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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Daddy, My Hero

I hardly know what to say. I'm heartbroken. My daddy passed away just after midnight Sunday and I'll never quite be the same. Because he was my hero. 

I still call him daddy because that was his favorite name. I was his baby girl. I loved him more than words. 

Before I said "I love you" after running to him in the ER, I last spoke to my daddy at little C's birthday party. He wasn't feeling well at all, and at some point he had a heart attack that day. I'm so glad I sat down beside him and gave him a big hug at the party. Only a couple hours before he passed away, he told my mom "tell Julie I love her." Who would've thought in their wildest dreams I would be getting the terrible news merely hours later. 

Too soon. My dad was just 64, and I can't sleep at night anymore thinking about him constantly. And I'm thinking about my mom as well, who my dad nursed back to health the last four months. And then I'm thinking about little C missing his grandpa. It's all too much. Heartbreaking. 

In August, my mom nearly passed away from a freak tick-borne illness (see here). I could easily be mad at the world and God right now asking why me, but instead I'm leaning heavily on my faith and His grace to get me through. I don't quite understand why all of this has happened to our family. Or even why God chose daddy over mom. I'll never know or understand. 

All I can do now is focus on what's ahead and remember the amazing times I had as his daughter. It was all so sudden that I'm still in shock. I replay that night in the hospital that I dropped down to the floor absolutely weeping, my entire body numb when I heard the news. 

No, life will never be the same. But each day will get better. I think. And I'll rely on friends and family to get through it. I'm trying to be strong for little C. And I hope that I can continue to write this blog normally again, eventually. It's weird right now, ya know? 

So...this is where I've been. The hospital, a visitation and a funeral. It's so surreal. Please pray for our family during this tough holiday season and God bless. 

I love you up to the sky and down to the ground, daddy, and I miss you so, so terribly. Thinking of you and loving you always. -- your little girl 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Starlets Sign Slingbacks for Charity

Signing slingbacks for charity? What a fabulous idea, I'll say!

All kinda of starlets came out to support the event with shoe designer Palter DeLiso - Nikki Reed...Jennifer Lopez...Christy Tiegen. They were celebrated at the Variety Power of Women Event for their humanitarian efforts and involvement in their chosen causes. 

DeLiso had these iconic women draw on his "Icon" heels to be auctioned off to the women's chosen charities here: https://www.charitybuzz.com/support/palterdeliso

The option also includes a chance to customize a pair of Icon heels. 

Such a genius shoe idea. We can definitely get behind shoes and charity over here! 
[Photos Courtesy Palter DeLiso]

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Whiny Wednesday: This Year's Christmas Card from Tiny Prints

I can't believe it's Christmas card ordering time...eek! And lucky me I have two winter babies, so in the midst of it all, I get to order birthday invites as well! Crazy. Season. As you probably know, Tiny Prints is my absolute go-to for invites. They've never let me down and I've been ordering them since little C's birth announcement in 2009!

When I go online to search for a design, I always find something very quickly because they just fit my style. It's just a matter of finding one that's going to fit the photo and voila! This year I chose Golden Joy in the red Tomato color. (They have a black option as well and I reallllly loved that one, but Christmas to me is simply red or green. And we did green last year!) 

The red in the card matches baby L's red bow in the photo perfectly (she wore leopard print, duh). And it contrasts well with little C's green shirt. (I so wish I could show you, but I'm still going with my tradition of keeping them off the blog. So, no, that's not our photo shown here. I always stay out of ours!)

My fav part about these invites is the gold polka-dot pattern on the back...squeal! I just adore it so much. Christmas cards are meant to be beautiful and I think this one fits the bill. I'm sending them out today, so happy holidays to you all and hope you find the perfect card as well!

P.S. Order from Tiny Prints today and get your cards Friday with super rush delivery! Also enter SWDEAL30 by tomorrow and receive up to 30% off. You'll also get free shipping if you order $49 or more with FREESHIP49. 
Disclaimer: Tiny Prints provided our cards for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own, of course. 

Whiny Wednesday: Ralph Lauren Gifts For Your Mini Me

I couldn't let Whiny Wednesday go by this week without sharing one last mini gift guide for you. Literally! Look. At. This. 

Ralph Lauren offers stuff dreams are made of for ANY size (ahem), but these Ocelot haircalf slippers above? Darling, darling. They're $48 (the black sparkle are $34 and just as sweet.). I can't explain to you how much I adore...and how much baby L needs. No, really. She's bound to be a shoe lover, right? What an amazing addition to her collection!

And this reindeer peplum cardigan ($89.50) is cute cute cute. Makes me squeal! Can you imagine tiny peplum on your little one? Best. Gift. Ever. Because then you'll have to take zillions of photos of her, and you'll always remember it. Right?! That and I'm sure you'll save this beauty in a box somewhere special once she outgrows it. Truly a gift to last forever. Wink. 
[Photos Courtesy Ralph Lauren]

Whiny Wednesday: Cutest Mocs Ever

Hey, mamas! Yes, it's almost winter and Christmas is SO near, but in the world of shoes and fashion, we're always looking to the future. And if I wasn't just *bursting* at the seams to show you these spring shoes from Livie & Luca. Squeal! Aren't they simply presh? 

No, baby L isn't already this grown up (let's not think about that! Tear.) This is our friend C who is three and the most adorable cutie ever, right? I mean, those braids. 
Little girl C is loving the new Rover style (she's wearing gray) from Livie & Luca that launches this spring. She was thrilled when we let her "shoe test," as you can see. Who wouldn't love that job, right? 
We've always loved Livie & Luca so much because of the superior quality, and honestly the designs just stand out from the rest. The company also uses eco-friendly materials and the soles are soft and flexible and good for the feet. 

All of the colors in the Rover are amazing, and really this moc style is suitable for girl or boy. I think I had a pair like this in high school...remember that phase? I just adore this style to this day and little girl C tells me she's def a fan of the fit and style of these. Cute with jeans, yes?
Hey, any shoe you can get a three-year-old to willingly wear is a winner in my book. 

Shop the Rover (and another super-cute Georgie style) come spring at livieandluca.com. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Win a Pair of Nike Trainers!

I know, so much fitness lately, right? I guess I'm feeling guilty for taking THREE whole months off from working out, y'all. But now? Ok I'm inspired by my new shoes. Duh. In case you weren't as aware, my heel obsession carries over to most genres of shoes and you might just label me a shoe lover, in general. Go ahead. I don't mind. 

So these are the Nike Roshe running shoes with a fun, subtle animal print on them. I'm obsessed. If these shoes aren't the greatest for running, they're also amazing to look at, yes? 

Nike has some amazing trainers and I'm having so much fun not only wearing athletic shoes like this to workout in, but with dresses. I saw so much of this at fashion week and it's really fun! Mix up your heels and athletic shoes during the week and have fun being both chic and sporty. 

And because the holidays are approaching and I'm soooo nice, I'm giving away a pair of these Nike shoes to one lucky winner! Just enter your info in the box below and I'll choose a winner at random next week. Sweet present, huh?

Love, y'all! Xoxo 

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Getting Active with Yummie

I don't normally post on Sundays, but I had to get this in before the sale goes away...it's too good! Since December 3, Yummie has been having amazing deals each day and today is the day all Active is a whopping 40-percent off with the code FIT40 (plus, there's free standard shipping!). Yummie used to be known as only shapewear and, by the way, I lived in it after baby L. (I mean, every. day.) Since this fall, they've introduced activewear and I'm soooo excited about these pieces they sent me. The entire line is really fun and comfy, and who doesn't love looking good while they work out? (If you're reading this and it's already Monday, all denim today only is only $60 + free standard shipping!)

What I love about these Yummie pieces is that of course you can use them to be active! But you can also wear them around town running errands (hey, I do it and I have no shame.). I'll add a puffer vest (in December it's not all that cold in the south, thank goodness) to run quick errands or to go in and out of the gym, or most of the time I'll layer a cropped sweatshirt over the tank here. 

Here I'm wearing the Daria tank with Mia sports bra (and let me tell ya I wanted to show it to you, too, because it would look amazing with a hoodie, but I'm just not toned enough yet after baby and not trying to break the Internet...wink.). It's hard to tell in the photos, but they have a very cute croc print on them. I'm in love with how soft the material is, and I'm very surprised at how much I love this hue! And these are the black Hannah leggings, a must for any active wardrobe. They're comfy, but they also suck in that excess holiday weight. :)

P.S. I'm finished with my Trimdown Thursday column, but considering adding back a Motivation Monday, Tone-up Tuesday or Fitness Friday...what's your vote? I've been way too easy on the exercise lately, so hope to get back to it and show you all my cute workout gear! It totally motivates me and makes me feel good while working out. Amen to that.

Vest (and beanie, below) by Banana Republic; Tank, Bra and Leggings by Yummie; Shoes by Kenneth Cole

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