Ruched Pants – The Alternative Pants for Summer

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    When it comes to Texas weather sometimes wearing pants is not an option, but I found this great alternative with my Ruched pants from Buckle. These are so comfy and can be worn dressed up or down, and great for the mom on the go. I love all the colors because you can coordinate with so many different tops. This look I channeled my inner boho with my favorite fringe purse from my previous post and this must have floppy hat for the summer which I also wore in another post. I love my open back detail to this top, and I got it on sale at Charlotte Russe. As a mother shopping on a budget, you would be surprised what cute things you will find on sale. These black wedges are a must have for any wardrobe and are perfect with pants or a dress like I styled in my previous post. Click on the link below and you can get 45% off these wedges!

    Printed Ruched Pants: Buckle/ Open back tank top: Charlotte Russe/ Black Wedges: CiciHot/ earrings: Nordstrom/ bracelets: (similar style)/ floppy hat: Forever21/ beaded bib necklace: Nordstrom/ Fringe Purse: Similar style

    <3 Dawn


    Neon Pink

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    When your friend say’s flip your hair, you flip it! Lol having too much fun with Margret!DSC06295

    This past weekend my sister, friend, and fellow blogger Style the Girl, went downtown to visit some of Houston’s local art scene, and some of Houston Blogger’s favorite photo destinations. I wore this super cute and fun pink dress from Sheinside with my favorite yellow espadrilles from CiciHot, which by the way can be purchased on sale for less than $15 in the link below! Can you believe that? When we went to the Lawndale Art Center, I was amazed at the neon wall art. It was a perfect summer backdrop for this dress. I love bold colors for summer! Also making an appearance on the blog is my new favorite fringe purse from JustFab. It’s already sold out so I posted a similar style! I do a lot of online shopping as a mom. It is so convenient, especially when your schedule revolves around the baby. You can find some great deals for less. Check out my links below!

    Pink off the shoulder dress/ yellow espadrilles/Kendra Scott Earrings/Fringe Purse (similar style)/ Bracelets: BP/ Sunglasses (similar style)

    <3 Dawn

    P.S. Follow my instagram @dawnpdarnell for more fashion and style post! And don’t forget to check out my friend Margret’s Denim look below! For outfit details check out her blog on Style the Girl!

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    Family, Fashion

    Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts

    Last Minute Father's Day Gifts
    Father’s day is just around the corner, and if you are a last minute shopper and don’t know what to get your dad, here are some great gifts for under $100 the father in your life will love!

    Vestal buckle watch – I love these watches. The light weight, ergonomic design makes it a great everyday watch for dad. Plus it has a lifetime warranty! Great quality for an affordable price.

    Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristband – This is a pretty cool gadget that I know every guy will love. It tracks your steps, calories, sleep patterns, and so much more and syncs directly to your iPhone.

    adidas Golf Men’s Stretch Camo Print Shorts – I love these shorts. They are perfect for the summer. They dry fast and are so comfy he will want it in every color.

    Nike Golf Innovation Color Block Polo – More of that dri-fit technology your dad will love for the summer. If he loves to golf he will want this in his wardrobe.

    The Art of Shaving Carry on Kit-Unscented – I think this is such a cool idea for men. A cool way to make your guy’s shaving experience that much better.

    Nike Roshe One Men’s Shoe – This is a great everyday Nike for less than $100. Great for that dad on the go!

    Stance The Fourth Socks – Getting socks can be fun! Get him ready for the Fourth of July with these cool socks!

    John Varvatos – I just love this scent for men. It has a very masculine scent for that guy’s guy in your life.

    Happy Father’s Day Cupcakes – You can’t go wrong with cupcakes! What dad will turn down food, especially cool father’s day cupcakes like these.

    Saxx Vibe Boxer Briefs – Men’s Accessories | Buckle – This has to be the comfiest boxer briefs for men. Check out their “hammock” technology guys will definitely appreciate.

    Funny Fathers Day ‘Happy Farter’s Day’ Greeting Card –  Last but not least you can’t forget a card. Here’s a funny card he will get a good laugh from.
    Hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day!
    <3 Dawn

    Be Comfortable in Your Own Shell



    This month I partnered up with DesignR to promote a positive self image and encourage a happy healthy lifestyle with clothing made for the active style conscious woman on the go. Their motto “Embrace the Turtle”, and “Be comfortable in your own shell,” really speaks to the idea that getting fit is not a race. Everyone’s journey is different, and fitness looks different on everyone. It is not a quick fix. It doesn’t happen over night. It is a every day choice to be healthy and happy and loving yourself every step of the way. Fitness is a way of life.

    There are so many benefits to making fitness a priority in your life, not only physically, but mentally and spiritually as well. As a wife and mother, here are my top 5 reasons why I make fitness a part of my life:

    1. It lowers my stress levels. As Ell Woods put it,  “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.” I know my husband can appreciate this lol.

    2. It is something I do for myself. After a long busy day of working and taking care of my family, it’s nice to take 30 minutes for myself to workout. It gives me time to myself where I can wind down and do something to improve myself.

    3. It pushes me mentally to be stronger. There are many times where my body wants to give up, but my mental strength has pushed my body where I never thought it could.

    4. It strengthens my faith. When all else fails and I feel like giving up, my faith has been the number one factor to keep me going. Believing in something greater than myself has helped me in my fitness journey.

    5. And last but not least it gives me confidence in myself. All the factors above contribute to added confidence in my life. I can look in the mirror and know I can make a difference. I have all the right tools God gave me to improve myself daily.

    A healthy lifestyle is a happy lifestyle. And fitness has helped me become a better person, a better wife, and a better mother.

    Don’t forget to check out the details of my outfit below, and make sure to stop by DesignR and checkout all their cute and comfy active wear!

    <3 Dawn

    top: DesignR/ capri: BKE Sport/sports bra: New Balance/ shoes: Nike (similar style)/ water bottle: Design R

    P.S. The capris I am wearing are reversible and on sale! Check out the colorful print on the other side in my previous post here.

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    Gluten Free Frosted Raspberry Protein Muffins


      What if I told you the frosting was fat free and protein packed? Yes you can have your frosting and eat it too! Less than 70 calories a muffin and with 9 grams of protein This is a great morning snack to kick start your day! In less than 6 easy steps you can make this delicious treat.


    3 scoops or whey isolate of choice
    1/2 cup rice flour
    1.5 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 cup granulated stevia
    4 egg whites
    1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
    2/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
    3/4 cup fresh raspberries, halved


    2 scoops vanilla whey isolate of choice
    1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 tbs of vanilla extract
    1/3 cup fat-free cream cheese


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
    3. Combine all cupcake ingredients except the raspberries into a food processor and mix together until smooth. Gently fold in the raspberries and mix together until smooth.
    4. Evenly pour into each of the muffin cups and put in oven for approximately 12-15 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean and tops are firm. Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting.
    5. Prepare the frosting by combining ingredients into food processor (or by hand) and blend or mix until smooth. Put in piping bag (if you have one) and place in the fridge to firm up.
    6. Squeeze frosting from the piping bag (or simply use a knife or spoon to spread) onto the tops of each of the cooled muffins.


    <3 Dawn

    P.S. For more fitness tips and motivation follow me on Instagram @dawnpdarnell_wefit!



    Paisley Ruffle Shorts

    This was a fun date night outfit I wore, and it was all about these shorts! I can’t get enough of how cute the ruffle detail and paisley print. Love all the bright summer colors! I found a link to a clutch similar to the one I got on Mother’s Day from Nordstrom. It is one of my favorite summer clutches because it goes with everything. Check out one of my previous post with this clutch here. I love how I dressed it up with one of my favorite cork wedges. By the way you can get 40% off these wedges by clicking on the link below! I love this website. You get cute comfortable shoes for such a great value!

    Tan Faux Leather Sling Back Cork Wedges
    The Royal Standard Bangle Set/ BKE Red top
    Billabong ‘Island Escape’ Print Woven Shorts (Juniors)
    Alex and Ani Birthstone Expandable Wire Bangle
    Kendra Scott ‘Ripley’ Triangle Stone Bracelet
    Street Level Perforated Convertible Clutch

    <3 Dawn

    P.S. Follow my instagram @dawnpdarnell for more fashion and style post!


    Rose Polka Dots – Jamberry Nails


    Hey guys so I did this fun product review of Jamberry Nails for a sweet friend of mine. I’ve never tried them until now. I don’t normally get my nails done, I prefer all natural just because I am so active, and do a lot with my hands it is hard to keep nails on. I’m also not a fan of how thick and heavy acrylic or fake nails feel on my fingers. I was pleasantly surprised by how light weight these nails felt in comparison to fake or acrylic nails. It was a ton of fun to sport such a cute design on my nail in the convenience of my own home. The only downside for me, was the application process. It was hard to get some of them to fit straight on my nails, so I had tiny creases on my nails. However, this would make a great investment for someone who loves to do their own nails and change it up with fun and unique designs. For more information, if you are interested in trying this product, click here, and talk to Lyssa one of Jamberry’s independent consultant. Ask how you can become financially independent by working from home and becoming a consultant!

    <3 Dawn



    Zoo Date – Yellow and florals


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    This past weekend we went to zoo for the first time with our little one. Unfortunately we got rained out before we got to see the new gorilla exhibit. I love my outfit I wore to the zoo. I bought this straw hat to keep the sun from my face. It’s a perfect summer hat for all your summer activities. It coordinates with everything. My top is a fun floral sheer, off the shoulder, crop top paired with my favorite BKE Mollie shorts, and gladiator sandals from my previous post. I have these shorts in 3 other different colors because they are a great alternative to denim shorts. My bag is my newest purchase. I love it because its nautical stripes are perfect for the summer, and it’s also big enough to double as a diaper bag for our trip. My husband decided to make a guest appearance in this blog. He is such a goofball.  Check out his amazing hybrid shorts. Even though we had to run in the rain and were all soaked and wet, by the time we got home his shorts we already dry! How awesome is that land/water technology! Perfect for golfing or going to the beach! His and her outfit details are below.


    RVCA VA All The Way Trucker 
    DC Trase TX SE/ Oakley Sungalsses
    Oakley Men’s Hybrid Cargo Short
    Old Navy Men’s V-Neck Tees


    FOREVER 21+ Classic Straw Fedora/ BKE Mollie shorts
    CALL IT SPRING Call It Spring™ Nickles Tote
    Not Rated Women’s Radiant Gladiator Sandal
    FOREVER 21 Floral Tie-Dye Off-the-Shoulder Top

    <3 Dawn


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    Fashion, Fitness

    Rebel Gypsy



    Sports Bra: Fox/ Rebel Gypsy tank: Billabong/ BKE Sport Reversible Active Tights/Reebok Sneakers (similar style)

    Sometimes it takes a really cute outfit to motivate me to go the gym. I purchased this super cute outfit from the Buckle. The bralette is made by Fox, and I love the mesh neck detail. I love this soft tank from Billabong. It’s a great lightweight tank for the summer and such a steal for less than $25! But the best thing about this outfit is the reversible workout pants. I can actually wear these inside out as a pair of black capris. How cool is that!

    Four months postpartum and I still have my hormone line going down the middle of my stomach. I have loose skin from my pregnancy, but it is getting better with the right diet and exercise. For more on my fitness journey to getting my body back better than ever follow my Facebook page.


    Thank you all for the encouraging and kind words and for motivating me to work hard towards my fitness goals. I did a fun little Mommy and Me workout video for ya’ll to check out below. It has my new favorite song from Taylor Swift to get you motivated. Hope ya’ll like it!

    <3 Dawn

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