How to Refresh Your Dining Room Tablescape

Hi everyone! I hope everyone had a Happy Easter! I know I am exhausted after this Easter weekend. We were extremely busy with family events and I feel like I can finally catch my breath. This year, I hosted my family Easter lunch at my house for the first time, so my family could check out our new house. All the preparation that goes into getting your house ready for company is no joke! I think I was literally running around like a crazy person all last week. But I am so picky about how my house looks when people come over… I think I drive Brandon crazy…lol One of the main things I made a point to do was to update my dining room table for spring. And since I didn’t have a lot of time, here’s a few quick tips for How to Refresh Your Dining Room Tablescape.  I love a good dining room tablescape. I feel like a great dining room tablescape can really make give your dining room a fresh look. Check out this post for how to refresh your dining room table.

1. Linens

Some people like table cloths, and they do look nice. But I wanted to keep it a bit simpler, so I added this really bright and festive table runner my mom gave me. I love the bright colors, and they are perfect for a fresh new look that will tie in with the plates.I also like that it’s almost made of a straw-like material, which is perfect for spring and summer.  I love a good dining room tablescape. I feel like a great dining room tablescape can really make give your dining room a fresh look. Check out this post for how to refresh your dining room table.

2. Plates & Glassware

Plates really set the stage for the look of the table. I always look for plates that are really unique and different, that also add a pop of color. Anthropologie is one of my favorite places to buy plates because they always have really unique designs that you just can’t find anywhere else. I found these melamine plates from Anthro and I fell in love with them! I love the bright colors and abstract floral design. I knew these would be perfect for spring and summer for the dining room table, and we could also use these for eating on the patio, without worrying about breaking them.    I love a good dining room tablescape. I feel like a great dining room tablescape can really make give your dining room a fresh look. Check out this post for how to refresh your dining room table.

To tie in the napkins, I mixed in my wine glasses that have a gold accent on them, and they really glam up the look, which y’all know I love. I like that it gives it a more fancy look, without being too overpowering and still keeps the bright colored plates the focal point. I also mixed in my vintage glass set that is perfect for filling the space on the table, and tying in the color from the plates. I added some of my printed ceramic bowls to give it a bit more interest and to fill in spaces that felt too empty.

I love a good dining room tablescape. I feel like a great dining room tablescape can really make give your dining room a fresh look. Check out this post for how to refresh your dining room table. I love a good dining room tablescape. I feel like a great dining room tablescape can really make give your dining room a fresh look. Check out this post for how to refresh your dining room table. I love a good dining room tablescape. I feel like a great dining room tablescape can really make give your dining room a fresh look. Check out this post for how to refresh your dining room table.

3.Napkins

Finding the right napkins to complement the look of the plates is important. I love these gold and white ones I found at Anthropologie around the holidays. You may like to use napkin rings and that would look great too,  but I didn’t have any that really matched this look well. Napkins either go on the left or in the center of the plate. So to make sure my plates stand out,  I decided to keep it to the left.

I love a good dining room tablescape. I feel like a great dining room tablescape can really make give your dining room a fresh look. Check out this post for how to refresh your dining room table.

5. Centerpiece

I have a long rectangular table, so I have a lot of space to fill in around the middle. I added a large, hot pink bowl in the center with some oversized fruit to give it a really bright and fresh look. With the table being so long, it needed something with height to balance out the bowl of fruit in the center, so I framed it with my turquoise vintage Imperial Glass vases that I bought at the longest yard sale a few years ago. These are one of my favorite vintage finds, and I love using them on my table. They are so pretty and airy looking. I talk more about these vases and how to use vintage in your everyday decor in this post.

I love a good dining room tablescape. I feel like a great dining room tablescape can really make give your dining room a fresh look. Check out this post for how to refresh your dining room table.

5.Fresh Flowers

The finishing touch whenever I’m having guests is always fresh flowers. It just brightens up the entire space, and makes everything feel really fresh and light. I like to mix in different kinds of flowers that are bright colored and will tie in with the colors of the room.The key for a nice flower arrangement is to find blooms of different sizes, with a good balance of large blooms and small blooms. Plus, it’s always important to have a bit of greenery in the mix.  Publix is one of my favorite places to buy fresh flowers, they always have a beautiful selection and the prices are pretty decent, too. Fresh flowers are always a nice touch to any dining room tablescape. I love a good dining room tablescape. I feel like a great dining room tablescape can really make give your dining room a fresh look. Check out this post for how to refresh your dining room table. So, there you have it. It doesn’t take a lot of work to dress up your dining room table for a fresh new look. So, there’s my tips for How to Refresh Your Dining Room Tablescape. What are your tips for updating your dining room table?

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Four of the Best Shoes for Spring

The perfect pair of shoes can really complete an outfit. Click to see 4 of the Best Shoes for Spring.

Hi everyone! I don’t know about you guys, but I have discovered I have a shoe problem.This warm weather has me in the mood for all the wedges and sandals and flats this spring. SO, I thought I would share 4 of the Best Shoes for Spring, that I recently purchased and have fallen in LOVE with.

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1. Valentino Rockstud Dupes by Wild Diva

The perfect pair of shoes can really complete an outfit. Click to see 4 of the Best Shoes for Spring.

I’m sure you guys have seen the fabulous Rockstud Valentino flats that are the perfect combo of edgy and classy all over the internet this spring. But, who am I kidding, even if I had a million dollars, there’s no way I could justify spending $900 on a single pair of shoes. When I came across these dupes on Amazon for $25, I HAD to have them. You guys.. they are seriously so perfect. They are fairly comfortable, although I wouldn’t wear them if I knew I was going to be doing a ton of walking. I have worn them to work several times and they are really great for an office look, but can also look really cute with jeans!  I love them so much. They look even better in person. I was also surprised by the quality of these.

The perfect pair of shoes can really complete an outfit. Click to see 4 of the Best Shoes for Spring.

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2. Betseyville Rockstud Gladiators

 

The perfect pair of shoes can really complete an outfit. Click to see 4 of the Best Shoes for Spring.

Ok, so the Rockstud trend continues..(Can you tell I’m obsessed?) I love the combination of the strappy look with the stud details on this shoe. Not to mention, they have a block heel, which is really trending right now for Spring. What I love most about these is that they are pretty comfortable to be heels, and they also are perfect for dressing up or down. Throw them on with a cute little dress (See how I paired them for an adorable Easter look here) and you’ve got a really classy, dressy look. OR pair them with jeans like I have here, and they can become a great statement piece for an outfit. I have worn these for a date night look and as a professional office look and they are so versatile, it’s awesome. I always look for a shoe that I can use to change up my look.

The perfect pair of shoes can really complete an outfit. Click to see 4 of the Best Shoes for Spring.The perfect pair of shoes can really complete an outfit. Click to see 4 of the Best Shoes for Spring.

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3. Madden Girl Indie Wedge Sandal

I came across these shoes in DSW when I was looking for a different pair of shoes, and I snagged them. They have so many adorable details. I love that they have the laces around the ankles. Between the tribal print detail, the pom poms, and the silver charms… I mean… they are just THE CUTEST. I was also pleasantly surprised how comfortable they are. This is a higher wedge than I normally would go for, but the platform on the front really helps so they don’t feel as tall as they look once you have them on. I’m so excited to wear these this summer with cute sundresses, white denim, and shorts! They are so much fun!

The perfect pair of shoes can really complete an outfit. Click to see 4 of the Best Shoes for Spring.

 

The perfect pair of shoes can really complete an outfit. Click to see 4 of the Best Shoes for Spring.

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4. Steve Madden Jaylen Wedge

This wedge I think is the IT shoe for Spring. It comes in three different colors: Black, Taupe, or Cognac. (See the taupe in my casual Easter look here). This is one of my favorite shoes I have purchased this season. I originally thought I wanted the taupe or the cognac, and had planned on ordering it from DSW. Then, I changed my mind and decided to go ahead and get the black pair that they already had in store because I really do wear a lot of black. I am so glad I did, because these are so chic. I love the contrast between the leather heel and strap with the suede fabric across the toes.They literally go with everything and are perfect for a casual look for the weekend or to wear with some cute ankle pants for the office. I’m going to stick with the black ones for now, and will decide if I order one of the other colors, as well.  I purchased mine for $60, but I definitely think they are worth the investment. Not to mention,  I have always had good luck with Steve Madden when it comes to quality. If you get any new shoes this spring, these are the pair I would get, for sure.

The perfect pair of shoes can really complete an outfit. Click to see 4 of the Best Shoes for Spring.

The perfect pair of shoes can really complete an outfit. Click to see 4 of the Best Shoes for Spring.

The perfect pair of shoes can really complete an outfit. Click to see 4 of the Best Shoes for Spring.

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Those are my 4 of the Best Shoes for Spring! These beauties are going to be on rotation in my Spring and Summer wardrobe. I have definitely been overdue for a new batch of wedges, because I tend to buy so many flats. All of these are comfortable, versatile, and would make the perfect statement for any Spring/Summer outfit.

 

Share your favorites in the comments below!

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3 Ways to the Perfect Easter Outfit

Hey guys! I can’t believe it’s already April. March has seriously flown by. And speaking of April, that means that Easter is right around the corner, and it’s time to comb through our closet to figure out what we’re going to wear. So, I’m sharing 3 Ways to the Perfect Easter Outfit to help you find an Easter look that matches your style!

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It's time to start planning those Easter Outfits. I'm sharing 3 Ways to the Perfect Easter Outfit for any Easter event.

1. Sunday Best

This look focuses on the more traditional side for Easter. A lot of people attend church service on Easter Sunday. This periwinkle crochet dress is a great soft color that definitely fits in with the pastel Easter color palette, and it feels very feminine and dressy. I love balancing this out with the nude sandals and handbag for an elegant look. Everyone’s church is different, so if you need to make this look a bit more modest, you could always add a white cardigan or blazer so that your arms are covered more. Also, these sandals are awesome dupes of the Rockstud Valetino sandals and are only $45 (instead of $900! Yes, please!) They are so comfy, and look even better in person! I would definitely recommend them.

It's time to start planning those Easter Outfits. I'm sharing 3 Ways to the Perfect Easter Outfit for any Easter event.

Dress: Francesca’s | Handbag: Red Camel | Shoes: Betseyville for Target

2.Cute & Casual

My family typically doesn’t attend church on Easter Sunday. We usually get together for a big lunch that day, and we usually have a small Easter egg hunt. So, a more casual look might work better for you. Sometimes a dress may not be practical for your event. These printed pants paired with a white peplum are perfect for creating a more dressed up look that’s comfortable and stylish.

It's time to start planning those Easter Outfits. I'm sharing 3 Ways to the Perfect Easter Outfit for any Easter event.

White Peplum: Express | Palm Print Pants: Old Navy | Shoes: Steve Madden

3. Soft and Feminine

Maxi dresses can be the most comfortable dresses ever, so they are definitely a perfect option for Easter. I think this look works for any Easter outing whether it’s a morning spent at church, Easter brunch with family, or even an Easter dinner for that matter. I love the soft pink colors contrasting with the brown leather shoes. Maxi dresses are great because they can be dressed up or down with the right accessories. Definitely a very versatile Easter look that’s perfect no matter how you’re celebrating.

It's time to start planning those Easter Outfits. I'm sharing 3 Ways to the Perfect Easter Outfit for any Easter event.

Dress: LC by Lauren Conrad | Purse: LC by Lauren Conrad | Shoes: Naughty Monkey

I’m loving the LC by Lauren Conrad collection at Kohl’s! I know I included two pieces from her line in this look, but I couldn’t resist incorporating them both because they are seriously perfect together.

I know that dresses seem to be typical for Easter style, but I am a firm believer to make your style work for you. If you’re not a dress person, don’t feel like you have to wear a dress because it’s Easter and that’s the norm. I think the best thing to do is to find what works for you and totally rock it. Maybe that’s a really cute pair of linen pants or  white denim. You do you and that’s all that matters.

How do you celebrate Easter?

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My Favorite Quick and Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad

This Cucumber Tomato Salad is perfect for the lazy girl who doesn't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. This salad takes about 10 minutes, and is perfect for a pool party, bbq, or side dish for a light lunch. Click to see the full recipe.

Hi guys! I love a good cold salad. They are perfect for making ahead for a light lunch, or to take to a bbq. Best thing about cold salads? The flavor gets better, as they sit in the fridge! I have about three cold salads that are my absolute favorite, and this Cucumber, Tomato, and Onion salad is definitely one of them! This is my spin on the Southern classic, and I love making this. Not to mention, it’s super easy. I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. And this one is perfect to throw together in about 10 minutes!

This Cucumber Tomato Salad is perfect for the lazy girl who doesn't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. This salad takes about 10 minutes, and is perfect for a pool party, bbq, or side dish for a light lunch. Click to see the full recipe.

What you’ll need:

2 tomatoes

1 onion

A handful of fresh basil

Pomegranate Infused Red Wine Vinegar

5-6 cocktail cucumber or 2 regular sized cucumbers

This Cucumber Tomato Salad is perfect for the lazy girl who doesn't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. This salad takes about 10 minutes, and is perfect for a pool party, bbq, or side dish for a light lunch. Click to see the full recipe.

 

Step 1: Slice Your Cucumbers

So, I like to wash my cucumbers off and just slice them and throw them in the bowl. If you like to peel your cucumbers and dice them up, that works too. It’s really all about preference with this. I used cocktail cucumbers, which makes it a little harder to peel the skin off the cucumbers. So just slice and dice how you like.

This Cucumber Tomato Salad is perfect for the lazy girl who doesn't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. This salad takes about 10 minutes, and is perfect for a pool party, bbq, or side dish for a light lunch. Click to see the full recipe.

 

 

Step 2: Dice up your tomatoes

After I wash my tomatoes, I like to dice them up rather than slice them so they are more bite sized. I used about two small tomatoes, but feel free to make this proportionate to your tastes. If you would rather have cucumbers than tomatoes, add less tomatoes, etc. I tried to keep everything pretty even for this.

This Cucumber Tomato Salad is perfect for the lazy girl who doesn't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. This salad takes about 10 minutes, and is perfect for a pool party, bbq, or side dish for a light lunch. Click to see the full recipe.

Step 3: Slice Your Onions

Slicing onions is the worst! Always makes my eyes water, and the onion I used was soooo strong. My eyes were watering like crazy, my mascara was running. It was not cute. I like to treat the onions the same as the tomatoes by dicing them up, rather than slicing. If you like onion, slicing might be better than you, but I’m more of a fan of dicing them rather than slicing because they are more bite-sized. I only used half an onion because this onion was so strong, but if you like a lot of onion, throw in the whole thing. 

This Cucumber Tomato Salad is perfect for the lazy girl who doesn't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. This salad takes about 10 minutes, and is perfect for a pool party, bbq, or side dish for a light lunch. Click to see the full recipe.

Step 4: Add Your Vinegar

I used about 3 tablespoons of the vinegar. I use the Pomegranate Red Wine Vinegar because it’s a light and refreshing flavor. You could definitely swap for Balsamic Vinegar, Regular Red Wine Vinegar OR White Vinegar, depending on your taste preferences. This recipe is super easy to make your own. I typically start with 2 tablespoons and then add more from there based on how it tastes. So add more, add less, whatever floats your boat.

This Cucumber Tomato Salad is perfect for the lazy girl who doesn't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. This salad takes about 10 minutes, and is perfect for a pool party, bbq, or side dish for a light lunch. Click to see the full recipe.

 

Step 5: Chop your Basil

I used about 6 leaves of basil. So two bunches the size of the basil in the photo below on the cutting board. I chopped it up really finely and then sprinkled over the top and mixed everything together.

This Cucumber Tomato Salad is perfect for the lazy girl who doesn't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. This salad takes about 10 minutes, and is perfect for a pool party, bbq, or side dish for a light lunch. Click to see the full recipe.

 

Step 6: Chill in the fridge for later, or grab a fork and enjoy!

If you’re making it ahead, you can put it in the fridge and all that flavor will soak in overnight and it will taste amazing! If you are too impatient and can’t wait, grab you a pretty bowl and a fork, and enjoy a super light, and low calorie side dish!

This Cucumber Tomato Salad is perfect for the lazy girl who doesn't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. This salad takes about 10 minutes, and is perfect for a pool party, bbq, or side dish for a light lunch. Click to see the full recipe.

This is one of my favorite cold salads, and what I love most is how easy and quick it is to make! I’m not about spending my day in the kitchen, so this is the perfect lazy girl recipe that’s sure to impress. Stay tuned for more cold salad recipes that I’ll be sharing with you guys!

What’s your favorite fast and easy recipe?

 






10 Things I Learned From My Southern Mama

Hey guys. I’m going to be totally honest. I originally had a completely different post planned for this week, but I wanted to change things up. I got to thinking about how my  mom is probably one of my best friends. We are so similar and we always have fun together. She’s the epitome of fabulous. So today, I want to share 10 Things I Learned from My Southern Mama.

Mom's know best. I always remember the advice and life lessons my mom taught me throughout the years. Click to read about the 10 Things I learned from my Southern Mama.

1. If you’re wearing lipstick, you can wear just about anything.

Ok, well maybe not anything. Like…wearing pajamas to Wal-Mart is never acceptable in my book. BUT, I remember my mom always telling me if I was wearing a color that maybe was too light for my skin tone, or was just a bit too neutral, she would always say,

“Put on some lipstick and you’ll be good.” Well, it really is true. Lipstick can just completely brighten up your look, and it always makes you look put together. Southern ladies always have a tube of lipstick on hand.

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2. Be thoughtful

My mom is the kind of person that will go above and beyond for someone, but doesn’t expect a thing in return. She’s the kind of person who will pick up a gift for someone because she saw it and it made her think of them. And I think she is the reason why I love giving gifts! She taught me the importance of not just picking up a gift card (don’t get me wrong, sometimes a gift card is just fine!), and that picking out a gift personally for someone really makes a difference. Even helping people when they don’t ask, or just doing something nice for someone because they don’t expect it. Definitely so important.

3. Always write a thank you note

This is something I am always trying to improve on, but I know is so important. My mom always stressed thank you notes when I was growing up and now I always have a stash of thank you notes in my desk. It really makes a difference when you buy someone a gift, or do something for them and they send you a handwritten note to let you know how much they appreciated it. It’s just a nice gesture that really says a lot.

Mom's know best. I always remember the advice and life lessons my mom taught me throughout the years. Click to read about the 10 Things I learned from my Southern Mama.

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4. There’s no such thing as being overdressed

Fashion has always been important in my house. Mom is always put together, and she taught me how to have great taste from a young age. One thing she always told me is to dress better than you think you should. But it’s so true. You only get one first impression, and whether we like it or not, people are visual and they remember how you present yourself. I have always valued being well-dressed, and I am always happy to put on a cute outfit for any occasion.

Mom's know best. I always remember the advice and life lessons my mom taught me throughout the years. Click to read about the 10 Things I learned from my Southern Mama.

 

5. Family is the most important thing

I am a HUGE family person. I have grown up with family being a huge part of my life.  My mom always emphasized family time when I was growing up, and not just our immediate family, but extended family too. I will always cherish those good memories I have of girls trips or holidays spent surrounded by family! I am so thankful and blessed to have been taught the value of family, and to truly have such a strong support system in my life.

6. Presentation is Key

Whether we like it or not, the way things look matter. Whether it’s how we dress, how we decorate our homes, how we put together our resumé, or the servingware we use for our dinner party, it’s all about the presentation. People appreciate a good detail, and it’s the little details that make you stand out. Going the extra mile to make everything look neat and put together really makes the difference.

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7. Manners are a lost art

Where do I begin with this. If you know anything about the South or if you’re from the South, then you KNOW that when it comes to manners, Southern mamas do not play around. It’s always napkins in your lap, yes ma’am, no sir, please and thank you. In a world that can sometimes think that “old fashioned manners” aren’t important, I am happy to have a mom who taught me how important they really are. Proper etiquette goes beyond keeping your elbows off the table, it’s how you communicate with people, it’s showing respect to your peers, it’s knowing when to speak, and more importantly, when to hold your tongue. People always notice good manners, and they will always remember how you make them feel. 

Mom's know best. I always remember the advice and life lessons my mom taught me throughout the years. Click to read about the 10 Things I learned from my Southern Mama.

 

8. If you don’t have time to do it right, you must have time to do it over.

I think I have this quote burned into my memory, because this is something my mom ALWAYS said to me. I’m so glad she did though, because we all have our lazy moments. It takes twice as long to be lazy and do something half-way then it does to get the job right the first time. There’s something to be said for doing a job right for the first time, and exceeding expectations. Having this mindset really will take you far in life. 

9. Go for your Dreams

I am so thankful that my mom has always supported my dreams, and she has always instilled in me to go big and chase after my dreams. Most moms would not be so welcoming to their daughter going to college for fashion, then changing majors to advertising, pushing them to study abroad, to move away from home, you get the idea. Basically, she’s always encouraged me to follow my dreams and is always making me believe I can do anything, as long as I work for it.

10. You create the life you want

This is sooo true. Mom always knows best. If mom taught me anything, it’s that we are in charge of our own lives and we can make our dreams happen for ourselves. It’s all about working hard, and never giving up. We are in the driver’s seat of our own life, and we can always choose the path we want to be on.

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Mom’s always know best, which is why I still call my mom for everything. You’re never too old to need your mom or ask her advice, and you definitely never forget all those little mom-isms that she would always remind you of growing up.

 

What are some of the lessons your mom taught you that you’ll never forget?

 

 






The Most Perfect Essentials for Your Spring Break Getaway

Hi guys! Today is all about spring break essentials. So…originally when I had planned this post, it was perfect timing for spring break season and the fact that the first day of spring is only a few days away. But then Mother Nature said JK, I’m feeling snowstorms and freezing temps, deal with it! 😳 So I’m treating this post as my own little escape to the tropics from this last spell of winter we are having, and I hope it gives you a little moment of sunshine despite the cold weather.

It's spring break season, and time to pack all the spring break essentials for that little vacay you have planned. Click here to see my picks for The Most Perfect Essentials for Your Spring Break Getaway!

1.Palm Print Poncho Coverup, Francesca’s |  2.Flamingo Float, Nordstrom |

3. Mahala Bracelet Stack, Baublebar | 4. Off the Shoulder Striped Top, Francesca’s

5. Pineapple Straw Tote, Express | 6. Pom Pom Sandals, Lulu’s

7. Pom Pom Straw Hat, Express | 8. Embroidered Swing Dress, Nordstrom |

9. Palm Print Swimsuit, Amazon | 10. Seaglass Bib Necklace, Baublebar

1.Swimsuit Cover Up

I am in love with this palm leaf print cover up from Francesca’s. I think it looks so chic and very Palm Springs. I think the one thing about investing in a great cover up is that it can really keep you looking put together while your out and about in your swimsuit. For example, say you’re at your resort and you’ve been lounging by the pool, but you and your girlfriend’s want to grab lunch at a restaurant. Throw on your coverup, some nice sandals and you’ve got a complete look that’s more than just a swimsuit and a pair of shorts. Definitely one of my spring break essentials, for sure.

2. Fabulous Floats

I am OBSESSED with these super fun floats that are happening right now. I featured the Flamingo, because I love flamingos. But, there are seriously so many cute floats it’s hard to choose just one. From pineapples, to slices of pizzas, to donuts there really is the perfect float for every personality. These also are perfect for those super fun vacation insta pics (no shame!) Just deflate for travel and you’re good to go!

3. Bright, tassel bracelet stacks

I am loving this tassel trend we’ve got going on for spring. Bright colors are also one of my favorite things. I think it works extremely well for beachwear and spring break looks in general, because it’s perfect for a fun, tropical, care-free vibe! I love that you can pair multiple bracelets together to create a really fun mix and match look.

4. Off the Shoulder, Nautical Stripes

Ok, so if you saw my post about Spring Trends, then you know I’m all about this off the shoulder look. I especially love it when paired with these nautical stripes for really crisp, beachy look. It looks so classic and elegant, yet effortless. This could be paired with shorts for a dressed down look, or some white denim and wedges for a dressier vibe.

5. Embellished Straw Totes

I love this twist on the classic straw tote. I’ve seen so many straw totes and clutches this season with the cutest embellishments whether it’s embroidery, pompoms or tassels, it’s such a fun spin on the typical straw beach bag. One of these totes will definitely take your poolside look up a notch!

6. Pom Pom Sandals

If you can’t tell, I really like the pom pom embellishment this season. I love how it brings a lot of different colors into this sandals which makes them extremely versatile. They will tie in with so many color schemes, and also work well as statement piece in a more neutral look.

7. Pom Pom Straw Hat

A hat at the beach is a must! Definitely important for keeping the sun off your face. While I love a good baseball cap (I always have one in my beach bag),  I think the straw hat is a more elevated look, and creates a more playful look. This hat can also be a great statement piece for a casual outfit: think shorts, a white blouse, and wedges.

8. Embroidery Swing Dress

I love this dress because it’s a more lightweight fabric and the bright colors really tie in with the bright and accessories that are trending. I also love that this can be dressed up or down. Add some wedges for more of a dinnertime look, or throw on some flat gladiator sandals for a laid back look perfect for shopping with the girls.

9. Palm Leave Swimsuit

I love this swimsuit for so many reason. One, I love the palm leaf print this year. I just think it looks really classic and elegant. I also love the high neckline of this swimsuit. It makes it a really low maintenance swimsuit that’s perfect for jet skiing or tubing, or basically anything where you’re going to be moving around a lot and don’t want to be adjusting your swimsuit. I also love the detail on the sides of the bottoms. It’s just a nice touch. I think this swimsuit could give kind of a weird tagline in the front, but I think as long as you rotated with a low cut swimsuit to even out the tanlines, it’s a perfect spring break swimsuit!

10. Seaglass Bib Necklace

I always love Baublebar’s jewelry. I love it because I think that turquoise in general is just a staple in summer fashion. I think that you can wear turquoise jewelry so many different way whether to create a really clean, beachy look or a really colorful and bold look, depending on what it’s paired with. Definitely think this could go with so many different looks.

So even though it’s super cold and winter-y in reality, I’m going to just stay in this spring break state of mind with these spring break essentials. I think there are so many fun vacation looks this season, and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these for my vacay, whenever the time comes!

What are your favorite spring break essentials?

 

 






Three of the Best Trends This Spring

Hey Guys! March is here, and spring is in the air! I’m so excited for sunshine, warm weather, and flowers everywhere! And with spring right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start talking about the best trends this spring. There are so many looks trending this spring, but I’m sharing three of the best trends this spring that anyone can wear! Plus, you can get my free Spring Style Guide featuring spring trends anyone can wear, for under $100.

So let’s get into it:

1.Pink

Think pink this spring! Pink is definitely always in my color palette, and is one of my favorite colors. So of course I’m all about an excuse to add even more pink to my closet. I think what’s great about this trend is you can choose what shade of pink works best for you. Don’t like super bold, vibrant pink? That’s okay, you can stick to a more neutral blush shade. I think with seasonal trends, it’s important to take a trend and make it work for you and your style.

Spring is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to talk about the best trends this spring. Check out my take on these trends for spring.

Pink Henley, Loft | Ruffle Sweatshirt, Express | Hot Pink Blazer, Vici

2.Statement Sleeves:

I am all about making a statement, and I love a good detail.👌🏻Which is why I am loving this sleeve trend this season. Off the shoulder tops, one shoulder tops, cut outs, ruffles and volume. There’s something for everyone and every occasion. There’s so many different options for this to find what works for you. I love that you can take a bell sleeve top like the one below, and create a really professional look for the office, and then throw on an off the shoulder top for date night. Definitely one of my favorite trends for spring!

Spring is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to talk about the best trends this spring. Check out my take on these trends for spring.

Pleated Bell Sleeve Oxford, Banana Republic | Off the Shoulder Pineapple Blouse, Anthropologie | Yellow Pom Pom Blouse, Nordstrom

3.Utilitarian Basics

This trend is perfect for those of you who love to keep it simple, classic, and elegant. Classic silhouettes and neutral looks, with a modern twist are perfect for work or play this season. Simple clean lines make this trend particularly fitting for the office. You can make this trend work for you with oxford shirts, classic trenches, and army jackets. Layering basics like a button down with an army jacket or a trench and paring it with jeans can take an otherwise more professional look and make it look effortless and easy. There’s a lot of different options to make this look work for you.

Spring is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to talk about the best trends this spring. Check out my take on these trends for spring.

Textured Coat, Old Navy | Paper Bag High Waist Chinos, Gap | Utility Jacket, Vici 

Want to hear more styling tips and trends for spring? Get my full style guide featuring 3 more of the best trends this spring with looks under $100.

 






The Best Drugstore Beauty Products That You Need Right Now

Drugstore beauty products get a bad rap. But the truth is some of my favorite beauty products can be found for 10 dollars or less in the cosmetics aisle.

Hi guys,

Drugstore beauty products get a bad rap. I know there’s nothing like treating yourself to a new palette from Sephora, but some of my favorite beauty products are straight from the cosmetics aisle at the drugstore, y’all. From eye shadows, to lip colors, to mascara, some of my go-to products cost about 10 bucks or less. A steal, right? Here are a few of my faves:

 

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

TruNaked Palettes by Covergirl

I am seriously loving the TruNaked Palettes by Covergirl! They have several different ones, but my FAVES are the Goldens and the Nudes. They are perfect for day or night! These are seriously in my main rotation.

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

TruNaked Nudes

I love that I can achieve a really natural look with these. I would say that these are more of a daytime look, as they are really neutral, but they are great for achieving a clean and simple look. Definitely a palette that can work on a variety of skin tones.

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

TruNaked Goldens

This is seriously a go-to for me. I have green eyes, and golden tones really bring out my eye color. I love that this palette also has bronzes and hints of green. They are fabulous. I have found that these stay on all day, and the neutral colors are perfect for blending and it’s also a great mix of colors for day and night! Definitely a favorite of mine.

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint

I have always been a fan of Neutrogena. I love their facial cleansers, and I have always used their products since I first started wearing make-up. I have sensitive skin, and I have always had great luck with their products. I always wore Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Enhancers Tinted Moisturizer and one day when I was intending on buying that I came across this new product, and I have really enjoyed it! It has great moisturizing qualities, and has great coverage without looking heavy. I love that it gives an almost dewy look to the skin, and the doe foot applicator is great for applying the right amount to the right areas.

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

Revlon Highlighting Palette Rose Glow

This is still one of my blush/bronzer highlighter combos. I love how shimmery it is, and I always feel like I have a really nice glowing look whenever I wear it. I typically apply this in the shape of a 3 starting at my forehead, cheek bones, and down to my chin. I do this on both sides, and it creates a really nice bronzed and glowing look. I have used both of these colors and love them. The Rose Glow is a bit lighter for a rosy finish, but I enjoy the Peach Glow during the summer, when my face is a bit more tanned. Definitely a must for your make-up bag!

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara

This mascara is a great lengthening mascara! I am a big fan of it in waterproof. I love that this mascara make my lashes look long and luscious without clumping. This is a great finishing touch to your look to make your eyes look bright and bold! Definitely one of my fave mascaras!

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

 

Covergirl Outlast Lipcolor in Eternal Flame

This is seriously my go-to lip color when I need a long wear lipstick. Literally it stays on all day. Like if I don’t wash my make-up off before bed and I’m wearing this, I will literally still be wearing it in the morning. It’s that good. My only drawback is that it tends to dry my lips a bit, but I love the moisturizing top coat. It’s great to reapply throughout the day to maintain the glossy look. Definitely always in my makeup back for a statement red lip that will stick around all day.

 

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

 

These products always have a place in my make-up stash. Sometimes the price doesn’t determine the quality of the product and you don’t have to spend a fortune to look amazing. It’s all about finding those products that deliver a lot for less. There are tons of really amazing great drugstore beauty products, and it’s so much fun to experiment and find that are good enough to fill your make-up bag.

Drugstore Beauty Products often get a bad wrap. But some of my favorite products are found in the cosmetics aisle for less than 10 dollars.

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What are your favorite, go-to drugstore beauty products?

 






Five Things That Are On My Wish List Right Now

Hey Guys! February has been so busy, and filled with lots of love. And speaking of love, this week I’m sharing some of the things that I am LOVING this month that are definitely on my wish list! 

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1. Sugar Fix by Bauble Bar x Target

When I heard Target partnered with Bauble Bar to create a jewelry line, I knew it was going to be good. This collection went above and beyond my expectations. I am in love with so many pieces! From the chokers to the bibs to the bracelets, I’m obsessed and want to load all of it in my cart and take it home! A girl can dream, right? Although it was super difficult, here are a few of my fave pieces


1. Beaded Collar Necklace 2. Layered Choker Necklace in Gold 3. Beaded Collar Necklace in Yellow 4. Crystal Floral Statement Necklace

2.Drybar Guide to Good Hair for All: How to Get the Perfect Blowout at Home by Ali Webb

It seems like everywhere I look there’s a new Drybar product. I had heard of Drybar, but didn’t know as much about the brand until I listened to an episode of Girlboss Radio where Sophia Amoruso interviewed the founder of Drybar, Ali Webb. The story of Drybar was so inspiring to me, because the business started as a mobile blow out business where Ali went to customers’ homes and gave them blowouts. I love that they really revolutionized the blow out and turned that into their business model. And because I am always looking for ways to make my hair look better, because I feel like I really struggle with hair styles! I am dying for this book to learn how to give myself an amazing blowout from home, the Drybar way!

Find the book at Amazon here.

3. CALIA by Carrie Underwood

So I have browsed the Calia section at Dick’s Sporting Goods a time or two. I love this line by Carrie Underwood. The other night, Brandon and I went to Dick’s to pick up a squat rack that he ordered, and while he picked up his order, I found myself in the Calia section. I seriously love ALL of it! There’s so many great pieces that are great because they are really versatile and high quality. All the fabrics are amazing, and the pieces can work as workout gear or can be pulled off as a nice athleisure look. Definitely very stylish.  I have decided that my reward for reaching my fitness goals is to give myself a shopping spree to buy Calia by Carrie Underwood workout wear! Here are few of my fave pieces.


1. Extended Heel Legging 2. Striped Double Layer Tank Top 3. Effortless Ballet Heather Wrap Sweater

4. Peep Toe Booties

Spring is just around the corner, which in Alabama means lots of really unpredictable weather! I think these peep toe booties are a great transitional piece for spring, and can even carry through into the summer. I mean, these would be super cute with shorts, too! Here are a few of my faves. I can’t wait to snag a pair!


1. BP. Bootie | Nordstrom 2. Kristin Cavallari | Nordstrom 3. Sam Edelman | Belk

5. Kopari Coconut Multitasking Kit

Find it at Sephora here.

There are so many great products out right now, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a few of these.

What’s on your wish list right now?






The Must-Have Essentials for Girl’s Best Friend

Hi guys!

It’s about to get warm and fuzzy on Life Made Fab, y’all. Because today we are talking pups! And with this month being all about love, it’s only natural we talk the best kind of love: puppy love! So, I got my Goldendoodle, Finn, when he was just 12 weeks old, and now that he’s a year old, I have definitely figured out my favorites when it comes to all the dog accessories!

 

Here are some of my must-have accessories for your furry friend:

One of the best parts about getting a new puppy is all the fun shopping to buy all the fun stuff they need. Read more to see all my puppy must-haves! Puppy Must-Haves | Best Puppy Toys | New Puppy| Getting a new puppy | Puppy Tips | Puppy Supplies | Puppy Checklist | New Puppy Checklist | Shopping for a New Puppy

1. Donut Plush | Amazon 2. Good Dog Toy Bucket | Harry Barker 3. Tassel Leash | Chapman at Sea & Turquoise Bungee Leash | Amazon 4. Bandana Collar | Petswag 5. Kong | Petsmart  6. Canoe Bed | Ellen Degeneres for Petsmart  7. Animal Print Bowl | Target

Puppy life is no joke. I was living alone in my first big-girl apartment when I got Finn, and oh boy was having a puppy a wake up call. It was almost like having a little furry baby. He didn’t sleep through the night, he chewed on my rugs, and he ate my socks (not joking! He STILL does this…forever a puppy). Now that Finn’s got settled into our family, I love going back and looking at all the photos I have when he was a puppy. I mean…he was the cutest! But I also remember going shopping the night before I got him. I had so much fun picking out his collar, his bed, the toys he could snuggle up with, and all the fun stuff. To help you stay on track while you’re shopping for your new little fluff, here’s a complete checklist of all the supplies you may need:

One of the best parts about getting a new puppy is all the fun shopping to buy all the fun stuff they need. Read more to see all my puppy must-haves! Puppy Must-Haves | Best Puppy Toys | New Puppy| Getting a new puppy | Puppy Tips | Puppy Supplies| Puppy Checklist | New Puppy Checklist | Shopping for a New Puppy

Even now that he’s over a year old, I still spoil him with fun toys and cute accessories. He’s our baby after all. And they always make it easy to spoil them, don’t they?Even if you know they are probably going to rip that adorable chew toy you bought to shreds… At least they had fun, right? There’s nothing like seeing those tails wagging and that sweet smile on their faces right?

How do you like to spoil your pup?