April 23, 2014

Currently Crushing: Spring's It Bag

Currently Crushing: Bucket Bags

I was a little unsure how I felt about the drawstring bucket bags when I first saw them (very 90s, right?). The longer I looked, though, and the more I saw how versatile they were, I decided I wanted one - very badly. While visiting my two besties a few weekends ago we popped into the Coach outlet and I found the one you've been seeing in several of my style posts lately. It was the perfect size and on super sale for that weekend - no brainer, right? After getting it home and carrying it a few times I've fallen even more in love with the style - it's convenient, can easily be a crossbody, and allows everything to stay organized inside. If you're still debating on whether or not you need one, I'm here to tell you - you do! Browse this list on Teen Vogue for more inspiration!

The investment: Mansur Gavriel, camel & black (currently sold out)

April 22, 2014

My Style: Zumba Apparel (Pt. 2)


I'm back today for the second feature in my Zumba Apparel collaboration! As I mentioned in my first post, I'm really excited to be collaborating with this awesome company and bringing you content that you aren't used to seeing on my blog. In the almost five years that I've been blogging, workout wear and staying active hasn't been featured - even though I try to make it part of my life. Now I get to combine the two and hopefully inspire you to stay stylish while being fit! Another reason that I was so excited about this partnership is the versatility of the Zumba apparel pieces. While they are created for working out, the looks are perfect for running around town, meeting up with girlfriends, and any other activities you can dream up. As a generation of on-the-go women, we're constantly looking for things (clothes, technology, accessories, etc.) that can do double duty - I love the way these items mix and match with things I already own. Browse the entire collection here and read my review of each piece below!










My second package for the program included the Flex Classic Sneakers, Toight Like A Tiger Tank, Shake N' Break Cargo Pants (not online right now but they're just like the Love Me Long Legging with cargo pockets), Long Cozy Up Cardigan, and Wrap Me Up Reversible Bra (not seen here). Here's my review for each piece:

Sneakers:
I had no idea when I was first contacted about this collaboration that I was literally going to be dressed from head to toe in Zumba apparel! These sneakers are awesome for low impact activities - walking the dog, dancing (dancing is what they're really made for), etc. They have incredible arch support (made with Z-ARCH technology designed to maximize support for greater flexibility) and they're very light on your feet. Super comfortable and perfectly neon!

Tank:
You can see the purple tank styled under the cardigan in the photos above. This piece was a little more fitted than I usually like in work out gear. The fabric is soft, breathable, and has a built-in bra (score!). However, I do feel a little self-conscious in it and would probably always wear something over it. I think it's a great piece, though, for layering and heading out to run errands.

Leggings:
I'm a huge fan of the Zumba apparel bottoms - I raved about the ones from my first package here. When I first saw the cargo pockets I was a little apprehensive. Once I put them on, though, I loved the extra flair the pockets gave to otherwise plain, black leggings. While the cut of the waistband isn't as flattering as these, they still accentuate your shape and flatter your curves. You can move easily in them and the fabric smooths and supports - big plus!

Cardigan:
I love this cardigan. It's perfect to slip on over a tank or t-shirt while running errands or walking from the car to the gym. The strings in the front give you versatility to tie it (like I did over the tank) or leave it open and loose. This is one of those pieces that I was so surprised to find in my package but can't get enough!

Bra:
Because of my day job I have to be very aware of the photos I share. So, even though the bra isn't seen, I wanted to give you the run down. I struggled at first figuring out how it went on (it looked like just strips of fabric when I pulled it out of the box!). I immediately doubted that it would give any support but was pleasantly surprised once I got it on. I love that it's reversible and if I'm ever feeling brave enough, it would pair perfectly with my zip up hoodie!

Disclosure: This series is sponsored by Zumba apparel. I have been gifted the products featured in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands and companies that support my blog!

April 19, 2014

Weekend Wishes: Grown Up Easter Basket

Easter Basket

I'm a firm believer that we never outgrow the fun of an Easter basket. It's one of my favorite and most vivid childhood memories! I put this one together with a few things I'm currently loving and would love to unwrap on Sunday morning (unintentional French theme, by the way)! Wishing each of you a very happy Easter weekend with your friends and family!

What's in the basket: SOLE SOCIETY sandals | LINDT chocolate bunny | PARIS STREET STYLE
BAUBLEBAR necklace | KATE SPADE phone case | SS PRINT SHOP print
THE ATELIER stationery | NASTY GAL sunglasses | ESSIE nail polish | TARGET basket

April 18, 2014

This, That & Then Some

All images from my instagram

Happy Friday, loves! I'm officially on a short, but much-needed, spring break. I'm spending today and part of tomorrow working around my house and then heading to my parents' place for Easter. It's gonna feel great to have a few days to breathe, catch up on a few projects, and enjoy some extra hours of sleep. Enjoy the links below in your downtime this weekend!

Currently. . .

READING:
Chic Coastal Living - it's one of my favorite new blog reads.

INSPIRED BY:
My travel pinboard. It's time for a getaway, folks.

WANTING:
Everything from the white + color collection at Target right now!

LOVING:
The classics really never go out of style - love this lineup of iconic hair styles that are perfectly modern.

LOOKING AT:
All the adorable photos of Prince George - his little cheeks are so squeezable!

OUTFIT ENVY:
I'm absolutely loving this pink suit - on Fridays we wear pink, right?!

REPLAY:
Here's a quick look back at my style posts from this week - maxi dress weather and a floral scarf.

April 17, 2014

My Style: Flowers Around My Neck


We've almost made it to another weekend, folks and I, for one, am very excited. Our short spring break starts today and I'm really looking forward to spending a few days at my parents' house. This has been an exceptionally busy week as everything seems to be coming to a close and deadlines are fast approaching. My first year at my new school will soon be under my belt - that's a full post I'll save for another day!

Print mixing is nothing new around these parts, and this scarf is going to be getting nonstop wear this spring. I feel like you all see this striped tee more than you want but, seriously, it's so versatile. It was one of my lucky warehouse sale finds from last summer and I've worn it to death. Also, let's chat about this bag for just a second. Seeing as I simply can't afford the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag that everyone is coveting for spring, when I spotted this more affordable option at the Coach outlet I knew it would be the perfect alternative - it comes in several different color options too. Here's to an awesome Thursday, friends!





Striped tee, SAINT JAMES for J. CREW | Skirt, TARGET (old) | Scarf, gifted BODEN
Shoes, ELLEN TRACY via TJ MAXX | Bag, COACH OUTLET | Sunglasses, DESIGN DARLING
Red flower pin, gifted INITIALS INC.

Jewelry: Pave link, GROOPDEALZ | Stone bracelet, gifted BODEN | Gold link, gifted POPPY STYLE

April 16, 2014

Currently Crushing: Threshold White & Color Collection

Target: White & Color Collection
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

If you follow on instagram then you already know how much I love this latest collection by Threshold for Target - these two pretties came home with me! There are lots of pieces available in stores that I couldn't find online, too! I love how clean and fresh the pieces are and how perfectly they mix and match - even with pieces you probably already have. You can't imagine my excitement when I found those x benches in my local store on Sunday. I was so sad last year when I missed out on them. One of my favorite home shopping treasures!

April 15, 2014

3 Outfits for Brunch

Brunch 1
Outfit one: Tee | Shorts | Sandals | Necklace

Brunch 2
Outfit 2: Dress | Sandals | Necklace

Brunch 3
Outfit three: Top | Jeans | Wedges | Necklace

With the weather finally turning itself around, all I can think about is being outside every minute possible. One of my favorite simple pleasures when springtime comes is dining alfresco - especially in the evening when it's cool enough to put on a jacket but still comfortable enough to be outside. However, brunch is still holding strong in my number one meal slot and this past weekend proved just why I love it even more in the springtime! Above are few fun outfit ideas I put together for casual Sunday mornings when all you want to do is indulge in some strawberry waffles and browse the aisles at Target.