December 9, 2016

Pink Talks v.15

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Happy Friday friends! 

I hope all of you had a wonderful week! This week marked the last day of my fall semester in college and the start of finals week. *cries* Although I'm super sad that my college career is coming to an end so fast, I am excited for winter break! I can't wait to share with you all what I've been up to lately and my recent purchases. So let's get started now, shall we?

What I've been doing...

SouthPark Blogger Brunch
If you followed me on Instagram or Snapchat then you may have saw that I attended a fun blogger brunch at SouthPark Mall with some blogger gals! The morning was filled with delicious food, mimosas and lots of fashion talk. It was so fun to meet some new friends and listen to the latest winter trends.

Also, can we take a second to admire the set up of the brunch?? Way too pretty and they even had stockings for each of us with our names on it! Too cute! The brunch was so fun and I want to thank Simon Properties for the invite!

Wrapping up the semester

Wednesday was the last day my fall semester and the start of finals week. Thankfully I don't have too crazy of a work load this week and don't have to stress too much. It's crazy to think the semester is already over and I only have one more semester left!

Recent purchases...

Black Friday and Cyber Monday was this past weekend and I may or may not went a little crazy. #whoops I've actually started to do hauls on my IG snaps right when I get new pieces if you all want to check out what I picked up right when I pick them up. I have also linked my purchases on the sidebar of my blog for you all too!

One of my favorite purchase from Black Friday has to be these pixie pants. They are SO COMFORTABLE an I want them in every color. 

I also picked up a new laptop sleeve and am IN LOVE with it. It's probably the prettiest thing ever and it makes me happy every time I pull it out of my bag!

I ordered these sassy flats and am (im)patiently waiting for them to come in the mail!

Another favorite purchase of mine has to be this darling little dress! I am also waiting for this to come in the mail and cannot wait to try it on!

That's it for today's Pink Talks! Let me know what you've been up to in the comments down below! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend!

December 8, 2016

Green + White

Dress || Vest || Similar Necklace || Similar Boots || Knee High Socks || Watch || Alex and Ani Unicorn || Alex and Ani Initial 

Happy Thursday friends!

Welcome back to another blogmas post! I hope you all are enjoying this series so far! With the holidays in full swing I keep finding myself gravitating towards more of my red and green pieces. It's funny to see myself SO into the holiday spirit this year because in previous years Christmas time never really felt like Christmas time to me until the day of Christmas (hahah does that even make sense??). It's been fun to dive fully into the holiday spirit this year and share it with you all through Blogmas!

I don't own a whole lot of green pieces in my wardrobe, but the few pieces I do own are typically in this olive / army / forest (clearly I'm not very good with colors) green color. I think it suits my skin type the best and it's perfect for the fall / winter season. 

With this dress being fairly thin, I layered a quilted vest on top for some added warmth and some brown riding boots. This would be a great casual outfit that's both fitting during the holidays and afterwards. 

Side note: I always like to wear knee high socks with my riding boots but always have the problem of them sliding down my legs every time I walk. Does anyone else have that problem?! Does that mean I need to find smaller socks, is this normal or what?? Hahah. Maybe you guys can help me!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week so far! Yesterday was my last day of classes for my fall semester and it's so crazy that it's already over. Wasn't it just yesterday that I was freaking out over the first day of school? Time does fly! I guess it's just another reason to remember to make the most out of every day because before you know it's all gone! I hope you all make sure to make the most out of your day and hope to see you back tomorrow for another Blogmas post!

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December 7, 2016

Guy Approved Gift Guide

Pssst. This is click to shop image (how cool?!) That means you can click on the item you want and it'll take you directly to the retailer's site to purchase!

Happy Wednesday Friends! Welcome back to Blogmas day 7!

We've all heard it before, guys are the hardest to shop for. I mean, how do we know if they're really going to like / wear that cable knit sweater you picked out for them? If you're like me and have multiple types of guys to shop for this holiday season, it can be a little tricky to find out exactly what to get them. 

Thankfully after having most of my friends be guys, growing up with my brother and dad, and after many years of finding the perfect gift for RJ for multiple holidays, I like to think I have a pretty good handle of what kinds of gifts guys like. With the help of some of my guy friends I have put together a round up of the best guy approved gifts to give this season. Now, without further ado, let's get started!

General Gifts

If you're in a pickle of what to gift your brother, boyfriend, guy friend, dad, who ever this season, then you can never go wrong with a cozy pair of pajamas or some new headphones. Phone cases, wallets and FOOD are always great gift options as well.

I actually gifted a group of my guy friends (some what) matching pajamas that each fit their personality with some homemade cookies last year and they loved it! Speaking of pajamas, if you know the guy you're shopping for doesn't like to sleep in pants, try gifting them a pair of pajamas shorts. I gifted a pair one year to RJ and he LOVES them. 

The Jokester 

Have a guy who's always cracking jokes or loves to get a laugh out of people? Or maybe you're just looking for a gift that'll make someone smile! These would be fun gifts to any guy who has a fun sense of humor. I actually got RJ a similar burger towel as a gift one year and he loves it! It's such a fun novelty gift and they have multiple ones too choose from.

The Skater Boy

If you're looking to splurge a little, then what better gift to give a guy who loves to skate than a new skateboard? If they're super picky (like RJ) or you just have zero knowledge on skateboards (like me) then I suggest picking up a gift card to one of their favorite skate shops that will cover the cost of a new board. I did this for one of RJ's birthdays and it worked out great! If you want to gift the card in a fun and creative way, I crafted up a mini skateboard and attached the gift card on it! 

The Beer Lover

Have a friend who loves beer or just loves a good drink every now and then? From drinking games to personalized beer mugs, surely you'll find the perfect gift! This mini bar kit is such a fun idea to make sure your guy is ready for happy hour where ever he goes.

The Gym Goer 

Have a friend who's always killing it at the gym? Then you can never go wrong with some new workout clothes. A friend of mine also suggests protein powered (just make sure to check which kinds they like!) or any gym accessories such as a foam roller. 

The Sports Fanatic

Shopping for a Carolina fan? How about pick them up a sports jersey? If that's a little out of your budget, then a poster or a hat would be just as great!

The Techie

If you're looking for a cool present, I recommend picking up a waterproof blue tooth speaker! I actually have one in my shower and LOVE IT. It's perfect for waking you up in the morning or putting on music while you get ready to head out for the night.

And that's about it! That's my full round up of my suggested gifts (with some help) on what to give the men in your life. Hopefully this will give you all some ideas on what to look for! Also, when in doubt food is always a great option too. Bake some cookies or some fun holiday treats (or gift them their favorite beer) and I'm sure any guy would be happy to receive it! 

What are some holiday gifts you've gifted in the past that were a big hit? Let me know in the comments down below! I hope you all have a wonderful day and as always, thank you for reading!

December 6, 2016

How to get into the holiday spirit

Happy Tuesday friends!

Welcome back to another blogmas post! Now that December is officially here the holidays are in full swing! Today I'm sharing some fun ways to help get you into the holiday spirit. I actually did a similar post last year, but I wanted to share 12 more ways you can get into the holiday spirit this year! 

It can be tricky to get into the jolly mood for the holidays sometimes, especially when you're in school and finals are just around the corner (*cries*). Hopefully these ideas will help those of you who just aren't feeling the Christmas spirit this year feel a little more jolly. I mean, it is the most wonderful time of the year, am I right?

Go Christmas tree shopping / visit a Christmas tree farm!
If you haven't yet, be sure to hit up your local Christmas tree farm to pick out your Christmas tree ASAP! I mean, can you really have Christmas if you don't have a Christmas tree? (OK, maybe you still can, but it does help with getting in the holiday spirit!) Even if you're not into real Christmas trees for your home, it's still fun to visit your local Christmas tree farm to walk around (and take some Instagram photos!).

DIY some festive decorations 
Okay, now that you have your lovely Christmas tree (real or fake), now it's time to craft up some fun decorations! I love a good DIY and surly making some fun ornaments or garland will get you into the holiday spirit. There are SO many cute and easy DIY Christmas decorations on Pinterest so I'm sure you can find one on there that you'll like. I've linked a few of my favorites for you all here:

Shop for holiday presents
Time to get some presents under that tree! What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to present shop for your loved ones? Is it weird that my favorite part about holiday shopping is getting to wrap up the presents?? I always felt like I belonged in Santa's workshop because I love wrapping up presents and making them look "department store styled." Shopping for your loved ones is always so fun (in my opinion) and it's always exciting knowing you found the perfect gift for them!

Go ice skating!
There's something about ice skating and the Christmas time that seem to go hand in hand. I've actually never been ice skating, but I found out that there's one actually open in Uptown Charlotte for the holidays so I may go try it out! Even if you're not into ice skating, try going out and do some fun holiday events in your city. There are so many events going on Charlotte this season that it's so hard for me to find time to attend them all! 

Sent out Christmas cards
You know that feeling of getting a hand written letter or card in the mail? Why not give someone else that same feeling and send them a nice Christmas card! I feel like this has become less and less popular which makes me so sad! I love a good hand written letter and the Christmas time is the perfect time to do so. 

Try a new festive drink
What better way to get into the holiday spirit than trying a new festive drink? Also bonus points if you hit up your local coffee shop that offers fun festive cups (hello Starbucks red cups). I'm all about my caramel lattes, but it's always fun to switch it up during the holidays for a peppermint mocha or a snickerdoodle hot chacolate!

Side note: I went to Starbucks for my casual Caramel Latte and they gave me a green cup. I think my Starbucks didn't get the whole red cup memo... haha!

Have a holiday themed photo shoot
Grab your besties, a camera (or phone!) and some holiday props and spend an afternoon taking some fun holiday themed photos. This will make cute Instagram photos or if you want some really cute holiday cards! 

Visit your local mall
Christmas tunes, decorated stores and SANTA. Visiting your local mall will surly get you into the holiday spirit. Even if you're not visiting the mall to shop for some goodies, just walking around and looking at all the store decor will be just as fun! 

Random Acts of Kindness
Maybe pay it forward while you're in the Starbucks drive through and get the tab on the person's order behind you. Or volunteer to help someone carry their groceries out to their car at the store. The holidays is about spreading love and not only will that help get you into the spirit, it may help them get in the spirit as well!

Make holiday treats
Throw on your favorite holiday sweater, turn on some Christmas music and possibly grab some friends and spend the day baking your favorite holiday treats! I mean, is there anything better than some warm gingerbread cookies and hot coca?? Surely you'll be in the holiday spirit after indulging in one (or three) holiday treats!

And that's it! I hope you all got some inspiration on how to get into the holiday spirit. The holidays are such a fun and happy time to spend with the ones you love. I want to know how you get into the holiday spirit in the comments down below! 

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week and as always, thank you for reading!

December 5, 2016

Casual Holiday Outfit


Happy Monday friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! If you followed me on Instagram then you may have saw that I went to a fun blogger brunch event on Saturday at South Park Mall. It was so fun to chit chat with some fellow bloggers and learn about the latest winter fashion trends. I'll be sure to share some photos and more details of the event this Friday in my Pink Talks post!

Even though I love dressing up, especially during the holidays it's probably not socially acceptable to wear a sequin dress to class every day. Today I'm sharing a comfy and casual holiday outfit that's perfect mix of being casual and festive without looking like Christmas threw up on you. 

For this casual outfit I kept things fairly simple with an oversized tunic (sized up a size for a looser fit!) and my go to black jeans. I layered on the infamous blanket scarf that so happens to incorporate both green and red in it. To bring out the red in the scarf I paired my red lace up flats for a more festive look. I love how casual this look is, but with the slight pops of red and green it still makes it festive for the holiday season. 

In other news this week happens to be the week of my last fall semester in college!!!!! Wednesday is our last day of class and I'm still in disbelief that the semester is almost coming to an end. Also cannot believe finals are starting!! Thank goodness I don't have too much on my plate school wise for finals and the way my classes worked this semester is that we'd work hard during the beginning of the semester and have a pretty chill end of the semester. Which, I kind of like considering everything going on with the holidays!

If you're in school let me know when your finals are down below and share some of your favorite study tips! I hope you all have a great week and as always, thank you for reading!

p.s. Who is excited for the VS Fashion Show tonight?! I've watched it every year since I started college and am super excited to see tonight's show! Be sure to follow me on Twitter so we can chat about the show together!

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