CHRISTMAS IN JULY......The Goods


Happy August awesome people!! We are back from a fabulous weekend in Chicago. A couple months ago our  Blended Blog leader, Deena organized a gift exchange on Elfster so we could send a little something something to show our love for one another as sisters of The Blended Blog. It was Christmas in July and I was so excited for my goods to get to my dear Whitney, who also happens to be closet in proximity to me of all the ladies. Head over to Whitney A' La Mode to see what I got her. 
Click here to see what the other sweet ladies received
Grumbling Grace | Puppies & Pretties | Living on Cloud Nine | Mishaps & Mayhem of Solitary Life | Two Teens and Their Mama Once Upon a Time | Nick & Nik | Foxy's Domestic Side | Simply Shaunacey | Whitney à la mode | Shoes to Shiraz

Now, let's talk how excited I was to come home on a yucky Wednesday from work and see a sweet lil package waiting from me from the magnificent Shaunacey of Simply Shaunacey and immediately the stress of the day was washed away and I was like a giddy little girl on Christmas morn. I even tried my goodness on right there in the kitchen and took a selfie!

How can someone who I have not meet in person yet, know me so well with a top and necklace I would so buy and the most delicious coffee chocolate crunch candy balls that I will be stocking up on when I go to Toronto!!
True story that not even Shaunacey knows...When I first looked at the bag, I thought it said "Bites Bi#!hes",ha ha ha, so did out youngest son. Read much Nine family or is it cause we both need glasses? lol.


Now, let me tell ya why Shaunacey is so special to me. She is the reason I was welcomed into the blended blog, she was one of the first blogs I read when I started blogging, her heart is made of gold I swear and she is beautiful beyond belief!! 
This girl recently had to go back to work from a year long Canadian maternity leave and she is handling it with such grace. FIRST Let me tell ya, this lady can write, she has been featured on other blogs and her oh so real take on life, the world we live in today and especially on being a mom has us all nodding our heads going, "that's exactly how I'm feeling!" 
Just look at her shine!

Her take on Eliminating Mom Guilt HERE for Her View From Home made you feel liberated and normal. 

I was tickled to style my new Joe Fresh top and necklace with some dark skinnies, an orange clutch and leopard pumps...perfect date night outfit. Throw on a cardigan or blazer for the Fall or cool night and I know this light and airy top with the tassels is going to be a closet favorite!! Thank you my sweet sista Shaunacey! You'll get your Hug in May!!!!



Cannot stop eating these!!


Here is another way I wore it, more cas with jean shorts and flat sandals from Target. 
Love how cool and breezy it is. Perfect for the Dog Days of Summer

Hope your first week of August goes great and Lets ALL live with more giddy abandon like everyday is Christmas!!!
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57 comments:

  1. How fun! Shaunacy is so sweet and one of my favorites! I love the top and necklace she picked for you and those coffee crisps sound yummy!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  2. Haha quickly looking at the package I can see how you totally misread that! LOL!! I love the top and necklace she picked out for you - she really nailed your style! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. That is perfect!! Love what you got!!

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  4. Love the top and necklace :) What a great gift from Shaunacy, she is adorable !!! Happy Monday Andrea.

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  5. She did so great picking out your new shirt and necklace! They look fantastic on you!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  6. She picked the perfect white top for you! I'll confess that I first thought the candy said b... also. Maybe it's subliminal messaging. :)

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  7. That top & necklace are gorgeous! She did such an amazing job picking them out for you. Those coffee bites look fabulous too.

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  8. What a great blogging community to be a part of! That's such an adorable idea! And let me just say--you look FABULOUS in coral! I am obsessed with that necklace on you!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  9. Awww how sweet are you for talking me up?! Reading this made my day and I'm so so so happy you liked your gift! I basically just pretended I was shopping for myself lol easy peasy!!! I literally can't wait until May to meet you and you were such an amazing add to our group, I'm actually pretty proud of myself for such a great recommendation! Easily my best contribution to the blended blog!

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  10. What a fun idea to exchange gifts and yours was perfect! That top and necklace are perfect!

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  11. What a fun gift exchange!!! That top and necklace look perfect on you!! And those bites sound amazing! Hope you have a fabulous week!

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  12. Hope you had a great trip, my friend! Obsessed with that stunning piece of jewelry too! That necklace is such a showstopper!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  13. Such a fun idea!!!!
    Jaymie

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  14. Sounds like you have some great friends -- the gift was perfect!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  15. Oh my gosh, too funny about what you thought they were called, Andrea! I love the necklace she picked out for you and how perfect is it with that orange clutch! Glad to hear you had a good time in Chicago!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  16. What an awesome idea! Obsessed with that necklace - gorgeous <3
    Green Fashionista

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  17. Oh how sweet, what great goodies! That necklace just pops on you...so so beautiful friend :) I'm glad you had a great weekend away...I just love Chicago...and you ;) XO!

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  18. CUTE! Love how she nailed your style and heck yes for shopping in Toronto (and chocolate)!

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  19. Oh, gotta love bilingual Canada- everything has French on it. Coffee Crisp is my favourite chocolate bar. This just gave me an idea for a welcome to Canada gift for you ladies!!!!

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  20. What a fun idea! Those coffee crisps look awesome, and I love the top!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  21. How cute and super fun to come home to a nice treat like that! The year long maternity leave has me super jealous, but it would be SOOOOOO hard to go back after being out that long. I just had a week home with Jax when his daycare was close and even that little break makes Monday feel extra Mondayish this week. Oh well, such is life! I hope you had a great time in the big city and I hope your Monday is treating you nice!

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  22. Wow, Shaunacey did awesome! You look beautiful in that top and chocolate is the perfect gift!

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  23. What a sweet and fun idea! Shaunacey is a cutie like you, and I LOVE the top you have picked for her!!! You seriously beautiful inside and out!
    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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  24. OH my goodness! That shirt and necklace plus the candy all within budget! Holy cow, amazing shopping skillz Shaunacey! Perfect on you pretty lady :)

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  25. I totally read it that way too! She picked such a cute necklace for you!

    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  26. Shaunacey can pick out something for me ANY DAY! That top and necklace couldn't be more perfect for you, beautiful. Love anything that combines coffee and chocolat! Well done, Shaunacey and worn beautifully, Andrea.

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  27. What a fun top and necklace! And you can never go wrong with candy. Also, the bite Bi#!hes made me giggle.

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  28. What a great gift! Everything looks great on you and I bet those treats are delicious! :)

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  29. That top will go with EVERYTHING. From casual to dressy. It looks fantastic on you!

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  30. That is such a great top! I love how you styled it! And those bites look delicious!

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  31. Great gifts. My fave snack lol

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  32. She nailed it! The top and necklace are perfectly you!

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  33. So cute! I love the shirt and necklace, but I love even more the friendships you have developed through the Blended Blog! What a fun group!

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  34. I love doing blogger exchanges so much because you get to know a new blogger, or you get paired up with a girl that you love! That necklace and top are so adorable that you received, and you can't beat a sweet treat either!

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  35. You are just the cutest! I am excited to go check out these other ladies. How fun! Have a great week!

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  36. That's so fun you girls did this! You gals have really created such a wonderful friendship through the blended blog :) Shaunacey really picked a great tank and necklace for you and how fun that she included a local snack!!

    Erica
    www.pumpsandpushups.com

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  37. I tried commenting earlier - wouldn't let me :( So, those are my fave treats and how beautiful is that necklace!!

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  38. Christmas in July is such a cute idea! I love reading Shaunacey's blog. She really got you prefect gifts! You look fabulous! I love how you styled the pieces with jeans, the orange clutch and the leopard shoes! Such a great outfit & very you!

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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  39. Such a sweet post....love the outfit you were sent! So wonderful to have blog sisters, isn't it?!

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  40. Oh, how fun! That necklace is beautiful :)

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  41. You are too pretty, Andrea and your outfits are always so spot on! Well I think Shauncy got it spot on for you this time. The white top with tassels looks so light and airy for these hotter months and the statement necklace is a beautiful addition.

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  42. What a fun gift exchange! And beautiful gifts too, the top and necklace go so well together and really suit you! :)


    Away From The Blue Blog

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  43. Oh how nice! And delicious!

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  44. Wow! She really picked some cute and yummy swag! They look great on you!

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  45. Oh WOW it's like that top was made for you!! Talk about gorgeous. And the necklace? Well that's just divine too! Chocolate bits bit**s is what I would have thought too LOL!!!!
    Gorgeous photos my lovely friend <3
    Suzy xxx
    www.suzyturner.com

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  46. Next time you are here let me know!! I don't work on the weekends anymore so I can meet up anytime. :-) I love that outfit and that necklace is very pretty! Have a lovely day!!!

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  47. WOW, she picked perfect pieces for you!! You look Gorgeous in that top and necklace!! Beautiful Andrea!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  48. That top is so perfect for you! I just love Shaunacey too...precious little momma!

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  49. Oh my goodness, that top and necklace are too perfect! Great job, Shaunacey! And I truly love your interpretation of the snack name. Haha. I wish that is what they were really called!

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  50. THAT TOP! I'm a sucker for pretty white tops...plus, peplum and tassels?! Uh, yes! And the necklace is so pretty and perfect with the top. And now I need to go to Canada to try that candy.

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  51. What a fabulous Christmas in July gift!!! And I thought it said Bites B***** too! LOL I read it twice! We don't have that candy here, darn it! xoxoxoxo

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  52. Love your entire outfit, and the necklace is fab, love it. Need to look out for one! Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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  53. Those look so yummy! I've never heard of them before :D

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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  54. How lovely is this? And I LOVE the top and necklace! Awesome! Blog friends really do make life better! And I thought it said Toffee Crisp so apparently I need to ready more too! Ha!

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  55. She knows you too well. She's got your style figured to a T. love both the top and the necklace and you styled them beautifully. BTW, I would have probably read that bag bit**es, also. LOL

    I am heading over Whitney's blog to see what you got her. I met her in real life last August actually and she is beautiful inside out. You live very close to her hometown, actually. =)

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  56. What an adorable top and necklace! They look so "you!" And those bites sure look yummy... I also thought they said bit**es too!

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  57. Love the white top, the tassles and the copper necklace. MMM haha! I was laughing as I thought they said what you thought! They sound good and you look fabulous..look at that tan!
    Thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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