Thursday, March 28, 2013

#TargetStyle: Fresh Floral Prints

For my last and final #TargetStyle post we're discussing.... Florals! I know - it seems so cliché... a flower print for spring? But it really is that fabulous! Prints are an easy and super chic way to update your wardrobe and Target let's you do it on a major budget! Which means you can get several pieces in this flirty and fresh take on an "oldie but a goodie" Let's take a look at some of my favorite flowered Target finds:

#TargetStyle: Spring Florals

Floral Print Jeans // Floral Print Scarf  // Floral Print Shirt // Floral Umbrella // Floral Print Tote // Floral Printed Rain Jacket  // Floral Print Swim Top & Bottom
How fun are these items? I am totally drooling over that floral print button down - perfect for layering or mixing prints. And you'll be the hit at your next pool party or beach getaway in a bright and sassy swimsuit. What's that saying.. April Showers bring May Flowers? Well I say take on April showers with flower print options like this umbrella or rain jacket.
With all this fickle weather (back & forth, back & forth) I say we take the lead and start Spring off on the right foot with colorful and chic floral prints. Tell me... are you into floral prints right now? If so, how are you wearing them?

Don't forget to check out my other fabulous #TargetStyle picks like these polka dot outfits or my favorite vacation sandals! Happy Thursday everyone! xo
It’s Time for Springtime.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Outfit Post: It's Black.. It's White

Handbag: ILY Couture Pia c/o
Printed Ankle Pant: Ann Taylor Factory (similar)
Sweatshirt: Hanes via Target (last seen here)
Heels: Boutique 9 "Orson" Pump via DSW
White Bib Necklace: gifted from The Stylist LA
Lipstick: Revlon "Fuschia Fusion"
Remember when I posted about my obsession with Black & White a few weeks ago? Well it's finally coming to fruition in my wardrobe! I scored these printed pants on our way home from Vegas and I'm totally obsessed with them. I've been pairing them with bright colors lately but I thought they'd be the perfect way to dress up my favorite comfy sweatshirt. Printed pants & a great pair of heels lend any ensemble a ladylike look, don't you agree?
To top off this black and white outfit, I added my new favorite ILY Couture Pia handbag. Super chic & super cute! I can already tell it's going to be my new favorite everyday bag. It's got so many pockets and compartments.. I think it's going to be the perfect piece for me to take to LuckyFABB too! Tell me.. are you guys sporting black and white?!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

#TargetStyle: Vacation Worthy Sandals

The time for beach vacations has arrived! Whether you're trying to escape the snow or just enjoying some fun in the sun, warm tropical destinations are probably on your travel agenda. Enter the perfect options from Target!! You'll definitely want to pick up these shoes for your next spring break or summer trip...
Vacation Worthy Sandals from Target!

I've got a few tips & tricks that will help you decide on what types of pairs to include and how to pack them!

Since tropical destinations don't require much more than a bikini, a good book & a ice cold drink - your suitcase should stay fairly light. During the day, you'll probably will be strolling beaches or hanging poolside - maybe a little sight seeing here and then. Then nighttime is reserved for casual relaxed dinners & evenings out at local spots.

Pick 2 pairs of flat sandals to bring - 1 fun or colorful option (obsessed with this bold 2-tone option) and 1 neutral that can go with most of your vacay wardrobe. Remember the leopard ones from Monday's Target Spring Essential post? Love those & I think we've established that leopard is totally a neutral ;) By choosing each of these, your giving yourself options, yet only taking up room with 2 pairs of flat shoes! Double Bonus, right?

I recommend making your dressy pair of shoes a platform wedge. They'll be comfy enough to walk around town (if needed) and you can throw them on with any skirts, summer frocks or pair of shorts to easily spruce up your evening ensemble. When we went to Puerto Rico last year I chose a pair that were perfect for a wedding yet could be worn with anything else I brought. Oh! Make sure to wear them on the plane! You'll keep your airport look stylish and save room in your suitcase. Done & Done.

What are some of your favorite shoes to bring on vacation? Did I leave anything out that you think is a must have?
It’s Time for Springtime.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

Monday, March 18, 2013

#TargetStyle: Spring Closet Essentials

The first day of spring is rapidly approaching... too bad our SoCal weather isn't quite cooperating! But I've decided I'm still sharing what I think are closet essentials for spring. These #TargetStyle items are must haves that should be added to your wardrobe immediately!
Spring Closet Essentials with TargetStyle

Sunhat // Denim Cutoffs // Stacks of Bracelets // Spring-y Nail Polish // Skinny Belt // Coral Tank // Leopard Sandals

A gal should always have a great pair of denim shorts in her closet. This is one item that can be rotated over and over throughout the warmer months. Tanks, tees, button ups, sweaters - really your possibilities here are endless. Plus you can pair with tights and boots during the winter (love that idea!)

Leaving behind the winter weather always means bright colors! A coral tank top or pastel blue nail polish will help show off that spring break tan and keep your happy meter... well happy!

By now, we know that leopard is a neutral - yes? So these gladiator-like animal print sandals are fabulous with a capital F. Dress them up with lace dresses or go beachy with shorts and tank. I'm loving the gold details too!

Lastly, a girl has to accessorize! What set of arm candy couldn't use these ombré bracelets? They're the perfect amount of pizazz that your spring look needs. Skinny belts can take that flowy cover-up from poolside chic to a date night cinch. I also believe that every woman should own at least one floppy hat. It keeps the sun off your face and you'll look like the glamorous lady that you are!

Tell me, what's on your Closet Essential list?
It’s Time for Springtime.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Beginning of the End [photos]

So before we move back east, Bill and I decided that we wanted to visit our favorite places here and around in L.A. We started last week by visiting Disneyland, Santa Anita & Las Vegas. Here's just a few of our photos from those adventures! Oh & make sure you're following me on instagram or Facebook to keep up with our favorite spots!
I had to get a pretzel at Disneyland - especially when I saw it was shaped like Mickey's face!

Visiting Santa Anita with our good friend Amy

My best equestrian look for a day at the races

Night 1 in Vegas - Black & White

We splurged and ending up seeing the Beatles Love Cirque du Soleil show. 1 word - Amazeballs.

Me & Bill at Beatles Love - I promise he owns more than 2 red plaid shirts ;)

Headed to the Eiffel Tower restaurant at Paris - notice what's on my feet?! Yes sir! I found these babies! ahhhhhh!
Next up is Hawaii! We've never been and I am so freaking excited!! If anyone has any suggestions about what to do - please send them to us! We're visiting Kaua'i and I think we've already got a helicopter tour planned... Eeeeek! Happy weekend everyone!! xo

Thursday, March 14, 2013

#TargetStyle: Connect The Dots

The countdown to spring continues and I couldn't be more thrilled to share some of my favorite Polka Dot picks from Target! This is a trend that's definitely here to stay (I obsessed about them first here) so you'll want to stock up on lots of dotted pieces.
While black & white is a fabulous combo, polka dots in color are a fresh and fun way to inject some style into your look. If you do go classic though, try a shoe in a bright hue - it's just the pop your outfit will need. Since everything below is Target, you already know it's super affordable and a fab find. Plus with the mixed print trend happening, you'll be able to push your spotted look further by pairing it with florals, ikat or other polka dot pieces. Let's take a look at some of my picks.. Oh and can we discuss how obsessed with both the cap toe heel & neon crossbody I am? They come in multiple colors so I'm tempted to buy one of each!!

Polka Dot Trend 2013

 Dots At The Office: Blouse // Skirt // Shoes // Bracelet 1 & 2
Date Night Dots: Dress // Handbag // Shoes // Necklace
Weekend Dots: Blouse // Shorts // Sandals // Crossbody // Watch
It’s Time for Springtime.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Runway to Realway: Black & White

There's no need to re-tune your computer screen. Yes, it's true. This self professed neon & color lover has a new obsession. Black and White! Seen on Spring 2013 runways everywhere, this combo is a must have . Whether it was the simple cinch of a black belt on a white dress or the touch of delicate lace on a pair of pants, this always chic combo is a definite do.
I am so excited to start wearing this trend (I actually already started in Vegas this weekend) but I found some FABULOUS budget friendly finds that you won't be able to resist!
Black & White Spring 2013 Trend

What about you? Are you rocking the Black & White trend?
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

#TargetStyle: Spring Lace

Another spring trend that neither Target nor myself can get enough of? Lace!! Whether it's a cocktail dress, flirty pair of shorts or a scalloped mini, this style has been in full-on wardrobe rotation. I'm most excited about it for spring because colored lace is going to be so mah-jor! I love inserting color any way, shape or form into my closet - this is the perfect excuse to do just that! Just take a look at some of these bright and bold pieces Target currently has on deck:
Target Lace Trend

Shorts / Dress / Peplum Top / Pencil Skirt / Blouse / Long Sleeve Top / Dress / Clutch

Aren't these colors SO much fun?! Just makes me want to dive head first into Spring. Plus, there are literally endless styling options. Here's a few suggestions on how you can incorporate lace into your wardrobe:
Accessorize!: Slip on a metallic pump for fancy occasions or a whimsical pair of sunnies if you're going more casual. I'd also wear a big statement necklace with that Target peplum top. Can't go wrong with lace & jewels right?
Mix Prints & Textures: I am dying over the leopard touches that both Whitney & Alexa added to their styles - it keeps the whole ensemble funky and fresh. Test the waters with a leopard belt around your pencil skirt or a studded leather jacket overtop a lacey dress. You could also pair a colored lace clutch with some cutoffs & boots. Don't be scared to mix & match - fashion is supposed to be fun remember?!
Try A Peek-A-Boo Underneath: A hint of a black cami underneath a white lace blouse (à la Karlie Kloss) is super sexy! Just remember we want to keep it classy and not streetwalker! Stay away from colored bras and pair your top with a full length tank instead.
When In Doubt, Go Neutral: I love that Keira paired her Kelly green dress with nude pumps. I feel like neutral accessories are never a bad decision. It lets the lace standout and become the main focal point, but still keeps your look pulled together. A pair of dark denim skinny jeans is always a fabulous choice with tops. Super chic!
Are you planning on adding lace to your wardrobe? I want to know what pieces you want and how you would style them! Don't forget everything above is SO within your budget because it's from Target!! Such a fabulous choice for both your closet and your wallet! You can shop more lace looks here:
It’s Time for Springtime.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.
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Monday, March 4, 2013

Target's Dip Dye Trend: Not Just For Your Hair!

I'm so excited to share my new partnership with Target! Over the next few weeks I'll be bringing you a series of posts that will showcase spring style and how you can get your hands on these trends. Dip Dye is first up on the list and we already know how much I love that (ummm have you seen my hair?)
But we're taking it a bit further with this ombré style and incorporating it into our wardrobe! Here's how I tried it...

The closer the calendar reaches spring & summer the more I want to start wearing cutoff shorts, sandals & tanks! It also means trips to the beach for this SoCal lady! So I took my new favorite Denim Dip Dye Tote along for a spin this weekend. I can see how this bag could easily become my new favorite carry-all (it hold everything) But I really love the coloring! It's so bright, unique and perfect for spring. Plus, the denim will go with anything in your wardrobe. I've got a trip to Hawaii coming up and I have a feeling this will be new best friend!
I took it with the beach to me yesterday (wearing this outfit) (well minus the necklace - threw that in the tote last minute to put on after the beach when we strolled along the promenade and had a very happy hour.) This tote was a perfect companion to my maxi dress & floppy hat - something every girl has in their wardrobe! While Bill was playing volleyball, all the ladies at the courts told me howmuch they loved the bag and said they could wait to visit Target to scoop it up.

Here's a few more Target pieces that you can score (talk about affordable!) and start adding to your summer ombré wardrobe:
How perfect would this ombré fedora be for summer concerts? Plus for the price, you could nab it in all 4 colors!

My love affair with sweatshirts continue! I'd dress this one up with printed pants and my favorite pair of heels

I practically live in my cutoffs during the summer! A dip dye pair with a white tee, sky high wedges and statement necklace is what I plan to live in until September.
What about you? Do you plan on trying Dip-Dye? I can't wait to see if you do!
It’s Time for Springtime.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Some MAJOR news....

Remember the big announcement I told you guys about... well it's finally time to reveal it! We are....... moving!
our actual road trip route on our way back East!
4 years ago, we started planning our big move to the West Coast. We road tripped it across the country (one of the most fun things we've ever experienced together) and landed in Los Angeles. Now, 4 years later (almost exactly to the day) we're doing the exact same thing, but we're headed back East.
Yes, we are (very sadly) leaving LA and (very excitedly) heading home to North Carolina. We've been talking about it for a while, but talking isn't doing. And after Thanksgiving, we finally decided to see what doors would open if we started looking. It's actually kind of crazy what happened.. you know in that totally-cheesy-meant-to-be kind of way. Bill found an absolutely fantastic opportunity in my hometown of Raleigh and we're leaving California April 9th!
We'll eventually end up about 20 minutes away from my parents and I think that's probably my favorite part about this move. I'm also really excited about moving BAD to Raleigh. I think there will be some great opportunities to grow there. And I'm super pumped about finding new southern bloggers to have dates with! If you're a NC based blogger - I want to connect with you!!
I'm so incredibly bummed to be leaving this gorgeous city (it's going to be 80+ degrees today) but I'm so incredibly thankful for the past 4 years here. We've made so many wonderful friends, lived by the beach and truly enjoyed our time in Southern California. The good news? - we have many reasons to come back and visit.
So over the next 6 weeks come along for the ride as we say Goodbye to Los Angeles. We've got lots of trips planned, restaurants to visit and events to attend. You'll want to keep up with me on instagram, Facebook & Twitter for all the deets.  I can't wait to share the end of this journey and the beginning of our next with you. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!! xo
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