Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WIWW: Wedding Edition

I'm a big fan of frugality. If I have a wedding or special event to go to, I don't want to spend a boatload of money on a dress I could possibly only wear once. Most of my dresses for these occasions are found at Ross Dress 4 Less. I'm a huge fan of their store. I can almost always find an item of clothing, accessory, or household item I want to buy every time I go in there. (And I have bought several things on a whim!) I wanted to share with you what I wore to my cousin's wedding.

Her wedding took place at 5:30 at a country club. It was going to be very hot that day, so I knew that I wanted a lighter fabric to keep me cool since the ceremony and cocktail hour were outside. I tried on several dresses, but as it usually is, the first one is the one you end up with. I tried this dress on first, and immediately loved it. My dress was by Enfocus Women. I loved the color combination of pink and gray. I loved the little ruffles on the skirt portion. I also loved that it was simple and "very Mandii." *To be fair, I tried on the 4 other dresses I brought into the dressing room with, but didn't love them as much as I loved this one.*

I accessorized this look with jewelry that I borrowed from my aunt. My necklace and earrings were gray pearls, and I also had lighter gray pearl bracelets on as well. For shoes, I had on gray pumps...which I wore during the ceremony and promptly changed out of after cocktail hour.     ;)

I put my hair in a princess roll using a gray headband with a bow, and for makeup I created a soft gray smokey eye, and accented with brighter pink lipstick.

What do you normally wear to a wedding? I'd love to see your outfits! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Since it is Wednesday, I'm linking up with the Pleated Poppy!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

What I've Been Up To: Part 1

Like I said yesterday, hello! Welcome back! I promise that I haven't forgotten about this wonderful blog! Honestly, I have no clue where the month of September went. Where did it go?! I blinked, and started working again, and here it is almost the end of the month. I wanted to give you a little glimpse as to what my September has looked like so far. I'm splitting it into two parts because there has been a lot!

The beginning of September started with my getting some work in on the second day of school. The school I work for has subs floating around sometimes to help teachers our with anything extra they may need. It helps the teachers out, and I actually really like floating. The second day of school happened to fall on a Tuesday. That meant $5 hamburgers at a local restaurant. So I met up with my grandparents and parents to enjoy the food. (It also happened to be 95* outside, and classrooms were well into the 90 degree mark as well.) So cool air conditioning and ice cream were also on the menu. 
That Friday I had off, so I spent time prepping for the upcoming weeks ahead. I made some egg cups, that I could freeze and pull out in the mornings. They have come in handy, and I get a good breakfast in the morning as well! I will post a recipe soon. 

Also on Labor Day weekend, my cousin got married! It was a beautiful wedding, the weather was perfect, the food was delicious, and I got to spend time with my family members. It was a great time celebrating my cousin and her new husband. 

That was only the beginning of a super busy month of September! Stay tuned for the rest of this month's adventures!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello and a Linkup

Hello! Do you remember me and this blog?! I have neglected it for far too long. I will share what I've been doing since my last post throughout this week, but I wanted to begin my Monday with a fun linkup. Fall is here, and it is one of my most favorite times of the year. I love the days where a light vest or jacket is all you need. The leaves begin to change, and there is a crisp coolness in the air. Today, I am linking up with Andrea to show you some of my favorite scarves!

*I am telling you about scarves I own, but the pictures will be found online.*

Premium Soft Chiffon Scarf - Leopard Animal Print
Mine is similar
The first scarf that I get the most wear out of is my leopard scarf. I love, love, love a leopard scarf! You can wear a leopard scarf with just about anything and it instantly dresses up an outfit. In the Fall, I love pairing this with olive greens, or deep burgundy tones. My scarf is lightweight chiffon, and is perfect for any season!

My next scarf that I love is my Burberry scarf. Now, I can't afford a scarf of this price, so New York City Chinatown to the rescue! My mom bought me a knockoff Burberry scarf and matching umbrella when she went to the city a few years ago. It is so soft, and I love that I can wear it with so many different colors! I can wear it with neutral taupe, red, black, and gray even!

Royal Blue and White Chevron Jersey Knit Infinity ScarfMy next most worn scarf is my royal blue and white chevron scarf. This is perfect for Duke basketball season, and I love wearing it with my white Duke hoodie, and basic jeans. I also love wearing this with royal blue jeans, a crisp white t-shirt, and jean jacket.

I have so many more scarves, but I wear these ones most frequently! This Fall and Winter, you will most definitely be seeing me in a lot of scarves!!

What are some of your favorite scarves? I can't wait to read about them! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday Favorites

Can I get an amen for 4 day weekends?! There are so many exciting events happening this weekend that it will be busy, but full of family, friends, and good times. I'm linking up with Andrea today to share with you some of my favorites!

Ladies and Gents, this outfit was on repeat this Summer! It was definitely a favorite for sure! Those shoes...there will be more in my closet. So.Comfortable!

I know it is horrible for you, but this is a favorite breakfast from McDonald's! Sausage biscuit and a hash brown.

I found this canvas at Marshalls, and regret not buying it. :( I have been more into quotes, and Scripture verses this Summer. Finding quotes like this one is definitely a favorite!

What are some of your favorites? I'd love to read about them! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WIWW: Church Edition

I feel like I haven't done a What I Wore post in a while. That's going to change soon. I will be posting some outfits more regularly. As a side note, I went shopping and bought some new clothes, and I cannot wait until the weather gets a bit cooler and I can wear them (and show you of course)! Today, I wanted to share with you an outfit that I wore to church this past Sunday.

Aanndd, I'm wearing shoes and you still can't see them! 
I wouldn't consider myself a huge dress person. I feel more comfortable in jeans or pants, but I am slowly turning a corner. Dresses are feminine, flowy, and cool. This dress was a part of my recent LuLaRoe haul. I wanted to show you how to pair this dress in the Summer, and when the temps dip lower, I will show you how to style it for Fall.

My dress is the Julia, and it is light and comfortable. I paired mine with a red necklace that my cousin made, and a pair of red high heels. I threw on a simple red lip, and I was ready to go!

I absolutely loved this outfit. I felt great in it, and sometimes that is half the battle. In this case, the accessories made the outfit. This dress would still look nice on, but the necklace and shoes made the outfit really pop!

What is your go to church outfit? I'd love to see! Leave me a comment and let me know!

I'm linking up with the Pleated Poppy today!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Where Were You On 9/11

Our world changed forever on September 11. It is a day I will never forget. September 11, is my era's JFK assassination. You always remember where you were when it happened, and it changed the nation. 
The one thing that I remember about that day was how beautiful of a day it was. Crystal clear blue skies, and warm temperatures. I was sitting in my 8th grade English class. Our principal came over the loudspeaker and told the teachers to turn on the television. I remember seeing the towers, the dust, the fires. I remember not knowing what was going on fully, and being worried. I remember wanting to go home so badly. 

When class was dismissed, the attacks were what everyone was talking about. A few people were crying. I remember hearing teachers talking about it in the hallway. It was really hard to concentrate the rest of the day. I remember that the day dragged on forever, and I was never so happy as to when it was time to go home. My mom picked me up and we talked about it on the ride home. I also remember being glued to the TV to watch the events unfold and seeing the towers coming down over, and over again. 

I remember praying for everyone's safety, and I can honestly say that I slept in my parent's bed that night. I just didn't want to be alone. 

As horrible as 9/11 was, I remember the days following. I remember how united we were as a country. We weren't divided by race or socioeconomic status. Everyone flew their American flags. People were friendlier, and more understanding. If you were going to mess with the U.S.A, by golly, you were going to mess with the whole country. We respected our service men and women, and thanked them for helping to defend our freedom. I remember hearing the stories of heroism, of people helping people get home, or connect with lost loved ones. While I wish to never experience another terrorist attack on our country again, I wish we could get back to the days of September 12. There is so much negative in the world today, and I wish to focus on the positive. 

Those of you reading this blog, let's start to focus on the positive. Let's shift our focus to September 12, 2001 in the year 2015. 

Thanks, Andrea for the link up!
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