Playing Catch Up

July 6, 2015

Well, if this isn’t the Monday of all Mondays… 

I’d planned to get life in order this past weekend but per usual, those plans went to shit the moment I decided an impromptu road trip was the ticket. Destination: Smith Mountain Lake. I assume the rest of you accomplished absolutely nothing so let’s catch up, shall we?

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I “created” a new hairstyle while I waited for AAA on the side of 495 this past weeked. You’ll need a handful of bobby pins and a really bad attitude. Tutorial coming soon.

Wedding season is upon us. God help us all. Give that lace-overlay dress a break and try a chic romper, like this one, instead.

I picked up a one piece for the weekend and was glad I did after getting roasted on day 1 at the lake. It’s hot pink, strapless, and $40.

Feel like throwing your mascara tube against the wall after it wilts the lashes you just spent 5 minutes curling to perfection? Behold, the greatest mascara there ever was.

Into this palm print trend? Old Navy now has a cute romper in that print. And today only get 30% off your ON purchase with code: SPARKS

That Ann Taylor maxi dress I’m obsessed with is still available and STILL on sale! Only medium and large is left so snag it while you can. The fit is divine.

Those banded sandals I’ve been living in are sold out but Steve Madden just came out with a gold pair. Yum.

Looking for the perfect cutoffs? These are my favorites. And totally worth the price tag. They run a little large and sit like boyfriend jeans so size down if this isn’t your jam.

Yes, it’s white but this pleated midi dress has become my favorite easy summertime bbq look.

I’m engaged in a new love affair and his name is Bastiste: Original. In fact, I’m penning an ode to him that will go live on Thursday.

I bought these Madewell bar studs two weeks ago and was so afraid I’d lose a few or they’d sell out that I bought another set this weekend. Whatever. They go with literally everything.

The Little Things

July 1, 2015

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“Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Hallmark through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Hallmark Signature, all opinions are my own.”

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make any old day a little sweeter. Maybe it’s as simple as treating yourself to a new candle, getting a pedicure with a girlfriend, sending a sweet card, or planning a date night. I’m a fan of all the above; however, leaving little love notes is one of my favorite things to do. Yes, it’s true: I have feelings. Sappy, right?

Is it just me or does it seem like no one has the time for romance anymore? I’m perhaps the most grand perpetrator of this epidemic which is why I like to take a few minutes to leave notes every now and then. Vacations take away from work, date nights are unnecessary when you’d rather stay home eating Chinese from the container, and grand gestures can be expensive. Little notes are inexpensive, take little time, and are possibly more meaningful than any of the aforementioned. Waking up to a note that just says you’re being thought of or someone loves you? Best feeling in the world. Amiright?

Hallmark Signature cards have proven to be my favorites to leave for my special someone —  whether it’s just saying how much I appreciate him, requesting his order for that night’s sweat pant fueled SVU marathon and Chinese food binge, or to let him know we’re getting dressed up and hitting the town. Because who doesn’t love any kind of date night and how cute are these cards?! Embarrassing confession that is already extremely evident: I’m such a sucker for love notes. Big quoting that love poem to SJP at the end of the first SATC movie? Crocodile tears. I’m not a huge present person; I’d rather give a little card and spend a lot of time instead of investing in a large purchase. Week night dates are my favorite way to make that happen. It doesn’t matter the destination; I like to keep it simple and chic and enjoy the company. Because it’s the little things that count the most!

 

Don’t forget to follow @HallmarkSignature on Instagram for other little moments!

Brunching In

June 28, 2015

Sometimes brunching out just isn’t an option.

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Most Sunday mornings I’d rather stay in bed, turn on a Die Hard marathon, and pay bills from my phone; Pants optional. Ain’t no shame in my Sunday morning game: I don’t have to make reservations, deal with crowded patios, or over served friends. First world problems. Instead, I crack open a few eggs, toss some berries in a bowl, and make my new favorite iced coffee with Lavazza.

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I knew I wanted to put a spin on this week’s chocolatey cold coffee choice but it didn’t hit me until Lavazza sent me these ice pop makers. Bailey’s ice cubes, anyone!?

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Little did I know, Bailey’s doesn’t freeze. Bartending fail 101. Even so, the cooled creamer did exactly what I’d hoped it would do – I just didn’t have those awesome frozen ice cube in coffee pictures to show for it!

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Any tips for my next iced coffee creation? I’m thinking cookie butter cubes

Gran Selezione comes exclusively from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffee farms. It is a premium Arabica blend, sourced from Central and South America, with chocolate undertones and a full-bodied taste. 100% fine Arabica, 100% sustainably grown. YUM. Remember to drink responsibly!!

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