All Of The Embroidery

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This embroidered dress from My Kind Of Lovely is so cozy and flattering.  I can’t stop buying anything embroidered and hope this trend stays around for a while because there are so many great pieces out there right now.  I’m super into this dress as it can be a summer dress but also can transition into a fall dress as well with the girly bell sleeves.

My Kind Of Lovely Dress | Clare Vivier Simple Tote | Arrow RingDolce Vita Booties



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Always Wear Your White Hat

Gingham1I cannot get over this white fedora by Janessa Leone.  I was reluctant to wear it the first couple of times due to makeup smudges and life in general. This bad boy has flown off my head in Napa and after chasing it down through a vineyard, I can say it is a winner! Easy to wipe clean and the most comfortable hat I own.  Also perfect to keep all my crazy hair in one place during this San Francisco wind we’ve been getting.  Whoever calls Chicago the “Windy City” hasn’t lived in SF.

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Cropped Gingham Tank (sold out, available in plus size) | Rockstar Jeans | ASOS Lace Up Espadrilles (available in Leopard too!) | Janessa Leone Wool Fedora c/o

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SF Spotlight: Elizabeth Charles

IMG_2722One of my favorite things about San Francisco is the amount of unique shopping options available. Whether you’re strolling down Valencia, Hayes or Fillmore; there are more than enough boutiques to pick up items that you know you won’t be seeing on every girl in town.  They’re all so different and to dieeeee for.  I picked this tunic up at a new (to me) boutique, Elizabeth Charles, on Fillmore Street. This Lemlem Tunic is handwoven by artisans in Ethiopia.  So cool!  This classic on trend boutique carries my current favorite sunglass brand Le Specs (THESE are amazing), Janessa Leone hats (tried on this one and fell in love with the metal accent), Self Portrait dresses (the perfect dresses for any weddings you’re attending this summer!) plus loads more.

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Pop by the shop at 2056 Fillmore Street tomorrow between 5-8PM to browse their new collection + sip on a little champagne.  

Spring Vibes


SunnyLife Rockingham Towel Free People Dress | Super Goop Sunscreen

Jute Beach Bag (only $22!) | Ice Cream Pool Float | MINKPINK Beach Blossom Swimsuit

I’ve been seriously lusting over bright spring time items for a few weeks now.  San Francisco’s two day “winter” hasn’t helped my obsession either.  I’m leaving for Mexico in 65 days (who’s counting?) and have my eye on these goodies!  I remember seeing this Free People dress last season in red but it wasn’t my color.  It’s a bit of a splurge but the blue is so beautiful and flattering!  I’ve already gotten this MINKPINK swimsuit and cannot wait to rock it!  And what do I love more than a vanilla cone?  Nothing.


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Create + Cultivate Recap | Dallas Edition

I truly cannot say enough wonderful things about Create + Cultivate. Being a newer conference, I expected some possible hiccups along the way. Nope. Everything was so perfect. The check-in process was a breeze, the breakfast and lunch were delicious, the never-ending Hermanos coffee ended up being much needed and the decor was a dream. A literal dream. Hanging plants, shabby chic furniture, pop up booths galore! The 12 hour day was long but sadly went by so fast. The entire day was perfectly planned out for learning, breaks, networking and more coffee. Oh, and did I mention the gift bag? I’m such a sucker for a well thought about gift bag. My best friend asked me mid day if I’d consider going to the next Create + Cultivate. That is an absolute yes!

I came to Dallas solo, hoping I would meet new friends and gain knowledge about the blogging world + business in general. My business degree is great but there is something special about learning first hand from women who have been inspiring you for years. Between the panel discussions and the mentor sessions, I left feeling so refreshed and ready to tackle 2016.

For those who missed it, here are a shortened version of what I took away from the weekend:

Photo Hacks:
-Composition is key
-Captions matter (an emoji isn’t going to cut it)
-Have a set direction
-Gear content toward your most popular images
-Be creative every single day

Brand Collaborations:
Personally, I had a lot of questions about this topic. The panel covered several questions you should ask yourself before committing to a collaboration along with questions you should feel comfortable asking the brand. This is your business too so don’t be afraid to ask them to clear up any grey area.

When your blog has a certain look and the product your collaborating with doesn’t fit your aesthetics but you know it’s a great fit, turn it into art. Maybe a creative flatlay? Think outside the box for a not so “beautiful” product.

Matt Crump (@mattcrump / follow him, his feed is fun!) said one of the biggest ways he has gotten screwed in the past is not negotiating that he has final say in the caption on social media (ie, a company once made him put a link in an Instagram caption which wasn’t active -yikes!) Always have final say on what you’re captioning on your social platforms.

-Always stay true to yourself
-Will your audience love it?
-Doesn’t fit your brand but pays well? Skip it
-Establish that the company wants what you can do
-Portray the product honestly
-Are you able to have a say into the final edits?
-Will they let you use your creative vision?

Hash Tagging:
-The general consensus was you need them.
-No hash tag is a missed opportunity
-Use relevant hash tags (look at the ones being viewed)
-Pay attention to the constant changing with Instagram’s analytics

The Art of the Pitch:
Pitching your brand to someone was another area I had a list of questions about. The ladies on this panel all agreed that some brands will buy into your passion vs. only your skills. Always highlight your good parts. Also, to know what deal you need and don’t be afraid to ask for it. The company isn’t going to make a bad deal for themselves and will take care of their own. No one offers you their best deal first. Be upfront with them and ask!

Before you pitch your idea to a company you’re interested in working with:
-Know their brand
-Know your brand
-Highlight what you’re best at
-Know entire market, not only your blog








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Preview of their Who What Wear x Target line



Genevieve Ascencio from Factory PR #majorgirlboss


Camille Styles, Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam, Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential, Mary Seng of Happily Grey, and Sophia Rivka Rossi of Hello Giggles



IMG_1003Hillary Kerr & Katherine Power, Founders of Who What Wear

Those are the secrets I’m giving away. Thanks for letting me nerd out on this post and I hope to see you at the next Create + Cultivate!

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Early Morning in Notting Hill

Notting Hill is definitely more than just the location for a famous movie.  Although I can’t lie and say that didn’t have anything to do with us wanting to check out the neighborhood.  For all curious minds, The Travel Book Company in the film doesn’t exist.  Whomp whomp.

Only having one full day in London, I knew I wanted to head to Notting Hill first thing. Unfortunately we got there a little too early as the Portobello Road Market wasn’t even set up yet. Portobello Market runs the two mile length of Portobello Road. It was such a bummer we didn’t have more time.  We did stumble upon the Portobello Green Market which is London’s leading Vintage Fashion and Antiques Market.  It was full of bargain vintage clothing, retro style furniture, vinyl and jewelry.

The colorful house lined streets and independent antique shops make this area one of a kind.  We saw a lot of cyclist in the area which seemed to be a popular way to explore Notting Hill’s cobblestone streets and nearby Holland Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.  Looking forward to exploring more next trip and starting the day a little later.

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INK Hotel | Amsterdam


It has been a LONG time since I’ve checked out of a hotel and couldn’t think of one single fault.  We stayed at the smallest Airbnb EVER in London before we arrived to Amsterdam.  I booked it and thought it would be “fun” and “cute.”  I was so wrong.  There literally wasn’t even room to lay our luggage down.  This post might be a glorified Yelp review or a love affair with INK Hotel but either way, it was a magical stay.

The hotel is located in the former home of the Dutch newspaper ‘De Tijd’, a place where stories were written and ultimately brought to life in “ink.”  We loved the amusing and well appointed wallpaper; the more of the city we saw, the more the wallpaper made sense.  The entrance is unique, and the bar and restaurant are both comfortable and stylish. The bar served Veuve Clicquot as their house champagne.  Any friend of Veuve is a friend of mine!  The rooms were gorgeous and more importantly, comfortable beyond belief.  The bathroom in the room was everything I hope my personal bathroom will look like one day.  Five days at the INK Hotel was not enough and we will definitely be staying there on our next trip to Amsterdam!




IMG_0943This shower was a gift from the heavens after cramming my tallness into our tiny Airbnb shower in London.  Thank you heavenly shower!




IMG_0950It was so nice to wake up and have (a couple) espressos every morning before rolling out of bed.  It got the day started right!



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Styled by Naturalizer

Do you know how many times I’ve walked past the Naturalizer store without batting an eye? For the longest time, Naturalizer was a brand my parents and maybe even my grandparents would invest in.  Not me!  Until now.

When the ladies at Naturalizer invited me out to try on their new fall collection and learn about fall trends from their Lead Designer, Angelique Joseph, I jumped at the opportunity.  The closer I get to 30, the more comfort appeals to me.  You certainly don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style as Naturalizer does a great job at doing both!

Angelique presented their Fall/Winter 2015 collection as well as some of its inspiration: Luxe Casual (think statement necklace and a basic tee) and Nu Bohemia (an outdoor feel, blending artisan with historical handcrafted looks). You can expect a wider range of sizes, lots of zippered details and on-trend styles.


Angelique also told us about the brand new @Work Collection, featuring Ortholite technology. The Naturalizer@work Collection is designed to enhance your performance while keeping you safe, comfortable and stylish. These would be perfect for anyone in the healthcare or restaurant industry!


I would totally be lying if I told you I didn’t try all 8 of these boots on.  It was hard to choose a favorite but I always tend to go toward black and gold!  Click through my favorites from Naturalizer‘s Fall Line:

Thank you to Naturalizer for having me and for my new favorite fall booties!

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48 Hours In Portland

IMG_0863I’ve been dying to get to Portland since moving to the West Coast.  From the East Coast, it always seemed like such a pain.  From San Francisco, no biggie!  We decided to stay on the East Side of town and ended up picking our hotel from the choices on Rocket Miles.

Hotel: We decided on Jupiter Hotel. The motor inn-turned-boutique hotel definitely thinks outside of the box. From the quirky staff to the funky decorated room, this hotel has all the fun you need on a short vacation. Plus it’s next door to the best restaurant ever. Okay, that’s a broad statement but it’s next door to a great one!



Eats: Oh Le Pigeon.  My husband has been raving about this restaurant since March when he ate there while he was visiting for a conference so this was a must do!  We ate dinner there both nights too which is something we would never do.  That.  Good. We enjoyed the French-inspired food without the pretentiousness.  We might have over indulged on their fabulous wine list as well.

We ate:

  • Beef Tartare and Salt & Pepper Squid
  • Cavatelli ala Fiducia (My personal favorite: beef rib ragu, whipped ricotta, scallion)
  • Glazed Beef Short Rib with Crispy Sweetbreads
  • Beef Cheek Bourguignon (Good Lord…)
  • And their Burger (The best I’ve ever had.  Again, bold statement)



Drinks: There were several breweries on our list to try.  Base Camp Brewing Co, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Deschutes, The Commons Brewery were the ones we made it to.  Base Camp was my favorite out of the four; solid beers, relaxed atmosphere and the ability to order eats at one of the food trucks outside (the BBQ was good!) was nice.  Cascade Brewing was the spot I was most looking forward to trying.  They’re known for their tart barrel-aged beers.  I’ve never had a sour beer I’ve loved but they had 18 on tap and I loved the 4 that I tried.  Their “Sang Noir” was fantastic.  Deschutes was a total miss for me.  The Commons Brewery was nice.  Not my personal favorite style of beer but if you’re a fan of European brewing, you’ll feel right at home here!

Pepe Le Moko is another not to miss spot for cocktails.  With only 32 seats in the entire underground bar, it gets busy so make a reservation to enjoy their infamous Grasshopper cocktail or an Irish Coffee made with Stumptown.  Truly the perfect late night spot with killer drinks.

IMG_0867S’more Stout from Base Camp Brewing.  Yes, they roast the marshmallow fresh after you order.

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PEPEIMG_0881portland3Shopping:  Portland is full of unique shops but the most unique to me (because I feel as though they’re non existent these days) was Powell’s City of Books.  They claim to be the largest independent chain of bookstores in the world which I believe as this location took up an entire city block.  Grab a map and get to searching.  Powell’s has everything!


I can’t wait to see you again Portland!


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How To: Southwest Companion Pass


Have you heard of Southwest’s Companion Pass?  As the name implies, achieving this entitles a companion of your choice to fly with you for free on any Southwest flight you book.  I know I’m not the only one who is somewhat obsessed with flying on Southwest. High five to their great staff, no baggage fees and the ability to pick your own seat.

The Companion Pass is definitely one of the most valuable airline awards available. For many years I thought it was impossible for someone to earn unless they traveled for business constantly or had a horrible shopping problem which would rack up the points for them.  I’ve learned during a pretty expensive cross country move and some careful tracking, it’s surprisingly easy to earn.

How do you get The Companion Pass?  You’ll need to complete 100 qualifying one-way flights in a calendar year or earn 110,000 Rapid Rewards points in a calendar year. Unless you’re a constant traveler for work, you better get to earning those 110,000 points! Everyone’s situation is different but this is how we achieved this:

1.  Sign Up Bonus

Your Rapid Rewards account gets credited 50,000 points if you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months of opening your account. That is almost half the needed points given to you pretty easily!  We use our Southwest Credit Card for every single purchase, big or small so spending the $2,000 came easy.  Wait until you need to make a big purchase to sign up if you’re worried about hitting that number.

2. Rocketmiles

Oh, Rocketmiles.  You are such a savior.   As soon as we book any trip, we log onto and search for available hotels.  There are several hotels, in all price ranges and cities, that offer 1,000-20,000 points per night.  We tend to search for hotels that give us 5,000 for a 2 night weekend stay.  Once you check out, the points are usually in your Rapid Rewards account within a week.  Not only are those points helping you reach the Companion Pass 110,000 point goal but you’re also able to spend those points on free flights.

3. Pay for flights

You will start racking up the points pretty quickly with these tips and will be tempted to cash in these points and fly for free.  I would suggest to keep saving them.  They don’t expire so unless you’re in a bind, keep them in your account.  The more flights you pay for with $, the more points you receive.  You also receive 2 points per dollar on all purchases which is double points.  Save those points for the following year when you obtain the Companion Pass because guess what?  You can fly for free using your hard earned points plus add your companion onto your already FREE flight.  What?!  Two flights for free?  Yep!

4. Partnering Companies

Plan to send flowers for an upcoming birthday?  Order them through your Rapid Rewards account and get a 1,000 point bonus.  I’ve seen them give more points than that but that is the standard amount.  Renting a car for an upcoming vacation?  Again, book through your Rapid Rewards account.  Several companies partner with Southwest and if you book with them, you’ll receive bonus points toward your free flights and Companion Pass.  We even joined a wine club just to get the bonus points.  Why not?  We like wine and needed points.  You were able to cancel anytime.

5. Rapid Rewards Dining

This isn’t a category we pay much attention to because we tend to mostly cook during the week and eat out on the weekends but if you’re always eating out, listen up!  Spending money on your Southwest Credit Card at several partnering restaurants in your city will add 3 points per dollar spent to your point balance.  Triple points!  We usually find out we’ve gotten triple points randomly as they email you after you’ve paid your check to let you know.

6. Put Every Purchase On Your CC

I’m preface my final point by saying if you do not have the money to pay off your full credit card balance every couple of weeks, skip this paragraph.  We put every single purchase on our Southwest Credit Card.  Whether it be a $1,500 hotel stay, $150 cable bill, a $4 latte or a $1 pack of gum; we use our card.  The points slowly but surely add up.  If you have the means to pay it off quickly without accruing interest, this is a great way to rack up the points.  If not, forget you read this.

I wish you the most success in 2016 at attempt to receive the Southwest Companion Pass.

Apply HERE and get to flying for free ASAP!