Friday, April 26, 2013

friday's fancies: april showers

Wouldn't it be great to skip the April rain showers and go straight to the pretty May flowers? Yes, I think so. Especially since it can be hard to look pretty and put together when it's raining and you suddenly find yourself with wet hair and clothes. I always forgo the pants and opt for shorts, skirts, or dresses when it rains. A jacket with a hood, rain boots, a cross body bag, and waterproof makeup are necessities for me too when the weather takes a turn. Hopefully there won't be any gray and stormy clouds anytime soon!

I'm taking this weekend to catch up on some sleep and just relax. Hopefully you have something a bit more exciting planned for your weekend! Have a great one!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

traditional kitchens

Since I've moved into my own tiny studio apartment, I've spent a lot of time looking at home and interior design magazines and sites. I always end up scrolling through countless images of traditional, open, and clean white kitchens. I love cooking and baking so my future home will need to have a kitchen that is functional and pretty. The days of living in that house are quite a ways away so for now I'll keep looking to these photos for inspiration...

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

music moment: lennon and maisy

Am I the last person to have heard of the amazingly talented and adorable duo that is Lennon and Maisy? I swear I'm probably the very, very last person to hop on their bandwagon. I don't watch the show Nashville but they've performed a few times and I love their covers of songs more than the original. This song absolutely got me hooked on them.

Did I mention yet that these sisters are just 13 and 9? Mhmm. So much talent and absolutely the most darling girls ever. If you haven't already, you must listen to their versions of "Ho Hey" and "Telescope" and pretty much everything else they sing.

I'm always looking for new music to listen to so let me know what your current favorites are!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

pretty polished nails

Heavenly Crown from Nailed It || Angled Onyx from Nailed It || Ever After from Cult Cosmetics || Shiny Double Accent from Nailed It || Gone Sailing from Cult Cosmetics
My friends and family know how much I love nail polish, especially Essie colors. I always look at polish colors at drugstores, department stores, Sephora - really anywhere they're sold. I would rather do my own nails than get a manicure, and I've gotten pretty decent at it after all these years of practice. I usually paint them all one color but that doesn't mean that I'm not a fan of fancy nail designs. My favorite nail blog is updated often with pictures of pretty nail art that I wish I had the talent {and patience} to recreate. Maybe one day I'll attempt more than the glitter accent nail...

Monday, April 22, 2013

eat this, wear that: lemon yellow and blue blueberry

The food combination of lemon and blueberries seems so light and fresh. Even better, I love the color pairing of yellow and blue for the spring. Add a bit more color with some fuschia and berry plus clean and crisp white accessories and you have a complete outfit for a sunny spring day.

What color pairings are you loving this spring?

Happy Monday!

{Image via Annie's Eats}

Thursday, April 18, 2013

five things

The lovely Mikki of Centre Street Style tagged me to share five things about myself that you may not know about me...

1. I don't have your typical middle name. Most people have middle names like Marie or Elizabeth but mine is Aduna {pronounced uh-doo-na}, my grandma's maiden name.

2. I'm allergic to shellfish and scaled fish {I can eat calamari}. It was so bad when I was younger that I couldn't even be in the house or in a restaurant where they were cooking fish because the steam would give me hives. I'd even break out if my food was cooked on the same surface or touched by the same cooking utensil. Whenever my grandma made shrimp, she would cut one up into the tiniest of pieces and let me eat it as a way to help me get over the allergy. I actually think it worked because my shellfish allergy isn't so bad anymore. Scaled fish is another story...

3. I dabbled in musical theatre - sort of. When I was in grammar school, my eighth grade class performed The Wizard of Oz and I auditioned for the Wicked Witch. Well, I was cast as Dorothy instead. It was my first time singing on a stage in front of that many people and I was so nervous! I got through the show, but my acting wasn't great and neither was my singing. Oh well, I tried!

4. I played on my high school's varsity golf team for all four years. I didn't even pick up a golf club until the summer before 9th grade so I wasn't that great. I did pick up the game pretty quickly though. I'm still not that good but, if you couldn't tell from my Augusta post and Masters tweets and Instagram pictures, I love the game.

5. Whenever I eat meat or burgers, I always order it well-done. If I see any pink or red, I freak out and won't eat it. So unless I'm at a really good steak restaurant, you can bet on me asking for it that way.

So there you have it, five random things about me! I'm tagging Tracy, Laura, and Alex for this one!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

zara ballerina flats

I am absolutely head over heels in love with these Zara Ballerina Flats. So much so that they have found themselves at the top of my wish list. The neutral color makes it easy to pair with other colors and so many looks. And the chain and rhinestone ankle strap adds a bit of sparkle and glamour to any outfit. Can these just get in my closet now please?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

cases and covers

A little over a week ago, I upgraded to the iPhone 5 and I could not be happier! Before it arrived in the mail {saved the hassle of going to the Verizon store}, I had to purchase a privacy screen and case. I hadn't given it too much thought and purchased one that I thought was cute and fun and would protect my phone. I love the J. Crew cases so it was the first place I went to. Since then though, I've started looking at what other cases I should add to my collection.

Whenever I see the Kate Spade case, I always take a look at it - it's one of my favorites! The Moschino case is too cute and funny. And have you seen all of the new Rifle Paper and Co. cases? It's hard to choose a favorite but I'm leaning towards the New York print.

Where do you go for cases and covers?

Monday, April 15, 2013

eat this, wear that: mellow yellow meringue

Sunny days and warm weather has me in a pretty good mood lately. So much so that I couldn't help but put together this happy yellow outfit inspired by this delicious sounding {and looking!} lemon meringue cake. There isn't much yellow in my closet yet, but it's looking like it will be a color that is going to added soon. I love the look of differing shades paired together and it doesn't hurt that nearly all of the pieces are under $100.

Hope you're having a great Monday!

{Image via Sweetapolita}

Saturday, April 13, 2013

augusta national

While in Atlanta last weekend, my parents and I drove two hours to Augusta National Golf Club for the Monday Practice Round of The Masters. The course is absolutely beautiful, so immaculate and well-kept. My allergies were unfortunately in full force so I didn't get as so close to azaleas or the Eisenhower Tree as I would have liked. Still, just walking around and seeing some of my favorite golfers just a few days before the Masters was such a great experience.

Sadly, I didn't see Tiger Woods, but I did see the 14-year-old Tianlang Guan, the youngest and only amateur who made the cut for this weekend. I was certainly not good enough at 14 {and I'm still not even remotely close at 23} to be playing at this stage. He is incredibly talented and is adding to the drama that is The Masters. You should definitely be watching if you're not already!

An early morning at Augusta

Not in the best outfit for Augusta but it was chillier than anticipated!

Headed to Amen Corner

Hogan Bridge and the 12th green

Oh hi there Rickie Fowler!

Friday, April 12, 2013

friday's fancies: shoes, shoes, shoes!

It feels like it's been forever since I've done a Friday's Fancies post. In fact, before yesterday's post, I felt like I hadn't posted anything in awhile. I'm trying to get back into the swing of things {work, blogging, living in my apartment} after two weeks of vacation and this post definitely helped get the inspiration flowing.

I couldn't pick just one pair of shoes so I chose a few that I'm coveting this spring. Flats, flats, and more flats. You can't go wrong when pairing them with dresses and skirts to shorts and denim.

My Converse sneakers are one of my favorite pair of shoes. I wear my pair of Tory Burch Reva flats often but would love to add this royal blue pair to my growing shoe collection. Her espadrilles are perfect for spring and summer. And don't even get me started on the striped Repettos and very ballet-inspired pair by Chloe. They're not currently in my budget but a girl can dream!

I'm hoping that the weather is nice enough to wear flats this weekend while running around the city. When I'm not watching the Masters of course. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

fresh face

My mom once told me that while I was a teenager, she thought that I would never learn to like makeup or how to apply it. It may have taken me awhile {thanks to four years at an all-girls high school} but my love for makeup came right before college. And now I love it so much that I've had to put myself on a spending freeze so that I can use more of what I already have. So while I've been trying to use what's already in my stash, my go-to look as of late has been simple. I think a fresh face for spring is perfect for the season and so easy to do before work and on the weekends. I love the minimal eye look with either a sheer wash of color on the lips or even something more opaque and bright.

Shop my favorite fresh faced products:

What's your go-to makeup look for spring?

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Friday, April 5, 2013

georgia on my mind

Sorry for the lack of posts this week! After coming back from vacation, I got sick and wasn't feeling better til yesterday. And today, I'm off to Atlanta with my parents for the Final Four! This isn't our first time going to the event and I'm always excited when we go, but saying that now we could be quite an understatement. With my alma mater as one of the four teams vying for that trophy on Monday night, I've packed a ton of orange in my suitcase, some orange bows for my hair, and Otto face tattoos to wear while cheering in the stands. Make sure to follow me on instagram for pictures of my Atlanta weekend!

I promise to be back next Wednesday with some new posts! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

spring break

So I may not be in college, but I still took a spring break trip this year. My parents and I are quite fond of Club Med resorts and have visited nearly every year since I was in younger. We took our eighth trip to their Punta Cana resort and, as usual, had a ton of fun! Despite some rainy weather our last full day there, it was nice to get away and just relax while soaking up some sun.

{Fun fact: My parents went golfing the day it rained and saw Bill Clinton playing too!}

Monday, April 1, 2013

eat this, wear that: sweet peach

Hi there! I'm back from a nice week long vacation with my parents and back to work today. I'll be taking another trip soon though so this work week is short. And in anticipation of my upcoming trip and to celebrate Syracuse's trip to the Final Four, I chose peach frozen yogurt sandwiches for today's Eat This, Wear That.

Sweet and tangy peach frozen yogurt paired with cinnamon and basil snickerdoodles sounds like a delicious combination. The colors are perfect for spring and in this simple and casual outfit. Bright peach shorts, a soft tank, and a neutral cardigan paired with comfortable ballet flats is a great go-to outfit to walk around in the warmer weather. Add a fun statement necklace and a bright bag to carry around your essentials and your look is complete.

Happy Monday!

{Image via desserts for breakfast}