Dresses You Need for the Holidays!

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It's that time of year when you have several holiday parties to attend and you need to find that perfect dress!

I absolutely love this holiday red jumpsuit from Bebe. The strapless style along with the slits in both legs make this jumpsuit sexy yet classy! Unfortunately I did get this one several months ago and now they only have black available. But don't despair, I've also linked some other favorite dresses below that will be perfect for any holiday party!

Fashion and Cars

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It was time for a new car when the back seat was falling apart and water was running down onto my gas pedal on my old car! Oh and my Yeti did not fit in the cup holders! What did I want? Another Porsche Cayenne Turbo for sure! We made a day trip to Dallas to get the exact one I wanted which was a 2013 model with only 20K miles on it! This one was barely driven! And it had to be a Turbo! My husband would laugh at me but I needed this turbo so I can beat everyone at the light! It's funny there are so many things I can do on the road that I wouldn't do if my car wasn't fast enough. I can definitely win the race of the soccer moms SUVs! :) Thank goodness the newer models fit my Yeti too! :) It did take me a while to break the habit of holding on to my cup when I made a turn! lol

So the Porsche Cayenne is my favorite car but this has to be one of my favorite dresses I've found this year! I love the figure flattering ruching and I love how it can be dressed up or down and it can be worn all season! Here I'm wearing it with my favorite OTK boots. You can add a blazer or denim jacket if it gets chilly but you can also wear it with flip flops in the summer. It's the most versatile dresses I own! I love this coral color for Fall but it does come in several other colors.

 

My Packing Tips

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We are headed to Orlando for Thanksgiving week and we couldn't be more excited! Our good friends hooked us up with a sweet deal at the Sheraton Resort. Of course we will be hitting the theme parks this week and on Thanksgiving Day, we are having a complete Thanksgiving dinner delivered to our suite to enjoy with family and friends.

I admit, I have a little anxiety when I think about packing for a trip. As much as I love to travel, I hate that I don't have access to my entire closet and I can't stay on my eating plan. The eating part is hard but I have figured out a way to make packing a little less stressful by using travel cubes. These simple cubes have changed how I pack! I'm able to pack more and stay organized. I can even live out of my suitcase by using these cubes.

 

Since you will most likely be visiting Universal and/or DisneyWorld if you're traveling to Orlando, I also wanted to share my top 5 packing tips when you're visiting theme parks. :

1. Theme park friendly clothes such as shorts, leggings, t shirts and don't forget a light jacket for those cooler nights if you're going in the winter.

2. It's guaranteed you will be doing lots of walking so comfortable shoes are a necessity. I usually pack more than enough shoes but my husband and kids travel only with the shoes on their feet. So I did tell them to pack an extra pair in case of rain!  It always seems to rain in Florida!

3. Swimsuit for the water parks or hotel pool.

4. Light back pack to pack rain gear and other loose items.

5. Although most people use their phone to take pictures, if you do bring a camera, don't forget extra batteries and memory cards!

 

LIKEtoKNOW.it

For those of you who are completely unfamiliar, LIKEtoKNOW.it, is the tool that allows you to directly shop my Instagram pictures. It's so easy to use! You can also shop through my website as well. In the image above, I tagged my outfit with RewardStyle (LIKEtoKNOW.it) links which will direct you to the advertiser's website. I always try to link the exact item but sometimes an item is unavailable or sold out so I link to something very similar.

LIKEtoKNOW.it is really what launched my blog! I discovered it while browsing Instagram and thought it was the best thing ever!  It definitely made shopping so much easier! Whenever I see a great outfit or a piece someone is wearing, I can simply "like" or screenshot the pic and I receive the details of where I can purchase the same thing! I loved it so much and realized I had a closet full of clothes I can share this way as well. It wasn't easy to get accepted into RewardStyle (LIKEtoKNOW.it).  It was a lot of work with consistent posts to my blog and quality pics on my Instagram but it was worth it and now my blog has been a creative outlet for me. Monetizing it in this way is a huge plus and I know LIKEtoKNOW.it can make it easier for you to shop just like it did for me!

Below are the steps to get started with LIKEtoKNOW.it and I've also uploaded a quick tutorial video. Happy Shopping!!

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Happy Halloween!

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This year's costume seems fitting since the Houston Astros made it to the World Series! WooHoo! Since we didn't host or attend a costume party this year, this was the most logical costume since I already owned a jersey and a hat!

Halloween has always been one of our favorite holidays! We love to dress up and host costume parties.  This year was different because my husband has been traveling so much, we didn't get a couple costume together because we knew we weren't going to have any place to wear them! :(

Here are some of our costumes from past years!!

Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour from the November Rain video. This was my actual wedding dress from 22 years ago. My first blog post was about altering this dress. I did have some anxiety about cutting it. See my blog post here!

Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour from the November Rain video. This was my actual wedding dress from 22 years ago. My first blog post was about altering this dress. I did have some anxiety about cutting it. See my blog post here!

Tyrian and Shae of Game of Thrones! This by far has to be our best costume! Although I did have my costume custom made, my husband definitely stole the show!

Tyrian and Shae of Game of Thrones! This by far has to be our best costume! Although I did have my costume custom made, my husband definitely stole the show!

Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera from The Voice. This costume was probably a fail in the fact that nobody knew who I was. I chose one of her most outlandish costumes (from Moulin Rouge) because I thought it would be such a fun costume!

Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera from The Voice. This costume was probably a fail in the fact that nobody knew who I was. I chose one of her most outlandish costumes (from Moulin Rouge) because I thought it would be such a fun costume!

My entire family as characters from The Walking Dead. Since we are big fans of the show, this was so much fun. I had to remind my friends that I actually was NOT pregnant!

My entire family as characters from The Walking Dead. Since we are big fans of the show, this was so much fun. I had to remind my friends that I actually was NOT pregnant!

Austin City LImits

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Austin City Limits is a 3 day festival that takes place in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. It is the first 2 weekends in October. There are about 150 acts playing across eight stages so there is something for everyone! 

This was my first time to ACL and I did have fun but the heat was almost unbearable and I'm not usually one to complain about the heat. But what can be better than hanging out with friends listening to live music outdoors? I would still say it was worth it. I don't know how we did it without cell phones either? There were about 12 of us and I can't imagine keeping up with everyone pre-cell phone days. How did we do it??

We rented a cute little house in downtown Austin which was about a 30 minute walk from Zilker Park. We were lucky we were able to walk to the festival and not have to deal with the crazy traffic.

Flannel Means Fall

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Since the temps do not cool down and the leaves aren't falling off the trees yet, we know it's Fall in Houston when football starts!

We had so much fun yesterday at a surprise birthday party for a good friend! We spent the day at his house watching football, eating, drinking and just hanging out.

And Fall also means flannel. When I see the flannel shirts coming out, I know it's Fall. To be honest, I really didn't know how I was going to wear this shirt when I received it. I didn't think it was really my style. But now I figured out different ways to wear it and I love it. I love this one from Mimi Chica! I paired it with a really cute tank dress and black booties. Since it's still warm here, I kept it tied around my waist the entire night.

I'm looking forward to wearing it all season in more unconventional ways like pairing it with a skirt or leggings! Are you a fan of plaid shirts?

 

This is Us!

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On September 23, 2017, we have officially been married for 22 years! To commemorate this milestone, I'm sharing 22 facts about us that some of you may or may not already know!

1. We didn't start dating until 2 years after we met.

2. He proposed to me on a street corner in San Antonio.

3.  Although our wedding was done on the super cheap (funded by us, 20 year olds with no real job yet), it was one of the most fun nights ever and people still tell us that to this day.

4. Didn't plan to honeymoon because I was still in school but my in-laws surprised us with a trip to Vegas. I had exams coming up so I studied on our honeymoon.

5. Our first dance was, "Love Will Keep Us Alive" by The Eagles

6. But he serenaded me at our wedding with, "More Than Words" by Extreme

7. Todd does most of the cooking.

8.  But I do all the laundry.

9. Todd still plays acoustic gigs at local bars.

10. If you love cars, especially Porsches, follow Todd's insta @blackhorsturbo

11. I'm pretty lucky he's a pro photographer because he's my Instagram husband too.

12. I'm a Realtor

13. We have 2 sons, Blake who is 17 and Bryce who is 13.

14. We have a Havanese named Bailey who is 9. :)

15. I love yoga! 

16. I hate strength training but I do it. 

17. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and we love to dress up!

18. My Dad passed away last November and my Mom is successfully fighting stage 4 lung cancer. I have one older sister and I feel very lucky to have her!

19. I'm half filipino so both my sons have filipino blood but you would never guess the younger one had any at all!

20. Todd used to play in a band full time.

21. When he got a "real job", it transferred us to Chicago and we lived there for 2 years.

22. We moved back to Houston after our first son was born.

Now that we've been married for 22 years, we aren't even together today. He's in Orlando on business and I'm home with the kids. Happy Anniversary, Todd! #thisisus!