Tuesday, May 26, 2015

seeking the sun


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I have been living in my straw sunhat (now 30% off!) all weekend long - first on the river, then for poolside dining, & Nashville exploring! Not that I need another, but how amazing is this ombre one?! 

Shop my favorites below, & enjoy the Memorial Day sales at both J.Crew & J.Crew Factory!


I have spoken of my love for Shabby Apple before (see the last post here), & this site continues to be a go-to for both work & play dresses. This is my new Summer favorite that easily goes from work to play, although, after this week, I have 6 weeks of all play! #teacherlife
(I even attempted my hand at a little DIY, cutting off the front wrap pieces from the dress, making it a bit more streamlined) 

Shop all of my current favorites from Shabby Apple below - now 20% off!
My Summer outfits are best punctuated with yummy cognac accessories. Shop my favorite belts & sandals below:


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Staples

Good Morning! I am guest posting over on my friend Elle's blog, Living in Color Style, talking about my top staple for Summer! Check it out here
{ outfit 1 // 2 // 3 }

Monday, May 18, 2015

Bloggers Who Budget: Florals for Less

The Bloggers Who Budget are back with our favorite trend for May: Floral! Be sure to check out the bloggers above for budget friendly inspiration of how to rock these fun prints!

I adore this skirt! I dressed it up with a chunky belt & heels for brunch, but it was also perfect with flip-flops & a knotted tee in Vegas.
{ What I Wore: J.Crew Factory tank // boutique belt // skirt ℅ Chicwish (shop more floral skirts at the bottom of the post) // DSW mules (similar styles under $70: 1, 2, 3 + a splurge style for $150!) // Ray Ban aviators }

Shop my favorite budget friendly floral skirts below:


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Shopping: Nashville-based Shopping

Nashville has some amazing boutiques & businesses started here in Music City. I love what is happening with the fashion scene here & I just had to share some of my favorites with you! (I just wish more of them had online shopping!)

I regret that I haven't been able to put together a Sip, Shop, See post in a while, but hopefully this Summer I can explore & document some more Nashville neighborhoods!

Any Nashville stores catching your eye lately?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

where are they now?

As a blogger I have certainly enjoyed the perk of receiving free beauty products to review. I can honestly say that of all the products I have happily welcomed into my home, none have been hated, but there are a select few that have firmly planted themselves in my daily routine. Many I have gone on to purchase with my own money after my sample ran out, & the rest, I will if I need to (shameless plug to receive more samples if anyone is listening!)


You can check out all my beauty product review posts, I especially love this one when I finally embraced moisturizers after year of distain & disgust (AKA where I had to eat my words because these moisturizers are amazing), and shop my forever go-tos below: 

{1} Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Creme - I am not the biggest fan of using heat on my hair (1 part lazy, 1 part protective of my locks) - so if I style my hair, I want it to last for DAYS! With this product, my curls last at least 2 (over my usual half the night)!

{2} Murad Daily Cleansing Foam - this is the product that made me enjoy washing my face. Super refreshing, without leaving my skin feeling tight (as evidenced on Instagram).

{3} Dermalogica After Sun Repair  -  my husband burns like a piece of toast (is that a saying?) & this has come to our rescue many times. A quick application when we get inside from the pool is a miracle worker.

{4} By Terry Rose Lip Balm  - a splurge for sure, but this super smooth & amazing smelling balm makes my lipstick stay put & properly moisturized for hours. I tend to get super self conscious when I wear lipstick (Is it on my teeth? Did it smudge? Has it all cracked off?), so the price tag is worth it to me.

{5} Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme - life long nail & cuticle biter here. Still working on my recovery, but a quick swipe of this while we watch TV at night is certainly helping keep things less scary around my nail beds. 

{6} Murad "Invisiblur" Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 - a fairly recent addition to the family, but it is here to stay. The Invisiblur is a daily SPF & primer/perfecter all in 1. One of the things that I appreciate most about Murad is their thought process not only in the product itself, but also in the packaging, & the experience that you have when using it. This product is very easy to use, & I LOVE that with 1 pump it delivers the perfect amount - not too much, not too little. 

{7} Murad Acne Clearing Solution - I'm still waiting on my teenage acne to go away TOTALLY, but for now, a nightly application of the Acne Clearing Solution keeps most of it at bay.

{8} Jergens Natural Glow Daily Firming Moisturizer - I enjoy going to the pool, but slathered in SPF 50. So to add color (+ a little firming action too!), I try to apply this Jergens gradual self-tanning lotion every 3 days after my shower.

{9} C.O. Bigelow Lemon Sugar Body Scrub - The only way I will shave my legs now! The smooth skin I get from using the sugar scrub & then razoring the fuzz away is leagues above!

{10} Murad Skin Smoothing Polish - the more I read about exfoliation, the more I want to do it on every inch of my skin! I really appreciate that this Skin Smoothing Polish is a gentle enough scrub that I can do it every couple of days, & it feels so good!

I am also super excited about the new Living Proof "No Frizz" Line that landed on my stoop this week - still in the testing process, and I can't wait to share it all with you soon!


What are the beauty products you buy again & again?