Engagement Party Faves!

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While wedding planning is in full effect I promise to share as much of the planning details with you all along the way! Finding the perfect outfit for an engagement party is not an easy task. Since our event was catered with a more formal feel I decided to dress up a bit. I got this white jumpsuit from White House Black Market. I’ve linked this exact one here and it’s on sale for $120.

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My amazing little sister (pictured above) is responsible for my awesome fishtail braid look. I usually wear my hair down with loose curls, but when it’s a long event and outside I usually try and tie it back to prevent frizz and looking a mess at 1 AM.

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My future mother and father in law were responsible for throwing this shindig and we are so grateful for them providing us with this amazing party. We have family and friends there to celebrate Josh and I taking this next leap in our relationship.

The below picture is of Josh and I gave a thank you speech. Party manners 101… always remember to thank your guests and hosts!!

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The rundown of the party… We had the event catered by the cook and the cork located in Coral Springs. They did a FANTASTIC job! They provided all the food, the staff, tables, chairs, and linens.

There are many ways you can do an engagement party from a families house, to a restaurant, to a clubhouse in a neighborhood. We decided to have ours at Josh’s parents’ backyard which works great for parties. We kept the decorations minimal with tasteful hydrangea arrangements that offered a bit of a Gatsby theme. Our colors were black and gold.

If I could do it all over again I would hire a photographer so we could have done a better job at capturing more of the details of the night. Fortunately, these are memories that last a lifetime.

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Catching Josh and my dad at this moment above makes me so happy. I am your typical “daddy’s girl” and rely heavily on my father for guidance.  Lucky for Josh he’s given him his full approval!

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The love we received from our family and friends was unimaginable. I’m looking forward to the next journey of this wedding process!

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Note to self… next time fewer tequila shots!

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bride dani 😉

Winter or Spring?

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The weather has been crazy lately and I consistently hear from coworkers and friends about how hard it is to decide what to wear. I go with simple layers that you can remove if it gets hotter. In Florida, we have to worry about that less but still, a girl wants to keep up!

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I’ve been working on recycling old pieces I have that I feel are timeless in an effort to shop less. Don’t worry I found some similar options that are great! And all under $100.

Caslon woven bomber jacket

Caslon Knit Jacket

Caslon flare sleeve

Caslon Suede <—- this one is a steal only $44!!!! comes in a gorgeous burgundy color too!

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My white tank is a basic that I buy multiples of from Target! Shop it here, 3 for $20, too!

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My distressed black denim is my fave. I wear them all the time, they wash well and fit great! They’re Abercrombie and you can shop them here, on sale for $25!!!!!.

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Lots of end of season sales going on! Shop quickly friends sizes are running low!

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dani

California Dreamin… San Fran

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In October we took an amazing trip to California. We visited Napa and San Francisco. I posted all about our Napa trip and how special it was for us… if you missed it, check it out!

One of our days in SF we explored Alcatraz. This was a favorite for Josh. We got a great deal on tickets and it included the ferry to the island. The tour was very interesting and it was fun. I’d highly recommend it. Here’s the link for tix: Alcatraz Tickets

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Our view of the golden gate was clouded by smoke from the wild fires… but it was still a site!

Below is me in a jail cell learning just how small it was!

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On our last day in San Fran we went exploring and visited Sausalito! I loveeee this place. Rolling hills, cute shops, pretty views, and yummy food. This girl was happy!

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We had lunch @ The Spinnaker and it was amazing. After some yummy food and lunch cocktails we finished exploring the town and then headed for the woods.

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Walking through the Muir Woods felt unreal. The huge red cypress trees created a covered canopy of shade and it was beautiful.

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We stayed at the Hotel Adagio And loved it. It’s downtown San Fran close to fisherman’s wharf, easily accessible for Uber’s, and had the cutest hotel lobby bar. Josh and I went down there for happy hour one night and it was a lot of fun.

A favorite restaurant we ate at was the Slanted Door in the Ferry Building. It was a short cab ride away and the food was the BEST Thai food I’ve ever had. This is a SF must.

We had some yummy Italian at contadina. Another awesome meal. SF did not disappoint.

If you’re heading to San Fran I hope this travel post helps you out. I’d love to hear your cali recs too!

Happy travels!

ps,

dani

Just Me…Coming back

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I took a couple weeks off from blogging to kind of clear my head, focus on some other things, and pretty much to get over my own sh*t! I’m gonna warn you now, this is a longer post than normal so bear with me! I’ll be blunt, trying to “become a  blogger” isn’t easy. I went into this thinking I need to have an outlet for my creative, fashion loving, traveling obsessed, food enthusiastic, spastic-nerd self and well I got caught up in the “what does everyone else think/ comparison game.” Let me be honest when I say that I understand all good things come with work and dedication and I am willing to go full force with both, but for this girl sometimes the thoughts in my head can interfere with the confident woman I believe myself to be.

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As a clinical therapist, I preach to the adolescents, teens, young women, and older women I work with about the importance of loving ourselves and being confident in who we are. What happened is I was teaching it to clients and forgetting about it myself. I started to feel overwhelmed thinking about gaining followers, having the best outfit, having a professional photo, designer buys, my body, and the “idea” of blogging. I really started to get a bit anxious. I thought I could manage my full-time job, start a fashion/lifestyle blog, take care of my home and family, oh and PLAN A WEDDING all at the same time without freaking out! Who was I kidding?? Only *myself* I lost site of what this blog was supposed to be, fun!

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I consider myself a strong, confident, determined woman. I like the way I look on most days, I have an amazing life full of wonderful friends, family, and the best fiancé a girl could ask for, but still… I was feeling like I wasn’t enough. I found that I was scrolling through IG comparing myself to these bloggers with 300,000 followers and I felt “less than.” I started to feel like my body wasn’t beautiful, that I was “fatter” than usual, that my hair looked blah, and that I didn’t have the talent needed to help others with fashion and advice. I stopped working out, haven’t eaten the best, stopped planning posts ahead of time, haven’t taken a new photo, haven’t thought of a fun blog idea, and spent my time with work and some wedding planning. I can’t even blame my lack of blogging on my lack of time- because let’s be real if you want to do something bad enough you will make the time for it! My overwhelming self-doubt took over and I started to think of giving up. I spent the past 3 weeks looking at wedding venues, working, and getting caught up in the “give up” game. Well, today that changes. I am going to continue to write this blog even if my dad and BFF are the only ones who actually read it. I am going to take chances and throw myself out there. I am going to dedicate more time to the things I love and less time to worrying about what others might love. I am going to be as confident as the 8-year-old girl in the picture below is. And if no one follows, no one comments, and I end up spending time doing this only for myself and 3 readers, well then that’s okay to me!

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** above photo is a glamour shot I took with my mom when I was about 8 years old. I remember the day perfectly and remember telling my mom I was gonna be a model because taking pictures is fun. So let’s use that positive energy for this blog.

More fun pics and topics to come!

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lots of love

dani ❤

Some spanx and a cold shoulder…

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Hey girl hey,

Is anyone else crushing this Thursday? Thursday are my craziest day… I typically see about 10 clients, cook, clean, and do some laundry, oh and on a good day workout! I’m super excited to head to the SFL Girl Gang mixer tonight to meet with other local bloggers. Check IG stories for some pics during that.

While I have a break I thought I’d share this fun look with you.

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I cored this cold shoulder top during Nordstrom anniversary sale and I’m sorry to say its all sold out. Obviously, I made sure to find you guys some other similar options. I think they’re pretty cute, too!

Cold Shoulder and Ruffles

Cold Shoulder Sweater

Target Top

 

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I know I’ve shared my obsession with Spanx, but seriously if you don’t have a pair invest in one. I haven’t been brave enough to try another color other then black and the black motto but that copper pair is calling my name. My 21 year old self would’ve been all over them!

My boots have also been of favorite of mine, I’m actually wearing them right now. I love velvet so when I saw the black velvet option of these were on sale I snagged them and luckily for you they are still ins tock! Here’s the link: Marc Fisher over the knee boots – Velvet 

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I have been incorporating statement earring more, especially with outfits that are black and white or base colors. I’ve linked my Earrings for you. Great buy also from DSW! My sunglasses are Henri Bendel, but are no longer available, so I found a similar pair for you here by Quay.

Anyone else share my Spanx obsession???

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dani

1 skirt… 3 ways…

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Peeps, I got the most amazing “style on a budget” look for you today! I saw this awesome skirt on a fellow blogger babes IG, check her out, I’m digging her page (especially if you’re a new mama), Midtown Magnolia. The first look is a work-friendly look. All from Target, duh! I decided to tie up the bouse because it wasn’t sitting well on me tucked in. I think depending on your body style and preference try it tucked in or tied.

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This blouse is part of the A New Day line that I have been talking about nonstop. It’s on major clearance with limited availability so shop it fast!! crepe utility blouse <– link

 

 

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I decided to step away from the feminine work style and show you how this could be a casual look (also work friendly) but warmer for our winter weather. Throw on a fun chunky cable knit sweater (black, gray, white, cream, or navy) any color would work and some chunky boots!

My sweater is much older from the Loft, but don’t worry got a budget-friendly one here for you from H&M!

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I also wanted to style the skirt for a night out. Those girls in colder climates, throw on a leather jacket to keep this look going. I love a good bodysuit and this one is an oldie but a goodie. Its open back adds a nice touch. I’ve worn this for so many different occasions, from rehearsal dinners, date night, even work with a blazer! My exact bodysuit is no longer available but I’ve linked a similar one here.

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My booties are from DSW for under $60…I’ve linked them here. Spend $39 and get a free weekender tote!

My block heels are older and I’ve linked them to a previous post here.

Glasses are Henri Bendel – no longer available.

Do you guys like the 1 piece 3 ways post? I’ve been thinking it’s something I can do more often. I usually wear the same item multiple ways to recycle more from my closet without getting bored. For example, I wore this skirt with a denim button down and chucks the other day for a lunch meeting and felt like I was wearing a whole new skirt.

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dani

Chunky sweaters and perfect weather…

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Getting bundled up in FL is one of my favorite things and we all know its a rare occurrence. Josh and I are taking our engagement photos this weekend (eek!) and I am hoping this beautiful weather continues throughout the weekend. I’m currently wearing a poncho and cashmere socks as I type this and man does it feel good!!

I’ve talked about this denim before. I scored these jeans during the Nordstrom anniversary sale and I’ve been hooked ever since. Luckily for you they are on sale again! BlankNYC denim  <—- (link)

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This camisole is silk with a lace accent and I think its a great top for adding some style to a simple look. Last time I checked it was still in stock and on sale! I’m wearing an XS (runs big, especially for us smaller chested girls). Loft cami <— link here

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This sweater is near and dear to my heart. It was my grandmothers and she literally wore it everyday, especially when it was 95 degrees here in FL, no joke! The chunky cardigan look is in and I’m so thankful for it. Luckily for you guys I found a similar sweater from Urban Outfitters. My grandma was a “fashionista” long before her time and didn’t even know it! similar sweater <— link

 

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I know I shared with you all that Target now has a Bauble Bar line called sugarfix and I’m stoked up! These fun pom pom Earrings come in many colors and are a great statement earring to jazz up any look. This crossover ring is also a fun piece. I like to stack rings and keep it mixed up with some simple thin band sand then some others that have more going on. Its my way of channeling my inner Phoebe (yes another FRIENDS reference).

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This Tassel Tote is from DSW and I have been loving it as my work bag and throw around. I needed a sturdy black bag for the season and I didn’t want to spend a fortune. This bag is under $50 and I love it!! Sure, I think every woman should own at least one nice designer bag, but should you go crazy having every designer bag- nope.

Hope everyone had an amazing week!

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dani