Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Neon Florals...







Dress: Nordstrom (under $50!) | Shoes: old, similar & similar | Bag: BCBG, save option & splurge option | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Necklace: Kate Spade | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelets: Alex & Ani, Kate Spade, J.Crew Factory | Lips: Lipstick - MAC Creme Cup, Lipgloss - NARS Turkish Delight

Three words. NEON. FLORAL. MAXI. I've been eyeing this dress for awhile and I couldn't resist after taking a good look at the price - $42!  I love how it flows in the wind when you walk... it kinda makes me feel like I'm windblown without getting lipgloss all over my face and in my hair! Ha! The dress is lined so it's not see through at all, even though the fabric is on the lighter side. It comes in a lot of other solid colors too - I also got it in an icy blue shade! For sizing purposes, I'm usually a 4/6 in dresses so I ordered the Medium. And BONUS - it has adjustable straps. Also check out the shorter version here!

 I wore this dress while shopping at the Mall of America last month and it looked just as cute paired with casual flat sandals. People were stopping and asking me where I got it and it was a treat to tell them I got it at Nordstrom, and YES there is a store in that very mall and YES everyone knew exactly what Nordstrom was...oh how I miss living in a big city :/


Monday, July 6, 2015

Fourth Fun...






 ^hello ugly tan line! sunscreen and I haven't meshed well this summer :(

Dress: Umgee USA, similar dresses below | Sandals: old, similar & similar | Bag: Tory Burch (obsessed!) | Necklaces: Kate Spade, J.Crew Factory (similar) | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelets: Alex & Ani, J.Crew Factory, Kate Spade |  Earrings: Kate Spade | Lips: Liner - MAC Cherry
Lipstick - Sephora N20

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays - I love all the lakeside BBQs, hanging out with friends and family on the boat, and all the red, white and blue! I spent my fourth of July by waking up early to make breakfast, going on a long walk with my dad, boating and laying out with good friends, eating a LOT of amazing food and watching the fireworks fly over the lake on the boat. Why can't every weekend be the 4th of July?

If you couldn't tell from my Instagram this weekend, stripes have been my go-to lately, and this adorable Umgee USA dress fit the bill. It has a nautical feel to it but is still casual enough for everyday wear, and I especially love that it has a slight high/low to it. Sometimes cotton dresses can get too short after a few washes, but this one you don't have to worry because it's so long in the back! I actually prefer the length of this dress after washing it a few times because the back of the dress was a little long on my 5'5" frame! I've linked a few of my favorite nautical dresses below. I'm stocking up on some of those long sleeved ones for fall!

Thanks so much for reading! Have a great Monday!



Photos by Jordan Stumbo Photography.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Nights in Boji...






My Look:







I'm amazed at how effortless off-the-shoulder tops can be! This top from Nordstrom is by far one of my favorite tops for summer. I've now worn it two days in a row and have gotten lots of compliments! At first glance, the lace looked like it might be a tad itchy, but once on it was very comfortable and flattering! I can't wait to wear it for 4th of July parties this week! For sizing, I ordered a Medium and it fits perfect!

OK my summer concert obsession has gotten a little out of control - I'm practically planning my weekends around the next few concerts by Lake Okoboji this summer! If you've ever visited Northwest Iowa in the summer, you've probably heard of Arnolds Park Amusement Park. It's a very historic amusement park right by the lake (it has a 125 year-old wooden roller coaster that will make you feel and look terrifying... #needingallthehairspray) and they also hold summer concerts every weekend! My family has gone to these concerts ever since I was a little girl... my first-ever concert was at Arnolds Park where I danced the night away to the country band Trick Pony (I was their biggest 8-year old fan for a solid year after that concert!). There are so many young families hanging out, but it's also great for 20-somethings like me and my friends, as there are lots of nightlife options just up the street for after the concerts! :) Summer is prime season for me and my friends to go to concerts and fun events, and Eventbrite is a great tool to search for local concerts and also to buy and sell tickets! To search for local concerts and events near you, check out their website, and also check out their guide for event planners (holla!!) to help promote your own fabulous event! 

*All opinions are my own.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Happy...







Moto Jacket: old, similar here and under $30 version here | Top: J.Crew, similar | Skirt: J.Crew (under $40!) | Pumps: J.Crew Factory, love these | Clutch: old, similar | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Watch: MK | Bracelet: kate spade | Earrings: Charming Charlie 

photography c/o f8 creative



What can I say, blush is my new favorite color! This skirt from J.Crew not only comes in the most perfect hue, but it's also under $40 now and they still have almost every size so grab 'em while you can! In all honesty, this skirt is super flattering and it's easy to wear with tanks and button downs for work. For a working girl like me on a limited shopping budget, $40 for a high quality, versatile skirt is a no-brainer!!! Also I'm newly obsessed with my lace moto. I bought this one almost two years ago and just recently starting wearing it all the time. It looks great dressed up or dressed down with a basic t-shirt and jeans. I'm now looking out for a neutral one for summer so if you find one email me!

Total side note: when I was going through these photos, I couldn't help but notice how HAPPY I look in almost every single one. Serious props to Chris my photographer for making me laugh the entire time we're shooting - he has a gift for capturing great moments!


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