When my friend Krissy Gimenez asked me to support the cerebral palsy awareness month through social media by following her friend Brandi Ringelman I did just that! Brandi is an amazing mother of two who shares her journey of raising her children Paisley and Austin. Austin has cerebral palsy and Brandi has documented her experiences raising her family on her blog.
I am touched by her unwavering commitment and unconditional love for her son and daughter. Her example has deepened my desire to love my own three children whole-heartedly and has increased my awareness of celebral palsy (CB). CB refers to a group of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement, muscle coordination, and balance. To learn more click here.
It was a honor to be randomly selected to win a free photo session with Krissy. As you can see from this blog post she has this amazing ability to capture moments that are gone forever but made permanent through her gift. She has this incredible talent to evoke emotions and pull in moments that make her photography one of a kind. I think these photos will inspire you take a little trip to Niguel Botanical Gardens in Laguna Niguel, California too!
Niguel Botanical Gardens is 18 acres of tranquility (as their website boasts) and indeed I can testify that it is true! This pet-friendly park that is open everyday from sunrise to sunset which features garden worthy plants that are native to Southern California region. It is located on a hill with beautiful views of Saddleback Valley filled with trails to explore and areas to rest, meditate and relax. I invite you to take your family and explore this outdoor treasure trove. I can also imagine this being the ideal place for solitude, reflection and sweet communion with Mother Nature.
Okay, now back to FASHION! Nothing else screams “It is Spring Time!” than a fabulous floral pattern. Spring is one of my favorite years! Why? To me it symbolizes rebirth and renewal. In our lives, it could mean sewing new seeds of ideas and projects. Also, the spirit of Spring can help us thoughtfully assess our health and well-being.
It is a time to bloom and I feel that way when I am wearing this beautifully and vibrantly colored floral patterned maxi dress from 3 brunettes boutique that I purchased last season. I have included links below to my favorite picks that are similar to this look. The trendy purple tassel earrings were purchased from H&M. My stretch belt with a gold tone buckle is from Nordstrom Rack and my purse is from a vintage consignment boutique called Collective Habit in Laguna Niguel, CA.
- Spring Floral Dress similar here, here, here
- Brightly Colored Hangbag, similar here, here, here
- Stretch Belt, similar here, here, here
- Nude Peep Toe Slingback Heels, similar here, here, here, here
- Purple Tassel Earrings, find here, here, here
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Debbie, you are stunning! You grow more and more beautiful each day. You’re practically glowing with life, love and happiness. I adore your dress. The vibrant colors of the dress just pop against your gorgeous complexion! Love love love!
Hi Linh! Thank you so much! There are some style of dresses where you know by wearing them you feel like a million bucks and I am a super for long-sleeved printed maxi dresses. I appreciate your compliment and readership! Love ya!
Just when I think you couldn’t possibly get any better looking, you go and post these photos… Stunning! Loving your blog. Loving these photos! The dress! The colors! The scenery! Nice work!
Hi Jean! I am so HAPPY you visited my blog and posted a comment! You are so sweet to me! The dress is fabulous and is so flattering on your body! Thank you for your continued support and keep visiting me and commenting! This is the most fun part of the part of having a blog is interacting with my reader friends and PLUS I have more great looks and outfit ideas coming up! Love ya!
Debbie — the pictures (and dress) are gorgeous!!! Love the bright colors and beautiful floral. You look stunning (as always!)
Hi Deb! Thank you so much for the comment! The dress is so beautiful! My photographer did a fantastic job capturing the moments!
Debbie, you are just so gorgeous.. INSIDE and OUT! Your golden heart truly shines. You are always so nice to be around.. such a kind soul and energy. I love love love this post and your blog! It’s amazing! So excited for you and I look so forward to all your posts! (Just subscribed, yay!)
Hi Krissy! You are so sweet! Thank you so much for the compliment! I love being around you! You are a gem. Thank you for creating this wonderful moment for me and taking such incredible pictures.
This floral dress looks stylish and comfortable.
Hi Tina! It is one of those dresses you could wear all day and feel great in!