travel guide: edinburgh

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european vacay + 6 must-pack items

If you’ve tuned in recently, you’ll know life has thrown me a few exciting new adventures. Why not add Europe to the list?

Today i’m headed across the pond with my family to explore Scotland, England + France. It’s been several years since i’ve been abroad, and thanks to some extra free time during this transitional period, i’m excited to have the opportunity get back and experience all the culture + cuisines these destinations have to offer. [Read more…]

new adventures

Happy Monday! What better way to kick-off the week than with a little life update… [Read more…]

8 must-book airbnb’s

Travel has been top of mind lately. With a Euro trip of my own around the corner, and plans to visit long-distance friends, I’ve been investing quite a bit of time on Airbnb. I first gave this site a try during a trip to Austin + was very pleased with my stay. So much so, I gave it another try on my getaway to New Orleans and was just as enthused about my accommodations. It’s easy to say I’ve become familiar with many of the listings Airbnb offers.

With that in mind, today I’ve assembled an “Airbnb bucket list” of sorts filled with dreamy beach homes and majestic wooden tree houses. Warning: This list may leave you wanting to book a stay pretty much everywhere… [Read more…]

hello, august

Happy first day of August! I cannot believe our final month of summer is officially here. Apologies for a bit of a blogging hiatus, but life has been quite eventful these past few days. [Read more…]

Nordstrom Anniversay Sale summer picks under $75

TGIF! For those of you {like me} who have patiently waited for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to finally open to the public, today is the day! And let me tell you, I am ready to make some purchases.

Many of the the preview items i’ve seen are more geared more towards fall, but today i’ve compiled a few wear-now styles all under $75. So get ready to shop, save + showcase your new items as soon as this weekend {that sounds like a bunch of wins in my book!}

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Zella Hooded Jacket//Leith Shift Dress//Nike Training Shoe//Hinge Heel Sandal//Vigoss White Jeans//Kate Spade Gold Bracelet//Kendra Scott Earrings//La Blanca Coverup//Hourglass Palette//Beauty Blender

best reads for summer 2016

This week has been a bit tough. These past few days have been filled with multiple doctor visits and lot of time in bed for a summer bug i’ve been battling. The silver lining to all of this? More time to finally dig into that summer reading list.

Summer is my favorite time to crack open a few novels. Whether by the beach, in the park or alongside the pool, I savor the few hours spent unplugged + invested in a well-written novel. Both through book clubs + friends, I rely highly on the recommendations of others for choosing my next title. Today, in an effort to save you some research of your own, i’m here to share a few of these.

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5 Target collections to shop asap

ohjoytargetcollection

As if I needed another excuse to shop Target {why do I always leave with so much?!}, this retailer recently rolled out a series of brand collaborations that are too good to miss. I’ve been mentally keeping tabs on some of these, but after a few more fabulous discoveries on a recent trip, I decided it was worth rounding these up in one place for you to enjoy. From home to apparel, here are some favorite finds to scoop up on your next Target run {my early condolences to your wallet…} [Read more…]

entertaining essentials I always keep in-stock

Summer entertaining season is in full swing! Whether it’s an impromptu post-beach gathering or a planned-out dinner party, I love any chance to gather a group at my place. Fortunately, my apartment comes equipped with an outdoor pool + patio area, which makes the perfect spot to do some entertaining.

Lately, these get-togethers have become more of a regular thing {thank you gorgeous summer weather!} so i’ve made every effort to stock-up on supplies to avoid those frantic last minute store trips. To keep your hosting game on pointe, i’m here today to share a few of these essentials {you’ll thank me later!}

  1. Portable Speaker
  2. Chilled Bottle of Wine– Order in bulk on Amazon
  3. Flavored Water– La Croix is my fave (also doubles nicely as a mixer)
  4. Disposable Servewear – designlovefest for Cheeky has the best prints
  5. Drink Garnishes
  6. Blanket
  7. Fresh Florals in Mason Jars – For easy centerpieces + decor
  8. Non-perishable snacks- Trader Joes has most unique + affordable selection

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4th of July Style: 3 Ways

This is one week I eagerly anticipate every year, where just about everything I love for summer collides into the span of a few days. Outdoor festivals complete with fireworks, BBQ’s with good friends, crop tops, cold drinks, festive bomb pop’s and more. Happy 4th of July {week!} I’ve been mentally eyeing cute pieces to wear for the occasion ever since summer collections first rolled out in-stores. Luckily, my plans to celebrate this year are multi-faceted; I’ll be spending time at a concert, on a lake + by the pool, with ample opportunities to indulge in some fresh grilled cuisine in-between! Inspired by this, today I’m rounding up apparel options for your holiday plans, wherever they’ll take you. Cheers + happy celebrating!

 

4th of July post

beach: swimsuit//bag//hat//sandals//sunglasses

city: dress//shoes//clutch//sunglasses//lips

bbq: top//shorts// shoes//nail polish//purse