Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Rompin'

For me, this summer has been all about rompers! I live in them. So comfortable and so easy to style. I never thought I'd be a big romper gal, but here I am- in love. It's nice that I've been able to find so many cute ones that cover the bum and fit well all over. Nothing worse than worrying about stuff showing when you bend over. Not my thing. Anyway, Forever 21 has been a GREAT place for me to find cute rompers on the cheap. I absolutely love the pattern of this one.
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Oooo... cute photographer alert.
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Let's talk about another thing I'm in love with this summer- these Hush Puppies sandals!! Oh my... It's like walking on fluffy clouds, AND they're adorable. Bonus. I love the T-Strap design and the ivory color. They go with everything! I didn't even have to 'break' these sandals in, and in my book, that's a win. If you're looking for the perfect summer go-to sandal, look no more.

I hope everyone is having a great week. Ben and I are leaving for a little camping weekend away tomorrow and I can't wait! Give me all the trees, campfires, s'mores, sand, water, and sunshine- please!

Romper: Forever 21
T-Strap Sandals: c/o Hush Puppies (They're on SALE!)
Purse: Steve Madden

Friday, July 11, 2014



My new fascination- kimonos! So comfortable and so cute. These pictures were taken a few days ago when it was HOT out, but I stayed cool & breezy in this sheer kimono. Perfect for summer. Now I just need about ten more of them! ;)

How is summer treating you? Ben and I are really enjoying it here and we can't wait for a few upcoming trips to Lake Michigan- our favorite. There's nothing like sand between the toes, am I right? This year I really want to give paddleboarding a try, too!
(*Maybe I'll even look like her ^ when Jilian Michaels is finished with me?!* Wink...)
Actually, I wanted to try paddleboarding when we were in Charleston, but it never happened. I mean, how cool would it be to paddleboard next to dolphins?? We totally saw it happening there.

My workout routine is going well and I'm shocked that I've stuck with the 30 Day Shred this long! I never thought I would like at-home workouts as much as I do. AND- it's free! Youtube is an internet wonder. The thing I like about the 30 Day Shred is that it's only 20 minutes. I can handle anything for 20 minutes. Granted, by the end I'm sweating like a sinner in church (shameless Princess and the Frog reference), but hey- I'm seeing results! And I'm advancing to level 2 this Sunday.

Alright, it's getting wordy around here so I'll wrap it up. Have a great weekend, friends!

Black tee: Forever 21
Necklace: Lee & Birch
Boyfriend shorts: H&M
Kimono: Target (exact!)
Shoes: H&M (exact!)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Dog Days




Hello! It's been a while, I know. Just 'thoroughly' enjoying the dog days of summer up here in Michigan, that's all. I can't get enough sun, iced tea, and BBQ to satisfy my soul. I just want more! Even on the hottest of days, I'm happy. Michigan summers are so sweet, and there's something about the long days, road trips, and bon fires that make me feel fully alive.

In other news- I've recently started Jillian Michael's '30 Day Shred' program and I'm (dying) feeling it, people. Whew. That woman is mean but I love her. Looking forward to seeing some results. Any of you doing a workout routine? I LOVE yoga but (to my knowledge) there's not a single yoga studio in our town, so for now, it's just me & Jillian.

Have a great week!

Tee: Peter Pilotto for Target
Shoes: Mossimo
Anchor Watch: JcPenney (Exact!)
Shorts: Merona
Shades: Marc Jacobs

Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer Swimsuit Giveaway

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Hey friends! Happy Friday.
Today I'm 'so' excited to be hosting an amazing swimwear giveaway from Smoky Mountain Boutique. I've been dying to release this for a while because I absolutely 'love' the vintage-inspired genius of these suits! So, so cute. I first heard about Smoky Mountain Boutique through my sister who purchased and wore one of their suits on her honeymoon, and it was adorable! I had to have one. You can imagine my elation when they agreed to partner with me to bring you this fun summer giveaway. 
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The fit, quality, and value of these swimsuits is unbeatable! Tired of paying tons of money for a few triangles of swimsuit material? Then gals, you've found your perfect match.

One lucky reader is going to take home a FREE swimsuit of their choosing, just in time for summer! If you want to start drooling, click 'here' to view all of the cute styles available. I'm wearing the 'Michigan Retro High Waist Swimsuit' because, duh. ;)

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter giveaway app below>>
(I'll be in contact with the winner once the giveaway closes)

Thanks for reading, friends! Wishing you all a beautiful weekend.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Magnolia Gardens

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If there's one thing our trip to Charleston taught me, it's this: there's a certain charm and beauty to the low country of South Carolina. Nature thrives in the warm, humid climate and there seems to be a certain 'peace' and stillness about everything.

Magnolia Gardens is a particularly special example of this serenity. Not only is Magnolia the oldest public garden site in America, it's also the first plantation to grow azaleas outdoors. Magnolia has the largest collection of Indica azaleas in the U.S! They are so beautiful. When we were planning our trip, this was one of my top 'must-see' attractions. I couldn't wait to get here and believe me, it didn't disappoint! 
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^ Ben and I standing on the white bridge ^
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I think one thing that makes Magnolia so beautiful is the moss that grows abundantly on all of the oak trees. It's so unique and really makes for some great photography!

Along with touring the gardens, we also took a train tour around the grounds and surrounding swamp area. It was so cool to see lots of alligators, cranes, and other wildlife that we don't have here in Michigan. :)

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Ben and I are going to visit our local downtown summer festival this weekend and hopefully share an elephant ear (or two). And naturally, I'll drag him on the ferris wheel for at least one ride. It's so fun after the sun sets and everything's lit up!
PS- Look for the retro swimwear giveaway next week! Wink, wink.

Dress: Kohls
Shoes: Audrey Brooke for DSW
Hat: Vintage
Necklace: c/o Suzie Studios

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