Monday, July 20, 2015

StyleFiles: Summer Stripes

|| Wearing ||
Dress: LOFT {exact} - only $27 right now! {same dress in black} - only $20!!
Crossbody: Old Navy {similar}
Wedges: Nine West {similar} {similar} - both on SALE! 

This LOFT dress is one of my top 3 favorite dresses currently in my closet right now.  It's so light & comfy & I feel like it fits so well! I def recommend sizing down though, it runs big. 
BTW In case you missed it up there... this dress on super sale today! is 60% OFF and Sale is additional 40% OFF!
whoop! whoop!

So... remember when I talked here about being jealous of the perfect red lipstick... well, I may have found my favorite.  And guess what? It was from CVS... and it is Revlon.  I usually go with the sticks that look like oversized pens, you know those big guys? but the other day when I went looking they were sold out of all of the red shades, so I decided to be adventurous. I'm so glad I did! The color isn't too orange, which I feel like has been a problem for me in the past.  

|| Wearing || Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Certainly Red

and here is a kiss from me to you on this Monday! 
haha {what the heck is with those crazy eyes?!}

{What's your favorite shade of lipstick?}

Hope y'all had a wonderful weekend!

~ xoxo ~

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

One Year Later || Until I See You Again

This past Monday, July 13th, marked one year since my brother suddenly passed away. To even say one year just hurts.  It doesn't seem possible.  I think part of me keeps thinking I will wake up and this past year would have been one really long, awful nightmare.  It's like my brain knows he's not here, but my heart and soul ache for him to be here so badly.  It is a constant war inside my body.  

To be honest, this is not what I planned on writing at all.  I planned on making this a post of pictures and a sweet thank you to all of our family & friends that came out to remember his life.  But now, sitting here, I'm crying and it seemed so unattached, so not real life at all.  

So this is real life.  

Monday morning I could barely write a balloon to him because nothing seemed right, nothing was enough, nothing was the massive book of thoughts inside my head.  I thought about this past year, I wanted to tell him about life- how mom & dad are doing, what his friends are up to, how there were SO many times I wanted to call and talk to him, but I couldn't, and that made me mad.   I thought about this past year and nothing seemed special enough to mention. I wanted to tell him that I feel like there will be no more memories made in my mind because I refuse to make them without him in them.  As I sat in my car that morning, my mind flooding with all of these thoughts, my favorite song came on, the one that reminds me of him so much, 'See You Again.'  I sat there and listened to it and I thought about the day when I will get to see my brother again. HUGE SMILE. I don't want to get up there and tell him I stopped living, stopped making memories.  Then he would be mad at me.  We can't have that.  So right there, in my car, on my way to work, I decided I would do exactly what he would want -  Start making memories worth telling him about.

So my message to him looked much different than I expected, but I think he will enjoy reading this version much more. 

I miss you like crazy, more and more everyday.  
I decided that there was no better day than today to start making memories for you.  
I can't wait to tell you all about them when I see you again.

That felt right.

If you have made it to this point in the post, thanks for sticking around :)  For those who weren't there on Monday this is what we did-

We decided to get together with family and friends at the fields where he played football for so many years. Football was truly his first LOVE.  We talked about sweet memories, my family learned more about how Josh has continued to impact his friends lives, and we wrote him messages of love on balloons.  We released them into the sky & it was beautiful.  

For all of those that did come- A HUGE thank you from my family.  Your love, support, and encouragement means more to us than you will ever know.  I am so very grateful for each and every person who filled my brother's life with love.  Thank you.  

~ xoxo ~

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Living || Life Lately from A to Z

So I love reading Julie's blog Peanut Butter Fingers and last week she posted a fun little blog survey that just kind of touches on life from A to Z. I thought it would be fun to join in so... here ya go, life from A to Z...

a || Age: 26

b || Biggest Fear: Well, this is starting off interesting.  I guess I will go ahead and be really honest and transparent.  It's the fear of not being able to get pregnant.  I have never been told I can't get pregnant, but for some reason I just have this strong feeling I can't.  I have been assured trying for a year is totally normal.  I try to remind myself it's God's timing, not mine but, still.  I cry about it a lot. Hopefully I am just doing a lot of pointless worrying, hence letter w.  

c || Current Time: 11:20am

d || Drink you last had: Coffee - go figure! 

e || Easiest person to talk to: The Hubs... he's on this little list a lot.  It's kind of like I love him or something ;)

f || Favorite Song: See You Again - Wiz Khalifa. Reminds me of my brother - When I sing it, I sing it to him. 

g || Grossest Memory: Okay. Warning this is nasty... When I was probably 6 my bff and I shared a coke and a corn dog.  She took a sip then I took a sip but it had a little something extra, some of her chewed up corndog.  Let's just say, no more sharing drinks and def no more corn dogs! ugh!

h || Hometown: Acworth, GA

i || In love with: The Hubs and Asher.  I love the little home we've built and I can't imagine sharing this life with anyone else. 

j || Jealous of: Girls who find the perfect red lipstick. I try, I just can't. Do you have it?! Please tell me what your secret weapon is! 

k || Kindest person you know: my mom & my best friend, Kirsten. 

l || Longest relationship: 5 1/2 Years with the Hubs :)

Back when we just started dating...

m || Middle name: Nicole. When I was younger I wanted to change my name to Nicole, mostly because a) I hated being called Daniel and b) some people called me Dani Boy... like, why? Scarring for a young girl, ya know? haha I seemed to have recovered though...

n || Number of siblings: This is a really weird one for me to answer. People ask me, I still feel strange answering it.  So I will answer it in terms like this: Alive - 2 step brothers, Matt & Nick; Up in heaven: 1 brother, Josh 

he clearly got his silly face skills from me...

o || One wish: I could talk to my brother again.  The night it happened.  Before he made that decision that ended his life.  I talk more about him and what happened in this post: Pain, Forgiveness, & Healing

p || Person you spoke to on the phone last: The Hubs 

q || Question you are always asked: "Is that your natural hair?!" I have naturally extremely curly and unruly hair and yes, I hate it and I know one day I will love it!

r || Reason to smile: Dancing in my favorite dress :) More awesome twirling skills here

s || Song you last sang: "We Got It Goin' On" - Backstreet Boys. Thank you 90s Pop Radio on Pandora!

t || Time you woke up: Today was my day off - yay! Slept in until 8am! Which if you know me, is actually really late!

u || Underwear color: this is kinda weird... so... my workout shorts are coral & grey 

v || Vacation destination: Hawaii.  My grandma took me there for 3 weeks when I graduated college.  We did a cruise around all of the islands + stayed on the main land.  I absolutely freakin loved it! The people, the food, the chill mood everywhere.  It was perfect.  

w || Worst habit: Worrying. I know it's pointless.  I worry about that fact too. endless cycle. 

x || X-Rays you've had: none come to mind...

y || Your favorite food: Does coffee & wine count as food? haha kidding... umm, lately probably sushi.   

z || Zodiac sign: Scorpio.  

{Have you done a life lately post? I would love to read it! 
Share the link below! }

~ xoxo ~

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

StyleFiles: Life's A Dance

|| Wearing ||
Dress: Lavender Boutique {exact} - almost sold out!
Bralette: Francesca's {exact
Sandals: H&M (old) {Love these!} - 50% OFF!
Bag: Kate Spade {similar}

You know that song 'Life's A Dance'? The lyrics go something like:

"Life's a dance you learn as you go
Sometimes you lead,
Sometimes you follow
Don't worry about what you don't know
Life's a dance you learn as you go"

Well a) I just really like that song but b) the lyrics are so applicable to my life right now... way too much worrying about silly things I can't control or I am afraid I don't know enough about. I am my own worst enemy.  And sometimes that stops me from stopping, taking a breath, and dancing.  So, today I am reminding myself that God is in the lead, I am following Him, and I am going to dance about it.... 

Wishing you the happiest of Wednesday! 
Don't forget to get your twirl on :) 

~ xoxo ~

Monday, June 29, 2015

StyleFiles: Favorite Floral Shorts

|| Outfit Deets ||
Cropped Top, Floral Shorts, & Necklace: Lavender Boutique {in store} {exact} {in store} 
Mules: Nine West {sold out} {similar} {love these} AND {these!}

So, clearly, I have a small floral obsession (don't judge!) But seriously, these shorts- they are floral, flowy, AND they have pockets! Um, SOLD! 

I will keep it short & sweet today BUT I leave you with this....

.... a really intense hair flip....

haha some serious hair flipping skills right there 

{Question of the Day}
What do you think about florals? Love 'em or hate 'em?

~ xoxo ~

Photographer: Lucero Lora 

Friday, June 26, 2015

StyleFiles: Summer Print Mixing

Playing with prints is currently a summertime pastime obsession of mine. Stripes and florals are my favorite combo but I don't discriminate! Bring on the polka dots, grid prints, and geo prints too! 

|| Outfit Deets ||
Striped Scoop Neck Tee: Lavender Boutique {exact}
Floral Drawstring Shorts: Gap Outlet {sold out} {love these -only $25!}
Cobalt Flats: Express {love these} AND {these!}

|| Styling Tips ||  
~ Stay in the same color scheme when mixing 
~ Smaller prints work best together, if the prints are too big it can be overwhelming
~ You want one pattern to have a solid base for example, the shorts I am wearing have a navy base, it serves as an anchor for the complete look

This may be my first print mixing post for the season, but I can promise you it's not my last.  #youhavebeenwarned :)

{Questions of the Day}
What rules do you follow when print mixing? 
Which prints are your favorite to mix?
Oh and of course, if you have a post about it- share the link in the comments! I would love to check out your print mixing skills! 

~ xoxo ~

Photographer: Lucero Lora 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

StyleFiles: Stripes & Sunshine

So I don't know about where you live, but down here in Georgia grey & rain seem to be the norm. Let's just say I am not a fan... so to cure the rainy blues- here is some sunshine and a bright green sweater to put a smile back on your pretty little face. 
Your welcome :)

Outfit Deets//
Sweater: Francesca's (old)
Chambray: American Eagle {similar}
Jeans: Joe's Jeans {exact}
Boots: Target {exact}
Necklace: Francesca's (old)
Sunnies: TOMS eyewear {exact}

gahhh... cannot wait to be back in the beautiful Sunshine state next week! sunshine. deprived.

and who would I be if I didn't throw a silly picture in there... you should have seen the other ones.... way embarrassing...

Questions of the Day
Sunshine or rainy days?
Have you looked at Target's Boots this year? They have seriously stepped up their shoe game. Check 'em out.

~ xoxo ~

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Favorites #1

Who else is super excited it's Friday?! The Hubs is having a friend come into town and they are prob going to be geeking out over body mechanics and working out all weekend, so... I am going to have a little girls weekend with my mom! It's been awhile since we have had one so I'm super excited! But before I leave, here are a few of my favorite things this week!

These Videos... Vogue 73 Questions 
I watched one then I kind of watched 5 more... Blake Lively, Reese Witherspoon, and Victoria Beckham (aka Posh Spice) to name a few :) 

Speaking of Spice Girls... 
Favorite station on repeat... Spice Girls Radio on Pandora
N*Sync, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey... need I say more? 
90's music will forever be my favorite.

All things Organization...
Okay so the title is 'Organzing is Turning You Into a Hoarder' - what?! lies! I will also forever be pro-organizing so just skip past the title and some of their suggestions to declutter are kinda cool... like give 1 thing away for 30 days... I can do that and we are doing this in the Dunn Casa...
Basically it's a challenge where you dress with 33 items or less for 3 months... eek! I guess you would really be able to pick your favorites, but this one is a little too minimalist for this girl! What do you think? Could you do it? 
This desktop organizer... Chalkboard Organizer whoa!amaze!

This author...Holley Gerth
She blogs, she writes amazing books, she loves Jesus, and she loves coffee! Yep, she is probably my long lost bff... If I could sit down with any author it would totally be her! Her books are super encouraging, motivational, and drive me to pursue the Lord with my whole heart, even in the tough months, weeks, or days... I clearly highly recommend her books :) I will do a little book review over here in the next couple of weeks. 

and speaking of coffee...

this new little card...
Starbucks is always my favorite... but I lost my old Starbucks gold card so I got my new (and oh, so shiny!) one in the mail this week!

Prayer Inspiration...
Casey, who blogs over on The Weigands, wrote one of the prayers in the book.  Her blog is filled with her adorable kiddos, gorgeous pics, and some incredibly inspiring posts. 
A simple little prayer for your hubby for the next 31 days :) I just love this! It made me think how often I don't specifically pray for the Hubs.  He is my best friend, my partner for life, the father of our  future children, and the leader in our marriage, gosh, I can't help but think how crazy it is I haven't done this more diligently.  All I say is thank you Cassie for posting this & the Lord for opening my eyes to a weakness in prayer life & our marriage.  

and last, but not least...

These handsome little muttchkins...

gosh, I love them!

Questions for your Friday:
- Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? And is your Hubby a nerd like mine?! ;)
- If you could have coffee with any author who would it be? 

P.s. I am thinking about doing my own version of Project 333 and sell, donate, or trash 33 items for 3 days... sounds much better, right? Wanna join me? 

~ xoxo ~

Thursday, January 22, 2015

StyleFiles: Pink Poppin' Link Up + Casa Sneak Peek!

Today I am linking up with Audrey over on Putting Me Together for her Winter Style Challenge! I am always game for a good challenge...bonus: It has to do with playing dress up :) 
Count. Me. In.  
This Week's Challenge: Wear a bright.  
This was a seriously good challenge idea for me because as I was looking back through my #ootd for the past few weeks - let's just say neutrals have been my bff's- don't me get me wrong, I am a lover of neutrals & forever will be BUT winter has this way of making me dress in neutrals all day, every day... so being challenged to wear a bright was a fun & necessary style challenge! And of course I decided pink was a good idea, because well, pink is never a bad idea, except if it's a pepto pink bridesmaid's dress, that is a bad idea. Just sayin' all you newly engaged ladies out there ;) 


Outfit Deets//
Sweater: Francesca's {similar - on super sale!}
Skinnies: TJ Maxx {similar}
Wedges: Target {similar}
Clutch: Gifted (from my bestie, the girl has great taste! amiright?)

Oh and as promised earlier this week - here is a little sneak peek into our new little casa :)

the kitchen//

the office//

a little side note: it's a work in progress...the Hubs and I are splitting the office in half so my side is going to get girlier and his apparently will be covered in Ninja Turtle & Hulk Posters... this should be interesting :) I will def post an update.  

the fireplace//

the entry way//

that's all I got for now... but LOTS more to come - this girl has been pinning some home decor like a crazy lady! I am hoping to get the guest room/ bath & living room completed next! So be on the look out for some design inspo posts coming soon... I would love your help! :)

Do you have a really awesome home decor Pinterest board or any recommendations? 
I would love to check them out- just leave the link in the comments!  See you tomorrow for some Friday Favorites!
~ xoxo ~

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

FitnessFiles: Workouts of the Week (New Series!)

It's Wednesday! And since it starts with a "W" I thought I would go ahead and start a new series around here cleverly called Workouts of the know, gotta keep the "W's" together ;) 

 I get asked a lot about what I do for workouts- being a fitness coach for Beachbody I do a lot of their at home workout programs, but I also have a gym membership that I use to go to classes with some of my friends and with the frigid cold temps I also give the treadmill & ellipticals some love too. When it starts to get warmer I hit the track and some trails around our house for sprint workouts - my fave!! I am not currently training for anything specifically, so my fitness goals right now are just to have fun! Which I recommend always! Whenever I do start to train for something again (I am thinking about doing another bikini competition or a half marathon!) I will def let you know - so maybe you can join me :)
 So my idea for this weekly series is to share my week-to-week workout regimen and also share any workouts I create on my own.  Oh and I may throw a recipe or 2 in every once in awhile if I actually cook something kind of's rare, so don't get your hopes up! 

Let's kick this thing off!

Sunday: OFF
Monday: OFF
Wednesday: OFF
Friday: T25 Speed 1.0
Saturday: Bodyweight Treadmill Circuit

So side note / smallish vent sesh - the above workout was made up on the fly bc my friend and I were lucky enough to snag 2 treadmills... which I  consider a slight miracle considering the obscene amount of people at the gym.  We went Saturday with every intention of taking BodyPump but to say we were claustrophobic in that exercise room is an understatement! Oh my! SO -MANY- PEOPLE! Let's just say we will not be visiting any Saturday morning classes at the gym until at least March to give all of the resolutioners time to fall off the bandwagon ( that bad to think..? I do wish them the very best & I sincerely hope they stick with it!) 


Times like Saturday make me thankful for the option to workout at home... what about you- do insanely packed gyms make you kind of crazy? Do you prefer at home workouts or the gym? 

~ xoxo ~