Birthday Weekend Ski Trip
I know, I know, this blog post is beyond overdue!  I was waiting to get some video footage and then by the time I got it my hard drive decided it didn't have enough storage to hold everything.  Of course this was all happening while life was going on, so yes, this blog post has been sitting in my drafts because I have been waiting to put together a thirty second video of me falling every ten seconds.  Regardless, here it is the long awaited Birthday Weekend blog post!  Every year Rocio and I do something together for our birthday ever year, but this year we decided to do more than just a house party.  So, Rocio planned this amazing... okay amazing is an understatement... unforgettable ski trip for us and our closest friends.  It was seriously such an incredible trip filled with so much laughter and so much alcohol.  Of course none of this would have been possible without Rocio, Gabe, and Brian.  If it wasn't for them I wouldn't have been able to go on this trip and for that I owe them big time!  I defintely don't deserve to have friends as great as them, but trust me, I don't take them for granted.
I think the reason this trip was so great was because we all needed it.  Brian had just finished his holiday hours at work, Danya works at a freaking hospital, Rocio, Hannah, Andres, and I were buried under school work (I mean seriously, how many 20pg essays do you have to write in one semester?).  It was the perfect weekend to blow some steam and break an ankle or two.  I'm not sure what was more perfect, the ice luge that John brought or playing Wii until 4am.  Everything from the delicious coffee Zack made in the morning, to listening to Gabe, John, Nick, and Tony's drunk conversations was just perfect.

Of course, the skiing and snowboarding was such a blast!  All but two of us knew what we were doing and we fell... like .. a lot!  Gabe sprained his ankle, John fell before he even got on the lift, and instead of falling I sort of just plopped down.  As Brian said, "A couple sprained ankles, some bruised asses, and a ton of liquor. Ski trip was a success."


Birthday Weekend Ski Trip
Birthday Weekend Ski Trip
Birthday Weekend Ski Trip
Birthday Weekend Ski Trip
Birthday Weekend Ski Trip
Birthday Weekend Ski Trip
Birthday Weekend Ski Trip
Birthday Weekend Ski Trip
Birthday Weekend Ski Trip
Birthday Weekend Ski Trip
Birthday Weekend Ski Trip
Birthday Weekend Ski Trip
Birthday Weekend Ski Trip



Thanks Ro for putting together an amazing birthday this year!  I'm already looking forward to next year (The big 2-5).  And hey, two days after I got back from the ski trip, Omar came home from deployment.  I'd say I had a pretty good birthday month, don't you?

xoxo, Michele


Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Can you believe that it's that time of the year again to start switching out your winter for summer clothes?  I swear, the days just seem to go by faster and faster each year.  Last time I checked I was a wide eye freshman moving to Richmond to attend college and here I am, ten years later (not really ten years), sending in my graduation application.  It's been a very long and windy road, but I'm finally here!  In four short weeks I will be taking my final exam for the rest of my life.  So long number 2 pencils, goodbye scantrons, good ridance text books!  It's all business, business, and blogging from here on out!!  With that being said, I know that this is graduation season for all grades and I wanted to do an outfit inspiration post to get you excited about your big day! Shout out class of 2017!


Even though we have to wear super tacky robes that are probably of hideous colors, it doesn't mean we have to look dull underneat the robes.  This is a time to really show off your style while keeping it classy of course.  I pieced together three fun outfits that will look good even under an ugly colored robe.  This is also a super fun collab with the fabulous Shop Lindsey Vee, this adorable Etsy shop based out of California.  This shop recently added some new merch to the store including rings, earrings,  key chains, and necklaces.  I have wanted a danity bar necklace for the longest time and when Shop Lindsey Vee sent me one I just about squealed at how perfect it was.  I wear it every day, because it goes with everything!  She has silver, gold, and rose gold *insert squeal* and the message I got on mine was ODU ALUM.  It's SOOOO CUTE!  I also got another gold cuff bracelet to add to my collection that states Adventure Awaits with a heart.  I love this motto because it's totally true.  There is always a new adventure or new chapter to your life and you should be thrilled that you're about to go and find it.  I paired these pieces with these outfits and just felt ready to take on the world!

The first outfit I wore was a very simple top and skirt combo.  This black tank is from H&M, I think, and the maroon skirt is from Forever 21.  Even though I've had these two items in my closet for a while they are so simply colored that you can really pair them with anything!  It doesn't have to be these two colors exactly, but you can get simple things like this at any store like Forever 21, Topshop, Free People, H&M, Zara, etc.  By keeping it siple you can really play with bold accessories like I did here with my Shop Lindsey Vee rose gold bar necklace and gold cuff bracelet.  I am also wearing a rose gold tear drop ring that my mama gave me a couple weeks ago.  I love how you can mix and match different shades of gold and they still look so good together.  My heels are black but the have this cross design on them that also give this outfit a little bit of a pop.  I really like to keep things simple and tend to always go for neutral colors, but that doesn't mean that everything has to match.  Using a maroon skirt instead of grey or white defintely mixes things up and makes the rose gold accessories stand out even more.  This is defintely not only a perfect graduation outfit, but if you throw on a blazer, it makes for a great work outfit as well!

The second outfit is one of my favorite pieces in my closet.  It's a long sleeve green romper.  You may have seen the tan version of this in my Valentine's Day Outfit Inspiration blog post because yes, I bought two of the same rompers in two different colors.  These bad boys are from Forever 21 and they are still some of my most favorite items in my closet.  As an extremely short girl it can be so hard to find dresses, skirts, and rompers that fit well.  Most of the time I'm headed to the dry cleaners to get things altered, because they're too long or too big, but these rompers fit me perfectly.  I also paired them with my Shop Lindsey Vee Jewelry, because let me tell you, green + gold = magic.  Seriously, green and gold we're just made for each other.  I also wore these lace up heels from Charlotte Russe that give this outfit it's completed look.  Imagine walking on stage and seeing your classmate wearing these beauties as she gets her diploma.  I love this look because after you take pictures with the family, you can eaisly ditch the robe and head straight for the graduation parties!

The last outfit is something that I have had in the back of my closet for a while now.  I absolutely fell in love with this in the store, but I haven't actually worn it out in public yet.  When  I was pulling pieces for this photo shoot and I pulled this out, I fell in love with it all over again.  I usually don't go for pieces like this, but there was something about it that when I put it on I feel like I can conquer the world.  This black and white stripped two piece will make you feel fearless.  I got this set at Charlotte Russe and although I don't think they make this exact set anymore, I'm positive that you can find something similar to it in just about any store.  This two piece high waisted skirt and crop top set has started to become a really popular trend lately and I think it makes for the perfect graduation outfit!  I threw on my black heels again to complete this look and paired it with my Shop Lindsey Vee cuff bracelet and rose gold bar necklace.  I'm also wearing two rings to play with different tones, one is the rose gold ring my mama got me and the other is a Tiffany & Co. ring that Omar got me.  I even wore my Juicy Coture round sunglasses that made this look very "LA" in my opinion.  This was defintely my favorite look and I could see anybody pulling this look off as they glow with confidence on their big day!

Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection
Graduation Outfit Inspiration + Shop Lindsey Vee NEW Collection


If you love these jewelry pieces as much as I do and want to make these a staple piece of your wardrobe then head over to LindseyVee and use code FELINE15 for 15% off of your order and if you purchase 2 or more bracelets you get free shipping with code BUYTWO.  You won't be disappointed!  Plus they're totally customizable to fit your own unique personality.  I also had so much fun working with Heather from Heather Faber Photography in North Carolina (BTW: She's moving to Michigan soon, so get your pictures in with her while you still can)!  I loved spending the day exploring Downtown Jacksonville because I hardly get to dress up this nicely and even though I'm not actually walking for graduation, I want to see what everyone else is wearing!  Leave me a comment below with pictures of the outfits you're putting together!  Happy graudation loves!

Shop Lindsey Vee : Instagram | Etsy
Heather Faber Photography : Website | Instagram


xoxo, Michele




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Apartment Tour: Living Room
Welcome back to the continued series of our lovely apartment tour!  I had recently posted the Sunroom/Office tour and it got a ton of views! I seriously didn't think that you guys would like it that much, but you did so I'm continuing the series and moving over a bit to the living room.  The living room is one of the first things when you see when you walk into the apartment and honestly, it's really spacious.  I think it looks a lot bigger in these pictures, but it's not that big.  It's not small either.  I think it's the perfect size for a one bedroom apartment to be honest.


I really love the size of our apartment because it's big enough to where Omar and I aren't on top of each other and we can do our own thing, but it's also big enough with a lot of storage for all of my stuff and Omar's work stuff.  Seriously, I can't stress this enough, we have a TON of storage space.  I also love how big our apartment is because Oliver is a full grown husky and even though we take him on a ton of walks every day, it's big enough for him too.  We can actually play fetch in our apartment with him without breaking anything.  I mentioned in my last apartment tour post that we kept our color scheme very simple.  Grey and white!  It was a compromise because I wanted everything white and Omar wanted everything black.  So we simple mixed the two.  Again, most of the furniture is from Ikea because I got a ton of gift cards for Ikea, Target, and Lowe's for Christmas so it was pretty easy to pick things out that we both liked.  I feel like our living room was probably the easiest to put together because it required the least amount of furniture pieces.  After finding the perfect couch that was in our price range and that we both liked, the rest was pretty easy.

I'll start with the couch.  We actually decided to get a futon because as I said, it's a one bedroom so when people come and visit we like to have a place that they can fold out and sleep on.  We found this grey one that is quite honestly so perfect for our home at Target for $180!  The table next to it was from Marshalls for less than $50.  It's a really heavy marble top with grey metal legs.  On top of the table I have one of those polaroid frames my mom got me for Christmas with a polaroid of Omar and I from New Years Eve a couple years ago.  Next to that is a pineapple candle holder that my mom got me for Christmas a couple years ago with a candle inside of it.  I have a cabinet filled with candles and sprays for the apartment because I love when the aparment smells good.  I will always have ton of candles lit up, especailly during the fall/winter because it makes the home much more cozier.  Behind the candle are two photo albums that I made Omar (one is from me and one is from Oliver) for Christmas.  He was deployed this year for Christmas so I wanted to give him some easy reminders of home that he can hold onto until he got back.  Next to that is a mini air freshner that smells so good!  It's from Target and the scent is fresh cotton.  Then I have this weird looking brown thing, but let me explain.  It's an automatic air freshner dispenser.  I first saw these at my mom's house and I was so intrigued by it.  Then I went to the dollar store and they had a coupon where if you buy the air freshner then the dispenser was free... I mean what? I had to get it and I have the Glade cashmere woods spray in it and it sprays every 35 minutes.  Under the table is our wifi box, it fits prefectly under there without being too obvious.  Then next to the table is a tall lamp from Target.  I forgot how much it cost but I'm pretty sure it was less than $10.  It's not the best source of light, but it gets the job done.  There's no actual light in our living room so most of the light comes from windows and the kitchen, but it works.  We do keep a long blanket over the couch becaues Oliver sheds pretty bad and I got tired of vaccumming the couch every other day.  On the couch we have two pillows, the white fluffy one (from At Home) that used to look a lot cuter than what it looks like now (Thanks to Oliver's puppy chewing phase) and the Audrey Hepburn bubble gum one that my mom got me for Christmas.  Then we have this white throw blanket (from At Home) that has pom pom's on the end of it.  It's the simplest couch set up, but I love it.  Next to the couch is Oliver's basket of toys (Marshall's), it fits perfect in the corner and he loves to dig (and knock it over) to find whichever toy he wants to play with.

The next thing I'll go over is our coffee table (Ikea).  My best friend, Stepheni Moran, bought me either the television stand or the coffee table, I can't remember which one, but thanks again Moran!  The coffee table, television stand, and the bookcase are all from the same collection at Ikea.  They have white and glass features on them that jsut make them very glamourous and simple at the same time.  So the coffee table actually has two parts to it.  It's the long two-shelfed part then there is a smaller, yet taller, square one-shelf that can be apart or overlapping the smaller table.  On the table I have those crystal coasters.  I have been wanting these for so long, but they're so expensive.  Then when I was Christmas shopping I came across these ones at Charming Charlie's for only $18!  I couldn't help but to get them.  On the other table underneat we have a ton of games!  Omar and I love to play board and card games and we've slowly started to build our collection.  When we first moved in all we had was UNO and a deck of cards, but as time went on we've added some more.  We now have Monopoly, Jenga, Connect 4, Clue, two decks of UNO, Cards Against Humanity, Phase 10, Joking Hazard, Drunk Stoned or Stupid, Mini Fooseball, and six deck of cards!  Phew.  We also keep a pen and mini notebook under there to keep score for certain games.  Underneath the table is a rug, not sure where it's from, that actually came from my old bedroom back at home.  Above the couch is our gallery wall.  I've talked about this in another post, but I've added a few things to it since then.  I've recently added the "You are my sunshine" sign my mom got me for Christmas, the husky print, the blair waldorf quote, and the Redskins player autograph my friend Maria got me!

Across the room is our television set up.  So again the television set is from Ikea and it's white with glass.  The television was a gift from Omar's parents and it fits perfecty on the stand.  Undearth we have Omar's xbox which is how we watch television.  We used to have a cable box too, but we never watched live television and a DVR is super expensive so we decided to cancel our cable and just keep the wifi.  We also have Omar's Nitendo 64 that I got him for Christmas a couple years ago.  Then on one shelf I have my favorite little picture frame that fits four mini pictures in it.  I have two pictures of Austin and two of Guppy.  I love seeing this every day beacuse it reminds me that they're watching over me.  The other shelf has two empty candle jars that I cleaned out and have filled with sea shells that Omar has collected from all the beaches we've gone to.  He even sent me some from Okinawa!  Then in the smaller candle jar is the black sand from Iwojima.  Then I have a framed picture of Omar in his cami's.  I love this little set up because again, it's something I got to see everyday when he was gone.  Next to the telvision we have Oliver's bed on one side and on the other side is Omar's gamer chair that I got him for Valentine's Day when we first moved intogether.

Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room
Apartment Tour: Living Room

Here is a list of everything I could possibly find.  If I couldn't find the exact thing, I found as close as I could get!

Picture Frames
Couch
Blanket
Coffee Table
Marble Side Table
Board Games; Monopoly, Uno, Phase 10, Joking Hazard, Connect 4, Clue, Jenga, Drunk Stoned or Stupid, Cards Against Humanity, Fooseball, and regular deck of cards.
Coasters
Lamp
Carpet
Oliver's Toy Basket
Television
Television Stand
Xbox
Nitendo 64
Dog Bed
Gamer Chair

And that's it!  That's our living room where we spend 90% of our time!  Like I said, I love our living room and how spacious it is.  It's super cozy and combines both of our personalities really well.  Stay tuned for more!

xoxo, Michele