What's In My Bag: Summer Essentials

11 July 2014

Since moving back to the city I've found that my hands need to be free at all times, especially when I'm in a hurry, which happens to be pretty much everyday. So gone are the days of carrying my handbag the stylish way and on to the days of the functionally stylish crossbody. I can't say I hate it, though making room for my morning Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee (I'm obsessed) in my tiny bag while toting two toddlers to the park is quite the task, lucky for me it has a cap. 

Which brings up the question as to what on earth is in my bag, especially during the summer months, you know aside from the Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee... Now, I'll be the first to admit that on a given day my bag is likely a mess, between receipts, random toys and a pile of sunglasses. However, that's usually only on the days where I make the mistake of opting for a carryall. More room, more mess, right? So, with that being said I'm sharing what's in my carryall (more room for products, obviously) and my trusty crossbody. 

The Crossbody:
After finding this beauty on major sale at French Connection a couple weeks back it's been hard not to wear it just about everyday. It keeps things minimal and me chipper with the bright colors. 





The Carry All: 
I've been obsessed with this Reversible tote since I got it a few months back and I've found it's perfect for those days where I need everything and then some (especially my camera).
Shop What's in My Tote: 



What's in your bag?




Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee beverages are the perfect blend of premium Starbucks coffee and 2 percent milk. Available in four delicious offerings: Coffee + Milk, Low Calorie Coffee + Milk, Vanilla, and Caramel, Starbucks Iced Coffee ready-to-drink beverages are the perfect on-the-go refreshment to get you through the daily commute, big projects such as spring cleaning, or an exciting road trip with friends. Look for it at major grocery and convenience stores, available nationwide.


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Starbucks Coffee Company via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Starbucks Coffee Company.

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DIY Denim Shorts + Summer DIY Ideas With Sauza®

10 July 2014

For me nothing quite goes with an impromptu summer diy party than Sauza® Margaritas, they're kind like the quintessential summer drink, right? So over the weekend, I whipped up a couple mini Sauza®-ritas and dove into a couple DIYS to spice up my summer style. First up, a new pair of denim shorts (because I literally wear this pair all the time.), inspired by the "Make It Like A Cowboy" video. Shake up a Sauza®-rita, grab your jeans - trace, cut, and fold. Voila! Denim Shorts. Of course I immediately threw them on and sipped the rest of my "rita" to help beat the summer heat in pure "like a cowboy" style.
Now, because one DIY is never enough (what's the point in just doing one, especially when you still have that margarita to drink). I decided to rework and share some of my favorite DIYs from the past that are not only perfect for Summer, but super quick and easy.





Or you can grab a Sauza-rita and watch a few of the Make It Like A Cowboy's videos to really get your inspiration on. Don't forget to check out my Summer State of Mind Pinterest Board for more ideas!



Ever think you could make jorts with a cowboy? Here's your chance to meet a man who crafts his heart out. Okay, so maybe he's not the best DIY-er. But what he lacks in cutting skills, he more than makes up for when he makes the perfect Sauza-rita. Watch him in action for ideas for your next ladies' night in: http://bit.ly/1juaLln.

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Screen Style: B.O.R.N. To Style

09 July 2014


We’re all fully aware that I’m all about some fierce fashions and stylings on a given day.  So when I heard about FYI Network launching B.O.R.N. to Style this month I couldn’t the resist urge to get excited about adding yet another guilty pleasure to my list. When have I ever turned down the chance to watch stylists ‘work’ their magic? Really? Exactly.

As for the basis of B.O.R.N. to Style, it kicks off by following 6 fierce stylists around NYC working their magic from the B.O.R.N. shop in Harlem, owned by the ever stylish Jonathan Bodrick, with the notion that your makeover needs a makeover. Judging by the trailer there is some serious personality, attitude and fabulous transformations happening in the B.O.R.N. shop with Jonathan, Brandon, JJ, Kristen, Terry & Devin, so it’s going to be hard not to tune in, a lot.   


Watch the trailer and see for yourself. Don’t forget, B.O.R.N. to Style premieres Tuesday, 7/15 @10p EST, on FYI Network.
         
B.O.R.N. to Style: Your Makeover Needs a Makeover.


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by FYI Network through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about B.O.R.N. to Style, all opinions are my own.
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Glossybox Stars and Stripes Edition

08 July 2014

A girl can get used  to subscription boxes every month, I mean do I really have not need nail polish and beauty essentials? Also, I do love finding new products, so there's that. This month's favorite has to be the Glossybox Stars and Stripes box ($21), I mean it's festive, so why the heck would I not love it?

What It Contained: 
Rusk Texture Dry Finishing Spray: Perfect for maintaining my wild locks this summer - they're getting a little crazy lately. (Retail $18)

Sumita Beauty Champagne Eye Shadow Pencil: For those lazy days where you can't be bothered to apply eyeshadow with anything but this handy pencil. I will say it's a little darker than champagne but I kind of prefer it. (Retail $18)

Ayres Patagonia Body Butter: I just threw this in my bag for on the go scent & moisturizing. Smells like Spring. (Retail $28)

STRANGEBEAUTIFUL Colorbloc: A patriotic pairing in 'bite size' form. I kind of love how compact and cute it is. Plus can you really ever go wrong with either color? (Retail $18)

Camille Beckman Platinume Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy: I'm all about a good citrus scent in a bottle. Though I'm quickly becoming a little lotion hoarder, totally a good thing, right? (Retail $10)

Bonus: C. Wonder Gift Card Up To $500 (Mine was $10)

Who else got this Month's Glossybox? Chime In!
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Jeans and A Peplum

07 July 2014

During the summer I tend to keep my legs bare and often my shoulders covered (you know, because of my super fair skin). Yesterday for a day out I decided to switch things up a bit and threw on jeans and this adorable peplum bustier. I had to keep things bright when it came to accessories, so my new French Connection Mini and my (seriously old) Prabal for Target pumps were the perfect additions. 
Who else is wearing jeans this Summer?
XOXO Peplum Corset, Macy's // Juicy Couture Jeans // Prabal Gurung for Target // Bag French Connection (On Sale + Extra 20% & Free Shipping "S14TWENTY")



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This Week...

06 July 2014

Gosh, it seems like a lifetime since my last This Week roundup, I blame my effort to take the weekends off. But somehow the drive to posting always sucks me in. I'm sure that most of you are out enjoying your holiday weekend but on the off chance you're taking a break from the sun and checking in, here's some of my favorite finds of this week! 
 First Up, Intel sent over this awesome Acer Iconia tablet to share with you guys. I can't even tell you how excited I was to find that it was Android powered (I'm a secret android advocate, shhh). So far it's been used non stop for late night Pinning and Instagram updates. Stay tuned for the full review.  
With Summer in full bloom I couldn't resist these enormous Sunflowers placed all around the apartment, shout out to Trader Joe's for the $4 bunches. 
 I was equally excited to see the contents of this month's Stars and Stripes Edition Glossybox. Review coming soon, spoiler alert there's a C. Wonder Gift Card. Yassss.
And my love for these shoes is even stronger when they're being used as decor...
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