Tuesday, September 4, 2012

8 Things I Loved & Learned Last Week: 2

Hi loves!  I hope you had a fab Labor Day Weekend!  Here's 8 things I loved & learned last week...

1.) I was so amazed and inspired by Jen Ramos (of MadebyGirl) for sharing her story in a post last week entitled The Truth About Becoming Free.  In the post, Jen explains how she has found freedom from the bad decisions she has made in the past through giving them to God, and how she has moved forward from feeling any shame.   It was so inspiring to hear her talk about glorifying God through her work.  It was also a reminder that we are all human and all make mistakes, but that we don't have to continue grieving them.  There will always be people who judge others and channel jealousy towards their successes,  but Jen proves that choosing to ignore them and moving ahead in what you know you were meant to do is what matters most.

2.)  I loved celebrating my dad's official retirement this past Friday.  I'm so thankful for all of his hard work and sacrifice he made over the years for our family.

3.) I found my fall boots!  These beauties came from Banana Republic.  Is it just me or have they really stepped up their game lately?!  

4.) Loved having our family Great Dane down for the weekend when my parents came to visit.  She honestly has no idea how big she is.  She kept trying to lie down in this chair... it was too cute.

5.) I loved welcoming fall with a gray nail color- Essie Chinchilly is my new fave!

6.) Enjoyed trying a new-to-me Italian restaurant with the bf and my fam.  If you live in Houston, you've got to check out Coppa Ristorante.  Although I'm usually not much of an Italian fan, this restaurant blew me away.  Delicious food!  Here's a pic of Sam & I before heading to dinner:

7.)  I am so ready for jackets and scarves!  I love the flared look of this Valentino Red bow coat.  Very tres chic.


8.) I think this board created by Natalie Merrilyn was made for me.  Completely in love with everything on it- and now it's making me want to go to sleep again...

How was your Labor Day?


  1. I love your blog darling and such a great post! We don't have Labour day in England unfortunately.

    Eda ♥

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  2. what a cute coat!!! I love the cut!! Gosh, I haven't been inside a Banana in forever...I will be sure to check out there stuff...cause those boots are awesome!

  3. Love it all, as always! That cape coat is darling. I need it!

  4. Banana Republic is where I found my fall go-to boots too! I love that their styles are classic and well-made...I can picture having them for years to come! Also, that Essie shade is my absolute favorite for fall!

    The Glossy Life

  5. Oh my goodness that coat is gorgeous! And the blue dress you have on is so cute!

  6. Loving your new boots, perfect for fall. And um that bow coat...obsessed!

  7. oh i need to stay away from pasta & all BUT i need to try that place!

  8. I agree, am sooo ready for some cold weather. I love that jacket and those boots-hello!

  9. I was *SO* impressed by Jen and her little declaration (actually a BIG declaration!)...that's real character! (c: And so loving all of it...nail color, handsome arm candy (Sam and Dad (c;), and OH-MY-HEAVENS that style board *IS* heaven!!! Wouldn't I just love to be so parisian chic for bedtime!

  10. Love that picture of you and your dad! So cute. I was dying over that pic of your great dane. My husband has always wanted one and they just seem sooo sweet. That coat???? Can I please just have everything in Alexa Chung's closet?!??! And Natalie is so good at those boards. You should buy everything on this one ;) xoxoox

  11. This is such a great post. I too was impressed by Jen...lover her!
    I totally agree...that Valentino coat is incredible...if I could own it, I would!

  12. Loved this post! Yay for you dad retiring and how cute are you and Sam?? Love the essie color I must pick it up! xoxo

  13. Love the post! Great blog!


  14. your dog is too damn cute! and love the valentino jacket as well.


  15. chinchilly could be my favorite fall/winter color of all time...it goes with EVERYTHING and it's the perfect tone. and lady, those boots are AMAZING

  16. You and Sam are SO cute together! And your sweet puppy is cracking me up trying to lie down in that chair!!


  17. Love this series Sam! And yeah... how great was Jen's post? Just hit me right there in the ol' gut... Looks like you had a fab weekend and some quality time with the family. We still have a couple of weeks, but hey, cheers to Fall!

  18. Love that inspiration board. Makes me crave a cold fall day that I can spend cuddled in my pjs.

  19. you + Sam make the cutest couple + love your blue dress! xx

  20. Loved reading this post and then what a surprise to see my inspiration board at the bottom! Thanks so much, girl!

    Oh and you and your bf are one of the most beautiful couples. So sweet!

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