Jun 27, 2011

little joys from the week & a note on sponsored posts

Happy Monday, or should I say - I hope this week goes by quickly?! I certainly do because in less than a week I'm headed to CA to see my love and have some fun in the sun! Yaaay! This time I'll be gone for about three weeks. I have some more exciting news but I'll leave that until the end of the post, he he. 

I've noticed that I do a lot of posts on my "little joys," and I always manage to run out of a title to come up with. So instead I'm just going to name my posts every time little joys from the week, so that it's easy to locate this sort of post. It probably doesn't make any difference to you, ha ha, but I almost considered a link up. But - I thought it would be fun to do this sort of post more often. ;)

I would like to note something about my sponsored posts. You may have noticed that sometimes I have links in my posts to a company site or I might do a Giveaway, or review from a certain company from time to time. The Possessionista put it perfectly so I am going to link to her post, but in other words, I WILL NOT sponsor a company I don't feel comfortable sponsoring. I have to believe in their products, and especially because I've been in advertising, I don't like to steer people in the wrong direction just for earning supplemental income. So you will never see a sponsored link, etc. that I don't support and/or love. I will continue to be honest with you in regards to my thoughts on style, fashion, and life. Also - I definitely will not allow this blog to become full of sponsored posts all of the time. It is after all my blog, and I would never want to bombard you with only sponsored posts.

Okay...so on to some happiness!

These past few weeks (decided to cover a combo of two weeks' happenings) has been a mixture of outings with my mom, a BBQ in the sun, and a bunch of other fun things that have made me extremely happy. Let me show you some pictures! ;)
While my dad and brother were away fishing, my mom and I had a girl's weekend. We went shopping and I fell in love with these maxi dresses at Anthropologie. Just gorgeous! I've been seeing a lot of rainbow colors, which makes me extremely happy. 
We also went to this darling vintage shop that was a little bit of a drive away but so worth it! I spoiled myself with a cupcake - I of course got the turquoise one, and my mom got a decorated sugar cookie. Delicious! The shop was full of beautiful decorations, such as this paper dress form.
I'm currently in love with my new Ritzy Misfit necklace, which I so happened to locate in the boutique that we went to! I had no idea that she is actually located in my home town, which made sense why the store owner had a pretty selection to choose from! Aww, S for Sierra of course.
Last week after a rain shower that we had, we were greeted with the most beautiful sunset. I couldn't get over all of the gorgeous colors!!
Yesterday my family and I had a BBQ on our back porch and made hot dogs with all of the fixings! You better believe that I put chili and onions on mine, as you can see above. It was sooo good!
On Saturday I pampered my car, Ariel. Yes, I named my car. Can you guess why Ariel? Because I love Disney so much, I thought of Ariel because the red color reminds me of Ariel's red hair from The Little Mermaid. Feel free to laugh. I usually don't like to mention my car on my blog because I don't want to come across as being materialistic, but I really do love my car. It was my dream car and I'm so happy that I got it right after college. I got it waxed, cleaned, and my oil changed. Ariel is one happy car now!
So now on to more happy news! I will be getting away with BK twice while I'm in CA. First we will be headed to Northern CA and then...we will be going to Vegas for 4 days!! We are going to watch some shows and just walk around, having fun.
BK and I were hoping to make Europe happen, but Europe is going to have to wait because my passport expired and from my knowledge it takes a while to renew, so that is something I'll need to do. I don't mind going to Las Vegas though; we always have fun there. Trips are always a blast to me!

I hope you have a fabulous week and remember to find some little joys to make you smile!
P.S. Please enter into my current Giveaway for a Color Me Mine $30 gift card HERE and it has very low entries right now, which means a greater chance for you to win! ;)

Jun 24, 2011

all about a ladies lovely underpants

TGIF! Thanks to all of you who entered into the giveaway thus far! It's still very low in entries so feel free to enter away! It's right below this post...
Did you know that Victoria Secret was (or still might be) having their semi-annual sell recently? I needed some new panties, underwear, or underpants - whatever you call them, and they always have the sweetest selection! That got me thinking about how much our times have changed. In the past you would never see thong underwear or anything of the sort because it was far too scandalous. However, our times have changed and I don't mind admitting that I'm not one to wear a thong unless I'm wearing tight pants - they are very uncomfortable to me! Low rise underwear or boy-shorts are more my style.
But anyway, today we have so many options when it comes to our lovely underpants! I almost consider underwear like a work of art - their are so many designs, options, and styles. A girl can be comfortable because she can choose what works best for her!
Not only do we have an amazing selection of underpants, but we have an amazing selection of lingerie! The options are virtually limitless and you can make your sweetheart drool depending on your selection. I'm pretty sure he will be head over heels regardless. ;)
So if you are comfortable sharing, what is your underpants choice of preference? There are so many to choose from!

Boy Shorts
High Rise
Low Wasted
Words and Bows

So I'm going to stick with my favorite boy shorts, but it will be interesting to hear what your choice is.
Have an amazing weekend Ocean Dreamers!

Jun 23, 2011

creative summer giveaway - gift card to Color Me Mine

The giveaway is here! To celebrate this gorgeous summer weather that most of us are having, I'm giving away a $30 dollar gift card to Color Me Mine. Have you been there? It's loads of fun.

Instead of encouraging more shopping, I thought I would encourage more creativity. Which I'm guilty of not doing as much as I would like to. However, I did create about 14 art cards while I was away at my cabin a few weekends ago so that counts for something, right?

What kind of fun art can you make at Color Me Mine?
So that gives you a fun selection and ideas of what to create at Color Me Mine, doesn't it?
Matter of fact, if you need more inspiration Color Me Mine in Tampa has a ton of ideas, and it's so much fun to see what people have been creating. Head on over there to find out.

To receive entries to win a $30 gift card to Color Me Mine...

You know the rules for entering.

1. Be a reader (aka follower of this blog) - 1 entry

2. If you are a NEW reader/follower (either by Feedburner or Followers) - 2 entries

3. Tweet about this giveaway and tweet this & then let me know that you sent a tweet - 2 entries: 
Enter into @oceandreams4u creative summer giveaway - $30 gift card to Color Me Mine http://ow.ly/5oRQO

4. Share on your Facebook page & let me know the URL please - 3 entries

That's it! This giveaway will run until the 4th of July! 

It's also open to my International friends! Yay! 

Thanks for entering Ocean Dreamers. I wish you the world of creativity this summer! Even if you don't win, I would encourage you to go outside, smell some flowers, and paint or create!

Jun 21, 2011

recent outfits I wore and adore

Okay, so I said I would have a giveaway on Friday. I had every intention to post it but then this. that. and the other thing came up. I know, excuses, excuses. They are good though - I've been funneling all of my energy into my clients, but now it's Ocean Dreams time...

So this Wednesday you will have a giveaway here at my blog!! Today, however, I'm in the mood for a little bit of fashion so I'm going to show you some of my recent outfits that I've been wearing and adoring.

I haven't been going into fashion quite as much as I used to on this blog simply because you'll find all of my fashion posts on my JoeShopping.com blog, and it's a blast! I love reviewing the latest trends, outfits, styles, and more. But - that isn't going to stop me from incorporating fashion into this blog too. So I thought there was no time like the present to present you with some of my most recent outfits. Plus, you know how obsessed I am with the latest Fashion Stores and Brands. Oh, and I want to hear about what you all have been wearing lately and what your favorite style is too, so don't forget to tell me!
A few Sundays ago I decided to try out the new tribal look that is in style, but I also purchased some feather earrings, as you can see below. I really like the feather look! In fact, I'm considering getting some feather extensions soon like I've seen many of you ladies incorporate into your hair and I love it!
I like these particular feather earrings because turquoise happens to be one of my favorite colors, and the way they hang past my shorter hair do is fun and whimsical. I need to wear these earrings again soon. I also appreciate how light weight they are!
Have you heard of the store Wet Seal? It's sort of hard to see the pattern in this skirt, but I purchased it at Wet Seal and it's great because it's stretchy, soft, and has a floral pattern. It actually is a teen store, but if you get their tees in a larger size you can still pull it off in your twenties. Plus, I'm not a huge fan of really tight skirts, and this one is comfortable and not too tight, which is perfect.
Sorry for the poor quality - I snapped this picture from my Droid and edited it via my lovely App Snapbucket. But anyway, I recently purchased a maxi dress from a boutique shop and I adore it! The crochet top and tie dye bottom is perfection to me. I decided to wear a ruffle top underneath so I'm not bearing all of my skin on top. Also - I talk about this dress on my recent video for JoeShopping.com as well if you want to hear my take on it.

I also had fun playing around with my hair style the day I wore the Wet Seal skirt and decided I want to play Princess Grace for a day. :) Just ignore the big bags under my eyes.
Wow - it's way past my bed time, as usual. I hope you all are having a great start to your week!

See you back here on Wednesday for my giveaway (still a secret) and I'll be taking a break from Pinterest-ing Wednesday. Be sure to stop by Michelle's blog to participate though!

What is your favorite trend that is in style right now?
Do you have feather extensions??

Jun 15, 2011

pinterest-ing Wednesday featuring maternity photography!

Happy Wednesday! It's absolutely gorgeous outside today. I'm stuck inside writing my heart out, but as soon as I finish this post I think I'm going to sneek out and get some lunch. ;)

Also - tomorrow I get to go shopping with my Grandma and meet up with a girlfriend of mine at a sweet cafe near my house! I'm looking forward to that. :)

I'm seriously just counting down the days when I get to be with my love again in CA. In about two weeks I'll be spending another two weeks in Southern CA! I can't wait!!!

So I'm linking up again today with Michelle from The Vintage Apple for another fabulous Pinterest-ing Wednesday! Today I chose to focus on maternity photography that I just find stunning. No - I'm not pregnant, lol! I need my engagement ring and wedding before that all takes place. However, a girl can dream about a family in the near future, right? Plus, a few of my friends have recently had adorable babies. Go check out their precious baby boy loves yourself: Annie and Amber. Plus one of my sweet friends is expecting - Ashley! Wow, all of their names start with an A! :) So if your name starts with an A you're up next, he he!
So let's take a look at these stunning maternity pictures...
Inserting my opinion here - I am SO going to do this when I have a baby one day! Love love love it!
Okay, I think that's a nice variety of preggo pictures to view - aren't they just all so beautiful?! I love seeing a glimpse of a life that is soon to be here in this world!

If you want to see more head on over to my Pinterest Marriage and Family page.

I hope you all have a fabulous Wednesday!

Jun 14, 2011

magical summer cabin getaway

I'm back from spending a weekend away at our family cabin and it was heavenly. I finished the rest of my book Matched, caught up on a stack of magazines I've been wanting to read, and started the new novel that you all have probably heard of called Water For Elephants. Oh and I played the app Angry Birds on my Droid. Anyone else love this app as much as I do? I've never been into games (well, not since middle school,) but this one is pretty fun!
Thanks for comments in regards to my pigtail post. I'm glad that most of you feel that you can still wear them in your twenties and beyond. I certainly think so!

So this week I'll be participating in Pinteresting Wednesday with Michelle from The Vintage Apple and soon I'll be having another featured blogger guest post here! I also will be doing a post on some of my recent outfits, but I'm just not sure when. So stay tuned for that.

Other news - I've decided to have a giveaway! I'm not going to tell you what it is but I will say that I am going to post the giveaway this coming Friday. Yaaaay! ;)

I love going to our family cabin simply because it's so relaxing, beautiful, and I'm surrounded by nature. I've shown you pictures of my cabin in past posts, and you can visit it here and here if you haven't see and heard about my cabin before. I thought I would dedicate this post to showing you some gorgeous cabins that I found from WeHeartIt. Every time I look at them I'm in awe of the beauty of nature.
Nature and cabins for me evoke many different feelings and emotions. The words that come to mind is peace, tranquility, mystery, relaxation, wonder, and magical.

Why does a cabin setting feel magical to me? Well, because sometimes it feels surreal. I'm sitting in my living room in my cabin and I get to stair out at the river, soaking in the sunlight. Birds fly over the water, and if you watch close enough - you might even be able to see a moose or a dear in the distance. A cabin and the nature that surrounds it will always be magical to me. I'm so blessed to have my family cabin.

Have you been to a cabin for a getaway? What kind of feelings did it evoke for you?