Working Girl

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After graduating college, I was so excited to work in an office. I would get to join the masses in the business world, interact with clients, sit at an actual desk,  but most importantly-dress the part. I had always wanted to wear the modern version of a  “power suit.” It’s classy, sophisticated, intimidating and looks way better than my previous job’s uniform (“Bushmans” are never a good look). The day finally arrived when I landed my first job at a public relations firm and I proudly walked in wearing my new power suit. As the day went on, I didn’t feel intimidating at all, just uncomfortable. I didn’t feel like me. I quickly realized that the power suit was a uniform in itself. It had no character and clearly didn’t portray my own personal style. I decided to switch up my work wardrobe, taking my favorite everyday pieces and pairing them with office appropriate pieces. One of my favorite office looks is a chic dress, tailored blazer, statement necklace and heels. This is the perfect combination for spring, emphasizing bright colors and neutral pieces.

1. Topshop Blazer

2. Mossimo Dress

3. Merona Skinny Belt

4. Anthropologie Necklace

5. Aldo Nude Pumps

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Manicure Monday: Nude Ombré

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When it comes to nail art, I always look to Emily Schuman for inspiration. She is the author of Cupcakes and Cashmere (a daily read of mine), guest blogger for Estée Lauder and her nails are always well polished. A few weeks ago, I posted this post discussing my favorite neutral polishes. I used to think they were old and boring, but have recently grown to love them. So, when I saw Emily posted this tutorial on how to achieve a nude ombré nail, I had to recreate it on myself. The ombré trend adds a fun spin to a classic hue, yet still looks chic and sophisticated. This manicure, paired with my favorite neutral staples, makes for the perfect monochromatic look for spring.

{Left to right: Ulta Parlez Vous Francais, Essie Au Natural, Essie Sand Tropez, Ulta Brownette, Essie Hot Coco}

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{Noteworthy Neutrals}

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Gone Fishin’

IMG_0581Yesterday, my dad celebrated his 59th birthday (yikes)! Where has the time gone? Some of my fondest childhood memories involve fishing in the backyard with my dad. Our house in South Florida had a canal in the back and every afternoon my dad and I would go out and cast a line. I’m pretty sure I learned how to fish before I learned how to swim. So when I came across these “Gone Fishin” themed cupcakes on Pinterest, I knew I had to make them in honor of my dad’s favorite pastime. I used this classic vanilla cupcake recipe, topped it with my favorite cream cheese frosting, then added pretzels for the rods and some swedish fish. They couldn’t have turned out more perfect! Served with an ice cold beer, it was almost like we were back in South Florida, sitting on the dock, waiting for our next big bite!

{My dad, brother and I circa 1995 showing off our latest catch}

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Happy Hour

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It’s Masters week! For my boyfriend, it’s the greatest week of the year. Me, not so much. I have tried really hard to be interested in golf since my boyfriend loves it so much, but honestly I find it extremely boring and hard to watch. Nevertheless, the TV will be tuned into the Golf channel all weekend so I have decided to embrace it, with alcohol of course. I’ll be making my favorite golfer turned beverage, Arnold Palmer *, but adding a much needed twist! I’m going to enhance mine with some Firefly Sweet Tea vodka. The sweet tea vodka not only boosts the flavor the of the sweet tea but it also leaves you with a nice buzz. After 18 holes of this drink, I think I’ll be in a pretty good spot!

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Directions:

1. Fill a glass with ice.

2. Add half lemonade, half sweet tea and 2 ounces of the Firefly Sweet Tea vodka.

3. Stir.

4. Garnish with some lemon wedges.

 

 

**This drink is also referred to as a John Daly. However, both of them are golfers so I will just refer to this drink as an Arnold Palmer Hard.

Noteworthy Neutrals

2013-04-11_23-50-26When I was little, I always painted my nails in bright, crazy colors. I never liked the idea of painting them a traditional color. It seemed old and boring. Now that I’m older, I understand the importance of a neutral nail. Bright manicures make a statement and are definitely fun to play around with, but sometimes a neutral nail adds just the right amount of elegance an outfit needs. In spring, when my outfits are usually bright, bold and filled with lots of patterns, I like to pair them with a neutral nail. I want my manicure to compliment my outfit, not overshadow it. So, I’ve rounded up my top 5 (in no particular order) favorite neutrals that are far from boring. These polishes are perfect for when you want an understated, classic, feminine look.

DIY: Tassel Garland

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Tassel Garland has been popping up all over the place. I’ve seen them on HGTV, Etsy, and my most frequented blogs. I fell in love with this one by Confetti System. It is the perfect piece to hang on the awkward space above my headboard. However, a price tag of $130 for some simple garland seemed pretty steep for something I could make myself. I followed this tutorial and voila-my very own tassel garland now hangs above my bed! I’ll admit this project was a little time consuming, but I was able to make it  for less than $10 so I really can’t complain. The best part about making it myself was choosing my own color palette. I customized it to match the colors in my room. I am so happy with the way it turned out that I’m already planning on making an FSU themed tassel garland for football season!

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Festival Essentials

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Coachella is just around the corner and I really wish I was going! A music festival experience is one of a kind-hundreds of great bands all in one place, camping underneath the stars and dancing with friends all weekend! Sadly, I haven’t been to a festival since I went to Bonnaroo in 2009. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t dream about what I would wear if I were going to one. I put together this festival look, pulling lots of inspiration from Forever 21’s Capsule Festival Collection. A simple crop top, cut-offs and large hat are perfect for strutting from stage to stage. Just add some fun accessories, sunnies, a backpack to carry all your belongings and RAGE ON festy friends!

1. Crop Top: Forever 21

2. Sunnies: Ray-Ban Oversized Wayfarer

3. Denim Cut-off’s: Siwy

4. Hat: Forever 21

5. Backpack: Stela 9

6. Sandals: Forever 21

7. Southwestern Cuff: Forever 21