Tuesday, August 30, 2016

End of Summer BBQ/Cookout Survival

Week 5 of the summer survival series is here! I can't believe the series has come and gone, which also means that August has come and gone equally as fast! To finish out the series, we are talking about end of summer BBQs and cookouts! We always have several family get togethers throughout the year, and there are some staples that keep us going! Let's get started!

Outfit details: see original post here
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Flares and Kendra Scott polish

Express Mid Rise Pull-on Bell Flare Jeans
Outfit details--- Sunnies: Ray Ban | Bralette: Express (option) | Bag: JCrew Factory (option) | Linen Vee top: Banana Republic (shop all colors here) | Bracelet: Kendra Scott "Candice" | Mid Rise Pull-on Bell Flare Jeans: Express | Heels: BCBGeneration ---

Happy Monday! It's been quite busy the last couple of weeks! I feel like I say that all the time followed by "hopefully it will settle back into normalcy soon." Those are my exact sentiments at the moment. With the wedding last weekend, I wasn't quite thinking about having to squeeze in blog photos last Sunday, and there was no way I was going to be able to do that in the recovery state that I was in. Luckily I had some other non-outfit related posts that I wanted to share with you that filled my content for last week, but I still felt bad (and missed) sharing proper outfit photos with you!

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Maplewood Beauty Bar

Maplewood Beauty Bar, St. Louis salon, blow out
Maplewood Beauty Bar Salon Website | Instagram

My local insta-blogger friend Jennie has a bestie who owns a salon. (Did you follow all that?) I've gotten a chance to meet Jennie in real life a couple of times, and she is the cutest! And sweetest! Her friend Amanda just opened her own salon on June 1st! She invited me to come visit for a complimentary blow out! Let's see... it was my birthday week, I had a 4 day weekend, and I've never had a blow out before, so yes, yes, and more yes!
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Everything I know about Pilates

I've been taking Pilates on and off for the last few years, and about 3 years ago, I started going a lot more regularly thanks to a local studio, The Pilates Barre Studio in EdwardsvilleIt is close to home, convenient, and affordable. When the Olympics kicked off, the studio started a "Train like an Olympian" challenge to attend 15 Pilates classes in 21 days. Normally I only go twice a week because of my work schedule, but I decided to accept the challenge and see how my body would change by pushing myself to go at least 5 times a week for 3 weeks. I just finished my second week with 11 classes under my belt! I definitely wanted to not only document my progress, but share everything I know and love about Pilates. Let's get started!

Pilates Barre Edwardsville, Pilates short spine, reformer
"Short spine" on the reformer
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer Night Out Survival

Week four of our summer survival series is here! It's been so much fun putting together these themed posts for you guys. As you know, I normally just keep my posts light and airy with little commentary, usually outfit related. These have been a bit more time intensive to develop, but it's nice to have different content for you guys than usual. Hope you are enjoying them! If you've missed any of the previous topics, you can read more about my beach and pool essentials here, summer olympics inspiration here, and the mother of all packing posts here. This week's post is all amount summer nights out!

1. A yummy destnation:

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Monday, August 22, 2016

One more bridesmaid dress

David's Bridal F18095 Wine Lace and Mesh Long Strapless Dress
Earrings: Francesca's | Necklaces: Francesca's (option can be layered with this) | Dress: David's Bridal Style F18095 | Shoes: Badgley Mischka (see them here) (option, option, budget option)

Well, after all the planning, my friend's wedding finally happened this weekend. If you need to catch yourself up, you can see details from the bachelorette party weekend here and the bridal shower here. If you recall, the last wedding I was in happened last SeptemberWhile this is only the second time I've gotten to share a bridesmaid dress on the blog, I have officially been a bridesmaid 8 times. I've gotten to wear blush pink, mint, navy, forest green, apple red, chocolate, purple, and now wine. Luckily, I don't think I've ever had to wear a dress I didn't like. This weekend's dress definitely made me feel feminine and pretty.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Flay lays lately

See top HERE | See bag HERE | See jeans HERE

Well, hello, and happy Friday!!! This birthday girl is in the middle of some bridesmaid duties, so I'm keeping this post relatively quick and easy for me! I love sharing my flat lays on Instagram but since I know that not all of you necessarily follow me over there, it's nice to sprinkle them onto the blog every once in awhile also! For this post, I just wanted to share some of my favorite flat lays lately along with some links to recent blog posts so you can see these pieces live in action. Enjoy!
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