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3 Summer Style Essential Under $20

04 May 2016

Now that I'm officially back from vacation it's time to start getting my summer closet in order. 
First up, shopping! When it comes to picking out fresh duds I tend to steer towards the same types of pieces: flowing dresses, bold prints, and some sort of color. I usually don't give anything else a second look. Which is why when Marshalls challenged me to shop some Summer essentials and open myself to new possibilities while doing so, I had to say yes. Sometimes you just have to break out of that same ol' system of buying the same types of pieces over and over again. So, I headed in-store and scoured the racks for something 'new'. After a few trips to the dressing room I decided on these three pieces to kick up my summer style and without spending over $20 apiece. Success. 

My favorite? I think it might just be the round crossbody. How cute are these details? Plus, it fits EVERYTHING. My most surprising piece? Definitely the cut off chambray top. It was a last minute grab before hitting the dressing room and it ended up being the first "definitely" coming home with me. 

 I'm challenging you to change things up by teaming up with Marshalls to give one lucky winner $100 to spend on updating their look from Marshalls. Enter below! 

Check out my three finds under $20...

1. Round Crossbody, $19.99

2. Chambray "Cut Off" Top, $12.99

3. Off The Shoulder Dress, $16.99
Outfit One Details: Top and Bag Marshalls, Jeans Levi's, Shoes BCBG

Outfit Two Details: Dress and Bag Marshalls, Shoes Forever21

Boho Maxi Style

02 May 2016

Vacation may be over and I'm back in the Big Apple to kick off Monday but that's not going to stop me from keeping up with the relaxed vibes in this maxi dress. If there's one piece that I can always count on for ease, it's the maxi. I'm particularly loving this print with the extra pop of bohemian from the fringe bag, silk scarf and belt. It might just be the best way to get back in the groove after a 15 hour drive home from the mountains. Well, that and A LOT of coffee and pancakes.

Dress H&M, Bag Marshalls, Boots Chinese Laundry, Belt and Scarf Vintage

Little White Dress

29 April 2016

Though this week initially reserved for vacation only, I did have the chance to sneak in a fews pictures of a couple of my outfits over the week here in North Carolina. While, most of my wardrobe has been reserved for hiking and exploring I did manage to bring a couple of pieces that took me from lounging to dinner. I wanted to keep it simple so I grabbed one of the easiest spring pieces to wear: the little white dress. It goes with everything and is easily dressed up or dressed down. I chose to wear mine this time around with a vintage scarf, leather jacket and white sneakers to keep things laid back - no heels here this week. I found this amazing basket purse as my grandparents this week and knew it had to come home with me. It has been my exclusive tote for the week and could not have been a more perfect pairing with the look. Spring Must Haves: French Market Tote/Basket, Silk Scarf, Little White Dress.

Dress Chicwish {Under $50!}, Shoes Converse, Bag Vintage (Similar here and here under $100), Scarf Vintage (Similar here & here)

6 Spring Recipes To Love

28 April 2016

Now that Spring is in the air and you've officially switched your wardrobe over to shorter hemlines, florals, and sandals; it's time to make the move with your pantry. Hello bright fruits and veggies! So, with spring on the mind I'm sharing some of my favorite recipes inspired by this season of color. Best part? They are ridiculously easy to make...



Mini Dress and Gladiators

27 April 2016

Ok, I'll admit it - I'm never taking these sandals off. I can't figure out how they pair so perfectly with everything but I'm totally ok with it. The latest "creation" is throwing them on with one of my fall favorites from Boohoo, the Allie Dress with the addition of a little fringe. Festival season here we come {but let's not kid ourselves here, I'm not going to any festivals and I'll be wearing the crap out of these all summer long...}.

Shoes Forever21, Dress Boohoo, Bag Marshalls

Success is Calling + Tips for Interviewing

26 April 2016



This post was sponsored by TracFone. As always all opinions are my own.

Two weeks ago we talked about the motivating and inspiring Afternoon Of Empowerment with TracFone and Dress for Success {You can check out the video from the event here}.

This week, I wanted to share a little more about the program, some of my personal interview tips, and of course, how you can help to make a difference for Success is Calling.

The Success is Calling program was created by TracFone and Dress for Success in 2015, to help women navigate a critical step in the employment process: the phone interview. As it turns out, 85% of HR managers and working professionals say the first impressions made over that call follow the applicants throughout the entire interview process.* They added that a candidate makes up for lack of experience with good phone skills. So, the Success is Calling program has proven to be a crucial resource and support in navigating the job search process, with the majority of the 300 graduates landing a job.

This year, TracFone and Dress for Success is expanding the program by offering it to twice as many women around the country, which is kind of amazing if you ask me.

Want to help the cause? One way you can make an impact on the program is to head over to Walmart and purchase a TracFone handset and service {they have phones from LG & Samsung and their plans are as low as $19.99 for 90 days, an average cost of just $7 per month**}. During the month of April, TracFone will donate 20% of its handset sales at Walmart to Dress for Success, for up to $525,000


My personal interview and career tips:

  • Research the company before the interview. When you show up with knowledge about who they are and what they’re looking for, not only are you able to show them exactly what you have to offer them in the terms they will understand, but it is an excellent way to gauge for yourself whether or not they’re a good fit for you.

  • Don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t work out, and don’t give up. Staying positive and confident is key.

  • Get creative. I always want to show my creative side and how I can make a difference in either a campaign or new job. A creative pitch, like a video resume for example, can make you stand out and show them in a concrete way how you can contribute to their goals.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It can show that you’re always thinking ahead and are invested.

* This survey was commissioned by TracFone and conducted by Survata, an independent research firm in San Francisco. Survata interviewed 1001 online respondents between March 07, 2016 and March 14, 2016. For further information, visit www.survata.com.

**Based on 90-day/60-minute/$19.99 airtime service plan. A month equals 30 days.