IG Favorites roundup…

Hey friends,

I am working on bringing back Friday favorites post. I’ll try and get better at actually getting them up on a Friday! I’ve posted a couple pics of some of my favorite things on Instagram all week and will add them all to this post with links on where to buy. I think this will be a fun way of showing more content throughout the week instead of waiting for each blog post. Let me know what you think?!?!?

 

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Smith and Cult polish  This was introduced to me by a blogger I have been following and loving, Visions of Vogue. She does a phenomenal job at bringing safer beauty products (along with fashion and travel). I have been working hard to slowly cut out the chemical in the house and have not realized how bad nail polish is. I try and bring my own polish to the salon with me when I go, cause I’ve learned the polish is one of the most germ containing thing in the salon!! Yikes!! I never thought about all the chemicals in polish. Smith and Cult are 9free which means it’s Dibutyl phthalate-free; toluene-free; formaldehyde-free; formaldehyde resin-free; camphor-free; ethyl tosylamide-free; xylene-free; triphenyl phosphate-free! It’s the winner of Allure magazine’s ‘Best of Beauty’ award for Best Sheer Neutral Nail Polish shade Ghost and made in the USA! I ordered mine from Nordstrom and have become addicted. It’s a beautiful bottle and great to display. My polish lasted one week chip free!

 

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I cannot rave enough about these Steven by Steve Madden Grady sandals.  I scored them at DSW which is having a 20% off sale until 7/10 with code YAYDAYS!! Plus a free tote with purchase too! Code YAYTOTES!! I just ordered another color too. They are similar to the Steven by Steve Madden greece slides that go for $90. Great thing is this pair is affordable for under $50!!

 

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This fun American Flag One Piece is from Target and under $40!! It runs small so order a size up… it’s cheeky but perfect for summer parties and BBQ’s! I also scored these cute Sugarfix earrings for only $12.99. They are a bit heavier and take some getting used to if you’re not used to wearing heavier dangle earrings.

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Uncle Vals Gin! I am a gin lover and share this love with my sis in law. She and I both share a love for “salad” type cocktails! Uncle Vals is a botanical gin that is so smooth its dangerous. You can get it a Total Wine. This fun summer cocktail i created is easy to amke and delish!

  1. muddle 3-4 whole strawberries
  2. add an ounce of fresh lemon juice
  3. 2 tbs of simple syrup (or agave nectar)
  4. 2 oz of gin
  5. shake with ice, strain and serve garnished with a strawberry. I sometimes add a splash of prosecco for some yummy bubbles!!

 

Thats this weeks roundup… working on some more fun favorites for you next week!

ps,

dani

 

Cool and Casual Summer…

Hey friends,

Happy Friday!! I really needed a weekend come up… this wedding planning has gotten cray real fast! I’ve got this super affordable causal look for summer ready to go. I’ve had this peplum tank. It’s on sale for only $10 and comes in a couple colors. I bought the lilac one shown here and the gray and white stripe. This tank is comfortable and the peplum detailing adds a little more to make it feel like more of an outfit.

These cute white denim shorts are also on sale for under $30. I love that they are mid rise and not to short. They’re a great length for the over 20′ something age and still not quite ready for “mom” shorts!

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This look will keep you cool for summer and easy for running errands, lunch with friends, or in my case a quick daytime happy hour!

This girl needs a tan… and I plan on working on that this weekend!

ps,

dani

Floral Halter Jumpsuit…

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Hi Friends!!

Talk about a hectic Tuesday… Doak (preserve street pup) had some rough play at doggie camp and I had to leave work early, rush him to the vet, and he had to get 10 staples! Luckily he was a braver pup than I was a dog mom and it didn’t seem to bother him one bit. I on the other hand- total freak out mode. 

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On a positive note, in two weeks he will be back as good as new and I got some time to get a post up!! just in time too 🙂

This amazing jumpsuit is currently sold out in this navy color, but luckily its still available in all sizes in the black version and under $30! I’ve liked it here for you. 

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I wore this to a friend bridal shower and was super comfortable all day! It runs TTS ( i’m wearing a small). I’d recommend some fabric tape because its a no bra look and could use some security on the side just in case. I didn’t bother and was self-conscious of the side boob showing!

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My hat is a staple and fave of mine, older from Hat Attack. I’m sure you all have seen it a lot on the blog. I’ve linked a similar version here. 

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My sunnies are Ray-Ban linked here! My shoes are Steve Madden older can’t find them online anymore. But I found a similar very affordable pair from Target!! Linked them here ….perfect for summer!

ps,

dani

Polka dot love…

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Hey girl,

Thanks for swinging by the blog. Wanna get updated on all the posts? Of course you do! Go ahead and click follow in the bottom corner and sign up with your email. Let’s stay connected in this!!

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This navy midi skirt is a must. I was scrolling through insta the other day when a forever 21 add popped up… I was going to pass it by thinking I had outgrown the store but man am I happy this skirt caught my eye. It’s part of there contemporary line. So many amazing affordable pieces. I’ve linked my skirt and shirt below… best part this whole look is under $30 on sale!

Pleated Polka Dot Skirt

Double Strap Cami

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I love the flow of this skirt. Flattering for any body type and a versatile piece. You can add a white blazer and nude pumps and head to work (great for drinks after), wear how. I’ve shown it for a wedding festivity, throw on a graphic tee and sneaks for a fun casual look, or flats and a denim jacket with cotton tank for a lunch meet up. The options are endless!

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I decided to go classic and vintage with some pearl bracelets and a big pair of navy shades! I’ve linked my bracelet below (I’m wearing 2 and a thinner one) and similar sunnies!

Pearl Bracelet

Navy Sunglasses

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If you haven’t gotten into the midi skirt trend… there’s no time better to start then now! And if you’ve given up in forever21 give their site another look. I ordered a bulk order got a ton of great looks for under $200!! Don’t worry I’ll share them all here on the blog 😉.

Happy almost Friday!

ps,

Dani

Skort life…

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Hey friends!!

I wanted to share with you all this simple and affordable look. My friend Jess shared this amazing online boutique with me over 1 year ago, and I have to admit it isn’t until now that I’ve tried Vici collection and I’m hooked! I want it alllllllll… and its affordable and good quality. Clothes fit true to size and ship rather quickly. There is always a discount code on their Instagram so be sure to follow so you can get the most out of your purchase.

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This Melodie skort was part of my first purchase and I’m super happy with it. Its a wrap front with a tie on the side. I love the ruffles. It’s a soft cotton and is very flattering. The best news, this skort is under $50!!

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I paired it with a simple White tank from Target, but the options for a skort like this are endless. Maybe a cute crop top, or a denim jacket?

My earrings have been seen on the blog before. They’re a fave of mine by sugarfix earrings also available at Target. Super affordable line by Bauble Bar! earrings are under $13 and there’s a ton of colors!

My MK watch is older but sometimes I love a good oversized gold watch and try and pair it with simpler outfits.

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These Wedges are also older and are available on DSW. Did you know DSW has a new VIP membership? Its amazing with lots of perks. Don’t tell Josh, but I have a pair of shoes coming almost every month. This girls show obsession is strong… but as a DSW VIP member, it’s super affordable!

My sunnies are older quay and no longer available, but I found a similar pair here –> Quay Sunglasses

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Well, that’s a wrap (pun intended)!

ps,

dani

Engagement Party Faves!

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While wedding planning is in full effect I promise to share as much of the planning details with you all along the way! Finding the perfect outfit for an engagement party is not an easy task. Since our event was catered with a more formal feel I decided to dress up a bit. I got this white jumpsuit from White House Black Market. I’ve linked this exact one here and it’s on sale for $120.

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My amazing little sister (pictured above) is responsible for my awesome fishtail braid look. I usually wear my hair down with loose curls, but when it’s a long event and outside I usually try and tie it back to prevent frizz and looking a mess at 1 AM.

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My future mother and father in law were responsible for throwing this shindig and we are so grateful for them providing us with this amazing party. We have family and friends there to celebrate Josh and I taking this next leap in our relationship.

The below picture is of Josh and I gave a thank you speech. Party manners 101… always remember to thank your guests and hosts!!

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The rundown of the party… We had the event catered by the cook and the cork located in Coral Springs. They did a FANTASTIC job! They provided all the food, the staff, tables, chairs, and linens.

There are many ways you can do an engagement party from a families house, to a restaurant, to a clubhouse in a neighborhood. We decided to have ours at Josh’s parents’ backyard which works great for parties. We kept the decorations minimal with tasteful hydrangea arrangements that offered a bit of a Gatsby theme. Our colors were black and gold.

If I could do it all over again I would hire a photographer so we could have done a better job at capturing more of the details of the night. Fortunately, these are memories that last a lifetime.

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Catching Josh and my dad at this moment above makes me so happy. I am your typical “daddy’s girl” and rely heavily on my father for guidance.  Lucky for Josh he’s given him his full approval!

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The love we received from our family and friends was unimaginable. I’m looking forward to the next journey of this wedding process!

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Note to self… next time fewer tequila shots!

ps,

bride dani 😉

Winter or Spring?

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The weather has been crazy lately and I consistently hear from coworkers and friends about how hard it is to decide what to wear. I go with simple layers that you can remove if it gets hotter. In Florida, we have to worry about that less but still, a girl wants to keep up!

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I’ve been working on recycling old pieces I have that I feel are timeless in an effort to shop less. Don’t worry I found some similar options that are great! And all under $100.

Caslon woven bomber jacket

Caslon Knit Jacket

Caslon flare sleeve

Caslon Suede <—- this one is a steal only $44!!!! comes in a gorgeous burgundy color too!

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My white tank is a basic that I buy multiples of from Target! Shop it here, 3 for $20, too!

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My distressed black denim is my fave. I wear them all the time, they wash well and fit great! They’re Abercrombie and you can shop them here, on sale for $25!!!!!.

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Lots of end of season sales going on! Shop quickly friends sizes are running low!

ps,

dani

California Dreamin… San Fran

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In October we took an amazing trip to California. We visited Napa and San Francisco. I posted all about our Napa trip and how special it was for us… if you missed it, check it out!

One of our days in SF we explored Alcatraz. This was a favorite for Josh. We got a great deal on tickets and it included the ferry to the island. The tour was very interesting and it was fun. I’d highly recommend it. Here’s the link for tix: Alcatraz Tickets

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Our view of the golden gate was clouded by smoke from the wild fires… but it was still a site!

Below is me in a jail cell learning just how small it was!

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On our last day in San Fran we went exploring and visited Sausalito! I loveeee this place. Rolling hills, cute shops, pretty views, and yummy food. This girl was happy!

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We had lunch @ The Spinnaker and it was amazing. After some yummy food and lunch cocktails we finished exploring the town and then headed for the woods.

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Walking through the Muir Woods felt unreal. The huge red cypress trees created a covered canopy of shade and it was beautiful.

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We stayed at the Hotel Adagio And loved it. It’s downtown San Fran close to fisherman’s wharf, easily accessible for Uber’s, and had the cutest hotel lobby bar. Josh and I went down there for happy hour one night and it was a lot of fun.

A favorite restaurant we ate at was the Slanted Door in the Ferry Building. It was a short cab ride away and the food was the BEST Thai food I’ve ever had. This is a SF must.

We had some yummy Italian at contadina. Another awesome meal. SF did not disappoint.

If you’re heading to San Fran I hope this travel post helps you out. I’d love to hear your cali recs too!

Happy travels!

ps,

dani

Just Me…Coming back

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I took a couple weeks off from blogging to kind of clear my head, focus on some other things, and pretty much to get over my own sh*t! I’m gonna warn you now, this is a longer post than normal so bear with me! I’ll be blunt, trying to “become a  blogger” isn’t easy. I went into this thinking I need to have an outlet for my creative, fashion loving, traveling obsessed, food enthusiastic, spastic-nerd self and well I got caught up in the “what does everyone else think/ comparison game.” Let me be honest when I say that I understand all good things come with work and dedication and I am willing to go full force with both, but for this girl sometimes the thoughts in my head can interfere with the confident woman I believe myself to be.

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As a clinical therapist, I preach to the adolescents, teens, young women, and older women I work with about the importance of loving ourselves and being confident in who we are. What happened is I was teaching it to clients and forgetting about it myself. I started to feel overwhelmed thinking about gaining followers, having the best outfit, having a professional photo, designer buys, my body, and the “idea” of blogging. I really started to get a bit anxious. I thought I could manage my full-time job, start a fashion/lifestyle blog, take care of my home and family, oh and PLAN A WEDDING all at the same time without freaking out! Who was I kidding?? Only *myself* I lost site of what this blog was supposed to be, fun!

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I consider myself a strong, confident, determined woman. I like the way I look on most days, I have an amazing life full of wonderful friends, family, and the best fiancé a girl could ask for, but still… I was feeling like I wasn’t enough. I found that I was scrolling through IG comparing myself to these bloggers with 300,000 followers and I felt “less than.” I started to feel like my body wasn’t beautiful, that I was “fatter” than usual, that my hair looked blah, and that I didn’t have the talent needed to help others with fashion and advice. I stopped working out, haven’t eaten the best, stopped planning posts ahead of time, haven’t taken a new photo, haven’t thought of a fun blog idea, and spent my time with work and some wedding planning. I can’t even blame my lack of blogging on my lack of time- because let’s be real if you want to do something bad enough you will make the time for it! My overwhelming self-doubt took over and I started to think of giving up. I spent the past 3 weeks looking at wedding venues, working, and getting caught up in the “give up” game. Well, today that changes. I am going to continue to write this blog even if my dad and BFF are the only ones who actually read it. I am going to take chances and throw myself out there. I am going to dedicate more time to the things I love and less time to worrying about what others might love. I am going to be as confident as the 8-year-old girl in the picture below is. And if no one follows, no one comments, and I end up spending time doing this only for myself and 3 readers, well then that’s okay to me!

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** above photo is a glamour shot I took with my mom when I was about 8 years old. I remember the day perfectly and remember telling my mom I was gonna be a model because taking pictures is fun. So let’s use that positive energy for this blog.

More fun pics and topics to come!

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lots of love

dani ❤

Some spanx and a cold shoulder…

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Hey girl hey,

Is anyone else crushing this Thursday? Thursday are my craziest day… I typically see about 10 clients, cook, clean, and do some laundry, oh and on a good day workout! I’m super excited to head to the SFL Girl Gang mixer tonight to meet with other local bloggers. Check IG stories for some pics during that.

While I have a break I thought I’d share this fun look with you.

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I cored this cold shoulder top during Nordstrom anniversary sale and I’m sorry to say its all sold out. Obviously, I made sure to find you guys some other similar options. I think they’re pretty cute, too!

Cold Shoulder and Ruffles

Cold Shoulder Sweater

Target Top

 

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I know I’ve shared my obsession with Spanx, but seriously if you don’t have a pair invest in one. I haven’t been brave enough to try another color other then black and the black motto but that copper pair is calling my name. My 21 year old self would’ve been all over them!

My boots have also been of favorite of mine, I’m actually wearing them right now. I love velvet so when I saw the black velvet option of these were on sale I snagged them and luckily for you they are still ins tock! Here’s the link: Marc Fisher over the knee boots – Velvet 

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I have been incorporating statement earring more, especially with outfits that are black and white or base colors. I’ve linked my Earrings for you. Great buy also from DSW! My sunglasses are Henri Bendel, but are no longer available, so I found a similar pair for you here by Quay.

Anyone else share my Spanx obsession???

ps,

dani