Back!

Last few months have been exhausting, unnecessarily stressful but it has also been time for us to collect our thoughts and recalculate the way we look at things and people. Being back in the states has been a struggle for all of us but more than anything it has been a culture shock to our 2 military bambinis who were born in Europe and have lived their whole lives in Europe in a military post. They are doing okay but its more settling than anything else. We have already decided that our family will look for opportunities to move to an area (more than likely East coast…I know, I know my loves on the west coast!) better suited for all of us. Life goes on and we get smarter! 

I have taken a long break from blogging and I think I’m finally ready to be back. In the last few months my heart and thoughts have been full of negativity and hurt that I didn’t want to share, too many things that should have went smoothly and been the last things to worry about became the main stress factor. Our family learned the hard lesson that people change and people are not always who they seem to be, mean and hurtful comments are made and many ties get broken by words not meant to be said. Ironic that the one part of equation that we were stressing and worried about when leaving Germany (the Army) gave us the best present: our POV (car) made it here okay couple days after we got in, our unaccompanied baggage that was packed by complete idiots (I’ll post about this more on the blog) arrived in good condition and our HHG (household goods) that was packed and and unpacked by awesome companies (more on the blog) arrived in perfect condition! Nothing was broken or missing! Keep your eye on the blog for all the upcoming posts and giveaways!

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

MC:

July 28 would have been Jacqueline Kennedy’s 85th birthday! Her beautiful, unique and always elegant style has won over many over the years.

Originally posted on Pearls, Diamonds and Everything Else:

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. I’m sure most of us have seen the images from that day and when we think of Jacqueline Kennedy first thing that pops into our mind is that pink Chanel looking suit with her signature pillbox hat.

Kennedys arrive at Dallas 11-22-63 via

What many don’t know is this suit was actually not created by Chanel but it was high-end reproduction by New York fashion salon Chez Ninon who used the fabric, buttons and trims provided by Chanel. Jackie’s love for french designers is well known but she had been discouraged by her father-in-law Joseph Kennedy from buying clothes from them and to use more American-made clothing. This was her way of getting around the restriction. This pink suit was one of JFK’s favorites and he had requested her to wear it to…

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CFDA Awards 2014

Last night was the second most important night after Met Ball for all the fashionistas – CFDA Awards. Rihanna who is known for very revealing outfits was honored with Fashion Icon Award and naturally her outfit by Adam Selman did not disappoint.

Rihanna accepted the Fashion Icon Award by CFDA last night in a gorgeous and very revealing Adam Selman gown made out of 216,000 Swarovski crystals via

Rihanna accepted the Fashion Icon Award by CFDA last night in a gorgeous and very revealing Adam Selman gown made out of 216,000 Swarovski crystals via

Blake Lively looked beautiful in a short Michael Kors dress with scalloped hemline.

Blake Lively In Michael Kors via

Blake Lively In Michael Kors via

Celebrity stylist and designer Rachel Zoe bedazzled in a structured gown from her own line. For my taste this dress was a bit too old and structured.

Rachel Zoe via

Rachel Zoe via

Olivia Wilde was showing off her post-baby body in fringed vintage Mollie Parnis dress.

Olivia Wilde via

Olivia Wilde via

Sophia Bush looked old Hollywood glam in creamy Marchesa cutout dress.

Sophia Bush via

Sophia Bush via

Heidi Klum looked gorgeous in a peachy Donna Karan gown.

Heidi Klum via

Heidi Klum via

Coco Rocha looked beautiful in Christian Siriano.

Coco Rocha via

Coco Rocha via

Chanel Iman looked stunning in black curve-hugging Monique Lhuillier dress.

Chanel Iman via

Chanel Iman via

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – 10th Anniversary Edition

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - 10th Anniversary Edition

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – 10th Anniversary Edition

I remember when The Alcemist by Paulo Coelho came out 10 years ago and his simplistic writing won over many readers. I have had many friends tell me how this book was life-altering for them and how they would go back to it for more. While I enjoyed the story, my experience wasn’t as life-changing. I found the story interesting but the writing was a bit too simple for my taste. I can see why many people would fall in love with the story of a young boy through philosophy and religion in slightly mysterious text with slight mysticism.

Although, it might not have been the Wow! moment for me I would definitely recommend this book!

Unconditional love! Beautiful story of acceptance

Proud parents Jeff and Hillary Whittington have a special story to share of how their baby girl grew into their very happy 6-year-old son. This story is inspiring and touching *tissue alert!*

This is what unconditional love is!

On May 22, Ryland and his parents were presented with the Inspiration Award by the Harvey Milk Foundation. During his beautiful acceptance speech, 6-year-old Ryland thanked his parents for allowing him to be himself.

Memorial Day 2014

Memorial Day is s for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the military.

To remember the fallen and celebrate their lives!

I think over the years many have forgotten the true meaning of the day and celebrate it as the first weekend of summer and perfect time to break out the grill.

Many people seem to confuse the Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day as well. In November you’ll have a day to say your Thank you! to all the active military and veterans in May let’s take time to remember.

Naturally you can thank a veteran any day but let’s not confuse these two holidays

Memorial Day 2014 - Ready to watch the parade go by

Memorial Day 2014 – Ready to watch the parade go by

Memorial Day 2014 - Ready to watch the parade go by

Memorial Day 2014 – Ready to watch the parade go by

My favorite picks from Memorial Day 2014 Sale

Banana Republic

Take 40% off with code BRHEAT

Neiman Marcus Last Call

30% off sale

Nordstrom

Up to 60% off

kate spade new york 'carlene' 57mm polarized sunglasses via

kate spade new york
‘carlene’ 57mm polarized sunglasses via

Badgley Mischka 'MB11' Shirred Maillot via

Badgley Mischka
‘MB11′ Shirred Maillot via

MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Fulton - Large' Crossbody Bag via

MICHAEL Michael Kors
‘Fulton – Large’ Crossbody Bag via

Moda Operandi

50% off sale

BRIAN ATWOOD Akemi Braided-Leather Platform Wedges via

BRIAN ATWOOD
Akemi Braided-Leather Platform Wedges via

STELLA JEAN Arnica Embellished Hand Painted Skirt via

STELLA JEAN
Arnica Embellished Hand Painted Skirt via