Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How to Wear Camo & Make it Girly

Joie booties // Celine sunglasses, very similar HERE

This camo tee from Nordstrom is one of my favorites... I love how you can wear it now with a cardigan on top, and in the spring/summer with shorts! My favorite way to wear camo is with bright pink lipstick, to make it super girly. I'm wearing MAC's "pink nouveau" in these photos (it's one of my all-time faves!). Feminine jewelry also pairs well with camo, like a dainty gold choker or girly earrings. Nordstrom has a lot of great transitional pieces for your wardrobe right now - I already have spring fever (and it's only January - YIKES).

On another note, have you guys been watching the Bachelor this season? I really liked Nick before the show, but he is really disappointing me this season! And Corinne has GOT TO GO! I'd love to hear your favorite girls, let me now in the comments :)


*Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Instagram Roundup + Living Room Details

Good morning and happy Tuesday! I'm sharing some of my recent photos from instagram today (if you have a question about sizing you can leave a comment or tweet me!). I'm also sharing some of my living room details since that's one of my most-asked questions on Instagram. A lot of these items I've had for a couple of years now and are sold out, but you might be able to contact the store to see if they will ever restock or find something similar on the same website.

Living room details:
Coffee Table: West Elm
TV stand: One Kings Lane
Chairs (on right): Restoration Hardware
Mercury glass candle holders (on coffee table): Pottery Barn

white tank // grey cardigan // AG jeans // Aquazzura lace-up heels, similar HERE // monogrammed necklace

I relied on hot coffee last week during the blizzard we had in Winston!

 Zella tie-front top (wearing size small), just ordered THIS similar one // chunky beanie // leggings

How cute does Winnie look in this? (She is asleep on me right now as I type this!). 

One of my favorite sweaters and it's only $23!

 cable knit turtleneck (only $23) //  Gucci belt, dupe here
Zara jeans, similar here // Michele watch // David Yurman bracelet

This was taken the first day it snowed in Winston. Chris, Winnie and I went sledding - Winnie loved the snow but she got sooo cold so we didn't stay out very long! We had to give her a warm bath to get the icicles out of her fur!

 Patagonia jacket // leggings // Sorel boots // pom pom beanie (40% off!)

I recently shared some of my favorite hair products in this blog post.

 black cold shoulder sweatshirt // white pants

I'm all about being "cozy" this Winter. I found this adorable coffee mug at Target!

 coffee mug // knee socks // similar blanket

One of my favorite outfits that I've worn in the past month :) This sweater dress is old from Forever 21 - I can't find ANY like it this year! I don't know why but sometimes the basic pieces are the hardest to shop for.

 Forever 21 sweater dress (old) // grey jacket, also comes in pink 
Stuart Weitzman Highland boots, similar HERE & HERE

These are a few of my favorite sunglasses...

Top to bottom: Celine sunglasses, similar HERE // Rayban sunglasses // rose gold sunglasses // Celine sunglasses, similar HERE

The back of this sweater *heart eyes emoji*

 Vestique sweater c/o, similar sweater HERE // black jeans, less expensive HERE 

A very simple ootd from one day last week. If you can't tell, I'm addicted to chunky knits!

 chunky beanie, different color HERE // Free People pullover, similar HERE & HERE
AG jeans // Joie booties // Louis Vuitton handbag
Celine sunglasses, similar HERE // MAC lipstick in "syrup"

Last but not least, one of my favorite shoes has been restocked!! These wedges look exactly like the Chloe ones but are hundreds of dollars less. They were just restocked but are selling quickly!

Chloe espadrille wedge lookalikes, also HERE

I hope everyone has a great day! :)


Monday, January 16, 2017

Chunky Beanie + My 5 Favorite Podcasts

chunky beanie, different color HERE // Free People pullover, similar HERE & HERE
AG jeans // Joie booties // Louis Vuitton handbag
Celine sunglasses, similar HERE // MAC lipstick in "syrup"

Happy Monday, everyone! I wore this look one day last week... I love, love, love chunky knits, especially when they're all worn together. I also love the neutral color palette in this look, and the pop of blue with the ripped denim. On a side note, a lot of you guys have asked about this Louis Vuitton bag! They just came out with it - would you be interested in a blog post reviewing it? (What can fit inside, etc.) I've had a couple of requests for this type of post but wanted to make sure the majority of y'all would like it!

On another note, I thought it would be fun to share my top five favorite podcasts today. I'm pretty much a podcast-addict. Almost every time I'm in my car, I'm guaranteed to be listening to a podcast - and especially on long car rides. They make the time pass by so quickly, they're entertaining, they can set your day on a positive note and can teach you so much.

1. Up and Vanished - I have talked about this one before. If you like true crime or if you were a fan of Serial, then you will LOVE this one! It's about the investigation of Tara Grinstead's disappearance... what's so cool about it is that the investigation is happening in real-time and new evidence and clues are revealed in every episode. My friends and I have a group chat about it - it is ADDICTING.

2. Stuff You Should Know - This one is educational, but SO entertaining. In each episode of "Stuff You Should Know," the two hosts, Chuck and Josh, tackle a difficult topic and explain it in a way that the average person can understand. Not only are they extremely intelligent but they have great personalities - it's like listening to a couple of your friends! My favorite episodes include "How Public Relations Works" and "How Freak Shows Work" - trust me, they're amazing.

3. Joyce Meyer - Joyce Meyer is my favorite Christian speaker. She has her own TV show and is the author of several books (which are great), so you may have heard of her before! I love her podcasts in particular because they're an amazing way to start out your day. The episode are pretty quick - 20 to 30 minutes - so you an easily listen to them on your drive into work or to the gym in the morning. I've found that my whole day is better when I listen to her podcasts in the morning. They're also really good to listen to if you're having a bad day or struggling with something in particular - God really speaks through her.

4. Tracks to Relax - This one is not one you'd want to listen to in the car! It's specifically made for helping you fall asleep at night, haha. I sometimes have trouble falling asleep if I'm stressed out or have too much going on, so I'll put on an episode of Tracks to Relax and it really helps! It's guided mediation with relaxing music in the background (like the kind you hear when you get a massage).

5. Tell Me Something I Don't Know - I just started listening to this one - it's actually a gameshow that's recorded and produced as a podcast. The thing that's really neat about this show is that instead of quizzing contestants, it's the other way around - the contestants are invited to share an interesting piece of knowledge with the audience and are judged on it. I've learned the COOLEST stuff from this podcast, it's journalism that's disguised in the most entertaining and unexpected way.

Your turn - Tell me your favorite podcasts! 


Friday, January 13, 2017

My Winter Workout Routine

knotted tee, comes in black & grey HERE // B.P. scarf
Nike Roshe sneakers // Lululemon sports bra (old), similar HERE

Happy Friday, everyone! I am so excited for the weekend, this week seemed to drag on forever. Today I thought it would be fun/different to share my updated workout routine with you. I know a lot of you made some fitness resolutions for 2017 (I did too!) and are excited about working towards those. Although like every girl I want a "bikini body," working out is more about how I feel on the inside. I love the feeling of accomplishment I have after a good workout, and it gives me confidence to know that I'm strong enough to do 15 push-ups or whatnot. Exercise is also a HUGE stress reliever... if I'm feeling anxious or stressed out, heading to a pure barre class or going on a long run does wonders to clear my head. 

Anyway, here's my basic routine:

*Pure barre: Yep I'm still doing pure barre! I answered a bunch of questions about pure barre in THIS blog post. It is the only workout class I've taken that I've been able to see dramatic results with. I've been in sports/worked out my whole life and never had ab muscles, until pure barre! This is my main source of exercise. My goal for January/February is to go four times per week.

*Sweat with Kayla: A lot of you guys are probably familiar with Kayla Itsines, the Australian workout goddess behind "Bikini Body Guide" workouts. I have followed her on instagram for years and am constantly inspired by her posts. I'm not super serious about following her program, but on days when I don't go to a pure barre class I love doing the workouts on the Sweat with Kayla app. The workouts are 28 minutes long and you can choose whatever area you want to focus on: legs, arms, abs or cardio. Just a warning, the workouts are insanely hard. I usually can't do everything it says to, but I always end up getting a really good workout. (FYI - the app is pretty cool and also has healthy recipe ideas, grocery shopping lists and a weekly workout planner.)

*YouTube videos: Sometimes my days are so busy that I literally only have ten minutes free for a workout. That's where YouTube comes in handy! If you've followed me for a long time, you probably know that I've sworn by the "8 Minute" workout videos for YEARS. (My mom does them too!) 8 Minute Abs is an amazing ab workout, and I do 8 Minute Arms with a set of 3-lb weights. They're really easy to fit in your routine in the morning or right before bed.

*Walks/Runs/Fun Activities: Chris and I both like doing active things together. We go on a walk or go to the park at least once a week. We've always done this, but it's even more fun now because we have Winnie! We take her off her leash at the park and have contests to see who can run the fastest. Chris and I also like to hike and play tennis in the spring and summer. I also like to plan physical activities with my girlfriends, we also love to go on walks or we'll go to a pure barre class together - working out is way more fun with a friend!

If you have any questions about my workouts, let me know in the comments :)


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Knotted Back Sweater

 Vestique sweater c/o, similar sweater HERE // black jeans, less expensive HERE 

I saw this knotted back sweater on Vestique's instagram a few weeks ago & fell in serious love! Vestique is one of my favorite places to shop in Charlotte (and the girls that work there are amazing). I miss living right down the street from them!! I wanted to stick to a neutral color palette for this outfit... to be honest I really wanted to wear white pants again but I figured I needed to take a break from them haha! I do love black and camel paired together, though, it's a very grown-up, chic color palette. 

Thank you for all the kind words on this blog post! I was blown away by your comments... I seriously love you guys and I love your ideas for blog posts. Expect to see some more interior decor, blogging how-to's, healthy recipes and more on my blog in the coming year. :)