Floral and Pink

Floral top: F21, Tee: DownEast Basics, Jeans: Old Navy, Shoes: c/o Lulu's, Necklace: F21, Bracelet: Gift
This past week I went to a little blogger meetup and it was so much fun getting to know a couple new people and getting to know a couple friends even better!  It's funny, because I am such a shy person and if you would have told me a year ago that I would be going to these types of social events I would have though you were crazy!  But I'm so glad that I have started to break out of my shell more and more, because it has really helped me to not only grow as a person, but also make some great friends.  That's my favorite part about blogging.  It's not taking outfit pictures or posting about where I have been lately (although I love that too), it's connecting with other people and making relationships I never would have made if it weren't for this little blog.  

P.S. I am in love with these fuschia shoes from Lulu's.  They add such a fun pop of color and I adore the perforated style...I'm pretty sure they are my new favorites!

This is my sweet friend Kelsey with my daughter, who was really excited to accompany me to the meet-up.  Kelsey is seriously the funnest person to be around and she is such a genuine human being.  She was also my photographer for the day, thank you Kelsey!


Manicure Monday: China Glaze "Avant Garden Pastel Petals"

This is the China Glaze "Avant Garden Pastel Petals" collection.  It consists of 6 soft pastel colors, perfect for Spring.  I used 2 coats on all of these, with no topcoat.  Here are each of the colors:

"Pink-ie Promise" is a light baby pink, with just a little shimmer.

"Life is Rosy" is a gorgeous rose-pink creme.  This is my new favorite dark pink polish.

"Tart-y for the Party" is the prettiest lilac creme.  I love purples and this soft shade is perfect!  This is the one I chose to wear for the week and it's my favorite from this collection.

"Fade into Hue" is a pretty periwinkle creme.  I really like the color periwinkle...I have another polish in this color, but I can't remember it off the top of my head.  I'll have to go check when I get home and see if they are close to the same shade.

"Keep Calm Paint On" is a slightly shimmery seafoam green color.  I love the color, but I think I would prefer this one without the shimmer...which is weird, because I am obsessed with sparkle. 

"Dandy Lyin' Around" is a white shimmer.  This was my least favorite in the collection, simply because it wasn't very opaque.  I used two coats, but it definitely needed a third.  The color itself is great though!

The "Avant Garden Pastel Petals" collection can be found beginning in March and will retail for $7 each.  You can purchase them at salons and beauty stores nationwide, as well as Ulta.com.

Which color is your favorite?

(Product sent for review.  However, all opinions are 100% my own)


Sunday Style: Show Me Those Scarves!

Happy Sunday everyone! I'm so excited for my favorite post of each week!  I'm a huge fan of scarves, so I loved that last week's Sunday Style link-up had so many outfits including this great accessory.  Here are a few that I really liked:

As much as I love them, I can't wait until I can ditch the cold weather scarves and bust out the lightweight Spring scarves!  But I'm not sure I see that happening anytime soon, since it was snowing again here today.  Anyway, enough of my complaining...let's see those outfits! Here are the rules:
1. Add your link to a specific outfit post, not your main blog page.
2. Grab a button and add it to your post (a text link is also fine).
3. Comment on this post and at least one other post...the whole point is to visit each other.
4. Follow my blog, so you can be reminded to link up next time!



New York City in 24 Hours (On a Budget)

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend an event in New York City.  I was so excited to visit NYC again, but I had one dilemma...my Dad and I would only have 24 hours to explore this wonderful destination.  We wanted to do as much as possible in the amount of time we had, while spending as little money as possible.  Well, I'm happy to say that it can be done and now I'm going to tell you what we did and how we did it!

We flew into JFK Airport, with our flight arriving at about 3:15 pm.  Since we were on a budget we decided to take the subway into the city.  First we made our way out of the airport to the Air Train, which took us to Jamaica Station, where we transferred to the E Train.  We got off at the 34th St & Penn Station stop, since that was the closest to our hotel.  The combined travel time was about an hour and cost $7.25 for each of us.  After arriving at our subway station we only had to walk 3 blocks to get to our hotel.

Next, we checked into the Chelsea Star Hotel.  If you are on a tight budget I highly recommend this hotel.  I didn't know what to expect at first, because it was half the price of anything else I could find, but I was pleasantly surprised.  We reserved a deluxe room with a private bath (part of the hotel is a hostel with shared rooms/bathrooms) and I'm so glad we did.  I have no problem sharing a bathroom, but it was definitely more convenient to have our own.  The room was clean, the beds were comfortable and there was WiFi throughout the hotel.  What was the best part? The location!  It was very close to the subway and it was within walking distance of popular tourist destinations, such as Times Square and the Empire State Building.  It wasn't a luxury hotel and doesn't claim to be.  However, if you are looking for clean, comfortable and affordable accommodations in the city, you should check out the Chelsea Star.

I was so happy to see that New York Pizza Suprema was right by our hotel. I ate here the last time I was in NYC and I loved it, so I knew I must eat here again!  We walked on over and ate some delicious pizza for dinner.  I got a slice of combination and a slice of "Upside Down Pizza".  Both were super yummy, but my favorite was the combination.  The two slices cost about $7, but I really should have just ordered one...my eyes were bigger than my stomach!

After filling our tummies, we went back to our room to change and get ready for the Red Dress Fashion Show.  You can read more about the fashion show here. Luckily the event was only a few blocks away from our hotel, so we were able to walk there as well (although next time I would wear a pair of flats instead of my high heels).  Since you most likely won't have a fashion show on your itinerary, you could fill this time with a Broadway show.  NYC has so many incredible productions to choose from, I really wish I would have had time to see one...next time!

After the show, we decided to change back into our comfortable clothes and walk up to Times Square.  It's definitely a very touristy spot, but all the lights and shops are fun to look at.  The people watching is also pretty good!  After we had our fill of Times Square we headed back to the hotel to get some rest.

We woke up at about 7 am, ate a donut, then headed out to explore the city.  We took the Subway to Wall Street Station and took a quick look at the New York Stock Exchange building and glanced at a few other buildings before walking over to the Staten Island Ferry Station.

The Staten Island Ferry is completely free and takes you right past the Statue of Liberty!  The ride takes about an hour round trip, but it's a nice ride and the views are great.

After we got back from the ferry ride, we took the subway over to Brooklyn and walked over to Grimaldi's Pizzeria for lunch.  This place was so cute and the pizza was so good!  The only thing I didn't love was the olives...they weren't the regular olives I am used too (I'm not sure what kind they were).  But the crust was fantastic!  I've decided I want to live in Brooklyn.  It's close to Manhattan, but it has more of a neighborhood feel and the people are so nice.  Maybe some day.

One of my favorite things we did on the trip was walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.  It's a little over a mile long and there is a nice pathway in the middle of the bridge, with one side for walking and the other side for bicycles.  The views from the bridge are amazing and it is just a nice, relaxing stroll.  You can walk across from either direction, but the views are much better if you start walking from the Brooklyn side.  I highly recommend adding this to your itinerary if you are planning a trip to NYC.

Once you reach the end of the bridge, you arrive at City Hall.  If you walk just a few blocks North East you will find yourself in China Town.  This neighborhood is home to Canal Street, which is the place to go if you are looking for a knock-off bag.  I was not in the market for one of these, but it was definitely fun looking in all the shops and listening to all the haggling going on.  I can't even count how many times I was asked if I was looking for Louis Vuitton or Prada!  I did find a cute scarf for $5 though, so I didn't leave completely empty-handed. 

After looking around China Town we walked through SoHo (which had tons of cute boutiques and shops, but we didn't have enough time to look inside), then hopped on the subway back to our hotel.  By the time we got back it was time to grab our bags and head back to the JFK airport.  Our flight departed at 5:45 pm.  It was such a whirlwind trip, but we were actually able to see quite a bit of the city and we had such a blast!  I ended up spending about $150 on this trip, which included the following: about $100 for hotel, $20 on subway fare, about $20 on food, around $10 in souvenirs and of course my flight didn't cost anything (the best part of my job).  I think the experience was well worth it and I can't wait to go back to this incredible city!

Have you ever explored a city in an extremely short amount of time?  I'll have to post about my 2 day trip to Paris sometime!


Valentine's Date (A Little Bit Late)

I meant to share pictures from our Valentine's Date earlier, but I got called out to work and have had absolutely no time to blog in the past few days!  So anyway, for Valentine's Day I decided to plan out a date for the two of us and not tell Emery what we were doing.  He was a little nervous, but he put a little faith in me and up to Salt Lake City we went!

First thing on the agenda: a walk through temple square. It was a little chilly as we were strolling around the temple grounds, but it was so peaceful and beautiful. 

Next we hopped on the lightrail and made our way over to this cute little restaurant called Sammy's. I had a Groupon, so we were able to get an awesome deal. The food is sooo good, especially the "pie shakes". They mix real pie into the ice cream and it is heavenly. They also have shakes that are made with cupcakes (I will be trying one of those on my next visit). 

After dinner we went ice skating at Gallivan Center.  Emery had never been ice skating before and he got a little worried once he saw what we were going to be doing, but after he got moving around the rink he realized how fun it was!

I have some sweet ice skating moves...move over Bryan Boitano!  Ok, maybe not.  But it sure is fun to pretend!

Dress: c/o Bettie Page Clothing, Tights: Nordstrom, Shoes: Target, Coat: Macy's, Purse: Target

It was such a fun date and it was definitely a much needed night out without the kids.  What did you do for Valentine's Day?

Also, the winner of the Lilla Rose Valentine's Giveaway was Stacie...congrats!  If you didn't win, you can still take advantage of Jackie's Buy 3 get 1 Free deal.  Just contact her to take advantage of the deal!