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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Teal Cold-Shoulder Dress

Hello everyone! It’s been quite a while… I have decided to come out from under my rock and get back to blogging. I took a hiatus for a while as things started to get SUPER crazy at work and I was beginning to feel overwhelmed. However, this is my creative outlet so I am going to try and be better about posting more consistently (and not just on Instagram! ) 🙈

I am SO SO SO excited for this warmer weather! Summer is my all time favorite and I was able to kick it off with a fun girls trip to Naples, FL this past weekend! (New post on that coming soon). We were celebrating my soon to be sister-in-laws bachelorette party and it was so great to be able to spend time with her and meet all of her amazing and fun friends! So reminiscing on my last trip to Florida when I went to Amelia Island… I decided to post some pictures from my last photo shoot there. Enjoy!

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The long open sleeves on this dress made it really breezy in the Florida heat -it’s a great transition piece from spring to summer (especially when paired with these adorable Vince Camuto booties). You can read more about my Amelia Island trip here. See outfit details below:

Dress: Urban Outfitters (similar, same style for $44 -comes in 9 colors!)
Necklace: Kendra Scott (similar ONLY $15)
Watch: Michael Kors (similar for ONLY $18!)
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties (assorted styles)
Shoes: Vince Camuto, old (similar only $50, almost identical)
Earrings: Baublebar, old style (similar)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (also love this one on sale)
Rings: Kendra Scott, old (similar)

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Life Update!

As promised I have some exciting news that I am thrilled to share with all of you today! Although the weather is getting warmer, I am stocking up on some winter essentials, because I am making one of my dreams come true this upcoming Winter 2017.

I am BEYOND excited to tell you all that I will be taking my first trip to EUROPE this winter! I have never been overseas but it has always been a dream of mine to explore that part of the world. With my heritage being mostly German, and my dad living there for a few years in his 20’s, I have always been passionate about visiting Germany, among several other European countries.

Luckily, there are a TON of winter sales going on right now as retail stores are making room for their spring lines (which I plan to recap later this week). Shop outfit details and read more about my trip below…

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Jacket: Nordstrom, $169 SALE also available here (similar)
Boots: DSW, $69 (similar, similar)
Scarf: Old Navy, $16 (similar)
Jeans: H&M, $19
Gloves: Francesca’s, old (similar)
Headband: Francesca’s, old (similar for $7!)
Lip: NARS velvet lip glide, $26 in “TOY”

So a little bit more about my trip… I booked through EF College Break. This site makes traveling so easy and much more affordable. It has been on my radar for the past few years, but I finally decided to take a leap of faith and finally book a trip!

Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start! ❤

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Color Obsession: Olive

One of my new favorite colors this season has been olive green (my color preference changes practically daily -but for now this is my current obsession)! This oversized, light weight sweater is no exception. I love the loose, relaxed fit and the lighter weight material makes it a perfect transition piece from winter to spring. I am also OBSESSED with this dark lip gloss. Normally I would shy away from something so bold, but it really gives this outfit a little bit of edge.

If you can’t tell, I have been on an oversized sweater kick lately. Check out my last post from earlier this week here. Shop outfit details below and more of my favorite olive must have pieces:

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Sweater: Altar’d State, old (almost identical for $19)
Jeans: Charlotte Russe, old (similar, also love these)
Booties: Free People, $79 on SALE! (similar)
Necklace: Kendra Scott, old (similar)
Bag: COACH, gift (almost identical, similar for $29)
Earrings: Baublebar, $34 (similar, also love these)
Bracelet: Macy’s, old (similar)
Watch: Nixon, $ (almost identical, similar for $16)
Ring: Nordstrom, $ (similar)
Lip: NARS velvet lip glide in “TOY”

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Also (random side note) if you haven’t heard yet, Katy Perry just launched her very own shoe line! I definitely did not see this coming, but I am so glad that it did! While the price points are a little higher and not 100% my style, I have to admit some of her items are just too darn cute! They also look like they are high quality and offer a different twist on the same old boring pumps and flats. Shop her line here. Sign up for the list and get 10% off your first purchase! Shop two of my faves below:

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ANDDDD I also have some super exciting news in my personal life… so make sure to check back here on Monday where I will be sharing it with all of you!

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Slouchy Sweater

I can’t believe it’s been over two weeks since my last post! (Insert embarrassed emoji here). I have been super busy (in a good way) and have had so many changes in my life! For starters, I moved into a brand new apartment and will soon have a new roommate -one of closest friends, Katie!

I also earned a promotion at my company and started my new role as ACBJ’s email marketing specialist. I am super excited about this opportunity, but have been extremely busy adjusting to this new role. SO, I am hoping to get back on schedule with my blog and posting more regularly. Let’s start with my FAVORITE sweater that I have been living in this winter from Free People.

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One of my favorite things about this sweater is that I can wear it off the shoulder! I also like being able to wear it with white jeans…. winter whites are really in right now and this top helped me pull it off.

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Sweater: Macy’s, $74 on SALE! (similar, similar)
Jeans: Charlotte Russe, old (similar)
Booties: Vince Camuto, old (similar, similar for $49!)
Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties, $24+
Ring Set: Kendra Scott, old (similar, similar)
Earrings: Baublebar, $36 (similar)

Don’t worry, it won’t take two weeks for me to post again 🙂 I hope ya’ll have a great week!

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Amelia Island Getaway

My sister and I planned a fun little girls weekend away 2 weekends ago and decided to head to Amelia Island down in sunny Florida. It’s a small island right off the coast, a little North of Jacksonville. We had lots of fun catching up and exploring the beautiful island together –see for yourself…

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This was Sliders Seaside Grill, which was right across from our hotel. It was a neat beach side bar with an amazing ocean view, where we spent most of our afternoons. Each day they had awesome live music and the food was phenomenal! I would definitely recommend the calamari with Rum Punch! We loved this little Tiki Bar… they even had swings at the bar. Unfortunately I did not think to take a picture but you can take my word when I say it was really neat!

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It was so amazing how you could just drive your truck right out on to the beach. A lot of places don’t let you do that. Of course I was not about to drive my little car out there, but it was still cool to see the locals do it! Once we got checked into our hotel and settled, we started looking up some places to go explore and played total tourists for the rest of the day. We made our way into the downtown area where we did some window shopping and explored some of the local bars and historic sights.

Below are some pictures from the marina and downtown:

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This was the hotel that we stayed in “Amelia Hotel at the Beach.” While it wasn’t a 5-star resort, I would definitely go back and stay there again. The rooms were clean, comfortable and spacious and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful! You can check out their website and make reservations here. They also have an amazing Groupon deal you can check out here! Unfortunately, I did not stumble upon this until after we got back.

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Overall we had a very relaxing stay and some much needed sister time escaping from the real world for a few days!

See what I wore while exploring downtown and shop outfit details below:

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Jacket: Nordstrom, old (similar, similar)
Top: Loft, $49 (similar for only $29)
Necklace: My Stella & Dot, $98 (similar only $39)
Earrings: My Stella & Dot, $39 (almost identical)
Jeans: Nordstrom, old (similar, also love these)
Booties: Lucky Brand from Macy’s, $84 ON SALE w/ code: WKND!
Bag: Tory Burch, old (similar, similar)

Thank you all for reading and if you have ANY questions about the island, I would be more than happy to answer them and tell you a little bit more about my experience! Hope ya’ll have a fantastic weekend!

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Off the Shoulder Sweater

Warning… excuse the blurry pictures! BUT I am happy to say that this is my LAST post using my old camera! YAY! It’s amazing how big of a difference my new camera has made, everything is so clear and in focus (but still working on learning all of the features).

Anyways… as many of you may have heard, Macy’s is unfortunately closing a bunch of their stores. The good news for us is that there are A TON of wonderful brand name items on SALE!*I just got a pair of free people booties for $45! That’s usually unheard of! I would definitely recommend checking out their sales or signing up for their emails. This sweater was one of the things that I was able to pick up and I ABSOLUTELY love it! I guess everyone else loved it too because it has since sold out at Macy’s price but you can still get it from Lord and Taylor. I have also attached similar options below. Enjoy!

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I love that you can either wear this piece as an off the shoulder sweater or a regular sweater for a more conservative look.

Sweater: Free People from Macy’s, sold out in this color (cream color here) buy the same color from Lord and Taylor here.
Jeans: Charlotte Russe, old (similar for $27, similar)
Shoes: White House Black Market, old (similar only $34)
Bag: Nordstrom, old (similar, similar)
Earrings: Nordstrom, old (similar, similar -love these, similar)
Rings: Kendra Scott, old (similar, similar)

Shop similar off the shoulder sweaters that I LOVE!

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ONE, $39  |  TWO, $24  |  THREE, $40  |  FOUR, $68  |  FIVE, $78

*Life update: I spent the weekend in the beautiful Amelia Island, Florida with my sister. It was such a nice little getaway for us both. We loved exploring the town and of course we always love having sister time! Keep an eye out for a lot more posts from the weekend coming soon.

I hope you all have a great week!

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Winter Wonderland

So in case you haven’t heard, we got some snow in Charlotte, NC this weekend! (Note: some snow, mostly ice). Unfortunately it was a lot less than I had hoped for, but I always love seeing and experiencing the snow (maybe that’s the Northern blood in me).

I hope you all had a SAFE and FUN weekend… I know I sure did. It was great staying in my PJs all day and not having anywhere to go. However, I was able to get outside and snap some pictures before taking shelter by the fire for the rest of the day!

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It’s hard to tell but I promise that it was snowing at this point!

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Love the purple pop of color I added with this Rebecca Minkoff bag I snagged on sale from Nordstrom!

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I have had these gloves for YEARS! I originally got them from Francesca’s and I love that they are mittens that button back in to gloves… genius idea!

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This was my sad attempt at making a snowball. Unfortunately there was more ice than snow so this is about as far as I got.

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I hope ya’ll try to stay warm this week and have a happy Tuesday! Shop all of my outfit details below:

Jacket: Nordstrom by Jessica Simpson, $119 on sale!
Leggings: Lilly Pulitzer, $98
Boots: Hunter, $160
Socks: Hunter Cable Knit, $50
Mittens: Francesca’s, old (similar)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, $200 on sale! (similar for $105)
Hat: Target, only $11! *So side note, I have had my eye on this Free People beanie but couldn’t bring myself to spend $48 on something that I would only wear 1 or 2 months out of the year… so this a great find for me!
Lip Color: NARS in Toy, $26

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