Shop 'Til I Drop

I don't know what's gotten into me lately but I've been doing some serious online shopping. 
Although, all were things I needed (ok, and few I've just been seriously coveting) 
Here's a little peek at my haul

1 // I wanted this specifically for layering under number three in the Fall. 
2 // I have wanted this bracelet for so long! At first it was sold out online, but now it's mine.
3 // It took me a long time to find one that I love but this is perfect. And such a great price.
4 // I don't know if I've told you guys or not, but I love animals on clothing. Give me a giraffe printed blouse or a zebra printed scarf any day! Here's an affordable option
5 // My workout routine is pretty boring, just walks around the lake. So I've decided to add Zumba. Of course a spicy new routine calls for spicy neon kicks!

And now that it's August, I've got some fun news!
This is officially my birthday month so 
I'll be featuring lots of giveaways all month long....starting next week!

Can't wait to celebrate with y'all


{mullings & musings} Is blogging dead?

I may be way off here, but I'm starting to think that as Instagram and Facebook gain more and more popularity, blogging has begun its decline. What do y'all think? We're such a mobile society, always on the go. It's so much easier to interact and engage through platforms with apps. Who has time to sit and scroll/read through blogs anymore? In fact, I may take it a step further to say that even Facebook is on the way out and Instagram reigns supreme. People have full-on conversations, make new friends, exchange information and get their daily dose of pretty...all from that little app. It's definitely the first one I click on when sitting in a waiting room! Although there are advantages, blogging offers a richer experience complete with as many full size pictures and words that you want. There's only so much you can fit into that little square on Instagram. To me it just seems more instant and engaging to put up a picture on Instagram. I don't have to invest as much coming up with the content for a post, I can do several Instagrams pictures a day and the gratification is instantaneous. I love blogging, but sometimes it feels too far removed. I even have an editorial calendar, I know what I'm going to post days (sometimes weeks) in advance. I'll be honest, this might all be sparked by the fact that I've been feeling a bit burnt out with blogging lately. My life has just been so busy that I haven't had a chance to really create the content that I want and know you all deserve to see! So maybe that's why I'm loving Instagram so much, I get to create something pretty for my friends and followers and it's not so high pressure!

I'd love love to hear your opinion on this....is blogging a dead or dying art form?


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happy weekend!

I had the most exciting meeting yesterday! So happy that work is going well (although I'm a bit exhausted, but who isn't right?) Also, putting together a {mullings & musings} post for next week. Can't wait to hear what you all have to say about this one! I have a beauty consultation with a couple girls on Saturday and spending quality time with my family on Sunday. Have I mentioned how great it is to be back in the US? 

Oh, and I'm officially booked for Montreal in two weeks! Any tips for must-see places? I've heard it's absolutely gorgeous.

Here are a few of my favorite things from this week:

Probably the most genius website ever. Literally.
I wish I slept in this room.
I wish I was wearing this skirt while twirling that room.
How perfect is this sweater for Fall. Perfect.
For the coconut lovers out there. Doesn't get much better than this.

happy weekend dear ones!

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Neutrals for Fall

It's almost the end of July. And by extension that means it's almost the end of summer. Right?! Please say yes. I don't know how much more of the heat I can handle. So, sometimes I just sit in the AC and look at beautiful pictures of Fall outfits on Pinterest. Seriously. A girl can dream! I've found that as I get older, I'm drawn to a simpler, more neutral palette with the occasional pop of color thrown in for good measure.

Who's ready for Fall fashion?!


Currently Loving

one // 
Emerald green nail polish, yes please!

two // 
If Fall doesn't get here soon, I am going to freak out. 
I really wish I was wearing that outfit today, crunching around in those leaves. 
Please hurry.

three // 
Loving all things with a mirror finish. 
I'm on the hunt for a mirrored dresser like the one above.

four // 
I may or may not have bought 4 pairs of statement earrings this weekend. 
All of them were on sale, so that really only equals 2 pairs right?!

let's make it a fabulous week,

this is still happening!

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{fashion files} sperry topsider

I know, I know...I'm way late to the party -- but I finally got a pair of Sperrys!  I had never even tried on a pair before yesterday, but within 5 minutes of walking in the store and trying them on...they were mine! Man, they are comfortable! I had no idea. And the super (super!) cute salesgirl assured me they are not even really summer shoes. She said I could wear them well into Fall! Perfect! Well, as we all know I am so over summer and so ready for Fall to be here. So I've already been dreaming of outfits for my new kicks!

Here they are! My new Sperrys!
And the outfits I whipped up to go with them!

{left} :: sweater (affordable similar) // jeans // scarf
{right} :: sequin cardigan (I'm obsessed) // jeans 
{middle} :: sunglasses //  crossbody bag (affordable similar} // bracelet // Sperrys

Just planning these outfits makes me so excited for crisp nights, pumpkins and football!
How many more sleeps til Fall y'all?

So tell me, do you own Sperrys?
What are you wearing them with?

And before I bid you a fabulous weekend, one more bit of exciting news!
Speaking of Fall, my new collection is almost here! YAY! 
So you know what that means...in order to make room:


{get the look} scarf print

This image has been my desktop wallpaper ever since I pinned it on Pinterest last week.  
I am smitten! What's not to love about this outfit?! 
The perfect summer print in the skirt...and it's easy to see how this would transition straight into Fall! 
My version features scarf print shorts from ShopBop because I just couldn't resist them. 
A few other staples and you're ready to go!
Are you loving this outfit as much as me? Please say yes!


{wear that room} easy breezy

Admittedly, that's not much of a room. But oh what I wouldn't give to wear that breezy white dress and lounge in that luxurious outdoor space! Seems perfect for a weekend spent laughing with loved ones. Although I didn't spend my weekend in as quite a luxurious room, it was almost as perfect. I worked hard on Saturday and took the whole day off yesterday to spend with my favorite people on the planet. Last night, I watched a terribly sad movie. I can't even remember the name -- the one where Kate Hudson dies of colon cancer, but not before she falls in love with her handsome doctor. Has anyone else seen it? I sat on the couch with my cousin, ate cupcakes and cried. Darn those $1 Redbox rentals! ;)

here's to an easy breezy week!
hope you get to relax somewhere in there

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{more} color inspiration

Does anyone else feel like this has been the busiest week ever? So fun and gratifying to accomplish a lot, but I'm exhausted. As I find myself working more and more, I've been trying to focus on surrounding myself with lots of creativity and inspiration. A few weeks ago, I shared some color inspiration for summer. Well I noticed I've been really drawn to these two color combos as well. Coral and mint is one thing, but orange and mint...oh yeah! And seriously does anything say fresh, yummy summer better than rose & sunshine yellow? I think not. What color are your loving at the moment? Hope you had a fabulous week and hope the weekend is even better! xx

{ps}: it's Friday the 13th! anyone doing anything creepy/fun? or is that totally junior high? ;)


{fashion files} the safari vest







Yes or No?
Are you loving the safari vest?

I've become quite enamored with it lately.
The blogosphere has been abuzz with this look
and these ladies styled it so perfectly!
I think it's time to add one of these vests to my wardrobe!
Over a dress for summer and paired with boyfriend jeans in the winter

have a wonderful day,

a lovely alternative to the safari vest!


Inspiration Board

No rhyme or reason, just inspiration!
This week I'll be drawing inspiration from neutrals and every once in a while 
throwing in pops of color.  And are you kidding me with that floral wallpaper?! love
Plus everyone could use a little encouragement in the form of gold + mint! 
Send someone you love a little note this week!

Business is getting busier and busier and I'm so grateful, but also a bit overwhelmed
Many exciting things coming up...thank you all for sharing in them with me!

here's to a fabulous week full of everyday inspiration,

I know this is a bit/ a lot cheesy but I love the message and wanted to share:

Good Morning, and welcome to Flight #2012. We are prepared to take off into another Blessed day. Please make sure your Attitude and Blessings are secured and locked in, in the upright position. All self-destructive devices should be turned off at this time. All negativity, hurt, and discouragement should be put away. Should we lose altitude under pressure, during the flight, reach up and pull down a Prayer! Prayers will automatically be activated by Faith. Once your Faith is activated you can assist other passengers. There will be NO BAGGAGE allowed on this flight. The Captain has cleared us for takeoff -- Destination - GREATNESS!   Are you on board?

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{Friday's Fancies} Nautical :: Work + Play

I'm wrapping up this 4th of July week with a nautical-inspired Friday's Fancies
I love this trend and I especially love it for this time of year. 
But I was unsure how it would translate from the office to the weekend. 
Here's my take:

What do you think of these work + play outfits?
I tried to keep it more professional/ less costumey for the workplace. 
But for play, it was all fun! And lots of stripes!

here's to a wonderful weekend wherever you are,


{lookbook} American Chevron

Confession: I've been wearing red, white and blue all week.  I love the 4th of July!  I was so excited when I found this chevron print dress but then my mom bursted my patriotic bubble by informing me that it's a little more like orange.  Well either way, I still love it!  The dress is from a little boutique in our little town, but the necklace is from my boutique.   It's called Chloe

Hope you all are having a fabulous day celebrating America!  Today is my dad's birthday and my parents' anniversary so as you're reading this I'm in a boat, on the lake, surrounded by my favorites!

See you soon!

In honor of the 4th, all Mary Kay orders over $50 placed today only will receive 
either a *mini lash love set* or a *mini even complexion set* as a free gift
You can browse and order here!


{fashion files} red // white // blue

It's July!
And Independence Day is on Wednesday!
This is one of my favorite holidays...partly because of the fireworks and the lake 
but mostly because it's my dad's birthday and my parents' anniversary!
So just in case you haven't gotten into the spirit yet and you need some outfit inspiration
Here are some ideas for whatever festivities you have planned on Wednesday, 
whether it's going to the office or laying on a boat...

And for my dear friends Yale and Ty and any other guys who may possibly be reading this...

Almost all of these outfits involve stripes in some way, shape or form
I'd say its an essential for the 4th and summertime in general

What are your plans for the 4th?
What will you be wearing?

Happy July!

I totally missed this but last month was my 1 year blogiversary!
thank you from the bottom of a very grateful heart

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