Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Neons & Pom Poms

If you follow me on Instagram, this picture/outfit may look familiar. I wore this dress a few weeks ago to go downtown and watch the Kentucky Derby (we never saw the race...). This was one of the first nice days we had and my roommate and I laid out in the grass because our pool wasn't open yet. Therefore, this was also the first sunburn of the season, so I have a little extra glow in these pictures :) 

I spotted this dress as I was running into T.J. Maxx to make a return. Can you ever go to that place to do only a return? I think it's impossible. Between the bright colors and pom poms, I had to have it. And, my first Rocksbox had just come in the mail and this necklace matched perfectly! It was all really meant to be. 

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Outfit details | Dress: T.J. Maxx (not online, love this & this) | Necklace: Rocksbox | Bag: Target (similar) | Wedges: Express (old) similar here & here

As always, thanks for reading! 
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Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday 5: Memorial Day Weekend

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Happy three day weekend! This weekend is supposed to be beautiful here in Nashville and I have my very first visitor coming tonight! I'll be doing some touristy things this weekend showing my friend the honky tonk scene and probably making a trip to the lake. Because now that I live in a landlocked state, I have to resort to lakes and man-made beaches :) 

Last weekend was one of the most fun weekends I've had in a long time. It was full of unplanned events, which I think makes the most fun days! I spent it dancing, laughing, making new friends and ended it on a spontaneous boat trip. It may have also involved two brunches in one day and a few cocktails. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to another fun weekend just like last weekend! 

This Friday Five (or... nine) are some of my Memorial Day essentials. And, almost every single item up there is on sale! I'm all about dressing for the occasion and on weekends like MDW and 4th of July I try to dress in red, white and blue all weekend long. It's just more fun that way! I plan on wearing those sunglasses (only $5!!) and bathing suit pretty much all weekend. 

I hope everyone has a fun and safe long weekend! 
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Five

Happy Friday! I literally feel like last Friday was yesterday and I couldn't even tell you one prominent thing that happened this week, time is just flying by! But I did book my first flight home to Connecticut this week and I've been setting plans in stone for all of my visitors for CMA Fest here in Nashville in less than a month!! I am so excited for some of my best friends and my brother to be in town. 26 days, if anyone is keeping track... 

Prom Story. If you didn't see this story in the news this week, here is one of the most feel good stories I've read lately. This sweet high school quarterback made a promise to a longtime friend with Downs Syndrome to take her to prom, and he did just that. It's so easy in high school to get caught up in being "cool" that this brought such a big smile to my face. 

Nick Fradiani. I will admit, I haven't watched American Idol in probably 10 years. But being from Connecticut, I had to watch the finale to see Connecticut's own Nick Fradiani win! It's so funny because I've seen Facebook postings and things for his CT based band for a couple of years now and now he won American Idol! And... he's actually good! I always love watching finales like these, I get so excited for the winner! 
Rocksbox. So, I finally gave in and subscribed to Rocksbox. And let me tell you, for $10 a month, it's so worth it! I somehow ended up getting two boxes in the same week, which was extra exciting! If you haven't heard of it, basically you get 3 pieces of jewelry in each box and you can choose to purchase them for a discounted price or just "loan" them for as long as you want and send them back when you're done! I am obsessed with this gorgeous Perry Street necklace. Also, you can get a free month from me with this link! May as well try it once, right? 


This Workout. I was sick this week, so when I couldn't make it to the gym one night, I opted for this at home workout. If any of you listen to Elvis Duran, Worst Assistant Anthony posted it on Wednesday and it was actually awesome! I did 2 rounds of it, but if I was feeling better I would try to do 3 or 4. And let me tell you, 2 rounds had me in a serious sweat. I'm definitely planning on adding this into my post cardio routine at the gym, too. 

Palm Leaf Jumpsuit. I have seen this TopShop jumpsuit from Nordstrom on multiple blogs and I am actually obsessed with it. I love the palm leaf print, and I love a good jumpsuit. It's been out of stock but it looks like it's back in select sizes! To splurge or not splurge... 

Have a good weekend, and thanks for stopping by! 
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Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday Five

Whew! This sure has been a week! Friday came here before I knew it, and I'm not complaining about that! This week I celebrated Cinco de Mayo Nashville style with live country music and not a drop of tequila or a Corona and officially became a Nashville resident (after over FOUR hours at the DMV)!! Now I get to carry around a makeshift paper license until my real one comes in the mail :) And, I don't want to jinx anything, but, I think it's officially summer here in Tennessee and I could not be happier. It's 90 today!! I'm seriously so excited and completely okay with sweating as soon as I step outside. This is what I've been waiting for! 

While I don't really know where this week went, I do know what I have been loving! 

Pandora Ad. I saw this a couple of weeks ago, but it seemed more appropriate to share the Friday before we celebrate all of our great mothers. 

Laughing baby. Okay, seriously, if you need a laugh, or just a smile, watch this. This baby's laughter and joy is so contagious. I love it! 

Be My Eyes. I heard about this on the radio the other day and thought it was so cool. This app allows blind people to use their smart phones to upload photos of things they need help identifying (i.e., the expiration date on milk) to the app and volunteers around the world can help them. A blind man himself developed the app, so I trust he knows what he's talking about! Such a simple way to help someone throughout your day or week. Read more about it here and download the app here

Baby Lips. On a more superficial note, I am obsessed with these chapsticks. I know I am late to the game on Baby Lips; I've seen them for years. I picked one up at T.J. Maxx the other day because it was $2.00 and why not. These have a slight tint to them, so they are less aggressive than full on lipsticks (lipstick still scares me, I'm trying to ease into it...) so these are perfect for me! And, they are super hydrating and are actually really great chapsticks. I got it in Pop of Pink, which is a subtle hot pink, if hot pink can even be subtle. 


Good Times. Shout out to Bobby Bones for playing this song by Ray Bonneville this week, because I've had it, by no exaggeration, on repeat. Over and over. It is such a feel good song and perfect for summer and driving with your windows down. Follow me on Spotify to see what else I'm listening to these days! 

I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy the nice weather if you're having it! And make sure to spoil all those moms out there :) 

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