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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!

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! 

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! :) 

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! :)

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!


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!

"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! 

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!)


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.  

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. 

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!

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!


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.)

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! 

Let's Shop! Lilly Pulitzer After-Party Sale (With Fit and Sizing Info)!

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


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!


Casual & Cool Weekend Vibes

Denim Jacket: Loft || White Tee: Loft || Shorts: J. Crew Factory Boardwalk Shorts || Sandals: c/o Oka-B || Necklace: c/o Shop Kismet (under $30!) || Tote Bag: c/o Nautica || Apple Watch with this band

Happy happy Friday friends! Sarah Hunt and I had the best time last night meeting so many of y'all at our Girl's Night Out! Sipping and shopping is always my idea of a good time :) Per usual, I ended up staying out later than planned (y'all are just so much fun!) so it's a 3rd cup of coffee for me today!

I recently got these fun, nautical sandals and they were just begging to be paired with some white & blue. We may be past the 4th of July but I still love me some Americana style! Although true life friends, putting on this denim jacket in the heat of Florida in August- OMG! I was sweltering! But that's what we do in the name of style, right? When I was recently in NY I grabbed this festive tote bag & it was a perfect pairing with this outfit. I just love when things come together!

Everything You Need to Know About the Lilly Pulitzer After-Party Sale!!

Lilly Pulitzer Klea Romper (wearing size medium)

We'll I have some news that is about to make your Thursday REAL exciting... the Lilly Pulitzer After-Party sale is confirmed for August 28-30!!!! Yes friends it's true, the best sale of the year will be here at 8am on Monday-Wednesday of next week!! (And we have an extra day to shop this time)

Y'all have let me know that my tips have been helpful in prepping you to navigate this one-of-a-kind sale, so without further ado here are my tips for the After-Party Sale:


Dough-Nut Worry, Be Happy!

Dress: c/o Britt Ryan (on sale for 50% off!) || Sandals: Palm Beach Sandals || Earrings: RJ Graziano (similar here too) || Apple watch with this band

It's hump day y'all! What better way to celebrate than doughnuts?! ;)

This week has flown by in a blur. I've had junior league meetings every night that have gone to almost 10pm- so it has left little time for anything else (to say the least)! On top of that, I'm gearing up for my fun girl's night out tomorrow with So Sarah Hunt & Tracy Negoshian- local peeps I hope you can make it! Oh yeah... and that thing called a "j-o-b!" ha. WHEW!

So yes friends, doughnuts are certainly necessary today! When I was down in Anna Maria two weeks ago, Emily insisted that the Doughnut Experiment was a must-visit place on the island and she was right! All the doughnuts are fresh-made to order- meaning you can pick and topping, and icing, and have the doughnut of your dreams. Goodness y'all... it was heavenly!! 

The Little Things

Top: c/o Make Me Chic || Shorts: J. Crew Factory || Clutch: Sophie & Trey (old, similar here) || Earrings: c/o Shop Kismet || Apple Watch with this band || Sandals: Sam Edelman Gigi 

Welcome friends and happy Monday! Who is excited to start a fresh new week?? This past weekend was the first one I was in town for in what feels like forever, and it was so refreshing to catch-up on life, run errands, & see friends. While I am so thankful for all the traveling I have been able to do this year (and more to come) sometimes you just need some low-key time. Thankful I refueled the past few days!

I find that August is always a hard month for me fashion-ways. Down here in FL it's pretty much the hottest month of the year (I see you 100 degree heat index!) but retails are clearance-ing out the summer styles to make way for fall (say what?!). My instagram becomes a sea of "I can't wait for PSLs and pumpkins" while i'm here in the sunshine state trying not to sweat my makeup off! #Truth. So how is a girl to dress? 

Workweek Chic: Sassy Skirts for the Office + You're Invited!!

Top: Express (old, almost exact option here) || Skirt: J. Crew (on major sale!!) || Heels: Target (similar) || Clutch: BP || Apple watch with this band || Bangles: Bourbon and Bowties

Long Overdue Instagram Round-Up

You know what they say about the best laid plans...

I've been really trying to diversify my content on each of my social platforms so that if you read the blog and follow along with my social channels you're not getting the same content over and over. But, that means that if you're strictly a blog reader you may not always see the fun on Instagram (& vice versa!) So today I thought it would be fun to share some of my recent(ish) Instagrams & the details you may have missed due to that pesky algorithm!

As always, if you have any questions about fit/sizing/purchasing/etc please let me know! I'm an open book :)

Dress: Who What Wear for Target || Wedges: Steve Madden (old, great option here) || Necklace: Fab'rik South Tampa (similar option)


The Perfect Getaway Dress

Dress: c/o Britt Ryan (on sale for 50% off!) || Sandals: Palm Beach Sandals || Seashell Purse: Amazon (only $30!) || Apple Watch with this band || Earrings: HSN (almost exact here)

I've come to the conclusion that there are two types of people in the world- over packers and under packers. I'm sure it only takes you about point five seconds to place me squarely in the over-packer camp! ;) Ever since I was a little girl I would stuff my luggage to max capacity & then pout when I couldn't fit my additional purchases in once on vacation (and not much has changed!) ha. However, now that my travel schedule has revved up and I'm gone at least once a month, this jet-setter doesn't have time to deal with all the unpacking that is the byproduct of over-packing!

Luckily, I've found the most darling line that solves ALL your problems (or at least answers, "what do I wear on a tropical vacation?"). Enter, Britt Ryan! Colorful, fun, bright, happy & a little sassy... that both sums up my style & Britt's. The second I opened this palm print dress I knew it was begging to be worn on my girl's trip to Anna Maria (sidetone: how amazing is the house I found which perfectly matched my look!!). Anna Maria is such a colorful island- you can't wear dull clothing! Since I knew I was going to wear this dress it eliminated the need to pack 1001 options in my weekender bag- this dress beat out any other choice!


Showing Some Shoulder

Top: LOFT (on sale + extra 40% off!) || Shorts: J. Crew Factory || Clutch: Shandy Style Boutique (similar here) || Apple Watch with this band || Sandals: Palm Beach Sandals 

Welcome to a new week y'all! 

I am coming off the BEST girl's weekend and having the hardest time getting back into the swing of things! How is it that work weeks can drag by and then vacations FLY by?? #NotFair. But I am beyond thankful for the time I had with my best girls this weekend! We spend 3 1/2 days in Anna Maria Island and it was straight up heavenly (I'll have a fun post on what we did soon!)- there's nothing better than that sun, the sand, drinks in our hands & quality time with your gals. 

Also, my best friend Ashley GOT ENGAGED this weekend!!!! Eek! Between the girl's trip and finding out I'm going to be maid of honor, this was seriously three days for the books! :)

Happy Little Finds to Brighten Your Day!

Happy Friday y'all! I was pursuing Etsy the other day and found myself adding to my wishlist like crazy. Then I realized (surprise, surprise) that all my finds were bright & colorful! And I just started getting so stinking' happy looking at them... and I didn't want to keep the happy to myself! :) So today I'm sharing all my happy little finds in hopes that it adds some cheer to your Fri-YAY too!


Introducing: Tashmopolitan Couture + Choosing Community

Tee: Target (on sale for $6!) || Skirt: gifted Tashmopolitan Couture (follow Tasha on Instagram here) ||  Sandals: Palm Beach Sandals || Necklace: Kendra Scott Rayne || Apple Watch with this band || Bangles: Bourbon and Bowties

Oh friends, I have so much of my heart to share with you today!

Let's start from the beginning... blogging can be a lonely hobby. When I first started Girl Meets Bow I didn't know anyone else who had a blog or even was local to the area. As much as I loved this little space of mine, for a girl who thrives being around people, it was hard to pour so much effort into a solo venture. 

And then I slowly started making "e-friends" (other bloggers who weren't local!) and a community started to form. And as I spent time growing these relationships, I found myself getting re-inspired and re-invigored each day I sat down to work on the blog! See the amazing thing was, the more I supported and encouraged others, the more I found myself inspired. 

Q&A With Girl Meets Bow

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer Del Lago Tunic Dress || Clutch: old, option here || Apple Watch 42mm with this band || Bangles: Bourbon & Bowties || Tassel Earrings: similar

Hey Friends! Happy happy Monday!

As you're reading this post I'm jetting off to NYC for three days in the city for market week. There is supposed to be some serious thunderstorms today, but the clear skies the rest of the trip- and I'm looking forward to a break from the sweltering heat!

Last week I did a fun Q&A guest post on So Sarah Hunt's blog, but I realized that there are lots of new faces around here (hiiii friends!!!) so it would be just as fun to "introduce" myself again here too! Sound fun? Let's get started!

Oh Shello!

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer Stella Shift Dress (Print also available in this dress) || Sandals: Palm Beach Sandals || Purse: J. McLaughlin (borrowed) || Bangles: Bourbon & Bowties || Apple Watch with this band || Earrings: RJ Graziano (under $25!)

These pictures are some of my favorites I've taken lately, because I think you can so easily see how happy I am (and have been) lately! One of my foundational values for Girl Meets Bow is that I want it to be a destination that makes getting dressed the most fun part of your day. It sounds kind of cheesy, but I really do believe that when you love your outfit it lights up something in you that just radiates throughout your day! Well friends, when I reach for this darling shift dress- I light up like a Christmas tree!

This beach girl's heart went pitter patter when I laid eyes on the seashell print- it's too much fun & such gorgeous colors! Lilly never spares any details, and the lace trim on the neckline and sides it the perfect finishing touch. And need I tell you how swoon-worthy the bows are?? I think y'all know me pretty well by now and no doubt know how much I love them!

Workweek Chic: All Shades of Blue

Top: J. Crew Factory (old, great option here) || Skirt: J. Crew (on SALE and in-stock in all sizes!) || Wedges: Tory Burch || Apple Watch with this band || Gold Bangle: Kate Spade

Well y'all, it has been a HOT minute since I shared a workweek look here on the blog, but I am thrilled to say that work style is back here on Girl Meets Bow!! I think for the past few months I've been pretty uninspired by my workweek wardrobe, which means that it's been hard to find pretty new pieces to share with y'all. But that's changing today! 

Lately I have been on a skirt-buying kick, which has given me all sorts of inspiration for my work week! Let's take today's double stripe skirt shall we? I'm such a sucker for a good stripe, and the alternate stripes on this piece are too much fun! For these pictures I decided to keep it "neutral" an pair it with a coordinating shade of blue, but a crisp white oxford or blouse, or a bold pop of color would also be beautiful! Since the skirt is cotton though, you could also dress it down for your weekends with a casual tee and sandals. It really is a skirt that will "do it all!" (Which is what I need in my wardrobe!) 

What's your favorite piece you've bought lately for work?

Recent Market Trips: JCK Las Vegas and AmericasMart Atlanta

Arriving at the Mandaly Bay for JCK Las Vegas show!

I've been lucky enough to go on some really fun buying trips for work lately, and although I've been sharing the trips on Instastories I know that that isn't everyone's cup of tea, so I thought it would also be fun to share more about those travel experiences here too! 

Unfortunately, one of the first rules at these shows is that you cannot take pictures in the exhibits/halls (without permission from the vendor) - so unfortunately I don't have nearly as many photos as I would like! But I hope that these small glimpses into my day job give you even more insight into what I do and how I find product for my lines. 

PS- if you're wondering what it is I do (I'm a jewelry buyer!) you can learn more about it in this post!


A Summertime Girl's Night Out

Dress: Tracy Negoshian (old, love this & this one too) **Check out this flashback post to see how I wore this dress originally! || Sandals: c/o Oka-B Amina || Clutch: BP (sold out, great option)

If you've been hanging around this blog for any length of time, then you know how much I adore my girlfriends & am so thrilled when we can get together for a girl's night out! Luckily, this weekend I got a double-dose of fun; first, Friday night I went to see Lady Antebellum & Krystal and I WON meet and greet passes! It's a crazy (and kind of windy) story- but we were beside ourselves with excitement and they were sweet as could be! Saturday night, Sarah Hunt and I snapped a few photos for each other and then settled in with French 75's and a locally-sourced meal for some girl time and catch-up!


Sunday Scripture

Happy Sunday Friends!

This verse really hits home for me in so many ways- and hopefully it resonates with some of you too!

I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that many times I have a picture in my mind of how my life is "supposed" to go & what it is "supposed" to look like. But more often than not it feels like the Lord is just laughing at that vision and saying, "silly girl." But how many of us stop listening after we hear "silly girl" and miss the most important part of the sentence... "silly girl, do you not know that my plan for you is so much greater?" 

Ready for the Weekend with Shades of Gray

Tank: c/o Shades of Gray Boutique (get 20% off with code "GENTRY20") || Shorts: J. Crew Factory || Clutch: old, love this one! || Sandals: Palm Beach Sandals || Necklace: Zenzii Jewelry || Apple Watch with this band

Hooray for Fri-YAY! Right my friends?! Is anyone else saying, "thank heavens" that this week is concluding?? Don't get me wrong, it's actually been a fabulous week over here in St Pete, FL, but there has been so much going on I haven't had a minute to breathe! I'm so looking forward to taking some time to catch my breath this weekend - starting with the Lady Antebellum tonight!

But before I head off to do some (super awesome) dancing tonight, I'd like to introduce you to a darling new boutique: Shades of Gray. One thing I am so inspired by is getting to meet girls who are passionately chasing their dreams- and that's exactly the story behind this boutique! Best friends since the 4th grade (so sweet), two lifelong friends decided to throw caution to the wind and follow their passion to curate an online, trendsetting fashion boutique. How many of us have dreams that we have yet to chase? I know I'm guilty! But when I hear stories like this it lights a fire under me to get to hustling- and to turning those dreams into a reality!

The sweet gals at Shades of Gray have a fun treat for y'all too: 20% off your purchase with code "GENTRY20"! With price points all under $50- looking chic has never been more affordable ;) I know my cart is already bursting with fun finds!

Let's Catch Up! + $500 Nordstrom GIVEAWAY!

Skirt: J. Crew || Tee: old, similar here || Sandals: Sam Edelman Gigi || 42mm Apple Watch with This Band || Bangles: Bourbon and Bowties || Necklace: Kendra Scott Rayne

Happy Wednesday friends! I feel like I have so much to catch up with you on- so let's get to some super random ramblings, shall we?

My girl Biana recently recommended the new show The Bold Type, and after episode 1 I was hooked! It's like a mix of Sex and the City & How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and such a fun show! It's loosely based on Joanna Coles (the Editor in Chief of Cosmo) so it's a peek behind the scenes of a women's fashion and lifestyle magazine (although let's be real- it's totally exaggerated!) - but I love it regardless. There's only three episodes so far, so still plenty of time if you want to catch up.

"House Hunting" in Borough

Dress: c/o Borough "The French Quarter 3/4 Sleeve Shift" in House Hunting || Wedges: Banana Republic (old, super similar here & if you want to splurge these are SO good!) || Clutch: Sophie and Trey (old, similar here) || Bangles: Bourbon & Bowties || Apple Watch w/ This Band

If there was any city in the US I could see myself living in ASAP it would have to be Charleston. I've taken two trips there - one a 13 person girl's weekend & the other an unforgettable weekend with my bestie, Asha- and both of them rank among some of my most special memories! It's like being in the city transports me to another time and place & all my day to day worries just slide right on off as I play in the city full of southern charm! 

So you can imagine my delight when I discovered Borough- a dress & accessory line designed and handmade in Charleston, SC. Each and every one of Ashley's prints (the sweetest and most delightful owner there ever was) celebrate the "low county lifestyle" that Charleston is known for, and putting on a Borough dress transports you there! The print I picked out is called "House Hunting" and pays homage to the famous architecture in the city- especially their colorful row houses. Wearing this dress just fills me with all the memories of my times in the Holy City- and makes strutting in my Borough a special occasion :) 

What pieces in your closet are filled with special memories?

Sunday Scripture

I'm feeling so thankful today after coming off a wonderful & relaxing weekend with some of my very best friends. It's amazing how the Lord brought each of us together and knew that we would go through tragedies and triumphs in this life- and would need each other to get through them. Each of our personalities is so different & unique, and yet together we are perfect compliments to each other (and have SO much fun together!) I feel so grateful!


Dressing Room Diaries: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Edition

Happy Happy Friday friends!!! Why am I so excited about today? Because today is the first day the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public- and I have my first post to share! yippee!! Last weekend Sarah & I headed to the store and couldn't stop laughing as we tried on all the things! One of the things that was most important to me was finding pieces that I didn't have to wait to wear- I mean who wants to wait three months to pull out their new purchases?! Not this girl! #InstantGratification

I can't wait to share what I found with y'all- so grab your coffee and let's hit the dressing room!

Eliza J Floral Bell Sleeve Wrap Dress (Sale- $91.90/Reg Price- $138) - Oh goodness y'all, all the heart-eyes for this one!! This is an absolutely perfect work dress- whether you work in a casual office or a more "gussied-up" one this piece is beyond perfection! Sarah works in a more formal office and me in a more fashion-oriented office and we both scooped this one up! I'm wearing a 6P.

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Being a Buyer

Goodness y'all, it feels like this post has been in the works forever! Without fail, whenever I mention that I am a jewelry buyer I always get tons of questions/DMs/emails asking what exactly I do & how I got into it. So today I am taking all those questions and compiling them into one mega post and spilling everything y'all have ever wanted (or may want to) know about being a buyer!


Southern Summer: Mint Julep Boutique Floral Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress: c/o The Mint Julep Boutique || Heels: Target || Clutch: Sophie & Trey (old, similar here & on sale for $12!) || Apple Watch (I just got this new band!)

Y'all I have been stalking this dress for MONTHS- and every single time it would pop up on someone's site, inevitable it would sell out within the day! I can see why though; the romantic & girly floral pattern is so pretty and the maxi length means you can make it casual or doll it up for a fancier occasion. I also cant wait for fall to add a denim jacket for a great transitional look! When The Mint Julep Boutique reached out to work together and I saw this dress in-stock (finally!) under their new arrivals I knew I had to jump on the chance to share it with y'all! 

I know you've seen me feature several pieces from The Mint Julep before (even my family knows how much I love them- my grandma got me a romper from them for my birthday!) but I thought today would be the perfect time to tell you a little more about them. The Mint Julep is an on-trend women's online boutique which features new arrivals daily and almost everything on their site is under $50! They also recently launched monogramming- so now you can get dresses, bags, and accessories personalized! They are a perfect one-stop-shop for gifts and fun fashion finds!


Make Me Chic: Multi Gingham OTS Top + $1,000 Giveaway Reminder!

Top: c/o Make Me Chic || Shorts: J. Crew Factory || Wedges: Banana Republic (old, similar here)

Do you ever have those pieces that just kind of sucker- punch you because they are that adorable?! That's the feeling I got when I spotted this super-playful, multi-gingham off the shoulder top... That breathless excitement that can only come when you spot the perfect piece! I focus a lot on buying "practical" pieces for my closet, things I can wear for work and play/things that are timeless and ageless, but every once in awhile you need those crazy-fun and totally impractical finds that make you smile- and friends this top is just that! 

Since it is insanely hot out here in Fl still (low 90s with over 90% humidity) I paired this top with shorts and wedges for a casual girls night out, but come fall I plan on keeping this piece in rotation by adding skinny jeans and some sassy booties! 

Tell me... What have been your favorite "sucker-punch" pieces lately? Do you love having those pieces that make you smile in your closet? 


So Snappy!

Let's all give a "heck yes" to it being Friday shall we?! :) As you're reading this I'm still at Atlanta Americasmart and I'm going to guess that my feet are probably DYING after the miles of walking (literally)! This is the biggest show in the country and my boss and I are hitting every single booth looking for the next great item to bring in for the holiday season. Any guesses what we've found so far?

Alright, now let's chat Lilly Pulitzer & the must-have set you need! The past few collections from Lilly haven't done much for me, but this summer season she is pulling out all the stops (and making a big 'ol dent in my wallet)! Normally she doesn't do a lot of purple prints, but this season she created "So Snappy" (can you spot the turtles?!) and I quickly fell in love! Rather than go the traditional route of ordering a dress, I decided to purchase this tank and these shorts for a fun matching set! I love sets because you have the freedom to wear both pieces independently but you also can pair them together for a fun look too! This gives you all the look of a romper without leaving you naked when you have to you to the bathroom (#realgirltalk)! ha.

What are your thoughts on matching sets? Love 'em? Hate 'em? 

Beach Days are the Best Days

Coverup: c/o Cabana Life || Apple Watch || Black Halter Bikini Top: Target (last year, love this option) || Sandals: Jack Rogers Georgica Jelly

No matter what worries you may have on your brain, a day at the beach just takes them all away! I'm sure it's because I grew up by the waves and sand, but that soothing ocean roar just relaxes me to my core. It's like taking a deep breathe and exhaling all those worries right out!

The Florida sun is powerful this time of year too- I mean watch out gentle skin a sunburn is coming! ha. But seriously, us ladies have to protect ourselves from those powerful rays (and potential long-term damage like wrinkles & melanoma) so I love packing this festive Cabana life cover-up in my beach bag! Y'all know how much I love this company- not only are their pieces cute & on-trend, but they all have 50 SPF protection built in. I mean are my little tassel details not adorable?

Where do you go when you're clearing your brain? What's your special spot?

The Colorful Romper Your Closet Needs! + A $1000 GIVEAWAY

Romper: Lilly Pulitzer Klea Romper (can also be found here) || Sandals: Palm Beach Sandals || Tassel Earring: Fab'rik South Tampa || Clutch: Sophie & Trey (old, similar option here- under $25!) || Apple Watch

Hey y'all! There is not better way to start off a brand new week than this bright & happy romper! Summertime is basically synonymous with Lilly Pulitzer and I was smitten the moment I saw this brand new romper! As I'm sure you ladies can agree, off the shoulder tops can be hard to wear (hello limited range of arm motion)- so I love a sassy cold-shoulder! Another winning factor of this piece? The breathable cotton fabric (can I get an ah-men?)! This girl doesn't enjoy sweating in a poly-blend ;) All you need are some lightweight tassel earrings & your favorite sandals and you're ready for a day downtown. I'm definitely ready for more summer fun to come!

PS- Keep reading to the end of this post for an AMAZING $1000 giveaway!! Eek! So much fun!