Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Happy Anniversary

Yesterday was not only my second anniversary but also the "soft" friends/family opening for The Red Sofa.. 

I don't want to give to much away in this post because I'd like to do a one more detailed on the ceremony & reception.

But let it be known that I couldn't be more happy than I am today. Last year Mr. Army Man was deployed on our anniversary & it was so hard to not be together on such a special day for a married couple. But it doesn't really matter...

Yesterday I got to celebrate in so many ways with good food, friends & most importantly my husband. 

I am so thankful I married that beautiful caring man two years ago. He makes me a better person each day and because of that my love for him grows stronger & so do we. I don't know where I'll be in 50 years but I know it will be by his side holding his hand. No place will be unknown when we are together. Because when holding your hand if only a moment it feels as if we can take on the world. 

Happy Anniversary to us, to my parents today & my grandparents tomorrow! So glad we all have anniversaries a day apart. Not too shabby that we also got married on our dating anniversary as well {I guess that just makes it easier on us.. Hah!}

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monogram Love + Giveaway

Happy Monday!

Get excited because I have lots of fun posts coming this week..
Tomorrow I will officially be married to the love of my life for two years!
I can hardly believe how fast the time has gone by..

Looking back on our wedding week..
I think I was most excited to flaunt my new initials..
You see, I absolutely love monogram. 

 In honor of my Second Anniversary, 
I have teamed up with the lovely Emma 
to bring y'all an amazing giveaway!

We are giving away an
18K Plated Gold Monogram Necklace.

What I love most about this necklace is..
the fact that it is adorned with my married initials,
It is also so easy to style.
& it is a timeless must have piece.

Emma is also offering all SSML followers 10% when you order using the code:

On top of that Sincerely Me Personalized also includes free shipping with every purchase.

Make sure you enter to win!
Good luck!
*The winner will be announced on July 1st!


Thursday, June 20, 2013



So the story behind my obsessions equates to this:
I eat TOO MANY Life Savers Gummies 
that I have to go to yoga.. 
Where I drink lots of sparkling Voss water & 
perspire so much that 
I have to use The Healthy Deodorant..
After I get out of yoga.. 
I have to look good so I throw on my Pave Link Bracelet,
a smidge of Mac's Candy Yum Yum, 
& my favorite J. Crew neon shorts.. 
 Then relax while reading my Kindle. 
A pretty chalk full day.. I tell ya.. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Beach Babes

Friday, Mr. Army Man & I headed down to Wrightsville Beach 
to kick off my first day of summer vacation.

Fedora: JC Penney ($5) || Swim Suit: ASOS (Old) Similar 
We checked into our suite at The Surf Suites around noon..
(Such a nice hotel with great staff that gave exceptional recommendations.)


And then hit the beach...

After spending hours on the beach we headed to dinner...
The hubs & me decided earlier that night that we would do a progressive dinner.
Dinner at 22 North
(They change out their menu every week.)
& Dessert on the water at The Oceanic
(Which was right next to our hotel.)

We hit the sack early & then headed to the beach again..
I got a good tan & some reading in.

We buggy boarded & relaxed a bit before lunch.

We headed to the Fish House Grill for lunch, 
of course we had to sit by the water.

We had such a great weekend with going to school at night, 
preparing for the restaurant opening, barely seeing the hubs 
& all of his training we definitely needed this weekend beach trip.

Both of our swim suits are from Old Navy..
Hers || His (On Sale)
Hope y'all had a great weekend! 

{PS} We also came home & went hiking yesterday.
We've skipped a weekend & managed to do about a mile & a half. :)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Weekend Shenanigans

According to my iPhone.. 

This weekend we stuffed our faces at the
Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo.

We stood in line waiting for over an hour & a half
for a delicious grilled cheese from the
American Meltdown.

But it was WELL worth it!

Of course I had to get the Beer & Bacon Sandwich.
What's better than BACON?

After sweating, eating & sweating some more.. 
We headed to Best Buy to return my broken Life Proof Case.
And made a pit stop in Old Navy.

Love my bright OOTD..

Shirt: Zara (Similar) || Shorts: J.Crew Factory ||
Purse: Vintage (gifted from Grandma) ||
Bow Sandals: Rampage (on SALE)

At Old Navy I picked up this CUTE Tassel Dress..
I know a lot of other bloggers have been raving over this number 
but for $4 I couldn't pass it up!


And a summer weekend isn't complete without watching a Cardinals win. 
Or shall I say.. A little Matt Holliday.. ;)
He did make a grand slam in overtime with two outs and the bases loaded. 

Hope y'all have a good week!
Make sure y'all follow my Instagram to keep up with my weekly on-goings..

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Happy Blog Birthday

Most of y'all know I don't normally blog on the weekends, so you know something is up.

Happy Birthday to Stars, Stripes & a Military Life!

Two years ago, I started blogging. 
I had just moved 12 hours away from home & needed an outlet to document 
my new life, my new husband & new opportunities. 

As I sat behind my computer that day, I had no idea what blogging would bring me.
Today I am a little sentimental as I look back on all the memories, friends, and encouragements
 I have received from blogging. 
Just know I wouldn't give it up for anything. 

Can't wait to see what more comes from this sweet blog!
Happy Birthday & Cheers to many more blog posts!