Fashion

March 2019 Favorites

March is finally over and spring is here to stay! 2019 is absolutely FLYING by and I think I say that every time I write a blog post, but it’s true. I can’t believe it’s April already! I only have a few favorites for March because frankly, I didn’t do very many new things this month. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

1. The Chemistry Between Us by Larry Young and Brian Alexander

For the month of March, I was (still am) reading The Chemistry Between Us by Larry Young and Brian Alexander which is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a book about the science of why we fall in love and have sex and love our children, etc. If you don’t mind reading about testing the sexual hormones of rats and lots of science terms about the brain, the book is really interesting. The authors made the book fairly easy to understand and it’s written with a good balance of pure science and comedic relief. I would highly recommend this book if you’re interested in books based on real scientific research!

2. BaubleBar

I have been overly obsessed with wearing fun and over the top earrings lately so naturally my new favorite place to shop has been BaubleBar. They have such cute, bright and quirky jewelry and LOTS of rainbow pieces. I may or may not have purchased 4 pairs of rainbow earrings for summer but it’s only a problem if you make it one.

3. Fabletics

I recently signed up for Fabletics (literally 2 weeks ago) but so far have really loved the pieces I got. I needed to overhaul my gym clothes because I figured at 24 years old, it’s time to give up my sorority t-shirts and wear adult gym clothes. I bought a bunch of tops, some were mesh and some were the spandex material and I really love both! They fit really well and are breathable. I also bought 2 pairs of the Powerhold leggings and am OBSESSED with them. They fit SO SO SO well. They don’t fall down, ever. Literally ever. I can’t believe it. Anyway, obviously I highly recommend these pants and I’m looking forward to getting a few more pieces!

4. Pointed Toe Mules

I just bought a pair of these from Urban Outfitters in a pretty lavender color (as seen in the featured image, and currently on sale!) and honestly, I really love them. I had the same pair in a velvet leopard print which was to die for, so I knew for spring I would want to get them in the lavender. The style is so classic and the color is extremely wearable even though it’s pretty bright.

5. Maren Morris – GIRL

I would 100% be lying to you if I said I didn’t listen to this album on repeat 24/7 since the day it came out. I don’t know what it is, but I am in love with this album. I just feel like she was very real and honest and fun with this album. It’s got a nice variety of fun pop songs and sweet love songs which is what I love. I only knew a few of her songs before this album, but I’m a huge fan of Maren Morris now!

6. Rosehip Seed Oil

I jumped on the bandwagon with this since a friend of mine recommended it to me and showed me how much of a difference it made for her skin. I’ve only been using it for about 2 weeks now, but I already love how soft and smooth my skin feels. I’m hoping that it will help with some of the acne scarring I have, but either way I love how my skin looks and feels now so I am definitely going to keep using this! I got mine from Amazon!

7. Baiting Hollow Farm and Vineyard

Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I took a trip out to the Baiting Hollow Farm and Vineyard to do a tasting and enjoy the beautiful weather we had. This vineyard had such a great atmosphere and I was very happy to spend the afternoon there! There was lots different wines to try, live music and lots of people. Maybe it was the sun finally coming out, but it was such a great experience to sit outside and drink some wine and people watch. I highly recommend this vineyard, but beware that there will be lots of girl groups dancing and drinking wine on a Saturday here!

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Fashion

OOTD: Spring Outfit

I just thought I’d share one of my favorite spring outfits that I’ve worn recently. I really love to show you some OOTDs that don’t need much context or styling. This is going to be one of those!

This satin/silky trench is one o my favorite pieces for the spring. It’s the perfect lightweight jacket when it’s pretty warm but you still need some layers. It’s super easy to style with jeans and a t-shirt but would also look so pretty over a dress and belted. I also thought a bright orange lip was such a fun spring look so I decided to add it on with this look!

Coat: Something Navy / Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Earrings: Baublebar


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Travel

Packing Guide: Early Spring Weekend Getaway

Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’m just about ready to start taking a few spring vacations so I wanted to also share how I pack for these little mini vacations! Eventually I’ll share my packing guides for some larger vacations too, but for the spring I only have small weekend getaways planned and sometimes those are the hardest to pack for. So here’s an idea of what I’m bringing with me!

For this trip, my boyfriend and I are heading out to eastern long island to do some wine tours and spend some extra time together. We found a hotel that offers passes to a few different vineyards and breweries out east plus a $50 dinner voucher and a one night stay! It’s an amazing deal so we had to go for it! Since we’re only staying one night, it should be pretty easy to pack.

As far as clothing goes, I want to really get into the wine tour spirit while still acknowledging the fact that it’s not quite 75 and sunny yet. Some things that I think will be essential for this trip is: a good pair of jeans, a sweater, a nicer top for night time, comfortable shoes and a great coat! We’re going to spend a lot of time outside so the coat and sweater will definitely come in handy for us. The jeans keep things very casual, but the nicer top would help to dress up the outfit for dinner. Comfortable shoes are also of course great, but we also want to make sure they match both the day time and night time outfits!

As far as toiletries goes, I’ll definitely bring the basics such as face wash, moisturizer, toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, etc. But some of the things that will be really important for me to bring will be a face primer to make sure my makeup stays on all day and night. I’d want to only make a few touch ups throughout the trip. Along with my makeup, makeup remover is another essential because there is nothing worse than waking up to makeup all over your pillows!

A few extra items that I’ll be sure to pack in my bag are a phone charger (duh), sunglasses, my polaroid camera with extra film, and some snacks and water! The polaroid camera is always such a fun thing to take with you places because you can take really cool photos. One thing that I don’t love about it is that it’s sort of big to carry around if you don’t want to bring a huge bag! Snacks are also essential for late at night when you’re just relaxing in bed and I always bring some extra water with me because I think I drink like 100 ounces of water every day.

I hope discussing a few of my favorite things to pack was helpful for an easy spring getaway! I can’t wait to share our experience with you from this trip!

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Fashion

How to Style: Early Spring Outfits

Now that it’s officially spring, I’m working on showing you some more colorful spring content. I have been dreaming about some warm sunny weather since literally December so this new season is a dream come true. This spring, for me at least, is all about color. All the colors and light neutrals. I wanted to start off by showing you all how I like to style my outfits for early spring when it’s still a little chilly out but the sun is still shining!

Outfit #1:

To start things off, I’m sharing this cute and feminine pink outfit. I love this pink sweater because it’s light weight and I love the color! It’s such a pretty salmon pink. I kept it very simple with a pair of jeans and this pretty trench that you all know I’m obsessed with. This embellished mules added a little more spring flare!

Top: Mango / Coat: Something Nay / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Mango / Coat: Something Nay / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Mango / Coat: Something Nay / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Outfit # 2:

Sticking with my bright color theme for the spring, I also am really into colorblocking so I wanted to pair this gorgeous royal purple sweater with my favorite pink trench. Pink and purple is one of my favorite color combinations for the spring. Paired with white jeans, it’s a prefect transitional outfit for days when it’s bright and sunny but you still need some layers for warmth.

Top: Topshop / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Top: Topshop / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Top: Topshop / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Outfit # 3:

Another combination I love for colorblocking is purple and green! It’s so pretty and if you do it right, you won’t even look like the hulk! With such bright colors like this, I think keeping them separate really helps so I wore the same purple sweater but paired it with green heels instead. With pastels, these colors are really pretty layered as a top and coat or with wide leg trousers.


Top: Topshop / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Topshop / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Topshop / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Outfit #4:

Finally, I can’t tell you enough how much I love this bright green! It’s such a fun color for the spring because it basically matches the grass and I love that. It also pairs well with lots of other colors, but is also a great piece to wear on it’s own. This is another favorite of mine that I am going to wear for as long as possible.

Top: Something Navy / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Something Navy / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Something Navy / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

I hope you enjoyed this How to Style and let me know in the comments what some of your favorite early spring outfits are!

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Lifestyle

Ballin’ on a Budget: No Shopping Update

So my friends, it’s over now. My one month challenge of no shopping. Let me tell you, it was not as hard as I thought it would be! I’m pretty proud of myself because I really thought I was going to struggle through this month but I feel like I came out knowing what I can do to keep myself from over spending on clothing.

One of the things that really helped me feel like I didn’t want or need to shop over this past month was keeping myself busy with other activities. Over this past month, I went skiing, went to a brewery, took a cooking class and celebrated St. Patrick’s day. I spent my weekends being out and about and I’d only ever really look at my phone in the morning when I woke up or right before bed. I think being so busy over the last month was something that really made a huge difference in not feeling like I wanted to shop. I honestly didn’t have time to sit down and try to shop!

I also focused on my main goal for this month. I wanted to save money to spend on a vacation with my boyfriend and for my upcoming trips because having experiences is much more important to me than how I look. Being knowledgeable about the world and the different things it has to offer is what makes me feel my best so focusing on my goal of saving for my travel plans was a really big help because I knew I was working toward something that was going to leave me feeling richer than new clothes ever could.

One last thing that helped me was knowing that I would treat myself to something after the month was over. Before I started I decided that I really need some new work out clothes and sneakers because my health and exercising is really important to me and it’s one of my favorites parts of my routine. Keeping in mind that I could reward myself with some new sneakers and a few pairs of new gym leggings was something that really helped to keep me focused on not spending on other things.

However, I will say that the weather getting warmer this past month was something that did not help me! The thought of transitioning my closet into all the pretty spring colors and thinking about what I’d want to wear on vacation really made me want to shop for spring clothes. The change of seasons was probably the one thing that really made a struggle because I was getting so tired of winter when I started this journey. But keeping my goals in mind was definitely more helpful!

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Fashion

Spring Fashion Must-Haves

After looking through all the fashion week runway shows and street style, I decided to put together a few of my new must-haves. There’s lots of pretty trends coming soon and I think you deserve to know my opinion on them. So, here we go!

Hair Accessories

This is a no brainer because I talk about this all the time but I love hair accessories. Pretty pearl hair clips, barrettes, and glitzy crystals are some of my favorites but there’s SO many coming soon. They are a really simple way to dress up your outfit without investing in a new wardrobe.

Beaded Handbags

This is the straw bag trend of 2018. It will literally be everywhere. In every color. And you probably will need at least one. In my opinion, they are pretty cute, maybe not practical?? But cute. And frankly, if you have the patience to switch your bag all the time, please go for this fun trend!

Neon Accessories

I promise you, I’m not a neon kind of girl. I usually think it’s horrendously tacky. However, I am easily influenced so, guess what. I love it all of a sudden and you should probably also learn to love it because it’s not going away anytime soon. This is also fun because you can do it really big with a full neon yellow outfit or you can add a simple neon orange scrunchie to your ponytail and you’re still trendy.

Bright Colors

Moving on to a trend that’s less dramatic than the neon, this is a great break from pastels for spring. I love all the pretty bright pinks, blues, orange, yellow, etc for the upcoming season. It really gets me feeling happy and excited for the coming warm weather and it definitely makes me want a vacation. It’s also very easy to incorporate into your outfit with just a simple top or earrings.

Monochromatic Looks

I love a good monochromatic outfit and you know that. However, looking past the neutral monochromatics, I am LOVING bright monochromatic looks. A full purple outfit is an absolute dream of mine right now. Ever since I saw the monochromatic outfits from the Max Mara show during fashion week, I am officially in love with color. Catch me in lime green head to toe one of these days!!!

Feathers

This one is much less wearable but I love it just the same. Feather trimmed blazers and pants are the coolest thing in a long time. It takes a really stylish person to pull this off but if you can, you deserve an award.

Florals (duh)

This one is very obvious, but honestly it’s hard to keep floral trends fresh and for some reason I think everyone did it very well this year. The Zimmerman brand florals this year really got me feeling good about spring and don’t even get me started on LoveShackFancy’s super feminine floral dresses. They are so good and you might also catch me in a heck of a lot of florals soon!

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How to Style: White Jeans

Hi Everyone! Since the weather has been just beautiful the last few days and it’s almost spring, I wanted to start doing some spring posts. My first one is going to be how I like to style white jeans. White jeans are a spring and summer (and fall and winter) staple but sometimes, I find I have trouble styling them! Should be so easy right? It’s like a plain white T-shirt for your legs, but I ALWAYS struggle. However, that doesn’t mean you have to!

Outfit # 1:

There’s nothing easier than an oversize button down and jeans so that’s exactly what this outfit is. I took a simple striped boyfriend button down shirt and paired it with my ripped Jamie Jeans from Topshop. It’s threw on this oversize sherpa coat also because it was a little chilly!

Coat: Something Navy / Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Coat: Something Navy / Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Coat: Something Navy / Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #2:

I’m very into these cool cropped wide leg jeans that are popular right now and I thought a white pair was perfect for the spring. I’m also very into these giant pearl hair clips so I’m combining them into one photo to create this look. I still love green for spring but during this transition period, I thought the darker green was much more subtle than a bright Kelly green.

Top: Mango / Jeans: American Eagle / Boots: Urban Outfitters / Hair Clip: Amazon

Top: Mango / Jeans: American Eagle / Boots: Urban Outfitters / Hair Clip: Amazon

Top: Mango / Jeans: American Eagle / Boots: Urban Outfitters / Hair Clip: Amazon

Outfit #3:

I absolutely love an all white/cream outfit so I had to include one (or two) in this post. A simple white sweater and white jeans is the perfect transitional outfit. Paired with the white sherpa coat for when it’s chilly just adds another cool factor to the whole outfit.

Coat: Something Navy / Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Coat: Something Navy / Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Coat: Something Navy / Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #4:

In combination with all white outfits, I also LOVE adding pink into my outfits. I like to add it in any way that I can honestly because pink is such a pretty spring color and it’s very feminine which you all know I love, especially as a cute pink headband and these pretty embellished mules!

Top: Mango / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman / Headband: Urban Outfitters

Top: Mango / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman / Headband: Urban Outfitters

Top: Mango / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman / Headband: Urban Outfitters

Outfit #5:

Finally, back to an all white outfit. I love this one because I’ve decided that wearing cardigans on their own as tops is one of my favorite things. This one is super soft and has pretty pearl button detailing. Again, I also love headbands so this was a good excuse to add some color into the outfit!

Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Headband: Urban Outfitters

Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Headband: Urban Outfitters

Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Headband: Urban Outfitters

I hope you enjoyed this one and I also hope you liked my new back drop! I’m sure you will all miss my white fence 🙂

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