Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fourth of July Inspiration

Well, hello July! July is one of my favorite months as it is my birthday month plus July 4th and beautiful summer weather. You better believe that I have been enjoying every minute of the beautiful weather this week. We spent most of Monday and Tuesday out on the boat exploring nearby islands. Today I am sharing a few 4th themed favorites. 

The last few 4th holidays have been spent at Topsail Island enjoying vacation. This 4th will be a bit different as I will be celebrating in Charleston for a bachelorette party. All of my red, white and blue  outfits are packed including a few great patriotic accessories. I am looking forward to a fun, memory filled weekend.   


Outfits

This firecracker print from Old Navy is a great dupe for Lilly's patriotic print at half the price. I love the idea of matching outfits with your mini me. They have the same print in these adorable linen shorts. 



Appetizers 

I love these chocolate covered strawberries with a twist. My go to for the 4th is a patriotic fruit tray. It takes advantage of the fact that watermelon and blueberries are in season. I made one a few years ago at our beach house. 


Libations

Food & Wine has tons of great drink ideas for the 4th. Anything with fresh watermelon sounds delicious and refreshing. Of course, if shots are more your style these jello shots sound dangerous.







What is your favorite 4th tradition?

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Currently Crushing On.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I am just getting settled into our beach vacation. This weekend was spent packing up and then unpacking everything again at our beach cottage. My parents, Joe and I spent Sunday enjoying the beach, taking the pups on the beach and long bike rides. Where we are staying dogs are allowed on the beach as long as they are on a leash. Charlie (our  pup) and Chloe (parent's pup) had a blast running and chasing seagulls yesterday. 

Alright, let's get to today's post.  I'm sharing a few of my favorite finds from around the web.  You have to check out those delicious ice cream sandwiches. I hope you enjoy!


Drool Worthy Ice Cream Recipes

Ice Cream Cupcakes- Cupcakes with a little surprise inside. Yum!

Oatmeal Creme Pie Ice Cream- Two of my childhood favorites combined.

Best New Ice Cream Flavors - I have had my eye on Klondike Cookie Dough Swirl

Ginger Ice Cream w/ Chocolate Bits- I'm dreaming of pairing this with a ginger beer for an adult ice cream float.

Healthy Living Inspiration

12 Netflix documentaries that will inspire you to get healthy- I truly enjoyed Forks over Knives

Resistance Band Exercises- Perfect for travel or at-home workouts. You bet I am doing these while I'm on vacation.

12 Minute Ab Workout- Greatist is quickly becoming by go to for quick workouts.

Stylish Favorites 

Swing Dress- Love the colorful sleeves on this Anthro dress.

Elle Earrings- Love these Kendra Scott baubles. Think I may need to get a pair as a birthday present to myself.

Vineyard Vines Dresses- These two are my favorite. Love the classic casual feel of the Vineyard Vines line.

What are you loving on this Monday? I would love for you to share in the comments.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Five: Beach Vacation

The best thing about Fridays is knowing the weekend is right around the corner. Today is extra exciting as we are headed on vacation for two weeks. Blog posts may be a bit sporadic over the next two weeks as we never have great internet connection on the island. I am all packed for vacation and ready to hit the road to the beach tonight! For today's post I thought I would share a few of my beach trip essentials. 
One. Coverup w/ sun protection. Over the past few years, I have become more cautious of sun damage. Having a coverup that doubles as an extra layer of sun protection is a must. I snagged this columbia fishing shirt and love it. The material of this shirt is very light which prevents me from getting overheated while on the water. I love the idea of getting it monogrammed adding a preppy touch. 



Two. Sun Hat. A straw hat is essential to keep highlights covered while protecting your face. I love to rock it off the beach as well. It is perfect for a day at the park or for strolling the boardwalk. 


Three. Sunscreen. If you have sensitive skin or breakout easily I highly recommend using baby sunscreen which is formulated for kid's sensitive skin. Another perk of this sunscreen is that it is 97% natural while having a great clean smell. 



Four. Beach Drinks. Much to my husband's chagrin I am not a beer drinker. When we head to the beach I always make sure to pack a few beach friendly adult beverages. This wine is one of my favorites the can is the perfect size so I can enjoy 2 -3 without feeling like a lush. 



Five. Aftersun Care. This lotion is perfect after spending a long day at the beach. It is thick without being greasy and does not leave a noticeable smell once it dries. I have never been a fan of lotion (Really). Partially because I already have oily skin and I hate the way it feels on my skin once it dries. I have many unused bottles of lotion in my cabinet from trying to find one I love. However, I know I will be using this one all summer!


Other things I always pack in my favorite scout bag are a good book, polarized sunglasses, lip balm & my favorite swimsuit

Do you have any fun vacations planned for the summer? What is the one thing that you always have in your beach bag? 

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