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Friday, July 29, 2016

Vacationing in Barbados

Hey y'all!  HAPPY FRIDAY!  So it's been exactly one week now since my husband and I returned from our vacation in Barbados.  It was the most relaxing vacation ever!  No schedule, now worries and living on island time.  The hardest part was being away from our daughter Londyn, but she was in excellent care getting completely spoiled by her grandparents! 

We stayed at the beautiful Sandals Barbados resort, and let me tell you, it was AMAZING!  My husband and I honeymooned to St. Lucia and stayed at the Sandals Grande almost 4 years ago. We had such a wonderful experience then, so we knew we wanted to visit more Sandals locations and hope to visit many more in the future.



Most who know me know I HATE flying.  We had to leave for the airport around 2AM, so I stayed up so I would be sooooo tired by the time we got on the plane, I would fall asleep (it worked) haha! This bag was amazing to travel with!  It was large enough to fit a couple bathing suits incase my luggage was lost, and everything else I needed like books, a light jacket, and my neck pillow.  Plus it's reversible and comes in a few color options. 
Purse: Target // Jewelry: Monogram Necklace and  Ring // Shirt // Shoes

Our room was amazing!  It came with a stocked bar and fridge, and even had a MASSIVE soaking tub on the balcony.  I was looking forward to ordering room service in the morning but they have 11 (yes eleven) restaurants on site so we definitely wanted to take advantage of trying them all.

The beach was gorgeous and where we spent most of our time.  There's something about crystal clear water and white sand that can just take all your worries away! 




This top is by far the most comfortable bikini top I have ever owned in my life!  I hear that Victoria's Secret is doing away with their swimwear (please tell me that's a myth) so I'm thinking I need to grab a few more of these before they are all gone! 

Same swimsuit, different print // Same print bikini options: here here here and here


This cover-up was my absolute favorite! It's so cute in the back!  I don't see that Victoria's Secret has it in stock anymore  but this one is similar.  This Beach Bag from Target was PERFECT! It's huge and can fit everything you need for the beach! 



We ended our vacation with the most amazing, delicious dinner at Butch's Steakhouse!  I received so many compliments on this dress!  It's so comfortable and feminine and flirty and just perfect! 

Well thank you for stopping by and if you have considered taking a trip to Barbados, I definitely recommend it!  Hope you all have an amazing weekend! CHEERS!








Wednesday, July 20, 2016

#NSale Top Picks

Hey guys!  I had so much fun browsing the Nordstrom Sale this year!  They have SOOOOO much stuff discounted at amazing prices!

If you are not familiar with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, let me fill you in!

It's THE sale of the year! Now through July 21st is Early Access, so if you have a Nordstrom Card, you can shop the sale early.  You can apply for a card here if you are interested.
Beginning July 22, the sale is open to everyone and prices go up August 8th.  And we aren't talking about a few items discounted a little bit...we are talking TONS of items at HUGE DISCOUNTS!

I'm going to share my top picks and wishlist so lets jump right on in! 


JEANS



Regular Price: $245 // Sale Price: $163.90



Regular Price: $189.00 // Sale Price: $99.90



Regular Price: $88 // Sale Price: $58.90



Shoes

Regular Price: $159.95 // Sale Price: $99.90


Regular Price: $89.95 // Sale Price: $59.90



Jackets / Sweaters

Regular Price: $58 // Sale Price: $37.90


Regular Price: $75 // Sale Price: $48.90
Regular Price: $48 // Sale Price: $31.90


Regular Price: $79 // Sale Price: $49.90



Shirts

Regular Price: $28 // Sale Price: $17.90

Regular Price: $24 // Sale Price: $15.90

Regular Price: $24 // Sale Price: $15.90

Regular Price: $38 // Sale Price: $24.90


Accessories

Regular Price: $25 // Sale Price: $15.90

Regular Price: $198 // Sale Price: $117.90


Whew!  I could seriously go on and on and on, because.they have SOOO MUCH good stuff on sale!  And if you are searching for some Tory Burch Riding Boots...THESE are pretty amazing!

I hope you guys enjoyed this and let me know what you have your eyes on as well!
Thanks for stopping by!


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Monday, July 18, 2016

Perfect Vacation or Anytime Dress






Dress  // Clutch // sandals // Necklace // Bracelet // Ring // Similar Earrings

Hey everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  If you are reading this on Monday, my husband and I are currently off on a little vacation!  Make sure to follow on SnapChat (username: jacaniece) and Instagram to follow us along! 

This dress definitely made it in the suitcase!  I just love how you can throw it on over a bathing suit, wear it during the day or even at night.  It's super versatile AND the best part is it's ONLY $25!  It comes in a few colors too (I linked them below). I did order a size up in this dress just for the added length.  If you are more on the petite side, it should not be an issue., but I'm pretty positive they come in petite sizes too.  

And can we talk about this clutch for a moment.....major, major dupe alert! 
I've had my eye on this one and this one but was not about to shell out that kind of money for it.  I found mine at Saved By The Dress and it comes in at only $39 compared to the others at $275. Yes please...add to cart! And it's HUGE!  I love it and it will definitely transition right into fall!

Well I hope you guys have a wonderful week and thank you so much for stopping by!



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Friday, July 15, 2016

Cute (and Cheap) Peplum Top





Happy Friday everyone!  Yay, we made it to another weekend!  We have such a busy weekend planned.  My husband and I are going on a vacation next week, so we have lots of preparing to do for that! 

Last weekend we took Londyn to Chuck-E-Cheese's for the first time ever.  She had SO.MUCH.FUN!  She wasn't to sure about Chuck E. but she had a blast!  

I found this cute little peplum tank at Old Navy for under $20.  I got it on sale at the time for like 30% off so I got it suuuuper cheap.  I love shopping at Old Navy.  They are always running some kind of sale.  Just make sure to always check for a coupon code before you check out!  9 out of 10 times, they will have one. :)

If you follow me on Instagram you probably see me in these Jeans ALL THE TIME!  And that's because I wear them all the time!  They are my absolute favorite.  108 degree heat index for the day..........who cares, (haha) I just can't get enough of them.  

I get TONS of questions about this purse.  I got it a while back but recently Rebecca Minkoff ran a sale on this color only and it was only $88.  It sold out so fast but I found a similar color here that's currently  on  sale.

I hope you guys have a great weekend, and make sure to follow me on Instagram and SnapChat to see where the hubs and I are headed.  Gotta pick up lots of sun screen!!!!

Snap Chat username: jacaniece
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Remembering My Dad




wedding photographs by Alison Carlinos Photography








Good morning everyone!  Today is a very bittersweet day for our family.  One year ago today, our dad gained his angel wings and was welcomed to his eternal home in Heaven.  I wanted to talk a little bit about my dad, and what has helped me this past year get through all the firsts, all the struggles and all the pain.  

My dad was a very unique person.  He was a big fella....6'3, 240 pounds, the loudest voice you have ever heard.  haha!  You definitely knew when he walked into a room.  Even when he would try and whisper, everyone within several feet of him could hear every word he was saying.  He had a passion for farming,  fishing and his family.  And my goodness, he LOVED his grandchildren so much.  He was so proud, and still is, of each and every one of them.  
 He would give you the shirt off his back and drop anything and everything if you called him for help.  For example, when my daughter was a baby, I bought her one of those popular chairs from pottery barn (these).  Well, I accidentally bought her the wrong size and the nearest Pottery Barn was far away and I was scared to go by myself with a new baby.  I called my dad and even though he was busy on his farm, waiting for the 18 wheelers to come as scheduled, he dropped what he was doing, rescheduled the trucks and came with me.  He had the biggest heart ever.  

I definitely get my sarcastic personality from him.  He was always telling jokes and loved to make people laugh.  Some of my favorite memories with him were taking our family vacations to New Braunfels, Texas and floating the comal river.  Fishing off the pier at our home away from home in Sargent, Texas.  Sitting in his lap popping bubble wrap for hours.  Staring contests which I ALWAYS lost.  I don't think anyone could beat him. He taught me how to eat crabs and if you know him, you most likely have heard the story about how that went down.  haha! Stomping cotton growing up while he was hard at work in the field.  Going on cotton picker rides with him and Londyn.  He just LOVED taking his grandchildren on cotton picker rides.  We had a little thing where anytime we would get off the phone, instead of saying "Bye" we would say "Bicycle" haha!   I could seriously go on and on and on but this post would be super long.  Bottom line, He was a family man.  He loved his family more than anything in the world.  

Fast forward to March 2015, we received the news that my dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.  I cried for days and days.  I am a  nurse, but it doesn't take someone in the medical field to know how wicked this cancer is.  My dad never lost his sense of humor.  Through all the treatments, procedures, pain, tiredness...he always had everyone laughing.  He always had the infusion nurses laughing.  They knew it wasn't going to be a dull day when he was on the schedule.  haha!  Even in his final days, he had my sister and I laughing so hard trying to get him to "break out of the hospital"
Three and a half months after my dad's diagnosis, he gained his angel wings.  If you have ever read the statistics on pancreatic cancer, he beat the odds.  He fought so hard and even though saying goodbye was, by far, the most  emotionally and physically difficult day of my life, I would never want to see him have to live that way a minute longer.  They say the good die young and that is so true.  My dad was one of a kind. 

The moment after he passed, my sister and I looked at each other and both agreed that the sense of peace we felt overwhelming our bodies is something that can not be put into words.  To be there, holding his hand as he was welcomed into Heaven was something I will hold strong in my heart for as long as I live.  I have a whole new, very unique relationship with my dad now.   I believe he is with us everyday.  I talk to him every day....and he's a very good listener, I might add....;)  He's my angel. 


 I want to share some things that helped me get through those toughest days.  Now, I am definitely NO EXPERT!  This is just what has helped me.  

Prayer
My faith is what got me through this past year the most. 
When I was sad, I prayed.  When I was angry, I prayed. When I felt that I couldn't breath, I prayed.  When I was an emotional roller coaster, I prayed.  When I felt peace, I prayed.  
 After my dad passed away,  I can't even put into words how much more my faith has grown. .  I learned to  give God all my troubles and fear, all my worries, and I learned to TRUST Him.  I stopped trying to deal with things alone and wonder WHY this happened.  I began to trust God's will and not question it (because I mean....who am I to question God...am I right) It wasn't until I got to that point, that I started to really heal.  I realized this is only temporary.  I will see my dad again....I don't know when, but I know I will, and that in itself gives me so much peace.  Londyn and I still talk to him daily.  I don't ever want her to forget him and how much he loves her.   I know that my dad is living a life now that if we could just catch a glimpse of, we would never want to come back to this world. He's more alive now than he ever was before.  A life with no worries, no anxiety, no fear, no hate, no pain, no sickness....just pure unconditional LOVE and happiness.  How cool is that.  

Family and Friends
Another huge help.  It's easy to want to close yourself off  and crawl in a ball and shut yourself off from the world and hey, some days, that's just what you have to do.  But I know when I am having a rough day, calling my sister, brother, husband and other family/friends can make all the difference in the world.  Without them, this process would have been impossible. 

Reading
I'm going to list a few books below that have helped me tremendously.  I've read a TON but these have stood out the most. And if you have any recommendations, please leave them below...my book supply is getting low :) 

 The Bible

Regardless of what anyone says, your journey is going to be just that...your journey.  There's no right  or wrong way to grieve.  It's different for everyone. The following several weeks after my dad passed, we were still in shock. I went through so many emotions every day, I never knew what to expect.  I felt crazy.  It was around his birthday in September that it really start to sink in and it felt like I was going through the emotions all over again. It was a roller coaster ride everyday. I still have my hard days and I think I will for the rest of my life.  In all honesty, time doesn't heal.  I used to get so mad when people would say that.  When you lose someone you love so dearly, you are never completely healed.  You just have to learn how to live your life and cope with a piece of your heart in Heaven.     

Every day we wake up, is a gift from God.  Don't take it for granted, don't hold grudges.  You never know what tomorrow will bring. When our time comes, it's not going to matter what kind of car we drove, how much money we have in the bank,  what kind of clothes we had, but more so, how much did we love one another.    

In closing, I just want to say this:

Dad,
Thank you.  
Thank you for being the best dad a girl could ever wish for.  Thank you for loving your family unconditionally, no matter what.  Thank you for all the memories and there are soooo many amazing ones.   Thank you for always making us laugh. 
 I hope I am making you proud and you will be on my mind and in my heart all the days of my life. 
Until we meet again...bicycle and I love you and miss you so very much! 



Thursday, July 7, 2016

Quite Possibly My Favorite Dress Ever!








DRESS || EARRINGS || RING

Happy Friday Eve!  

THIS dress has got to be one of my favorite dresses I own. I had so much fun taking pictures in it!   It's fun, flowy, trendy, GORGEOUS, girly and the fit is SO flattering.   I saw it on  Nordstrom  about a month ago (or so) and I kept going back to it. I finally ordered it and I am SO happy I did.  PLUS, it's only $48.  And I'm diggin' the bell- sleeves.  Not going to lie, I don't own anything with bell sleeves besides this dress, and now I'm thinking I need more! (don't tell my husband)

I would totally wear this anytime of the day or night.  You can dress it down with sandals for the day or add some wedges for a summer wedding or date night.  The material is so comfy and not heavy, so it's definitely approved for the Texas heat.  An when I tried it on, Londyn told me how beautiful it was.  She's such a little fashionista! There are still a few sizes in this dress if you want to check it out.  I'm wearing a small for reference! 

And can we talk about these earrings. Obsessed!  I can't wait to take them on our vacation is a couple weeks.  Actually, this entire outfit will be packed ;)

I hope you all have a great upcoming weekend and thank you soooo much for stopping by!  

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Favorite Sandals...ON SALE!



THESE sandals have been my all time FAVORITES all summer long.  I have them in gold and blush!  WELLLLLLL, they are currently on sale for 20% off plus free shipping!  They come in 8 colors.  I'd recommend ordering a 1/2 size down...I'm usually an 8 and the 7.5 fit perfect!