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Resort 2010 - Spring/Summer Fashion and Style Guide for the Busy Woman

I know it has been a long time since I blogged, and for that I apologize. However, I have been in full nesting mode as of late and have been spending most of my free time preparing the nursery and cooking and freezing casseroles in preparation of those early sleepless weeks with the baby when I won't have time or engergy to cook. The nursery is finally done, so expect a post with pictures next week!

Today I wanted to get back to Friday Faves. Today's Friday Faves post is devoted to some of my favorite picks from the Resort 2010 collections. Consider this your official guide (cheat sheet, if you will) for the hottest trends coming up. Fab Everyday is all about keeping this easy for you, and inspiring you to live your best life without too much effort.
Resort/Cruise 2010 seems to have a few themes: vivid colors, bold prints, tailored looks, black & white, and of course, we have blue (seems like a nautical reference is always present in Resort). Some of the sequiny bling from Fall/Winter is crossing into Resort 2010 as well.

Here are some of my faves from what I have seen so far in the previews:

Prada Resort

Prada takes a feminine perspective on the Resort collection.


Hot Fall Look - Fashion Advice for the Busy Woman

Here's a hot fall look I love (tho not preggo-belly friendly):

Fall Fashion Tip: Versace Cutout-Back Gown
Versace Cutout-Back Gown

With these pretties:

Manolo Blahnik Snakeskin Button Sandal
Manolo Blahnik Snakeskin Button Sandal

For more ongoing fashion and style tips for the busy woman, follow @fabeverydayblog on Instagram, and shop my looks at my Instagram Shop page.


Friday Faves: Twilight

Today's Friday Faves post is dedicated to my love of the Twilight books and movies. First, let me explain how it all started.

Having heard some of the usual stereotypey complaints, I wasn't initially interested in reading the books. However, a few friends of mine (Mia, Dani, Mel, and Julie) recommended I give it a try, as they know I am a hopeless romantic and felt that I would like it. Combine that with the hype of the first movie, and I decided to give it a go, buying eBooks for the entire series (didn't want to invest in the books until I knew I'd like them - though now I have the entire set in hardback, of course). One weekend, I sat and read Twilight, and fell absolutely in love with Bella and Edward's romance. I decided to read Midnight Sun next, which gave me a nice Edward POV transition into the next books. Even though I was already smitten as soon as Edward said "and so the lion fell in love with the lamb," I was completely hooked after seeing one of the most romantic lines I have ever seen in Midnight Sun: "her existence was excuse enough to justify the creation of the entire world." Dead. Completely gone. Over the course of one week, I could not stop reading the rest of the saga, even staying up late on work nights until I had them all finished, and owned the DVD of the first movie. I went from skeptic one day, to Comic Con pass-carrying fangirl who can't wait for the slightest glimpses of the next two movies being filmed.


Fall/Winter Shoe Trends! Key Fashion Tips for the Busy Woman

I saw some adorable new Manolos, and it inspired me to do a post on shoe trends for fall. We are all over the place with boots (so many styles are in, I don't know where to begin!), platform pumps, blinged-out flats, and t-strap sandals, so I figured there ought to be a post devoted to it. This is your quintessential guide on shoes and fashion trends for the busy woman, so pin these for your shopping and style inspiration.

First, check out these sweeties. Hello, I love you:

Fab Everyday fashion: Manolo Blahnik Ankle-Cuff D'Orsay
Manolo Blahnik Ankle-Cuff D'Orsay
Bergdorf Goodman
Now, a Fall 2009/Winter 2010 shoe trend round-up, along with some of my fave picks for each category. Get those shopping lists ready ladies, because here is what you will need.

Fall/Winter Shoe Trends - Platform Pumps

Fab Everyday fashion: Christian Louboutin Lady Page Velvet-Bow Pump
Christian Louboutin Lady Page Velvet-Bow Pump


New Marc Jacobs shoes - fabulous pumps for the busy, working woman

MJ stuff is always adorable, but these shoes are especially:

Fashion for the Busy Working Woman: Marc Jacobs Pumps
Marc Jacobs Bow-Detail Pump

A fashionable business gal absolutely needs to add these Marc Jacobs bow-detail pumps to her fall shoe wardrobe. They are available in burgandy or black leather.

Also, right now is offering free shipping with your $200 order with offer code SHIPNM.

For more ongoing fashion and style tips for the busy woman, follow @fabeverydayblog on Instagram, and shop my looks at my Instagram Shop page.


Pillsbury "simply" Cookies - A worthy cooking shortcut for balance in your busy life

Fab Everyday product review: Pillsbury Simply Cookies
Photo source: Pillsbury

Since I make dinner from scratch every night, I sometimes want to be a lazy cook.  But since I am used to that home-cooked taste, I don't want to sacrifice taste for the ease of ready-made items.  Shortcuts = balance in the life of a busy mom who still wants to live fabulously.  This is why I am so happy that I discovered Pillsbury "simply" cookies, and why I am sharing them in today's Friday Faves post.

They are ready-to-bake cookies that taste like they are homemade.  Seriously!  It is because they are made with all natural ingredients (the same you would use for baking cookies yourself: butter, eggs, flour, etc.).  My husband and I through down the whole batch like it was nothing, as they were addictively good.

I will definitely buy these again!  What shortcuts do you use in the kitchen to save yourself time and stress?


The Only Camping Packing List You'll Ever Need

The Ultimate Camping Packing List

I know it's been a few weeks since I last posted, but I have been busy travelling. :) We just got back from an amazing trip to Costa Rica.  However, this Travel Tuesday post is not about Costa Rica (that one will come later).

As you know, the hubs and I camp as much as we can.  Because of this, we have a master camping check-list for items to pack that we use each time.  Because some friends have asked for this in the past and have found it helpful, I thought I'd share a generic version of the list here for you guys as well.  Feel free to print and add to this camping packing list for your own needs, and pin it for reference later.


Where to eat in Austin, TX - List of the Restaurants you MUST try during a trip to Austin

Where to eat in Austin, TX: Don Juan at Juan in a Million

For this week's Travel Tuesday post, I want to highlight what I consider to be the best places to eat in Austin, TX.  Be sure to also check out this other post, Where to Eat in Austin, Texas Part II.  If you know me, you know my husband is a proud Texan, and that Austin is one of his favorite places in the world.  Because of this, I have had the opportunity to visit Austin several times.  I have to say, Austin is my favorite city in Texas.  It's fun, young, unique, cheap, and has a ton of great food!  I often catch myself daydreaming about some of the good eats there that you can't find anywhere else.  Since my husband lived there for four years when he went to college at UT (Hook 'em Horns!), he has some great experience eating at some of the best restaurants in Austin, and thankfully, he introduced them to me.  If you are planning a trip to the Heart of Texas yourself, here is your list og where to eat in Austin, Texas.


Big Sur Coastal Drive Stops - Essential Itinerary for a Road Trip on California's Pacific Coast Highway

Essential Itinerary for a Road Trip through Big Sur on PCH

Big Sur is one of my favorite things about California, and possibly even the entire United States. It has been called "the greatest meeting of land and sea," and from my experience, I have yet to find a meeting of land and sea that was more spectacular. An unbelievably pristine coastline on one side, and a barely touched ancient redwood forest on the other side make this coastal drive a sensory treat. It is so beautiful, so magical, that you can not believe you are still in California, or that you have not seen it before.

I have a few must-see stops when driving up the California coast through Big Sur that I always recommend to friends, so I thought I'd document them here in this week's Travel Tuesday blog post. Here they are for you to experience for yourself. This is done from Los Angeles to Monterey, so if you are doing this from the north (San Francisco south for example), you just need to reverse the bullets. You may want to print a map too so that you can gage how far you might be between stops. I like this map here (also displayed below).


What to do in Tombstone, AZ: The 7 things you MUST see

Lester Moore's grave at Boothill graveyard in Tombstone, AZ

The hubs and I are big fans of the movie Tombstone. We can probably quote the entire movie, no joke.  Doc Holliday is just one of the coolest that ever was (I'm your huckleberry).  We thought it'd be a fun long-weekend getaway to drive to Arizona for a camping trip and visit to Tombstone.  What to do in Tombstone, AZ?  Since Tombstone is small, it is very easy to do a walking tour, as most major historic sites are within a few blocks of each other.  Today I am sharing the seven things you can't miss when traveling to Tombstone.

What to do in Tombstone, Arizona - Fab Everyday Travel

Here are my recommendations for what to do and places to see in Tombstone, Arizona:


Fab easy DIY decor idea from Paper Source

Image Source: Paper Source blog

I just discovered the Paper Source blog, and am hooked. Check out this article for an example of why this blog is so cool: Easy Home Décor Ideas: Recycled Vases. In the post, you'll find out how to do this with nothin' but fabulous paper and recycled household trash!


DIY Savannah Walking Ghost Tour - The 12 Most Haunted Places in Savannah

DIY free Savannah walking ghost tour

Following up from last week's Travel Tuesday post with an itinerary for a long weekend in Savannah, today I am detailing out the free DIY walking ghost tour the hubs and I did during our trip to Savannah. This information was found by some Google research and Google mapping. Some of the descriptive content below was obtained from a Citysearch listing of the Top Haunted Spots of Savannah.

Savannah is hailed as America's most haunted city. Even if you don't believe in this kind of thing, this is a great way to see Savannah's amazing homes, beautiful squares, and incredible architecture. These are also all historical spots, so why not do this free walking ghost tour at least for the sake of exploring this city's rich and long history?


Express Editor Pant - the perfect pant for the busy working woman

Fab Everyday fashion tips for the working mom: Express Editor pant
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For today's Friday Faves, I am expressing my love for Express Editor Pants.

These are seriously the best. pants. ever. I own them in several different colors and fabrics for work slacks, a few different denim forms (wide and skinny leg, and in a few different colors), and in various forms of crop. They fit perfectly and are very flattering, with flares in just the right places, and a waist high enough to smooth out the flaws. Versatile and comfortable, I can not get enough Editor pants.


An Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Savannah, GA - 15 Things You Must Do

Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Savannah, Georgia

For today's Travel Tuesday blog post, I wanted to highlight a recent trip. We were fortunate enough to be able to attend our good friends Sarah and Lenny's wedding in beautiful, peaceful Savannah, GA at the beginning of May. In order to try and get a good experience of the city, we decided to make a long weekend of it. The itinerary I put together for the hubs and I turned out really well, so I thought I'd share it here (with a few modifications to fill in the time we spent at the wedding with a few more recommendations for any readers who want to use this itinerary for a weekend trip to Savannah).


Friday Faves: Chanel Inimitable Mascara - Beauty Tips for the Busy Woman

Since starting the Travel Tuesday series this week, I felt compelled to do another series on Fridays, called Friday Faves. This series will review some of my favorite products (from all different categories), recipes, etc.

I was actually inspired to do this as I was applying my mascara, and realized that this is the only mascara for me. I am speaking of the amazing Chanel Inimitable Multi-Dimensional Mascara (affiliate link), which is available on Amazon or at fine retailers, and the Chanel counter at department stores.

Fab Everyday Friday Faves: Chanel Inimitable Mascara
Photo source

Here are the reasons I kick the extra buck for this stuff:


The perfect Thailand honeymoon itinerary – where to stay, what to do in Thailand

Honeymoon in Thailand - the beach at The Sarojin in Khao Lak
The beach at The Sarojin in Khao Lak, Thailand, where we spent a few days during our honeymoon

Those that know me know that I try and travel and adventure as much as I can. This past year especially, travelling and experiencing new cultures has become one of my biggest priorities. Since I have also been known to have tendencies towards the highly-organized (read: anal retentive), I enjoy planning out itineraries and DIY tours for the places I visit by reading reviews and doing research in advance. A few of my friends recommended I post some of these itineraries and recommendations on my blog in case it can help others who may be planning travel to the same destinations.

Since I have many to share, I thought it might be fun to post them each in a weekly series I will call "Travel Tuesday." Today, I thought I would start by posting my itinerary, reviews, and recommendations for Thailand, our honeymoon destination.


Ch-ch-ch-changes - the #FabFam is expanding by one! My first baby is due in December!

Well, life continues to change for us since we embarked on our adventure as husband and wife. The next phase of that adventure is happening right now! I am 8 weeks pregnant and due on December 21st. Now that the #FabFam is growing (by a new little one), it looks like my fashion priorities will shift for the next year or so, as I will be trading this:

Manolo Blahnik Cage Boot
Manolo Blahnik Cage Boot

For this:

Chloe Leather Ballerinas
Chloe Leather Ballerinas


I've been a bad, bad girl

I realize that it's been over a month since I last blogged. Terrible, I know. I apologize for the angst that must have been felt by my 3 readers for the lack of updates. ;)

To assuage your pain, I thought I'd share this quick tidbit. I am stoked that there is now a Neiman Marcus Last Call outlet store open closer to LA! Here are the deets: