I spent Thursday through Sunday in California, celebrating my friend Annie’s last month as a “single” (well, legally anyway) lady! I’d been looking forward to this past weekend since January, and it did not disappoint. The Bay Area is my favorite area in the entire world (so far!), and every time I go back, I just can’t get over how amazing it is. The restaurants, the views, the city life.
We drove to Sonoma and spent the rest of the weekend there. It’s definitely a trip I won’t be forgetting any time soon. Everything was just perfect — between the sunshine, the wineries, the house we stayed in and the company. I’ll be sharing pictures on the blog this week, so stay tuned! Alright, let’s talk about this dress for a second. My sister’s friend posted a picture of it on her Instagram and I had to know where it was from (not creepy at all, I swear). I just love everything about it — the print, the low cut neckline, the POCKETS. It has pockets, guys. Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?
I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot more of this dress once the temps rise.
Nothing beats working from a coffee shop. It’s not something I get to do often, but this week was a different story. I was in Orlando Sunday through Thursday afternoon for my job, and while I was there, I looked for every opportunity in the world to work outside (the weather was amazing). Coffee shops all day, every day.
One of my newly discovered favorites is New General in Winter Park. It’s the cutest, Insta-worthy spot. And if you’ve heard of Kinfolk Magazine, this place is basically Kinfolk IRL. Not only do they serve up the most beautiful toast you’ve ever seen (see below), but they also have a wide selection of minimalist-approved home goods, clothing, greeting cards and cute gifts. It’s a dream.
My friend Sydney (New General regular, talented photographer and all around cool person) met me there and we both used the time to knock out items on our to-do lists, snap a few pics and sip on some coffee.
Until next time, FL. <3
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I hung out with Hannah (lead photographer and owner of Hearts and Color Co.) a couple weekends ago and it was the best. If you don’t know her or haven’t seen her work, you definitely should look her up, stat. All of the images she produces are stunning (think deep, moody, romantic and full of emotion), and she is just as sweet as she is talented. I’m so happy we had the chance to meet IRL, and I’m looking forward to many more photo adventures to come! Shout out to Instagram for bringing us together.
We met at Hotel Covington for brunch, talked about photography and took turns in front of and behind the camera.
The hotel lobby was the perfect backdrop — it’s a gorgeous space. It’s bright, open and inviting with a modern contemporary vibe. If you’re in the Cincinnati area or plan to take a trip there in the future, I’d highly recommend making a pit stop, even if it’s for brunch, lunch or dinner. The food is amazing. I’ve heard the drinks are, too.
Spring is so close, guys. So close. Soon we’ll all be packing away our sweaters and boots in favor of warmer weather pieces. When it comes to shopping for the new season, I’ve turned to Abercrombie & Fitch (something I didn’t think I’d say after 8th grade). Why? Because a) I’m nostalgic and b) it’s SO GOOD now. Even better than the old days, if you can believe that (the prices are better, too!).
I put together two spring appropriate looks with some of my favorite pieces from A&F, and I have a feeling I’ll be wearing everything on serious repeat when the temps rise.
FEMININE MEETS EDGY
This dress is pretty on its own, but I love how it takes on a completely different vibe when paired with a military vest, ankle boots and bandana. That’s what I like to call versatility. Who says a feminine dress has to stay that way? Toughen it up a bit!
This blouse is my go-to for literally everything — work, weekend, date night. You name the place or activity, and chances are I’ve been there and worn this (I’m actually wearing it to work today, ha!). It’s my favorite Abercrombie find and it’s such a steal right now! I love the way it looks paired with this denim skirt and my favorite pair of over-the-knee boots.
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The new prototype store, located in Polaris Fashion Place (on the lower level near JCPenny) is bright, open, airy and inviting. Not exactly the Abercrombie you remember from years past. Forget feeling like you need a flash light to shop. Forget the overpowering cologne.
It’s everything you’d look for in a shopping experience, but with a twist. Not only is the new layout easy to navigate – it’s modern, too. The dressing rooms are equipped with phone chargers and lighting you can dial up or down to fit your mood. With the click of a button, you can see what your outfit will look like in different environments, from direct sunlight to a night club. It’s actually the most awesome dressing room I’ve ever been in. Did I mention the phone chargers?
Now, onto the clothing…(because it’s so good)
I am obsessed. I had to hold myself back from buying everything, but I did pick up this dress, this vest (love how it looks over the dress!), these jeans, this sweater and this bandana. It was a successful trip to say the least (PSA: everything is 25% off online right now!).
If you’re in the area, I’d highly recommend you swing by Polaris Fashion Place this weekend and check out the new store for yourself. This is the first A&F of its kind, but the company has plans to open more across the country if they receive good feedback (and I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t). I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Dress: H&M – $49.99 (no longer available online, but similar here)
When you reach your mid-twenties, going to weddings becomes (what feels like) a weekly thing. Last year, Fritz and I attended six or seven weddings, and I won’t lie, I wore the same trusty romper for most of them. So, I’ll be the last person to judge you for outfit repeating. You do you, girl.
If you have several on your calendar for the upcoming season and don’t have a clue what to wear, you’ve come to the right place. I selected some pretty, budget-friendly (all under $100) options for any kind of wedding, whether it’s black tie, semi-formal or casual.
I’ve never really been an overall girl (well, unless you count my brief stint with my trusty pair in Kindergarten). When they came back in style a few years ago, I was a little skeptical. I did impulsively buy a pair, but they just sat in my closet. I tried to make them work, but they didn’t feel like me.
This one from Target (not exact, but very similar) is a pretty maroon shade, so when styling it, I reached for black and white pieces to help the dress itself really stand out.
And this brings me to the next part…
What to wear under an overall dress
When looking for pieces to layer under an overall dress, I’d highly recommend a body suit because you won’t have to worry about fabric bunching up as you go throughout your day. An off-the-shoulder version is perfect for spring. But if the temps get a little chilly, a turtle neck body suit is also a great option.
Let’s talk shoes
I love, love, love over-the-knee boots. So to dress up this look a bit, I reached for my favorite pair. If they’re not your thing and you’re looking for a more casual look, you could easily swap out the boots for sneakers, flats or even ankle boots. The possibilities are endless!