The Reason I Chose to Have a First Look at Our Wedding!

The Reason I Chose to Have a First Look at Our Wedding!

I remember back when I was single and would go wedding dress shopping with my girlfriends. I never understood why it was so hard for them to make a wedding dress purchase without their soon to be husband knowing anything about it or why it was so hard to keep the dress from him either. I mean like it's supposed to be a surprise for him that on wedding day during the big aisle walk. I had always been independent and shopped for the things that I wanted rather than having to include a man on making a decision or being allowed to spend a certain amount of money. But then came my very own wedding dress shopping experience... Now Grant is the kind of guy who likes to tell me his input about the things I wear whenever I ask. I tell him all the time that I like his feedback. He would say "But you know more about fashion than me" and I would rebuttal that if I would be going somewhere with him, I would prefer to choose an outfit that he really liked on me. I would say there are plenty options I can wear, but I will always choose the outfit that he likes best on me....Read More
Fitness Friday Featuring My First Giveaway!

Fitness Friday Featuring My First Giveaway!

Hey y'all! I am sooooo excited to share this blog post with y'all because 1) Because the pictures here are proof that consistent hard work pays off and 2) I am doing my first blog giveaway! I've teamed up with the LuluLemon store here in College Station. For those of you who don't already know, they are located directly behind where my old store was on Harvey Road! They are only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The manager Shannon and I have worked together to bring some fun deals your way collaborating our businesses, but now I'm getting to help promote their brand through this lifestyle blog! One lucky winner will win a pair of these new Train Times 7/8th Pant ($100 retail value). Black workout pants by Lulu are my jam and these are my favorite yet! I love the high waist line and the mesh detail at the bottom. I wear a size 4 in these. The Pace Perfect Sports Bra is super cool because it has a pocket to hold your phone in the back as well as a spot to run your ear bud cord through, too! (PS thank you Lindley for my Unicorn birthday ear buds, they came in perfectly for these pics!) I love the...Read More
Best Advice I Received Before our Engagement Photos

Best Advice I Received Before our Engagement Photos

Hey y'all! So since I launched this blog only a few weeks after Grant and I got married, I have a few things I'm having to add to the blog like our engagement photos. While these are not new, I sure did love looking through them all again last night. They could never get old to me. Beautiful photos by our wedding photographers Luke and Cat out of Houston at their beautiful South Texas Ranch near Wharton. And they welcomed our sweet little Bucky to join in on the shoot which makes these photos even so much more meaningful to Grant and I. My makeup is my Leanna Duran of Naturally Flawless here in College Station! The best advice came from Luke and Cat to only pick one outfit so we could spend the rest of the time losing ourselves into each other and having the cameras to capture it all. I'm used to photo shoots having a ton of outfit changes with owning a boutique, so this was a nice break and relief for me. I am so glad I took their advice because I feel my ease and relaxation I feel when I'm with Grant really shines through! And trends will change, however these photos will stay timeless. So with...Read More
Lessons Learned in my 20’s by Randa Carrabba

Lessons Learned in my 20’s by Randa Carrabba

I just turned 30 yesterday! I'm coming off of a very high and fun weekend where I threw a retro prom! (Yes, I will be doing a highlight blog from the party soon, too!) From all of the hype and energy that my birthday brought, I wanted to share and write some solid and valuable lessons I learned in my 20's. I used to think 30 was old, but I feel better, confident and happier than ever! This of course came with a lot of pain, heartache and life lessons learned in the last decade. I hope you enjoy reading the lessons that I've learned, and maybe they will even help you in some of your struggles. 1. Your happiness is super duper important. I'm now 30. And I've been married for a little over 6 months. And I can genuinely say if something or someone doesn't make me happy, I find a way to not do it or a way to distance myself. This is a lot of why I closed my store. I felt way too tugged and spread too thin trying to manage the store, all the staff, the online as well as a social life. I wasn't showing up happy anymore because I was so weighed down. So...Read More
At Home Fitness Dance Party!

At Home Fitness Dance Party!

Hey y'all! Happy Friday! This week has been super busy and my body is feeling it from working out every day and putting in extra hours at work, too. So if you follow me on snapchat or keep up with my instagram stories, this video will look a little familiar. Bucky was way too much of the live action to not document it haha. If you've followed along with me for a bit now, you will know that I lost 38 pounds and toned up into the best shape of my life for my wedding! This picture was actually taken while we were on our honeymoon. It has now been almost 6 months since our big day and I have still maintained the same weight. For me, I have to work hard even at the maintenance so I like to not make my work outs so routine that I can still make them fun. I do go on 2 mile walks with my husband after work probably 2-3 days a week (which is great multi purpose quality time!) and then I lift at the gym 2-3 days a week. Now I am tossing in an at home video workout program 1-2 times a week primarily for more cardio! Lifting has genuinely helped...Read More
Things I’ve Learned Since Launching my Blog

Things I’ve Learned Since Launching my Blog

Hey y'all! Today has been a little less energy than normal for me. Not all days am I hyped up and full of spunk, and today is one of those days. I think primarily because yesterday was a typical Monday and tomorrow is a big photo shoot and Facebook live day for me over at Southern Jewlz. So my blog has been live for about 2 months so far. And I've learned a lot about myself from blogging. Since I just got a few pics back from James Barrett Photography and had already used this outfit for a Reign Lash post, I wanted to use these photos for a new post. And what way rather than sharing my learning experience thus far. 1. Blogging has made me feel like I have an outlet where I can truly express myself. Whether that be with fashion, beauty, life lessons, being Grant's wife - the list can go on. And I want my blog to truly mirror the look and style that I see for myself and my life. And that is exactly what is starting to shape up. I've been growing the Southern Jewlz brand for years, and last year I even freshened up the logo and cleaned up the website to look a...Read More
Southern Jewlz Summer Sale

Southern Jewlz Summer Sale

Hey y'all! So today is the LAST day of the big week long Southern Jewlz Summer Sale! I stepped it up and made everything 50% off today with the same coupon code "SizzlingSavingz". We have the cutest stuff coming in this week and I ordered over double my normal, so I needed to clear out to make room! And there's a chance to win 2 FREE items right now if you share this Facebook live video! Winner will be announced tonight. And I am going to start going LIVE every Wednesday at 6pm to show off the new arrivals to everyone before they are even live on the website. This little dress is perfect for Church today and my husband was so kind to help me take some pics to share with y'all. Serious snaps to him. I'll link the dress below. I'm wearing a small in the Falling For You Dress. The straps are adjustable, but if you're not curvy this dress may run a little big and I would suggest ordering a size down. Remember to use code "SizzlingSavingz" for 50% off making this dress only $25! Ok now back to Sunday housework with my hubby! xo,
Brave Enough to Be Makeup Free!

Brave Enough to Be Makeup Free!

Hey Pretties! I am sooooo excited to be able to share this blog with you because getting my skin in the shape that it is has been quite the journey for me! So skin care is something that I started taking seriously a few years ago (basically whenever I really started focusing on my entire lifestyle change) and I am so pleased with where my skin is today. I want to share with y'all the things that have worked for me! I started using Obagi Skin Care almost 3 years ago. I was recommended this skin care line by Dr. Angeletta Brown and her nurse Kiki here in College Station and I still purchase the products from them to date. They set me my own special 5 step regime that they thought would work perfect for my skin. The first almost 13 weeks was a bit of a purge period for me, but ever since, my skin has never been better. I still regularly go to Dr. Brown's where both her and Kiki will tweak my morning and/or night skin care routine. They knew that my skin looking absolutely beautiful and radiant on my wedding day was a big priority to me, and they helped me to make it happen. And now...Read More
Be the Energy You Want to Attract

Be the Energy You Want to Attract

Hey y'all! I hope everyone's Summer is starting off great. It's super hot here in Texas, that's for sure. So I have a super cute outfit I want to share with y'all, but I wanted to make the focus of this blog about radiating the type of vibes that you want to receive. So when I was growing up, my mom's primary rule was to do unto others as you would want them to do to you. I mean this is the golden rule for a reason, right!? Anyways, I have really been trying to cut back on my to-do's, live more in the moment, not try to please everybody, and basically to be the positive bright shining light that I want to see in the world. Being less overwhelmed and putting less pressure on myself immediately makes me smile and be happier! It's so easy for life to get busy, for you to get drained, and for negativity to start to breathe through your thoughts, words and actions. I have made it a point to focus on being more positive and encouraging these past few weeks. It not only makes me feel good to be encouraging and supportive to others, but it makes me feel good on the inside. And you...Read More
Simple Way to Transition 9-5 to Happy Hour Look

Simple Way to Transition 9-5 to Happy Hour Look

Hey y'all! Hope everyone had a great Monday. I've been getting lots of requests to see more office friendly outfits, so that's exactly what I'm going to show you today. Except I'm going to take it a step further and show you how to transition it to a Happy Hour look. You'll see I have a basic side slit tee (that is currently under $30) at Southern Jewlz paired with a pleated maxi. I kept the front (and also the back at times, too) tucked in for the perfect 9-5 look. Paired with simple flats and a high bun for office kinda vibes. And then to transition it to a happy hour look, I took and tied the front of the shirt into a side knot. It was already wrinkled from being tucked in for work, so the knot covered up the wrinkles perfectly. Then I took the straps off of the purse to make it into a clutch and batta bing batta boom, you're ready to meet the girls or your hubs for a drink or dinner after work without even having to change! I'll tag all the outfit deetz below! Oh and this week at Southern Jewlz Boutique you can receive an additional 25% off your purchase with code "Summertime"....Read More