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Monthly Archives for July 2013

What is more enticing than spending an evening with a group of ladies, sipping drinks, nibbling on snacks, chatting away and shopping with a discount?? Not much I don’t believe.


Last Friday I mentioned that I attended a party at a new fashion boutique, JEG,  in my hometown of Hollidaysburg, PA. Should you live in the area, I recommend getting yourself to a party or better yet, hosting one of your own. Tiffany, the owner, has a great variety of fun, trendy clothing and accessories. She’s extremely friendly and fun to be around and has a great eye for fashion. As a note, party guests receive 10% off of their purchase as well as being entered to win a $50 gift card that’s given away at the end of the night. I hear that the hostess receives some pretty nice perks too! (more…)

All About Marisa

That title alone makes me cringe a bit because I’m not one to be the center of attention, which is ironic since this blog is all about me. My thoughts, my ideas and my advice. I’m working out of my comfort zone here friends! I know my family would beg to differ, but that doesn’t count.

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Well, here are the answers to your questions from last week as well as some random info that you may or may not care to know about me. In the end, at least you should have some sense of who I am. (more…)

Comfortable Style

Sometimes my outfits are planned around a fun top or a beautiful piece of jewelry. This outfit, however, was built around a super comfy cotton tank. You know those shirts that make you feel like you’re wearing your pj’s all day? Sometimes that’s all I want. All you need to do is play it up a bit. Add a blazer and some jewels and you’re set. We spent the day at an arts festival, so heels were not an option, although the right pair could really vamp up this outfit.

armypant1LC Lauren Conrad blazer, Monrow tank, JCrew pants, Gentle Souls sandals, Zara Tarez bag, LOFT necklace, Michael Kors watch, Target bracelet (more…)

High Five for Friday

Thank goodness I captured some images from this week so that I can remember what happened. It totally flew by for me, how about you? I love and hate those weeks because obviously the weekends typically prove to be a good time and it’s exciting when Friday arrives, but at the same time it reminds me how fast time goes by and in essence how quickly my kids are growing up! At least their lives will be well documented :)



Getting to know me…

Hi friends! Well, it’s been almost two months since I started out on this blogging venture and I’m truly enjoying myself. It’s been fun sharing my thoughts and advice on fashion, food (ok, sweets) decor and whatever else I’ve had on my mind. At times I still feel brand spanking new in this world as there are tons of amazing bloggers with years and years under their belts. I thank you for giving me a few minutes of your day and hope that I have been able to inspire your life in some way. Even if it’s just to try out a new shade of nail polish or rearrange your porch!  I’ll keep trying.

Get to know me

Some of you are close friends, some acquaintances and others I have yet to meet. Instead of filling out an “about me” questionnaire or trying to guess what questions you may have regarding my background/likes/dislikes/family life etc, I wanted to open this up to you, my readers. In the comments below or via email (to remain anonymous) I’d love for you to ask any questions you may have for me. Anything from what do I do in my spare time (spare time?) to what’s my favorite brand of toothpaste? Joking, unless you really wanted to know, it’s Colgate ;) (more…)

Piece of Pie

Blueberry pie, to be exact. My family has been indulging in all of the summer fruits this season. Madelyn (13 months) is turning out to be quite the berry fanatic. Since our fridge has been constantly stocked with these plump berries, I decided to jump on this recipe when it arrived in my inbox. It would have been perfect for the 4th, but just as delicious a week late!


I am a huge fan of the Smitten Kitchen blog. The food that comes out of her kitchen is incredible. She’s very detailed, which I love, especially when it comes to baking. I always use her pie crust 102 when I need it. It’s not all that different from others, but her emphasis on keeping the butter (yes, butter, not shortening) cold and no smaller than pea size turns out a wonderfully delicious, flaky crust. (more…)

I love a chance to get all dolled up and weddings are a perfect excuse. However, for us, this summer/fall seems to be more about the babies than the weddings. The obvious results of all of last years weddings ;) But for those of you ladies that do have wedding plans in your future, I have worked together some lovely ensembles for you.

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Cute, yes? Now when I tell you the retail prices are as follows, Slate & Willow $298/ Mark and James by Badgley Mischka $325/ Shoshanna $395, you want to punch me, right? Honestly, who wants to spend that kind of cash when chances are good that you’ll wear this dress once, possibly twice? This is where Rent the Runway enters and I tell you that you can borrow these dresses for $50/ $50/ $70. Want to hug me now? (more…)

Wearing White

Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend? What a busy, fun filled long weekend we had! It was full of friends and family and fairly few meltdowns, always a plus!


Now that the 4th has come and gone, summer feels like it’s in full swing. We only have a few short months that technically allow us to wear white and I love taking full advantage. I found this tank at JCrew Factory and although I have thrown it on with cut-offs, I always feel like it screams for white denim. I realize that white and young kids don’t pair well together, but I managed to make it through the day unscathed, yay! (more…)

High Five for Friday

I hope everyone enjoyed the 4th and are continuing to have a fantastic long weekend! Looking back on my week, it has basically consisted of fun, food and family…

H54F 1My son during “Touch A Truck Day”. I can’t begin to tell you what a genius idea this was. Every truck you could imagine in one place. It was this little boys dream! (more…)

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July, my friends! We were spoiled for the past few years living in Hoboken and being able to have front row seats for the Macy’s fireworks. They were set off on barges in the Hudson River which separates Hoboken from Manhattan, and each year my son cried on my shoulder. Now it’s time to see how Pennsylvania compares! Maybe it’ll be a tear-free year :)

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Interesting fact:

Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. How weird is that?

Enjoy your day everyone!

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