Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Five

Happy Friday.
Can you believe tomorrow is the Fourth of July?
I cannot not. Time is just flying by.

Here is what I'm digging this week.


Photograph by Ed Sheeran

Love love this song.
Been playing it non-stop.


Sale starts July 17th. If you are a
Nordstrom card holder, you can access the
sale starting July 9th.  
This is one of my favorite sales and I cannot wait.




Finally, I signed up for one and got my first box.
The necklace was cute but way to heavy to wear all day.
I couldn't wear the bracelet because it was too big for my wrist.
I did really like the Kendra Scott earrings. 
 I look forward to getting my next box. 
Have you signed up yet? 
Sign up here and use code, 
mariebff71 for a free month.


Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Inspired to read more by Kerry and Kristen
I bought this book on their recommendation.
I just started reading it. 
It's so good. 
I cannot put it down.
Good Reads


Actions speak louder than words.

That wraps up my Friday Five.
I'm heading down to Cape Cod to celebrate 
the Fourth of July. Should be super fun.

Have a Wonderful Weekend

What are your favorites this week?
Let me know, I love hearing from you.
Best, Marie

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I Confess..


...that I cannot believe that it is already July.
Is time flying by or is it just me?
It's like summer is almost over.

...that I haven't styled my hair in days.
I have been wearing it in a crazy messy
bun for days. It's so much easier.

...that I have yet to spend a day out at the beach.
Haven't had any time and the weather has been lousy.

...that I have been trying to not waste money. However, I have been 
 getting gel manicures to stop my bad habit of biting my nails.
Plus, I like having pretty nails.

...that when I get stressed, I chew gum.
I don't really chew it, I snap it.
And, I cannot stand when someone is snapping 
their gum. Yet, there I am doing the same thing.

...that I hate the smell of seafood.
Since it's the summer, it's everywhere.

...that I get so mad when cosmetic companies discontinue a product.
I'm still angry that Tom Ford discontinued my favorite lipstick color, Pink Adobe.
Just thinking about it annoys me. 
It takes forever to find a color I love and when I do I'm very loyal to it.
Then it's just discontinued, for no reason. 
I'm still trying to find a dupe for it.
Not having any luck.

...that I had put myself on a shopping ban for the month of June. 
Yeah, I didn't do as well I hoped.  Major Fail.
Will try again.

...that my 52 Week Money Challenge has been hard for me this year.
I keep missing weeks as I completely forget about it.
It's such an easy way to save money 
yet I keep forgetting to keep up with it. 

..that I hate when people invade my personal space. 
Like why do you need to stand so close?
If I can see all the filings in your mouth,
 you are standing WAY to close to me. 

Those are my confessions this week.

What are your confessions? 
Let me know, I love hearing from you!
Best, Marie

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Newport, Rhode Island

A few weeks ago, JenniSixx and I drove down to Newport for the day. 
We started the day by walking around the downtown area 
where all the shopping and restaurants are. 
The stores were ok, nothing really to write about. 
Most of them are your typical touristy stores.
To be honest, I'm not that crazy about Newport.
I don't know what it is that I don't really like but 
I don't find it to be a welcoming place.
If that makes sense. 

The best part of Newport are the historic mansions
For me, it's the only reason to visit.
These mansions are so big and so amazing.
Talk about grand.

While we didn't go inside any of them. 
Well, unless you consider going into the 
gift shop going in them. LOL. 
We did walk around the grounds and they were just lovely.
I would go back to tour the inside of them,
 I think that would be fun.
Jenn was not into them at all. 

The most famous mansion has to be The Breakers. 
Built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II, It's the "Grandest" of them all.
Simply put, this place was huge and the inside is even more
dazzling (from what I saw on-line). One day, I will tour the inside.
They decorate it for the holidays and I would love to see that.
How amazing would that be?

After The Breakers, we drove over to see the Rosecliff.
It is modeled after the Grand Trianon, 
the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. 
The grounds were stunning. 
I can only imagine how amazing the inside is. 
Again, I only saw the gift shop.
Interesting enough, the tours all end in the gift shop.
Just like at Disney World. 

 As I do not like my picture taken, I take pictures of my bags instead.
I thought it wold be funny to include all the pictures I took of my bag.
Yes, I know I'm crazy. Aren't we all a little? 

There are more mansions, we just didn't go see them.
Jenn wasn't into them at all and was getting bored.
These two are the largest and most visited out of them.
Although, I would go back to see the other ones.

If you like historic homes, this is the place to visit.
I would totally go back to see the inside of the homes
especially during the holidays.

To learn more about vising the mansions, visit Newport Mansions.

Do you like to visit historic homes??
Let me know, I love hearing from you!
Best, Marie

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Five

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Happy Friday!!
I took yesterday and today off for a little relaxation.
To be honest, I have been utterly exhausted and needed a little
time to re-charge the batteries. 
Let's get right to it, here are my favorites this week.


This is My Fight Song by Rachel Platten

I have been listening to this song non-stop.
It's so fantastic. 


Oribe Shine Light Reflecting Spray

My hair naturally isn't shiny and sometimes
can look rather dull.  A downside to having natural curly hair.
However, since discovering this stuff, it is not any more.
I spray a little on my hair and not only is it shiny 
but it helps my color look better.
I don't use this everyday,
 only on the days my hair is looking a little dull.

Neiman Marcus


How perfectly styled is this bookcase?
I love perusing Pinterest
So much inspiration.
I so need to get mine as styled as this one.
It's so fab.


1) The Best Times to Post on Instagram.
Love this, Thanks Helene.

2) Five Ways to Decorate with Books.
I love using books to decorate with.

3) 19 Things Starbucks Employees with Never Tell You.
So freaking funny.

4) Audrey Hepburn's Beauty Secrets.
She ate carbs!


If there was more kindness in the world, it would be 
a better world. 


That wraps up my Friday's Favorites.
I have a low key weekend planned and 
I cannot be more excited.
Just want to chill out and relax.
Oh and I have a mani & pedi scheduled.
Cannot wait. 
I love being a little pampered.

Have a wonderful weekend.

What are your favorites this week?
Let me know, I love hearing from you.
Best, Marie

Linking up with Meet @ the Barre.

Linking up with April.

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