Monday, September 30, 2013

Kate Spade Beau Bag

Check out how a few other bloggers have styled or featured the Kate Spade Beau Bag.

College Prepster | What's In My Beau Bag // Look 1 // Look 2 // Look 3
Mackenzie Horan | What's In My Beau Bag // Look 1
Pink Peonies | What's In My Beau Bag // Look 1
Happily Grey | Look 1 // Look 2
Gal Meets Glam | What's In My Beau Bag // Look 1
A Piece of Toast | Look 1 // Look 2
Luella June | Look 1 // Look 2

I am totally coveting this bag right now! It's simply fabulous and I love how the bow is actually a pocket... how adorable is that?

Which blogger beau bag style is your favorite?  How would you style the KS Beau Bag?


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Fall Gift Guide

I am the worst procrastinator when it comes to buying gifts for friends and family.  I find myself shopping online and thinking something would be the perfect gift for a friend or family member, then chickening out and not ordering anything.  I then end up waiting until the last minute and getting stressed out searching for the perfect hostess, birthday or Christmas gift.  Living in a small town less than an hour from two larger cities means we don't have many options for boutiques or gift shops to run to when we're in need of a quick gift purchase.  It's always a good idea to keep a few easy gifts on hand in a gift drawer to grab when your in a pinch or invited to a last minute dinner party.  Wine or specialty food items are always easy go-to hostess gifts, but many occasions call for more personal gifts.    

If you're like me and have trouble purchasing the perfect gift for an occasion, here a few items (under $100) that I think are great for many different gift giving occasions.  


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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Weekend Links


1.  In love with these fabulous fall loafers!

3.  Navy & Black is quickly becoming one of my favorite fall combos!  These boots and this bag are part of the reason.

4.  I am collecting fun fall recipes on Pinterest.  Let me know if you have any suggestions of yummy fall recipes I should try!

5.  A good fall polish color makes even the warmest fall days seem cooler (I am loving this one!).

6.  Oh Dear Sweater from Madewell... I need this in my closet for the holidays!

7.  Who doesn't need a good elbow patch sweater or jacket for cooler days?  I'm loving this look and this one.

8.  Bow clutch, I need this in my closet!

9.  A few hostess gift ideas courtesy of Tuckernuck.

10.  Adorable early fall dress from GAP!

What are you reading/watching/listening to/buying this weekend?


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Friday, September 27, 2013

3 Chic Office Looks

J.Crew Ponte Peplum ShirtJ.Crew Factory Skimmer Pant | Kate Spade Disco Pansy
Tory Burch WalterMelinda Maria Rosey ChainTory Burch Robinson Dome Satchel
Nina Originals Pledge Flats

J.Crew Collection Featherweight Cashmere Cardigan | C. Wonder Equestrian Link Bracelet
C. Wonder Knotted BangleTory Burch AmandaMadewell Diamond Jacquard Dress
  C. Wonder Pave Ball Studs | Ivanka Trump Natalie

J.Crew Stripe Sweater | J.Crew Fluted Skirt | J.Crew Collection Calf Hair Flats
J.Crew Factory Crystal NecklaceKate Spade Pencils iPad Mini Folio
Kate Spade Cobble Hill Little Curtis

I actually kinda love getting dressed up in work attire.  Coming up with alternatives to the typical black or navy suit.  The traditional business attire isn't necessarily the norm in most offices anymore, so you have a lot more freedom to show your personal style in the office.  Today I am linking-up with long distance loving for another fun week of Friday's Fancies showing off our favorite office looks.

How do you add a bit of your own personal style, yet stay professional for work?


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Thursday, September 26, 2013


This video totally cracked me up! You gotta love Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon.

Happy Thursday!


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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

6 Monthly Box Subscriptions That Make Great Gifts

Whether you want to pamper yourself or a friend, monthly box subscriptions are a great way to give a gift that keeps on giving.  

(1) Umba Box | A fun assortment of handmade goods, the Umba Box can be shipped to your door for less than $30 a month.  The Umba Box contains one stand out item each month, such as a handmade colorblock clutch from Velle Purse and sometimes, if your lucky, a few standout items.  You can choose a variety of subscriptions - 3-month & month-to-month subscriptions for $25 each (plus $5 shipping); 6-month subscriptions $25 each (shipping free); 12-month subscription $23 each (shipping free).

(2) Love With Food | Love With Food fills your mailbox with hard-to-find gourmet goodies packed in themed boxes.  But they also have a larger mission, to fill food banks across the country with meals for those in need... who doesn't want to contribute to that & get yummy treats shipped to your doorstep?  Each subscription is $10 per month for 3-month plans (shipping $2), 6-month plans (shipping $1), or 12-month plans (free shipping).

(3) Birch Box | A very popular box is Birch Box.  It is one of the less expensive, yet still very fun boxes!  Since it is only $10 a month it can be hit-or-miss, they claim to give you deluxe samples, but sometimes you may only get foil packet samples.

(4) Craft Coffee | If you're looking for a gift for your favorite coffee lover, a Craft Coffee subscription is the perfect happy surprise in their mailbox.  It will be an instant pick-me-up!  With monthly coffee samples from micro-roasters & boutique coffee companies such as Portland's Coava Coffee Roasters, Miami's Panther Coffee, and others this box is fabulous for any caffeine addict.  A Craft Coffee subscription is $25 per month for a 3-month subscription, $22.50 per month for 6-months, & $20 per month for annual plans; shipping is free!

(5) Bark Box | Pet lovers rejoice!  There is a box for you too.  The Bark Box allows you to spoil your pooch while you help save another.  Bark Box donates 10% off all their sales to local animal reuse facilities.  Each box contains at least four items for your pup and can be anything from food samples to shampoos and leashes.  The items are usually from small businesses that cannot be found in big name pet stores.  You can pamper your pooch for $25 a month (free shipping!).

(6) Julep Maven | If you love having perfectly polished nails, Julep Maven is the subscription for you.  Each month a new collection of colors & nail treatments will be shipped to your door.  A single bottle of Julep Maven polish retails for $14, but you can get a whole collection at your door for $20.  However, if you tend to stick to the same colors all the time, this is not the box for you.

Have you tried any fun box subscriptions?


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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Weekend Links

How amazing is this fall street in Memphis, TN!  Fabulous fall colors.  Perfect for the first day of fall.

1.  Loving this amazing leopard peplum top!

2.  Ready for fall and adorable pumpkin decorations like this one.  

3.  How perfect is this lobster needlepoint hat?  I think it needs to make it's way to my closet ASAP.

4.  A good blazer is always an important fall staple, I am falling head over heels for this one.

5.  Loving Summer Wind's outfit from NYFW!  So adorable. 

6.  Get fit with these tips from Sweet Lemon Magazine!

7.  Wish I had a fashionable office like this.

8.  A classic wallet from C. Wonder.

9.  Have you seen the new Tory Burch beauty collection?  I cannot wait to try it.

10.  Picked up this fun dress this weekend.  I cannot wait to wear it all the time for gamedays and everything else too!


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Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall Wish List

Banana Republic Sloane Riding Boot / Gigi New York Clutch
Tory Burch Sally Peep Toe Wedge / C. Wonder Two Tone Link Bracelet

I have been longing for fall the past few days.  My friends who live in DC and NYC have been seeing the beginnings of the fall season, but down here in good 'ole Florida it's still hot hot hot!  I have had to be creative with my "fall" looks this week and am guilty of wearing sweaters around my house just so I can pretend fall is here.  I am ready to pull out my trusty riding boots and tights, but since I am sure that is weeks away for me... I can only dream of fall leaves, pumpkins and cable knit sweaters and of course put together wish lists!

Head over to long distance loving to see what everyone is wishing for this fall!

What are you wishing for this fall?


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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Anthropologie Fashion Show Hyde Park

Last week I attended the Fall 2013 Anthropologie fashion show in Hyde Park.  I drove over to Tampa with my friend Leslie and we ate dinner at Jackson's Bistro.  At Jackson's I had the crab ravioli and lobster bistro... it was delicious!  

Anthropologie served us champaign, ice tea and mini cheesecakes.  We sat front row for the fashion show and then got to shop shop shop!  

Here are a few pictures from the event.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Kate Spade Surprise Sale!

Time to get to shopping!


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Working Girl Bags

I am all about the fashionable alternative to the briefcase.  Briefcases are so 1990, don't you think?  These days a working girl needs an adorable tote that can take her from the coffee shop, to the office, to dinner/drinks with friends.  The perfect working girl tote fits everything a young professional needs to get through the day.  AKA - phone/iPad/laptop charger, makeup (for mid-day touch-ups of course!), snacks (candy, fruit, whatever your preference you'll be happy you packed a snack!), headphones, wallet, papers/books/whatever you need to take form work to the office (i.e. planner, notepads, etc.), and whatever else that may help you get through the day a little easier.  Your work bag is like a mini traveling office, so it's important to pack what you need!

Remember this post?  Well I found this bag at T.J. Maxx and now it's my go-to work tote.  But, I'm still on the lookout for another one... maybe a little bit smaller, a cross between a tote and a purse perhaps! 

What is your go-to work bag/purse?  Any suggestions for my purse dilemma?


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Monday, September 16, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Weekend Links

2.  Loving this Lilly top styled for fall.

3.  Long Sleeve Dog Printed Shirt Dress from Tommy Hilfiger, the perfect fall everyday dress.

4.  So glad I can wear fun fall nail polish again!  Loving this dark purple.

5.  Excited about the new Kate Spade + Lifeguard Press collection coming to stationery stores near you very soon!

6.  Currently Reading

7.  Lusting over the new Kate Spade Beau Bag!  I wish it could find it's way into my closet.

8.  Tartan Plaid Hat from Southern Proper = Perfection

9.  Elizabeth McKay Broadway Pant, the perfect pant for work in the fall or spring!

10.  The perfect work wedge.  

What are you reading/watching/listening to/ buying this weekend?


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Friday, September 13, 2013

3 Outfits for A Weekend of Football

Friday Night Lights

Saturday Afternoon Tailgate

Sunday Night Football

Whether you watch football on Friday night, Saturday or Sunday (or perhaps Thursday or Monday), it's always important to put together a cute outfit!  You all know I'm a diehard Gator fan, but for my 3 football inspired looks I decided to be neutral.  Cute jeans are perfect for a Friday night cheering on your favorite local high school team.  A fun sundress (paired with tights in the winter) is perfect for a long day of tailgating and cheering on your favorite college team (Go Gators!).  And of course, a comfy pair of leggings with a cute tunic is the perfect things for a Sunday evening of cheering on your favorite Pro team at a local bar with friends.  Add your favorite pair of comfy flats or boots and top off a great weekend of football with family and friends!

Head over to long distance loving to see what other bloggers have put together for this week's Friday's Fancies link-up!

What team is your favorite one to cheer on each weekend during the fall?


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Thursday, September 12, 2013

J.Crew Ballet Flats

J.Crew has a fabulous selection of ballet flats!  How adorable are these cap toe flats?  Don't they look just like Chanel!  In love.  Oh and the scalloped ones... I love a good scalloped detail.  Oh and totally love the gray suede flats for fall.

Which fall flats are your favorite?


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Working Girl Shoes for Any Budget

Professional Shoes

I am still hunting for a full-time job, but (luckily) I am working part-time while applying for jobs so having a few go-to pairs of professional shoes is a must.  It is always nice to be prepared in case I am called for an interview or need to go to a networking event.

Whether your workplace dresses in formal business attire or a bit more casual I think it's always nice to have a few good pairs of closed-toe and peep-toe shoes for work.   Save the Jack Rogers for Friday!  Flats and wedges are great to have for days when you want to be a little more comfortable (or if you'll be walking in the grass).  I wear a 5.5 so I tend to have trouble buying shoes that fit properly.  I recommend ordering online from Zappos or Nordstrom if you are in the need of new shoes.  Both these sites are great with returns and offer free shipping both ways!  Order a bunch of shoes to try and send back, they won't mind, promise!

What are your favorite go-to professional shoes?  What are your favorite shoe stores?


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In the spring I interned for the Lakeland Economic Development Council (LEDC).  I wrote articles relating to post-grad life and job searching for their blog, YLakeland.  It was so much fun getting to share my experiences joining the young professionals group, EMERGE, sharing resume/job hunting tips and talking about my overall experiences as a young professional back in my hometown of Lakeland.  While interning with the LEDC I was able to learn a great deal about my community and everything it has to offer residents of all ages.  I was able to be on the ground floor of plans the LEDC has to expand their blog (& our community) and now they are making it happen.

First off, they are hosting a video contest (if you are from the area, you should totally enter!).  Second, they are doing a whole lot to help entrepreneurs in the Lakeland area (check out Catapult Lakeland).  This is "freaking" awesome!  Third, they are continuing to promote all things cool and unique in Lakeland (check out some of the yummy places there are to eat in Lakeland).

Last week I attended my first Junior League of Greater Lakeland meeting (more on that to come).  At this meeting my former boss, Steve Scruggs of the LEDC, gave a presentation on IDEO.  IDEO is a design and innovative consulting firm from Palo Alto, CA that visited Lakeland in the spring.  While the four members of the IDEO team were visiting, I was interning with the LEDC.  I heard a great deal about all the awesome things they were doing during their visit, but seeing a full presentation really brought the whole process to life and showed me exactly how "freaking" cool it really was.  Read more about the project here!

Here is an example of videos (for the video contest) shared by!  Remember the Poor Porker from this post?  Well, they're still a "freaking" cool asset in our community!

Visit and let me know what you think of the site!


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Monday, September 9, 2013

25% off J.Crew Shits, Sweaters & Pants

Use Code FallStyle

Let me know if you get anything during the sale!

*Sale ends September 15th at 11:59pm*


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Gina Made It

I am thrilled to share with you a new product that I recently had the pleasure of trying out, Gina Made It.  Gina Made It is a collection of handcrafted headbands, pony scarves and bow buns.  I had the pleasure of testing out a headband and a bow bun and I am hooked.  

Now that I am a post-grad I am all about wearing cute ponytail holders so that an ordinary pony looks stylish and professional instead of thrown together.  Gina's collection of pony scarves and bow buns are a fabulous way to add a bit of color to your pony and who doesn't love a good bow accessory?  Plus you don't want to look like Matilda with a boring 'ole grosgrain ribbon tide in your hair.  Whether you're wearing them to class or work, Gina's bow buns and pony scarves are a more sophisticated way to wear ribbon in your hair and add a touch of style to your pony.  

I have always been a fan of headbands, after all they are an ultimate prep accessory.  Unfortunately, the think ones tend to give me a headache.  So I am always on the look out for cute thin headbands to keep my hair out of my eyes and of course add a touch of style to my hairdo.  Plus now that I have short hair I am all about cute ways to change up my look.  Gina's handcrafted headbands are comfortable and stylish... the perfect combo!  Oh and did I mention you can get them in signature (novelty, grosgrain, or velvet) or leather.

Fuchsia Bun Bow (available online mid-September)

How cute is this fuchsia bun bow?  I love how it makes a dull pony instantly fab!  And they make stellar bracelets too. 

Have you worn Gina Made It hair accessories?

Visit her site and let me know which item is your favorite!


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