Midi Skirt

Hey y’all and happy hump day!

This week has felt like it’s gone by so. slow. I’m getting ready to move this weekend and can’t wait to finally get settled in into our new apartment. I can’t wait to share some decor photos with you all! But unfortunately the movers we’re working with aren’t guaranteeing a date yet that they’ll arrive soo.. a little frustrating? That’s an understatement!

But speaking of exciting things, my mom and I will be heading to MIAMI next weekend for Miami Swim 2017! I haven’t been to Miami since my 21st birthday and I’m incredibly excited to go back – and get a long weekend trip.

Today I’m sharing with y’all my only and favorite midi skirt. I always thought this length would look awkward on me since I’m so short – but paired with a pretty bodysuit and some nude pumps.. Love! I’d 100% recommend a midi skirt for anyone. They have such a classic and elegant shape but still look modern when styled.

 

Bodysuit is from Ross, similar styles here and here | Skirt is also from Ross, similars here and here | Nude Pumps and similar

 

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Hive Welcome Home Kit

Hey y’all and happy Monday! I have a super exciting post to share with y’all today. First off, how was your weekend? Mine was pretty relaxing including a hibachi date night and some house-hunting. Next weekend I’ll be moving into my Dallas apartment so I’m trying to relax as much as I can before! Ha!

Now, without further adieu! Hive sent me their welcome home kit to try out and share my thoughts with y’all. The kit included 1 Hive Thermostat, 2 Hive Lights, 1 Hive Wall Plug, 2 Hive Door/Window Sensors, and the hub that connects them all together! I’m not a super tech-y person, so I was excited to try it out and see how it works for a “normal” person haha. So here are my thoughts on my Hive Welcome Home Kit!

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First of all, in case you don’t know, Hive has products that make living super convenient. You can program your lights to turn on when you walk in the house, turn on your coffee maker from your bed in the morning, change your home temperature when you don’t want to get up, and so much more. You control all of the products from your phone with their user friendly app. This is SUPER helpful during the summer when you’re feeling a little lazier than usual!

Once you get your Hive products, you have to register for an account on their website. After you verify your email address,  you can download the app and get started.

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Once you’re all registered, you can connect your hub to your internet router with an included cable and get started with whatever products you want! I’ve already set up and used my door/window sensors and the smart plug. You literally just set them up and “pair” them with your app!

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Although I was sent this from Hive, I’m under no obligation to give a good review – but I completely LOVE it already. It would be a great gift for the tech lover in your life or just to make your home a little smarter.

So #letsgetliving and check out their website here. I’ve only been using these products for a bit but once I have them installed in my new apartment and use them for a few weeks, I’ll be updating y’all on my thoughts again! So far, they’re great!

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Pink on Pink

Hey y’all,

This is the first time I’ve posted on a weekend in forever! Right now I’m kind of playing with the best times to post so let me know if Saturday is a day you tend to catch up on your favorite blogs.. and hopefully mine 😉

This is a beautiful dress that I’ve had forever but have never had a chance to wear. It’s not exactly work appropriate due to the low cut and high slit. I’m obsessed with a good wrap dress, though, and this is perfect for a date night or even for a pool day event as a cover up. Super versatile! I wore it this time with a black bralette peeking through and some nude heels.

Then when I stumbled upon this wall, I had to stop for photos. Talk about some classic pink on pink! Don’t you love a good statement wall? Me too.

I also have a super exciting review of a high-tech product coming up early next week. I’m finally installing it this week and I have high hopes. Be sure to follow me here so you don’t miss it.

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Dress (another similar here and here) | Heels (and similar) | Bralette

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Day to Night Outfit

Hey y’all,

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! My weekend was pretty much just full of lying in the pool and eating a lot of food – my kind of weekend. And got some good family time in! The best part is.. now there’s only a 3 day work week left.

Today I’m sharing a perfect day to night outfit! My key to taking an outfit from day to night is to simply put on a cardigan. This makes tops look more conservative for the office but still look stylish and trendy. I’m also obsessed with this choker top!

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Top (from Ross – similar here and here) | Skirt (similar here and here) | Shoes (similar here and here)

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Easy 4th of July Food and Drinks

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Hey y’all!

It’s almost the 4th of July – who else is ready for a day full of the pool and yummy snacks?! Today I’m sharing some easy 4th of July food and drinks perfect for last minute plans. These are also “skinnier” recipes than the typical cookout foods. Let’s just hop right in.

Jalepeno Poppers

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Ingredients:
4 Jalepeno peppers cut in half
1 block Cream Cheese
1/4 cup Cheddar Cheese
Bacon (I used low-sodium)

  1. Mix cream cheese and cheddar cheese
  2. Stuff filling into cut jalepenos
  3. Wrap each jalepeno half with one slice of raw bacon
  4. Grill until cooked through

 

Kabobs Two-Ways

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Ingredients:

For Hot Dog Kabob –
4 Hot Dog Links (I used Turkey hot dogs)
Sliced Hamburger Pickles
Sliced Red Onion
Ketchup and Mustard (for dipping)

For Chicken Kabob – 
One chicken breast cut into small chunks
6 Slices of Bacon (cut into thirds)
Baby brussels sprouts
One jalepeno (cut into slices)

  1. Soak wooden kabob sticks for approx 1 hour
  2. Alternate each ingredient onto soaked kabobs to your hearts desire! 🙂
    1. For Chicken Kabob, wrap each chicken chunk with 1/3 slice of bacon before adding to kabob
  3. Set on medium heat grill
  4. Sear meat for one minute, then turn heat down and cook for 15 minutes

 

Red, White, and Blue Chip Dish

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Ingredients:
Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
White Queso of your choice
Red Salsa of your choice

This one is super easy – just put the salsa and queso in separate bowls and then lay out the blue chips! Looks impressive with no work!

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Jalepeno Skinny Margaritas

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Ingredients for one drink:
1/4 Jalepeno Pepper
Salt and Lime for rim
3 tbsp Lime Juice
1 1/2 Tsp Agave Nectar, Simpole Syrup, or Honey
1 tbsp Orange Juice (I used trop 50)
Ice
2 oz Tequila

  1. Mix all ingredients and enjoy! Use jalepeno as the garnish.

 

Red, White, and Blue Sangria

Ingredients:
One bottle of sweet white wine
One bottle of brut champagne
Handful of blueberries
Handful of rasberries
Handful of blackberries
Ice

  1. Wash fruit and put in a pitcher
  2. Pour liquid ingredients into the pitcher
  3. Stir and chill for 30 minutes
  4. Add ice and enjoy!

 

easy 4th of july food and drinks; skinny 4th of july cocktails; skinny 4th of july recipesBe sure to follow me on pinterest as well since I’ll have some of these and more easy 4th of July food and drinks pinned! Have a great holiday weekend! Cheers!

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Office Decor

Gooood morning and Happy Friday y’all!

For some reason this week has gone by insanely slow. I keep thinking it’s almost the weekend every day.. but it’s not – until today! Wahoo!

But even though it’s almost the weekend, I’m talking about the office. I’ve been officially back in an office full time for two weeks now, and I’m trying to re-decorate my cubicle. I ran by Target last week and they have the cutest decor ever. They have white marble items galore! 

Here are my top Target picks for your office/home office/desk! Most of these I’ve picked up already. I got the marble thumb tacks and they won’t go into my cubicle wall, so that’s a bummer!


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Let me know where you shop for desk accessories! And have a wonderful weekend!

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Off the Shoulder

Hey y’all,

It’s hump day! Does anyone else feel like this week is going super slow? I feel like I’ve woken up everyday thinking that it’s Friday but.. it’s not. 

Also, completely unrelated – but I’m really trying to start eating healthy again and working out! I feel like I always start for a few days then I’m like, whatever, and just stop. If you have any tips for me, or would want to see regular updates on what’s working for me – let me know in the comments!

Today I’m sharing my last outfit post from my latest trip! I’ll still have more travel tips and guides coming up, but those take a little longer to put together. So I’m having an intermission to share this outfit from Paris – my new favorite off the shoulder top! I even wore it on the flight and it was actually really comfortable.


I know it’s definitely not boot and jacket season anymore.. but this off the shoulder top could totally be worn with a denim skirt or some shorts!

Top (Other options here and here) | Jeans (on sale!) | Boots | Jacket | 

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Iceland Travel Tips

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Hey y’all,

I’m switching gears on y’all again and moving to Iceland from France! I’m not done with Paris yet, but I had to share some of my top Iceland travel tips.

First off, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I spent the whole weekend looking at 10+ apartments after my move to Dallas last weekend, and it was so exhausting. It feels like car shopping when you’re just completely worn out, ya know? We looked all over the area at lofts, town homes, apartments, high rises, and FINALLY found one we fell in love with. I think we had high standards since our DC apartment was exactly our style, but I can’t wait to move in and share more about our new place.

Also – a Happy Late Fathers Day to all the dads out there!

Ok, back to Iceland talk. If you haven’t ever considered a visit – I’d seriously reconsider! I’ll be sharing details on both Iceland and Paris.. things to do, where to stay, etc. but today I’m going over my basic top tips for a visit to this beautiful nation!


1. Consider WOW Airlines. I’ll be honest that I was skeptical. I’d compare it to the Frontier of international flights – no frills. But flights are INSANELY cheap. There are no food or drinks included, no wifi, no entertainment, but the planes are nice and modern, they have a great safety record, and they fly several places in the US and Europe. There’s always a layover in Keflavik, so you can do it like us and book two separate flights, or they offer extended layovers as well.


2. Get international data. Seriously – do it! With AT&T we could use international data for $10 a day. You will 100% need a GPS to get around, so make the splurge. Nuff said.

3. Rent a car. Driving is super easy in Iceland. I will say I went in April, so I’m not sure in December – February how icy it would be. But we had zero issues with the roads and it makes it so much easier to get around and explore on your own!


4. Don’t be intimidated! It can be a little scary to go to another country with a language you don’t speak (unless you know Icelandic, then kudos because it’s an awesome language!). But everyone in the country was so kind and accommodating – everyone! At restaurants, hotels, snorkel guides, even tourists! Be sure you don’t let being intimidated stop you from visiting Iceland since the people are amazing.

5. Get ready to splurge. My last and most important tip – save some money before you go! Everything is extremely expensive. Flights and hotels were cheap, but food and drinks are very pricey. Don’t be surprised if you spend $50 USD on lunch for 2. But since travel and stay is inexpensive, it evens out a bit.


Let me know in the comments.. have you been to Iceland?! 

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Eiffel Tower

Hey y’all,

I’m SO excited for this post today because I’m finally sharing some pictures from my latest vacation. We visited Iceland and France, and it was such an amazing experience. I’m starting with Paris, more specifically the Eiffel Tower, since it’s so iconic! I’ve always wanted to visit it since I was young and it lived up to my expectations.

If you’re planning on visiting the Eiffel Tower, there are two gorgeous views of it. Of course, getting near and under it is stunning and it’s incredibly massive. I was shocked at the size! But for a view of the entire Tower, you can walk past the Tower away from the river, sit at a cafe and drink some wine, and take in the view. On the other side of the river there are gorgeous staircases which also have an amazing view! That’s where these photos were taken.

Later this week I’ll be sharing some restaurant picks, including a rooftop one RIGHT by the Tower. 

Oh, and definitely stick around at night to watch it sparkle on every hour. 

Top (Only $6!) | Jacket (also on sale) | Legging | Similar Boots (mine are old) 
Also – on a separate note – I’ve moved back to Dallas! More to come on that later.

Have a great day! Let me know in the comments if you like travel posts!

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CITYSTRONG & a Bachelorette Interview

Hey y’all,

Happy Monday! Today I’m here with a post that is WAY overdue! I’m sharing my vlog from citystrong & a bachelorette interview!

A couple of months ago, I was invited to attend CITYSTRONG Dallas! In case you don’t know what this is, it’s a workout class hosted by Kaitlyn Bristowe (the Bachelorette), Shawn Booth (fiance of the bachelorette), and Erin Oprea (an amazing celebrity trainer). Shawn and Erin take you through a crazy GOOD workout while Kaitlyn dj’s and drinks wine.. except my class fell in sober February, but she was amazing!

I was also lucky enough to get to go backstage, sit down with them, and talk for a bit – so be sure to watch my videos for some snippets of our conversation. I have to say that they were all so kind and SO down to earth. It was an amazing experience!

 

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