Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Loving Lately


Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the chair advice via Instagram this weekend!  I was torn between the tufted chairs or the round back and have decided to mix and match - the best of both worlds.  The round back chairs will go on the sides of the table and the tufted at the ends.  Next up... a chandelier!  Anyone know great places to find reasonably priced (pretty) ones?

I picked up this hand soap at Target this week and it's a nice switch up from my usual Bath & Body Works soaps.  Love the fresh scents and the simple package design. 

Speaking of Target... their home decor section right now?  So so so good.  I only walked away with this throw pillow (for now) but it took all of my willpower to not buy one of everything!  

A couple of ladies asked about my green top from our Florida trip and it's from J Crew - you can find it here.  They had it in a bunch of different colors... I'm considering getting it in white next as it's such a versatile shirt.

And lastly, I'm loving that Southern Charm is back, of course!  Makes me want to plan another trip to Charleston - who's in? :)

Linking up with ShannaMorganMia and Kelli

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Airplane Travel Outfit

What to wear while traveling has always been a struggle for me, especially when traveling to a destination that is on the opposite end of the temperature spectrum like this past vacation.  How do I go from 25 degree, snowy weather to 80 degrees without freezing before leaving and dying of heat once I arrive, while still looking put together but decently comfy?  It's a tall order but I think I finally nailed the perfect outfit on our trip to Clearwater.  The biggest key is LAYERS - all of the layers.


The base of this outfit is the white tank top and the white jeans.  You can easily strip down to just this when you arrive to your warm weather destination.

A neutral sweater is essential for easy layering.

To top off the layers, a jean jacket.  My jean jacket is easily the most worn item in my closet.  I bought one from Old Navy maybe five years ago and I wear the thing to death.  

So remember my big tote debate?  I ordered the J Crew downing bag but really didn't love it when it came in.  I ended up returning it and going with the Cuyana tote and couldn't be happier!  It's perfect to throw everything in while traveling.

Converse are great traveling shoes because they're pretty easy on/easy off and comfortable if you find yourself running to catch your plane!

I'm always freezing, especially while flying and so I like to bring my huge blanket scarf in my bag to keep warm.  Still loving this one from Amazon for only $10 - such a great deal.

And as for accessories, sunglasses because obviously.  I always go with cheap ones since I break or lose them so easily!  These faux diamond studs are simple and pretty and I always like to wear my watch while flying because I turn my phone off and it drives me crazy if I don't know what time it is.

Anything I missed or could improve on?  Only two months til I'm off on my next trip :)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Clearwater Beach Spring Break

I'm back!  

We had the very best time on our little spring break getaway last week.  Florida is my happy place and we had so much fun discovering a new beach city in Clearwater.  The weather was gorgeous, although it wasn't too hard to beat the freezing temps we were leaving behind!  It was around 80 degrees and sunny almost all week - except for one rainy morning which was the perfect excuse to do some shopping at the outlet mall :) - and we took full advantage of it.

Our hotel - the Hilton - was beachfront and we spent every possible second out on the beach.  Swimming, hanging out at Tommy's Tiki Bar, playing volleyball or watching the sunset... it was pretty great.  Thanks so much to Lindsay and Amanda for all of your recommendations - you guys were spot on!  

A few pictures (all from my iPhone, sorry for the terrible quality!)... 


...and highlights from the past week in Clearwater Beach.

Sunsets at Pier 60 
Pina colada's at The Sandpearl beachfront bar
Anything at Clear Sky Cafe - we ate here twice for breakfast and lunch!  So good.
The view from Jimmy's Crow Nest rooftop
Red velvet ice cream at The Ice & Cream Creamery
A fancy dinner at The Beachcomber
Relaxing at Tommy's Tiki House
THE BEACH! :) 

Hope you all had a great week, too - can't wait to get back to regular scheduled programming here on the blog!  Happy Monday!

Linking up with BellaCarlyBiana and Ashley

Friday, March 20, 2015

And We're Off


...to Florida for our annual spring break trip!  We're leaving this weekend for a few days of fun in the sun in Clearwater Beach. Words can't express how excited I am for warmer temps, swimming, seafood, sleeping in, all of it.  We will miss our Brady boy (first time leaving him for more than one night!) but my family is coming down to stay with him so he'll be in good hands.  As long as they keep the socks away from him ;)

This is also our first time visiting this area of Florida so any restaurant or 'to do' recommendations are very welcome!  I'll be taking next week off from the blog and will be back on Monday, March 30th so make sure to follow along with our adventures on Instagram

Happy Friday!
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In case you missed it this week...
Spring To Do List // Green Juice Recipe // My Favorite Neutral Lip Glosses // Thursday Thoughts

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thursday Thoughts


After my facial last week, the esthetician sent me home with a few samples of Neocutis Lumiere Bio-Restorative eye cream (that's a mouthful).  I wasn't looking for a new eye cream since I've been happy with the one I have but after using the Neocutis for 8 days now, I am seriously blown away.  It's so moisturizing and is actually helping some of the fine lines that have started to pop up around my eyes.  

Thanks to Kristina for this heads up - all of the swimsuits at American Eagle right now are buy the top, get the bottom free!  I picked up this one in green.

Nick and I are currently obsessed with Shark Tank.  We've been watching an episode almost every night before bed.  Also need to catch up on Southern Charm and get into Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - everyone seems to be loving it!  

Our new dining table is being delivered today!!!  I was planning on going with the Carroll table from West Elm but after popping into a local furniture store one day, I fell in love with a different one.  Now I just need to find chairs - torn between these tufted ones and these nailhead ones.  Decisions, decisions.

We made Ashley's baked chicken chimichanga's for dinner last night and they were delicious.  Only thing we changed was adding in diced onion and jalapeno for some spice and crunch.  They've officially been added to our dinner rotation.

And that's all the randomness I've got for today!

Linking up with AnnieNatalieMeagan and Joey
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

My Favorite Neutral Lipglosses


A little 'makeup rule' I've heard is that you should play up either your eyes or lips, but not both at the same time.  Since I tend to prefer to accentuate my eyes (bring on the mascara), I like to stick to a neutral shade on my lips.  Here are my five tried and true, favorite neutral lip glosses:  

Buxom (White Russian) - A very nude pink that also provides a tingling, lip plumbing sensation.
NARS (Orgasm) - This is a light pink with a hint of gold shimmer, perfect to use on a tropical vacation to accentuate a tan.
Bare Minerals Moxie (Spark Plug) - Very hydrating and made with all natural ingredients, it's my most favorite lip product. 
NYX Butter Gloss (Tiramisu) - This gloss provides medium coverage so I like to use it for nights out.  You can't beat NYX prices! 
Benefit (Sugarbomb) - Another shimmering gloss that's never sticky and actually has a pretty great flavor, too.

Do you have a signature lip color?
Linking up with ShannaMorgan