Deal or No Deal

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If you read last weeks style post then you are well aware of the awesome challenge Savers presented me with. They challenged me to put together a fall inspired look with $60 that they graciously provided. The mission was obviously accepted and you might have seen that I kind of knocked it outta the park, IMHO;) 

Because I had some extra cash to spend after calculating the price of the first look I decided to challenge myself to score a second look with fall trends as the inspiration. Here is the resulting look – jewel toned suede mini, another worn-in graphic tee, flat booties with delicate cutouts and the most perfect vintage Polo Ralph Lauren plaid cross-body bag my little eyes ever did see. This challenge has taught me two thing: 1) I am seriously having a graphic tee moment for fall and 2) I’m a total sucker for a good deal!

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Get the Look:

Suede Mini c/o Savers [similar] | Pepsi Graphic tee c/o Savers | Booties c/o Savers [very similar here & here!] | Ralph Lauren Cross-body bag c/o Savers 


Thanks again to Savers for the challenge and for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own. I only work with companies/brands I truly support and love.


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Remy - Fourteen Months Old

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Well we’re home on the east coast where we’re meant to be and home girl is having a ball! I think she got overwhelmed when meeting some family on our first day back but I’m sure she’ll warm up once there are more visits. Let’s see, she loves trees and leaves, is iffy about grass, and has gotten very attached to Hot Wheel cars. 


Routine: I’m currently pulling SAHM duties until I find a job, so Remy and I spend plenty of time together. I kinda love that I’m in charge of her routine and it makes me feel certain and secure that she’s napping and eating when she’s supposed. I’m that mom. 

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Napping/Sleeping: Remy is sleeping and napping really well! She typically goes to bed between 7:30 and 8 and her wake up time is between 6:30 and 7:30, so she gets in at least a solid 10 to 11 hours a night. She does get woken up from what I assume are night terrors but nothing a little tummy rub and her paci won’t remedy. 

Napping wise we are teetering between 1 to 2 naps a day. There is a definite nap at 12:30 after lunch and it typically lasts between 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Sometimes she’ll also take a mid-morning (10:30) or evening nap after dinner (5pm) but those don’t last more than 1.5 hours.

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Eating: Girl is still a little picky but she’s gotten her appetite back and that’s all I can ask for. She still LOVES strawberry yogurt but also has a thing for watermelon. She eats 3 solid meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and has a snack between lunch and dinner. She is still taking 3 bottles a day, 7 ounces each. One with breakfast, one with lunch, and one right before bed.

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Growth: Not much has changed as far as Remy’s stats. Her weight is the same (22 pounds 9 ounces) and she is 31 inches long. Family and friends often comment how Remy is tall for her age but that’s not something I notice. 

Girlfriend has got some chompers! Seriously though, she has some big *bleepin* molars back there! Ten teeth, 10! The canines are also pocking through on the top. I’m pretty sure kids grow a total of 20 baby teeth, so my tiny tot is half ways there! 

She is still wearing 12-18 month and is wearing size 4 and 5 shoes. It really just depends on the type of shoe. She finally fits into her tiny Chuck Taylors! They are a tad big but not big enough to look ridiculous. 

Health: This was a rather rough month for Miss Remy. She had her first emergency room visit because she had developed a high fever of 104.7. She also got a mild rash on her chest and face for a couple days but she’s recovered nicely and is doing great! 

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  • I consider her my own personal Sour Patch kid. First she’s sour (hits me in the face). Then she’s sweet (gives me a hug). The hitting phase in full force. Before we left AZ I asked her daycare teacher whether hitting is a problem and she said Remy has never hit anyone. I guess it’s just me then.
  • Remy has learned some new words! She says ‘bye-bye’ and ‘baby’. 
  • Home girl loves dogs. I mean loves them! If there is a dog on TV she runs to it and says ‘hi!’. If there is one nearby she’s wave and say ‘hi’ and try to pet it. 
  • She throws a tantrum if she doesn’t get her way and has perfected this really loud screech yell that I’m not too fond of. I read somewhere that children reach the terrible twos around 15 months. I think it’s early at our house.
  • If you ask her to give you a hug she’ll gladly oblige. 


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We visited a daycare this month, you know in case I find a job sooner rather than later and she’d need to be enrolled fairly quickly. It seemed nice enough, not as awesome as the one back in Arizona but definitely a contender once its time for enrollment.


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Let’s Get Social

Happy Friday, all! Anyone else super happy that the weekend is finally here? This coming from a chick that is unemployed but trust me when I say, the weekend still brings a sense of relaxation and break time, especially since I get help with Remy! 

Anyway, I just wanted to let y’all know that FabAve is around! Like all over the internets and I wanted us to stay connected so that you are always in the know of what’s going on!

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TWITTER (user name: @joannealma)

First and foremost my favorite form of social media Twitter! Tweet tweet! Here I share links to blog post as well as my random musings throughout the day and I love getting in on convos! I also have a hefty goal of reaching 1000 Twitter followers by the end of 2014, so if you aren’t already following me here you totally should;)

INSTAGRAM (user name: @joannealma)

I am also a big fan of Instagram. I love that you can get a behind the scenes look at peoples lives (kinda creepy!)! I typically ‘gram pictures of Remy, inspirational quotes, what I’m eating or what I’m wearing. While my Instagram isn’t as polished and manicured as most bloggers (I talked about it recently here), you do get a true sense of who I am.


The social media platform I’d really like to improve for FabAve is Facebook. I’d like this space to become a forum of discussion for readers and I place we can chat! So while I’ll still update you on what posts are most recent on the blog, I’ll also be working on engaging an audience. Ya’ll want to chat, ‘LIKE’ FabAve on FB and we can start a conversation!

PINTEREST (user name: joannealma)

Everyone’s on Pinterest now a-days, so if we’re aren’t friends boo for you! Early morning pinning, or during lunch, or in the wee hours of the night is my weakness! I like to pin style inspiration, home decor, beauty tips and tricks and more, so you should totally get in on the action and pin with me! Let’s be friends!


Another platform I’m looking to boost up its followers is Bloglovin’. Recently Tumblr and Bloglovin’ had some sort of feud going on so my posts weren’t sharing causing a couple of followers to drop. Womp womp. But it seems that both parties have settled their differences and FabAve is back in business! I’d love for you to follow along via Bloglovin’ in order to get the last posts for your viewing pleasure!

Well that’s it! I hope you become a follower of FabAve on any or all of the social media platforms above if you aren’t already and don’t forget, you can always email me directly ( if you have any reader questions, qualms with something I wrote, or even have a blog question!


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The Last Hurrah

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During the packing and moving process I accidentally packed away this romper in a box that is now in storage. Total fail on my end, huh? Why I packed it away is beyond me. Wouldn’t this romper do well in the Fall with some sheer tights, booties and some major layers? Ah, I’m so upset with myself!?! Well at least for it’s last hurrah pairing it with my trusty chambray for our travel day back home from San Francisco was a no brainer. Comfort and style. BOOM! 

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Get the Look:

Romper - Target [cute similar] | Old Navy Chambray [similar] | H&M Fedora [similar] | Booties via DSW [similar] | Necklace c/o Eve’s Addiction | Watch c/o Timex


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Phoenix-based life and style blog by Joanne Mason. Lets embrace all that is fabulous in our everyday, average lives, shall we?

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