FRIDAY FAVES | OCT 27

Hello My Beautiful Friends!

Happy Friday, Who is ready for the weekend? It seems as though it’s been a L-O-N-G week and I’m ready for our busy weekend but the weekend none the less! Today I’m sharing Five Faves from the Week, enjoy!

Friday Favorites

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Pumpkin Farms are my Favorite! Will and I were chatting the other day and we noticed that we are more drawn to the Farms with lots of Farm Life. Those geared more towards celebrating the Harvest rather than those directed more towards just Pumpkins & Halloween themes and what not. One of our favorites is Green Meadows Pumpkin Farm it’s about a 30 minutes scenic country road route that is just so beautiful come Fall! This farm is a long time Family Favorite of ours, for years now. Every year we make the time to head on out, enjoy the scenic route, country roads, farm animals, apple cider, hay rides and, of course pumpkins! Here are a few snaps from our trip out this year.

This was the first year that we could get Will Jr. to pick up or even hold the chicks & rooster’s and here he caught one on his own! Such a happy moment and HayHay is one of the farms favorites and Will caught HayHay! 😉

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(We tease that Mackenzie is the Chicken Chasin’ Queen)

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(These Two! 🙂 )

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(The kids got to feed this Big Fella!)

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(An Orange Barn and an Orange Tractor got together and then this happened!)

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(Love these fun Fringe Shearling Booties)

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(This guy came up to us and it was pretty cool!)

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(Farm Life is so interesting! We love it)

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(Such a neat shot just outside of this silo)

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(Love Pumpkin Patches on a Fall Afternoon)

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(Races on these Homemade Slides made for lots & lots of Fun)

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(A Smiling Barn & Girl)

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(My Sweet Boy, Let me grab this great shot before running off to all the action yet again)

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(The Feather’s on this one were beautiful)

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(Big Bunny Honey)

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(They added this to the old Firetruck to the Farm this year and it was neat to get inside)

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(The Kids and I Milked this Momma 😉 )

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(It was a successful and fun trip to the Farm! I love All Ya’ll)

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My Karat Casemate IPhone 8plus case is a favorite of mine.

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A Casual Sweetest Day with my Sweetheart!

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My Hubbs got this scent for me and I can’t seem to get enough of it this week!

 

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COZY PAJAMAS

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Well that concludes my five random faves for the week. I hope you all enjoy your weekend!

XOXO,

sr

 

 

WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY | OCTOBER 2017

What’s Up Wednesday!

Well, well, well a lot of LIFE has been lived and celebrated and cherished this month! October is my favorite perhaps because my daughter was born in this month, I was born in this month, everyone just seems so happy in October to me. October just makes me OH-SO-HAPPY! Even the tree’s beam happy as they reveal their true colors. It’s truly just the best!

So on the last Wednesday of each month I share what we’re eating for the week, what I’m reminiscing about, what I’m loving, what we’ve been up to, what I’m working on, what I’ve been reading, what I’ve been watching, what I’m listening to, what I’m excited about, what I’ve been wearing, what I’m doing this weekend, what I’m looking forward to next month and, what else is new with me and the fam! So grab a warm drink & blanket and enjoy what I have to share 😉 haha!  

WHAT WERE EATING

MONDAY | BEEF STROGANOFF
TUESDAY | SPAGHETTI, GARLIC GREEN BEANS WITH TEXAS TOAST
WEDNESDAY | MAPLE MUSTARD SHREDDED CHICKEN SANDWICHES WITH KRUNCHERS
THURSDAY | CHILI BLANCO
FRIDAY | TACO’S
SATURDAY | DINE OUT
SUNDAY | SIRLOIN ROAST & POTATOES

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WHAT IM REMINISCING ABOUTAll the cozy days that my family has every year come Christmas time. Snuggles in our bed as we watch HOME ALONE over and over are for sure some of my favorite times and I’ve just been thinking of those precious times and looking forward to all the goodness ahead.

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WHAT IM LOVING

Snuggling Up by the Fired under my Pottery Barn Faux Fur Blanket while sipping on a warm cup of Green Mountain Apple Cider (here) in our Pottery Barn Alphabet Mugs!

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The Faux Fur Blankets from Pottery Barn are 30% off today only! Which is such a good deal and I love – we love, the first one that I purchased so much that I purchased a second one because honestly just one in our house is not enough so today I purchased the oversized leopard one! You can find the sale (here).

Can you find another faux fur blanket that looks like these? Yes!

Can you find another faux fur blanket that feels soft and snuggly? Yes!

Can you find another faux fur blanket with the velvety quality weight & warmth of these PB Faux Fur Blankets? I think not! I know it’s a splurge for a blanket but it’s one I truly consider to be worth it.

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WHAT IVE BEEN UP TO

Soaking up all things FALL with my beautiful FAMILY! This weekend we have our last run at the Pumpkin Farms before they close so we plan to fit in two more Fun Farm Trips before we wrap up that part of the season!

 

 

 

WHAT IM WORKING ON

Planning a slight overhaul on our Main Living Room and a few updates in our Master Bedroom! I want to update a few of our Main Living Room Furniture Pieces as well as change a few things in our Master. So I’m slowly but surely getting through that.

 

 

WHAT IM EXCITED ABOUT

Coaching Girls Basketball. Practices start this week and I’m excited for my second season of coaching these amazing and talented young leaders!

It’s such a privilege to be a role model to these young girls and it inspires me to see our future look so BRIGHT and it’s so refreshing to see our young leaders out and about in our community active and doing what they love. To be an encourager of all good things to this coming generation is an honor, truly even in the littlest way.

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WHAT IM READING WATCHING

WATCHING

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We have been loving this show! I love how VICTORIOUS they always are and how close of a team they are! And the military intelligence is kind of interesting to say the least. If you haven’t seen this then I highly suggest you do!

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A long time Favorite that never truly seems to disappoint.

 

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READING

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WHAT IM LISTENING TO

 

With so much going on this month I can’t pinpoint anything in particular that I’m listening to other than my family and being in the know of all the details of their day to days! Seems as though everyone has so much to talk about lately! A lot more than usual.

 

 

WHAT IM DREADING

The First Snow! It’s really truly CHILLY here today! I don’t think I’m legit ready for SNOW!

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WHAT IM LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH

Rendering Thanks, THANKSGIVING the Kick-Off of Holiday Traditions & Lots of Family Time!

 

 

WHAT IM DOING THIS WEEKEND

I’m in the Milaeger’s fashion show this weekend! The kids have a Birthday Party & We have two more Pumpkin Farm Trips to name a few of the things on our agenda this weekend!

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WHAT IM WEARING

This Mock Neck Sweater in Olive Arrowwood is just Perfection for FALL! Perfect for Thanksgiving and or those days there after! Very Fun, Trendy & Flattering Fit. It also comes in Navy and a Merlot Color!

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This Faux Leather Moto Jacket is A-M-A-Z-E! I love it! I wear it as much as I possibly can and it’s so warm! It’s currently on SALE! Also comes in a Deep Burgundy but I have it in the Black and the feel is so soft and I’m in love, so much! The kids always compliment me on it too! 😉

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My Treasure & Bond Leopard Calf Hair Booties are currently 50% off!!! Been wearing them weekly also lately!

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Black Jeans have been making me Happy! 🙂 Been wearing Black on Black with them!

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LUSH Blouses are My Fave! I just love them and this one is gorgeous! Also perfect for Thanksgiving!

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WHAT ELSE IS NEW

Our PUPPY…. Blog Post coming soon!

XOXO,

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COLD WEATHER BEANIE’S

 

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Hey Gorgeous!

Today I’m sharing my favorite beanie finds so far and all of them are under $30. Now is a great time to stock up on cold weather gear for our soon to be Wisconsin Winter that is just around the corner!

You can simply click on the picture of the link below to shop!

Happy Sunday Friends oh, & . . . #GOPACKGO!

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Topshop Faux Fur PomPom Beanie $20

 

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David & Young Faux Fur Pom Chunky Beanie $25

 

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NYC Underground Faux Fur PomPom Beanie $19

 

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BP. Leopard Print Slouchy Beanie $15

 

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A New Day Faux Fur Ribbed Beanie $15

 

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Tasha Jeweled Cat Ear Beanie $28

 

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Topshop Faux Fur Pompom Beanie $26

 

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BP. Leopard PomPom Beanie $19

 

XOXO,

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FRIDAY FAVES | OCT 20

Hello My Beautiful Friends!

It’s Friday Eve and I’m snuggled on the couch next to the hubs, under my favorite faux fur blanket from Pottery Barn while drafting this Friday Faves blog. It’s been a rather busy and frazzling week to say the least so I’m running a little behind with this one but none the less I still wanted to share five random faves from my week. Hope you enjoy!

Friday Favorites

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One on One time with My Handsome Love is a favorite of mine. He is so compassionate, sweet, kind-hearted, strong, loving, caring, attentive and affectionate and so so much more and for every moment that I get with him one on one is a special little treasure whether it be our lunch dates, coffee talks and walks, dinner dates or one on one time at night when the kids are asleep I just cherish my undivided attention time with him.

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Will’s Buffalo Plaid Top (here) | MAC’s VELVET TEDDY Lipstick (here)

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Camo Carigan (here) | Urban Decay Shadow (here) | Topshop Cami (here)

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Lush Crisscross Blouse (soldout) Similar (here) | Large Gold Hoops (here) | Will’s GB Top (here)

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The kids had Western Days at School this week and these braids with the little bows were definitely a favorite of mine this week.

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This Sweater has been a favorite of mine for sure. I have been loving the fact that ‘Sweater Weather’ has officially arrived! You can purchase the sweater (here)

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My UGG’s I have probably worn every night this week for our walks, they are just so comfy and cozy and oh so perfect! Purchase (here). My girl even pulled out her new ones this week also. Love the cute little Bows on these Meilani Ugg Boots, just adorable.

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Snapchat has been a favorite of mine this week. You can follow me on snapchat via sweetbabyrae84 a fun little way to keep up with our shenanigans!

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COZY PAJAMAS & COZY SOCKS

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These Pajamas (here) are perhaps a splurge but oh so perfect for the transition from Fall to Winter especially when paired with warm cozy & fuzzy socks like these. I like to purchase a quality pair of jammies each season as they seems to last and prove to be worth the investment!

10-21-2017 7-19-17 AMCuddl Duds is having a sale 20% off and free shipping and I love cozy socks like this! I purchased two of the ‘Butter’ crew socks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and love those also so soft and warming! Perfect Pair to fall asleep in & kickoff subconsciously in the middle of the night! The two I purchased are (here) and (here).

You may want to check your local TJMaxx also as I spotted a duo pack of cozies from Cuddl Duds for only $5.99 yesterday. Couldn’t justify the purchase since I already purchased the ones mentioned above but what a steal if you can get your hands on a pack of those!

 

XOXO,

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MY MAKE-UP LATELY | FALL 2017

Hey You!

Today’s blog post is going to be all about My Make-Up Lately.

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So if you know me at all, you probably know that I love Make-Up! I always have and I’m sure I always will. Every fall I just get so inspired to shop for a few new favorite finds in the beauty department and today I’m going to share with you a some of my favorite picks I’ve found this fall. I hope you can find a few new suggestions for yourself that you’d like to give a try as well! Enjoy.

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SHOP BY NUMBER

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Below is some of my personal feedback on each of the items, how I use them and what my thoughts are of them.

1 | Estee Lauder The Smoother Universal Perfecting Primer I have mentioned this product now a few times and I really do love it! In short it seems to minimize the appearance of pores and bring a real perfecting foundation prior to me applying my foundation + it literally helps to keep all my make-up in place all the day long! You can purchase (here) to try for yourself. What I love about this most is that I am so picky when it comes to products that I apply to my skin and this has a real satin smooth finish and is not sticky in any shape or form nor has it proven to clog any of my pores! I’m in love with it.

2 | MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation Spf 15 – I wear NC42 True Medium Golden  This foundation is great for me. I feel that it provides a natural matte finish and it’s not full coverage (which I like) but it’s buildable without looking like cake face in the event you did need to build for more coverage. You can purchase (here) however I suggest going into the store and/or calling their Beauty department so they can assist in matching you. (always remember that Nordstrom has free shipping & free returns)

3 |Anastasia ‘Dipbrow Pomade’ in Ebony along with a duo eyebrow brush like (this) $3 one for application has been what I use for my brows for years now. Love these products! To purchase the Dipbrown click (here). This past year I’ve added this Volumizer by Maybelline to keep all my hairs in place and I love the volume & dimension it adds, you can purchase that (here).

4 | Stila Written In The Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set I have this in the Kitten Karma and just apply a little to my ‘lid only’. I highly recommend this set because I love the one I have and paid that much for just the one. This way you will get to try them all and with the Holidays coming up I think I will pick up this set also because ,well it’s going to be just the perfect amount of glitz & sparkle for the holidays. You can purchase the set (here)

5 | I recently was trying out a few primers and tried the benefit primer on my eyelids for some odd reason and LOVE it! So random – I know, but it works great for keeping my shadow on and in place without creasing throughout the day. You can purchase the benefit primer (here) My recent go to eyeshadow has been this basic brown by Urban Decay in the color Secret Service you can purchase that (here)

6 | L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Macara in Blackest Black is every bit of AMAZING and uber affordable! You can purchase (here)

I see they have this in a ‘duo set’ that couples this amazing mascara with their primer. I have used the Volumious Primer before in past and it is well known to add so much length prior to your mascara application. Just need to give it time to dry prior to applying your mascara. To check out the set for just a few bucks more click (here)

7 | Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder is used to set under my eyes and any place that may typically be known to be more oily or more prone to crease my foundation/concealer. You can purchase the Setting Powder (here) I set my under eyes with this tapered brush from Sigma – truly love this brush. It’s pretty much perfection.

8 | Speaking of Concealer,  Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer is a good go to of mine for M-F. I guess my faves so far in this category are by MAC, Maybelline, IT Cosmetics and, Tarte. Love the concealers that I’ve tried so far from those brands. You can pick up the Maybelline Age Rewind (here)

9 | Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam Matte Liquid Highlighter for highlighting, just a drop will do ya! I apply highlighter at the tip of my nose and at the peak at my cheekbones.

10 | Stila ‘Stay All Day’ Bronzer For Face & Body in Medium is what I use to add warmth and definition to my face.

11 | Nars Blush – Deep Throat on the apples of my cheeks is just bliss. I also love their Orgasm & Super Orgasm blush as well. I believe it’s MAC has a Peachy Keen blush that is much like Nars Orgasm also. It’s a pinky coral with Gold Specks in it, just makes you glow!

12 | Lippies to finish the Look, I’ve been combining both MAC’s Velvet Teddy which is a Matte formula topping that with Saint Germain Lipstick which is an amplified lippie so it adds a little shine and smoothness. It’s my perfect combo at the moment for my lips. You can purchase the Saint Germain (here) and the Velvet Teddy (here)

 

Well those are my recent faves for Fall. I hope you all enjoyed this blog post and I’ll see you back here soon!

XOXO,

sr

Friday Faves | Oct 6

Friday Favorites

 

Hello My Beautiful Friends,

It finally feels like Fall ya’ll and I’m loving it! I haven’t personally had to wear a jacket as I’ve been just fine with my sweaters and long sleeve blouses this week but I’ve brought my favorite leopard scarf along for my commutes and it’s been just enough. With the fall temps I’ve officially had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte. I ordered a tall in a grande with a little more milk and it was perfection!

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Today I will be sharing Five Faves from this past week, I hope you all enjoy these little tidbits of our life in today’s blog! Will and I have off again this Friday, We are going to enjoy another day one on one! I love days like this.

 

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My favorite part of this week is we celebrated this sweet and beautiful joy of life! She is 8 and 8 is Great! She loves everything Fall. We all love this baby girl so much. She will forever be our baby and Will’s baby sister. The card he made for his sister just melted my heart, it had little ‘Dear Mackenzie notes throughout the inside and it was an 8×10 card filled with lots of love!

We sort of made the entire week special starting on Sunday! We love celebrating life and our children’s special days – or weeks 😉 are no exception! She is such a Sweet, Bright, Fun-Loving, Bold, Determined, God Fearing, Jesus Loving, Tender Hearted, Awesomely Super Young girl. We enjoyed a fun family outing last weekend and she planned her entire evening the day of her actual Birthday! She loves all things fall and picked out this cute pumpkin dress to wear on her Birthday! I just love her so much!

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(Birthday Girl in her Sparkle Pumpkin Dress from Gymboree, here)

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Spending time with my girl, is the best, We went to Starbucks she ordered a ‘Kid’s White Mocha’ is what she calls it but it’s really a Kid’s White Hot Cocoa and then headed to the Nail Salon for Mani’s and Pedi’s!

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Mackenzie chose a Fall Theme for her nails.

Orange on all with Leaf designs on her nails and a Fox on her toes.

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& I opted for a Pink. 😉

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After Mani’s & Pedi’s we went to Jo Don Farms a Private Owned Rescue Zoo here in our County and I love this Lions Roar! Wow is it powerful!!! I also love how close you can get to the animals.

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Spotted this little babe, hiding between the fence post with her babies!

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This sweet girl is a fave this week for sure also! We have been puppy sitting her this week and have the chance to adopt her. She is a Golden Labradoodle and oh so Sweet! We took her for her first ‘Puppacino’ and was that the most precious moment ever! Not kidding, so cute and her nose would just get stuck in the cup and it was so hilarious! I’m telling you so much extra joy has she brought into our house and lots and lots of snuggly love.

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Time with Friends is the best! Enjoyed going to watch Will Jr’s old Football Team this last Saturday. The day was perfect for Football.

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I have been loving this plaid flannel top. It’s from Milegaers last year and still held up so well, the brand is RAG and the colors are my fave! Their Fashion show is coming up here soon. I have modeled in it for the last 3-4 years I believe and it’s such a good time. I love all the ladies I model with and the crowd is just the BEST! Highly recommend if you are in the area! You can purchase tickets to the event here.

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Well that’s all for this week! I’m ready for this weekend!!

I’ll see you back here soon!

XOXO,

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