Weddington Way October Style Challenge

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Weddington Way to participate in a fun bridesmaid style challenge. This challenge came at the perfect time since my sister-in-law just got engaged and I have been constantly looking for bridesmaid dresses! I started scouring the Weddington Way website and fell in love with this dress. I tried to keep (somewhat!) to the color scheme my sister-in-law is planning, but I took some liberties to change things up just a bit. I love this subtle champagne color paired with the deep berry red color and a soft blush pink. It’s such a classy color combination, and it’s timeless without being cliche. Plus, isn’t the cut of this dress gorgeous?! I love that there are modest dresses to choose from on their website that are beautiful and sophisticated instead of awkward and frumpy.

Oh my goodness…I just love this dress!
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Dress//Alfred Sung D575
Nails//Essie Dress to Kilt
Shoes//Caparros Odell Evening Shoes
Earrings//Gemma by EFFY
Daliahs and Peonies//Photo Credit 1,2

I styled the dress with bold nails for a pop of color, peep-toe shoes (because they are just too cute), these gorgeous drop earrings that I could never afford in real life but can gush over online, and a lovely bouquet of dahlias and peonies to change things up a little from the traditional deep red rose.

Thanks for helping me shop, Weddington Way!

Disclosure: This post was inspired by Weddington Way, however I was not compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.


Yellow Flamingos and

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Ladies, how adorable is this dress? This post has been a long time coming. Back in August Eshakti contacted me and allowed me to pick a dress from their website to review. I was so excited! Eshakti is a website that allows you to completely customize the clothes you order, including not only the measurements, but also the style! You can change the length of the skirt, sleeve length, neckline, keep or remove the pockets–this is my dream website. So often I fall in love with an item of clothing or a particular fabric pattern only to find that the hemline is too short, or the neckline too low, or it’s sleeveless. Modesty is important to me, but sometimes it’s hard to feel like I have to sacrifice fashion to maintain my standards. Not with Eshakti!

I ended up picking two dresses because the first dress didn’t work for me. It was more user error than Eshakti’s fault–I had ordered just by choosing a generic size instead of custom ordering, and when it came it wasn’t the color I was expecting because my screen resolution wasn’t very good when I was looking at my options. When I emailed them to see if there was any way I could choose something else, they were so understanding and helpful! They emailed me a return label so I wouldn’t have to pay for return shipping and told me that I could make a new selection. That’s when I saw this adorable yellow flamingo print. I knew I had to choose this dress! I decided to order using custom measurements this time, and I’m so glad I did. I was so excited when it finally came that I tried it on immediately and it fit perfectly!

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I love the bold pattern, I love how flowy the skirt is, and I absolutely love, love, love the fact that it has pockets. The dress is made really well, too. Eshakti definitely makes high quality clothing, and I am so happy that they contacted me to work with them. Be sure to check out their site–right now if you sign up with them you get a coupon for $25 off! You can also check out Eshakti on social media:  Facebook, PinterestTwitter.

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Disclosure: This post was inspired by and I received this dress in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Man Crates Challenge

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a company called Man Crates to take part in a “create your own survival kit” challenge. I had never heard of Man Crates before, but the challenge sounded like a lot of fun, so I decided to check them out.

Um, y’all…this company is awesome. I for one am terrible at coming up with creative gifts–especially for the men in my life–so to see a website 100% dedicated to putting together fun, creative, and original gift ideas for men was really neat. They have so many great crates–everything from super stereotypical manly-men gifts, to a crate for the crazy sports junky, and even a survival kit for new dads. Plus, each crate comes packed not with “ribbons, fluff, or wrapping paper,” but with a laser-etched crowbar. Haha my husband thought that was awesome. And not gonna lie…I did too. I know he has his eye on The Clean Shave Crate, but I was absolutely salivating over The Bacon Crate. I know they are all marketed towards men, but seriously who doesn’t like bacon?!

Anyway, Brinton and I thought it would be fun for each of us to put together our own “survival kit.” Obviously this is a fun activity and not an outline for what would actually go in an emergency kit…although we might actually include the bacon. Ha, I’m kidding. Kind of.

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One. Cheerwine is this man’s obsession. We can’t get it here in Hawaii (it’s a southern thing), but he misses it so much. He doesn’t even drink soda that often, but when he does…it’s gotta be Cheerwine. Here he drinks Dr. Pepper instead, but it’s just not the same. Two. Bacon. Does this one really need an explanation? Three. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. Brinton ALWAYS has this in his pocket. I’m not even kidding. He doesn’t leave the house without it, and uses it all day long. It’s probably an addiction. It is my staple go-to stocking-stuffer for him at Christmas. Four. Ever since Brinton has switched to a safety razor, he has been so much more comfortable when he shaves. He has really sensitive skin, and the safety razor allows him to get a super close shave (which I love) without getting all bumpy and irritated (which he loves). It’s a win-win situation. Five. I’ve mentioned before that my husband is a heathen and loves Duke basketball, but he also loves playing basketball. This just seemed entirely appropriate for him.

My ManCrate Survival Kit

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One. Cheeseburgers are my favorite food. I’m pretty sure of it. I don’t know if I’m ever not in the mood for a cheeseburger. I’m sure at some point I’m not craving one, but especially since being pregnant I could eat a cheeseburger pretty much any day any time. Notice this one has bacon on it. I’M JUST SAYIN’. Two. This Sephora crystal nail file is my go-to file. It never gets dull and makes my nails look awesome. Plus it comes with this cute case. Adorable. Three. Continuing with the nail obsession…this wouldn’t be my survival kit without some kind of nail polish in it. My favorites are still the Sensationail polishes, although I see now that the new movement online is Jamberry nail wraps(which I have not tried yet). Perhaps I’ll have to check them out. Four. Our Canon Powershot G15 camera is awesome. It’s not too hard to me to figure out how to use, and it’s small enough that I can take it with me places without feeling weighed down. Ever since the baby was born I just can’t get enough of that little face and I am taking pictures constantly. Five. Remember that post where I said I love to organize things and color code my lists and stuff? These are my current favorite pens to do that with. They don’t bleed through paper and they are bright and happy colors…love. Six. Blistex Lip Medex saves my lips all the time. I have crazy dry lips which I inevitably end up picking at–I know, I know–but putting this on at night helps me wake up with refreshed, smooth, happy lips in the morning. Seven. I think a good pair of sunglasses are essential. For me, I always have prescription sunglasses, and I prefer to have them polarized with a nice anti-reflective on the lenses. But that’s just the optician in me being obsessed again.

Well, I was only supposed to pick four or five things for my crate…but it wouldn’t really be my crate if I weren’t completely indecisive and had to over pack it. Story of my life, you know?

Wasn’t this fun?! I had a blast with this. Thanks Man Crates! You guys are awesome.

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Disclosure: This post was inspired by Man Crates, however I was not compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.

Reflect Your Style!

When One Kings Lane contacted me about collaborating with them and being part of the Reflect Your Style Campaign, I was so excited! It has been a lot of fun over the past week to browse through their website and look at all of the amazing things they have available–and they have everything! From furniture to accent lighting, and dishes to jewelry, I could literally spend hours going through and creating my dream home.

The challenge they extended to me was to choose one of their beautiful mirrors as my statement piece and style a vanity around it. As they said, the mirror is the centerpiece of any vanity and can really showcase your flair and personality!

I don’t know if it is just because it’s summer now, but recently I have been really into shades of white with a pop of color. Keeping that theme in mind, I found these five pieces that I really love! I picked these pieces because they are all simple but still interesting. The patterns on the tray and the rug really caught my eye. I am such a sucker for patterns like this…sometimes I have to watch myself that I don’t go overboard! I think these complement each other nicely though. And the studs on that stool? So cute! I also really like how the wood around the mirror and the wood in the table contrast each other. I don’t like when things get too matchy-matchy. I think this would be a lovely, bright, clean and simple vanity set-up!

Check out One Kings Lane and their awesome selection of mirrors for you to style your own vanity around!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by One Kings Lane, however I was not compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.