Sparkles and Sunshine: 2018

10 Gift Ideas For The Equestrian

Monday, December 10, 2018

Hey everyone!

For my fellow riders, horse lovers, trainers, show moms, and more; this gift guide is for you! I have included some things that are on my personal wish list plus items that I think riders of all levels (beginner to more advanced) will love!



10+ Gift Ideas For Him

Hey everyone!

This gift guide is for all of the fiancé's, brothers, husbands, guy friends, etc. in your lives! Below are 11 gift guides for him.



15+ Gift Ideas For The Dog Lover

Friday, December 7, 2018

There's something special about dog people. We just understand each other right? Chandler and I actually met most of our good friends when we got Diesel. I swear you can make so many great friends at a dog park! 

Today's gift gift is for all of my fellow dog lovers. I'll admit, some of these items are on my wishlist too haha! You can't go wrong with any of these ideas.


10+ Gift Ideas For The Cat Lover

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Hello Everyone!

With the holiday season in full swing, everyone is out searching for the perfect gifts for everyone on their list. I will be sharing many more gift guides this year compared to last and I'm kicking things off with this gift guide for the cat lover. Most of the remaining gift guides will be up this weekend/beginning of next week!

How To: Groom A Horse

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Happy Thursday!

One of my favorite things to do before and after a ride is groom a horse. There's something about it that is so relaxing for me. I feel like I could honestly groom a horse for hours! Grooming is really good for keeping off all the mud and dirt that gets on your horse that could lead to irritation or other unpleasant circumstances. 

Today I am going to walk you through a basic step-by-step process for how I usually take care of Brandy before and after a ride. Now, keep in mind that every horse needs different care and more or less of what is shown can be done on a day to day basis. I may share some things here that you might not necessarily need for your current or future horse. I also am always wanting to learn, so if there's anything you do in particular, I'd love to know in the comments below!

Morning Lavender Cheryl Burgundy Off the Shoulder Satin Jumpsuit

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

I know it's been a hot minute since I've posted anything. The holiday season is definitely in full swing! I do have some exciting news to share. This weekend Chandler, myself, Alondra my photographer and her boyfriend Garrett will be taking a quick trip up to Georgia to visit a fun Christmas tree farm! We will be staying at the cutest Air BnB (my first one ever too) and I'm so excited. 

I will be sharing a ton from our trip and it will actually be the beginning of the travel section of my blog! I have been wanting to do more travel lately and thought it would be great to share all about our adventures on Sparkles and Sunshine. I hope you all will love it and I can't wait to share.

Today's post features this Burgundy Off The Shoulder Satin Jumpsuit from one of my favorite boutiques, Morning Lavender

9 Things That I'm Thankful For

Monday, November 19, 2018

Happy Monday!

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I wanted to take some time today to share what I'm thankful for. When I was thinking about this blog post, I realized that I really don't take enough time to really acknowledge what I have. I have a lot and I need to be more grateful.

One side note: please don't think that if something is lower on the list than another that it is less important. The numbers don't mean that in any way that you are of low priority to me. I wanted to make that clear to make sure that no one would be upset! Also, this isn't everything that I'm thankful for. This list would be too long if I were to list everything!

Weekly Round Up

Friday, November 16, 2018

Happy Friday!

I'm so sorry for the lack of blog posts this week everyone! Chandler and I were traveling last weekend and I just couldn't think of anything to write about. Every now and then I get into a creative rut, and I know I'm not the only person that that's happened to. I was also pretty tired from a few late nights this week that weren't planned, plus we haven't been able to really grocery shop in two weeks so my food has been off. I haven't necessarily been eating bad, but I definitely prefer cooking from home. All in all, my week was just off. On the positive side though, I was able to ride which always makes me happy!

This weekend will be filled with blog planning, decorating, catching up, and relaxation which is exactly what's needed!

Below are this week's round up articles. I hope you love them!


Weekly Round Up

Friday, November 9, 2018

Happy Friday everyone!

I am so excited to head home for a nice, relaxing weekend. I will be watching my parents dogs while they are away at an art show and I can't wait to snuggle with the best snugglers around! I also have some fun things planned while I'm home that if all goes well, I'll be able to share soon! Fingers crossed!

Today's weekly round up blog post includes posts from food bloggers, fashion bloggers, lifestyle bloggers, and more! If you're new to my blog, first off welcome! I am so thankful you're here! Second, every Friday I like to do a weekly round up post to highlight other incredible bloggers who put in so much time and effort into creating the best content they can. Now, I don't always get to see everything that everyone puts out, so if you saw something that you absolutely loved, or would like to be featured in my next round up post, please leave me a comment below!

Brunette girl wearing Altard State Long Sleeve Ruffle Top and Jumper Overalls at Amazing Grace Crop Maize in Jacksonville Florida

My First Horseback Riding Helmet: One K Defender - Suede Helmet

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

Sorry for not having shared any blog posts yet this week. This week has been super hectic but I plan on catching up this weekend and having a much regular posting schedule next week. Today I wanted to share about my first horseback riding helmet purchase. Buying your first horseback riding helmet is an exciting thing! I know I finally felt "official" when I did. Below is more information about my first helmet! 

Brunette girl wearing white long sleeve ROMFH show shirt with ovation riding breeches and One K Defender Suede Helmet at M and M Training Horse Barn in Saint Augustine Florida

Weekly Round Up

Friday, November 2, 2018

Happy Friday!

How was everyone's week? Did you do anything fun for Halloween? My work always goes all out for Halloween and the theme that our department chose was the 90's. We had a handful of different things from the 90's, but me and a few coworkers went as the Power Rangers. Here's a photo in case you missed it!

Below are this today's weekly round up articles. I did share some of my favorite Halloween costumes of this year, and trust me, this list doesn't even begin to cover it! I hope you enjoy!


Amazing Grace Pumpkin Patch

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

So, I just realized that yesterday's blog post revealed my new haircut! I didn't even realize until I started writing this post. In case you didn't see my Instagram story, I actually cut off and donated 12 inches of hair. Originally, I was just going in for a trim (still wanted at least five inches off), but then I started thinking and was like what the heck! I've always wanted to donate my hair and it was time for something fresh and fun. I am starting to really like it too. I have thick hair, so anything that makes it easier to manage is fine by me!

Today's blog post is all about one of my favorite traditions: going to a pumpkin patch!

3 Last Minute Funny Halloween Shirts

Monday, October 29, 2018

Happy Halloween Eve!
Who already has their costume lined up? This year I really wanted to get one of those inflatable dinosaur costumes that you always see in those funny YouTube videos. However, time and budgeting got the best of us so maybe next year! Unless we want to be something else haha!

If you are in a similar situation or are looking for something that's more casual but festive, then today's blog post is for you! Tonight on the blog I am sharing 3 last minute funny Halloween shirts from Victoria's Secret Pink that are cute and clever.

Brunette girl wearing Victoria's Secret Pink Resting Witch Face Campus Long Sleeve Tee at pumpkin patch in jacksonville florida

Weekly Round Up

Friday, October 26, 2018

Happy Friday!

Does anyone else feel like this week just flew by? I'm still in shock that it's already the end of October. Where did the time go?! I am excited for the weekend ahead because it's filled with horses which is all I could ask for! Tonight I have my riding lesson and tomorrow I'll be at HSITP (Horse Show In The Park) supporting M&M Training and I can't wait to see how great our barn does. We have some great riders and it's always cool to watch other people who have been riding longer compete. If you'll be there too, please say hi! I'm always wanting to make more horse friends! :)

Below are today's weekly round up posts! I hope you love it!


Horse and Rider DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Happy Thursday!

A few months ago I heard about how at the end of the month of October, people dressed up themselves and their horses for Halloween at a horse show. I thought that was the coolest thing ever! Since I was little, I've always dressed up our dogs for Halloween. It's so much fun!

Today I wanted to share two super easy do it yourself costumes for you and your horse. Now, some of the ones that I found on Pinterest are A LOT more involved but I'm ballin' on a budget haha! These require very minimal effort and most of the items can be found at any local costume/party store and craft store like Joann Fabrics!



Being An Independent Woman In A Relationship

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Since I was little I've always been an independent person. I've never felt like I needed someone to go to lunch with, or get groceries with, or do pretty much anything. Now, am I happier when I'm with someone for some of those things, absolutely! But, I'm not dependent on someone else to the point where I can't do anything by myself.

Brunette boy pushing brunette girl on a swing in the North Florida woods

Fall Wedding Guest Dress/Bridesmaid's Dress

Monday, October 15, 2018

Happy Monday!

The other day I shared a post about how you can wear a romper to a fall wedding.

If you missed it, you can read it here: Can You Wear A Romper To A Fall Wedding?

In that post I also mentioned that I love wearing dresses to fall weddings. Depending on where you are and what your weather is like, you could wear a midi or maxi dress. While I was looking around at the Town Center the other day, I stumbled upon this beautiful purple Marionette Maxi Dress from Altar'd State. Anytime I'm looking for something very classy and beautiful, I always go to Altar'd State. Their dress collection is always stunning and they have a great selection of mini, midi, and maxi dress lengths. Their website only has a few colors of this dress but in store you can find a few more like the one featured below.



Weekly Round Up

Friday, October 12, 2018

Happy Friday!

So, I've always been known for either very corny or down right horrible jokes (in everyone else's opinion ha!). However, I think I've finally come up with an awesome one that should be shared world wide. Some may call it a dad joke, others may call it genius. I like to think it's both. Here is goes:

Why did the ghost quit Broadway? (See answer below)


Can You Wear A Romper To A Fall Wedding?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

Have you received a handful of fall wedding invitations recently and are already thinking: "what am I going to wear?". When I think of fall wedding guest attire, I usually think of a dark color dress that usually has some lace, or is midi/maxi in length. This is of course dependent on the the wedding's theme or specific dress code (if there is one). 

I never considered wearing a romper to a fall wedding, until I saw this American Eagle Long Sleeve Lace Romper. This romper literally has everything I just described in my ideal dress, but in romper form! 

Brunette girl wearing dark forest green long sleeve lace american eagle romper at camp milton preserve in jacksonville florida

Saddlebox Review

Monday, October 8, 2018

Happy Monday!

Who else loves subscription boxes? Some of my favorites out there include Fabfitfun and Barkbox! I'm on a budget, so if I get a subscription box it's because I truly believe what comes with it is valuable and is worth the monthly cost. I recently discovered a horse subscription box (that's right horse lovers!) called SaddleBox

SaddleBox is a monthly subscription box for horse owners that includes treats, grooming products, tack, and more! When you sign up for SaddleBox, your first box ships immediately and then all future boxes ship out on the 15th of every month! Plus, shipping is free, which we all love that!

Below is a breakdown of everything that I received in my SaddleBox. 

Saddlebox horse subscription box items

Weekly Round Up

Friday, October 5, 2018

Happy Friday!

Another busy week done! Can anyone else believe it is October? I still feel like it was June two days ago. It is still pretty warm down here in Florida, but the temperatures are starting to cool off (finally!). I live in north Florida which means it actually gets cooler here compared to say central and south Florida. The low's are finally starting to get into the 70's and the high's are not in the 90's anymore. It feels like 90 some days because of the humidity but it's better than being 95 out plus the humidity making it feel like the 100's!

If i had to pick my favorite moment of this week (so far) it would definitely be yesterday. Yesterday I cantered without reins for the first time and I did my first lead change! Of course I'm not a pro yet, but every time I learn something new it's so exciting. All I want to do is improve every time I go out there!


Why I Chose M&M Training and Why I Stayed

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

Today is the my second post of my horse series. I'm so excited to say that! I hope you all loved my first post that introduced the horse I ride, Brandy (pictured below). If you missed it, click here to read! Today's blog post is all about why I chose to ride at M&M Training and why I stayed.


How To Dress For Fall When It Feels Like Summer

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

While it's starting to cool down in many places, it's still pretty hot here in Florida and a few other states. If you're living in one of those hotter states like me, it almost feels like it's impossible to dress for fall...until now! Today's blog post is about how you can dress for fall when it still feels like summer.

Brunette girl wearing red patterned smocked high low maxi dress from red dress boutique

The Happy Grilled Cheese Restaurant Jacksonville, FL

Monday, October 1, 2018

Happy Monday!

This may sound cheesy, but I think you're grate. Sorry, I couldn't resist! Today's blog post features the BEST food truck in Jacksonville, FL in my opinion: The Happy Grilled Cheese! I love supporting local businesses because they are usually some of the most unique and creative restaurants, boutiques, etc. out there!

The Happy Grilled Cheese food truck has been around for five and a half years and they were within the first 10-15 food trucks to open in Jacksonville. They opened a restaurant a year ago in downtown Jacksonville and have loved all of the support they have gotten since their opening. The restaurant is open Monday-Friday from 11am-3pm and if you're wanting to find where their food truck is, they post their schedule weekly on their social media!

Brunette girl holding menu at The Happy Grilled Cheese restaurant in downtown Jacksonville Florida

Weekly Round Up

Friday, September 28, 2018

Happy Friday!

While this week has been insane, it's been insane in a good way. We moved into a new apartment, I had a few personal "wins" this week, and I started a new horse series on my blog yesterday. If you missed the post, click here to read it! I am very excited about what the next few months have in store and I can't wait to share it with all of you.

For anyone who is new to my blog, every Friday I share a weekly round up post. The purpose of this post is to support other bloggers that my readers may/may not already know about. I believe that everyone should support each other and what better way to do that then to showcase someone's hard work! I feature lifestyle bloggers, food bloggers, fashion bloggers, travel bloggers, and more. Below are this week's round up articles. I hope you love them!

Country Brunette girl wearing Fig and willow boutique plaid flannel shirt with bootcut jeans and cowboy boots


New Horse Rider Series | Meet Brandy Introduction

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Hey there everyone!

If you follow me on Instagram, then hopefully you saw some behind the scenes footage of my new series that launches TODAY! First off, I am so thrilled to start this new series. For those of you who do/don't know, I have loved horses my whole life. When I was little I would ask my mom all the time if we could get a horse and she would tell me that it wouldn't fit in the backyard. When I tried to convince her that we had enough land she would tell me the neighborhood wouldn't allow it. As a kid I was so frustrated but as an adult I know she was right. Since anything related to horses was also so expensive, I was never really able to learn how to ride like I always wanted to.

It wasn't until January of this year that I finally started riding. For Christmas, Chandler bought me a month's worth of lessons and since then I've been hooked (shocker) haha! I go out every weekend/chance that I can. Even on days that I don't ride, I just love helping out there. I clean stalls, groom horses, and help with anything else that I can just so I can learn as much about horses as possible. The goal is to have one of my own one day and I'm hoping it's sooner rather than later!

Brunette girl with brown quarter horse

Asos Design Broderie Sundress With Frill Sleeves

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

This post was originally supposed to go live on Monday but this move has made things so hectic. From eating out every day to having boxes anywhere and everywhere, you could say things are a little overwhelming right now. But, everything is in and the old apartment is clean and ready for the next person(s) which is a win! I can't wait to finish unpacking, get everything organized, go grocery shopping (haha), and have a few nights of relaxation. Chandler and I are definitely due for that!

Today I wanted to share my FINAL summer outfit! I know the first day of fall was a few days ago but in Florida that doesn't really happen at this time. If you're in south Florida it never does but if you're in north Florida like me, it's usually around October! So, since it's still sunny and warm here, what better way to bring summer to an end than with this bright yellow sundress from ASOS!

Brunette girl wearing yellow asos design broderie sundress with frill sleeves

Weekly Round Up

Friday, September 21, 2018

Happy Friday!

Tomorrow's finally the big day...moving day that is! I'm definitely one of those people who do not like change. I like to get comfortable somewhere and settle in. Unfortunately, since we're still renting, this isn't what happens 100%. I've never been one to get fully comfy and settled into a place that I know I'm going to be leaving in a year. Is anyone else like that? I am going to try to make this next apartment a little more homey and decorated just so that it can be enjoyed a little more. I'm finally going to decorate my office, put up fall decor immediately, and get some photos made up of Chandler and I, Diesel, the cats, and more. Once we're all settled in to our new apartment I want to give you all a home tour!



Venus Lace Detail Maxi Dress

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

Raise your hand if you don't want summer to end. Now, raise your hand if you're over this heat and are ready for fall. Ha! I feel like I'd get mutual responses. It's sad to see summer go but I'm also very excited about the cool temps ahead (hopefully soon if you live in Florida like me ha!).

Before the season is "officially" over, I have a few more summer looks that I wanted to share! This  adorable Lace Detail Maxi Dress from Venus is one of them! I frequently look at their dress collection and I always find something that I love!

Brunette girl wearing Venus blue lace detail maxi dress

Why Risk Taking Is Important

Monday, September 17, 2018

Happy Monday!

My entire life, I have always played it safe. Now, that isn't necessarily a bad thing because I've never gotten myself into a situation where I was thinking "oh shit, I don't know how I'm going to get out of this." However, there's a difference between stepping outside your comfort zone and surpassing it so far that you've dug yourself into a deep ditch.



Weekly Round Up

Friday, September 14, 2018

Happy Friday!

This month has been insane you guys. Between everything involved in the move next week (I still haven't packed, YIKES!) and my blog and work, I have just been so so busy! I do enjoy being busy though. Anyone else? I am excited for the fun weekend ahead. Tomorrow I am attending my first horse show which will be really cool to see and on Sunday we are going to the Jags game. They won their last game so I'm hoping the momentum stays!


What Are Macros And How Do I Track Them?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

I have been training with Savanna for a few months now and absolutely love all of my workouts and advice she has given me. One of the first things she told me when we started my program was that I needed to track my macros. 

Long story short, macros are the exact amounts of protein, carbs, and fat that your body needs each day. If you eat more or less you're not helping yourself. These macros are determined from your level of activity, current weight, goal weight, height, etc. The reason why Savanna and I prefer this over calorie counting is because there's less guilt. With macros you are able to enjoy the types of foods you love without entirely limiting yourself. For instance I love carbs, so my diet consists of a higher carb diet with a decent amount of protein and a slightly lower amount of fat. 

Girl with fitness trainer Savanna Rose training on the beach

Summer Date Series: Sand Castle Building Contest

Monday, September 10, 2018

Happy Monday!

I know it's been a while since I've shared a fun date idea. Chandler's work schedule doesn't really go with my blog photo shoot schedule most of the time, so anytime that I have him free I try to do as much as I can! Since Summer's coming to an end, I wanted to share one last date idea because let's be honest, it is still brutally hot outside and we are all still living at the beach!

Growing up, when I would go to the beach I would LOVE to play in the sand. From building sand castles to burying people, it was always a good time! I truly believe that just because you get older, doesn't mean you have to stop doing all of the fun things you loved as a kid. For example my sidewalk chalk date idea or blank fort date idea. If you also loved building sand castles at the beach as a kid then this date idea is for you!

Girl in pink one-piece swimsuit with boyfriend and brindle dog at the beach with sand castle kit from target

My Favorite Healthy Snacks Part 1

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

How was everyone's long weekend?! I love how we're starting to get into holiday season. It's like once July 4th gets here, it's one holiday after the other which is great! Even though I love Florida summers, we're finally getting into my favorite time of year: fall! Now, with fall being right around the corner, that means there's a ton of events coming up which can make eating healthy hard. Whether it's eating unhealthy food at parties or being so busy that quick unhealthy options are easier, it can be a challenge during the upcoming months. 

Because of this, I wanted to start sharing some of my favorite healthy snacks that I like to keep on hand. Today's post features two of my favorites: 

girl in victoria's secret pink tee holding the better chip spinach and kale chips and yucatan guacamole

Weekly Round Up

Friday, August 31, 2018

Happy Friday!

This week was SO busy!!! My week was filled with many work meetings, dinners and other events. Needless to say I was pretty tired throughout the week. Now, I can't wait to enjoy a much needed three day weekend! Is anyone doing anything fun this long weekend?

Below are this week's round up articles! I hope you all love them!


Food:

I usually don't have a sweet tooth but when I do I love macaroons. I discovered the account Mac Lab this week and was in AWE you guys. I don't think I've ever seen such gorgeous macaroons before in my entire life. This bakery is also in Atlanta, Georgia which luckily for me isn't too far away. I definitely want to go there now!

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

I've recently started adding shelled hemp seeds to my meals where I can for some added nutrition. Taylor from One Balanced Life shared a recipe for a spinach basil help seed sauce with pasta this week that sounds great. I can't wait to try this!

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

Summer's not over yet, which means there's still plenty of time to enjoy some fun, fruity drinks! Granted, you don't really need a specific season to enjoy one haha! Averie from Averie Cooks shared a recipe for a Malibu Sunset drink on her blog this week that is colorful, fun, and it looks delicious. Get the recipe below!

Read it here: https://www.averiecooks.com/malibu-sunset/

Okay, who LOVES everything bagels. They're seriously the best right? Trader Joe's seasoning comes in at a close second (or alternative) as well! The second I saw this recipe for Everything Bagel Pretzels, I freaked out of excitement. Once you see them I promise you'll get excited too!

Read it here: http://www.thecandidappetite.com/everything-bagel-pretzels/

Entertainment:

Growing up I had my own personal collection of handbags. I mean what girl doesn't? Cosmopolitan shared the most popular handbag styles by year and there are definitely some good memories here. I definitely had (still have) a Vera Bradley bag!

See it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/g22868802/popular-handbag-year-you-were-born/?slide=1

It is officially PSL season people. To launch the PSL season correctly, Dunkin Donuts announced that they will be selling bottled pumpkin spiced iced coffee. Like what?!?! Read more below!

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/food-cocktails/a22887668/dunkin-donuts-pumpkin-spice-bottled-iced-coffee/

Fashion:

Polka dots on a two-piece set? I'm sold! Check out how Mina Marlena styled this fun must-have summer outfit!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnJ7jCaHU7j/?taken-by=minamarlena

I LOVE sequins, sparkles, glitter, all that jazz. Since I'm sharing today's round up post later in the evening, I gloriously stumbled upon the most perfect jacket ever. If you love all of those things too, then you're going to love this!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnKM05CA4hE/?taken-by=cameronproffitt

Revolve hosted a carnival event this week and it looked pretty awesome. One blogger Roos Vandekerckhove from Roses Cloud shared an outfit this week that is giving me serious Clueless vibes. 

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

Ya'll know I love color! Oliva Frost shared the cutest rainbow sweater on her Instagram that I just love. Rainbow is trending everywhere right now and I love that there's some extra color in the world right now because of it.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnJOn4xH-5c/?taken-by=oliviabynature

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Diesel's July Bark Box Review

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

Hello fellow citizens! My name is Diesel, the super dog! Today I am here to tell you about my favorite Barkbox yet. Now, keep in mind that may change next month. This box had a bunch of villain toys that I needed to destroy (I mean defeat...).The evil Sensei Whiskers and Crab Van Goon have been causing trouble for too long and it was time I took care of them once and fur all!

To help fuel my powers, my Barkbox gave me some super good treats: Drool and Ka-Paw! My drool treats are pork flavored and my ka-paw treats are duck flavored. I also got a Butcher's Block chew to eat once I defeated the evil villains! It is safe to say that I won and I looked good doing it.

Cute brindle dog wearing superman bandana from Petsmart with Barkbox box
Cute brindle dog wearing superman bandana from Petsmart
Cute brindle dog wearing superman bandana from Petsmart
July Barkbox
July Barkbox
July Barkbox dog toys dog treats and dog chew
July Barkbox comic book extra

Weekly Round Up

Friday, August 24, 2018

Happy Friday!

Tonight I am so excited because Chandler and I are going to The Main Event. It's similar to a Dave & Buster's and it's going to be a blast. Chandler will randomly get cool ticket opportunities from work (like the hockey game we went to) and it's usually first come first serve and we're always on it! Haha! Be sure to check out my Instagram story tonight to see more.

Below are this week's round up blog posts. This week I am featuring some incredible food, fashion, and lifestyle bloggers that I know you all will love. Enjoy!


Food:

Smoothies are by far one of my favorite drinks. They're healthy and delicious! Meg from The Autumn Girl shared 8 refreshing summer smoothies on her blog that sound yummy!

Read it here: https://theautumngirl.com/2018/08/09/8-refreshing-summer-smoothies/

While I was organizing our pantry the other day, I stumbled upon some roasted (or toasted? haha) chick peas that I forgot I had gotten from Publix. A few days later I saw this delicious snack/breakfast idea from Clean Eats By Tay that gave me a new idea that I will be trying soon!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmyMIeUHg4n/?taken-by=cleaneatsbytay

This food post is not only a great food idea but also a reminder that you can still be healthy and enjoy amazing foods that you love. Alex Agasar shared this incredible post on her Instagram this week of a breakfast bagel sandwich with a note saying: "It’s been about a year since I ditched the obsessive clean eating so I’m celebrating with a big. ass. bagel sammy. Not a pagel, not gluten free, not a bagel thin. Just a bagel. This was the first meal I had when I realized I didn’t have to fear meat, dairy, grains, sugar, inflammation, and ‘bloat’."

How incredible is that? Click below to read more and to learn more about her/follow her!!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm00EVEF3vL/?taken-by=eatyourhe.art.out

Entertainment/Life:

One of my mom and I's favorite singers is Pink. She has such an incredible voice and she's always been such a great person. At a recent concert, Pink stopped her concert to hug a fan who had just lost her mom. If you're emotional like I am, then get ready to bawl your eyes out at these touching moment.

Read/Watch it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/a22809773/pink-concert-hug-grieving-fan/

Okay, who else watched Laguna Beach and The Hills way back when?! I know I did and LC was my faveeee! MTV announced that there is going to be a reboot if The Hills in 2019 and fans (like myself) are SO excited!!! Unfortunately Lauren and Kristin won't be on the show but the majority will + some new additions. Read the article below from Cosmopolitan to get more inside scoop!

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/tv/a22800491/hills-reboot-mtv-news-date-cast-spoilers/

Fashion:

I love cute accents on clothes that are unexpected/not always the main focus of an outfit. Brittany from Coco and Blush shared the cutest pants on her Instagram this week. Check out the bottom to see the cutest details!

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

I've always loved a good jumpsuit. They make me feel like I'm wearing pajamas out and about and it's fantastic! This week I saw two super cute jumpsuits from two amazing bloggers that I think you will love too. Check them out below!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm1neUYH8OX/?taken-by=laceandlashesblog
See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm1WW5mFqrd/?taken-by=dreamingblue_eyes

Ya'll know I love a good maxi dress and stripes have been a huge hit all summer long! This adorable maxi that Whitney Rife shared on her Instagram this week is beyond cute and perfect for running errands or brunch with the girls!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm1-c09lbcp/?taken-by=whitneynrife

That's all for this week's round up post! I hope you all have a super fun weekend!

Romper: Venus 

How To: Wear A Swim Top Two Ways

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

So this blog post is kind of a funny story. When I first ordered this white ruffle bikini top from Revolve I instantly loved how it had cute wrap around strappy details. However, when I got it in the mail, I completely forgot about that and put it on a different way. When I went to look up the bikini top itself to get the URL for it, I realized then that I had put it on wrong. Haha! The good thing though is that it doesn't look bad (IMO). So below, are two ways that you can style this fun white bikini top for summer!

Option 1: Correctly***

The straps wrap around from the front to the back and are secured there. See front and back photos below.  


 Option 2: Incorrectly lol

The second way to style this top is to tie it in the front rather than the back. I will say that this top ran a little big so if you have a small chest like myself, don't get a medium, get a small. Also because of this, if you choose this option, make sure to pull it really tight before you make the bow. The straps are longer because of the first option above, so when you make the bow it will be bigger than you might be used to. However, if you like big bows then you're good haha! This option creates a straight clean look in the back.


Some people might like one option over the other because everyone has their own unique look that is absolutely wonderful. So, no matter which option you prefer, go out there and rock it!

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Photography: Alondra Vega Photography

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Weekly Round Up

Friday, August 17, 2018

Happy Friday!

What is everyone up to this weekend?! This weekend is a pretty easy going one for Chandler and I. Chandler's working tomorrow and I'll be at the barn on Sunday which is always fun. I do need to catch up on some laundry too. Doesn't that sound fun? Haha! I'd love to know what you're doing in the comments below!

This week's round up post features some amazing articles from some incredible bloggers. I would love to know which article was your favorite!


Food:

I have been seeing these Wasa Crispbreads everywhere lately! Samantha Bowers shared a delicious looking recipe on her Instagram this week that I would love to recreate.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmgLVa2lnQU/?taken-by=samanthabowers

I love oatmeal! I've never heard of cauliflower oats before though. Lauren from Flora and Vino shared a recipe on her blog + a delicious fruity version on her Instagram!

Read it here: http://www.floraandvino.com/creamy-stovetop-cauliflower-oats/
See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmgOvCkA4N7/?taken-by=flora_and_vino

I love tomatoes! They're definitely my favorite. I mean, they're the staple to marinara sauce, a.k.a. spaghetti haha! Any who, Love and Lemons shared this recipe for a Roasted Cheery Tomato Herbed Couscous Salad on her blog this week that looks amazing. I could totally see this for a fun summer cookout or dinner party!

Read it here: https://www.loveandlemons.com/roasted-cherry-tomato-herbed-couscous-salad/

This last recipe combines the best of both worlds: Greek food and mac and cheese! The second I saw this recipe I got extremely excited! Definitely check it out.

Read it here: https://www.skinnytaste.com/greek-mac-and-cheese

Entertainment:

So, apparently you can get paid to live on an island and take care of cats. When can I start? Haha!

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a22698477/greek-island-cat-rescue-caretaker-job/

Yesterday some really sad news was announced. The great Aretha Franklin sadly passed away yesterday. Growing up, my mom and aunt always listened to Aretha and it wasn't until I was a little older that I truly appreciated/liked her music. She will always be a legend in everyone's hearts and minds!

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/a22746824/aretha-franklin-dead-music-community-reacts/

Fashion:

I absolutely loved this blue dress that Rosie Clayton shared on her Instagram this week. She always has the prettiest outfits!

Read it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmZK3qeDDl9/?taken-by=rclayton

I feel like I had a love of polka dots this week because I found four blogger looks that I just love!
See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bmdo9rxgR9j/?taken-by=blaireadiebee
See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmcUxp3ANkW/?taken-by=mariesbazaar
See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmcjNRkH2Rk/
See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmY07QfA_51/?taken-by=hannahstraffordtaylor

Every girl needs a little black dress, little white dress, and a little red dress! Whitney from Whit's Whims shared the cutest red dress on her blog this week plus a lot of other great options from a brand called Stage. Definitely check it out!

Read it here: https://www.whitswhims.com/home/2018/8/12/summerdresswithstage

It's no secret that I love the color pink! Melissa from Always Meliss shared the cutest pink jumpsuit from Vicidolls on her Instagram the other day. Is anyone else obsessed with Vicidolls? I love their clothes!!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmgBelCBD-h/?taken-by=alwaysmeliss

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