Weekly Round Up

Friday, March 2, 2018

Happy Friday!

Today I am finally packing for my trip to Germany tomorrow. I am so excited!!! I went to Germany four years ago for a study abroad trip and had the best time. I am excited to go to a new city this time, Hamburg. I cannot wait to share tons of photos with you all while I'm on this wonderful journey for work.

Today's post features some incredible people (as always!). :) Enjoy!


I have always loved fireplaces. I hope to have one in my home someday! Shelby from Pretty in the Pines shared a stunning remodel of her fireplace that she recently did with the help of Home Depot.

Read it here: http://prettyinthepines.com/2018/02/fireplace-makeover-reveal/

As I was scrolling through BlogLovin' this week, I stumbled upon this blog post from Desert For Two. Christina gave me some serious organization inspo that I want to tackle once I'm back from my trip. I've been wanting to organize my pantry for a little for a while but just never did. It's officially happening!

Read it here: https://www.dessertfortwo.com/pantry-organization-ideas-tips/


I love blueberry muffins. They're my favorite! However, I've never heard of a blueberry muffin cookie before. Have you?! They look super delicious and the recipe is below!

Read it here: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2018/02/26/blueberry-muffin-cookies/

Here's something else I've never heard of: cookie dough popcorn. I had to click on this post just to see what the heck was in it! If you love salty and sweet things, check out the recipe below!

Read it here: http://www.bakeat350.net/2018/02/cookie-dough-popcorn.html

I find it funny that after I found a recipe for blueberry muffins, I found this recipe for strawberry muffins. Bakers Royale shared a recipe that looks mouth watering!

Read it here: http://www.bakersroyale.com/strawberry-muffins/


I have been following along as Jennifer from Haute Off The Rack has her fun wedding in Cabo with all of her friends. The photo below is a super cute swim bridal look but she has a ton of other cute photos on her Insta right now. P.S. her latest blog post is about tips for a destination wedding!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfyyFJbgi0S/?taken-by=hauteofftherack

Jennifer Lake does it again! I swear this girl has my dream closet plus dream passport! She shared the prettiest purple dress in France the other day that I had to share with all of you!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfzX5yhFb8N/?taken-by=jenniferlake

Lauren from Style Me Lauren shared probably one of my favorite dresses for Spring that I've seen yet! I'm definitely going to be looking it up shortly! The color is so fun and the tassel and embroidered details are so cute.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfzaf_kHpIF/?taken-by=stylemelauren


I've opened up a few times about my insecurities on the blog before. The biggest insecurity I struggle with is my body. I have good days and bad days and to be honest, last night was bad. I felt absolutely horrible and sat on the ground of my soon to be office and cried. I just wasn't okay. Chandler ended up making me feel better and so did Janelle Sutton. She shared the Instagram post below that really resonated with me. My mom was actually the same way. She was the tallest girl in her class and grew super fast. People would always make fun of her because of her height and it made her feel very insecure for a while. Janelle reminded me where true beauty really comes from and I honestly think I had forgotten about that. I'll always have my bad days, but I'm going to keep this post and caption on-hand for the days I need it most.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfzWBWOlt9L/?taken-by=janelle.sutton

I hope you all loved this weekly round up post and I can't wait to share more with you from abroad!!!

Gold N' Daisies Zila Denim Dress

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

I cannot believe that in just three days I will be on a plane headed to Hamburg, Germany! I am beyond excited and I hope I will pack enough layers to stay warm. I keep checking the weather because there is the chance of snow while I'm there and I'm freaking out. I have never seen snow and I just can't get over the possibility of seeing snow for the first time in GERMANY! 

Today's blog post is all about this fun little denim dress from Gold N' Daisies! I have been seeing so much fun fresh denim for spring and have been loving all of it. I've actually been thinking lately how I need a new pair of jeans. 😊 I have never owned a denim dress before and I'm kind of surprised since 90% of my wardrobe is dresses! 😂 The Ziler Denim Dress from Gold N' Daisies is so fun for the cooler weather. You could easily pair this with sandals or wedges for two different looks. 

Don't forget to use code SPARKLE10 for 10% off your purchase! 

Shoes: Red Dress Boutique  - this color is sold out but I linked another!

Workout moves you can do without a gym membership

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Last year I decided to quit my gym membership because I really didn't want to pay for it anymore and my apartment complex had a decent gym inside of it. Ever since I joined the Tone It Up community, I have been able to take my workouts anywhere, including the beach!

Today I wanted to share a few workout moves that you can do without a gym membership. With the warmer weather finally here, it feels good to be outside! The first move is a standard push up. I am still building my way back up to doing them with the form below (I add a few here and there) but you can also do them on your knees. Below features how you can add a little extra challenge by using a lifted surface.

The next move is toe taps! I love toe taps because you can do these ANYWHERE! You can grab a weight, stand it up and tap that (haha), or a step stool and tap that. The options are endless. This move can increase your heart rate and add a nice burst of cardio to your workout!

If yoga is more your thing, take your practice outside! It is so calming to be outside, plus when it heats up you'll be sweating even more! I see many free yoga classes at the beach, the park, anywhere all the time. You just have to look for them! Sometimes you may have to pay a little but it's usually not too bad. All you need is a yoga mat and water bottle!

There's many other moves that you can do anywhere without equipment or with little equipment: crunches, squats, jumping jacks, plank jacks, etc. If you're looking for some great workouts to try, download the Studio Tone It Up app for tons of on demand classes and classes that you can do in the studio!

Top: Aerie
Bottoms: Aerie

Spring Florals with Gold N' Daisies

Monday, February 26, 2018

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Chandler and I had a good time at his cousin's wedding. I always look forward to the reception because as soon as the food has been served and all of the toasts have been given, I basically live on the dance floor. I even joked that I have to be able to dance in my wedding dress when that day comes. If I can't move in it I'm not buying it! Also, the Olive Garden was amazing too. It was funny because the line was SO LONG and when I finally was about two people away, the other half of this family came up in front of me (not okay) and then the DJ announced that the bridal party and bride and groom would be coming in in just a few minutes and for the rest of the food line to go sit down until then. 

I thought to myself, "I did not wait this long just to leave with two (now four) people in front of me. I'm staying!" Haha! I'll tell you what though I had so much anxiety. They were going SOOOO SLOW! One guy couldn't make up his mind if he wanted croutons. Who wouldn't want croutons? I instantly knew that we couldn't be friends. Haha! Once it was my turn, I was like I want salad and croutons that's it. I took my bowl, got a plate served myself to pasta because it was faster and then swiftly walked to my table. I felt instant relief. Once all of the toasts were over, I then went and got some water. 😂

In other news, today I'm sharing this beautiful spring look from Gold N' Daisies! I've been sharing more and more of their new arrivals lately and out of all of them, this top is my favorite. I love floral designs on pretty much anything - dresses, tops, skirts, you name it! I first featured their Lily Floral Top in this weekly round up post over a week ago and today I am excited to share the full look which includes their Eve Textured Legging

Not only does the floral pattern on this top pop, but the sleeve details take this it to the next level! The best part about this look is you can pair either of these two pieces with so many different styles. You can choose so many different shades of jeans/jean shorts for the top and almost anything would go with these black leggings! I always keep a few pairs of black leggings on hand and if you're looking to amp up your legging game, these are for you! The texture alone adds a little bit of edge to a standard pair of leggings.

If you are loving their new arrivals that I have been sharing lately, click here to check them out! They have so many other pretty tops and bottoms that you all will love!

P.S. Don't forget to use code SPARKLE10 for 10% off your purchase!

Leggings: Gold N' Daisies
Shoes: Venus - Almost sold out in black!

Weekly Round Up

Friday, February 23, 2018

Happy Friday!

How was everyone's week?! Today I am headed back home for Chandler's cousin's wedding and it should be a good time. Did I mention that Olive Garden is catering? You had my RSVP the second I heard bread sticks! 😂

Today's weekly round up features some amazing articles that I am very excited to share! I hope you love it!


I know I've been sharing a lot of tropical vacation photos from other bloggers lately, but it is still winter in most places! Alisa Burke shared some gorgeous winter beach photos in a recent post that are worth viewing!

Read it here: http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/2018/02/a-little-dusting-of-snow-at-beach.html

I recently discovered Alicia's account and I am loving all of her travel photos! Check out her winter photos below!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfgQGZ4BIXJ/?taken-by=alicia_haque

I loved watching Jen on one of the recent seasons of Bachelor in Paradise. Ever since then I followed her on Instagram and love her content! The photo below is one that I would love to take one day. It truly looks magical!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfefUzUndbx/?taken-by=jensav11


Who else is SUPER happy that the USA women's hockey team won the gold medal?! For everyone who knows the countries that love hockey know that the USA winning was a HUGE DEAL.

Speaking of the Olympics, one of my favorite bloggers actually WENT THERE!!! How cool is that? Who else was following along as Hoang-Kim Cung traveled across the world? I'm pretty sure I watched every single Insta story she posted just to live vicariously through her. Head over to her account to see more of her travel photos!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfcMfkgB-jW/?taken-by=hkcung


One of my good friends Kelsey has her own blog that has a heavy focus on food! She always shares delicious, healthy recipes that look amazing. Check out her account for some good food!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/kelsey_wolfe7/

I have really been trying to work on my nutrition. It's never perfect but I'm getting there. Free People shared 13 things that you should be eating for perfect skin. Luckily, a lot of these food items are already part of my routine! Are they in yours?

Read it here: https://blog.freepeople.com/2018/02/13-things-you-should-eat-every-day-for-perfect-skin/

I know a common misconception I had with quinoa was that it was more of a lunch or dinner ingredient. I have learned that so many recipes, breakfast included can be made with quinoa! Naturally Ella shared 15 vegetarian recipes for all times of the day! Read it below.

Read it here: https://naturallyella.com/vegetarian-quinoa-recipes/


This floral maxi dress that Terra from Fifteen Minutes of Flawless shared on her blog is absolutely stunning! Plus, this post is all about beauty tricks she wishes her mom taught her! I've never been one that's very into beauty but I think these tips are great for everyone, including beginners like myself.

Read it here: https://fifteenminutestoflawless.com/2018/01/26/3-beauty-tricks-wish-mom-taught/

I love Emma's Instagram account! I feel like me and her are very similar - both very happy people! She shared the cutest look the other day that I really want to recreate!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfcnodsH8mG/?taken-by=emmasedition

I would define my style as very feminine and girly, with an occasional edgy piece in my closet. Haha! Someone's style that I really gravitate towards is Maxie Elle! I love everything she posts, especially this pink dress.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfeziu0ldCa/?taken-by=maxieelle

I am so happy that spring is finally here! My favorite time of the year is spring and summer just because my wardrobe is so easy! Sleeveless anything - get in my closet! Kylie Callander shared an adorable spring look that could be casual or a little dressy. Plus, her baby bump is so cute!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfcGcsPhYXi/?taken-by=kyliecallander

I am all about a good hair flip, and this photo of Rachel from Look Lovely Living shared a gorgeous dress + hair flip in one photo!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfHkfzona6s/?taken-by=looklovelyliving

That's all for this week's round up post. Stay tuned for a really fun announcement very soon!!! :)

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