Valentines’s Day 2018- Best Friend Brunch Edition

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I had an amazing Valentine’s Day and I hope you all did too! But regardless of whether it was good or bad, we all survived it and made it to February 15th! Being post breakup, I was nervous that the day would be hard to get through, but I am in such a great place personally right now that it just reinforced that I am on the right path.

My best friend Cody is in grad school with night classes and I didn’t have any clients scheduled till late afternoon, so we decided to celebrate our friendship with a tasty brunch. We even kept it heathy with turkey bacon and egg whites. Not to mention cost efficient by shopping at Aldi’s, those flowers were only $2!

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Now for the outfit choice! I of course used Valentine’s Day as an excuse to wear pink and get a little fancy. This dress was purchased on Amazon for $24.99. The dress was extremely comfortable and made from quality material. I loved the ruffled, off the shoulder look and the longer skirt for a classy feel. My only complaint was that the material on the skirt bunched and wrinkled easily, so if you are the type of person who gets annoyed with adjusting your outfit, this is not the dress for you! Overall, I was very happy with my choice of attire for my Best Friend Brunch.

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The back of the dress it also selling point if you are looking for a party dress that’s a little different from the normal go-to-styles. It’s so flirty and fun, with the exposed shoulders and the ruffles, without losing any elegance.

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After we finished eating, we threw on some sweats and got to work! Cody worked on his school assignments, while I finished up paperwork for my job. There’s something about doing a task, that isn’t fun on it’s own, with the ones you love that makes everything so much better.

With assignments and paperwork finished, I headed to my scheduled sessions with my clients to help strengthen their relationships (I’m a Family Based Therapist) with their loved ones and I can’t think of a better way to spend the Day of Love!

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To finish up the perfect Valentine’s Day, I met two of my friends to see “I, Tonya” at an adorable, historical theatre in Squirrel Hill called The Manor Theatre. It was a really funny, though sad because it’s based on someone’s real life, and I would definitely recommend seeing it. It was especially interesting since the Winter Olympics are on right now as well.

Once the movie was finished we heading to Waffallonia (as pictured above) and if you are a Pittsburgh local, this is a must try! You get to ordered fresh waffles with any toppings you want! I had never been before so I kept it with the classic waffle topped with strawberry ice cream, fresh strawberries, and chocolate syrup. They also have Nutella ice cream, which is officially on my “to try” list now! I have a feeling with the weather getting warmer, that this may be my new favorite spot.

Overall it was a wonderful day and I hope that I can carry expressing how I feel about my loved ones over into my every day life, because truly am grateful for every single one of them.

A Fairytale at Your Fingertips

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Need an affordable gown for a night out with your prince? Or you know a cost efficient bridesmaid dress that you won’t want to shove in your closet and never look at again? Well, whether it’s to celebrate your own love, someone else’s love, or just the love of yourself in a gorgeous dress- here is the perfect option! 

This Amazon steal comes in silver, black, burgundy, ivory, navy, pearl pink, red, and dusty pink! The dress is made of quality material and the lace embellishing really makes for a magic feel. The material also holds up when put it the test- it’s even Pittsburgh river tested and approved (as pictured above)!

I was able to spend a magical night twirling around the dance floor in this gown at a charity ball recently and loved the way the tulle moved. I fully support any excuse to wear a ballgown, so please share your photos with me if you decide to purchase this gown for an event or just to sit around your house feeling like royalty for a day!

Photographer for featured image: Jeremy Matthews 

New Year, New Dress, and a New Return

The end of 2017 was a rough time for me, filled with a lot of transitions, so I decided to bring in 2018 feeling confident in myself! So I splurged on a new dress, courtesy of a Black Friday promo code, from Lulus.

I have zero complaints about this number and suggest it for anyone who is going to a fancy event and wants to channel old Hollywood vibes for the night! The material was thick and of good quality, though the sequins did come off some, but that is to be expected. I am almost 5’8 and had to wear heels for the skirt to fall at the right height, so my shorter glitter lovers would have to get it hemmed. Another perk of the length- I wore extremely comfortable bootie heels so that I could dance the night away without my feet hurting, since they were invisible for the most part.

Now for my NYE fail! I wanted a fuzzy pink jacket to keep me warm, while still being fashion forward, so true to form, I ordered this style from Amazon. Despite looking adorable when thrown over my shoulders, if you actually tried to wear it as coats were intended to be, it was extremely unflattering. The coat sleeves landed about three inches above my wrists (though again I am tall), but it was also extremely boxy and despite being a small size, set unflatteringly away from my body.

I ordered two more styles (thank goodness for prime returns) to continue my hunt for the perfect trendy fuzzy jacket! I will keep everyone posted with the findings.

Hope everyone’s New Year has been as glamorous as I felt on NYE! Have a safe and healthy week.