Utility Flair

Wednesday, May 25, 2016







Want to know how to make a utility jacket girly? Pair it with an ultra feminine skirt and accessories. I love adding in that borrowed-from-the-boys style. 

I have two other white midi skirts that I rotate a lot in my closet. I have found that it's just one of those pieces I can style so many ways and something I feel my best in. I am always confident when wearing an outfit like this. Staying comfortable and feeling stylish is the best, am I right? It can be challenging to layer here in FL, but you all know I love a layered look so I decided to try this linen field jacket from Old Navy. Turns out, this little jacket completed my outfit perfectly AND I stayed cool. 

I also paired it with a basic tee, shorts and espadrilles over the weekend for a casual night. 

I hope you all have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by!
xx



Tularosa Dress

Tuesday, May 24, 2016











Listening to the new drake album this morning, trying to get myself pumped up for the day. haha. Anyone else do this? Music can totally change my mood and get me going. 

The other day, we were driving down the road trying to get Kai to sleep when I saw these huge aloe plants. I yelled to Chris "Pull over!" and we jumped out and shot this outfit really quick. Dresses have been my saving grace right now with this hot and humid weather here in FL. I love the mixed prints and the colors work well together -  how cute for 4th of July?! 









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Summer Blues

Thursday, May 19, 2016








I love tying up an oxford shirt in the summer with shorts or a flirty skirt. I think it gives off an easy, chic vibe. I saw this gingham plaid skirt and knew it would be perfect all summer long. How perfect with a scallop bikini top for 4th of July?!



xx

Kate Spade Oxford | J.Crew gingham plaid skirt (25% off your purchase!) | Chloe` cross body bag | Chanel flats | Celine` sunglasses | David Yurman cable bracelet | Michele watch and strap

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With Your White Dress On

Tuesday, May 17, 2016








In yesterdays resort review post I didn't even get a chance to talk about our weekend! Chris's parents came into town to visit for Madelyn's birthday party. I can't believe my baby is already 2 years old. Where in the world does the time go???? We decided to have her party at the beach, her favorite place. My family brought out the paddle board, and we even saw a manta ray swim by a couple times! I got the kids a piƱata, and they each had their own beach bucket full of goodies. Watching her have so much fun with everyone is exactly why I wanted to move back here so bad. I'll have to share those photos when we get done editing! 

Sunday, we spent all day out at the beach and the pool. Pretty sure Madelyn has a better tan than I do now. Gotta love a fun, family filled weekend!

xx






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Resort Review: Cheeca Lodge and Spa

Monday, May 16, 2016




Hey friends! I wanted to share our recent trip to Islamorada, FL. I've had a lot of questions, so today I will share a full recap! 

We stayed at the Cheeca Lodge and Spa, located in Islamorada, FL. (They are celebrating 70 years!!) This is a place you go to really relax without having to leave your hotel to have fun. Everything you could possibly want or need is all at your fingertips. The water is the most beautiful, clear blue I've seen in a long time. 






We were greeted with such a lovely staff, from the check in to the bellman. Everyone was genuinely happy and sweet. It was funny, as we were walking to pack the car up and head home, Chris and I turned to each other at the exact same time and said "Wow, everyone was so nice!" haha! 


Sleep - We stayed in an Oceanfront suite, which was huge! I loved that it was on the first floor (makes it so much easier with babies!) and we had an incredible view of the Atlantic. A nice, big couch in the living area with a giant flat screen smart TV and the most beautiful bathroom I've seen in a hotel yet! You can walk through the huge glass shower right onto the balcony to the open air spa tub, which filled from the ceiling. Madelyn thought it was hilarious watching the water pour from the ceiling and splash her little nose! This was ideal for keeping her happy and occupied. We just popped her into the tub to play and she was in heaven. Our room was located in the main lodge, which was extremely convenient. Beach bungalows are also available! 










Eat - Limoncello, where we decided to dine, is a delicious italian restaurant. Cheeca also has a sushi lounge and steak and seafood restaurant. The Tiki Bar is located on the beach by the family pool. Room service was crazy delish, by the way! Madelyn ate almost all of my yogurt and granola bowl. Which is okay, because I ate her pancakes :) 







Enjoy - The activities here are endless. We didn't have enough time to enjoy everything, so a trip back is definitely in order for the future! The beach is stunning and feels super relaxing and private. A saltwater lagoon makes it perfect to take your little ones for an ocean dip without having the anxiety of them wanting to be in the big water. Maddy loved the waterfalls running into the lagoon! Two heated pools, one is family friendly and the other is the "adult pool", complete with a cabana butler! You can play golf, tennis, or workout in the fitness studio. Pack your day full of Sea kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding (my favorite!) parasailing, morning yoga on the beach, sunset cruise, or a bike ride along the beautiful trails. We loved biking and finding hidden spots to stop off at! 

What I thought was really cool about the Cheeca? They have "Camp Cheeca" for the kids to play and enjoy if the adults want some time alone to relax and have fun. (Ages 5-12)

Spa Island has everything you could imagine. From fitness classes, relaxing facials and massages to body treatments like a "Sunburn Rescue" - how convenient is that? I always hated getting a sunburn on vacation! 






























Right now, there is a limited time offer to experience this paradise for less. Book by May 18th to get their best prices of the year. View the specials here! (No, this is not sponsored. We just really enjoyed our stay!!)

If you end up planning a trip to the Florida Keys, I would love to hear all about it! 

XX


Sorry that was a long post, y'all! You can shop all outfit details here:

My one piece bow bandeau maillot | Madelyn and Kai's suits are Janie & Jack | Kai's ball cap , fedoraRaffia trim sun hat, Panama hat (similar one is linked, mine is sold out from Helene Berman) | White eyelet swim coverup | Colored stripe swim coverup | Pom beach tote | Sandals





You can watch our trip below! I forgot my other camera for vlogging though, so it's not as fun as I had envisioned haha! 


           



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Occasion Dressing: Tees

Friday, May 13, 2016



These days, the rules around occasion dressing are fluid, leaving tons of room to mix things up and style even more of the items in your closet for a night out.

I styled four looks perfect for summer occasions with Old Navy's new and improved tees.

I love the juxtaposition of an androgynous look.. pairing a simple piece--like a tee-- with pieces that are more feminine and dressy. Anytime I can be both comfortable and chic, I've struck gold! Old Navy tees have a fit and fabrication that stand up to a more polished look-- they're preshrunk and pre washes for a softer fabric. Now there are countless silhouettes to choose from, ranging from cropped to cocoon, so you can get creative with styling.


Anyone who knows me knows I love to layer. Start with a simple, dainty dress and add a solid colored tee on top. Tying your tee up at the waisted defines your figure and adds some edge and personality. Top it all of with a cute pair of ankle peep-toe booties. It becomes an effortless date-night look or a relaxed go-to for hosting dinner or cocktails at home. 



Denim jackets are one of my favorite layering pieces, especially paired with a solid tee. This borrowed-from-the-boys tee in a neutral charcoal balances out this full, feminine skirt, making it a modern option for a special-occasion brunch. I love the chic, relaxed vibe when I throw this jacket over my shoulder- and it's right there for me if an afternoon outing turns into more casual evening plans. And you gotta love this woven midi skirt to infuse just the right amount of sweetness into the relaxed tee and denim. 





Deconstructed denim is a modern approach to "cocktail dressing," and pairing these cropped, high-waisted denim pants with a sleek black tee and killer heels feels elevated and chic, yet relaxed. Plus, you'll be comfortable all night long! Try this vintage high-rise pair and these neutral wedges. With warmer temperatures on the horizon, you could also opt for a distressed denim skirt and nautical stripes as a chic alternative for a night out.

You can check out my Glamour article here!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
xx


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