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Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Favorites #55

Hey friends! Thanks for stopping by to see what's going on this fine Friday. Make sure you check out the link ups listed at the bottom and I'd absolutely love it if you signed up to follow me on Bloglovin'  and/or subscribe to receive email notification of new posts to the right.  ➡️ ➡️ ➡️ ⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️

I had a great week and I'm looking forward to a sunny, warm weekend and getting ready to go out of town again next week for Benny's graduation.

Let's see what made the favorites this week.

~one~


This handsome guy right here turned 22 yesterday and is graduating from college next Saturday. Let me just tell you that I am one proud mama. I know he's my son, but he's truly an exceptional young man. He's hard working, very disciplined, loving and above all such a great example of a Christian that it blows my mind. This time 22 years ago I was totally sleep deprived (already) and absolutely head over heels in love with his precious face.

We actually celebrated while I was there 2 weeks ago, but last night Erin took him out to one of his favorite restaurants and then she had cheesecake for him at his apartment.


He sent me this Snapchat and it sure made my heart happy.

~two~

Yesterday I did a post on beach essentials. I rounded up all the things you need to get ready for your vacations this summer.



~three~


Midweek coffee date with a friend.

~four~
No explanation needed...just plain funny!

~five~


I've been using essential oils for a while and I finally got a diffuser in hopes of helping us sleep better. Wednesday night we used it for the first time and Kent said he actually thought it might have helped him some. I wasn't sure because I kept waking up wondering if it was working...LOL 
What's wrong with that picture?  I watched an oil webinar that recommended a combination of cedar wood oil mixed with lavender for better sleep. 


I've also been putting lavender oil on my wool dryer balls and it makes your linens and clothes smell wonderful.

~six~

Rodan + Fields has launched yet another new product. Cue all the applause.

Mine arrived and I couldn't be more excited to share the information with you. So what is this new product?

Active Hydration Serum
Our doctors and the research and innovation they are pioneering is mind boggling. 
This magical serum is the answer to dry, aging skin and it contains a patented molecule developed by our scientists. See, I told you...mind boggling.
So what is it this magic serum will do for you?
200% more hydration after the first use.
30% Glycerin bound to Hyaluronic Acid
and 
Self adjusting to YOUR own skin type.

That's right, it can be used by all skin types.

You might be wondering what the difference is between hydration vs. moisturizing?
Hydration ADDS water to your skin while moisturizing creates a barrier to keep the existing moisture in place.

Here's a great illustration using a water balloon.
A full water balloon is smooth and has no wrinkles, but a partially full (or dehydrated) balloon is wrinkled. Makes perfect sense.

This hydrating serum is made to be used with all four of our regimens to achieve optimal results.

 
And it's already receiving awards in the beauty industry. 


I have 5, three day samples available to anyone who becomes a Preferred Customer and orders a full regimen between now and the end of the month. You can get it before our current PC's can. Just email me and we'll get you signed up and I'll have it in the mail on it's way to you.
richardson4.lisa@gmail.com

I think spring is really showing up here this weekend and I'm so excited.
Have a beautiful weekend!

Lisa
XOXO
❤️

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Beach Vacation Essentials

Ask me my idea of the perfect vacation and my answer will always be the beach.


The warm sun on my skin, a breeze blowing with the sound of the ocean in the background...this is what I call paradise. 

It's been a couple of years since we've been on a beach vacation but next month that is going to change. We are headed for a week of fun in the sun and sand.

I may be partial being a native East Coast girl, but the Atlantic beaches and beaches on the Gulf are some of the best. Give me a beach in Florida or one of the Carolinas any day. White sand, gorgeous warm water and of course plenty of beautiful vacation homes to enjoy time with your family. What more could you ask for?

Whenever we are planning a beach trip there are always things I want to remember to bring with me. Beach essentials. So today I'm going to share the "must haves" when I'm planning a sandy get away.



*I like to start with a great beach bag or tote.  One large enough to hold all the things I want with me once I get to the sand.

*A pretty cover up is great for throwing on to make a run for something cool to drink or grabbing some lunch at a boardwalk restaurant.

*The sand and concrete can be really hot, so I like to wear a cute pair of flip flops to protect my feet.

*While I love the sun and love to spend all day in it, the older I've gotten the more I've come to realize that sunscreen is an absolute must. Long gone are the days of slathering on baby oil and lying on blacktop to try and achieve that golden tan. Protecting my skin is priority number one.

*Sun protection for your lips is equally as important.

*You'll find books and magazines in my bag. The only time I truly enjoy reading is when I'm in the sun.

*My cell phone goes everywhere and a little bluetooth speaker is a great thing to throw in your bag if you like to listen to your favorite playlist while your sunning yourself.

*I don't know what it is about being in the sun, but it seems to make me want to snack so I like to keep some easy to carry snacks in my bag.

*Being out in the sun it's important to stay hydrated and an insulated water bottle to keep your water nice and cold is a great thing to throw in your bag.

*Keeping the sun out of your eyes and off your face means bringing your favorite sunnies and a great hat with a wide brim.

*And of course you wouldn't think of going to the beach without a great towel.

 Do yo have a checklist of things to bring so you don't get down to the beach and realize you forgot something? I hate it when that happens.

What are your beach essentials?

❤️,
Lisa
XOXO

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What I Wore Wednesday #5


Hey y'all and hey Wednesday. Just a quick update...
We leave a week from today to go back to Nashville for Benny's graduation. 
INCREDIBLE!!!
It's next to impossible to believe that at the beginning of June he will be working like a real "grown up", paying his own way and no longer in school. Seriously, mind blowing!!!

Okay, now back to what I wore...

I actually haven't worn this top yet because the goofy weather out here in California just won't warm up. It'll make a brief appearance and be almost warm and then play a nasty trick and go back to being in the 60's and dreary. Lucky for me after graduation we are headed to the beach!
And everyone said "HOORAY"!!!!!

This cute little cold shoulder top will definitely be packed and ready for warmer days and nights. I don't typically gravitate toward orange, but it's just so warm and sunny looking that I couldn't resist. Imagine it with tan skinπŸ˜€ If orange isn't for you though, your in luck because it's also available in blank or white and BONUS, it's on SALE.




I love the lace detail at the top of this shirt. That combined with the cold shoulder cut outs make it a double trend winner. It's super soft and will look just as cute with jean shorts as jeans or you could pair it with a cute pair of white or black capri's to dress it up. I paired it with my frayed hem jeans (with built in sculpt, which I love❤️)  that I find myself grabbing probably more than I should. You know how when you get a new pair of jeans your old ones become the ugly step child and get demoted. Not to worry, I'm sure I'll circle back to them.


I thought my lace up block heels would be fun paired with this little combo, but my leopard flats,  or new wedges would look equally as cute and of course my favorite leopard sandals with shorts will bring a real summer vibe.


I tried a front tuck but they really aren't a short waisted girls friend. You taller girls could definitely do it.




I wear these bracelets from Kinsley Armelle almost daily. They are some of my favorite pieces to finish off my outfits. The stones, and beads are so pretty and I love the way they look combined and stacked. If you want to get some for yourself they have given me a code. Use Coasttocoast2 for 15% off your entire order. All of their pieces are very reasonably priced and would also be great for Mother's Day.

Hope you're having a great week!

Lisa
XOXO

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Adding Touches Of Spring To Your Home

Thankfully spring has sprung and with it a breath of fresh air. 

I don't know about you, but when spring arrives and the days begin to get longer and the weather is prettier, I just want to open the doors and windows and usher out the winter.  I'm ready to freshen things up and add touches of spring to my home. Do you change things in your home seasonally? You don't necessarily have to make major changes to bring in spring but some simple touches in the main rooms of your home are nice.

I was recently looking for some new ideas and inspiration when I came across the Arhaus website. The Arhaus Instagram also has a ton of inspiration and unique items that caught my eye and made me take a look around our living area for ways to brighten it up.

We bought a new sectional in the fall and went with a lighter, neutral color for the fabric. I wanted to  to have the versatility of being able to change out accessories seasonally and altar the mood of the room without having to totally redo it.

Starting with a neutral backdrop means there are lots of ways to add seasonal touches to a room.
One of the best ways is changing out your pillows.

Remove the warmer, winter colors and add lighter springy hues.

Put away the heavy winter blankets and add a soft, pretty throw in a lighter fabric and colors.



Scattering small items throughout your space on tabletops and shelves, such as birds nests are an  easy way to bring the outdoors inside.


Spring branches in large vases are a great way to brighten up a table or corner.


If you've paid much attention when your looking in catalogs or home decor stores, you may have noticed a lot of succulent arrangements. I currently have a love affair with succulents (of the artificial variety) since I can't kill those. Greenery and topiaries are also readily available in home dec stores and can be added throughout your living area as an easy way to freshen it up.


I love a room with a lot of light and natural light is my first choice. But if your rooms don't have a lot of windows, adding light fixtures is the perfect way to achieve a brighter space. Changing out dated  lighting is a quick and easy way to give your room a face lift.


This is a gorgeous pendant light from Arhaus that caught my eye when I was browsing their website. They have a great selection of pendant light fixtures to choose from. 

Maybe you'd like to try changing out your area rugs. I currently have a dark oriental under my kitchen table but think a rug made of natural fibers and a lighter color might brighten up the eating area.


If you have upholstered chairs with slipcovers, changing them to a lighter fabric is another great way to give a room a facelift without breaking the bank.


Where do you choose to make changes in your home for seasonal freshening? Maybe you haven't  even been thinking about it, but this has sparked an idea. Spring is such a gorgeous time of year and just so happens to be one of my favorite seasons.

I'd love it if you shared ways you brighten and lighten your home.

Lisa
XOXO











Monday, April 24, 2017

Pretty, Feminine, Floral

Good Monday morning! 
I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for whatever this week might have in store. I'm not going to bore you with an weekend re-cap except to say it was a good weekend and we just did kind of our normal empty nest, do what you want, when you want routine.

I've rounded up some beautiful floral fashions for you today. They are "springing" up all over the place. 

I found this cute floral tank and added it to my closet to update my spring and summer look.


And I've ordered this dress (now sold out) to possibly wear for Benny's graduation.


There are so many ways to incorporate this trend into your own style. If a floral dress isn't your thing, maybe think about a pair of "statement" shoes in a floral. Adding them to a solid dress will add an unexpected pop and think about mixing a floral sandal with a striped top. Pattern mixing is such a fun way to play with your clothes.

Delicate floral blouses are beautiful and fresh when paired with white jeans or capris.

Add a floral robe to jazz up your lounge wear and make you feel pretty while drinking your first cup of coffee.

How about a cute floral cover up for the beach?

See, there are so many ways to incorporate florals into your own personal style. 


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I would love to add all of these to my closet but I think that would be flower over load. I love them all but I think I'd have to say the Tahari floral shift dress with the bell sleeves is probably my favorite (#12).

Have you jumped on the floral band wagon yet? Maybe some of these will inspire you to try it for yourself.

Happy Monday!

Lisa
XOXO
❤️

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Favorites #54

Whoa Nelly! This week went screaming by and here we are at Friday again and you know what that means. Time for Friday Favorites. You know what is always a favorite? Friday!!! 

~one~


Yesterday was my first time to co-host a link up. You know I love to participate in them and do it frequently, but this time was my first time to get to actually be a host. Thanks Allie for asking me to collaborate with you and all the other girls. In case you missed the link up we were talking about our favorite Target finds.

~two~


My friend Elizabeth and I just love to give each other fun little gifts. It's kind of "our thing". Seems whenever we are going to be seeing each other we both end up bringing the other one something. I took her several Easter goodies when I visited and she had this cute Nashville tea towel waiting for me in my room. ❤️

~three~


While visiting last week, I found this in her pantry. Well not this very jar, because I didn't steal her peanut butter. I've always been true to Jif peanut butter, but I'm afraid it's now been replaced in my heart with this deliciousness. I've never been a fan of "natural peanut butter" because of the the texture and what I considered to be lack of taste, but THIS STUFF...it's DELICIOUS!!!

It's primarily available in a few southern states in Krogers and some natural food stores but you can purchase it on Amazon.

Now for the best part. This peanut butter is not only tasty, it is a company that is doing good for malnourished children. This is taken right off their website:

  Every time you buy Good Spread, we provide a packet of RUTF to a malnourished child through a partnership with MANA Nutrition.

RUTF stands for Ready To Use Therapeutic Food and MANA is an organization that partners with World Vision. You can go here to read more about this company.

I may or may not have brought 3 jars of this home in my suitcase.

~four~


I've read several bloggers and magazine articles that talk about this It's a 10 product. The water where we live has a lot of chemicals in it and is killing my hair. I've never had such dryness even when I used to color and perm my hair. A double whammy! I just ran out of the other product I was using and thought I'd give this a try. I've used it 3 days so far this week and I can honestly tell you that it really does make my hair feel less brittle. 
#winning

~five~


Earlier this week I also did a post on my 10 favorite phone apps. Everyone has their favorites, but sometimes it's fun to learn about new ones you might like.

~six~


It pays to have friends that work at the college your kids attend. Every spring the president of the university hosts an event for the graduating seniors and that was this past Tuesday night. My sweet friend Laura sent me this picture of Benny and one of his friends Ethan. (it had been pouring rain)

How can our bearded baby boy be graduating from college two weeks from tomorrow? Benny told me one time when we were talking about how fast his college years were flying by that, "the days are long, but the years are short". I think that applies to everything in life.


~seven~



Rodan + Fields launched a new product this week that has already taken the beauty industry by storm. Not only are we the #1 skincare line in North America, we now have this amazing new product that can be used in conjunction with any of the four regimens or on its own. Mine should arrive next week and I can't wait to start using it and share my results with y'all.

Our NEW Active Hydration Serum significantly increases the efficacy of ALL FOUR of our clinically proven skincare regimens!

πŸ’¦ 200% more hydration on the FIRST use. 

πŸ’¦ SELF ADJUSTING to YOUR skin type. 
πŸ’¦ BOOSTS your regimens results.
πŸ’¦ Visibly healthier, more radiant skin. 
πŸ’¦ Optimal Hydration for up to 8 hours, which increases with continual use!



Feel free to ask any questions in the comments or contact me directly and if you've ever wondered about or considered becoming a consultant I'd love to have you on my team and there's no better time to jump in and ride the momentum.

Have a great weekend!!!

Lisa
XOXO



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