1545787_10203348857948079_1388859174_nSometimes the only thing a girl needs is her mom. And I am no exception to this. Of course, a girl needs her dad too, but often enough I find that mom is the only thing that will do. During my growing up years I didn’t quite realize what a blessing it is to have a mom (because not everyone does). After I went away to college it became more apparent how much I needed her. She’s my best friend, sometimes worst enemy, but always the most important lady I know. Here are 6 things that I love about her.

1. The way she makes our house smell so good

Have you ever walked into someone’s home and noticed how good it smelled? Coming home from school I got to experience it quite often. She always had a candle of some sort burning. Usually it was something with cinnamon in it. During the fall, she always has something burning that smells like pumpkin.

2. Home cooked meals

Its becoming increasingly rare for people to have home cooked meals on a regular basis. My mom is an amazing cook (though she doesn’t think so). Recently, she’s been trying a few new recipes out from Food Network’s Ina Garten. Several of them have quickly become family favorites. If however, we do not like it, we joke that at least its made with love!

3. Her sense of humor

I’ve been around moms (and dads) who literally have no sense of humor when it comes to what their kids or their kids’ friends are saying. You know this type I’m sure, they take everything literally! In my home we always joke around and act goofy. It really throws some people off how we act around each other. Teasing is an everyday occurrence and no one is off limits.

4. Her hugs

Warm and inviting, need I say more?

5. How she still comes to my room to say good night

Hopefully most children had the experience of bed time stories and good night hugs. While we don’t have ‘story time’ anymore, mom still comes to my room to say good night and give me a hug. This may sound childish to some of you but for me, its the most comforting thing in the world.

6. She always knows when something is wrong

I don’t have to say anything and she knows. The best part is she will stop whatever she’s doing and help me figure out my problems. It may take hours but she doesn’t give up!

Thanks mom for being the best parent a kid could have! I really was blessed to be your daughter!


Vera_BradleyI absolutely hate paying airlines to check my luggage. I paid enough for my flight as it is, do I really have to pay to take my stuff with me too? Apparently the answer is yes. Well, this time around I’ve found a way around that. Tomorrow I head to the land of tourism and sunshine for vacation. I’m spending a week in Orlando, FL visiting my boyfriend and a few friends. One of the hardest things about packing for a vacation is knowing what activities you’ll be doing while you’re there. I’ve packed outfits that can work for many different events and be dressed up or down. Read on to see what I packed!

Florida Bound!

1. Bottoms

I packed mostly white shorts/capris because they will match anything! I also packed some Cute_Shortsjean shorts for a more casual look and athletic shorts for days that may require athletic clothes. All of these are very versatile and allow me to change the look of my outfit without changing everything.

2. Tops

Cute_TopsI picked things that can work for both day and night. The black and white striped top can be worn with white shorts or capris. The light purple top is 3/4 length sleeve and a very light fabric and can be worn with white/jean shorts and dressed up or down for day or evening activities. The silver tank top is best for evenings out and looks particularly good with the white capris. The white tank top works with any combination of shorts. The coral top is also 3/4 length and light fabric and once again can be worn with any combination of shorts (except for the athletic shorts) and dressed up or down with the right accessories! Finally, the yellow top is a tank and looks best with the white shorts and capris.

3. Dresses

The coral dress is mid length and 3/4 length sleeve and looks great with nude pumps or flats. It can be worn for day and Little_Black_Dressnight depending the accessories and shoes.  The black lace dress is one shoulder and also looks nice with the same nude pumps.

4. Accessories

I brought with me a pearl necklace and matching earrings (seriously, what doesn’t look Jewelry_Accessoriesgood with pearls?) I also brought a large statement necklace that pairs well with almost every outfit. Additionally, I brought dangly earrings in blue to work with both coral pieces in my wardrobe. The multi colored earrings will also work with any of the outfits I brought. Finally, to add a nautical touch to my casual outfits, I brought navy blue anchor earrings.

Also, not pictured is my cross body Coach bag (for days when I don’t want a big bag to carry), navy blue Sperrys, nude pumps, and silver sparkly strappy sandals. The Sperrys are great for my casual outfits (I’m also wearing them on the plane to reduce weight in my carry on) while the pumps and sandals are nice for a dressed up look or brunch with the girls 😉

5. Little extras

Obviously bring your underwear, socks, bras blah, blah, blah. Don’t forget your bikini too! I bought mine in a magenta color that can be mixed with my navy bikini pieces. For this trip, I don’t want to add a lot of weight to my luggage (25 pound limit!) so I’m only bringing the magenta bikini. Also, don’t forget your flat iron or curler. Be aware of weight limits so you may have to choose between them (yikes, you can do this!)

Bonus: I’m bringing my laptop, make up, and Vogue in my tote bag (yes, it does fit under the stupid seat in front of me madam flight attendant!) Most airlines allow you the carry on to be stowed overhead and a laptop bag/large purse to go underneath the seat in front of you.

As for my outfit tomorrow, I’m sporting a navy blue tank top underneath a mint colored hoodie with those white shorts I mentioned earlier.

Am I missing anything? Any things you might take with you? Let me know in a comment below!



Lazy days

Designer in the Family!

This is a little something my sister designed a few months back on Polyvore. I love this outfit and would totally wear this for a cozy day at home. She loves to create sets and do crazy make up! She’s really talented and creative go check her out! Link here!
She is also in several ‘fandoms‘ as she calls them (Doctor Who, Super Natural, Hunger Games, Once Upon a Time…) and she creates sets based on those characters. 
More from me to come tomorrow… Surprise vacation this weekend and a few tips on light packing!

Summer is coming and it has crept up on us yet again. As I look in the mirror I can see a few improvement areas, particularly around my thighs (a trouble spot). However, I know better than anyone else that getting your bum off the couch and getting to the gym is one of the hardest things you will do in an average day. Some people live for the gym and I’m forever jealous of them! 
What can we do to motivate ourselves to hit the gym? I think I’ve come up with a few ideas. Read on. 
1. Get a gym bag
Seriously, who doesn’t love getting a new bag of some sort? I’ve been browsing Dick’s Sporting Goods and they seem to have quite the assortment of awesome gym bags to choose from.
2. Put together a great gym outfit
Girls (and guys) should try and look presentable at the gym. I enjoy looking cute though. Go find some athletic shorts in your favorite color and a new tank. While you’re at it, indulge yourself in a new pair of running shoes. They don’t have to cost hundreds but fresh kicks can do a world of good!
3. Make a routine
Tone_It_UpYou won’t want to go to the gym if you have no idea what you’ll do when you get there. Find a routine that you are comfortable with but will also challenge you. The Tone It Up girls run a Youtube channel with hundreds of workouts to choose from. Go take a peak!
4. Make a playlist
For a really good workout you need a really good playlist of songs that motivate you. A few songs on my playlist are “Angel” by Akon, “Cool Kids” by Echosmith, “I Love It” by Icona Pop, “I Made It” by Kevin Rudolf, “Runaway” by Mat Kearney, and “I’m Alive” by Shinedown. 
5. Hydrate
Water is an important part of any workout routine. If you’re like me, you find water rather boring. Rethink this with adding Pinterestfruit to your water! I love strawberries and limes in mine. At a spa I went to in Disney World, they added lemon and cucumber to their water. It was a refreshing drink that truly made water exciting! 
6. Find a workout partner
Having someone that will meet you at the gym will motivate you for two reasons: 1. You won’t want to be rude and cancel on them and 2. You will challenge yourself to keep up with your partner and meet your own goals.
7. Find a fitness app 
I like to record my progress, calorie intake, weight, and water consumption on my phone so I can remember and have it handy. Find an app that you like to record the same things. I use My Net Diary to keep track of these things but there are many others! 
What do you do to motivate yourself to go to the gym? Any tips? Comment, like, and share!

What’s in the Duchess’ Closet?

The Duchess of Cambridge has become a style icon of our generation. People scrutinize every outfit she wears. Why? Because there hasn’t been one that doesn’t look amazing on her! She’s classy, sophisticated, stylish, and wears clothing that doesn’t go out of style. She’s becoming a ‘classic’ icon similar to Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly. Despite having a personal stylist and shopper, she has always had taste in clothing in before marrying Prince William. What influences her amazing wardrobe? More importantly, how can we dress in a similar way? I’ve found a few key pieces that the Duchess seems to go for time and again. 

1. Navy Blazer

Kate_MiddletonThe navy blazer is a classic and doesn’t go out of style. Not only that, it can be worn with many different outfits. It can be dressed up or dressed down. The possibilities are limitless. 

2. Fitted Jeans

Jeans are a staple in anyone’s wardrobe. But do we see a lot of denim in the Duchess’? kate-jeans--zActually, we do. However, she has taken a trend and made it her own by adopting fitted, colored jeans into her wardrobe. This is her small nod to current trends mixed with her very classic style. 

3. Nude Heels 

Nude_HeelsEveryone knows her go-to shoe is a nude pump. It elongates the leg and matches everything. Her frequent trips touring the world require careful packing and planning so a shoe that works with everything really lightens the load.

4. A Cocktail Dress

Kate knows a good dress! We see her in dresses more often than anything else. Having a Kate+Middleton+Dresses+Skirts+Cocktail+Dress+XRI-kvyX3oUlcocktail dress that can be used multiple times and is neutral in color is nice a addition to any closet. Each time you wear it change up the accessories for a fresh look! 

5. A Striped Shirt

downloadShe’s been wearing these since before marrying Prince William. They well with the navy blazer she loves so much and does a lot for the classic, preppy look she embodies. Stripes can be problematic for some people, but not for Kate. Her slender figure allows her to wear almost anything she wants to. 

6. A Button Up

Classic oxford button ups are just that- classic! They come back every season and people fall in love all Kate_Middletonover again. And apparently Kate does too! 

What are a few staples you’ve noticed she wears? Do you have any for yourself? Comment below!





Purses and Their Purposes

Every girl needs something to carry their stuff in. We can’t get away with carrying a wallet around like our male counter parts can. But honestly, would we want to? Our bags are way too cute! In middle school, I went to a private Christian school and a few of the popular girls had Dooney & Bourke purses and lunch bags. Being the price that they were I couldn’t buy one. However, I found a great knock-off version that had all the girls at school wondering how I bought one. As I got older though, I realized investing in a few different good bags is worth the money. Here are 5 bags every girl needs to invest in.

1. The Satchel

Coach_PurseThis is pretty standard and necessary for every girl. Whether you’r shopping, eating out, running errands, or going to a ball game, this purse will serve you well! I got mine from a Coach outlet in Florida. It was normally $250 but I got it for $90! If you don’t want to buy something this expensive, many department stores and places like Ross or Marshall’s carry brands like Tommy Hilfiger or Kenneth Cole that have great satchels. 

2. The Tote Bag

Dooney_&_BourkeThis was especially useful for me when I was in college carrying books around to and from classes. It also makes a great carry on for the plane. Get a sturdy one because it will receive a lot of wear and tear especially around the handles! The one my mom and I share is Dooney & Bourke (I got a fabulous deal on it) but a great tote I used to have was from Kenneth Cole and was only $35 and it lasted for quite awhile!

3. The Clutch

Black_ClutchIts perfect for a night out, a wedding, party, or dancing with your friends. No more putting your credit cards and cell phone in awkward places! Mine is a black vintage 1940s clutch that was my grandma’s in her younger days. I used to play dress up with it when I was a kid but I now see the true beauty in such an adorable accessory. Get one in a neutral color such as nude or black to suit all purposes.

4. The Cross-Body Purse

Coach_PurseThis is so great to have if you’re going to a theme park or on a long day trip that involves walking around. Its small and portable and requires very little fuss. It can easily fit your phone, ID, credit cards, cash, hand sanitizer, and lip gloss. When I worked at Disney World, tons of women wore these because they were small and convenient. The other good thing about them is that they’re small enough to fit on roller coasters. You won’t have to leave your bag behind and worry about it being stolen. 

5. The Duffel Bag

Vera_BradleyNot quite as big as a suit case but gets a lot of use for long weekends and overnighters. I found my Vera Bradley duffel at an outlet in Florida for $45 when they are normally $85 (for the large size). The print is called Safari Sunset. I’ve gotten so many compliments on my duffel and it truly has served its purpose. 

What purses do you have to have? Are there any purchases you regret? Comment below and share with your friends!