My Top 5 Closet Must Haves

This week I teamed up with a few different instagrammers to share our top 5 closet must haves. It’s been such a fun to challenge to see what everyone came up with! My top 5 closet must haves list looks a little more summery than the rest, but each of these items are in heavy rotation in my closet!

A Striped Tee (or 10):  As I type this, I’m wearing one of my older striped tees with a pair of leggings..they seriously go with everything! I love to throw one on with jeans for casual fridays, shorts on the weekends, and for everything in between! Occasionally I’ll even tuck one of my nicer ones into a pencil skirt and call it a day! Most of mine are from J.Crew and they have a TON of basic and fun ones right now! They have the perfect basic boatneck, a fun printed one, and even an off-the-shoulder with the cutest bows at the sleeves! Old Navy has a bunch of inexpensive basic ones that are perfect for stocking up in fun colors and even a peplum one I’m tempted to get!

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White Jeans: White jeans are not just for summertime anymore (although I might be a bit biased, living in Florida and all!). They go with literally EVERYTHING and are perfect with colorful printed Lilly tops, your favorite striped top, or even just a simple neutral tee or sweater, like grey or oatmeal. My favorite pair are these from Michael Kors, but I’m lusting after a pair of Joe’s Icon Skinnies!

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Goes With Everything Statement Necklace: Sometimes an outfit needs a little extra something to pull it all together, and a statement necklace is such an easy way to do this! I have a variety of shorter necklaces and a couple long tassel necklaces, but this Kendra Scott one is the one I reach for the most. It seriously goes with everything! Lilly Pulitzer also has some fun ones that are perfect for spring and summer! If you’re looking for something short and sparkly, J.Crew, J.Crew Factory, and Banana Republic usually have some fun options!

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Metallic Shoes: Whether they’re sandals, wedges, flats, or heels, I think a pair of fun metallic shoes are the perfect addition to every closet! They pretty much function as a neutral and add a little something to every outfit. I love my gold wedges to dress up more casual dresses, my platinum flats are perfect for casual Friday with a pair of jeans, or for a colorful dress midweek, and my platinum sandals get worn with everything! Jack Rogers are a staple, or course, but these are more budget friendly. I also have these wedges, these flats, and just plain love these.
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Little Navy Dress (LND): Navy dresses are totally my new LBD. They can be dressed up with heels or wedges or down with a pair of sandals. They have the same versatility of a LBD, but I feel like the color is a little less harsh, plus it sets you apart from everyone in black. Lilly Pulitzer always has the cutest ones, this was from last year, but they have a very similar one this yearThis one is super fun and more budget friendly!

My Top 5 Closet Must Haves

What are some of the items that you think everyone needs in their closets, I’d love to hear in the comments, or by sharing on instagram with the hashtag #The5MustHaves.

Friday Favorites 2/2

Happy February!! As I’ve mentioned before I really love holidays. January is kind of my break to recover from all the Christmas that takes over my house, but by the time February rolls around I’m ready for more festive decor and foods! It’s always a good sign when you walk into Target and see all kinds of fun pink decor!
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Around the House: I’m taking it easy on decor this year, but I still busted out my table decor, it makes me smile every time I look at the colorful flowers!

Favorite Thing I’m Eating: Smoothie Bowls! this is not the prettiest one ever, but it was soooo tasty! This has been my favorite after work snack when I know we’re going to have a later dinner. This recipe was my starting point and I usually mix it up based on what I have on hand. My favorite toppings include: coconut flakes, walnuts, granola, and of course, fresh fruit!
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Meme: This is how I felt yesterday when I decided I just HAD to have Chick-fil-a. I’ve been good all week, so sometimes you just have to #treatyoself

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Friday Favorites 9/23

It’s Fall Y’all!! Call me basic, but I LOVE all things fall! I got a little ahead of myself and have burning pumpkin candles for a few weeks now, but I waited until this week to stock up on all other things pumpkin. We may or may not have already gone through two loaves of pumpkin bread already…tis the season!

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All my new Lilly is finally here! The last of my Lilly purchases FINALLY came in. I was a bit disappointed with the turnaround time this year, but guess I’m lucky since some people got cancellations 🙁 Loving all the blues that came in the package!

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Just Added to the Shop: I’m totally obsessed with these Pineapple Mr and Mrs Wine Glasses…how cute are they?!?

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On the Internet:  Anyone else totally La Croix obsessed?! We got hooked while we were doing Whole30 and it’s a habit we haven’t been able to kick!

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My craft room is finally happening! I’ve always talked about a craft room, but it was never high up on the priority list. I’ve pretty much taken over the kitchen table with all my Etsy crafts lately though, so we decided it was TIME. It won’t be anything Pinterest worthy, I’m sure, but I’ll still share all the details! 😀

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Anyone else as PUMPED for fall as me?? Gimme all the Pumpkin Spice Lattes!!

Friday Favorites 8/26

Favorite Things I Bought: My Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale purchases are beginning to roll in and I am OBSESSED with everything so far!

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I even wore one of the dresses to work today because I just love it so much! I bought this one totally on a whim and honestly didn’t think I loved the print, but then it came in and I realized it’s gorgeous, and has seashells! Don’t know how I missed that! <3

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Favorite Thing I Ate: A coworker who lives down on Fort Myers Beach brought in cinnamon rolls from Heavenly Biscuit earlier this week. Heavenly Biscuit is one of my very favorite breakfast spots in Southwest Florida, but it’s very out of the way for us, so we don’t make it there very often. Their cinnamon rolls are pretty much the best ever. Day. Made.

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PUMPKINNN: I’m so happy that pumpkin everything season is almost here! I already picked up this DW Homes candle at Homegoods and am loving burning in the evenings!

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Around the House: In my last Friday Favorites post I mentioned that we were rug shopping and I was having a lot of trouble making a decision. I finally bit the bullet and decided to get the Maui Chunky Loop Jute Rug and so far we love it!! The look is exactly what I was hoping for! I don’t know yet how it will hold up, but based on the great reviews, I’m very hopeful! And Charlie loves it too! Plus he blends right in, which is perrrrfect for shedding…

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Happy Friday!! Hope you have all had a fabulous week!

Friday Favorites 8/12

Happy Friday!!! Hope everyone had a wonderful week! We’re looking forward to a laid back weekend after a productive one last week! Tomorrow we’re going to see Sausage Party because my husband has been dying to see it! Anyone else seeing this one? It’s definitely different, I just hope they didn’t use all their one liners in the previews! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Purre Barre 100 Club:  Wednesday morning, after my Pure Barre class, I went up on the board for the ‘Road to 100’..My goal is to hit 100 before I go on vacation at the beginning of September. Gotta get those Club 100 socks!

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Newest Silhouette Creation: If you know me, you know that this is SO accurate. One of these days I’ll become more punctual 😛

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Favorite Drink: We currently have a million mangoes and I am OBSESSED with this Coconut Mango Mojito! I make them loosely based off this recipe (but add some silver rum and less than half as much simple syrup…mangoes are sweet!). I’m definitely going to be drinking these for the rest of the summer!

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On the Internet: Has anyone read the new Harry Potter book?? On one hand I’m really excited to finally read it because I LOVE Harry Potter, but to be honest I’m pretty nervous to do so. I’m definitely afraid it will be disappointing, but I’m still looking forward to immersing myself back in that world! If it is disappointing, I’ll just read Prisoner of Azcaban again because it never disappoints! And how cute is this little graphic!?
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Friday Non-Favorite: Rug shopping!! Oyyyy it’s so much harder than it should be!! I think I’ve looked at pretty much every rug on the internets, or so it seems! I’m debating this one from RugsUSA because it gets awesome reviews..hopefully it doesn’t disappoint!

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Sephora Play! July ’16 Review

I have been getting the Sephora Play! box for 3 months now, and I have to say I am OBSESSED!! In the beginning there were a lot of people complaining about the waitlist, but I definitely think it was worth it because all of the boxes have been great so far, and the July Play! box is no exception! I love surprises and it’s so much fun knowing this is coming at the beginning of every month!  Now that I’ve had a chance to try everything in my July Sephora Play! box I’m ready to share my thoughts.

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Included in this months box:

Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer: I already have and love this bronzer, so I was excited to get a small version of it. I have a pretty light hand when it comes to bronzer so this will be a perfect travel size for me and it’ll last quite a long time!! I love how blendable it is, and the color works for me even when I’m at my palest. Plus, it smells like chocolate, which is pretty awesome!

beautyblender blotterazzi: I was excited to see this was coming in my Play! box because it’s something I wanted to try, but knew I would never actually buy. I have oily skin, plus I live in Florida, so my face can be a bit of a mess by the end of the day. Verdict? Pretty disappointing. I’ll keep it in my purse because it does help a teensy bit and might be nice to have on hand, but I wouldn’t spend money on it.

Ouai Wave Spray: I had never heard of this brand, and had it not been for my Play! box I probably never would have come across this brand. I’m so glad it came in my box though because I love it!! Reviews on the smell are mixed, but I really enjoy the smell. I also love how it gives my hair a bit of texture and body, but it feels like I don’t have anything on my stickiness or anything to speak of! I might have to buy this one once I use up the generous sample size!

Nest Citrine: I thought this was a nice daytime fragrance. It’s a nice floral with just enough citrus to keep it from being old lady-ish. Main downside for me has been that it doesn’t stay on my skin long enough, but I’ll enjoy the sample while it lasts!

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay: Love how much this face wash lathers and how clean it leaves my skin! Perfect for my oily skin!

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer: I love smashbox primers, but this one just felt too heavy for me.Seems to work well, but I think I’ll have to save it for winter.

All in all, I thought this was a great month, with a chance to try some things I’ve never heard of as well as some more popular ones. I can’t wait to see what’s coming in August!

Do you receive a Sephora Play! Box? I would love to hear others feedback!

Friday Favorites 7/29

Happy Friday loves! Whew, this week has been a long one!! I’m ready to pour myself a big glass of wine, and bust out my new silhouette cameo to monogram more things!

Favorite Thing I Made: I’ve been having so much fun making things with my silhouette..basically there are a million decals I want to make and not enough surfaces to put them on…so it’s time to start stocking up on plain white mugs!! I thought this one was pretty spot on 😛

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Favorite Snack: My Boom Chicka Pop obsession has gotten out of control!! I’ve been having a bowl with La Croix after work, but sometimes I can’t stop at just’s like CRACK!

Favorite Thing I Didn’t Buy: I’m obsessed with these Pineapple Jack Rogers and was soooo tempted to get them when I saw they were on sale…still more than I want to spend on sandals though 🙁

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Favorite Haircut in a Long Time: I got my haircut Saturday, and decided I wanted to do something a little different and chop off a bit more than usual. I love it so far!! I still haven’t mastered styling it like my stylist did after cutting, but I’m working on it! I bought a curling wand and that was a big, fat FAIL. Someone on Instagram recommended the Hot Tools curling iron which just happens to be on sale at Ulta, so I grabbed that on my lunchbreak today and can’t wait to give it a try!

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Favorite Outfit: I got this coral Ann Taylor skirt during their July 4th sale and it was a GREAT deal!! It’s nice to mix it up with something other than a pencil skirt, especially in a fun color!Friday Favorites 7/29 | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Favorite Charlie Pic: Over the two years that we have had Charlie, we have gotten him quite a few toys. And he has not shown interest in a single one. My husband won me this stuffed cow from a claw machine in college and it has been in our guest room. Charlie found it last week, and is OBSESSED! It’s basically the cutest thing ever 🙂

Happy Friday!

Friday Favorites 7/15

Happy Friday!! After two weeks in a row of short workweeks, I was expecting this week to be a longgg one, but I’m happy to say it flew by! Tomorrow the hubby and I have a ‘Naples Day’ planned aka visiting all the fun stores we don’t have here, including Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s! It’s probably kind of sad how excited I get for WF/TJ trips!

Favorite Thing I Bought: I am obsessed with the Lilly Pulitzer Run Around Shorts. They’re so easy to throw on on the weekend and look cute while still being comfy…especially when it’s 100 degrees outside! When I saw them in this new print, I knew I HAD to have them and ran over on my lunch break!! Working 3 minutes from a Lilly store has proven to be quite dangerous!

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Favorite Thing I Didn’t Buy: This monogram decal…because I made it!! I finally gave in and got a Silhouette Cameo and have been having SO much fun learning all the things I can do with list of things I want to make is a mile long and growing! I’ve already started thinking about Christmas even and am so excited about the all the possibilities 😀

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Favorite Find: A freakin All Clad pan!! I was in Goodwill looking for blank white mugs(you know, to slap a bunch of vinyl on), when I saw this out of the corner of my eye. I seriously did a double take and pretty much ran over to snatch it off the shelf (despite the fact that there was no one else around). An All-Clad pan for $7.99 in a size I don’t have already??! YES, PLEASE. A little baking soda and light scrubbing and this thing looks brand new now!

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Favorite Thing I Ate: One of my best friends from college moved back to Florida to Jacksonville last week, so I went to visit over the weekend. While we were yelping places to eat the first night, I saw that they had a Sweet by Holly Cupcake Shop. This was one of our favorite spots to go when we went to school in Orlando, so of course we had to stop!! The cupcakes are every bit as good as I remember, especially when you eat leftovers for breakfast with a cup of coffee 😀 Seriously, if you’re in the Orlando or Jacksonville area, I highly recommend checking them out!!

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Happy Friday!

Weekend Recap: July 4th Weekend

Happy Tuesday! Although for me it’s pretty much Thursday, since I’m only working two days this week, then I’m off for the weekend! Pretty rough, I know 😀 I’m looking forward to another great weekend after the perfect July 4th weekend we had!

Friday we had a pizza night with family, a perfect way to kick off a weekend of fun (and gluttony). Saturday morning was spent being somewhat productive so we could enjoy the rest of the weekend. That afternoon we went out on my father-in-laws boat to get drinks at the Boathouse in Cape Coral, followed by dinner at Pincher’s Crab Shack.

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It was a great evening for boating. There were a few complaints about the lack of a breeze, but that’s just the way I like it! #alwayscoldproblems

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We also got to see one of the best sunsets I’ve seen over the water here in Southwest Florida! So gorgeous!!

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Sunday was spent in my favorite way: poolside with a drink 😀 The in-laws made ribs(the best in Southwest Florida!), and I took full advantage of their pool.

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And my pineapple float, of course!

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Monday was spent on the boat again, this time with champagne and fireworks! We watched the fireworks from the dock and seriously had the BEST view. The City of Fort Myers sets them off right behind the bridge behind us here. There was a little bit of rain, but it was a great show!

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A sweatshirt in July?? In Florida?? Yeah…did I mention I’m always cold?!

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Hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July as well!! Here’s to hoping your week moves as quickly as mine will!

Red, White, and Blue Confetti Cookies

As a choc-oholic, sugar cookies often get overlooked in my household. Most of the ones I’ve had have been pretty flavorless and disappointing, to be made only during the holidays when you bust out the cookie cutters and cover the festive cookies in frosting. So, when Smitten Kitchen posted a link to her confetti cookies on facebook, and I saw all the rave reviews and comments, I was pretty intrigued. What could be so great about a sugar cookie?!?! Don’t get me wrong, bonus points for sprinkles…but it’s still just a sugar cookie!! The recipe has been in the back of my mind since then and I figured now would be the perfect time to put a spin on them and make Red, White, and Blue Confetti Cookies.

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I found these adorable red, white, and blue star sprinkles at TJMAXX the other day, and I LOVE how festive they make these cookies! Plus the cookies themselves are so easy- you can even throw them together in a food processor! If you need a last minute recipe idea to take to a party, these are perfect AND they travel well. We’ll be spending the 4th on the boat, so easy to pack is a rather important detail for me! I might even be re-creating these around the holidays; they would make such a colorful addition to my usual selection of Christmas cookies!

Red, White, and Blue Confetti Cookies

Recipe from Smitten Kitchen, which was adapted from King Arthur.

If you’re using a food processor, you won’t need to soften the butter and cream cheese first. If using a mixer, you’ll need to soften both before you mix the dough.

Yield: 4 dozen 2 1/2-inch cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 ts baking powder
1/4 ts baking soda
3/4 ts salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup cream cheese
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 large egg
2 ts
1 cup red, white, and blue sprinkles

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking large sheets with parchment paper.

To make in a food processor: Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in your food processor, then pulse a few times to blend. Add butter, cream cheese, and sugar and blend mixture until all is incorporated. Add egg and vanilla extract and process until the dough forms into a clump, scraping down as necessary.

To make with an electric mixer: Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat cream cheese, butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Add flour mixture and mix just until combined. If dough is too soft to roll into balls by hand, let chill in the fridge for 20 minutes or so.

Both methods: Roll 2 inch scoops of dough into balls, then drop into a bowl of sprinkles, gently rolling to coat them evenly. Place on parchment lined baking sheets with at least two inches between each cookie. Use the bottom of a drinking glass to press down on the cookies until they are about 1/4 to 1/2-inch tall. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, rotating halfway through, until the bottoms begin to brown. You do not want the entire cookie to brown, so they will still look underbaked, especially compared to chocolate chip cookies. Set the baking sheet on a cooling rack to let them cool for a few minutes before transferring the cookies to a cooling rack. Enjoy!

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What will you be making for the 4th, anything fun and festive?