July Favorites

As I write this, I’m secretly dying inside because July is over, which means on 10 days left until school starts again:/ On a more positive note, here’s what I’ve been loving this month:

• Beauty •

Ulta Nail Polish • When I was in the checkout line at Ulta, I saw their nail polish on sale and my mom warned me to not get it. She said that she tried it a couple of years back and absolutely hated it. My mother is always right, but I took a chance on this one, and actually really love it. The brush is big and the formula is very nice!

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Real Techniques Expert Face Brush • My makeup sponge (Beauty Blender lookalike) was starting to get old, so I wanted to give this brush a shot. I don’t normally use a face brush, but I’ve heard really good things about Real Techniques. This brush is dense an soft, but it would be nice if it was little bigger.

• Clothing •

Old Navy Eyelet Shirt Dress • I wore one of my new favorite dresses (similar) a few posts back (here), and I can’t say enough good things about it.

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• Accessories •

J.Crew Straw Tote • I know I won’t be using this (similar) nearly as much during the school year, so I’m wearing this as often as I can. The straw is something that isn’t as common in purses, so I really appreciate the uniqueness in this

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Charming Charlie (in general) • I used to walk into Charming Charlie (a few years back) and hated it for the gaudy bejeweled overload, but now I make it a point to stop by every time I visit Old Navy (they are both lucky neighbors). I always find something I like, whether it be nautical, classic, or just a simple piece that’s ideal for stacking.

• Food •

Smoothie Bowls • I just love this new and trendy way to eat smoothies. Whenever I begin my morning with a smoothie bowl, I feel so satisfied (plus they are very asthetically pleasing haha). I always put loads of granola on top, as well as flax seed, coconut flakes, blueberries, strawberries, and sometimes mini chocolate chips.

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Happy (early) August!

I’m still on the road, but I’ll be back in a couple of days!

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Style Inspiration • Mackenzie Horan

I decided I’m going to do a bi-monthly post on my style inspirations, because their are so many ladies out there who are just “killin’ it” (in the words of Caroline haha). Without further ado, let’s jump on into the first installation of “Style Inspiration”!

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Mackenzie has an awesome sense of style and an eye for design, not to mention she is quite the entrepreneur and owns a cute little shop called Design Darling. If you head on over to her Instagram you will see a whole lot of white, blue, and pretty. All of her photographs are classic with a clean, modern twist, which I can’t get enough of. She also hosts a blog, writing on all things fashion, design, food, and lifestyle. I love following her through her blogging!

P.S. I’m currently in Missouri at Camp Barnabas having the time of my life at the happiest place on earth (in my opinion)! Read more about their mission here. I’ll be back on the first of the month!

Until next time,

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Summer Wishlist

I’m really trying to save money this Summer, but I just keep shopping (J.Crew Factory & Old Navy get me every time). The things I’ve been buying haven’t been a waste of money, and I make it a point to buy mostly the classics I will wear all the time which is all well and good, but despite that, I still haven’t found a few things that I’ve been really wanting this Summer, which I know will be useful to put basic outfits together for the school year.

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Skirts:

I’ve grown out of almost all of my skirts, so now I am left with only 2 warm weather skirts (which are both quite short on me). I’m particularly on the hunt for a navy skirt because, sadly, I had to give away my favorite navy skirt, as it is just too small. I just can’t seem to find a good navy skirt anywhere, so let me know if you’ve found a good one! I’m also looking for a linen skirt and a white skirt, for casual days.

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Dresses:

The same story as above applies to my dress situation; I’ve grown out of all my warm weather ones. I recently purchase three sundresses from Old Navy, which I love. Regardless, I still would like to find a few shift dresses, and most importantly, the perfect striped dress.

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Tops:

I have quite the collection of button down shirts, but I noticed I don’t have a white button down that is the perfect fit. There’s not much point in buying cheap button downs (or anything, for that matter) that don’t fit well, as opposed to buying the classics that I will wear into the ground, for more expensive. I’m thinking about buying the J.Crew Boy shirt in white; it fits and tucks well, it’s just fairly see through, and I don’t think I’ll buy it full price because of that.

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Bottoms:

I would love to try out “boyfriend” jeans, I just haven’t found a great pair yet. Also, I shrunk my J.Crew Factory navy chino shorts in the drier, and now I need to repurchase, because they were my most worn shorts. I’m thinking I’m going to try another store for chino shorts, beside J.Crew Factory, because for some reason, they took away/sold out all of their 4″ inseam chinos; 5″ is too long for me, and 3″ is a little short.

Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations for where I can find any of the above

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The Perfect Summer Dress

Happy Hump Day! I wanted to share two of some of my favorite finds this summer with y’all, so keep reading if you love discounts.

This eyelet dress (seen here) is so comfortable in a way I never knew a dress could be. Old Navy dresses tend to be a little long for me, but this one fit just perfectly. The best part: it was on sale for $12!!

Secondly, this straw tote has been a go-to for me this season. My aunt has this bag and I’ve always loved it, and when I saw it here, I loved it even more. I found it with tags still attached, no snags in the weaving, from J.Crew (not factory), and for $13 (it retailed for $50 before it sold out). YES. This is just another reason why you should go to Goodwill. 

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IMG_8204 2Dress: similar • Tote: this season’s • Sneakers: similar • Watch: gifted, similar • Lipstick: NYX 536/Eros

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Let’s Get Preppy!

I’m trying something new again on the blog today, an interview with a fellow blogger, color enthusiast, and  expert picture taker, Kathleen from Let’s Get Preppy. Kathleen hosts one of my favorite fashion blogs and Instagram accounts, full of all kinds of pretty things. Read on to hear Kathleen’s opinions on all things fashion!IMG_6500

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Who or what inspired you to begin your blog?

 Starting a blog was just a random thought one day, and looking at a few other blogs gave me some ideas as to what exactly I wanted my blog to be.  No one specific person nor thing inspired it really, it was a thought that snowballed into something much larger and in turn required a bit of research that helped me develop the idea.

Did you have any expectations or goals for Let’s Get Preppy when you began it a year ago? Have you met or exceeded any of those goals?

I didn’t have any real goals or expectations but it was something I wanted to do for myself. I hoped my posts would encompass my style and personality, which I feel it has! I never would have thought it would be where it is today and I am always stunned that it’s come so far.

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What are your top five fashion staples?

 I love my herringbone vest, a white collared shirt, simple flats, dark denim, and pearls.

With all those crazy styles trending today, why do you prefer to keep your wardrobe preppy and classic?          

I love picking pieces I can see myself wearing years from now. I think the stereotype of a classic wardrobe is that it is simplistic and plain, and while I do have a fair amount of pieces that fit this norm, I have plenty of color and bolder pieces as well. Ultimately, I prefer spending my money on pieces I know I will get a ton of wear out of and that will be something I can wear when I’m older, and most importantly that I love!

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What is something you would buy in a heartbeat if money was unlimited?

If I could buy all of the Lilly Pulitzer store, I would. But if I had to choose just one piece, I would probably splurge on a Kate Spade dress or a really nice bag.

Of all the pretty Lilly prints, which one is your favorite?

This is a tricky one! I’d probably say Let’s Cha Cha, but I do love Tusk in Sun as well. I can’t decide!

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What “trend” have you been loving this season?

  I really love the looser pajama-esque shorts that are popular right now! They are so comfortable yet still can be worn in a put-together outfit.

What is one thing you’ve learned through your blogging journey (so far)?

Everything takes time. Nothing is overnight, and hard work and dedication will pay off over time!

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A big thanks to Kathleen for answering my questions and sharing a little bit of advice! Don’t forget to check out her fun blog here. (P.S. Her Instagram might be your new favorite, too)

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Summer S’mores Bites

Today I’m trying something new- participating in a link up. Cathleen and Katie are hosting a “Bloggers Get Cookin'” link up for bloggers to try out that Pinterest recipe they’ve always wanted to. When I saw this pin on Pinterest, I was so excited because these s’mores bites are a new way to eat a Summer classic. This recipe looked too good to pass up, don’t you agree?

(P.S. the words in italics are what I did and my commentary)

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This recipe is from The First Year • Makes 24 bites • Takes 30 minutes

Here’s What You’ll Need:

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• 7 whole graham crackers (equals 1 cup), crushed

• 1/4 cup powdered sugar

• 6 tablespoons butter, melted

• 2 (1.55 oz) chocolate bars, divided into rectangles

• 12 large marshmallows, cut in half

I used a 6 individually wrapped caramels, cut in half (to make half of the 24 bites have caramel)

What You’ll Do:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Finely crush the graham crackers into crumbs, using whatever method works best for you (I put them into a plastic bag and smashed)

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3. Combine graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and melted butter into a small bowl.

4. Evenly divide graham cracker mixture into each cup of a 24 cup mini muffin pan, grease slightly before using. Press crumbs down to form shallow cups.

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5. Bake 4-5 minutes or until edges are bubbling. (I baked 5 minutes)

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6. While that’s baking, break the candy breaks into the divided rectangle pieces. Also cut the marshmallows in half using a scissors that has been sitting in cold water.

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7. Remove the pan from the oven and place one chocolate rectangle into each cup. (I put halved caramels in 12 of the cups)

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8. Place one marshmallow half, cut-side down, into each cup.

9. Return to oven for 2-4 minutes or until marshmallows are soft. (I baked them for 2 minutes)

10. To get a golden brown top on the marshmallow, broil the s’mores bites for 1-2 minutes in the oven. (I broiled them for 2 minutes, and my oven decided it hated me and burned half of them, but that’s no big deal if you like burnt marshmallows)

11. Cool on a cooling rack for 15 minutes before carefully removing them from the pan. (I used a sharp knife to pull them out and it worked much better than a butter knife.)

The Final Product:

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I will say this recipe was a little tricky to make (burning them is easy, and putting the graham cracker mixture in the tins is a little time consuming) and eat, but they are so so tasty!

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Thanks Cathleen and Katie for hosting this link up!

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Independence Day Outfit Ideas

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited! Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays (besides Christmas and Easter), because it celebrates this beautiful country of ours. I like to think of myself as a self proclaimed patriot, and I tend to wear red, white, and blue frequently because the colors go so well together and why not celebrate my freedom and my country everyday? It was tough to pick just a handful of patriotic outfits, but I hope this gives you a new set of inspiration for your holiday weekend.

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If you want to be classic while still being comfortable, a shift and sneakers might be your best bet.

• two •

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This is the outfit I’m leaning towards for the fourth, because its got all the components of a great preppy outfit- button down, chinos, and Jack Rogers.

• three •

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What a fun and flirty outfit! I’ve got the short sleeve navy version of this dress and it would work well with this outfit also.

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Red, white, and blue in the preppiest form: white jeans, a blue button down, and ballet flats.

• five •

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The most casual of the bunch , linen shorts and a loose t-shirt is a perfect way to celebrate in style.

• six •

IMG_0797You can’t go wrong with stripes and white chinos; nor can you go wrong with classic red, white, and blue on any day of the year.

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IMG_0799I’ve really been loving white on white, so my ballet flats and Longchamp add the needed red and blue (well, navy, but that’s always appropriate).

Thanks for reading,

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