Christmas Eve with "My Side"

I'm going to be completely honest and say that I've literally been dying to wear this coat again.
It couldn't be any more fabulous, Kyle got me another [identical] one in cream for Christmas!!
I'm sure I'll be doing a post wearing that one very, very soon.

Coat: Xenia
Sweater: Necessary Clothing [similar]
Skirt: Tobi [similar]
Tights: walmart
Booties: DSW
Scarf: ShopMCE 
Bag: Ross

Kyle and I headed over to my parents around noon on Christmas Eve!
We got there and all opened presents, and then left for lunch at Perrys.

At lunch I decided to get something I haven't had in FOREVER.

It was definitely a good decision, my mouths watering just looking at this picture.
Bar B Q Stuffed Baked Potatos are DAYUM GOOD y'all.

After stuffing ourselves 
we went back to the house to try and sleep off our food coma before church.
(and to take some selfies of course)

We all had a little nap then headed off to church!

All of us!

My sister and I with our sweet Mamaw.

We had such an awesome Christmas Eve, 
Kyle and I sure are blessed with some amazing families.


The night before Christmas...kind of.

Sheesh, last week was busy!
On Tuesday Kyle and I headed to the other side of town to go out to dinner
with his WHOLE entire big family.

Dress: Tillys.com
Vest: ShopConversationPieces.com [similar]
Tights: Walmart [duh]
Booties: DSW
Bag: LuLus [on sale!]
Scarf: forever21

Kyle and I have been looking into buying a house and I found one online that I fell in love
with a couple nights before. So we contacted a realtor and decided to go check it out on our way!

Of course it looked A LOT bigger and better online, but it was still a pretty house,
not quite what we are looking for though.

After that, we dropped Charley off at her grandmas and then stopped by 
 our friends [Phil & Rachel] place who just had a baby!
He was such a doll, ugh seriously too cute for words.

After meeting Conlan we headed off to go "freshen up" for dinner!
We all went to a mexican restaurant and had a blast.
I LOVE it so much when everyone can get together, Kyle has a big/close family.
And I love that I'm so close with everyone as well. 

After dinner, 
Kyle and I headed back to our house because the next day [Christmas Eve]
was being spent with my family!

You'll get to hear alllllll about that tomorrow ;] 

xoxo, Monica


A little Ruffle and A little Fringe.

Top: ShopMCE
Jeans: Kohls [similar]
Shoes: DSW [old]
Scarf: ShopMCE [black here]

I am SO in love with this top. I've only worn it twice and both times I'm always thinking,
"why on earth don't I wear this more often?!"
It's the perfect mix between casual and cute and it's SUPER comfy.
And this scarf y'all...it's one of my go to scarves when I need to accessorize or add a pop of color.
Unfortunately I'm sold out of red, but the black is equally as cute AND will go with any outfit!!

I'm kind of in shock that it's only Tuesday...yesterday was SUCH a long day for me.
I also can't believe there are only NINE more days until Christmas!!
Sheesh, that came quick! Too bad I still sweat when I go outside :(
Houston, get it together.

Until next time...
[which let's be honest, could be tomorrow, or could be in 3 weeks]

xoxo, Monica


Catching up...

Sheesh am I behind on my blogging game!
I've been having this weird love/hate relationship with my blog lately.
Deep inside I really want to blog, but I have been SO lazy on getting posts written and up.
But this week I'm going to try and catch myself up a little!

So, over Thanksgiving break after spending time with all of our families a bunch of us got together.
[For those of you that don't know, Kyle has a bunch of cousins that we are REALLY close with, 
we're basically all besties and hang out any chance we get]
Obviously I don't even remember what day we all did this because it seems like a decade ago...
but anyways...

A bunch of us all got together and went to Main Event!
It was honestly one of the best days i've had in a very long time.
First, we all sat around drinking/playing pool until a lane was open for bowling.
Then we all started bowling (& drinking) competitively of course.
[well the boys at least]
After bowling we all enjoyed some arcade games,
I'm kind of shocked that they are still as fun as they were when I was in elementary school!

After bowling a few of the girls left to go get some drinks and order pizza for us
because we were all going to one of their houses afterwards.
While they left we played a quick game of laser tag!
Y'all....I wouldn't mind paying laser tag every day for the rest of my life...
haha! I seriously forgot how much fun it is!

After we finished we all headed back to Andrea's house.
Ate lots and lots of pizza, drank some beer, and played some hilarious games.
Have y'all ever played "heads up" on your iPhone?!
We literally played for hours and I don't think I have EVER laughed that hard in years.
For those of you that don't know, Rachel [the other girl with the top bun] was literally 9 months pregnant!
She has had the perfect pregnancy [thank God] and has been such a trooper hanging out with everyone all the time/going out/staying up late/ etc!

And they finally had their perfect baby boy this past Tuesday!!
His name is Conlan James and he is honestly perfect, Kyle and I are hoping to go visit REAL soon.

I am SO ready for Christmas "break" and just getting to relax and spend time with people we love!

One more week!!!

Have a fabulous Monday everyone!

xoxo, Monica


Feeling Thankful.

What a perfect weekend this was...

Chambray: JC Penny [similar]
Skirt: Forever21
Belt: Kate Spade [similar]
Tights: Windsor Store
Shoes: Forever21 [similar]

Snapped a pic with my sweet girl before heading over to my parents!

My perfect little family of 3.

This Thanksgiving weekend was seriously THE BEST.
All 4 days were spent with friends and family,
Unfortunately I was having too much fun to take pictures, but those are the best days right?!

On Thursday Kyle and I headed over to my parents to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family.
I made my VERY first pumpkin pie and to my surprise it was actually pretty good!

After stuffing our faces and visiting with family for a few hours,
we all agreed to meet up for a movie later!
So Kyle and I went home, took a nap, and hung out with Charley.
Then we left to go meet my family to see Gone Girl!

Oh my word y'all, SUCH a crazy movie!
Like seriously I don't know how people come up with that stuff!
I would definitely recommend it.

So that ends our Thanksgiving Day.
The rest of the weekend was spent with Kyles family!
I'll share more about that tomorrow!

Happy Tuesday y'all.

xoxo, Monica


Let's Talk Makeup Reviews.

Y'all....I had a quarter life crisis last week.

So, lately I haven't been feelin' too hot. 
And I mean that literally...
well not like temperature wise but physical appearance wise.

I have been struggling so hard with my face/skin.
I wash my face every morning with Cetaphil, moisturize, then apply makeup.
(the makeup part doesn't exactly happen every day but you get the point)

Every time I put on my makeup my face would get SO oily! Like literally 15 minutes later.
It was not cute, I constantly felt gross and that my skin was dirty.
I would put on my makeup and get in the car and look in the mirror, 
and the girl looking back at me looked SO much older than 25...
I honestly was so confused, I did NOT feel like I looked that old without makeup,
but once I would get all ready I felt like every semi-wrinkle or line was like exaggerated.

It seriously NEVER crossed my mind that it could be the makeup I'm using.
I started using bare minerals a few years ago and I LOVED it at the beginning,
I'm not sure what has changed to make it start looking different but something definitely has.

And I am not so in love with it anymore.

My girlfriend Jenn introduced me to this fabulous website MakeupAlley.com
Millions of girls get on there and review all different kinds of makeup.
So I randomly decided to get on there and search the EXACT bare minerals products I have been using.

holy crap.

There were TONS of girls on there saying how bare minerals is a great make up BUT 
it made their skin super oily and they had to blot regularly.
(Aint nobody got time for that!)
AND...Even more girls were saying how it made them look older!
That the makeup actually brought out their fine lines/wrinkles/flaws.
[btw I've been using the Matte Powder Foundation, & yes I've also tried original]

How did I never think of this before?!
I can't believe my makeup was making me look WORSE.
Y'all I have been freaking out!  
I genuinely thought that I was aging prematurely.

Needless to say I washed my face and stopped using it immediately after reading those reviews.

Please don't think i'm bashing bare minerals, 
they have excellent products but my skin just does NOT like them.
So I'm hoping by sharing this that I'm preventing some of you from a quarter life crisis.

I ended up ordering MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Powder and I'm really excited to use it.
Does anyone use that as their foundation?!
I'm not really a big makeup person and that's what initially drew me toward bare minerals,
the make up was very natural looking and I LOVED that.

I'm just now on a mission to find an excellent powder foundation that has good coverage,
looks natural, and does not make me a grease monkey within 15 minutes.

Have any of you encountered the same problem?!

Wellp, today I'm making my very first pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving tomorrow!
Fingers crossed it's actually edible!

xoxo, Monica


Friends and Faux Fur

Faux Fur Vest: tobi.com
Jeans: ShopMCE.com
Shoes: DSW
Bag: tobi.com (other color)

On Saturday Kyle and I headed north to hang out with some friends and family!
The weather was pretty nasty but we weren't going to let that stop us from enjoying our weekend
So a bunch of us all headed to Top Golf.
I didnt get many pictures while we were there [what's new right?]
But we had so much fun! 
All of the girls sat around and talked [& laughed our butts off] while the boys were playing golf and making bets.

I drank a little too much beer and ate WAY too much cheese.

but hey, that's nothing out of the ordinary.

I DID manage to get a picture with my sister right before her and Jonathan left!

My friend April had her baby yesterday,
Both mom and baby are perfectly healthy!
My sweet friend Rachel, who was with us Saturday but that I didnt get any pictures with
is due in less than 2 weeks!!
Gosh, there are just so many babies entering the world lately!

Who is as pumped about Thanksgiving as I am?!
I'm just excited to be around family and eat until I drop.

Only 2 more days!

Have a fabulous day ladies.

xoxo, Monica


Catching Up and Holding Off.

Sweater: ShopMCE.com
Tights: windsorstore.com
Boots: LuLus.com

Last Friday my friends Jenn, Liz and I headed up to the hospital to visit our sweet friend April!
April is pregnant with her first baby and her water broke 5 weeks early,
They managed to hold the baby off for an entire week, unlucky for her she had to 
stay in the hospital the entire time, but we are so thankful her and baby are okay!
She is actually being induced today. 
So if you have time say a little prayer for her and sweet baby Rachel Rose!

All 4 of us went to the same high school and basically grew up together.
It was SO much fun catching up and just talking about how life is now.
We are all SO excited to meed her sweet little girl.

On another note...how cute is my sweater?!
It's the PERFECT sweater for a casual/comfy day.
It's loose fitting and you can basically wear it as a dress with tights (like I did)
If you aren't too tall!

So head on over to my boutique and grab one for yourself!
We have 2 colors available, 
and we also have the SAME top in other colors but it doesn't fit quite as big.
So go now! >>>>  <3

xoxo, Monica


Fur + Plaid and A Little Help From My Friends.

Plaid Top: LuLus.com (this is an XS, and it's HUGE)
Tights: forever 21
Boots: LuLus.com

 Fur & Plaid are one of my favorite combos,
and this vest from my boutique was TOO cute to not keep one for myself.
It has 3 clasp closures and it is SO soft, I honestly can't believe it is faux fur.

So I know I've been having all kinds of blog problems lately,
and I need some hellllpppppp from y'all.
I just realized that my "followers" section isn't working.
Any ideas on how to fix this?! 
Is there some kind of blogger help center I can contact?

I'm going to start getting MORE serious in this little blog land of mine,
and start posting more regularly AND catch up on all of you lovely ladies blogs...
BUT I need to fix this problem first.
So I'm begging you, please, for the love of God...
Help a girl out.


A Giveaway and a Recipe.

Happy Hump Day Ladies!

If you don't follow @ShopMCE on instagram you MUST go do that NOW!
And enter for your chance to win this beautiful Black Faux Fur Vest.
Make sure you follow @ShopMCE, Like the photo, Regram the photo, and #ShopMCE!
Pretty simple.
Now, GO!

Last night I made Baked Potato Soup in the crock pot.
Holy YUM!
I was a little nervous about it but it turned out super good.

Thanks mom for hooking me up with this recipe! <3

It's honestly the easiest recipe ever.

So here it is...
[how good does that look?]

1 30oz. bag of frozen diced hash browns
1 32 oz box of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken soup (10 oz)
1 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz, not fat free)
3 oz bacon bits
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Put the potatoes in the crockpot. Add in the chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and half of the bacon bits. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Cook on low for 8 hours or until potatoes are tender.
An hour before serving, cut the cream cheese into small cubes. Place the cubes in the crock pot. Mix a few times throughout the hour before serving.
Once the cream cheese is completely mixed in, it's ready to serve.
Top with cheddar cheese and some additional bacon bits

Y'all, this stuff was GOOD.
I made some garlic bread to go along with it and it was perfect.
Husband approved, puppy approved, and I definitely approved.

Make this tonight for your family and tell me what you think!

The week is almost over!
Have a wonderful Wednesday pretty girls.

xoxo, Monica


Oh Honey Butter, How I Love You.

Scarf: thrifted 
Jeans: Kohls
Boots: Forever21.com (similar)
Beanie: Nordstrom.com

On Saturday, after spending all morning in our PJ's watching Sons of Anarchy...
 I decided to make Kyle take me on a little lunch date!

I'll give you one guess where we went....

This picture should be a dead giveaway.

I ate probably 7 rolls...like no joke, the honey butter addiction is real.
Did I ever tell y'all that I bought large amounts of this butter freshman year of college?
I literally put it on everything...15 lbs later I realized I should probably stop, haha.
Ya live and ya learn.

So, Charley got spayed about 2 weeks ago and we've had to kind of limit her activity.
Which has been a PAIN for me because her energy is ridiculous.
I haven't been able to take her on our every day walk/jogs and
we haven't taken her to the dog park in what seems like forever...

But TODAY we are finally taking her to the dog park!
She should be fully healed and I am so happy it's sunny out and we can take her.
We are going to freeze our buns off but I am beyond excited for her to get all of her energy out.
She is seriously a handful...like I've never felt more prepared for parenthood...

Okay, maybe I wouldn't go that far...but still, she is a lot to handle.

I'm making baked potato soup in the crock pot for dinner tonight
and I'm SO excited to see how it turns out!!
I'll be sure to share the recipe if it's as good as I think it's going to be.

Happy Tuesday y'all!

I'm going to be hosting a Giveaway on the blog tomorrow so make sure you stop by!!

xoxo, Monica


A Wedding and a Photo Shoot Fail.

So Kyle and I went to his cousins wedding last weekend,

and I LOVED my outfit.
Unfortunately we were short on time and didnt get a chance to do the typical 
photo shoot before leaving.

This means I did the photo shoot last night....
in the semi freezing cold, windy & rainy weather.
Therefore NONE of the pictures turned out how I wanted, 
and these pictures do NOT do justice of how cute my outfit really was in person.
*insert dramatic sad face here*
Most of the pics are blurry from the rain and me shivering and what not...
But oh well, these will have to do!

Okay y'all, this jacket is AMAZING.
I got a million and one compliments 
and you can't see all of its amazingness in my pictures but...
you can see more HERE

Please excuse the wrinkles, 
oh and apparently I was supposed to tie the two straps hanging down around my waist, whoops.

Dress: LuLus.com
Jacket: XeniaBoutique
Necklace: LuLus.com
Heels: Forever21
Clutch: ShopMCE.com

Kyle's brother Bryan and his girlfriend Skye rode with us to the wedding!
We got there, got ready and then headed off to the venue.

The wedding was beautiful and we are so so happy for them.
Here are a few pictures of us at the rehearsal.

Kyle with his dad and little brother.

Father in Law! <3

 Anddddd that's a wrap!
We had such an amazing time and are SO happy for Jacob and Mandi!

It has been sooooo cold here in Houston! 
and I can't tell if I love it or hate it,
I'm definitely loving that I get to whip out all of my favorite Fall and Winter clothes!

Happy Monday y'all!

xoxo, Monica