Oversized Sweater

19 December 2014

 I can pretty much guarantee that I'll be living in a cozy oversized sweater, scarf and over the knee boots now that the weekend has finally hit. Grab a croissant and hot chocolate and we're set to do a little last minute Christmas shopping, and by 'a little' I mean all of it...

Sweater Lulu*s, Skirt Marshalls, Scarf Old Navy, Boots DIBA
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Meet Me In New Orleans

18 December 2014

After filling your Instagram feed with snaps from all over New Orleans last week I couldn't wait to get home and share my trip with you guys. (A big thank you to my awesome readers who told me where to go!) First off, you need to add New Orleans to your bucket list immediately, no questions asked. The Crescent City is one destination that you have to see to understand, it's a whole other world down there. It's unlike any city in the States and in the best possible way. They pride themselves for being so behind the times that they're ahead. Which couldn't be more true.

The food, the music, the culture, it's all so incredible. Sure, I have a love story with NYC but there's something about New Orleans that has peaked such a massive interest in just a few days of walking along the cobblestoned streets. It was authentic, rich in culture and filled with so much hospitality. The Colonial architecture withstood the test of time (and Katrina), the seemingly endless music options from every which way and the indulgent cuisines from all over the world. 
Walking through Jackson Square in the French Quarter you could fall in love with street artists, hear the high school brass band play all while eating cayenne infused chocolate gelato on any given morning. The city stayed alive both day and night, and offered something new at every corner. It was exciting, each day was a new adventure. We hopped on a street car, toured the city on bikes, and even found ourselves wandering through the famous cemetries. I learned about the history and tried foods that I'd never in million years think to taste. {I'm almost positive I gained 5lbs.} With the amount of food put in front of you while you're in NOLA you're going to want to make sure you have a little stretch in your clothes, trust me on this one. 
As far as dressing for the occasion goes, I kept things pretty simple as far as getting dressed goes, I stuck to my trusty skater skirts and favorite Levi's to keep me comfortable while I trucked around the city all day. I will say it's a walking town so keep your footwear practical. The weather was crisp, and perfect as one might expect from the south this time of year.
 I enjoyed my time in New Orleans (although it feels as if it were too short) and only hope that you feel just the slightest inclination to explore city for yourself. 
Stay tuned because I'll be sharing my favorite hotspots in the coming weeks on where to go, what to do and what you have to eat.  Until then head on over to the New Orleans CVB and see what NOLA has to offer you...
 A big thank you to the New Orleans CVB for having me and to Richard Melick for taking these awesome shots during our trip. 
To book your trip to New Orleans, visit VisitNewOrleans.com.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of New Orleans Convention and Visitor's Bureau. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Holiday Plaid

17 December 2014

I don't think any holiday outfit is complete without some sort of plaid, it's just not the same without it. Right? So, when I was looking for extra pop of plaid for my closet this skirt was the perfect addition. Not just because it was on sale but it steered away from the typical reds and greens we're seeing this season. I kind of love it, what do you think?

Skirt c/o Eshakti (on sale!), Sweater Front Row Shop, Jacket Lulu*s, Shoes DSW, Bag LANY
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CALIA By Carrie Underwood

16 December 2014

When it comes to having an active lifestyle women are always looking for functionality while still be able to keep things somewhat polished. Let’s be real, it’s in our nature to still want to look and a feel good even after our workout. So, when GRAMMY® winner and fitness enthusiast, Carrie Underwood teamed up with DICK’s Sporting Goods to create her very own fitness lifestyle brand CALIA By Carrie Underwood, it only seemed fitting. She wanted something to fit her work out needs while matching her personal style without spending a whopping $300 on a pair of pants. {Talk about a girl after my own heart.} Carrie opted for ultra feminine prints and cuts, and even consulted her girlfriends for their workout gear gripes and musts when designing the pieces for the collection that launches in March of 2015.
I even got a little sneak peak of the collection last week…
After greeting guests last Wednesday for the CALIA by Carrie Underwood preview with a homemade granola and juice bar (as well as a stunning flower market), Carrie immediately won everyone over with the lovely floral prints, eye catching colors and styles. She even opted for rose gold accents with the accessories.  I’m personally enamored by the black mesh sports bra and pink sweater (which she and her baby bump look positively radiant in) but found I would easily wear all of the pieces in and out of the gym. The pants offer wide waist bands (bye bye muffin top) and all of the pieces are extremely durable and washable which means you get to hold on to that adorable pink sweater just a little bit longer. I have a feeling when Spring rolls around I’ll be adding a little pep in my step with these pieces. What do you think?
This post has been brought to you in partnership with DICK's Sporting Goods. As always, thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible!
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Plaid Poncho

15 December 2014

I don't know about you guys but I cannot believe it's already the middle of the month. Where did this month, er, year go? Just blew on by. Well, I'm officially back from (blowing up your Instagram feed in) New Orleans, and I can't wait to share the trip with you - but until then you're going to have to check out my (favorite piece this season, the plaid) poncho and how I wore it before heading down south.

Personally, I can't take the darn thing off and can't get enough of the reservable prints. I think the red lips  makes it, who's with me?

Poncho Steve Madden via Zappos, Skirt & Sweater TJMAXX, Jacket Spiegel, Bag LANY, Boots DIBA, Hat Debshops

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Sliver of Shimmer

11 December 2014

Now that all of my coats have been successfully rotated to the front of the closet I can start bringing out all of my personal favorites from last year to give a whole new life. First up, this gorgeous gold threaded Spiegel coat paired effortlessly with a {deep} pop of purple. It's kind of perfect.  What coats are you obsessing over for winter?

jacket spiegel, scarf nordstrom rack, hat bijuju, bag lulu*s, tights hanes & boots sole society
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