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4th Of July Inspiration 2017

4th Of July Inspiration 2017- Enchanting Elegance
4th Of July Inspiration 2017- Enchanting Elegance
4th Of July Inspiration 2017- Enchanting Elegance
4th Of July Inspiration 2017- Enchanting Elegance
4th Of July Inspiration 2017- Enchanting Elegance
4th Of July Inspiration 2017- Enchanting Elegance
4th Of July Inspiration 2017- Enchanting Elegance
4th Of July Inspiration 2017- Enchanting Elegance
4th Of July Inspiration 2017- Enchanting Elegance
4th Of July Inspiration 2017- Enchanting Elegance

It's hard to believe that July 4th is less than one week away already. They say that summer is half over by then! That's way too sad to think about right now, haha. I feel like summer just got started really. Regardless, today I'm rockin' the red, white, and blue combo, along with Ava!, for the upcoming American holiday. It's one of my favorite ones to celebrate with friends and family in the warm weather with fireworks, bbq's, and all of the American pride. The dress I'm wearing is an amazing dupe for the famous Self Portrait one. It's a good quality, fits true to size, and is only $50 compared to Self Portraits $500 price tag. You can't beat that! Ava is also wearing her red, white, and blue with her gold foil star dress. I saw this high-low dress back in May and saved it for the 4th. It's absolutely stunning in person, especially when the sunlight hits the gold stars.

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xo, Amanda

High Tea

tea set

Happy Wednesday loves! As usual, Wednesday is always devoted to inspiration and today I chose High Tea for the theme. One of my favorite memories is having tea with my mom while we watched Murder She Wrote or just chatted about life. Also, while on vacation in Rehoboth Beach, we would always go for high tea at the Plaza Hotel. She absolutely adored it. Everything is available to shop with the links above.

Sparkle and Shine

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sparkle and shine
sparkle and shine
sparkle and shine
sparkle and shine
sparkle and shine
sparkle and shine

When it comes to celebrating I always like a little, or a lot, of sparkle and shine in my ensemble. There is no greater time to shine than at New Years Eve. The holiday practically begs for everyone to dazzle their brightest. While this look is every bit of a party outfit, it is still comfy with the soft jersey tank and midi length skirt, great for keeping those legs a little warmer during these bitter cold days.

All You Need is Love

Our 3rd Wedding Anniversary

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Love is the emblem of eternity, it confounds all notion of time, effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end
— Germaine De Stael

When I awoke on the morning of our anniversary, I was greeted by a lovely bag on our dinning room table. Now, the 3rd anniversaries symbol is leather and Justin did quite good if you ask me. His gift to me was two leather handbags wrapped in the cutest polka dot paper with a card nestled on top.

3rd wedding anniverasary

I'm quite in love with these purses because of the great detailing they have. I'm a sucker for a structured top handle bag and the little gold bow accent gives the purse the perfect finishing touch.

3rd wedding anniverasary
3rd wedding anniverasary

When Justin arrived home he gave me these beautiful roses and told me the meaning he thought of behind the three colors. Going from white, to pink, and finally red, the colors represent the deepening of our love over the years. How romantic! I was also surprised by the little snack he got for me. Cinnamon sugar covered almonds. An absolute favorite of mine to snack on.

3rd wedding anniverasary

I really could not have asked for a better anniversary. Between our time in the Finger Lakes to our little celebration at home, everything was perfect and I feel completely lucky to have someone so special and loving as my husband.

3rd wedding anniverasary
chelsea

Chelsea always likes to get in on the action!

Birthday Bliss

Happy 24th Birthday Michael!

brother and sister

Today is my brothers 24th birthday and I could not be more excited to celebrate it with him. He and I are pictured above in May of 1992 with a dandelion bouquet we picked out. Since it is a Thursday, and "throwback' Thursday's are so popular, I thought it would be nice to post a picture of us from back in the day. I chose this picture because it represents how close my brother and I are, but also because it is pretty darn cute! We grew up as best friends and still remain that way today. I could not have asked for a better brother than Michael. He's always there whenever you need him and shows his generosity when you least expect it. After our mom passed, I feel that we grew even closer with a silent understanding that life is short and to enjoy as many moments as you can together. Our plans for today are low key, and if you know my brother, that fits in perfectly with him. Browsing around town looking for a truck he could purchase, dinner at the casino, trying our hand with lady luck, and enjoying some lovely libations.  So glasses raised to my little brother, cheers and many more to come! Happy Birthday.

brother and sister

Birthday Bliss

Happy 17th Birthday Chelsea!

Taken today on her 17th birthday. Doing what she loves, resting in the sunshine.

Taken today on her 17th birthday. Doing what she loves, resting in the sunshine.

It's hard to believe that my baby is seventeen years old today. Where does the time go?!?! I remember the day my family and I received this little bundle of joy. October 17th 1997 became one of the happiest days of my life. The rescue team estimated that she might have been about six months old when we got her. Valley Cat Rescue found her at a home that had caught on fire and been abandoned. Her vocal cords were affected from the smoke and could only produce a squeaky sound, but over the years she has been able to work up to a full meow. 

My how my little kitten has grown up over the years. She truly provides the best companionship I could ever ask for. The apple of my eye and light of my life, Chelsea means the world to me and I am thrilled to celebrate her seventeenth birthday with her. She deserves only the best, perhaps some tuna fish for later after we have some nice cuddle time. Happy birthday to the best little girl in the world!

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Mommy and baby on her big day

Mommy and baby on her big day