Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WIWW: Winter Staples + Link Up


Instead of getting out of my comfy clothes to take decent pictures, I decided I would just remind all of you about the perfect winter necessities that you need this holiday season.

Everyone has been raving about these turtle necks (top and bottom left). Seriously, they are the softest, stretchiest, best top you can buy this season. I have three: the grey one, burgundy one, and the striped one. They are on repeat so much Chris has even noticed. If you own one, you know what I'm talking about.

The vest: the underrated article of clothing that I didn't think was a good investment until I bought two in one day and have worn them too many times since then. This quilted one (pictured bottom left) is so cozy. That's the only way I can describe it. It is soft and fluffy and fleece lined. It is perfect for Texans because our weather doesn't require a jacket, just a vest.

The olive green vest (pictured top left) goes with everything. I love that the hood is removable! It is not as fluffy as the quilted one, but equally as warm. It is one of my favorite pieces I own right now!

 Saturday is 'Small Business Saturday' where everyone is encouraged to shop small businesses. The monogrammed fleece I am wearing in the top right is from Shop Tin Roof Designs. You can find them on Etsy. These fleeces make the perfect gifts! Who doesn't love a comfy sweater?! Get your orders in before December 16th in order to have them here by Christmas! (As I type I am in my fleece...which hasn't come off in five days)

And lastly, but certainly not least, the classic jean jacket. If you don't have one, you need one. This one from Old Navy that I have (bottom right picture) is so easy to move around in and is great if you don't need a heavy coat.

So there you have it; some items that I stand behind as key pieces to your winter wardrobe. Most of my items come from Old Navy. I didn't shop at Old Navy for years, but I have recently discovered how much cute stuff they have for such an affordable price. Plus, they have sales all the time, so you really get a lot for you money.

PS: Don't forget to come back Monday to link up with Caitlin and I for The Lovely Lookbook featuring your go-to winter look!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Now for the link up!

- All I ask is you link back to my blog and link to a specific post.

- Write about something fashion related!

Thanks for linking up and to see other WIWW posts, click here.

Linking up with Because Shanna Said So, Get Your Pretty On, The Pleated Poppy.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Perfect Monogrammed Fleece




Sometimes as a blogger you get contacted by companies and you know right away the collaboration will be a home-run. That's how I felt when Bailee from Tin Roof Designs contacted me. 

She is a local DFW girl and her and her mother-in-law started up this awesome Etsy shop last spring. Here is a little bit about TRD written by Bailee:

Tin Roof Designs is a shop that my mother-in-law and I dreamt up and decided to open! We have only been open since the spring of 2014 and operate out of Fort Worth, Texas. We currently offer personalized embroidery items as well as unique screen printed designs. After a few months of being open we decided to invite the other sister-in-laws to join in and we have made this little venture a family fun project. Shop Tin Roof is made up of a handful of ladies bound together by love for the Lord, family, sports, and southern hospitality. 

I mean come on here. Ladies who love The Lord, family, and sports? Hello, that is me to a tee.

I had no idea what Bailee was sending me, but when this 1/2 zip fleece showed up on my doorstep, I was instantly in sweater heaven. Anyone who knows me knows this is my daily look when I'm not at school. I have worn this sweater everyday since I received it. Chris even asked today, "are you going to wash that?" Oops.

This fleece is a medium. It is a tad big, but that's how I like my sweaters. I hate feeling confined and I am able to wear a t-shirt under this without feeling like I'm crammed in my clothes like a little sausage. I usuall wear a small size shirt and a medium in jackets and coats, for size reference...in case you want to order one for Christmas, or for someone else!

Bailee also sent me the cutest monogrammed baseball cap, but the wind was blowing too hard and it kept flying off. Hopefully I'll get around to showing that off soon!!

If you'd like to shop Tin Roof Designs and support Bailee and the ladies in her family, visit her Esty shop 'Shop Tin Roof Designs.' They have the cutest t-shirts and sweaters. Go check them out before the Christmas rush is in full swing.

Here are a few of my favorite things from their shop:

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Tin Roof Designs Etsy shop can be found here.

Find TRD on Instagram @shoptinroof and use the hashtag #shoptinroof so they can see where their products are throughout the nation! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Scary


That is the only word I can find to describe Friday afternoon. 

Friday morning I woke up, got ready for school, and noticed Bailey was acting really strange. She hates going outside in the mornings, especially when it is raining. Unlike normal, she went outside in the drizzle and would not come back in. I text Chris a picture of her with the caption, "she REFUSES to come in." It was so out of the ordinary that it called for a special text message.

I finally got her inside, packed up, and went to school. I noticed she didn't eat her breaskfast, which is unusual as well.

That afternoon when I got home I let her and Wrigley out in the front yard like normal. They ran straight for the bushes to check for the rabbits and I went straight to the mailbox.

All of a sudden I hear yelping, and I look over, and Bailey is laying on the sidewalk shaking, yelping, and going to the restroom all over herself.

I FREAK out. Seriously, freak out. I start screaming her name and continue to freak out. Our neighbors just happen to pull up at the same time and they came running over. I ask if they will watch her while I put Wrigley inside so I can rush her to the vet.

When I come back out Bailey is up, but looks so pitiful. I thank the neighbors and I take her inside to clean her up a bit and call the vet. I also call Chris bawling and he has that panicked, 'ahhhh what do I need to do' voice.

We head to her appointment at 5:15pm and I can tell something is up. She is totally not herself and I am a wreck.

Chris decides to rush home from work, but I decided to leave without him because I didn't want to wait for him to get home. He agreed that it was best to get her there asap.


We get to the vet and her temperature is really low. They check her out and determine that she probably had a seizure, but there was nothing they could do about it at that moment unless I wanted to pay tons of money to have her scanned and get a full evaluation. Call me cheap, but the vet made it clear she wasn't dying, so I opted not to have her all checked out. Before we left he wanted to make sure she ate, since she hadn't eaten all day. She ate the medicated food he gave her, so he sent us on our way.

On the way home she was still pretty out of it. I stopped to pick up a pizza across the street from our neighborhood and left her in the car for literally five minutes. While I was inside Domino's she threw up all over my car. Yes, it was just as gross as you can imagine, but I started freaking out again because I wanted to know what was wrong with her.

I called the vet back and asked if it was normal that she throw up the medicated food and he said no and I should bring her back first thing in the morning.

I got home and was bawling again because I'm her mother and I guess that's what mothers do?! I had Chris take her inside and I cleaned my car. Chris is a wimp when it comes to puke, so I took one for the team.

The rest of Friday night I laid with and cuddled. She slept right by me so I could make sure I would hear her if anything happened.

Saturday morning we woke up and I could tell she was hungry. I fed her a little bit and she scarfed it down. I let her have her normal portion and she ate every last bite.

We called the vet before our appointment and they said if she was eating then we could just monitor her.

All day Saturday she was pretty pitiful. She was just lethargic and not her normal self. It crushed me every time I saw her sad eyes.

Sunday was like a brand new day and we finally got glimpse of our girl back. She had more spunk and was willing to play with Wrigley. She ate and went to the restroom like normal. I finally had some relief that she was on the mend.

Thanks to all of you who text and sent your well wishes on IG. The prayers were heard and my girl is back to her old silly self now! But, Bailey, let's not pull those shenanigans anymore, okay? Your Mom almost had a heart attack!

Has this ever happened to your pup?

Linking up with Leann and Kimberlee!
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