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Life's adventures should be fully accessorized!


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my little tan bag!

I’m a big bag lover in every sense of the meaning. I love bags and I like big bags. I think I have an irrational fear of being unprepared so I like to carry a lot of stuff. I’ve always admired these cute bags but I never thought I could pull them off. I took a risk with small this bag (c/o) but it really has proven itself useful!

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high-end jewelry dupes…from walmart

I have an obsession with costume jewelry (and the chunkier the better). I’m always asked by friends (and random people) where I get things so I thought I’d share a little of my recent great finds…from Wal-Mart.
Yeeees, who would imagine but they have some REALLY great stuff at incredible prices right now. Scroll down to see some and find out the prices AND high-end pieces that look very close.
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kentucky derby at home

One of my bucket list item is to make it to the Kentucky Derby. I love the hats and the dresses and Kentucky (it’s where my mom and grandparents are from!). Until my year comes, I love these items to bring the derby to me.
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Table Runner / Ole Kentucky Home raglan  / Jockey Silk Tote / Mint Julep cup

I love the jockey silks and I love that they are so different from everything else you see. What a way to stand out. Mint Juleps are not my drink, I’ll save the mint for my iced tea, but I love the idea of flowers in mint julep cups instead.

Don’t forget to place your bets for May 7. I’m liking this one’s name.

 

 


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cross my heart

Aren’t these sunglasses just the best? I cannot wait to wear them this summer. I think they will be perfect for the beach or brunch with a crown braid.

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These sunglasses are so inexpensive so don’t expect them to be the most durable. They do come in a hard neoprene case (although mine smells of heavy plastic/factory). The lenses are actually a plastic but they shield the sun pretty good. cross my heart sunglasses

Shop them here. If you want to check out some of the other sunglasses I’m coveting right now under $25 check them out here.


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white out

It’s officially white nail polish season. I’ve been wearing alpine snow for two weeks now with no end in sight. Why is white so chic?

white on white outfitI’ve always loved it because when I was about 7 or 8 I tried actual white-out on my nails as polish, not so chic, but foreshadowing of my love for white nails. I love this polish because its super opaque and doesn’t chip like a lot of white opaques can.

I decided to wear white on white to my Smith family birthday party this weekend paired with my Lilly for target pineapple sandals and my valentines day bag from JPS!

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What colors are you looking forward to wearing this spring and summer? I’ll be in white!


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summer picks under $25

It’s finally warming up in New Jersey and the sunshine has me thinking past spring straight to summer. With a trip to OBX coming up in June I’ve been thinking about getting a few things to spruce up my summer wardrobe. These are some of my favorite picks and they are all under $25, perhaps we should call them steals!

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off the shoulder dress / crocheted clutch  / mirrored sunglassesbrowbar sunglasses / 
comfy flip flops

I love the idea of pairing the dress and clutch together – I love red and orange. These havaianas flips flops are so comfy and totally with the few extra dollars over some old navy flips flops and will last 3483942x longer. I need to get my hands on these sunglasses pronto. Anyone else hate bringing their nice sunglasses to the beach? I am pretty sure I still have sand in some of my aviators.

What are you looking to add to your summer wardrobe lineup?


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pop of blush

I always blush and I HATE it but I don’t hate blush.
Blush is the most feminine neutral but also serves as the perfect pop to a demure outfit. urban expressions pink bag over armurban expressions pink crossbodyurban expression pink without strap
This Urban Expressions bag (c/0) is the perfect size. It fits a full size wallet, my lilly pulitzer agenda (medium size), two cell phones and countless lip sticks. It has a detachable shoulder strap but I actually prefer it without it. It also has a zipper and a magnetic clasp so nothing will fall out.urban expression pink no strapurban expression pink over shoulder
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battling dry winter skin

I have to admit I’ve already ventured out bare-legged once this year, it was so warm in Princeton last week but now back to the chill. This year I’ve had the worst flaky dry skin. I never have to use lotion on my face but this year has been different, tons of flaky dry skin and chapped lips.

I’ve been pretty diligent in trying to get my skin back to its regular luminosity and I think I cracked the code…or my code at least. For reference my skin is pretty even. I have roscea and seborrhea, an oily nose but otherwise pretty normal skin.

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waiting for spring with my bucket bag

It’s a little puzzling that spring is here when it’s still so chilly, I guess it just hasn’t sprung yet. I turned my closet from winter to spring this past week and I can’t wait to start wearing t-shirt dresses and shorts soon. I’ve pulled out my favorite casual sneaker and ready for some sunshine.
But I really can’t wait to start carrying my summer bags–tote bags, white bags, and colorful bags! I love my new bag from Urban Expressions and can’t wait to circulate it all spring and summer. I’ve never carried a bucket bag before but I’m loving it so far.

urban expressions bucket bagsThe bag has a detachable long strap which I love. It’s so easy as you bop around town, carrying groceries in the house or other bags, it just feels out of the way.urban expressions bucket bag coral and whiteThe bag comes in several colors but I love how the corally red portion, which is really a burlap sort of texture, contrasts with the white (faux) leather. All of Urban Expressions bags are vegan so the material is animal free. But I have to say this bag is very soft–I was really surprised how soft and durable this bag felt even without being leather. I tend to carry around a lot of stuff so its helpful to be able to dump it all in. Points for the bucket bag.bucket bagurban essentials bucket bag
I’ve always felt that the leather bucket bag looks a little 90’s mom…but the 90’s are back and I have a vegan leather bucket bag. No shame here!urban expressions bucket bag coralsummer 2015 Jcrew striped pocket dress, urban expressions bag c/o, slip-on converse

What spring bags are you looking at bringing out in the next few weeks?


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tips on packing up your seasonsal wardrobe

I had the chance to do a big purge before we moved. You know, tossing the things that I didn’t wear, or needed to stop wearing in the trash, donations bins and taking only what I wanted…but that was still a lot. Without a basement my closets were always packed to the brim with things I didn’t need right then and crowded my current season clothes. Living in Boston and Philadelphia I’ve done the small city apartments where you rent a storage unit, recruit friends to help carry things, rent a zipcar, try to find parking near your apartment and avoid meter maids…its the PITS.

If this is you check out, MakeSpace a great service to help you store your out of season stuff! There comes a point where you just can’t store out of season clothes at your parents house. MakeSpace actually comes to get your stuff and HAUL it away, HELLO closet space!
MakeSpace, your closet in the cloud

Tips on packing up your seasonal clothes (with or without MakeSpace):
1) Pack neatly because you’ll want to avoid the box in the future if you don’t!
2) Jot down on a piece of paper and tape on the outside or on the inside flap what’s in the box. Nothing worse than looking for those yellow shorts in a sea of bright summer clothes.
3) Think about what looks worn. Go ahead and toss it and look for sales at the end of season. It might be counter intuitive when you are packing but if your down jacket looks like its seen to many snow storms its a great chance to upgrade as stores try to move the seasonal clothes out.

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