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How to Party While on Vacation with Family: Florida Nights

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This post has been on Vacation since we’ve returned from our vacation back in June of 2015. How you may ask? That answer will be in a whole other post later this week. LOL!

For now, I can share that there are so many things that I could talk about in our family’s recent trip to Florida this past May/June, but I’ll start with this…

May 31, 2015 after a 15 hour drive from Pennsylvania to Florida with my beautiful family, we arrive at our destination. A pretty nice neighborhood on some pretty swanky land, kind of made me feel like we could have kept driving right through to the Keys of Florida. *Bats eyelashes* It really was a lovely place. We did our usual settling in routine, then went to a few stores, lastly grabbed a quick bite to eat, before jumping into the shower/tub, and heading over to Deland, FL.

For why? What was in that section of Florida that we couldn’t just stay in our condo, walk on the beach, or lounge by the pool with my mom & our children? No way, none of that tonight! You see my husband and I had to sacrifice those things, sleeping in a bed, and winding down to enjoy the view of the beach because at the then, current dressed to impress time of 9:45-10pm a 90’s style house party with his childhood friend Carl* of 20+ years is happening. We need to be there, huntie!

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Hubby and I pull up to a house that is just rocking. Reminded me of the movie House Party (number 1 of course)! I’m kind of like jet lagged, but we drove, so it’s weird. Snapped out of that really quickly though! We haven’t seen this particular friend in about 6/7 years, so we’re pretty excited to walk into his home. Adrenaline is a powerful substance inside of the body, let me tell you. As soon as we walked through the front doors, it was like I had just finished working out. The music just jumped into my body, sleep was gone, and it was time to party!

It’s hilarious because since it had been even longer than 6/7 years since we’ve seen the rest of the family, they didn’t even recognized us walking up to the house. Between the DJ who had the house on 100 decuples of volume, the strobe/led party lights, the plethora of individuals, and the fact that we may have told them that we might not be coming because we were REALLY tired from the drive, (but it was really because we wanted to surprise them)!! Once we were inside the living room and our friendly family finally recognized my husband, that’s when the room erupted! It was really heartwarming. We handed the lady of the house (Cindy*) some flowers, the man (Carl*) his favorite bottle, and then proceeded to enjoy the rest of the night/morning.

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Needless to say, we had a really great time. And it was really worth the drive, as well as no sleep!

So, that’s “How to Party While on Vacation with Family”. You must have an awesome sauce mom/dad that will watch their grandchildren for the night. Know super cool people close to or in the city/town that you’re staying in, for sure. And last but not least, be willing to lose sleep to have a really good time with people who know how to party, as well as care for your well being!! VERY possible, all should try it at least once.

I hope that you enjoyed this post, and please feel free to comment. I appreciate them dearly. *Names have been changed to keep identities private! They’re cool as ever though.

As always, I humbly thank you.

Peace!

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Guest Features in Fashions for Now: Next Up!

Hi, fellow bloggers, friends, & lovers of reading! I do hope that you don’t miss the weekend too much! For us in Philadelphia, it’s been a four day weekend, Popemania all over town. Hopefully the beginning of your work week is treating you well, nonetheless!

After a VERY long , yet productive break, I’ve returned, and this was quite a feat for me. I say this because of the love of this brand. If there was any brand that I believe deserves recognition for their current design aesthetic, it’s this company. I love to see apparel lines take shape with their conviction & style right before your eye. Another beautiful thing about the designer that I’m highlighting for this “episode” designs for both men and women! *Drools a little* Can I just say that anyone who knows me, knows that I love menswear just as much (if not more at times) as women’s wear. Thus the long wait “shopping” the internet and in Photoshop to get these looks as right as possible in my mind for this post.

With all of that being said, the wait has been long enough! Next up is…

Henry Holland of House of Holland

 

Here’s the kicker with the HOH (House of Holland) collections, I absolutely LOVE almost every single article of clothing inside of them. Henry’s ode to self is quite evident. The HOH collection is a tailored (so London), yet edgy (New York kind), and still makes whom ever is wearing it feel Unique, Cool, GOOD and believe it or not Polished. Who does this?! And does it so well, Henry Holland of HOH.

I desperately would love to wear this designer at least 5 days maybe even more out of a week, to be honest with you all. This is why it proved to be quite difficult when it came for me to pick and choose articles of clothing, therefore I’ll be doing this post VERY different from my last.

Look Number 1.

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The looks I’m, oh I mean she’s wearing are HYPERLINKED;

Orange Crop Top: HOH, Dirndl Skirt: HOH, Black Lady Bag: HOH, Comb Over Sunglasses: HOH, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Thigh High Boots: S. Madden.

Pink Embroidered Crop Top: HOH, Midi Length Sweat Skirt: HOH, Embellished Hot Dog Bag: HOH, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Sunglasses: HOH, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Sneakers: Juicy Couture @Kohls.

Look Number 2.

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What he’s wearing is HYPERLINKED;

Black Leather Shirt: HOH, Zig-Zag Trouser: HOH, Snakeskin Bucket Hat: HOH, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Black Leather Boots: John Varvatos Star @Bloomingdales.

Enjoy Myself T-Shirt (Black): HOH, Gingham Trousers: HOH, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Sunglasses: HOH, High Top Sneakers: Gucci @Bloomingdales.

Look Number 3.

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What I’m, ugh, I’ve done that again. What she’s wearing is HYPERLINKED;

Flame Print Sweatshirt (front & back views): HOH, Midi Length Tube Skirt: HOH, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Green Sunglasses: HOH, Stardust Bucket Bag: HOH, Booties: Kenneth Cole @Bloomingdales.

Mini Tube Dress (front and back views): HOH, Fur Clutch w/Chain: HOH, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Sunglasses: HOH, Ankle Booties: Vera Wangs @Kohls.

Look Number 4.

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What he’s wearing is HYPERLINKED;

Teacup Sweatshirt: HOH, Black Jeans: HOH, Watch: Daniel Wellington @Bloomingdales, Chukka Boots: Aldo.

Yellow Sweatshirt: HOH, Ell Gee Sweatpants: HOH, Flame Bucket Hat: HOH, Watch: Movado @Bloomingdales, Sneakers (Woman’s): Kenneth Cole @Bloomingdales.

Look Number 5.

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What they’re wearing is HYPERLINKED;

Denim Jean Jacket: HOH, Snake Print Joggers: HOH, Lace Crop Top: Lush Top @Bloomingdales, Necklace: Charming Charlie, Sunglasses: HOH, Tricks Clutch: HOH, Leather Slip On Sneakers: Aldo

Zig-Zag Trousers: HOH, M.F.P. Chest Tee: HOH, Belt: Salvatore Ferragamo @Bloomingdales, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Sunglasses: HOH, Chukka Sneakers: TOMS @Bloomingdales.


HOH is KILLING the game! Which can also be thought of as an understatement in my personal opinion, and isn’t that what blogging is ALL about! Personal opinions. However, I do leave room for us to agree to disagree. Once you’ve actually gone to the HOH site, or inside the actual store, and still beg to differ. ABSOLUTELY  leave me a Comment, so that we can talk. 🙂 I’m certain that Henry has at least one article of clothing/accessory for EVERYONE’S taste level.

Now go and explore, have fun, and above all make it a great week!

As always, I sincerely hope that you’ve enjoyed this post! That I was supposed to post yesterday, YIKES!!

Ttyl,

PEACE.

 

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Quiet Storm

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Have you ever heard successful people, or celebrities say, “Surround yourself with the people who you aspire to become.” Or project what you want out of life until it becomes a reality for you”, (fake it until you make it).  I’m sure that we all have at one time or another, be it through reading a book, watching a show, or listening to some song. The general consensus is to put/throw yourself out there. Contact people, go to social events, attend some seminars, write down what you want out of the week/month/year, pray, meditate, buy this, wear that, and so forth, and so on.

Here’s my question, what good is any of it if you don’t get a return call/email? You mingle and network, but can’t get out a clear message of what you do? That seminar gave you the boost/jolt of energy that you needed for the week, but now reality is settling in comfortably and the spark is gone. Your plan for the week/month/year is going awesome, although now your kids/wife/husband/ mother/father is sick, or in some shape or form need YOU! You’re praying, but are you acting on what you’ve prayed for? Faith without works is dead, no? Meditated on calm, stressless (not a real word), and productive days, just to fizzle out when the smoke hits the fan. Better yet, you’ve spent (or charged) all this money to present yourself as “successful” when you have no food to eat, or place to live! Is it safe to say that we all know one of these feelings or another similar to it?

What you do when faced with any of these obstacles, adversities, and wrenches in the game determines your outcome more than anything else in the world. That’s what I believe anyway.

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I’m having a lot of situations like this happen to me in my quest to make a better life for my family and me. People looking down on me for lack of experience, instead of trying to help. Reaching out to certain individuals, not for a hand out, but to work, and being rejected. Feeling ready for the world after some strong encouragement from people in the business that I aspire to be in, just to get hit with the reality that what they’ve done will not work for me. Of course I get it. In this life, one size doesn’t fit all! One size fits one person, because nobody has the same journey. And some people aren’t trying to assist you, because they’re too busy with their own. May I NEVER be like that. My circumstances can (and will) change for the better in due time. Although who I am deep down inside as a person should not. Unless I’m evil, and in that case change away!!

The kicker is to not mind any of those “setbacks”, keep going! Be persistent, consistent, reliable, hardworking, optimistic, and ready for THAT yes! Because it’s on its way. Yes there’ve been days that I’ve gone into a “funk”, but I was never out of the game. I’d readjust and find another way. Have courage, passion, follow thru, and loved ones who believe in you. Oh those people who believe in you, they make it ALL worth while! Make “it” work for your situation, your family, your stage in life. Will it be easy? No! If it comes easy, it’ll go just as quickly. Will it be worth it? I surely hope so! I’d suggest that you make it last, and worth while. Appreciate all that you had to learn and go through to finally be able to reap the benefits of what you’ve sown. That’s all I ask of me & you today, as well as from here on out.

And, oh YES, I’ll be ready to embrace the opportunities as they come.

It’s time to make more money, less excuses. Be a quiet storm.

 

 

As always, I hope that you’ve enjoyed this post!

Please feel free to like, comment, and share yourself with me. 🙂

PEACE