Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Style Me Challenge Update (Days 1 & 2)

Here is how I interpreted day one's combination:

For Day 1, I wore my new popover top from Target. The white jeans are MiH that I bought last summer. Tory Burch flats and Gap jean jacket, both I already had.

And here is Day 2:

Sweater is new from Target. Top is from Banana Republic, jeans are from Loft, TB flats...all which I already owned. (See my bag and coat in the background? I'm already packed for our trip! Now, I have to get Matt packed!)

For the challenge, I bought a sweater, a blouse, 2 tees, 1 tank all from Target. I also ordered a pair of boyfriend jeans and a floral scarf from Old Navy. However, I am returning the jeans. They were too big, and I decided that I could substitute a pair that I already owned. I had a Gift Card and some coupons plus free shipping from Target. I ended up spending less than $100

Not sure how I'm going to work the outfits while on vacation. I think I may do my own OOTD posts on Instagram while away and then resume the challenge when get back. Please feel free to follow me on Instagram @gbroof!

Monday, April 14, 2014

What I Am Taking to Great Britain

In preparation for our trip and with suggestions from friends in mind, below are some things that I am hoping will make packing a little less stressful.

Since we definitely do not want to be lugging around lots of heavy luggage, we each will be taking a small carry on bag and one other carry on item. I got a cross body bag from Bagallini and the boys will be taking a small backpack. The airlines overseas are sticklers for their carryons and weight limits. We need to be extra careful as we are flying from Scotland to Ireland and then from Ireland back to London.

Here is the cross body bag:

Mine is black and I picked it up at TJ Maxx.

One of my Christmas gifts this year was a new suitcase. I chose this one form Lipault.

I have traveled a couple of times with it and LOVE it!

To make as much room as possible, we have purchased these to pack some of our clothes in.

We got combinations of medium and large at Target.

Also, must not forget the outlet converters. We found these at Target as well.

I plan to take my red raincoat which will perfect for layering, but light enough if the weather isn't too cold.

Black ballets from Lucky

Born Boots

Grey Converse Sneakers

I plan to bring the following:

black hat (can fold flat)
3 scarves
black leggings
grey leggings
black skinny jeans
camo skinny jeans
black jersey dress
3 tanks
3 tops/shirts
2 sweaters
4 pairs of underwear
2 bras
4 pairs of socks

The weather should be in the mid 50's during the day and low 40's at night and of course there is the occasional chance of rain.

Now! If I can just convince Matt that he will not need to take his entire closet!!

Later Taters!!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Spring Style Me Challenge

For a couple of years I have contemplated doing the Project 333 where you use 33 pieces of clothing for 3 months. For one reason or another (mainly because I have many pieces of clothing that I love and do wear) I haven't committed to it. So...when Allison Lumbatis from the Style Me Pretty Blog presented her Spring Style Me Challenge, I jumped at the chance to join. She released her shopping list last Friday and I already had many of the 18 pieces in my wardrobe. I made a few purchases from Old Navy and Target to supplement. Beginning next week, Allison will be styling the pieces for 21 days. Check out her website, if you are interested in joining!

I'm also in the midst of determining what I should pack for our 10 day trip for England, Ireland and Scotland. Hopefully, these pieces will make it a little easier!

Below is our itinerary. We aren't able to do all of the things listed each day, but those are the options from which we will choose. Our oldest son, Brian has planned the entire thing and is beyond excited that we are going! (We are too!!)

Day 1: Walk around the city and see Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament

Day 2:  Historical places (Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral (can climb the 271 steps to the top of the dome to see London from the sky), London Eye, bus tour around London (which we can get on and off and see most of the sights), etc.

Day 3:  Train to Edinburgh, walk around Old Town

Day 4:  Drive to Highlands, stop at Stirling Castle

Day 5:  Edinburgh Castle, Royal Botanical Gardens, Calton Hill, scotch whiskey experience, St. Giles Cathedral

Day 6:  Walk around Dublin, can take IRA tour, Guinness Tour, Trinity College, National Museum, Dublin Castle, Temple Bar

Day 7: Drive to Connemara County, hike Diamond Hill, stay in Ballynahinch Castle

Day 8:  Drive to Dingle, See Dunguaire Castle, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren,  Bunratty Castle

Day 9:  Drive around Dingle, hike, drive to Ennis.

Day 10:  Travel Day


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Intentional Living: Beauty

In keeping with my New Year's Resolution to live more intentionally, I have been scouring the web for sites that will inspire me. I want to be more intentional with what products I use, what clothes I buy and wear, how much money and time I spend on maintenance, etc. I have always loved clothes and make-up. I feel so much better when I take some time to dress nice, fix my hair and put on a bit of make-up. In the past I have bought things on a whim, things because they were on sale, things I didn't need and things didn't necessarily even want.

Quality v. quantity, the most bang for my buck, simplifying, decluttering Below are a few of the sites that I'm visiting on a daily basis.

Get Your Pretty On: Love this site! Great motivation and ideas for beauty and fashion. I get stuck in  a rut occasionally as many of us do and need help

Entertaining House: Jessica is doing a series of posts on Slow and Simple

The Gardner's Cottage: Wish we had a .99 store in Florida!

Life in Grace: Love this blog! She's from Bean Station, TN, an hour from where I grew up.

Happy Simple Living

Mom Trends

Alison from Get Your Pretty On and Nicole with Mom Trends have teamed up with 2 other bloggers (Simply Lulu Style and Mama in Heels) for the series Beauty Buzz.

One of Alison's first posts was on "Glowing Skin."

These are the products she uses and since I already use #2 and #4, I thought I would try the other 2. I think I'm at 2 weeks now and I have to say I love them! The ROC product I alternate with the Eucerin Hyaluron Filler Night. 

I also use the ROC eye cream at night. Two other products I'm trying are the hydrating under eye primer and face primer from Smashbox.

Here's looking your best!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Williams and Sonoma

I love Williams and Sonoma! I received a couple of gift cards for Christmas, and this is on it's way to mama!

An All-Clad Multi Pot. Yes, I'm a nerd! Can't wait to boil some pasta! Speaking of pasta...think I'll make a big pan of Paula Deen's Baked Spaghetti this weekend. It's ok...as long as I don't eat the whole pan and continue getting my 10,000 steps/day, I'll be just fine.

Later Taters!


Thursday, January 02, 2014

Happy 2014!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday! We were busy traveling, spending time with family, snuggling with grandchildren, cooking with my mom, target practicing with my dad, watching movies and EATING!

Speaking of food...Good Heavens! It's time to get back on track! Eating better and getting my 10,000 steps in each day is a priority for both Mr. Happy and me. We love our FitBits! We bought them last January, and we wear them every day. I find that when I get my steps in each day, climb the stairs at work and eat a moderate diet, my weight is in control and my clothes fit comfortably.

You can find out more about the FitBit here.

I know that this is THE time of year for resolutions. I have ONE...to live intentionally.

OK, great...what does that mean?

Well for me, it means giving thought to each of my choices and how it ultimately effects my life, my values and my goals. For example, I desperately want to simplify my surroundings. I do not need or want more STUFF. That means, when I shop I need to shop with intention. Do I really need what I'm buying? Where will I put it? Can I get rid of something similar? Is it in my budget? Quality vs. quantity.

One of our biggest goals in the next few years is to retire and move to the mountains. We want to retire debt free so that we can travel and enjoy time with our families. That means we need to focus on paying off our mortgage. We are actually only a few years from this goal, but if we could do it in 2 years rather than 4 then all the better!

Another big goal is to be healthy. Both of us want to live a long and healthy life (who doesn't?). If this is my goal then I need to make intentional decisions about what I eat, when I see the doctor, how much I exercise and how I take care of myself in general. What can I do better and if I don't make better choices how will it affect my future goals?

Yesterday, I was trying to get my fridge cleaned out and the kitchen cleaned up. I was tired and just wanted to get it done. My daughter and her family were packing up to leave early this morning so there was stuff everywhere. Suddenly, I hear my granddaughter, Abby, call my name. She peeked around the corner and said "GiGi, let's go look at your beautiful shoes!" What's more important? The kitchen or Abby? Well you all know that answer! We went straight to my closet and tried on every pair of shoes I own, plus all my bracelets and necklaces! We fell asleep on the couch...she was still in her pink leotard and tutu. I want to be THAT Grandma...the one where they say to their friends "That's my GiGi. You'll love her!" That's a big goal for me.

Live with intention my friends! May 2014 be your best year yet!


Thursday, December 19, 2013