*Disclosure: I was compensated by DogVacay.com for this post. This post does contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.
I have been incredibly busy this Summer. With work becoming incredibly busy, I haven’t had time to spend with my family – which includes my pup, Randall. Thanks to DogVacay, I was able to spend a wonderful date day with my husband while Randall got to go hang out and play with a marvelous host and make new puppy friends.
DogVacay is a website and app that connects you with great pet sitters in your area so you don’t have to leave your furbabies alone while you are away or out for a few hours. You can search for pet sitters nearby, read reviews, book stays and pay online. The “hosts” (pet sitters) watch your pup in their own home and treat him like a member of the family. (You can find dog sitters with or without their own pets, depending on what you and your pets are comfortable with). To top it all off, all DogVacay reservations include free pet insurance, 24/7 customer support and daily photo “pup”dates so you can enjoy your time away knowing your pets are in great hands.
This day was exactly what all of us needed. Randall needed a day to go out and meet new dog friends, and take a break from the new puppy we just adopted (more on her later!). Here are a few pictures from Randall’s #MiniVacay:
Scott and I took a much needed break from life and spent the day enjoying ourselves at the Jacksonville Zoo. It was super hot outside, but it was an amazing day! We had been wanting to visit the Jacksonville Zoo since we relocated up here just over a year ago. Despite the extreme heat and the abundance of sleepy animals, we were not disappointed!
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There is something ladylike about lace dresses and an updo. It feels like and looks like such a classic look to me. This outfit, to me, makes me feel like a lady who brunches. I love the nice bright addition of color this gorgeous Olivia Taylor Navy Blue Tote Bag gives this ladylike look. It really ties the entire look together, and gives the outfit a nice put together finish. I love feeling put together. It’s one of the best feelings in the world. You feel like you can take on anything and conquer everything. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again – the best self confidence boost is the one you can give yourself by feeling put together, and by dressing the way you love. When you are put together, there’s something that just clicks inside your head that suddenly makes you hold your head up higher, and makes you feel proud and ready to take on the day. You know you look good, which in turn makes you feel great, and that’s what matters most. Getting that put together feeling is really easy when you’ve got the perfect key accessories to your outfit. A great bag, a pretty necklace (or bracelet), and a well fitting pair of shoes are essential when it comes to picking and choosing which accessories you want to pull your finished look together.
I love a really good tote bag. Being able to basically throw anything and everything into my bag is a major plus for me. Tote bags seem to be my favorite bags to carry lately, as I’ve been carrying around a lot more than usual. I fell in love with this adorable tote bag from Redbubble. “Lou, the Whale” is such a cute design. I love his little face! The school of fish around him just really take the cake. This tote is really well constructed. It’s made of a heavy duty but oh so soft 100% spun Polyester Poplin fabric. The handles are good, sturdy, super strong cotton shoulder straps, which makes this tote really easy and comfortable to carry. The only down side, for me anyways, is the fact that there are no pockets inside the tote. I like to have at least one pocket, especially for items like my cell phone (just so it’s easy to find in a quick fix). Other than the lack of pockets, this tote is an awesome find, especially for the price tag. It comes in three different sizes – Small, Medium, and Large. I got the large one (pictured above), and it’s only $25.97! Redbubble has a great assortment of totes, so if you have been searching for a great, versatile, useful tote bag, I suggest checking out Redbubble!
I have always loved bohemian styles. The patterns, textures, shapes, cuts, and fabric of boho chic just resonates with me. When I discovered the IGIGI Bohemian Rhapsody Collection for Fall 2014 I was head over heels. The collection is filled to the brim with gorgeous prints, vibrant colors, stunning fabrics, and amazing variety and versatility. The dress I am wearing, the Kaia Halter Maxi Dress, is the perfect example of the flawlessness of the collection. If the color pallette of the dress I’m wearing isn’t for you, don’t worry! The Kaia Halter Maxi Dress is available in two additional colors: Cobalt Cachemire and Fuschia Red. The dress is made of such lovely fabric. It’s soft to the touch, and very comfortable to wear. The area on the chest plate has an adjustable draw string, so it can be worn to one’s liking, as is the waist band (though there is some elastic in there to maintain shape). The dress fits and flatters so well. It’s more of an empire style, but done well (no worries of looking pregnant or over emphasis of the tummy with this gorgeous dress!). My favorite part about this dress is the fact that it just floats and glides over the body, making it a dream to wear. It doesn’t divulge where each lump and bump is, nor does it create too much bulk trying to conceal them. It’s absolutely perfect, and now one of my favorite dresses in my ever growing collection. IGIGI really hit the nail on the head with this design, and it’s a stunning addition to their Bohemian Rhapsody Collection.
Who doesn’t love cupcakes? This sweet cupcake iPhone case has become my iPhone’s new ootd, so to speak. I very quickly fell in love with Joy St Claire’s designs on caseable’s website. The thing that I love about her collection is her style of photography, which is clearly evident in all of her designs. I would describe it as vintage ethereal, which is incredibly appealing to me. A few of my favorites from her design collection are the Flower Cone, Retro Radio, and the Garden Party cases.
My awesome cupcake iPhone case (or outfit, as I’d like to say) is really well made. The photography is printed seamlessly onto the case, and wraps all the way around so there’s no missed areas, no seams. The case easily snaps onto my phone, making install a breeze. It’s incredibly durable, which is important for me because I tend to be a bit of a klutz when it comes to my phone. I love the fact that it is hand-crafted in Brooklyn out of recycled plastic bottles. Thanks to caseable, my iPhone 5s is looking sleek and stylish while rocking out in an environmentally friendly case. Are you in the market for a new case for your phone, or anything else for that matter? Be sure to check out all of caseable’s designs or use the create your own design feature!
I’m always on the market for some great fitting plus size swimwear. Two pieces are all the rage right now, but sometimes I don’t necessarily want to show my tummy when wearing a swim suit. Call me old fashioned, but I still love the way a good one piece or tankini fits and feels. I like to wear swimwear like that when I plan on swimming a lot (I used to be a fish when I was a kid), or if I just want to be a bit more covered than the coverage a regular two piece offers. Hapari swimwear has an awesome variety of super cute tankini tops, bottoms, and yes – even one pieces. I had to go for this super cute red diamond dot print for the top and a solid color bottom. It had a great vintage vibe about it, and I’m all about vintage vibes. When my swim suit arrived, I wasn’t sure how it would fit. I like to try my swimwear on before I buy, because sizing in swimwear is always different. I was very pleasantly surprised with how well this suit fit!
It fits very well in the bust area, and I love the medium rise bottoms. I love high rise bottoms, but sometimes high rise bottoms put more emphasis on my tummy than medium rise. The quality of the fabric and the way this swim suit is made is way above par. With the entire suit costing under $100, that’s a major jackpot in my book!
Hapari Swimwear has graciously offered one of my readers a $100 gift code. Talk about a fun mid summer treat!! Check out how to enter below.
Nothing says summer like wearing a new dress – I’ve picked out a few of varying lengths, for days when you want to show off your legs or planning on going straight from the office to a night on the town.
Flaunt your curves with a bodycon style dress like the one from Ralph Lauren (1) or Forever 21 (4). A midi-dress like one from The Gap (2) or a maxi dress like this one from One Stop Plus (3) is flowy, perfect for a muggy and humid day. For a classic, Hepburn-like silhouette, you can’t go wrong with (5) from the Gap.
The easiest way to transition from day to night is with your shoes – flats or a pair of casual sandals in the daytime, and a pair of heels at night. Add a casual denim jacket or a fitted blazer for a cool day or evening, and you’re all set.
It’s Summer time! With the arrival of one of the most loved seasons of the year, it’s a big deal to have the insight on some great ways to make Summer even better. One of my absolute favorite Summer hacks is to freeze blueberries and grapes. They make an incredibly tasty cold treat that is not only easy to make, but is healthy as well. It’s really important to me to keep cool and have some healthy snacks as well, which is why this is one of my favorite Summer hacks to help me breeze through Summer.
During the Summer, it is an absolute must to have smooth, hair free legs. I usually shave pretty much every single day, which gets to be very time consuming. I tried out Veet Fast Acting Gel Cream Hair Remover. What a difference! I love that it’s not a big hassle to do, and it’s super easy to use. I applied the product on my legs for just under 10 minutes (10 minutes is the maximum time the product can sit on your skin), and wiped away my hair with a wet wash cloth. I have really sensitive skin, so Veet’s sensitive formula was fantastic for my legs. Way to add another Summer Hack to my little list!
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Reckitt Benckiser via MODE Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Reckitt Benckiser.
I’m always looking to add a little bit of sparkle to my day to day life. It makes me feel happy, in general. I was one of those girls in high school that was covered in glitter. Glitter bracelets, necklaces, tee shirts, shoes, shoe laces, nail polish…even the eye “shadow” I used was the roll on glitter stuff from Bath and Body works. I loved it. Feeling sparkly is such a fun feeling. There’s a saying that girls love everything sparkly. We are naturally drawn to it, kind of how fish are drawn to reflective things underwater. It’s attractive, it makes our eyes want to see more. Sparkle creates a bit of excitement for us girls. Maybe it’s the inner child inside that still secretly hopes that one day we will become a princess, a fairy, a mermaid, or even better – a princess fairy mermaid. Wearing big, sparkly necklaces, like this one from ShopLately, really makes my day. It’s my way to saying, heck yes I am a sparkly girl!
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