Friday, May 22, 2015

Five on Friday: {May 22, 2015} + Giveaway!


Happy Memorial Day Weekend Gals! This weekend officially marks the start of Summer (or at least it does in my book!), and I couldn't be more excited for the coming months of sun, fun and of course, lots of galishness. To kick things off, I've got my 5 favorites of the week, along with a fun little giveaway!

***Congrats to Caroline from Windy City Chic, you are the winner of our polish giveaway!!***

 
Beach Bound

This weekend we'll be spending Memorial Day down at the Jersey shore, at my in-laws beach house. Lots of beach time is probably the number one item on my Summer bucket list, so I'm happy to start the season off with a bang! We'll be heading down on Saturday night for dinner and cocktails, followed by a big family BBQ on Sunday, and ending the weekend with some relaxing fun in the sun on Monday before heading home.


New Patio Lights
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A while back I mentioned my grand plans dreams of installing some bistro lights across my patio. Well after much pin-spiration, I'm finally making it a reality this weekend! Before we head down the shore on Saturday night, GG and I will be attempting to install some gorgeous patio lights using this tutorial from Bright July. While I may be crafty, any sort of home improvement projects tend to be disastrous in my house, so please wish us luck and think good thoughts that not only do the lights get installed, but that we don't kill each other in the process! I promise to post some pics, as long as they end up being post worthy!!


Florida Getaway Booked
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This week GG and I officially booked a little mini vacay for the end of June to Florida! One of our college friends is having a destination wedding in Fort Lauderdale, and we've decided to make a fun trip out of it! This will be our first ever vacation without Little M, and while I know I'm going to miss him terribly, this mama is excited for an adults only getaway! So for any of you Floridian gals, please share some recommendations you may have for the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood area! We have 2 whole free days on top of the wedding festivities and I'm hoping to make the most of it!



I've been pretty much lusting after Kendra Scott's gorgeous tassel necklaces for as long as I can remember. Well thanks to a Nordstrom giftcard burning a hole in my pocket, plus the lure of my friend, Ebates offering 16% cash back, it was just too much to resist and I finally pulled the trigger! I went with this beautiful periwinkle blue and gold combo, though I could have easily selected any other color since I love them all! I received my new beauty this week, and plan to live in it alllll weekend! The only problem is that now I want all the colors, and between the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale, and the Kendra Scott Memorial Day sale, I may just need to pick up a buddy for my new baby.

Lilly for Target Mani + a small Giveaway!

This week I finally broke out some of the Lilly for Target/Essie polishes I picked up during my sale haul. In the frenzy that was "Pink Sunday", I managed to snag 3 polishes: Borrowed & Blue, a chalky light blue, First Timer, a gorgeous milky green, and Where's My Chauffeur, a beautiful turquoise creme. After much deliberation, I went with First Timer as my main color and Borrowed & Blue as an accent nail.


I'm loving the color combo and in honor of it being Summer, I wanted to have a little fun and offer the third (unopened!) polish as a giveaway to one of you lucky Gals! 
 
No follows or raffle required - just leave a comment on today's post, and I'll select a lucky winner using random.org to receive Where's My Chauffeur! I'll pick the winner on Monday, and announce shortly after - good luck, Gals!

What is everyone else up to this Memorial Day Weekend? 

Cheers to April, AmandaJennieKarliClare, Rebecca, Katie, Heather, Farrah, and Tif for hosting today's link-ups!



37 comments :

  1. Ugh if only I didn't already ruin my swimsuit ready... oh wait, who am I kidding? Totally not ready yet! Yay for your FL vacay booked! SO fun! And those Essie polishes are so pretty!! Happy Friday!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. Love everything on your Favorites!!! Woo hoo for beach vacations and travel plans! I can't wait to see how the backyard turns out!! Happy Weekend! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. Can't wait to see how the backyard turns out, good luck!! I agree on the crafty but not being home improvement savvy thank goodness for my dad! Woohoo for the FL vaca! I've never been to Ft Lauderdale, at least not as an adult so I have no pointers :( Happy Friday!!!

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  4. Hooray for a trip to FL on the books!! So fun to have that just around the corner to look forward to! :) Loving those polish colors! So fun for this time of year! Have a great time at the beach house this weekend!! xo

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  5. Ooh. A trip to Fort Lauderdale sounds like so much fun. I hope you enjoy yourself!

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  6. Those patio lights look so pretty! And yay for a trip booked!!
    Hope you have a great weekend!!

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  7. There is so much goodness in this post! YAY for coming down to FL - the beaches are great, lots of fun restaurants and there are so many fun boat tours- you'll have so much fun! Also loving the polishes and can't wait to see your patio lights!

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  8. Yay for booked vacations! My cousin & I will be making a stop in Florida in June but it'll be early June. I am in love with that patio lighting. Those polish colors are so cute.

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  9. I love Essie nail polishes and this color is very cool! Thanks for the giveaway and have a great holiday weekend!

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  10. Yay for booking the Florida trip!! What a fun adventure!! The nail polish is adorable!

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  11. Sounds like you have the perfect weekend planned, and hooray for Florida! Good luck with those patio lights. :)

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  12. Hahaha about that ecard. Totally. I ruined mine this week on vacation, though. :P

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  13. Love that necklace, so pretty. I was thinking about doing lights like that on our balcony. A few of the other neighbors have them and they're cute. Yay to an adults only trip! We went to Miami for a wedding in the fall but flew in and out of Ft. Lauderdale. Go to Las Olas blvd. There are all kinds of shops and restaurants there. Have a fabulous weekend at the shore!! :-)

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    1. Congrats!! You are our polish winner! I just sent you over an email via the contact form on your blog since you're a no reply blogger - just let us know where we should send it!!

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  14. Happy holiday weekend! Sounds like you have lots of fun stuff coming up this weekend and beyond! Enjoy! Love that pic of the patio lights....good luck with your project :)

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  15. Enjoy your trip! When I went to Florida - I made a trip to swim with Manatees in the Homossassa River and it was the highlight of our trip (to be fair, I'm not from there and do not know how close it is to where you are going!!)
    Also I hope this giveaway is open to Canada, because I am so sad our Targets closed before Lily Pulitzer was released!!!

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  16. Love the polishes, super cute! Have fun at the shore, I'll also be in Jersey this weekend but not down the shore :(

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  17. I hope that y'all have a great trip! Memorial Day is the start of summer in my book too!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

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  18. Looove that nail polish! And yay for time down at the Jersey shore and booking your FL trip! Wish I was a bit closer to Fort Lauderdale to meet up!

    Happy Friday and have an amazing long holiday weekend <3

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  19. You are too cute! I cant wait to see how your bistro lights turn out! I bet they will look spectacular! I love your Kendra necklace! Believe it or not I don't own any of her jewelry. I always ALMOST buy a piece than don't, lol. Congrats on booking your Florida vacay! I think couple time (especially as parents) is so important! Have a fabulous weekend! xo

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  20. Love that nail polish! Hope you have a great time at the shore!!

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  21. Have an amazing time at the beach! Sounds like the perfect way to spend memorial weekend and i'l be doing the same. The new patio lights looks so pretty. I wish I could help with a recommendation for a hotel in Ft Lauderdale but we usually stay with friends so not the best person to ask but something along A1A by the beach side would probably be where I'd stay.

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  22. Gorgeous Kendra Scott necklace!!! Love that periwinkle color. And the polishes are gorgeous... jealous that you were about to snag some Lilly at Target ;) Have a great weekend

    Justine @ Charm City Ciemny's
    www.lifeasabaltimoregirl.blogspot.com

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  23. Love that nail color! Cute site!! Have fun on your trip!

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  24. Ohhh that patio looks fabulous right now!!! And a FL get away sounds so awesome and needed. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  25. Love that polish color! Happy Friday! Hope the weekend is a good one for you!

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  26. I love the patio lights (I even bookmarked the link for how-to) - cannot wait to see how they turn out!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend at the beach (and yes, I'm jealous)!!
    And count me in on the Essie nail polish giveaway!

    ~ Kim Pincombe Cole
    kimpcole{at}att{dot}net

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  27. This weekend we are building a chicken coop in our yard and planting our garden.

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  28. Thanks for chance this would be perfect for my upcoming vacation cindygaarder@gmail.com

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  29. Loving that nail color! would love to win :)

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  30. Those nail colors are REALLY close to what I'm envisioning as some of the main colors in my upcoming wedding!

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  31. oh, I'm so jealous! I wish I could make it to the beach this weekend. I've been dreaming of it!

    Sarah
    Midwest Darling

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  32. I can't wait to see how your patio lights turn out!! Hope you are having a fab weekend at the beach!!

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  33. ahh that necklace is gorgeous! and yay florida :) that first ecard made me LOL. so true!

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  34. I hope you were able to enjoy some fun in the sun this weekend! I am so jealous of your Florida vacation this summer! Xo, Stephanie

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