Our Trip to the Oscars

In honor of Oscars weekend, I thought I’d take a minute to share my Oscars experience with all of you. The picture quality is not very good (as this was 2 years ago and taken with my iphone then) but it was an experience I’ll never forget and only hope to do again (though it’s not always likely). My husband was part of a project associated with The Academy, so he was able to secure this bucket list moment for me. While I was holding out hope we’d get to go again this year (as I do every year), it’s unfortunately not going to happen this time. So I’ll share these moments with all of you, snuggle up with my best gals Sunday night and watch from my living room sofa, remembering the best weekend of my life. Here’s an inside look… (again, apologies for the poor picture quality and btw NONE are edited).

Dress shopping…

I had less than 2 days to find a dress, accessories, have alterations and pack for the weekend. I also had a 2-year-old in tow. (Glamorous, right?) Here were some of the options I considered.

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Here was the winner… (I found it at Georgette’s in Tampa.)



We got out of the limo and Jared Leto was to our right and Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart just behind us.


Just SOME of the photos from the red carpet…

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Inside the show…

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We went to an after-party at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, but I don’t have any photos of that, believe it or not.

Another highlight of our weekend was a trip to SUR Lounge, where Katie Maloney of Vanderpump Rules was our waitress.  My husband jokes how I wasn’t star-struck by anyone on the red carpet, but speechless when I met the cast of VR. Go figure!


We also ate at Villa Blanca on the day of the Oscars…


Another one of my favorite parts about the trip… shopping Rodeo!


I was never going to be ready for this weekend to end! But it was fun as friends were sending us snippets of sightings of us on TV!


Sometimes, I still can’t believe it happened. But it truly was the most memorable experience of my life…


Maybe if I click my heels three times, I’ll magically transport back…


Hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane. Don’t forget to tune into the Oscars Sunday night LIVE at 7 o’clock  EST on abc.

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Stayin’ Warm with Clearance Finds…

I LUV to shop just before a season ends, because you can find the best deals! I snagged these warm wardrobe pieces just as winter stuff was going on clearance, so all items I’m wearing were majorly  discounted. Unfortunately, the items don’t always make it as long online as they do in-store, but scroll to the bottom of this post for info on these items or similar…





Faux Fur Trapper Hat || Sweater is on clearance for $10 at H&M right now, but no longer available online, so check your stores locally || Blank NYC Faux Leather Leggings  (My version were on sale at a local store called Keys Country, but unfortunately I could not find them on clearance online. I’ve linked the closest pair I could find.) || Leg Warmers (Mine were actually from Icing, but no longer available, so I’ve linked similar.)

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#LuvBecTuesdayTrend: Affordable Off-the-Shoulder Looks &; Other Favorites

Off-the-shoulder is HOT right now! But, as I always say, you don’t have to break the bank to stay on trend. All of the items below are under $50. You’re welcome… 😉

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yellow, off-the-shoulder dress (also comes in black and red) ||  black, ribbed off-the-shoulder dress || stripe off-the-shoulder crop top || lace-trim off-the-shoulder top || button-up a-line denim skirt || Aylin Slide Sandals || fringe bucket bag || MAC Film Noir

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Affordable PJs under $30

Grab a cup of Joe. We’re talking affordable PJ’s this am. Most under $20!





Unfortunately, by the time I could even share this blog post live, this fleece onesie was no longer available online (bc you know by the time I buy things, they’re usually on sale). But it is still available at my local Francesca’s at the time of this post for under $20 on Clearance, so check your local Francesca’s, if you have one.

Here are a couple other great, very affordable options for cozy jammies to curl up by the fire or get you inspired for Spring…

Later Gator PJ Set

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Drawstring Lounge Romper

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Gingham Plaid PJ Set

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Chevron Elephant PJ Set

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Black PJ Set

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Gluten-Free (from the box) Valentine’s Day Cupcakes and a Poem to Share with those you LUV {Happy Valentine’s Day}

Yes… I’m giving you a recipe for “from the box” cupcakes.DSC_2656My neighbor makes these delicious gluten-free cupcakes with a box mix. You’d think they were from the bakery, they taste so great! So, since I’m all about easy-peasy,  I thought I’d share for all you gluten-free peeps!

The mix:

Get the King Arthur gluten-free yellow cake mix. It looks like this:

The recipe is on the box, but my friend suggests you also add 1 tbsp. of vanilla directly to the cake batter.

She said you can either use Pillsbury frosting (Put entire contents into a bowl and whip using a hand mixer until fluffy.)

OR… here is a simple homemade frosting recipe:

1 cup butter (soft, room temperature)

3 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp or more of whipping cream.

Whip butter until light (until it turns light yellow). Add powdered sugar and whip for another couple minutes. Add vanilla and whipping cream. Use sprinkles and decorations as you’d like.

She also wrote this amazingly adorable little poem and hand-delivered with bags of treats for the kids. I had to share what she wrote, in case you’d like to share with those you love! (I’m not even kidding… this girl is missing her calling writing for Hallmark.)


Here’s what she wrote:
On Valentine’s Day,
And the whole year through,
Nothing feels better,
Than having a friend like YOU!
For the times we get to laugh,
And the times we get to play,
I’m thankful for your friendship,
And there’s something I’d like to say.
So here’s a treat for YOU!
You’ve been HUGGED & KISSED by me.
Now there’s something you must do.
No need to make a copy,
No need to spread the cheer.
Only one thing you need to do today,
And I’ll make it very clear.
Just hear my words of KINDNESS.
And feel it in your heart,
Our friendship is a GIFT from GOD,
I loved you from the start!
You are awesome! You are great!
What more is there to say?
I love you very much dear friend,
Happy Valentine’s Day!

There it is. Hope you enjoy spreading some cheer to those you LUV this Valentine’s Day. Thank you Lisa for this incredibly thoughtful gift to our family. Your thoughtfulness and creativity never ceases to amaze me.


<3, Bec

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