Happy St. Patrick’s Day, y’all!! I may not be Irish but I’ve always loved celebrating this holiday! I may have celebrated a lot harder back in college than I do now, but we still make the most of the day. This year I threw together this cutetie front top from Forever 21with this sequin skirt to spice it up a little bit. I added this white blazer to dress it up a tad and I honestly can’t decide if I I like the outfit better with or without it!
My necklace and earrings are from Bexo, which is a locally owned jewelry company that I have become OBSESSED with! The necklace I’m wearing seriously takes any outfit from drab to FAB!!! I personally know the owners of this company, and they are seriously COUPLE GOALS!! If you’re looking for that special gift for someone or to treat yourself, consider shopping small!!
Well today’s post is short and sweet!! I did take a cute St. Patrick’s Day picture I wanted to share with y’all. It’s a replica of a picture I took a coupe of years ago. Let’s just say it was WAY more difficult to take this picture now, versus when Jackson couldn’t move. LOL.
Hey Y’all!! Goodness, it has been a HOT MINUTE since I’ve wrote a blog post about my personal life!! When I first started this journey almost every single post had a little life update and I really miss doing those!! I just spent some time reading through old posts and each one seriously had me grinning from ear to ear. It’s crazy how much we forget the little things!!! A few of my favorites areJack’s birth story, Colorado Road Trip, Roger’s Gardens, andAustin Texas I Love You. So, I’m making it a resolution to write / vlog more this year!
I’m sure many of you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve seen my stories, where I share life updates, story telling, and announcements on the daily!! Including landing my first investor for the company I started 1 year ago called,Blogger Babes Productions. I won’t get too much into that right now, but let’s just say it has been whirlwind ever since – IN A GREAT WAY!!! The fact that I get to chase my dreams everyday while building a business with good morals and ethics, is seriously the best thing that has ever happened to me (BESIDES JACKSON OF COURSE.) LOL.
I truly started Blogger Babes because I wanted to make the blogging industry less nasty, less competitive, and MORE authentic and genuine. There are more than enough brands, shoot locations, and presets to go around!!! The girl world can be robustly NASTY and COMPETITIVE. Trust me I’ve seen it first hand since I was a young girl, which is probably why I have always had more guy friends haha. I truly don’t understand why we can’t all get along, be honest about our feelings, support each other, and have some fun while doing so! One of my favorite quotes is “HER success is not YOUR failure.” My first 2 years of blogging the opposite of this seemed to be the general stigma that bloggers had toward each other. That HER success is YOUR failure. That other bloggers would be “jealous” of the collaborations other bloggers were receiving. It seemed like no one wanted to share tips, insights, or anything they learned themselves from blogging. ESPECIALLY when it came to a new blogger just starting out looking for guidance from an experienced blogger.
We all start at the beginning. I find it absolutely insane to not share tips and tricks with other bloggers, to not want to hangout with another blogger because her following isn’t as high as yours, OR to just straight up think your better than someone else because of your following. I believe bloggers should surround themselves with people who add value to their life, who challenge them to be greater than they were yesterday, and who sprinkle a little magic into their existence. Life isn’t meant to be done alone, and neither is blogging. Find your tribe and journey freely and LOYALLY together.
Another favorite quote of mine: LESSON OF TIME- KARMA When a bird is alive it eats ants. When the bird is dead, ants eat the bird. Time and circumstances can change at any time. Don’t devalue or hurt anyone in life. You may be powerful today, but remember time is more powerful than you. One tree makes a million matches, only 1 match needed to burn a million trees. SO BE GOOD AND DO GOOD ALWAYS.
I kinda went on a tangent there haha. ANYWAY, Jackson is doing amazing!!! He is growing into the most astonishing human being. His whit, goofiness, insane amount of energy, and pure heart keeps me on my toes. Jack is seriously SO SMART!!! He is saying full sentences, remembering things that happened the day before, and can even count to five. Spending time and bonding with him is my all time favorite thing to do!! I’ve been struggling with the amount of time I have to spend away from him to build Blogger Babes, and keep my blog up and running. Starting a business is seriously no joke. And If I’m being honest, which I always am, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I majored in Kinesiology Athletic Medicine at the University of Texas in San Antonio, and took maybe 1 business class during my freshman year. I definitely know less about business than the average business owner, but I’m reading and educating myself everyday! Everything I’m doing right now is so I can have control of my own life and schedule, and to be able to spend more time with my Jack!! I have never been more driven to do anything in my entire life!!!!
This post got way longer than I expected haha! I have more to share and I want to fill y’all in on Newchella, but I will save that for the next post!! Thanks for stopping by and happy new year! 🙂
This little red dress is SO PERFECT for the holidays!!! I literally can’t get over how perfect it is LOL. It’s from my new favorite brand at Target called Wild Fable. I seriously want just about everything they’ve been putting on the shelves, and I can’t pass on the super low prices for the high quality. This dress was only $18 and I love that you can style it so many different ways. I feel like it would look really cute with a white long sleeve turtle neck underneath and some white booties! You could also pair it with over the knee boots, a leather jacket, and a slick high pony. I could seriously go on for ever y’all! I guess one could say I love fashion haha.
It is a must to get pictures at a Christmas tree farm during this time of year. So I picked Jackson up a red sweater from Target of course, and headed to Johnson Brother’s farm with some of the SoCal Blogger Babes! Those pictures will be up next with a Babe Gift Guide! Jack’s sweater is seriously SO cute and really thick. He looked like such a little man in it…totally melted my heart.
One of my all time favorite earrings brands is Sugarfix by Baublebar. They seriously have the CUTEST earrings, and again at affordable prices. I picked up this classic pair from my local Target recently, and they also have them online! My shoes are old but I found a similar pair that I honestly think are cuter than the pair I own. I love the fringe detail, SO CUTE.
If you get this dress, make sure you tag me on IG so I can see how you styled it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤
My pants run a little big, so I would definitely size up!! I’m obsessed with the wide pant legs and the colors. Forever 21 for the win per usual! I also linked a ton of my other favorite plaid pants here!
I get SO many questions about my old Target booties, and unfortunately they are out of stock! I have been looking for dupes for over a year now, and Forever 21 finally decided to grace us with a pair! YAY!!! Not even kidding y’all, I bought a pair as back up because mine are getting scuffed and what not.
My backpack is one of my go-to’s and it’s currently on sale! It comes with super cute black fuzzy keychain (which looks cute on other bags too) and is super spacious. I even use it as a mini diaper bag for Jackson sometimes!
One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE places ever….TARGET!!!! I literally go there for just about everything and then some. I like to blame my mother for introducing me to Target runs at a young age…I stood no chance haha. It’s the first of December and Target has some of the cutest holiday decor this year, so I rounded up some of my favorites and styled a little shoot with @emilyybaranski! We seriously had a blast putting this setup together / shooting it. Stay tuned for more pictures….and trust me we took a lot LOL.
A few extra because I literally can not go to Target or Target.com without seeing stuff I had no idea I NEDED haha. Seriously though, Target still has a ton of amazing sales going on, and if you have a red card that’s another 5% (just get it already!!!) I literally said no for so many years and for this girl that’s prob like thousands of savings I missed out on!!
If you see something in my picture that is not linked above it’s most likely from the 99cent store haha! Feel free to email me if you need a link or have any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in Orange County or ever make a visit, you must make a stop at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California. This mall literally has it ALL. Luxury and high end shops, affordable shops, locally owned shops, delicious restaurants, a carousel, and beautiful scenery around every corner. 250 shops and 30 restaurants to be exact, with easy to read maps on every corner just in case you get lost haha! South Coast Plaza is a true gem and by far one of my favorite malls. I especially love it during the holidays though!!
5 Reasons To Shop At South Coast Plaza During The Holidays:
1.Santa’s Village: This is the most legit Santa setup I’ve ever seen! Twinkling lights, and white snow around every corner. South Coast has this setup in two locations, Carousel Court and The Macy’s Home Store Wing.
2. Craft Station: Also at Santa’s Village are a variety of imaginative craft activities. They have the stations open until December 24th. This is PERFECT for the kids while you wait in line for Santa.
3. Custom Gift Wrapping: With 5 locations across the mall, you get gifts you just bought wrapped by professionals! This is seriously amazing for a busy mom like myself!
4. Holiday Shopping Services: You can visit any concierge station for assistance with any of the following: Gift Certificate purchases, complimentary package check, stroller and wheelchair rental, taxi and limousine service, restaurant and hotel reservations. SCP also offers a VIP Passport with exclusive offers for travels! The Concierge also sells tickets to Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Disneyland.
5. Santa’s Express Train: Perfect for the children, South Coast Plaza offers $1 train rides for children under 50′ tall and weighing less than 70lbs. Jackson loves riding this train!! You can also get a complimentary ride with any Santa photo purchase.
South Coast Plaza is a great time for the entire family all year round, but make sure you pop in this season to see all of the amazingness for yourself!! Thanks for stopping by!
I’m probably one of the only few people that is happy fall weather hasn’t hit SoCal yet. I seriously HATE the cold and layering my clothes haha. My go-to look is ALWAYS a cute dress, because they are easy to throw on and super comfy! Cielo Blue has a great selection of adorable dresses, many that are perfect for transitioning into fall. Just like this off-the-shoulder long bell sleeve striped little number!! I’m seriously obsessed with how it fits, and the blush and black color combo is so fun for fall. It also comes in a beautiful blue color that I also love! The bell sleeves with the tie details is by far my favorite part of the dress. I’m all about the details, y’all!
I paired this dress with white ankle booties and a black belt to spice it up! If it is colder where you live, you could pair it with black over the knee boots and tights. It would even look adorable with black tights and the white booties. Linked below are few of my other favorite dresses from Cielo Blue!