Monthly Archives: May 2015

My hometown getaway

My hometown getaway

My hometown getaway

Between the sometimes stifling demands of work and home, finding that precious pearl called balance has only been slightly less difficult than capturing a unicorn. This past weekend, though, the hubby and I decided it was time to take a “woo-sah” moment, so we booked a room at the Epicurean Hotel in South Tampa and got busy with our little hometown getaway. I’m not exaggerating at all when I say it was one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve ever had. This hotel is simply fantastic! With a great location in the heart of one of Tampa’s trendiest neighborhoods, a rooftop bar and an upscale spa, it’s an absolute jewel. And, the best part? It’s only a 20 minute drive from my house, which makes the idea of a repeat visit very easy to consider.

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Summer essentials from head to toe

Summer essentials from head to toe

Summer essentials from head to toe

It’s hard to believe, but summer literally is right around the corner.  And, I’ve started thinking about the types of ensembles I’ll need to get me through the hot summer months in style.  In my opinion, nothing completes a casual, chic look better than a classic pair of sunglasses.  They’re mysterious — and between you and me — a little sexy too. Some of the hottest trends in sunglasses for the summer include cat eye frames, circles and my all-time fave – aviators. I got mine from Tiffany & Co. But, if you’re looking for a more economical version of these styles, check out these, these or these. Then, let me know which style you like best in the comments section.

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The simple things

The simple things

The simple things

The simple things in life truly do make me the happiest. This weekend, was no exception. Mercifully, there wasn’t much on the schedule that fell into the “must do” category, so me and my peeps got a rare opportunity to hang out as a family, kick around town doing things we’ve never done and see sites we’ve never seen. It’s incredible to think that I’ve lived in Tampa Bay for more than 20 years and there are still things I have yet to explore. Of course, style is always top of mind for me. And, now that the temperatures have gone up, comfort is super important to me. That’s why I chose this midi skirt and printed tank. Each is constructed of lightweight material, which turned out to be perfect for helping me catch some cool breezes coming off the Bay.

PRINTED TANK: Lucky Brand | SKIRT: Loft | SHOES: Aldo | NECKLACE: Tiffany & Co. | WATCH: Coach | BRACELETS: Alex & Ani | RING: Coach

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Get gorgeous graduation styles from Rent the Runway

 

Get gorgeous graduation styles from Rent the Runway

Students around the country, my own daughter included, are getting ready for final exams, dreaming of summer vacation and *tears* getting ready to graduate! Even though she’s looking forward to putting on that robe, she’s already started thinking about what she’ll wear underneath. She’s got to look good for all the pictures she’ll be taking and all the parties she’ll be going to afterwards, right?

What can I say? She’s a chip off the old fashionista block!

So, I suggested she check out Rent the Runway’s gorgeous graduation styles to help her find an outfit that she could feel fabulous in for her big day. And, just in time for graduation, any first-time renter from Rent the Runway can use code 25OFFNEW at checkout and get $25 off your first order of $75+.

What my daughter ultimately wears for graduation is anyone’s guess, but here are a few of the Rent the Runway graduation looks that definitely got her attention.

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Waylen Jumpsuit Rachel Zoe Eyelash Shift

A great gift idea for mom

A great gift idea for mom

A great gift idea for mom

A recent event I had to attend turned out to be the perfect excuse for getting outside of my black and white box. Don’t get me wrong, the color combo is a classic and will always be one of my favorites. It’s simultaneously clean, funky, sophisticated and edgy. In other words, it’s perfect. But, it’s healthy to mix things up from time to time. And, since the order of the day was comfort, I thought this Hunter Green Bryn Walker cotton tunic that I picked up at Dillard’s worked quite nicely. Check out some similar looks here. During this time of year in Florida, we typically experience that “between seasons” weather – starting out cooler in the mornings and gradually warming throughout the day – so this outfit was great for helping me make it through the transition with a little style and grace.  With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s a nice gift idea for mom, too! I’m just sayin’ …

TUNIC: Bryn Walker | CUFF BRACELET: An oldie, but a goodie | TIGHTS: H&M | SHOES: Guess | EARRINGS: Coach | SUNGLASSES: Tiffany & Co.

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A great way to dress up Casual Friday

A great way to dress up Casual Friday

A great way to dress up Casual Friday

What do you get when you combine a comfortable pair of jeans, a “haute” pair of shoes and a blazer you’ve had forever? One great look for Casual Friday! This lovely (now vintage) Hugo Buscati blazer is one of my favorites. It was one of the first real investments I ever made in my wardrobe. And, considering how well it’s held up all these years, it definitely turned out to be money well spent. Today, you can find super deals on Hugo Buscati pieces similar to this by shopping sites like eBay, Poshmark, Etsy and Tradesy.

JACKET: Hugo Buscati Collection | SHIRT: An oldie, but a goodie | JEANS: Lucky Brand | BRACELETS: Alex & Ani | SHOES: BCBG

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