old navy tunic review

Happy Monday lovelies! I don’t know about you, but I had a serious case of the Sunday scaries last night. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful beyond belief for a job but there are just some mornings that are rougher than others. Mornings are usually the only time when it’s actually cool outside and I love feeling those brisk autumn breezes in Dallas! We had some cooler weather last week so I thought I’d share this fall outfit with you today. I’m always on the look out for fall style basics and came across this Old Navy tunic that I absolutely love!

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Dallas fall weatherFor those of you wondering if my earrings are actually pumpkins, they are! It’s a week before Halloween and I intend to wear my juvenile Claire’s jewelry with pride. I thought this black tunic worked really nicely with my multi colored blanket scarf in fall colors. The best part is that the tunic was only $7 on sale! It’s super soft and comes in multiple colors. I bought this black one and a striped red one, which you’ll be seeing a lot of this season, to mix it up a bit. You can find the tunic here!

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My photographer/boyfriend took these fun candid shots of me! The wind was blowing and the back of my tunic blew up in the wind a bit. I love that they designed it with a little slit on both sides, it makes this Old Navy tunic so much more flattering! I’m pretty self conscious of my stomach area and anything too tight makes me feel funny. Everyone has something they don’t like about themselves, right?

Get to Old Navy before they sell out of these tops! They’re so affordable and you can wear them with so much. I’m already looking forward to the tunic-quilted vest combo I’ll be rocking when it stays consistently chilly in Dallas. Basic fall style is the easiest thing for me to pull off because it’s simple and doesn’t require me to stand in my closet for 30 minutes trying to figure out what to wear each day. That’s something we can all appreciate!

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must have bags for fall

Hey lovelies! Can you believe it’s already Wednesday? This week is going by so quickly! Supposedly this weekend it’s supposed to be a little chilly here in Dallas. I can’t wait to start wearing my classic fall clothes everyday! My quilted vests, warm blanket scarves, and riding boots are in my closet patiently waiting to be worn. One thing I’ve drug out of there that doesn’t need cool weather to be used is my favorite red Coach purse! It’s the perfect fall accessory and it never goes out of style. Plus, how fabulous are the gold straps?

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My closet tends to have lots of neutral colors and then random pops of pink and yellow (Lilly Pulitzer obviously). Having a pretty, shiny bag like this one adds so much to my outfits during the fall season in Dallas.Β I got it a few years back at a Coach outlet in Florida and it was 75% off so I spoiled myself and bought it! Unfortunately, they no longer make this particular bag but I’ve found a few others that are similar for you! No matter what climate you live in, a red bag is a must-have for your fall accessories! I chose several in a variety of price ranges depending on your budget. You shouldn’t have to spend a fortune to have something cute!

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date ideas in dallas

Happy Monday friends! It’s the hardest thing in the world to get up on a Monday morning, particularly after a fun weekend. David and I went down to San Antonio for the weekend to celebrate his sister’s birthday. Frankly, I’m already looking forward to next weekend because I’m so exhausted from this previous one! Every Saturday David and I usually have a date of some sort to just enjoy each other’s company. Sometimes it’s a little difficult to come up with date ideas that we both like though. Surprisingly enough, going to a pumpkin patch doesn’t get him too excited. Knowing that we aren’t the only couple that runs out of date night ideas, here’s a few that you and your man will love!

  1. Go to a football game! Here in Texas football is everyone’s favorite sport. Being the true Texan that he is, David loves the sport and would like nothing more than for me to enjoy it too. Unfortunately, it isn’t my favorite thing. However, being at an actual game is lots of fun! Head out to your alma mater’s big game and spend it cheering with your man!
  2. Enjoy Oktoberfest! If you’re a beer drinker, Oktoberfest is probably one of your favorite festivals. Why not go to your city’s event with your boyfriend?Β You’ll both have fun sampling different German beers and getting your hands on some delicious food!
  3. Get scared in a haunted house! Nothing terrifies me more than things popping out at me or chasing me, seriously playing tag as a child freaked me out! But it’s kind of fun to get a little scared with your man so he can put his arm around you. There are so many fantastic haunted houses out there this year, you’re sure to find one close by!
  4. Bake a pie! If you’d rather stay in, try baking an old fashioned pumpkin pie. Throw on a favorite Halloween movie (Hocus Pocus anyone?) and bake a pie from scratch. It’ll be a fun new experience for both of you and certainly something you’ll want to do every year!
  5. Host a bonfire! Invite your best friends over and do a backyard bonfire. Nothing is more fun or romantic than snuggling up next to a fire with your man! Bring some hot apple cider and marshmallows to roast for a cozy night with friends.

David and I love spending time together but finding things to do is always difficult, especially fall-themed things that don’t involve corn mazes or pumpkin spice lattes. Finding things that both of you enjoy is so important and David and I both hope this little list helps!

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low cal health drinks

It’s Friyay and I’m sharing with you some of my new favorite health drinks! Weekends tend to be the worst days for cheating on the 1200 calorie diet I’ve imposed upon myself. There’s just so much yummy, high calorie food around and I can’t help but eat it, especially when David wants to go get wings and watch a football game. I’ve more than likely eaten my weight in wings and fried pickles this year alone. One thing I can’t stand is adding more calories to my diet with things I drink. I’m replacing sodas and juice with a new health drink I’m in love with: Bai Antioxidant Water!

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If you haven’t heard of Bai drinks, they’re made from white tea extract and coffeefruit extract and loaded with antioxidants. They have several different flavors to choose from including these amazing coconut infused ones, which happen to be my favorites! I’m dying to try the “bubbly” ones they sell that are carbonated. I bet they would taste amazing poured over some crushed ice!

coconut and pineapple water

Bai drinks taste like you’re drinking something that’s higher in calories than it actually is. At 10 calories per bottle, you can drink a ton of these and not feel guilty! When I first saw them in Target, I was intrigued simply because I liked the packaging. I’m a marketer’s dream, what can I say? After tasting a few of the drinks, I’m totally hooked! Even my boss at work drinks them and got a few other people addicted too. They taste so refreshing and since I have a sensitive stomach, it’s one of the few drinks I can enjoy that won’t make me feel sick.

If you’ve tried other flavors, let me know which ones are your favorite! I’ll be headed to Target for my weekly “Target run” and I’m going to get a few more. I’d love some suggestions!

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Happy hump day, friends! This week has just been long and tiring and we’re barely half way through it. One of the hardest things about going to work in the morning is trying to figure out what I’m going to wear, especially if I haven’t done laundry in awhile. I’m a big fan of simple and easy to wear no matter what day it is though! For my outfit of the day, I took two basics and made a new classic to share with you!

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Everyone has a classic white blouse somewhere in their closet and I’m hoping that a few of you have an accordion-style pleated skirt too! This classic skirt will never go out of style because it looks so crisp and clean. I’ve even seen my style icon the Duchess of Cambridge sporting one on royal outings. If Kate Middleton’s wearing them, then so am I! This particular skirt I bought a few years ago at New York & Co. but I’ve also found quite a few on Poshmark and eBay. Having basic items like these makes dressing so much easier for my tired self every morning.

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To finish off the look, I’m wearing my favorite nude kitten heels from Nine West. I keep these stored under my desk to wear when I get to work because they go with literally everything I wear. Shocking, another classic piece of fashion, right? Nothing in my wardrobe will probably ever surprise you but I’ll always look good in whatever I’m wearing because I choose things that coordinate well together!

The key take away here is that staple items become your best friends when you haven’t had coffee yet! Classic style is easy and professional for the career girl in all of us.

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apartment halloween decor

Happy Monday! I hope your weekend didn’t fly by too quickly, but mine certainly did. Everyday when I get to work I’m half afraid to look at my task list. It’s usually so long! That’s why the weekends are so important to me- it’s the one time I actually have to relax and do the things I enjoy. For example, this weekend I got to spend a little time decorating my apartment for Halloween and fall! So far, I haven’t really shared much about my apartment or what I’ve done with it since moving in. Honestly, it doesn’t get much sunlight so it’s hard to photograph without the natural light. Today, I wanted to share with you a few photos I took of my apartment decor for fall!

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Probably my favorite decoration I put out was this adorable frosted glass Jack O’ Lantern! I love to put a candle inside it at night and just watch it flicker, it’s so pretty! The best part is that I got it at Marshall’s for $5.99. I love a good deal, especially on something that I know I’ll be using for the next few years. My mom has so many cute decorations like this that she found randomly and they’re some of my favorite things in the world! Traditional fall decor like her’s makes me me so happy!

Pumpkin spice latte art

Okay this may be my other favorite decoration! I went to a Wine & Design class and we painted this cute “Pumpkin Spice Latte” canvas painting last year. It’s so nice to hang up during this time of the year. I love when artwork can be used to represent the seasons because it blends in so well with the rest of my home decor. Plus, I love a good pumpkin spice latte! Don’t you?

chic gold pumpkins

Another little art project I completed a few weeks ago was painting this ceramic pumpkin gold. It was a cheap project to do (under $10) and kept me busy for a good 3 hours. How chic is gold this season anyway? Adding little gold things like this pumpkin around my apartment was the perfect way to keep the aesthetic I already had but still embrace the fall season. Plus, who can say ‘no’ to a Bath and Body Works candle?

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And last but not least, is my fall table centerpiece! I took a class at Michael’s Craft Store on how to create a fall centerpiece and it went really well if I do say so myself. Of course, I had lots of help from the professionals. My kitty cat, Petunia, has enjoyed trying to eat the fake berries off of the centerpiece and then bat them around the kitchen floor for me to step on. At least she’s ignored the pumpkin salt and pepper shakers my mom bought for me. Those are my favorites!

Leave me a comment with your favorite fall and halloween decorations! I love to see what other people do with their homes! Have a great Monday lovelies!

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