Monday, February 29, 2016

Palm Springs Color

clutch from Doll Boutique in Charlotte, similar here // Karen Walker sunglasses

The hotel we're staying at in Palm Springs is the most colorful hotel you've ever seen in your entire life (called the Saguaro) - the door to each hotel room is a different color! There's blue, green, yellow, lavender, pink... I couldn't resist photographing in front of a few of the doors, especially since they matched the outfit. I'm in love with this white ruffle top, and ESPECIALLY in love with the price ($40!!). I decided to pair it with white pants since I wanted to wear a colorful clutch... but it looks so good with jeans or jean shorts! Also want to point out these heels - they come in a bunch of different colors (including leopard!) and are super versatile - you can wear them with almost anything.

I've had the best weekend here in California with my friend Emily! Our friend McKenna is staying here too so we have been having lots of pool time and girl time. This hotel is so fun - a DJ comes to the pool on the weekends, and they have huge flamingo floats floating around the pool at all times! It is definitely a must-stay if you're ever in California :)

Hope everyone had a great weekend!


Friday, February 26, 2016

Pops of Neon with DSW...

DSW Mix No. 6 Lill Pump in pink c/o, see the whole collection here
(This shoe is a classic & I also love these!)
J.Crew neon tee // Hudson jeans // Karen Walker sunglasses
Rebecca Minkoff bag (old), love this pink bow bag

If you've followed my blog for a while, you're probably aware of my intense love for neon. It never fails, every time spring rolls around I get neon fever, and these hot pink shoes from DSW are no exception! The best part? They are comfortable AND less than $30! That combination is usually hard to find in a good shoe! They are part of the Mix No. 6 collection that is new at DSW - if I had to choose, I think this pair would be my favorite! You can view the entire collection here.

On another note, I'm headed somewhere warm this weekend (somewhere unlike anywhere I've been before!). Follow along on snapchat/instagram today to see where! :)

*Thank you to DSW & Shopstyle for sponsoring this post

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Spring Must-Haves for Less than $100

suede sandals // skinny jeans ($58) // fruit phone case ($35) // blue tassel earrings ($34)

There are some GOOOOD spring items out right now, but you have to strike while the iron is hot (otherwise they will sell out!). Especially the pom pom straw tote - it already sold out in the other color that was available. For less than $100, you won't be able to find a cuter one this spring or summer! I'm also loving this tropical phone case and this white ruffle top (both of which I just bought for myself). The best thing about all of these items is that they're each less than $100! :)

Happy Thursday, everyone!


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

How to Pack for a Tropical Vacation

Hey friends! Today's post is a little different than usual, as I'm sharing some step-by-step pictures of how I pack for a tropical vacation. After my last trip, y'all had a ton of questions about my luggage and how I pack (hence, this post). So let's get started with carry-on luggage. Your carry-on should contain any items that would be essential within 24 hours of travel - when traveling internationally, checked luggage can often be delayed for up to a day. Here are some lessons to live by when it comes to your carry-on:

*Always pack your most valuable items in your carry-on, including cameras, jewelry, purses, etc.
*Include a change of clothes (even underwear!) in case your checked luggage were to get lost
*For a tropical vacation, always pack a bathing suit and travel sunscreen in your carry-on
*Other items to think about: medicine, chargers, headphones and anything you will need to be comfortable on the plane!

Here's a peek into my carry-on... on the right side (which is zipped!), I pack my most valuable items including jewelry and a few pairs of expensive shoes. I use this travel jewelry case - it has an anti-tarnish LusterLoc lining to make sure your jewelry doesn't tarnish while traveling. Other items I pack in my carry-on include:

*My Sony alpha a5000 camera for vlogs and travel photos
*An extra bikini
*All of my sunglasses (including this new pair)
*A change of clothing (plus bra & underwear)
*Travel-sized Advil, Tums, hair vitamins & my favorite lip balm
*Portable chargers and wall chargers for technology
*My laptop or iPad

Now on to checked baggage! I always try to pack way too much into my checked luggage... lately I have been a lot better about keeping it under 50 pounds :) When planning outfits for a vacation, it really helps me to write them all down before I start packing. On a notepad, I separate clothing by categories (pants, dresses, shorts, skirts) and write down each item I'm bringing with me. Then I usually set everything out on my bed to help me outfit plan, so that I don't forget anything!

Some tips for checked baggage:

*Lay out your outfits on your bed or bedroom floor before you pack them in your suitcase 
*If you're packing beach bags or handbags, fill them! I packed a huge straw beach bag into my checked baggage by filling it with clothes inside of my suitcase
*Pack your toiletries & makeup in your checked luggage, because there is no liquid limit 
*Keep the packaging on your shoes to help them keep their shape
*Insect repellant is a must for tropical locations
*Pack multiple swimsuits - it's harder for them to dry in humid locations!
*Don't pack delicate straw hats inside your luggage - they WILL get ruined (trust me). I always carry mine onto the plane with me!

I also had a lot of questions concerning my Delsey luggage. I own the 28" spinner trolley and the 21" carry-on trolley in the "champagne" color. I was debating between a few different brands, but am so so happy I went with Delsey! The design is really functional and so easy to pack, and the wheels are incredibly high quality and roll 360 degrees for easy transportation through the airport. Each suitcase comes with TSA-approved combination locks to keep all the contents safe & locked away during travel. The interior also includes a hanger and removable pouches (which I use for laundry during trips). I also fell in love with the white & tan exterior - most of the emails I get about this luggage have to do with the white exterior staying clean. For the first three or four trips, the luggage stayed crisp and white. I did notice that it started to get a few scruffs after that (the airport is SO HARD on your luggage). Since it has a hard shell exterior, it's pretty easy to clean. I use a magic eraser to clean up the scuffs. I am more worried about my luggage contents staying safe than I am about scuffs, but if you are worried, the luggage also comes in black!

If you have any questions about how I pack my luggage, let me know in the comments! :)


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Peplum Hem...

peplum hem top // Hudson jeans // YSL handbag, less expensive version here
David Yurman ring (no longer available in turquoise) // Rayban aviators

I adore this flirty little peplum hem top for the spring (the good thing is that it has long sleeves so you can wear it now!). I'm in a "blue" phase lately, so I paired it with denim and a blue bag. There are so many different looks you could create with this one top, though! White pants, a skirt, shorts, a colorful clutch, a white handbag, SO MANY different options. I'm all about having options! :)

Remember last week when I complained about my TV not working? Turns out it was an operator error... my dad came over last week and fixed it in two seconds (men! They are useful sometimes ;) But I felt like a dummy. What did you guys think about the Bachelor last night?!?! Amanda was one of my favorites and I was really sad that she left. And wow... Jojo's family put Ben through the ringer. Did anyone catch her mom drinking straight from the wine bottle?! #teamjojosmom

Happy Tuesday! xoxo


Monday, February 22, 2016

The Best White Tee Under $40

If it had been a little warmer outside, I actually really love this outfit without the leopard cardigan (see it without the cardigan here). This white circle tee is one of those basic wardrobe essentials that every girls needs in her closet... especially since it's only $34! I also wore it with jean shorts while I was in St. Lucia and it looks great with both pants and shorts. I'm always on the hunt for the perfect white tee and so far this one takes the cake... mainly because it is long in the back!

I hope everyone has a great Monday! I'm starting the morning off right with some protein pancakes & a Pure Barre class! :)


Friday, February 19, 2016

Bright Coral Cut-Outs

love this bright coral dress!
vacation outfit inspo
Jeffrey Campbell rodillo wedges
Love this bright coral dress!
glasses from LuLu*s (sold out), similar here // Baublebar gold hoop earrings

Happy Friday, friends! I am in love with this bright coral dress for vacation (or just a night out on the town!). The cut-outs are fun and flirty, and the ruffle hem makes it the perfect "hourglass" structure. The bright color also makes you look a lot tanner than you really are (which is always an A+ in my book). I also love the Jeffrey Campbell wedges with it - I bought them last summer but they're still in stock - they're one of my favorite pairs of shoes I own!

What are everyone's plans for this weekend? I'm relaxing tonight and then going to a cookout on Saturday! I've also been really into cooking lately (if you follow me on snapchat you may have noticed) so I'm going to do a big grocery store run on Sunday to make some healthy meals with week!