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Thursday, May 4, 2017

My Pearly Whites!

I think every woman out there has a few insecurities that they are hyperaware of and one of mine has always been my teeth. I was the seventh grader with crazy teeth, a freshman with braces, then a freshman with a retainer and now I'm 24 years old with slightly stained teeth. Still it's one of those things that's always bugged me.

How many tubes of whitening toothpaste, bottles of whitening mouth wash and boxes of white strips have you purchased over the years? If you're anything like me the answer is probably a lot. I've also been that person who's pondered at night what a professional whitening treatment would cost and if I should ask for it as a gift. Then Smile Brilliant asked me to try out their product and share it with you and it was like the clouds parted and I had something new to try. 

 For a little background: I am an avid toothbrusher and according to my dentist can be a little overzealous about it (sorry, gums!). I hate floss and going to the dentist, but I do both because you're supposed to and who am I to break the dental hygiene by-laws? However, I am an avid coffee drinker and start my day with one or two cups like clockwork. I sometimes grab a latte at lunch and then feel guilty for my caffeine consumption and switch to tea (even though it's still caffeinated, but for some reason it feels like less of an offender than coffee.) Throw in the inevitable occasional glass of red wine, I mean I do live in the Napa Valley, and I've ended up with a little surface staining that even the best whitening toothpaste can't mediate.

My biggest fear when trying out this new product was the sensitivity that I have experienced with other products in the past. I knew going in that the product came with a desensitizing gel that would counteract that common effect, but I honestly thought it was too good to be true. Well... I was wrong because after a few weeks of testing out this product the gel, I dare say, made it doable and made the process so much more comfortable.

With summer knocking on our doors and all the amazing coral lip shades out there (beautiful, but yellowing) there's no better time to get your perfect smile! 

Love you lots,

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Designer Dupes!

At the end of summer last year I did a huge closet clean out. I boxed up multiple containers and filled more than a few garbage bags of clothes that I just wasn't going to get much use out of anymore. I was brutal, there were clothes flying everywhere and in the end I had a nice little space in my closet for new things.

Now that the weather is warming up and the sun is shining, I've been doing quite a bit of shopping to fill in the gaps and replace some of the more tired pieces that got scrapped last year. As always, I wanted to find pieces that are in style this spring, but also classic enough to wear through summer and maybe even into next season.

I am a huge proponent for buying things based on cost per wear and that's why I love these splurge or save posts. If you're going to wear something 100 times and it cost $200, it's worth spending the money on a brand, fabric and design that will hold up to the use. However, if you love a trend but only think you can style it one way then it's better to buy the $20 option that you'll only wear 10 times. Regardless, at the end of the day your cost per wear for both pieces is $2 and we can all afford that! I recently bought this Sole Society bag (it's out of stock in Ivory, but they keep restocking!) because while I love the YSL version, I wasn't sure how such a light colored bag would wear long term. I find the vegan leather is a little easier to clean and if it get's scuffed or my denim transfers it won't be a $3,000 mistake.

This spring I am loving the classic, preppy silhouettes. It's always been a favorite look of mine, but J. Crew has really been crushing it this season. There's a definite chance that I've placed a few orders in the last few months. I have seen so many bloggers with the light pink Balmain blazer and it's the most stunning piece of structured outerwear I've seen in a long time. I love the silver hardware and the super crisp lines, but I'm moving at the end of the summer and it's simply not in the budget. However, I've definitely got my eye on this beautiful style from White House Black Market! How cute would that be with this lacy top, my new structured satchel, and a strappy sandal? And I might just have to throw these new sunnies into the mix, too! 

What trends are you loving this month? 

Love you lots,

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March Inspiration!

Gingham: One || Two || Three || Four || Five (Shoes) || Six 
Florals: One || Two || Three || Four || Five || Six 
Shoes: One || Two || Three || Four || Five
Satchels: One || Two || Three || Four || Five

Night Routine: One || Two || Three || Four || Five
Pink Pout: One || Two || Three || Four || Five

March means it's time for spring! Spring break, spring flowers, springing forward!

This month's fashion inspiration is all about springing into warmer weather and some fun outdoor adventures (ones that I can look cute while doing, of course). I'm looking forward to some wine tasting, brunch on the patio and shopping in my favorite outdoor malls. For all of these, I want to have some cute go-to outfits for all of these weekend trips!

Gingham was all over the runways last year, but brands are still sticking to this classic print. If you didn't take advantage or you didn't get enough of it *raises hand* this year is your chance! Dress it up, dress it down or add some nautical accessories, no matter how it's styled you're going to look great. Plus, it's way easier to wear than stripes.

Florals are completely cliche, but who doesn't feel gorgeous in a feminine, floral dress. I've got my eye on the Free People one, but I know any of these would look amazing with some strappy sandals and one of the structured bags. 

Anyone else loving this bag from Sole Society? It looks so much like the YSL Sac du Jour!

Just before the summer months when all of our skin gets hit with sun, sand and salt, now is a great time to start implementing and great nighttime routine. I already love and use the Clinique eye cream, but for everything else I've read so many reviews and can't wait to give them a try!

What are you looking forward to this month?

Love you lots,

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A little bit of Gingham!

Happy International Women's Day to all the amazing, strong and gorgeous women out there!!

Today, more than usual, I am thinking about all the amazing women in my life and thanking all those who have passed for the work they've done to allow me to be who I am today. I am going to be working all day, but I'm happy to share a #whatwomenwear outfit.

This outfit is one of my favorites because it's cute, but totally functional. I love to dress up and get glam, but on an everyday basis this is more my speed. Gingham was huge last spring and it seems to be a pretty popular choice again this year. It's a trend that I love and I'm planning to add a few more pieces to my wardrobe as the weather warms up (check tomorrow's post for a few cute options).

Every woman needs a great pair of jeans and while I continue to shop for the perfect cropped, raw-hemmed pair these are my go-to pair. The wash is dark enough to dress up, but light enough to still be on trend. They fit true to size so you can order them online without worrying about returns!

If you need a transition outfit as the spring blossoms start to bloom then this is the way to go!

Love you lots, 

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Friday, March 3, 2017

You Make Me Blush!

Free People Pink Top || Levi 721 jeans || Older Tory Burch Flats (try these!) ||
Rebecca Minkoff Bag (Similar here & here) || J. Crew Earrings || 
BaubleBar Ring (Try this one!) || LORAC Alter Ego Lipgloss ||

What do you get when you combine a cute pink sweater, your comfiest jeans and a pair of Tory flats? The perfect brunch outfit, which is exactly where I wore this look!

In the last few months since I bought this top I've worn it on repeat. Imagine this same outfit and switch out the accessories. It's comfy, easy to throw on and go and it looks super cute in every combination. If you like more fitted clothing than maybe this top isn't for you, but if you're like me and love a good loose fitting top then this Free People one is for you. It comes in a few colors, but I immediately knew I needed it in the blush!

If you're looking for a great pair of jeans, I would definitely reccommend these Levi 721s. They come in so many washes and fit like a dream. I also love the 711 style, but these are high waisted and look great with the split back of the sweater.

Every magazine that I've picked up in the last few weeks has been talking non-stop about statement earrings. This look is replacing the statement necklace for the coming seasons and I couldn't be more excited. These J. Crew sequin floral earrings are my new favorite pair. They're leather backed, but not super heavy. They add an instant girly vibe to every look. I personally am obsessed with the white ones, but check out all the different color options because they are all super cute!

Love you lots,
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Posh in Portland

This look all started with the shoes. I've been loving these booties since I was at home over Thanksgiving. My mom (a styling genius) was looking to update a pair of black shoes and I stumbled upon this pair of booties by Kendall + Kylie helping her look for the perfect pair. While I didn't need another pair of black booties and they weren't in the style my mom was looking for, the tan color really caught both of our attention. (Plus, they also come in oxblood if that's more to your styling preference.) I love the unique heel design, the narrow ankle and exaggerated pointed toe, they're just super cool, but also a great basic to have. Fast forward to the January sales and I found them at an amazing price.

As someone with very long legs I've always found styling a slightly taller ankle boot problematic. My real jeans and pants are too long, but most crop styles are wayyyy too cropped. So what's a girl to do? My tip for you is to turn to a great pair of suede(ette) leggings. I grabbed this pair from my friends at Cake Plate in Napa, but there are so many styles available. This pair has a cool zipper detail at the ankle, but for this look I simply cuffed them under to shorten the leg and show off my shoes. You could also stick with a great midi skirt for the perfect styling, but it was a little too cold in Portland for light and flowy looks.

Last, but definitely not least, if you need a white top (and let's be honest everyone does) go pick this one up from Nordstrom. It's on sale right now and I wear mine constantly. It looks awesome dressed up with trousers, skirts or black denim and pumps, but looks just as great dressed down and tucked into a pair of distressed denim shorts. It comes in a ton of colors and will quickly become one of your closet go-tos! It's definitely one of mine!

Love you lots,
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wishing for Spring

One || Two || Three || Four || Five || Six ||
Seven || Eight || Nine || Ten || Eleven ||

I love Fall/Winter fashion and I am not quite ready to give up my cozy sweaters, but I am starting to crave some warmer weather. I also really want to take a tropical vacation so while I sit on my couch in a Patagonia fleece, my fave Zella leggings and moccasins, I am creating a list of all the items I can't wait to add to my wardrobe. Maybe, just maybe, I'll get to wear some of them walking in the sand and soaking up the sun. Well, I can dream can't I?

 I'm loving everything blush right now, but while I'm thinking ahead white and blue keep catching my attention. I like the crispness of the two colors and how lightweight and effortless the combination feels. There's just something so summery about a crisp white dress and a splash of blue. I am so wanting to go get a pedicure and fall back in love with white polish. Then again I should probably get a tan first!!

As for shoes — hands down my favorite thing to shop for — I am loving these strappy sandals. Last year I loved these Sam Edelman sandals (they're on sale now!!), but the style and color are something I'm looking at again this year. Jeffrey Campbell's Rodillo wedges have been popular for the last two years, but I'm so happy I didn't give into temptation last summer. While super similar, I love the Rayos version so much more! I love a wedge or a chunky heel, so I can wear them all day. 

What trends are you excited about? What's on your Wednesday wish list? 

Love you lots,