What I Have Been Wearing: Summer and BlogHer Edition

Cute roundup of skirts and dresses that you can wear year around.

With the end of summer just around the corner, I have been living up these long days of summer with lots of dresses and sandals.  With the turn of the weather in a few short months, you will see many of these outfits on repeat with the addition of boots and scarves.  Over the years, I continually carve a more intentional wardrobe of things I love, are comfortable, and work year around.  A few new outfits are in the mix this time around showcasing a few purchases I made this summer.

Above photo:
Dress: Ross
Flower: In the way of the photo so I held it.

Cute roundup of skirts and dresses that you can wear year around.

Dress: Ross (my one and only purchase for the cruise we went on in May)

Cute roundup of skirts and dresses that you can wear year around.

Top: hand me down
Skirt: old

Cute roundup of skirts and dresses that you can wear year around.

How fun is this Paris dress?!  The online company eShatki contacted me to try out one of their dresses.  What is really amazing is that you can get a custom fit.  Send them your measurements and they will make your item specific to your size!  I was pretty impressed how well the proportions fit my body.  Find them on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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Cute roundup of skirts and dresses that you can wear year around.

Dress: eShatki
Sandals: Old Navy
Belt: Macy's
Necklace: Onecklace

  
And a few outfits from my phone.  Yep, that is a Hello Kitty cover.  I LOVE it.

Dress: Marshall's
Belt: Thrifted
Necklace: 31 Bits
Sandals: Old Navy

Cute roundup of skirts and dresses that you can wear year around.

Romper: (it's like an adult size onesie and it's amazingly comfortable!) TJ-Maxx
Necklace: 31 Bits and Handmade
Sandals: Old Navy

High waisted shorts

Top: Ross
Shorts: Ross
Sandals: Old Navy

Cute roundup of skirts and dresses that you can wear year around.

Here is my roundup of outfits I wore to BlogHer with my matching luggage (that is slowly breaking...so sad).  My goal was to bring some of my cutest stuff while also trying to look professional.  My hope was to sell my brand well and these outfits gave me the confidence I needed.  Though in combination with what I was wearing and a blog called Domestic Fashionista so many people thought I was a fashion blogger.  Not a terrible thing I suppose!

Luggage: XOXO from Ross
Camera bag: ONA

Cute roundup of skirts and dresses that you can wear year around.

Top: Ross
Skirt: Anthropologie (this was my first clothes purchase from Anthro.  I saved up some gift cards I got from my sister in law.  The skirt was pricey.  Much much more than I would usually spend.  But it was a treat and it felt sophisticated.  I will remember it as the skirt I wore when I started to take blogging more seriously.  It is an epic milestone skirt.  Worth every penny.)
Sandals: Old Navy

Cute roundup of skirts and dresses that you can wear year around.

Top: Marshall's
Skirt: Ross

Cute roundup of skirts and dresses that you can wear year around.

Dress: Victoria's Secret PINK
Flower Embellishments: (Also a big topic of conversation at BlogHer.  Though they say no one cares what you wear...and you don't want to be vain...but really, dressing in a way that represented my brand was a smart move.) Handmade
Sandals: Old Navy


Royal Caribbean Cruise Port: Haiti


Earlier this summer we went on a cruise with my husband's family.  Our first port stop on the Royal Caribbean cruise (read all about the boat here) was to Haiti.  And I'll admit, Haiti surprised me.

P.S. These two photos are what we woke up to our morning in Haiti.  It was a dream to wake up to those mountains and fisherman.  


The thing with Royal Caribbean is that all their ports at least begin on Royal Caribbean owned land.  And in Haiti all of Labadee is owned by them.

They own their own city of Haiti for cruises.

It's an interesting concept and allows for a safe and vacation like experience of Haiti, full of fruity drinks and zip lines.  But it definitely was not a real taste of what Haiti is like.  I was a little disappointed to stop at a port that did not give a true authentic taste of its culture but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the stop was a really enjoyable experience nonetheless.


Having one enclosed location allowed us to enjoy all that Labadee had to offer, relax at the beach, and come and go from the boat.  It had a resort like feel with clean beaches, playgrounds for kids to play on, and service from the Royal Caribbean staff.


Right off the boat we could walk over to the entrance of Labadee, it's own little amusement park you could say.  They offered plenty of paid excursions like a zip line, roller coaster through the mountains, and things like getting your hair braided.


While the beaches filled with lounge chairs, we took the road less traveled and explored the trails of Labadee.


Everything was truly beautiful.  Lovely blue skies, green hills, and a crystal clear ocean.


Here is the view of the beach.  Royal Caribbean provided a barbecue buffet for lunch which was set up in multiple places.  The lines you see at the bottom of the photo was the zip line that started up at the top of the mountain and ended down at the beach.


This is why we wander.  So many beautiful views that ninety percent of our boat probably missed out on.


Our monstrosity of a boat in the background.  This gives a pretty good look at just how gigantic it is.


There was a variety of spots to stop and play in the water.  We found a slightly quiet area to hang out in.


The lunch was superb.  And surprisingly free.


We shopped some local art, many of it going towards a good cause.


Being so close to the boat, we were able to return to our room, change out of our wet swimsuits and come back for a little more wandering.


As we departed from the boat, a few shots from above.


Of all the ports, Haiti was definitely the most relaxing.  We had plenty of time to see everything and not worry about any type of transportation.  It is a smart concept for cruising if you don't mind missing out on the local life.  All in all, I was impressed and it was a fun start to our week long cruise.

Next up, Jamaica and Cozumel!

My Very Own #SheetHappens Moment Video


It has been a lot of fun over the past month and a half to partner with Angel Soft and their "We Know Our Sheet" campaign.  It is a joy to have the opportunity to work with brands who not only believe in the voice of bloggers, but also develop such creative marketing.



Best Pull Apart Cheesy Bread Recipe

Best Pull Apart Cheesy Bread Recipe - the best pull apart cheesy bread I have tried!  It's all in the Kraft Old English cheese spread!  Yum!

My sister in law's family makes this amazing pull apart cheesy bread.  I have tried a few recipes but theirs, by far, is my favorite!  This bread serves as a great appetizer and screams comfort food.  Great for a special occasion or to go along some yummy pasta.  Really, I could just snack on this all by myself!

Best Pull Apart Cheesy Bread Recipe - the best pull apart cheesy bread I have tried!  It's all in the Kraft Old English cheese spread!  Yum!

The ingredients are pretty simple.  Spreadable cheese, dry sherry, butter, garlic, and bread.

Best Pull Apart Cheesy Bread Recipe - the best pull apart cheesy bread I have tried!  It's all in the Kraft Old English cheese spread!  Yum!

The key is the cheese.  The recipe calls for Kraft Old English Spread.  At one point, I could not find any so I used a sharp cheddar instead.  It is still good but the Old English definitely has a really creamy not too sharp taste.  The only place I can find it in my area is at Walmart (but you can also find it online).

Best Pull Apart Cheesy Bread Recipe - the best pull apart cheesy bread I have tried!  It's all in the Kraft Old English cheese spread!  Yum!

First you cut the bread into squares, being careful to not cut all the way through the bottom.

Best Pull Apart Cheesy Bread Recipe - the best pull apart cheesy bread I have tried!  It's all in the Kraft Old English cheese spread!  Yum!

Mix all the remaining ingredients together.

Best Pull Apart Cheesy Bread Recipe - the best pull apart cheesy bread I have tried!  It's all in the Kraft Old English cheese spread!  Yum!

And then stuff that cheesy goodness into the bread.

Best Pull Apart Cheesy Bread Recipe - the best pull apart cheesy bread I have tried!  It's all in the Kraft Old English cheese spread!  Yum!
Best Pull Apart Cheesy Bread Recipe - the best pull apart cheesy bread I have tried!  It's all in the Kraft Old English cheese spread!  Yum!
Best Pull Apart Cheesy Bread Recipe - the best pull apart cheesy bread I have tried!  It's all in the Kraft Old English cheese spread!  Yum!

Tent the bread with foil before it heads into the oven.

Best Pull Apart Cheesy Bread Recipe - the best pull apart cheesy bread I have tried!  It's all in the Kraft Old English cheese spread!  Yum!

And if you have a giant toaster oven like me, you can make this all day every day in the summer without heating up the house.  We love our giant Calphalon convection oven that we got from Macy's when we got married.  It is no longer available, but this one is similar.

Best Pull Apart Cheesy Bread Recipe - the best pull apart cheesy bread I have tried!  It's all in the Kraft Old English cheese spread!  Yum!

And then you eat some cheesy goodness.  The pictures do not even do this justice.  It is amazing.  You must try it.

Best Pull Apart Cheesy Bread Recipe - the best pull apart cheesy bread I have tried!  It's all in the Kraft Old English cheese spread!  Yum!
Best Pull Apart Cheesy Bread Recipe - the best pull apart cheesy bread I have tried!  It's all in the Kraft Old English cheese spread!  Yum!

Pull Apart Cheesy Bread

-2 jars Old English Kraft Cheese Spread (10 oz total in case you cannot find this particular brand)
-1/4 cup dry sherry (don't buy the cooking sherry--it is not the same and dry sherry is pretty inexpensive plus you will want to always have it on hand because this recipe is amazeballs)
-1 stick butter
-2 teaspoons minced garlic
-1 round sourdough loaf

Mix all ingredients together using a mixer until creamy.  Slice sourdough loaf into one inch cubes; be sure not to slice through the bottom of the loaf.  Spread cheese mixture into loaf.  Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 30 minutes until center of loaf is hot.  May need to tent with foil to prevent burning.

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