May 2016 archive

Colorful Work Outfit: Blues

colorful work outfit

colorful work outfit

colorful work outfit

colorful work outfit

colorful work outfit

Outfit: Cokie T Strap Sandals c/o Oka-B | Similar high waisted pants | Belt via A&F [similar here] | Tank via The Limited [similar here] | Similar blazer

Okay first of all, I just realized that photos 2 and 3 make a whole body and looks hilarious!  (maybe just to me) Oh, well you gotta get your yucks somehow!

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you may have noticed that I’m a huge fan of the colorful work outfit. Oh, and blue…definitely the color blue. In fact, I feel like I am always wearing black, blue, yellow–but never red or purple. Weird? I suppose so.

With a pear shape like mine, high waisted pants are a must for balancing my top and bottom halves. I’ve had these green pants for awhile (scored them for about $12 at Forever 21 last year!) and I’ve worn them both to work and for play [see here].

Generally, I wear the pants with some heels to add some height and lengthen my frame, but when I’m at work I groan at the thought of trudging around in heels all day while teaching children–just shoot me!

These Oka-B t strap sandals work perfectly with the military green while still looking dressing with their stud embellishments. …and I just noticed that I am literally always on my toes even when I’m not planning to be. A little habit I started as a child and clearly never quit!

If you’re interested in a pair of sandals that work for any weather and are durable, check these out (they come in a variety of colors and styles) for 15% off this week with code: MD1. Happy shoe hunting! 🙂


Unique Bridesmaid Gifts

unique bridesmaid gifts

Life by Definition Wine Glasses // Farm Fresh Spa Experience Tin // Gin & Tonic Carry On Cocktail Kit // I’ll Be There Necklace  // Chakra Bath Salts Set // Agate Coasters // Major Scale Musical Wine Glasses

I can’t believe we have less than a month until we get married! My mom has been here this week helping us with some last minute errands. We’ve been doing a lot lately to check the little things off our list and I’m so thankful she made the trip down to help us out.

We finalized the timeline and music with our awesome DJ–Kristin of Our DJ Rocks earlier this week, finalized things at the venue with our wedding coordinator, and rounded the week out with our last meeting with the caterer.

It’s all coming together so well and it seems like just yesterday we got engaged. Hard to believe it’s been 14 months since then! Only a few more things on the old “to-do list” we have left to accomplish and one of them would include finishing out the bridesmaids’ gifts! I’m about half done and looking for that “wow” factor to give to my girls to show them how much I appreciate all of their love and support throughout all of this.

I’ve been browsing for months (let’s get real, I’m a huge online shopper so I loved it) trying to find the perfect gift and I came across this website Uncommon Goods where they have tons of unique bridesmaid gifts to fit all types of girls.

I thought I’d put together my favorites to share in case it helps anyone else getting married this summer!

Personally, if I were a bridesmaid I would love the gin & tonic carry on cocktail kit since I fly so much (and gin & tonic is my jam) or the spa experience in a tin because who doesn’t love a relaxing night in after a hard week?

Having recently purchased a house, I find myself intrigued by conversational home decor pieces so naturally I was attracted to these agate coasters! They’re so colorful and interesting!

For a more personal touch, the “I’ll be there” necklace works wonders for anyone. The adorable message is personalized and touching–the perfect keepsake for the women in your life.

The major scale musical wine glasses are just awesome in general because I start thinking about Gracie Lou Freebush playing the glasses in Miss Congeniality and start cracking up. Sometimes girls need to act like kids again (while enjoying a little vino).

So many unique bridesmaid gifts at a wide range of prices, my only issue is deciding! I see one thing and think “that’s definitely it” then go ahead and change my mind the more I browse. P.S. wouldn’t mind getting literally ANYTHING on this list for the wedding either! Loving these creative pieces.

What are you guys thinking? What have you gone with for bridesmaids’ gifts? Would you try a unique gift? I would love some feedback 🙂

Enjoy your long weekend!


Off the Shoulder & Dress Combo

Banana Republic Dress + Off the shoulder top #BananaRepublic #itsbanana

Banana Republic Dress + Off the shoulder top #BananaRepublic #itsbanana


Banana Republic Dress + Off the shoulder top #BananaRepublic #itsbanana

Banana Republic Dress + Off the shoulder top #BananaRepublic #itsbanana

Banana Republic Dress + Off the shoulder top #BananaRepublic #itsbanana

Outfit: Dress c/o Banana Republic | Off the shoulder top via H&M [similar here] | Michael Kors watch | Jeffrey Campbell rodillo wedges c/o ShopBop | Earrings via H&M [similar here]

“Off the shoulder” is a trend that seems to keep on going and I’m not minding at all! Just the other day I was perusing the mall after school and couldn’t believe that I found the ever-elusive $10 off the shoulder blue top that everyone’s been talking about!

The lady in the dressing room was shocked that I found it and said to me “I hope that fits okay; people come in here every day asking for that top and I keep telling them there’s only one left but I couldn’t find it!”. Welp, I found it! …and it fits perfectly 🙂

In order to “shake things up a bit” I added the off the shoulder top underneath this Banana Republic dress to add some depth and interest. I love the elegance mixed with trendy edge–it just works!

This dress is perfect for work to cocktails and the yellow color reminds me so much of summer and all the fun to come. The button detailing in the front is so unique and makes layering possibilities endless! I plan to wear mine to work with printed blazers as well as mixed with tops underneath and fun shoes for weddings or parties after work.

**Banana Republic provided free product in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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