Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Girl's Night Out

One of the best parts of being home for the summer is being reunited with my friends. My three best friends, Lauren, Taylor, and Kari, and I started hanging out during our freshman year of high school and have been inseparable for five years now. Even though we go to different colleges, in four different states, we are always there for each other and cannot wait to see each other when we are all home. There is never a dull moment when we are together.  One of our favorite things to do together is dress up for a night on the town! The other night, we thought it would be fun to go out and have a little photo shoot on Church Street, in Burlington.  We had so much fun goofing around while capturing the perfect night.  Of course the night wouldn't have been complete without ice cream from Lake Champlain Chocolates! 
For our girl's night out, I wore a seersucker skirt and navy eyelet top, both from LOFT, with white, heeled sandals from Aldo.  I kept my jewelry simple with my favorite earrings from Kate Spade and bangles from Alex and Ani.  And of course I carried my go to, pale pink Kate Spade purse.  This outfit is clean, cool and comfortable. It is perfect for any summer night!
Check out a few of my favorite shots from our girl's night, as well as my outfit details below!

Skirt- LOFT, Top- LOFT, Shoes- Aldo, Bag- Kate Spade (Similar Here)
Earrings- Kate Spade, Braided Leather Bangle- Alex and Ani,  
NYC Subway Token Bangle- Alex and Ani, Beaded Bangle- Alex and Ani

Friday, June 26, 2015

4th of July Inspiration

July 4th is just around the corner! Pool parties, delicious food, fireworks, and spending the day with friends and family are just some of the things I love about the 4th of July. But my favorite thing about the 4th is dressing in patriotic colors for all the festivities! I've rounded up some outfit inspiration, as well as home decor, and party essentials for the hostess with the mostess, to get you all ready for a fabulous 4th of July!

What to wear...
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For the home...
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 (stars & stripes)

 Hostess with the mostess...
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Friday, June 19, 2015

The Perfect Summer Cupcake

What better way to celebrate summer than having a BBQ with your closest friends?! I'm heading to a luau themed BBQ and have signed up to bring dessert. These cupcakes are perfect for the theme, but can also be brought to any summer party! They are super easy to make and are always a crowd favorite! Check out the tutorial below to see how I made these adorable treats!
Here is what you will need to make these cupcakes:
- Cake mix (I chose Funfetti)
- Pink frosting with crystal sugar sprinkles
 - Fun cupcake liners (I used pink polkadots to match the frosting!) 
- Striped paper straws
- 1-2 limes
- Decorator bottle with open star tip from The Pampered Chef
- Not pictured: Paper drink umbrellas
First bake the cupcakes as directed on the box, using the fun cupcake liners.
While cupcakes bake and cool, prepare your decorations.
Take a couple paper straws at a time and cut into three smaller pieces.
Repeat until you have 24 small straws.
Using a butter knife, fill the decorator bottle with the pink frosting and apply the open star tip.
Squeeze the bottle while circling around the cupcake, 
starting on the outside and working towards the center.
Use the sprinkles included with the frosting, and apply a small amount to each cupcake.
Next, cut a lime in half and proceed to cut a few thin slices of the lime.

Cut each slice in half and in half again, creating four small quadrants of the lime.
Repeat until you have 24 small wedges. Layout the wedges between two paper towels and gently pat to absorb the lime juice.

Place a lime wedge on each cupcake, angled off to the side. 

Next, take one of your small straws and insert into the cupcake at an angle on the opposite side of the lime.
Lastly, take a paper drink umbrella and insert into cupcake at an angle, slightly behind the lime.

You now have the perfect summer cupcake! Enjoy!!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Let's get away...

Sometimes a girl's just gotta getaway with her best friends, so this weekend I'm gearing up and heading to the beach with my girls! For me, the beach is the ultimate summer spot. I love the sand between my toes and the sound of salty waves crashing on the shore. And what's a day at the beach without a stylish new bathing suit and a big straw tote!? I just bought an adorable black and white palm leaf printed bathing suit and a new embroidered beach cover up from Old Navy that I can't wait to wear. I also can't wait to break out my favorite beach bag! I love the woven pattern in it and the bright yellow color is perfect for a sunny beach day. Of course what's in the bag is just as important... check out the pictures below to see what I've packed for our weekend getaway and be sure to check out the details to see where you can find the items!
 Straw Tote Bag- TJ Maxx Similar Here 
Flamingo Print Beach Towel- Lilly Pulitzer for Target Here's a different flamingo towel! 
Gold Pineapple Sandals- Lilly Pulitzer for Target (available on Ebay)

 Floppy Hat- Forever 21
Bathing Suit- Old Navy
Beach Cover Up- Old Navy
Sunglasses- LOFT Similar Here
24 oz. Flamingo Tumbler- Tervis Tumbler
Pink Tumbler Travel Lid- Tervis Tumbler
Sunscreen- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 30
Reading Material- InStyle Magazine

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