Life with Intel

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Starting the new year off right means improving my life in several ways—not just sticking to one “resolution”. When figuring out ways to better the many facets of my life, my blogging was naturally on top of the list. With a stone-aged computer, the many tasks associated with blog article production (i.e. photo editing, writing, research, and collage assembly) were taking much longer than I anticipated. I decided to take matters into my own hands, by upgrading my technology to one that allowed me to be more effective in the many areas of my blog that needing tending to. Enter my new Intel-powered HP Envy 360 2 in 1.

With features like a touch screen and lightning-fast processor, I am able to write copy, edit photos, store raw images, and send emails simultaneously without having to slow down. Since I use my computer heavily for not only fashion blogging, but grading (oh, the teacher’s life), online shopping, emailing, compiling lesson plans, and OF COURSE Pinterest—it’s nice to see the long battery life working along with a high level of computing power to get everything done quickly and effectively. Because it’s a 2 in 1 I’m able to easily convert the HP Envy 360 from a laptop to a tablet, which is great for my on the go lifestyle.

Since I’m a little behind the 8 ball with technology, I’ve been relying on Nate to help me out a bit and to catch me up on all the features and capabilities. It’s a slow-going learning process for me, but so far my new “toy” has been keeping up with the pace of my insanely-busy life. So, here’s to another year of growth and improvement! Have you upgraded your computer lately? What do you think about the new technology out there?

Intel makes new and exciting technologies possible.


Intel makes new and exciting technologies possible.

Rainbow Kimono & a $425 Giveaway









Outfit: Kimono c/o Whimsy Boutique | Jeans via Stitch Fix | Express tee | Sunnies c/o Fantaseyes | Necklace via Forever 21 {similar here}

So this was my “casual Friday” outfit last week. Nate and I had a good time searching Champion’s Gate for new places to take photos. We came across this unbelievable mansion about 3 miles away from our house and basically stood in awe of it for twenty minutes. Meanwhile, Henna decided to get her paws ridiculously dirty in the creek in front while we weren’t looking. You can probably see her but make its debut if you look hard enough.

Anyway, I hope you all are having a good start to your week. Today is Nate’s birthday so I want to wish him a very “Happy Birthday” as no one deserves it more than him. He has been incredibly supportive, sweet, and caring–I feel lucky to be with such a wonderful man. He deserves all the best on this birthday :) This weekend we went to a German restaurant called “Hollerbach’s” in Sanford with some friends and had a blast. Definitely will be making the trip out there again soon.

Tonight, we had sushi in Orlando and visited the Orlando Brewing Company and tried some of their organic beers–they were delicious!

Happy [almost] spring! I’m thrilled to be partnering up with this set of gorgeous ladies to give you the opportunity to win $425 to Paypal or an e-gift card to the retailer of your choice! Our giveaway goes live at midnight on Monday, March 16th, and it will run until 11:59 pm on Monday, March 30th. The giveaway is open internationally.

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Lacey Navy & Pink

navy lace top

navy lace top

navy lace top

navy lace top

navy lace top


Outfit: Pants {similar} & Top {similar} via TJ Maxx | Shoes via DSW | Michael Kors Hamilton striped bag | Necklace c/o Rocksbox

No idea how this got lost in the shuffle. I took this photo over a month ago right after my insane TJ Maxx “work” shopping spree in January.

Almost ten bags of clothes later, I was able to completely makeover my closet and toss all the unnecessary or over-worn pieces in order to make room for more seasonal and trendy items.

One of the pieces I purchased that I’ve been wearing a lot lately is this navy lace top. It seems to work well for the office under a blazer or with a statement necklace and some jeans.

These comfy 3 inch heels are another investment purchase that I made that I, surprisingly, have been getting a lot of use out of lately.

What staples have you purchased lately? This is a great quote I wanted to share. Enjoy the hustle, we’re almost done with the week!

It doesn't matter what others are doing. It matters what you are doing.