Carolina K Swimsuit

FRIDAY FAVORITES - SWIM FAVORITES FROM SHOPBOP

With Spring Break in the midst and Summer fast approaching, let’s get your pool game poppin’ with these top swimsuits picks from Shopbop! I love getting swimsuits that are different and unique. Shopbop is such a great source for me to find styles that are a step up from those BASIC “mom suits” you see all Summer at the pool! When I saw this swim suit from Carolina K, I just had to have it! I love Frida and it reminds me of her mixed with the lady with the fruit on her head…..you know, the one Carmen Miranda played in Copacabana! I’ve always wanted to……

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hashtag strategy

HOW TO BOOST YOUR INSTAGRAM POST REACH WITH HASHTAGS - and the best ones to use

It seems like lately, I am constantly discussing instagram engagement rate/reach strategies with fellow boss babe business women, locally, and the ones I’ve come to meet through the blogging/instagram world. The instagram algorithm has changed, yet again, and this always causes such an uproar. Sometimes the shift in algorithm can affect your engagement rate and your reach or impressions. If instagram isn’t changing their algorithm then their updating something else where they….

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SHOPBOP ANNUAL SALE - MY TOP PICKS

You should know by now, that I love a good sale! This one from shopbop happens once a year and this is my favorite one for the start of the Spring season. I love getting new Spring arrivals 25% off and also sale items are an additional 25% (if you spend $500 or more) ! I am rounding up my purchases and wish list items so you don’t have to search through…….

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VALEntiNE’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR ALL

Valentine’s Day is such a sweet holiday! It’s hard not to gift all of the people close to your heart a little something something! I have rounded up all of my favorite gifts to give everyone close to your heart this Valetine’s Day!

theory blush cami dress and fur bolero

TOP OF THE TOWN - THE BALCONY ON CHURCH STREET

The Balcony on Church Street is an event venue in downtown Fairhope, Alabama with a wrap around balcony giving you panoramic views of Fairhope Avenue and Church Street! It’s in the heart of downtown and I’ve seen many events happening from below, and frankly, was a little jealous I was not at these soirees that were looking like something straight out of a movie scene! It can accommodate roughly….

wildfox heart sweatshirt

WHAT TO WEAR FOR VALENTINE’S DAY NO MATTER THE OCCASSION

Valentine’s Day is coming quickly, so I thought I’d share a few things that I picked to wear no matter what the day holds for you. My husband and I do not make a huge deal about Valentine’s Day for ourselves. It’s more a fun holiday we love because of the kids. Each Valentine’s Day has been spent differently each year. We never really make plans and just go with the flow of the day! That’s why I never know really what to expect…..will we go out to dinner as a family or just the two of us, or will I be cooking dinner at home for everyone and in the bed by…….

Alexis gold gown

“GOWN” BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - A TRIBUTE TO A LOCAL ICONIC DOWNTOWN FAIRHOPE BUILDING

As a local real estate agent, I love getting the inside scoop on all of the new developments in the works in my small home town. Fairhope, Alabama is growing at a rapid rate and being knowledgeable of everything going on is key in helping my clients make the best decision for their investment, or most importantly, for their family when choosing a home to live in! It’s such a passion of mine to be able to help people find that perfect property! I dug deep at the start of the new year and really wanted to figure out a way to merge my two worlds and passions of real estate and fashion for the blog and decided to just…..

MAKEUP FAVORITES

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the most versatile top in my closet right now

I love a top that can take me from work to date night, to a cocktail party, or Sunday morning church, and then also pairs just as well with my favorite pair of distressed mom jeans! This lace top by Wayf is one of those tops for me. I’ve styled it so many different ways this Fall and Holiday season and I know that I’ll continue……

5 ways to pop pastel in to your winter wardrobe

5 ways to pop pastel in to your winter wardrobe

This time of year is always kind of “glum” to me. The highs of the Holidays come crashing down, the cold damp air, the lack of sunshine, all of it combined starts to take a toll on this girl’s usual cheery disposition. I swear I am one of those that would benefit from

$16 Amazon Skirt Find

$16 AMAZON SKIRT FIND

Another day, another fabulous Amazon find! This $16 skirt should be in everyone’s closet! It comes in several colors and the quality is up to my standards! I chose this leopard print, but I have a feeling I’ll be going back for a solid color pretty soon! It would be perfect dressed up for church! I paired this leopard print version with my Gucci tee and my TOPSHOP faux leather Moto jacket I got at a steal! $49 steal of a deal to be exact! Get all of the details of this look……..

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6 TIPS THAT HELP ME STAY CONSISTENT WITH WORKING OUT

It’s the New Year and with that comes all of the New Years Resolutions and goals to spark positive changes in our lives! And with each year that passes, one resolution continues to be on the top as far as popularity goes…..the “working out consistently” resolution! Alot of people struggle after the “newness” of the year wears off to hold to their resolution of working out consistently, so I thought I’d share 6 things I implement in my own life that help me stay consistent with working out on the daily.

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Metallic Dresses and tops that are perfect to wear to ring in the new year

I know Christmas is yet to pass, but with all of the hustle and bustle with Christmas and traveling, and family gatherings, or company coming in to town, New Years Eve will be here before you know it! And with limited days to have something shipped to you (without having to overnight anything) now is the time to start thinking about you and what you will wear to ring in 2019!

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10 last minute GIFTS UNDER $25 TO GIVE YOUR GIRLFRIENDS THIS CHRISTMAS

I’ve rounded up 25 of my top gift picks that are under $25!! These gifts could be for you to have a few on hand just in case you get put into that awkward position I find myself in some years. You know the one where you forget your mind and forget that you’re playing dirty Santa (it was in fine print at the bottom of the invite that you “scanned” over) at the 7:00pm Christmas Party you’re literally walking out the door to at 6:58pm!! (story of my liiiiiiife). Or the time where friends say “we aren’t doing gifts this year”, but then give you a gift randomly in the parking lot of the school your kids attend right before pick up!(I know keep gifts in my car for this reason). These are the gifts that aren’t too personal, but still something any friend would love to have!

holiday looks

12 DAYS OF HOLIDAY LOOKS

It’s the most wonderful time of the year……(cue all the classic Christmas music please!) I’m putting together 12 days of Holiday looks that you can wear to any of those upcoming events you’ve been invited to. Sure, you can always wear that LBD as a classic go to for any and all events, but why be BASIC, when you can add a little color and sparkle like these looks that will give that LBD a run for its money and have you looking all kinds of festive! And for the Holidays, I like to remember my girl Iris Apfel’s quote…….

GIFT GUIDE

Black Friday?CYBER MONDAY SALES 2018

I decided to gift you all the BEST Black Friday Sales to know and to shop all in one place right here! These are the sales I will be shopping and I am including some of my top picks from each under the sale! HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVE, BABES!!!

Amazon Dupes

THE $18 Amazon SWEATER DUPE EVERYONE NEEDS

I love a good dupe find and I tend to find quite a few on Amazon. Some exact details might be a tad different, but all in all the dupes are too good of a price not to pass up! When I found this one in particular, I did a literal happy dance, because I own the brand version and I wanted it in other colors, but it sold out during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in my size.

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VP TRAVELS - Montenegro guide part 1

On our recent trip to the coast of Montenegro, we had the pleasure of staying in the town of Tivat. Tivat is located in the central part of the Boka Kotorska bay of Montenegro. It is the youngest town in the Boka region, but that doesn’t stop it from having a lot of interesting and attractive destinations like the Renaissance Summer House Buca in the centre of city, Ostrvo Cvijeca (flowers’ island) with sacred monuments, Gornja Lastva, the magnificent beach at Plavi Horizonti and the island Sveti Nikola to name a few. But there is one place that tops the list and should not be missed – Porto Montenegro. Tivat is one of the hottest spots on the Mediterranean because of….

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Eleven Stranger Things Costume

the easiest pop culture girl costume

This has to be the easiest costume I have ever put together last minute! What’s even better is that everything came from our home which means I didn’t have to go out and buy anything which means this was a total mom win for me. If you’ve never seen Stranger Things, then you probably won’t get this costume, but we watched both seasons and are….

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SWEATER WEATHER

The minute the Fall season officially rolled in, I have been anxiously awaiting the day I can (fo real) wear a sweater (with out being a “sweater”) and my over the knee boots. The day finally came where the temp dropped just below 70 degrees, so I took the opportunity to break this sweater dress in. I love this brand also because of the………

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plaid dress

just add plaid

Today we spent the day in Montgomery, Alabama, where my husband had his last interview/testing to become a United States Citizen!! And I am so excited to say that HE PASSED! He is so proud to be in this country and it really has been so eye opening to be a part of this process from start to finish. We took a little time after the interview to check out…...

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shopbop sale picks

SHOPBOP FALL SALE PICKS

This is such a great sale to stock up on Fall items that never go on sale! It works like this…..anything under $500 is 20% off and when you spend over $500, you get 25% off! Click below to see and shop my top picks!

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TOPSHOP leopard print skirt

go wild

My husband got a “wild hair” and decided he’d like for us to take a last minute spontaneous trip to Chicago. After much arguing about how we didn’t need to go anywhere and that we just got back from Europe, I eventually said ok, why not. So we hopped on a plane and headed to the Windy City…..

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ASTR camel suede skirt

skirtin’ through fall transition

Skirts are making up about 90% of what I wear these days! ince I live in Coastal Alabama where it can be 105 degree heat index, they’re keeping me on the cool side while still letting me look and dress Fallish! This year especially has felt abnormally hot. I don’t know about you guys but there are days where I have felt Like this is not normal and that I would legit just start seeing things outside go up in flames. SO SO HOT…..

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loveshackfancy velvet skirt

A VELVET OBSESSION

Velvet has to be, hands down, my favorite texture for Fall! There’s just something about the richness of color when it’s on velvet, so all of those autumn colors like gold/camel, burgundy, midnight blue, and black really pop! Not to mention, it feels and looks so luxurious. Velvet just adds a depth to your look like no other texture can, in my opinion. So with all that said, I am ecstatic (legit happy dancing) that this season is all about some Velvet, and in so many colors and patterns!! *10 high five emojis

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Leopard Love

Fashion month is in full swing and I have loved all of the styled looks from so many fashion influencers at New York Fashion Week! One of my absolute favorite prints is huge this Fall and I couldn’t be more excited! Now I know leopard print is nothing new, but the mix of color with the leopard is a new twist on the classic print I can’t get enough of!

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my travel essentials 

Happy Sunday! I hope you all have enjoyed the weekend! I’ve been getting so many questions about some of the things we traveled with when we went to Europe and how I packed. I thought I would share some of my must have items when traveling that helped me stay organized and helped me look put together, even when I was feeling anything but.

#1 on my list is having the right luggage. I love a good matching luggage set and I try to match everyone and coordinate as best as we can. I will now only travel with....

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The best denim shorts under $100

Denim shorts are a staple in my closet. Where I live, we can wear them about 9 months out of the year, so I like to find ones with a bit more detail than your average, run of the mill, denim shorts, which can tend to be a bit of a bore when you're wearing them on the regular! I also love to find a good deal, and I love to find pieces that look high end designer, but at a price....

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My favorite denim jumper dress

When I saw this dress on sale for $38 on the 7 For All Mankind website, I just had to have it! I immediately started envisioning all of the different ways I could style it for now and into the Fall and because of the deal, it was a no brainer! I love wearing it as is for Summer. I have paired it with sneakers for more casual during the

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4 hot summer prints you need to be wearing now

 

Summer time is in full force! and it's probably my most favorite time of the year! (it's a close tie with Christmas). The warmer weather, sunshine, and weekend beach getaways bring more opportunities for me to wear prints/patterns. I'm highlighting the top 4 hottest prints for Summer that should be in your closet RIGHT NOW! Whether you love pattern from head to toe or are just looking to add a little into your life, these 4 will leave you feeling "PRINTASTIC".  

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Get set 

I'm loving this whole 2 piece set trend. It makes dressing so easy...easy like grade school days when your mom is laying out your clothes for you....NO BRAINER EASY! (Gosh I miss those days...even though at the time, I gave my mom complete H-E-DOUBLE L  for everything she would try to dress me in (I was a little strong willed to say the least). Back to the two piece sets.... 

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BREEZY BLAZERS 

I'm all about outfit staples, OKKKUUURRRTTT!!!! >> (Have you seen Jimmy Fallon's interview with Cardi B!? I DIE!!) If I had to choose one that I thought carries its weight in GOLD, (besides blue jeans, of course) and that I couldn't live without (besides my leather jacket) it would be the blazer. It's a piece you can wear and style so many different ways, and get a different look each time you wear it.

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Lilac Love

Move over millennial pink...there's a new color taking over my closet. I'm sharing how to wear it and my top picks in this dreamy pastel shade that was all over the Spring 2018 Runways. 

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