(Tell Me Something) Good Friday

It’s Fri-Yay!  Good Friday, in particular.  Maybe for you, that means a sacred day, a day off work, or business as usual.  For us, it’s a lead-up to Easter (which, for the most part, is a celebration of spring around here and not a religious holiday).  We thought it would be fun today to bring you a list of good things about this time of year!*

*If you’re wondering what could possibly be bad about Spring, I present to you my friends Seasonal Allergies and Bugs, for starters*

1. Wardrobe updates.  This is the time of year when it’s necessary and more comfortable to sport shorter hemlines and sleeves, airy fabrics, and (mostly if you’re Rhonda) brighter patterns.  Who doesn’t love an excuse to go shopping?

2. Extended outdoors time.  With more daylight, we are transitioning into a time where kids can just run out alllll the pent-up energy on into the evening.  Parents everywhere, rejoice!  Entertainment now becomes less digital and, more importantly, less your responsibility.

3. Skin that is no longer translucent.  Now that people can be outside more frequently and for longer periods, the skin can gain a little color.  We aren’t talking Tanorexia here, but just a natural flush to the skin.  Amen.

4. Alll the blooming flowers. I just love seeing pretty flowers pop up randomly. Azaleas are one of my favorite to see come to life. These little pretties just consume and cover their bushes. How can you NOT smile when flowers start to bloom?

5. Sun dresses.  Goodbye pants and winter tights. HELLO easy breasy sun dresses. Who doesn’t love the ease of throwing on one piece of clothing that makes you look put together and is incredibly cool and comfortable? We love them for ourselves and for our little girls.

6. Sandal Life.  Searching around for matching pairs of socks is one of the biggest annoyances and bummers when you’re trying to get ready in the morning. Waking up on any given morning in the spring and knowing that the weather is going to be perfect for sandals is such a relief.

7. Beach Trips.  Any trip to the beach is something that we definitely look forward to during Spring. Spontaneous weekday trips to the beach for Ashley. Planned beach trips to Orange Beach, AL for Rhonda. We love it all. Beach Please.

8. Light and Fresh Foods.  While there’s never a bad time to eat a loaded-up salad or some grilled veggies, some of the healthiest and yummy foods are in heavy rotation for most people this time of year.  Grilling a juicy steak or burger and pairing with some fresh fruits and vegetables?  Don’t mind if we do!

9. Yes way, Rosè. Pink wine.  We’re here for it and we don’t even care if it’s Basic and cliché.  Sometimes, so are we.

What would make YOUR list?

What’s In My Online Shopping Cart

So, the truth is I’m always shopping. I am always always looking for things I need/want/got to have RIGHT NOW. I like online shopping, storefront shopping, window shopping, shopping for other people…whatever – I love it all. I feel like lately, I’ve stumbled across some cute things that I’d share with you guys.

Online Shopping has got to be one of my most favorite ways to shop. I actually used to always be in the camp of not caring for online shopping, because I’m a “I want to touch it and feel it and hold it, in person” type of gal. However, motherhood and adulthood have really put a damper on the ease of just going out at any time to do some uninterrupted shopping. Have you tried navigating Target with a two and four year old lately? Unless you stuff them full of juice, chocolate milk, and popcorn which truthfully will only buy you about 30 minutes – trying to enjoy Target is just really a fruitless endeavor. And even if you aren’t  a parent – all that adulting and responsibility can still hinder your free range shopping plans. So yeah, as a result I have grown to love and look forward to hours of perusing my favorite online shopping outlets. It’s convenient and you have the world at your fingertips!

What have I been digging lately?

  1. MEMEBOX Disco Daze Gift Set – $29.99
  2. Show Me Your KITTIES Mug – $11.75
  3. Unicorn Face With Gold Glitter Horn Set Of 2 Mug And Stemless Wine Glass – $19.50

  4. Full Moon Wall Tapestry – $35.19
  5. UGG Cozy Cable Knit Slippers – $79.97-$120.00
  6. Elizabeth and West Fashion House: Moto Leggings – $44.00
  7. Airtight Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker and Tea Infuser with Spout – $35.99

  8. Cat Socks – $17.99
  9. Tan Leather Couch – $2999.00
  10. Does this Coffee make me look Alive T-Shirt – $32.00

What have you guys been shopping around for lately?

A Valentine Wish List

I love a good wish list, because damn I love things.  I am admittedly a little materialistic and gifts are my love language.  With that, it’s fitting that I am continually making lists of things I need and want.

Valentine’s Day being next week seems like as good a reason as any to tell you what I’m coveting these days.

Soma Drapesoft Jersey Tulip Sleeveless Nightgown – I sleep in the nude, but I love a good nightgown to wear around the house in the mornings or at night.  To be honest, I would head out for errands in this after tossing a denim jacket over it.

HONEY Graphic Tee – I love a good graphic tee and when I saw this one, I knew I wanted it.  It’s simple and perfect.

Nickel & Suede Earrings, in Merlot and Black (I wear Large) – I mean, I have a LONG list of these earrings I want for adding to my collection, but Black is definitely next.  I find myself needing them with most outfits.  I want Merlot too and it’s the earring of the month, meaning it’s on SALE!

Alex and Ani Queeen’s Crown Bangle – I started collecting Alex and Ani when Stuart and I started dating.  I haven’t gotten a new one in awhile, and this February exclusive is CALLING ME.

Hope’s Simple Side of Things Dress – I have been obsessed with this dress since Hope’s posted it on Snapchat a couple of weeks ago.  Such a perfect dress for Spring.

I could go on and on, but you have to stop somewhere, right?!  My Amazon list is also full of amazing items that I would LOVE to have.  Ah well, I will get there eventually!

Friday Favorites

We like to keep it light and airy on Fridays around here… so we thought today we’d each share some of our current favorite things. Hope you guys have a fabulous weekend!

Ashley –

I live for daily updates from the blogs Whimsical September and Mommy In Heels. I obsessively follow both these ladies on all available social platforms, and am always curious to hear about what’s going on in their lives.

I recently bought these black leggings from Kohl’s. They are from their Lauren Conrad line. Listen. They’re perfection. Super comfy. Perfect thickness. I want to go buy ten more pairs.

In my Winter Fab Fit Fun Box I got these amazing under eye masks: Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle + Energizing Eye Masks – 8 Pack. I blew through them…and at only $21 a box I will definitely purchase them again.

 I’ve been listening to these songs on repeat: Uh Huh by Julia Michaels // Never Be the Same by Camila Cabello // Reasons by Jillian Jacqueline

Rhonda –

I used to hate kitchen gadgets because I don’t have time for clutter and storing stuff that I rarely use.  However, one of my side gigs is reviewing products and I just fell in legit love with this Bella Spiralizer.  I want to spiralize ALL. THE. THINGS. Cleanup is fast and easy and it doesn’t take up much space!

Look, I love music.  Like, I love all of it. Sometimes I get completely obsessed with certain songs and artists and repeat them like crazy.  Currently, it’s all about Bebe Rexha.  I love her on both Meant to Be by Florida Georgia Line and Back to You with Louis Thompson.

My hair, y’all.  I am legit obsessed and this is my favorite color yet!  My hair stylist is a fucking magician and you need to go to her if you are anywhere near her.  There is a reason I drive 9 hours to get my hair done.  Those touches of orange and purple? SWOON.

What have been some of you guys’ favorite things lately??

 

Wardrobe Wishes

Hey, y’all!  Thank you for showing up to see what we have for you today.  We would ordinarily post our outfits here for you on Wednesdays, but life happens and sometimes other things really need our attention…sometimes it’s me, this time it’s Ashley.  To be honest, I haven’t been getting dressed lately anyway.  I am taking this day to post about the things I am wanting and needing for my wardrobe.

I think we all have those moments when we look at our closets and think, “Are you kidding me?  I have nothing to wear.  Ever.”  It has reached a crisis level in my closet, though.  I am losing weight and some stuff is too big, but for the most part, it’s all just worn and tired and not really my current style.  However, I am not in a position at the moment to just go out and buy new stuff.  Besides, I am losing weight and that’s never the right time to invest in new clothes.

So, I have started a list for things I want AND need to fill in the wardrobe gaps or just refresh the old stuff – mostly all-season.  To keep it simple, I will only be showing tops and bottoms and ALL can be mixed and worn together!  If I got started with accessories and dresses, we would be here all week.

Midrise distressed skinnies, in black and medium blue.  I have several pairs, but are all either worn out, getting that way, or almost too big.  I definitely like my jeans snug, so it’s time.  I love Rockstar jeans from Old Navy.  They just work for my body type and are super affordable.

High waist black leggings.  If these aren’t a staple, I don’t know what is.  I need a new pair because my favorites have a hole in the booty from excessive wear since becoming a work-from-home mom.  I am liking the 90 Degree by Reflex, but haven’t tried them yet!

A perfect white tee.  Slouchy, v-neck, pocket.  A staple in every wardrobe.  I am digging this one from Hazel and Olive.

Flowy black tank.  I have lots of great fitted tanks, but need something that is good layered or alone and can be dressed up or down.  This one fits the bill.

Leopard cardigan.  Look, I know there are leopard cardigans everywhere.  I just REALLY wanted the one pictured above from Target and I missed that boat – it’s sold out everywhere.  I have found similar ones, but they don’t have a touch of pink like this one.  I suppose I will have to settle for something close.

Stripe-ish cardigan.  I had been looking for awhile for a black and white cardigan that had big graphic stripes, so big that they would almost not appear to be stripes when in motion.  Then Hope’s Snapchat showed this one and I died!  It’s a must!  Perfect silhouette and pattern.

 

Are any of these items on your wish list?  Or do you have everything you need?

 

 

 

What We Wore Wednesday: 2017 Review Pt Two

Last week, Ashley took a look back at our 2017 outfits and chose her 5 favorites.  Today, we have mine!

What We Wore Wednesday 2017 Top Five Faves – presented by Rhonda

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April 26 2017- Shirt: This is actually a swimsuit cover up. (we went to the beach that day after Target…yes..I took all this boob to Target..don’t be jealous you weren’t there. 😉 ) Any how…it is from last year. Cardigan: Gift from my sister [similar] Jeans: Jordache High Rise Skinnies Earrings: N&S Gypsy Teal

February 15 2017- Muscle shirt: Target, no longer on website but I have seen it on clearance in some stores recently. Kimono: Ross last year, but most of my kimonos are from Amazon. Jeans: Old Navy Rockstar, this particular design no longer available.  Sandals: Old Navy, from last summer and I bet they will be available again this summer. Bracelets: Alex and Ani.

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May 17 2017- Jacket: Target – no longer available Tank: Target Bralette: Target Pants: Jordache Skinny Jeans Shoes : Burlington Coat Factory [similar] Earrings: N&S Select Black

May 3 2017- Top: Boutique. Leggings: Lularoe. Jacket: Target. Mermaid pin: Target. Shoes: Converse. Earrings: Nickel & Suede Matte Gold.

 

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May 24 2017- Cardigan: Forever21 no longer available T-Shirt: Target  Pants: LiverPool skinnies from StitchFix Earrings: N&S Select Black

May 17 2017-Romper: Old Navy (exact one not available, but similar here). Chambray: Thrifted Arizona. Shoes: Converse. Earrings: Nickel and Suede.

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June 21 2017- Jacket: Ross Tank Top: Target Pants: Liverpool Skinnies from StitchFix Shoes: CATO [similarEarrings: N&S Leopard

September 20 2017- Black Tank: Old Navy. Shirt: Sophie Rue, from Marshall’s. Jeans: Old Navy Rockstars. Shoes: Wild Diva. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

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June 28 2017- Shirt: Kohl’s Pants: Jordache Skinny Jeans Shoes: Target Earrings: N&S Select Black

September 13 2017- Ruana: Michael Stars, from my FabFitFun Summer box. Tank: Old Navy. Shorts: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

When I was getting dressed throughout the year, I always thought, “ugh, I hate all of my clothes” and when writing my WWW posts, constantly thought, “these outfits all suck.”  However, in retrospect, I loved a lot of what we wore!  Funny how that works out.

Here’s to a stylish 2018!

Goals: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Well, tomorrow is my birthday and then it’s New Year’s Eve, so it’s time for me to set goals to smash.  I am a major goals person.  I am always setting, evaluating, and amending goals.  It’s okay for your goals to change over the time you set for them.  Sometimes priorities change and we realize something isn’t all that important to us anymore.

At the beginning of 2017, I set 7 goals.  Now, I share with you what they were and how I did this year.

Reach 120 pounds.  120 has been my goal weight for years now, because that’s about what I weighed before I had children.  I once again did not reach it.  I could give you all the excuses – I moved, I made a bunch of life changes, blah blah blah – but they would still be excuses.  If you don’t get rid of excuses, you can’t make body changes – period.  I did drop a few pounds, so at least I don’t have as far to go now!

Reach profitability with RGR.  Rhonda Gail Resale is my resale shop, which operates primarily on Poshmark.  I shifted focus in the spring, but still reached a point that it is all profit now!

Journal daily.  I started 2017 with a fresh bullet journal and I have used it all but maybe 5 days the entire year, so I will mostly call that a win!

Set a wedding date.  Oh, we set it alright.  Then we pushed it back and don’t have a solid date yet.  You’ll hear more about this later.

Grow hair past my shoulders.  It looks awful at the ends because I’m past do for a hair appointment, but it’s there at least – just barely!

Return to ASU.  I have literally one class to finish to have my bachelor’s degree and I intended to at least get enrolled again in 2017.  It just didn’t happen, due to financial reasons, such as we moved into a house instead of paying my school bills.

Blog biweekly.  As you will know if you have been reading here all year, this has been a success.  Actually, when I first made these goals, this blog didn’t exist just yet, but I was blogging regularly on the blog I had before this one.

I am pleased with what I did in 2017.  I did a LOT of things that I  had not originally planned for and I can’t be mad at that!  Now, to take a look at what I am planning for 2018.  This time, I took a tracking approach to my goals, to ensure that I have a way to check progress as I go.

 

Weight: 120.  Not only am I more determined than ever to get there, but I am pushing myself to do it by April 2, so that I don’t have the relaxed attitude of “eh, it’s only May, so the year isn’t over.”  Besides, I want to be a hot bride.

Rank: Royal.  This pertains to my Senegence business, in which I hope to do many things this year, but the rank gives me something I can easily track.

Launch my boutique.  I am opening a boutique this year and have simplified the remaining steps I have in order to track my progress in launching.

Get married!  Now we have to decide how big (how small is more accurate) this wedding will be and choose a venue.  And I should probably actually finalize my divorce.  Then, we are just going to go for it.

Take my side gig to Peter Anderson Festival.   I am doing marketing and social media for a friend’s business and we want to take the business to a popular arts festival.  Again, simplified the steps to track my progress.

There you have it, guys.  My timely and realistic goals.  I am set up and ready to tackle 2018!  Do you have things you’re excited to accomplish in the new year?

 

Top 10 Most Popular Posts from 2017

Hey you guys! We hope that you had a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season so far! Obviously, we still have New Year’s Eve ahead of us…so the fun is not quite over! 🙂 Anyway, in lieu of our typical beginning of the week – Week In Review Posts – we thought we’d do something fun and take a look down memory lane at our Ten Most Popular posts from the past year. These are the posts that were viewed the most by YOU guys, and we couldn’t even begin to express in words the thanks that we have for y’all for taking time out of your day to spend a little bit of it over here with us on this blog that we love so much.

So yeah, enough with the blabbing…let’s get to the 10 Most Popular Posts from 2017!

**These are in order of one being the most popular …I realized after I’d already completed the post that it may have been more dramatic to start with ten and count down to one…BUT like I said I realized that after…and well…it is it what it is now. 😉 **

I.  A Drinking Problem

II.  Parents Need Sex Too

III. Nipstick

IV.  From Arrest to Engagement

V.  The Story of My Tattoo : Ashley

VI.  Three Years

VII.  Nickel and Suede: A Love Story

VIII.  5 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Love

IX.  Mommy Confessions Volume II

X.  The Often Untold Story about Preschool Drop-off

 

That’s it you guys! Let us know if one of your favorites didn’t make this list…we love to hear from y’all. 🙂

 

 

What’s In My ….. hair care/styling drawer?

Hey guys! HAPPY Friday! I don’t know about you guys, but this Friday feels extra special because it’s kicking off the Christmas weekend!! We love Christmas around here…and we are just so excited that it’s here. 🙂

BUT that’s not what this post is about. Today we are doing another edition of “What’s in my….?” We are both curious by nature…and nosy…and well for us, it’s so much fun to get a peak inside someone else’s life which is why we love these kinds of posts! So anyway, today we’re talking about What’s in our hair care/styling drawers.

Ready to see? Cool…let’s dive right in.

Ashley –

I get ready in my bedroom – so all of my makeup and hair stuff is located on and inside my bedroom dresser. I keep all of my products in this little decorative birdcage thing that came from the at Home store in Gulfport. My hot tools and brushes are kept in the top drawer of my dresser.

First, please excuse the hairy state of my brushes…I attempted to clean them off but that proved to be a very labor intensive endeavor that I was not ready for at the moment. SO you get to see alllll the hairs.  Anywaay, I have a blow dryer, flat iron, and small curling iron. I’ve got two sizes of round brushes. The smaller one on the right is used for the shorted hairs on the underside of my head, and I use the larger for the longer hair on the top layer. That regular brush is for brushing my tangled locks.

And these are the products I use on a regular basis. Starting at the far left: hair oil, heat protectant cream, finishing spray for texture and volume, dry shampoo, and then two different volumizing mousses.  I need all the texture and volume help because my hair is so thin and fine.

Rhonda –

Now, let me warn you – the first picture I am about to show you is terrifying and may not be suitable for Type A audiences.

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I know.

To be fair, I am in the middle of purging and reorganizing my bathroom and this blog post came in the midst of that, as did Christmas.  I will come back and show that drawer again after Christmas.

Anyway, that drawer in my bathroom holds the styling products that are just used occasionally, and most of my frequently used ones.  I did pull out the frequently used to show you better what they are.

I keep dry shampoo and flat iron heat protectant on the counter.  The blow dry cream and blow dry heat protectant stay in the drawer.

A very deep drawer in my bathroom houses all of this: Jumbo Velcro rollers, regular large velcro rollers,  a spinning dryer brush, hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron, and waver.  I love the person who decided to go for a giant drawer in the bathroom.

How do you store your hair tools and products?

 

Holiday 2017 Wish List: Ashley

Hey hey – Ashley here with MY Holiday Wish List. Sometimes when you’re asked “What do You want for Christmas?” it can be so hard to come up with something on the spot! Which is so cray because I know for me – I spend a lot of time shopping and/or browsing and thinking of ALL THE THINGS I want…aka need…right. now. Case in point? This list. At first I couldn’t think of anything…however eventually the ideas started rolling, and I’m pretty happy with my top five things. Let’s get to it shall we?

  1. SOMETHING from Elizabeth & West Fashion House – This is a boutique ran by  the lady behind the blog ‘Mommy In Heels‘. I love this girl. I follow/stalk her on IG, and one of my favorite things is to watch her show off the new arrivals for her Shop on her IG Story. I usually always see something I’d love to have. However, I don’t usually spend the amount on clothing for myself that her items are listed for. So – I just continue to watch and day dream. 
  2. A year of monthly pedicures and manicures? Yes PLEASE. I mean, this needs no explanation. Who wouldn’t want that??
  3. Nickel and Suede is always always on my wish list. It wouldn’t be an Ashley Wish List withouy N&S. 🙂 I already have a small collection of their leather earrings, and I haven’t actually bought any in a really long time – so I’m for sure due for a new pair of N&S Earrings!
  4. A year of daily Starbucks. Yup. Daily. How much would that be? Well, go grab your debit card while I do the maths real quick…………..oh – well. You know. Just a mere $1346.85. Thanks! 
  5. And well, then there’s my Amazon Wish List. I’ll take something from that baby any day and for any holiday. 🙂  If I had to narrow it down to just one thing from that list…or to what would be at the top of that list for me currently? It would be this lighted makeup mirror. I need it in my life. And there you have it! I think I’m pretty easy to please…and shop for. 😉 What about y’all? What’s on your Christmas Wish List??