Sunday, April 29, 2012

Quick Vacation Pics via Instagram

We had a wonderful vacation and it's back to work tomorrow.  I'm so relaxed...I don't want to get out of vacation mode!  I haven't even shopped in two weeks and don't miss it at all.  Strange! 

Here are a few of the pics I snapped on my iPhone and edited in Instagram. 

Linking up with a {little} dash of ash!

The beach at our hotel. 

Usually we are really, really active on our vacations.  We love to learn about new areas and see all there is to see.  This time, however, was totally relaxing.  I can't remember the last time I felt so relaxed. 

I laid in a hammock outside of our room.

I laid around by the pool.

I relaxed on the beach.

Cabo - What a beautiful place!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dreaming of Vacation

I know I write a lot of blog posts about vacations and wishing I was on the beach.  I am always wishing I was on the beach, seriously, all. the. time.  Luckily enough, I'm leaving tomorrow for a beach vacation!  I'll be taking a blogging break while I'm away.  There won't be internet access or even a tv in our room.  I may freak out a little at first (no TV?  Ack!) but I'm looking forward to really disconnecting and relaxing. 

Here is what I want to look like at the airport.  Comfy, casual yet chic.  Oh, I would love to look like a model too.

Cashmere Travel Set for the plane and hotel, please.

Enjoy the plane ride with a good book and a cocktail

and then end up here.  Cabo!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Coachella Fashion 2012

I love me an event.  Coachella has turned into a major event and I hear more about the fashion than I do the music. I love that the styles at Coachella run the gamet from classic to hippie fringe.  Below are just a few of my favorite styles I've seen online from the festival.  Any of these would be perfect for just about any summer festival, concert or fair.
Source: via Jill on Pinterest

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

I'm missing Florence's bright yellow Gucci design from last year's tour...I wonder if she will be all black this year.  She is still fabulous in black.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Room Inspiration: Living Room Furniture Ideas

We have been talking about getting new furniture in our living room for a few months now.  Our couch and chair are only about 7 years old but the chair has some discoloration and the couch just isn't that comfortable anymore (full disclosure:  some parts of it creak when you sit down and other parts you feel like you are on the floor).  We mentioned this to some friends and family and received several offers for each piece.  We jumped on the offer for the chair because it was the thing we knew for certain we wanted to get rid of.  Unfortunately, I had not gone out to look for a new chair before we got rid of the old one.  It's not too big of a deal because we just sit on the couch anyway but if you come over...get ready to sit on the couch with us because there is no where else! 

I'm not sure what I want to get yet so I'm looking for some inspiration.  Not sure why I'm drawn to these yellow and gray combos but I am loving them.

Modern living contemporary living room
Decor by Jennifer Inc contemporary living room
Modern Manor contemporary living room
Glitzy-Glam meets Farmhouse-Chic contemporary living room
San Anselmo Living Room eclectic living room

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Shopping Wish List: Floral Prints

All of these fabulous floral options are under $70.  The last top is my favorite.

ASOS Tulip Dress In Vintage Print

ASOS Tulip Dress In Vintage Print
$80.57 NOW $40.29

Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Denim Shorts - Assorted Colors
Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Denim Shorts - Assorted Colors Target

GUESS at ShopStyle

GUESS Monica Floral Print Woven Top
$69 – Lord & Taylor

Victoria's Secret at ShopStyle

The Corset Dress  $59.50 NOW $39.99 – Victoria's Secret

Kate Hill at ShopStyle

KATE HILL Sleeveless Printed Top  $68 NOW $49.99 – Lord & Taylor

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Kate Spade's April Pattern

This year Kate Spade is featuring a new print each month.  The newest collection features poolside prints.the year of the pattern stay tuned to see which pattern gets picked each month.

I espcially love this month's print because of the color.  So pretty. 

kate spade new york coated canvas bon shopper
kate spade new york coated canvas bon shopper $198.00 at Nordstrom

But doesn't it remind you of the J.Crew fanfare print?

Petite No. 2 pencil skirt in fanfare
Petite No. 2 pencil skirt in fanfare was $118.00 now $89.99 at JCrew

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Frugal Option: Stuart Weitzman Lanyard Cork Sandal

The Stuart Weitzman Lanyard Cork Sandal is such a popular style right now, there are lots of similar versions out there.

Stuart Weitzman at ShopStyle

Stuart Weitzman Lanyard Cork Sandal  $395 – Bergdorf Goodman

Though not a cork wedge, these will give you the same look for a lot less:
Dolce Vita at ShopStyle

DV by Dolce Vita Winslow  $46.99 –

Monday, April 9, 2012

Worth The Wait

I checked out a few stores this weekend when I made a return to Gap.  I have been trying to focus on spending less and when I do spend, to look for quality over quantity.  I get so caught up in a good deal I end up with a million gray t-shirts and a thousand sweaters (because I'm always cold) but no good clothes to wear to important meetings at work.   There have been items I found in the last few months that I have just loved but have passed on because they weren't things I really needed in my wardrobe.  But when I went back to the stores and saw them still there, months later, in my size, drastically reduced....well....I had to get them right?
I went into Banana Republic because they were offering an additional 30% off their sale items.  I couldn't help but look for the crochet-trim open cardigan I had liked last time I was in BR.  At that time it was still full price, $79.50.  While I can see myself wearing this sweater a lot, I couldn't justify the price.  So imagine my excitement when I saw it marked down to $23.99!  After the extra 30% off, I purchased it for $16.79!  You can find it online here where it is still $59.99, so I would recommend finding it in a store if you are interested. 

After that exciting find, I thought I would check out LOFT to see if they still had a sweater I had tried on and liked a month or two ago.  It was on clearance at that time so I didn't figure they would still have it.  This was a more casual sweater that screamed beach vacation to me and it fit perfectly.  Trying to reduce my spending, I passed on it at the time.  But when I went into LOFT this time and found one left, in my size, on final sale for $12.88, I had to get it!  Can't you just picture it with cut off denim shorts and top siders or toms or flip flops on a summer night by a campfire on the beach??!

While I didn't stay true to the quality over quanity mantra that I'm so trying to adopt, I think I got some great deals that I just couldn't pass up!
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