Rompin’ Around

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H&M romper (exact) // H&M earrings (recent, but not available online) // Mossimo sandals (exact, on sale for 20% off!)

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To be honest, I’ve never been crazy about rompers. They’ve become so popular as of late, but every time I’ve tried one on, I’ve been disappointed in the fit and especially the way it looks on my, erm, backside. But when I slipped into this H&M romper, which I found for a mere $7 at the Gainesville H&M grand opening event, I was instantly sold. It’s SO comfortable and SO lightweight.

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I mentioned on my Instagram post last week that I’ve decided the only way to stay cool and look cute in the Florida heat is to wear dresses all summer long. But after giving this romper a try, I may have to amend that statement.

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This past weekend, Sam and I took a little mini-vacation to Cedar Key, FL, and this romper was perfect for rompin’ around the quaint little town.

Aren’t these tassel earrings just too fun?! Every now and then it’s nice to be able to incorporate a big piece of jewelry, and when I saw these earrings at H&M, I knew I had to have them. I wasn’t able to find them online, but I just bought them last week, so keep an eye out in your local store!

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Congratulations to Sydney S., who won my $25 Mint Julep Boutique gift card giveaway! And thank you to all who participated.

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Butterfly for a Day

Hello! I know it’s late in the day, but I wanted to squeeze this post in before the weekend arrives, and it’s going to be a HOT one here (old news, I know). Yesterday Sam and I ventured out to the butterfly rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History. I chose this gorgeous Brewster dress in the Rhode Island Reef pattern that I scored at last year’s After Party Sale (AKA the End of Summer Sale), because I thought the bright colors would be a surefire way to get the butterflies to land on me – my way of dressing as a “butterfly for a day”, if you will.

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Lilly Pulitzer Brewster t-shirt dress (sold out pattern, same dress) // Merona bag (new colors) // Jack Rogers Navajo sandals (exact)

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As I’ve mentioned before (and will probably still be mentioning until fall), Florida summers are HOT. And in the warm, humid butterfly rainforest, I needed to throw something on that would keep me cool. Brewster t-shirt dress to the rescue! All the fun of a Lilly dress in a lightweight t-shirt material. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

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Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetSam and I are truly enjoying the experience of living together and getting to do fun things together on a regular basis.

PS – my Mint Julep Boutique giveaway is live until Monday night! Be sure to enter for your chance to win $25 to their shop.

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Flower Empower

Long time, no chat! I’m officially a Floridian, y’all (well, not officially, there’s still some legal things I need to iron out to make it official.. but still). And lemme tell you, moving to Florida in the summer may not have been my smoothest move. It’s so HOT! I’m still having a bit of a hard time adjusting, and an even harder time coming up with cute outfits when all I want to wear is a t-shirt and shorts to keep as cool as possible.

Thanks to Mint Julep Boutique, however, I’ve been able to add this breezy Flower Empower dress to my repertoire, and I’m obsessed. Stick with me ’til the end of this post and there may or may not be a giveaway for you to enter! (Hint: there is.)

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Flower Empower dress, c/0 Mint Julep Boutique (exact) // Kendra Scott Sandra pendant necklace (similar) // Mossimo sandals (exact) // Jay. M New City leather tote (exact)

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I was ecstatic when Mint Julep Boutique contacted me to select a piece of theirs to style on my blog, but you wouldn’t believe how hard of a time I had narrowing my favorites down to just one piece! There’s so many gorgeously unique pieces available on their site, and you can bet I’ll be a repeat customer.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThis beautifully printed dress is just flowy enough to be perfect for the Florida heat. I paired it with a favorite pair of sandals and simple jewelry to keep the focus on the dress.

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I’m thoroughly enjoying incorporating Florida’s foliage into my blog shoots! And it doesn’t hurt to have a live-in photographer/visionary to create photos like these for me. 😉

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetI threw this dress on to run some errands, but it would make a perfect beach cover-up as well! Especially with a floppy hat like I’ve styled above.

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The model wearing this dress on #ShopTheMint’s site has me longing for a lacy bralette to wear underneath this beauty!  It adds such a fun touch to the dress, and I’m definitely on the hunt for one!

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Be sure to enter the GIVEAWAY I’m hosting, where you can win $25 to shop the Mint! And believe me, you won’t have a hard time finding something to spend that $25 on. Everything is adorable!

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Bold and Bright

It’s that time again, for me to participate in Corbin and Laura’s Monthly Monday link-up! I’m so excited about this one, because I’ve been craving warm weather and bright colors, and this month’s theme, bold & bright, quenches that thirst perfectly.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetOld Navy denim jacket (exact) // Old Navy suspended neck maxi dress (exact) // Merona handbag (same bag, new colors) // Franco Sarto sandals (love these)

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThese shoes are the perfect neutral sandal for spring – classy, yet fun and comfortable. And what would a great pair of sandals be without gorgeous polished toes peeking out? Essie’s Naughty Nautical is one of my all-time favorites. 

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Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetI purchased this dress during Old Navy’s cardholder sale ($20 off $50 in-store! I couldn’t help myself), and I LOVE it. The pattern and the neckline are so bold- fitting for the prompt- and unique, and it’s perfect for Florida (I’m almost under the one-month-’til-moving-day mark, so all of my purchases have this in mind). I threw a denim jacket over top, because it’s such a classic, but it was 70 degrees when I took these photos! I couldn’t be more excited for the warmer days ahead.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetI opted to swap the same-patterned tie belt for a skinny navy belt, bringing more shape to the dress, and thus making it more flattering. 

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetI bought this bag last spring from Target, and even though they no longer have this bright pink (that I’ve seen), the bag is back in different colors (more in-store than online). It’s bold and bright, and again, nails this month’s prompt.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetBy the end of last summer, I was discarding my maxi dresses as a passing fad, but my love for them is renewed with the addition of this dress (and this one). I can’t wait to get some wear out of these!

Friday Favorites

Last Friday is when I would have normally posted my budgeting bloggers post of the month, but I only bought one pair of jeans last month, plus a couple of items that hadn’t arrived yet. No, I’m not kidding (..I don’t think. If I bought something else, I’ve forgotten already)! So instead, I’m sharing some Friday favorites I’ve found on recent shopping excursions that I think you’ll loveee (and will have trouble resisting).

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Last night  this gorgeous Lilly dress ($49.99) caught my eye at TJ Maxx. No, literally – I was on my way to look at shoes, glanced over, and saw it. I beelined it over there to get a closer look; alas, it wasn’t my size. Still, I carried her around for a few minutes to make her feel appreciated. 😉 I was just so excited to see Lilly at my local TJ Maxx! I’ve seen many IGers I follow have this luck, but it was a first for me.

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This bag (very Kate Spade-esque, no?) is currently available at Target. If I hadn’t just secured this gorgeous peach tote as my spring bag, it may have come home with me! What a perfect structured bag for starting that new job or summer internship. It also comes in black!

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This necklace reminded me a lot of some recent Kendra Scott pieces I’ve been seeing, only this one is on clearance at Kohl’s. Not a bad dupe for only $5!

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I know I’ve mentioned this, but I’m seriously obsessed with home decor lately. Since my move date isn’t close enough to actually be purchasing (or is it – I’ll be a Floridian in about a month and a half!), I’ve been snapping pictures everywhere I go to remind me of what I like. How pretty are these pillows from Target ($24.99 ea.)?

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Everybody and their sister has seen this collection by now, but I spotted these beauties a few weeks ago and still had to share – how classic is the pink and navy theme? I love.  I don’t think I’ll be able to get Sam on board, but a girl can dream, right?

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Please pay no attention to my bruised-up right arm – I had a little plasma donation mishap. But I love the color of this tee and these gorgeous floral shorts were *almost* mine.

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I love this decor that’s nautical without being as in-your-face (and therefore maybe more couple-friendly?) than the pink/navy collection I have above. I especially love the octopus wall hang, the anchor hooks, and the maritime signal flags shadowbox.

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I’m waiting (not-so-)patiently for this raincoat to go on sale…  I got a 10% off coupon from a coworker that is good transaction-wide – and get this, it doesn’t list the Lilly line as an exclusion. I’m praying it works on Lilly, and if it does, I may throw this jacket in at that time (phewf, that’s going to be an expensive day!).

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Flamingos. Enough said. I bought this shirt in navy with whales on it last spring/summer, and I LOVE it.  I think this pretty mint and pink combo needs to find it’s way to my closet next!
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More home decor, a la Kohl’s.  I’ve been exploring the idea of either having a bar cart (like the one above) or a coffee station on wheels (thanks Pinterest), so I’ve been eyeing all my options.

What’s on your favorites list this Friday? Be sure to take a look at my picks from the Lilly for Target line, shared last week!

The Shoes Everyone’s Talking About

Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 9.09.34 PMIf you haven’t seen these Chanel-inspired espadrilles on Instagram or at your local Target yet, you can thank me later. These are just becoming available in stores and online, and everyone is talking about them. I think they’re adorable, versatile, and the leather makes them the perfect winter-to-spring transition shoe, so you can bet I’ll be getting my hands on a pair the second I see them! Until then, I’m styling each pair for a different purpose: a night out, a day at the office, and a day spent studying in a cozy coffee shop.

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The Hunt for Black Boots

 The Hunt for Black Boots

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I’ve recently decided I need a pair of black boots. And part of my shopping addiction is that when I decide I need something, I NEED TO GET IT – as soon as possible (I know, it’s totally unhealthy. I’m working on it!). So when I decided I needed a new pair of boots, I took to the internet to find the perfect pair.

For whatever reason, I’ve always stayed away from black boots. For the longest time, brown boots have just fit better with my personal style aesthetic. But as I’ve grown, my style has grown with me, and I find myself wishing I had a pair to wear with a dress and tights or with dark skinny jeans. I’m loving the quilted style, so I found five pairs under $50 that are in the running.

What’s your favorite pair? I’m still deciding!