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Thursday, June 22, 2017

9 Free Must Have Travel Apps for Every Trip

We're lucky enough to live in a day and age where technology makes everything, including traveling, SO much easier. Being able to plan and organize your trip from your phone, and then navigating and making your way around during your trip is a breeze and makes any stress that comes with a trip disappear. I rely on a lot of apps to help make my travels easier, here's my favorites:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Budget Buys: Summer Trends Under $50

We can unofficially consider it summer now, right?!? ;) All of the summer trends we're seeing so far this season are extremely fun patterns and prints - some predictable and repeated (but never get old!) and some new and unexpected. It's always interesting to see what's making the cut and what stores are selling out of on a weekly basis! My favorite trends for the summertime right now are bows/pom poms, lemon, flamingo, cactus and pineapple prints and a classy palm leaf/tree print. Instead of just finding some super cute finds for each trend, I picked out a handful of each - ALL under $50!!! They're true budget buys because every store has every good reason to mark trending items up, but these fun pieces are great for the summer - whether it be to wear or to entertain/decorate with - and the best part is they don't break the bank! Here's some of the best finds for each trend:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How to Wake Up Earlier and Get Things Done

If we're being completely honest, I'm not at ALL a morning person. Once I'm up and moving, I love mornings - how quiet they are, sunrises, getting things done before the sun is fully risen, morning TV. But man oh man do I hate getting out of bed! I think my real problem is that I have ridiculously soft and comfy bedding, but who knows. ;) What you do and how your morning goes really does set the tone for your entire day, so making it a good one is ideal! We all need mornings where we can sleep in, hang around and be lazy and cozy but when you have an alarm set, being able to get up without the "ughhhhh"'s is less than easy. Throw in working from home and being your own boss - which means setting your own hours, often making getting up even harder! I know the feeling all too well, and so does my snooze button. As of late, I've been working really hard on getting as much extra time in earlier in the day so that come night time, I can put the computer down sooner. It's gotten easier over time, and not only have I been getting better sleep but I've been able to wake up not so miserably. It's a win-win! Here's what's helped:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Save vs Splurge: Summer Must Haves

I can hardly believe that summer is literally weeks away - but so is Big Brother and that screams summer! Does anyone else LOVE having that to watch all summer long?? I've done a few save or splurge comparisons before (check them all out here!) and they're always one of my favorite things to do! I tend to splurge more on bags, shoes and accessories and save more on clothes - but I know some people are the exact opposite so I tried to put together a nice mix of both. I found some really fun finds for summer that are trending like crazy right now and I must say, I'm so excited about the dupes I found! There's a pair of gemstone earrings that are $32 and nearly identical to a pair that are the real deal and over $3,000! Just super fun, summer musts - check them all out and see what you'd add to your closet!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

7 Things to Think About Before Starting Your Blog

If you're starting a new blog, you're in the right place! If you're already a blogger, you're also in the right place - these things apply to everyone and since it's an ever changing and evolving business, you can always learn/grow and implement things along the way. There's nothing more exciting than following your dreams and doing what you love and if you're a blogger or soon-to-be blogger, you likely love to write, network and help others. Your knowledge is more important and useful in the world than you think, trust me! :) 
My very favorite part about blogging is being my own boss. It's the best thing to have ever happened in my work life, and I highly recommend it! It takes more than just coming up with a few ideas and throwing them out into the world. It takes effort, time and diligence to succeed but realize all of this and you will do just that - succeed. That being said, here's 7 things you should think a lot about before diving in and starting your blog:

Monday, June 5, 2017

Gift Guide for the Graduate: Splurges, Saves and for the Girl on the Go

It's graduation season again! When I put together this guide, I tried to think about things that I would have loved to get as a college grad (officially a year out now!) and also asked my sister what she'd like as a soon-to-be high school graduate. We came up with some splurge items, some practical things and a couple of ideas that anyone on your list will love!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Currently Craving: Springing into Summer Favorites

I'm not quite sure how it's June already, but man am I excited for summer!! The weather is finally warming up, the pool is almost ready to go and the sun is shining more and more! Summer shopping is in a pretty close tie with holiday shopping for me - between grabbing gifts and summer must haves, there's so many fun things out there this season. I've found a ton of fun finds at all different prices in the last month - here's the ones you need to shop:

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Style + Can't Miss Weekend Sales

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Memorial Day is such an important day to honor our great military, and I love rocking red, white and blue while doing so! It's also the unofficial start of summer and such a fun day to spend with friends and family honoring those who have served for our country. These picks are perfect for the day and for all summer long - I love looking patriotic! There's also some really incredible deals and steals going on this weekend and I've rounded up the best ones so it's a one stop shop!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The 8 Must Have Pool Floats to Buy on Amazon for Summer

It's getting closer and closer to pool and beach season!! I'm so excited and the first thing I do every season is check out the newest pool floats. I have so much fun buying adorable pool floats for parties, BBQs and just hanging around the pool and I always get compliments on my fun floats! My go-to for anything pool related is Amazon - they have the best selection and they always have the newest designs available all season long! Here's some of my very favorites to grab this season - fair warning, some of them may make you a little hungry! ;)

Monday, May 22, 2017

10 Tasks to Improve Your Blog in 10 Minutes Each

What would you do if you had 10 minutes to spare on any given day? If we're being honest I really wish we could tack a few hours onto each day, but when I find myself with a few minutes in between events/errands/work/etc., I try and get little things done as much as possible. My brain is constantly running with the little things I want to get done for my blog - and while a lot of things require a longer time frame (like writing a post in full or shooting pictures) there's definitely a long list of things that you can accomplish, even when you only have 10 minutes to spare. I like to spend these 10 minutes being as productive as possible, so I put my phone aside, turn the TV off and even set a timer for 10 minutes. These 10 minute tasks are a great way to get you back on track when you're feeling unproductive. Here's 10 great ways to help your blog when you have 10 minutes to spare:

Friday, May 19, 2017

The 2017 Swimsuit Guide: Swim Under $200

With the weather heating up, I'm all about getting beach and pool ready! The sangria and pizza may be telling me otherwise, but I AM working on that beach bod! ;) If there's one kind of shopping that I know a lot of women hate, it's bathing suit shopping. I love cute suits but hate all the insecurities, and love getting cute summery swimwear but the price tags are usually much less than favorable. It's a love-hate relationship, but it doesn't have to be all bad! I try to have a positive outlook on bathing suit shopping, so to do so (for us ALL!) I put together a great guide of swimwear for everyone - one pieces (without looking old and frumpy), bikinis, tankinis - the whole nine yards. The other best part? All of these picks are under $200! Good quality bathing suits don't always come cheap, but you can get quality pieces that are still in-budget. Whatever you're looking for, I got you covered! ;)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Everyday Makeup Must Haves

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I share a lot of the beauty products I love, but never have really talked about my everyday makeup! I had a couple of people ask me what my daily routine is like, so I wanted to put together my favorites that I use every single day. I'm the kind of person who, unless I'm going somewhere really nice/fancy/exciting, I don't like to look like I'm wearing a lot of makeup. Especially in the summer and warmer months, nothing is worse than a heavy face full of product! On an everyday basis, I wear minimal makeup and love nothing more than a simple, clean look. Here's the perfect must haves for a simple (and fairly quick too!) makeup look:

Monday, May 15, 2017

DIY Pom Pom Sun Hat

Pom poms are all the rage this season and I don't know that there's anyone who hasn't already fallen in love with this trend! They're so festive, fun and make the spring and summer so much more fun style-wise. ;) I've been seeing lots of embellished tops, accessories and shoes lately and I've also noticed that sometimes these pommed-beauties are expensive! Well worth it yes, but not everyone wants to drop $100 or more on a sunhat. Get in the DIY mood, because I'm sharing a super simple, quick and inexpensive way to make your very own pom pom hat! It couldn't be easier and it costs as little as you need it to!

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Fine Line Between Work and Life When You Work from Home

Many of you know that since graduating college last spring, I've been blogging full-time. Along with a fun little side hustle of VA work/social media managing, blogging is my full-time gig and I couldn't be any more in love with what I do! Never did I imagine that this would be my work AND fun, but now that it is I'm grateful every day. But besides all the sappy stuff, the truth of the matter is that when I have busy days, I have BUSY days. Every day is busy, but some more than others and let's be honest - some I'm more motivated and productive than others. ;) Now while working for myself means that being busy is a good thing, it's still often hard to recognize where exactly that super fine line between your life and your work is. Some days I work at my dining room table, others I'm at my desk (I really need to work on that!). I even find myself getting work done at all hours of the day - I break when I can and while I don't hate that, I know how important it is to prevent burn out or feeling anything but love for my job.

If you're anything like this, you know all too well that work doesn't always end - you more so take a "break" to grab dinner or go run errands or once in a while, sleep. I always find myself watching TV at night and paying half attention to Scandal as I write a post or finish some work, then have to re-watch because I didn't allow myself some down time - anyone else?! Side note: if you're a fellow Gladiator, you know all too well you can't miss a second of that show!!

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Best Spring Fashion Finds on Amazon Prime

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So we're all in agreement, Amazon is the best thing to happen pretty much ever, right? ;) Just when you think you've seen everything that they have to offer, you come across even more incredible finds. I would have never thought that Amazon would be one of the places I went to for spring fashion finds, but I was wrong! There's so many trending pieces and styles, here's some of my favorites right now:

Friday, May 5, 2017

How to Make Shopping for Skincare Easier Using the HiMirror Plus

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions, as always, are my own.

With as many skincare products, brands and different "quick fixes" there are on the market today, it's hard to know what will work for you, what you should spend/splurge on, what isn't worth the steep price - you get the idea! If you search "cleanser" on Sephora's website, you get pages and pages of results. Whose to say which will work best for you? You can read reviews and sort your search based on best sellers, etc., but a quick search isn't customizing products for YOUR skin. All of us have totally different needs when it comes to skincare and a product that works for your sister may not work for you. Ever since I began using the HiMirror, I've had a much more personalized shopping experience and I've even found new products I've grown to LOVE! Now, Hi Mirror has a new Plus version and it's better than ever:

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is getting so close! If you're a procrastinator shopper, didn't realize it's already next weekend (*raises hand*) or are just completely stumped on what to get the special women in your life, I have you covered! I've been searching high and low for gifts for my mom that aren't repetitive to everything else my sister and I always get her, something different and something she'll love for a long time. Whether you're on a tight budget or want to splurge a bit, the things I found are in a large price variety! Here's my favorites and what's definitely on my radar for my mom this Mother's Day:

Saturday, April 29, 2017

28 Days to Better Skin with Olay

Thank you to Olay for sponsoring today's post! As always, all thoughts and opinions are solely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support me!

When I first started being more serious about skincare and began to use skincare products daily as a teenager, Olay was one of those brands that my mom always helped me pick out. Like I mentioned on Instagram Stories the other day (@dailydoseofdesign) the other day, it's one of those brands that you can count on to always be reliable and you know that the products will work wonders on your skin! You guys are well aware that I'm always looking for the very best skincare products to take care of all skin types and for all times of the year. There's nothing more important (beauty-wise) than taking great care of your skin and that starts with the right skincare regimen for you. I think the coolest part about Olay is that they're incredibly innovative; every time you go to your local Walmart or where you buy your Olay products, you likely notice that there's new things to try. They keep up with the trends and go far beyond them, too. I'm so excited to be a part of the new Olay 28 Day Skin Study that helps you find your very own products from their various lines to have THE best skin ever!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Currently Craving: Best Buys in April

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

DIY Day-Saver Travel Bag

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MoreMomentsWithExcedrin #CollectiveBias

Why is it that traveling can almost never go EXACTLY as planned? I’ve talked a bit before about the awful headaches I often get, and how many different things I’ve tried to help, but traveling can be stressful and exhausting and I almost always end up having a bad headache when I’m traveling. Since one awful headache in particular last year while at the airport, I put together one of the easiest DIY travel bags that has everything you need to save the day, including when that awful headache hits. Here's what's inside:

Monday, April 24, 2017

How to Start a Travel Fund

So many of us love to travel and wish we got to take more trips, more often. While it may sometimes seem far out of reach, it really doesn't have to be. Traveling can be costly, but finding the way to fund trips doesn't have to be as difficult as it seems! I've saved a ton of money to be able to travel and I've found some surefire ways to make your savings for traveling grow endlessly. When I graduated college I knew I wanted to start traveling and I knew I needed to find some creative ways to get there. If you come up with some innovative ways to save, you'll be on a plane in no time. ;) There's no better experience than to travel this beautiful world, so the more you make it a priority to cross things off of your travel bucket list, the more you'll get to experience incredible things that are truly priceless. Here's some ways I've been working hard to save money for my travel fund:

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Cutest Graphic Tees for Spring and Summer

I love getting dressed up as much as the next girl, but in all honesty - 9 days out of 10 during the warmer months I'm in a comfy tee and cropped jeans or shorts! There's a definite market these days for athleisure wear and who could blame us girls who love being comfy (while still looking cute and put together) for wanting all of the cute, comfy looks? Graphic tees are the best because there's all different fits and shapes and I can never get enough of the fun sayings a lot of tees have. Here's some of my current favorite graphic tees:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

How to Achieve Luminous Skin for Spring and Summer

Thank you to Palmer’s® Coconut Oil Formula for sponsoring today's post!

The weather has been absolutely incredible for the past week and I'm so excited for the warmer months! I talk a LOT about skincare with you guys because taking care of your skin is so important to me and something I always focus on so much. I try endless amounts of products and try to always have a great skincare routine for any type of weather, during any season and to be able to remedy any skin problems that come my way. And let's be honest, it isn't always easy! For the past week I've been participating in the Palmer's 7 Days to a More Luminous You challenge. It's no secret that I love coconut oil and all of the amazing things you can do with it so I was extremely excited to see what the Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula products could do for my skin! 
This challenge isn't only good for your skin, it's great all around in terms of health benefits. I've seen a huge difference in my skins appearance and I had no doubt that I would! It's no surprise that it's one of the many ways to have gorgeous, glowing skin for the spring and summer months.

Monday, April 10, 2017

7 Tips to Make a Successful To-Do List

One of the most stressful things is to have an overwhelming to-do list that's longer than you have enough hours in a day for! I know the satisfaction of getting things done and crossing things off of your list is gratifying but it's also stressful and let's be real, being stressed causes Netflix binges and results in not a thing getting crossed off your list. Being able to get things done and manage your time is a true gift, and if you can do it without a to-do list I need to take a lesson from ya! ;) Here's some simple ways I've been making my daily lists more manageable:

Friday, April 7, 2017

How to Write the Perfect Follow-Up Email to a Brand

One of the most rewarding feelings as a blogger is when you get to collaborate with a brand that you really love, truly believe in and honestly want to share with your readers. Being able to send a pitch to a brand that's eye catching and irresistible is always #1, creating a positive relationship is even more important, and being able to send a follow up email is right up there as well. A follow up is simply sending a second email after sending a pitch to a brand you'd like to work with. Is it nerve wracking? Absolutely! Is it worth it? Almost ALWAYS. I've been spending more and more time pitching brands on my own lately, and seeing that hard work paying off is truly the best feeling. Being able to follow up with a brand can sometimes be the difference in whether you land a collaboration or not. There's a ton of information out there on how to pitch a brand; including about 9,000 different opinions on the right way to do it. That being said, there isn't all that much information on what you should do or say in a follow up email. Since these are crucial steps, I'm sharing my best tips for putting together a follow up email to a brand. Land that collaboration and see your hard work pay off - here's some foolproof ways to get there:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

10 Soothing Face Masks to Buy on Amazon

There is no better feeling than applying a face mask after a long day/week, am I right?! I try and do a mask one or two times a week because the stress of a week can really get overwhelming, or if my face needs some TLC it's the best way to detox your skin. I love to try all different masks but is there really any better feeling than ordering something and having it to your door in the next two days? Ha! Something else that Amazon excels at is having an insanely awesome beauty department, and I rounded up 10 of my favorite masks you can grab with Amazon Prime to get your face feeling fresh and clean in a matter of hours:

Monday, April 3, 2017

5 Shoe Styles to Rock this Spring

Spring is finally springing and making a full on appearance around here! I'm loving the sunshine and warmer temperatures, and my feet are loving it too! ;) After getting that first pedicure of the season, there's nothing better than rocking a new pair of fun, springy shoes. I've been seeing lots of fun colors and styles this season but these five are out in full force and are definitely pairs you need to pair with all of your outfits this season:

Friday, March 31, 2017

Currently Craving: Best Buys for Spring

My spring wish list is starting to become never ending... With all of the fun trends I really think it's safe to say that this spring is THE best for new things to date! Seriously - whether you're on a tight budget or looking to find some splurge/forever pieces, I got you covered! This months Currently Craving is all about spring must haves at all different price points! From gingham to stacking rings to $8 Amazon finds and more, here's my picks from March:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What to Wear on Easter Sunday

For as long as I can remember, Easter outfit shopping has been something that my sister and I always looked forward to! Especially when we were little and it involved all sorts of cute, poofy dresses, hats and gulp... even those little white gloves my mom would make us wear! This year there's a ton of fun trends, colors and patterns to put together for a fun and springy Easter look. Here's some of my favorites:

Monday, March 27, 2017

10 Incredible Dessert Places in NYC

Living so close to New York City definitely has its perks - getting to concerts is a breeze, Broadway shows are 40 minutes away and going to dinner at any restaurant imaginable is as easy as could be. Aside from the sights, the tourism and celebs, delicious pizza and expensive drinks, NYC knows their desserts! There's no doubt that you've heard of some of the awesome desserts and eateries on the news because these places just keep popping up all around. Whether you're on the hunt for a delicious cupcake or something more indulgent and out-there, you can definitely find it in NYC! So if you're visiting or even if you're a local, these 10 places are must-visits and must-eats, to say the least:

Friday, March 24, 2017

Must Have Chic Office Accessories on Amazon

When you shop on Amazon, the possibilities really become endless... In fact it's sort of dangerous being able to click one button and have your order being processed! From household items to photography accessories and cameras, to makeup, shoes and more, Amazon almost always has you covered. ;) Decorating your home has never been easier, and I'm always looking for office inspo (I have a whole board of inspiration on Pinterest!). I never would have thought all of these colorful chic pieces would be available on Amazon, but low and behold - here's 13 GORGEOUS chic office accessories and must haves for your office:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

4 Ways to Refresh Your Home for Spring using Candles: Celebrating National Fragrance Day with Bridgewater Candle Company

This post is sponsored by Bridgewater Candle Co. As always, all thoughts and opinions are solely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support me!

Happy National Fragrance Day!! It's so fitting that this day falls on the first full day of spring! This holiday is so fun because I'm always lighting candles, trying new room sprays and even wax melts and wall plug-ins throughout my home. I LOVE nothing more than a fresh, clean smelling room/home and candles and fresh scents have always been the way to go for me! I'm celebrating this National Fragrance Day with Bridgewater Candle Company; one of the best candle companies out there! They have high quality products and some of the prettiest and freshest scents I've ever smelled. This spring, I'm using candles and fresh fragrances to refresh my home and with Bridgewater's candles, it's easier than ever to double your fresh scents as decor pieces! Here's my favorite ways to use candles to refresh any room or home this season:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Target Designer Dupes You Have to See to Believe!

Last weekend I was at Target and I swear, every aisle I walked down I said to myself "this is the perfect dupe!" for something I've seen this season. There's nothing better than a fun Target run, and especially when you can fill a cart up with fun new things (as if that's a hard to-do)! I always love to compare things to save or splurge on and let me just tell ya - if you're looking for some awesome savings and dupes, head to Target! As if I had to say it twice... ;) Here's some of the best dupes Target has right now:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Luxury Skincare on a Budget: Paula's Choice Skincare

Thank you to Paula's Choice and PRIMP for sponsoring today's post! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support me!

This weather is seriously starting to take a toll on my skin - here in New York, it's been freezing and snowy for a week but before that it was warm, sunny and totally spring-like for weeks! Now it's mid-March (I'm sorry, HOW is that possible?!) and we just got over 25" of snow - there's another 1-3" coming on Saturday night, and my skin is screaming for some sunshine, warm weather and craving the outdoors! I'm super serious when it comes to putting together a great skincare routine and it often changes, which is why I talk *so* much about different products I love. When the season/weather changes I always try new things to accommodate my skin, and my go-to to do so is always Paula's Choice. They have the best, high quality products that are totally affordable; they're non-irritating, 100% fragrance free, never tested on animals and offer coupons - this spring your skin will suffer no more! ;) Here are some of my favorite Paula's Choice products for spring:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

4 Simple Ways to Relieve Daily Stress

Thank you to PRIMP and ZAPZYT for sponsoring today's post! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Our daily lives can be stressful - from working hard to enjoying your daily life and finding the balance between it all, there's not always a clear-cut happy medium. I love my job and am so grateful for it, but there's always stressful moments! I've always been a firm believer in doing what you love and focusing on what's important to you, but on those stressful days there has to be a way to get through and keep your eye on the prize. These four tips are my daily fixes to any amount of stress I'm dealing with:

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spring Break Getaway Essentials

We're already in mid March and getting so close to spring break! If you're headed somewhere warm and tropical for spring break, it's time to start shopping - and I found all of the cutest (and most colorful!) things you need to pack for your trip:

Friday, March 10, 2017

How to Style Jeans and Wedges for Spring

This post is sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

During this time of year, the weather is never guaranteed - especially in New York! It could be 60 and sunny one day and snowing and cold the next (cough, today). But slowly, spring is definitely on it's way and I can't wait to be styling ALL of the amazing spring trends there are this season! One of my favorite looks lately is jeans with wedges or heels and a cute top. I love lace up sandals, color block wedges and anything that's stylish yet comfortable! One of my very favorite brands to get shoes from (especially for spring) is Marc Fisher. There's tons of fun styles to choose from and they're perfect for this upcoming season!

Monday, March 6, 2017

How to Travel Abroad: Beauty Must Haves (+ WIN $850 to Nordstrom!)

Calling all travel lovers who are terrible packers, especially when it comes to beauty! ;) Traveling internationally can be difficult when it comes to packing, knowing what to bring, sizes of products you can bring, etc. I have a handful of must-haves that I take on every trip and they've been life savers! I've had serious European converter issues, ruined a hair straightener, TSA problems with beauty products - you name it, it's likely happened to me (and only could happen to me, I swear! LOL). The worst thing is when you're on vacation and don't have your normal products - it makes everything harder - so finding travel sized items or things that are just as perfect is so important. Here are my holy grail travel beauty products that I can't imagine traveling internationally without:

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Finding the Right Camera for You: Great Cameras for Beginners

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There are hundreds of different types of cameras, brands of cameras and ways to go when it comes to picking and choosing what works best for you. There are lots of cameras for beginners that don't require tons of photography classes, and really help to grow past your iPhone's camera or a simpler point and shoot. While there's a lot to learn if you decide on a DSLR, there's great options that have simpler modes and controls to get you comfortable with the camera. I'm still learning myself, but after upgrading I'm realizing just how important cameras for beginners are! Whether you need something reliable for blog photos, want to get into photography, need something better for a trip or anything else - here are the best cameras to consider:

Monday, February 27, 2017

Currently Craving: Colorful February Favorites

There may still be a few days in February, but the weather we've had the past few days is making me crave Spring! This month's currently craving is channeling my inner "I want spring", and mostly filled with things on my spring wish list. I found some great sales, fun colored must haves and more that we all definitely want need this month:

Friday, February 24, 2017

Transitional Pieces to Add to Your Closet: Winter to Spring Fashion

Making the transition in your wardrobe from winter to spring can be challenging - especially if you live somewhere that has cold winters! In New York it's hard to know what to expect, but there's usually cold days into April. This winter we've had unseasonably warm temperatures, but I know it's going to be a while until this warmth is consistent. It's hard to plan what to wear when you literally can go from it being 65 and sunny one day to 40 and chilly the next! That's where transitional pieces come in - AKA fun clothes and accessories that make you crave spring, but still can work for these late winter months.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

10 Blog Photography Must Haves to Buy on Amazon

Taking that show stopping image for your blog is crucial - visuals that are appealing make a huge difference for social media and blogs alike. A lot goes into getting that perfect picture and if you're anything like me you know how many shots end up on your memory card!

Blog photography doesn't have to be stressful; it can actually be extremely fun if you have the right tools. From accessories to back drops, these 10 items (all from Amazon!) are ones you need to help step up your photography game *and* make your life a lot easier too.

Monday, February 20, 2017

My Morning Routine: How to Be a Morning Person in 20 Minutes or Less

I've tried just about everything to be able to consider myself a morning person but most days, I just can't do it! It's crazy because all of my life I've been an early riser and for the past year or two I complain if I'm awake before 8. Believe it or not, in college, I was always the one signing up for 8 and 9 AMs too, and since I graduated something seriously changed, ha! I've tried going to bed earlier, trying to stick to a set sleep/wake up schedule - the whole nine yards. The only thing I've found to help make it easier is having a routine that I look forward to to get my day started on the right foot. I'm a planner by nature and I love having a routine that doesn't have to change (me and change don't get along) on the daily. Getting things done in the morning and planning my day are things I look forward to each morning, and it's made a huge difference.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What to Pack for New York in the Winter

If you're reading this and it's above 45 degrees, I'm completely jealous of you. I've been a New Yorker all of my life and although I have big dreams to hopefully be somewhere warmer one day, for now, I embrace it! Last year, I wrote a full travel guide to NYC and if you're not from around here or aren't sure what to bring with you for some seriously unpredictable weather, I got you covered! We're also mid-NYFW so if you're traveling to come see some of the awesome shows, you're likely bringing double/really in a predicament of what to bring! Here's what you *need* to make room for in your suitcase:

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Best GRAMMYs Looks to Transform into Everyday Wear

My absolute favorite award show is by FAR the Grammys! I'm a complete award show junkie but if there's one I get overly excited about, it's the Grammys. From the entire four hours of the red carpet to the craziness of the show, I love every second and everything about it. I thought this years show was so well done; James Corden was hysterical, the performances were so fun to watch and I mean can we talk about Adele?! #therealqueen

Instead of just sharing my favorite looks of the night, I put together my favorite looks along with outfit dupes for each. There were some seriously crazy and out there looks (did anyone see the girl wearing the real life ball pit?! I mean...) but this is the award show where the stars can go all out and are expected to wear things that stand out big time. But since not all of us get to walk a red carpet every day, I found some fun ways to still incorporate these looks from their styles to the patterns and colors into real, every-day outfits:

Friday, February 10, 2017

How to Take the Perfect Flat Lay Picture

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One of the most popular forms of imagery for bloggers and photographers alike are flat lay images. If you've been around here for a while (or have been following me on Instagram for a while), then you know these types of pictures are some of my FAVORITES to take! I love styling images - that's the graphic design background in me, but it's the funnest photography to play around with if you ask me. One of the most interesting things to see is how everyone manages taking their flat lays; there's lots of different techniques and ways to master the art of a flat lay and while no way is the wrong way, there are definitely some things I've learned that make taking your images *so* much easier. If you've been interested in this style but haven't known where to start or just want to up your flat lay game, here are my favorite tips and tricks to get the perfect flat lay image:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

25 Unexpected Benefits and Uses of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has become a kitchen must have for many people (including myself!) for a butter/egg/vegetable oil substitute, health benefits and so many more incredible things. But the best part about coconut oil is that it isn't only good for kitchen uses - guys, I bought this entire container JUST to keep in my bathroom because of how many skin care uses there is for this stuff! It blows my mind, but there must be some sort of magic in it because it *really* works and 9 times out of 10, when there's a problem, coconut oil can fix it!

Coconut oil is made from coconuts, and its grounded and the oil is extracted from the coconut. The best part of coconut oil is that it's filled with natural antibacterial properties, making it useful in your every day life. Here are my favorite uses for coconut oil when it comes to your beauty routine and beyond:

Monday, February 6, 2017

Currently Craving: In My Closet from January

It's February which means we're one month closer to spring and warmth! I love seeing how my monthly favorites change and I really love some of the things I found in January. Whether you're looking for some winter sales or looking forward toward spring, I've got you covered with a mix of both:

Friday, February 3, 2017

12 Gorgeous Fonts the Creative Soul Needs

I fully admit it - I have an obsession with fonts. I love downloading tons of different options, mix and matching and playing around with words in all of my downloads. Maybe that's just the wannabe-graphic-designer in me, but I know I can't be the only one! ;) Finding fonts you love is easy, but finding fonts that you love that are free isn't always as easy. I buy some of my fonts (my favorite place to buy is Creative Market) but there's SO many free options out there - all it really takes is an idea of what you're looking for. I often get asked about some of the fonts I use, so here are 12 of my favorite fonts that are totally FREE to download: