Thursday, May 28, 2015

I Totes Agree


[ stripe totes here // more Kate Spade totes here // more Jonathan Adler items here // more Sensi Studio totes here // Madewell totes here // more Tory Burch totes here // more printed totes here ]

Two words: SUMMER. TOTES.
Whether you're beach bound or heading off to a mini day-trip for the weekend, here are some totes that are perfect for the summer.

Which are your favorites?

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Power of Target


A little sidenote, before you read about my thoughts on Target (below)...
I like to wear my hair up in the summertime because frankly, I've learned through experience that 90 degrees and thick, wavy hair do. NOT. MIX.
High, curly ponytails and statement earrings are my favorite combo when I'm trying to keep things simple. I've been to the pool a couple of times twice, and have gotten fairly tan, for the most part. But then again, I also tan very easily. I've already made plans to lay out by the pool most of next week, but neon pieces and white are two colors that really help contribute to showing off that tan.

Funny story about this scarf.
I was in Target shopping for bathing suits, and in the next aisle, this bright, neon scarf caught my eye. For starters, all of us Target shoppers know for a fact that no one really goes to Target looking for one particular item, and walks out empty-handed. After many attempts that ended up as miserable failures, I've come to the conclusion that Target has that mysterious mind power over us that forces us to grab everything we see on sight, wrestle with the idea that we need it, want it, must have it, because how could anyone ever give up a deal like this?, and my wallet will forgive me eventually, type of mindset. And then, we end up leaving with way more than we expected. Sums it up. And I can rant about Target adventures all day, but I can save those for another blog post. HA.

So yeah. That's my Target theory.

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Wearing: button-down shirt: bought in Korea (similar here + loving this scallop collar one here) | distressed denim: ℅ Shop Impressions Boutique (sold out) but similar here + here | scarf: Target - ONLY $15 (comes in THREE COLORS) | earrings: old, love this one here + here | heels: ℅ AmiClubWear (sold out) but similar here (obsessed with these statement heels) | renegade cluster bracelet: ℅ Stella & Dot | pink lipstick: MAC 'Candy Yum Yum' | monogram necklace: old, similar here | sunglasses: old, similar here |

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It's All White

[ white off-the-shoulder tops here // more DL1961 jeans here // white bucket bags here // white shirt dresses here // white Tibi tops here ]

Today's post title should really be: things I need in my closet, but things that my wallet will not forgive me for.
Who else feels like this? *hand raise emoji*

Anyway, on a real note: I've been wearing white pieces nonstop as of late. I rounded up a few summer styles that I've been coveting. Distressed denim, white jeans, bucket bags, girly tops, off-the-shoulder tops and dresses, eyelet dresses... you name them. I'm swooning.

P.S. Not a fan of the distressed denim? No problem. I included two alternative picks for white denim. Links are available up top!

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

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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

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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) | 

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Summer Lookbook: Two Styles + Video


{ make sure to watch in HD }

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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