Category Archives: Shopping

Fall Outfits I have Been Loving

I love dressing for Fall.

Get me some skinny jeans or leggings, oversized tops and sweaters, scarves, booties or boots, and I am so good to go.  If you haven’t guessed, I LOVE shopping. I love clothes. I love helping my friends find cute outfits and deals and helping them feel like the cute sassy mamas that they are.  My mission is really to help women feel good in their skin and say so long to insecurity. (Great book by Beth Moore by the way! Go read it!)

Here are just a few of my favorite outfits recently:

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We are still experiencing high temps here in SoCal, but pretty soon, I won’t be able to wear those cute shorts or dresses. But these have been my favorite go to pieces so far.  I love oversized tops.  And if you recognize a few of those pieces, yes, they are LuLaRoe.  I don’t know what happened, but I have become obsessed with their clothing.

I don’t sell it, but I know several amazing gals who would love to style you if you have ever wanted to try them out. Their leggings? Like buttah!

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There are also some great pieces at H&M, Old Navy, Brickyard Buffalo, Jane.com, and of course, Target!!!! That is where I stock up on most of my seasonal wear.  I also love layering too, which comes in really handy when the weather cools down and you have dresses that can go from summer to fall.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match and get creative.  IG and Pinterest are great places to get inspiration so you can find a style all your own and rock it!

Be a Size You,

Tiffany

Summer Resort from Ruche

My absolute FAVORITE shop, Ruche, has unleashed their brand new look book for Summer. 

If you haven't had a chance to check them out, you really should.  They have the absolute best vintage style attire I have ever seen.

Gorgeous fabrics and their prices are pretty good.  

Check out their lookbook:

And if any of my family is reading this post….my birthday is coming up. 

That is all. =).
Have a great day everyone!
Tiff~

Hey There!

I have an interview up at http://leadingandlovingit.com today. Come by to say hello and learn a little more about my role as a Pastor’s Wife and Illuminate!
Plus, you will get to meet some other really amazing women. So if you are a PW or a women in ministry, come on over!
Tiff~

I Got It At Ross

New Shoes

Do you like my boots? I got them at Ross.

Yes I said Ross.  Now, for those who know me, I don't normally shop at Ross.  I don't have the patience to go through that place and find things that I would actually use or wear.

I am kind of picky. And impatient. ha!

But Dan and I had the opportunity to have lunch together last week and he suggested that we stop into the store to browse.  He loves Ross. He always finds great stuff there. 

I do not.

He has patience.

I do not.

Except this time….I scored. Totally scored! I had been looking for nice black boots for awhile now and I just wasn't entirely sure I wanted to spend $40 plus bucks on them.  I am kind of on a budget.  It sucks but you do what you have to do!

These literally popped out at me. And they said buy me! Because if you don't I will be gone!

They really did say that. Honest.

They cost me a whopping $22.00.  I say well worth it!

Tell me about your shopping victories!  

Tiff~

P.S. Do you like my picture? I played around with my photos over at picnik.  Love that site! Plus, it is free!

New loves

Most of you know just how much I adore Etsy.  I introduced one of my best friends to this site and she is now obsessed as well.  I am in awe of how many creative people there are out there in this world.  I am a huge advocate of buying and making homemade decor, jewelry and other goodness instead of always searching for them at a department store.  Here are a couple of my newest faves:

Everyday Fairytale

My jaw literally dropped when I saw the goodness that was displayed at this gal's shop.   I am secretly trying to figure out how I am going to get my hands on this lovely without getting caught by hubby. But alas he reads my blog and now he probably knows about my scheming.  Boooo!

Her pieces are gorgeous and she has some gorgeous embellished dresses and tanks as well.  I love how romantic everything looks. They would be perfect for Christmas gifts. 

The Leather Store

My bestie Sheena introduced me to this store after she showed off her GORGEOUS black handbag Thursday evening at our monthly dinner.  I freaked out and demanded that she share the info with me.   I am a sucker for gorgeous handbags and this one I want.

Here and here are other shops I am sure you will love.

Miss RubySue

I have mentioned this shop before and I will mention her again.  Probably one of the sweetest woman EVER and so creative.  I LOVE her pieces.  I already have one of her adorable headbands and I am really wanting more of her stuff.  I don't know what it is but this shop always stops me in my tracks and has me in awe of her color combinations. I  ADORE this shop.

Brag About It

This shop features handstamped jewelry and I love it. I think I might ask for this one for Christmas and get Sean and Madi's names stamped on them.  Beautiful huh?

Sugar and Spice

If you have a little girl like I do, then you will definitely want to check out these hair pieces.  I adore them and I want to grab a couple for Madi. She has beautiful hair and she is really starting to get into hair accessories.  I love that about having a girl.  Everyday is dress up.

So support handmade and check these shops out.  If you have shops that you love…..please share them with us! I love finding new shops!

Xoxo,

Tiff~

September Already?

I cannot believe how fast the summer flew by.  We are already into September and before you know it, Christmas will be here.

I am so not ready.

Tomorrow Sean will be 2 months old.  I feel as if I just gave birth to the little guy. (Speaking of birth…..did I ever tell his birth story? I don't think I did. Will have to do that.)

My sister is getting married on September 20th and I have so much to do before then.  I am the Matron of Honor so I will have to prepare a speech for the toast.  Have I ever mentioned that I am absolutely terrified of public speaking?  It totally freaks me out.  I leave speaking up to my husband since his is the "professional".  *wink*

Sheena's bridal shower is next Sunday and I still have to get things organized for that as well.  I love parties.  I love planning them, decorating them, hosting them.  I get a big kick out of creating something beautiful and fun for my guests and the guest of honor.  It will be so fun and I hope Sheena gets wonderful things for her new life as a wife. 

Also, 3 days until the launch of the Graceland Series at Illuminate.  I am so excited for this.  It will be awesome.  Please keep praying!  I will post an update on how it all went down on Monday. 

Love you all!  Have a great Friday!

Tiff~

September Already?

I cannot believe how fast the summer flew by.  We are already into September and before you know it, Christmas will be here.

I am so not ready.

Tomorrow Sean will be 2 months old.  I feel as if I just gave birth to the little guy. (Speaking of birth…..did I ever tell his birth story? I don't think I did. Will have to do that.)

My sister is getting married on September 20th and I have so much to do before then.  I am the Matron of Honor so I will have to prepare a speech for the toast.  Have I ever mentioned that I am absolutely terrified of public speaking?  It totally freaks me out.  I leave speaking up to my husband since his is the "professional".  *wink*

Sheena's bridal shower is next Sunday and I still have to get things organized for that as well.  I love parties.  I love planning them, decorating them, hosting them.  I get a big kick out of creating something beautiful and fun for my guests and the guest of honor.  It will be so fun and I hope Sheena gets wonderful things for her new life as a wife. 

Also, 3 days until the launch of the Graceland Series at Illuminate.  I am so excited for this.  It will be awesome.  Please keep praying!  I will post an update on how it all went down on Monday. 

Love you all!  Have a great Friday!

Tiff~

The Great Mommy Escape

Today, I got a total day off from being Mom.  For my birthday, Dan surprised me with a gift card to Peaches And Cream Day Spa and said that I could spend an entire day by myself doing whatever I wanted. 

Ummm…yeah I was really excited.  Wouldn't you be?

So my day started off at 11am with a fabulous and much needed aromatherapy massage.  All of the mommy stress was melted away as the massage therapist rubbed all the right places and removed the knots that wanted to make my back their permanent home.  I could tell I had a lot by the way she had to dig in my upper back.  Oh man.  But after she was done, I felt a billion times better.  I have decided that if I were rich, I would splurge on a massage for myself at least twice a month.  Because massages are pure heaven I tell you.

Afterwards, I decided to drive out to the Brea Mall and do a little shopping.  I picked out some great items from Forever21 and Charlotte Russe, as well as buying a couple of things for Madi and Sean.  I tried to look for something nice for my husband since I am sure he would have loved to receive something too.  At the mall today though it was hit or miss for the men.  I called hubby and told him we would go on a little shopping spree for him since he has been requesting a new wardrobe for fall.  And since he makes all the money…..he gets what he wants. ;) 

Btw…totally random, but my new favorite song of the moment is Brad Paisley's "I thought I Loved You Then". Not sure if that is exactly the title but you country lovers know what song I am talking about.  Everytime I hear it I get tears in my eyes.  Our five year anniversary is coming up in October and I just cannot even imagine how much more I could love a person.  We have been through so much together. He is absolutely my best friend. And like the song says, I thought I was head over heels for him 5 years ago. Who knew where love could take us.  It makes me excited to see where it will take us for the rest of our lives.

After I spent a couple of hours at the mall, I decided that I would head back towards home since I had begun to miss my little family.  I love being by myself…I really do…..but I am finding more and more that being with your family and doing things together is a whole lot more fun than being by yourself.  That being said though, I do need downtime for myself so I need to make sure I incorporate that in at least once a week so I don't get burnt out.  So today was definitely needed and appreciated.  I am so thankful Dan thought to allow me so much time to myself.  I feel like he often knows me better than I know myself.  Whenever I try to fight with him about how much time I need for myself, I often end up finding that he was actually right.  And my pride wishes he weren't right a lot of the time, but I am also thankful that he knows me well enough to speak truth to me.  That is something I completely desire and value in a person, especially a person whom I am sharing the rest of my life with.

The last stop of the day was at Starbucks (naturally).  I mean honestly no outing would be complete without a stop to starbucks or your favorite coffee/tea shop.  I am just speaking truth. I grabbed a Grande Caramel frappucino and tried to sit outside and enjoy the sunny (and humid) day.  That is until someone decided to sit right next to me and smoke a cigarette. *sigh* Oh well, fun while it lasted.  By the way, can I just say that one of my pet peeves has to do with people who smoke? I mean, if you want to smoke a cigarette that is fine, but how about you do it AWAY from people.  Like in your car or by a dumpster where no one else is around to breathe in the toxins.  Second and third hand smoke kills.  Thank you.

Ahem…moving on. 

I hope each of you had a wonderful Friday.  I am really looking forward to the weekend and to Illuminate on Sunday.  Plus, it is nearly 2 weeks til we kick off our Graceland Series.  It.Will.Be.Awesome.

Blessings,

Tiff~

Mommy & Madi Day

Today I decided to take Madi out for some good old fashion shopping. So I gave Dan the baby and off the two of us went to the Shoppes at Chino Hills. First stop was into Forever21 because let’s just face it, my wardrobe needed a little r&r and since my birthday is next week Dan said I could get a few things. So there we are walking around the store and I am picking items that I am contemplating trying on when Madi says:

“I have to go potty.”

Dangit! I have an armload of clothes and I know Madi will NOT be able to hold it so I hand the clothes to a sales girl and rush to the restroom. Thank God it wasn’t that far. We made it inside the stall and I am literally laying down the toilet cover when All of a sudden…..Madi goes on the floor and in her underwear. We were right next to the toilet for crying out loud!!!!!

I know I will laugh about this one day. I know I will laugh about this one day. I…. You get the point. Ha! Who knew potty training would provide so many entertaining stories to tell. At least she verbalized that she needed to go. That is the important part! So I did make sure to applaud her for that.

But the toilet was right there…….

Moving on. So I didn’t go back to Forever immediately. Instead we took a detour and stopped by the Sanrio store (Hello Kitty) and I bought Madi a stuffed Hello Kitty doll. Then we headed back to Forever and I purchased some cute clothes for date night and lounging around. I also bought a cute pair of sandals from Reflections (they are having a huge sale right now) to wear with a couple of my outfits.

We walked around for a half hour and then Madi decided she wanted to go home. It was really hot outside but she did amazing. I love shopping with this little girl. She is a lot of fun and believe it or not loves to put her own outfits together. She is extremely fashionable. I love that about her.

On the way home I grabbed a frappucino for myself and then it was back into mommy mode. The break was just what I needed and it was so much fun to just hang out with my baby girl like I used to. I know she has missed the one on one interaction since Sean has arrived. So I think at least once a week I will need to make sure just do outings with her, even it just means going grocery shopping or running errands. I don’t ever want her to feel as if she is no longer loved or important to me just because she has a new sibling.

Hope you all have a spectacular weekend!!

Tiff

Time for me

Now that I am a mommy of two, I am starting to realize just how proactive I am going to have to be in carving out time for myself. I have been able to escape for tiny bits of time so that I can read my bible (or heck go to the bathroom) but I know that eventually I will need to take some more time to take care of myself and nurture my spirit creatively, spiritually and physically.

One thing that I really want to start doing again is scrapbooking. I haven’t completed any layouts in nearly a year and I really am itching to play with paper and photos again. It was something that made me inexplicably happy and once we settle into our new place I will make sure to create a little space for me to play in.

I also want to get back into shape. My husband and I will be celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary in October and I want to go on a hot date with my man. We both are starting to feel the effects of aging and bearing children and we believe that taking care of ourselves physically will help us with the energy we need to do ministry and take care of our young children. I want to be around for a long time, Lord willing, to see my children grow up and have babies and families of their own.

Ministry is another thing that I really want to involve myself more in. Right now I am slightly limited in how much I can serve within the church due to having a young family. However, I want to participate more alongside Dan and really get down in the trenches with him. I know he really misses my active participation in a lot of the things he does for Illuminate, so I will need to work out a system where someone can watch the babies so that I can be available to serve.

Those are just a couple of goals I have for myself during this time. Life is so busy that I needed to type these out so that I can visually see where I want to go and what I want to achieve.

As mommies what are some ways you refresh? Or what goals have you set up for yourself?

Blessings,

Tiff

Time for me

Time for me