May 19, 2010

I live and work in the sunny, beachy, and beautiful Tampa Bay area. By day, I take on the role of a technology instructor. By night, I serve as a writer and freelance social media specialist. The remainder of the time you can be sure to find me shopping for a great new fashion find or amazing beauty buy. I’m a girl on a regular budget; I don’t think you have to break the bank to look and feel like a million bucks. Hopefully, some of my bargain shopping and inspiration can be of service to you.

If you’re new to Ruffles & Truffles, you can expect to see posts about my personal style, beauty products I love, a generous smattering of recipes and food, and other goodies. My husband and I moved into a new home last year, and I’m in the process of decorating and DIYing to my heart’s content to make it into our perfect little space.


Our furbaby Lucia (she’s an Australian shepherd) also likes to pop in to say hi from time to time. My site is my happy place, and I hope you find it to be one for you as well!

I am also available for freelance writing and social media consulting projects. Please refer to my LinkedIn profile for qualifications!



If you would like to collaborate, are interested in advertising, or simply want to say “hi,” please email me at  – I love hearing from you!

I write honest and fully disclosed review posts about worthy products. However, I do reserve the right to not review an item sent to me if I feel it isn’t a fit for my personal style/my audience. If you would like to send me something for review or sponsor one of my outfits (or part of one), please email me your inquiry and we can discuss opportunities!



Your privacy is incredibly important to me! I automatically gather some data from everyone who visits this site, but none of this information is shared with or sold to outside parties.


Also featured in…

Coffee Filter Flowers featured in 27 Unexpected Ways To Give Someone Flowers on Buzzfeed 1/25/13

Italian Wedding Soup with turkey meatballs featured on Yummly – Hearty Soups to Keep You Cozy on a Cold Day 1/14/13

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies – featured on Babble’s Red Velvet Everything! 12 Festive Recipes from Cookies to Cupcakes 12/20/12

Meat Head – featured on The Kitchn’s Spooky, Clever Foods for Halloween Roundup 10/30/12

Meat Head – featured on Dollar Store Crafts 10/23/12

Hautecrush Bloggers that you need to know! on Delightfully Darling 9/12/12

Guest post on What the Frock? 6/9/12

Two ways to style a shirt, featured on Marshalls’ Facebook page

A featured outfit on Marshalls’ Facebook page

Healthy Holiday Leftovers: Flatout Baked Crackers and “Sushi” Rolls at Flatout Fresh blog 11-29-11

Healthy Holiday Entertaining: Wax Paper Flowers and FlatOut EdgeOn Crisps at Flatout Fresh blog 11-22-11

Healthy Holiday Recipes: Mini Mexican Flatbreads with Gazpacho Shooters at Flatout Fresh blog 11-15-11


Fall Fashion from Around the Web at Phosphor Blog 10-3-11

From Head to Toe: Summer Beauty Without Breaking the Bank at Couple of Crumbs 7-29-11

Nosh Girl Chef: Battle Strawberry and Black Pepper at Big Apple Nosh 6-13-11

Moo-less chocolate pie at The Realistic Nutritionist 3-25-11

Real Weddings feature at Elizabeth Anne Designs 10-12-10

…and of course you can find me as Mrs. Buttons on Weddingbee