30 Things to Do in Year 30

Happy 30th Birthday to me! I have been dreading this day since I turned 29! I have really been stressed about saying good bye to my twenties. It is the first time I actually felt like I was getting old. For the first time, I felt as if my biological clock was in overdrive and that the clock was ticking away and reminding me of all of the things that I should have accomplished by now. The best thing about turning 30 this year is that David surprised me with a trip to St. John, USVI! Man, do I love him to pieces! Trunk Bay here we come! The next best thing about turning 30 this year is that Black Friday is on my birthday! Yes!!! What a way to celebrate the big 3-0! In honor of turning 30, here is a list of 30 Things that I plan on doing in Year 30 of my life!

1. Read more books.

2. Finish wedding album. (I have been married for almost 18 months and still have not finalized the final draft of our album.)

3. Invite parents over for a home-cooked meal. (I have never invited my parents over for dinner. David and I usually end up at their house or we meet for dinner out.)

4. Catalog everything in my closet. ( I desperately need to take pictures of every clothing item I have and organize into an app.)

5. Reorganize my closet. (It started off being nicely organized by color but as quickly gotten mixed up.)

6.Learn calligraphy.

7. Start a Pinterest account.

8. Visit a local winery,

9. Visit the Fine Arts Museum in St. Petersburg.

10. Make sushi at home with my David.

11. Decorate walls at home with more fun prints.

12. Go back to yoga. (It has been almost three months since I have busted out my yoga mat, which is far too long.)

13. Finish wedding scrapbook and shadow boxes.

14. Make homemade pasta.

15. Go to a drive-in movie.

16. Take advantage of the free gym in my apartment complex.

17. Buy a second pair of Christian Louboutins. (Sorry, I’m not sorry David!)

18. See snow. (I have actually only seen snow twice in my life.)

19. Attend a  BYOB Paint Studio.

20. Attend a pottery class.

21. Visit Italy (Year 30 is the time to go to Italy before David and I start working on a family. Endless wine and cheese here we come!)

22. Bring home fresh flowers weekly.

23. Wear shorts more. (I always think I look terrible in shorts, but I need to embrace my legs more.)

24. Watch less TV. (I record more shows on the DVR than I ever have time to watch and when I do I end up binge watching shows and ignore David.)

25. Hang out with my nieces and nephews more.

26. Improve my Spanish-speaking skills.

27. Host a dinner party for friends.

28. Eat more organic foods.

29. Indulge in a staycation with David.

30. Unplug for 24 hours.

Wish me luck,

Yavonne

Black Friday Wishlist

Even though Black Friday definitely seemed like Black Monday this year with most retailers rolling out sales before Friday. Now is the time to buy.  Aside, from Labor Day Sales, Black Friday Sales is one of my favorite times of the year to shop and take advantage of deep discounts. It is also the perfect time to get Holiday shopping out of the way and a great way to avoid the chaos and crowds of malls. Some of my favorite retailers, such as J.Crew, J.Crew Factory, and Tory Burch are offering great percentages of 20%-50% off of purchases. However, some other great retailers offering 50% off regular-priced and sale items are Gap and Banana Republic. Now is definitely the time to buy. Don’t forget about Cyber Monday also. Here are a few things that I have my eye on.

Happy Shopping!

Yavonne

 

Leopard Mingle Mingle Mini

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Details:

Sweater: Old; Similar | Plaid Shirt: Old Navy | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Steve Madden | Earrings: BaubleBar | Watch: Michael Kors Leopard Bag: Kelly Wynne (Sold Out) | Lipstick: All Fired Up | Ring: Love Always Couture | Sunglasses: Tory Burch; Similar

I am back to wearing heels. I know my last post was a little different with me wearing the Jordans, but hey, it takes a true shoe addict, I mean shoe lover to appreciate all kinds of shoes, not just heels.

Over the last few months my love for leopard and plaid has grown. This shirt has been on major repeat lately, and it just might make an appearance on Thanksgiving at my parents’ house along with this Kelly Wynne Leopard Mingle MIngle Mini Bag.  This leopard bag was a little bit of a mission to acquire, but it was well worth the effort. I saw it online first during my lunch break at work but forgot to purchase. The next night, I remembered, but when I went to purchase, it was “Sold Out.” I immediately E-Mailed the Kelly Wynne info that night. The next morning, I was given the names and telephone numbers for two boutiques that had the Leopard Mingle Mingle Mini. I called Monkee’s of Columbia and placed my order. A few days later, this leopard beauty arrived. Persistence pays off! Besides, one can never have enough leopard anything.

Thanks for reading,

Yavonne

Tiffany Blue Nike Air Jordans

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Shirt: Target | Pants: Lululemon; Similar | Shoes: Jordans | Sunglasses: Coach; Similar | Necklace & Bracelets: Kluster | Watch: Coach; Similar | Purse: L.A.M.B.; Similar

Lately, I have been on a sneaker kick, but I guess that is obvious from my recent posts on Instagram of the coveted Red and Cement Retro 13 Nike Air Jordans. Those sneakers are everything.I still cannot live without my heels though!  I acquired these gorgeous Tiffany Blue Nike Air Jordans while vacationing in New York with David. There was no way we were leaving without visiting Niketown. He was a kid in a candy store to say the least. Being the shoe addict, I mean shoe lover that I am, I had to take a look at the boys shoes for myself. Instantly, I feel in love with these Tiffany Blue Nike Air Jordans. I scooped the last pair in my size, too, which made buying them even sweeter. Out of the four pairs of Air Jordans that I currently own, these are my favorite. They are so sporty and girly at the same time. I wear them alot on the weekends while running errands. They pair perfectly with these Camo Lululemon Joggers that I wish came in more colors. They are so comfy they feel like pajamas!

Thanks for reading,

Yavonne

A Lil Bit of Plaid

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Blazer: Target | T-Shirt: Target | Shoes: Ninewest | Jean: Gap |Earrings: BaubleBar | Bracelet: Kluster |Necklace: Purple Peridot | Watch: Michael Kors; Similar | Sunglasses: Coach; Similar | Clutch: Clare V. | Lipstick: Girl About Town | Lipstick case: Tory Burch

It has been a little bit since my last post, but alot has been going on lately. I just got back into town from a fabulous four days in Chicago visiting my bestie, Eric. Aside from a tons of shopping and too much food and wine, we managed to see Jason Mraz in concert at the Chicago Theatre. It was, he was AMAZING!!!

I have had this blue plaid blazer for a few weeks now, but have been waiting for the chance for the weather to get cooler in Tampa for me to wear it. As soon as I saw it in my local Target store, in the only one in my size I immediately snatched it up. Besides, who does not love plaid this time of year? Target is definitely a store that when you see something that you like in your size, you have to get it then, otherwise it will not be there when you go back to get it. Aside from this blazer, I really adore these navy blue booties. It was love at first sight when I saw these. They are super comfortable for four-inch heels, if you find four-inch heels comfortable. These are amazing though. I have worn them several times already with not only jeans but with dresses and skirts, so expect them to show up in future posts. They will carry me through Fall and will definitely become a year-round staple.

Thanks for reading,

Yavonne

Leopard + Red

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Dress: Target (old); Similar | Shoes: Jessica Simpson (old); Similar | Bag; Tory Burch (old); Similar | Sunglasses: Tory Burch (old); Similar (Necklace; Kluster | Bracelets: Kluster | Earrings: Tory Burch (old); Similar | Lip gloss: Chanel; Giggle

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m obsessed with Kluster jewelry. There is not a day that goes by that I am not wearing something from the collection. I love it! Every time I wear it, I am instantly in a better mood. It is no surprise this red collection is aptly named Merry Cherry, which perfectly match these amazing heels.  However, I am not sure what I love more about Kluster, the jewelry itself, or the fact that every order comes perfectly wrapped in a box with a bow or the handwritten note that accompanies every order. Please check them out. I hope you love them as much I do.

Thanks for reading,

Yavonne

Military Vest + Leopard Pumps

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Dress: H & M, Sold Out; Similar | Vest: Nordstrom | Shoes: Steve Madden | Earrings: Kate Spade | Sunglasses:Tory Burch; Similar | Bracelets: Kluster | Necklace: Kluster | Ring: Love Always | Watch: Coach, Sold Out; Similar | Clutch: Gigi New York | Lip stick:Milani Cosmetics; Sangria | Lip gloss:Chanel; Savage Grace

Though it may be October and feeling like Fall in most places around the country, it feels more like summer here in Tampa. If you live in a super hot state, such as Florida like myself, it is important to add subtle elements of Fall into your wardrobe. For me, I already love dresses and heels, so wearing a dress in a burgundy hue and leopard pumps topped off with a military vest made perfect sense. I cannot express how much I love both these leopard pumps and this vest! They both go with virtually everything. I cannot wait to incorporate them both into my fall wardrobe. Stay tuned to see how I style them next.

Thanks for reading,

Yavonne

Camo Two Ways

Look 1 : Camo Dressed up

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Shirt: Loft;  Similar | Pants: Loft | Shoes:Sam Edelman:  Similar | Earrings: Purple Peridot | Necklace: Purple Peridot | Clutch: Clare V. | Watch: Coach; Similar | Lip gloss: Chanel; Giggle

Look 2 : Camo Dressed Down

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Shirt: Gap | Pants: Loft | Shoes:Tory Burch; Similar | Purse: Grateful Bags | Watch: Michael Kors; Similar | Bracelet: Kluster | Sunglasses: Tory Burch; Similar | Lip gloss: Chanel; Giggle

 

Camo along with leopard is one of my favorite prints. You might even say that I am crazy for camo, but I especially love these Loft pants because they come in petite sizing.  Camo is surprisingly very versatile. It can be styled dressed up (Look 1) or dressed down (Look 2). For a dressed up look, I paired my camo pants with eye-catching jewels, these amazing Sam Edelman shoes that always start a conversation no matter where I wear them, and this leopard clutch that I am obsessed with. It goes with everything. It made for a great date night outfit with David. For a more laid back look, perfect for a long day of running errands, I paired my camo pants with flats and a super comfy Gap V-Neck Shirt for a little pattern mixing. More camo posts coming soon.

Thanks for reading,

Yavonne

Pink + Leopard

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Yes, it is a celebration, hence the balloons. It is my very first blog post!  It may be feeling like Fall everywhere else around the country, but it still feels like summer in Florida. As soon as I saw this shirt I knew I had to have it because it describes me perfectly and pair it with bold jewelry to make my shirt pop! I have always had a love for shoes, especially for heels, something that my mother tells me that I inherited from my grandmother. I don’t think I will ever have enough shoes. Funny story about these pink heels. I was doing a closet purge when I stumbled upon these pink beauties that I completely forgot about. Shoe addict problems… Being a lover of pink, they paired effortlessly with this shirt and these bracelets that I cannot get enough of. Seriously, I want every color, and according to my husband, I am slowly achieving that goal. Aside from this bright fun jewelry, the true beauty is this leopard clutch. It was love at first sight, and it literally goes with everything and will be making an appearance in many posts to come, so get use to seeing it.

Thanks for reading,

Yavonne

Shirt: Ily Couture Skirt: Old (Similar) Sunglasses: Old (Similar) Shoes: Old (Similar) Necklace: Sold Out (Similar) Earrings: Purple Peridot Bracelets: Kluster Shop Clutch: Clare V. Watch: Borrowed from my husband Lipstick: Girl About Town Lipgloss: Girl About Town