Shopbop Friends & Family Sale

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It’s that time of year again! The Shopbop Friends and Family Sale! You can save 25% off your total order with code SPRING25! There are some brand exclusions, so make sure you read that fine print. But if you’re looking to stock up on summer sandals and maxi dresses, this is your sale! Since I won’t be picking up anything, sadly, you must shop for me! My absolute favorites? The Madewell Ikat sandals and the long sleeved Charlie Jade maxi. Can’t you just see the beautiful maxi blowing in the Spring breeze? I love it!

Shop my picks below, and don’t delay. Sale ends Thursday!

“It’s Not The Years, Honey. It’s The Mileage.”

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I’ve gotta tell ya, my original post was going to go a little something like this. Step 1: Get out of the house and head to VA Wine Country. Step 2: Realize after a little wine tasting buzz, while looking in the bathroom mirror, you sorta resemble a certain title character from the Indiana Jones franchise. Step 3: Make silly comparisons about your outfit components to Indy’s wardrobe choices. Step 4: End scene.

But this quote, which is also from one of the Indiana Jones movies – Raiders of the Lost Ark to be exact, got me thinking. These old flared jeans from Paige (which happen to be the very first pair of premium denim I purchased after receiving my very first big girl paycheck in 2003!) have seen a lot of miles. Been a lot of places. Worn on some very special occasions. I can’t say they aren’t now a bit tight in a few spots. I can’t say they aren’t showing their age. But I can say the memories I have while wearing these bad boys…they’re pretty priceless. I met both baby Gabby and baby Brody in these jeans. They were super soft, tiny little butterballs at the time. These flares jammed out to STP and Alice in Chains at Shamrock Fest in DC years ago. They rocked the cradle of love with Billy Idol. They saw the Baltimore Ravens beat the husband’s beloved Oakland Raiders. They’ve seen some stuff. They’ve experienced life at its best.

And despite it all, the years, they kept on rolling. And here we are…12 years later! It truly is about the journey, not the end game. About the life in your years, not the years in your life. While I think we all *know* this, it really hit home for me over the past few years. I’ve always felt I needed to get to this place where I’m settled and established, knowing exactly what I’m going to do with my life. But I guarantee you when I get there, I can feel it deep in my gut, I’ll be restless and bored and start the search all over again. Variety is the spice of life after all, and it’s something I’ve come to terms with that I’m always going to need peppered into my days. It feels pretty good to finally accept this, as I’ve fought this aspect of my being my whole entire life. Do you feel it too? Relief!

Oh and if you want your very own Indian Jones custom tailored outfit, I’ve included a few links below. I mean, Halloween isn’t all that far away! ;)

Utility Shirt: J.Crew // Similar version here
LS Tee: Ann Taylor Outlet // Similar version here 
Denim: Old Paige Flares // Similar version here
Hat: Express
Booties: Sam Edelman

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Monday Musings: Getting Back to Good

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Happy Monday everyone. I’ve missed you! How have you been? I’m glad to finally have some energy to write!  Illnesses of every kind swept over the Specketer household these past two weeks. And the pups were not excluded. We’re talking evil viruses that should be dormant but aren’t. Yoga injuries (who knew that was even possible?!) Allergies. Major vitamin deficiencies. A minor knee fix up for the Brode-man. A stomach bug and a possible heart/lung issue for Miss Gabby (we’ll know more this week). It’s been cray. I could barely get out of bed some mornings let alone feel compelled to keep up with the blog. Turns out this evil virus that stress most likely activated contributes to chronic fatigue syndrome. And I’m pretty sure it’s been active for quite some time…possibly two years or so! Knowing is half the battle, right? At least now when I say I’m exhausted, I understand why. Good news is I have a great team working to get me back to good. But more on all of this later. On a happier note let’s…

Join a Secret Society. Did you know Starbucks has a secret menu of drinks? Caffeine, in addition to all sugars, are things I need to eventually eliminate from my diet per this past weekend’s instructions (ay. dos. mio.) Fancy a Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato? How about a Raspberry Cheesecake Frappuccino? Maybe the You’ll Never Be Good Enough Latte is more your style? OK. OK. These all aren’t actual drinks, but the article made you smile, right?

Sport Some #BrunchyBraids. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to hair, I’m completely style challenged. I’m sure it comes from years of not knowing what to do with my curls. No one knew what to do, so it was always mom to the rescue to make it look as good as it could. I could barely pull a comb through my mop as a kid let alone be bothered to learn to braid it. But this easy side braid is something even I could muster the patience for…when the hair grows back of course.

Brighten Up. So what do we think about the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection? Are you digging the bright colors? The beachwear? The summer dresses? I’ve never been a fan, but I will admit when I lived in Charleston, SC the first year following college, I did join the Lilly cult briefly and purchased a strapless dress (since been donated). Because they were everywhere, and my Pennsylvania style didn’t quite fit in with the southern belles. However, I am sorta in love with the swimwear and the coverups. I mean, fringe!

Keep It Southern. Speaking of Charleston, Bravo is back with Season 2 of Southern Charm Since living in the town and always having a soft spot for it (sometimes I kick myself for not moving there when I had the chance) I look for any chance to see a glimpse of the city I spent so much time in after college. The guys definitely remind me of the “southern gents” I met during that time. And by southern gents I don’t mean southern gents. Funny how some things just never change! I do sorta love Cameran though. She was one of my all time favorite Real World cast members.

Visit Tiffani’s. In addition to Southern Charm, my newest TV obsession is Dinner at Tiffani’s. Guys, I love Ms. Tiffani Amber Thiessen. I always have. To see her working in the kitchen….Total. Girl. Crush. all over again. From the cocktails to the starters to the main course, I haven’t seen her whip up something I wouldn’t love to try. And the details in her home and on the dinner table…she might be able to give Ms. Martha Stewart a little run for her money! Check it out on the Cooking Channel. You won’t be disappointed. You may even become obsessed over her cooking utensils like I have. I mean, everyone needs a mini whisk!

Have a great start to your week!  It’s good to talk with you all again!