9 Spring Trends to Wear Now

While I am sitting here down in Charlotte, NC, soaking up the sun, I thought it would be the perfect time to post about this spring’s latest fashion trends! One trend that I have seen the most (and was showcased all over the runway at NY Fashion Week), is yellow! Yellow, marigold, mustard… all shades yellow are so hot right now! I’ve seen pants (love these here), bags (this one is on my wishlist), shoes, tops and dresses like this one here:


I love this dress because it’s more of a mustard yellow, which suites my skin tone a little bit better than a brighter yellow would. I also like the versatility… I dressed it up a lot here, but it could also be dressed down with some casual sneakers and a jean jacket. It’s the perfect piece to go from day to night and is also office-friendly!

As you can see, I styled this outfit with navy accessories. I just love trying unexpected color combos like mustard and navy!






Outfit details: Dress: Nordstrom, sold out (similar, similar only $19) | Necklace: Nordstrom, old (similar, similar) | Earrings: Kendra Scott, $55 (similar) | Bracelets: Bourbon and Boweties, prices vary | Shoes: DSW, old (similar, similar only $11!) | Bag: Steve Madden, old (absolutely LOVE this one)

Check out some more of my favorite yellow clothing and accessories below:



Obviously, this isn’t the only spring trend… read below for 8 more styles that I can not wait to live in this spring!

1. Floral Shoes


ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE (LOVE these colors)! | SIX (also love these)

2. High-waisted Belted Pants


ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE (only $11)!

3. Blue & White Stripes



4. Geometric Jewelry


ONE (just ordered)! | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE | SIX

5. Lightweight Trench Coats (or waterfall coat)


ONE | TWO (just got this in khaki)! | THREE | FOUR | FIVE

6. Gingham



Also love this skirt that I got a few months ago (similar here and here)…


7. Polka Dots


ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE | SIX (only $10)!


If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember this lovely top. Shop it here!


8. Lilac/Lavender


ONE (designer dupe – only $30)! | TWO (I have this in pink and the cut is absolutely STUNNING)! | THREE (comes in 11 other colors) | FOUR | FIVE

I also LOVE these fun earrings that come in lavender AND yellow!

Hopefully this post helps you prepare for spring and fingers crossed that warmer weather is just around the corner! (Especially for family and friends up North, some of which just got TWO FEET of snow?!)


Nordstrom’s Winter Sale

Happy Tuesday everyone!

One way to know that spring is almost here… Nordstrom’s annual winter sale! Get ready to stock up on fall and winter essentials for next year at super low prices. The sale ends THIS Sunday, February 25. Check out some of my favorites and what I’m buying below:



Free People Sweaters: ONE | TWO | THREE
Dresses: ONE | TWO | THREE

And for some more honorable mentions:



I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week! Happy shopping!


A New Day has come (to Target)

Cue Celine Dion… A New Day Has Come, and it’s at Target! A New Day is a newer, affordable clothing line at Target and I am officially obsessed! You can now get trendy, stylish pieces for a lot less (think Target prices)!

Not only do they have clothing (for all body shapes and sizes), but they also have shoes, handbags, hats and many other accessories.


They have a lot of colorful handbags (like the one I am wearing), which really brings a pop of color to a plain black and white outfit. They also have THE cutest shoes (and super reasonably priced) like the ones I am wearing below. These fur lined flats were so popular that they sold out so quickly in a lot of sizes. (Order a half size up).  However, I was able to find a pair that looks almost identical here!

I also love the fact that this line includes every day basics like this plain v-neck t-shirt for only $8 (or 2 for $14) and it comes in 11 colors! It’s hard to find basic pieces at reasonable prices, so I have been stocking up!






Outfit Details: Scarf: Target, $18 (similar) | Earrings: Baublebar, $22 (also love these Kenneth Jay Lane earrings marked down to $17 from $88!) | Sweater: Nordstrom, old (similar for $26, similar in blue) | Bag: Target, $20 (similar, also love this one) | Jeans: Nordstrom, old (similar, similar only $32) | Shoes: Target, $24 (almost identical) | Lip: Bareminerals Matte, $18 in Scandal

Shop more of my favorite items from A New Day at Target below. OR shop the full A New Day collection here.



ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE (perfect for spring)!







I hope you all have a wonderful week!


Love is in the Air!

Happy Friday!

With Valentine’s Day in less than one week, I am sure you all are starting to make plans as to how you will spend your day. Whether you have a date night planned, or a “Gal-entine’s Day” planned, I’ve got you covered on all of this holiday’s essentials! Today I will be sharing some date night outfit options, fun gifts and things to do if you’re having a girl’s night and one of my favorite cocktail recipes!

This dress will be my go to for date night next week. I wore it first to one of my friend’s weddings back in October, and then again to our company’s holiday party in December. I love the v-neck, open back and high slit, but also that it’s not TOO revealing, yet still subtly sexy. 🙂


(If you can’t tell… I ended up getting the hem brought up after I wore it the first time. If you’re in Charlotte and looking for an alterations palce, let me know – I LOVE the ladies who helped me out)!

You can shop my embellished heels here. I love these shoes and I think they really dress up a plain outfit. See some other date night outfit options below:



And what’s date night without some fun accessories?! I absolutely LOVE these 14 kt gold heart earrings from Zales (similar and less expensive by Madewell here)! Don’t forget your red lipstick. This is my favorite from bareminerals, it has a matte finish so it won’t wear off and it also doesn’t dry out your lips.  AND every girl needs a pair of red high heels… here are one of my favorite pairs from DSW! Shop more fun heels below:



If your opting to stay in with the girls instead of going out, there are so many fun Galentine’s Day gifts and items that I found. I think my absolute favorite though is this heart lipstick from Free People! If one of your friends is hosting at her place, I also found this adorable book, which would make the PERFECT hostess gift! AND, what’s a girls night without a fun cocktail? I found the best recipe (which I tried over the weekend) and you will not be disappointed! Hint: it has champagne!

The Raspberry Bellini:

  1. 1 oz. Raspberry Vodka
  2. 2 oz. Champagne
  3. 2 oz. Raspberry-white puree
  4. Mix together, garnish with fresh raspberries and enjoy!

Hopefully this helps when planning out your day/night. What are everyone’s plans for the big day? Anything exciting? Would love to hear from you ❤ Have a great weekend!


Baby it’s Cold Outside!

Two weeks ago we got about 4-5 inches of SNOW here in NC! We don’t normally get snow, so when we do the entire city pretty much shuts down. It was so nice to have a little 2 day break from going into the office and being able to work from the comfort of my own home by the fire! Luckily I had this super cozy jacket to keep me warm when I did venture out of the apartment for some fresh air.


Unfortunately, all the snow was gone by the next day when it got up to 68! (No wonder everyone is getting sick). But of course this week it’s back to the colder, windier temps as usual, so I’ve been wearing this jacket on repeat. Fingers crossed that spring come soon!





Outfit details: Jacket: Nordstrom (almost identical, similar) | Jeans: Express (similar only $23) | Top: LOFT, old (similar, similar only $14) | Belt: Express, old (similar, similar only $19) | Shoes: Kristin Cavallari (similar only $69) | Bag: Aldo (similar only $24) | Earrings: Nordstrom, old (similar, similar)


Colorblock Sweater

Happy New Year… I can’t believe this is my first post of 2018! It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, the past few weeks have just flown by! If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I’ve already taken a trip to Miami AND spent a long weekend in Asheville… and we’re not even half way through the month yet! Also, keep an eye out for an upcoming post featuring an Instagram round up of all my travel/tourist looks!

One of my favorite styles this season has been winter whites. I love testing my fashion boundaries and doing things “outside the norm.” Although, I will say that wearing white after Labor Day -once thought of as a faux pas -has been becoming more and more acceptable. In the past, I would have NEVER worn white during winter, but I am becoming more comfortable trying new styles and you should too! 🙂



Since this outfit is all neutrals, I wanted to add a pop of color with a bright purple bag! I also get SO much wear out of these brown over the knee boots. This is definitely a winter staple you should have in your closet. I got this colorblock sweater from Lord & Taylor on sale… now is a really good time to shop winter items, since most places are starting to get their spring lines in and trying to get rid of boots, sweaters, coats, etc.




Outfit Details: Sweater: French Connection (similar, similar only $27) | Jeans: Free People, on HUGE sale for $17 (usually $78) | Boots: Vince Camuto, last season (similar) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar) | Earrings: Nordstrom, old (similar, same in black) | Watch: Michael Kors (similar) | Lip: Bareminerals in Night Owl

Hope you all had a wonderful Monday and a great start to the week!


Pink Cable-Knit Sweater


Happy Thursday! I can’t believe Christmas is only 4 days away! The craziness of the holidays, working long hours and Christmas shopping has officially gotten the best of me. I haven’t posted in a while since I have been so consumed with my new job, but I finally feel like I am at a place where I have a pretty decent routine and can carve some time out of my busy schedule to focus on blogging! So I am super excited to share this new post with you featuring this cozy pink oversized sweater!



One thing I have noticed about winter wardrobes (and I am also guilty of this) is that all of the colors are SO neutral. When picking out outfits to post for fall and winter, I noticed that everything I laid out was either black, gray, white or brown. With the colder weather it’s tempting to just dress in neutrals, but I wanted to spice things up a bit and this hot pink sweater is the perfect solution!


I picked up this piece from Express for an AMAZING deal on Black Friday at 50% off! These jeans are also from Express and I got them when they were having their “All jeans for $29.90” promotion! I LOVE the diagonal cut at the bottom, it’s different, but I think it adds a little flare! These heels are last season, but I have gotten SO much wear out of them this year. It’s also a perfect way to slightly dress up some distressed denim! The bag is from Aldo and I also got this on Black Friday sale (last year) at 50% off. I love the floral details and thought it was the perfect accessory to tie in the patent leather shoes.


Outfit Details: Sweater: Express (similar only $12!) | Jeans: Express (similar only $20) | Bag: Aldo, old (similar, similar in pink) | Shoes: DSW only $35! (similar) | Watch: Nixon (similar) | Earrings: Baublebar (similar)

Also, Express brought back their 50% off promotion (both in stores and online) so you can still shop my sweater and jeans at a HUGE discount! I hope you all enjoy the holidays with family and friends… and safe travels!


Black Friday 2017

The biggest shopping day of the year is finally here and there are a TON of sales going on at most of my favorite stores! Today is when I get a lot of my Christmas shopping done, but if you aren’t up for fighting the crowds and the traffic, most of these sales will also be running through Cyber Monday and some through Tuesday.

Whenever I do one of my sale posts, I always like to link back to my sale shopping guide. If you don’t plan ahead and make a list, it’s a lot easier to spend a lot more money on extra things you don’t really need. I even review this from time to time before shopping big sales like Black Friday!

So here are some awesome deals you can score today:

  • Abercrombie: 50% off everything, no code needed –through today, 11/24
  • Ann Taylor: 50% off everything with code THANKFUL –today only
  • Anthropologie: 30% off everything, no code needed
  • ASOS: 30% off everything with code EPIC30 –through Tuesday, 11/28
  • Banana Republic: 50% off regular prices, no code needed –through Monday, 11/27
  • BaubleBar: 
  • Bevello: 25% off everything, no code needed
  • Bloomingdales:
  • Buckle: Up to 75% off select items, online only
  • Dillards: 50% off permanently reduced merchandise, no code needed
  • DSW: 20% off everything with code BLACKFRI20 –through Sunday, 11/26
  • Express: 50% off everything, no code needed –through today, 11/24
  • Francesca’s: Buy one, get one 60% off, no code needed –through today, 11/24
  • Gap: 50% off everything with code BLKFRIDAY –through Saturday, 11/25
  • Goodnight Macaroon: 30% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY2017
  • H&M: Deals from $3 and 20% off everything + free shipping with code 1662 –through Saturday, 11/25
  • J. Crew: 40% off your purchase with code THANKU –through Sunday, 11/26
  • Jack Rodgers: Sale on select styles, no code needed
  • Kate Spade: 30% off everything with code GIVEJOY
  • Kendra Scott: 20% off everything with code YELLOW20
  • Levi’s: 40% off everything with code INDIGO40 –through Monday, 11/27
  • Loft: 50% off everything with code THANKS
  • Lord and Taylor: Extra 50% off newly reduced women’s apparel and $20 off your $175 purchase with code BONUS –through Saturday, 11/25
  • Lucky Brand: 50% off everything, no code needed –through Sunday, 11/26
  • Lulus: Up to 90% off everything with code BESTFRIDAY
  • Macy’s: Take an extra 20% off (15% off select departments) with code HURRY through Saturday, 11/25
  • Madewell: 25% off your purchase with code DONTSTRESS –through Sunday, 11/26
  • Michael Kors: Take an additional 25% off, no code needed –through Monday, 11/27
  • Nine West: 50% off site wide, no code needed –through Sunday, 11/26
  • Nordstrom: Extra 20% off select sale items, no code needed
  • Old Navy: 50% off entire purchase, no code needed –through today, 11/24
  • Rebecca Minkoff: Take 25% off $100+ with code BLACK25
  • Red Dress Boutique: 30% off + free shipping –through Sunday, 11/26
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: Up to 40% off designer selections, and earn a $75 gift card with a $150 purchase with code BLKFRI17
  • Sam Edelman: 30% off site wide with code SAMSGIVING –through Sunday, 11/26
  • Shopbop: Save 20% off $200+, 25% off $500+ –through Sunday, 11/26
  • Steve Madden: 
  • Tory Burch: Extra 30% off when you spend $250 or more with code THANKS –through Monday, 11/27
  • Ulta: Black Friday Beauty Busters >> Shop them here! –While supplies last
  • Urban Outfitters: Buy one, get one 50% off everything, no code needed
  • White House Black Market: 40% off your entire purchase with code 65045 –through Monday, 11/27

As usual, I will update this when and if I see new sales pop up. I hope everyone has a happy and SAFE Thanksgiving weekend!


Minimize Holiday Stress


Stress is a topic that I haven’t really blogged about, but around the holidays I tend to over-analyze and over-think EVERYTHING, which leads to an increase in my stress levels and a decrease in my sanity levels. After talking to friends and family, I have found that this is extremely common this time of year. I wanted to create a post to address the stress that the holidays can bring and how I, personally have been able to handle it. Hopefully this will help you too!


This year especially the holidays have totally crept up on me… Thanksgiving is only 3 days away… WHAT?! This also means Black Friday is 4 days away, which is when most people knock out their Christmas shopping. (Don’t worry, I will post a guide to Black Friday later this week). My biggest stress-or this time of year is money and budgeting for gifts. The retail industry has been capitalizing off the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays for years. They put so much pressure on finding the “perfect” gifts and making the “perfect” food for your “perfect” parties where you will wear the “perfect” outfit (I’ll make sure you are covered there). It can be extremely overwhelming! In the past, I have found myself falling into these standards, putting so much pressure on myself (and my budget), but this year I have decided to beat the stress and here’s how:


1. Start Early

Depending on your schedule and how busy you are, it helps to plan out certain days for shopping, baking, family visits, etc. If you are hosting a party or a get together, plan your menu and make a shopping list ahead of time. This helps with last minute trips to the grocery –and trust me, you do not want to be caught in the grocery a day or two before Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. You can also ask a close friend or family for help with party prep. It depends how many people you are entertaining, but an extra set of hands is never a bad thing!

I also know a lot of people who LOVE to procrastinate (I used to be guilty of this myself). However, I have found that planning ahead and starting your holiday lists early, really does make a huge difference. Specifically, when it comes to shopping, getting your gifts ahead of time helps with that last minute scramble. There is NOTHING more stressful than fighting mall shoppers and traffic the week before Christmas. Not to mention, they may not have something in stock and then it will be too late to order anything. Just ask my dad… I will never forget the year he decided to buy my mom a watch for Christmas on December 23! If you know my dad, he does NOT do crowds, or traffic and he HATES spending money. It was about a 5-hour affair and I could totally feel the stress. Needless to say, I think he learned his lesson!

2. Budget

Before you do your gift shopping, determine how much money you can afford to spend, and make sure you stick to it. The number of gifts you give, doesn’t matter –it’s the thought and the effort behind them. One thing I started doing a few years ago, was making homemade gifts, such as sign paintings/crafts. These tend to go over extremely well since you clearly put a lot of thought and time into them. Here is an article I found with some good homemade gift ideas.

Also, there is nothing more stressful than over-buying or over-extending your budget and watching your bank account dwindle. It’s really not worth it to buy extra expensive gifts if you’re going to sacrifice your peace of mind. That’s why it’s super important to determine your budget ahead of time, and to not stray from it. I also like to track my spending to make sure I am staying within that budget. It also helps to buy over time so you aren’t buying a ton of things at once. For more advice on setting a budget, this is a great article!


3. Make a list, check it twice

Make a list for who you want to buy for and what you are thinking of buying them. I use the notes app on my iPhone to list everyone I am buying for and gift ideas for them. This also helps tremendously when it comes to planning your budget. As I start getting gift ideas and seeing different promotions, I add them to that person on my list. To stay organized, I make lists for just about everything. This tip sort of goes hand-in-hand with planning ahead (tip #1). I make a list for what dishes I want to cook/bake, and the items I need to get from the store.

It also helps me to keep a calendar of holiday events to make sure I am not over-extending myself and that my commitments don’t overlap. There are so many times that I make plans and completely forget about them when I don’t write it down. This can add to your stress when you feel like you have too many plans and not enough time. This leads to my next tip…

4. Learn to say no

You don’t have to say “yes” to everything! In fact, it’s likely impossible. If you agree to something when you probably shouldn’t or don’t have the time, you will become extremely overwhelmed, which sometimes leads to feelings of resentment.

Friends SHOULD understand that the holidays are a busy time, and that you can’t attend or participate in everything. If it’s not possible to say no to something, i.e. a work commitment, try to remove something else from your calendar to make up for lost time.


5. Decide what really matters

Ultimately, around the holidays it’s important to remember what matters. Whenever I start to feel myself getting stressed, whether it’s about buying gifts, traveling, etc. I try to remind myself about the important things, like family and all of us being together for Christmas. So when you start to feel yourself getting worked up over broken cookies or spilled hot cocoa, remember the true meaning of Christmas, which is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Something else that can help you realize what truly matters, is volunteering at a local soup kitchen or donating gifts/food to a family in need. There are so many different organizations that give you the opportunity to donate during the season. This can really open your eyes to the struggles of people in your community and give you a new perspective. Any stress or anxiety stemming from buying gifts and cooking/entertaining seems insignificant when you realize how blessed and fortunate you really are.

6. use the internet

The internet is a powerful tool to have in the palm of your hand! If you hate shopping and hate crowds, it’s usually easier to shop online. Plus, you avoid the awful holiday traffic. Most stores have free shipping for the holidays and/or run some sort of special. If you decide to shop in store, I have found it helpful to Google coupons. A lot of times I have found that stores are offering huge savings online that they aren’t always advertised in store.

Also, if I find something online (or in store) I will Google that item to see if another store is offering it at a lower price. A lot of companies will price match competitors so you will purchase from their store. There are also a ton of articles and blogs with gift ideas that can help.


7. Stick to a routine

It’s easy to let the holidays become a “free-for all.” However, if you usually live a healthy lifestyle, overindulgence and abandoning healthy habits will only add to your stress and leave you feeling guilty. To stay on track, try creating a schedule where you plan ahead some time for yourself. Whether your routine is working out, reading, blogging, etc. it’s important to make sure you stick to it. The longer you go without doing something, the easier it is to put it off altogether. This also makes coming back to reality after the holidays that much more difficult.

Some things that help keep me on track are making sure I get plenty of sleep, having a healthy snack/small meal before going to parties, and doing some type of physical activity daily.

8. Relax

Make sure to carve out some time for yourself to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. It’s easier said than done, but I think this is extremely important in maintaining your sanity. Even if it’s just 15 minutes to clear your mind, you can feel refreshed to accomplish everything you need to do. One thing that helps me, is going to the gym for a quick workout, or reading a few chapters in a book. Whatever it is that calms you and helps clear your mind, make sure you do it!


Outfit Details: Top: Free People, old (similar, similar) | Jeans: Nordstrom, $99 (similar only $25) | Bag: Tory Burch, old (similar) | Earrings: Kendra Scott, $55 (similar) | Shoes: DSW, old (almost identical, similar) | Watch: BP, old (similar for $17, similar)

Apart from the chaos and packed schedules, this is truly, in my opinion, the most wonderful time of year. However, if you let gift shopping, entertaining and traveling get the best of you, you could end up missing out on it. Hopefully these tips help you minimize your stress and enjoy every magical moment this holiday!


Leopard Love & Bell Sleeve Top

One of my favorite patterns as of late is leopard print. However, I try to incorporate it into my wardrobe subtly because loud prints don’t really fit my style. I saw this jacket at Target and this one at Bevello and fell in LOVE with both of them! I thought they were so adorable, but I eventually decided I probably wouldn’t get much use out of either of them. One thing I HAVE been getting a lot of use out of are these adorable flats from Nordstrom that I purchased during their July sale.  They have since been marked down even further!


One of my other favorite leopard accessories is this scarf, which I also got from the Nordstrom sale for under $20! I love wearing the two together because it really spices up a boring work outfit. OR you could style the shoes and scarf with some olive green skinny jeans like these from Free People and a white top and voila -it’s an easy and effortless combo!


I also fell in love with this open tie bell sleeve top a few months ago. With an $80 price tag I decided to wait, and a few weeks ago it went on sale for 50% off! (Don’t you love when that happens?) Anyway, I have already worn this a bunch -whether it’s a casual dinner or even to the office.


I love the big, open sleeves and I feel like they make my frame look a little smaller too, and who doesn’t love that?! I was also watching the Real Housewives of Orange County a few days ago and Vicky (one of the housewives) has the SAME exact top! Although she probably bought it before it went on sale! 🙂





Outfit details: Top: Nordstrom, $39 (similar, similar) | Jeans: BP, old (similar, similar) | Shoes: Nordstrom, $53 (similar, similar) | Earrings: Nordstrom, old (similar for $12) | Necklace: Gift (similar) |  Bag: Aldo, $55 (similar for $30, similar) |  Bracelet: The Styled Collection, $20 (similar only $11) | WatchNixon (similar)

Check out some more of my favorite leopard print products below:


Scarf | Flats | Sweater | Silk Top | Pumps | Jacket

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!