Friday, April 24, 2015

Blogger's Ball 2015

Hey Dolls,

I, along with my friend Krystle, and fellow fashion blogger and friend Cathy of Minister of Style had the pleasure of attending the Eye on Fashion 2015 Blogger's Ball in Tampa last weekend!  The week consisted of several amazing events including a  Men's Collection fashion show and fashion stylist competition but we were only able to make it to the ball that Saturday evening.  Nevertheless, we made it down to Tampa for a night of glamorous night of fashion!

Krystle, Cathy, Trice
What I loved most about the event besides getting to meet some of my favorite bloggers in person was that the proceeds from the event went to Redefining Refuge, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting for women and children who have been victims of sexual abuse and  domestic sex trafficking of minors.
This was me with Natasha Nascimento, the founder of Redefining Refuge.She was passionate about what she does and was very grateful for the support she received.
Here is me in my FABULOUS gown!  In the words of Beyonce, I was definitely "Feeling Myself!"
Some of you may have seen it before but...whatevs!  When you love something, you just love it!  You don't have to reinvent the wheel all the time.
Me and my girls!
Cathy was the walking Oscar in her beautiful gold gown from Asos!
I was so happy my friend Krystle came up to enjoy the weekend with us.  She isn't a blogger but she should be because she has great style!
These were the three beauties that spear-headed The Eye on Fashion weekend!
Michelle from Runway Translator 

Natasha from Fashionably Fabulous
These ladies did a great job putting this wonderful weekend together. 

 There was mingling, cocktails, networking, fashion, and of course bloggers!
Estrella from Estrella Fashion Report
I absolutely loved this look on fashionista, Jennifer Rodriguez!  The white suit with the cape was so crisp and stylish!  She werked that look!

We had live music from the saxophonist, Marlon Bloom as well as a DJ!

Guys are into fashion too!
One last treat from the evening were the delectable artisan chocolates by Viktoria Richards!

 Not only are these chocolates pretty to look at, they taste AMAZING!  She combines the most unique flavors together to create her truffles.
 These were my favs:
 Earl Grey Lavender
 Strawberry Reisling
 Key Lime Mango
I had to politely removed myself from the area or else, I could've stood there the entire night eating those things!
 Even the bartender was fashionable!  He had the coolest mustache!  He even hooked me and my girls up with a free drink!  Gotta love that!
Overall, we had a wonderful time!  Next year, I think I'll plan to make for the full week of events! Any excuse to get dolled up, I'm all for!
As always, 
thank you so much for stopping by! I'll be back soon!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

13 Gypsies

Hey Lovelies!

I'm back with another enticing restaurant review!  I recently met up with my foodie crew for brunch and we decided on 13 Gypsies, a small bistro that specializes in small plates and tapas.  They are located in Riverside. 
 This was my first time dining at 13 Gypsies.  I have passed by it several times and it has been on my list of places to go for a while so I was happy to get the opportunity to do brunch there.  With a total of 9 tables, they are very quaint but I liked the intimate feel.  You definitely need to call ahead for reservations if you plan on a visit.
 For starters we had mimosas!  I mean, what's brunch without mimosas right?!?!  It was good, however, they were served in small glass and not champagne flutes which, to me, is necessary when enjoying a mimosa.  Maybe I'm being a bit of a diva, but I want my mimosas in a champagne flute.  We also had the Crema de Queso.  This is a fresh handmade cream cheese that is drizzled with olive oil, a little seasoning, and served with bread that's made in house.  It was really good. 
 I got the pan seared french toast which comes drizzled in a sweet anglaise  and two chorizo sausage patties.  I loved the chorizo but I would've loved if my french toast was cooked a little longer.  It had a mushy center I didn't care much for.
 A friend and I shared the Chorizo hash that came with a potatoes and a fried egg.  It was as delicious as it looks.  I probably would've been satisfied with this dish alone.

Overall,  I enjoyed 13 Gypsies.  The flavors in the food were spot on, the ambiance is nice, and it is definitely in the right location. My only suggestion would've been to cook the french toast a little longer, and invest in champagne flutes for mimosas!  Other than that, I look forward to going back to try dinner!
As always, thanks for stopping by!  
Have a great day.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Soft Stripes

Hey Dolls,

I'm a few days late but I wanted to share my Easter look with you!  I kept it pretty simple this year!   The message in church was about "The Stones of Life".  The stone in front of the tomb could be symbolic for the stones or burdens we face in our lives.  Stones like unforgiveness, jealousy, depression, envy, pride, bitterness, and the list goes on.  I lost a good friend to cancer yesterday and as I reflect on the message we heard in church last Sunday, life is definitely too short to hold on to these things.  Bring your stones to God and let him move them out of the way.  It was a very timely message and one that I won't soon forget. 
 Here was my look for the day!

Necklace: SteinMart
Top and Skirt: H&M
Heels: ShoeDazzle
As always, thank you for stopping by!  Enjoy the remainder of the week!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

St. John's TownCenter 10th Anniversary (Pic Heavy)

Hey Lovelies,

I had the honor of being invited to the St. John's Town Center 10th Year Anniversary Celebration last weekend!  I can hardly believe that I've been living in Jacksonville as long as I have.  I moved here the year before the town center was built and I can say that it has definitely become a huge part of the fabric of Jacksonville!
There was a little of everything for everyone including a tasty treats from Maggiano's, a bar, and a play area for kids, and these cool guys on the stilts!
I was most excited to see the fashion show but to my surprise one of my favorite local bands, "Be Easy" was there to get the party started! 
If you ever get the chance to hear these guys, take it because they are very talented and know how to put on a good show!
Now on to The Fashion Show!  I had the perfect seat, right in front and I wanted just about everything I saw!  In no particular order here are some of the fashions showcased.

I absolutely LOVED that green skirt!
These kids stole the show!  They were so adorable and knew how to rock the runway!


Everyone was so chic and dapper in this scene!


I loved all of the floppy hats!

This lil' guy was another show stopper!
I love this gym ensemble!  The colors are perfect for my new Asics Gel Noosas!


I loved this outfit so much I went looking for it but they didn't have my size. 
(Insert sad face here)
These last two girls had such great stage presence!  Loved their modeling skills!  They rocked every piece of clothing they modeled!


This white top is on my list of items to find next time I go to the Town Center!  

Natural Life is one of the coolest stores at the Town Center!  It really makes you happy when you go inside!


I've never been in Original Piece, but I will certainly be on the look out for it next time I visit Town Center!  Especially for the white dress!
 I really enjoyed the show!  I wanted to hop up on stage and model my outfit but I settled for taking a couple of pics by the stage instead.
  The Town Center has been growing by leaps and bounds and are constantly getting new stores and restaurants.  I was soooo happy when Nordstrom opened!  I'm anxious to see what will be next!  Happy 10th Anniversary St. John's Town Center.  As always, thanks so much for stopping by!