Just Livin'

I guess it's time to stop apologizing for my absence. When I'm not blogging, I miss it. But, at the end of the day, I often have more important things to do. So, let's discuss some of those things.

In recent weeks, my kids started school.
Dain's in 4th. Rory's in 1st.
He really needs a haircut.
She really needs to stop getting into my makeup.

Cheer kicked off with a camp and our first football games of the season.
I'm in charge of 61 girls, ages 5 to 13.
Pray for me.

My boss paid me to attend a golf tournament.
Basically, I networked while riding around in a golf cart drinking free booze.
Have I mentioned how much I love my job?

My best friend's daughter turned 14.
We had a girls' day and shopped 'til we dropped.
Happy birthday, Bri!

Britney Spears tickets have been purchased.
Christina and I are going to have a blast.
It'll be my first time seeing Britney and my first time in Vegas.
I can't wait!

I also have tickets to see Craig Ferguson at Minglewood Hall in November.

The second half of 2015 is looking bright.
What have you got going on in your world?

All Lives Matter

I'm not in a good mood today. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. My debit card number was stolen. Someone used my card four times at two different Walmarts in North Carolina. Thankfully, my bank's fraud department caught it and alerted me. I'll get the funds back and receive a new card. It's still a nightmare and a huge pain in my ass though. I also got some unfortunate news about cheer. I won't go into the details. Just know that some major changes weren't communicated to us in a timely manner. Now we're scrambling before our season kicks off in two weeks. Fun times!

However, my problems seem minimal compared to the evil in our world. A Memphis policeman, Ofc. Sean Bolton, was killed in the line of duty on Saturday. It should have been a routine traffic stop. Instead, a man out on supervised release for armed bank robbery, shot and killed Ofc. Bolton. I have so much respect for the men and women who put on bullet proof vests for me every day. Why doesn't everyone else?

I could get into a huge rant, but I'm going to keep it simple.

Not all cops are assholes.
Not all cops are murderers.
Not all cops have an agenda.

And to quote Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong, "As a community we say so often as a theme — black lives matter. And at the end of the day, we have to ask ourselves, do all lives matter? Regardless of race, creed, color, economic status, what profession that person holds, all lives matter. And this is just a reminder of how dangerous this job is."

RIP Sean Bolton
United States Marine
Memphis Police Officer

Rompers, Flowers + Fringe
Oh My!

If there's one trend I'm loving this summer, it's rompers. I'm not sure why I love them so much. They're a huge pain to get off in a hurry. When I first saw this floral romper from JazzyK, I knew I had to have it. I don't normally like floral prints, but this was too cute to pass up. It has everything I love. It's blue. It has bell sleeves. Not to mention how flattering the neckline and high waist are. My legs look so long!

Even though the temps are hovering around 100 in Memphis, I wasn't hot at all. The material is thin and light. I think heels or flats work, but I went with fringe ankle booties. I personally wouldn't wear this just anywhere. Maybe a fun girls' night out...

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romper // clutch (similar) // booties

Photos by KPFusion

Repair + Protect Your Skin with StriVectin

Unfortunately, as we get older, our skin changes. Only recently have I begun to notice these small changes, mostly in photographs. When I smile, tiny lines start to appear around my eyes. I guess it's a good thing I suffer from BRF.

Instead of remaining expressionless to avoid wrinkles, I've decided to take better care of my skin. I was given the opportunity to try a product from StriVectin's skincare line. I've been using Repair & Protect Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for the last month. Magic didn't happen overnight, but my skin is in better shape than when I started. This moisturizer is lightweight with a clean scent. My skin immediately feels softer after application, and my foundation goes on a lot smoother. Several people have complimented my skin and makeup in recent days. The only thing I've changed is my moisturizer.

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Valentino Couture, Fall 2015
When in Rome

Sarah Harris from Vogue said, "This will be the show that most people remember when the couture collections draw to a close." I couldn't agree more. After looking at page after page of fall fashion, Valentino's couture collection is without a doubt my favorite. How gorgeous are these gowns? They're so fierce. ♥♥♥

Black dresses for the win!
Which do you love?

all images via Vogue

Zuhair Murad Couture, Fall 2015
Out of this World

Designer Zuhair Murad said, "I like the idea of traveling through the heavens. It's something you only see at night." This collection has it all -- jumpsuits, full skirts, high slits, plunging necklines, and lots of sparkle. The oxblood gown with pockets is my favorite. What's yours?

all images via Vogue