Five Facts About Me & Ginger's Linkup #16



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How many bloggers do you follow that you don't really know THAT much about? The more I follow certain bloggers, the more fun facts I learn! Like, I've learned that several bloggers I follow are attorneys, like me, or have at least been to law school. So, my friend, Anita, from Saved Classy and Chic and I were discussing it, and we decided to do a post with five facts that you might not know about us! Once you get finished reading my post, head on over to Anita's blog and check out some fun facts about her. 








1. My husband is my law partner, and my Dad shares an office with us. YES, you read that right! That's a lot of family in one office, right? My Dad isn't an attorney, but he does still come to the office every day, at the young age of 85! He's in real estate and oil investments, and aside from practicing law, I'm involved with a lot of projects with my Dad, as well. So, I stay pretty busy! Here's my office crew with my husband on the far left and my Dad on the far right. The ladies are our paralegals...oh, and Bentley, my Poodle, is there too! Always photobombing! 


2. I only have one sister, and neither one of us has any children. I know...that's a bit odd. I do have dogs, which I consider to be my children. I don't think it's any secret how much I love my dogs. I mean, I have a painted portrait of my first Poodle at home and in my office. I've never been one of those people that had a ticking biological clock. I've heard everything from "you're selfish not to have children" to "whose going to carry on the family line." I'm just not one of those people to feel pressured. I'm living MY best life, and being a doggy mom is really one of my favorite things in this whole world! 

Now, before any of you think it, I'm well aware that some of these photos are not blog or Instagram "perfect", but you know what? Neither is real life, and this is my real life, which I'm committed to sharing with you. I snap photos all the time of my cuties doing funny things, and thank God I do, because we lost the little white baby very unexpectedly almost a year ago, and I'm so glad I have my pictures to remind me of all the great memories.

Below is one of the rare occasions I decided to bathe these two wild dogs rather than take them to the groomer. As you can see, they don't look too pleased.



The same two sweeties waiting on their birthday goodies.




Our big German Shepherd as a puppy, not long after he came to live with us. I love the way he's holding his bone between his two back feet! Just tons of cuteness!




The same German Shepherd now! He's really just the sweetest thing and so sensitive!




Me with all three of my little pups. That one in the very front is the wildest and probably the meanest we have. He can make the German Shepherd run for cover.



3. I told my husband while we were dating that I wasn't the domesticated type of girl. Specifically, I told him I wouldn't wash and iron his clothes and pick up after him or cook him meals on a regular basis, if at all. While I will occasionally craft up a fabulous crock pot creation πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚, this still holds true almost 14 years into our marriage. Actually, my husband is fabulous! I'm a very lucky girl! He often washes and folds my clothes and loads and unloads the dishwasher. However, our dishwasher is mostly full of coffee cups and spoons! I'm sure when I checkout at the grocery, they wonder what type of party I'm having due to the stack of foam cups and foam plates. That's right...I try not to dirty up any more dishes than possible. That lady below cooking the fancy food..that's NOT me! That leads me to my next fact...



4. I love to eat out, and I really, really love great food! No, I'm not talking about Chili's, Ruby Tuesday or Panda Express. Not that there's anything wrong with those places, and I eat at one or the other every so often. However, I do love a great charcuterie board with a nice glass of wine. My goodness, that can be my entire meal. Don't even get me started on brunch...it's my spirit animal...especially if mimosas are involved! I love trying quaint little places, and I often start planning where we will eat when traveling even before we head out for the trip. For me, the experience is just as important as the food. I cherish a great atmosphere in a restaurant, and those with a great atmosphere are my very favorite places to eat. Oh, and did I mention that I LOVE sweets, oh, and COFFEE?

This dreamy charcuterie board comes from one of my favorite restaurants in Pensacola, Pot Roast & Pinot. They get it right 99% of the time, and they have a wonderful wine selection, as well as some pretty perfect cocktails.


You can read more about our experience with the fabulous tomato salad and dessert below here. It truly was a wonderful experience about an hour or a little less from our Georgia home.





This little gem of a lavender latte comes from one of my favorite Pensacola brunch spots, The Leisure Club. I order this every time I go there.



5.  I'm extremely sentimental, probably to a fault. The most important actual things to me in life are the ones with sentimental value. That brings me to one of my all time most sentimental occasions, the anniversary of which is coming up next month, my wedding. So, I'll share one of my favorite photos of that very special day with you all. It's almost impossible for me to believe this was almost 14 years ago! My, how time flies! 



Last, but certainly not least, I want to mention that Anita from Saved Classy and Chic and I are hosting a $50 Nordstrom Gift Card giveaway on Instagram through Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. CST.  Feel free to enter for a chance to win! 



Now, on to my favorites from last week's link up!  Be sure to check out both of their great blogs! Cheryl from Northwest Mountain Living & Style had a lovely post featuring a pretty pair of shoes, and she styles them several great ways. 



And Ruxandra from Saccharine Soul had a wonderful post about the impact blogging has had on her life and how it's changed it for the better.




Now, let's link up!






I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead. It's been raining cats and dogs here, so if you are in a similar situation, I hope you get beautiful weather soon. Your comments make my day, so feel free to let me know what you think.

XOXO,


Julie

How to Style Three Fun Date Night Looks

Woo, hoo guys...it's almost the weekend, and you know what that means...DATE NIGHT! I mean, I'm a frequent restaurant visitor...you know...because I don't cook! However, I love going someplace special and getting just a little dressed up. My ideal night out is to a really great dinner. So, today, I've  partnered with my friend Anita of Saved Classy and Chic to style date night looks for you. That's double the looks, twice the fun, and all that good stuff! 

Head on over to Anita's blog and check out her looks too! If you follow my blog, you know I have an un-waivering love...for...black outfits, that is! So, of the three outfits I've put together for you, they all incorporate some black, of course! How dressy you choose to go really depends on where you're headed for your date.



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Valentine's Wish List for Him and Her Under $100 with Saved Classy and Chic



Well, my friend Anita, of Saved Classy and Chic and I have given you two great Valentine's Day Gift Guides, here and here (that we were pretty pleased with), but this one is special...everything on our lists is under $100! That's right! Gifts don't have to be expensive to be special. It's always the thought that really counts. If you know your partner and listen to them, you'll have a good idea what they might like. My husband and I have been married for almost 14 years, and together for 16 years, so if we exchange Valentine's Day gifts, it's usually something small and thoughtful. 

How To Wear Statement Earrings, Picks Under $50, What I'm Wearing & Ginger's Linkup #15

Who doesn't love a great pair of statement earrings, a gorgeous bracelet or a beautiful necklace?  With Valentine's Day coming up, I know a lot of you ladies are thinking about what to wear, and we all know that accessories can make (or break) the outfit! I'm really loving simple hair styles, like this top knot with bright lip stick and statement earrings. It's really kind of a messy, elegant look.  I've been looking at a lot of cute jewelry lately, and I've rounded up a ton of picks for you...all under $50!



What have you guys got going on this week? It seems like the first of the year has absolutely flown by! This past week, I stayed totally busy running our dogs around to various appointments. If you follow me, you know I have a Poodle, a Lhasa and a German Shepherd. When you have three pups, their schedules can be worse than yours! Plus, when some of them get older, they have little health issues that must be tended to regularly. I wouldn't trade it for anything though, because my pups bring me so much joy. One is barking at me like crazy as I type this...wanting something! People ask me how do I stay thin, or what's my exercise routine. It's really just not getting to sit down for more than five minutes at a time without one of these babies wanting/needing something.

How to Pick the Perfect Valentine's Day Gift & Ginger's Linkup #14


Oh my goodness guys, I've been a bit MIA the last several weeks because my laptop has been on the fritz, and I had to have the keyboard replaced! That's just crazy to me, because I just got it in August! I don't know about y'all, but trying to draft blog posts from your iPad or iPhone just doesn't work for me. Who has time for that? I could do it at the office, but all of my photos aren't on that computer, and blah, blah, blah!  

Anyway, here I am with a new post!  Yay! Let me just say that I have met some great people in the short time that I've been blogging, and Anita Ford of Styled by Anita Ford, is one of those people. She and I are able to brainstorm and talk about this entire process, and it's wonderful. We decided that we wanted to get together and do some Valentine's Gift Guides for you guys, so be sure to check Anita's post out Valentine's Day Collaboration with Ginger Photog. Between the two of us, hopefully, we can give you some great picks or at least point you in the right direction!

How I Styled My JORD Frankie Purpleheart & Plum Watch & JORD Watch Gift Code Giveaway (Ginger's Linkup #13)

Whether classic, elegant, flashy or sporty, I think a watch tells a lot about a person. It speaks to their personality and style. So, when JORD asked me to partner with them, I thought, WOW, a wooden watch is a very interesting concept. I thought about what type of person would wear a wood watch, and, in my mind, it's someone who has an appreciation for natural and sustainable products, who loves nature and who loves the outdoors. All of those things fit into who I am. I highly appreciate natural, sustainable goods. Over the last several years, I've started using all kinds of all natural products, and I love them.


Winter Tag 2017 & Ginger's Linkup #12



Myself and several of my blogger friends are teaming up to do a Winter Tag where we answer 15 Winter/Holiday related questions. I love this idea, because it allows my wonderful readers to learn a little bit more about me! I hope you all are having a fabulous holiday season and not stressing out too much about gift buying! I'll admit, things are getting a little hairy over here! I've got way too much to do and not enough time to do it all, but I WILL get it all done! Oh, a mention about the above topiary dog...I found this gem at Big Lots and added the bow! By now, you all know how much I love dogs, so this was the perfect addition to my holiday decor!