blessed & a cute maxi dress…

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what a wonderful day I had yesterday with a sweet friend that I have known for almost 20 years!  Jen took this photo of me yesterday in the most beautiful rose gardens in West Hartford, CT.  we had a yummy brunch at the Pond House Cafe (highly recommend the eggs rancheros and bloody of course) and caught up and laughed like we always do about life, family, Ben, work, men, travel and everything else in between!  I could sit and talk to Jen for hours and you would never know she was actually my very first boss out of college!  great memories through the years…love you honey!

As I posted this on Facebook, many asked where I got the maxi dress…

It is from South Moon Under – and it is one of my favs!

It was a great day as we continued on to Nordstroms to shop and then I came home to go through Ben’s room and get ready for his return from Florida.  I have been getting some new school clothes for him and I showed him all of it over Facetime and he loved it all!  each time I go through his room to get rid of the clothes he has outgrown…I cry.  It is just emotional to see your only child get older and it’s amazing how fast it goes.  I love folding his clothes and getting his room organized…may seem strange to some people but when you worked so hard to have a baby and he’s finally here and now 4 years old…you take it all in!  every little detail and every moment.

being a mom to Ben is the greatest gift of my life…this I know for sure.

I cannot believe how much I miss his sweet face.  I miss how much happiness he brings into our home everyday.  I miss him calling out to me, “Mom, can I have a treat”!?  I actually miss the sound of Jake and The Never Land Pirates on my TV…I love him climbing into my bed in the morning asking to cuddle and miss saying our prayers together at night (like I used to with my dad).  “Thank you G-d for everything, G-d bless everyone, Amen”.  I miss my best friend, my #1 guy, the love of my life…

Ben will come home to his mommy tomorrow…I cannot wait!  ♥

being without Ben for 7 days has been hard but I have kept busy!  I have been taking a lot of time for myself right now.  being single is lonely at times,   but I know there is a greater plan for me at some point.  I never imagined I would be divorced but I have a lot of faith and hope to find true love again someday.  I am not in any rush and Ben is and always will be my #1 priority.

our happiness together is what makes me the happiest person in the world.

I know how blessed I am.  everyday.

and, I love my cute (sexy) maxi dress!  ♥

 

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I love lulu dk & jl rocks

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check out my favorite ♥ new find…lulu dk tattoos!

 they come in two different amazing sheets of gold and silver shimmer…

la femme and love story ♥

you can buy them at my ultimate favorite store, bungalow in Westport, CT

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I also need to share a jeweler that is just amazing…JL Rocks

and I just bought this beautiful necklace…LOVE!

and of course, I also got this at Bungalow!

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a gift of love and honesty…

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this past weekend I was fortunate enough to go on a girls get-away trip (without kids) with close, loving, sweet and kind friends.  they also happen to be two of the most beautiful women I know (inside and out).  the weekend was filled with wine, oysters, spa, walks, shopping, beach and ice cream, of course.

oh, and a psychic too.

more importantly was the sharing.  I love when friends can just be rare, open, authentic and real where anything goes.  we posed questions to one another throughout the weekend that prompted some very interesting and fun discussion…one of my friends said it best, “Throughout the course of our weekend, I kept thinking about things that happened for each of us.  Things that we needed to have happen or to be able to openly discuss to give ourselves clarity.  We need to do what is in the best interests for “us” for a change.  Be our own caregivers and champion ourselves.  Look at all the love and support we give to one another, now it is up to us to do the same for someone that we know intimately and love, right?”  I could not have said it better.  Anyway, I ended something this weekend that needed to end.  It was sad for me and I wish things were different but they just aren’t.  I have grown to respect myself and my needs and put myself first.  Sometimes you need to just let go and walk away.  I was courageous enough to begin a difficult conversation with this man and ask some tough questions.  I was ready to hear whatever he had to say.  He was kind, adult and really honest.  It hurt but I give him all of the credit in the world.  It was refreshing.   He had respect for me and my feelings but at the end of the day, he isn’t able to give me what I want and as he said, “what I deserve”.  I wonder if we will ever connect again because it is rare when you have chemistry like we did but as my mom always says…

“it is always about timing.”  That is the truth.

The last thing he text me was,”You’re amazing.

Don’t think for a second that you’re not.”

I will take it.

another one of my best friends gave me the best advice several months ago and I will also keep this forever…”You need to close your eyes and seriously count your blessings and esteem your value.  You are placing value outside of yourself.  This is such an important lesson that we all have.  We don’t have time for lessons, often, as we are so consumed with work, kids, life, house, etc. But you are the most important and you are one fucking kiss ass loving, sweet, wonderful person.  That is the lesson.  You are you.  I love you and you are deserving of an amazing love (mostly from you to you) and trust me, you will have it.  All that you wish for.”

I am a very lucky woman and probably the most grateful for the people in my life and for the lessons all of my experiences have taught me along the way.  hopefully I will grow from each of these experiences and listen to the wisdom of the girlfriends who know me the best.  Nothing better than that.  ♥

lift off…to summer!

tkees

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I love these pics I found on tkees website (one of my favorite flip flop brands)!

they have so many news styles & collections!   check them out!

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I don’t know about you but I am so ready for spring & summer!

here are some of my favorite items for the warm weather…enjoy ♥

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check out these cute, fun and sexy bracelets from kate davis jewelry!  I customized my own above and have already started wearing them…hoping it will bring the warm weather!

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these are my ultimate favorite shorts from calypso st barth

they were so popular last year that you can still get them now!

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I love my Ray-Ban caravan sunglasses…they are much smaller and fit great!

Find them at singer22!

♥ Enjoy!  XO Corry ♥

gratitude and a smile

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{pink, strawberry margaritas…sign me up!}

in times that are sad or tough or uncertain, I tend to write gratitude lists to focus on all the amazing, good stuff in my life.  I am about to finalize my divorce right now and I have a little boy in pre-school and he is my world…I never want him to worry or be sad or upset.  My focus is our happiness in our new world…our new structure…our new normal.  and, he is (we both are) doing great and that makes me happy.  I am so fortunate to have a great friendship with my ex.  I could go on and on why I am grateful but here are a few other things I came across tonight that just made me happy and smile.  I hope you enjoy!

Life is good.  xo Corry

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Kate Davis Jewelry – I am obsessed.  Boy, is she going to love me!

I’ve already picked out several pieces I will be buying!  LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

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how sweet are these beauties?

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heaven, perhaps?

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beautiful, natural beach waves – just gorgeous…yes, I have a girl crush on her!  ♥

sweet casual style – interior design

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welcome back to sweet casual style!

please check out my latest project – the redesign of my living room!

my inspiration started with the big round bay mirror from Maine Cottage!

I ordered the white plantation shutters from budget blinds – so clean & fresh!

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the “London” sofa & chair by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams…purchased at my all time favorite store, Dovecote in Westport, CT.

I searched for a very long time to find pillows, and I fell in love with these Ryan Studio pillows from Fig Linens in Westport.

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my beautiful friend Angela is in my favorite Serena & Lily chair – the Spruce Street chair in Fog Diamond. {love the nail head}

still searching for wall art above the Tatum media stand from Joss & Main.

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fell in love with this white grasscloth table and Peg + Dick hand crafted decoupage plate from Dovecote.  I ordered a thick piece of glass to cover it so my son does not think it is a new canvas for his latest art project!  The succulent centerpiece is the perfect amount of green {I do not have a green thumb…} and Terrain in Westport {a store you must experience!} incorporated beautiful sea glass and stones throughout.  ♥  glass tea lights are from Simon Pearce.   I will always have Coastal Living magazine in this room because it always inspires me and keeps me dreaming!!  ♥

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I ended up having the brick white washed and the fireplace painted white.  believe it or not, it used to be red brick and a honey stained fireplace …now I just love it.  Striped {indoor/outdoor} pouf in denim/ivory by Dash & Albert Rug Company.

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I ended up getting the Palos Heights nesting tables from Joss & Main…my favorite new site for amazing finds for my home at incredible discounts!  If you aren’t familiar with Joss & Main – sign up!  They have events {sales} on the best brands!

gray rug and white pillows from Potterybarn.

I hope you enjoy this room as much as I do.  I have enjoyed “the search” for everything in this room!

Now onto the next project….stay tuned!  XO, Corry ♥

holiday gift guide 2012

I hope you enjoy sweet casual style’s holiday gift guide 2012!  I personally love everything in this post.  I tried to find unique gifts that have a range in price.  It was a lot of fun picking out gifts for everyone on your list!  This is such a fun time of year where you can spend time with family, loved ones, pets & friends.  please enjoy and be good to each other this holiday season!  ♥  xo Corry

gifts for her

Scarve
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Calypso st barth
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Tech accessory
shopterrain.com

hanging wall jewelry display case
gifts.redenvelope.com

Jewelry
sonyarenee.com

Ring
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Posh Turquoise
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Stack Em rings
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stocking stuffers for her

Kai hair conditioner
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Essie
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Corkcicle Wine Chiller
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Life Love Book
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Lucky Minimergency Kits
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Lucky Minimergency Kits
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stocking stuffers for kids

Mini Boo with Hat Scarf
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Tech accessory
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Lip gloss
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Wooden Colored Pencils
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Friendship Bracelets Kit
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Pocket Microscope
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Chiclets Gum
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Fruit Stripe Gum
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Enamelware Pie Set
shopterrain.com

Bella Sera
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Farm Fresh in the Kitchen
oliveandcocoa.com

Beaded Soiree Serving Set
oliveandcocoa.com

for our furry friends
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family fun and organization

Mini Lunch Notes
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TABLE TOPICS
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MAKE YOUR OWN SNOWGLOBE KIT
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Day Of The Week Clips
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misc gifts

my heart breaks for this family…

two beautiful children, Lucia, 6, and little Leo, 2 – rest in peace…

I had to do a post on the Krim family and their terrible tragedy in losing their two beautiful children.  I do not know then but I am beyond devastated about this horrific news and I can’t get over it.  I was crying all morning – each time I see the photos of these innocent and beautiful children, my heart just breaks.  I have a son, Ben who is 2 and a half – close to Leo’s age and I cannot imagine ever losing him, in any way – let alone the way these children were taken from their family.  Typically, we hear news like this and then we move on with our lives and may even forget…I just can’t.  I was talking to a friend of mine this morning and she and her partner do not have children but they are heartbroken about this as well.  My husband who is a Sergeant for a local police department told me that terrible things happen everyday and I know that but for some reason, this is hitting me hard and I just simply cannot accept it.  I will just pray for them and give my son as much love as I can each & every second of everyday!!!

My heart and prayers are with Kevin, Marina, Nessie & their entire family.

fall finds!

I’m just a girl in love with two pair of boots.

I got the Garnet Hill catalog tonight and I just can’t decide which pair to get…

frye paige riding boots $398

carla heeled boots $248

I came across two beautiful color block cashmere sweaters…{both come in multiple colors}

left, Garnet Hill exclusive – on sale for $98

right, vince tri color-block turtleneck – $325

& I just might ask for this amazing coat for the holidays or an early birthday present!

this is another great find from Garnet Hill in dark camel & in sizes 2-18

are you reading this?

are you reading this?  I am about to celebrate the 2nd year of sweet casual style and I am thinking about making changes to the site and the content I share.  I can look at google analytics and see how many unique visitors I have to the site and which posts are the most popular but I still wonder, are you reading this and why?  I’ve had people I know or met that say they love my blog but I still  question a lot.  I wish I could get feedback from anyone who reads the blog to tell me what more you would want to see or read about.  I rarely get comments on the site and when I ran one of my first contests with a very cool company a few weeks ago {havaianas}…not a lot of people participated.  I do wonder why?  I have seen many other giveaways on other sites that get a huge response.  I was excited and very honored to be approached by havaianas to do this…but to be honest, I felt bad that it didn’t really get the response I hoped for – not for me but for them.  I share my posts on facebook and twitter but I don’t want to overwhelm people too much – again questioning a lot.

many people have asked me why I have this site and what I want to accomplish with the site.  I think that my answers today are very different from two years ago when I launched the site.  this site started with a couple goals in mind.  I wanted to have a creative outlet to share all of the ideas I have, products and stores I love and blogs and sites that inspire me {& hopefully you too}.  Another one of my first year goals was to have “sponsors” for the site because I thought that might be important because many other sites have many sponsors or ads running on their sites.  let me be very clear that I feature many different stores, products, sites and people I love for nothing in return.  I enjoy it and it is fun for me to connect with businesses, people, bloggers and designers I admire.  Now, you may find at the top of this page, there is a {shop} category.  This has been “coming soon” for two years now.  I did intend and still do want to open an online boutique.  Clearly, this would be an opportunity to not just share my favorite things but allow you to also purchase them!

You may also see another category named gratitude.  I wanted to have a forum to share people’s stories of gratitude and create a place to help others who may have experienced a tough time – no matter what that looks like.  from time to time, I have weaved this into some of my posts.  I have shared personal stories but sometimes I wonder if this is the forum to do that – but then I think to myself, this is my site {blog} and I can say and do what ever I want, right?  a blog is defined as, “A web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis.”  I just wonder at times if I am not clear or focused on what this site is and whether it makes sense for me to be a little all over the place {similar to the way this post is sounding – a little all over the place}!  I have so many ideas and so much to share.  I just need to get organized and focused and present it to all of you and see what you think.  I also have a lot of advice I want to share about marriage, being a working mom, family, friendships, etc and I am trying to figure out if that all makes sense to live here on this site…thoughts?

I would love to know if you are reading this.  I would love and I am asking for your feedback.  I have many readers from many different countries and I would love to hear what you want to see and what you want to know about.  I care.  I want to know what you are thinking.  thank you in advance for your comments and I promise to listen and incorporate what you want!  xo Corry