Wow…time flies! I randomly stumbled upon an email notification from my blog site, and I thought, ya’ know what, I should get back into the swing of things! So, after a couple of years hiatus, here I am! Oh, how I’ve missed this place! Naturally, this post will simply be ‘catching up’! 🙂

Looking back at 2013, wow, what a year! My growing-too-fast 6 year old started 1st grade, I got engaged to my boyfriend (of almost 8 years!), changed positions at my job, started going to a [new] church that I love, and we moved into our new HOME! Simply blessed… ❤

Em Ring


25 ways to wear a scarf

Scarfs are a pureobsession of mine, and now that fall has arrived, I don’t look like a compete goofball wearing one 24/7! I had to share this video I seen online with everyone!! I had no idea there were so many ways to wear a scarf!! Here’s the 4 1/2 minute video: 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf


So, here’s my “brag on my man” moment…when I came home this afternoon, I found this awesome gem waiting for me!!! I’ve been wanting this mannequin for so so so long and he surprised me with it today!! I love the black & white damask print and adjustable height!! Not only is it great for choosing outfits, it is a fabulous necklace/belt display, and an eye-catching fun-artsy home accent!!



Slice of Diamond

I’ve been cleaned through the mounds of clothes in my closet – hate to admit it, but I have clothes in there from the middle school eeekk!! I pulled a cool graphic print tee outta the closet & decided to change it up a bit! Here’s how:

First, with scissors, cut the neck trim off all of the way around – this gives it a more rustic look instead of the classic crew neckline! Then, cut the back of the neck off to match the V-neck look of the front. (Chalk can be used to “trace” the neckline if you don’t feel comfortable cutting just freehand)


Using scissors & plain paper, cut a diamond shape out of the paper (size varies depending on the length of the shirt – the longer the shirt, the bigger the diamond size) and tape it to the lower/middle back of the tee! Then make starting points (north, south, east, west) to be used as guidelines to keep the slices even!

Then, starting from the outer part of the shirt inward [toward the diamond paper shape using it as a stopping point]. Do this until there are approx. 1″ cuts all the way around, forming a diamond shape of solid material in the middle of the back. Once all the cuts are made, remove the paper & tape!! Super Simple!!







Also, a brightly colored tank or cami will really pop through the slits of material!! Happy cutting! 🙂

J. Choo rain boots

When I felt the first raindrop this year, I began lusting after a pair of new rainboots!! Initially, the Hunter™ rain boots caught my eye – the soft feel, cushy insoles, & oh the shiny rainbow assortment of colors!! But, while shopping online for them, I spotted these croc-print, Rolls Royce of Hunter’s:


I also noticed a few celeb’s like Ashley Olsen & Rachel Bilson sporting them!



The more I tried to convince myself to purchase an ol’ ordinary, and by ordinary I mean CHEAP pair of rain boots, the more I lusted after the $425 Jimmy Choo’s! But, since I have a champagne taste on a beer budget, I thought I’d better keep dreaming. Until….I stumbled on a mini-miracle!

While strolling through the mall a few weeks later, I spotted the similar black croc print kicks (minus the price tag!) (at Old Navy for only $35!! I couldn’t wait to test them out!! I made my purchase in-store a few months ago (the black is no longer available online but the gray still is!) Needless to say, I’m enjoying the Louisville showers!


Asparagus-Gruyere Tart

I’ve been wanting to try this Asparagus Gruyere Tart recipe ever since I seen it, so this weekend I gathered up the ingredients and gave it a whirl!! I’m very pleased how it turned out! Although it looked SO delicious on-line, let’s face it…looks can be deceiving, especially when you’re not exactly a professional chef! They always make everything look so easy!! But, this recipe was actually a cinch–super simple, cheap, & quick!! If you really wanna jazz it up a bit, diced chicken breast, chopped bacon pieces, thin sliced tomato, and/or a bit of minced garlic can be added on top for a little smidgen of flavor! Also, if you’re a fan of food dipping, hummus or something similar may be a great side addition! I do, however, recommend watching the video posted on the link before starting – it has great tips!


Haute Locks

Just as summer was coming to an end, I began pondering the idea of a new do’! ‘ve had the same hair style for years so I decided a new look was probably looong over-due!! When I finally got the courage to chop my locks, I went to Tiffany at Wild Flower Salon! She has done my hair as long as I can remember! Even though I was extremely nervous (partially due to some many horrendous cuts as a child!), I’m so glad I took the risk because it turned out great! The exact subtle change I was looking for! It’s been a little while since I had i cut, but I still wanted to share! 🙂