Mommy & Daughter Day At Disney Magic Kingdom

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When it comes to kids, spending quality is essential to the bond.  The quality time can consist of non-monetary things to do or spending time at the Happiest place on earth.  With our kids, we love giving them individual quality time and connect separately.  Sometimes we will have Mommy & Son time, Daddy & Son, Daddy & Daughter one on one time.  During our family staycation, the girly bear was sick and we weren’t able to see the Disney castle.  I can’t express enough how we love being Disney annual pass members.  As many times a year, we go to one of the Disney parks, spending money on the annual pass is definitely worth it.

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Outfit Details

  • Dress:  Lady Fanatics (No Longer Available)
  • Sneakers:  Puma purchased on Amazon currently $55.99 but at time of sale it was $38.24

When it was time to plan our Mommy & Daughter Day, I reserved the Magic Kingdom “Fast Pass” a week early.  The Fast Pass has a set time slot for each attraction and allows you to reserve three attractions to bypass the extremely long lines.  Since the day was for my girly girl, I reserved two photoshoots with the Disney princesses.  Our first shoot was slated from 11:30-12:30 with Princess Tiana and Rapunzel.  Other than Elsa, Princess Tiana happens to be one of Girly Bear’s favorite Disney Princesses.  We missed taking pictures with Princess Tiana on the Disney cruise and always seem to miss taking pictures during park visits.  Due to minor setbacks as traffic and insanely long lines to enter the park, we arrived inside the Magic Kingdom at 12:18 and wasn’t able to make it for the photoshoot.  Our next Fast Pass was for the Buzz Lightyear simulation ride.  We made it without any problems and the line moved swiftly.  Since it was lunchtime, and I didn’t want to wait in one of those restaurants- it was convenient that Disney has small quick eateries with a simple menu that we could grab food and keep moving.

The last Fast Pass was located in Fantasy Island by the Cinderella Castle.  We had enough time before our reserved slot to go on the Carousel ride.  The Carousel ride normally has a line wrapped around that look like it was a mile long, however; this time we did not experience a long wait.  When the ride was over, it was perfect timing for our last Princess pictures with Cinderella and Princess Elena.  While waiting in line for the photo, I asked the park employee about not being able to use our first Fast Pass to see Princess Tiana and Rapunzel and if the Fast Pass could be used for another attraction.  She told us the next photoshoot was with Princess Tiana and Rapunzel. The kind part employee told me to come back after we were done taking pictures with Cinderella and Princess Elena and she would allow us to go straight over to meet the other Princesses.  Whoopie!!!! I was more than thankful for her act of kindness and understanding.  After girly bear met/took pictures with Cinderella and Princess Elena, we went back to the young lady but she was gone.  I quickly felt a gush of sadness.  I mentioned to the other young lady that was now working at the entrance the conversation with the last employee and she quickly told me that the employee already notified her about our situation.  Happy Happy Joy Joy!!!  The employee used her walkie-talkie to contact the other park employee that we were heading over to take meet the other Princesses.

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Our day was complete!  We were able to visit all the attractions and one by the share kindness of the park employees.  Last stop was the train station choooo chooo.  Bye guys and we’ll see you next time.

Disney Park Do’s and Don’ts

  • Setup Fast Pass at least a week early or earlier (Goes Quick)
  • Anticipate traffic and long lines at the gate (Leave Earlier Than Scheduled Time)
  • Check the weather and dress accordingly
  • COMFORTABLE FOOTWEAR (Sandals are cute & stylish but if they’re not comfortable-you will feel the pain after walking and standing in long lines) Beware!
  • Travel as light as possible (Parents try not to overpack the kid’s bag because it can get heavy toting around or be tied to the stroller) Essentials Only!
  • Kindness is the passport to the heart.  In the famous lines of Cinderella, “Have Courage and Be Kind.”

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Pink Blouse + Beige Fit & Flare Dress

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How would a girly girl aspire to dress for a work event or nonformal business attire?  She would wear something with a feminine touch that says, “ I’m smart, business savvy and a snappy dresser.” Sometimes I like to tap into my Elle Woods from (Legally Blond) movie when I want to have a pink business inspired outfit. The cute fit & flare dress can be worn with or without a top. The dress creates a subtle sweetheart neckline…that has nicely fitted crisscrossed straps on the back of the dress…that ties together neatly by the pleats. I choose to pair the beige cupcake dress with a pink blouse. The light shade of pink would not overpower the dress and keep the entire ensemble looking soft and girly.

Outfit Details

Dress: Currently on Sale $22.50 Lily Boutique 

Blouse: Vintage Piece from Closet

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Fit Details

Fit: True to size wearing “Medium”

Length: Above Knee

Bust: Fitted

Fabric: Great quality/Thick Cotton

 

 

Staycation at The Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace Hotel

 

Our beautiful little girl turned three early October. When we asked Caity what she wanted to do for her birthday, she said- ”I want to go to the Disney Castle.”And, we decided to embark on another staycation. Being Orlando residents and Disney pass holders, this request was more than reasonable for our Disney Princess. Hilton Buena Vista Palace was our choice for this embargo. My husband is a Hilton rewards Honor member, and we were also able to upgrade room. We have yet to be disappointed with staying at any Hilton Hotel.

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Hilton Suite

Hotels that offer a separate living area is more spacious for a family. The suite also had two bathrooms. One bathroom with a tub/shower and a separate standing shower. This feature is perfect for families because we didn’t have to wait for an open shower to use for getting the kids ready. The half bath was located by the door.  This is such a splendid bonus!!! I used that bathroom to get ready while my husband was getting dressed. The suite had two balconies- one connected to the living room and the other one was attached to the bedroom. I enjoyed lounging on one of the terraces while my husband utilized the separate balcony while working on his laptop.

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The hotel was located walking distance from the famous Disney Springs once known as Downtown Disney. We were able to walk from our hotel-cross over the walkway that connected directly to Disney Springs. The walk was truly a hop skip and jump away. Being that I have small children, I was concerned that it was going to be too much of a walk to the Springs but it was perfect. The only downfall is that the Springs is still a large area to cover without a stroller. I adore the Springs and being able to feel the excitement from my two little ones. The Disney Store Proberly contained anything Disney that your mind could think of. The kids had a field day in the stores. I limited the toys to two items each. And, we couldn’t get toys that we already had. That went out the window because my son wanted a particular “Cars” Jackson Storm car. My husband later informed me that our son had that car at home.  Oh well, now he has a back-up because kids always misplace toys or plain out lose them. It goes from Mommy Mommy we want…Mommy look at this…Mommy lets stop here…Mommy Mommy what’s that smell…Mommy Mommy Mommy etc. They kept me on my toes and I had a blast with them.

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We had a goal of doing two parks on Saturday but our little girl started to catch a cold and wasn’t her chipper self. We started the day at Animal Kingdom which the kids love because they are currently into everything to do with dinosaurs. Our daughter is an animal lover and is fearless. She does not fear the animals like her momma or big brother. Caity Bear was able to brush and play with the animals by the Affection Section. The petting zoo animals consisted of sheep, goats, donkeys, cows, and pigs.

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We weren’t able to visit Magic Kingdom that night due to the little Princess not feeling well.  The hotel amenities had too many things for us to enjoy. My husband and son were able to play in the arcade room and swim in the pool that also had a lazy river.  The next day was a treat for the kids. They were able to meet a few of the Disney characters.

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We love to spend time together whether it’s staying at home, riding bikes, playing hide &seek, to traveling adventures. We make memories with our day to day lives. I wonder what’s the next family vacation.

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Would Your Friends Date You?

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Before we start dating someone, we already have a laundry list of qualities that we want in the significant other. The superficial lists consist of them to be handsome, honest, kind, God-fearing, hardworking, ambitious, physically fit, commutative and not Crazy. We share with our friends and family about the person we want in our life but do we even measure up to our wants and needs. I ask you this, “Would your girlfriend date you if you were a man?”

That question has so much power in it. It openly explores your nature and examines if the very person that you call friend would date you if you were a man. Do the qualities and the way you conduct yourself result in them wanting to be in a committed relationship with you? Our friends, confidants, associates, and people we deem close to us can really share our true core. We tend to put on our best-selling face to people we’re interested in dating. They tend to see our true selves with time and some are just able to grasp early on if someone is putting on.

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Back in my single days, I had a group of lady friends that I enjoyed spending time with. We did practically everything together and our group consisted of different personalities. We had a “no holds bar go-getter friend Amber and a desperately do anything to get a man aka Sandra”…yes Sandra was part of that grouping, the supposedly shy girl (Michelle) the well-rounded guys best friend girl aka ME. Since we spent a lot of time with one another sharing stories and being in our truth, it was easy to see which personalities in your girlfriends you admire in the significant other. I love Ambers ambitious nature to be successful at work and be a full-time mother. She was funny, gregarious, kind, confident, God fearing woman. Secretly I made her my mentor. Sandra, ooofffff…you were introduced to her several blog posts. Sandra did have her faults but at the time was caring, giving and loving. Her need to have a man clouded her judgment into doing very unspeakable things. Lastly, Michelle was the shy wallflower in the group. She was kind, dependable and easy to be around. We had a group dinner and the question was asked by me, “Which one of your friends would you date if you were a man.” Sandra and I both choose Amber because she’s an A-plus person. But, in your group of friends, the same question should be asked. Even how someone behaves as a friend opposed to lover may be a little different but are their core still desirable for you to date or even be with.

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Let’s face the hard truth. Your friends are devoted to you but if they could be openly honest without offense being taken, you would be surprised to what they really think of how you behave in relationships. Are you doing things in your relationships that make your friends cringe? When Sandra finds a new man, she quickly jumps the gun and wants to parade the relationship in front of her peers for approval. But instead of getting to know the other person, she goes straight to behaving like a person that been together for years. She’s doing wife type behavior instead of staying in the friend zone. I was guilty of that myself so I’m not persecuting her. I’m truly making an observation on how we females behave early on in a relationship. By the end of the first date, we’re sharing the entire story with anyone that answers the phone or says Hello. I made sure during the time my husband and I were dating that no one knew about our relationship except one friend. I wanted to savor our relationship without the cheers of others and even people trying to pick it apart. There wasn’t a mountain of pictures or post about us on social media. It was sacred to be and still remains that way. I digress which happens from time to time but I always come back full circle. Because of Sandra’s erratic and desperate behavior, I would hundred percent rule her out as a potential candidate if I was a man looking for Mrs. Right. We have to be careful about this “Looking” that we do. Our Heavenly Father has the appointed time, place and person that is destined to be our other half. Sandra’s behavior also shed light on our friendship. Why would you surround yourself around a group of people when they character would rule them out as a potential mate? It should also rule them out as a friend. We need to start being real and surrounding ourselves around people that truly magnifies our character and what God has in us. We cannot align ourselves with men nor females that doesn’t mirror His image.

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I can truly say I would be a great candidate to date, any one of my female friends if I was a man. But would I want too and which ones will be booted off first. That question is deep and goes through your inner core. And, exposes even unfruitful relationships in your life. I had a friend by the name of Caroline whom I did so many exciting things with. But, deep down…I knew that we were not kindred spirits. I admired her and wanted so much more for her that she wanted for herself. She has the potential to be a mighty woman if she truly removed deep wounded hurts of the past. I had to ask myself the question that I’m asking you. When the answer was revealed, it was truly hard for me to let her go as a friend because I love her and love her still. When you truly love someone, the love will remain even though they may not be the best fit. The nature that I have and the nature that she had would not make a desirable pair. It’s okay, to be honest, and allow God to remove things and people to bring you to where you need to be. Being able to write this blog and share stories of personal challenges experienced and witnessed was done in hopes to disqualify people from doing the not so good antics. The journey may not be easy. But God is our foundation and he is more than able to support us through the good and through the bad times. Look for people in your life that reflects the God in you and you would never have to ask, ” Would your girlfriend date you.”Because you already would know the answer, as Heck Yea!!!!

If Your Friend Exhibits some of these traits & Unwilling to grow, time to rethink Friendship

  • Not willing to acknowledge faults in relationships
  • Speaks poorly of their other friends
  • Always have a falling out with someone over petty things
  • Will do anything for attention
  • Have no code of conduct
  • Every relationship is a crash and burn but never a peaceful separation
  • Have a new bestie every few months
  • Prefers to hear about your shortcomings than success stories
  • Believe men should automatically take care of them
  • Fake spiritual, fake religious, fake churchgoers & contradicting beliefs

Stylish Work Attire

Pink Fluffy Top + Black Bow PantsBusiness attire can be fun/flirty and still look professional. Instead of pairing the black pants with a bow around the waistline with a conservative color top, I choose to add a vibrant color to lighten the outfit up. I’m a movie line quoter and the line “Why so serious” said by the Joker in Batman kept running through my mind. We as professionals can add a cheerful bright color to a business outfit to bring forth your personality to the ensemble.

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Pink Fluffy Top + Black Bow Pants

Shop This Look

Top: $24.99 Fashion Nova 

Pants: $29.99 Fashion Nova

Shoes: $59.00 (Jessica Simpson) Amazon

Fit Details 

  • Fit: true to size & size featured is (Medium)
  • Length: 5’6 and stops at ankle
  • Waist: cinched at waist with a bow
  • Fabric: stretches and molds with body

Mommy’s Polka Dot Minnie Mouse Dress

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My daughter loves everything Minnie Mouse. When I tried on this dress, she said-“Look Mommy’s, Minnie Mouse Dress.” Yes, all I’m missing are the ears. This is a fun flirty dress that has the flavor of the famous Mouse gal pal Minnie. The material is lightweight and comfortable to wear in warmer climates. The sleeves ties into bows and I’m a bowaholic. The cuteness of this dress does not stop there. A plunging deep V-neck accentuates the back of the dress.

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Outfit Details

Fit Details

  • Wearing size medium & fits true to size
  • Breathable fabric
  • Short dress lands above knees & I’m 5’6

Red & White Polka Dot Dress

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Mommy’s Minnie Mouse Dress

  • Styled with flat sandals
  • Accesorized with pearl necklace
  • Tied in headband hair bow

 

What Would Your Ex Say About You?

When a relationship goes astray, we are held with the curious pieces of what happened or I could have done something differently to have a better outcome. The end of a relationship can be a devastating feeling for people that gave their all. We tend to poll our friends and family with the never-ending questions. We seek out any sources that can help us make sense of the whole debacle. Trolling the Internet for magical answers that still keeps us wondering. If we could have done it over, would we change anything? Even though we seek different answers from various places, the only person we really want to seek those types of answers is from the Ex. And, that leads to the question “What would your Ex say about you?”

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That question is a hard-hitting blow to your ego. If we truly seek the answers and would like clarity, depending on how the relationship ended…speaking with the Ex would be the only person that can give you feedback that may or may not help with future relationships. This band-aid removal would be helpful to a lot of people making the same mistakes. I had to have this serious talk with myself. I used to date men that did not want a true commitment. It was frustrating because I worked hard on the relationships. As so I thought, I remember dating Andrew who was a single father. He appeared to be very interested in a relationship with me but things turned for the worst. Andrew had been divorced from his wife for at least five years when we met through a mutual friend. He was a loving devoted father to his son. I admired how caring he was, however, the devotion did not transfer when dealing with me. After a while, Andrew started doing the disappearing act and calling once in a blue moon. I was left confused and polled my friends in efforts to see what I did wrong. The situation lasted for almost a year. I prayed about it and left it at the altar. When I was able to release from the hurt and disappointment, I was able to get over Andrew and stop questioning what I did wrong. About a year went by an Andrew contacted me to have a talk. I decided to meet up with him at Starbucks. When I saw him, I knew I was completely over him…there were no mushy feelings left under the surface. Andrew said, that I was a great woman but his heart was still longing for his ex-wife. He explained that I did nothing wrong in the relationship and that I was a good hearted person that he felt bad for doing wrong. Of course, he wanted a second chance, but God had released me from that pain and I wasn’t willing to sign up for that rerun. I was content in getting closure from a question mark relationship. He was kind enough to go through my attributes and explain how he would love to be in a relationship with a person like me. I was no longer left trying to figure out what went wrong. He had the perfect opportunity to mention all the faults that I contributed in making the relationship not work. Ladies, if you’re bold enough to talk with several different people about your failed relationship, be bold enough to discuss it openly with the person that it didn’t work with. Would that person say…you were needy…annoying…selfish…boastful…rude etc. If your Ex-was speaking to people about past relationships, would he speak glowing of you or negatively.

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If I encountered a former flame, they would not run the other way and dodge cars to get away from me. When I dated Abram, he was polite enough to tell me that the relationship didn’t have any sparks. Oh yes, that immediately hurt my feelings but he did not lead me on in hopes of a relationship. Abram was truly a nice guy with great qualities and most of all…honesty. I went to date Jason who at the time was working on his graduate studies. As you can tell, the relationship did not work out with Jason either. Jason was arrogant but honest. I have a common theme going here, “Honesty.” Jason and I were able to remain quasi-friends. When I dated a non-ranking person, I can be brutally honest too. Jason and I talked about the relationship and I was able to get the information out of him what I may have done wrong in the relationship. He said, “nothing, I was just not ready to be in a committed relationship with anyone. My main objective at the time was finishing school and getting a really good job.” Jason said, “There’s nothing wrong with you.” Of course, I kept thinking it was me and the relationships weren’t working out because of me. But God was helping me with disappointment. God truly knew why the relationships couldn’t work. I was destined to be spiritually connected to someone He designed for me.

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Past relationship can be the key to having better relationships if we can truly face the criticisms that may arise. The best type of medicine sometimes comes from the very person or thing that delivered the pain. “What would your Ex say about you?” Be willing to explore the deeper level of unlocking a key element that may help in developing your inner self.

White Boho Dress

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This seems to be the last days of summer but for a Floridian, it only means not as hot but still hot. Us Florida residents, don’t abide by the rule of what not to wear for certain seasons. We know Hot, Hotter and darn-it’s raining again.

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Description

The flowy light bohemian dress is a great number to wear for warmer climates. The loose twirling fabric is breathable for hot temperatures. It also holds up well in the rain because of the thin fabric drys quickly. The sides cutouts are stretchy and adds a sultry look to the feminine dress.

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Size & Fit 

Size: Medium

Fit: The dress fits true to size

Fabric: Stretchy gauze-like cotton

Length: I’m 5’6 & dress falls above the knees

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Outfit Details

Dress: (On sale) $23.00 Lily Boutique

Sandals: (No Longer Available) Lulus

Seat Filler Relationships

Have you ever watched the grammy’s or any other type of award show? The space is always filled to capacity but the seats are not solely filled with only celebrities. There is a term called seat fillers…these wonderful people randomly attend events and their main duty is to fill the seat to appear crowded. They sometimes hub knob with celebrities due to the close proximity. Seat fillers are not stationary fixtures but merely well placed bodies to create the illusions of having a crowded room. Well ladies and gentlemen, seat fillers serve a place in relationships too.

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In the previous blog post, “Doing Too Much” these ladies and myself included were merely seat fillers. When we’re dating someone that is not our future spouse, we are being a “Seat Filler.” Dating with a purpose when that purpose is marriage should be done like pursuing a job. When we’re interested in a job or promotion, we do our due diligence in acquiring the right skills and selling ourselves for the position. But sometimes, even preparing for the position will not land you the job. We merely chuck it up too, this wasn’t the place for me or not at this time. The same concept can be said about “Seat Fillers.” We enter a relationship in the hopes it will lead into marriage. Some of us will stay in a relationship for years…only to be left with broken pieces.

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Some relationships that pass the four year mark where people would think these individuals are slated to be married can turn out to be break-ups. My good friend Susana dated her former boyfriend for six years. They lived together and was looked as the new age “Ken and Barbie.” But even Ken and Barbie called it quits. When Quinn decided to end the relationship with Susana, I was shocked and hurt along with her. Susana was the quintessential girly girl. Her beautiful exterior was second to her queenly heart. Susana’s parents and friends were all shocked because we foreseen them going to the alter. But God…He is always in control. Even though Susana was in a long committed relationship at the time with Quinn, God knew her true mate was not Quinn. Quinn was merely a seat filler for the love of her life and now husband Ace. God allowed the relationship to go on for years. During that time, Susana was morphing into the woman that God wanted her to be for her husband. He allowed Quinn to be a fixture in Susana’s life to grow her. Yes, the break-up was hard but God made up for it with her husband and beautiful baby girl. God’s plan for our life is better than anything we could imagine.

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My other best girlfriend Mary, high school sweetheart is now her husband. The oooohhhh’s and awwwwww’s can be done later because they did not get married after high school. The story of Mary and Steph took a different path. While they were high school girlfriend and boyfriend, they ended up going their separate ways. Steph was in a long term relationship for years with at the time live-in girlfriend. Mary had ex-boyfriends that were not suited for her. Even though nearly a decade went by of being away passed by them, Mary and Steph after breaking up with past partners were lead back on the road to each other. You see, God always knew they were the ones for one another. But they were not the One at the time. He allowed them to go through different life lessons and seat fillers. Because it all lead back to were He wanted them to be…with each other. It was interesting that Steph was in a long term relationship but after a year of reconciling with Mary…proposed right away. You see…when God is in it…time spent means nothing…His ultimate time is different from ours. When you’re a seat filler, the amount of years spent in a relationship does not warrant marriage. If that was the case, Steph would had proposed to ex-girlfriend. But she was merely a seat filler until his soulmate was sent back to him.

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My husband was one of my closest friends before we were married. He was my confidant and side kick. My friendship with him was always from a level of genuine friends with NO intertwined funniness between us. It was hard for other peers to understand our friendship and they always questioned it. You see, God had His hands on us. If it was revealed before our growth and maturation, we may not have been able to substain a healthy relationship/marriage. Being friends really allowed us to have a solid foundation. Like some couples, their relationship is clouded by a sexual desire for one another. This aspect sometimes clouds other areas of getting to know the person. We could talk on the phone for hours on different topics. We hung out as friends.

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We all have been positioned as seat fillers for someone we once dated that it didn’t work out. And, even though the relationship did not produce marriage. We should learn valuable lessons from each broken relationship. Even the painful relationships can produce fruits or great maturity.

How To Style Tulle Skirt

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Tulle is a quintessential material known actually for weddings or formal events. It’s a fun girly flirty item that can be accessorized to be worn in a non-formal way. The denim shirt paired with this pink skirt created a warm appeal. The quarter sleeve front pocket shirt casual look brought out the skirt which added a bonus of cuteness.  To offset the look, I wore pink bow heels that is quite a darling.

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Another fun way to style Tulle Skirt is with a plain simple white tank top. It keeps the look sweet and simple. It can be accessorized with jewelry that’s understated so it would not take away from the entire look. I purchased a Tulle slip that goes underneath the skirt to make it fuller.

With all ensembles, I like to create a focal point. The focal point is always an item whether it’s a top, pair of pants, bold shoe, statement hair or accessories that draw the eye towards that particular piece. The pink Tulle Skirt is the focal piece for the outfit. A Tulle Skirt is already a dramatic number. I paired the skirt with subtle tops in order for the look to be toned down. This look has been known to be worn as a bridesmaid gown and a fun hip wedding gown. It’s all in how you style the skirt.  This skirt is able to maximize various looks for whatever event or personality.

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When I play around styling outfits, I sometimes channel style icons, influential memorable scene outfits or an era.  This style is brought to you with a modern Cinderella flare.  While the Cinderella dress/look is iconic, this look is a whimsical semi-practical and ready to make a dash at any moment without tripping over a long dress.

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