Pink and Red Floral Dress for Fall

It is officially Fall!… even though it doesn’t seem like it in Florida.  I hope that it cools off soon so that I can break out some of my boots and favorite fall layers.

I recently ordered this dress and it is still available!  Grab one before it is gone. I love the pink and red combo.  I think it would be great to wear into spring. I just love pieces that can be worn more than one season!  Also, be sure to check out Rachel Parcell’s new Everyday Shop!  It is a collection of affordable pieces that you can wear everyday!

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Dress: Rachel Parcell | Heels: Chrisitan Louboutin | Sunglasses: Chloe | Bracelet: Lilly Pulitzer | Lips: Soar liner and Snob lipstick by MAC |

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xx Niki

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A Day on Main Street At Lakewood Ranch

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This week, I had the opportunity to partner with Visit Sarasota for their annual Shoptember event.  We spent the afternoon strolling around Main Street at Lakewood Ranch. Our first stop was Station 400.  This is my absolute favorite place to go for breakfast or lunch.  It three locations are locally family owned and operated.  Everything on the menu is delicious and we are always impressed with our selections.  They even offer flavored mimosas!  I love the rustic decor.  Andi’s favorite is catching glimpses of the train as it passes through the dining room.  She also loves the Cheesy Grits!

Influence Style:

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After lunch, we decided to make our way down Main Street.  There are several boutiques located on the strip.  The first shop we went into was Influence Style.  It is a trendy little store with some of the cutest pieces.  I loved these sandals, and check out this star sweater!  So cute, right??

Wish:

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If you are in the Lakewood Ranch area and are in need of the perfect gift, Wish is where you need to go!  They have something for just about everyone.  From clothing and accessories to unique housewares.   I really liked their selection of HOBO bags.  And did you see the oyster shell Christmas tree above??  How perfect is this for Florida!?

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One of the original places on Main Street at Lakewood Ranch is Ana Molinari Salon Spa Boutique.  You wouldn’t know by looking from the outside, but this place is huge!  Upon walking in, I was greeted by the lovely receptionists.  Although… I was promptly distracted by the amazing selection of unique clothing and jewelry!  They have some of the most gorgeous pieces I have ever seen.  I need to go back soon.  Maybe I will pick up some things and do a blog post on them.  What do you think??

Aside from their boutique, Ana Molinari also offers a wide variety of salon and spa services.

Pastries by Design:

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Our final stop of the day was Pastries by Design.  I cannot say enough great things about them.  We first used them to do our wedding cake back in 2009.  Not only do their cakes look beautiful, they taste amazing!  We were so happy with how everything turned out, that we decided to use them again for Andi’s baptism.  As you can tell from the photos, they are known for their attention to detail.  Even if you are not in the market for a custom cake, stop in for one of their take out goodies.  I recommend the marshmallow pops!

Have you been to Main Street At Lakewood Ranch?  If so, what is your favorite place??

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xx Niki

This post was sponsored by Visit Sarasota

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Lace on Lace

Hello there!  Happy Monday!  Things are starting to settle down after Irma.  So many people finally have electricity back!  Andi is excited because she got to go back to school today.  She hasn’t been in almost two weeks.  She was really looking forward to it and couldn’t stop talking about her teachers before bed last night.   I can’t wait to hear about her day when she gets home! 

 

I almost didn’t order this top but I am so glad I did!  It is a beautiful dusty rose color.  I paired it with my Geo Lace skirt that I ordered several months ago.  I just love the lace on lace look!
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Top: Rachel Parcell | Skirt: Rachel Parcell | Heels: Christian Louboutin similar for less here | Sunglasses: Chloe | Lips: Soar liner by MAC with Snob lipstick |

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xx Niki

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Sarasota Preparing for Hurricane Irma

What a week!  Everyone was on edge waiting to see where Hurricane Irma would hit.  Thank goodness it wasn’t a category 4 or 5 like originally predicted.  We were very fortunate and only lost power.  It went out around 6:30 on Sunday evening and our amazing electric company, FPL, got it back up and running Wednesday afternoon.  There are still so many people without power so please say an extra prayer for them before you go to sleep tonight.  It is still pretty hot here in Florida!Goodnight Macaroon chambray tunic dressJeffrey Campbell bootiesSarasota blogger

We decided to head downtown Sunday morning to see what was going on.  As you can see from the photos below, not a whole lot was happening.  Main Street was like a ghost town. It was nice to see everyone take this storm seriously and watch the community come together to prep for hurricane Irma. Hurricane Irmaboarding windows for hurricanechambray embroidered dressMetal hurricane shuttershurricane preparation

Irma was not a big rain maker like Harvey, but man was it windy!  I think the boards over the windows served their purpose more than we know.  When our power went out, we could really hear everything blowing around outside.  

I hope everyone is ok and that we don’t have to go through another one of those for a very long time!

Dress: Goodnight Macaroon | Booties: Jeffrey Campbell | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Lips: Soar Liner and Snob lipstick by MAC |

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xx Niki

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First time cooking with Blue Apron

 

Hi there!  I hope everyone is doing ok out there!  It is getting pretty windy here.  I am sure we will lose power at some point but so far, so good!  I am catching up on my recorded Ellen shows from the week and writing this post to take my mind off of Irma.

I am so excited to share my first experience using Blue Apron with you.  I have been wanting to try it and finally made the move and signed up for it.  I decided to go with two meals a week.  They also offer three meals a week, and even a family size.   Everything you need for each recipe comes in one box with two large reusable ice packs.  Check it out below!

I decided to make the seared chicken & creamy eggplant before our power went out.  It was extremely easy to follow the step by step directions.  There are even little check boxes to mark as you complete each step. 
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This meal was delicious!  I loved the creamy eggplant which was made with greek yogurt, roasted eggplant and red wine vinegar.  Earlier this week, I made the Fontina cheeseburgers with a blistered green pepper and cherry tomato salad.  The ground beef was great quality and the grilled potato buns were a perfect touch.  Blue Apron Fontina Cheeseburgers

We are looking forward to our next delivery!

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Thanks for stopping by and stay safe!!  Sending prayers to everyone in Irma’s path.

xx Niki

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Fall essentials

Hello!  Is anyone else evacuating for Irma??  We will probably just hunker down and pray for daylight, unless it comes up the west coast of Florida. I was trying to talk Anthony into a mini vacation but my efforts were unsuccessful.  I guess I better start looking a little harder for water!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite Fall essentials.  A long neutral cardigan is a great staple to any wardrobe, even if you live in Florida.  I snagged this one during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale a few months ago.
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I also got these booties during the sale.  They are my favorite purchases to date.  I just love the chocolate brown color.  The metal detail on the toe adds a more elevated feel. 
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I chose to wear all white, but you could definitely do all black, navy, or even mix it up with jeans and any color top!Bradenton Fashion bloggerSarasota fashion blogger

Sweater: BP. | Tee: Madewell | Jeans: Topshop | Booties: Marc Fisher | Sunglasses: Karen Walker |

Thanks for stopping by!  If you are prepping for the storm, good luck and stay safe!

xx Niki

 

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Express jeans with a flirty top

Hello!

I can’t believe September is finally here!  I love PSL season. (I have already indulged quite a bit and its only the 4th!) I am really looking forward to Halloween with Andi.  She has narrowed her costume choices down to Mulan or Elena.  I think Elena is the winner but we are going to take her to the Disney store to see them in person for her final decision.  I am deciding if I want to take her to Magic Kingdom or Epcot tomorrow.  What do you think?

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These Express jeans are my new favorite!  I love the raw hem and the big holes in the knees.  They are soft, stretchy, and comfortable.  I haven’t purchased Express jeans in years, but I am so glad I ordered these.  I will definitely be ordering a few other styles soon!
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Top: Rachel Parcell | Jeans: Express | Heels: Sam Edelman on sale! | Sunglasses: Chloe | Lips: Rebel by MAC | Earrings: Kendra Scott | Watch: Michele with this band |

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xx Niki

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Casual Look for a Rainy Day

Hi there!  I would like to start out by sending prayers to anyone who has been affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Watching the news is just devastating. If you are able to make a contribution, head over to the American Red Cross.  Every little bit helps!

Although we did not get hit by the storm, it has been raining non stop here in Florida.  There has been some flooding in certain areas, but thankfully, we haven’t have any issues.

I decided to throw this casual look together before we went “out to eat” (Chick-Fil-A, if you will). FFC New York sent me these flats last week and I have been dying to wear them!  They are a super soft micro-suede with a nice padded footbed.  They also come in black!  I love the mesh detailing.

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Since it is basically Fall, I couldn’t help but break out my leopard belt.  I love mixing animal prints with pops of color!

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Top: Lilly Pulitzer old, similar here | Jeans: Blank NYC under $80 | Shoes: FFC New York ℅ | Lips: MAC Rebel | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Belt: Ann Taylor old, similar here | Crossbody: Lilly Pulitzer |

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xx Niki

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More on Our stay at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

Hi there!  We are nearing the end of the week (thank goodness!).  It has been a busy one for us.  Andi had her open house for pre school on Monday.  She loved the classroom and the teacher (yay!).  Yesterday was her first official day.  She went from nine to noon.  She did great!  Momma… not so much.  Andi ran right in and started playing with a doll house in the back of the room.  She didn’t even look back at us.  I can’t believe my little girl is in school!!  This is craziness!

I was going through photos from our family trip to Disney World and wanted to share these that we took at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek.

 

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We enjoyed breakfast at Tesoro Cove both mornings that we were there.  It is one of their on property restaurants that serves an amazing breakfast. There was a wide variety to choose from on the American-style buffet, including made to order eggs, pancakes and waffles!  Andi was most pleased with the chocolate milk and bananas. 

I loved the design of the restaurant.   It was an open plan overlooking the pool with floor to ceiling windows.  The lighting was perfect for photos and there were bold pops of color throughout the room. 

We came up with a fun game during our stay.  Whenever we would press the button for an elevator, (there were four) we each took a guess at which one would open for us.  Andi was pretty good and got it right almost every time we played!

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On our second night, we went to Epcot to ride the Frozen ride.  We had a Fastpass (thank goodness).  We stayed for the fireworks which are a must see if you get a chance to watch them and haven’t already.  We made our way back to the hotel and there was a lovely surprise delivered to the room just for Andi… a birthday cake!!  When making the reservation arraignments, they had asked for Andi’s age for breakfast menu purposes.  I told them she was turning 2 on the 19th, which was 4 days after our stay at the Wyndham.  It was so sweet and extremely thoughtful that they sent a cake an a personalized birthday card during her birthday trip to Disney.  They really went above and beyond and I cannot say enough great things about our stay!  As you can see from the photos, she was over the moon with her cake.  She had us sing “happy birthday” at least 10 times while she ate it.

We had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek. They went above and beyond.

Top:  Nordstrom | Skirt: J.Crew | Heels: Christian Louboutin similar for less here | Lips: MAC Rebel (now at Ulta!) | Earrings: J.Crew |

Thanks for stopping by!

xx Niki and Andi

Special thanks to Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek for partnering with me for this post.

 

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Andi’s 2nd Birthday Party

Happy Monday, Everyone!  Were you able to experience the solar eclipse?  It got a little darker here for a few minutes.  Andi was more interested in swimming than looking at the eclipse.  🙂

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to partner with Zurchers (pronounced zer kers) for Andi’s 2nd birthday party.  They had everything I needed and such a large selection to choose from.  I went with the Liberty theme.  I love the mix of floral prints.  Everything arrived quickly and looked beautiful!  It was exactly what I had envisioned.  
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Latex Balloons: Clearpink, pink and confetti

Rose Gold Letters and Number Balloons: Here

Princess Balloons: Castle and Diamond

“Happy Birthday” Flags: Liberty

Pom Pom hats: Liberty

Printed Crowns:  Liberty

Printed Party Picks (used on cake):  Liberty

Small plates:  Liberty

Large plates:  Librety 

Lunch napkins: Liberty

Beverage Napkins:  Liberty 

Printed Cups:  Liberty 

Pinwheels:  Liberty also here

Paper Lanterns:  Liberty

Party Horns:  Liberty

Mini Party Crackers:  Liberty

Gift bags:  Liberty Girls and Boys

Ice Cream Cups:  Pink and Blue

Flatware:  Forks, Knives, and Spoons

Table Skirt: Here

Streamers: here and here

Tassel Cake Topper: Here

#2 Cake Topper:  Here

Placemats:  Here

A special Thanks to Zurchers for partnering with me to make Andi’s birthday party a success!

 

 

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