Beach Essentials with Express

May 20, 2015


Swimsuit: Express c/o// Bag: Jonathan Adler// Hat: Madewell// Glasses: Wildfox

While I’m waiting for swimsuit weather to get here, I am loading up on all my favorite sun essentials.  I always have a beach bag with my towel, a good book, and my ipod. I also pack loads of SPF and a water bottle so that I can keep myself hydrated out in the sun. To further protect myself, I bring along a wide-brim hat and my favorite sunglasses to keep the glare away.  Once I have all of my basic bag essentials and accessories packed, I get to pick out the swimsuit that I want.  Over the years, there have been so many new styles introduced that it takes me forever to decide on which one to bring. Express is a one stop stop and has all of my favorite designs this season from bandeau, halter, one-pieces and my favorite- the fringe!  Check out some more of my favorites below….



May 18, 2015

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Shirt: J.Crew// Jeans: Blank Denim// Clutch: Banana Republic// Shoes: Jeffrey Cambell//Sunglasses: Karen Walker//  Watch: Kate Spade// Bracelet: Pandora//



May 15, 2015


If you are like me and live in the Midwest right now, you would be experiencing weather that is not ideal for spring. I’m pretty sure it is May and I have worn my winter coat! Even though I won’t be heading to warmer weather for a while, I have decided to try and live the vacation spirit every day!  I’ve thought about what I enjoy while on vacation and am going to include that into my daily life right now. I’m going to try to be more in control of my schedule, enjoy fewer responsibilities, and spend more time with the people that I love most. Palm Breeze is also making it easier for people to enjoy vacay every day by offering two new great spritzer flavors – Pineapple Mandarin Orange and Ruby Red Citrus! They are refreshing, tasty, and sure to put you into the vacay spirit!   In case that doesn’t do the trick, check out some of my favorite mandarin orange and ruby red spring pieces below to help put you in the #VacayEveryDay mood!



With the help of a new outlook and Palm Breeze, I’m sure we all can live the vacay spirit every day. Here’s to spring and living the way you want to live- not just on vacation! And as always, please drink responsibly!


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Palm Breeze through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Palm Breeze, all opinions are my own.


the perfect midi skirt

May 13, 2015



Rails and Shorts

May 11, 2015

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Shorts: J.Crew// Shirt: Rails// Glasses: Karen Walker// Bag:  She +Lo ( Huge Sale!)// Flip Flops: Yosi Samra// Watch: Kate Spade// Earrings: Shashi


The Things I love: Accesories Edition

May 7, 2015




Love is a Beach

May 6, 2015

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Sweatshirt: Sol Angeles// Shorts: Frame// Shoes: Sperry (most comfortable shoe ever!)// Bag: Aldo// Glasses: Karen Walker// bracelet: Pandora

Wouldn’t this outfit have been so much better if there was actually a beach in the background? Unfortunately, I am no where near a beach and must just dream about them by wearing this sweatshirt. Lame… I know! Until then, I’m planning on just enjoying the sunshine that we are actually starting to get here in Illinois and hopefully more than one consecutive day where I can wear shorts!

Gift Guide

Mother’s Day Gift Boxes

May 4, 2015

Popsugar Must Have:


I may be biased to this box because I do work with Popsugar but they really do pack a great mix of items into their boxes.  The products include beauty, fashion, fitness, food, entertainment, and home goods. Monthly: $39.95

Olive Box:


According to their website, “As a member you will receive a delightful box of paper & lifestyle products delivered to your front door each month. From cards to artwork to inspiring books and gifting ideas, you never know what exciting products you will unwrap each month. Each box will have a surprise theme and will include goodies that have been transformed by the beauty of paper.” Monthly: $25

Hammock Pack:

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According to their website you will receive “a  monthly surprise pack filled with everything you need to take a much needed getaway without even leaving your home. Enjoy a selection of products that are local to each monthly destination. Geared toward women, each pack is filled with a mix of food, bath products, housewares, and accessories you’ll only find while visiting each city.”  March’s box was Austin, TX. Monthly:  $32

The Cravory: 


I have mentioned this box subscription before too.  The  Cravory is a cookie company that makes the best gourmet cookies. The price varies depending on the amount of cookies that you subscribe to but each month you receive a variety of their homemade cookies and their unique flavors of the month. They hold up for quite a while but you will eat them right away anyway! Monthly: Varies

Citrus Lane:

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Get a surprise box for your child every month because what mother doesn’t love fresh ideas for kid entertainment! You can submit the age of the child and then they will send you developmentally appropriate items. 3 month subscription: $81