Friday, April 18, 2014

Blogger Spotlight: Treasure Tromp

Today's blogger in the Spotlight is Nicole of Treasure Tromp. Nicole's blog is a refreshing break from the many fashion/style bloggers in my blog roll. Her posts are stories of her travels, exotic locations & local finds along the way. She just returned from a year in South Africa & is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Psychology (color me impressed!!)

But seriously, this adventurous lady has gone shark cage diving with great whites in South Africa, hung out with meerkatsdrank "kopi luwak" (cat poop coffee??) in Bali & toured Paris.  And her blog? A placed filled with the joy of "discovering life's little treasures one adventure at a time"… that she shares in hopes of encouraging your own journey too!

A Cali girl at heart, Nicole caught the travel bug & shares her contagiously fun personality on her blog. For example, how great is this party she threw for her fiancĂ©!? But let me step aside & allow Nicole to properly introduce herself:
Get her tips for using coconut oil in your beauty routine.

Who else wants to tag along with her many excursions!? Any room in your carry on Nicole??
Be sure to add Nicole to your blog reader & on social media too: Blog // Twitter // Pinterest 

No doubt you are already as hooked on this blog as I am, but to sweeten the introduction, Nicole is hosting a giveaway for $20 to Amazon gift card for one lucky reader! (open to any country Amazon ships).

Comments are closed today so that you can go over & say hi on Nicole's blog!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

thanks Pinterest

{ What I Wore to happy hour: LeTote tank* // J.Crew jeans // jacket ℅ Choies // ShoeMint pumps // Rebecca Minkoff purse // RayBan sunglasses }
*I was gifted a LeTote subscription, but all opinions are my own

all photos | Zipporah Photography
Have you ever been so excited for a future event, that you kind of stopped living day to day.
With 16 days until we become Mr. & Mrs. I officially can't think about anything else, much less function like a real human.
Cooking actual food - does a packet of Ramen count?
Laundry - eh, who needs it?
Picking out creative outfits - that's what Pinterest is for!

I saw this girl wearing a striped tee + white jeans, & while not groundbreaking, it was easy & more put together than anything else I had circling around my head.

For all of you saying that I hadn't mentioned the wedding much on the blog, I hope you're enjoying these daily countdown posts - everyone else, don't hate me for the wedding over shares!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

hello honeymoon!

{ What I will wear on the honeymoon:  BB Dakota dressZappos // Rebecca Minkoff quilted purseZappos // Jack Rogers sandals // J.Crew Panama hat // BaubleBar necklace // vintage scarf, worn as belt (similar 1, 2, 3) }
all photos | Zipporah Photography
It was literally freezing last night in Nashville (might be the only time I've used that word properly), but I'm already dreaming of the beaches in Antigua! Hello Honeymoon!

17 days till we get married, 18 days till our first vacation as Mr. & Mrs. (Ty asked me if I was planning to give him the countdown everyday… like he really had to ask!)
In fact, this entire outfit is already sitting in my luggage & has inspired the direction of my honeymoon attire. Because we are packing not only for a week in Antigua, but also a night in NYC + a week in Oregon, I need to figure out a way to pack minimal items with maximal outfit potential. 

One way I am doing so, is by focusing on a restricted color - lots of white, blue & coral + neutral shoes (a la this outfit!)
The other way I'm packing light (light-er maybe, let's be real, I pack a LOT-o-stuff) is considering remix potential of each item. This dress + purse + shoes would be great for a beachside lunch at one of our resort's amazing looking restaurants (I might already have my meals planned out for the week too!). 

But I plan on wearing this purse in its cross body style (seen in Monday's post) with a maxi dress for a day of shopping in town. And will snazzy up this beautiful white crochet dress with wedges for our backyard Oregon reception.

I love a scarf that functions as a belt, head scarf & sun protector + these classic Jack Rogers sandals go with everything (wanted to put literally in front of that, but refrained)!
Have you ever packed for 2 weeks… where do you even start?

Any one else looking forward to leaning heavily on their LWD (little white dress) this Spring & Summer? 
Zappos has so many to choose from, see my top picks below:

Zappos provided me with items in today's post, but all reviews & opinions are my own!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Here&Now Travels: Austin, TX

This past weekend I was in Austin, Texas tearing it up with 7 of my very best friends for my Bachelorette Party. I have to say that I think we did Austin up pretty right, so if you are looking to spend a weekend there, jot down some notes (just for the record, I take zero credit, my amazing ladies planned everything for me!)

We all got in Friday afternoon & headed straight to the Hula Hut. Out on Lake Austin, this place is gorgeous & the margaritas are banging. The party house we had for the weekend was near-by in an adorable 60's style neighborhood. My MOH found it on Turnkey & we all ran around oohing & ahhhhing. After sprucing up from a day of travel, we headed out for a chill night on Rainey Street. This part of town is so cute, lined with unique bars. We started the night in a bar made of shipping containers (aptly named Container Bar, duh), & then hopped from place to place on our own little pub crawl. Highlights were dancing to Mo-town music at The Blackheart (thanks DJ Gross Y'all) & dinner at Banger's (amazing sausages, over 100 beers on tap & the place had its own dog park!!)
drinking the "Jessica" at Icehauer // bringing sexy back // that is called the "skinny arm" my friends

Saturday started with a Tex-Mex hangover cure at Maudie's (um, YUM!) & continued with shopping along South Congress (so many shops!) & a tour of the city's murals (OB.SESSED). I could have stayed all day in Uncommon Objects (couldn't take pictures inside, dagnabit!), but couldn't complain that we moved on to refresh with margaritas and music at the Guero's Taco Bar outdoor concert area. I might have also drank lemonade while dressed as a lemon (@ Austin City Lemons) & then topped it off with Amy's Ice Cream (again, YUM!).

We tracked down the Austin postcard mural & the Bread + Butter mural & then moseyed back home for some girl time. My ladies threw me a sweet (& sassy!) lingerie shower & tossed in a total surprise too. They had video-taped Tyler answering questions about me & I had to try to answer them, Newlywed Game style! I learned some things (AKA he hates this vest) & laughed a lot! 
fancy dinner // ma ladies at Bourbon Girls // hanging out with a fun Bachelor party at Maggie Mae's
We went all out for dinner, sushi at Uchiko. Let me just say, go straight for the 10 course chef's tasting menu… you will spend $80 a person either way (YOLO right?). After such a classy dinner, the only option was going down to East 6th Street to get our dirty on with the masses. Let's just say there was a time when I was dancing on a bar with a champagne bottle… & it was awesome! Oh & at the end of the night we couldn't find a cab, so we rode home in an old school (80s?) white stretch limo… yup, that happened!
a snap from my time with Shanna // my name on the sign at Yellow Jacket
Sunday morning I sprung out of bed, excited to meet my long time blogger bud, Shanna. We got to finally hug each other's necks, chat face to face & do what bloggers do best - take pictures. Shanna was so sweet to navigate me out to East Austin (hipster-ville) to meet up with my gals for brunch at Yellow Jacket Social Club. This place is definitely a diamond in the rough - great ambience & I would drive back to Austin this second to have "The Mister" breakfast panini again. None of us wanted to say good-bye to Austin quite yet, so we headed to Kung Fu for one last round (or 3) of mimosas & sucked at giant Jenga (it was HARD y'all!). 
do you Kung Fu? // mimosas + Instax pictures // ending the weekend with Pickle shots!
And then my honey picked me up from the airport with red roses (awww, I got a good one!) Whew, so that was my weekend. And now my old lady body is paying for it, but I don't regret a thing! Only 18 days till we say I DO!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

best. weekend. ever.

{ What I Wore to brunch: Gap jean jacket // Erin Fetherson lip print dress via Rent The Runway // Steve Madden nude strap heels // Rebecca Minkoff purse ℅ Zappos }

Photos thanks to Shanna of Because Shanna Said So
I just got back from Austin, Texas where I had the most epic weekend for my bachelorette party! I am still recovering from our night out on 6th Street & will share all the details of our most perfect weekend soon!

My girls wrapped me up in love, spoiled me with some new frilly things to take on the honeymoon & kept the shots coming all weekend long.

Before heading out to brunch Sunday, I met up with Shanna the beautiful blogger behind Because Shanna Said So. Shanna was one of the first bloggers I connected with, in fact she was the winner of my first ever blog giveaway! We started our blogs around the same time & it has been a joy to be on this blogging journey together. Getting to finally meet her in person was just as I expected it - like 2 friends that have a long shared history, picking up right where we left off. I am so thankful for the friends in my life, the girls that I grew up with, the ladies from college, the ones I have made a life with in Nashville, & the talented women that I've met via blogging. My heart is so full.
How great is the print on this Erin Fetherson dress? I thought it was perfect for a bachelorette weekend & now I wish it was a print so I could hang it in my house!
How was your weekend?