Friday, May 22, 2015

5 Things To Try This Weekend

I started summer with the mindset that I would have all this freedom to do as I pleased and enjoy every bit of my stay here in Chapel Hill. For those who are curious as to what I'm doing here, by the way, I am currently taking summer classes in Chapel Hill while also interning as a social media and marketing intern with Moon & Lola in Apex.

This was my first full week, and I had high hopes that I would be able to do everything. And I mean, make time for friends, have some pool time, explore new coffee shops in Carrboro, all of those things while still managing to blog, intern, and of course, focus on my academics. Lately, I've been noticing that I've grown more and more tired day by day as I manage my busy schedule. By the time 10 PM rolls around, all I want to do is crawl into my bed and call it a night.

But after spending a few days to myself, I realized it's all about finding that balance. That balance is important to manage both work and play.

Here are 5 THINGS that I do daily to allow myself to have enough energy to get through the day. 
And maybe these are some fun ideas for those in need of a pick-me-up or just want to try some new things this weekend!
1. Drink 1-2 cups of green tea every night before bed. I like to have my 2nd cup around 8-9 PM.
2. Have a fruit blended smoothie (topped with chia seeds!) for lunch.
3. <pretty blooms>
Turn off your phone or put it away from your bed when it hits 10 PM.
4. Squeeze in at least 20 minutes of exercise or go 15 mins hardcore. Every minute counts!
I always plan out my workouts the night before to ensure that I actually go to the gym.
5. Open the blinds and make your bed. This one might sound weird, but there's something so appealing about a neatly-made bed and some natural sunlight pouring into my bedroom. Ha. Weird, but it really works!
Also, a little update...
I'm heading home for Memorial Day weekend with the family. That's an old photo, hence the OTK boots, but one of my favorite roadtrip shots.
#roadtrippin'

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Summer Looks To Try


With all of summer to try and experiment new ways to remix my wardrobe, I thought I would round up a few looks that I'm wanting to recreate this summer. I mentioned before in a previous post that I am more drawn towards anything with a heel or wedge. I created inspirational looks around three pairs of heels.
Whether you're spending your summer days working behind a desk or attending daytime cocktail parties, I've got you covered on inspiring summer looks with the perfect shoe statement.

You can also find more heels pumps options here.

If you're a fan of the d'Orsay flats, you might like this pair. 
* style tip * Pair an all-white look with a nude or pop of blue heel and a bucket bag.

[ more white blouses here || sunglasses || more white denim here



Switch up the classic black + whites with a pop of neon.
* style tip* Pair a simple white shirtdress with a pair of black mules and a pop of neon. Brownie points for matching statement earrings. And if big earrings aren't your thing, go for a more subtle one here, or try this studded one here. I recently wore a similar look with a pop of pink + turquoise here.

[ more white dresses here || more Rebecca Minkoff bags here || earrings - sold out, but add it to your waitlist! ]


I'm a firm believer that a statement heel can be slightly intimidating. At least that's what I thought when I bought my first pair. 
* style tip * A way to tone down the statement is to keep the look simple. White denim definitely tones it down, especially paired with a soft, blue ruffle top. 

[ top (more chambray top options here) || bag || white denim ]

Did you enjoy these summer inspirational looks? Which one was your favorite?
Should I make more of these types of posts? Would love to hear your thoughts!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Skort The Rules


A chambray button-down shirt is always a yes in my book.
Most people swear by the "if all else fails, wear black" mantra, but I always opt for a chambray shirt. It's timeless, classic, and a great piece to wear year round. I decided to keep things simple with this fun black skort that is perfect for summer... and windy days ;)

Also, a quick thing to note: you can snag this skort with 20% OFF until May 25th with code: FUN20SUN here

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wearing: chambray button-down shirt: old, similar here | skort: old, similar here | scarf: vintage Chanel | earrings:  Lisi Lerch | shoes: Dolce Vita (also sold here) | gingham wallet: Target (on SALE for $11!) | sunglasses: ℅ Ray-Bans | lipgloss: NYX 'Peach Cobbler' | bangle bracelet: ℅ Honeybee Boutique (LOVE THESE) | 

Congrats to our two features this week:
|| Jacque from Looks for Lovelies || Jenna from Visions of Vogue ||




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Monday, May 18, 2015

Summer Lookbook: Two Styles + Video


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I know it's Monday. And I know math is not the most problematic way of starting it.
Pun intended.
But, here's a little equation for you all: What do two fashion enthusiasts with differing styles + a summer of planning + a video camera + a DSLR camera = ?

That's right. A summer lookbook video and photo-shoot. You guessed it.
You may remember me mentioning new things hitting the blog in my previous posts. This is one of them. I met Natalie Barbu, a YouTube vlogger who goes to NC State, for a coffee date a while back during the school semester. Things instantly clicked for us when we realized how similar our social networking tactics and personalities were. One of the things we really wanted to do was create a summer lookbook video for you guys to help promote each other to different aspects of networking.
{ quick side note: I'm actually taking a Journalism Marketing class right now for summer and it's so awesome to actually be putting my study material to work ;) }

I love seeing other talented influencers "do their thing" with such determination. It really helps motivate me back to the right mindset of what I hope to achieve with my blog.

P.S. she definitely edited the video on the airplane en route to California. Talk about some serious dedication. *insert fist emoji here*

And if you haven't already... be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Natalie's channel!
Keep us posted if you want more videos of us this summer. I definitely had fun shooting this one, and we are always down for requests! Maybe we'll even take karaoke dance party video requests... just kidding...
;)


Natalie's wearing: dress | shoes | hat: old, similar here + here | necklace: old, similar here |

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I'm wearing: vest | shorts: old, similar here + here | bag | booties: old, similar here | watch | bracelet | sunglasses | lipstick | earrings | monogram necklace (similar here) |

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Friday, May 15, 2015

#SORELstyleMeContest


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Hey college bloggers, today's post is especially for YOU.
I'm excited to announce that I have teamed up with Her Campus + SOREL to encourage you guys to enter the #SORELstyleMEcontest to showcase YOUR campus style.

Here's how to enter:
- share a 15-second Instagram video using hashtag #SORELstyleMecontest
- OR upload a 15-60 second video on YouTube and submit the URL via Facebook.com/SOREL on the SORELstyleMEcontest tab.

You do NOT have to own or wear SORELs to enter. By entering, you have a chance to take home a $2,500 scholarship, star in SOREL's next shoot with Jenn Rogien (costume designer of HBO's Girls and Netflix's Orange is the New Black) and win a pair of free SOREL boots.

What are you waiting for? This contest ends May 17th!


And be on the lookout for this outfit coming to the blog soon. Have a great weekend!

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This post is sponsored by SOREL and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Summer Trends: Tory Burch Espadrille Flats

As much as I like to admit that I'm a creature of habit, meaning that I'm particularly drawn towards any shoes with a heel or wedge, being a college student has been sort of a game changer in that department. 
I'm currently taking summer classes at UNC-Chapel Hill and the walk to class is literally up two hills every morning. Walking all over campus requires comfy, flat shoes, and if I'm going to wear something flat, it better be chic... right? I'm loving the espadrille flats for summer because they can easily polish up a simple look. You can also find more Tory Burch Espadrille Flats options here. Also loving these espadrille wedge sandals here + here

Maybe flat sandals are just good for the sole. HA. #ihadto
What's your favorite pair?

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Babydoll Got Blue


I'm definitely having a blue moment as of late.
I like to keep my dresses simple in order to let the jewelry do the talking. I'm more of a statement necklace or earrings kind-of-gal. If you don't own a chambray dress for summer, this one is just $25. I highly recommend snagging one because they are seriously the perfect summer dress! There's also plenty of denim dress options you can choose from here.

How would you style this babydoll dress?

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Wearing: denim dress: Forever 21 | bag: ℅ Hayden-Harnett | necklace:  Mad Jewels | sunglasses: Karen Walker | sandals: ℅ Ami Club Wear | earrings: old, identical herelipgloss: Chanel's '156' (not available) but '4' is similar |

Congrats to our two features this week:
|| blog look: Taylor from Dallas Style || blog look: Darci from Diaries of a Southern Shopper ||
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