Back from Hawaii!

23 May

I’m BACK! My husband and I returned from Hawaii early this morning and I just woke up from a pretty fantastic 5 hour nap in my own bed. That red eye flight + a 6 hour time change is brutal! I posted a bunch of photos on my Instagram account (find it here) with each day’s adventures, but I plan on doing a big ol’ Hawaii post very soon. I just need to unpack.

But actually, as soon as I unpack I’ll be re-packing… because my sister is getting married this weekend!!

I’m hoping to be back to my ‘normal’ blogging schedule next week with more exciting news…

I hope you all have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!

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My Favorite Summer Shoes: Salt Water Sandals

21 May

Keeping with the summer and vacation theme, I thought I’d share another one of my favorites with you. I’d been eying Salt Water sandals for YEARS and finally pulled the trigger and ordered a pair last year. I LOVE them!

I decided on red, because I can’t resist a great pop of color. I wore them all summer long with my shorts, skirts and dresses. They are made out of a great leather with rust-resistant brass buckles, AND they are made to get wet!

That’s right, they are waterproof.

Source: Modcloth.com

In fact, many people get their ‘perfect fit’ by wetting the sandals and then wearing them until they dry. I didn’t end up doing that because mine fit great right out of the box, but it’s an option.

I ordered mine from Modcloth because they tend to have a bunch of different color/size options: find them here!

I did want to talk for a sec about sizing. The Salt Water sandals’ brand is a UK brand, so the sizes are UK sizes. So, be sure to order your correct size:

  • UK3 = US5
  • UK4 = US6
  • UK5 = US7
  • UK6 = US8
  • UK7 = US9
  • UK8 = US10
  • UK9 – US 11

I typically wear an 8.5, so I went with a UK7 and it fits perfectly. So, if you are a half size… go ahead and round up a little.

Are you a Salt Water Sandals fan?

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Loving Right Now: Amazon First Reads & an Awesome Book

16 May

I’ve been an Amazon Prime member for years and I just found out about Amazon First Reads!

Each month, they release a list of editors picks and Amazon Prime members get to choose one FREE Kindle book each month! If you’re not a Kindle person, you can get a discounted rate to shop the hardcover version for $9.99 or less.

I somehow stumbled on the May First Reads list and downloaded The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms.

Source: Amazon.com

Synopsis: Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City.

Usually grounded and mild mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. She discovers a life filled with culture, sophistication, and—with a little encouragement from her friends—a few blind dates. When one man in particular makes quick work of Amy’s heart, she risks losing herself completely in the unexpected escape, and as the summer comes to an end, Amy realizes too late that she must make an impossible decision: stay in this exciting new chapter of her life, or return to the life she left behind.

But before she can choose, a crisis forces the two worlds together, and Amy must stare down a future where she could lose both sides of herself, and every dream she’s ever nurtured, in the beat of a heart.

You guys, I COULD NOT put this book down. I loved Amy so much and I was cheering for her the entire way of the book.

If you have Kindle Unlimited, this book is free. If you don’t the cost is $4.99 for a Kindle download, $10.37 for a paperback or $15.99 for a hardcover. There is also a chance you can reserve it at your local library. Any which way, READ IT!

Here is a link to the Kindle version: https://amzn.to/2PXPYz6

Here is a link to the Paperback version: https://amzn.to/2HinTQt

Here is a link to the Hardcover version: https://amzn.to/2LDttB3

Have you read a great book lately that you want to share?

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Swimsuit Shopping: My 2019 Favorites

14 May

I last posted about my swimsuit shopping extravaganza in April 2018 (find it here) I knew I had a bunch of beach time coming up, so I wanted to add a couple new swimsuits to the mix. I ended up adding two new swimsuits to my collection at that time:

The Boden Amalfi Bandeau Swimsuit (currently on sale in a bunch of colors/patterns find it here) and the Land’s End Women’s Perfect V-Neck with Tummy Control (no longer available).

With our fabulous Hawaii vacation coming up, I knew I wanted to order another suit or two so I could rotate out a couple that are looking extra worn. Once again, I did all my swimsuit shopping online and came up with two winners for 2019.

Boden Santorini Swimsuit (find it here)

Source: BodenUSA.com

After having such good luck with Boden last year, I thought I’d give them another shot when I saw this cute striped suit on their website. The original price is $90 (with free shipping) but it is currently on sale and I expect it will pretty much be on some sort of sale for the next couple months.

I previously tried a US12 and a US14 in Boden swimsuits and find that the smaller size fits be better. This one is extra great because it has silicone taping at the bust so there is absolutely no slipping. Great booty coverage too. This one will be going with me to Kauai!

Esther Williams Classic Swim Suit (bought through Amazon, find it here)

Source: Amazon.com

I love my red polka dotted swimsuit and my black cherry swimsuit from Esther Williams and previously bought them from Modcloth. I was doing some searching for different patterns and found both the Esther Williams website and that they carry them on Amazon! Amazon had the best price, as well as free shipping AND free returns… so I went with them.

As with my other Esther Williams suits, I sized up to a 14 for the best fit. This fits consistent with my other swimsuits and the pattern is pretty much perfect for our Hawaii vacation. I just checked and it is currently priced at $74 (with free shipping and free returns) which beats the $89 and not free shipping over at Modcloth.

Bonus: Long Sleeve Rash Guard (bought off Amazon, find it here)

Source: Amazon.com

I’m typically not a rash guard kinda girl, but I’m super pale and tend to burn so I decided to pick one up to wear on our vacation. We are doing a 3-hour tubing trip on Kauai, so I thought it would be perfect to layer this over one of my swimsuits for extra sun protection.

I love the mix of stripes, floral and solid black on this shirt and it is actually super flattering too! I’m planning to wear this tubing, but also pack in in our beach bag to throw on if I feel like I’m getting a little too much sun.

If you want to see any of these suits in action, I’ll probably be posting lots of photos from Hawaii on my Instagram account!

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