Friday, March 15, 2019

my swim essentials

my swim essentials, swimwear rashgaurd
When in it comes to swimwear of course I want to look nice, but function and sun protection are critical for me. I need to protect my skin from the sun as much as possible because of my struggles with skin cancer. Also, I love to water ski, tube and have fun with my kiddos in the water. I don't want to be worried about a nip slip or showing more than I am comfortable with!! 


  • Panama Hat -http://bit.ly/2UHKKsf
    • packable. adjustable. UPF50. This is a amazing hat! Under $20!!!!!
  • Sunscreen - http://bit.ly/2DgBNiE
    • This has been my fav sunscreen for the last several years. It has a nice scent and absorbs quickly into the skin like a lotion. No greasy feeling. 
  • Lippie - http://bit.ly/2DjY4Mq
    • Great for a little color with sunscreen.
  • Sunless Tanner - http://bit.ly/2SniLBK
    • I'm always trying new sunless tanners from all price points. This one gave nice color and faded the best of any self tanner I've tried! BUT I usually always circle back round to THIS one.
  • UPF50 cover up - http://bit.ly/2HsX6kO
    • I have had a similar version for years! It's lightweight, quick drying, doesn't wrinkle and takes up virtually no room in a suitcase or beach bag.
  • Rashgaurd - http://bit.ly/2EOnouT or http://bit.ly/2tZ9ktA
    • Old Navy, Gap, and Athleta are were all my rash guards are from. I like one with a bit of a higher neck for more sun protection. Athleta has the most sizing options and I had a similar version to http://bit.ly/2TFzHUz for years. 
  • Swim Top - http://bit.ly/2u6BfrC
    • I like a swim top that fits my active needs. Usually a higher neck or more sports bra type feel.
  • High Waisted Swim Bottoms - http://bit.ly/2EWyKhz
    • High waisted everything! Swim bottoms are no different, they are just more practical and  flattering to my mom bod!
  • Strappy Sandals - http://bit.ly/2SjErhM
    • These sandals are awesome! I bought them last year to wear on our boat to go to the lake after years of wearing dollar flip flops.
  • Floating Phone Case - http://bit.ly/2EZx6dV
    • These are great if your clumsy like me! OR a non floating version - http://bit.ly/2TL8CiY
When it comes to my beach bag and sunnies....

  • Beach Bag
    • To be completely honest I have had the same beach bag for 2-3 years and its from Walmart. I should call mine a "boat bag" because I live in the midwest and thats means going to the lake for fun rather than the beach!! 
  • Sunnies
    • I dream of a day I can be trusted with expensive sunglasses BUT....
    • I can't be trusted with expensive sunglasses!! Mine are usually from Walmart, TJMaxx, or Amazon. and I try to keep the price under $10....sometimes $20 if I am really splurging!! LOL

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Audra

    CLICK HERE TO what i wore one our DISNEY CRUISE

    Tuesday, March 12, 2019

    womens western jeans outfit

    womens western jeans outfit with square toe ariat boots
    I can't even begin to tell y'all how much I love THESE trouser jeans!! I wear them a couple times a week with boots or my cruisers. Dress them up or down these jeans always work and are a good idea! THESE button ups are classic and have been a favorite of mine for the last several years! I LOVE them because the come in tall sizing. I have both the blue and white. Add a classic button up with the trouser jeans and you can rule the world! For me, a girl can never look too classy!! 
    womens western jeans outfit with square toe ariat boots

    womens western jeans outfit with square toe ariat boots

    womens western jeans outfit with square toe ariat boots

    womens western jeans outfit with square toe ariat boots

    womens western jeans outfit with square toe ariat boots

    womens western jeans outfit with square toe ariat boots

    womens western jeans outfit with square toe ariat boots
    outfit details
    cinch trouser jeans - http://bit.ly/2QOjNSe
    classic button up - http://bit.ly/2QRIRHZ - I wear a medium tall
    square toe cowboy boots - http://bit.ly/2PC4aAF or http://bit.ly/2PmR4ar
    fur snood - http://bit.ly/2Tyaone

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    western chic outfit

    western chic outfit - cowgirl boots and dress
    My quest to get all my winter outfits blogged continues!! As I sit typing this, the sun is shinning and its a balmy 50 degrees!! Completely unlike the freezing day I took these pictures. Trying to look stylish in the cold is a trip because my face and hands always give me away.  So excited for warmer weather and horse shows!! .....OK, back to this little number! This is one of my favorite looks from this season. Reworking (a must have staple) a sweater dress with a leopard belt, blue bandana and denim sherpa jacket gives this item a fresh, new life. As the weather warms simply subtract the tights and sherpa jacket. If this outfit isn't western chic than I don't know what is! TIP - if you are having a difficult time getting your bandana in just the right bow or now, just use a ring and rung the ends through. Looks good every time!!
    western chic outfit - cowgirl boots and dress

    western chic outfit - cowgirl boots and dress

    western chic outfit - cowgirl boots and dress

    western chic outfit - cowgirl boots and dress

    western chic outfit - cowgirl boots and dress

    western chic outfit - cowgirl boots and dress

    western chic outfit - cowgirl boots and dress

    western chic outfit - cowgirl boots and dress

    western chic outfit - cowgirl boots and dress
    outfit details

    • bandanaget a whole pack here -
      • mine is from walmart and only a dollar 
    • sherpa denim jacket - mens - http://bit.ly/2DxybKn or womens - http://bit.ly/2NWCVwI
      •  mine is a men's small because I wanted the extra sleeve length
    • sweater dress - similar http://bit.ly/2DAHolf or http://bit.ly/2SBAC84 or http://bit.ly/2Dxj43y
    • leopard belt - http://bit.ly/2Ar6Ckl
    • tall cowgirl boots - http://bit.ly/2PlXmr1

    what i wore on a 3 night disney cruise - carry on only


    What I wore on our 3 night Disney cruise plus one day at Disney Springs. Carry on only. Winter cruise.

    see the end of post for packing list

    DAY 1
    TRAVEL OUTFIT
    3 night disney cruise outfits - carry on only
    • panama hat - http://bit.ly/2UHKKsf
    • sleeveless trench - http://bit.ly/2Chn7k4 or similar http://bit.ly/2SR4B7k
    • leopard cardigan - http://bit.ly/2Hm0cHk
    • chambray shirt - similar http://bit.ly/2Qc9pr4
    • turtleneck - similar http://bit.ly/2tTU1Cp or http://bit.ly/2tTU1Cp
    • cropped jeans - http://bit.ly/2yBG3qD
    • crossbody bag - similar http://bit.ly/2tUjmvQ or http://bit.ly/2tX4M6L
    • white sneakers - http://bit.ly/2NaqiMo or http://bit.ly/2zFpQCB
    DAY 2
    TO THE SHIP OUTFIT
    3 night disney cruise outfits - carry on only
    • Minnie ears - similar http://bit.ly/2I5XHdU
    • sleeveless trench - http://bit.ly/2Chn7k4 or similar http://bit.ly/2SR4B7k
    • black and white flannel - similar http://bit.ly/2H6VVZ0 or http://bit.ly/2HmtFRl
    • mickey tee - http://bit.ly/2HUKqFd
    • black lightweight pants - similar http://bit.ly/2SfbhRb
    • crossbody bag - similar http://bit.ly/2tUjmvQ or http://bit.ly/2tX4M6L
    • white sneakers - http://bit.ly/2NaqiMo or http://bit.ly/2zFpQCB
    DINNER OUTFIT
    3 night disney cruise outfits - carry on only
    • turquoise beaded necklace - similar http://bit.ly/2EPUtXs
    • black boyfriend blazer - similar http://bit.ly/2Sd53kG or http://bit.ly/2SeJgsP
    • black and white flannel - similar http://bit.ly/2H6VVZ0 or http://bit.ly/2HmtFRl
    • mickey tee - http://bit.ly/2HUKqFd
    • black lightweight pants - similar http://bit.ly/2SfbhRb
    • crossbody bag - similar http://bit.ly/2tUjmvQ or http://bit.ly/2tX4M6L
    • wedges - http://bit.ly/2U9ZK1U - so comfy
    DAY 3
    BAHAMAS OUTFIT
    3 night disney cruise outfits - carry on only
    • panama hat - http://bit.ly/2UHKKsf
    • black and white flannel - similar http://bit.ly/2H6VVZ0 or http://bit.ly/2HmtFRl
    • striped tee - similar http://bit.ly/2DgApg2
    • denim shorts - similar http://bit.ly/2VNlH7U
    • crossbody bag - similar http://bit.ly/2tUjmvQ or http://bit.ly/2tX4M6L
    • white sneakers - http://bit.ly/2NaqiMo or http://bit.ly/2zFpQCB
    DINNER OUTFIT
    3 night disney cruise outfits - carry on only
    • black boyfriend blazer - similar http://bit.ly/2Sd53kG or http://bit.ly/2SeJgsP
    • striped ringer tee - similar http://bit.ly/2TqX1oL
    • leopard belt - http://bit.ly/2Ar6Ckl
    • pleated midi skirt - similar http://bit.ly/2u5KCI5 or http://bit.ly/2NRkUQv
    • crossbody bag - similar http://bit.ly/2tUjmvQ or http://bit.ly/2tX4M6L
    • wedges - http://bit.ly/2U9ZK1U - so comfy
    DAY 4
    SWIM OUTFIT
    3 night disney cruise outfits - carry on only
    • panama hat - http://bit.ly/2UHKKsf
    • striped rash guard - similar http://bit.ly/2tZ9ktA or http://bit.ly/2EOnouT
    • swim top - similar http://bit.ly/2EKi4bO
    • high waisted swim bottoms - similar http://bit.ly/2EWyKhz
    • sandals - http://bit.ly/2SjErhM - Love these!
    husband - http://bit.ly/2Dkjnxw
    son - bottoms http://bit.ly/2SllUlv and rashguard http://bit.ly/2DnQQa9
    daughter - http://bit.ly/2SmyAbw her other suits http://bit.ly/2DlWhGI and http://bit.ly/2DjjucE
      3 night disney cruise outfits - carry on only
      I have had this swim cover up for several years and it's so dang awesome! It's quick drying and made of UPF 50 material. Worth every penny!!
      Similar version - http://bit.ly/2TqpTxz

      DINNER OUTFIT
      3 night disney cruise outfits - carry on only

      3 night disney cruise outfits - carry on only
      • black boyfriend blazer - similar http://bit.ly/2Sd53kG or http://bit.ly/2SeJgsP 
      • seersucker dress - similar http://bit.ly/2SkrGnb or http://bit.ly/2ShX069 or http://bit.ly/2Dnyy94
      • leopard belt - http://bit.ly/2Ar6Ckl
      • crossbody bag - similar http://bit.ly/2tUjmvQ or http://bit.ly/2tX4M6L
      • wedges - http://bit.ly/2NaqiMo or http://bit.ly/2zFpQCB
        DAY 5
        TRAVEL HOME OUTFIT
        3 night disney cruise outfits - carry on only

        3 night disney cruise outfits - carry on only
        • panama hat - http://bit.ly/2UHKKsf
        • sleeveless trench - http://bit.ly/2Chn7k4 or similar http://bit.ly/2SR4B7k
        • leopard cardigan - http://bit.ly/2Hm0cHk
        • black and white flannel - similar http://bit.ly/2H6VVZ0 or http://bit.ly/2HmtFRl
        • grey long sleeve tee - http://bit.ly/2tZ9ZLA
        • cropped jeans - http://bit.ly/2yBG3qD
        • crossbody bag - similar http://bit.ly/2tUjmvQ or http://bit.ly/2tX4M6L
        • white sneakers - http://bit.ly/2NaqiMo or http://bit.ly/2zFpQCB
        3 day disney cruise packing list - carry on luggage only
        PACKING LIST


        ACCESORIES
        panama hat
        small crossbody bag
        leopard belt

        SHOES
        white sneakers
        wedges
        multi-strap sandals

        OUTERS
        sleeveless trench
        long leopard cardigan
        black boyfriend blazer
        flannel
        chambray shirt

        TOPS
        striped turtleneck
        grey long sleeve tee
        ringer tee
        mickey mouse tee

        BOTTOMS
        cropped jeans
        Line jogger pants
        denim shorts
        pleated midi skirt

        DRESSES
        seersucker dress

        SWIM
        top
        high waisted bottoms 
        UPF Rashgaurd
        UPF cover up

        OTHER-


        • I bought these carry on TSA approved carry on pouches - http://bit.ly/2TtwF5y
          • my husband totally made fun of me because he flies all the time with a zip lock bag, BUT they worked so great that even he is a convert!
        • I tried this http://bit.ly/2SniLBK sun less tanner. 
          • It gave me just enough color and it faded beautifully. no patches at all. 
        • This lip balm http://bit.ly/2DjY4Mq
          • a little color and SPF
        • This is my favorite sunscreen http://bit.ly/2DgBNiE
          • absorbs great and is very hydrating - not oily

        Tuesday, March 5, 2019

        layered oversized denim jacket outfit

        layered denim jacket outfit. layered sweater and denim jacket with tall cowgirl boots and skinny jeans-18.jpg
        Y'all it was soosoo cold and windy the day I took these pictures! I try really hard not to wish away the seasons, but I do dream of weather that I can comfortably take blog pictures in....like at least above freezing! Were in the home stretch to spring!! I am doing my darnedest to catch up on winter blog posts and make way for spring outfit ideas. Do you hear me mother nature?! Okay, enough whining I LOVE the layered denim jacket look. There's something so cool and effortless about it. My one and only tip when trying to go for that cool girl layered denim outfit is to keep the bottom half  streamlined and with more fitted items than the top half. I made a video with tips on how to wear a oversized denim jacket which contains similar concepts to layering a denim jacket (click here). What's your favorite way to wear a denim jacket?
        Outfit details at end of post.


        layered denim jacket outfit. layered sweater and denim jacket with tall cowgirl boots and skinny jeans-18.jpg

        layered denim jacket outfit. layered sweater and denim jacket with tall cowgirl boots and skinny jeans-18.jpg

        layered denim jacket outfit. layered sweater and denim jacket with tall cowgirl boots and skinny jeans-18.jpg

        layered denim jacket outfit. layered sweater and denim jacket with tall cowgirl boots and skinny jeans-18.jpg

        layered denim jacket outfit. layered sweater and denim jacket with tall cowgirl boots and skinny jeans-18.jpg

        layered denim jacket outfit. layered sweater and denim jacket with tall cowgirl boots and skinny jeans-18.jpg

        layered denim jacket outfit. layered sweater and denim jacket with tall cowgirl boots and skinny jeans-18.jpg

        outfit details

        Thanks so much for stopping by. Audra


        Monday, March 4, 2019

        long leopard cardigan outfit with leggings, chambray shirt and mules


        long leopard cardigan outfit with leggings, chambray shirt and mules
        This leopard cardigan seemed like such a gamble when I ordered it from Amazon. You just never really know how the quality is going to be for the price. BUT I was pleasantly surprised with how nice it was. True to size, the sleeves and body are long enough for 5' 9" frame, and it was under $30! It's even stood up to the wash test that so many inexpensive knitwear pieces fail! I didn't dry it though. Since with cardigan is nice and long its perfect for wearing with leggings!! I dressed up this leggings look with some mules, but sneakers or fringe moccasins would look super cute as well. 




        long leopard cardigan outfit with leggings, chambray shirt and mules

        long leopard cardigan outfit with leggings, chambray shirt and mules

        long leopard cardigan outfit with leggings, chambray shirt and mules

        long leopard cardigan outfit with leggings, chambray shirt and mules

        long leopard cardigan outfit with leggings, chambray shirt and mules

        long leopard cardigan outfit with leggings, chambray shirt and mules

        long leopard cardigan outfit with leggings, chambray shirt and mules

        long leopard cardigan outfit with leggings, chambray shirt and mules
        Thanks so much for stopping by. Audra