Monday, November 23, 2015

Cold Days!

Hey Friends! So, I totally forgot how hard it is to be a blogger when you live somewhere that has four seasons. Going out early in the morning when it's freezing cold out for a photo shoot is so unappealing! Totally wishing I lived in California right now on a blogger level. I'm just going to have to kick my own butt out to make this happen so I can continue sharing  some outfit inspiration with you!
This outfit is casual, comfy, cozy and still a work appropriate look! The denim shirt and sweater are both new arrivals for Wanderlust Boutique too!! Super exciting! 
The website is up an functioning but not full launched...there's still a ton of new jewelry to add to it but we're still keeping the store open while we're under construction for all of you because let's face is the time of year for shopping! Black Friday, cyber Monday, Christmas, etc.!
I hope you're all super excited for the Holiday season! 
As excited as I am for the Holidays...I'm more excited for our honeymoon in Tulum the second week of December! Eeeeek! Be sure to follow our trip on Instagram! :)
Love you all! Thanks so much for following along! As hectic as this week may be with American Thanksgiving creeping up....try and remember to slow down and enjoy it all!

Denim Shirt - Wanderlust Boutique (Found HERE)
Sweater - Wanderlust Boutique (Found HERE)
Bag - JustFab (Found HERE)
Shoes - Zara (Old, similar found HERE and HERE)
Sunnies - Amazon (Found HERE

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Clothing Swap + Product Swap!

Hey friends! I wanted to have an outfit post for you all today but we woke up to a ton of fresh snow this morning so going outside for photo shoot didn't seem so appealing! It was freezing! 

So I had to change it up... I've had this thought for some time now but figured I should share 
it so that it becomes a "thing"! 
We've all been to clothing swaps, right!?  They're great! What about along side clothing swaps we also start including product swaps?!
Ladies, let's face it...we all buy tons of products to test out and try! See what works for us and what doesn't and all of our products change over the time of our life too and our products seem to change with us! 
What this leaves us with is a surplus of unused and untouched products scattered throughout our bedrooms and bathrooms cluttering up space. I have thrown out more products than I know what to do with so wouldn't a product exchange alongside a clothing exchange be a great idea?! 
Products that may not work for you may be just the perfect thing for your best bud!  
So how about we stop wasting so many products and start including products in our clothing exchanges?!
Cause let's face it....we've all seen our cabinets and counters look like this....

And yes, these are currently my products. I need to clear out and organize big time!! Yikes!
Anyways, hope this idea inspires you a little!! Hope you are all having a great week!
On a super warm and happy note, my husband and I just booked our honeymoon to Tulum!! Yay!! You guys better start following me on Instagram so you can follow the journey! We're one month away! :)
Thanks so much for following along, love you all!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Las Vegas!

Hey Friends! I'm teaming up today with to share with you my dream vacation in Vegas! I think all of you know from following me in Instagram that I frequent Las Vegas quite a bit for work so I've spent my fair share of time there! I usually fly under the radar when I go, simply because I'm usually there to work so this is a great post! How I'd do it up if I was there strictly for pleasure! :)

A couple notes I've learned about traveling in general is that keep it simple. I like one pieces as they are small and travel well, so dresses and jumpers are perfect! I also like to pick pieces that can be dressed up or down so that they can go from a day or shopping to the best restaurants and clubs!

Also, keep your accessories simple. Plan your outfits so that you can use the same clutches and shoes for different looks! Vegas style can be interesting because everyone always wants to glam it up and go ultra revealing. So the goal is always to touch on those styles while keeping it classy and not trashy.

Ok, so in terms of my dream hotel, I'd definitely stay at The Venetian! This place is so dreamy and's totally decadent! Check out some more details on this place right here:  

There are so many great Las Vegas hotels though, it's really hard to pick just one! Each one has such a great vibe and so much character! Sometimes it's fun just to look through all your choices that you have available so you can see the theme for each hotel! And of course, wherever you stay...make sure you wander around each one on your trip so you can pick which one you want to stay at for 
your next Las Vegas getaway!

Some Restaurants and clubs I'd love to check out are listed below too! These places are totally on point in terms of Vegas style and where to be! They're over the top and amazing!


And of course...some outfit inspiration to go for all of these places!! These are all pieces that I feel can be worn with flats to go shopping for the day or dressed up to head out on the strip for the night! I've also included a pair of lower wedges as from my experience, I tend to do a lot of walking while wandering around at night so I included a pair of lower wedges that are a little on the comfier side but still Vegas appropriate! Hope these inspire your perfect Vegas look!

1). Lace Dress - Revolve Clothing found HERE
2). Long Teal Dress - Revolve Clothing found HERE
3). Glitter Black Dress - Revolve Clothing found HERE
4). Silver Wedges - Found HERE
5). Silver Pumps - Found HERE
6). Silver Metallic Clutch - Found HERE
7). Silver Sparkly Clutch - Found HERE

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Gypsy Cowgirl!

Hey friends! So, this is one of those posts that's just kind of sub-par for what I wanted it to be! My plate has been too full lately and as a result I feel like I'm only ever half put together! 
I feel like a total exhausted mess! Things will level out in the next couple weeks but holy moly...for now you're stuck with some pretty outfits that would be awesome and incredible but somehow just turned out kinda meh-shmeh! Which is sad because I'm sharing some pretty awesome pieces from the Wanderlust Boutique fall collection! I only have three of these ponchos left! 1 small, 1 medium and 1 large! Better grab them from the site while they still last! :)
On a happy note...Tim and I are finally making some steps towards booking our honeymoon!! Yessss! A much needed vacation somewhere fun for the two of us! 
I can't wait for some fun in the sun and lots of drink with little umbrellas! 
Hope you all like the look! 

Hat - Wanderlust Boutique (Found HERE)
Poncho - Wanderlust Boutique (Found HERE)
Boots - Jelly Pop (Similar found HERE and HERE)
Jeans - Old Navy (Rock Star Skinnies Found HERE

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Long Kimono + Lace!

Hey Friends! Holy moly....this week has been a whirlwind! I just started a second part time job which means I will be working 7 days a week. Literally working every single day. Boo!
Money comes and money goes and right now money is long, long gone! I thought post wedding I would have some more financial freedom but it has become quite the opposite! Our wedding is long over and yet I am still paying it off.
I'm also still paying off two years worth of tax returns among other things. So, I am doing the grown up responsible thing and trying to play financial catch-up before we take a big grown up step in purchasing our first home.
So, I will now be working 7 days a week! 2 day jobs, blogging, working on my business and re-doing my truck. Oh and working out and doing all the normal errands and maybe trying to fit some sleep in somewhere. Just call me super woman!
Anyways, this post is sharing yet another amazing piece from the Wanderlust Boutique! I bought this for the summer season but actually feel like it's more of a perfect fall piece! 
I love it! It's simple and yet so dramatic!!
It'll be available for purchase on the website soon! 
Love you all! Thank you so much for following along! :)

Boots - (old) Jelly Pop
Jeans - Rockstar Skinnies from Old Navy
Tank Top - Forever 21 

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

My Wedding Tips + Advice!

Hey Friends! So, post wedding I compiled a list of tips and advice to share with those future brides and brides-to-be! Before my wedding, I had never been a bridesmaid. I had only ever been a guest at other peoples weddings so I didn't ever really get to see the nitty-gritty side of things. 
I relied heavily on "wedding tips" I found on Pinterest, but never had any heart to heart info or advice from anyone I knew.
So, here we go...these are in no real order so bear with me! 

1). A few months before your wedding schedule a 60-90 minute massage for yourself about 3 or 4 days before the big day. No matter how busy you may get, DO NOT cancel this. What I found was that I really needed one because I was super tight and tense, as well as I really needed some personal time away from everything wedding related and everyone. Because trust me, no matter what kind of bride you say you will this week everything will be wedding, wedding, wedding and it's crazy overwhelming!

2). A facial! So, my skin is crazy sensitive so I didn't want to get a facial and cause a breakout but my hair dresser had told me about dermaplaning just over a week before our wedding and I decided to give it a shot as it's less invasive. I would suggest doing the smart thing and trying a few out before the week before your wedding. I LOVE dermaplaning. It's a little razor and takes off the top layer of skin and all of your peach fuzz and makes your skin glow! It made my skin feel wonderful and I am definitely hooked, it's definitely my new favorite kind of facial! 

3). Shellac Mani and Pedi! I was the ultimate DIY bride which meant I was putting flowers arrangements together, transporting all of our arts and crafts displays around and running errands the day before our wedding which meant I was super nervous about getting a nice mani and pedi done as I thought for sure I would get a chip and ruin it. I never get my nails done so I was totally clueless to shellacking but was SO glad I decided to shellac both my nails and toes. I stubbed my toes, bashed my nails on stuff and my shellac was so tough it stood up to everything! It was amazing! This stuff seems to grow out before it will ever chip! The only downfall is I totally destroyed my nails taking it off, so I'm going through the long process of growing everything out now but for the wedding day, it was totally worth it! 

4). Flowers! I would HIGHLY recommend paying your florist to put a sample bouquet together before they order all of the flowers for your big day! I learned the hard way. See, I loved my flowers but they weren't exactly what I wanted. I had given my florist a picture of exactly what I wanted and they somewhat followed but there were a couple things that they didn't include....I really wanted a mix of white flowers with coral and peaches but there were no white flowers....and I seriously dislike bouquets that are just solid color. I brushed it off because they were really pretty but when I saw my photos I was a little sad as my bouquets didn't balance with our boutonnieres or center pieces very well, which I had given some serious thought and planning into.  I also thought we had discussed having dahlias in my bouquets but there definitely weren't any of those in there which I was a little disappointed in too as I love them! So, as much as your may be communicating perfectly with your florist and think you're both on the same level...if you want your flowers to be perfect....get a sample bouquet before hand! You'll be super relieved you did!

5). Photographer! If you're going to bite the bullet and really invest in something, spend extra money on your photographer! I was expecting to spend a lot of money on a photographer, but was so blown away when I started to get estimates from photographers I really wanted. So, I spent some time and found someone who was more in our budget. She's suuuper talented. However, weddings were not exactly her specialty. Our engagement photos were beyond incredible but when we got our wedding photos back, it was like it was a different person had taken them. They were not of the same quality by any means and both my husband and I were disappointed by them. So, spend some extra money on a photographer you really want to work with. There's no way to re-create your wedding day so you only have one chance to capture it! Do it right so you don't regret it! Also, ask for some time to just "be yourselves" without any cheesy poses. You will want some photos that really capture the natural love between you and your partner, photos that are a little more "you"! :)

6). Hire a videographer and a day-of planner!! For real!! These were the best two decisions I made for our big day! A videographer captures the energy and a part of the day that no photographer could ever accomplish. And a day-of planner just makes sure the day goes as planned without you having to worry about a thing! :)

7). Crest whitestrips! These things are amazing! They made my teeth look incredible and I am totally hooked on them! If you want your smile to be extra amazing on a day you will be smiling a lot, totally worth the investment and is way cheaper than getting them whitened at your dentist office!

8). Day before....I figure most brides will be on a crazy workout plan of some sort before your big day. The day before after all my errands had been done and before the rehearsal dinner, I took some me time and headed to the gym in the hotel we were staying at. I got in a super intense workout and burned some steam off and felt incredible. It got my blood flowing, relaxed me and was such a great decision! Not to mention, my abs were super tight and extra flat for our wedding day too! :)

9). Last but not powder!! If you're getting married in a big white dress, whether it's tight or not it's most likely going to be heavy and hot. No matter how skinny you are, your legs are going to rub together and be super uncomfortable to avoid this try rubbing baby powder in between your thighs. I didn't try it but someone also suggested deodorant between your legs too! Regardless, try applying something to reduce friction! You will be happy you did!

Last but not least, enjoy your day! You've worked hard for it! Slow down, enjoy it and take it all goes by way too quickly! Roll with it too...things will go wrong, stay cool and roll with it. There are some things that you just can't plan for or won't go as originally planned and that will just end up being a part of your day and a memory! That's it friends! That's some of the best advice I can give you! Best of luck on your wedding journey! If you ever have any other questions or concerns regarding your wedding day, don't hesitate to e-mail me! I'm here for you!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Aztec Neon Wrap!

Hey Friends!! Its been a busy week on this end! We're getting ready to head back to Iowa for a little long weekend getaway! We're heading there for our second wedding reception that my in-laws are throwing for us! We're super excited, it's going to be a great time! 
However, I think everyone knows how challenging it is to get ready for a trip! Laundry, packing, getting your home ready, getting my puppys ready for their own little getaway stay as well! On top of working and all the normal everyday stuff as well! I can't wait to have a relaxing little three day getaway though, it makes all that week of prep before hand totally worth it!

Anyways, just wanted to show off the latest sweater that just arrived for Wanderlust Boutique! This one is definitely one of my favorites!! It's super cute, great color scheme and is super cozy and warm!
It's great as it has this cool rustic, western cowgirl feel while still having some super girly touches to it! I hope you love it as much as I do! The new website should be up and fully functioning by early next week! Wahoo!! Hope you are all having a great week! Love you all!

Sweater - Wanderlust Boutique! Available Soon!!
Jeans - Old Navy (Found HERE)
Flats - H&M (Found HERE)
White Tank Top - Forever 21 (Found 
Bag - SIX (Similar found HERE)
Hat - H&M (Similar found HERE)

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