Fall Style and a Giveaway from Johnston & Murphy

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It’s FINALLY starting to feel like fall here in Florida, and now that I am back to my pre-pregnant size, I’m excited about cooler weather fashion. It was the hottest summer ever with heat advisories every day, which was SO uncomfortable when you are 8 and 9 months pregnant. I was starting to get cabin fever avoiding the heat, so I am happy to feel a little lighter and a lot cooler, just in time for fall and winter.

Now that I can officially pack up my basic maternity jeans and tees for good, I thought I’d jump back in style with a little 2 outfit shopping spree including a couple pairs of amazing boots from Johnston and Murphy! They offered to send me a pair of fall shoes of my choice and I opted for these amazing black leather Sari riding boots. Days later, they offered to send me another pair, and although they have an amazing selection to choose from, I opted for the same exact boot in brown because I loved them SO much. I wear riding boots almost every day in the cooler weather seasons, so now I have a brown and black pair to go with every outfit this fall.

This is my first {and second} pair of leather boots ever. I’ve owned my fair share of faux, but nothing compares to the real deal. These boots are so super soft and I love that they have a panel behind the zipper so that your socks and jeans don’t get zipped up. The black leather calfskin riding boots have an amazing gunmetal toe and heel rand and the tan boots are two toned vachetta {a type of leather is untreated and commonly used in the trimmings of luggage and handbags, popularized by designer Louis Vuitton} and oiled nubuck. Both boots have back zippers with a leather pull, leather lining, memory-foam cushioned insoles, leather sole with rubber inset for enhanced flexibility and durability, and a stacked 1 1/4″ heel.

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I paired the black leather riding boots, with an over-sized chunky black and white turtleneck sweater, my favorite pair of skinny jeans, and a black and gold faux leather bucket bag.





I mixed shades of neutral by pairing a light camel peacoat with an ivory blouse and my tan leather riding boots.





Johnston & Murphy were super nice to send me a pair of their shoes, but I’m not the only one lucky enough to try out their fall footwear! One reader will win a pair of Johnston & Murphy fall footwear – for a chance to win this giveaway, go to the Johnston & Murphy website, pick out your favorite pair of fall footwear, paste the link and tell me how you would style your shoes in the RaffleCopter below! US residents only please, 13+ years of age, winner will be chosen at random.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnston & Murphy. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sydney Eleanor Has Arrived, 2 Weeks Early


Hello from my maternity leave, a bit earlier than expected. For those of you that guessed I was having a girl, including myself, we were right! Sydney Eleanor decided she was ready to arrive a couple of weeks early and we are beyond thrilled to have another happy healthy baby, first our boy John and now a darling little girl. She is the cutest sweetest thing and I’m still in shock, in the best way possible, that I am the mom of a little girl.

I had to have a cesarean again, but this time I wasn’t fully put under so there was a proper gender reveal {I was awake and my husband was allowed in the room} and we got to hear her first cry. After everything we had been through to get pregnant, and then missing these special first moments with John, my husband and I had tears of joy streaming down our faces when they said “it’s a girl”. When they held her up over that curtain we saw a head full of thick black hair as she was scream crying and sticking her little tongue out at us. It was a perfect moment.

I’ve missed you all so much. The last couple of months of my pregnancy were exhausting with my big belly, chasing around a 2 year, and a full time job so I took a bit of an unplanned break from blogging, but I’m so happy to be back. I’m looking forward to the holidays, while on maternity leave, in our new house, with two little kiddos. I hope you all are doing well, and I can’t wait to catch up with you again.

to everyone that guessed girl, we were right! #itsagirl #baby #maternity

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Zoya Paradise Sun Collection Giveaway


It may be the first day of fall, but for those of you that are not ready to say goodbye to warm weather and longer days, this giveaway is for you! Zoya sent me their entire Paradise Sun collection to swatch for you all, and I have another to give away to one lucky reader.

Fully saturated with a gorgeous micronized metallic sheen, these shimmering beauties are much like sunshine sparkling on water. Meant to be used as an independent color, these shades feature a full-coverage, densely pigmented formula. Paradise Sun is the shimmery sister collection to Zoya’s Island Fun collection.

Zoya Paradise Sun Swatches Aphrodite Red Shimmer Nail Polish

Aphrodite is a vibrant summer red with a micronized pearl metallic finish and multi-hued flash that brings it to life.

Zoya Paradise Sun Swatches Genesis White Shimmer Nail Polish

Genesis is a crystalline white with a micronized metallic pearl finish. Designed to look like micro-fine diamond dust!

Zoya Paradise Sun Swatches Isa Purple Shimmer Nail Polish

Isa is a deep blue-based purple with a micronized metallic pearl finish and an aqua flash that embodies the beauty of exotic island flowers.

Zoya Paradise Sun Swatches Mae Hot Pink Shimmer Nail Polish

Mae is a warm magenta pink with a micronized metallic pearl finish, reminiscent of vibrant Mediterranean flowers.

Zoya Paradise Sun Swatches Oceane Blue Shimmer Nail Polish

Oceane is a true turquoise with a micronized metallic pearl finish that reflects the clearest blue ocean waters.

Zoya Paradise Sun Swatches Selene Green Teal Shimmer Nail Polish

Selene is a true teal with a micronized metallic pearl finish. A unique shade with an aqua fleck that resembles deeper
layers of ocean water.

One lucky reader will win this entire Zoya Paradise Sun summer 2015 collection nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. There are no mandatory entries; however, some options are worth more entries than others, US and Canadian readers only.

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A Night Out On The Town At Buca di Beppo

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This mama finally had a night out, thanks to one of my favorite restaurants, Buca di Beppo! They invited me to celebrate their 4 for $40 deal and the timing was PERFECT because my mom and step-dad are in town visiting. We couldn’t believe the amount of “family style” food delivered to our table for such an amazing price – a basket full of garlic toast, a house salad, and a deep dish of cheese raviolis covered in meat sauce.

My sister had her wedding rehearsal dinner at the Buca di Beppo in Seattle, Washington years ago and I fell in love with the food and decor. The entire restaurant was so authentically Italian that I was shocked to find out there were multiple locations. When I saw a Buca di Beppo “coming soon” sign pop up in my town, I was thrilled, so much so that my friends threw me a baby shower there when I was pregnant with John!

Whether you’re trying to survive the back to school rush, pregnant while chasing around a toddler and in need of a night off {like me}, or just don’t feel like cooking, take a break at Buca di Beppo and feed 4 for only $40! Get a large garlic bread, choice of mixed green or caesar salad, and choice of large family style spaghetti marinara, spaghetti with meat sauce, fettuccine alfredo, baked ziti, or ravioli al pomodoro. Make your reservations today!








This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Buca di Beppo. The opinions and text are all mine.

Surprize by Stride Rite, Only At Target!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stride Rite. All opinions are 100% mine.

surprizeStrideRiteTarget2 Amazing news for us mamas that may not live near a Stride Rite, but are obsessed with their shoes for our kiddos! Stride Rite has now launched a line of toddler shoes called Surprize by Stride Rite, available exclusively at Target stores nationwide. This is the only shoe I buy for my little man, but I’ve always had to purchase online… until now. In fact, the exact shoe that I was trying to get for him recently was sold out everywhere online, so when I saw it pop up at my local Target store, I grabbed it immediately!

I love to get John neutral shoes so they go with everything, but because he’s a kid, they need a little pop of color. I loved the Deacon sneaker with a bright orange ankle and yellow laces! The laces add interest, but the actual velcro closure is perfect so that he can take them on and off all by himself. He’s VERY independent these days!!!

Beyond the obvious cuteness, Stride Rite is always the most wearable shoe for John, where style meets substance and comfort. When I tried other shoes, he would come home with deep impressions all over his foot and I wondered how he got through his day with shoes that didn’t fit well. They also hold up perfectly. The shoes never wear out before he grows out of them, which is at a rapid pace these days!

We took his new shoes to the park for a test drive and he was jumping, climbing, and running with no trouble. Out of about 100 blurry pics of a toddler on the move, I found about 5 to share lol. There is no slowing this 2-year-old down! He’s also learned to smile for a pic, which melts my heart!

Be sure to check out Surprize for girls and Surprize for boys, available exclusively at your local Target and online.






Surprize is guaranteed to provide the following:

  • Comfort – These shoes have a generous fit and all memory foam footbeds, ensuring great comfort for your kids
  • Fit – The shoes have very flexible outsoles allowing for an agile, natural step and growth
  • Durability – The rubber toes ensure durability

What do you think of the new line of Stride Rite, available exclusively at Target? Are you as excited as I am to purchase this brand locally?


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Sunday Funday – Summer Style, Summer Pasta, and Fall Boots At Target

Blog Hop And Linkup

Happy Sunday and welcome to our weekly linkup party! This week we’re chatting up summer style, summer pasta, fall boots at Target, and a $50 Nordstrom gift card giveaway!

Get Featured! For a chance at next Sunday’s #FundayLinkup spotlight, add your links using the widget below this post. We’re highlighting our fave picks every week at Fab Fatale, Bon Bon Rose Girls, and The Budget Babe blogs + Facebook! Visit my co-hosts Bon Bon Rose Girls and The Budget Babe for more weekly inspiration.

Follow our Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup Pinterest board! We’ll be pinning our “Sunday Funday – Best Of The Week”, as well as each hostesses’ top 5 fav linkups every week!

Hostesses – Best Of The Week


Fab Fatale
Fab Fatale shows us how to cook up a quick and delicious summer pasta loaded with plump olives, juicy tomatoes, fresh spinach, and more irresistible Mediterranean flavors!
Bon Bon Rose Girls
Bon Bon Rose Girls demystifies the whole summer makeup thing with a step-by-step guide that will have you looking flawless no matter how hot it gets!
The Budget Babe
Fall boots have started landing on the shelves at Target! Check out The Budget Babe’s in-store pics as you dream up your fall shopping list.

Sunday Funday Linkup – Best Of The Week


We love Sandy a la Mode’s style not only because it’s super chic, but because she’s always introducing us to fab new places to shop. Case in point: Her floral kimono look shows us a fresh new way to style this easy layering piece for summer, and we now have Agnes & Dora – a new favorite boutique – bookmarked, too!

Fab Fatale’s Linkup Favs

It was nearly impossible to narrow my favs down to only 5, but here’s what really caught my eye this week:

  • I love Lauren McBride’s style so much and we have the same due date, so it’s all I can do to not add her every look to my closet. Loving her casual little white dress look.
  • Who What Wear featured the “of the moment” 3-piece outfit including a fun white shirt, denim shorts or jeans, and fun shoes – A Lovely Little Wardrobe nails the fun casual look perfectly!
  • This summer it’s all about head-to-toe white and leading into fall, it’s all about the shirtdress. Wear It For Less features both in a single Elle Macpherson white shirtdress look for less outfit.
  • I’m loving the bandana print trend so much right now. Lil Miss JB Style styles a beautiful blue and white bandana print top, paired with ripped jeans, a blue structured mini handbag, and blue leather strappy heels.
  • Will the “tunic top + long cardigan” combo ever go out of style? I sure hope not. Fashion Fairy Dust pairs a floral tunic with a gray cocoon cardigan and her black fringe sandals are a must-have.

Please check out the Bon Bon Rose Girls’ and The Budget Babe’s favs of the week for more inspiration!

Sunday Funday Giveaway

One lucky reader will win this $50 Norstrom’s gift card giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. US and Canadian residents only please.

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No spam or inappropriate linkups, they will get deleted. Link to a post, rather than your homepage. Please include recent posts, preferably from this season. Please don’t link and run, stick around to check out your fellow bloggers’ linkups. Not required, but lots of love for following your hostesses at their socials linked below.

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Jennifer @FabFatale
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Mediterranean Pasta In A Light Cream Sauce

Mediterranean Pasta - whole wheat penne pasta, spinach, grape tomatoes, black olives and cilantro in a light cream sauce make this recipe super fresh for summer.

Summer Mediterranean Pasta Light Cream Sauce Recipe

My cravings this pregnancy have included daily doses {in mass quantity} of olives and orange juice, but not together lol. When I was pregnant with John, all I wanted was lemonade, so the switch up must mean I’m having a girl this time, right???? My addiction has been the olive-heavy Mediterranean salad at our local pizzeria and an amazing summer pasta dish at a Mediterranean food truck we frequent on Thursday evenings. Instead of waiting for Food Truck Thursdays to roll around, I thought I’d try to recreate my favorite dish at home.

I think my Mediterranean pasta dish is very close to the original! It’s similar to a primavera, heavy in veggies and light in sauce, but with a Mediterranean twist in seasonings and toppings. The spinach, grape tomatoes, California ripe olives and cilantro make this dish super fresh for summer and it’s far less heavy than your average pasta by using whole wheat penne and a light cream sauce.

I’m so happy that my pregnancy craving is so healthy! They’re also one of the most versatile items in your pantry, loved for their unique flavor, texture and color. For a chance to win a fabulous prize package of tasty flavors this season and beyond, be sure to enter California Ripe Olives Midsummer Mediterranean giveaway!

Mediterranean Pasta In A Light Cream Sauce

Mediterranean Pasta In A Light Cream Sauce


  • 1 pound whole grain penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose Mediterranean seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup regular cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup baby spinach, packed
  • 1/3 cup sliced California Black Ripe Olives
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Boil pasta for 8 minutes, or until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cut chicken into 1/2 inch slices lengthwise, then in half horizontally. Lightly season in Mediterranean seasoning and pepper to taste, and sauté until lightly browned and cooked through.
  3. In the skillet, add pasta water, cream, and minced garlic and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, add in spinach and Parmesan cheese. Stir until cheese is melted and spinach is slightly wilted, but not cooked.
  4. Toss pasta in a bowl with chicken sauté ingredients, adding in tomatoes and olives. Serve, topped with a sprinkle of feta and cilantro.

Summer Mediterranean Pasta Light Cream Sauce Recipe

Summer Mediterranean Pasta Light Cream Sauce Recipe

Summer Mediterranean Pasta Light Cream Sauce Recipe

Summer Mediterranean Pasta Light Cream Sauce Recipe

Summer Mediterranean Pasta Light Cream Sauce Recipe

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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