Palm Leaf Wrap Skirt

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Bodysuit // Palm print skirt (only $18) // Lace bralette // Heels // Crystal cuff // Tory Burch bag

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready for the week ahead! I just wrapped up my last summer course, which feels absolutely amazing πŸ™‚ . I will be starting an internship with Sarasota Magazine at the end of August and could not be any more excited! After my internship, I’ll be graduating in December, which is so surreal.

My college experience has been anything but ordinary. I started out as a freshman at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, only to realize that I wasn’t ready to be so far away from home. I then transferred to FGCU in Fort Myers for all the wrong reasons. My sophomore year I ended up at UCF in Orlando with my younger sister and initially loved my time there. However, I let my social life get the better of me and eventually decided to move back home to really focus on my future.

I ended up at USF in Sarasota and I can honestly say that I am so happy my journey led me here. I may have never gotten the opportunity to intern with such a wonderful magazine if I hadn’t been attending USF. I really struggled for a while with the fact that I didn’t stay at one college for all four years. However, I realized that in the grand scheme of things that doesn’t really matter. I’m graduating with a degree I’m proud of and that’s what counts.

Okay, so now onto today’s outfit! This palm print wrap skirt just screams summer and the price is a no-brainer! If you have a tropical vacation planned this skirt would be absolutely perfect. You could even wear it to the pool with a cute swim suit! I chose to pair it with a body suit, that way I wouldn’t have to worry about any extra material peeking out underneath. You could also opt for a crop top that hits just where the top of the skirt is πŸ™‚ .

As always, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog. It means the world to me!

xoxo,

 

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The Cutest Ruffled Striped Dress for under $100

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Striped dress // Wedges // Chloe Handbag // Sunglasses

So this may just be my favorite dress of all time… My mom actually saw it online and told me to order it, so I have her to thank! It seriously fits like a glove, which is often hard to come by considering my petite frame! I love the color and the ruffles! The fact that it’s also off the shoulder is an added bonus πŸ™‚ . This dress is definitely versatile and can easily be taken from day to night. I’ve said it time and time again, but if you’re petite like me, the brand Topshop is a life saver. They always seem to have trendy pieces at a really good price point.

My birthday is officially a month from yesterday, and to be honest, I’m not that excited about it. I know that relatively speaking I’m still young, but I don’t really look forward to birthday’s anymore. Call me a party pooper if you must, but getting older scares me. I never used to believe my parents when they told me that time seems to go faster as you age. However, now that I’m in my 20’s I definitely understand what they are talking about. My last birthday doesn’t even seem that long ago.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and a productive Monday πŸ™‚ . The other night I discovered that season 7 of the show Shameless was added to Netflix, so I’ve been binge watching, ha-ha. If you haven’t watched Shameless on Netflix you are seriously missing out! Watch it and you can thank me later πŸ˜‰ .

Talk soon,

xoxo,

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What to Wear When it Rains

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Similar shirt // Black denim (on sale!) // Hunter boots (on sale-go down one size) // Pom-pom earrings // Ray-Bans // Kate Spade Umbrella

Summers in Florida equal humidity and rain… lots and lots of rain πŸ™ . I can practically hear my poor hair screaming, ha-ha! Don’t get me wrong, the rain can definitely be calm and relaxing when you’re indoors, cuddled up binging on a Netflix series and eating popcorn. However, once you get outside, you’re exposed to uncomfortable hot air and humidity that instantly turns your hair from sleek and straight, to messy and poofy.

I never seemed to know what to wear when it rained. I used to have a pair of rain boots back in high school, but then never found a pair I liked since. I have heard many great things about Hunter boots, but to be honest, I didn’t want to spend close to $200 on a pair of rain boots. Then one day while browsing on Nordstrom’s website, I spotted these baby pink Hunter boots on sale for a great price and I knew I had to have them! They are currently no longer available on Nordstrom.com, but I found them available from another retailer for the same sale price!

I do recommend that if you decide to purchase a pair of Hunter boots online, you order a size smaller than your normal shoe size, as they run pretty large. I actually ordered my original size and went to exchange them for the size smaller, but they were no longer available πŸ™ . I got them for too good of a deal to return them though, so I just have to wear a thick sock with them. I just don’t want any of you to make the same mistake!

These boots instantly make a rainy day outfit more fashionable in my opinion. I paired them with black skinny jeans and a hot pink t-shirt, but they’d also look cute with leggings and a cute sweater or sweatshirt on a chilly day!

I hope you all are having a great week so far!

Thanks so much for stopping by….

xoxo,

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The Sweetest Floral Bikini You Need for Summer

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Floral Bikini: Top & Bottoms // Similar Sunglasses // “Siesta” Tote // Similar Earrings

Happy Thursday everyone! I can’t believe I am wearing a bikini on the blog, but this little floral number was too cute not to share! I have always been the type of girl who hated swim-suit season. To be honest, I haven’t always been the most comfortable showing so much skin, but I have learned to accept my body as it is. It’s normal to not always love your body, but I have learned to pursue a healthy lifestyle and not dwell on things I cannot change.

Being that I am only 5’1, I decided to go with this swimsuit not only because it’s pink πŸ˜‰ , but because the bottoms are high-waisted. I think I have mentioned how much I adore high-waisted bottoms because they give off the illusion of a longer frame. These bikini bottoms were absolutely perfect and super comfortable too! I honestly felt like a magical unicorn while wearing this swimsuit, ha-ha! If you’re petite like me, check out ASOS. They have a large variety of super affordable and fashionable bathing suits!

My mom’s side of the family was here for a few weeks and we decided to rent a boat out on Siesta Key Beach for the day. Although we did get caught in some rain, it was such a great day! I didn’t even get a sun burn, so I was one happy girl πŸ™‚ . My boyfriend also came along as you can see from one of my pictures πŸ™‚ .

On another note, have any of you been shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?! My sister was here last weekend and we made a trip to Nordstrom on the first day of the sale, but we ended up ordering most of what we wanted. I think my mom almost had a heart-attack when the mail man showed up with a mountain of packages! I’m deciding if I am going to do a blog post talking about what I purchased or maybe just a video on Instagram. There are many items that I am going to return because they either didn’t fit right or the quality just wasn’t as expected. If you purchased anything, I’d love to know in the comments below!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

xoxo,

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University of South Florida-Sarasota Blog Feature

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White shirt // Neck tie // Denim // Hot pink heels (On sale!) // Rainbow necklace // Evil eye necklace // Michele Watch // Ray-bans // Bag: Louis Vuitton

Happy Monday everyone! This post is a little different today as you may already notice. I am majoring in Professional and Technical Communications at the University of South Florida in Sarasota, and was asked to be featured as a local fashion blogger. This was an amazing honor and it was so fun being able to talk about my experience so far with blogging and what I hope to accomplish in the future.

When people ask my why I blog I always say that I do it to extend advice to others. At the end of the day, if one of my readers was able to take away a single positive thing from my blog, then I am one happy girl! Sure, blogging can look superficial and that was definitely something I was concerned about when I first began my blogging journey. However, I hope that whoever comes across my blog knows that I am in no way bragging about what I buy or have, but that I am here to extend style tips and offer advice to girls in my age bracket.

I am also truly so blessed to have the support system that I do, which makes blogging that much more fun. My mother and stepfather are always helping me come up with new ideas for the blog and always encourage me to be persistent since they know it is something I am truly passionate about. We all are a little team in a way. My stepfather is my camera man and my mom is your typical stage mom as she helps me pose for photos, ha-ha. I also have my amazing boyfriend who has been helping me with the back end of my blog in terms of its overall operation and layout. I am one lucky girl πŸ™‚ .

I’d like to end today’s post by saying that if you have a goal or a dream, don’t give up on it. Don’t compare yourself to others because everyone’s journey is different and there is nothing wrong with that. I often times get discouraged when I see how much other bloggers have done and accomplished, but I keep reminding myself that it doesn’t do me any good to compare myself to them and I have to focus on myself and my individual journey.

I will be graduating from USF in December and I am so thankful for the Professional and Technical Communication major and all that it has taught me. I have had some amazing professors and I will take all of their advice with me as I venture out into the real world!

xoxo,

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