Tech Favorite + A Giveaway!

April 17, 2015

As a girl who works full time and blogs as much as I can, I am consistently challenged to find enough hours in the day after my 9-5 to respond to emails, plan content, schedule photo shoots and keep up with my social channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest). All of which, admittedly, I could do better at! I must admit though, my favorite social channel is Instagram. I just love the visual nature of the platform and I love finding new people to follow.

Instagram is an art form for so many people. Check out this blog post I wrote about the top restaurant Instagram accounts! It is so cool to see how Instagram can bring a brand to life, create relationships with customers, humanize the brand and foster awareness about what it stands for. With my own account, I aim to be real, share what I love and give a sneak peek into my own life. Although most of my Instagramming is done via phone on the go, I have found a few tricks that I need an actual computer for.

Thank goodness I was given the opportunity to test-drive the new Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro laptop. First and foremost, I am obsessed with the rose gold color! Very glam, perfect for a blogger on the go. I would never want to cover this color up with a case. This laptop is so lightweight and so thin, I barely notice that it is even in my bag. This makes grabbing it and taking it on the go a total breeze. It also works in basically any situation I am in. If I want a tablet experience, I just fold it backward. If I am curled up in bed, I can fold it like a tent. I love that no matter where I am, it is easy to use.

One of my very favorite features of the Lenovo Yoga 3 is the incredible color display. It showcases images so beautifully, and I love seeing Instagram pictures on the larger screen. Often times,  I log into Iconosqaure to like and comment on images that way. I also use a lot of images taken with my DSLR camera and post them to Instagram. Pre-IG, I crop and edit them using picmonkey.com (best free photo site ever) on my Lenovo. The screen has a low-glare finish that ensures light reflections don't get in the way.

I am thrilled to announce that I will be giving one of you the opportunity to WIN your very own Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Laptop to take with you on the go, just like I do :) To enter the giveaway, follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below! Entering your email address is mandatory. Entries must be posted by midnight April 23rd, and one very lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced on this post the following day. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway Interested in learning more about the laptop? Check out the incredible Trend Hub, which includes many different bloggers reviews of their experiences, opportunities to enter more giveaways and more!

      I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Spring Staples

April 16, 2015

This post is sponsored by DSW.
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I love that spring is finally here. I must admit I have come to terms with the fact that I center my schedule based on how I can maximize my time outside. Which in return, means that I have become full-blown lazy when it comes to getting dressed. Spring dresses are my favorite since they require almost zero thought. I have dresses that span the spectrum from bikini coverup to cocktail attire. The ones that get the most use, though, are those dresses in-between. This baby blue dress falls right in the center and is one of my most recent purchases. It is light, airy, simple and comfortable - checks all the required boxes.

As good as any spring dress is, it is only as good as its accessories. These gorgeous DSW heels are right at the top of my favorites list. With their nude leather hue and eye-catching bling, they work for almost any springtime occasion. We all know that spring and summer bring us many, many occasions. From bridal and baby showers to graduations and weddings - these heels will work for any and all events.

Wearing a nude strappy heel is a pretty regular occurrence for me since I am so short. Any heel that can give the illusion that my legs are longer than they actually are - is a keeper. Serious keeper. I can't wait to pair these with this midi skirt or this romper I've had my eye on. Regardless, these fall into the #onrepeat category.

Do you have one pair of go-to heels that work for you for every occasion? If not - head to your closest DSW and try these on for size... before they are gone. Nothing haunts you like the things you didn't buy. Just saying!

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A Day of Relaxation

April 8, 2015

This post is sponsored by Target.

Every once in awhile I need to just unwind and relax. Between wedding planning, the stresses of my day job and trying to go, go, go all the time; it can all leave me feeling pretty worn down. Sometimes I catch myself cutting corners on my healthy eating and my beauty routine just to maximize the time I have in my day. That's why this past weekend, I focused on pampering myself with some amazing spa products from Target called S.W. Basics. These products are all made with 5 ingredients or less, they are 100% organic and cruelty free. I love that the Cream and the Body Scrub come in glass containers, which makes them feel more luxe. Here are 3 things I did that made my day of relaxation a total success:

1. Start the Day off Right
I kicked off my day of relaxation with a delicious smoothie (this one is one of my go-to favorites). Next, I focused on my skin. I exfoliated from head to toe with S.W. Basics Body Scrub. I love the natural grittiness of the scrub, and it smelled like I was bathing with brown sugar. After my skin was silky smooth, I followed up with the S.W. Basics Cream for a deep moisturizing treatment. I kept my makeup look minimal, and before heading out the door, I grabbed the Organic Lip Balm to keep my lips soft all day long.

2. Share the Day with Friends
I headed over to Ashely's new place and we spent the day hanging out (with a bit of prosecco - naturally). It was so nice to get caught up on each other's lives and have some girl time.

3. Catch Up on Some Light Reading  
Nothing makes me feel worse than neglecting all the glossies I get in the mail. Yes, they look pretty on my coffee table, but I really do mean to take the time to read them. A day of relaxation is the perfect excuse to gorge on magazine goodness and get all caught up!

4. Drink lots of Water
When I am on the go, like I mentioned before, my health tends to take a backseat. I spent my day of relaxation hydrating and getting back on track with my water intake. Adding lemon and cucumber made it feel extra special and taste amazing.

5. Get Some Shut Eye
I will not deny that my head hit my pillow at 8:30pm and it was amazing. I had forgotten what a good night of sleep can really do! The next day I felt positive, optimistic and focused on the day ahead.

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Bright White

March 31, 2015

White Boyfriend Blazer c/o Marshalls (similar white blazer) | Calvin Klein Jeans Top c/o Marshalls (similar) | Paige Denim | Dune London White Heels (similar pair) | DKNY Bag (similar bag) | Loren Hope Bracelet | Blue Aviators

Did anyone watch the #BieberRoast last night?! I honestly have not laughed that hard in a while... if you missed it, catch some of the clips online - it is so worth it. It was such a great way to wind down on a Monday night. Anyways... back to the outfit post...

I believe that this crisp, white blazer can elevate any outfit I pair it with. When I found this long, boyfriend-style white blazer at Marshalls - I was nervous it would give me a "lab coat" look. But paired with the right denim, some chic heels and a pop of color, this look is chic and put-together. Cuffing the arms makes it a little more laid back and casual. While I was doing my weekly Marshalls shopping trip, I also found this Calvin Klein Jeans top and couldn't wait to pair it with the jacket!

Blazers and tailored pants have become more and more of a staple in my closet as I get older. They are great for work and the weekend, and nothing makes the morning easier than throwing on a top and blazer jacket combo. Don't forget some gorgeous heels, too! Although white heels may feel intimidating (hard to keep clean, easily scuffed) they are a necessity! I have always loved these Dune London heels, they remind me so much of this designer pair.

Now go watch #BieberRoast videos and laugh your face off! Here's some of the highlights.

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