Cobalt Shirtdress

January 26, 2015

Cobalt Shirtdress sold out (identical cobalt shirtdress - under $45) | Calf Hair Belt | Yves Cap Toe Heels | Vince Camuto Edie Satchel sold out (similar back handbag) | t+j Designs Pave Silver Ring c/o

Wow guys, last week totally got away from me. I think that was the first time in the history of this blog that I went an entire week without blogging. Other bloggers out there probably relate, but I felt super guilty for ignoring this little creative space of mine. Life has been crazy lately; between my new job, wedding planning and prepping for upcoming travel, I feel like it has been so hard to prioritize when everything feels like it should be a high priority. I keep reminding myself that sometimes, you just cannot do it all... and that its okay. The good news is, I am back!

With that said, there are a few staple necessities I cannot imagine living without, and one of them is the classic shirtdress. I feel like every woman should have at least one shirtdress in her closet. Whether its dressy or casual, this style is a true necessity. I am not embarrassed to admit that I have 4 or 5, both in prints and solid colors. The style is so effortless and versatile, and especially easy to pack & wear when traveling. This cobalt one is such a bold blue, but I accessorized with even bolder pieces because, why not? I used this calf hair belt in place of the sash belt that came with the dress for some added flair. These power pumps and bag are two of my favorites, as well.

This is a great look if you want to go directly from the office to happy hour, dinner or an event. My next shirtdress purchase is this gorgeous AzaleaSF black and white one with sexy mesh detail... obsessed (and its on sale). Don't have a shirtdress hanging in your closet? I won't tell. Shop some of my favorite options below!

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Glam for The Golden Globes

January 15, 2015

 Adelyn Rae Dress rented from The Stylist LA | Sole Society Clutch c/o | Max & Chloe Starburst Gold Bangle c/o | Black Coat old | Black Strappy Sandals (similar pair)

You may have seen on Instagram that I attended a really fun Golden Globes watch party on Sunday! It was so great to catch up with some of my favorite bloggers and the Glam.com team. I immediately knew to call my go-to dress rental shop, The Stylist LA, to help me get glam for the event! I am so lucky that The Stylist LA has so many amazing dress rentals so I didn't have to go buy something last minute. I absolutely love this black lace & blush number from new-to-me brand, Adelyn Rae. The a-line fit is perfect for my shape, and the mesh detail at the top adds an edgy juxtaposition to the sweet, feminine blush color.

Whats even better about The Stylist LA is that you don't have to be in LA to rent some of their amazing dresses (like the one I am wearing). Make sure to check out their Facebook page where they are constantly updating their photos with the latest and greatest dresses they get in stock!

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Ladies in Red

January 13, 2015

I had so much fun at the Golden Globes viewing party last night! Although I missed the red carpet (too distracted chatting with friends and sipping on wine), I was able to review a lot of the overall looks after the show (thank you E! Online). Something that immediately stood out to me was the numerous female stars embracing a bold red lip. I can totally understand why- red is an instant classic and adds an instant glam-factor to any beauty look.

Today I decided to round up my favorite famous red lip looks from last night along with my very favorite red lip products. You really can take this look from the red carpet to everyday life, with the right shade and product. Whether you are just testing the red lip look or you are a red lip fanatic, the products below are my tried & true essentials!

Golden Globes Beauty in Red

Lipsticks- You want this color on all day long. Through the coffee and the kisses, these two shades stay on like a tattoo. Don't worry about smudging, smearing or fading.


Lip Crayon- These shades are a bit less pigmented than lipstick, but still bold. They go on creamy and offer a lot of moisture throughout the day. You may have to re-apply, but they look great even when faded a bit!

Lipgloss- So you like the idea of red but you want to take baby steps when translating it into everyday looks? Lipgloss is a great way to get a burst of bold color for a shorter amount of time. Both of these colors have a clear red pigment to let your natural lip shade shine through. Perfect to put on right before a photo opp or date! 

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In the Kitchen

January 12, 2015

We all know that in the new year we should focus on resolutions and write down goals for the next 12 months. Some years I am totally onboard with resolutions, and some years I feel kind of "blah" about the whole thing. This year, I have decided to have a "focus," that way I am making more of a lifestyle change. It is more of an ongoing idea than a goal with a finite ending. My aim is to continuously focus on making healthier food decisions in daily life. I want to take more time to zone in on what I am eating at every meal, and make sure I am choosing the most healthful option available. Ultimately, I want to have the strength and will to always choose the healthiest option.

Sounds easy right? Then life happens. The craziness of each and every day can most certainly back us into a corner where our choice is to starve or go through the closest drive-thru. The aim of my focus involves more organization and preparedness to always anticipate the crazy days and provide myself with the best option.

Last fall, I started stocking my desk with Progresso™ Light soups in a few different flavors for those work days that gave me 3 minutes for lunch, or those days where I stayed late and my tummy started to grumble. I also keep these soups on hand for John for when he gets home from work and is hungry before heading to the gym. They are total time-savers and are actually super filling. Progresso™ Light soup has 40 flavors at 100 calories or less per serving, so I know I am choosing something healthy for my family. By making sure I have these on hand, I am helping myself and John to have a yummy option available so we don't succumb to bad food choices.

I've even been inspired on my recent soup kick to make homemade versions that are healthy and easy to grab on the go, like this Smoky Split Pea Soup! Let me know if you want the recipe! Are you doing New Years Resolutions this year? Focusing on something specific? Share them with me in the comments!
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This post was sponsored by Progresso™ through their partnership POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Progresso™, all opinions are my own.