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Dressing Room Diaries: The Best Black Friday Sales

Pink Sweater  (wearing size small) || Mosaic Skirt (wearing size 6)

Happy happy Black Friday friends!! I hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed quality time with your friends and family. I always have so much fun each year shopping the major sales on Black Friday through Cyber Monday- and this year the sales are definitely not lacking! In order to help you shop better, I headed to the mall last weekend and tried on a few favorites that I'll be sharing below today! 

I hope that today's post will serve as a resource throughout the weekend for y'all to find the best sales, products, & ideas to kick off the holiday season! As always, if you have requests or need additional sizing information please let me know- I love helping you find pieces that you love :)
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Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving friends! 

Aside from Christmas, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year, because it feels like the world just pauses while we stop & give thanks for all the goodness in our lives. I know that for some of y'all this year may have been harder than others or it may have been better than year's past; whatever 2017 has brought your way it is my hope that you have much to be thankful for and many reasons to celebrate today! 
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Red Roses

Top: LOFT (on sale + additional 40% off with code "GIFTITUP") || Jean: J. Crew Toothpick || Boots: Sam Edelman Penny Boot (I wear the wide calf) || Clutch: Nordstrom (on sale for under $13) || Apple watch with this band

Happy {almost} turkey day! I'm headed home today to see my family & spend the holiday with them and I can't wait for some quality time with everyone! Even though I'm only 2 hours away from my family, I don't see them nearly as often as I would like due to my crazy schedule so I always look forward to long weekends like this one!  (plus, #turkeyandpumpkinpie)
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Gifting with Girl Meets Bow: For the Cocktail Queen



Welcome to the next edition of my gift guide series- for the cocktail queen! Is there anything more fun than gathering your girls, pouring the vino, and chatting all night?! I think not! So today's guide is for the girl who always has a bottle of bubbly on hand & knows the importance of sharing it with her best gals!

Keep reading to see why I love all 10 of these gifts!
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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Day Sweater + A GIVEAWAY!!!

Sweater: Banana Republic (40% off plus extra 10% if you have a BR Card!) || Jeans: J. Crew Toothpick || Boots: Sam Edelman Penny Boot (I wear the wide calf) || Necklace: HSN (similar here)

It's one of my favorite weeks of the year- Thanksgiving week! I took the whole week off (bless it!) and I'm not headed home until Wednesday so I have two whole days to get all the things done that I never have time to otherwise :) I'm coming for you cleaning to-do list... ha! 
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Holiday Party Style with Caroline Dawn

Top: c/o Caroline Dawn || Jeans: J. Crew Toothpick || Earrings: c/o Lisi Lerch || Clutch: c/o Vera Bradley || Heels: Target (old, similar here)

The season of holiday parties is here- Just this week alone I got three invitations for the coming few weeks, and I know there are more on the way! I don't know about you, but the first thing I start to think about is, "What am I going to wear?!" since we all know how many pictures are going to be taken! But, being a gal on a budget, that's why I want to pick and choose the pieces I pick up for the holidays. Enter this pretty & sweet Caroline Dawn Harper top! Founded in Charleston, you can definitely see the southern influence in her collection - and y'all know thats right up my alley!

I paired this look with jeans & heels, but you could easily add booties or tall boots when the temps (finally) drop! Oh, and just a fun note about this pretty clutch: It's RFID capable, so you don't have to worry about people walking by and scanning your credit cards (which happens more often than you think). It's also got more pockets & spaces to keep you organized than any other clutch in my wardrobe- definitely add it to your Christmas list!
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Holiday Gift Guide Launch! Gifts for Her Under $25


Woo-hoo friends- the holiday season is HERE & I for one cannot contain my excitement! I absolutely love Thanksgiving and Christmas and the joy that permeates the air and the streets! Can you feel the holiday spirit?! 

Today we are kicking off my holiday gift guide series and I'm thrilled! I know I'm not the only budget-conscious babe out there (I have so many people on my list!) so today's gift guide is filled with great gift ideas that won't break the bank and are under $25! (Some as low as $4!!!) That's right y'all- these gifts are perfect for so many people on your list! 

Keep reading to find out why I love each one and who I'm shopping them for...

{SHOP THE POST}


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Travel Diary: Los Angeles Girl's Weekend!


A few weeks ago I headed to Los Angeles for a super fun girl's weekend- and I'm thrilled to bring my travel diary with you today! This was only my second time in LA and there was so much I wanted to see/do- and although we snuck a TON of activities in, there is still so much more! 

LA is such an interesting city- diverse pockets of culture, restaurants, & shopping. Each city/area we visited was more unique and beautiful than the last! I loved Malibu- talk about a dream town (but when you see the pictures you will totally understand why!

Angie, Stephanie, & I all met when we worked at Payless ShoeSource in their HQ in Kansas almost seven (!!) years ago. We were all in long-distance relationships at the time and instantly bonded, sharing many a margarita at happy hour and some pretty fabulous memories! Life took us all to different areas of the country (California, Chicago, & Florida) but we work hard to keep in touch and maintain our friendship. This weekend worked out so perfectly because it also happened to be Angie's 30th birthday weekend! We were so happy to be able to celebrate together!

Alright, let's travel to Los Angeles! 
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Punchy Pineapples

Dress: c/o Tracy Negoshian || Vest: Old Navy || Booties: Target (old, super similar & under $35) || Apple Watch with this band || Earrings: c/o Lisi Lerch

Happy Monday! What a fun weekend I had around here! Saturday I was lucky enough to co-host the Scout and Molly's first anniversary party and y'all it was a BLAST! There is nothing I love more than getting to meet y'all in person and hug your sweet necks- and how fun it was! Of course I also loved that Sarah and I were able to grab lunch at Bar Taco (do you have one in your area?). I tried the pork belly bowl for the first time and it was amazing!

Sunday I volunteered at church (love my darling one year olds!) and then my aunt & I shot 14 new looks for the blog! Yep, that's a ton of new content headed your way! It was on and off pouring rain most of the day, so we were dashing into storefronts & hiding under awnings while trying to get the perfect shots. It was kind of a crazy day!
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Happy First Anniversary Scout & Molly's!


Happy Friday y'all! I'm so sorry this space has been quiet this week. With traveling to NY and taking care of thing in my personal life, there just weren't enough hours in the day to "do it all!" (I know you can feel me!) But I love being back (sort-of) in the swing of things and I'm so excited to share a fun party with you today!
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Colorful Fall Fashion with Lilly Pulitzer

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer Zanna Dress (similar style here) || Jacket: Loft || Necklace: c/o Chic Happens || Boots: Target (old, similar) || Apple Watch with this band || Bangle: Kate Spade

Welcome to a happy new week friends! Per usual, I'm on the road again & left for NYC last night for my final market week trip of the year. It's supposed to be only 50 degrees while I'm up there so I'm excited to bundle up and really experience some cold weather! I've got the cutest head wrap picked out to keep my ears warm :) Check out the fun of the week on Instagram- you know I'll be sharing as I go along!
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October Book Reviews


Happy Friday friends! As I mentioned on IG last night... this week might be driving me to indulge in an extra glass of wine (or two)! But in instead of wallowing in the crazy- let's talk about something more fun! Today I'm sharing my October reads & my reviews. Luckily I had a long flight to LA and back which gave me plenty of time to find some great new books! Let's dive in shall we?
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Happy November: My First Holiday Outfit of the Season!

Vest: c/o Marley Lilly || Plaid Shirt: J. Crew Factory || Jeans: J. Crew Toothpick || Booties: Vince Camuto (old, similar here) || Monogram Necklace: Moon & Lola || Apple Watch with this band

It's the first day of November & the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year! There's a chill in the air, Christmas decorations hitting the shelves, & a hum of festive spirit that I can't get enough of. The next two months are going to be so much fun y'all!
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Event Recap: Cocktails and Couture


Happy Halloween! This is not my favorite holiday of the year (I'm always afraid if I dress up in costume I'll have an Elle Woods at the Wine Party moment)- but I do love seeing pictures of my friend's little ones all dressed up on my Facebook! 

Today I thought it would be super fun to do a mini event recap of a fun event I was lucky to be a part of: the Junior League of St Petersburg Cocktails & Couture Fashion Show! My blonde blogger better half, So Sarah Hunt was my co-host for the evening- and of course we had a ball! Talking about fashion, over cocktails? You know we were "in" from the word go!
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The Must-Have Plaid Poncho

Poncho: Loft || White Tee: J. Crew || Jeans: Loft || Booties: Target

Happy Monday friends! This weekend was absolute heaven here in Florida! We finally got some fall weather and it was (is) glorious!! Yesterday I went for brunch with one of my friends and her sweet baby girl and we were able to sit outside and then walk all around downtown- we even had to add an extra layer because it was so chilly! We also baked some yummy fall treats- Oreo Truffle Balls! Although I learned I am SO bad at doing the chocolate dipping! ha.
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Sunday Scripture


In my bible study we are still working our way through "Silver Refined" which is all about how God uses trials in our lives to refine us, shape us, and make us more like Jesus. One of the notes I wrote in the margin this week continues to stick with me and I though someone else might need it too: "our trials are not going to look like anyone else's, but then neither will our blessings." 

Think about that y'all! God is so good that he knows just the lessons we need to learn and the hardships that will shape us. But he also knows exactly what our hearts & lives need to experience joy! There is no point in comparing our lives to others, because there is no benchline for what our blessings and trials "should" look like. Each of us has a unique set of experiences picked out for us! 

I don't know about you, but what peace and comfort that brings me! 

Happy Sunday!


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Preppy Fall Style

Dress: Talbots (from the outlet, love this option) || Booties: Vince Camuto (old, super similar) || Necklace: c/o Lisi Lerch || Clutch: Shandy Style (great option)

I'm just going to tell it like it is, y'all are going to FLIP out when you see where this dress is from! One of my best girlfriends will stop into any store for a great deal, and a few weeks ago we went shopping at the local outlets for a maternity dress (for her baby shower) and she dragged me into Talbots of all places! Although I was resisting (and OK teasing her a little bit for shopping there!) this dress totally stopped me in my tracks! 

I love love love classic, preppy style and this dress totally encapsulates that "Martha's Vineyard" vibe that I gravitate towards in the fall. Also, let's talk about how hard it is to layer shirts (am I the only one on the struggle bus with this?!); so I love that this dress gives that layered look without any of the fuss or work!
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My Favorite Statement Sweaters

Sweater: Halogen || Jeans: Loft || Booties: Vince Camuto || Earrings: c/o Lisi Lerch

Hey y'all! WOW I am so sorry that I ended up taking a week-long hiatus from the blog! I took an amazing trip to Cali (eek I can't wait to share!!) and all the prep + travel meant that the blog needed a bit of a break. But I'm so so so excited to be "back in action" today!

One of the words that I love using to describe my wardrobe is "fun!" It is my steadfast belief that when you are having fun in what you wear, then you convey a happiness that can't be denied! That kind of spirit is pretty infectious to others around you as well :)

That's why I'm loving that so many sweaters this season are what I consider "statement sweaters." From ruffles, to bows, To cold shoulders (and somethings all three!) I'm loving the personality and pizzaz that is on the clothing shelves this season!  When I saw the striped ruffle on today's look I was instantly smitten y'all! Just that little detail takes this look from an everyday navy staple, to something unique and head- turning! White jeans are the perfect base layer to let this look pop! 

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Gray Days with Marley Lilly

Pullover: c/o Marley Lilly || Jeans: J. Crew Toothpick || Shoes: Nike || Monogram Necklace: Moon and Lola

Yesterday we had our first rainy day in weeks, and seriously it made me dream of staying home and curling up with a BIG cup of coffee and a good book! But alas, I had to head in to work (I had a huge project to present - and thankfully it went great!) 

But when there are gray day & I still need to be out and about- I turn to my favorite monogram shop- Marley Lilly! Did you know they Marley Lilly creates their own custom pieces with the cutest monogram detailing? You know I'm smitten over personal touches! As the temperatures continue to drop, I know I will be reaching for this pullover more & more.... because let's just all agree that fall is ALL about the snuggles!
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Bridging the Gap


Ever had so much anticipation about something that your literally jumping for joy by the time it finally gets here? Yep, that's how I feel about today's post! And trust me y'all... you are going to want to read all the way to the end because the story I'm about to share is both inspiring AND chill inducing!
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Your Vote Counts: What Should I Wear?


Happy Monday my sweet fashionistas! I'm excited to share today's post because I need YOUR help to dress me!

On October 28th my blogging gal pal So Sarah Hunt and I are teaming up to co-MC the Junior League of St Petersburg "Couture & Cocktails" fashion show! We are so excited to work together and share our love of fashion and local boutiques- there are so many great ones popping up every day in St Pete! Since I know not all of y'all can attend in person, I still wanted to find a way to get you involved... so I figured what better way then picking my outfit for MC-ing?! 

It's pretty simple... I'm sharing my favorite look from each of the three boutiques in the fashion show, and all you have to do is comment and tell me which one is your favorite for me! (Leave a comment and let me know what I should wear) The "voting" will be open until Friday & then I'll announce the winning look. Oh, and there may or may not be a fun surprise giveaway that one person will win for commenting... ;) Fun all around!

Now let's get that voting started...

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The Power of One

Dress: c/o Collyn Raye || Boots: Steve Madden (old, love these!) || Clutch: Marley Lilly (another monogrammed option) || Pearl Necklace: Stella and Dot (option here) || Apple Watch

Happy Friday friends! Once again my week has been crazy & I'm really thankful to have a few days to decompress from the stress. Especially since I'm headed to LA (!!!) next week!! Can you tell I'm just a little bit excited? ha!

Before we get to all that though, there is something that has been on my mind a lot lately, and that is the power of one. The power of one person to make a difference. The power of one smile to turn around a day. The power of one apology to heal old wounds.
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My First Pair of White Jeans

Tunic: Lilly Pulitzer Tilda Tunic (love the Kalissa Tunic & Del Lago which are both almost identical!) || Jeans: Loft || Sandals: Jack Rogers (similar) || Earrings: c/o Lisi Lerch || Clutch: BP (sold out, but love this one on sale for under $13!) || Apple watch with this band

I cannot believe that it has taken me 29 years to finally get a pair of white jeans in my life! I've always loved the look of them, but I know how klutzy I can be... #hellospills. I decided to "conquer my fears" this year and pick up my first pair- and now I have no idea what has taken me so long! Paired with bright prints it is such a fresh and crisp look for your wardrobe & makes pieces feel fresh and new.
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One Black Dress, Five Short Days...

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Hello hello friends! I could be more excited to share today's post with you because it's deeply personal AND y'all are going to get to meet some amazing ladies!

From September 25-29 I joined 76 inspiring women in the Junior League of St Petersburg to answer a seemingly simple question, "Can wearing one black dress, for five short days, help make a difference in the lives of other?" While you may be wondering how in the world it can- I can attest to the life-changing effects of the week (and the Little Black Dress Initiative)!

The premise of the week was fairly simple: each participant wears the same black dress for 5 days with a button that reads, "Ask me about my dress." Through wearing the same dress the participants begin to understand what it is like to live in poverty & the toll that it takes on your self-esteem as well as the frustrations from having no options due to lack of resources. In turn, the button encourages friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers to ask about what you are doing and gives you a platform to not only talk about the issues happening in Pinellas County/St Petersburg, but also allows us to share how the Junior League is helping to combat each of the issues and is working for the good of our community. It was a powerful week y'all!
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Wear Pink and Make 'Em Wink

Top: Nordstrom (comes in tons of colors & some are on sale!) || Jeans: J. Crew Toothpick (best jeans ever!) || Wedges: Dillards (on super sale!) || Apple Watch with this band || Earrings: c/o Lisi Lerch || Bangle: Kate Spade || Clutch: Betsy Johnson (gift, similar here)

Happy Monday and welcome to a brand new week!

I had the absolute best time in Gainesville this weekend (even though my poor Gators couldn't pull out that "W"); spending time with my sister and my best friend made for the most wonderful of weekends! It's feels like only yesterday I was in college, so now being back & staying with my baby sister (who is now a sophomore) is kind of crazy! She was supposed to stay little forever... why does time fly so fast??
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Homecoming in Gainesville!

Dress: Cabana Life || Shoes: c/o Oka-B (my style isn't online yet- love this option!) || Earrings: c/o Lisi Lerch || Apple Watch with this band

Can we all throw up some praise hands that it is FINALLY Friday?! Feels like it took the weekend forever to get here- and I for one need a few days of fun! A few days ago my "ABS" light went off in my jeep- and not knowing anything about cars I didn't think too much about it. But apparently it is really bad - ugh! So before I head out on my weekend adventure I will be sitting in a car dealership hoping to get it fixed quickly. 
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September Book Reviews


Y'all I have been loving this reading kick that I've been on lately- and it means lots of fun new novels to share with YOU, so I hope you've been loving it too! :) September was another great reading month and I have three awesome books to share! Spoiler alert: I recommend them all! I love it when that happens!

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Introducing: Chelseas Gunn Designs + Life Update!

Dress: Chelsea Gunn Designs || Wedges: Antonio Melani (on major sale!) || Apple Watch with this band || Coffee Mug: Evelyn Henson

Welcome to a fresh new week y'all! After a super productive weekend (hello three loads of laundry and shooting 13 new looks for the blog!) I'm feeling ready & energized to take on this week with gusto!

I have been just bursting at the seams to share some fun "life update" stuff with y'all... and today's the day!
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Sunday Scripture


I've been thinking about "loving our neighbors" a lot lately. In the world today, it seem that all wear hear about are our differences, divisive issues, & strife between those who don't see eye to eye. It's almost as if the world is encouraging us to not get along (I mean what would they cover on the news if we weren't fighting all the time?!)
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One Fish, Two Fish

Romper: Tracy Negoshian (on sale for 50% off!) || Earrings: RJ Graziano (option here) || Apple Watch with this band || Sandals: c/o Oka-B 

Woo-hoo for Friday my sweet friends! What better way to celebrate than a fish-print romper and some fun tassel sandals? I can't think of a better way! :)

Pretty soon it's going to be all layers & cardigans & sweaters up in the blog scene... so I'm savoring my fish-prints as long as possible! I've been heart-eyed for this romper forever, so when I saw it on sale for 50% off - I jumped! The good news is it is fully in stock still for y'all to scoop up too. (How can anyone resist those turquoise fish buttons?!) I just got some new Oka-B's in the mail, and I thought the tassels were such a fun compliment to the piece as well; whimsy on whimsy? I'm in! 
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White Romper for Gameday!

White Romper: Boutique in Anna Maria (similar option) || Sandals: Sam Edelman Gigi || Earrings: c/o Gameday Glam || Apple Watch with this band || Pearl Bracelet: c/o Gameday Glam 

Happy Thursday friends! 

So, I finally got in to Friday Night Lights a few weeks ago after a friend recommended it to me (thanks Asha) but it's about to leave Netflix on Oct. 1 so I've been binge-watching like crazy to make sure I finish in time! Only 12 more episodes to go... wish me luck! Oh, and any suggestions on what to watch next?

Next week I am headed to Gainesville for the Gators homecoming game & to celebrate my best friend's birthday! I am SO stinking excited to be back at my favorite place with some of my favorite people and have been working on the perfect outfit to wear (of course)! I love the crisp look of a white romper- you can pair it with any color for a team-appropriate look (do you see all the blue I paired it with here?) Of course I had to add a little "glam" with some of my favorite new pieces from Gameday Glam! I just love a little sparkle, no matter what the occasion! Can't wait to show y'all my outfit that I will be cheering on my boys in!
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8 Neutrals I'm Actually Excited About Wearing This Season


While bright colors and prints will ALWAYS be my jam, there is something about the rich textures and layers of fall that I do so enjoy getting the chance to style! Seeing how excited y'all were by this fall style post, I just knew there was more to share- so today we're chatting about the neutrals that I'm actually excited to wear!

What I'm getting pumped for this season is that designers are incorporating all the things we loved in Spring and Summer into our Fall pieces! Think ruffles, lace, off the shoulder, one shoulder and peplum incorporated into dreamy fall fabrics- just to name a few! An although it's not hot pink... I sure do love mixing crisp white blouses with moody olive or cranberry for fall's version of a bold look! This season I'm also seriously into jogger pants... I don't know what it is but they are totally calling my name! I think when styled with a cream sweater (like the one on the style board below) they are chic & relaxed (two ways I like to describe my fall style). Oh yeah, and I am also totally swooning for loafers (hello I might be 75!) but I unashamedly love them right now!
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Fall Transitional Style

Dress: c/o Cabana Life || Booties: c/o Marley Lilly || Earrings: c/o Lisi Lerch || Seashell Clutch: Amazon || Apple Watch with this band 

Welcome to a brand new week friends! This weekend could not have flown by any faster... whew! Sometimes I wish I could just add about 10 extra hours to my day- don't you? But, I worked on some seriously fun projects this weekend and I cannot wait to share them with y'all!

First up though, let's chat transitional style! I'm not going to spend the season droning on and on about how Florida is still SO HOT... but I am going to show you how I dress for it! Last year I finally got into the look of booties, and now this year it was the thing I was most excited to pull out of my closet for fall! But y'all, today's booties are not just your average pair... they are monogrammed!! I mean seriously, could they be any cuter?! What makes them even better is the monogrammed piece snaps on, and the boots come with two other attachments, so if you want to switch them out you have the freedom to. As long as the sun is still shining, I keep on loving my Cabana Life dresses! Even though this dress has sleeves, it's made of the best material that doesn't make you sweat at all! And every piece of clothing has a built in SPF50- so you're always protected! Finally, I have to mention my newest swoon-worthy tassel earrings! I can't believe it took me so long to try out statement earrings- they seriously make every outfit so much fun!
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11 Things I'm Excited About for Fall!

Row 1: Floral Ruffle Top (size down, runs big) || Navy Ruffle Sweatshirt (on sale for 40% off) || Pink Sweater
Row 2: Colorful Earrings || Camo Jacket || Plaid Poncho (40% off!) || Booties
Row 3: Jeans || Striped Peplum Sweater || Denim Dress (under $20!)
Row 4: Leopard Mules (under $40!)

Happy first day of fall y'all! I can't believe the time has already come to make the switch to a new season! FL has actually been slightly less humid this week, so while it is by no means fall weather- it's an improvement! 
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Workweek Chic: Navy & Lime

Skirt: J. Crew (fall version here) || Top: J. Crew || Wedges: Tory Burch (currently 20% off) || Apple Watch with this band || Earrings: Fab'rik (similar here) || Clutch: Shandy Style

Goodness y'all- I'm so sorry I've been MIA from this sweet space lately! I thought once I was back and settled from the Hurricane evacuations everything would fall into place, but nope! Definitely not the case! 

However, I can slowly but surely feel myself finding my groove again and I'm thrilled to be doing it today and bringing you this fun work look! As I always say, you don't have to hide your personality (or love for color!) in the workplace- you can definitely let it shine! The easiest way to do it is with pieces like I am wearing today: a tank in a classic silhouette but a bright pop of color & a neutral skirt with flirty ruffles. Both of these pieces clearly express my personality but also are appropriate for the corporate retail office in which I spend all my 9-5 time.

Speaking of work- I have some HUGE things in the works (one of which starts today) so I would be so thankful if y'all could keep my in your prayers! I know that wasn't a lot of detail, but if it all works out I will have so much to spill! :) 
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How I Organize My Simplified Planner + My Review


You know when you're anticipating something for a really long time, and then it finally comes together and you just can't wait to tell everyone about it?! That's how I feel about today's post & sharing my Simplified Planner with y'all!

I take my planners very seriously, so when I went on the search for a new one I reviewed a LOT of options! I even reached out to y'all on Instagram and got about 100 suggestions- y'all are the best! I looked at each and everyone thoroughly, but ended up connecting with the Simplified Planner team at Emily Ley and moving forward with the Simplified Planner Daily Edition (in "Happy Stripe" of course!) Before I shared it with y'all though I wanted to take several weeks to use it so I could make an honest recommendation. So today's post has been awhile in the making- now let's get to it! :)
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Sunday Scripture



I think a lot about this verse as a "fashion blogger." It is all to easy to get caught up in the hype that it is what I am wearing that defines me or my self worth. But the Lord tells us that this lie is just not true! What we should be putting on every day is compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, & patience. And I don't know about you, but I often forget one (or more) of these essential "outfit" pieces daily. So each morning as I pick out my dress, shoes, necklace I instead am going to start asking myself, "Did I put on my humility? Am I prepared with kindness? How can I share compassion?" Friends will you join me in "getting dressed" in the ultimate outfit this week- that of the Lord's will & teaching? 

Praying that you have a wonderful week!

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Love Thy Neighbor: Hurricane Irma Resources and Relief Efforts



Happy weekend friends! Today I am grateful to be able to share with you a comprehensive list of ways that you can help victims of Hurricane Irma. I feel extremely lucky that both my homes in St Pete and Orlando escaped major damage, but there are thousands of people who can not say the same. Our neighbors in Naples, the Carribbean, and the Keys have been devastated by this natural disaster and my heart's call is to do whatever I can to help, donate, and raise awareness. I am so grateful to see so many people step up to the plate and present so many opportunities for us to give back in whatever way we are able!
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"Go, Fight, Win!" In the Ultimate Tailgating Dress

Dress: Borough || Sandals: Sam Edelman Gigi || Apple Watch with this band || Necklace: Kendra Scott Rayne

As weird as it is to get back to "normal" after all the stress and worry about Hurricane Irma, after returning home to St Pete Tuesday night it seems like it's time to get back in the groove. I'm so thankful that my home here sustained no damages other than trees & branches down and still being without cable or internet (yep it makes blogging a challenge!!). With all the cell towers we lost too it's been impossible to even get 3G service in my apartment, so last night I had to stand in our back patio to post an Instagram- ha! The things we do for social media... :) I also wanted to make sure y'all knew I'm running a fun little giveaway on my Instagram! All you have to do is go to this post, be following me (here), and tag a friend in the comments. That's it! I'll pick a winner Fruday at noon to send a special surprise to for some happy hour cheer! 
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Checking In: Hurricane Irma Status Update


Hey friends! I am humbled, grateful, and thankful to be writing this post today. There are not enough ways for me to say THANK YOU to every single one of y'all for your prayers, DMs, comments, and messages throughout this unknown period of Hurricane Irma. I seriously felt the encouragement & hope from every single of them and they were immensely appreciated! 

Since it has felt like #irmageddon has been the only thing on my mind for the past week, I thought I would check in today and let you know everything that happened and how I'm doing! (Spoiler Alert: all is good on the home front and I'm THANKFUL!)

Ps- this is certainly now going to be the most glamorous post ever, but it's about as honest as can be! (There's not many ways to be cute during a hurricane!)

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Sunday Scripture


 **Due to Hurricane Irma, this post was pre-scheduled!**

Friends, it has been a LONG week. Preparing for Hurricane Irma has been a stressful, scary, and humbling experience.  
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Making Time for Him With Cleerely Stated

Stationary, Cards, and Devotionals c/o Cleerely Stated

Oh friends, what a week it is turing out to be! I will be honest, I had every intention of hopping on today and posting a "out of office, closed for Irma" message when I realized what grave danger my home state is in; but when the Lord puts a message on your heart, sometime you just have to heed the call! And truly, when I hear the reports of what is happening in the tropics with this hurricane, I know that the only source of protection and safety is in our sweet Lord. 

So that's when I knew that I just had to share Cleerely Stated with y'all! As I'm sure you know if you've been here awhile, my faith is a very important part of my life. It is a contest journey that I am on, and to be honest it's also an ongoing struggle to carve out adequate time for. But every day I learn and grow in it- and find new ways to carve out time. 
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Unexpected Colors + You're Invited!

Tunic: Lush (40% off!) || Shorts: J. Crew Factory || Necklace: c/o Shop Market & King || Bracelets: c/o Shop Market and King || Sandals: Sam Edelaman Gigi || Apple watch with this band || Clutch: Nordstrom (sold out, super similar)

Do you ever just feel like doing something different? Trying something new? Being unexpected? 

That was my exact feeling when I received this gorgeous turquoise jewelry from Market & King! I normally go the traditional route of wearing turquoise with white, or popping it with pink, but all of a sudden my brain started chanting "red, red, red!" So I listened :) 

Both red & turquoise are such bold colors that they can almost be too much together, but the white tunic helped to break it up and now I think they compliment each other perfectly! Also, this tunic has quickly become a staple in my closet over the last year and it is 40% off! I can't recommend it enough if you are considering it! It's definitely long (i'm 5'4), but I love doing a half-tuck in the front to give it the perfect length!
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July & August Book Reviews


Oh man y'all, I've kind of fallen off the reading wagon in a bad way the past two months and I've got a short book review to share with you today. I know it sounds kind of terrible, but I've just been so busy lately that when I do have those precious few minutes of free time, I usually just want to rest my brain and do/watch something totally mindless (#RealHousewives #BachelorInParadise). I think I just needed a great book to get me back in the habit- so do y'all have any reccomendations? Send them my way!

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Date Night Style with Stella and Dot

Dress: Loft (old, super similar option) || Earrings: Stella and Dot c/o Amy Shearrer || Bracelet: Stella and Dot c/o Amy Shearrer || Clutch: Stella and Dot c/o Amy Shearrer || Sandals: Sam Edelman Gigi Sandals || Apple Watch with this band

You know that saying, "If you build it they will come?" Well that's kind of what I'm hoping happens with today's post- if I start dressing like I'm going out on dates- maybe it will jump start some dating karma?! #IsThatHowThisWorks ? Whew, y'all the discussion of my dating life is a long whole post in and of itself! ha. So today we'll just chat style :)

One of the things that is so fun about blogging is that it not only introduces you to new brands, but it often brings "old faithfuls" back to the top of your mind! That's exactly what happened to me when Amy reached out and wanted to chat about Stella and Dot's new fall collection. It had been awhile since I'd shopped Stella and Dot, but as soon as I saw all the gorgeous pieces coming out- I knew I'd be shopping them a whole lot more! To me, this luxurious clutch (isn't the embroidery gorgeous??) and the feathers cuff & watch were so unique and eye catching that I thought they would be perfect for date night! (You know that one that I'm not having tonight?! ha.)
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Love Thy Neighbor: Hurricane Harvey Resources and Relief Efforts


Well friends, this week has been a heavy one for me- so many emotions! First, I cannot thank you enough for the outpouring of support on this instagram post. Hurricane Harvey has been so very heavy on my heart (as a Floridian who has lived through my fair share of hurricanes I know how devastating these storms are- and I haven't even had the experiences that they are going through in Texas). It just didn't seem right to keep talking about dresses and sales without acknowledging that there is a national disaster happening in our country- as asking myself how I could help. Y'all moved me to tears with your kind & heartfelt responses- I'm blown away by your hearts to give, serve, and love our neighbors! Thank you for inspiring me even more!

So, with that said, many of y'all asked how you could help and what was needed. I am by no means an expert, so I rounded up some phenomenal lists of resources & needs from both local residents & national organizations. I also have been blown away by the companies & local women who have stepped up and are donating a portion (or ALL) of their proceeds to the Hurricane Harvey disaster relief funds, so I rounded up a list of these items for you as well! 
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Let's Shop! Lilly Pulitzer After-Party Sale (With Fit and Sizing Info)!

Lilly Pulitzer Stella Shift Dress (runs big- wearing size 2)

{SHOP THE SALE}


Alright y'all, for us Lilly lovers today is the Super Bowl of shopping: the Lilly Pulitzer After-Party Sale!! Depending on when you're reading this, you could be fueling up with lots of coffee, stuck in that darn virtual line, or skipping off into your day with a full cart (and empty wallet)! 

If you are still trying to decide what to purchase & how pieces fit- I've got you covered! Today I'm sharing some of my favorite pieces from Lilly's recent collections (most should be included in the sale even if they are different prints). Of course I want to make this the easiest shopping experience ever for you, so if you have any questions about fit, style, or sizing I am here to help!

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