October 13, 2014


Well, I scarcely know where to start. 
On May 29, a day earlier than the "expected" due date, life as we knew it was completely turned upside down. 
Lucas is here.
I am a mom.
I don't think I have ever been so overwhelmed.
Or encompassed with so many different feelings.
There is so much I want to share. 
So much I want to journal. 
So much that I know I need to find a way to explore it in a creative outlet.

I think this is it. I just need to find my way. 

But he is amazing

The phrase 'my heart is full' has never held so much meaning. 

My heart is overflowing. And I intend to find a way to share that.

December 5, 2013

Christmas Came Early...

Well, that's the biggest thing that's been going on around here lately. Most of you know as it's been on Instagram, Facebook, etc. But if you missed it - baby coming May 2014! :)
Everything is going good so far, no problems with my auto immune diseases or anything, so that's great. There's been so much love and support from friends, family, so many of you guys - know that it's all felt and appreciated. 

This has been a year of figuring things out, to say the least. Something had to take a backseat, and obviously blogging has been one of those things. There's just not enough energy to tackle everything sometimes, you know? Life dealt it's share of craziness and I've just been trying to hang on and keep up. All that to say, a huge thanks to everyone who is still reading, checks in, etc etc. Again, it means a great deal to me. 

So that's what's going on in my life. I'm around on Twitter, Instagram, blah blah - links are on the side. Now that things are settling a little, I'll get back to (more) blogging one of these days.

August 12, 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli - Classic or Castoff?


The 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel. The first time I ever saw this bag it caught my attention.  My love affair with it has grown stronger, especially over the past year. Let's be honest though - this is an investment. I'm not spending anywhere near this much on a bag I'm not going to like in.... forever. No seriously. The shape is classic, the design is great, I want it in black, but the question still remains - is it a classic? Is it going to look dated anytime soon? If I did get it, I'd hold out for the Shopbop Friends & Family sale in October and get it for 20% off. Still expensive, but certainly much better. 

What are your thoughts? And what bags do you have your eye on lately?

August 5, 2013

It's the little things...


We all have bad days. (Right? I surely hope so.)
I made a post a couple of months ago about some of my recent struggles. If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. (some links are over to the side, it's FashionsMaven for all of them), you see updates here and there on how things are going.
Honestly, it's pretty rough. There are a ton of side effects, there are complications, there are tough days... it can get a person down. 
I do have an appointment in 3 weeks where I plan to discuss either changing medications or moving on to whatever's next. It's time. 3 rounds of hell is enough for me. 
Anyway, so far the most important thing I've figured out is to appreciate the little things. Focus on them. Embrace them. Treasure them. 
It'll get you through. 
Last week on an especially rough day, I posted an Instagram picture alluding to what was going on and a couple of Tweets. The comments, responses, emails, texts, etc. - maybe it doesn't seem like a big deal, but it really turned my day around and helped me get through another difficult time. I don't overlook that, ever. It means the world to me. 
And I felt the need to share that, because I truly think it's important. 

"In the end, the most important thing to accept is that no matter how alone you feel, how painful it may be, with the help of those around you, you'll get through this too."

July 17, 2013

And now we pass, and just like glass...

If you've been around here awhile, you know I've more than my fair share of issues with my eyes. I've worn glasses since I was 6 and contacts since I was 13. When GlassesUSA.com contacted me to look around their site for prescription glasses, I didn't believe for a second it could be that easy. My eyesight is so horrendous, I didn't think I could actually buy glasses online. (I don't know why, I buy almost anything online...) But anyway, I started looking and surprisingly found a few pairs of glasses that caught my attention. Ok, so I can order glasses online, and they have a nice selection. I still didn't think it would work out.
My last pair of glasses cost over $800. Yeah. Seriously. So when GlassesUSA said they'd give me a $50 voucher, while I was appreciative, that's really a drop in the bucket towards what I usually pay. Even after having to add a $59 super lens package because of my prescription, the total was only $187.
$187. And I usually pay $800+. (To be fair, they do have a 110% lowest price guarantee, so...)
Yeah. Sold.
Ok, so on to the good stuff. The style I picked was by William Rast and I'm quite happy with them. I got them about a week a half after ordering and have been wearing them ever since.
They offer a Virtual Mirror feature on their site, which is pretty useful for buying glasses online.

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July 1, 2013

Summer Lovin'

How is it July already? I don't know about the rest of you, but we're enjoying a pretty simple and relaxing summer so far. Here's hoping that continues. The above picture was taken during our week at Orange Beach in early June. Nothing better, am I right? Hopefully we'll be back in August.

As far as what I'm wearing lately, I've been living in either this Splendid shirt or the many other close replicas of it and either my dark denim shorts or white denim cut offs. 
Keeping it simple, my friends.

I caved a few months and bought this House of Harlow necklace I'd been wanting for, oh, years. It quickly became a staple.

 Other staples have included the Sam Edelman sandals I picked up at our new (and only) Nordstrom Rack. I'm assuming they were on super sale because they weren't all that easy to get on and off at first. It only took about 2 wears to break them in though, and wear them with practically everything.

The last summer staple would be the L'Oreal nail polishes I picked up in Royalty Reinvented, Not a Cloud in Sight and New Money (the clear is a top coat - decent, but no Seche Vite). They're all gorgeous! And as the picture and this post clearly are saying, I do ♥ summer :)

June 25, 2013

She's the kind of girl who'll fracture her mind 'til it's light...

She'll break her own heart, and you know
That she'll break your heart, too
So darling, let go of her hand

First of all, thank you all so much for the response to my last post. The support I received (in a variety of fashions) was so appreciated. I didn't have any expectations when I wrote that and posted it, I'd just reached a point where I knew I had to get some of it out. I'm thankful to have an outlet where I could do that. 

I really am going to try and get back in the habit of posting more. I do miss it and I'm still working on figuring out this whole balance thing - in blogging and in life. In the meantime, I'm also trying to figure out what the #%$& to do with Google Reader going away. Seriously, Google? I've imported to bloglovin' but honestly, I'm not blown away by it. I currently have Google Reader and bloglovin' tabs open in my browser and they're not matching up, post wise. Am I missing something?

Hope everyone is enjoying a lovely summer so far. We got back from the beach over a week ago but I fear my mind is still not back from vacation mode. Oh well, what can you do? Just go with it, I suppose.