New Blog Category

Hi guys,

This is the inaugural post for the new ‘Health/Nutrition’ section of my blog. This summer really threw me off my game in a lot of ways. In addition to it causing my frequent blog absences, it really threw me off of my healthy eating and my fitness routine. I made a decision to get back to it, and after a lot of research I found a great way to get back on track.

Shakeology 3 day refresh

I’m sure most of you have heard of the new nutritional trend Shakeology. Well, after a lot of research (and sampling) I decided to use their three day refresh and follow up with their shakes, meal plans and workout programs to get and keep myself back on track. I was so impressed with what I learned throughout my research about the nutrients in the shakes that I actually signed on to be a rep for their products. So, if any of you have questions about their products feel free to inbox me!

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In this section of the blog I am going to update you all on my results, share healthy recipes, information about herbs and supplements, and some of my favorite workout moves and routines. I will only be updating my results on the blog intermittently, so if you would like more frequent updates follow me on Twitter or Instagram. I hope you guys will enjoy the new section of the blog, and I promise to get back to the style posts later this week!

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Until next time,

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Links I Love

I had originally planned on doing an outfit post today, but circumstances yesterday lead to my power going out for over an hour and my computer dying before I could get the pictures edited! So, instead I am going to share some articles and videos that have just amazed me or made me laugh recently.

1. Raju the elephant- This article was about the rescue of an elephant that had suffered abuse for over fifty years. He was so happy when he realized he was being rescued, that he cried! Such a sad, but beautiful story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2. The video of this three-year-old girl named Emily, who restored my faith in humanity. I don’t know if you guys have watched this yet, but be ready to tear up. She learned that children with cancer lose their hair. She has her hairstylist uncle cut her hair, so that she can give it to a child with cancer who has lost theirs.

Emily

3. Then there’s this article that had me dying laughing. The girl that wrote this article put up photos she posted on Instagram and explained the difference between what it looked like she was doing, and what it took to actually get that perfect post-worthy photo. It is a hysterical read!

InstaHope you guys enjoy looking at these and I hope you guys are enjoying your summers! I will get up an outfit post soon!

 

Until next time,

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The best sale of the year is finally here! I am obviously talking about the yearly Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! There is a great selection of next seasons goodies on discount, and something for everyones budget! Click through to see my sale purchases I made this year!

 

Have you guys shopped the sale yet? What have you gotten? Sound off in the comments below!

Until next time,

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I have returned from my summer hiatus

Hey guys! Sorry I kind of disappeared into the ether recently. Let me give you a brief rundown on my whereabouts as of late:

I went to Key West for a week on a girls trip. There was snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding and a lot of laughing and memory making with my friends. I will try to get some pictures of my trip up soon to share with you guys. There were only a few days between my return from Key West and the Fourth of July, so I had to scramble to get a few things caught up before the holiday weekend. I had a poolside cookout with some friends and family and had an amazing day celebrating our country’s Independence.

I have spent this week continuing to catch up on sleep, house work, office work and trying to get back into my workout routine, and now it is time to get caught up with my blog. However, I have kept up with writing my weekly articles for CGC Daily. Check out my most recent post here. We have a pretty talented group of ladies offering insight and advice on anything from fashion to business and health, so you guys should definitely peruse the entire site!

Also, I know I disappeared briefly after I started my recent reads posts, so I will do a catch up post of the things I have read lately next week.

Now onto my outfit. I wore this to the mall a couple of weeks ago. As I was heading out the door to walk my dog before I left, the sky started falling. Welcome to the other half of summertime in Florida–almost daily thunderstorms.So, I figured this was just as good a time as any to have my best friend/soul mate Meatball Bentley make his blog début. Isn’t he the most handsome little devil you’ve ever seen?

Utility vest and cutoff shorts

Meatball's blog debut

This utility vest has been in heavy rotation lately. It’s great for layering in the warm weather as it’s light and adds a hint of edge to whatever I pair it with. I don’t know if any of you have a pair of the Sam Edelman Gigi sandals, but they have a slightly padded footbed that makes them incredibly comfortable. I love the camo print on these. I feel like it’s rare to find camo print sandals, so I knew I had to have these as soon as I saw them.

These camo Sam Edelman sandals are my new favorite

Love my Hinge utility vest

What have you guys been getting into this summer? Tell me in the comments below!

Until next time,

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[Sunglasses: Ray Ban] [Necklace: Nordstrom; similar here] [Earrings: Tory Burch] [Tank:Target] [Vest:Nordstrom] [Cutoffs: Target] [Bracelet: Nordstrom] [Ring: Gorjana] [Midi Ring: Gorjana] [Shoes: Sam Edelman]

 

National Wear Your Lilly Day [AKA First day of Summer]

Its going to be a Lilly Pulitzer summer

 

Lilly blazer and accessories

Even though it feels like it has been in full effect for weeks in Tampa, today marks the official first day of summer. It is also known as ‘National Wear Your Lilly Day’ in the world of LP fans like myself. I love the Chanel-esque quality this blazer has, it definitely makes me think of something Jackie O would have worn. (Her style defined First Lady chic) The fun color palette of the jacket is just what you would expect from the brand. I wore this out for date night last week, but could easily see myself pairing it with some slacks for work as well. The fun little owl ring was sent to me by the great people at the Born Pretty Store. They have a great selection of fun fashion jewelry. They were also generous enough to give me the discount code BVB10 for you guys to use upon checkout!

I love this Lilly Pulitzer blazer

The pefect pink heels

Lace up heels are one of my major obsessions at the moment. This pretty pink pair stole my heart the second I saw them. I had a dream one of them broke–I think that may mean I am a little too obsessed with them. They were very easy to walk in and I got loads of compliments on them. (Just a heads up, if you’re a first-time buyer at heels.com they offer you 20% off)

I am leaving for a girls trip to Key West in five days and I cannot wait! Do you guys have any fun summer trips planned? Tell me about them in the comments below!

Until next time,

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,[Blazer: Lilly Pulitzer] [Earrings: Tory Burch] [Top: Topshop] [Pants: Kohls] [Necklace: Lauren Conrad] [Ring: c/o BornPrettyStore] [Shoes: Heels.com] [Gold ring: Gorjana] [Spike bracelet: Nordstrom] [Bracelet: Givenchy] [Purse: Michael Kors old; similar here]

 


 

Instagram Lately

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[Top: Topshop] [Kimono: Forever 21] [Shorts: Express] [Shoes: Tory Burch] [Midi Ring: Gorjana]

I wore this outfit to lunch a couple weeks ago. I am in love with this elephant kimono!

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[Koozies: Lilly Pulitzer] [Coffee Cup: Lilly Pulitzer] [Plastic Tumblers: Lilly Pulitzer]

I made a major Lilly drinkware haul last week! I love it all!

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[Sunglasses: Mink Pink] [Cup: Lilly Pulitzer] [Book: The Glitter Plan]

Spent a day reading by the pool last week. Love these pink aviators!

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[Dress: Mink Pink] [Shoes: Enzo Angilioni] [Lipstick; NARS Palais Royal; OBSESSED]

I put up the uncropped version of this picture I posted last week, so y’all could see my shoes! I wore this to a black and white cocktail party then dinner with my boyfriend last week.

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[Sunglasses: Nordstrom] [Top: Forever 21] [Shorts: Target] [Purse: Target]

I wore this to the Florida Country Superfest in Jacksonville this past weekend. I can’t wait to attend again next year.

S.O.L Summer of Lilly

Even though Lilly Pulitzer has been a renowned name in fashion for years, the brand hasn’t been on my radar or in my closet for until recently. Last year I bought a Lilly Pulitzer planner and that purchase spawned a full blown brand obsession.From office accessories to drinkware to dresses–if Lilly Pulitzer makes it, I want it. Lilly Pulitzer designs incorporate two of my favorite visual elements; bright colors and fun patterns.

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This dress is one of my most recent Lilly purchases. It was a must have for me for a multitude of reasons:

1. I love the color pink. The particular bright neon-esque shade of it in this dress happens to be my absolute favorite.

Lilly Pulitzer Dress

2. The navy contrasts beautifully with the pink, making for a fun, eye-catching pattern.

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3. The breathable fabric of this dress makes it the ideal piece to beat the heat of the already sweltering summer sun here in Tampa. I am already dying to get it in a couple other colors or patterns to get me through all the summer days.

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4. The gold hardware on the shoulders of the dress punch it up a touch, making it a piece that can easily be dressed up for a night out.

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5. The flattering flowy cut of this dress allows my figure to be shown, but in a way that conceals my food baby when I stuff my face with all of the seafood of summer.

 

Are you guys Lilly addicts as well? Have you always been, or are your new to it like it am? What are you guys going to wear to keep cool for the summer? Sound off in the comments below.

Before I go, I want to congratulate Megan from F Yeah blog for winning my giveaway. She has a super fun fashion/lifestyle blog you guys should definitely check out.

Until next time,

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[Dress: Lilly Pulitzer] [Necklace: Nordstrom] [Bracelet: Nordstrom] [Clutch: Lookbook Store] [Ring: Gorjana] [Midi Ring: Gorjana] [Sandals: Tory Burch]

 

 


 

Links I Love

Today I wanted to share some of the best things I have run across on the internet lately. I do not typically do these kinds of posts, but these articles and sites were just too good, not to share!

1. I am sure you all have heard of the horrific stabbing of the 12-year-old girl in Wisconsin, this past week, Her family has started the GoFundMe page Hearts of Healing, where you can donate to her medical bills, or get the address to send her a hand crafted purple(her favorite color) heart (of construction paper, wool, felt, etc.) that they will hang on her wall through her healing process. For more info, check it out here.

2. On a lighter note, I just love Emma Stone. She is beautiful, talented, bright and hilarious–both on and off screen. Her recent interview with Vogue magazine exhibits all of these characteristics and more. (She did her interview at the mall, went to Build-A-Bear and Hot Dog on a Stick…how do you not love her??) Check out the interview here.

3. I don’t know if any of you watch HBO’s Girls, but Zosia Mamet(Shoshanna) has a monthly column with Glamour and her most recent piece blew me away. It’s about how women are so hard on themselves and each other. She discusses the importance of measuring success by your own standards, not the rest of the world’s. Check it out here.

4. I found this article on the blog Life Could Be a Dream, about things she wished she had known when she started blogging. I loved everything she had to say and would definitely recommend checking it out here.

5. I have a friend from college who recently started an Etsy shop and it is AMAZING. She sells hand crafted jewelry and the most amazing water colors. She does florals and fun sayings. I had her make one for my mom for Mother’s Day and she cried. She loved it. You can check out all of her incredible designs here.

Hope you all enjoy these links! Also, the contest ends tomorrow at midnight, so don’t miss out on your chance to win! Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!
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My Recent Read & Tory Burch Giveaway

I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but it always sends me on reading spree. I want to start sharing some of my reads with you guys, so I am starting a new weekly post called ‘Recent Reads’. I have just torn through a couple of really inspiring books that taught me a lot. Today’s pick is for all of my blogging peers or anyone who wants to start a blog. It’s ‘Blogging Your Way to the Front Row‘, by Yuli Ziv.

Yuli Ziv Blogging Your Way to the Front Row

 

 Blogging Your Way to the Front Row

The author is the founder of, the blog ‘My It Things‘ and The Style Coalition. This is her second book, and in it she shares the steps she took to get where she is. She covers blog planning, content creation, building relationships and earning revenue. She gives tips, checklists and exercises for each category. She ended each chapter with an interview with a successful blogger and their tips for success.

It really helped me think of my blog in a new light and made me become more comfortable with being authentic in my writing. She made me realize that every detail of my blog should be an extension of myself and that it should always reflect my best effort. I have definitely noticed a n influx of positive responses since I implemented some of her strategies and would definitely say it’s a MUST read.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a fabulous pair of Tory Burch earrings in the Rafflecopter widget below! All entries will be verified! Can’t wait to see who wins!

Until next time,

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Take a Mental Picture & A Tory Burch Giveaway

My day-to-day style is ever-changing, but one element remains constant, and that is comfort. No matter what occasion I’m dressing for comfort is a high priority for me. This outfit encompasses some of my most comfortable closet options.

Take a Mental Picture

 

MK watch and RM handbag

 

Cut out shoulder top

[Top: Forever21] [Denim leggings: No Nonsense] [Sneaker wedges: Target] [Watch: Michael Kors] [Spiked bracelet: Nordstrom] [Purse: Rebecca Minkoff (Has Free Gift with Purchase)] [Lipstick: MAC Heroine]

 

Now onto the giveaway! I am so appreciative of the time all of you spend reading and responding to my posts, that I wanted to do something for you guys! Today I am giving away a pair of the Tory Burch logo studs, that I frequently feature in my posts. I wear them nearly every day and figured they would be the perfect prize for my first giveaway! Just fill out the entries in the Rafflecopter widget below!

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