8.19.2016

Despite the rain in Maine


Yep. That's me wearing an Alpaca wool sweater in the middle of July. I had packed so many other cute outfits for our trip to Naples Maine, but unfortunately Mother Nature was not cooperating. It was a balmy 50 degrees and rainy the entire time we were there. 

But it wasn't really about the weather, it was about being together as a family. We were there visiting my Aunt and Uncle and cousins who we don't see often enough, and we weren't going to let a little rain stop us. So, Despite the weather, we were still able to go out on their boat, my husband got a little fishing in, and I got a little retail therapy in with with the girls (hence, the lobstah sweatah). There was no way I was leaving it in the store! That baby was coming home with me! Oops! Got off track. It's not about the sweater! It's not about the sweater! It's about family right? I think I love this sweater as much as I love my family. Is that possible? Sorry not sorry!

All kidding aside, we really did have a lovely time, and to tell you the truth, I am kind of happy that it rained the entire time because it forced us all to be inside together where we spent hours catching up, laughing, relaxing, and making fun memories. 


I read somewhere that "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but it's about learning to dance in the midst of the rain" and that the sun doesn't always have to be out to be thankful for what I have. 
I am so thankful for the awesome family God has given me. 

What are you thankful for?


Have a great weekend!

8.10.2016

MIDWEEK MUST HAVES

Falling Into Green



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I know summer isn't over yet, but I just I thought I would give you a quick preview of what's hot for fall. Think deep emerald greens and metallics. Yes. I said metallics! I know many people freak out when they hear that word associated with clothing, but there is no reason to be afraid of incorporating metallics into your wardrobe this season, as long as you treat them as a neutral. Don't think studio 54 gold jumpsuit, think beautiful green lace top paired with a brushed gold leather skirt. If you don't feel comfortable with the metallic trend just yet, start with smaller pieces, such as a pair of shoes, handbag, or even by layering mixed metal jewelry (I can almost feel the fear melting off of you as I write these words). And can we please talk about the beautiful green hues that we are starting to see everywhere, from fashion runways to furniture. It looks great with every skin tone and even goes great as a pop of color in your home. On the bright side, even though the leaves will soon be changing, we can still continue enjoying our green through the fall and winter months.

What trend has you excited for fall?

Enjoy the rest of your summer!












8.02.2016

I Promise



As most of you already know, my husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in May. We have been home for two months now, and I still can't bring myself to switch my watch back to East Coast time, and we have also been binge watching Hawaii 5-0 since we have been home. Yes. I know, we're nerds.

When we were planning for our momentous occasion, we kept going back and forth between a trip, or a big party. I mentioned kind of casually to my husband, hey why don't we renew our vows in Hawaii and bring our best friends Pastor Dan and Margaret Hand with us, and then they can perform the ceremony. Before I knew it, he was dialing their number to see if they were available.

We have known this wonderful couple for 20 years, and they have been with us through it all. So it was an honor to have them with us to celebrate this special milestone. What an amazing trip! We met so many great people, and many of them wanted to know our secret to being married for 20 years. Simply said, God is at the center of our marriage. Yes. We have had our rough patches, and still do every once in awhile, but we work through them and pray them together and our marriage is even stronger now than it has ever been.

A few months ago, a very wise man and dear friend (Pastor Larry Hand) celebrated his 51st wedding Anniversary. His post on Facebook stuck with me and I think it's worth repeating. Here is his response to the many couples that think it's unusual to be married that long:
"I hear so often that marriage is hard, life is so hard. I don't think marriage or life is hard. I believe we make it hard by the way we allow ourselves to act, and say things that hurt and destroy each other. Actions and words will either build or tear down what you have. It's a choice. I preach often that marriage is the least place where the fruit of the spirit is practiced, and the greatest place where it is needed most. The greatest key is to never give up, family is too valuable". 

Wow! If that doesn't make you ponder a little bit, right? Is there fruit in your marriage or relationship?

What are some of your tips for a strong and healthy marriage? I would love to hear them.

Reading suggestion:

Check out our vow renewal video here.



I promise to love you
and to always hold you close in my heart.

I will always stand by you,
to comfort, support and encourage you.

will never take you for granted, but will always give thanks 
for your presence and the gift of your love.

I promise to respect you, to be faithful to you, 
and to cherish you today, tomorrow and always.


Have a love filled week!






What I wore: Dress ~ Shelly Glam Boutique (one of kind made exclusively for Shelly Glam)// Shoes ~ Zara (similar)// Hair by Sara at The Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa Kauai 
What he wore:Shirt ~ Pants ~ Polo by Ralph Lauren  // Shirt ~ Robert Graham // Shoes ~ Ferragamo


4.04.2016

WORK OUT MODE


I don't know about you, but I am not one to spend hours at the gym, and when it comes to my work out routine, I want the most bang for my buck in the least amount of time. A friend of mine shared an app with me about a year ago, and I am embarrassed to say, I only just started utilizing it 5 weeks ago in hopes that I will be toned for our trip to Hawaii in May. 

The 7 minute workout challenge (7 MWC) is life changing (and body changing)!!! I have been so happy with the results that I canceled my gym membership. You don't need a lot of space or a lot of time, and you can do it anywhere. I do two rounds every morning, and the order of the exercises changes each time you workout. Diet is also a big part of working out so I have cut out all (bad) carbs and sweets and I don't eat anything after 8pm. This work out is excuse proof because everyone has 7 minutes and I know it may not feel like it, but swimsuit season is right around the corner! (Yikes!!)  So get downloading, get your 7 minutes on, and get into the best shape of your life!

You won't believe the results!


Have a fitness filled week!


The Lord says I will guide you along the best pathway for your life
(Psalm 32:8)


Leggings and top ~ Target (similar) // Tank ~ Marshall"s (similar) // Jacket~ North Face // Sneakers ~ Nike

Disclosure: The opinions expressed in this post are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the 7 MWC.

2.04.2016

Game On!



When it comes to choosing the winning team for the big game, I usually pick the team based on the color and style of their uniforms (insert eye roll), but this year there is no debating which team we will be rooting for on Sunday, since my husband went to High School with Ron Rivera. So, the Panthers it is!!! I like the color of their uniforms better anyway. (Sorry Broncos). Super Bowl Sunday is all about comfort mixed with style. I am not a football jersey wearing girl, so I decided to show my Panther support by putting my own personal spin on it.

Although I may not be a huge football fan (all of you die hard football lovers might want to cover your ears), I still enjoy dressing up to show my team spirit, and when TickPick asked me to share my game day style, I jumped at the chance! For those of you who aren't familiar with TickPick, they are a no-fee ticket marketplace that offers cheap NFL tickets to see your favorite team play! They are known for their amazing buyer experience and are trusted by thousands of loyal customers. Do you have your tickets yet? Well, what are you waiting for? Go get your game on!!



Happy Super Bowl Sunday!
GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!

Shirt~Pac Sun // Leggings~H&M // Boots // Hat~Target (similar) // top~Zara //necklace~old (similar)

A Big Thank you to TickPick for the opportunity to showcase my game day style!
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