Tuesday, November 18, 2014

5 Must-have Items for a Well Organized Carry-On

I travel 28 weekends out of the year for work. Exciting? Yes. Exhausting? Also, yes. Traveling can really take it out of you. The lines, the invasive pat-downs, taking off your shoes. Traveling since 9/11 has become drastically more difficult, but I'm here to help. I have the best travel items to ensure your carry-on is organized and lovely, making your travel experience as pleasant as possible.

Organized Carry-On

1. Lo & Sons OG Bag - This bag is my life. It has compartments for everything. Don't believe me? Watch the video. I'm completely obsessed and get compliments when heading through security. I have the black/tan/gold.

2. Happy Plugs Earbuds - Earbuds are key. Whether it's listening to music, an audiobook or catching up on the latest episode of Scandal earbuds are a key item for me. I love my gold happy plug earbuds.

3. Travel Wallet - A travel wallet is a must. I received a yummy Kate Spade one for my birthday. I love how they have a pocket for your boarding pass and your passport. No need to fish around your carry-on for either, each item is tucked neatly away with it's assigned spot. It makes 5:00 AM security lines a bit more pleasant.

4. Cashmere Pillow and Blanket - Have you ever used an airplane blanket? Yuck. I'm always nervous I'll get the blanket that actually isn't new and has some sort of fungus or lice. Gross. A travel blanket, neck pillow, and eye-mask allows you to sleep away your flight and feel a bit more at home.

5. Tieks - I wrote a review on these puppies a while back here, but I can't tell you enough how much I love my Tieks. The best travel flat around. So easy to slip on and off when going through security, and they feel like pillows for your feet. Cutie colors for every outfit, lovely packaging upon arrival, and a customer service team who is out of this world. I adore Tieks and everything they stand for... get them. You won't regret it.

Do you travel often? What are your to-go's for travel essentials? I'd love to hear them!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekly Quote: Stop Making Excuses

The Every Girl is one of my favorite websites for many reasons, but I think my favorite part is how inspiring it is to see other women makin' things happen.

I love this print. Stop making excuses and just do things. You can buy it here! Shop any of their goodies as well for the rapidly approaching Christmas season here.  Hint: I want everything. Happy Monday, Party People. Do things.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Kate Spade + Gap Kids

I loved my childhood, elementary school especially. I genuinely miss it. We had recess. Mom made my lunch. Wore my backpack slung over my one shoulder. Gap Kids was my favorite store. I pretty much crushed K-5. Childhood was really heaven on earth for me.  Since then, I've expanded my brand awareness to other amazing labels and designers. Fashion is a true passion. Today, though. It's like my world's collided. Gap + Kate Spade. WHY? WHY AM I NO LONGER A CHILD! This would've been ultimate jam. Please just look at the goodness of two of my favorite ready-to-wear brands created. 

Kate Spade Gap Kids

Kate Spade Gap Kids
I might have to buy this shirt. It's my personality to a tee. #prettysneaky #XXL

Kate Spade Gap Kids
Oh hello, cutest stocking stuffer ever. High five to these mittens!

Kate Spade Gap Kids

I'm obsessed. Bow pants. Could you really get any cute? I ask you. 

The collection is so adorable, it makes me miss the days of my page-boy hair cut and jean capris. 

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Outfit: Perks of Being a Watters Girl

If you follow me on instagram, you probably already know I work for Watters. If you don't follow me on instagram... surprise! I work for Watters. I decided to do a collaboration with them to show the ways you can wear your bridal gown after your big day. I posted the top to this skirt here a few weeks ago. We went rocker glam today, channeling my inner Gwen Stefani. 

Jacket: BCBG (old but similar here) Skirt: Watters Spring 15 Collection Necklace: Charming Charlie (similar here) Ring: Lagos

See? You can wear your dress again.. and look like a total boss. 

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

5 Things Single People Don't Want to Hear

I'm stepping out on a ledge today. I'm aware, but as of late I feel like I should bring awareness to the life of singledom. This post doesn't come from a place of bitterness, but more of in the words of Joey Gladstone, cut-it-out! I'm constantly surrounded by people who are either engaged, just got married (cue 90% of my friends), or friends who are in serious relationships. I adore these people. I make a living on women getting married for goodness sake! Love is my jam. Favorite holiday, Valentine's day. Favorite movies, all rom-coms. Went to a summer camp with hearts because I love, love so much. Now that you know my stance on love and marriage let's get to it...

1.  Oooh, you'll find someone.
Oh, will I? Because before you gave me this condescending piece or reassurance, I was sure I'd be the crazy cat-lady in 2B the rest of my life! Spare us. We are aware that our lobster is out there, and we'll find him/her. Maybe, we don't want the responsibility, or we don't have the time, or maybe just maybe a relationship isn't at the forefront of our mind at the present state. While we appreciate you if you're being sincere and don't mean it that way... it comes off like you think you're better than us for finding someone to share your life with before us. We weren't worried in the slightest, until that comment.
2. Aw, good for you! Focus on you.
As opposed to my nonexistent spouse? Y'all, single people don't only focus on themselves. We have a family, a vast array of friends, we volunteer, and have active spiritual lives. I personally fill my life with almost too many things to focus on myself. Unattached doesn't automatically mean, self absorbed, thank you. 

3. I love that you're doing that career thing.
So if we were dating someone we wouldn't have to work? If that's the case, I'm signing up for Match.com immediately. Kidding, I love my job. I really do not understand this statement. Of course I'm focusing on my career! I have to pay bills and be an adult! Does having a boyfriend mean I don't have to do any of these things? Is that a real relationship or do you have sugar-daddy? Like come on, people. 

4. Once you have a boyfriend/girlfriend things are just different.
This phrase almost makes my blood boil. I've had boyfriends in my life. Serious ones, summer loves, guys where things were "complicated," yet I don't think things were "just different." I'm extremely social by nature and maybe that's the difference, but I'm a firm believer of a well-balanced life. You need friend time. Alone time. Productive days. Lazy days. Your life shouldn't be dramatically different when you do find said person. Things aren't different, you're using your spouse as a cop-out to not participate ______ activity of the moment. Not cool, Robert Frost. 

5. Before (insert spouse name here) I was just like you... 
Highly doubtful. Why? Because we're all stinkin' different. I am a large homebody. More so than people think. When we do socialize, we get into it. As we should! We're in our 20's, socializing is a requirement. For all you coupled-folk, single people don't party like it's 1999 every day of the week. We also have to be in the office at 8:00 am and not vomit in meetings. 

Can anyone relate to the above statements? I hear them weekly at work, friend outings, volunteer meetings, or randomly talking to someone at an event. One of my best friend's got married over the weekend, and these 5 statements were said to me multiple times. I'm the ultimate sap about relationships, but good gravy. If one more person does the head tilt and says "good for you!"... we're gonna have a "Come to Jesus."

Happy Tuesday, sh*t just got real.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Weekly Quote: May Your Coffee Be Strong

Feelin' extra sleepy today after a weekend of celebrating best friends getting married. May your coffee be strong and your Monday be short! Nose to the grindstone ladies and gents, let's make it happen this week.
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Outfit: All Black Urrything

Sweater: J. Crew Factory (ON SALE!) Leggings: Zara Necklace: J. Crew (old similar here) Sneakers: C. Wonder (old similar here) Bag: old (similar here) Sunglasses: Rayban Watch: Rolex Bracelets: David Yurman Ring: Lagos

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Headboards: Building My Biscuit Part 1

I absolutely cannot wait for my new home. A new blank canvas to create a lovely, glamorous home in the Big D. I'm incredibly indecisive when it comes to how I want the space to look so I've decided to focus on the most important room in the home: the bedroom. More specifically the biscuit. I need a headboard/bed and I'm having a serious internal battle. Tufted? Pattern? Linen? Iron? Wood? Canopy? It's too many choices. I need help. 


Society Social

Ballard Designs

Miles Redd

What are your thoughts? What type of bed do you have?

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

1 Bridesmaid Dress: 3 Ways

At this stage in my life I'm well on my way to 27 dresses. With all my best gal pals getting hitched, I've acquired quite the collection of dresses. It's such a fun time in our lives, but wearing these dresses only once can become financially illogical. My great friends over at Weddington Way came up with an October bridesmaid challenge: 1 dress, 3 ways. I chose one of my favorite bridesmaid style's Watters Trieste. Take a peek at the versatilely of this sassy numba.

Wedding Day
Weddington Way
Bridesmaid Dress: Watters Trieste Earrings: Bauble Bar Bow Heels: Kate Spade Bangle Bracelet: Kate Spade Lipstick: Estee Lauder

Winter Date Night

Weddington Way

Earrings: Bauble Bar Coat: J. Crew Heels: Christian Loutboutin Bow Earmuffs: Kate Spade Gloves: Burberry Bag: Clare V 

Summer Girls Night

Earrings: Kendra Scott Clutch: Kate Spade Scent: Bond No. 9 Pallet: Bobbi Brown Cuff: Aurelie Biderman Shoe: Steve Madden

The dress is definitely my pick for a Maid Of Honor position. It's so chic, yet so versatile. What Weddington Way dress would you choose if you were a Maid of Honor? Aren't weddings the absolute best! Thanks so much again to Weddington Way for allowing me to participate in this awesome challenge! Be sure to visit the Weddington Way bridesmaid page to get the goods! 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekly Quote: You've Got Nerve

J.K. you spot on GF. Have enough nerve to chase your dreams, speak your mind, and generally kick some serious a$$ this week. Happy Monday, Party People. Get it.
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