Friday, September 7, 2018

{home tour | apartment updates}

It's been awhile since I shared my Apartment Home Tour last year. This little white box has become a safe haven for me and I'm always finding ways to change it up or add new things to personalize it. My favorite addition is my new blanket ladder... you should've seen how I carried that home ha! I've gotten a lot of requests to share a new home tour on Instagram so I figured why not share some new photos! I'm always rearranging my bar cart and dresser in particular - they're the easiest things to rearrange besides my bookshelf haha. I've attempted to link everything for you but if I missed something leave a comment or send me a message (just click through all of the photos).

Shop my outfit: Dress // Necklace // Hat

I love sharing these little updates with y'all so if you like them too please let me know!

Love Always,

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

{amazon fashion roundup}

I've been shopping on Amazon fashion a lot recently and I've been lucky to find some great pieces! I've shared them on IG and done a couple of posts on the blog but I thought I would round up everything in one place for y'all to shop. Don't forget that I have an Amazon Shop page where I share other great finds and deals:! I've listed sizing and my review of each item that I've purchased but let me know if y'all have any more questions in the comments below. For starters I'm 5'-6" and typically wear a 2, 4, or 6 depending on the store. Happy shopping!

Yellow Dress $17, Medium // I wore this dress out for dinner and dancing in the Hamptons and it was absolutely perfect! Dressy enough for dinner and flirty enough for dancing ;) I'm wearing a medium but probably would've been a bit more comfortable with a large just because of the tie around my waist. It's a true wrap dress and dips deeply in the front - I'm not wearing a bra because of how low it goes! The length was perfect and even when the wind blew (as you can see in the photo) there was enough wrapped around fabric where I wasn't worried about flashing anyone! The material is textured so it doesn't wrinkle and if it gets wet you can't tell. It comes in other colors and this is one of my favorite purchases!

Coverup $15, Small/Medium // Oh my gosh if I could buy this in every color I would! It's so simple yet the pom-pom trim gives it a fun unique spin! The sides are loose with a stitch right at the waist so that the coverup is open and you get a breeze. I like how thick the fabric is that you can't see your bikini through it (but that could just be the color I chose). The fabric held up well when it got wet and only showed water marks if it dried after being at the beach. When I wore it to the pool and it got wet there I saw no discoloration and it dried like brand new!

Striped Dress $27, size 8 // A linen dress that's perfect for a summer night out with the girls. This dress is just as cute in person as it is in the photos! It has a linen feel to the material and zips up the back. The tie waist is just a mock so be sure to read the exact sizing online for your waist and height! I only wore pasties with this because it was more comfortable in the summer heat!

Maxi Dress $22, Small // Another dress I've worn multiple places! To the airport (perfect for flights because it covers your legs), out to dinner, and to a beach bar. The length hits just above the ground so I've never worn it with heels. The material is lightweight but because of the pattern it's not very see through. However, because the fabric is so thin it did rip along the seams after a couple of washes. I'll admit - I sewed it right back up and it was good to go!

Romper $19, X-Small // Finding an easy breezy romper that isn't see through at all (even with a bathing suit on) is a small miracle. I love the geometric pattern on this and how it almost looks like a dress at first. I normally wear a S/M and this fit perfectly with a little room - the material has a bit of stretch to it as well. It was perfect to wear as a coverup and I also wore it with wedges and a long necklace out with friends.

Romper $21, Medium // The back of this romper is even cuter than the pattern! It has an elastic waist and a bow that ties in the middle of your back. It wasn't sheer but I wore nude underwear and pasties just in case. It held up really well in the Florida humidity - didn't show any sweat! Because the material was thin I did notice the seams pulled a bit when I ate more (lol) but it still held up and didn't rip!

Straw Purse $30 // This is the BEST knock off I've seen of this designer purse. It's held up through all of my travels and really holds a lot! One of the best parts is that it zips closed across the top - the designer bag doesn't do that ;)

Romper $13, Medium // This adorable striped romper has been such an easy grab and go every weekend. The cotton doesn't wrinkle too badly and the length is pretty conservative. I feel like I could've gone with a small and it would've fit even better. I wore it two ways - on one shoulder and off both shoulders! The bow at the waist is removable so you can tie it at the front or back.

Maxi Dress $18, Small // I loved the bright colors in this dress and had to have it! The back dips low towards your waist and ties halter style around the neck. I was worried of it blowing open on the sides (just because of my chest size) so I belted it to change the style up. It hits right above my ankles so I think it would be fine with heels or wedges because it would show off the whole shoe. The material has a soft texture and came really wrinkled but steamed out easily with some care. Once I sat down I noticed that it didn't wrinkle as badly as when it arrived. If you're larger chested and my size/height I would still recommend you get a small - there was plenty of room in the top and the halter is adjustable!

Cotton Dress $15, Medium // Y'all went just as nuts over this dress as I did - and for good reason! It is so dang comfortable. I have never been one to like tight fitted dresses and this is probably the first of it's kind that I can't get enough of (I'm already thinking about getting another color AND a long sleeved version)! The gathered side is very forgiving and I love the split hem. Such a simple dress with so much wow factor to it! I wore it on the airplane and was so comfortable that I stayed in it all the way until dinner time :) It wasn't tight around my ribs or belly at all either!

Striped Tie Dress $20, Medium // I love cute preppy dresses and this striped number had me at hello! The bow is removable so if you order it be sure to find the tie in the bag! It has a nice longer length to it so it was perfect to wear all day and explore in. The fabric has a nice hand to it and it didn't wrinkle at all, didn't show sweat (I wore it in Key West too), and isn't see through. I absolutely adored the green color and having the little tie at the top gave it a fun, flirty feel! The back is all gathered with elastic along the top so it can stretch to fit any chest size.

Olive Dress $18, Small // Olive green is already one of my favorite colors to wear but pair it with tortoise buttons and I'm sold. I styled this dress for work (hence the heels and nice purse) and then wore it out to dinner with girlfriends. The little sleeve is the sweetest touch and I adore the ruffle along the bottom. It's definitely more of a boxy fit so the buttons help elongate the dress visually. It held up well throughout the entire day and I was comfortable sitting and walking in it to dinner!

Love Always,

Thursday, August 23, 2018

{coffee date | summer travel 2018}

What a whirlwind of a summer it's been! My suitcase has legit not been put back in my coat closet since I kicked off this summer of traveling over Memorial Day weekend. Trust me, I have no problem with that :) I've been able to see new places, see lots of friends, and make some awesome memories. From bachelorette parties to weddings to visiting Kyle I have had an amazing summer (I also finally got TSA pre-check because of my travels ha). The best part? I have SO much more traveling coming up!! I have one weekend scheduled in DC until mid-October haha - whoops?

I thought it would be fun to share some personal photos with y'all from my trips! Some you may recognize from my IG stories and others I haven't shared anywhere! So let's get started with the beginning of the summer...

Sonoma, CA // Bachelorette Party

One of my oldest friends, Andrea, loves wine (just as much as me - match made in heaven) and said her ideal trip was to wine country. I was practically booking my flight before she finished the sentence inviting me!! I went on a "wine train" with my family when I was little since my grandma lived in California and obviously I didn't get the full experience then haha. I have always wanted to get back out there and experience it first hand. It was AMAZING. Easily the best bach I have ever been on! We stayed in an amazing AirBNB (view of the pool pictured below), all had a king size bed, and we took a bus around to 4 different wineries. The whole trip was so great getting to know the other bridesmaids and Andrea's friends - we ate more cheese and drank more wine than I've ever had in 4 days. [side note: Andrea was my very first friend in 7th grade when I moved to Baltimore! So this trip was extra special to me.]

Seaside, FL // Bachelorette Party

Another bach party! This time for a close friend from Virginia Tech! Kaitlyn and I met because we were both "dreamgirls" for the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. So we bonded a lot over late nights with the brothers and formals and date parties. We've stayed close since graduating even though we live in different states. Seaside is absolutely stunning... the water is a dream! We spent Friday on the beach and had a spa night in - which was the most memorable part of the whole trip. Imagine a bunch of girls in matching pajamas, painting their nails, doing strange face masks, drinking prosecco, and then having the cops called on them because a Disney princess sing-a-long/power hour got out of hand. Hahaha yep!! Ironically, Saturday out on the town was a lot calmer! ;) I say this every vacation but I wish I could've had one more day there. I wanted to explore Rosemary Beach and see all the adorable, cookie cutter architecture! I'll definitely be planning a trip back sometime soon.

Key West, FL // Visiting Kyle

This was the only unplanned trip of the summer :) I got a call from Kyle Saturday night, we booked my flights Monday morning, and Friday I took off! It's not easy dating someone in the military so getting this unexpected weekend together after 7 weeks apart was really something else. Don't worry - I won't get all mushy gushy hehe. Friday was spent down at Mallory Square watching the sunset and bar hopping (brought back college memories from spring break)! We went fishing and snorkeling Saturday and caught a bunch of Snapper and Lobster. We ended up staying in that night because a lot of summer storms came rolling through. The next day we took our catch to a restaurant, they cooked it for us, and then we ate it by the pool of our AirBNB. Can you say dream day? The rest of the weekend we hung out, explored, and rode bikes all over the island... take me back!

Hamptons, NYC // Girl's Weekend

This was my second trip to East Hampton with Kristyn, Allie, Dana, and Elle! The Hamptons are so gorgeous but sadly we had a monsoon all Saturday. It finally broke around dinner time and we had a beautiful sunset during a delicious dinner at Moby's. We drank tons of rose, talked about blogging (a lot, sorry Elle), and had some ridiculous dance parties! Turning blog friends into real friends has been one of the coolest parts of this little internet world. Getting to spend weekends together just solidifies how awesome these ladies are!

Chicago, IL // Wedding

The summer came full circle when I visited Chicago for Andrea's wedding! My little sister (not my twin lol), Samantha, has lived in Chicago the past 3.5 years so anytime I can make a trip up there to visit her I jump on it! I flew up early Thursday morning and we spent the whole day together - exploring Chicago more, going on the Ferris Wheel in Navy Pier, and then hitting a dive bar with 70 cent wings that night. Friday afternoon I checked into the stunningggg Langham Hotel and began my bridesmaid duties for Andrea!! I'm still nuts over the green dress I wore Friday night and our floral bridesmaid dresses - so different than any other bridesmaid dress I've seen! The wedding was picture perfect, as was the bride and groom :) Fun fact, I've been Grant and Andrea's 3rd wheel a couple times before haha so it was only fitting that I said goodbye to the two of them over brunch on Sunday morning! After brunch, I met up with Samantha at the dog beach to play with her two dogs, Rufus and Griffy. That was a sight for sore eyes! Chicago easily has a piece of my heart - it's just such a cool city!

Jenna, another friend from high school!

Samantha and Griffy playing in the water

So what's next on my crazy travel agenda?! I'm heading to visit Kyle again this weekend in Tampa, Florida!! My last trip visiting him was too short (it always is) so I'm going to be there through Monday and getting back to DC late that night! I'll see him a couple more times in September/October so that will make the goodbye easier [we all hope...]. Labor Day Weekend I'm headed to Baltimore to see my mom and best friends from high school - hello, pool time! Then I'll be in DC for a weekend and I'm excited because my college bestie who lives in NYC will be visiting for a wedding! After that my flight travel becomes comical :) I'm flying to Providence, RI 4 weekends in a row. Yes, you read that right!! Once to go to Nantucket with my Confidence Co girls (will do a post on that soon!) and then the last 3 times to visit Kyle - we're hoping to visit Block Island and Martha's Vineyard. I wrap up my travels mid-October [technically that is NOT summer I realize] with Kaitlyn's wedding in Virginia that I'm a bridesmaid in! Phew!!

I absolutely love traveling but I'm a little exhausted reading all that upcoming flight time! You can probably understand why I never put my suitcase away! My luggage has held up SO well and just proves that investing in a quality piece was worth it (I own the 28" and 21" carryon spinner)!

What's been your best trip this summer? Any fun Fall plans? Let me know below!

Love Always,
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