Miami Beach Weekend

Finally getting around to writing about our weekend trip to Miami Beach. WHAT A WEEKEND! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that the weekend started off with a bang because Sam PROPOSED. I cannot wait for this next season of my life and to share it with Sam.

So obviously we had an absolute blast the entire weekend eating and drinking our way through Miami Beach. I would recommend every place we went to dinner, so here are the details:

Where We Stayed:
View of the pool from our room
The bathroom could not be ANY cuter
I was in blush pink heaven

We stayed at The Plymouth Hotel. This place is adorable. It’s a few blocks off the beach, has a gorgeous pool, the rooms are PERFECT (think pink, white, SO in right now), the staff was welcoming and recognized us when we walked in and out, and the sushi restaurant in the hotel was delicious. The location seemed perfect for us. Not crazy, close to tons of bars and restaurants. Highly recommend. You get two beach chairs every day at the beach included with your room, and you can rent an umbrella or cabana for the day. So even though the hotel is not directly on the water, we still had all the amenities of a hotel right on the beach.

Where We Ate:

Probably my second favorite part of the trip. (The proposal being my first favorite, of course.)

Chotto Matte

Chotto Matte – this place was INSANE. We had reservations the night we got there (the day we got engaged), and I wouldn’t have wanted to eat anywhere else. The next time we go back to Miami Beach, Sam and I already agreed we have to eat here. The décor is amazing, the service was impeccable, and the food was unlike anything we’ve ever had. Tapas style, Japanese-Peruvian style dishes. Menu tip – you will most likely have no idea what the food even is or where to begin. We (ok Sam) decided we should get the “Nikkei Sharing Menu II” and it was the best decision. All planned for you. They knew we got engaged because one of my sweet friends sent us champagne at dinner (so thoughtful!!) so for desert we had this huge platter with a sparkler. I seriously cannot say enough good things about this place.

Espanola Way

Dress

Havana 1957 – Sam was insistent on Cuban food during the trip. This place delivered. We went to the location on Espanola Way, which is a pedestrian street. All the restaurants had huge outdoor seating areas, it felt like we were in Europe. Highly recommend the Passion Fruit Mojito.

Prime Seafood – So we had intended to eat at Joe’s Stone Crab, but we got there at 6 and there was already a two hour wait (they don’t take reservations). We really wanted seafood and found this place. They gave great recommendations on what to order, huge portions, cool/fancy vibe, another great restaurant.

Where We Drank:

Sweet Liberty – three words: HAPPY HOUR OYSTERS. Yep, 95 cent oysters. delicious drinks. Cool bar. And just 2 blocks from the hotel we stayed at.

A La Folie Café – on Espanola Way, this was an adorable, quiet French bar. We got a drink here before getting dinner at Havana 1957.

What I Wore:

During the days, I pretty much just wore swimsuits and coverups. At night I wanted to dress it up a bit, so I used Rent the Runway. I recently decided to go with the Unlimited package where you get four items at one time and can swap items as often as you want. It allowed me to wear a new dress every night PLUS a pair of adorable Lele Sadoughi earrings. Will link items to purchase if interested.

Swimsuits:

Swimsuit; Sunglasses are Forever 21 (no longer on their website), similar ones ; Necklace

Swimsuit top; Swimsuit bottoms; Sunglasses; Headband

Coverups:

All these items are old, but shirt is from Forever 21 (sized up 2 sizes for the large fit), bag is H&M, sandals are Haviana from about a million years ago.

Also old, beach pants are from Forever 21 and tee is from Anthropologie; Headband

Nighttime:

Dress – I can’t find it for sale on any website, but they have it in different prints for purchase. I LOVED this dress; Necklaces

Dress; Shoes; Jacket; Bag; Earrings

 

We had an AMAZING weekend that was fun yet relaxing. We ate, we drank, we laid on the beach and by the pool. We started off engaged life pretty well if you ask me.

Leisure Clothes

I share a lot of outfits that are more for dinners, parties, drinks, etc. But if I’m not at work, honestly I wear leisure clothes probably 90% of the time! Especially in January when its colder out. So I’ve done a little round up of clothes I like to wear to run errands or lounge around in.

Pants:

I have these sweatpants. THEY. ARE. SO. SOFT. Seriously wear these on a day when you’re staying home on a cold or rainy day. On sale right now and come in a ton of colors. They run big. I usually wear an xs or s and have the xxs.

I wear these joggers just about every single day. Not kidding. Obsessed with them. #comfycute

Leggings:

These leggings have to be the softest leggings ever. I don’t have the full-length in black yet, but I want them. I have a camo print and a pretty blue color I got on sale. I have the black in the cropped length, however. Pricey for leggings but so worth it. Look for sales! (Although black will rarely, if ever, go on sale. You may find some other cute colors on sale.)

My girlfriend collective black leggings are what I’ve been wearing for years! They are about the closest feeling to the lulu aligns in terms of softness and not too compressing. They have so many colors now. Made ethically and out of recycled materials. I actually first got my pair when the company was launching a few years ago and they were GIVING OUT their leggings for free, just payed shipping. I still have the pair I got a few years ago, so they hold up well! Not to mention if you want workout clothes, their sports bras are so cute to make a matching set. (I’m eyeing the Topanga and Paloma styles.)  NOTE: I have to roll the bottom of the legging under because the full length is too long on me (I’m 5’3″).

Tops:

I saw this cropped sweatshirt on Lisa Allen of Salty Lashes and ordered immediately. #influenced I’ll probably wear it most with leggings and then shorts in the spring. (I LOVE shorts and long sleeves.) Wearing in the picture here.

I wear a lot of graphic tees when I’m just out running errands. Some are Butler tees (go dawgs!), and here are some others I like right now:

  • Be Kind Tee
  • Tie-dye is going to be very trendy this spring/summer!
  • Long sleeve tee
  • This whole Topeshop collection of tee’s with a few short sayings on them is very cute and simple
  •  A friend of mine makes these tanks and they are SO CUTE! (I have the “happy lil’ thang” tank). I want the “strong” next. Also great to wear as a work out tank or over a sports bra.

You can’t really go wrong with the define jacket from lululemon. It’s a great jacket to throw on over a tee or tank.

I also recommend a denim jacket once its warm enough. I’ll wear my joggers or leggings and then a denim jacket over a tee.

Shoes:

I got these for my birthday and LOVE them. I wear them all the time.

Always a classic tennis shoe. I’ve worn mine for years!

If it’s cold/snowy where you live, how cute are these!? And on sale right now. I haven’t had much need for cold weather wear yet this winter, but when it is cold I wear my classic Uggs all the time the run errands.

Exact Outfit in Picture:

Top, Leggings, Shoes, Bag

I LOVE getting dressed up, but in reality, this is what I wear most of the time. What’s your go-to outfit to run errands in?

Cheetah Print

Animal print! I’ve already touched on snakeskin booties (see post here), but now I’m having a moment with cheetah.

I’m more of a classic style kind of gal. And animal print has never been quite my thing. But it’s having a moment! And I’ve finally warmed up to wearing animal prints more. No, you probably won’t see me rocking a cheetah jump suit… But I’ve actually been finding animal print pieces that I love!

The easiest way to wear a trend without straying too far from your usual style is to wear the trend (especially if it’s a color or pattern) as an accessory. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and scarves are a GREAT way to incorporate a trendy piece like animal print. Here I found a pair of cheetah print heels that add the perfect little punch to this otherwise neutral outfit. 

Here’s a few cheetah print items I’m coveting:
  • This flowy dress is so cute.
  • I just bought this skirt! I love the pink.
  • This clutch is such a good price! the perfect little pop of cheetah print.
  • If I was to wear a leopard button down, it would be this one. And the way they style it on Tuckernuck is always so classy.
  • There’s something about a slingback pointed toe flat that never fails. These are so pretty (work-wear appropriate)
  • If I was a little bit bolder, I would buy these in a heartbeat! Still adding them to my wish list though.
  • For those messy hair days when you just throw your hair in a topknot and still want to look cute??? A headband it is. The “neutral” might be my favorite color, but I love them all.
  • This scarf is DEFINITELY going on my birthday/Christmas list.
  • Mare fall-appropriate scarf (and you can’t beat that price for something you may only wear a few times while it’s in style)
  • I love this coat!
My Outfit:

my shoes, similar shoes, jeans, bag, similar sweater

I’m so glad I’ve warmed up to cheetah print. I’ll definitely be wearing more this season! So what’s your favorite? Snakeskin or cheetah?

Flannel for Fall

What’s a few things that come to mind when I say fall style staples? Is flannel on that list? Well if it’s not, it should be! And if it is, let’s be besties.

Maybe it’s my Midwestern roots or that I tend to gravitate toward “classic” styles, but I love wearing flannel for fall and winter! Flannels can be worn under a sweater with just the collar and sleeves showing, worn open over a tee, or by itself. There are endless color options as well. And patterns? There’s plaid, gingham, checked… With all of these options, what’s not to love!?

I’ll most commonly wear my flannels with jeans. I like to tuck the middle front of my shirt in to my jeans (as seen in my photos) to elongate my legs. And once it starts to get REALLY cold, I’ll throw my flannel on under a sweater. Roll the sleeves of the sweater a bit to see the flannel at the ends and make sure your collar can be seen. If your sweater and flannel are a little long just put on some leggings and keep it comfy. Another option, that I don’t tend to do as often is throw on a flannel over a little graphic tee and keep it unbuttoned.This look adds layers but requires very little thinking. (Great for feeling put together!)

Some of my Flannel Picks Right Now:

  • I have this exact one from a couple seasons ago
  • Love these colors, and doesn’t button all the way down
  • Obsessed with the colors in this one and the over-sized top button. Boxier fit.
  • The little ruffle collar is so cute

Here I wore my Topshop flannel (old) with wide-leg jeans for a trendy touch. Dressed down with tennis shoes, or throw on some booties or heels for a dressier look. Wear a classic colored flannel with some brown riding boots and you’ll pull off the preppy look with ease! A flannel shirt is so versatile, there’s no way to go wrong.

Other Clothing Links

jeans, shoes, bag, necklace

Snakeskin Booties

If you’ve seen anything about trends for fall, you probably know that animal print is HUGE. Now I’m usually someone who prefers classic and simple pieces that I can mix and match with anything, but I also try to mix in some trends to keep my look young and fashionable. So here, I’m going to share with you one of the first fall trend pieces I purchased and CANNOT wait to start wearing!

Let’s take this back a couple of months. If you’re like me, you probably saw numerous bloggers/influencers shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in July. As someone who loves fall and loves Nordstrom, I’m a die-hard follower of what goes on during this sale. This year, I purchased a couple of items that I can’t wait to start wearing. (Once the weather cooperates, you’ll start seeing these pieces.) But one item that I fell in love with were a pair of snakeskin booties… that probably 90% of the influencers I follow shared. However, I didn’t see the exact color of the booties online that these ladies kept linking. I knew if this trend was going to be big I’d easily be able to find some similar booties elsewhere. So I passed on the booties and began my hunt.

Oh and also important that I mention this: I generally do not like to spend a lot of money on “trendy” pieces that I may only wear for a year. That just doesn’t seem practical to me. I would rather spend more on items I can wear for years to come. And by “spend more,” it’s still what I would consider middle of the line at most, and I love a good deal! 🙂

So back to looking for these booties. BOY ARE THERE OPTIONS! I comprised a list of various snakeskin booties below that are pretty excellent finds. But before that, I’ll also give you a few of my tips on how I plan to wear this trend for fall:

  1. Neutral lovin’: Although snakeskin is a print, it’s still neutral colored. I have a lot (I mean A LOT) of black, white, cream, and camel colored pieces. I love an all neutral outfit! I’m going to pair these booties most often with dark skinny and wide leg jeans and a neutral top so that the booties are the statement piece.
  2. Go bold: Yes I love all neutrals, but I also think a bold colored sweater (also big for fall) and a little snakeskin will make a great statement.
  3. Wear them with a skirt or dress: I love how booties look with skirts and dresses. Go boho or ultra-girly. You’ll have no problem dressing up your booties with a little dress or skirt for a fun look. **Super Trend Alert: pair your booties with a skirt/dress that is midi length and you’ll have everyone asking you where you got your outfit.

My Picks for Snakeskin Booties

  • These Marc Fisher booties with snakeskin down the heel
  • These have a little shorter heel, and brown snakeskin
  • LOVE these little ones with a skinny heel
  • Skinny heel, great price, brown color. I might need to get these too!
  • I WANT THESE IN EVERY SINGLE COLOR (I’m not joking. I would buy them in every color if that was not super excessive)
  • My pair ! Super comfortable and good price
  • Same exact as mine but more sizes available

Are you going to get any snakeskin pieces for fall? 

Wide-Leg Jean Trend

One trend I want to stay around forever: WIDE-LEG JEANS

I can’t even believe how much I love this trend! I have to admit when I first saw this trend appearing I wasn’t sure if it was for me. Because of my smaller frame, clothing that is larger or flowy can sometimes overwhelm me. So in all honesty, I was a little slow to jump on the wide-leg jean train. But now I’m fully on board and wear wide-leg jeans almost exclusively. Here’s why:

First off, wide-leg pants are super flattering. Wider at the bottom means smaller in your waist. (who doesn’t want that?!) Most of the wide-leg jeans out right now are also slightly cropped. As someone who went to Catholic school and our socks had to cover our ankle bone (yes, this was part of our uniform), it’s super scandalous to show my ankles. Jk on feeling scandalous! But the cropped hem does keep the look young, fun, and trendy. Not to mention your legs can breathe with the wide leg. Sorry skinny jeans, I still love ya. But sometimes a girl just needs a little space (pun intended).

There are also a lot of cuts of wide-leg jeans! These jeans here are called the “slim wide-leg jeans.” The slim fit definitely fits smaller in the waist and hips than other wide-legs jeans I have. I like looser fitting jeans as well, but this fit felt super flattering for most body shapes and a good transition jean if you still aren’t sure if the wide-leg could look baggy. So there are a ton of options for people looking for different fits of wide-leg jeans.

Now what do you pair wide-leg jeans with, you ask? On a normal “day-to-day” outfit/running errands, I usually just throw on a smaller or regular fit tee. I say “smaller or regular fit” to mean “not over-sized.” I like to try to balance the larger fit on bottom with smaller on top. Once it cools off I’ll pair them with a pullover sweater or cardigan. But here I paired them with this blue floral blouse and tucked the front in a little. I was surprised I liked the loose on top and wide leg on bottom! I think it works really well here (likely because of the slim fit in the hips). Wide-leg jeans also look KILLER with a bodysuit for date-night.

And now for shoes. I swear almost ANYTHING looks great. Tennis shoes, sandals, little heels, mules, loafers, booties… there are almost limitless options. Whether it’s a new pair of shoes you’re eyeing or your favorite pair you’ve been rocking for seasons, they’ll probably look awesome with wide-leg jeans. Your shoes can also be such a simple way to transition your jeans from day to night.

I know this was a pretty lengthy post about a single fit of jeans, but as you can see I absolutely love wide-leg jeans! So in conclusion, I am a huge fan of the versatility and comfort of the wide-leg jeans trend. There are so many fits, styles, colors, and  lengths that you can totally find a pair (or a few) for you. Keep it casual or dress it up, I know I’ll be rocking this trend until the very end.

How do you wear wide-leg jeans? Were you unsure at first like I was?

Outfit Links

Jeans, Top, Purse (other, other, designer)

Wear White After Labor Day

The old rule “don’t wear white after Labor Day” is long gone. And even though it’s super normal to continue to wear white through fall and winter, part of me really thinks it can feel super summery. (anyone else?!) So here’s a few of my tips to take white into a fall without feeling summery.

First, pair it with something that is fall colored (like I did here). These white jeans were a summer staple of mine, but they can so easily be worn with endless “fall” tops like blouses, sweaters, jackets, etc. This long sleeve maroon top I have on feels super fall-ish! The sleeves are also lightweight. (Perfect considering its still in the 90s outside.)

Secondly, wear a heavier material (like a sweater) with white jeans. Once the weather eventually decides to cooperate and agree that it’s fall (any day now!), I’ll be sporting these jeans with sweaters and mules or booties!

Lastly, start incorporating your fall accessories such as a darker purse, shoes, and jewelry. I’m all about finding the perfect fall shoes right now. I can’t stay away from the mules, loafers, and booties. And throw it with a dark bag and neutral jewelry. Remember it’s the little things that can make the difference in your outfit!

How are you wearing white past Labor Day??

Clothing Links

Jeans, Espadrilles, Sunglasses (and higher quality), top is old Anthropologie

PS: I just this new hair waver and I sort of feel like a mermaid.. and I absolutely LOVE it

The Maxi Dress I’m Transitioning from Summer to Fall

dress: H&M, bag: Anthropologie, earrings, sandals: old J. Crew, sunglasses: old H&M

Who else loves a maxi dress?? (me!) And who else is usually SWIMMING in one? (yep, also me) The idea of a maxi dress is just so effortless and can be fun and stylish, but for a while I gave up on them because they never seem to fit my 5’3″ frame. However, I stumbled upon this dress and could not pass it up!

I found this black and brown maxi dress while looking for my sister’s birthday present (don’t worry, I found her something equally as cute) at H&M. I saw it and the usual question I ask myself when I see something I like popped in my head: “where would I wear this?” Endless options crossed my mind like “to dinner! to church! summer and fall because look at these colors!” and finally “to the beach!” We had a trip planned to Charleston about 5 weeks away and I knew immediately that if this dress fit it would be perfect for Charleston. I already envisioned wearing it to brunch. So back to the dressing room I went. And maybe by a miracle, his dress fit perfectly! And even better, it was about $45. I couldn’t (shouldn’t) say no.

Now for my review of the dress: first, such a good price. The colors and pattern make this so easy to transition from summer to fall with a little jacket. It’s also super flowy, which added to the beachy, casual feel I was looking for. However, I will say the dress is not lined. Now for the price, I wouldn’t expect it to be. This was a positive in the hot Charleston summer heat, but I definitely recommend nude undergarments.

It’s perfect to wear alone with a simple sandal and gold hoops. And now that it’s starting to turn into fall, I am already planning how to change up the look with a jacket, maybe darker bag, and other shoes. A maxi dress can be the one of the easiest ways to create a simple yet stylish look! With a few accessories you look totally put together and it probably takes less than 2 minutes to get ready. That’s a win-win in my book.