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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!
Target Dollar Spot Valentine's Day | Friday Favorites
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!
Smoothie Bowl | Friday Favorites
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

Me starting a healthy diet dog meme | Friday Favorites

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 😛

Friday Favorites 7/29 | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

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 🙁

Friday Favorites 7/29 | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

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!

Friday Favorites 7/29 | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

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!

Lilly Pulitzer Run Around Shorts | Life, Love, and Cupcakes Friday Favorites

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 😀

Monogrammed Yeti | Life, Love, and Cupcakes Friday Favorites

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!

Thrifted All Clad Pan | Life, Love, and Cupcakes Friday Favorites

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!!

Sweet by Holly Cupcakes | Life, Love, and Cupcakes Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

Friday Favorites: Sun Awareness Week

Did you know that this week is Sun Awareness Week? Living in Florida, it’s especially important to stay protected in the sun, so I thought I would share some of my favorite things to help me stay sunburn free! In high school, I spent way too much time in the sun with way too little sunscreen. My goal every summer was to get TAN. These days, I really regret that mentality and work hard to help make up for any damage already done.

Sun Awareness Week 2016

I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I’m naturally pale, and I’ve learned to embrace it. Once upon a time, you would have found me at the beach laying out with SPF 8, trying to soak up every bit of sun. These days, I’m more likely to be found under an umbrella with a hat, sunglasses, and cold beverage, soaking in nothing but the scenery. I’ve realized that you don’t need to be tan to look beautiful, especially if you hope to still look great down the road! These are some of my favorite beauty products for sun protection:

Sun Awareness Week 2016 Life, Love, and Cupcakes

MAC Studio Fix SPF 15 – My favorite foundation has the added bonus of built in SPF. In the winter SPF 15 is usually fine, but for the summer I prefer to layer on some of these other products.
Laura Geller SPF 30 Spackle Primer – This is more of a sunscreen than a primer, but I love how it’s not sticky and leaves no residue or white cast! I apply this most days after my regular moisturizer.
Mario Badescu SPF 30 Moisturizer – On days when I am keeping my makeup simple, I’ll opt for just this followed by a little foundation, or will just mix a bit of foundation right in!
Kiss My Face Face + Neck Protection -This is my favorite face sunscreen for the beach and pool.

If I’m going to be outside for a long time, I usually try to take further precautions to stay protected. A light gauzy beach coverup and a hat can go along way to help keep you from getting sunburned!

Sun Awareness Week Favorite Beach Items

Vineyard Vines Hat – My husband doesn’t understand my love of white hats, but they go with everything! Just wash occasionally to keep them nice and white.
Polarized sunglasses – Your eyes need protecting too! I didn’t understand paying $200+ for a pair of sunglasses until I got a pair of really good polarized ones. Believe me, they’re life changing!
Beach Coverup – Light and airy, but still offering some protection from the sun.
Lilly Pulitzer Luxletic Shirt – These UPF 50 tops would be perfect for active days outside. I’m eyeing this one for the boat!
Lilly Pulitzer Sophie Dress – These UPF 50 dresses are perfect for days when you know you’re going to be in the sun, but still want to look cute!
Columbia PFG Fishing Shirt – These are my go to for days on the boat or windy days at the beach.
Umbrella – Get one that screws into the sand…trust me!
Floppy hat – For when you want to look a little more fabulous

If you’re going to the beach, pool, or spending any time outside this weekend, I hope you take an extra minute to reapply sunscreen. I promise 20 years from now you won’t regret it!

Sunday Style: Lilly Pulitzer Maxi Skirt

I’ve always felt a little intimidated by maxi dresses and skirts. I know many people find them to be comfy and an easy “throw on and go” outfit, but I never know when and where to wear them and was always a bit put off by them. When I found this Lilly Pulitzer Maxi Skirt for a great deal, I figured it was the perfect chance to give one a try!

Sunday Style: Lilly Pulitzer Maxi SkirtIt ended up being the perfect outfit for lunch and a little window shopping: totally comfortable and put together! I didn’t get too creative with my styling: just an easy navy tank, but I think next time I might try it with a tied-front button down.
Sunday Style: Lilly Pulitzer Maxi Skirt

Had to throw in my “pretending to be a fashion blogger” shot…I’m definitely not 😛

Sunday Style: Lilly Pulitzer Maxi Skirt

top: old Lilly Pulitzer (similar|similar), skirt: old Lilly Pulitzer (exact|also fun),
bag: Michael Kors (exact|smiliar)

Are you a fan of maxi dresses and skirts? How do you like to style them?

Friday Favorites 4/28

Happy Friday!! This week has really flown by! Work has been the good kind of busy, so that always makes the days fly by quicker, plus Wednesday I got to have a girls night out for Mexican food and Margaritas, which are ALWAYS a good thing! This weekend there is a BBQ competition here in town and being the huge BBQ fans that we are, we are quite excited!! Hope everyone has had a great week, and has an even better weekend! Now onto the Friday Favorites..

Favorite Recipe: I made pulled pork stuffed sweet potatoes (loosely based of this recipe) Tuesday night and they were such a hit! I know they’ll be making their way into our regular rotation because they were so quick, easy, and delicious! The pulled pork was already cooked and ready to go, so I just microwaved the potatoes, sauteed diced peppers, onions, and mushrooms, and mixed it all up with an enchilada-esque sauce. A definite winner!

Friday Favorites | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

For the Home: Sorry for the dark picture, I was just so excited to take a picture when I got this home last night! World Market is having 30% off for their friends and family sale right now, so I bought ALL THE THINGS! Well all the pineapple and flamingo things anyways 😉 This pineapple cookie jar is sold out online, but you can search nearby stores and opt to do instore pickup if you can find it nearby! Plus it’s on sale online, so I ended up getting it for only 6 bucks! It has already found a home at our coffee station to hold the kcups I like to keep on hand in case of emergencies!

World Market Pineapple Cookie Jar | Life, Love, and Cupcakes
In the Kitchen: I pulled out my favorite Sailboat Popsicle Molds for the first time in quite awhile and made some chocolatey banana popsicles. Perfect healthy way to satisfy my sweet tooth and they’re just so cute!

Cuispro Sailboat Popsicle Molds | Life, Love, and Cupcakes
Meme That Perfectly Describes My Life: Need I say more?…

Charlie Picture: Charlie digs the beach 😉
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Friday Favorites 3/4

In the kitchen: I’ve been slowly growing my All-Clad collection and the 12″ skillet was next on my list. So imagine my surprise when I was browsing TJMaxx on my lunch break and found this bad boy on clearance! I have the Saute/Simmer Pan and love and use it ALL the time, but I know I’ll get a ton of use out of the skillet. I already used it twice this week, including for these artichokes, which went into the broiler right after this shot and came out amazing! Have I mentioned how much I love artichokes?!

Friday Favorite | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Thing I shouldn’t be eating:  A coworker left these Girl Scout cookies on my desk…how could I say no?! They’re perfect fresh out of the freezer with a glass of wine 😉
Friday Favorite | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Thing I bought: These shoes have been on my wishlist for years, ever since I passed them up when they were still in stores. I finally snagged a pair for a steal on eBay last week, and I am in love! The Lilly wedges are so comfortable and I can already picture a million outfits these will go with!

Friday Favorite | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Thing I didn’t buy: Rebecca Minkoff bags have always been on the edge of my radar, but nothing I was particularly interested in. Until I saw this pink beauty at Nordstrom Rack. The color is perfection, but it’s definitely a bigger crossbody then I’m used to carrying. Unfortunately they didn’t have this color in the smaller version, so I passed it up…and have regretted it all week! Too bad that was that last one in it’s color, and I don’t live near the store! 🙁

Friday Favorite | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Charles Picture: This is what happens when I try to do yoga at home. Little brat. 😛


Kate Spade Watches

Lately I’ve been totally obsessing over Kate Spade watches…it all started when I discovered this bag and went on a crazed search for it (it should be here tomorrow and I’m EXCITED!). While searching for it, I kept seeing SO many cute watches, and now I’m a little obsessed! I “need” a new silver watch and I’m seriously considering treating myself to one of these:

grandGramercy Grand – I love the subtle pink details!

seaportSeaport Grand – I don’t like the shape of the face quite as much, but love the touch of sparkle!

crystal Gramercy Crystal – More sparkles!

carlyleCarlyle Bracelet – Love the bow detail..very different!

Which one would you choose? I think I may be leaning towards the first one..

What I’m Loving Wednesday

It’s WILW, which of course means the week is halfway over..yayyyy!!!

Last week I bought some Clif ZBars at Sam’s Club because I need a little snack in the morning to hold me over from my 5:30am breakfast to lunch…and these things are PERFECT!! All 3 flavors in the multi-box are delicious and make a great snack. I always have one in my purse now!

2013-02-20 19.33.15-1I didn’t think I’d like the Iced Oatmeal Cookie, but it is SO good!


Switching directions a bit here: I tried the Brownie Batter Doughnut from Dunkin Donuts the other day. Bad choice really, because now I can’t help but think about how many calories I need to burn if I want another one..2013-02-18 06.38.08-1 

J.Crew Factory Printed Pocket Skirt. This style of skirt isn’t usually the most flattering on me, but I’m a total sucker for anchors that I just might have to give in! Plus you can get 25% off today with the code MOREPLEASE..honestly I think the only thing holding me back is the fact that it doesn’t ship til March 15 🙁

jcrew anchors

Is there any print your a total sucker for, such as me and my anchors?