A Man Post

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Men. The ultimate creatures. LOL. They do so many strange things that we, women, would never understand. One thing that comes to mind is the idea of wearing ‘shorts’ under your pants as ‘underwear’. Ladies can we all agree they make the best PJ shorts?! But really, I cannot image what it’s like to wear something so loose under your clothes. I’m going to go into a bit of detail here, so mom, you can stop or continue reading at your own risk.

My amazing man bunning BF is a boxer wearer. Like I said doubles as fantastic PJ shorts. He constantly has this bunch of fabric up around his pant line. I mean what guy really doesn’t? Oh this guy probably doesn’t….

male underwear





ANYWAYS. I know having a good pair of underwear on literally sets your day up for success. Everyone has that few pairs that either give you a wedgie WITH EVERY STEP, or the ones that slide up your back and make you look like a whore when you bent over, or the worst thing ever possible… the frontal wedgie pair. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE?! Well, having a good pair on (if you get lucky that morning) is like having a good hair day! A few weekends ago me & John attended my friends wedding! We were having a fantastic hair and underwear day :) We had some free time in-between wedding and reception so we had a little photo shoot.

John model 1


john model 2


Alyssas wedding us

I’ll share my outfit attire and dress details in a post soon! This is about my man here :)

I will say John has a fantastic sense of style. He LOVES dressing up and picking out fun blazers & crazy socks but then comes in my work… the finishing touches. We make a great team! Like I said, a lot goes into a casual night style outfit (John has perfected it). Everything from hairstyle to shirt color to underwear and socks – he kills it. Here is a style board to give you some ideas if you suck at life-

Mens night outfit

To start – you need good underwear. Yes, you can buy underwear anywhere but I highly suggest checking out Tommy John. It’s always awesome to hear about new brands. John loves finding out new brands because he knows before anyone else. Man after my own heart. Well, they have a bunch of underwear options but the cotton truck is the one that John keeps coming back to on the site (he suggests he should model LOL). They look perfect for a night out on the town and fit the bill for maybe some after party hours… heheh :)

After the underwear comes the pants. Skinny dark jeans are a staple. Just like us ladies! I like Gap or Banana jeans because the quality is always there. John is into the bottom cuff so it may be worth looking into a length a tad longer to compensate. Khaki’s are also a greta option. I’d stick to straight or skinny leg! Khaki’s might work better for a slight more dressy occasion. (DONT FORGET TO IRON THEM COUGH JOHN COUGH)

Underwear check. Pants check. Now shirt! This is alwayssss a topic for debate with us. Do you stick with a classic or go with a print. We always end up going with a print!! Checkers or a decent stripe mostly but feel free to step outside your comfort zone. Just be careful when it comes to putting a tie with it… recently for John, the bold pattern with a blazer/suit jacket is doing the job perfectly – no tie!

Onto the blazer. As many of you know, Lord & Taylor is my place so we always check there for sales and deals!! Check there blazers page or even look into the sweaters. Mens Forever 21 is always a fantastic place to check – and its cheap (holler for a dollar). Another option is a killer sweater. It does more than a blazer sometimes, especially in the winter/spring!

shoe ee card

Shoes are do or die. Quick story – when I first met John working at Old Navy he was wearing these TERRIBLE Nike skate shoes. I loved everything about him until I saw the shoes. And, I literally thought omg idk if I can get over those shoes. Well, I did. And the story continues :). Okay, shoes. I’m a big fan of wingtips and so is John. He has a few pairs, different colors and styles. The style I’m currently loving and I know he is too is Cole Haan’s Wing Oxford sneaker shoes.  They F*^$!ing rock!

Then comes accessories. Do what you need. Don’t overdo it. A watch is always professional and bracelets can do some great things. Girls you know how to dress and accessorize make sure your man gets it too. Also if you are transitioning from day to night throw your sunglasses on your shirt or in the top pocket of your blazer :)


There you have it folks! Dress your men well and everything else in life will follow. SO John just literally threw a shoe across the living room and PERFECTLY nailed the glass of water on the table. I need to go use a few profanities and grab some towels.


Loft Friends and Family Style Event

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Loft Event 3 edit

I’m just going to say that it pays to know people. If you are like me, you probably know a few managers or associates at your favorite stores. Don’t be embarrassed, it’s something to be proud of!! I mean how do people think you get all the amazing outfits your do… DUH pre-sale-secrets!! Well, this past weekend a friend at works wife had a Style Event at the Loft! She’s the manager at the store here in Syracuse and let me tell you — she.works.it. They had such a fun style event for their Friends & Family Sale (40% OFF) Sunday morning before the store opened at 11 (Panera bagels included helloooo)!

I have been on a crazy Loft binge lately. Their tops and shorts and petty much everything just fit perfect and are exactly what I’m looking for. I’ve gotten nonstop complements on these shorts. Actually wish I bought like 2 pairs of them in each color. None the less, when I got a Facebook invite for this little shingding I had to commit. I’m in need of lightweight fall tops so I figured this was a perfect time/sale to find a few new fall staples!

Here is what I walked (more like joy skipped) away with…

loft Collage 1 loft Collage 2


Dolman Stripe Top & Black Top

(HIGHLY suggest these – easily the greatest tee I’ve put on ever)

This adorable Tassel Scarf.

This perfect Cardigan, in tan. (ON SALE)

These Stud Earrings.

This Slouchy Tee.

& another casual top that’s not on the site yet!

Ready for the greatest part…. drumroll PLEASE



#winner #winning #Iloveshopping

Calm down. I know you are excited for me!! lol. Here are a few pics from the event!

Loft Event 2

Loft Event 4

Loft Event 5

Loft Event 6

Since the event conveniently ended at 11 me and a few friends headed over to Cantina Laredo for some brunch! Complementary mimosa or bloody mary with brunch and only 2 bucks after that — we were on that like white on rice.

Loft Event 7

Loft Event 8

Loft Event 9

Loft Event 10

Jalepeno eggs with avocado & cheese, cheesy potatoes & some amazing cinnamon sugar fruit cup tortilla. AMAZING.


I hope everyone had a great weekend! We are in the midst of like four 90 degree days so I’ll be hibernating in the bedroom where the AC unit is located.



8 Photos of Happiness

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A fabulous friend of mine over at Raebyday nominated POL for the 8 Photos of Happiness Tag put on by Ariel’s Little Corner of the Internet!! Thanks Britt & Cara! Well, happiness means all sorts of things. There are the true life’s happiness photos and then there are the I-love-to-shop photos of happiness. I’m going to show off a mix of both because both scenarios motivate me to live life to fullest.

fam photo vacation

1. Family – My first photo of this challenge is the best family photo we have ever taken!! This, no joke, was my first real vacation. 1 week in the Caribbean. IT ROCKED. But this just reminds me of pure happiness.

Mia me Steph

2. This is one of my grandmothers – we call her Mia! She didn’t want the age aspect associated with the term ‘grandma’. Understandable. This was taken on Steph’s Ball day a few years ago but it really is one of the happiest photos of the 3 of us! Everyone says I was a spitting image of her when I was younger.


graduation me & John

3. BOYFRIEND – Obviously he is included but this picture is literally one of my favorites. Not only because we look good AF but I accomplished so much that day. Graduating college. I was the first grandchild on both sides of my family to do so and I am so glad he was by my side for it. #proudofmyself #Phins


me and kelc prom

4. BFF – This picture will go down as one of the best candids of all time. Kelcey has been my best friend since second grade when I approached her in my short sleeve purple turtleneck shirt. I can’t even type that without laughing! But we have been through practically everything together and I think this pictures exemplifies our friendship. This candid was taken on Prom when our bus driver slammed on the breaks while we were posing for a picture and a friend of mine snapped the photo. Hands down one of my favorite pictures of all time.


Patches Good Morning5. Patches – Patches is my baby. He has my heart. We have a very weird connection that I would not change for anything in the world. He is currently 16 years old and it pains me to see him grow old but we have literally had the most BADASS life together. He is the happiness dog and his happiness & joy makes me happy every time I walk in the door. My entire phone is filled with pictures of him but especially I love when my mom would send me these pictures of him holding up love notes :)


me outside stat

6. New York Yankees/Derek Jeter – if you know me even alittleeee bit you know I’m a die hard Jeter fan. The Yankees literally put so much happiness into my life throughout the past 15 years! There is nothing in the world that compares to walking into The Stadium – and nothing compares to seeing Jeter’s last game.


me tina Disney

7. DISNEY – Okay, I’ve only been to Disney once… and this was it. It was literally the happiest, most fun day ever!! They literally say its the happiest place on earth – and they ain’t lieeeee’nnn. And I got to spend the day with one of my favorite friends, TINA. We need to go back and I need to purchase another $10 Mickey balloon :)


PicMonkey Friends Collage

8. Friends – I have no clue where I’d be without these people (and more!). They bring true happiness to my life and I hope I do the same to theirs. I love them all so very much.


To zee nominees…

– simplytaralynn.com

– livinglesh.com

– orangemarigolds.com

– simplyollie.com

– the-coastalconfidence.com

If you lovely ladies decide to participate, just follow the steps below.

1. Post your 8 photos of happiness.
2. Thank your nominator and provide a link to their blog.
3. Link to the creator of this event, Ariel’s Little Corner of the Internet.
4. Nominate some of your favorite bloggers to participate :)