The Cutest Black Peplum + Fashion Frenzy Link-Up!

Top: Endless Rose, Jeans: BlankNYC, Booties: Aldo, Bag: Vince Camuto (back in stock in blush and camel!!), Earrings: J. Crew, Sunnies: Karen Walker
Happy Wednesday! Hope you're having a great week so far. Tomorrow is technically my Friday because first thing Friday morning, I'll be driving up to upstate NY with my MOH for my third and final bridal shower! The shower is going to be held at a banquet hall where my aunt is actually the Banquet Manager and my cousin got married there last summer. It's seriously gorgeous so I can't wait to see how the shower turns out! This one is mainly for my family because most of my aunts and uncles live up that way. I can't wait to see everyone!

I purchased this top during the Shopbop sale and I'm so glad I did. It's SO cute and I love how easy it is to style. I think it would also look adorable with white jeans and some fun colored sandals or heels when the weather gets warmer!

Since I'll be driving us up to NY, I won't be able to get a post up for this Friday but I'll be back to my regular posting schedule next week. Hope you have a fabulous rest of your week and weekend!!
[Also linking up with The Blended Blog, Trend Spin, Fashion Elite]


The Staple Dress You NEED [In Every Color]

Dress: Leith, Jacket: BlankNYC, Scarf: Free People (similar here), Mules: Dolce Vita for Target, Bag: Marc Jacobs, Sunnies: Ray-Ban
Happy Monday loves! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Let's just say that mine proved that I'm forever 5 years old. I saw Beauty and the Beast not once--but twice this weekend! The obsession every since my mom took me to see it in theaters when I was 2 years old has never faded and as soon as I heard they were coming out with a live-action version I have been counting down the days! It was everything I hoped it would be and more! Y'all definitely have to see it regardless of whether you're a big Disney fan. The new original songs were SO beautiful. It was just awesome!

This dress has quickly become a new wardrobe favorite and I really do want it in every single color. I think I'm going to also get it in Burgundy Rose and Olive! I can see myself wearing them all through spring and summer and in so many different ways. It's also not super super tight which I love. It's definitely fitted but doesn't look like a super body-con dress. Also--if y'all haven't been to Target lately, you need to make a trip to check out their shoe collection! I haven't purchased shoes from Target in probably 6 or 7 years (no joke) but these are not only AWESOME quality but they're SO cute!! So trendy for such a great price! Also--it was driving me CRAZY as I was editing pictures that the tag is showing on my scarf. Sorry if it's annoying for you to look at because it's bugging me so much haha!


My Bridal Shower #2

Dress: Soprano, Earrings: Kendra Scott
That's my mom y'all! I don't think I've ever posted a picture of her on my blog before!
Maxine, my Matron of Honor!
My Maid of Honor Kate totally orchestrated the whole shower! She is seriously AMAZING! 

Happy Friday y'all! Today's post was SO much fun to write because it just brought me back to last weekend and how incredible my shower was. As I've mentioned before, I have 3 showers total so this one was number 2 and was pretty much just for the bridesmaids and a few of my local friends and family! Though it was small and more laidback, the amount of effort and thought and creativity that went into making it special was INCREDIBLE!

The shower was held at my house so the girls sent me off to get a manicure while they set up. My manicure finished a little early so my mom blindfolded me and took me upstairs to wait until everything was ready. When I came down the stairs and saw all the adorable decorations I was just blown away! As you can see, there were adorable banners and vases of gorgeous flowers all around the house. My cousin Sofia (last picture bottom left) is only 16 years old and an incredible baker so she made those adorable pink cupcakes and the girls made a super yummy Rosé punch called Rosé Outlook! How adorable is that?! My bridesmaid Nicole and her husband made that super cute white flower frame so we could take cute photos and Instas! Kate (my MOH) made the cutest jeopardy board which was so fun and she made such a cute little bingo game where everyone was able to win fun prizes. 

After the games, we opened gifts then made flower crowns which I honestly sucked at but it was still so fun and they all turned out so adorable for pictures! After that mostly everyone left except for 4 of my bridesmaids who spent the night. We just sat around and talked and drank wine and watched the new Amy Schumer stand-up. Perfect way to end the night!

I just truly feel so blessed. As the wedding approaches, it has just made me that much more appreciative to have such amazing women in my life, standing by me during this incredibly special time!

PS-my early birthday gift is that Steven is taking me to see Beauty and the Beast tonight!! I idolized that movie when I was little (and seriously still do)--in fact, it's going to be incorporated into my wedding in a few different ways that I'll share after!! Are any of y'all planning to see it this weekend?!


Cutest Choker Blouse + Fashion Frenzy Link-Up

Top: Wayf, Jeans: BlankNYC, Sandals: Sam Edelman, Sunnies: Karen Walker, Bag: Tory Burch
Happy Hump Day! Hope y'all are having some better weather than we are here in the DC metro. The snowstorm was definitely not as bad as they anticipated thank GOODNESS. I want to go just one year of living here without getting a massive blizzard! Every time it snows, I remind Steven that when he graduates his PhD program later this year, he can only apply for jobs in Florida or California haha! All you lucky ducks that get to live in those warm climates year round--I'm incredibly jealous.

One trend that came out this past season is the choker top and I absolutely love it. I feel like the choker detail really transforms just a plain basic sweater or plain basic blouse. I'm all about basics with a fun twist as y'all know!


Perfect Spring Cardi/Free People Dupe (Less than $20!!)

Cardigan: Forever 21, Cami: Silence + Noise, Jeans: Topshop, Heels: Sam Edelman, Bag: BP, Necklace: Baublebar
Happy Monday loves! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Mine was an absolute blast! If you read my post on Friday or follow me on IG, you saw that my bridesmaids hosted a bridal shower at my house and it was just incredible. They sent me to get a manicure while they got everything set up and I was just blown away by how much thought and effort went into it! So much appreciation for all of them but especially my MOH, Kate who really just organized everything and went above and beyond!! I was so touched. On Friday, I'm going to do a full recap with pictures!

Y'all have probably seen almost every blogger rocking this cardigan from Free People and as gorgeous as it is, it's a little pricey! When I saw this cardigan from F21 it REALLY reminded me of the Free People one. I actually like the color of the F21 one more because it's in between blush and mauve and so gorgeous for spring. It has the same billowy sleeves and is the same length! Definitely check it out if you've been eyeing the FP cardigan!


Tips for Repairing Dry, Damaged Hair

Happy Friday ladies! Hope you had a great week and have some fun weekend plans ahead. This Saturday, my bridesmaids are throwing me a small shower (#2 of 3)  at my house and I'm so excited! They're sending me off to get a manicure while they get everything ready at the house and I know they have all put SO much effort into everything they have planned. I seriously have the BEST bridesmaids and feel so blessed. I'll definitely be taking a BUNCH of pictures to share on the blog next week!

I want to preface this post by stating that I definitely don't have perfect hair (not even close) and I'm not claiming to! However, I have seen dramatic improvements in my hair over the last 2 or 3 years and I just wanted to share some tips for those of you that might be struggling with very dry, damaged hair. 

1.) Lock up your straightener and throw away the key....no..seriously! Two years ago I started using this Nume curling wand on my hair and it has been a game changer! I only have to do it twice per week (after washing my hair) and the curls hold for up to 3 days afterwards. This wand gives such an effortless, wavy look. Also linking the tutorial I filmed a few months ago on how I curl my hair here!
2.) Limit washing hair to 3x per week...or less. I'll be honest that I only wash my hair 2 times a week maximum. I know that sounds gross to some but it seriously has transformed my hair. Because I'm limiting washes it allows for more oil production and now I am only using heat on my hair twice per week. 
3.) Let your hair air dry as long as possible before using heat. The nights that I do wash my hair, I typically wait two to three hours before actually using a blowdryer on my hair. At that point my hair is almost completely dry but going in with the blowdryer and a round brush at the very end gives my hair a little more life and volume!
4.) Coconut oil is your friend! I was sort of skeptical about using hair masks but once I tried this Kopari Coconut Melt once every week or every two weeks it really made a big difference in my hair. I also use a conditioner that has coconut water in it and I think that also really adds more hydration.
5.) Splurge on a good shampoo. I know that people say all the time that certain drugstore shampoos can totally live up to higher-end shampoos but honestly, I feel like I have tried SO many drugstore shampoos and none of them compare to the high-end stuff. My favorite shampoo is the Biolage for color-treated hair. Not only does it keep my hair super hydrated but it also really protects and extends the life of my color.
6.) Use a heat-protectant!!! Probably the most important tip from this post in my opinion because once I started guarding my hair from any heat that I was applying, it really made a big difference. I can't believe I used to straighten and blowdry my hair almost EVERY DAY and never used any kind of heat-protectant. My all-time favorite is this one from Bumble & Bumble.
7.) Consider a going short for a few months! This tip I'm sure most people won't be on board with but as y'all probably have seen if you've followed me for the last two years, I change my hair ALL the time. I get so bored with having my hair the same color or the same length. I think going back and forth between having long hair and then cutting it pretty short has made a difference. I feel like when I go short I'm literally chopping off every last inch of dead hair (different from just getting a trim) and that allows fresh less damaged hair to grown in it's place.

Hope you enjoyed this post and have a fabulous weekend! 


Styling a Casual Dress + Fashion Frenzy Link-Up!

Dress: Asos (similar here), Utility Jacket: Old (similar here and here), Scarf: H&M, Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Sneakers: Adidas, Bag: BP
Happy Wednesday guys! Hope you're having a great week so far. Mine has been good--just busy as per usual! I have been meaning to mention this in my last few posts but if you follow me on Instagram, I posted a few times about how we have been doing Blue Apron for a month now. I just have to tell y'all (not sponsored in any way) that we LOVE it! I can't stop raving about it. If you guys have a crazy busy schedule like we do but don't like to eat out often, Blue Apron is a really great option. It's been so nice to not have to run to the grocery store every couple days to get stuff to make for dinner! We seriously only go to the grocery store every other week to stock up on the essentials and breakfast food. The Blue Apron meals have all been really impressive and they're relatively healthy too! I just wanted to share because it has been a godsend during this really busy time.

Anyway! All of the items in this outfit are very highly worn by me! I bought this Asos dress AND this utility jacket last year and I have worn them soooo much ever since! I love the utility jacket especially for travel because it's cute but very casual and comfortable. It's also perfect for spring when you need some sort of lightweight jacket. This one was from Banana Republic but I linked to a few that are very similar!
[Also linking up with The Blended Blog, Trend Spin, Fashion Elite]

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