Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hippie Daydream

Dress: from 330 swap, Vest: TjMaxx, Shoes: Target, Bracelet: Gift, Necklace: c/o Poor Sparrow

Another beauty of a dress from the 330 swap.  Its a bit big on me but it feels right especially with the vest over top.  When outfits come together so easily like this it feels like a daydream. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight: May

Jessica of Midwest Muse has a very unique style and can mix items together that I could only dream of! Go check out her fashion blog and say hello she is a sweetheart!
ladylee&drewjones has a brand new mother/daughter set that is to die for! They are always added new colors and sets!
It is officially summer! That means those lips need to be taken care of! Try this Mary Kay sun care lip protector from Anna Kreh!
Need to add a statement piece to your jewelery collection? Poor Sparrow is the place to go. Check out these sassy crystal quart earrings!  
Looking to keep up with your friends and family this summer?  You need to check out these neuro smart energy mix from Lisa Carter of Body by Vi.  E tried them out last week and said they were delicious and all you have to do is add them to a bottle of water for a energy boost! (stay tuned later this week for a chance to win a set of 15!)

Styling Black Skinny Jeans

Top & Shoes: Target, Jeans: TjMaxx, Sunglasses: Dollar Tree, Bracelets: Thrifted, Necklace: Poor Sparrow

I love love love my new black skinny jeans.  They make me feel like Johnny Cash.  Yes jeans can do that to you. I hope you had a lovely long weekend!

olive&otis summer sale!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The You Are Project

I mentioned something a few weeks ago about me writing a guest post for an online Christian magazine that contacted me last month and asked me to write a guest post.  I was thrilled for the opportunity and of course said yes.  I choose the subject of self image.  Its something that all women deal with at one time or another. Lauren who I have had contact with has been a complete joy, very kind & helpful.  I submitted my post last Sunday and it went live yesterday!  So exciting!  Whats even more exciting is that I will now be the monthly fashion contributor!  What a blessing! 

The You Are Project helps women discover their identity in Christ.  They are all about restoring relationships between women that have been damaged by gossip and jealousy.  There is even a You Are Challenge where you sign a pledge.  You can find the details here.  They are also on facebook and twitter.  So go check them out and while you are there you can read my guest post.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Giveaway: Jolly Edition (Closed)

Oh my goodness I am so excited to bring you this wonderful giveaway from Jolly Edition!  I ordered these personalized note cards for my Mom for Mothers day and she absolutely loved them!  Laura & Tom the creators are a married duo living in Cambridge England.  Their products are quality and adorable.  The packaging is the icing on the cake!  So what exactly are they giving away to one lucky reader? 4 different sets of note cards (hats,floral,dog walkers & bikes) a total of 15 cards! 

Aren't they beautiful?!  So here are the mandatory rules make sure you are a follower of my blog via google friend connect AND either "like" jolly bureau on facebook or "follow" jolly edition on twitter!  You can do both for extra entry's.  Want one more chance?  Favorite their shop on etsy! How about one more way? Tweet about the giveaway with @freetobestacia & @jollyedition.  But remember the mandatory entry is either  follow via facebook or twitter. One comment per entry please!  The giveaway ends May 30th! 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pattern Mixing: Gingham & Polka Dot

I mentioned this pin earlier this month and knew I had to recreate it immediately! 

Top, Belt & Bracelets: Thrifted, Skirt: F21, Shoes: Charming Charlies

Excuse the dark lighting.  E was busy mowing his grass and the sun was fading fast. 
Yesterday I returned a few things to Tj Maxx and just decided to browse around the juniors section.  They really have continually amazed me with selection and price.  Remember when I posted about having to have this (11 months ago) vest?  Well I finally found an affordable version for $12.99.  I have been dreaming of black skinny jeans since I pinned this and I found a really nice fitting pair.  I also picked up adorable floral shorts that are semi fringed.  My total was $45 before my exchange!  I cant wait to wear those items!
Do you have any must have items on your summer wish list?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Styling Items from the 330 Swap

Top & Shoes: Target, Dress: 330 Swap, Necklace: c/o Poor Sparrow, Braclet: Gift

Here's the thing friends if you have an issue wearing someone else's previously worn clothes, you need to get over it. Like yesterday!  The environment, your budget and Goodwill will thank you.  I left with a huge bag filled with items from the swap.  Really good and well taken care of items.  This dress is something I wouldn't purchase on my own but I love it.  Just trust me its a wonderful thing.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Weekend Review: Busy Bee

Both dresses: Tj Maxx, My Necklace: c/o Poor Sparrow

Dress: TjMaxx, Braclets: F21 and Thrifted, Pin: Thrifted, Earrings: The Limited

Melissa, Lyndsey, Jessica, Jessie, Rachel, myself & Barb. The hosts and vendors.

Friday was a great time at Amanda's bachelorette party.  We played a game, had a BBQ dinner in Ann Arbor and then a salsa dance lesson.  Sunday I woke up bright and early.  Packed up Betty, picked up a super healthy breakfast at McDonald's and drove to Akron.  I set up my shop, did a little pre swapping (super fun) for the vendors.  I sold more than my "goal" and had a great time meeting new friends. 
It was a perfect weekend.
Hope yours was filled with laughter too.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wednesday Randsomeness

If you and I ever travel together in a plane, train or automobile the following items are not permitted in the car:

Licorice (any flavor)
Beef Jerky
The Doors music

And lets be honest you don't want a sick friend in your backseat so I call shot gun.

My Car, Betty.

Want: Hunter Boots

This weekend after much debate E & I started a garden at his house.  Not many have faith that this garden will be successful since I lack a green thumb but we will see in about 60 days. I have been wanting a pair of Hunter rain boots and now I just think I deserve them (slightly joking).  Lets be honest $125 for rain boots isn't in the budget.  But a girl can dream right?

Tomorrow lets keep it real with another round of Wednesday randomness.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

My Cousins Wedding

One of my most adored cousins married his long time girlfriend over the weekend.  We haven't had a wedding on the Momany side since Candis & Drew in 2008 so it was time to put on the dancing shoes. 

My handsome E

My Papa

My Dad

The Groom :)

My Grandma & Papa who won the anniversary dance.  They have been divorced for over 35 years but my Grandma wouldn't let him leave the dance floor. The grand kids were laughing hysterically.

My dance partner for the evening, Rebecca. 

My Dad, Papa & Uncle Brent

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Have a peaceful Monday!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Inspiration from Pinterest

Feeling inspired yet?  There are so many cute outfits on Pinterest.  I'm going to try the top picture first.  I have both pieces to work with and just need to add my pearls and a pop of color to complete the outfit!  Are you on Pinterest?  Some pins on there drive me nuts but for the most part I enjoy it!  Ill be back tomorrow with a Vlog post on my May Birchbox. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

make it happen

I have been whooped.  Emotionally, mentally & physically.  Some of it is my own fault.  I'm pretty crazy to have chosen the date of the blogger meet up one week after I'm the maid of honor in Amanda's wedding.  On top of that I need to price tag all of the etsy items I'm taking with me to the 330 swap next Sunday, throw Amanda a great bachelorette party next Saturday & write a inspiring self image guest post for a online Christian magazine by next Friday.  Needless to say I have taken on a lot.   Add a bit of emotional drama on top of that and that I'm trying to achieve my dream during my 1 hour lunch hour & from 5-11 pm after work hours I'm exhausted.  I'm thankful and feel very blessed for all of these opportunity's. Please don't take this as whining (even though I know it is)  I just need your prayers, good wishes & patience. 

Thanks in advance. I am going to make it happen.  Its the A type in me.

My Photo Shoot: Amanda Alek Photography

Recently I had my photos taken by Amanda of Amanda Alek Photography.  I was so excited when I contacted her and informed how soon and fast I would need the pictures taken and then back to me.  She happily scheduled me for the next week after work & a week later I had my photos on a disc for my personal use.   We decided on downtown Toledo and we both had very similar ideas of what kind of background would be best. 

I am so amazed and thankful for how wonderful the photos turned out!  I'm very excited to use them for new business cards, a upcoming guest blog article & other business related items!  Amanda also does baby, family & senior photos!  Make sure to check out her facebook page

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own & honest.

Also make sure to check out our Blogger Meet Up Blog for a sponsor post! And speaking of sponsors this Friday May 11th will be our last day to accept sponsorship.

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