didn't get photos of all the ladies there with their feathers, but they all looked great and had a wonderful time!! It was so fun and something diffferent for all of us to enjoy!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tacky Tuesday

Usually when I post about celebs and fashion it's because I love their ensemble, but recently I have seen a couple looks that are not so cute . . . .

First we have J Lo, who these days usually gets it right and looks stunning - but what was she thinking here??

yikes! Guess she didn't get the "don't wear animal print from head to toe" memo!

Next we have Heidi Klum, who again usually looks fabulous - but not so much here.

She was at a fashion show here, and I get thay some fashion is more art than fashion itself - but really?!? You're Heidi Klum!! Her shoes are the best part of her outfit!

Happy Tuesday! Hopefully it's not tacky, like these ladies! Lol

{photos via}

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Most Amazing Man I Know: My Father

I could sit here all night, tell stories and reasons why my Dad is the most AMAZING Dad on earth, but the truth is, there would never be enough space for me to type or enough time in the world for me to say all I would want to say about my Dad! He has always loved us, worked so hard for his family, always been there, and always put everyone before himself!

I get a lump in my throat just thinking about all he has done for me growing up (and all he put up with too.) Now that I am getting older and thinking about having a family of my own, I realize more and more everyday how hard being a parent is! I know it is not easy, but I also know that while parents say there's nothing in the world like being a parent, I know that there's nothing in the world like being a daughter!

One thing I will share - is that all my life my Dad ALWAYS kissed me and my little brother good night! He always made a point to tell us he loved us and give us a kiss every day! Even today, now that we are all grown up and when we are all together, he still does that! I love that I have that memory! I know that not all Dad's are affectionate or express their love in words, and while it doesn't mean that a father doesn't love his child if he doesn't say it - I can't imagine growing up and not hearing my Dad say " I love you." While to him it was just what he did each day, it was the greatest gift he could have ever given me and my younger brother growing up! I know some people would have loved to have heard those words growing up and I am so grateful I always did!

Happy Father's Day to my hero, my bestfriend, MY DAD!!

I love you.

P.S. Dad, can I have a few bucks??? haha!!
{had to say it for old times sake!!}