Nanny Fails and Fringe


Yes, I know it's only Tuesday but WHEW... What a week! You guys know I share a lot of my life with you all and I feel like I write about this ad nauseam a ton but if I have to do one more flipping nanny interview I might scream!!!

Since April we have been in nanny limbo. Our long-time nanny took a leave of absence for an illness in her family and we loved her so much that we tried to wait for her return, just covering where we could. However, lately, that has added an abnormal about of stress to our lives and careers. Thus, we decided we needed to bring someone on board. 

Since then I have done close to fifty phone interviews and over a dozen in-person meetings. Yet, every time I find someone I like and they hear the words "five am" they run for the hills. I even had a VERY unprofessional experience with a girl who accepted the job and TEXTED me twelve hours before her first shift to cancel.

As you can imagine, I saw red! I thought, "What a selfish thing to do". Come to find out she had accepted two jobs and was probably afraid to tell me. Now, I am a very understanding person if you are upfront with me but the way it was handled was unacceptable. The kicker was that I kept asking her throughout the process if she was still okay with the early start and she proceeded to say "yes" every time! I gave her every opportunity to come clean, so I felt blindsided.

I won't lie to you this process has put an undue amount of stress on myself, my radio career and our marriage. I know we will get through this and find someone amazing for our son but there have definitely been times when I have laid in bed crying because I thought I was going to have to quit my job. 

This may sound cliche but I am a huge believer that you can have it all, but you're going to have to work your ass off to do it! One of my favorite quotes is "Hard work beats talent, when talent won't work harder", so I'll just keep chugging away until I find a solution to our situation. (Shameless plug if you have nanny experience and would like to apply, email me here.) 

In the meantime, here is an adorable new arrival look that will dress up your fall wardrobe from Page 6 Boutique in Fort Mill. (You can also order online here!) I LOVE this off the shoulder Madam sweater in grey! I personally love it styled oversized and I am wearing a medium in the photos. 

This stylish sweater goes great with this suede fringe skirt and black booties! I paired this look with a Page 6 necklace and my favorite Chanel handbag to be able to take this look from day to night! 

Hurricane Florence Relief T-Shirts : Live Love GameDay


As Hurricane Florence descends on the Carolinas I am reminded of my time growing up in South Florida. Our family moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Ft Lauderdale, Florida when I was still in school and from that moment our summers were spent dodging storms like the plague. 

From June to October, I remember my father stocking up on plywood, batteries, and cases of water just in case the newest tropical depression took a turn and gained strength. (Which happened a lot.) I remember my Uncle Timmy telling us about Hurricane Andrew when we first moved to South Florida.  

His chilling accounts of that storm always scared me. I recall him telling us that it was one of the scariest moments of his life (and he had served in our military). My Uncle and his family lived in a high rise condo building in the heart of Miami and when the storm hit, it blew out their living room windows, which created a vacuum. Till this day I can't imagine what goes through your mind as you see the contents of your home literally being sucked out of the window. My Uncle and his family took refuge in a bathroom, holding the door shut so the door would stay on the hinges. 

Thus, my family has always taken hurricane prep very seriously. Hurricane Andrew was a big wind storm when it hit South Florida as a category 5 hurricane and years later I would have my own frightening encounter with Hurricane Wilma. 

When Hurricane Wilma came barreling towards my hometown, my family decided to evacuate. I, however, had just started dating my now husband and agreed to stay with him and ride out the storm. 

The eye of Wilma was supposed to travel right over Dallas's Boca Raton condo so we thought it would be safer to stay at my family's home out west. For some reason (I can't even remember why) we ended up not making it back to my Mom's house before the storm hit. Somehow, by the grace of God, Hurricane Wilma turned slightly and decided not to ravage Boca Raton but instead went right over my Mom's house! 

The storm created so much damage to our family's home it was uninhabitable for TWO YEARS! Two, eight-foot sections of our roof had been torn off, along with our entire screen enclosure and there was three feet of standing water on the first floor of our home. Unfortunately, FEMA and general contractors were overwhelmed for months after the storm, causing the water to produce mold throughout the walls of our home. We were not alone, half of South Florida was without power for weeks and the other half didn't have a sustainable home to live in. 

It makes me sad to think about our friends on the coast, who are currently going through this hell. As we sit in our homes, watching football waiting for the storm to pass please know that our friends out east will need us more than ever in the coming weeks. I know my station will be doing hurricane relief efforts soon (so stay tuned) but in the meantime, I did want to tell you about a company that I love. Live Love GameDay has created North and South Carolina t-shirts that will benefit the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army as they help the Carolinas. The shirts are $22 and shipping is FREE! 

This company is also the creators of my favorite football tee, which you can see above. 

Friday Night In Miami


What an amazing night with my Miami Dolphin Cheerleader sisters! It is officially alumni weekend here in Miami! 

After the show Friday morning I hopped a flight from Charlotte Douglas International airport to join my dance sisters for a weekend of fun, hosted by my former team. 

If you are new to the blog, I cheered for the Miami Dolphins professionally from 2003 to 2006! I can honestly say these were some of the BEST years of my life, from being a cover girl on the highly anticipated swimsuit calendar to dancing on the field in front of 75,000 live fans and performing for our troops on USO tours overseas. I will never forget the memories or the friendships that I made during this time! 

I didn't join a sorority in college so this was my "squad". The Miami Dolphins believe in this sorority life and sisterhood and even gift us "rookie rings" after we complete our first season. A welcome to the legacy present if you will. 

Last night we attended a fabulous welcome cocktail party on the Intercoastal and I pulled out this beachy two-piece set from Free People for the occasion. I styled this comfy yet trendy look with my Artsy Louis Vuitton bag and nude heels from Red Dress Boutique. I also broke out my K.Brunini bangles for this event and accented them with a great pair of Kendra Scott earing!

I hope you enjoy this look as much as I did because you can shop the look below! 

Boho Casual


Happy Friday! 

I told you guys, I am obsessed with these super soft waffle shirts for fall! Yesterday I showed you how to style Page 6 Boutique's black and white version of this top and today we turn our attention to a casual approach available at Fabrik Birkdale.

You know, I am lucky enough to work with boutiques throughout our beautiful Carolina's and it is my pleasure to give you options up North and down South! 

Opposite to the classically printed sleeve on Page 6's top, Fabrik Birkdale's version felt more boho chic to me. Thus, I let the shirt speak for itself. 

I paired this vibrant edition of the top with a frayed ankle cropped pair of Hudson jeans (also available at Fabrik Birkdale) and these ridiculously adorable cream flats. These mules are a great addition to your fall wardrobe and certainly won't break the bank!   

If you love this look as much as I do, be sure to check out more Fabrik Birkdale trends in my "Try On Session" available on my Instagram Stories.

Enjoy the rest of your #FashionFriday! 

Weekend Vibes


Hello old friends! 

I know it has been a while but things have been crazy around here. Summer brought with it a whole slew of changes that I can honestly say I wasn't ready for. Things seemed to start spiraling for us around the time Dallas found a new job. 

Now let me just say, we were grateful when he was able to find another job and go back to work but I don't think we were ready for what was to follow. Nowadays, Dallas is on the road 2-3 days each week emerged in his midwest territory and new job as a regional VP for a surgical company. 

Normally it would be nothing we couldn't handle but add in the passing of our dog Woofer, Cash being speech delayed and our nanny taking a leave of absence, due to a family illness, and you've got a perfect storm. 

It has been difficult to work full time on my radio career and blog while balancing gym, swim and speech classes for Cashton. At times I have been downright lonely because Dallas is gone and I have no sitter, so just forget a social life at that point!  Hey, such is life sometimes. So I just lower my shoulder and push through. 

We have been struggling all summer to find a bandaid for our nanny situation and because neither of our parents live here it has been hard to find regular help.  I did hire a very nice young lady who was home from college for a couple months, however, when she went back to school all hell seemed to break loose again. Currently, we are still trying to solve our childcare problems but I finally found a minute to shoot some new fall looks as well as sit down and write a new blog. 

These new super soft waffle shirts are everywhere this fall!

I am LOVING this one with it's classic black and white sheer sleeves, available at Page 6 Boutique in Fort Mill! 

I paired this top with a pair of Fabrik Birkdale's pleather shorts that feature gold stud detailing. To pull those accents I added gold jewelry and a pair of black and gold Louboutins. 

I think you will love this look for your weekend adventures! Happy GNO! 

4 For Fashion : Scout and Molly's


Happy Friday's Eve! We are counting down the hours, minutes and seconds until the clock strikes 5:00pm tomorrow afternoon! 

We're also looking ahead to your weekend wardrobe! This week "4 For Fashion" is checking out Scout and Molly's in the Specialty Shops at South Park. 

If you're new to the blog, let me explain what 4 For Fashion is. We are a group of local fashion bloggers that believe you can be stylish at any age! Each one of us caps an age bracket in our 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's. We are all different ages and have very different styles and that is the beauty of what we do. 

This week at Scout and Molly's we were all able to find looks that we loved. They had a ton to choose from and their accessories are gorgeous! You may notice as you explore this post, that all four of us fell in love with Scout and Molly's South American handmade bags. Each one is even more beautiful and unique than the next! 

Scout and Molly's also had a great selection of casual and dressy trends that range from summer style to fall transition.   

Let's kick things off with Rachel's look from Queen City Chic! Rachel is in her 20's and her boho chic style never goes unnoticed. I love the casual statement she made while styling this look. Her bucket bag is the center of this ensemble and she chose bold neutrals to accent and revolve around this handmade purse.

My outfit today is representative of the 30 something stylish mom on the go. I chose this look because, as a young mom myself I don't want to lose my identity or give up my passion for fashion after having a child. These modern cargo shorts and fringe textured top still allow me to run after my 2-year-old while looking smart and sophisticated. However, the real show stopper of this look are the accessories! The earrings, necklace, and cuff all accent this clean casual suit perfectly.

Laura from Smart Southern Style is up next for the 40's crowd. I always love Laura's styling because she really knows how to add a pop of color to take an outfit to the next level. Case and point! Laura found these perfectly tailored jeans at Scout and Molly's and pair them with this vertical striped linen blue top. Now let's talk about that pink! Of course, I love the blue tassel necklace she chose as well but those shoes and that pom pom on her handmade bag is everything! 

Last and certainly not least is Barbi from Southern Blonde Chic. Barbi is looking lovely in this gorgeous hot pink maxi and turquoise earrings. I love the flow of this dress and the shape it gives with its empire waistline. This dress is perfect for a date night or wedding reception. Barb knocked it out of the park by completing this look with a neon Aztec clutch that is to die for! 

As you can see, Scout and Molly's has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for work out or night out, this chic boutique has looks for all ages and any occasion. You can find them at the Specialty Shops at South Park across from the South Park Mall, on Instagram or online

A special thank you to Scout and Molly's for hosting us and to Say Cheese CLT for capturing out beautiful lookbook this week! 

Stars And Stripes


Who's excited about the 4th of July?! Bring on the patriotism, fireworks and hot dogs! 

I am kicking things off by packing my bags for a two-week vacation! The first spot, Smith Mountain Lake Virginia! Every summer my family and I take a week out of our busy schedules to rendezvous in the quaint little town of Huddleston, Virginia.  It's a week of family and fun on the water!

A dear family friend host this beloved event every year. Fun fact, they also hosted our wedding eight years ago. That's right, Dallas and I said "I Do" at this beautiful compound that sleeps nearly twenty-five people throughout three different houses.

We enjoy days in the water, sunsets of flag football, dinners of gourmet seafood and nights filled with fireworks. It really is like a dream vacation with your whole family by your side. Of course, the most memorable day of the week is always the 4th of July! 

After a day on the water, everyone in the house puts on their most festive Independence Day garb and meets for dinner on the point, followed by fireworks. This was my 4th of July inspired look this year! 

I found this off the shoulder button up at a pop-up shop during a charity event in Palm Beach Florida a couple months ago and I have been waiting to break this one out! I paired it with my favorite white denim jeans and these nude block heels. (They are also one of the most comfortable pair of heels I own.)

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