Seeing Spots

Happy Saturday! I am SO thankful that the weekend is finally here – I feel like this week drug on forever. Hopefully you all have some exciting plans… I unfortunately, will be cleaning all weekend 😦

For today’s post, I wanted to feature this gorgeous polka dot dress. I have been seeing spots everywhere lately and this is the perfect way to make a statement this summer! I also love the subtle peek-a-boo detail in the front and the high slit. And what’s even better is that it’s only $35 on sale! I also played up the black and white look with some of my favorite pink Kendra Scott accessories ❤

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Outfit Details: Dress: Nordstrom, ONLY $35! (similar styles linked below) | Shoes: Sam Edelman, old (similar only $40) | Bag: Kate Spade, old (same from Tradesy, similar) | Necklace: Kendra Scott, $60 (similar) | Ring: Kendra Scott, $80 (similar, similar) | Watch: Nixon, $120 (similar) | Cuff: Kendra Scott, $65 (same on Zappos, similar) | Bracelet: Kendra Scott, $80 (similar only $10!) | Earrings: Kendra Scott, $225 (similar)

Check out some of my other favorite black and white polka dot favorites below (and they are ALL under $50!):

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ONE, $25 | TWO, $49 | THREE, $45 | FOUR, $28 | FIVE, $33

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

xoHannah

 

 

 

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2018 Nordstrom Sale – My Top Picks

Today the Nordstrom Sale (NSale) finally went live to the public! So I wanted to share my top 15 purchases that I made from the sale. I already shared my beauty picks earlier this week, and you can view them here.

Most of the items included in the sale are fall items, which has me super excited for cooler temperatures (as I sit here in the 92 degree heat)! Quick note… a lot of items have unfortunately sold out… I don’t ever remember things selling out this quickly during last year’s sale but I did notice last year that Nordstrom tends to restock items randomly so keep checking back!

I also did my best to choose my top items from ones that are still in stock ❤

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ONE: Long Sleeve Tee – For this long sleeve top, I thought $29 was a steal, but then I saw that it was marked down to only $18 and I couldn’t pass it up. This will be a great basic piece for the fall and it also comes in black! Top fits tight but true to size.
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TWO: STS Blue Emma High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans – You can’t really go wrong with a good pair of denim for $39 and these are really great quality. Another perfect basic for fall. I’ve also really started leaning toward higher waist styles and love the fit on these, which is true to size.
$38.90 (originally $59)

THREE: BP. Varsity Stripe Sweater – This is a great casual piece and for only $25, I couldn’t say no! I would pair this with some skinny jeans and black booties for a casual dinner OR dress it down with some black leggings and a pair of casual sneakers. Oversized fit but true to size.
$25.90 (originally $39)

FOUR: Leith Rib Wrap Sweater – I really like the style of this top and the soft, lavender color is gorgeous on! The ribbed detail also gives it a dressier look. Fit is true to size.
$39.90 (originally $59)

FIVE: Zella Madison Tank – Ok, how adorable is the back of this top. I always say that cute workout gear motivates me to work out more often and now I’ll have another reason to! I also purchased this strappy Zella bra with it, but unfortunately it’s sold out. I also like the lower-cut arm holes to keep me cool during this July heat wave! Fit is loose but true to size.
$25.90 (originally $39)

SIX: BP. Stitch Curve Hem Cardigan – I got a lot of basic colored cardigans from last year’s sale, so I went a little bolder with this Pink Cedar color. I love the pockets and the curved detail and is also a great color for fall. I can’t wait to pair this with a white top, some skinnies and my leopard flats for some flare 🙂  I went a size down from my normal size for a tighter and shorter fit in the sleeves.
$31.90 (originally $49)

SEVEN: WAYF Plunging Knot Front Top – I was a little unsure about this top when I initially ordered it, but the fit is super flattering. It’s also great for work with a pair of black slacks, but I could also see me wearing it with some denim cutoffs and platform sandals. Fit is true to size.
$45.90 (originally $69)

EIGHT: Ribbed Body-Con Minidress – This dress was a steal for $30! I was debating between the black or olive color, but ended up going with the black. This is a staple piece for fall. I can see myself dressing it down with a plaid flannel and my Chuck Taylor’s or dressing it up with some patterned pumps for a night out. (I sized down for a tighter fit)
$29.90 (originally $45)

NINE: Leith Tie Front Pant – I purchased these pants because they are unlike anything else I own. Not only do I love the color, but they are work friendly and the high-waist is super slimming, which is always a great bonus! I went with my normal size for these, but the legs are a little long so I will probably need to get them hemmed.
$45.90 (originally $69)

TEN: BP. Plaid Shirt – This is another great basic. I am a sucker for a good flannel and the $32 price tag tempted me to purchase in every color. However, the green just stuck out to me and is gorgeous for fall with some black legging (see Spanx below) and nude boots. Fits true to size. Size up for a bigger/boy fit.
$31.90 (originally $49)

ELEVEN: Chelsea28 Lace Yoke Top: I originally fell in love with the intricate lace detail on this top, but I also like the Rust Cider color, which is perfect for fall! True to size.
$45.90 (originally $69)

TWELVE: Spanx Faux Leather Leggings – I’ve always wanted to try a pair of Spanx leggings because I’ve heard such great reviews, but with a $100 price tag, I was reluctant. So imagine how happy I was when I saw these on sale… I can’t wait to try them and hopefully they live up to the hype 🙂
$64.90 (originally $98)

THIRTEEN: Caslon Aiden Wedge Sneaker – This is the perfect casual sneaker. I got these in black but I almost wish I had gotten them in the Taupe color. Here’s to hoping they come back in stock in my size! Also, how adorable is the perforated detail?!
$79.90 (originally $119.95)

FOURTEEN: Nike Free RN 2018 Running Shoe – I definitely needed a new pair of running shoes (mine are about 3 years old) and I’ve had my eyes on this pair for a while. I love Nike for running shoes specifically and I am obsessed with this “Rose/Gunsmoke” color! (Also comes in a cargo khaki color)
$74.90 (originally $100)

FIFTEEN: Vince Camuto Pevista Bootie – I have found that flat booties are so much more practical than my heeled booties, so I ordered these! I love the moto-inspired detail, which makes this shoe so unique.
$99.90 (originally $149.95)

Would love to hear from all of you what you’re shopping today and what your favorites are?! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and happy shopping!

xoHannah

2018 Nordstrom Sale – Beauty Picks

Happy Monday! I hope you all had an amazing weekend! In case you haven’t heard, early access to Nordstrom’s annual NSale began on Thursday, July 12. The early access is for card holders only, but public access begins on July 20. The sale ends and prices increase on August 6! I think this year is even BETTER than last year and I am so excited to share with you my top beauty picks in today’s post.

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If you do not have a card and would like to apply to gain early access, you can do so here. To see everything that’s included in this year’s sale, you can view the look book here.

Also, (side note) a lot of clothing items have already “sold out,” however, Nordstrom holds on to some of that inventory for when the sale goes public and will periodically restock throughout the 3 and a half week sale.

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ONE: Kiehl’s Jumbo Creme de Corps Bottle with Pump – The BEST lotion ever! I always buy a new one during the Anniversary sale and the jumbo bottle lasts me a full year.
$52 (originally $75)

TWO: Sara Happ The Lip Expert Coconut Set – This two piece lip treatment comes with a coconut scrub to exfoliate your lips and then a Luxe Lip Balm to hydrate! This will leave your lips feeling so smooth!
$32 (originally $46)

THREE: T3 White and Chrome Cura Hair Dryer – I’ve had this hair dryer for about 3 years now and it’s completely worth the investment! I naturally have dry hair and it helps reduce frizz and maintains the shine.
$134 (originally $200)

FOUR: T3 Grey SinglePass Curl 1.25″ Curling Iron – This is definitely on my wishlist. I love T3 products and purchased their interchangeable wand during last year’s sale and I use it all the time. Would love to try their new curling iron!
$107 (originally $160)

FIVE: Skinny Dip Pink + Rose Gold Manicure Set – My mom got me a similar set about 6 years ago for Christmas and I STILL have it. I take it with me everywhere. It can easily fit it in my purse and those scissors come in handy more times than you would think!
$23 (originally $42)

SIX: Charlotte Tilbury Pretty Pink Lipstick Set – This is also on my wishlist. I have heard really great things about Charlotte Tilbury products and this sale is the perfect opportunity to try more expensive products at a lower price!
$60 (originally $90)

SEVEN: Voluspa Maison Blanc Two -Wick Tin Candle Set – I also got a set of these from last year’s sale and I STILL have not burned through all of them (only 1). However, these candles smell amazing and make the best gifts!
$29.50 (originally $48)

EIGHT: Alterna Caviar Set – I’ve heard amazing things about this shampoo and I am so excited to try it and see if it lives up to the hype! Before I order the larger set though, I am doing the trail size to make sure I like it.
$72 (originally 114)

NINE: Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase –  I am really excited to get this in the mail. I have always wanted to try these pillowcases and it’s much cheaper than the other pillowcase included in the sale (which is $110)!
$39 (originally $60)

TEN: Nars Undressed Liquid Lip Set II – I love NARS lip brand, they are definitely worth the money and last all day! I feel like the colors in this kit are great everyday basics and I’m excited to try some new ones at a discount 🙂
$49 (originally $104)

ELEVEN: Impressions Vanity Co. Touch Trifold XL Dimmable LED Makeup Mirror – So I have never actually owned a nice makeup mirror and I am so excited to try this out. I was debating between this one and a smaller version (both included in the sale). If this one is too big than I may just exchange for the smaller one.
$58.90 (originally $89)

Any other beauty favorites you’ve found in the sale that aren’t in my top 11? Leave me a comment -I’d love to try them out! I’ll be following up later this week with some of my favorites from the sale in activewear, clothing and accessories!

xoHannah

Memorial Day 2018 Sale Guide

It’s been a while since I’ve done a sale guide, but with Memorial Day Weekend coming up, there are tons of sales going on at some major retailers that you need to know about! AND, if you also need some outfit inspo for the weekend, look no further than this adorable white jumpsuit! I’ve also linked other MDW friendly jumpsuits below…

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Outfit Details: Jumpsuit: Bevello, old (similar, almost identical only $58) | Shoes: Marc Fisher, $69 from DSW (similar, similar only $30) | Bag: Red Dress Boutique, $69 (similar only $36) | Earrings: Kendra Scott – shop their sale below! (similar) | Initial Necklace: Gift (similar) | Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties, from $24 | Watch: Michael Kors, old (similar, similar) | Lips: Bareminerals Buttercream Matte in BO$$

Other jumpsuits for the weekend that I’m loving right now: (P.S. they are ALL under $50)!

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Now… for what you all are probably more interested in… the sales! See my complete guide for all the sales from some of my favorite retailers below:

  • Abercrombie: 40% off through Monday, 5/28 (no code needed)
  • Ann Taylor: 40% off with code SOREADY through Sunday, 5/27
  • Banana Republic: 40% off with code BRSUMMER through Monday, 5/28
  • Baublebar: Up to 70% off Memorial Day Sale
  • Belk: $10 off $40, $30 off $100, and $50 off of $150 through Monday, 5/28
  • BlankNYC: 30% off everything with code BNYC30 through Monday, 5/28
  • Bloomingdales: Big Brown Bag Sale: save 20-50% on select regular price items and an extra 40-50% off sale items + get a $50 reward for every $200 spent through Monday, 5/28
  • Express: Up to 50% off everything through Tuesday, 5/29
  • Francesca’s: BOGO 50% through Saturday, 5/26 + 30% off swim shop
  • Free People: 40% off of summer essentials through Sunday, May 27
  • Gap: Up to 50% off everything (extra 20% off with code PARTY) + free shipping through Saturday, 5/26
  • Guess: Up to 30-50% off + free pool float with $85 purchase through Monday, 5/28!
  • H&M: Memorial Day deals up to 60% off starting at $4.99 through Tuesday, 5/29
  • J. Crew: 40% off with code GETAWAY through Monday, 5/28
  • J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything with code WINWIN through Monday, 5/28
  • Kate Spade: 30% off sale items with code GREATFIND through Tuesday, 5/29
  • Kendra Scott: Spend $100 get 15% off, spend $200 get 20% off, spend $300+ get 25% off, no code needed through Monday, 5/28
  • Levi’s: 30% off sitewide through Wednesday, 5/30
  • Loft: 40% off everything with code LONGWKND through Saturday, 5/26
  • Lord and Taylor: 25% off almost everything with code GIVE through Monday, 5/28
  • Lucky Brand: 30-50% off everything, no code needed through Monday, 5/28
  • Lulus: Extra 30% off sale items with code RAINBOW30 through Monday, 5/28
  • Macy’s: Save up to 20% with code MEMDAY through Monday, 5/28
  • Madewell: 20% off dresses with code PRETTYPLEASE through Tuesday, 5/29
  • Michael Kors: Extra 25% off sale items through Monday, 5/28
  • Nine West: 30% off everything through Tuesday, 5/29
  • Nordstrom: Half yearly sale, prices as marked through June 3
  • Old Navy: 50% tees, tanks, shorts and swim and 30% off dresses
  • Pottery Barn: Buy more save more up to 30% with code SAVEMORE through Monday, 5/28
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: Designer sale, up to 40% off select items
  • Saks OFF Fifth: 20% off clearance with code MEMORIAL through Monday, 5/28
  • Sam Edelman: 30% off sitewide with code SAMXMDW30 through Tuesday, 5/29
  • Sephora: Save up to 60% on must have beauty for a limited time
  • Shopbop: Up to 40% off warm weather styles
  • Sole Society: Up to 60% off select styles through Tuesday, 5/29
  • Steve Madden: 25% off + free shipping with code SUMMER25
  • Urban Outfitters: Items up to 50% off – no specified end date
  • Wayfair: Up to 70% off select departments through Tuesday, 5/29

Last, but definitely not least, I wanted to make sure to note the true meaning of this holiday. To most of us, Memorial Day is all about the picnics, parties, BBQs, [discounts and sales], etc. However, this day is really meant to commemorate those who died in active military service while protecting our country and our freedoms. Take some time this weekend to think about our fallen (and current) heroes and their families, and be thankful for all of the lives that were sacrificed so we can enjoy the picnics, BBQs and most importantly, each other!

Enjoy the long weekend ❤

xoHannah

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Happy Monday Everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day Weekend and got to shower your mommas with some love! It was absolutely GORGEOUS in Charlotte… I was able to spend some time by the pool on Saturday. I’m trying to work on my tan for a big trip we have coming up! I can’t wait to share with you all where we are going 🙂

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I was so excited to share this outfit with ya’ll because it shows how you can really dress up an otherwise plain look by adding the right accessories. By adding a matching leopard clutch, belt and shoes, I was able to really add some flair to a basic white top and denim skirt. I’m also a big fan of adding pops of color. When I was playing around with this look, it also matched great with hot pink earrings, hot pink sandals and a floral clutch with pink tones.

Unfortunately this skirt sold out over the weekend, but I linked some similar options below (and both are $18 –a lot less than what I spent)!

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Outfit Details: Top: Lilly Pulitzer, old (similar, similar only $15) | Skirt: Topshop, sold out (similar, similar both only $18!) | Flats: Target, old (almost identical only $23) | Belt: Nordstrom (similar, similar and comes in set of 3!) | Clutch: Steve Madden (similar, similar) | Earrings: Baublebar, $38 | Ring: Kendra Scott (similar) | Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties | Watch: Michael Kors, old (similar)

Thanks for reading and I hope you all crush this week!

xoHannah

Striped Sweater for Spring

Welcome to my 100th post! WOOHOO! So crazy to think I’ve posted 100 times… I’ve been trying to post a lot more often, so maybe before you know it I will be at 1,000 🙂 …setting big goals over here!

Anyway… this spring has been so unusually cold! I am so ready for summer, but unfortunately Mother Nature is just not wanting to cooperate. (I have friends up North that just got snow on Tuesday morning. SNOW. In APRIL?!)

So that got me thinking about some transition pieces (sweaters in particular) that are practical, but also give off a “summery” look. The only good thing about colder weather right now, is that a lot of retailers have already released their summer collections, so they have since marked down any winter items! I recently found the perfect sweater for spring, it’s colorful and lightweight and is the perfect piece to transition seasons. The best part… it’s 40% off and only $27!

*I will say the model image is slightly deceiving… the sweater is not as long as it looks on the model on Nordstrom’s website 🙂

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Outfit Details: Sweater: Nordstrom, $27 (similar, similar, also love this one) | Jeans: Abercrombie, $35 (similar, similar only $29) | Shoes: See by Chloe (similar, similar) | Bag: Romwe, $27 | Earrings: Kate Spade (similar) | Rings: Baublebar, $68 (similar only $24)

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These white Kate Spade earrings were my most recent purchases. Kate Spade just had their 30% off friends and family sale and I got them at a pretty decent discount… so I also ordered them in pink! (They also come in navy and a mint green). I think the floral petal details make these the perfect statement earrings for spring and summer and they are also very lightweight!

On the other hand, I have had this bag forever! It’s pretty much identical to this $1,500 designer bag. (I’ll take the $30 one please)! The neutral color goes with everything and it’s the perfect size.

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And last but not least, let’s talk about my favorite shoes! I’ve been wearing these beauties on repeat since I first got them back in February. I don’t know if anyone else has this problem, but my feet are ALWAYS cold. These shoes offer the perfect solution because you still get the cute spring espadrille look, but you’re feet are more covered so they don’t get as cold. I think it’s safe to say that this the best purchase I have made for spring this year! They are a little bit price-y but so far have been worth the investment. (P.S. Saks Fifth Avenue is having a sale right now so you can get them here for $50 off)! I also found some similar, more affordable options here and here and I also this these are super cute!

Thank you all for reading! Hope you have a great rest of the week and a fabulous weekend!

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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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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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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