What’s In My Beach Bag!

What you bring to the beach is very important. Most of the time, you spend almost your entire day at the beach and need to make sure you are prepared. I am personally not one of those girls who likes to bring their entire lives with them, mainly because I don’t like the idea of carrying everything to and from the car. So I put together a list of what I put in my beach bag that is easy and keeps me prepared for a long, fun day in the sun!

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Bag | Towel | Brush on Block | Aloe Mist | Lip Balm | Celebrate | Speakers | Waterbottle | Selfie Stick

First, you’ll need a really great beach bag! I like to get a neutral colored one as it will go with all of my swimsuits, that is just a personal preference. It looks really clean and usually makes it easier to search through. Next you will definitely need a towel! I have been loving round towels lately, I just feel that it gives you more room around you as opposed you just the length of your body!

Now sunscreen is a given, that should be in your bag everyday! However there are little beauty products that I especially like to carry with me to the beach. The first one being Brush on Block, it is a face sunscreen that soaks up any oil and also gives you coverage for days when your skin isn’t at its best! The next is Supergoop lip balm, which is SPF for your lips! It isn’t sticky at all so you won’t have to worry about sand getting all over it and it protects your lips from burning/chapping! My last must have beauty item is an aloe hydrating mist, it helps to cool you down when there are no clouds in sight!

When laying on the beach all day, you need to keep yourself entertained! My go to is a book since my main reason for a beach trip is to relax! My favorite right now is Celebrate by Lauren Conrad. The images are beautiful and it has some really great tips for throwing different events! Next up is music, I can’t stay anywhere too long if it is silent. So, I always bring my small, portable speakers with me, it is great if you a small group but also won’t get too loud so you don’t bother anyone around you. Lastly, I always like to bring a selfie stick when I go with a bunch of girlfriends, it will keep you entertained for about an hour.

To keep myself hydrated throughout the day, I ALWAYS bring water. It’s usually the only thing I bring to drink since the sun is so draining. However, I only like to drink ice cold water, I can’t stand when it’s room temperature or hot. So if you’re like me, I suggest you get yourself a Swell Bottle. No joke, your water will be ice cold for 24 hours, it’s amazing! When it comes to a snack, I also try to keep it light. I almost always bring cut up watermelon, it’s filling & refreshing all at once. I also like to bring wheat thins for the same reason, they aren’t too salty so you won’t feel like you have a food baby afterwards!

Let me know of any items you have that are a must for a perfect beach day!

KA

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Sandals For Spring!

We had a minor setback on Saturday with a light brush of snow flurries here in good ole Great Bridge, but Spring is here and I’m praying it stays! I’m ready to say goodbye to my trusty riding boots and say hello to flirty sandals! They are effortless, girly, and come in an unlimited amount of styles! Here are some of my top picks for this season that won’t make your bank account cry! (As you can see, I rarely stray from neutrals…)

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1. DSW // 2. Target // 3. Charlotte Russe // 4. J. Crew Factory // 5. DSW // 6. Jack Rogers

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I Heart You!

 Happy Love Day! What would a Valentine’s outfit be without some added hearts! I have been all about this top recently and I couldn’t think of a more perfect day to wear it! This is definitely a casual look that is still festive. I have also been really into doing more double dutch braid looks recently, so since this is a day dedicated to things we love, why not incorporate them in to my V-Day look!

I hope you all have some exciting plans ahead with your loved ones, whether they be a significant other, family, friends, or your pets! Make sure you tell everyone that means the world to you that you love them not only to day, but every day!

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Winter Love!

Is it just me, or is November just flying by? And the beautiful fall weather is going along with it! No body is more upset about this than I am, but I gotta say, I kinda love winter! The cold on your cheeks, the smell of burning wood, the frost on the grass, just love it! So I thought what a better time to share some of my favorite things that help me enjoy winter even more!

1. THINGS THAT SMELL LIKE WINTER!

Nothing creates a more emotional response for me more than scent! Winter scents remind me of cuddling up, holiday fun, and childhood! Corny? Maybe. Enjoyable? Absolutely. Candles and mists are my choice to get the complete scent though out my space!  I really only purchase them from Victoria’s Secret & Bath and Body Works since I get an employee discount, but they also have the best products in my opinion!

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Bath & Body Works- $22.50

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(FAVORITE!!) Bath & Body Works- $22.50

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Victoria’s Secret- $14

2. FLANNEL EVERYWHERE

Flannels are life, period. they are warm, comfortable, and I actually think they are really cute! You can wear them during the day, to bed, or incorporate them in you bed, which is the best! Team flannel, all day everyday!

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Shirt (Similar)- Charlotte Russe, Sheets- Target, PJ Set- Victoria’s Secret

3. WRAP ME UP!

Surprise, surprise, head wraps making it onto the list! I’m still crazy about these little things and it’s amazing how much joy they bring me! They are a great way to add a pop of color to your winter wardrobe while also keeping those delicate ears of yours nice and toasty! My favorite shop for these cute accessories is Monroe & Harlow, but there are many great and affordable places to purchase them!

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4. ALL ABOUT THEM BOOTS!

Boots and Winter go together like peanut butter and jelly! there are so many kinds of boots for every wintery situation, it is beyond perfect!

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Room Tour!

Happy Saturday! Recently, a lot of my friends have been telling me that I need to do a room tour, so I decided to go with it!  Most of the stores that are my go to for decor are Pottery Barn (duhh), Home Goods, Pier 1, T.J. Maxx! I’ll try to list wear I purchased some of my favorite items! I’m always open to suggestions as I change up my room all the time while sticking with this same style!

My favorite part of my room is my bed, but isn’t everyones?  I’m actually not really sure where the bed frame is from.  It was a piece that my parents purchased and I basically just took from them…. But anyways, the white bedding is from West Elm and the faux fur throw is form Pottery Barn! They’re super cozy and I die every time I climb into bed for the night!

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My pillows are a new addition and I’m obsessed!  They’re all from Pottery Barn from their labor day sale that my mom, sisters, and I went crazy at! They used to be other pillow covers from Pottery Barn that were a bright green from my college apartment days, but I just got really tired of them once I graduated.

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I love love love this sequined pillows!  I’m really into this design lately and I’m trying to be careful not to get too much of it! I just bought a grey and white rug from At Home but haven’t put it out yet and used to have a comforter with the same design and it was A LOT. That’s one of the main reasons I purchased my site comforter along with the fact that it really brightens up my room.

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These next pillows are just life.  I can’t get enough of faux fur, especially as the weather is starting to get a little cooler.  They really make my bed and room feel so cozy and warm.

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Next is my bedside table. I change this up almost every other day, but I really like how it looks currently.  This mirror won’t be in this spot for long as I’m planning on purchasing a much bigger one that ‘s a tad bit fancier (got make those mirror pics look good you know…)

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The actual table itself is from Home Goods and it has a really rustic feel.  The lantern, which I’m really into for decor, is from Pier 1 along with the branches. I actually made the two vases.  One of them is a wine bottle covered with with marbles, which was my go to for decor in college.  Literally, I had them everywhere.  The other one is actually one of about 20 that I made for one of my sisters baby shower centerpieces and decided to keep in my room. I love them with the hydrangeas from my bouquets from last weekends wedding.

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Now it’s time for my dressers! Honestly, these pieces have been in life since I was born and are probably antiques from one of my parents many shopping trips.  My sister stained them this darker color a few years ago and made them look so much better. My favorite part about this is my jewelry box from Pottery Barn. This photo doesn’t even really show how beautiful it is.  It is very shiny and classic, just really stunning.  This rustic frame is from target and again , I made the vases from recycled wine bottles.

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My necklace holder is another piece that I made about a year ago and I’m still amazed by how much I love it to this day.  I did a tutorial on it but might do another!

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My other dresser also has my typical recycled wine bottle crafts.  This frame is from T.J. Maxx, and the hurricane and vase fillers are from Pier 1.

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Now here is my desk, nothing really all that exciting.  I like to keep some of my favorite books out because it just puts me in a better mood. The lame is from home goods and the only thing I really don’t like about it is that I can’t fill it with any vase fillers for holiday time. But other than that I think it’s really cute. The star basket is one of my favorites. It’s just really different, and to be honest, I bought it around the 4th of July and it made me feel really patriotic. I know, I’m weird.

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This tray was one that I had to hunt down.  I had seen it at target months before but for some reason just decided I didn’t need it. I immediately regretted that because it was all I could think about from then on. And of course when I went back it was gone. They randomly put one out a couple weeks later for about $60 and i had to have it.  But luckily for me, the cashier rang it up incorrectly and I only had to pay $9 for it, so WINNING.

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And last, but not least, is what I think is the best feature in my room.  The se built in shelves are so perfect for storage with out taking up any floor space!

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Fall In Love!

It’s September, which is my favorite month of all time! It’s my birthday month, the start of fall, fashion is at it’s best, and the PSL is back!  So that means I need to do my September favorites for this month!  I don’t usually do these, but given that it’s my favorite month, I think it’s necessary! Here we go!

My first favorite, is obviously my birthday which was on the 5th! I turned the good ole’ 24 this year and I can’t wait to see what it brings me. 23 was a rough one, so I feel like I can only for up!

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My next favorite is anything Maroon! I just feel that this is “THE” fall color!  In my opinion, it looks great on everyone! So if it’s maroon, I want it, need it, gotta have it!

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My next favorite is pumpkins!!!  I feel like September is the month to start breaking out all your pumpkin decor and I love it!  Anything to do with pumpkins, I am completely obsessed! Pumpkin decor, pumpkin picking, PSL!! LOVE IT ALL!

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Another fashion item that I am completely in LOVE with this month (and will probably continue for the next 7 months) are turban headbands!  My obsession with these come from 2 people and now I just can’t get enough!  The first person is Jessie James Decker! She makes them look so casual and effortless that I needed some of my own!  The next very unlikely person is actually my sweet little baby niece, Maren (or my sister Kelsey because she’s the one who dresses her) She just looks so precious in them that I need to buy so so we can have some Auntie-Niece twinning time!

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My beauty favorite for this month is the no makeup-makeup trend!  The natural tones and dewy complexion just makes me so happy!  I was never a huge fan of the intense contouring or really bright and colorful make up that was going around this summer so I’m over the moon excited for this trend!

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My last favorite for this month are going to be a few songs! The first is “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice and lets be real, it’s more of a lifetime favorite because I’ve loved it since the day it was released!  The next song is “Burnin’ It Down” by Jason Aldean, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to this song on repeat…. The next song is a cover by Chase Rice (feat. Macy Maloy) “Ride”! This has to be one of the sexiest versions of this song I’ve ever heard! Love it!  My last song for this list is “Waves” By Mr. Probz.  It plays at work all the time and it just feels so relaxing and makes me want to just take off for a day at the beach!

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Polka Dots Galore!

It’s been awhile, but I’m BACK!  I’ve had a major crush on everything polka dot recently, so I had to make a post about it!  It all started with my new notebook I purchased from Target (below)! Not sure what I’m going to use it for yet, but with it’s stylish design, I had to have it.  It didn’t hurt that it’s also earth friendly!  I don’t know if it’s the change in seasons or what, but I am feeling gold so much lately and now that there are gold polka dots everywhere, I’m in love!  I know I’m not the only one, this trend has been all over the magazine and pinterest that you just can’t say no to it.  I’m definitely looking into a polka dot wall by my office area at home!

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