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

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

Happy Hour

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Mojitos used to be my go-to happy hour drink until I discovered Strawberry Mojitos! What could be more perfect on a Spring day than fresh strawberries, mint and lime? Just add rum and you are set! For my strawberry mojito, I used Bacardi Dragonberry Rum instead of a traditional white rum. It gives the drink the strawberry flavor and for added sweetness, I threw in some fresh, muddled strawberries. This drink can be made with any type of berry. Just use your favorite berry and switch out the flavored rum. So, if you are looking to change up your happy routine or simply wanting to take advantage of Spring’s fresh produce, I highly suggest you try a strawberry mojito.

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Directions:

1. In a chilled glass (about 10-12 ounces), muddle the simple syrup, strawberries and mint leaves together with the back of a spoon or muddler. Crush the strawberries and mint leaves well.

2. Squeeze the juice from the lime into the glass, add the rum and stir well. Fill glass with ice and top off with soda water.

3. Garnish with mint sprigs or strawberry slices.

Play Ball

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Baseball season is back! It was opening week at Turner Field and we headed out for our first game of the season. We’d had our tickets for a few weeks, so despite the extremely cold weather (43 degrees) and 90 percent chance of rain, we decided to brave (no pun intended) the elements to watch the Braves take on the Phillies. Besides, it was another opportunity to check off one more item on the Atlanta Bucket List. I threw on my Braves sweatshirt, extra layers and my favorite red rain boots with every intention of staying warm. I wasn’t about to let a little,  okay a LOT, of cold keep me from getting my chop on! After grabbing a couple beers and hot dogs, we took our seats in the right field pavilion. The view was great and since the game was obviously not sold out, we got to move quite close to field level. Before the start of the 7th inning, we couldn’t handle the cold and mist any longer! We left our seats and finished watching the game in the Chophouse (a somewhat warmer atmosphere) over overpriced beers. Sadly, the Braves lost 2-0. I’m glad we got to attend a game opening week but I’m definitely looking forward to going to much warmer ones this Summer!

{Are we at Turner Field or in Oz?}

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{Braves Country}

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{The game wouldn’t have been complete without beer and a hot dog}

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{Play Ball!}

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{Only fans in the stands}

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{A crowded Chophouse due to bad weather}

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{Warming up with beers in the Chophouse}

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King of Pops

When my boyfriend and I made the decision to move to Atlanta, I created a list of all the things we needed to do. I wanted to take full advantage of all the city had to offer. Namely, attend a Braves game, see a show at the Fox, spend a day at Piedmont Park, eat at Fat Matt’s, go to the High Museum, visit the Sweetwater Brewery-the list goes on and on. I found this Atlanta Bucket List on Pinterest and it has everything I initially wanted to do plus more. One thing this list had that mine didn’t was to eat a King of Pops Popsicle. King of Pops is an Atlanta Food Truck that sells popsicles with unique flavors such as Blackberry Ginger Lemonade, Creamy Avocado and my personal favorite-Coconut Lemongrass. The popsicle menu changes according to season since all ingredients are fresh, local and organic. So, when I heard that they were giving away FREE popsicles on Monday (No April Fools) I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to cross off another item on the Atlanta Bucket List. My boyfriend and I grabbed a late lunch at Yeah! Burger (another bucket list item) then headed over to the 15th Street Plaza for our free pop. They were the perfect, fruity treat to end a beautiful, spring day.

{The rumors were true: FREE POPS}
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{Patiently waiting at the corner of 15th and Peachtree}

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{Raspberry Lime goodness}

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{Daymaker: Popsicles in the plaza}

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