Friday Favorites - June 16th 2017

TGIF!  Does anyone else feel like five day work weeks are for the birds and should be a thing of the past?  I do, especially during the summer.  My industry tends to slow down majorly and after (over) seven years working in this industry I cannot seem to piece together any logical reason why we can't get everything done in four days.  I need three day weekends in my life.  Do you agree?

I am excited it is Friday and that it's Father's Day weekend!  I wish I was in Tennessee celebrating with my dad but will count my blessings that I am in count down mode to my next trip to visit him and my family later this month!  While he would say that these holidays are created by an institution like Hallmark to make money and that every day is Father's Day (and I totally agree), I do like to celebrate all of the great fathers out there who take time to provide for and spend quality time with their children.  The impact of a father's love is profound and unique, as is a mother's love.  I consider myself to be utmost blessed to have the family that I do, and the wonderful men in my family who are all exceptional fathers.  



Now, moving on to my favorites from this past week!  I'm linking up with Andrea today.

Favorite #1

It's giveaway time!!!  Woo hoo!  I am excited to announce my Summer Giveaway has commenced!  This time I'm giving away a pom-pom scarf (that is super soft and can be worn as a scarf, shawl, or sarong), a pom-pom tassel bag charm (that you can hook onto any tote bag and will be especially cute for vacation and the beach), and a pair of colorful round, drop-earrings from Francesca's.

You will have until 11:59pm on Friday, June 23rd to enter into the raffle by following the steps listed.  There are multiple ways to enter and some steps provide more entries.  *If you are already subscribed to my blog, you can mark that step as entered.  All entries will be validated.  You can click here or use the widget below to enter.  

I will contact the winner over the weekend and mail out the gift on June 27th.  Good luck!

Favorite #2

Target is having a sale today and tomorrow for 30% off all women's and kid's sandals and flip flops - use code SANDALS30 when you check out.  HELLO summer.  We are, in fact, happy to see you.  I ogle shoes at Target online much too frequently and with 30% off it's sort of difficult to pass up some of their great sandals!  Hmmmmmm, the temptation is real.  I've gathered together some of my faves below, but there's obviously more on their site.

Favorite #3

On Sunday afternoon I somehow "braved" the Houston heat to go out for a run and managed to do much better than I expected.  I am not an avid runner and I typically do not work out in the heat.  This girl likes air conditioning and a comfortable work out environment. ;)  What truly helps my work outs though is my Powerbeats3 Wireless earphones.  I've shared them in a post previously about my gym essentials, however I recently had to purchase a new pair before I jetted out to Boston a few weeks ago because my former pair which was almost 3 years old was having major issues that couldn't be repaired without spending $80+ for a new battery and I figured, I might as well buy a brand new pair for $40 more (they were on sale that day).  Thank goodness I did because this new model has even better sound quality and/or after extensive use and sweat my old pair had been beat up.  Plus, I switched colors this time.  They may seem pricey, but you do not know freedom and a more enjoyable work out until you're able to do cardio or lift weights without a chord attached to a phone on your hip or arm.  #annoying #outwiththeold  

Favorite #4

Oh, you know...tassels.  Why?  I don't know, except they're everywhere and I keep indulging in the trend!  I love the pop of color they can add to any outfit as well as bring out the colors in certain outfits.  They show up well when your hair is down as well.  I found these little beauties on super clearance from Ann Taylor a few weeks ago (when I could* shop) and they're no longer available online, although you might can still find them in store.  I've linked up some similar ones below for your shopping pleasure because let's be real here...accessories can change an outfit completely!

Side note - I'm glad I snapped a much dreaded selfie before going in to have dinner with some of my lovely friends because I forgot to take a picture while we were together.  It seems I have done a pretty terrible job this past week in capturing pics that actually mean something to me (ie: the event last Friday night when we were dressed up, at the event last Saturday together, etc. etc.).  I think my goal should be to hire a photographer or enlist a friend to take photos of me if* I decide to continue blogging come September when I hit my one year anniversary.  I need solid improvement in the realm photos of myself!  But, I digress for now...

Favorite #5

Last weekend we had a blast celebrating with friends and the Navy for the USS Gabrielle Giffords ship commissioning in Galveston, TX.  Bon Jovi played at Friday night's event and while I've never been very familiar with his music there were some songs I recognized and it was neat to be up close to see him perform.  He smiles a lot - clearly a seasoned performer.

I didn't take these videos with the intention of sharing, but at the last minute while composing this post I figured I might as well.  

On Saturday we went to the actual ship commissioning and I truly appreciated and respected the meaning behind the ship being named after former Representative Gabrielle Giffords as well as how amazing it is that this new naval ship and it's new crew were to commence their assignment the following day (last Sunday) to protect our country.  It was hard to imagine that that ship may/will be headed to war at any point to fight for our freedom.  Those are some brave men and women aboard that ship!  I had some serious moments of reflection for all of the troops in every branch of the US Military that day.  I am too nervous (or cautious) to jump out of a plane with a parachute to sky dive, and yet so many men and women have/will/are risking their lives for me.  Thank you, God, for placing bravery and patriotism into the hearts of our soldiers.

Lastly within this favorite, I have to mention that while I have always remained quiet about my political stance and likely always will (aside from intimate conversations with my family and close friends), I thought it was neat to see so many (famous? politicians? what's the correct adjective here?) people at the commissioning, whose names I've only heard, who were there to honor Mrs. Giffords because SHE is someone to be admired and honored regardless of which political party you associate with.  Talk about leaving a legacy of strength, resilience, and overcoming something terrifying!  Not to mention, the bravery and fearlessness of her husband Mark Kelly and his twin brother Scott Kelly who both served in the Navy and were/are astronauts who have been in space!  #muchorespect #canIgetanamen #twinning

That sums up my favorites from the past week.  What are your favorite things that have happened, that you've done, or that you've worn?  Share below!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend ahead and a very Happy Father's Day!

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