Black and Camel

October 26, 2016


Okay, so I gave into another lace up top. Remember when I said I was trying not to give into trends this year? Well, oops. But this black one was just calling my name! I love that the lace up detail doesn’t go down too far, and I can actually wear a regular bra with it (all you bustier ladies know the struggle). Plus, I knew immediately when I bought it that I wanted to pair it with my favorite faux suede skirt (last seen here), but I think it will be perfect for a fall date night look with black skinny jeans and booties. I really do love the contrast between the black and camel in this outfit, and the way it just feels like fall. I of course had to throw on my camel faux suede heels to match with the skirt, and even though I thought it would be too matchy matchy, I love the result. I know I’ll be repeating this outfit all season long!

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Lace Up Top: Forever 21 (only $15!!) // Faux Suede Skirt: Marshalls (similar here)

Heels: Lulus // Bag: Kate Spade



Easy Ways to Save Money

October 24, 2016


Saving money is hard. It’s probably one of the hardest things ever, actually. Especially if you’re like me and have a hard time resisting the shopping urge. However, as a post-grad turning into a real adult (yikes), saving is definitely a necessity. It became even more crucial having our big trip on the horizon! Saving for a long vacation is no joke. As I’ve saved up for this trip and just in general (Dave finally made me start my own savings account, yay for adulting!), I’ve found that it’s not as hard as I thought. Well, kind of. Cutting back is definitely hard, but I found that I didn’t have to dramatically alter my lifestyle to save. It’s the little things that really add up! Here are five of the easiest ways I found to save money, whether you’re saving for a trip, or just for an extra cushion down the road. I know there’s a million money saving tips out there, but all you really need are these, I promise!

1. Skip your daily coffee.

Honestly, this one is HUGE for me. When I was stuck at a job I didn’t like, the only thing getting me up in the morning was the thought of a latte. Well, that latte usually also came with a sandwich or bagel and yogurt, which sometimes set me back like nine dollars. Not worth it! I cut back to once, maybe twice a week, and I saved so much.

2. Divide your paycheck.

This was another game changer. I put away 20% of each paycheck in a separate savings account, and it’s been like magic. I don’t even notice the money is gone, and now I have a huge chunk of change that just keeps growing!

3. Use the 72 hour rule when shopping.

If I’m considering purchasing something I don’t need, I make myself wait 3 days. If I’m still dreaming of that item in 3 days, I give myself the green light to get it. If not (usually I completely have forgotten about whatever jacket/shoes/top I was lusting over in the store), that’s extra money in my pocket.

4. Eat out less, cook at home more.

You will save so. much. money. if you don’t eat out every night! Get organized and plan out your meals for the week, get all your groceries, and actually stick to your plan. Not only will you save tons of money, but you’ll save tons of calories, too.

5. Put yourself on a bar budget.

The one thing that’s more expensive than going out to eat? Going to the bars. Cover charges and $18 cocktails every weekend are just not practical. Honestly, skipping out on the bar scene has been amazing for my wallet and my body. Not waking up hungover every Sunday has been pretty great! Plus, saving going out for special occasions, when friends come to town, etc, makes it that much more special and fun.



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October 21, 2016

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We’re currently en route to Los Angeles to catch our flight from LAX to Gatwick for our month long European adventure. I honestly can’t believe that this trip is really happening! We’ve been talking about it and planning everything for MONTHS, and it’s finally here. So surreal. We’re about to hop on a Dreamliner (!!!), so let’s hope this 10 and a half hour flight goes by quick. Stay tuned for lots and lots of photos, outfits, and more! In the meantime, make sure to follow along on Instagram to keep up with our adventures in real time. Can’t wait to share everything with you!



In case you missed it, check out our full European itinerary.

Carry On Essentials

October 20, 2016


Another hard part of packing for a long trip (or any trip) is what to pack in your carry on. Over the years, I’ve gotten a system down with my go-to products that I have to have on flights. There are certain things that are just SO nice to have with you in your carry on, like most of your toiletries, tissues, gum, etc. There’s nothing worse than being stuck on a long flight and forgetting an essential product! These are all the items I’ll be taking on my 10.5 hour flight to London tomorrow (OMG IT’S TOMORROW). The main theme throughout these items is comfort, comfort, comfort! On a long flight, you want to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. So whether that means bringing along a sleeping mask to help you fall asleep, or making sure to wear cozy socks to beat the airplane chill, comfort is key. These are my carry on essentials!

Neck Pillow // Hand Cream // Headphones // Lip Balm

Book // Passport Case // Blanket Scarf // Water Bottle

Kind Bar // Socks // Hand Sanitizer // Laptop Case

Glasses // Deodorant // Gum // Makeup Bag

Pain Relievers // Dry Shampoo // Tissues // Eye Mask // Tote Bag

What are your in flight travel essentials?