Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Pink Monogram Giveaway

Location: Capitola Beach, CA
I'm tickled "pink" and thrilled to have teamed up with The Pink Monogram to give one lucky reader a gorgeous customized monogram sun hat such as the one I am featuring on the blog today!  This is the quintessential summer must have for any beach day, summer afternoon picnic, or boardwalk excursion with your family!    Plus, who doesn't love a personalized monogram?  

If you're not familiar with The Pink Monogram check out their site here.  They have customized monogram hats, totes, jewelry, shoes, backpacks and so many more adorable personalized items!!  I can't tell you how many people stopped me to ask where I purchased my sun hat and chevron striped tote!  These make great gift ideas! 

I recently had a chance to visit Capitola, CA which is a quaint little seaside beach town on the coast of the Monterey Bay.  It's actually just a little over an hour drive southwest from where I live and I have always enjoyed visiting since my parents took my siblings and I as kids!  Capitola is a popular tourist destination because of its trendy shops, restaurants, and art galleries all which connect to the popular large sandy beach.  

I spent the day shopping in Capitola Village with my sister and niece.  It was an beautiful sunny day and I was so glad that I brought my Pink Monogram sun hat to keep the sun off my face!  The sun hat comes in a variety of colors!  I chose white with a navy colored monogram but you can mix and match any colors you like!  You can also choose from a variety of different fonts for your monogram which makes this such a nice personalized gift for yourself or a friend!  I also carried my Pink Monogram Chevron tote which came in real handy while we shopped!  I kept my sunscreen, bathing suit, and beach towel in the tote and there was still plenty of room to add a few items I purchased from our shopping excursion!  We enjoyed some time sunbathing on the beach, and ended our day with a casual outdoor dinner at Zelda's!     

If you are planning a visit to the area soon, check out some great accommodations here!  My personal favorite place to stay and probably the most well-known and photographed are the colorful Venetian beach cottages (pictured below) which are privately owned but many rented out as vacation rentals.  

 The Pink Monogram Giveaway Details are listed below!  

Here are the rules for the giveaway:

1.  Head over to Instagram and follow me (@haycons) and The Pink Monogram (@thepinkmonogram)

2.  Like The Pink Monogram giveaway photo on my Instagram page and tag 2 friends in the comments who you think would love a personalized monogram sun hat from The Pink Monogram!

3. Blog Readers Bonus Entry: Check out today's blog post (The Pink Monogram Giveaway) on; post a comment below so I know you stopped by, and follow me on your favorite social channels!  Links are included in the blog side bar!  Don’t forget to provide your links so I can follow back!

4.  The contest will run until Tuesday August 4th at 11:59 PM PDT and a winner will be announced following the deadline!  US Residents only!  Good luck! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Paradise Palm Romper

Location: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, Florida
I recently took a trip to sunny Orlando, Florida where I had an opportunity to stay at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel.  Located just 18 miles from the Orlando International Airport and minutes from the Disney World Magic Kingdom main gate in the Lake Buena Vista area, this grand luxury hotel is a secluded tropical oasis getaway.  Whether you enjoy golfing, tennis, spa services, or a relaxing day at the pool, the Hyatt Grand Cypress includes it all.  

It's also a fabulous place for the kids, offering a variety of family fun activities including Camp Hyatt, bike, kayak, and paddle boat rentals, outdoor movie nights, marshmallow roasting, rock climbing, water slides, and a jet splash zone to name a few!  You can check out all of the family fun activities here!  Believe me, you will want to take a break from Disney just to enjoy all the fabulous amenities this hotel has to offer! 

When packing for my Orlando trip, I knew I had to bring clothes, shoes, and accessories that were going to keep me cool in the hot and humid climate as well as exude that colorful and tropical vibe that you think of when you think of Florida!  This paradise palm shorts romper set was one of the first outfits I grabbed to put in my suitcase!  I love the tropical palm print pattern and the shorts and tank top were a great option to keep me cool when the temperatures began to rise!

I decided to go with a simple pair of ankle strap black sandals on my feet.  Here are some other fabulous shoe options here, here, and here.   I accessorized with these Gucci sunnies to keep the sun out of my eyes and accessorized with a straw fedora hat and bag! Check out some of these fabulous straw bags here, here, and here and similar hat styles here and here!  As always, you can check out the full outfit deatils and similar accessories below.  What I love about this outfit is that it's so simple to accessorize and is appropriate to wear from day to night!

I hope you all are having a great week so far!  There's only a few more weeks left in summer, can you believe how quickly it's flying by?  I plan to enjoy every last minute of it and hope you are too!  

Enjoy Shopping & Your Travels!


(model photos shot on location at the Orlando Hyatt Grand Cypress by:

Setting up for movie night on the beach complete with complimentary popcorn!

The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Lobby

Roasting marshmallows in the outdoor fire pit to make some delicious s'mores!

The view of the hotel from the draw bridge over one of the many gorgeous pools!

Capturing the sunset and kayak rentals on the beach!


Monday, July 20, 2015

Ted Baker Laya Peony Striped Midi Dress

Ted Baker is quickly becoming one of my favorite fashion designers if you haven't already noticed from my most recent blog posts here and here!  Today, I am featuring this gorgeous "Laya Peony" striped midi dress.  
I really love the sleek body hugging style which is a nice change up from my signature fit and flare dress style I typically wear.  The fabric features soft pink peony flowers and faded black horizontal stripes that make it a perfect option to wear any season.  The high neckline and cut out shoulders create a comfortable, casual, and sporty look showing off your tan and toned shoulders this summer!  

I've linked this dress below from several retailers so you can search for the best price possible at any given moment!  Also, if you haven't already, you need to check out the Ted Baker up to 50% sale right here!  Some of my favorite Ted Baker clothing and accessorizes are on major sale!     

I hope you all are enjoying your summer!  

Happy shopping!


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It's been so long since my last post and I apologize in advance for being MIA lately!  Sometimes life gets busy, especially when you are a full time working mom and your kids are out of school for summer!  I spent the last few weeks doing some traveling - some for work and some for pleasure. It's good to take a break once and a while and focus on the things that are important in life.  Summertime memories are the best, especially as a child...whether it's a fun trip to Disneyland, a weekend camping getaway, or a summer country concert - I try to make every moment count spending time as a family making great memories!    

I also couldn't pass up doing a blog post about the Nordstrom Annivesary Sale!  After all, Nordstrom is my favorite place to shop and the Anniversary deals are always spectacular!  I have rounded up some of my favorite fall picks on sale!  If you are a Nordstrom card holder, you only have one more day to shop to get early access to these great deals and I know you don't want to miss out on the prices!  

I hope you all are having a fabulous summer so far! Enjoy shopping!