In the Tropics

There's something about wearing a tropical print when you are on vacation or some place tropical that makes it so much more fun to wear!

While I don't wear busy prints all the time, and love a good neutral this is one print that I love to wear! Since there is a lot going on with the print, I wanted to keep the accessories to a minimum. I seem to live in fedoras and panama hats over the summer, so adding this to complete my look was a given. Plus, with the wind, it was an easy way to keep my hair out of my face!

Total side note- it doesn't even look like I was on vacation! When did my body stop tanning?? And somebody needs to re-teach me how to properly apply sunscreen so I don't end up with weird tan lines! Haha

Outfit Details:
Dress: Elizabeth & West /// Shoes: Target /// Hat: Target /// Bracelets: Charming Charlie /// Earrings: Vivi /// Bag: Blair Ritchey (similar)



When I was packing for my trip I wanted to focus on single items- dresses, rompers, jumpsuits, etc. I did pack a couple of shorts and shirts, but I wanted to keep everything to a minimum so one-piece items it was!

This dress was a last minute toss in, and I am so glad I made the last minute decision to do so! It didn't wrinkle, was super comfy, and can be pretty versatile, based on how dressy or casual you'd like to be. I opted to wear it with wedges to dress it up a bit. I realize my hat makes it a little more casual, but St. Maarten was SO windy, so I pretty much wore a hat the whole time to keep my hair out of my face!

I also think this dress would look absolutely adorable with casual, flat sandals, a denim jacket or vest, and yes, even a panama or fedora hat!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Loft /// Shoes: Target (similar) /// Necklace: Loft /// Hat: Target /// Bracelets: Stella and Dot (old), c/o Alex and Ani


Embracing the 'Whatever'

If you follow me on instagram or facebook, you know that I was away last week with my family and my in-laws in St. Maarten. It was an awesome week. Depsite one day of rain, the weather was great, the company was even better, and quality time was spent.

With the approach of summer, or should I say swimsuit season, comes all sorts of anxieties for women. Do my boobs look weird in the suit, does my butt look big, I have too much cellulite, I shouldn't be seen in public in a bathing suit, and the list goes on and on.

I am guilty of thinking just about every single one of those, without a doubt. I'd like to meet the woman who doesn't have insecurities!

Recently there have been so many articles, news segments, etc. about women embracing themselves in their bathing suits- a sort of call to action to focus on playing with your children, being present, enjoying the moment, and not worrying what you look like in your bathing suit. Easier said than done, right?

Chances are, I am not looking at you thinking "yikes she should not be wearing that." It's more like "I wonder if my cellulite is really noticeable," "I wonder how droopy my boobs look in this suit?" "Wow I could start a fire with how much my thighs are rubbing together!"

Something changed though this past week when I was away- I really made it a point to try and not worry about what I looked like in my bathing suit and just be. It was kind of refreshing to say the least!

So seriously, stop worrying about what you look like in your bathing suit. I'm not looking at you with judging eyes. Be there, be present, enjoy yourself. If I can post pictures of myself in a bathing on the freakin' internet, you can certainly hang out at the pool!

Outfit Details:
Kimono: Target  (I'm wearing an XS) /// Bathing Suit: Anthropologie (love this option)/// Sandals: Target /// Hat: Target /// Sunglasses: Sweet Melissa's Dream

Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway with Lip Smacker! Today is the last day- you can check out all the details here!


Feeling Nostalgia with Lip Smacker + a Giveaway!

I love the feeling of nostalgia. Anything and everything that can take me back in time or quickly trigger some sort of memory I just love.

You can't ignore a feeling, an emotion, when it's triggered by something. For example (and a kind of funny one too, I guess). My parents had this pitcher when I was growing up, it was like a really ugly baby food carrot orange. They use to buy frozen juice in a can, plop it in the pitcher with some water, and that was our juice. That pitcher encompasses my whole childhood. When I was at my friends house the other week, I opened her fridge, only to find the very pitcher from my childhood. The same baby food carrot color with the accordion style lid. I was immediately taken back to my parents kitchen, sitting at the table with a juice mustache! (She borrowed it from her in laws and continues to use it- and I love it!)

Lip Smacker is something else that brings a feeling of nostalgia. Lucky for me though, it's a feeling that I've been fortunate enough to feel since I was little. More importantly though, I get to share it with my daughters! It's definitely something that I can purchase "one for you, one for me!"

And if I am being truly honest, Lip Smacker is something that I have never really stopped using! Even as an adult, it's pretty much a staple. A lip balm here, a lip gloss there. I feel like it kind of grows with you, too- am I right? I have the same feeling of nostalgia, every time I break out my Dr. Pepper. It's a brand that is loved by children and adults alike!

As a kid, I remember saving my peppermint for the holidays, big Lip Smackers were a treat, and french vanilla was pretty much a given in all of my friends' purse or backpack. Now I find myself gravitating towards the Layer-It BlueberryBanana Parfait.  Besides it tasting delicious, it gives just enough glimmer to my lips to keep me looking somewhat pulled together. It also helps that I don't need a mirror to apply, which means I reapply it more throughout the day! For just an every day basic, their lip balm is a must!

I mentioned before I get to share my nostalgia with Ella. She likes to keep some in her backpack too for the school day-she is partial to the Disney Princess flavors (they even have new flavors out now for the movie Inside Out!). We are working on applying it correctly with Charlotte- she is still learning, and thinks its ok to put it all over her face and bite into it-haha! She'll learn eventually! But she loves it just as much as Ella. Nothing beats the feeling of being able to share a favorite from my childhood with my daughters.

Lip Smacker is generous enough to bring the nostalgia to one lucky winner with an awesome giveaway! I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for the donut flavors, but mostly the Dr. Pepper!! (totally random, but fun fact-one of my best college friends has well over 100 Dr. Pepper lip balms. Our friends all pitched in and stocked her with them for life-that's how much she loves Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker!)

(See below how to enter!)

All of those awesome Lip Smacker products can be yours!

So how do you enter? All you have to do is post a picture of your favorite Lip Smacker product or flavor on instagram, twitter or facebook. Tag Lip Smacker and use the hashtag #iheartLS. Good luck to you all! I will be following along, so I can't wait to see what is your favorite!

If anyone needs me, I will be reminiscing with my Dr. Pepper and French Vanilla!


Greetings from St. Maarten!

I know, I know, I have been kind of silent on the blog this week, but if you follow me on instagram or on facebook, you know it's for a good reason.

I am calling St. Maarten home for the week with my family and my in laws. I am one lucky gal to be able to travel to such awesome places, AND to have the support system at home to be able to keep my store up and running for the week (thank you Kacey and Morgan).

Here's a few snapshots from the week so far...

Follow along on instagram or facebook for the rest of my week's adventures, until it's back to reality on Saturday!

Also, check back tomorrow-I have a super fun giveaway planned with Lip Smacker!!