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Outfit of the Day : Navy & Mint 

Because it’s finally not 90 degrees outside I decided to wear my new pants I just got at Banana Republic this weekend. They are so comfortable and stretchy.  I honestly don’t regularly wear pants but I am trying to incorporate them into my outfits. So somehow I have made it through ten years of career without a staple like navy pants. 

I love the scalloped bottoms.  You can buy them here.


My top is old White House Black Market. It is silk an so light and airy. I am wearing a cami under it so that it is more work appropriate. 

You can buy my exact shirt here on Poshmark for $15. Considering I paid $60 for mine that is a fantastic deal. 

My shoes are Vince Camuto. I have had them for 4 years and they still look new. You can buy a current pair here

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Outfit of the Day : Cold Shoulder Top

So I bought another top outside of my comfort zone at Buckle. My first cold shoulder top.ūüôĄ 

Not sure what took me so long to jump on the band wagon but I am loving this top. 

My shirt is sold out but here is a similar one. 

My jeans are my faithful Hudsons. They do amazing things for my butt.  Macy’s has them here. They are pricey ($175) but so worth it. 

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Shopping Sunday 

Today I bought my first cold shoulder top. I have fought the trend as long as I could and I finally gave in. 

I bought this top at Buckle for $26. You can buy it here. Honestly I would have passed this top on the rack but it is so cute on. 

My shorts are J.crew factory chinos. I swear by these. I have them in every color. They fit great, you can wash them and they last for years. They are sale here. I wear the 3 inch inseam. 

My sandals are Michael Kors. Macy’s has similar ones here

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How I met my Husband

I have been married To my husband for a little over two years, and we have been together for a little over for years. I gave touched on why we travel and a little bit of family, but I want to chronicle how we started. 

2007:

I lived in the same apartment complex as my future husband and we end up at the same shitty bar over the course of the next few years. We are only friends and don’t even have each other’s phone numbers. 

Little did I know he had a crush on me. And he says he prayed every night for a girl like me. 

2010:

I move out of the apartment complex with my then fiance. I don’t see my now husband again for 3 years. We become Facebook friends but have no commincation. 

2013: 

My ex-fiance cleans out our house and leaves. This was the best thing to ever happen to me but at the time I couldn’t see that. My now husband reaches out to me on Facebook.  We chat and he comes over. I make it pretty clear that I am not interested in hooking up. So instead he comes over and rubs my feet and we get to know each other. I am trying to put my life back together and am not really that invested in pursing any type of relationship. Yet he doesn’t give up. For my birthday he has this cake made: 

I love hedgehogs. For a guy who isn’t sleeping with you to go out of his way and pay money to have a cake made into the shape of a ridiculous animal, you just might have a keeper. 

May 2013:

We take our first trip together. We go to Emerald Isle with a bunch of his friends and have our first fight. 

But when we get home I realize I fell in love with him. 

July 2013:

At his suggestion we move in together. This is a learning curve for us.  Two very different and opinionated people living together = a lot of misunderstandings. 

Above is my first purchase for our new house – Eloise the chicken. 

January 2014

My now husband grants one of my bigerst wishes. He teaches me how to ski (or lets me run him into a tree) 


May 2014

He proposes very romantically at ten pm on a Sunday night. We had argued and I was doubting his commitment/love for me, so he goes in our bedroom and pulls out a ring.  Yes the moment wasn’t photographed and yes we were not surrounded by our friends and family, but it was genuine. It was an authentic unplanned proposal and I love him for doing it that way. 

We celebrated with a trip to Emerald Isle and set a date for May of 2015. 

February 2016:

My now husband gets me the best gift I could ever ask for. A Samoyed puppy.


Kaya is my baby and I am not ashamed to say has her own Instagram account. And my husband who isn’t particularly fond of dogs is wrapped around this little ball of fur’s paw. 

May 2, 2015

We get married with 20 mostly family guests. 

My only regret – that we didn’t elope. 



And we honeymooned in Saint Thomas. 

Not every prince has a crown. My prince has a big heart and the ability to make me feel loved and cherished. 

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Outfit of the Day : Banana Republic & Vince Camuto

As I stated in my post yesterday I am a Banana Republic addict. This is another classic Banana Republic dress.  

Today’s combo is a navy fit n flare dress with tan heels by Vince Camuto. This is a classic look. Below are some more styling options to shop this look yourself. 


Ann Taylor has this classic navy sheath dress on sale for $75 here


J. Crew has this classic dress here


This is a very fun take on a classic sheath. You can buy it Here

I love tan / nude shoes. They go with everything and can be dressed up or down. I do not regret investing in my Vince Camuto heels 3 years ago. 


You can buy these Vince Camuto heels here at Dillard’s. 


These are a very cute block heel option if stilletos aren’t your thing. You can buy them here

**pictures are not my own. They are taken from company websites. 

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What’s in my Cart : Banana Republic¬†

I might be a little bit addicted to Banana Republic. All of those outfits above are from there. And I just ordered 3 more pieces online with the justification that I need vacation clothing for Bermuda. One of the many reasons my husband I have seperate bank accounts. It allows us to live our daily lives without questioning the other person’s spending habits. 9 times out of 10 I only keep one thing out of my online orders or send it all back. 

Reasons I consistently shop at Banana Republic:

1. Fit – their clothes generally true to size. Very important when ordering online. 

2. Quality – I have some of their clothes from over 5 years ago that I wear regularly and they still look new.

3. Prices – they are always running sales and if you are a card member you usually get an additional % off. Today my purchases were 60% off. I recommend that if you find a brand you love, get the rewards credit card. The perks are usually worth it. For online shopping affects the free shipping alone is fabulous. 


I bought this dress to take to Bermuda. You can buy it here. I am worried about the fabric wrinkling and if it is too sheer. But I only paid $35 so if doesn’t work it’s going back. But this with some Jack Rogers has beach written all over it. 


I bought this dress because it was on sale for $38 and I got another 60% off that price. You can buy it here. I am not sure how the shoulders will fit but this too can be sent back and for $16 if it fits that’s a spectacular deal for a quality black dress. 


I bought this top with the intent to wear it in Bermuda.  You can buy it here for $25 or take an additional 60% off if you have a Banana Republic credit card. I think this top will be really cute but I have no shorts so if I don’t find a pair of shorts this might be going back. 
***pictures are not my own. Taken from brand website. 

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Why we travel and the realities of marriage. 


My husband and I have been married for a little over 2 years.  That is almost 1,000 days of togetherness. Endless loads of laundry, dinners cooked and often eaten apart, bills, petty arguments that turn into grudges, and days that never have enough hours to do it all.  

That is not saying we don’t make the most of small moments together. My husband makes my coffee every morning. I rub his back every night, we have date nights. But it’s hard to push aside the stress of responsibilities during the day to day grind. 


When we travel we have the best time. There are no deadlines, laundry or errands. We get to just enjoy each other’s company. And maybe that doesn’t sound like a big deal but it is. 

For the first two years we were together we didn’t take any solo trips. It was always with family or friends. And while that is fun, there is no room for romance or bonding time. You have to make time for just the two of you.  Right now we try to alternate, one trip just the two of us, one trip with family or friends. It’s a balance that works for us. 


When my husband and I travel I don’t :

– Workout. I take the chance to actually wake up next to my husband and enjoy early morning snuggles. If we both wake up early I might run while he watches the sunrise, but I don’t stress about getting a workout in. 

– Watch what I eat. I eat healthy portion sizes but generally I eat whatever food is local and allow myself to indulge in treats.

– Follow a routine. I try to get out of my daily routine and just enjoy each day and whatever activity we are currently doing. I don’t have to follow set meal times or worry about cramming everything in. 

– Stay attached to my IPhone. I try not to be so focused on capturing the perfect picture that I miss the beauty of the moment. 


Trips in 2017 that are booked so far :

1.  January – Snowshoe. Just the two of us.

2. February- Snowshoe. Family and friends. 

3. March – Bahamas. Just the two of us. 

4. July – Bermuda. Just the two of us.

5. July – Emerald Isle. Friends. 

6.  September- Charleston. Family 

That is all we have booked right now. I am sure there will be more. Some of those trips are low budget. Some are a little more pricey. We do a good mix of both. 

I will be doing a post on what / how I pack to fit everything in one suitcase and a post detailing our Bermuda trip. 

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Outfit of the Day : Lilly Pulitzer 

Somehow I have made it to almost 30 without wearing Lilly, but it has finally happened. I found this shirt in a consignment store and had to have it. 


I love the detail around the neckline and how it cuts in almost like a halter top.

You can buy it here on Poshmark. It is an older Lilly top but you can find it on resale sites. 

My jeans are Citizen of Humanity from Nordstrom here. Yes they are $200 but they fit amazing and have held up for 4 years.

My sandals are Michael Kors that you can get on Poshmark here

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Weekend Wear : Bringing in Buckle 

I love Buckle for their fun, unique weekend wear. I have to be dressed up Monday through Friday so I live for my weekend jeans. 

This top is only $32. You can buy it here. It would be flattering with jeans or shorts.

This top is another gorgeous option here

I am ordering these shorts here to take to Bermuda. 


These shoes are perfect with shorts or jeans and are under $50. Buy them here

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Outfit of the Day : Another day another suit

Today I have a client meeting so it’s a dress up day. 

All of my outfit are older pieces. Except my shoes. 

They are BCBG from DSW that you can buy here. I get compliments every time I wear them. Totally worth the $69. 

My skirt is older White House Black Market but they have this skirt on sale for $29

You can buy it here. For $29. The skirt I am wearing is almost ten years and I wear it a few times a month. The quality of their clothing is unbeatable.


This is another White House Black Market find. I am loving the color and the drama of this shirt. You can buy it here

To make this work appropriate you need a blazer. This is another piece worth investing in. 

You can buy it here