Back On The Wagon!

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Vacation is over. Time to get back on the meal prep and fitness wagon! 

After a week of Spring Break in Florida, void of workouts and healthy home cooked meals, it is back to reality! Dallas and I are usually pretty good about meal prepping for the week but on vacation, you are a victim of sodium-filled foods when you eat out.  

Being 33 years old and having a baby has completely changed my body. When I was in my 20's I could diet for 2 weeks, do moderate workouts, and lose 10 pounds like that! Now, that is not even remotely the case. 

Recently I've had to add an extra element to my weekly routine. Juicing has been something extremely beneficial to my body. I will occasionally do a "juice cleanse" but my normal week consists of ordering juices on Monday and having one per day all week. 

As far as my workouts go ... I have to be honest. I am not a pillar of religious athletics and with a toddler, I'm lucky to get a load of laundry done some days! If I actually make it to a workout it's a BIG day for me, but I can swing it maybe 3 times a week. I am not a cross fitter and I probably don't do cardio as often as I should, but I know my body and I know what I enjoy.

News flash! If you don't enjoy it, you won't keep up with it! 

I personally love hot yoga! I have a studio I love and they have a class schedule that fits my lifestyle! So, it's a match made in heaven! 

One thing I'm not a fan of is running. I will do it because I know I need to, but it's not something that I can do every day. So sometimes I will opt to take a spinning class instead.

Of course, while I get my sweat on, I love to do it in style. Here's a cute look that I frequently wear while doing my cardio.  

Palm Fronds in Paradise

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If you are looking for the perfect swimsuit this summer, the sexy one-piece is the way to go!

I found this adorable one-piece suit at Red Dress Boutique and it was perfect for a South Florida vacation! Very Palm Beach Darling! 

While this suit doesn't offer a ton of support for the girls, it is great for a smaller busted woman like myself. I also have a longer torso and I was fine with my normal small size. 

After having a baby I typically rely on a one-piece suit to hide some lingering baby weight and this suit gave me coverage in all the right places! It also features a cute criss-cross back.  

As you know palm print is going to be huge this summer and this pattern adds a fun twist to the typically solid one-piece suit. 


"Dream Often" ... Of Vacation!

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Beach life is the best life! 

This morning was a dream! I finally woke up to the perfect stand up paddleboarding weather! If you know me, you know I am obsessed with the sport. I even bought myself two stand up paddleboards for my moms condo in Fort Lauderdale. 

Sure I could have just bought one but I love sharing the experiance with someone! About 500 yards off the beach from our condo is a beautiful reef where you just might catch a glimps of a stingray or baracunda out there! 

I know, sounds scary but it really is the most beautiful thing you will ever see, especially at sunrise. 

After my paddleboard this morning Mom and I headed to the Avenue for breakfast on the sand at our favorite little Italian cafe! 

I wanted to share with you this comfy beach look from Fabrik Birkdale! These pants are easy to wear and the slits keep you cool in the hot sun! A must have for vacay in my opinion. 


Vacation Threads

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Hola, from South Florida! You guys know I love sharing my vacation threads with you when I'm out of town!

All week I have been featuring some of my favorite beach looks of the year. These two outfits are by Red Dress Boutique and they were perfect for the warm sunny weather in Florida! If you are planning a getaway (or as soon as this weather gets warmer) these looks are perfect to lounge around in or dress up for date night! 

In fact, my mom watched Cashton for Dallas and I, while we had a little date night of our own. This gorgeous palm maxi was my "go to" for dinner at Truluck's in our old stomping grounds. Monday nights (during season) Truluck's has all you can eat Stone Crabs on special and let's just say we got our money's worth! 

The beautiful blue floral romper was for our casual "Easter on the Beach"! We had a low key day with a walk to the park for Cash and dinner on the Avenue. 

As you can see I get a ton of use out of this chic bamboo bag. It literally goes with everything and I get compliments on it all the time! You need this bag for Spring and Summer! 

As we wound down Easter eve, I couldn't help but think about the things I am most thankful for, and this time spent with family was at the top of my list!







Warm Weather. Finally!

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Naturally, it is gorgeous in Charlotte this weekend and I chalk that up to the fact that I left for Florida yesterday. You're welcome Queen City. 

Dallas, Cash and I are on spring break this coming week, so we hopped a flight to see my Mom in Fort Lauderdale. 

This spring look, however, is perfect for Florida or North Carolina on a weekend like this. I know I'm not alone when I say that I am excited to pull out tee shirts, maxi skirts, and sandals... FINALLY!   

Although this blush sequin maxi is sold out, I found a couple sizes left on eBay. It is originally from Anthropologie so be sure to size down as I think most of their stuff runs a little big. 

This "After Me" french inspired tee is also from Anthro and has limited stock but it is on SALE. This tee does run TTS.

Waking up to the warm breeze of the ocean and the sound of the waves is exactly what I need to recharge my batteries. I can not wait to spend this week in the sun.  


Weekend Warm & Fuzzies

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If we think warm thoughts, will spring get here sooner? At this point, I'll try anything!

It seems like we're in for another week of gloomy weather but after that, it looks like sunshine and puppy dogs! (Here's to hoping!) 

In the interim, I wanted to share this adorable faux fur jacket from She + Sky! I'm been meaning to post about this fuzzy shaw for a while now and you may have seen it from time to time on my Instagram but now is the perfect time to snag this look for spring transition.

Obviously, Mother Nature hates us and she isn't done wearing it out. Thus, why not be cute and prepared for a 30-degree swing in weather!?! I pair this chic jacket with everything and I know you will love it! 

The suede lace up top is also another piece I'm pretty fond of and it's on SALE! Whether you wear them together or as separates you'll be right on trend! I threw on my favorite Valentino pumps and handbag with these pieces. Great for girls night out in Charlotte or NYC!

Flag Update: Dallas's flag was found! I feel bad because I pretty much harassed Fedex until someone could help me. 

If you know me, you know my motto. If the answer is "no" I'm either not asking the right question or you're not the right person. 

Unfortunately, there was some pretty extensive damage to the flag upon delivery. I assume that happened when the box it was shipped in fell apart. Never the less, I am grateful for the two women from the Fort Mill distribution center who went above and beyond to help me locate the package. 

I have a call out to the manufacturer this weekend to see where we go from here. I'll keep you posted because it is a BEAUTIFUL piece and I can't wait to share photos of it with you once it is fixed. 

Until then, Happy Shopping! 


Okay Winter! We Get It!

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Okay, winter! We get it! 

Geez, this weather is the BIGGEST tease. One day it's 70 and sunny and the next four days are yucky and rainy with the occasional snowflake. I'm over it! 

This chill in the air has me so down and the news I got yesterday from Fedex is making it even worse. About two and a half months ago I ordered Dallas a custom wooden American Flag for his birthday. It was supposed to be the latest addition to our man room and he could not wait for it to arrive. Well, sadly it was lost and/or broken in transit because Fedex can't give me any kind of update! 

Yesterday a very nice delivery man attempted to deliver a board to which I stopped him and asked where the rest of the package was? Pointing out that it is listed as a 75lbs package and the flimsy board on my porch was about .75 ounces. He apologized and assured me that I would have an update before the end of the day via phone.

Well, as you can imagine the end of the day came and went, so today I started to hunt down anyone who could help me. After speaking to three very unhelpful and unpleasant individuals at the Fedex call center I finally received a call from a very sweet woman from the distribution center who also, unfortunately, came up empty-handed.

I'm not sure where we go from here but at least my outfit is on point today. Changing gears to something positive, this leather jacket and white tee is perfect for today's weather.

This adorable BB Dakota jacket and necklace are from Page 6 in Baxter Village. The white tee and black jeans are two basics you should have in your closet (I tied the tee up for a little texture) and these fun white booties are from Fabrik Birkdale.

See there is always a silver lining on a rainy day.


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