Photos of Life Lately

old lady Halloween costume

Can you believe it’s already NOVEMBER? I just can’t get over it. I also feel like it’s been a while since I’ve stopped in. So what have I been up to lately….. that’s a good question!  For starters, Dean and I dressed up as old ladies for Halloween. While it may have been put together less than 2 hours before we hit the town, I will say that it was pretty darn good! I mean I don’t want to brag, but it’s the first costume I’ve ever had that literally made people stop us in the streets for pictures. I’m sure that had nothing to do with the fact that Dean was wearing a mumu 😉

the most comfortable pizza eating costume EVER

a costume that lets you add to your WIP ;-)

And yes I did bring out my knitting. I mean, I didn’t get anything done, but it was still a fun idea! Besides, I was a little knitted-out after working on a few new projects this week.. (eg: the hat below and these fun arm warmers!)


Okay moving on… I’ve also been pretty dedicated to my “get to know Miami” plan. Last week I went down to explore the Lowe’s Art Museum on UMiami’s campus. Coming from a school with a tiny little campus art gallery in PA, I’m still in awe at the size and talent showcased here! I also tested out my bowling skills down in South Miami anddddd the results were less than stellar. Pointers would be appreciated.





Oh, and did I mention that Dean and I took a little trip back home to PA? …after a quick staycation in Fort Lauderdale? We’ve seriously been living the life! One week we’re lounging by the pool and the next we’re layering on sweaters and checking out the fall foliage.


lately Fall in NJ


Seriously- Who are we?!


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The Hunt for the Perfect Leggings- Update 3

finding the perfect leggings

Sometimes a post is so helpful to others that it sticks around for a while.  The Hunt for the Perfect Leggings, from B&N back in 2012, is a perfect example of a long-lasting post. It brings in new readers every day and we still regularly get comments. In my mind, Fall is the season I run back to my leggings for comfort so I figured it would be a great time for a little update on the hunt for the perfect leggings.

In the original post, Bahar and Nese talk about the highs and lows of wearing and finding leggings. They chatted about some of their favorite brands, and lamented about never being able to find their absolute number one favorite, Mind Body Soul, anymore. Apparently, they weren’t alone.

Every few months a new comment pops up on the post. Most people share their love for Mind Body Soul leggings and they add to Bahar and Nese’s cries for more stores to carry them.  Sometimes people will talk about other options they’ve tried, and some really helpful readers even reach out when Mind Body Soul come back in stock at BJ’s (where Bahar and Nese first found the leggings).

Today’s post is a heads up of two kinds:

  • Number One- A reader just commented yesterday that Mind Body Soul leggings are back in stock at BJ’s!  (YAYY)
  • Number Two- Suzanne from reached out a while ago to let us know that her online store also carry the brand! The never ending hunting online has officially ended! Just head straight to French Dressing to grab your pair today.

I’m also excited to say that when Suzanne heard that I have yet to find the brand for myself she offered to send one out to me! Just as a reminder, I previously wrote about a new “it” legging from Spanx I had previously found. Both Mind Body Soul and Spanx are extremely comfortable and run true to size, but the biggest difference is in texture. The Mind Body Soul are more like a soft cotton and are hands down my favorite for bed. The only downside is that Allegra’s hair gets stuck on them so easily. The Spanx version are more silky in texture. They have a little shine to them and I feel like if I’m having a bad day I can throw on a gym shirt and sneakers and pretend I’m on my way to do something active. I also decided to size up in my Spanx, so the extra fabric makes it a little more difficult to see through them, which is something I really appreciate.


So do you ever reach for a pair of leggings? What has been your favorite brand?


PS- Read the original post or catch up on the last update.


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Catching Up… Still (No. 3)

In the last few weeks we’ve already discussed the fact that I’ve been a little flaky… Sorry about that. We know that I’ve gone to a wedding and I went to The Office Wrap Party, but a few other things have been happening as well. Here’s a visual of my recent life.

We put up blinds, put together a little corner for Allegra’s stuff near the back door (aka Allegra’s Window), and put up my drunk octopus hook in the bathroom. Don’t you just love objects more when they remind you of animals? No? Just me? okay…

Allegra's Window

drunk octopus

and then of course we have Mother’s Day weekend. My sister is part of an awesome all girls a capella group and she had a SOLO on Saturday. I’m talking a whole song was her standing center stage doin’ her thang and I am so proud of my not-so-little baby sister. So our family celebration started on Saturday when my mom came up to eat a lot of Chinese food and head out to watch Nicole perform. Once the concert was over and my mom was done crying (she’s a sensitive lady) we took this picture. Don’t we look alike?!
Edit: A video has been added at the end for all those interested in some music!

a capella

And then on Sunday Dean and I mashed up our families with a nice brunch in the Delaware Water Gap area. Me, my momma and my sister enjoyed some great food with Dean, his mom and dad, and his sister Steph (from Pretty Little Things!) and her main squeeze, D!

mother's day mother's day

 For some reason we were all about the LaDieZ oNLy photos on Sunday. Sorry boys!

I’ve also been eating A LOT of guacamole, doing a lot of work while finishing up my business traveling, and working late (I couldn’t believe I was out of work and it was still light out the other day!).


starbucksis it really still light out!

I‘ve also been taking a lot pictures of Allegra. Hasn’t she gotten so big! My little 8 lb puppy has somehow become 50 pounds!!Allegra the Dog

Allegra the Dog

PHEW! I think we’re all caught up all the way through this past weekend now!
Back to your regularly scheduled posts tomorrow.

Speaking of the regular, I’ve been trying to come up some ideas for my summer posts. I have a few things up my sleeve, but what is it YOU want to see?

With Luck

PS- I wish we had gotten the whole thing but my mom seems to have camera issues.

Spring Updates

This weekend the weather was in the 50’s and yesterday reached almost 70 degrees (well.. 81 inside my office, but that is a tale for another day) and the warm temps suddenly gave me the urge to clean and purge. What is it about spring that kicks you into high gear?

I put together outfits.
I took photos.
I did laundry.
I donated clothes.
I bought a chair (not sure how that fits)

….and I apparently updated my blog.

So I have two quick things to recap for you on this fine, fine Tuesday.

1- An easy spring wreath

DIY: a spring wreathYou avid WLB lovers (hi Mom!) may remember my last door wreath that I made for Valentine’s Day. I painted one side of the grape vine white and purposely made sure that all of my wreath details were tucked in and tied down instead of glued so that I could reuse the grapevine wreath later. Do you know that I have had that silly, winter, love-day wreath up ever since then? Pretttyyy sure that holiday is long gone and my neighbors were basically crying for an upgrade. So I ran to Michael’s and picked up some pink, green and white flower stems, flipped my original wreath over and went to work.DIY: a Spring Wreath
and just some proof that it’s the same white wreath from last time:

DIY: a spring wreathSee the way that white shines? Not on my spring door! Boom. Next on the list…

2- Blog to-do’s

I accidentally got excited and started changing around my blog yesterday afternoon. It’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a while, but I wasn’t sure when I was going to make the move. I wanted a cleaner look and I wanted to stay young and fun, because that’s what being 25 is all about, right? I think the warm weather just really inspired me to get moving on this. I also like the idea of being WLB more than WL, so you may have noticed that I’ve been slowly moving towards using the full “With Luck Blog” title for the past few weeks. I hope you like it!
I still have a few more things planned, but here’s a short list with updates.

New Color Scheme
New Header
New photo for the side
Updated About Me
New Social Media Buttons
Get rid of the photo drop shadow
New WLB Buttons
Double up on the side bars
Organize Ads
Change Link Colors
…and maybe more things I haven’t thought of yet.

So while I’m still working hard on this layout, please let me know what you think!
Of course I want a blog I love and am proud of, but I want one that others are excited to visit. What would you like to see?

Have you been doing any spring updates?

With Luck

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