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Friday Favorites 4/15

Happy Friday! This week was busy, but moved fast, so I definitely can’t complain! We have a fun little weekend planned, but I’m also looking forward to relaxing and sleeping in!

Gingham Love: My JCrew Factory order I mentioned last week arrived! Unfortunately the polka dot pants didn’t work out, but everything else is perfect! I wore these gingham heels to work yesterday and I am in LOVE! They were comfortable all day, and of course brought lots of compliments!
JCrew Factory Gingham Heels, Striped Boater Tee, Straw Fedora | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Summer Lilly: I had to stop at the Lilly store and pickup an order, so of course I found myself trying on the new arrivals! This print didn’t really catch my eye online, but it’s so pretty in person!
Lilly Pulitzer In A Pinch Willow Sundress | Life, Love, and Cupcakes  Willow Dress in In A Pinch

New Sunnies: I’ve had a pair of Costa del Mar South Points for a couple years now, but unfortunately had to send them in to be fixed right before heading to the Keys. I decided it was probably time to order another pair to have as backup and now I’m thinking these might become my daily pair! If you’re in the market for some new sunglasses for summer, I highly recommend Costas, their quality and repair service is amazing!
Costa Anaa Sunglasses | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Favorite Outfit: I’ve been trying to add more colorful skirts and dresses to my closet, and this LOFT skirt fits the bill perfectly! The front pleat and pockets really make it unique, and the color is just perfect! So perfect that one of my coworkers bought it too…guess we’ll have to make sure when don’t show up as twins!
LOFT Circle Lace Top and Red Shirt Skirt | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Lace Tee//Red Shift Skirt

Bottomless Mimosas: Harry Potter and Bottomless Mimosas…need I say more?
Bottomoless Mimosas Hermione Harry Potter meme

Happy Friday!

Friday Favorites 4/8

We’re headed to The Keys this weekend for a friends wedding and I’m am SO excited! We’re definitely overdue for a mini vacation, and the weather is supposed to absolutely perfect! Looking forward to as much beach time, seafood, and island exploring as we can squeeze into our three day weekend! Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!

New Favorite Beauty Product: I’m seriously obsessed with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. I have a million nail polishes, but haven’t really been using them lately because it’s so frustrating to paint my nails only to have them look terrible in two days. This stuff though!! It seriously still looks good a week later, but you don’t have to use any specials lights and it’s super easier to take off! Highly recommend!

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Things I Bought: One of my goals for the year was to be more mindful of the things I buy because it’s just ‘too good of a deal.’ It seems like Loft, JCrew and all of my favorite stores have some sale every other day and it’s so easy to get sucked in! I’ve been good all year, but when JCrew Factory was having 50% off their sale they truly had some great deals I could not pass up! I got all of this for $100, and they’re all things I love! Can’t wait to get the package next week!

JCrew Factory Favorites  | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Crystal Sunflower Necklace//Isabelle Gingham Bow Pumps//Ribbon Fedora//Printed Skimmer Pant//Side Slit Tunic

Thing I Didn’t Buy: Its pretty much summer here in Florida, hot and super humid! I don’t think I can wear pants to work much longer, so I’m on the never ending hunt for cute, work appropriate dresses that aren’t too heavy. I have a million and one sundresses, but it is IMPOSSIBLE to find business professional dresses for a reasonable price that are Florida summer friendly (aka NO polyester!). If you have any recommendations or favorites please send them my way!

Outfit of the Week: I found this Tommy Bahama top at Goodwill a couple weeks ago and am loving it with white jeans or shorts! Lifeloveandcupcakes.com 

In the Kitchen: This Chicken Pot Pie Soup from Skinnytaste is one of our very favorites! I know summer isn’t really the time for soups, but I was craving it this week. It’s super easy, healthy, and there are a ton of leftovers for lunches. Definitely recommend!

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Charlie Pic: I don’t know how I even get anything done with this little nugget around..

 

Happy Friday!

Friday Favorites 4/1

Sugarcane Lime Candle: I picked this up at Homegoods recently after being attracted to the fun label and I am obsessed!! It’s hard to describe, but it’s seriously the perfect scent for spring and summer: clean and refreshing. The sugarcane is not too sweet smelling and the lime balances it out perfectly. I’m going on the hunt this weekend to find more, because unfortunately the brand doesn’t seem to have a website right now :/

Sugarcane and Lime

Pure Barre: I signed up for one month of unlimited Pure Barre and tried my first class yesterday! It was much harder than I was expecting and a HUGE change of pace from Crossfit, which I’ve been doing the past year. I’m looking forward to trying new classes to see if this is something I would be interested in doing past the first month! Any other Pure Barre fans? I know they seem to have a cult following!

In the Kitchen: I made King Arthur Flour’s Braided Lemon Bread Easter Sunday and it was definitely a hit! Instead of lemon I did one with raspberry and one with orange marmalade and both were wonderful, despite the fact that I overcooked them just a bit while drying my hair…oops! I definitely recommend this recipe if you want something impressive to put out at brunch!

Thing I Bought: My very first Lilly dress was a shift in this print and I loved it, but unfortunately shift dresses are just not a flattering fit for me. I’ve been wanting something in this print ever since, and this weekend I FINALLY found it! I love the shell print, and the detail on the front make it even better..can’t wait to wear it with white shorts all summer long!

And of course, here’s Charlie…

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In the Kitchen- I didn’t do much cooking this week, but I’m looking forward to hosting Easter Brunch this weekend (see yesterday’s post if you need recipe ideas!). I think the thing I’m most looking forward to (besides the mimosa bar) is coconut cream pie! We tried some at a local restaurant last week and were soooooo disappointed, so this one better be good!

via Add A Pinch

Lilly Pulitzer Tassel Necklace- I first saw this a couple weeks ago and of course loved it because, duh, pineapples + Lilly. Then, two days ago I find out they’re sold out EVERYWHERE!! How did that happen so fast?! So imagine my surprise when I go into The Pink Pineapple and spot it..of course I had to have it! I guess if your store name has pineapple in the name, you probably ordered a few extra 😉

Things I Didn’t Buy- I also tried on a few things while I was there and loved this dress, but left it behind….for now. It’s definitely on my wishlist though, I love this print, and don’t have enough blues and greens in my closet!

Favorite Outfit- This was my first time wearing this top since picking it up at Clothes Mentor a few months ago. I was a bit hesitant to buy it at first because it’s a LOT of print, but it was a great price, great fit, and 100% silk so I decided to risk it. I ended up loving it with white jeans for Brunch on Sunday! I might have gotten a few more looks than usual when we went to Lowe’s after though haha!


Charlie Picture- My friend Lia told me about the Aviary app the other day, and I had way too much fun making a few pictures with Charlie on there. I think sombrero Charlie might be my favorite though 😀


Happy Friday! Hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

Friday Favorites 3/18

I currently have a home decor obsession and have been working on finishing off our dining room, so a lot of my favorites this week are decor related 😀

Thing I Bought: I have a thing for pineapple, so when I spotted this pineapple pillow at Tarjay (the last one!) I knew I had to have it. It’s the perfect neutral, so I’m sure it will get moved around often!

Thing I Didn’t Buy: I also love anything flamingo related, and this painting in particular really caught my eye. I saw it at a local home decor shop, Wilford and Lee, Wednesday night and have been thinking about it ever since. Unfortunately I really have no place for it! 🙁

Holiday Decor: I spotted these little guys at World Market. They look like they just drove out of Busy Town, which of course were my favorite books growing up! I seriously think I need to go back and snatch these guys up, because they are too cute!

On the Blog: Did you see my recipe for Boozy Thin Mint Milkshakes? You better make them before the thin mints are all gone!

Outfit: One of my best friends from college was in town over the weekend, so we went downtown for dinner Saturday night. Little did I know it was also bike night…needless to say, I stuck out like a sore thumb 😛

Dog Pic: Charlie went to the groomer Sunday, which is always a scary experience for him, but when he comes back he is SO happy to be clean and freshly trimmed! And we’re happy that he smells good again!

TGIF! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Friday Favorites 3/11

In the Kitchen: This Boozy Thin Mint Milkshake is like heaven in a glass. I’ll be sharing the recipe next week, it’s perfect for St Patty’s Day!

Boozy Thin Mint Milkshake

Thing I Bought: I stopped into Goodwill to kill some time the other day and came out with this gorgeous Kate Spade for only 20 bucks!! It’s still in amazing shape and the style is classy and classic! Such an awesome fine!

 

Things I Want to Buy: I also found myself in J.Crew and I am OBSESSED with all the gingham!!! I seriously want it all! These shorts are at the top of my list, along with this amazing pom pom striped shirt (I promise I won’t wear them together, though).


Thing I Can’t Stop Eating: I am beyond obsessed with this Annie’s Smoky Tomato Salad Dressing. It’s so perfect along with a variety of salad toppings, and I just can’t get enough of it! I think I’ll have to try and re-create the recipe because the only place that sells it near me is the Whole Foods 30 minutes away 🙁

Annie's Smoky Tomato

Outfit I Wore This Week:  I try to share most of my outfits on Instagram throughout the week, and I think this was my favorite combo. I love mixing cobalt blue and black!

Charles Picture: Always have to end Friday on a high note! Could this lazy bum be any cuter?!

TGIF! 

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In the kitchen: I’ve been slowly growing my All-Clad collection and the 12″ skillet was next on my list. So imagine my surprise when I was browsing TJMaxx on my lunch break and found this bad boy on clearance! I have the Saute/Simmer Pan and love and use it ALL the time, but I know I’ll get a ton of use out of the skillet. I already used it twice this week, including for these artichokes, which went into the broiler right after this shot and came out amazing! Have I mentioned how much I love artichokes?!

Friday Favorite | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Thing I shouldn’t be eating:  A coworker left these Girl Scout cookies on my desk…how could I say no?! They’re perfect fresh out of the freezer with a glass of wine 😉
Friday Favorite | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Thing I bought: These shoes have been on my wishlist for years, ever since I passed them up when they were still in stores. I finally snagged a pair for a steal on eBay last week, and I am in love! The Lilly wedges are so comfortable and I can already picture a million outfits these will go with!

Friday Favorite | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Thing I didn’t buy: Rebecca Minkoff bags have always been on the edge of my radar, but nothing I was particularly interested in. Until I saw this pink beauty at Nordstrom Rack. The color is perfection, but it’s definitely a bigger crossbody then I’m used to carrying. Unfortunately they didn’t have this color in the smaller version, so I passed it up…and have regretted it all week! Too bad that was that last one in it’s color, and I don’t live near the store! 🙁

Friday Favorite | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Charles Picture: This is what happens when I try to do yoga at home. Little brat. 😛


TGIF!

Friday Favorites 2/26

In the kitchen: A local grocery store has a huge produce sale on the last Thursday of every month with some awesome deals, but of course we can never make it. My husband knew he was going to be in the area this time around, so I made him a “wishlist” of things (apparently things run out). Well it turns out he managed to get most of my list, so I’m definitely going to be busy finding uses for all of this! The pineapples will go in the dehydrator for dried pineapple, which we’re both obsessed with! The cauliflower will be made into cauliflower rice and frozen to have on hand. I think I’m most excited for those two artichokes, it’s one of my favorite vegetables, but not something we buy often..now to decide what to do with them!!

Produce from Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Thing I bought: I’m so obsessed with these Jack Rogers Chantel Flats. I’m a sucker for scallops, so I could not pass them up when I spotted them on Amazon for a steal!

Jack Rogers Chantel Flat

Thing I didn’t buy: I LOVE this print and the colors are so gorgeous that I am seriously tempted by this top, but let’s be honest..when am I ever going to wear a tasseled caftan?!

Lilly Pulitzer Caftan

Around the house: The vertical blinds in our living room were starting to fall apart..like, it was embarrassing how bad they were. Of course we didn’t want to take them down until we were ready to replace them, so we were kinda just making do. This past weekend we finally made the switch to curtains and wow, what a difference it makes! It really helps to bring the whole room together and make it feel warmer and more “homey.” Next up is our bedroom!

Living Room Curtains from Life, Love, and Cupcakes
Dog pic: He’s the cuddliest little nugget!

Charles Dog|Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Happy Friday!

Friday Favorites 2/19

In the Kitchen: Thursday night I got home and had. to. make. brownies. We were out of flour, but I had almond flour, so I turned to my favorite place for baking recipes: King Arthur Flour. OMG are they good. Even if you aren’t gluten free, these Almond Flour Brownies are DELICIOUS. Fudgy, but not too fudgy. Perfect crackly top. And don’t forget a sprinkling of chocolate chips!

On the Internet: Adele chowing down on wheat grass at Jamba Juice, need I say more?

Wine: Every few weeks Costco changes up their wines specials and I always pick up a couple to try. I wish I had gotten a few more bottles of this Montes Cabernet Sauvignon because it’s the perfect Cab for a chill night at home!

Things I bought this week: I’ve decided that for the remainder of February I would go on a retail spending freeze. To mix it up, I’ve been exploring some of the thrift and consigment stores near my office. My first week went pretty darn well…this might become a bit of an obsession!

Things I didn’t buy: I tend to go for the more classic, versatile looks when shopping for purses, but that doesn’t stop me from lusting over all of Kate Spades quirky bags. When would I use a dalmatian bag? Pretty much never. It’s just so fun though!

Dog Pic: Charlie will always be my favorite!