Tuesday, August 5, 2014

(Past) Boston: Style Files.

This Thursday I'm leaving for Boston to visit my twin sister! If you don't remember from earlier this year, I had a trip planned a couple months ago to visit Laura, and the week that I was supposed to leave I was struck down with a killer kidney stone. So now, finally, I am going on the trip I've been looking forward to all year! 

Boston holds a special place in my heart. Not just because my sister lives there, but because I lived there for 3 months. The history, the architecture, the food, the shopping... it's a magical place. I love how you can wake up in Boston and step outside your door to find the city awake and alive. It's almost electric! It has a cozy, homey, cultural feeling, while still filling you with the excitement and thrill that a big city always does! The atmosphere sends a current through you, feeling even more realistic with the hum of the T under your feet, sending you into coffee shops, bookstores, and breakfast spots galore. You can hunker down in the public library with your novel of choice, or go out for an authentic Italian feast with close friends. 

I'm so, so excited to be back in Beantown! Hugging my twin, and exploring new spots that she's come to call her own over the last year. Cheers to Boston! 

Here's a look back at a few Boston style files...

Friday, August 1, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

No Makeup & Nutella.

Yesterday, while doing an hour of cardio at the YMCA and watching Pretty Little Liars, I started day-dreaming about sweets. Surprising right? I tend to think about food the most when I'm exercising. Oops.

One of my favorite things is a chocolate croissant. Man how I miss that decadent goodness. Flaky, buttery, sweet... yum. Nothing better than starting the day with chocolate! 

I was working away, feeling the burn, when I remembered one of my favorite breakfast places here in Charlotte, Cast Iron Waffles. Not exactly a chocolate croissant, but just as delicious. My mom and sister and I used to go there all the time before I realized I have a gluten intolerance, and I was so sad to say goodbye to it! Feeling hopeful, I decided to look up their menu once I left the Y to see if they added any gluten free waffles... It was a sign from heaven!! They expanded their menu, and my heart expanded with joy. I told my mom the minute I walked in the door that we needed to go there the next morning! 

So here's a little peak into my early morning waffle adventure. No makeup, no stress, messy hair, extra nutella, and a soy almond joy latte. 
Top, Urban Outfitters. Vest, Urban Outfitters. Shorts, American Eagle. Shoes, Converse. Bag, Versona. Hat, N/A. Watch, XOXO. Ring, Hand Picked. Sunglasses, Madewell.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sand, Sea & Kimonos.

It was so nice being at the beach for a week with my family and Sean. My twin sister came in town and I always love seeing her! We all had the best time relaxing on our balcony, talking walks along the water, playing cards, cooking big dinners, baking brownies, laughing and just forgetting about our worries for a little while.

Sean's dad has gotten more and more bad news lately regarding his cancer, so I know Sean was thankful to have some time to take his mind off things. This phase of our life is so tough and surreal. It seems as if nothing is going our way. Literally nothing. We still both don't have full time jobs, his dad isn't getting any better, on top of a couple other things, and it's just a whirlwind of negativity. So if you're wondering why I don't blog as much, it's just not at the front of my mind most of the time. I hope that soon we'll be out of this valley we're in and we'll be on our way back up to happiness! God provides.

A couple months ago when I first started working at Fab'rik we got in this amazing kimono and I knew I needed to add it to my wardrobe. It's floral, fringy, and amazing for summer. The light weight material is breathable, and so far I've thrown it over a dress, shorts, jeans, bathing suits... pretty much anything in my closet. It might be a little long for my petite frame, but I rock it anyways!
Bikini Top, Target. Kimono, Fab'rik. Shorts, Brandy Melville. Sunglasses, Madewell.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

All American.

Sometimes I really love a classic look! Easy, effortless, minimal, comfortable... just a perfect combination of the essentials. Bright white chucks, acid washed denim, a needed pop of color and a little bit of pattern, it's bound to be a match made in heaven! I feel that most times you can't go wrong with simplicity. Here's a late recap of my July 4th ensemble...

Location: Myrtle Beach
Shoes, Converse. Bag, Urban Outfitters. Denim shorts, American Apparel. Top, Forever 21. Turban, Fab'rik. Ring, Pandora.

Photos by: little laura

Happy belated Birthday, America! Xoxo.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bald Head Island Insta-Diary

This weekend I went to Bald Head Island with my best friend Melissa! Her family actually founded BHI and they've been going since the early 80s. I knew it would be beautiful, but I didn't realize just how much I would love it! It was like something out of a fairy tale. You can only drive golf-carts, and every where we drove was like zooming through a tunnel of moss and tropical vegetation. The local chapel was adorable and the houses were so gorgeous, as if mixing Charleston with tastes of the Jersey Shore. The island had quaint little restaurants with delicious food, coffee, ice cream and treats. Each afternoon we would spend the day laying on the beach, soaking up the sun and listening to the waves! It was the perfect station for relaxation. I can't wait to go back one day!