Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Lilly Pulitzer & Dallas Arboretum

My sister came to visit me last week which is why I have not posted as much recently. She is actually going to stay now for about a month as Covid travel rules keep changing for NY and she is off of school. So I get to have some company for a while which is nice! Last week we went to the Dallas Arboretum in the evening and walked around. It was the perfect night and I was able to get some awesome pictures. Right now they are letting people bring in food to have a picnic in the park. So many people were doing this. We definitely want to go back at some point and bring pizza! If you live in the Dallas area and are looking for something to do right now that is Covid friendly I highly recommended going to the arboretum. The flowers are so pretty!

I have not posted a "formal" outfit post in so long! This dress is one I got at the end of the summer on sale and I love the style of it. Lilly is having a summer sale right now that ends tonight. While I was excited for this sale in the middle of the summer I was not very impressed. They didn't have much in stock in a small so I didn't pick anything up. Hopefully the annual after party sale will be more successful. 

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer // Sandals: Jack Rogers / Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Friday, June 26, 2020

4th Of July Inspiration

4th of July is right around the corner and there is nothing I love more than a red, white & blue combo! The 4th is one of my favorite holidays and while it is going to look much different this year I am still excited to put some cute outfits on and celebrate. I love all the things on this list and had lots of fun putting it together. I am going to wear this USA tank I ordered! 

I would love to know how everyone is celebrating this year social distance style! I am headed to a cabin with my sister for a few nights. 

Sail To Sable Tunic // Vineyard Vines Scalloped Bikini Top & Bottoms // Vineyard Vines Striped Pullover  // Target Tie-Dye Dress // Vineyard Vines Sun Hat // Target USA Tank Top // Old Navy Striped Swing Dress // Old Navy Tie-Dye Sweatshirt // Target Red Dress // Mi Golondrina Embroidered Dress // Vineyard Vines Tassel Earrings // Target Tie-Dye T-Shirt // Old Navy Striped Blouse // Mi Golondrina Hair Tie // Havaiana Flip Flops // Mi Golondrina Embroidered Blouse 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

My Experience Moving Across Country

It is coming up on one year since I packed up and moved from Buffalo, NY to Dallas, TX. It was a whirlwind of a few weeks when I moved. I was excited about the move but also VERY nervous about it. I felt like I could have used some tips and advice on where to even start. So I wanted to share everything I did when moving. Things that worked well and things that I would have changed! Once I accepted my job I had to hit the ground running to find an apartment and move within a month to start my new job. 


How Did I Find Apartments To Tour? 
Since I didn't know the city well at all I used an apartment locator to help curate a list of possible places for me. I had never heard of this service before but most bigger cities have apartment locators. They work with you to come up with a list of available apartments. The one I worked with did not charge a fee but instead, when you sign with an apartment you listed the locator company. They then received a small commission from the lease I signed. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Father's Day Gift Guide

If you can believe it Father's Day is next Sunday June 21st! Don't worry I have not gotten anything either but we still have time. I wanted to share some gift ideas that I think would make great gifts at all different prices. I wanted to include items that most guys need/use in a more "luxury" version that they may not ever buy for themselves. Like this really soft workout shirt or this carry-on duffle.


Friday, June 5, 2020

May Favorites

Happy Friday! I don't even know where to start as so much has happened in the past week. A week ago today several small businesses got luted in downtown Dallas which lead to a curfew being put in place. Then you have the much needed black lives matter movement that is hopefully that start of bigger changes. On top of that Cooper, my corgi has been kind of sick all week. So ya it has been a draining week. I have been sharing resources I find helpful over on my Instagram related to racism. I may eventually compile a blog post with links I find helpful and my thoughts surrounding the issues of racial injustice but for now, I am still process and researching.

It is hard to believe yet another month has passed. It is so weird to think how many months have already gone by in this year but not too much has happened in my day to day life. I wanted to share some of my favorites from the past month and things I have been enjoying. It is funny that pretty much everything is either food or fitness related as that pretty much sums up what I have been up to these days.

1. Starbucks Violet Drink // If you love Starbucks refresher drinks and have not tried this one I highly recommend it. I had never even heard of it until my mom told me about it. It is SO good! It reminds me of a mix between the pink drink and dragon drink but not as sweet.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

How I Curl My Hair Using A Straightener

A few weeks ago I shared my hair care routine and I have been meaning to share how I curl my hair using a straightener. So I finally got around to filming the video this past weekend. I have used everything from a traditional curling iron to a curling wand. I find this way of using my straightener is super quick and easy. I don't have to worry about getting a crease from the clamp or burning my hand with a wand. This BaByliss Pro straightener heats on the outside which makes it perfect for curling. I have had this straighter for years and I swear by it. It's seriously THE BEST! I hope I did a good job explaining how I curl it. Once you try it a few times I find it easy to get the hang of.


Monday, May 25, 2020

Happy Memorial Day & Swimsuit Top Pics

I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend! I spent Saturday laying by the pool and it was SO nice. Yesterday I was able to get a run in before the rain came in the afternoon which lasted pretty much all of today. I love having three day weekends and am not wanting to go back to work tomorrow. At least it's a short week!

I have been loving all the swimsuits I have been seeing recently so I wanted to share some of my top picks. There is definitely a trend of stripes, off the shoulder, and ruffles 😁 


Friday, May 22, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend Sale Roundup

TGIF! It feels extra nice because the sun is shining and it's a three day weekend. Even though work was pretty quiet for me this week I am so ready for the weekend. I had a pretty rough weekend last week between it raining ALL DAY Saturday and a trip to immediate care which is a story for another day. Needless to say I need a nice weekend to relax and recharge. It goes without saying that I am going to try to make the most of yet another holiday celebrated away from friends and a change in plans. This weekend my friends were planning a trip to NYC to visit one of my best friends from high school. Obviously that trip is no more so I plan to spend some time at the pool, have a cookout, make some cocktails, and venture out to Target for a much-needed trip. I haven't been to Target in literally months. I hope everyone is able to enjoy the holiday and relax! 

Today I decided to start the weekend off right with a proper festive outfit! Nothing special but loving this casual look. 

Top: Old from J Crew Factory / Shorts: Abercrombie / Necklace: Kendra Scott / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Bracelet: Made myself but this is very similar (Allie & Bess) 
With retail stores mostly being closed and the long weekend I expect some of the sales to be extra good. So I wanted to round up some of my favorite stores that currently have a sale going on. Some of these sales may be even better come Monday! 

Abercrombie // 40 to 60% off everything plus an extra 15% off sale (no code needed) 
Draper James // 40% off sale styles (no code needed)  
Gap // 50% off everything with code WARM
J Crew // Up to 60% off with code HISUMMER
J Crew Factory // 50 to 60% off everything (no code needed)
Kelly Wynne // 25% off sale items (no code needed) 
Kendra Scott // 20% off everything (no code needed) 
Lilly Pulitzer // Free Tumbler with $100 purchase (no code needed) 
Loft // 50% off and free shipping with code FRIEND 
Old Navy // Tees, tanks, shorts and swim 50$ off (no code needed) 
Target // BOGO on swimsuits and sandals plus sales on outdoor and summer items (no code needed) 
Tarte // $25 for a bunch of their popular items. Sale ends TONIGHT but they may have another sale on Monday.
The Impeccable Pig // 20% off everything with the code PARTYINTHEUSA
Tuckernuck // 25% off sale style with code BERRY25 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

One Year Post Graduation & My Advice

It is hard to believe that it has been a whole year since I graduated from college last year. Part of it seems like it was just yesterday and part of it feels like it was forever ago. I can't imagine graduating right now not knowing how the world will look a month for now. The added stress that brings is just SO hard considering how much I struggled in a normal graduation season. I think that graduating from college is hands down one of the most challenging things. It's not like high school where most people graduate and go right into college. Once you graduate from college there are so many different things. You can go for more schooling, look for a job, move, travel and the list goes on. I thought I would share my perceptive from college graduation and my advice for new graduates.

 

Friday, May 15, 2020

What I Have Been Watching During Quarantine

Happy Friday! I missed the blog this week but I was SO busy this week with work that by the end of the day I just didn't have the motivation to get a post up. I also just had a blah weekend last week so I am looking forward to making the most of the weekend and hopefully getting outside. 
In any other situation I would be ashamed to share how many tv shows I have been watching but I think at this point anything goes. I shared a list of tv shows back at the end of March with current tv shows I was watching and my favorites. I have a ton of shows on that list but I wanted to share with you what I have been watching the past month or two. 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Saturday Shopping

This past week I had a busy work week and if I am being honest I have kind of hit a wall this weekend. You can only go so many weekends without doing much before it gets to you. Today I did get out for a walk, grab a Starbucks, and picked-up dinner. I have a few fun posts I am hoping to get up this week. Although those posts will take a bit more time and effort and today I was just feeling some online shopping. I thought it would be fun to share a bunch of random things that I have recently come across that I really think are cute! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Haircare Must Haves

In the last few weeks, I have shared a few skincare posts (here // here) so I thought I would share my must-have haircare products I can't live without. I pretty much have been using all these hair products for years now and swear by them. My hair is very thick, frizzy, and wavy so I need lots of products to help it out! I also filmed a corresponding video in case you want more in-depth information about any of the products. I will say that pretty much all of these items are "salon brands" but I think they are totally worth the money. I also try to get deals from Ulta as much as I can. For the shampoo and condition, I always make sure to stock up when Ulta is running their jumbo sale which is normally twice a year. I try to go about 3-4 days in between washes so I wash it at night before bed. When it comes to styling I typically will straight it and every so often curl it with the straighter (going to share a tutorial on this soon). If I happen to not wash my hair at night I will either scrunch it and let it air dry or use the Revlon volumizing hair dryer which gives the BEST at-home blowout (review here). 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Current Things Making Me Happy

Happy May!! I don't know about you but I am excited to start a new month. I don't have anything crazy planned or anything. I am just looking forward to a fresh start to get into a workout routine, the weather is getting so nice, and I just feel more into a routine doing everything out my apartment. This past week I had some flu bug or something for a few days. I just had a bad stomach ache and low energy but I missed not being able to post. I was going to share my monthly favorites but instead, I thought I would just share some more things that have been making me happy lately (check out the first version here). I really love reading others post like this so I wanted to share a few things I have been enjoying the last few weeks. 

1. Old Navy Lounge Set // I saw this set ( shorts / sweatshirt) on Jade Scott's Instagram and thought it was so cute. I like that it is tie-dye but not super bright. I also really like that it is shorts and not pants which are perfect for the Texas weather right now. I have it on today and it is so comfy.