I Threw My Dog A Birthday Party

I threw my dog, Finley, a birthday party and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I love him and to be honest, I really didn’t have anything better to do. He lights up my life, chews on everything I own, makes me laugh and cuddles me when I’m sad. I felt like it was the very least I could do to repay him for all he’s done for me. Trust me when I say we make him feel special every single day, from morning until night, so we went ALL OUT for his O N E year birthday: Balloons, cupcakes, Frito-Pie. Seeing him light up when we sang “Happy Birthday” and seeing him jump for joy for his new toys made the whole thing SO worth it. Our little one year old is spoiled rotten and it’s deserved because of how much joy he brings to our lives. When Wyatt and I lost our boys, we confided in Finley. He holds our secrets, our tears, our sorrows with such grace and positivity. If it weren’t for Finley, we don’t know where we would be. Honestly. Dogs just have a way of crawling unto the deepest parts of your hearts and staying there forever.

We love you Finley. (He’s sleeping on my lap as I type this.)

My PUPcake Recipe: 

I got my peanut butter dog friendly cupcake recipe from Fake Ginger.

We used only the safest ingredients for our pup and we even shared it with all of his friends and they loved it too! It was the easiest thing to bake. I definitely recommend it.

All the love to your pups,

From Karissa + Finley

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Another Gingham Dress

You guys.

This dress is the perfect errand running, chilling out, doing nothing, walking the dog and having a picnic at the park kind of dress. Anything and everything you can think of, this dress is just too good to pass up and guess what? It’s on SALE for under $40.

I usually stay away from dresses that require no bra for many many reason but the empire waist, soft gingham print and subtle pockets–> SOLD. I can always use comfortable pieces in my wardrobe without looking or feeling like a slob-ka-bob and this dress is exactly what I needed. So. In. Love. I love styling this with a plain white t-shirt underneath to add a little extra coverage if I’m feeling a little more modest.

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|| Fluttered ||

Fluttered sleeves, fluttered hearts.

I don’t know what it is but the older I get, the more I love bell shaped sleeves. Add that to a swing dress with a little hispanic inspired design and I’m just done. DONE. I can’t even begin to explain the beauty I felt while wearing this special dress. It’s unreal what a good dress, cute heels and your favorite color of lipstick will do to your spirit. I really needed a little pick-me-up and sometimes the best thing I can do for myself is to get up, get dressed and pretend everything’s just fine.

Ya know?

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A Picnic With Me // Red Gingham

When I last wore this dress one of my bff’s said,

“Girl, you make me want to have a picnic right here, right now.” 

I think wearing a dress full of red gingham has that effect on some people. Gingham in general gives me life but colored gingham? Dead. I love this pattern on summer more than I love sprinkles on ice-cream. Gingham print is all the rage right now and I just cannot get enough of it.

Drown me in gingham.

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A Blue Summer

A blue summer it is.

I have a lot of very special pieces in my wardrobe that I will cherish for so many different reasons and pieces that I will never get rid of and some I may even hold onto just to pass down to my daughters someday. This jumpsuit is one of those really special pieces to me. It is beautifully made and carefully stitched to perfection. The price tag is something I wouldn’t normally consider, and trust me I got it during a promotion but I just knew it would be a piece in my wardrobe that I would just love until the end of time. You can see it for yourself that it’s stunningly sweet with just a hint of sexy with the open back. I got endless amounts of “I LOVE YOUR OUTFIT!” when I wore this the other day. It makes a girl feel good and that’s just worth it to me.

Not to mention I especially love the color blue nowadays. I like to the think I’m representing my love to my little boys. Silly, but it’s the truth.

With love,

©Karissa Marie

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