Stripes & Sangria

Top : Charlotte Russe   |  Jeans : Target  |  Shoes  : Poshmark  |

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Writing this post is hitting me right in the feels. I’m missing that gorgeous Jamaican weather and the beautiful breeze! My skin is definitely missing the sun as well. I feel like we have been under one big giant cloud here in the Midwest for the past two weeks…ugh. But, on a higher note, this was one of my favorite outfits of the trip and I’m very excited to show it to you today!

This top was my first new purchase for the trip and I fell in absolute love with it as soon as I saw it. It just screams the need to be on a boat in the tropics to me. I paired it with simple white shorts and these adorable Michael Kors sandals. (I won’t even try and be boujee with that, they came from TJ Maxx. No shame!) It was the perfect outfit to start off our vacation and so comfortable too. It was nice to have something flowy after a long day of cramped flights the day before. Now that we are back in the states, I’ll definitely be breaking out this little number more often!

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Warm Weather On The Horizon

| Top (similar) : Charlotte Russe  |  Shorts : Charlotte Russe  |

|  Shoes  : Charlotte Russe  |

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Are you guys sick of fashion posts yet? I hope not! These are some of my favorite posts to write. With summer right around the corner, I’ve started to break out all my cute summer pieces. These shorts were in fact a new purchase that I have in mind for my honeymoon but wanted to be sure to test them out before we left. They are SUPER comfortable and I’m loving them. Another thing I’m loving, off the shoulder pieces. I’ve noticed that I’ve slowly been transitioning my whole wardrobe to off the shoulder haha! I may need to slow it down a bit but a cute off the shoulder piece is hard to resist!

Leave me a comment below and tell me what your favorite off the shoulder piece is in your wardrobe!
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New Find at the Drugstore : e.l.f. BB Cream

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Long time no see! There has been a lot going on recently and I finally found some time to sit down and write, and none too soon. I’m surprised at how much I do miss blogging after going without it for a couple weeks!

I wanted to take today to talk about a new product I found recently. It’s definitely not new to the drugstore but it is new to me! Recently I went on a vacation and was in need of a little lighter of a foundation for the hiking, zip lining, and all around active days that were soon approaching. Normally, I use the Too Faced Born This Way foundation and it’s great! Not too heavy but definitely more high coverage than I was aiming for on vacation. So, I opted for trying out a BB cream. After some searching, I decided to try out the e.l.f. BB cream (in the shade nude). What intrigued me about this product is the easy squeeze tube and the SPF 20 was definitely an added bonus. It did a great job for its intended use! It lasted through sweat and rain and didn’t end up looking patchy by the end of it all. It’s definitely a lower coverage than I’m used to but I kind of liked the “effortless” look it gave my skin. It can be built up to a bit higher coverage to cover some problem areas, but I wasn’t really concerned with that being out in the wilderness. All around, I think this is a great product and I’m not sure why I waited so long to try a BB cream! I’ll definitely keep it handy for days where I’m just not feeling a full faced look.

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Travel Outfit

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Far away destinations are some of the best vacations; however, getting there is not always the best time (especially if you have an extensive drive or flight). For me, I tend to get antsy around hour 4 or 5 of a drive/flight. I don’t particularly like sitting and being unproductive for extended amounts of time. Although, when I have to travel, you can most definitely find me in a comfy outfit. My first inkling when picking out a travel outfit is definitely not to be fashion forward. This is a usual travel outfit for me: comfy t-shirt, leggings, over-sized jacket, shoes that are easy to slip on and off, and a good pair of sunglasses. I love the utility jackets because they are so comfortable and can dress up any outfits easily! Adding this on top can make your travel outfit look put together and well thought out.

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Travel Essentials

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As many of you know, I am on vacation this week. My favorite part of the year, Colorado time! I thought this would be a great time to show you some of my traveling essentials when it comes to vacation or extensive traveling. I could write you a book of all the items I brought with because I’m one of those over packers, it’s a habit I refuse to quit. Let’s just focus on two of my main bags I bring with me: my go-to bag (essentially a carry on) and my beauty necessity bag.

My go-to bag, as I like to refer to it because we are driving instead of flying to Colorado, is kind of a catch all for my important goodies. These are items I can’t live without, at least not for too long! The obvious items would be my laptop and phone. Those two items will help me get through the 10 hour car ride! Of course, I pack the chargers for both of these items, however I do like to throw in my portable phone charger. This definitely comes in handy out in the mountains where reception is spotty and secretly draining my battery. Packing a selfie stick is also a must for those great views! My small arms can barely get myself in a photo, let alone myself and a mountain. Knowing the destination, I’ll throw in a travel container of both sunscreen and bug spray. I’ll be sure to pack a pair of headphones, sunglasses, my keys, and wallet. And finish off with some items such as perfume, concealer, mascara, etc. for small touch ups when we arrive.

As for my beauty necessity bag, this is packed with all kinds of things I find myself reaching for on a daily basis. I’ve learned, the hard way, what items I simply cannot leave the house without! Take a look and maybe this list will help you to not forget anything you may need!

  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail File
  • Mini-Scissors
  • Eye Drops
  • Travel Mirror
  • Chapstick
  • Lotion
  • Travel Perfume
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton Pads
  • Hair Ties and Bobby Pins

I hope this helps you figure out what is worth bringing along and what can stay home. Safe travels to you all this summer!

Snag the Look!

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I’m interrupting your week with a surprise post because when deals are this good, you can’t waste them! Get this top from New York and Company for 30% off! It’s super cute and can be styled for the workplace or a dressed down for just lounging around. I got mine in the color “grand sapphire” and I LOVE it. I think I found my new color obsession. (Look out olive!) Lately, I have really been into accessorizing with gold accents but the silver zipper on this shirt has been pushing me out of my comfort zone; and, I’m kind of falling in love with silver accessories again! The bangle (which is also on sale) and earrings add a simple touch to the outfit without calling attention to themselves in any way. I wanted the deep blue shirt to pop! Check out the sales here!

July Hot Spots

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Summer means getting out to enjoy the weather, friends, and some good drinks. Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite locations to get just that. I’ve been enjoying wandering around and exploring all of the fun things Des Moines has to offer. I love living near such a big city because I find that no matter how much I go exploring, I can always stumble upon something new! So, without further ado, here are a few of my new favorite hot spots for this summer!

The Rooftop in downtown Des Moines is my favorite summer spot. They have a great menu, great location, and everyone says they have the best Moscow Mules in the city! So do you really need to hear any more? It is a smaller location so it tends to get a little packed so if you’re looking to get in and get a seat I’d recommend trying an early lunch. They’re in such a great location that you can make a day of shopping afterwards! Fair warning, there is little to no coverage from the sun so be sure to dress appropriately. Because you’ll be frying in the sun! (Gotta look out for my pale girls out there!)

The Juice Company is such a cute little hole in the wall place in Des Moines that I never would’ve found if it wasn’t for a friend. I’m so glad she opened my eyes cause this is the cutest little smoothie and juice shop I’ve seen! There’s just something about seeing all of the fresh fruits laying out that gives me a better feeling about what I’m putting in my body. (Because you know that cheap smoothie from a fast food chain is just some frozen chemical filled nastiness.) One of their most popular items is a wheat grass shot, they have tons of this grass all around their shop (so cute!). I’m not brave enough yet to try it but be sure to let me know how it is if you are!

Wellman’s Pub and Rooftop has a special place in my heart because if there is anything better than drinking outside, it’s drinking on a rooftop. They have such a big venue with so many different spaces to really suit everyone. Their outdoor patio area on the first floor is beyond adorable and the large awning really helps on days when the sun is pounding down. Their food is amazing and I always tend to lean towards their wraps because they all sound so good! The drink menu is just as extensive and amazing. I feel like they always have WAY too many tempting drink specials going on. (Makes it very difficult to choose!)

Send me your favorite hot spots so I can try something new! And don’t forget to let me know if you try out one of my favorites! 🙂

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