Exploring the West

red rock canyon colors & tassels

Red Rock Canyon

red rock canyon colors & tassels

red rock canyon colors & tassels

red rock canyon colors & tassels

red rock canyon colors & tassels

red rock canyon colors & tassels

red rock canyon colors & tassels

red rock canyon colors & tassels

Outfit: Dress via Buffalo Exchange [Similar here for $26!] | Schutz Patricia flat sandals c/o ShopBop | Prada sunglasses via DITTO Endless Eyewear [get 1 free month unlimited designer sunnies with code: POPOFSTYLE] | Vanessa Mooney choker c/o ShopBop

Can I just say “wow!” about this background?! These mountains at Red Rock Canyon are even more majestic and amazing in person. If you ever get a chance, make this place a priority to visit! Nate and I had such a great time here climbing and driving the scenic trails; it was definitely one of our favorites things that we did on our honeymoon!

So we all know it’s hotter than you know what in the west–especially this time of year–which makes it no surprise when I tell you that no matter what I packed, I wanted NO PART of anything that required me to wear a bra. It’s just too hot out!

I don’t know about you, but I’m your stereotypical “pack 30 outfits when you need 7” type of girl. What can I say, I can’t help it–a girl needs options! Problem is, when it’s hot enough to fry breakfast on the sidewalk, all you can think of is covering your body enough to be socially acceptable. I basically lived in slip on mini dresses and flat sandals to keep cool while in Vegas. These Schutz colorful tassel pom pom sandals are my favorite shoes this summer–they go with literally everything and I can’t help but smile when I look at them.

I ended up having to buy this dress at Buffalo Exchange (my favorite high end thrift store!!) in Vegas because (other than the fact that I needed to go shopping) I was running out of nice and cool dresses that didn’t require an over the shoulder boulder holder.  –oh, and it was only $12–SCHWING!

If you guys are interested, DITTO–Endless Eyewear has this program where you pay $24 a month and get unlimited swaps of whatever designer sunglasses (prescription or non-prescription) you want. I’m obsessed and use it all the time. In this post, I’m rockin’ my Pradas (and did every day of the honeymoon!)–so if you want to try it out, feel free to use my code: POPOFSTYLE for a free month to see what it’s like!

So I desperately need packing help–what do you guys typically pack when going on a warm weather vacation? How do you maximize your wardrobe?

 

 

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon: American Threads

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

American Threads

American Threads

Red Rock Canyon

American Threads

American Threads

American Threads

American Threads

American Threads

American Threads

Outfit: Sam Edelman Gemma sandals | Dress via American Threads | Similar tassel necklace

Long time, no blog! The past few months have been a blur of family, friends, planning, our wedding, and an incredible Las Vegas honeymoon! I’m pooped, so it’s been nice to kind of chill for awhile.

I’m finally getting around to editing all the photos we took on the honeymoon and am excited to start shring them!

This dress, from American Threads in Disney Springs, is one of my new favorites which is funny because when I saw it on the mannequin, I really wasn’t interested. That is until a friend of mine–Shannon from UpbeatSoles.com and I went shopping at Disney Springs and she urged me to try it on. I was instantly in love! She has the same maxi dress and it looks fantastic on her. I was thinking that since I’m pretty curvy, it wouldn’t look good on me, but I was pleasantly surprised at the turnout.

The dress dips in the back and has a gorgeous ruffle detailing on the bottom–just some of the special touches that make this bohemian beauty awesome.

To go with its “born free” vibes, I thought Red Rock Canyon would be the perfect setting to use when we took some photos.

We visited this place, which is right outside Las Vegas about 30 minutes, one morning during the honeymoon and spent the morning climbing the rigid rocks and admiring their beauty on a 13 mile scenic drive. Places like these make you want to state at them long enough to commit them to memory because you never know when you’re going to get to see that kind of beauty again in your lifetime. It truly was breathtaking.

Have any of you been to Red Rock Canyon before? We went as a recommendation from my mom; a friend of hers absolutely loves this place and I can easily see why!

Quick & Dirty Cleaning Tips for New Movers

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cleaning tips for new movers

cleaning tips for new movers

Hey everyone! Guess what…it’s wedding week!!!! How did this happen? It feels like only yesterday we were getting engaged…14 months have never gone by so fast. Of course with the wedding comes plenty of house guests so we needed to get the house into top shape. We ran (okay drove) down to Walmart to grab some essentials for the quick clean up help we needed.

First off, we absolutely had to get this Febreeze Unstopables™ for all the things we couldn’t wash like the couches and the carpet. Our little Henna also has her dog bed in the living  room that can start to smell a bit. Unstopables makes it smell like fresh laundry…I almost tried to take a nap on it.

As you could imagine, our laundry has piled up quite high in the past couple of weeks with all the planning, working, and guest-prepping! The poor puppy has had to pretty much fall asleep on piles of ridiculousness since we’re so behind!

We looked into Tide PODS ® for a quick fix — the 3-in-1 laundry solution consists of a detergent, stain remover and brightener all at once, which we’ve never tried before and worked insanely well! Definitely a tip to follow: use 2 for loads that are a little on the larger side to make them smell super fresh. Honestly, not going back to regular detergent after these babies–I should’ve listened to my best friend from the start when she told me they were the best!

Siince we had to clean the ENTIRE living room (oh, the perks of owning a home!) we had to include our new bar! Bounty® paper towels worked well with our multi-surface cleaner to take away citrus stains and rings from wet whiskey glasses. Best part? Only needed 4 to get the job done. Cheers to not buying the cheapies!

Finally, my favorite to clean (yeah, I mean if I had to have a favorite)–the kitchen. I don’t really love the actual process of cleaning the kitchen, but the satisfaction of seeing a clean floor, dish-free sink/dishwasher, and spotless stainless steel appliances (ooo-rahh!) really gets me revved.

The Swiffer®  was probably one of our favorite wedding shower gifts because it’s really convenient and smells incredibly fresh (with no mess). We don’t have a whole lot of tile in the kitchen and this works well to get the weird edges and corners cleaned.

My number one tip would probably be to clean before you move your boxes in because no matter how clean it looks, you never really know and you’ll feel so much better getting it out of the way prior to unpacking.

Nate and I cleaned thoroughly before the big “box move-in” day and I was so happy because by the time we finished bringing the last box in, all we wanted to do was crash on the couch and watch a movie.

Since we’ve moved in, we made it a point to create a little mini-schedule to make sure that every Saturday morning (give or take a few days) we clean SOME aspect of the house. Usually, this is how it’s been going:

Week 1: floorboards, kitchen, dusting, fridge

Week 2: vacuuming, laundry, kitchen, oven, pantry

Week 3: bathrooms, kitchen, vents/fans, garage

Week 4: furniture, kitchen, pool area, vacuuming, laundry

Of course that’s just a rough outline, but we try to make it a priority to keep the kitchen clean (including a regular thorough cleaning of the pantry and frige to keep things fresh) and vacuum pretty regularly.

What’s your schedule like? I can always use pointers since we are new homeowners!

Which products are your go-tos?

If you’re looking for a quick fix try the new home clean collection!

 

  • DISCLOSURE: We were provided products to try out during our cleaning process. All opinions are 100% my own.