Today I’m sharing another insanely gorgeous statement necklace from Tara Lea Smith! I’m kind of at a loss for words here because this is my dream necklace, and I swear Tara somehow telepathically knows what I love. Where do I begin? The colors, the details, the way it all perfectly goes together. It’s hard to convey in pictures, but my favorite thing about this is that your eye finds a new trinket each time you look at the necklace. There’s actually a bee brooch on the left side, and I didn’t even notice it for a few days! I love that I feel like I’m discovering something each time I
see (obsessively gaze at) it. After reading this paragraph over again, it sounds like I have an unhealthy obsession with jewelry. And if you thought the same, then you’d be right.
My apologies for the abundance of pictures. I’m kind of obsessed with the amount of color in them, and had a hard time narrowing it down! Also, I just consumed an entire box of Horizon Mac and Cheese by myself, which apparently makes you extremely tired at 11:30 on a Wednesday night.
Dress: Gianni Bini | Shoes: French Connection | Necklace: Tara Lea Smith | Lips: L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red
Oh, technology. Such a magical thing, yet such a nightmare during the times when you rely on it most. It’s currently 11:30 p.m. as I type this, and I have spent the past three hours trying to upload the pictures I took today. This would be my luck. I’m having an end-of-summer freakout, and am trying to squeeze in all my predominantly-white outfits before Labor Day. Yes, I still wear white pieces after Labor Day, but it’s mostly just white jeans and shorts. Basically, I’m falling behind on my super summery outfits. #Stress. Oh well. I think summer decided to come late this year, because it just started getting hot about a week ago. I’m taking that as the go-ahead to keep wearing the outfits I didn’t get around to this summer!
In the meantime, I wanted to share some warm weather drinks to celebrate the end of what might be the quickest summer ever. Seriously, it’s scary how the past few months have flown by. I don’t have any plans yet for the holiday, but I’m thinking a mojito is in order!
1. Cucumber Lime Daiquiri
2. Late Summer Stone Fruit and Fresh Herb Sangria
3. Grapefruit Mojitos
4. Zinfandel Grape and Rosemary Gin Crush
As I type this, I’m sitting on the couch watching TV with my dog Oscar sound asleep right next to me. Right before this, I made mashed potatoes from scratch. I was craving good food, but didn’t want to leave the house. Basically, it’s been a good night. I wish every night was this relaxing! I was expecting to be all moved into my new place by now, but my mattress shipment has gotten screwed up multiple times. My fingers are crossed that I’ll be able to share some room updates soon! In the meantime, here are some things I enjoyed this week:
1. How clever is this post from Magical Simplicity? Annie shares her tips for creating a “renter’s resume” to simplify the rental process. Because my full-time job is in real estate, rentals make up a ton of my business. I understand how stressful the process can be, and this is a really cute and smart way to give a brief rundown of yourself to a potential landlord.
2. I had my first dermaplaning experience yesterday, and I am hooked! My amazing cousin Kimberly works at Mitchell’s, and gave me the treatment yesterday. Simply put, dermaplaning is an exfoliation process that removes the dead skin cells on your top layer of skin. They take a tiny razor, and it removes all the hair on your face. This sounds scary, but it isn’t at all. It actually felt weirdly satisfying as it was happening because I could feel my skin getting instantly smoother. She also put some serums on my face to help with rosacea and breakouts. The dermaplaning process is supposed to help with acne scars and other skin imperfections. I can already say that my skin feels amazing, and I’m excited to see the results in the next few days.
3. Piperlime launched their new site this week, which seems to be a lot more social media driven. I’ve been addicted to Piperlime for years, so I loved the old site. One of the things I love about the relaunch is that you can easily see how women are styling their Piperlime purchases. They have a social media feed set up on the site, so it’s fun to browse through and get some style inspiration! Chrissy Teigen and her fashion picks are currently being featured on the site.
4. This mango mint limeade slush looks insanely refreshing! The recipe calls for frozen mango chunks, which I have like five bags of sitting in the freezer. Who doesn’t love mangos? Also, slushy drinks are always a good choice in the summer.
I think I own about three pairs of these J.Crew capri pants. I used to wear them all the time, but have only worn them a handful of times this year. For some reason, I never noticed how baggy they are until recently. It actually made me feel a little self-conscious because I’ve gotten so used to wearing clothes that are structured. They’ve been banished to the back of my closet most of the summer, but I’ve recently had a change of heart. Why should I be hating on something that’s so unbelievably comfortable? Yeah, they’re not the sexiest pants, but I’m not trying to impress anyone when I’m at the office. I made these a little less matronly by adding a gold glitter belt and silky top. Comfort is always king!
Also, my Tara Lea Smith necklace giveaway has ended! Congratulations to Wendy Butler who had the winning entry. Thank you so much to everyone who entered. I will be styling some other pieces by Tara in the future, so be on the lookout for that!
Top: Maison Jules | Pants: J.Crew (similar) | Belt: J.Crew (similar) | Shoes: BCBGeneration (similar) | Watch: La Mer | Earrings: Kate Spade
I’ve always been lucky to have a mom who has an amazing fashion sense. I think that’s where I developed my love and appreciation for clothes. Luckily, she’s also good at finding things she’ll know I’ll love. We usually go shopping together, but there are times when we have conflicting schedules. It’s always a pleasant surprise when she tells me she bought something for me that she can’t wait to show me. Her track record of buying things that fit me perfectly is flawless. I think I’ve only had to exchange or return things a few times over the years.
She called me a few months ago after a trip to Kenwood, informing me she scored a major deal on a leather dress. If you’ve followed me from the beginning, you know I’m a girl who loves her (faux) leather. Not surprisingly, the dress fit like a glove, and it’s been the perfect solution for getting away with summer leather. Opting for a light-colored leather is ideal for the summer months. Unless it’s 60 degrees or below, I like to save the black leather for fall and winter. At this point in the summer, it’s kind of tempting to start thinking forward to fall, but I’m trying to fit in all my summer outfits while I still can.
PS- my Tara Lea Smith necklace giveaway is still going on! Tara made a custom piece just for Baubles to Bubbles readers, and it is stunning! Today is the last day to enter, so click here for a chance to win.
Dress: RACHEL Rachel Roy (similar) | Shoes: French Connection | Bracelet: J.Crew | Earrings: Anthropologie (similar)
Today I finally get to share a giveaway I’ve been anxious to have! I’ve teamed up with Tara Lea Smith to give away one of her handmade pieces of jewelry. Tara is known for her ornate statement necklaces, but she also makes other pieces, including some fabulous earrings. I actually met Tara around this time last year when I interviewed her for a Cincy Chic article, and we have kept in touch ever since. On top of her jewelry, she’s also super sweet!
What I love about Tara’s jewelry is that every piece is unique. I appreciate something that I know nobody else is going to be wearing, and that’s what she delivers. She even incorporates vintage and antique beads, which is amazing! Another thing to keep in mind is Tara takes custom orders, so anything you might be dreaming of she can probably bring to life! When I started my blog, this is exactly the kind of jewelry I was envisioning myself wearing. It’s fun, sophisticated, eye-catching, and versatile. Yes, a statement necklace can be versatile! I could easily wear this with a cocktail dress, but wanted to show how easy it is to style for everyday wear. I love dressing up skinny jeans, which can be accomplished by adding a sexy heel and flashy necklace.
Tara was nice enough to custom design this piece for Baubles to Bubbles readers! It actually pains me that I cannot keep this necklace for myself! When I tried it on, it just felt right ;). My mom and I have spent the past few days admiring it while we can. I love the mix of pearls, gold metal and floral pieces. Since it’s not a “giveaway” if the host keeps it for herself, I’m just as excited to give it to one of you! The giveaway is through Rafflecopter, and runs one week. All you have to do is enter HERE!
Top: Madewell (similar) | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Lulu’s | Necklace: Tara Lea Smith | Nails: OPI Black Onyx
Happy Tuesday! I’m in the midst of one of the busiest weeks of my life, but am trying to be more adamant about getting back to my regular posting schedule. While my hectic work schedule is the main source for my lack of posting as of late, there’s another reason I feel like I haven’t had as many outfit posts. To be honest, I’ve been feeling a little bored with my wardrobe the past month or so. Maybe it’s the long workdays, but I find myself not getting as excited to style a cute outfit for work. I’m blaming it on dresses, because who doesn’t want to throw on one piece of clothing in the morning and get out the door? While I live for my dress collection, I also think they have the tendency to make me a lazy dresser. There’s no mixing and matching, and since I’m a creature of habit, I tend to reach for the same shoes and jewelry for each dress that I wear. This week however, since I’m trying to be a power multi-tasker, I decided to ditch the dress for a day and opt for a colorful pant and the comfiest ASOS top. Plus , I don’t know what’s more fun and sophisticated than a red, white and black combination!
PS- be sure to come back tomorrow. I’m hosting an exciting giveaway that I cannot wait to share! Here’s a hint: it involves one of the things in my blog name ;)
Top: ASOS (similar) | Pants: Calvin Klein (similar) | Shoes: BCBGeneration | Earrings: Kate Spade
Sometimes I catch myself online drooling at expensive, ornate jewelry. I say drooling and not shopping, because let’s be honest, I’m only a few years out of college. Still, a girl can dream! Plus, I see it as motivation to work my butt off so one day I can have a nice collection of the high end stuff. It is an investment after all! There are a few obvious perks to splurging on expensive jewelry: 1. the quality is much better, therefore the jewelry lasts longer (if not forever), and 2. you don’t see tons of other girls with the same jewelry as you.
I think my biggest problem when I do reach the point of investing in high-priced jewelry is deciding what to get. I mean, “everything” probably won’t be an option, right? I narrowed it down to some pieces I’m currently loving. The trend seems to be colorful earrings at the moment. What are some of your favorite luxury jewelry brands?
Oscar de la Renta Earrings | Chanel Necklace | Erickson Beamon Earrings | Oscar de la Renta Earrings | Joomi Lim Necklace
You know when you buy something you fall in love with, but have to wait awhile to wear it? Yeah, this was one of those dresses. I got it earlier this summer, and knew it was perfect for weddings! I had made a promise to myself that I intended on keeping all summer: DO NOT BUY MORE SUMMER CLOTHES. Another promise I always try (and fail) to keep is to stop buying nice cocktail dresses. I have way too many warm weather clothes, and enough nice dresses for my own good. In my mind, I have places to wear these things, but in reality, I don’t. This is where weddings come in as the perfect excuse to need a new dress.
I love a fun dress, and this fit-and-flare shape fit the bill perfectly. Also, the sheer detailing on the neckline and bottom of the dress convinced me this was THE ultimate summer wedding option. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Dillard’s has the best dresses. Does anyone else always seem to have good luck when they go in there?
I also found a makeup brand I’ve never tried before, NYX, that I really like. I was looking for a vibrant pink color to pop against the dress, and couldn’t pass this up at Ulta. Also, the price? Less than $5. I knew it was going to be a good weekend! It was great seeing my college friends, and the weather was perfect for a wedding. Now if only there was an extra day in between Sunday and Monday…
Dress: Sugarlips | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar) | Bracelets: Kate Spade, J.Crew | Earrings: Kate Spade