ShopBop Summertime Picks


So many choices for summertime pieces on ShopBop right now, I spend most of my free time perusing the site. Today, I’m eyeing the Tory Burch pineapple tote like a hawk because the price just went down. My most recent purchases include: pineapple print espadrilles, crystal earrings with a fun backing, and these Tory Burch Moore thong sandals! Oh Tory, you had me at hello.

Below are some of my favorite picks for dresses, sandals, swimsuits and more. I’m really feelin’ the pineapple and tropical prints right now as well as everything boho of course. What are your favorites?




Day Dress: Flynn SkyeFor Love & LemonsSaylorGanniVictoria Victoria Beckham

Sandals: Sam EdelmanSchutzK JacquesAncient Greek Sandals

Swimwear: ZimmermannMara HoffmanMelissa OdabashVitamin A




Become the Next “Chiquita” Star & Win $5k!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chiquita Bananas. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don’t know about you, but I grew up humming along with that famous “Chiquita” song (remade in the 90s of course)–but recently discovered that they are trying to revamp their image by allowing US to become the next star in creating a new jingle for the brand! Since I have absolutely no talent in creating a video, I figured I’d go for the bananagram in hopes of winning that incredible year of free bananas! Plus, it was hilarious to watch when I was done.

Chiquita is offering some awesome prizes in the way of $$$ and a year’s worth of Chiquita bananas. Cha-ching–hook me up! I love me some bananas and was surprised to find that prior to the mid 1940s, this fruit was considered exotic. This jingle was essentially created in order to inform the American public of how to eat and tend to ripening bananas.

While the old jingle is, of course, a classic–I’m looking forward to seeing the entries for the new jingle. So, here’s your chance to win $5k…enter now until May 27th.

Entry Method/Prizes:

Music Video:

  • Grand Prize – $5,000
  • First Prize – $2,500
  • Second Prize – a year’s worth of Chiquita bananas.


  • Grand Prize – $2,500
  • First Prize – $1,000
  • Second Prize – a year’s worth of Chiquita bananas.


  • Grand Prize – a year’s worth of Chiquita bananas for you and a friend.
  1. Enter at:

Be sure to share your entry!!

Hashtag: # ChiquitaSingOff

Twitter Handle: @Chiquita

Instagram Handle: @chiquitabrands

Check out the video gallery here: Video Gallery

Register here for the Chiquita Jingle Contest !

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Outfit: Skirt c/o Cabi | BCBG wedges | Similar tank | Necklaces via Forever 21

The real reason for the huge smile on my face is probably because we are down to just 9 days of school left! Other reason? I just booked my flight to return home to Pennsylvania for 3 weeks! I can’t hardly wait to see my family and friends again. This has been a long and strenuous year, but we teachers have put up a good fight :) I’m so proud to say that as I’ve been watching my students type up their final essays for me, I am supremely impressed with the amazing progress they’ve made. It does my heart good to see them working so hard and applying everything they’ve learned. It’s going to be tough to leave them next year.

On the bright side, I’m beyond psyched to share that my goals are starting to fall together lately. I’m officially down 15 pounds and have more energy than ever since cleaning up my diet and making a concentrated effort to exercise! Two days ago I had one of those “aha” moments when you decide that it may finally be time to try on all those long-lost clothes in storage put away due to subsequential weight gain. It was one of those moments when I felt genuinely proud of myself for accomplishing something that has made me feel incredibly downtrodden for so long.

Prior to January, life was full of a lot of stress for me and I dealt with it by shutting people off, eating, sleeping away the day, and avoiding healthy exercise. I’m not going to say it was easy to get to this point and I wanted to give up countless times.  However, that feeling the other day made me see that trying and not giving up on myself was definitely worth it. Being lactose-intolerant, dairy products always bothered me and would make me sick for days–but I always ate them anyway because to me, taste was everything. I finally made the concentrated decision to replace dairy products with lactose free options and have been pleasantly surprised at just how good some of them taste. I feel so much better than I did from making this [not always so] simple change.

Because of this, I thought maybe I could finally wear a crop top, something that I’ve longed to sport for 2 years now and haven’t been able to with confidence. I know I’ve got a ways to go yet, but finding this confidence to change my health for the better has definitely been the push I’ve been needing to inspire positive change in other areas of my life.

I hope you all have had a great week so far and are looking forward to what fun the weekend brings :)

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