Thursday, April 24, 2014

Road Trip

Anthropologie sunglasses (similar) // Forever 21 floral tank top (not online) // Mint ankle jeans (similar)
 Photo credit: Emily from The Sweetest Thing Blog

Hello loves! I'm writing to you this morning from Little Rock, Arkansas. Yesterday my friend Emily and I drove in the car for TEN HOURS (!!) to get here from Charlotte, NC. Today we'll be continuing on our journey to Dallas, TX… so another four or five hours in the car! I wore this outfit yesterday because a tank and jeans are easy and comfortable for a long car ride. I actually found this floral tank at Forever 21 on Monday night and am obsessed with the pretty pastel colors!! They don't have it online, but I did find lots of cute floral alternatives (below).

I'm also in love with the GiGi uber clutch in the color "iris." Is that not the PRETTIEST shade of purple/blue you've ever seen? Don't forget that GiGi New York is giving away a free wallet with every $250 purchase! All you have to do is use the code PEARLS at checkout and let them know which color wallet you'd like.

P.S. The Friends & Family sale at Tory Burch starts today… get 25% off your order through Monday with the code FRIENDLY!

Happy Wednesday, loves!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mermaid Perfume Review

Ever since I was little, I've been enchanted by mermaids. I've always loved the mysteries of the ocean and something about mermaids, with their seashell bras and long, silky hair, just seems so romantic. So when Mermaid Perfume asked if I would review their Mermaid collection, I immediately said yes! I had heard a lot of good things about the line from a few friends (and had actually read about it in Vogue!) but I was interested to see if it would live up to the hype.

Let's get started with the Mermaid No. 1 perfume spray and body oil. The perfume spray has a fruity, floral scent made of orange blossom flower - the same flower that Grace Kelly wore in a crown on her wedding! I don't know how to describe the scent other than "beachy." It's very light and not overpowering, which is good because perfume that is too strong always gives me headaches! I wore this two days in a row with no problems.

The Mermaid candle has the same scent as the perfume spray and body oil… it is also beautifully packaged and would look perfect in a beach house! 

Now on to my favorite… the Mermaid Shampoo and Mermaid Conditioner. I was most excited to try the hair products because - hello - what girl wouldn't want mermaid hair?!!? The hair products smell absolutely divine. As in the most heavenly shampoo/conditioner I've ever smelled (and I've smelled a lot haha!). The scent is similar to the perfume spray, except it's a little more coconut-ty and more what I imagine a mermaid to smell like. My hair is NOT naturally shiny (it's naturally frizzy) and these photos were taken after I had used the Mermaid shampoo and conditioner for the first time. I was really surprised because I could honestly tell a BIG difference in the shine!

Another bonus - the ingredients in the hair products are all-natural (I could pronounce all of them) and the scent lasted all day, even after I went to get a spray tan later that night. I will definitely be using this shampoo and conditioner on a date night (your hair needs to smell good if you're cuddling with a boy, haha!).

Conclusion: I love all the products in the line, but the shampoo and conditioner are my absolute favorites and completely worth it! Has anyone else tried the Mermaid Collection yet?

Today I'm waking up super early to hit the road for a 17 HOUR road trip with my friend Emily! More on that later… wish us luck!!
**This post is sponsored by Mermaid Perfume. All opinions are 100% mine!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

When Your Mom is Your Best Friend...

When your mom is your best friend…

You can tell her anything in the world and know she's going to love you anyways…
You can call her three times a day just to chat about stress at work or how to wash brand new jeans…
You shop in her closet when you want something new to wear...
And you fall in love with the same items… such as these Elaine Turner clutches!

For this post, my mom and I styled our Elaine Turner Isabella Rio Woven clutches two different ways. While I went for a pink wrap dress, my mom decided to go more casual with hot pink pants and a white lace tee. We both wore a nude shoe to balance the look. I just want to brag on my mom a little bit and say that she looks more like my sister in these pictures!! 

Although the clutches are bright and unique, they have a variety of colors in them and can actually we worn a lot of different ways. I wore mine with a blue t-shirt and jeans last week, and I plan on wearing it with one of my white dresses this week. Mom and I are both in love with them! If you are looking for a Mother's Day present (it's Sunday, May 11th) I suggest looking at Elaine Turner… they carry the cutest shoes, tote bags, clutches, hats and jewelry you've ever seen! I promise your mom will think so too ;)

Mom's favorites from the Elaine Turner collection:

Monday, April 21, 2014


Nautical look for spring
Nautical look for spring
Kelly Wynne Cloud 9 clutch
Nautical look for spring
Lobster scarf!
Nautical look for spring
Baublebar earrings
In love with these J.Crew sandals!
Nautical look for spring
Anthropologie sunglasses // Navy silk tank top // J.Crew skirt (old), loving this one and this one 

This is probably one of my most favorite outfits I've ever worn! I can't even describe it - maybe it's the red, white and blue or the fact that it's so comfortable, but I seriously wish I could wear this outfit every day. It could have something to do with my new Kelly Wynne Cloud 9 clutch - the printed suede pattern is stunning... it looks even more beautiful in person! I also love that the Cloud 9 clutch is so versatile - the strap can be worn in or out, as a shoulder strap or as a wristlet. And it comes in a variety of colors, too. If you haven't heard of Kelly Wynne handbags, this brand is up and coming (trust me!). Gah I sound like such a bag lady!!! (Okay, I am a bag lady #noshame)

Let's also take a moment to bow down to these navy J.Crew sandals. Seriously. They are my new IT sandals for the summer! The gold detailing is so classic (and they are also very nautical... notice a theme here?).

Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Hello Sailor (+ Free Wallet with GiGi New York purchase!)

Lately I've been a huge fan of everything nautical, and this sweater from LMae Boutique fits the bill. I love the royal blue color, the easy fit, and the anchors pictured on the back. How perfect would it be for a walk on the beach? I sized up to a medium because I like my sweaters to fit a little looser!

Now lets talk about my GiGi New York bag. You've probably seen me carry this before, but it's because the white Elle crossbody goes with EVERYTHING. GiGi bags are truly an investment because the leather is so nice and will last for years. Obsessed! And today, GiGi New York is offering a free wallet with your $250 purchase using the code PEARLS!

Now is the perfect time to purchase one of the clutches, handbags or crossbodys you've had your eye on... 
When you make your purchase on GiGi's website, put in the discount code "PEARLS" and tell them what color wallet you'd like in the comments! The colors available include:
taupe, coral, blue, lime, purple, white gold & black.

Happy shopping! ;)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

One More Day...

Happy Thursday, loves!

Reminder - today is the last day to shop ShopBop's Friends & Family sale! Get 25% off your entire order using the code INTHEFAMILY14. Now is a great time to purchase that Kate Spade or Tory Burch item you've had your eye on... those products rarely go on sale!

Some of my faves...

I'm taking vacation days today and tomorrow and taking a little road trip! I have a super fun post planned for tomorrow though so be sure to check back - you won't want to miss it!! ;)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Workout Routine

Ever since I interned for a health & fitness publication in college, I've been interested in eating clean and staying fit. I feel so much more confident about myself when I'm getting exercise and feeding my body whole foods. I try to make working out a priority every week... but I'll be the first to admit that exercise can be really hard to fit into a busy schedule! Today I'm sharing my workout routine with you. This is just what works for me, but you should adjust your routine to what works best for your schedule and your body!

Since I moved to Charlotte, I've been attending Jazzercise classes two to three times per week. I like to go first thing in the mornings to go ahead and get my workout out of the way... that way I can shower, get dressed and then go on with my day. Jazzercise is really great because the classes consist of 45 minutes of aerobic activity and 15 minutes of strength training. It's not a "dance" class, per say, because it combines dance moves with yoga, pilates and kickboxing, and also includes exercises using hand weights and the stability ball. I love it because the instructor switches up routines every day and they always play really good music. Most people think I'm a 60 year-old woman when I tell them I love Jazzercise... but it really is an insanely good workout!

I try to attend Jazzercise on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (sometimes I'll skip a day if I'm super busy with work!). On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I aim to get in physical activity by either walking or running for 30 minutes. I'm not a very good runner so sometimes I'll do intervals - run for 2 minutes, walk for 5, run for 2, etc. 

On these days I will also do abdominal and arm workouts on my own. I am OBSESSED with YouTube videos, especially the 8 minute abs video. Yes, it's hilarious and from the 80s, but I swear it works. Before a beach vacation, I'll start doing 8 minute abs several times a week because after two weeks there is a noticeable difference in my stomach - it's much flatter! I also do the 8 minute arms video using 3 pound weights, which tones your arms without making them bulky. I swear by these videos. Every spring I incorporate them into my workout routine to prepare for bikini season and always see results! 

Although Saturdays and Sundays are rest days for me, I try to stay as physically active as possible. I love hiking, going on walks and playing tennis, so sometimes I'll try to incorporate these activities into my weekend. Even making simple changes such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator can make a huge difference! 

Working out releases endorphins, relieves stress and builds muscle. It also gives you confidence to look and feel your best this summer. My annual family beach trip is officially one month from today, so I'm going to be amping up my workouts and clean eating (and buying new bathing suits, see above photo evidence!). If you're interested in some recipe posts on my clean eats, let me know in the comments!

Thanks and have a great Wednesday, everyone!