Thursday, April 27, 2017

OTS Red Ruffle Top + Flared, Cropped Pants

Red OTS TOP ($70!) Similar tops HEREHERE ($30!!) & HERE ($32!). Flared, cropped black PANTS. Similar styles HERE & HERE w/ pom-poms! Gucci PURSE

Here we go. It's Friday once again, & I bet you have all kinds of cool weekend plans ahead! I've spent my time back in Arkansas (since returning from NYC) attempting to unpack & repack for the big move. No one really warns you about everything that goes into a cross-country move. And I thought NYC rent was expensive... let's talk about shipping! 

Enough about that! Let's talk about today's #ootd. It's all street style in this look in Washington Square Park--my new stomping ground for grad school! Eeek! This OTS top is not only a great summer transition top, but one you can wear year-round. It's lightweight but has long sleeves. I love the ruffled front, and it even has a tie to create a little bow. Best part about this top is it's only $70! Perfect for packing because it doesn't take up any space. 

Now for the pants... and let me just say, these are yoga pants you are allowed to wear in public. I'm not kidding. They literally are the most comfortable pants I have ever worn. They flare at the bottom. Making this look the simplest to dress up for a night out when you add some pointy-toe pumps. 

This look is simple and chic, and one you won't want to miss out on for spring. I can definitely say it's one I'll be taking back to the city with me. 

Speaking of city, I've been scouring the internet for furniture. This has to be one of the most fun yet most stressful parts about moving. It's hard to believe it's coming up so soon. 

This weekend I'm headed to one of my best friend, Julia's, bachelorette party. Instead of going out, we are spending the weekend in a cabin on the lake. It's going to be the perfect relaxing weekend with friends, and I cannot wait! 

I hope you have a happy weekend! xx

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Three Perfect Summer Looks From I Do Declare Boutique

Ok, so I've been a little out of pocket these last few days... who am I kidding, I've been A LOT out of pocket! I just got back home to Arkansas from New York City where I spent the last few days apartment hunting. So many people stressed to me the difficulty in finding an apartment in the city, and boy, they weren't kidding! Luckily, I left with a lease signed on the most adorable apartment, and I couldn't be happier! 

Side note: I've already had several people message me about tips on moving to the city. If you are needing help or have questions on what I found easiest in searching please don't hesitate to shoot me an email or Instagram DM! I'm more than happy to help out. Trust me, I was texting everyone I know in NYC before heading up to look. 

Sooo... I'm very excited to show you these three ADORABLE & AFFORDABLE looks from I DO DECLARE BOUTIQUE. My sweet friend, Emily Cole, from college runs the most adorable boutique out of Central Arkansas. She also has a BLOG so be sure to check her out! I stopped by the boutique to pick out a few things before my beach trip last week, and just had the hardest time deciding on what to take because EVERYTHING is so cute! I finally settled on these three pieces. 

The first is the most precious red top. The straps tie at your shoulders in bows. Perfect to adjust the length to your body. It buttons down the front and has straps on the side that you can wrap and tie to whatever style you like. It makes the top have the cutest peplum shape, too! Pair this with a denim skirt or some white jeans for the perfect look. Since I was at the beach, I added a fun beach hat and matching beach bag! 

The second look is probably my new favorite romper. This is my kind of summer look! It ties in the front and has a small cut out. This is the perfect look for a day shopping around Seaside square or dinner out with the girls! I feel like the flowers also perfectly match the ocean... I'm thinking beach pics?? 

The third dress is SO MUCH FUN! Ok, so this OTS dress is all teared ruffles, and you know I'm a fan. I can't help but do a little dance in it! This dress is one that would be flattering on anyone, and it's not too short! 

Big thanks for Brenna Kneiss for the photos! 

Now that I'm back in good ole' Arkansas, I'll be spending the next couple weeks organizing my life and packing up to become a New York resident for real! It's crunch time, and everyday reality sinks in more and more. 

Have a great week! Sending lots of love. xx 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

30A Travel Guide & Beach Instagram Roundup

Oh Seaside! Who else is a fan of the Truman Show? Because this quaint beach community is the actual location of the town from the film! 
This is one of my favorite places to visit. A must-eat would be Great Southern. I love their shrimp and grits. They put a delicious spin on all your southern favorites. 

The square also offers other delicious eats and cute shops! My favorite store is Willow! They also have a location in Rosemary Beach! The Seaside square also hosts concerts and entertainment throughout the summer.  

Favorite desert stop would have to be Blue Mountain Creamery in Blue Mountain! I can never get enough of their award-winning chocolate ice cream! Their waffle cones are also made fresh daily! 

This dress is linked to the widget below! 

Pom pom HAT. Orange, neoprene one-piece with cutouts HERE ($53!) 

One-shoulder DRESS (only $23!) Pom pom HAT. JADEtribe Beach BAG --available for giveaway on my Instagram!! 

Swim TOP & BOTTOMS. I am just crazy for this set! It also comes in white! 

Emily was too sweet to let me borrow this dress for my beach trip! It's my very favorite of all her dresses, and since she's pregnant she was nice enough to let me play dress-up!  Maybe I should make her come to New York to get it back! Shop this dress HERE

Free People dress (with built-in shorts) PLAYSUIT. This comes in blue & pink! I absolutely LOVE this piece! All the luxury of wearing a dress but the casual-ness of a romper! 

This photo is taken right outside of my all time FAVORITE 30A restaurants--Chan's Wine World in Watercolor! They have such a great menu for lunch and dinner--complete with salads, sandwiches, pizza and more! I am a huge fan of the Baby Blue salad and the chicken salad sandwich. 

This swim top is from Triangl, and the shorts are already linked to this post! I got my coconut from the 30A Coconut Hut in Seaside! It's such a cute place and they sell coconut water in actual coconuts. I had strawberry added to mine! YUM! 

Don't miss out on my giveaway happening over on my Instagram on this GREAT JADEtribe bag! It's the perfect beach or around-town bag! Giveaway winner will be announced on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. so hurry and register! This bag is valued at $200! 

Black ROMPER from Free People ($88). Wide brim HAT with black band from Free People ($78). 

This picture was taken at the iconic Red Bar in Grayton Beach. This 30A staple is only a short bike ride from our beach house, and a place we never miss out on. They have a board menu with about 5 items and live music every night! You better go early because the wait can be long, but I promise you won't be disappointed, and you'll be coming back again next time you're in town! 

Another newer hotspot to each in Grayton beach is Chiringo! I tried it for the first time last week and was highly impressed! The menu is your typical beach food but with an organic twist! 

Boohoo OTS TOP ($38). One Teaspoon cut off SHORTS on Revolve ($99). Valley Wolves SUNGLASSES

This is a picture of the house my parents built. I think my mom did a fabulous job designing it! We have so much fun riding bikes and laying out. I never seem to get tired of my visits here. 

I think it's time you booked your trip to 30A! I truly believe it is one of the most beautiful places our country has to offer. There is no place I have ever felt more relaxed or at ease. The people are happy and friendly, the food is delicious, there are countless outdoor activities to partake in and the beach is unbelievably gorgeous. 

I'll give an update on Alys beach and Rosemary in upcoming posts! 

I hope you all plan a beautiful, relaxing vacation! I'm sure you need it! xx 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Blue Striped Top & Blue Striped Skirt Combo

Ruffle, striped TOP in blue ($54!!). Ruffle shirt via Chicwish in PINK ($54!). One-shoulder ruffle shirt in blue by MLM Label HERE | Blue & white striped, ruffled mini SKIRT ($68). Similar skirt HERE on Nordstrom via Topshop ($60!--SO CUTE!). SHOES by Jeffrey Campbell.

Hi friends! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend! I know I sure did. Any reason to gather with family is a great time in my book! After church, family and friends gathered at my parents' house for lunch. When I was a little kid, Easter was a HUGE event. Since I grew up with about 18 close first cousins our Easter egg hunt was a big deal. It was quite the show to see us scattered across the yard and fighting for the most eggs! Now it seems like more of my cousins are starting to have kids of their own. It'll be fun to see that tradition continue with the next generation in our family! 

Ok, so this outfit. I bought this skirt while in San Fran with my best friend, Laura. I really haven't been able to pass up the blue stripes these days. I took it back home to Arkansas and noticed it matched (but not too closely) to my one-shoulder, ruffle blue top! I was inspired to try them on together & decided this is a look I LOVE! 

Both pieces are striped and ruffled. The blue stripes on the skirt are a bit lighter than the top. I really like this contrasting look, and it adds a little different element than the typical matchy-matchy.

This top is undoubtedly a HOT piece for the season. This one is cheap and from Chicwish. I linked this blue one and it's pink sister above and to the widget below! The pink is really fun, too, AND great for summer! 

Also, these shoes! Jeffrey Campbell is always winning when it comes to shoes. He really can't go wrong. These come in several colors so shop up! 

Easter is a great time to step back and be reminded of the ultimate sacrifice Christ made for us. A sacrifice He made selflessly, once and for ALL. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in all we've done wrong. Knowing there is nothing too big that Christ's sacrifice can't cover is such wonderful re-assurance. 

Sending you love on this Monday! xx 

Friday, April 14, 2017

One-Shoulder, Gingham Dress

One-shoulder, gingham DRESS (under $88!). Similar one-shoulder, gingham dress HERE. Christian Louboutin PUMPS in black. Steve Madden PUMPS (under $100). Red statement EARRINGS by J.Crew on Nordstrom. 

There's no denying, gingham print, ruffles and one-shoulder tops & dresses are on the HOT list for this summer's trends! I'm jumping on the bandwagon hard because what's not to love??? 

I'm just crazy about this one because of the great red detail on the ruffle and bottom! The shape is very flattering, too! Best part of this dress is it's only $88! The perfect look for a summer wedding! 

I'm also wearing my favorite earrings... and I mea FAVORITE! Even though they are red I wear them with SO many different colors. They are a great statement piece for any look & they are so light! 

Speaking of earrings, I've pretty much had to stop wearing them all together these days. It's a huge bummer because earrings are by far my favorite accessory. My piercing hole is so stretched out it's getting dangerous to wear any. I'm really considering contacting a plastic surgeon to get them closed up and re-peirced higher later on. I didn't even know till recently it was something you could have done, but I'm extremely interested. 

Mom, Mila & I are having a blast at the beach. The weather is perfect. I'm sold on coming in April--you beat the heat and the crowds. 

Happy Friday & weekend, friends! xx

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Green Lace Dress

"Just Like Honey" Mini DRESS by Free People (comes in 3 colors!) | Jeffery Campbell WEDGE Sandal. 

Hola Chicas! Today I am feeling all the Coachella vibes in this very desert-esque location outfit shoot! I had WAY too much fun doing this! 

So this outfit is very short, sweet and to the point. I am wearing Free People's "Just Like Honey" mini dress with Jeffrey Campbell wedges. These are last season's, but this season's are just as cute (maybe even cuter??) & linked above and to the widget. These are some of the hot shoes of the season so I would definitely give them a look-see. They also come in a few different colors to match your closet! 

This dress is fun, flirty & light. The perfect look for some errands, night out, beach trip... you name it! It also comes in white and orange as well! So you really can't go wrong. The back dips low, and it has two spaghetti straps on each side. It's just perfect, and it's one dress I'm definitely glad I bought. I am wearing a size 4, and it's a little spacious. 

So although these photos may indicate otherwise, I am currently soaking up some sun at the beach with my mom and pup, Mila, right now. We came for a very quick post-work/ pre-move trip for a few days. It's amazing how much stress can immediately be released when on the beach. Not to mention, the weather is incredible. I swear this is the best time of year to come! I'm thinking about doing a 30A shop/eat guide on the blog later this week! Too many great places to not share the details! 

Sending you love on this Wednesday! xx