British Summer Looks From Joules

Joules is a British fashion line known for their fun rain boots aka wellies but I was recently asked to review a few items from their Vacation Shop and I had a really difficult time choosing what to review. I thought to myself, “WWKW?” What would Kate wear? (OK just kidding…but really. What WOULD she wear from Joules?)

Ultimately I chose the ultra soft ( and I mean it is ULTRA soft…I was pleasantly surprised at the luxurious feel of the material) pencil skirt in a gray stripe thick jersey material. I love it because it can be dressed up or down. You could easily wear it over your bathing suit with a white gauzy top after a day at the beach or wear it with a fitted tee and denim jacket out shopping with girlfriends.

I also chose these Parisian inspired pink flip flops, perfect for summer! How fun are these?

Southern Girls andFlip Flops

I put together a Polyvore board highlighting the soft gray pencil skirt.


Do Epic Chic Joules USA Gray Pencil Skirt Inspiration

I think you could also really dress it up with a navy blazer, rather than a denim jacket. Check out the styling inspirations for striped casual skirts I found on Pinterest below, which include this great versatile Joules skirt in a navy stripe. How would you style a striped pencil skirt?

striped navy Joules skirt

striped skirt jacket boots

A great fall look with boots from Beach Brights.

striped skirt with booties

I love this look with suede booties from Putting Me Together. This would be perfect for a casual day at work!

I’m linking up to Fashion Friday, hosted by great blogs like Mommies With Style who has the scoop on an incredible back to school sale for your kids!

Fashion Friday Link Up

Also linking up to I Feel Pretty!

I feel pretty link up for fashion

Things I’m Love Thursday (With a Side of Awesomesauce)

Things I love Thursday july

Disclosure: Amazon affiliate link used to support my Starbucks and shoes fund! Some products listed below were sent to me for review consideration. As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are mine.

Things I love thursday

Happy almost Friday! I haven’t posted a Things I Love Thursday wrap up in a while and I have several great things to tell you about, including something that is totally awesomesauce (literally).

Hide Away Pets – First off if you’re looking for a fun gift for a little girl or little boy you’ve got to check out the new Hide Away Pets. I’m still a sucker for cute stuffed animals and these guys are the perfect size for snuggling. My 9-year-old adores her cute penguin we were sent to review. They retail for just $19.99, which is a great price point for cute! I predict these little guys will be hot during the holidays! There are seven pets to choose from and I’m especially partial to the Hedgehog and Siberian Husky although they are all completely adorable.

Tropical Pepper Co. Mango Coconut Sauce – My husband discovered this awesome Mango Coconut sauce at Harris Teeter and it’s amazing on grilled fish. We’ve tried it on Mahi Mahi but I’m sure it’s delish on other seafood, including grilled shrimp. Totally recommend.

Sugar Scrub Wipes – I’m always on the lookout for great products that travel well and I love this makeup remover, scrub wipe combo from Sugar. PLUS it smells like a sugar cookie! This is perfect for tossing in your cosmetic bag.

PUR Attitude Serum – I love products that are gentle on my skin but work hard for their money! The older I get the more I struggle with dull skin and I’ve been using PUR Attitude’s Wild Durian Fruit Peel off and on this summer. I love it and I think my skin looks pretty darn good for nearly 45! PUR Attitude features several formulas and none have any harsh chemicals.

Caligenesis Immune Support Supplement – I honestly never made much attention to supplements, other than a multivitamin, until I hit 40. Caligenesis is a line featuring squid ink (yes, squid ink) which helps strengthen your immune system, cell growth, and more. If you’re under a lot of stress and constantly fighting off colds, I’d definitely check this out. I haven’t had a cold  in well…I can’t even remember!

Smirnoff Vodka Summer Edition – Smirnoff is a classic and vodka is perfect for mixing light summer cocktails. I love the limited edition American summer themed bottles by Charleston artist Jay Fletcher. This bottle just looks plain pretty ya’ll so you may not want to toss it once the vodka is all gone.

All American Wine Chardonnay – This is the second wine from All American Wine we’ve tried (I mention their red wine here) and although I’m not typically a white wine drinker I loved this wine. It’s not too dry, it’s light, and it didn’t last long at our house, always a sign of a good wine.

Have you tried any of these products? Tried anything great you want to tell us all about it? Let me know in the comments!



Five-Minute Chocolate Fondue

easy chocolate fondue recipe

Welcome to my annual 15 Minutes to Fabulous series! Over the next few weeks I’ll feature some fantastic guest writers. Let’s face it, give a busy woman 15 minutes of uninterrupted time and she can conquer the world…or at least 15 minutes of it! Today’s guest blogger is Debbie Cunningham, a fabulous jazz singer from Franklin, Tennessee. Please follow Debbie on Twitter and Facebook.

As an entertainer you’d think I would have “entertaining” down to an art form. I do …on stage in front of 1000 people! At home, however, I am always looking for something fabulous to make that doesn’t require specialty ingredients or all day to cook. I’m an every day food kind of girl but I do want my guests to feel that I spoil them at least just a little when they come over. So my go-to lavish dessert is Chocolate Fondue. It’s a guest favorite at my house. As a songwriter and for a little fun, I actually wrote a song about women and their love of chocolate. That song continues to be one of my fan favorites and I think you’ll find this recipe gives you a few fans of your own!


½ Cup heavy whipping cream

1 Cup (8oz) Bittersweet or Semi-sweet Chocolate chopped in small pieces.  (You may use chocolate chips. My favorite is Ghirardelli Bittersweet. You can use any good quality dark chocolate and chop into small pieces)

Place chopped chocolate in a heat resistant bowl.

In a small saucepan, heat cream to a simmer-just before boiling. Immediately, remove from heat and pour cream over chocolate. Let stand a minute to melt chocolate. Then stir continually with a wire whisk until smooth and glossy.

To Serve: ladle chocolate fondue onto plates with an assortment of fresh

Sliced fruits: strawberries, bananas, kiwi, pineapples, raspberries and pound cake or angel food cake.

TIP: This can be used as Hot Fudge over ice cream or Chocolate Ganache over cake too.  Oh and always wear a fabulous apron!

Debbie Cunningham is a jazz recording artist. Her style is romantic & soulful. For free music downloads including the Chocolate Song go to



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