Subtle Tie-dye Dress

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I absolutely fell in LOVE with this subtle tie-dye inspired off-the-shoulder dress from Revolve. I don’t normally do a lot of my shopping on this website because it can tend to get a bit pricey, but I could not resist this adorable piece! I also love the deep blue color and the bow ties on the sleeves.

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Dress: Revolve – comes in 3 colors (similar only $39!)
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (identical only $35, similar)
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties
Bag: Goodnight Macaroon
Earrings: Baublebar, old (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors, old (similar)

The material is also super comfortable and thin so you could wear it as a swim/beach cover up and transition it to dinner. It also has POCKETS (I am a sucker for a dress with pockets)! I paired this dress with strappy sandals and a matching cross body bag, and white lace earrings to really make the color pop.

Happy hump day! Hope you all are having a good week so far 🙂

xoHannah

Your July 4th Sale Guide

Fourth of July weekend is HERE! Which means… sales on sales on sales! I have done these types of posts for past holidays but have kind of gotten away from doing them. I received a few requests to do a sale guide for July 4th, so here you go!

Below, I have summed up some of my favorite stores and additional stores that are having some MAJOR and amazing sales this weekend. When I post these sale guides, I always like to link back to my sale shopping guide that I posted last Fourth of July for tips. Fingers crossed for great weather, but if you are stuck inside or have a chance to get to the mall, below are some stores you definitely want to check out!

  • Ann Taylor: 50% off everything with code JUSTBEACHY
  • Anthropologie: Summer tag sale extra 30% off sale no code needed
  • ASOS: $50 off $200 code FREE50, $70 off $250 code FREE70, $100 off $350 code FREE100
  • Banana Republic: Extra 40% off regular priced items with code BRNEW and extra 50% off sale items
  • BaubleBar: Up to 75% off with 20% off all sale items
  • Belk: Extra $30 off $100 with code 94133800 –ends Tuesday, 7/4
  • Bloomingdales: Save 20-40% on sale items through 7/4
  • Coach: 50% off sale styles, no code needed
  • Dillards: Take an additional 30% off sale, no code needed
  • DSW: price drop clearance event with up to 70% off retail prices –no code needed
  • Express: 50% off tees, shorts, dresses and more through Tuesday, 7/4
  • Francesca’s: Buy one regular price item, get one 50% off, ends 7/5
  • Free People: 40% off select styles through 7/4, no code needed
  • Gap: – 40% off your purchase with code JULY through 7/2
  • Goodnight Macaroon
  • H&M: $4 deals with up to 70% off, no coupon needed
  • J. Crew: Extra 50% off sale styles with code SALETIME through 7/2
  • J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything with code FOURTHFUN
  • Jack Rodgers: Up to 60% off select styles through 7/4, no code needed
  • Kate Spade: Extra 40% off sale items with code SUNNY –ends 7/5
  • Kendra Scott: 15% off color bar with code COLOR through 7/4
  • Loft: 50% off everything with code SPARKLER
  • Lord and Taylor: 25% off clearance and 20% off regular price items with code FOURTH –ends 7/4
  • Lucky Brand: 40% off summer essentials –no code needed through 7/4
  • Lulus: Up to 20% off everything (spin to win) through 7/4
  • Macy’s: Take an extra 20% off with code FOURTH through 7/4
  • Nine West: Buy two and get 40% off, no code needed through 7/1
  • Off Broadway Shoes: $10 off on $65 and BOGO 50% off footwear with code FIREWORKS10
  • Old Navy: Entire store is on sale for up to 60% off, no code needed
  • Rebecca Minkoff: Summer sale up to 60% off select items, no code needed
  • Red Dress Boutique: Half price summer sale
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: Up to 70% off designer collections, no code needed
  • Steve Madden: 25% off and free shipping with code FIREWORKS –ends 7/4
  • Target: Up to 30% off home, patio and furniture with code AMERICA and 20% clothes, shoes and accessories
  • Tory Burch: Extra 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30 –ends 7/10
  • Urban Outfitters: 30% off all sale items, no code needed
  • Vera Bradley: 50% off sale, no code needed –ends July 4 PLUS free shipping and beach towel with purchases over $100
  • White House Black Market: Semi-annual sale, up to 70% off, no code needed

As usual, I will continue to update this when I see new sales pop up. I was a little disappointed to see some of my stores weren’t having any deals yet, so I will check back tomorrow and update as needed! I hope everyone has a happy and SAFE fourth of July holiday! Cheers ❤

Stay Chic,
xoHannah

Cali Trip – Days 3 and 4

It has been so long since I have posted about my trip to California, which seems like ages ago… probably because I have been super busy! I married off my little brother last weekend in Colorado (more to come on that) and work has been consuming a lot of my free time. If you missed the details on Day 1 and Day 2, make sure to click the links and catch up! This trip honestly went by so fast but we packed so many activities into these last few days!

Day 3 consisted of brunch at The Sunny Spot, walking around downtown Venice Beach, a trip to the skate park and muscle beach, the Santa Monica Pier and sunset at The Griffith Observatory. My favorite thing about The Sunny Spot was the bottomless mimosas, rum punch AND bloody marys = BEST brunch EVER! The food was really good too though 🙂

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We were even able to sit outside under the fun tents. After brunch and a few cocktails, we walked around downtown Venice Beach and stopped by some fun wall paintings for a photo op. We also stopped into some fun boutique stores for souvenirs AND the original TOMS flagship store.

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This outfit was so perfect for a day full of so many different activities. This romper is old (from last year) but it’s that soft cotton that’s so comfy AND it has pockets! The sandals were very comfortable as well -there was a lot of cushion in the soles, making them great for walking around. I also brought along my denim jacket for when it cooled off at night. See outfit details below:

Romper: Nordstrom, old (almost identical, similar)
Hat: Nordstrom (similar, also love this one)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators (similar only $4)
Sandals: Ash (similar, almost identical only $20)
Watch: Nixon, old (similar)
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, old (similar, similar for $24)
Necklace: Nordstrom, old (same, similar)
Earrings: Kendra Scott (similar only $9)

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Venice Beach was definitely a people watching place. There was so much to do and see! I went to my first actual skate park! And we walked by “muscle beach” where I guess they usually hold weight lifting competitions and the like, but unfortunately there was no one out there.

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Next we made our way to the ever popular Santa Monica pier. It was extremely crowded (but it was Memorial Day weekend). Of course we had to do the ferris wheel going over the beach, which offered some beautiful views… see below!

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After sight-seeing at the pier and the beach, we drove back towards the city through Beverly Hills (Rodeo Dr.) and then on Hollywood Boulevard to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I must say, I was not overly impressed with the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (We didn’t even get out of the car)! I was more or less expecting some glamorous street, but it was quite the opposite. We were able to drive by and see the Chinese and Dolby Theatres where they hold a lot of awards and events, so I was excited to see that at least!

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We ended the night with a beautiful sunset at Griffith Observatory, which offered breathtaking views of downtown L.A. AND the Hollywood sign. It took us a while to get to the top of the mountain (there was a lot of traffic), but it was completely worth it.

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We had another SUPER busy day as you can see. The next day was Memorial Day, so we had a more laid back day and just hung out at the beach all day. It ended up being beautiful! Weather was perfect –not too windy and I was able to get a little bit of sun.

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We started out at Newport Beach, which is about an hour south of L.A. along the coast. This was SUCH a cool town. Seemed very laid back and the beach was HUGE! We stopped by Banzai Bowls to get acai bowls and it was honestly the best I’ve ever had! (Even better than the 3 Natives place I’ve raved about before)! We spent most of the day at the beach, but we left a little after lunch to go down and see Laguna Beach. We stopped at Sancho’s Tacos -a small Mexican place off the beach to grab a quick bite. They serve tacos a la carte, so I was able to try a few of them. I did like the tacos, but Katie got nachos and they were the most amazing nachos I’ve had! I would highly recommend them if you are ever out in Newport beach!

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Towards sunset, it started to get a little bit cloudy so we weren’t really able to see the sun set. However, we did find this cute little bungalow restaurant on Crystal Cove beach called Beachcomber, where we stopped in for appetizers and drinks.

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Overall, we had a successful and fun trip! We were so busy that it just went by way too fast. There were a few places we didn’t get to make it to so I guess I will just have to plan another trip back! 🙂

I hope you all are having a great week so far! If you have any questions about my trip, or suggestions for next time, feel free to send me a comment.

xoHannah

Cali Trip – Day 2

After an exciting, but long day 1… I woke up to the smell of bacon, eggs and muffins. My sweet friend Alison woke up early and made us all breakfast (now that’s a good friend)! We needed all the energy we could get for our morning hike out towards Santa Monica and Malibu. We hiked a trail near Pacific Palisades and it was the first time I ever got to see the Pacific Ocean!

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We ended up hiking a little over 2.5 miles, so it was good exercise and definitely worth it for the views! The land in the distance of those pictures is Long Beach (which we will eventually get to tomorrow). I also found my casual dream home with an infinity pool on the side of the cliff… some of the houses we saw were just so breathtaking.

After our hike, we stopped by the Eames House in Pacific Palisades. This was one of several architecture case study houses done in the 1940’s through the 60’s. This house was actually built in 1949. My friends Alison and Katie are both architects, so they knew a little bit more about case study houses, but I was able to gain a new appreciation for architecture on my trip. Shortly after we got there, the sun came out, so we were able to see a more clear view of the beach and the ocean.

Next on our stop was lunch. By the time we got to the restaurant Cafe Vida, I was so hungry (hiking really takes a lot out of you)! Apparently this place is super popular because there was kind of a long wait. I got a fresh acai smoothie to hold me over. It had all natural ingredients with strawberries, blueberries and bananas and I was in heaven. All of their food was so fresh, I just wish I could go back once a week and try EVERYTHING on their menu!

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Since we were out by Santa Monica, we HAD to stop by the beach after lunch. Unfortunately it was extremely windy, which made it a lot colder. But hey, this was my first time in California so I was determined to put my feet in the Pacific Ocean. If you can’t tell by my reaction below… it was FREEZING. (And of course the wind didn’t help).

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It was cool to sit on the beach and have the mountains on one side and the Santa Monica Pier on the other side. It’s definitely not something you would see on the East Coast. We didn’t spend too much time at the beach (that was for Monday), so we headed out a little early to beat the infamous LA traffic.

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Bathing Suit: Nordstrom (similar only $10!)
Hat: Nordstrom (similar only $7)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators (similar for $7)
Cover up: Nordstrom (similar for $19)
Bag: Nordstrom, old (similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom (only $16!)

Once we got home, we all showered and dressed up for our sunset tour of another famous house, followed by a night out on the town. This was another case study house, that many of you may have heard of, The Stahl House. It’s been in a lot of movies and quite a number of commercials. You can certainly see why… it’s a cliff side glass house that was built for $40,000 in 1960, just above Sunset Blvd and offers the most breath-taking views of LA.

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I am so glad we were able to see this! Truly one of my favorite things that I did while I was out in California. It was cool to see all of the older style decor and original cabinets, flooring, etc. Once our guide eventually kicked us out, we went towards downtown LA to El Compadre Mexican restaurant. I was really looking forward to being able to try authentic Mexican food and El Compadre did not disappoint! I had the most amazing, fresh strawberry margarita (made with REAL strawberries) and another margarita that our bartender lit on fire!

After dinner we went out to explore the bar scene. Any Vanderpump Rules fans? I was SO excited to see PUMP! I wanted to go in, but it was towards the end of the night. We spent the majority of the night at The Abbey in West Hollywood and I definitely got the full LA experience there. I also thought it was weird that there wasn’t a cover charge –but hey, I was not complaining.

We had another successful, fun and BUSY day but it was so worth it. Still a lot more on our list of things to do 🙂

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Dress: Free People over 50% off! (similar)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar, similar)
Watch: Nixon (similar)
Earrings: Sole Society (similar)
Shoes: Sam Edelman (almost identical for $59)

I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start. Can’t wait to share the rest of my trip with you all! And also can’t wait to head back out west later this week for my brother’s wedding!

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Cali Trip – Day 1

So last weekend I took my very FIRST trip to California! I went with my roommate Katie to visit our friend Alison who had moved out to LA a few months ago. We had originally planned our trip for February, but that happened to be the weekend with all of the rain and mudslides, so we switched it to go over memorial day. Thank goodness we did because the weather ended up being absolutely beautiful!

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This was the view from my friend’s house in Miracle Mile. One of the coolest things I noticed out there were all of the different styles of houses. You would have a modern house right next to a mediterranean style house, next to a colonial house, etc.

We landed at LAX around 8 PM and after Alison picked us up, we immediately had to go to In n’ Out Burger. Unfortunately we went to the one right next to the airport, so everyone else flying in had the same idea and it was pretty crowded. I got their double burger and the best strawberry milkshake I have ever had! I was surprised at how CHEAP it was. Especially since everything else in California is so expensive, but it was the perfect first meal in California. Of course we stayed and chatted for about 3 hours before finally heading back to Alison’s place where we immediately passed out (I now know the feeling of jet lag)!

The next morning we went to visit Alison’s architecture company, then made our way to brunch in downtown LA at LA Chapter. They had a small menu selection (which is true for most of the places we went) but everything we got was melt in your mouth amazing.

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After brunch, we walked up to their rooftop bar and terrace and I loved the ambiance! I felt like I was at an upscale boutique hotel in India. I absolutely fell in love with the bohemian decor AND the rooftop pool! I also learned that rooftop pools are a big thing in LA and anyone can go up and swim in them?!

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Next stop was The Broad Museum (pronounced br-ode). It’s a really big attraction in LA and it’s free! But, you have to register about 2 months in advance if you don’t want to wait hours in line. Luckily we had advanced tickets so we were able to go right in.

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Honestly, there were some disturbing, yet eye opening pieces there (not pictured), which gave me a new appreciation for art. They had a little Andy Warhol exhibit too, which was really cool! However my FAVORITE thing was the infinity mirror room. We had to wait a while to get in but it was so worth it. You walk out on this platform that’s surrounded by water and the entire room is covered in mirrors. How cool is that?!

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After the museum we walked across the street to explore the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It’s a really strange shaped building but we had fun walking around. We didn’t get a chance to go in though… maybe that will be on the list for the next visit! We stopped into a beautiful cafe called Otium for a drink and then made our way to the Arts District.

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We stopped in at the Arts District Brewery for some beer and bar food for lunch. Then we walked over to Angel City brewery. We were just killing some time until we were ready to leave for the Dodgers game! It’s been A WHILE since I’ve been to a baseball game and I forgot how fun they are (minus the $14 beers)! Of course I had to get myself a souvenir Dodgers hat and they came away with a 4-0 win over The Cubs.

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We stayed after the game for fireworks… it was honestly the perfect night. We had such a busy day that by the time the game and fireworks were over, we were understandably exhausted! So we had a successful Day 1 in Cali, but there were still many more adventures to be had!

Hope you all enjoy your weekend! Check back next week for all the deets on day 2!

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5 Dress Trends to Invest in This Summer

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The summer season is practically here, which means dress season (my favorite)! There are so many different dress trends I’ve noticed, but I narrowed down the list to my top 5 favorites! Trust me, it was hard to narrow this list down because I could add so many more, so I added a few bonus ones at the end 🙂 you are welcome!

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Florals are one of my favorite trends right now and there aren’t many cuter dresses out there than floral maxis! I have found so many cute ones (see below) it’s been hard to decide which to purchase! However, I did get this one from Express when they had their 30% off sale and I can’t wait for it to come in the mail! It’s also available in 3 other colors. I found this really cute and affordable dress from Red Dress Boutique I also ordered!

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This is a trend that was huge last summer and it looks like it’s here to stay for 2017. I did one of my first blog posts on chambray (denim) dresses, and I am loving the fact that I will be able to live in these dresses all summer long!

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There is something so elegant about wrap dresses that I am totally crushing on right now. These dresses pair perfectly with some strappy sandals or chic sneakers. And that’s what I love… that these dresses are so versatile AND they look great on ALL body types!

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It’s definitely safe to say that ruffles are totally in right now, however I feel like this trend may not stick around as long (but you never know). I tend to lean more toward the soft and subtle ruffles, but I have recently stepped out of my comfort zone by purchasing this dress from Asos. I also like the a-symmetrical ruffle trend, which is a fun variation.

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This is a trend that I just HAD to give in to. Midi dresses are so practical – they are long enough so you don’t have to worry about them riding up, but still short enough and breezy that you won’t sweat to death! You can also easily dress them down with flats or sneakers, or dress them up with a cute pair of wedges. I recently bought this one from Red Dress Boutique and I love that it also incorporates ruffles! It’s also the perfect style to wear to work because you never have to worry if it’s too short.

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3 Bonus dress trends I am also loving:

1. Tassels
2. Seersucker
3. T-shirt dresses

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I am trying to recover from my trip to California… I came back with a nasty head cold 😦 but I can’t wait to post all about it soon!

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A Gainesville Graduation

It’s hard to believe my younger sister (by 5 years!) graduated from college 2 weekends ago! I remember my college graduation like it was just yesterday… Although it was actually four years ago almost to the day. I remember the excitement, the fear, and the uncertainty. Even though I had already had a job lined up and my sister is set to go to pharmacy school in August, there is still that uncertain feeling of moving onto the next chapter in life. After that weekend I got to thinking about my college years and feeling nostalgic. Looking back, there are so many things that I could have (and probably should have) done differently, but without those experiences I wouldn’t be where I am today!

At least Haley chose to go to the University of Florida so I had a nice little weekend getaway in the sunshine state. At least that’s what I thought… My weekend actually consisted of a lot of driving, packing, moving, cleaning and lifting heavy furniture. Oh, and food… a lot of good food! And it was all worth it to see my sister walk across that stage Sunday morning with a big smile on her face!

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My parents, grandma and sister all drove down to Charlotte Thursday night so we could leave early Friday morning. That night I took them to Paco’s Tacos & Tequila for dinner. If you live in the Charlotte area and have not been there and love Mexican you HAVE to go! They have the best, fresh guacamole and margaritas that are out of this world. Also, try the volcano queso dip… don’t ask what’s in it and just trust me 🙂

After arriving in Florida on Friday, we just relaxed and spent some family time together over cocktails and beer… it had been a while since we were all together. We ended up actually staying at a hotel in Ocala (45 minutes away), since Gainesville hotels booked up 6 months before graduation! We were in for a long day Saturday since we had to pack up Haley’s room and load the UHaul truck.

I was up bright and early Saturday morning… I was able to get a quick workout in too, but I would soon realize that was a mistake. We spent the next several hours helping Haley pack, cleaning her apartment and loading up the UHaul. Luckily she did a good job at having everything together so it didn’t take nearly as long as it could have.

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And afterwards, I insisted on going back to 3 Natives! This place is SO good… I wrote about it in my blog post about our Naples trip. They honestly have the most amazing acai bowls I have ever had! I haven’t been able to find a place like it in Charlotte, unfortunately.

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We got back to the hotel in time to spend a few hours by the pool and it turned out to be a beautiful day! We had a few cocktails, listened to some good music and took our time getting ready for dinner. Haley had made us reservations at this Italian place called Leonardo’s and it was delicious! The service was excellent, wine was great and the food was so fresh and authentic.

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After dinner (and dessert) we went to a nearby rooftop sports bar downtown and watched the sun set.

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Outfit Details Below
Romper: Nordstrom, ONLY $45!
Wedges: Steve Madden by DSW
Body Chain: Kendra Scott ‘Joslyn’ (similar only $13)
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties
Watch: Nixon (similar, similar)
Earrings: Kendra Scott ‘Rogan’ (similar)

On Haley:
Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (similar, similar)
Lace-up sandals: Lilly Pulitzer (similar only $19!)

Sunday morning was the big day! Haley had finally made it and everything she worked so hard for over the past 4 years was all for this moment. I was so excited and so proud of her! After a long ceremony, and lots of coffee, we were able to celebrate with the grad! And by celebrate, I mean we spent the next 7 hours driving back to Charlotte. She will be starting Pharmacy School at Ohio State University in the fall and I can not wait to see everything that she accomplishes there! Best of luck Hales and congrats!

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Outfit Details:
Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (similar for $39, similar)
Shoes: Lilly Pulitzer
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties
Earrings: Sugarfix by Baublebar at Target (similar)
Haley’s shoes: Lilly Pulitzer
Mom’s dress: Lilly Pulitzer, old

The gang eventually made it back to Maryland on Monday morning… here they are unloading the truck, and my mom clearly loving Haley’s scooter!

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I hope you all enjoy your weekend!

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Color Crush: Lilac

Funny background story… I used to HATE the color purple in any and every variation. (I’m not really sure why, but looking back I think it’s because I was a Pittsburgh Steeler fan growing up in Baltimore). However, after a few years at Clemson, the color purple had grown on me again!

Right now one of my favorite colors to wear is lilac. I have seen it everywhere, and I think it’s such a sweet and flattering color. However, I gave this top more of an edgy look with black skinnies and a black choker.

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Top: Anthropologie, old (similar $19, similar $24)
Pants: Nordstrom (similar only $32)
Sandals: Tory Burch (similar for $45)
Earrings: Kendra Scott (also love these)
Necklace: Express, old (similar, similar for $5)
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend! I am looking forward to spending some much needed time with the family to celebrate my little sister’s COLLEGE graduation! Where has the time gone and how did she grow up so fast?!

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Tie Sleeve Off the Shoulder Top

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend and have a great start to a new week! One of my current trend obsessions right now is this off-the-shoulder look. I instantly fell in love with this top… it’s trendy AND the tie sleeve detail is SO cute!

Pair it with some white skinnies and booties (or sandals/flats) and you are good to go! I wore this outfit a few weeks ago in Florida and I will definitely be wearing this top alllll summer. The material is really thin and comfy too, so even though it has long sleeves, it will still be wearable in the summer heat! M y favorite part? It’s ONLY $35!

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Top: Nordstrom, $35 (also love this one)
Pants: Charlotte Russe, old (similar for $39)
Booties: Vince Camuto (similar only $22!)
Leaf cuff: Lilly Pulitzer, (similar)
Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties
Earrings: Baublebar (comes in 24 other colors)
Sunglasses: Nordstrom, $12

This is one of my favorite outfits I’ve put together in a while because it is SO affordable! I mean, tell me where else you can get cute sunglasses like these for less than $12? And where you will find a quality off-the-shoulder top for $35?

I also LOVE Baublebar accessories (especially their statement earrings). There are so many different style options at affordable prices AND you get points for each dollar you spend that you can use towards future purchases.

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Weekend in Naples

Last weekend I was able to visit the beautiful town of Naples, Florida for my gorgeous soon to be sister in law Erin’s “last flamingle” a.k.a. Bachelorette party! There were 11 of us and we stayed in an amazing condo a few blocks from the beach. We collectively decided on a flamingo theme… And let me just tell you how cute this idea was and how much fun we had with it! Is she not the cutest?!

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I left for Florida Wednesday night after work and made a pit stop in Gainesville, Florida to pick up the little sister. Of course I had to wait until her classes were over on Thursday (despite my best efforts, I could not convince her to skip class). So while she was in class, I went for a little run around Gainesville and did some stairs at the stadium. Of course I stopped for a breather and was able to snap this shot.

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It was an absolutely gorgeous day, so I was happy that I could fit in a quick workout before the busy weekend! We were finally able to hit the road (with Starbucks in hand) at 2:30 and arrived in Naples around 7. We made a stop along the way and picked up some drinks, sunscreen, balloons and other decorations.

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Luckily, Erin was out at the beach so Haley and some of the other girls and I were able to decorate everything and surprise her when she got back. There were two other girls whose flights got in a little later, so we just hung out at the house, waited for them and ordered in. One of my favorite decorations (and I think most of the other girls would agree) was this life size portrait of Erin!

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Not to mention, she is wearing a FLAMINGO bathing suit! Side note: we decided on the theme BEFORE we were able to get our hands on this picture (thanks Josh)! Is she not stunning in this one piece?!

Anyway, we ordered pizza for dinner from a place called The Crust. We got a few different pizzas and let me just tell you how AMAZING their menu is. The Barbeque Chicken was my absolute favorite! If you are ever in the area I would DEFINITELY recommend this place! And one of my favorite things is having left over pizza for breakfast… anyone else do that too? The rest of the night was spent getting to know each other/catching up and just a few cocktails from the margarita machine!

I was so excited for my first beach day of 2017! Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t that great (a little chilly and windy), but the beach is the beach and just being able to relax by the ocean with a Corona had me happy! And as you can see below, we were definitely not going to let a little cold weather get in the way of our fun weekend.

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Swimsuit: Everything But Water top, bottom

We ended up having to cut our beach day a little short, but that gave us more time to get ready for Erin’s big night out! (And more time for 11 girls to get ready for her night out). We reserved a VIP table at one of the local night clubs, called The Blue Martini. I am not used to going to a bar and reserving VIP tables –but it was super fun for the night!

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Romper: Nordstrom, old (similar for $29, also LOVE this)
Shoes: Guess, old (similar for $39!)
Earrings: Baublebar (short version)
Necklaces: Not sure 🙂
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties
Haley’s romper: Lilly Pulitzer (similar only $38!)
Haley’s sandals: Lilly Pulitzer (similar, $22 similar, $24)

We had an amazing night and I think Erin had a ton fun, which was the most important thing! We may have stayed up until 3 AM, but we sure as heck weren’t going to miss the beautiful weather that Saturday!

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Bathing Suit: Victoria Secret, old (similar top, $17 bottom, $13)
“Hello Summer” Hat: Nordstrom, only $25!

The weather on Saturday definitely made up for the weather on Friday. We made ourselves at home on Clam Pass Beach and spent the day relaxing in the sun. We stopped by the beach restaurant for lunch and while we were waiting, we obviously had to try their drinks. They made the most amazing piña colada with a rum floater. Definitely a new favorite drink of mine that I discovered on this trip! (As if I needed another).

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All of the girls!

After a full day relaxing on the beach, we made our way back to the condo and got ready for dinner. Since this was our last night, we kept things more low key than the night before and played some fun bachelorette games.

We had reservations for dinner at a place in downtown Naples called HobNob. The food was so fresh (I can honestly say I did not have a single bad meal while I was down there). We shared some appetizers –I would recommend the stuffed peppers, they were to die for! I also tried ceviche for the first time and I was pleasantly surprised. For those of you that don’t know (and I didn’t) ceviche is raw fish marinated in citrus juices and spices. I was surprised that the sushi lover in me had never had this before!

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Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar on sale, similar for $23)
Dress: Nordstrom, old (similar)
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (similar, similar)
Haley’s dress: O’Neill, on sale for $25! (also love this)

Once we got back to the condo, we played my fav bachelorette game of the weekend! One of the girls came up with this idea to interview Josh before we left and ask him questions about their relationship, then see what Erin said and how their answers matched up. It was very sweet and had all of our hearts melting!

Haley and I left early the next morning. I stopped in Gainesville to drop her off, then slowly made my way back to Charlotte. 11 hours of driving in total… it was a long day and weekend for that matter, and I was SO exhausted. However, celebrating Erin and my brother and their upcoming wedding was absolutely worth it!

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If you have any questions about Naples and my trip, feel free to reach out I would love to hear from you! OR if you have questions about fun things to do for a bachelorette party, I can also give you some pointers. Until then…

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