Here and There

July 27, 2015 by  
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My friend Erin moved back to town and it's been my mission to show her the best restaurants in town including El Oasis, my favorite food truck, just a mile away from my apartment. I broke in my new joggers for the trip and wore them on repeat throughout the weekend. I'll probably wear them again today too.
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LNA top from Retail Therapy, Lululemon jet set crops, bag by Loeffler Randall, Nike Air Max c/o KicksUSA]
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Photos by Erin Koglin

My Body by Victoria Challenge

July 24, 2015 by  
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For the past year, I've slowly noticed the boobs fitting tighter and tighter in a 34b and naturally, continued to slowly feel more and more uncomfortable in my bras, even though I wear the coziest ones from Victoria's Secret. When I was asked to participate in the Body by Victoria's Secret Challenge, I jumped at the chance because I, perhaps like you, would prefer to take a quiz to determine boob size than share an intimate moment in the dressing room with a stranger armed with a measuring tape.

Turns out, I'm a 34c. A small difference has made such a big change in my comfort and how I feel in clothes. Holy shit. Thanks perfect fit quiz!
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I'm loving the new colors and lace details on the Body by Victoria bras. I'm normally a nude or black bra kind of girl, but I'm excited to spice up my bra collection with some color and lace and add the perfect t bra in the same color I already have it, but in the correct size.
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I've been wearing this grey Body by Victoria lounge bra..just about anywhere and beyond just lounging. It goes well under my white tees and it's so soft. There's no underwire and I wish there was a little lift, but I suppose that would defeat the purpose of a lounge bra. 
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Check the bra guide to help you get into the right fit!
Thanks for supporting collaborations such this with Victoria's Secret!

Under the Boardwalk

July 22, 2015 by  
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Threw this kimono over my new suit to skip through the shore in Atlantic City.
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[Saha Dagua Pacifico Bandeau Two Piece Bikini c/o Sunbain, kimono c/o lulu*s (last year)]
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Travel Look

July 20, 2015 by  
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Tried the whole "half up, half down bun" thing and gotta say, I'm a fan. 1. because it's easy enough for me to do on my own and 2. it's perfect compromise of getting my hair out of my face, but having hair free and flowing. I wore this for day 1 of my road trip traveling to Pittsburgh. During our two nights in Pittsburgh, we experienced some good food at BRGR and the most amazing omelette at Coca Cafe with Terra and her precious daughter Stella, and some pretty great views of the city from Mount Washington. 
I felt like this was on point for traveling and unfortunately for Terra, by the she saw me at the tail end of the trip, I was wearing the same outfit as the day before and looked a mess, progressively looking more and more haggard throughout the last two days because of exhaustion and severe under packing.
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[project social tee from Retail Therapy, jeans by BDG, boots by Steven, bag by Loeffler Randall, long necklace by Clyde's Rebirth, shark tooth c/o Meli]
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Photos by mom

Summer Light

July 17, 2015 by  
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I partnered with Meijer to share my summer jewelry must-haves. Skip over to Meijer Style for more photos!
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[top and jewelry c/o Meijer, shorts by Levi's, sandals c/o Lulu*s]
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Photos by Liz Westerhof

Atlantic City

July 15, 2015 by  
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Atlantic City was the third stop on our road trip and we spent hours walking the boardwalk, eating saltwater taffy, soft serve ice cream cones and snapping touristy photos along the way. After a quick mid-afternoon nap, we made our way out to the boardwalk again to check out the carnival, casinos and eat dinner on the beach before we retired to bed around 9 p.m. like the grannies we are. 
It was so hot and a bit windy, making the dress set the perfect choice for ferris wheel rides and walking endlessly in the sun. I wanted something a bit whimsy for the night and paired the dress with a yellow clutch and ideal walking sandals. I can't wait to wear this again with a pair of heels!
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[Black and Ivory Striped Two-Piece Set, Yellow Clutch and Gianny Black Slide Sandals c/o Lulu*s]
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Photos by mom
This post is a collaboration with lulu*s! Thank you for supporting all collaborations!

Top Handbag Sale Picks

July 14, 2015 by  
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Nordstrom anniversary sale time! Here are a few of my favorite sales from the super affordable bucket bag to the dream Chloe tote! I love all these for fall.
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1. Fossil Top Zip Leather Crossbody Bag, $104.90 (orig. $158)
2. Tory Burch Hobo Bag, $330.90 (orig. $495)
3. Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5 Zip Crossbody Bag, $129.90 (orig. $195)
4. Vegan Leather Bucket Bag, $31.90 (orig. $48)
5. Chloe Leather Tote, $1268.90 (orig. $1895)
6. Rebecca Minkoff Moto Hobo, $216.90 (orig. $325)

Philadelphia

July 13, 2015 by  
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My mom and I kicked off our mother/daughter roadtrip with Pittsburgh and then Philadelphia where we spent the day eating the local favorites such as Pat's cheesesteaks, sightseeing the historical landmarks and strolling through old neighborhoods and parks. It's such a beautiful city and it's one of my favorites.
It was a hot day, but I wanted to wear something weather appropriate and bold like this maxi top. I paired the top with denim shorts, thong sandals and changed out my crossbody bag for an oversized clutch in the evening.
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[Black and Ivory Grid Print Maxi Top, Rollin' in the River Black Clutch and Black Leather Studded Thong Sandals c/o Lulu*s, shorts by Levi's, watch c/o Shinola, aviators c/o Shade Station]
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This post is a collaboration with lulu*s! Thank you for supporting all collaborations!

Nordstrom Sales: Top Beauty Picks

July 10, 2015 by  
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From the nude lip set to the great deal on moisturizers, I'm scouring the  Nordstrom's anniversary sale for much needed skin and beauty products. Below are my favorite deals!
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1. NARS Cheek Palette, $59
2. Laura Mercier Flawless in a Flash Trio, $39.50
3. MAC Pretty Natural Lip Kit, $29.50
4. NARS Lip Pencil Set, $49
5. GLAMGLOW Glamazing set, $69
6. Clinique Gel Duo, $38

Travel Necessities + Tips

July 8, 2015 by  
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I'm off on a road trip with my mom and I snapped a few photos of my packing to share my process!
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Tip: Pack a clutch as a make up bag
To be most efficient, I pack a clutch as a make up bag and pack only the essentials to save on space. Essentials include tinted moisturized, bronzer/blush combo, mascara, a couple lipgloss choices and primer along with Scentbird containing a sample of perfume so I can leave my full-sized versions at home (this month it's Tom Ford's Black Orchid.) I've been using this vintage leather clutch with scalloped edges because it's a great size and transitions well from make up bag to my evening clutch.
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Tip: Include a couple fun extras, just in case
Since they take up such little space and they can spruce up any outfit, I packed a couple extra clutches--an oversized black version and a yellow version for my evenings out and about with mom. They'll also double as jewelry protectors, although I'll be wearing most of what I'm packing throughout the week including Katie Dean Jewelry rings, Shinola watch and Clyde's Rebirth necklace.
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Tip: Versatile shoes
I packed heel-free for this trip! I've learned the hard way that packing those special pair of heels for that one night wasn't worth the space in my luggage or the pain I felt in my feet from spending too much time on the go wearing them. For me, I still want variety in my shoes, so versatile and comfortable flat sandals in the color that mix and match the best is what I do.
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Tip: Travel size products + customizing products for trip
Instead of lugging around full-sized products or pouring them into small containers (ain't got no time for that), I select quality travel size products and keep them packed in a clutch so that I can grab and go easily. For this particular trip, I'm concerned with frizzy hair along the ocean and so I added leave-in conditioner with my travel size products.
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I have dozens and dozens of sunglasses and I'm bringing a few tried and true aviators along with reading material, the standard black hat and my new favorite No-Ad sunscreen stick, that has a deodorant-like packaging and I can easily glide it over my tattoo throughout the day without the mess.

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