Flower Child

 
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. - Albert Einstein
 

Festival Outfit

1. MUDD Jean Vest via Kohl's (Not available online) | 2. Candie's Floral Tank via Kohl's (Not available online) | 3. IZ Byer Skirt via Kohl's (Not available online) | 4. Apt. 9 Fringe Bag via Kohl's (Similar Here)  | 5. MUDD Strappy High Heel Sandals via Kohl's | 6. MUDD Earings via Kohl's | 7. MUDD Necklace via Kohl's | 8. MUDD Bangles via Kohl's | In addition: MUDD Floral Crown (All c/o)

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While Coachella is almost over, festivals all over the country are about to happen soon. If you didn't make it to Coachella but plan to go to a festival near you, I'm sure you're already thinking of what to wear.

I've only been to a festival once in my life and from what I've noticed, there's really no rule as far as festival fashion. Some dress like boho, others edgy. But there are also those that dress just plain weird! I do think though that boho style is probably the comfiest and easiest to put together. Granted it may not necessarily make the most statement but the most important thing is to have a good time.

Kohl's has plenty of festival items to choose from, especially in their junior's section! MUDD is probably the brand that has the items that will fit the occasion the most. However, you can also mix and match from others like Candie's and Lauren Conrad. I think my most favorite part about this whole outfit is the strappy sandals, also from MUDD. Thankfully, it's available online so be sure to check out the link on the outfit recap.

Most items I wore here though are not available online but I'm sure you will find something at your local Kohl's. And you know what the best part about Kohl's is? They always have a sale going on and you can also earn Kohl's cash every time you purchase.

 

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Free Month of Audible E-Books

 

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With a lot of us getting glued more and more these days to our mobile devices, I am not surprised that we are starting to prefer more ebooks or audio books.

I personally have found myself listening to the audio Bible more frequently these days than reading the hard copy. I discovered that I am more of a “listening” person than I am a reading person. It just makes it easier for me to multi-task while listening. I can edit photos and do some blog work while listening to an audio book.

Come to think of it…if you’re listening to an audio book, you don’t have to put off reading the book you have long been wanting to read, simply because you don’t have the time.

I think this is why Audible is amazing! Now we can “read” the stories that we love while doing other things – even maybe if you’re at work!

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Think of the pleasure of listening while driving, waiting at the doctor’s office, standing in line or grocery shopping, cleaning the house or doing the laundry!

Audible has over 150,000 titles in every genre and you can start with a free ebook. You can also try it for free for 30 days! Click here to try it for free! 

As if that’s not great already, they also have titles for kids! Audible is a great resource for your family!

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Paisley

 
Be your own cheerleader. Take note of your own progress, your own perseverance, and inner strength. Be affirming and kind to yourself. Believe in yourself. - Vikas Runwal

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1. Fruitful Concept Romper (Check out other options below) | 2. Deb Shops Clutch Bag | 3. Deb Shops Wedges (Check out other options below) | 4. Outrage Fashion Earrings | 5. Deb Shops Necklace | 6. Sperry Topsider Watch, CAbi Chain Bracelet (All c/o)

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I'm back! I am finally back! It's been a little over 3 weeks since I've last posted an outfit. Many of you knew that I had a hives outbreak, coupled with angioedema. I didn't look human at all for those 3 weeks which made it impossible for me to shoot outfits. My arms, neck, and face had been infested with hives. Anyway, more about this story on a separate post!

Well, it's romper season! Although rompers are a little hard for me to manage (you know, when you need to relieve yourself?), I still love it. I think it's still the comfiest piece during warm weather. This blue paisley romper with 3/4 sleeves is pretty fab. It actually works well for me right now that I still have some traces of hives on my arms. However, unfortunately, I believe Fruitful Concept has already closed, the same as Deb Shops. I've had the romper for awhile but since I got sick, I couldn't feature it soon enough.

I provided you with some options below though so be sure to check it out if you love rompers! If not, it's always good to try something new. ;)

 

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Naturalizer Shoe Style Challenge + A Chance to Win $100 Giftcards

 

Hi Ladies and Gentlemen! I need your help! Naturalizer has asked me to participate in a style challenge this month along with a few other bloggers. I was asked to create 3 different looks wearing their Jazzy open toe sandals in white and silver

Below is the Jazzy shoes and it also comes in other colors but I was provided with the white and silver one to style. Now here's the thing. It's a challenge and it means that I'm competing with other bloggers for the look. I'm asking for your help to vote me! You will in turn get a chance to win 1 of 5 $100 Naturalizer gift cards! They have the most comfortable shoes and you'll be sure to find one that you like or perhaps get the Jazzy as well!

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I was asked to create a work look, a date night look, and a getaway look. There were actually a couple of styles of Naturalizer shoes to choose from but I decided to go with the Jazzy shoes because I feel that it will be more appropriate for the looks I have in mind.

Below are the three looks I created. The first one is obviously my work look. I feel that work outfits aren't necessarily my strength because I have never been a corporate girl or an employee per se for a long time before I started becoming a small business owner. The times I have been employed though had been in environments where strict dress code wasn't required so I wasn't very particular about the styles. Anyway, I tried my best below with what I thought would work well with the Jazzy shoes.

Click here to vote for my looks and for a chance to win 1 of 5 Naturalizer gift cards in the amount of $100/each.

 

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Now this is my cup of tea, maybe? I wanted to go for a romantic and sweet look, wearing white and blush, to match Jazzy. It's sassy but still relaxed. Gave it a pop of mint with my shoulder bag and because my top already had sequins, I went for a minimal necklace vs. a statement one. 

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The final look is a getaway look which was a breeze to put together! There was no doubt that even though Jazzy was versatile enough to create a work and date night look, it's perfect for a getaway and fits a true wanderlust soul! 

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Click here to vote for my looks and for a chance to win 1 of 5 Naturalizer gift cards in the amount of $100/each.
 

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What to Pack for A Festival Trip

 

It's almost festival season! And I wish I'd be traveling to one anytime soon. SXSW, one of the biggest festivals in the nation, has just passed. I was supposed to be in Austin that weekend but thanks to these hives and angioedema (angio, what now?), I'm still stuck at home and in bed, just resting.  

Oh, Coachella…ella…ella…ella…is just around the corner. The biggest one in the west I believe. I have never been to that one and maybe someday I can check it out. For now, thought I'd put together an idea of what you might want to bring if you're planning to travel to a festival anytime soon. 

Festivals are full of stylish people and some styles are just plain weird. But if you would like to be spotted as a legitimate fashionista, walking around the festival site in style, here are some of my suggestions. These items are not only fashionable but they are also functional. They're not something that you just use once and that's it. 

Every single items is available at your local Kohl's or Kohl's.com Each direct link to the item is below. You may not be a Junior but Kohl's junior section has a lot of fun items for festivals and for summer. I will be styling a festival outfit come next week so stay tuned…for the mentime, check out the product round-up below.

What to Pack for a Festival Trip

Mudd Distressed Denim Shorts | Candie's Aviator Sunglasses | Mudd Gladiator Thong Sandals | Manhattan Accessories Newsboy Hat  | Juicy Couture Tank | Candie's Pineapple Backpack | Levi's Classic Denim Jacket | Contigo Water Bottle | Mudd Strapless Romper  | Mudd Fringe Bag | Mudd Beaded Necklace  | S.o.R.a.d Tribal Boot Cut Pants | SO Swimsuit | Mudd Crop Tee 

 

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UKIES Pumps Giveaway Worth $199!

 

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A few weeks ago, I have introduced to you via a giveaway a brand new luxury brand of pumps called UKIES. If upon seeing them, you think there's really nothing special about them, then think again. UKIES are simple but classic and elegant. Best of all, it has technology that gives comfort probably no other shoe brand has.

Below are the 4 ways that UKIES' technology brings comfort in our shoes. I think these days women need not only be a stylish but also a smart dresser and by that I mean making the right choices in fashionable items that are not just trendy but also comfortable.

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The UKIES team is proud to offer another one of my readers a pair of your choice of UKIES pumps. They come in two styles and different colors so you have plenty to choose from. I also suggest visiting www.ukies.com to learn more about them.

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A Quick Note!

 

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Hey My Lovelies…just a quick note. I didn't want you to think that I have gone AWOL on you. Some of you may know this already but I am actually currently suffering from hives, thus the lack of outfit posts. I've never had hives before and never been allergic to anything. I think hives are from hell! Seriously though. It's like you don't know what caused it and they all of a sudden infest your body without notice. Boo!

Anyway, I don't want a sad story here. I'm hoping to recover soon. Benadryl and Claritin didn't help much so I'm sorting to natural cure. I don't want to go to the doctor and get steroids for it.  As soon as my face clears of rashes and make-up won't irritate my face, I'll be back to shooting. I have a ton of cute outfits to share with you all and I hope that in my absence, you will look forward to it, haha! I didn't think it was going to take this long. At the risk of scaring myself (why do we even do that?), I have googled about it and read that some had it for 6-8 weeks. For goodness sake, I can't afford that! I'm believing God for healing and I know that He is faithful and by faith, I'm already healed.

I would post reviews and other things but for the most part, the past few days, the meds knocked me out and all I wanted to do was sleep, like I have no life and no other things to do. I guess I needed rest!

By the way, how appropriate is the face of the baby above? That's exactly how I feel when I'm itching. Mostly at nights and my ears are often burning.

Thank you all for sticking around and know that I will be back soon!

 

xo,
Lynne

Hello Spring!

 

Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
 

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1. TOBI Dress (Also check out other options below) | 2. Delavion Handbag | 3. Restricted Shoes (Use coupon code LG25 to receive discount) | 4. Amelia Rose Earrings | 5. FJord Necklace | 6. FJord Watch, Sole Society Bracelet (All c/o)

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Hello Spring!

I've spent so many cold winter days and nights without you. Oh how I've longed for this day! I thought I'd never see you again but I'm so glad now that you're finally here.

You know I love everything about you! I love the pastel flowers that you bring. I love your haze in the afternoons and the cooler weather that comes with it. The fashion that comes with you is another thing – the pinks, light blues, lilacs, and mint greens – in clothes, shoes, even in earrings. Yes, my dainty earrings from Amelia Rose!

I can't count the ways I love you but just know that I do. You make me smile, it's just what you do.

Oh by the way, I know we haven't talked awhile but I wanted to tell you about TOBI. They have so many great pieces. I feel that I should've been named Tobi, because everything about them is about me. If that even makes sense. I want to bring all their pieces in my closet. But alas, it's just a wish for now.

I hope you like today's outfit, Spring. I prepared for this day. I prepared this outfit for your official coming. Did you notice that my shoes from Restricted Footwear match my dress so well?

Your coming also marks my mom's birthday. Today she turns 64. That's why this day is pretty special. She's the thread that holds our family together – I love her so much. She's a very strong woman. Her strength in every season is unimaginable. I am grateful that she was chosen to be my mom. She's a tremendous gift! I love you mom! You make my blog possible. You make me look pretty. Thank you for turning my ideas into reality in every image. Thank you for cooperating with me…most of the time. Haha!

Anyway, happy birthday mom, and Spring, welcome! We're going to have an amazing three months. Wish it's longer though!

Lynne

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Royal Living at Royal Sonesta Houston

 

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Being that Houston is the fourth largest city in the country, you can expect to have so many choices of places to stay while you're here. I hope that in the past few months of taking staycations in my city, I was able to give a glimpse of what Houston has to offer (and this is for my out-of-town readers) in terms of top notch accommodations. If you're from Houston, well you know pretty much what we've got!

The Galleria area is one of the prominent areas in town. It's called The Galleria because of the upscale mall in Houston that houses famous designer brands such as Miu Miu, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry and many more, along with department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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The area is sometimes mistaken as downtown too but it seems to me like it's more like a financial district. There are a bunch of restaurants, corporate buildings, upscale condominiums, townhouses, as well as 3 and 4 star hotels, one of them being Royal Sonesta where I had once again the privilege of spending overnight just to experience the royal service! You all know how I love taking staycations.

Royal Sonesta has 485 bedrooms and 13 of which are suites – all of those rooms are non-smoking. Hooray! Sorry for those who are smokers. I don't smoke and I despise the smell of smoke. It's great to know that the rooms at Royal Sonesta are smoke-free and are very clean!

So when I got to the hotel, one thing I immediately noticed is its corporate vibe. I guess because they do have conference and meeting room facilities as well and because of the area. The reception is simple, there's not much decorations going on. It's quite minimalist.

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Across the reception area is the Axis Lounge and Bar which a friend and I went to have dinner that same night and there will be a separate post on that. But can I rave a little bit? Man, they have amazing food! That's all I can say for now. The Axis Lounge it is actually a part of the lobby area but they serve drinks and food there as well.

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It looks like they have a couple of lobbies. This part right here is the lobby for the conference and meeting rooms. If I am not mistaken, sometimes they use this area for some functions as well.

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This sitting area is right next to the Axis Lounge.

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The second lobby has a higher ceiling and part of the wall has this and thought it's pretty neat.

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Royal Sonesta has 3 dining options – ARA Restaurant, Axis Lounge, and this one below is called Launch which I believe serves breakfast and snacks. There's complimentary coffee being served during breakfast hours. They also have room service.

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The elevator area on my floor feels like home!

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I like that the hallways are light and bright!

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And here's my room! If I remember it correctly, I was on the 17th floor and had a great view of the highway and some buildings in the area. The room is quite minimalist as kind of expected from what I have seen on the lobby. I love it because it's bright and simple. Very easy on the eyes. The artwork is limited on the work/desk station. They do offer free wi-fi by the way but it has a certain speed. If you want the speed to be faster, you have to upgrade. The room has a flat screen TV and….Keurig!!! Yes! Ha.

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Just a snapshot of the bathroom.

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A couple of things worth mentioning:  1. I noticed that instead of those travel size toiletries, they have the shampoo, conditioner, and bath gel in dispensers instead in an effort to be environment-friendly. Thought that's pretty neat!

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2. When I was heading out in the morning to snap some photos, I saw a newspaper on the floor by my door. Although I really don't read hard copy newspapers, I know that there are people that still do, especially the corporate people, so this is quite a nice service!

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I got to check out their fitness center which has a heated outdoor pool. It's a pretty small area compared to the size of the hotel but I guess not too many people work out while on vacation or work travel anyways.

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There is a small portion dedicated for yoga and pilates.

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I really enjoyed my stay at Royal Sonesta – it's really one of my nicest staycation! With the exception of  my room not ready when I got there and had to wait for a good 45 mins (thankfully, I'm a bit patient), everything was smooth. I'm pretty easy! I hardly call for service. I slept in till almost 10 AM since I stayed up late with friends hanging at the Axis Lounge. I normally ask for a late check-out because hey, what's a staycation if I have to wake up at 7 AM?

Like I said earlier, the hotel is a good fit for business travelers because of the corporate vibe and avid shoppers who would thoroughly enjoy the shopping and dining scenario at the Galleria. It's not much for family with kids who are looking for some recreation at the hotel because they don't have such amenities. That doesn't mean to say though that family with kids can't stay there. There is a lot of activities however in the area and a few minutes drive that kids will enjoy.

The hotel offers valet parking and they have a huge parking garage that has plenty of parking spots for everyone!

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Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary stay at Royal Sonesta to facilitate this experience write-up. The opinions expressed herein are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Royal Sonesta.

Leon Max $1,000 Online Shopping Spree Giveaway

 

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Who could use a closet overhaul for Spring? I sure can! Well how about a $1,000 online shopping spree from Leon Max? Hey, why not? Leon Max is giving away a $1,000 gift card that you can redeem at their website maxstudio.com. The giveaway runs from March 16 through March 27. In order to enter, you must go to their Facebook page or website and enter a valid email address. 

Oh how I wish I could join! I love love love their pieces. It's chic, sporty and somewhat laid back. Their pieces are very wearable and will make a great street style! It's mostly solid colors but those that are with prints or embellishments are still subtle which still make it great for work wear. It's also great all year round! The light colors and light materials are great for Spring and Summer while they can also be used for layering and mixing with Fall and Winter pieces. Their designs have a very California feel to it but it's still something that Houstonians and New Yorkers would want to wear! I also like that it's very effortlessly feminine!

If you're not familiar with Leon Max, it's a brand worn by Hollywood celebrities such as Zooey Deschanel, January Jones, Sarah Jessica Parker and Olivia Wilde.

What are you waiting for? Head over to their website or Facebook page and I also suggest following them on Twitter so you can be updated with any promotions and giveaways they have going on.

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