kentucky derby attire

Derby Day is coming! Am I up to date on my horse racing stats this year? Eh, not really. I won’t be at Churchill Downs but am so excited that while we are down in Tulum celebrating my friend’s wedding weekend- we’ll also be celebrating Derby Day! I really can’t resist a themed party. Especially one that lets my inner prep shine! Definitely need to find the perfect outfit for this poolside shindig.

I love the pastel colors, big hats, and bow ties for the gentlemen.  Since we’ll be in Mexico- I want to make sure I won’t be too warm in my outfit either!

Here are some of my favorite ideas below:

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namaste

The past week and a half have been a complete whirlwind. All good things, I assure you… but hectic to say the least.

Tonight I took an hour with a friend to try our town’s newest yoga studio. It was exactly what my body and mind needed. Funny how life seems to work out this way.

Sometimes I think we all just need to take a minute, or sixty, to reflect and do some soul searching. And so I’m inspired for tonight’s post.. some of my favorite quotes for your enjoyment.

“Creativity is a continual surprise.” – Ray Bradbury

“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.” – Mark Twain

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

“Live in the sunshine. Swim the sea. Drink the wild air.” – Emerson

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden

“Believe deep down in your heart that you are destined to do great things.” – Joe Paterno

hamptons lane

Well readers, I’m back at it again and I’m sure you’re shocked!

I stumbled across Hamptons Lane (on Rue La La, obviously) and at about 25% off, I knew I had to give this box a try.

It’s no secret that I love food. If you didn’t catch me trying a new restaurant, I’m probably in my kitchen whipping something up. It helps that Brian also loves to eat.. and is actually quite helpful in the kitchen.

So what’s Hamptons Lane and why did I need to try it? Each month Hamptons Lane creates themed boxes for food lovers that include recipes and all the tools you need to make the recipes. You choose the box you want to receive that month and can skip any at no charge.

For my first box I had the choice between Taco Party, Pasta Box, 50 Shades of Chicken, Healthy Eating, Artisan Entertaining, American Breakfast, Spanish Tapas, The Tailgate Box, Icecream Sundae, Summer Cocktail Party, Gourmet Picnic, Coastal Italy, & Southwestern Fiesta. Talk about a tough decision!

I decided to go with the Spanish Tapas box. I loved my visit to Spain & could truly eat paella every day, so this box will be perfect for me!

If you are interested in trying Hamptons Lane- you can join here!

shop til ya drop

Help! Spring has sprung (just about) and I can’t stop shopping for warmer weather & brighter colored pieces.

I recently went through my closet to purge items that either no longer fit or just plain needed to go. At almost 25, something I wore in high school probably shouldn’t be in the rotation any longer… so goodbye American Eagle pullover! I took a big bag home over Easter weekend for my much-younger-but-not-so-much-shorter sister to peruse to see if anything fits her. If not, my aunt will be listing some of the pieces on Ebay!
So what should you do with your hand-me-downs? If you don’t know anyone who might want them, I highly suggest either dropping off at a local donation center or Goodwill. For trendier items that you might want to get some cash for, try Plato’s Closet or Ebay.
Here are some pieces I’m eyeing to replenish my wardrobe. As the saying goes- Out with the old, in with the new!
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Pssstt.. have you shopped at Red Dress Boutique yet? My friend Courtney recently introduced me to this adorable shop started by Diana Harbour! I have my eye out there for a few dresses for my Tulum vacation..

love with food- first box

You may remember I picked up a 6 month Taster subscription last month to Love With Food. I love the concept of this box – discover new organic/ vegan/ gluten free/ non-GMO snacks, and in turn also help fight hunger in America.

My first Love with Food box came last week and we have been enjoying our new snacks all week!

Here’s what the box looks like when it arrived:

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Love this message on the inside of the box!

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Since this is my first box, I’m not sure if I should expect each box’s goodies to be handpicked by a guest or if this month is something special. In any case, my box was designed by Megan Roosevelt, Founder of Healthy Grocery Girl.

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I really liked that inside the box there was this little menu that let me know each snack, what brand it comes from, and all the ingredients. They also specifically call out if a snack is Organic, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, or Vegan… or in some cases, all four!

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I am really loving the Choco Chews by TruJoy Sweets. They taste exactly like a Tootsie Roll but are Vegan, Organic, Non-GMO, and Gluten Free! YUM.

navy & white

My current fashion obsession this spring is navy and white. I can’t get enough of it… Which is fitting since I graduated from Penn State.

Navy and white are such a classic color combo. You can add accessories with a pop of a bright color for a more modern look, or keep it simple with some nude pumps and pearls.

Here are some pieces I’m eyeing to add to my wardrobe this spring:

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Warm weather, where are you?!

wedding season gifts

Wedding season is almost upon us and you know what that means- lots of bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and engagement parties will start anytime now.

Most couples will register at least with one major retailer for things they want, but what about for the couple that has everything? Or if you really would prefer a more sentimental gift than a blender. If you know the couple really well and know others will likely buy up their registry, personalized gifts can be a thoughtful alternative.

Two of my favorite places to shop for a little more out-of-the-box and thoughtful gifts are Thirty-One Gifts and Uncommon Goods. My mom is a consultant for Thirty-One Gifts so I have been familiar with their products for a few years now. All of their bags are high quality and durable. Plus they offer tons of options for fonts and colors for their personalized embroidery. Your options are really endless!

Here are a few of my favorite wedding inspired gifts from Thirty-One.

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Uncommon Goods has some very unique gifts. Many are artist created and they have a lot of options that you can personalize. I love these couple and wedding gifts below.

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Where else do you love to shop for personalized gifts? How many weddings are on your calendar so far in 2015?