Friday, April 28, 2017

Casual Friday Outfit

Splendid cotton striped top c/o, I also love this one and this one
white pants // sandals // watch // bracelet // MAC lipstick in "pink nouveau"

When I was in college, I specifically remember owning a Splendid tee that was my favorite tee because it was so soft. I would reach for it every day when I got home from class so that I could put it on and feel comfortable! Since then, I still know Splendid for the softness of their clothing, but I've realized that they make much more than that - including the cutest dresses and rompers, and ruffle off-the-shoulder tops like the one I'm wearing. My top is still really comfortable, but also dressy enough for a date night or dinner with your girlfriends. Splendid has a great collection on Nordstrom right now - you may remember this top that I wore in a blog post, and I'm dying to own this one cause of the unique cut-outs! You can check out the full collection here.

What are everyone's plans for the weekend?! Chris and I talked about going to Olive Garden tonight for our "date night" so I've been craving it allllll week. Five cheese ziti, here I come!!!



*Thanks to Splendid for sponsoring this post

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fringe Sandals for Less than $100

split sleeve top // Hudson jeans (on sale) // Gucci handbag, similar from Sole Society HERE
MAC lipstick in "impassioned"

There are quite a few pairs of fringed sandals on the market right now, but none as cute (or as affordable!) as this pair from Sole Society. How fun are these?! I brought them to Cabo with me (they're the perfect vacation sandal) but didn't get to photograph them while I was there. I wore this outfit yesterday in Winston... I wanted to keep the outfit pretty simple so that the shoes could steal the show!

Last night, Chris told me he wanted to make dinner (I usually cook or we both cook together) and he made me walnut-encrusted salmon and asparagus - it was delicious - and we ate it while watching Family Feud on TV lol! (Such a classy couple) It was such a treat after a long day! :)

Hope everyone has a great Thursday!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

5 Tips for Feeling Fresh While You're Traveling

white lace top // jeans // Chanel earrings (vintage) // Michele watch // David Yurman bracelet
Louis Vuitton backpack // black swimsuit // MAC lipstick in "pink nouveau"

One day last week, we spent 14 hours traveling, either in a taxi, waiting in the airport or on a plane. That's a long day of stress, worry, sweating, etc. and by the end of the day all I wanted was to feel FRESH! "Fresh" as in: a shower or warm bath, scented lotion and cozy pajamas. Unfortunately, those things aren't available in the middle of a travel day, but there are some things you can do to stay looking and feeling fresh all day long.  

1. Layer your scents
I have been trying out L'Occitane's new scent "Terre de Lumière," a delicate scent inspired by the golden hour in Provence. Sometimes perfumes and strong scents can give me headaches, but this one is very subtle and has the perfect mix of lavender, honey and almond. (If you haven't heard of L'Occitane before, I have blogged about them in the past - they've been known for their luxurious products since 1976!) The morning of travel I will take a shower or bath (depending on how much time I have) and use the same scent of shower gel and bath lotion - this helps ensure that the scent will stick around for a long time - like a 14 hour day of travel! Both the Terre de Lumière shower gel and Terre de Lumière body lotion smell amazing and are the perfect combination to make you feel beautiful and fresh.

2. Bring deodorant in your purse or travel bag
I always, always, always keep a mini-size stick of deodorant in my purse when I travel! On our last travel day, we were running to catch flights, pulling luggage in and out of cars, etc. and afterward felt so gross! It was so nice just knowing I had the deodorant in case I needed it. 

3. Bring mouthwash
Another thing I always bring in my purse is a small bottle of mouthwash. Just a quick swish of mouthwash will help your mouth and breath feel and smell fresh! The mouthwash also fights off bacteria, which can be essential after a flight so that you don't get sick!

4. Bring travel-sized bottles
I ordered some small travel-sized bottles from Amazon so that I could easily transport my lotion and body wash. The drugstore also has teeny perfume bottles that you can transfer perfume into (I did this with the Terre de Lumière Eau de Parfum) so that you can spritz your wrists and neck whenever you need a refresh. Just a tip - try to avoid doing this on the plane since it's an enclosed space! :)

5. Bring hand-sanitizer
Hand-sanitizer is another must for me, because when you're traveling you're constantly touching things that a million other people have touched - door handles, luggage, etc. Hand-sanitizer kills bacteria and germs on your hands, so I'm constantly using it throughout the day! (It's also nice to bring a hand lotion so that you can moisturize afterward.)

If you have any tips for staying fresh on a travel day, I'd love to hear!! Let me know in the comments. And thank you SO MUCH to everyone for your response on yesterday's post! I was in tears in all day long! I love you all!!!


*Thank you to L'Occitane for sponsoring today's post

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Six Year Blog Anniversary!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Yesterday was my SIX YEAR blog anniversary, can you believe it? It almost seems like yesterday that I was sitting in my room in my sorority house in college trying to come up with a name for my blog. Once I started it, I kept it a secret from all my college friends (I was embarrassed!), hoping that my blog would help me get a job in NYC in the magazine industry upon graduation. Things didn't exactly turn out the way I had planned (luckily, God knew what was best for me even if I didn't!) and what a wonderful, wild ride it has been over the past six years.

I went back and read my very first blog post and was surprised to see that, although the fashion trends have changed quite a bit, I'm still the same girl that I was six years ago - God is still the center of my world, as is my family, I still love eating healthy and working out, reading books, my favorite place is still the beach.... and I even still wore my favorite L'Oreal Double Extend primer wayyy back in the day haha. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite looks from over the years, starting with my very first outfit post ever. 

 I apologize in advance for all the photos - I got a little nostalgic and couldn't stop!! :)

 June 2013 

 August 2013 - adopted Prince George!!

August 2014 - my first collaboration with Nordstrom

September 2014 - my first time at NYFW!

Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart, to every single one of you who reads this blog. It means more to me than I'll probably ever be able to express. Your emails, tweets, kind words and the friendships I've made are the things I remember most about the past six years. I wouldn't still be blogging today without your support, encouragement and love. I hope you think of me as your friend (like I think of all of you!!) and know that you can always reach out to me (email/tweet/snapchat text whatever) if you have ever have a question, need advice or just a listening ear.

Love to you all!