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Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

Happy Friday friends! Today is a pretty exciting one because not only does it kick off a long weekend (can I get an AMEN?!) but it also kicks off a weekend of ah-mazing sales! Perhaps the first (and biggest one) we need to talk about it the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale which kicked off yesterday and runs until June 4th. As I've learned over the past few years, Nordstrom seriously carries everything & has the best customer service- that's why I love shopping with them! So today's round up is all my current sale favorites- from casual to dressy to just plain FUN... these pieces won't last long! I know I'm clicking "add to cart" now :) 


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These Are My Confessions...

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Today's post was a fun one to put together because it is a little "different" than the normal content around here. Lately I've been thinking- if y'all only knew the crazy going on behind the scenes! So I thought today I'd do what we love to do in the south, parade my crazy right out in the open & set it on my front porch! 

So grab a cup of coffee, cue the Usher jams, and let's get started!

These are my confessions...
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Bless Your Heart: The Cutest Southern Jumpsuit

Jumpsuit: Loft (limited sizes left, but adore this alternative and this one- so cute!) || Wedges: J. Crew Factory || Necklace: Kendra Scott Rayne (this one would be adorable too!) || Clutch: Sophie & Trey (old, this is a great option under $100) || Apple Watch || Bangles: Bourbon & Bowties  

It's a brand new week- who's ready to get it started?! :)

Over the weekend I posted this photo Instagram and I got SO many comments from all of y'all! It was really fun to hear from everyone! As I mentioned there, as of this week I am "cutting the cord" with my cable and moving strictly into the land of Apple TV/Netflix/Hulu- and it's a big change! I'm so used to coming home and just turning on the TV for background noise that I know it's going to be so different to not have that ability. But, I'm pretty excited that it will help me be more intentional with my tv watching & save me over $100 a month! Win-win! If any of y'all have made the change I would love to hear from you too... join the convo!
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Sunday Scripture





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Dressing Room Diary

Happy happy happy Friday y'all!! I couldn't possible be more excited that the weekend is here- I desperately need the next two days to de-stress from this week :) 

So, what better way to start the weekend than a brand-new round of Dressing Room Diaries?! I stopped by the Loft recently and found some of the sweetest new pieces for Spring and at the end of this post are a few bonus pieces I recently ordered with store credits & such. Lots of goodies to share!

Before we start: I'm 5'4, a size 4/6 and smaller on top and curvier on the bottom- just so you have a reference point!

Plaid Off the Shoulder Top (size S) || Eyelet Shorts (wearing Size 6 & could have sized down to a 4- runs big)

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Toes in the Sand with Southern Frock

Dress: Southern Frock || Sandals: Palm Beach Sandals || Apple Watch || Sunglasses: Target || Monogram Necklace: Moon and Lola

Hey y'all! Happy hump day! Today's post keeps transporting me back to the beach and I'm dreaming of getting my toes back in that sand asap! 

When thinking about what to wear to a sunny (and hot!) beach, the words "light & breezy" come to mind! and friends, this dress takes the cake! Southern Frock is a brand that I have loved for awhile (check out this post and this one from the archives!) so I was super excited to get this new dress for Christmas this past year. Sadly, it ran HUGE (warning!!) and it took my tailor almost 2 months to alter it down to my size. BUT, I'm so thrilled with how the dress turned out that I can't be sad at all- I'm too excited to be twirling in it! ha. 
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Poolside Embroidered Dress from Monroe.26

Dress: Pink Owl via Monroe.26 || Lace-Up Heels: Sam Edelman (similar style here) || Monogram Necklace: Moon and Lola (I'm wearing a size XL) || Clutch: Shandy Style || Apple Watch || Bangle: Alex and Ani || Sunglasses: Target

Like most of the clothes in my closet, this dress comes with a story (& lots of memories!) As y'all know, earlier this year I went to see my girlfriends in Raleigh for a fun weekend to celebrate our birthdays. Well on the first day we went out to lunch at this fun little hole-in-the-wall restaurant and as we were walking over I spotted a darling boutique! They happened to have a $15 rack outside, this dress was blowing in the breeze, and just like that it was mine!! It was too cold to wear it that weekend (boo!) but now whenever I stroll around in it I remember that fun & carefree weekend! Are your clothes and memories all wrapped up in one like me? 
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Weekend Recap

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer Dusk Dress || How cute is my friend So Sarah Hunt?

{SHOP SIMILAR STYLES}


I had such a fun weekend the past three days, and I'm so excited that I was finally a "good blogger" and took some pictures to share with y'all! I definitely hit "social butterfly" status and was zig zagging the state, but it was all for good reasons ;) So let's recap shall we?

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Sunday Scripture: Beth Moore "Living Proof Live"


A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend Beth Moore's "Living Proof Live" conference in Orlando, FL. I had heard of Beth Moore before, but hadn't ever done one of her bible studies, but my best friend Asha is a HUGE fan of hers! When Asha found out that Beth was coming to town (almost a year ago) she applied to be on the "home team" for the event and was selected to be the social media & marketing lead for the event! After that, I knew I had to be there :) 

Honestly y'all, it's almost hard to put into words how amazing this weekend was. Two of our other besties joined us for the weekend (which in itself was such a blessing!), but being that Beth's message was spot on and the encouragement I felt walking away from the weekend was a feeling that I am still carrying with me!

Asha told me that at each event Beth delivers a different message and she prays for months over the message that she is going to deliver to each city. For Orlando the message was "The Blessed Embrace". 

Mark 11:22-25 (MSG): "Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, ‘Go jump in the lake’—no shuffling or shilly-shallying—and it’s as good as done. That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive—only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins" 

Read on for Beth's seven key take-aways for us!
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A Lilly Look-Alike for Under $20!

Dress: Cat and Jack (now on sale for $17.48!) || Sandals: Palm Beach Sandals || Necklace: J. Crew Factory || Sunglasses: Target || Apple Watch

So far my track record isn't too good this week is it?! I don't know what it is, but I just haven't been able to keep up with the pace of things, but as I mentioned in this post, sometimes I just have to be OK giving up perfection!

So I did want to share a sweet story with you, because it was a great reminder to me that no act of kindness- no matter how small- is ever wasted! Last night I was walking Buddy, and the mosquitoes have been INSANE lately (i'm talking 15-20 bites/walk!) when I passed one of my neighbors on our walking trail. We were chatting for a minute when I mentioned that I was getting all bit up, and that's when she pulled out a big 'ol can of bugspray and let me load up! I know it sounds like the silliest little thing, but I had a rough day and that small act of kindness put the biggest smile on my face! So, if you see someone itching- offer them bugspray! ha.

Also, I swear after this dress I'm going to stay out of the Cat and Jack section ... maybe ;) I mean, can you even blame me when once again I spotted the most perfect dress?! This piece really reminds me of some of my favorite Lilly dresses- but at a fraction of the price. And the ruffle detail that loops around the back is just that little something extra :) I'm in love!
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Taking Time to Just Soak Up the Sun

Top: Cat & Jack // Shorts: Old Navy // Sandals: c/o Oka-B // Tote Bag: Barrington Gifts // Sunglasses: Target // Apple Watch

Hey Friends! I'm so sorry that I didn't have today's post live on Monday. This past weekend was wonderful (like so, so good!) but sleep definitely wasn't a priority so by Sunday night I was exhausted from going, going, going and I feel asleep so early! Sometimes you just need to check out of "life" and go have fun, you know?! 

Lately I've been feeling seriously overwhelmed & I need to take this time to enjoy the sunshine, good friends and memory-making. Between work (lots of early mornings and late nights), co-chairing the new member class of the Junior League, and keeping up with the blog, (not to mention my social life & travel!) there just haven't been enough hours in the day! I'm definitely not complaining, as I've mentioned I thrive on being busy, but even I can see that I've been busier than usual and it's starting to take a toll on my energy level. Can any of y'all feel me?? 

Any who... I didn't mean to dive so deep today, but sometimes I think it's nice for y'all to know that there's a very "real" person behind all these sunshine-filled pictures! I'm so thankful for this busy, wonderful life I live but it's certainly not perfect! If you have any great tips on balance (or getting more hours in your day) let me know :) ha.
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Let's Fiesta! The Perfect Party Dress for Cinco de Mayo!

Dress: Cat & Jack via Target (wearing a girls XL) || Sandals: Palm Beach Sandals || Necklace: Kendra Scott Rayne || Clutch: Similar || Apple Watch || Bangle: Kate Spade (on sale!) || Sunglasses: Target

Do you have a dress that just makes you want to shake your groove thing all night long? Spoiler Alert: That's this dress for me! You know how it goes, I'm running in to Target (#YetAgain)- tired, in a hurry, & on the move- when all of a sudden I spotted this dress and I'm full on shimmying in the aisle! The bright colors and ruffle details just make this so perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo today. How could I resist?! I've got some pretty fun plans tonight and tomorrow, & the FL weather should be picture perfect, so I can't wait to share it all with y'all over on Insta!

Also, I've been thinking about changing up my blog layout (it's kind of like getting the itch for a new outfit!) - I'm in the mood for something new! So if you have any shops/designers you love or anything you'd like to see, please let me know! I'm all ears (and eyes!) to see what's out there. 
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Sweet as Can "Bee"

Top: J. Crew (sold out, love this option & this one too!) || Shorts: Loft (sold out, this is my favorite option & this one is also so cute) || Sandals: Palm Beach Sandals || Sunglasses: Target || Apple Watch

Yay for making it half way through the week! Last night was a late one- my bible study girls got together for a social and we laughed so hard my stomach hurt! All of a sudden we checked our watches and went, "how did it become 10PM?!" Time really does fly when you are having FUN! And we sure were :) Thankful for them!

Now on today's outfit! I saw these darling embroidered bee shorts in Loft a few weeks ago, but the store didn't have my size. Luckily I scored them online- because they sold out only days later! I kept hoping they would be restocked, but alas it doesn't look like they will be, so I'm sorry about that! Luckily it looks like bows will continue to be big details this season, so i've found some really cute options for you if you're wanting to recreate this look. I'm just loving all these girly details!
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Pineapple Swing Dress

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer "Ophelia" || Sandals: Pierre Dumas || Clutch: c/o Marley Lilly || Necklace: Kendra Scott Rayne || Apple Watch || Sunglasses: Target

In the immortal words of N'SYNC... "It's gonna be May!" ha. But seriously y'all, how in the world have we made it to the 5th month of the year already?! The older I get, the faster time seems to go by... why is that? 

This weekend was such a dream y'all! As you know, I attended Beth Moore's "Living Proof Live" event in Orlando with three of my best friends and it was the most refreshing, challenging, inspiring time! I can't wait to share more of what I learned (coming soon!) but I'm now ready to tackle the week!

Not to rub it in, but we've been having some seriously fabulous weather- and I'm soaking it all up! There's no better way to enjoy a beautiful day than in Lilly Pulitzer- don't ya think!? I'm kind of obsessed with the "Ophelia" dress - the A-line shape is SO flattering and I love the peek-a-boo detailing in the back! Since the shape is so swingy, it's still perfect for hot (and I do mean HOT!) days- although truth be told, I don't know how much longer I can wear sleeves down here!
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Fancy Friday Finds (vol. 5)



Happiest of Friday's my friends!! I had a bit of a short week, since I took yesterday off for community service to volunteer with the Heart Gallery for their annual "Flock to the Trop" gala and today I'm off to Orlando with two of my best friends to attend the Beth Moore conference. I am so excited for the weekend! 

I know I just shared some Fancy Friday Finds last week, but I was doing some online shopping and came across so many more cute things that I couldn't resist sharing them all with you! Enjoy!
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The Only Shorts You Need for Summer

Tee: Loft || Shorts: Loft (wearing size 6) || Sandals: Pierre Dumas via Statements || Necklace: Stella and Dot (similar here) || Target: Sunglasses || Apple Watch

I know it's a pretty bold statement to say that these are "the only shorts you need for summer"- but friends that's how good they are! The minute I laid eyes on them, it was pretty much love at first sight- the stripes, the pink, the big bow! S-W-O-O-N! My head was already spinning with all the ideas I had to style them. When it came time to shoot this look, I decided to KISS (keep it simple silly) and let the shorts speak for themselves. So a white tee and simple gold jewelry it was! I definitely think you could amp up your look with a one-shoulder or off the shoulder top + wedges... girl's night?! Yes please! When those chilly summer nights roll in, toss on a denim jacket for an extra layer. I adore the loose, comfy fit yet how pulled together they look!

For fit, these shorts have an elastic waist and loose fit, but run TTS- I'm wearing a 6. 
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I Like Big Bows...

Dress: c/o Make Me Chic || Wedges: c/o Oka-B (get 20% off with code "OKABGIRL16") || Apple Watch || Bangle: Bourbon and Bowties

There is absolutely nothing this Florida girl loves more than a sunshine-filled day at the beach! This weekend my Aunt/photographer and I got together to shoot some new content for this little blog & I told her we just HAD to meet near the water- I needed some Vitamin Sea! Luckily, I had the perfect dress for an excursion down to the beach- this precious striped bow dress! I love the loose, oversized fit- it allowed me to stay cool even in the sweltering heat. And I mean, who doesn't love the sweet bow-tie detail on the back... swoon! When I got these new Oka-B Sullivan wedges in the mail I knew they would make the perfect pairing! #BowonBowsonBows In my world, too much is never enough! ;) 
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Fancy Friday Finds (vol. 4)


TGIF! Am I right?! I was talking to my best friend last night, and telling her how crazy my workweek was, and she said "I feel like that's been a theme for you lately!" Yes friends, she is right! As much as I sound like a broken record, it's been another insane week at the office and it's not slowing down anytime soon! I've been coming in early, staying late and running around like a crazy woman every minute in between- so I need every minute of this weekend to recover from the week :)

So let's kick it off with a new round of Fancy Friday Finds... yay!

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Anchors Away!

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (shop more options at the end of this post) || Sandals: Sam Edelman Yardley (option here and here) || Apple Watch || Bangles: Bourbon and Bowties

Does this dress not get you in the summertime vibe?! If you know Lilly Prints than you know this one came from a few years ago when the theme of each of her collections was a different party. This particular print is from the "Booze Cruise" collection and it never fails to make me smile! I have such a deep love for all things nautical- and this piece combines all those motifs I adore! I think the high-low hemline is so sassy too- a little extra "flair" if you will ;) This dress is a perfect example of why I love Lilly so much- even a few years after it's introduction a Lilly piece never goes out of style!

I had originally ordered this dress to be my birthday dress, but when I went to Raleigh it ended up being freezing the whole weekend so I realized I would have to save this dress for another occasion. Needless to say I'm counting down to the first summer soiree of the season so I can bust out this beauty!
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Summer Palm Print

Tunic: Buddy Love via Madison Raleigh (similar here) || Jeans: Loft || Wedges: Target (similar here) || Necklace: Kendra Scott Rayne || Bangles: Bourbon and Bowties || Clutch: Sophie and Trey (similar here) || Apple Watch

Happy Monday friends! Did you have a wonderful Easter weekend? I always love this weekend so much, because it's such a chance for reflection and sweet celebration (you can read more about my thoughts here). 

Well I've been really excited to share today's look with you, because I have a new brand to love- Buddy Love to be exact! When I was visiting my girlfriends in Raleigh for my birthday weekend we went shopping and I stumbled upon this show-stopping tunic top. It was one of those pieces that I KNEW I would regret not getting if it didn't come home with me. So I checked out real quick!! After doing some more internet stalking research on the brand, I realized I actually owned another dress from them (a favorite of mine) and I pretty much wanted everything on their website! There's bright prints & bold patterns- two things I adore!

This tunic is pretty long on me (I'm 5'4 for reference) so I half-tucked it to help lengthen my legs. But if you're taller it would be SO cute as a swingy tunic with white denim or tucked into denim shorts! Lots of ideas to style it!
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Sunday Scripture: He is Risen!


Happy Easter friends! This is such a special holiday as it is a reminder to me (and each of us!) just how much God loves us. The simple truth is that you and I are sinners- that's just all there is to it. And yet the Lord loves us so deeply, and wanted to make a way for us to join him in heaven, that he sent his son, Jesus, as a living sacrifice for our sins.

Just let that sink in for a minute!
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#TargetDoesItAgain : The Sweetest Summer Maxi!

Dress: Cat and Jack via Target (shop more of my favorites from the collection below!) || Sandals: Sam Edelman || Apple Watch || Bangles: Bourbon and Bowties || Necklace: Kendra Scott || Clutch: Sophie & Trey (similar) || Sunglasses: Target

I've let y'all in to my "secret shopping spot" at my go-to retailer before, but can you blame me when the dresses are THIS cute?! I mean, here I am running in to pick up face wash and a birthday card when this dress all but jumped off the rack and into my basket! The palm print is super on trend this season (in fact I have a new piece with it coming next week :) ) and the neon detailing around the bottom of it is just the perfect pop of color! As soon as I saw it my brain started shouting, "wear me to brunch!" - and that's what I'm doing this weekend ;) I mean... a girl's got to listen to her brain! ha

Speaking of the weekend, can we talk about how happy I am that it is here?! I feel like I say this all the time (#brokenrecord) but work has just been off-the-charts crazy! Every week I think, "oh this week is going to be pretty calm" and then everything just blows up! It definitely keeps me on my toes and oh-so-busy. Can't complain about that, but bring on the wine this weekend!

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Let's Talk Spring Dresses + Shopbop's Sale of the Season!

What, an extra week day post?! Who am I?! ;) There are so many fun sales going on this week that I couldn't miss out on the chance to tell y'all about another one - and share my favorite dress selections! I'm sure you know by now that Shopbop is having THE sale of the season! Unlike their tiered sale from a few months ago, this sale offers a straight discount- 20% off under $500 & 25% over $500- so everyone wins! Just use code "Event17" and you're golden :)

In the Spring and Summer (and really, year-round!) I wear dresses, dresses, and more dresses! So I couldn't wait to share my current wishlist, finds, and favorites! There are seriously SO many cute pieces & bright colors- this Florida girl's heart is happy, happy!


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Dressing Room Diary + SALES!

Alright friends, I'm going to give you a warning... today's Dressing Room Diaries is a DOOZY! There are so many cute new arrivals in stores lately that I have a ton to share with you! Grab a big 'ol cup of joe and let's jump right in!

{For reference, everything is TTS unless I mention otherwise. I'm 5'4 and normally wear a small/med/size 4-6 in the stores listed below! I will make sure to let you know what size I'm wearing for each item so that you can make a judgement call on sizing :) }

LOFT
Wanted to give y'all the head's up that LOFT is currently having it's Friends and Family sale, which means that everything is 40% off with code "FRIENDS"- so everything you see below is now on sale! woo-hoo!

Floral Romper- Wearing size medium. I live in rompers for spring/summer so I thought this was a fun new pattern to add to my romper wardrobe. I tried to get y'all a shot of the back too as I love the fun criss-cross detail!

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Ready for the Weekend With Vineyard Vines

Pullover: Vineyard Vines (new pattern) || Shorts: Old Navy (my go-to shorts for summer!) || Sperrys: gifted (similar & similar) || Necklace: HSN || Sunglasses: Target || Coffee Cup: Lilly Pulitzer

I thought my days of wearing sleeves were pretty much over (#FloridaProblems), but what do you know, a small cold front moved through this weekend and I'm taking full advantage by whipping out this comfy and preppy pullover from Vineyard Vines! This look was giving me some serious nautical vibes, so I added my Sperry's (a gift from my mama) and pearls for a full on prep-tastic look! ha. I don't know why it's taken me so long to get a VV Shep Shirt- it is so comfortable that I want to spend all my weekend days in it! Unfortunately the heat is on it's way back, so I think my days are numbered in it, but I wanted to make sure and share it for those of you who still have some chill in the air!
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March Book Reviews


Happy Wednesday and welcome to my newest round of book reviews! Unfortunately I totally fell off the wagon in February, but I'm so glad I was able to get back in action this month and read some new books! Just like in previous months, I'm giving my honest reviews of the books and whether or not I'd recommend them to you! For context, I tend to lean towards lighthearted "chic lit" but do enjoy a good mystery or thriller from time to time if the story is compelling! :) 

Alright, lets get started...!
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The Perfect Easter Dress (for Under $30!)

Dress: Merona (under $30!) || Jacket: Loft || Sandals: Palm Beach Sandals || Necklace: Kendra Scott || Apple Watch

I can't believe that Easter is right around the corner (April 16th to be exact) and if your family is anything like mine, than it is not only a day to celebrate the hope we have because of our Savior, it's also a day to pull out your prettiest spring dress! I realized last week that I was a little behind on picking out my Easter finery, but luck was on my side! I was making a normal Target run when I spotted this beauty hanging right there- like it was meant for me! I'm obsessed with the pretty pastel flowers and the flattering fit-and-flare shape. I also love that you can dress this piece up with heels (these pink beauties are perfect!) or toss on a denim jacket and sandals like I did here for an Easter egg hunt. Speaking of egg hunts, this week I'm "egging" houses with the Junior League! We go out late at night and "egg" members houses with eggs full of treats and a sign that says "Some Bunny in the Junior League loves you!" The kids get SO excited to wake up to a fun surprise! I love seeing the sweet pictures flood my newsfeed, so it's always such a fun week! 
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Weekend Plans with Oka-B

Tee: Merona || Shorts: J. Crew (fits TTS, also come in some great solid colors) || Flats: c/o Oka-B "Easton" Flat (use code"OKABGIRL16" for 20% off!) || Sunglasses: Target || Apple Watch || Bangles: Bourbon & Bowties || Cup: Sunnylife (love this!!) || Necklace: Kendra Scott

I feel like the alternate title for today's post could be "Sunshine & Summertime" - and it's only March 31st! But as you can see from these photos there is NO shortage of sunny rays here in the Sunshine State! I've got to tell you though, I'm not complaining at all! I live for these long, sunny days.

Due to the 85 degree temperatures, my wardrobe has quickly had to flip over into full-time summer style and includes lots of sundresses, shorts, and tees. The more lightweight the better folks! I recently picked up these seersucker ruffle shorts from J. Crew and I couldn't be more in love! They are super lightweight & have a great stretch, and the ruffle detail on the top and pockets is just the cutest! Since I styled this with blue on blue I thought a pop of pink from my necklace & Oka-B flats would be so much fun! Oka-B just launched their spring line and it's adorable- all the bright colors are making my colorful heart so happy! Don't forget you can get 20% off any shoes at Oka-B with code "OKABGIRL16"! 

I'm extending my birthday month as long as possible by heading home today to celebrate the March babies in my family- my mom, sister, and me! I can't wait to see them and celebrate :) What are y'all up to?

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Shop Simply Stylish LLR



Hey Friends! How is your week going so far? Mine has been just running on by... but what else is new?! Work continues to be crazy- literally our direction/product changes every day- but I love that it keeps me on my toes and busy! I'm so much more productive when I have a really long to-do list (any one else feel me?!) 

But, today I'm leaving the office early and hitting the road for a very special reason... my aunt is launching her own business!! As you (may) know, my Aunt Kelly takes all the pictures you see here on this blog. Her and I get together once a month and shoot 10-13 outfits so I have a "cache" throughout the month of content. I'm so thankful because this blog couldn't run without her! In addition, she is an elementary school teacher, mother, wife, & avid traveler. To say she is busy is an understatement! But, she has a passion for retail & along with her 2 best friends has decided to launch a LulaRoe business, Simply Stylish LulaRoe. I couldn't be more proud of her for pursuing her dream! 
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Laura Cox Designs Necklace + GIVEAWAY!

Dress: LOFT (last year, similar here & love this too!) || Necklace: c/o Laura Cox Designs (win one below & get 15% off through 4/3 with code "GIRLMEETSBOW15"!) || Sandals: Palm Beach Sandals || Apple Watch || Bangles: Bourbon and Bowties || Clutch: Shandy Style

Welcome to a brand new week friends! Today is a pretty fun day around here... keep reading to find out why :) 

As y'all know in my day-to-day life I am a jewelry buyer for a national retailer, so I always have my eyes peeled for great new designers and unique jewelry that will help me stand out. That's why I got so excited about discovering Laura Cox Designs last year- her pieces are so beautiful and totally something no one else is wearing! Each time I wear my tassel necklace I get TONS of compliments (what every gal wants)!  That's why I'm so excited to be teaming up with Laura today to share a brand new metal-work design & giving one of these stunning necklaces away to one of you!! In addition, Laura is so sweet that she wanted each of you to get a little something, so from now until 4/3 you can get 15% off her entire site with code "GIRLMEETSBOW15" - I mean what a deal! :) 
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Fancy Friday Finds (vol. 3)


Happy Fri-YAY my friends!! This week simultaneously felt like both the longest & shortest week ever, so I'm so ready for the weekend to be here!

It's been about a month since I share my last Fancy Friday Finds- so i'm really excited to be back today with more to share! Spring is in FULL effect out in the stores & there is so much to see and love. A girl could seriously go broke with all the fun funds!

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Workweek Chic: 5 Ways to Stand Out at The Office


Dress: Tracy Negoshian || Wedges: J. Crew Factory || Monogram: Moon & Lola (I'm wearing the XL size) || Apple Watch

Happy Wednesday friends! Yesterday I ended up having a crazy day at work - if you follow me on Instagram that you saw I was at the studio until almost 1:00 AM because we had a Today's Special launch at midnight for my brand. We were introducing a new guest and I wanted to be there to support her! I was running on about 4 hours of sleep the rest of the day, and then got my end-of-year review! A whole lot to take in :) 

But, as I was speaking with my boss about my successes and opportunities, it got me thinking that I've learned a LOT in the past 7 years of being a professional, and I wanted to share some of that with y'all. When you work in a large corporate office it can be difficult to stand out among all your co-workers. But, I have a few tips that have made a difference for me and have helped me to get noticed (in good ways!) PS- Even if you worked in a smaller office or less traditional environment these tips can still apply!
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My Favorite Dress (Take 2)

Dress: Cat and Jack (wearing a girl's XL) || Shoes: Converse (size down a half-size) || Necklace: Lilly Pulitzer (old, similar here) - also, how cute are these orange earrings?! || Apple Watch

Welcome to a new week y'all! Last week was a total blur to me- getting back from 8 days of travel and coming up to a hurricane at work (seriously) was no joke, so sorry that it got a little quite around here! But I'm back in action, settled home again, and ready to share some really fun new outfits and content with y'all!

So let's get to it shall we?! :) 
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Sunday Scripture


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Saturday Shopping: Lunch at Lilly + Victoria Beckham for Target


Happy Saturday y'all! The sun is shining, the temps are gorgeous, I'm headed for a pedicure, AND it's  Lunch at Lilly today!! If you're new to the Lilly brand, Lunch at Lilly is one of the most fun days of the year because you get a free gift with purchase no matter what you spend! And this year's gifts are all party & cocktail themed which will get you ready for all the summer parties to come. Take a look (after the jump) to see all the great gifts this year:

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The One Thing That Never Goes Out Of Style

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (vintage, but I see it all the time on Poshmark!) || Wedges: Merona (option here) || Necklace: Kendra Scott Rayne || Apple Watch || Bangles: Bourbon & Bowties || Sunglasses: Target

I think we all have those go-to items in our wardrobe, those things that can always make us feel good. It's probably no surprise, but for me those items of clothing are always Lilly Pulitzer! (Told you it wasn't surprising!) And although the bright colors never fail to make me happy, and the cheeky patterns always make me smile, what I love most is that I feel most like myself when I am wearing these pieces. And when I feel most like me, then I'm the most confident me I can be :) (So cheesy! ha)

When I was planning outfits for this shoot, I started to stress out because frankly, I've been saving & not shopping very much lately- so I didn't have all these amazing brand-new pieces to share. But when I really started thinking about what y'all love to see, you always respond best to things that are most authentically "me" and inspire you to break out colors/patterns/styles that you may not always reach for. So I decided instead to pack up a dress that never fails to make me happy (even though it's a true "vintage" Lilly print) and the truth is I feel the most confident :)  
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Spring Fever


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Birthday Brights!

Yellow Dress: c/o Make Me Chic (wearing size small) || Shoes: Sam Edelman "Yardley" (option 1/option 2) || Necklace: Kendra Scott Rayne || Apple Watch || Clutch: Mud Pie (similar) || Bangles: Bourbon and Bowties 

Today is one of my favorite days of the year... My BIRTHDAY!! It's my last year in my twenties and I can hardly believe it! I remember being a little girl and thinking that 30 sounded so old, and that I would be so mature and have it all figured out by then. Now it's a year away and I still don't feel close to having it all together- ha! I certainly don't feel old either ;)

To celebrate, I headed to Raleigh last night with some of my girls for a fun weekend! We've got lots of brunch, wine, and relaxing planned & I can't wait! If you need me I will be laughing, dancing, and toasting to the brand new year of my life and all the excitement and hope it ushers in!
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The Cutest Pink Cold Shoulder

Top: c/o Make Me Chic || Shorts: Loft || Shoes: Converse || Clutch: Lilly Pulitzer (old, similar) || Necklace: Kendra Scott || Apple Watch 

Happy Wednesday! I'm still (currently) in NY and I'm headed home tonight- it's been a busy week here at market and I can't wait to share it with y'all soon! It's a lot of work, but it's definitely fun :) I grabbed drinks last night in the city with my friends Katie for a little pre-birthday celebration... can't believe I will be another year older on Friday!

In other exciting news, I'm thrilled to share this adorable cold-shoulder top with y'all today! I think I became a human heart-eye emoji the minute I saw it, and that love keeps on growing! I think this is a perfect spring to summer top because it pairs well with both casual shorts & could also be dressed up with dark denim and wedges. How cute would this be for a night out?? 

Also, I realized I haven't chatted about it in awhile, but I still love my Kendra Scott Rayne necklace! I get asked about it ALL the time, and whether I think they are worth the price, and the answer is 100% yes, they are so worth it! I own three (this blue, a light pink, and neon pink) and I wear them 1-2 times a week. They always add the perfect pop of color to my outfits too! So if you are still on the fence I hope you take a chance on one; and remember during your birthday month you get 50% off one item in the store! Now what color am I adding to my collection next?!
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The Under $15 Dress You NEED!

Dress: Cat and Jack (wearing a girl's XL) || Necklace: Baublebar (old, similar) || Clutch: Local Boutique (similar) || Wedges: Merona (love these!) || Apple Watch

Hi Friends! Long time, no chat! First off, thank y'all so much for your kind words, support, and encouragement you left on this post. I'm kind of a perfectionist, and I like to put 110% into everything I do, so admitting that I can't do it all and need to balance things better was really hard for me. But all your kind words assured me that I'm making the right choice- and it is so sweet to have your unwavering support!

If I hadn't come to the conclusion to scale back on my own, I think my body was going to let me know I was over-doing it... I came down with an awful cold on Wednesday night and it seriously knocked me out. On Thursday I barely made it through the day and ended up in bed by 8:30! I really missed y'all Friday, but my body desperately needed to recover since my gal Rachael got married on Saturday & I definitely didn't want to miss out on the fun!

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Workweek Chic: Black Lace + A Life Update!

White Tunic Top: Lush (on sale for $27!) || Lace Pants: J. Crew Factory || Wedges: J. Crew Factory || Purse: Kate Spade (option here & here- both on sale!) || Necklace: Stella & Dot (similar) || Apple Watch || Bangle: Kate Spade

Happy March y'all!! I can't believe that we are already three months into the year- time keeps on flying! I'm pretty excited because it's my birthday month - only 9 more days!

I feel like I owe y'all a little bit of a life update- it's been way too long since we caught up. As y'all know, I work full time in corporate retail as an Associate Jewelry Buyer, and with the tough retail environment right now, my job has literally been insane! I've been leaving work at 8 every night and eating, sleeping, and breathing jewelry to try and boost our business. I also accepted a volunteer position as co-chair of membership development for the Junior League (or leading our new member class) which has been taking lots of time and energy. On top of that, I'm chairing a committee for my local Heart Gallery's Fundraiser Gala "Flock to the Trop" (they help foster children find forever homes- a cause very close to my heart). Whew- are you tired yet? Because I sure am!

So why am I telling you all this?!
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Weekend Recap: #AdamsTakesATL


Last weekend I was thrilled to head to Atlanta for my girl Rachael's bachelorette weekend! We had such a fun time in the A-T-L that I wanted to share some "behind the scenes" pictures with y'all and share some of what we saw and did. It's perfect timing since this Saturday, Rachael and Joe tie the knot! 
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Five Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Girl's Trip


Happy Friday Friends! I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to share today's post- in fact I've been working on it for awhile so yay for finally getting it to you!! :) 

One of my favorite things in the world are the girl's trips that I take each year. When we graduated college, my best friends and I (there are about 12 of us total) decided to make it a yearly tradition to take a trip together. Although we now are girlfriends, wives, mothers, businesswomen, entrepreneurs, and more, each year we prioritize these trips together! To make it less-stressful each year we rotate who plans the trip- and last October it was my turn. I learned A LOT about how to plan a trip and manage your stress - because if you stress the whole time, you miss all the fun! So in the spirit of sharing my learnings, today I'm spilling 5 tips for a stress-free girl's trip!
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How to "Winter-ize" Your Lilly Pulitzer

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer Ali Dress || Vest: J. Crew Factory (on sale!) || Booties: Vince Camuto "Peera" || Bangles: Bourbon and Bowties || Apple Watch || Necklace: HSN (old, similar)

I gave a sneak peek of this look yesterday on Instagram and y'all loved it! Looks like I'm not the only one who loves to carry my Lilly Pulitzer into the "winter" season (if you can even call it that in Florida!!) I have a pretty well-documented obsession on here of my love for a puffer vest, so when there was a chill in the air the other day I paired one with my swingiest Lilly dress and called it a day!

I definitely subscribe to the adage that "more is more & less is a bore" so rather than toning this dress down with a neutral-colored dress, I decided to "tone it up" with another bright to bring out all the color! There's no definitely hiding in this look- and that's how I like it! :) 
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