Archives for April 2015

Tuesday Ten: Sneaking Around

 

sneakers-tuesday tenEvery notable designer out there is on to the sneaker trend, and I am loving it. Believe me, I love my pointy-toe pumps as much as the next girl, but let’s be realistic: when you’re on the go, running errands around the city for your big summer internship, a stylish pair of sneaks are bae. I rounded up 10 of the best pairs out there (IMO) that you’re sure to love!

1. Steve Madden Ecentriq Sneaker– I have been lusting after these for months. The pink color, from what I’ve seen, is the most popular and usually out of stock. Nordstrom has by far the best selection of this sought-after shoe in multiple color and size options, although you will have to get in line for a backorder!

2. BP ‘Twiny’ Slip On Sneaker– If you’re one who’s willing to play around with colorful, fun prints, this is the shoe for you! This beachy print is the perfect summertime statement.

3. ASOS DIALOG Sneakers– They’re like a disco ball…for your feet. Groove on.

4. Vans for JCrew Classic Slip On Sneaker– Go for the gold with a preppy twist on street style.

5. Anthropologie Puma Classic Sneakers– These sneaks are totally lust-worthy. Can I just have my life decorated by Anthropologie? No? Okay…

6. Steve Madden Elixer Sneakers– Just call you the HBIC. Tell ’em who’s boss in these hardcore black sneaks.

7. Sam Edelman Dax Metallic Trainer– You don’t have to be an Olympic runner (or exercise at all, really) to look like a champ in these metallic trainers.

8. BucketFeet ‘Pinappleade’ Slip On Sneaker– Two of the best trends of the season come together in the most fun way. Remember my “If You Like Piña Coladas” post? Fruit and fashion strikes again…yum.

9. Kate Spade Lodero Sneakers– I can’t lie…I’m obsessed with anything Kate Spade puts out. These sneakers are the best upgrade your kindergarten Keds ever had.

10. ASOS Dockland Sneakers– All I can think of when I see this fierce print is the theme song to the Cheetah Girls movie. Cheetahlicious, for sure.

 

Do you have any finds that I missed? Comment below!

Have A Wesley Day!

xoxo

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A Whole Mu World

A Whole Mu World…a dazzling place I never knew…

Happy Mumu Monday! If you’re not familiar with one of my favorite brands, Show Me Your Mumu, wait no longer. (Seriously, even Aladdin is on the bandwagon^^^) Everyone’s got a little boho babe in them, and Mumu supplies an endless collection of fun prints and styles to suit everyone! Because there are so many fun colors in each pattern, it makes it easy to pair all of your best festival accessories for a look that even puts Kendall Jenner to shame.

P.S. Read my whole post for an exclusive surprise giveaway! You heard it here first!

Ready, set, off to Mumuland!

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I am in L-O-V-E with this Katy Halter Dress from Show Me Your Mumu in the print “Tropical Tango.” This print is sure to have you feeling that Hawaiian breeze no matter where you set sail this summer. I actually recently showed up to a party with two of my sorority sisters wearing the exact same print in different styles, so if that’s not a telling hint that this print rocks, I don’t know what is.

You can find an amazing supply of Show Me Your Mumu at one of my absolute favorite Birmingham boutiques, South Boutique! Click here to visit their amazing collection!

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The real party begins when you see the back of the dress–talk about a wow factor. The halter scoops down low to show a little skin in a playfully flirty way. It shows just enough to be the perfect palette for your flash tattoos! Who says Coachella style has to be limited to a few short days?

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I just can’t get enough of Kendra Scott these days! This gorgeous jewelry brand is seen everywhere and has practically endless color options of each style. Pictured below are the Alex Earrings in Clear Iridescent. Maybe this is lame, but the way the color of these catch the light reminds me a bit of a rainbow. Seriously y’all…who doesn’t love rainbows? This also means that these will match with a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g. And y’all know I am all about versatility! Score.

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Piling up on rings is a huge trend right now, so feel free to bling out to your heart’s content. The more the merrier! I’m wearing Ellie Vail rings from Lilli and Tori, an amazing online boutique with tons of the most popular jewelry and gift brands all conveniently in one place. The one that looks like a claw is the Cleo Midi Ring, and the cuff ring is the Lex Ring (currently sold out, boo. I’ll keep an eye on it for y’all!).

Wanna know a secret? You can win a gift card to Lilli and Tori on my Instagram! I won’t be posting about it until later in the week, but if you leave a comment below, it’ll serve as an extra entry! Shhhhh;)

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When I say I’ve gotcha covered from your head to your toes, I mean it! These Naughty Monkey sandals are just too much fun! These “Fresh Fry” sandals are featured in the Mint color. Naughty Monkey is an amazing shoe brand where you’ll find all of your festival must-haves. Click here to visit their website!

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Stay fierce Mumuheads, and Have a Wesley Day!

xoxo

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Lilly + Target

How crazy was the Lilly for Target launch?! Even months leading up to the official in-store launch of the 250-piece line, there were some pretty memorable responses from dedicated Lilly fans across the country. Some, like myself, had our planners marked months in advance, while many sassy tweens complained via social media that Lilly herself would be “rolling in her grave that her legacy is being sold at TARGET.” But come on, y’all. I can name very few things that have made me as excited as this collaboration between two of my very favorite brands. Let’s cut the drama and all enjoy living colorfully (and frugally!!).

I was in Florida the weekend of the launch, and seeing as the Lilly brand originated in Palm Beach, you can only imagine the excitement upon the collection’s arrival. My dad (bless him…the only dad in the store….) escorted myself and my sister to Target at promptly 8:00 AM for the opening. Well, we arrived at about 8:05, and you can imagine our dismay seeing empty racks upon empty racks after others had picked up hauls of Lilly product and dumped them in their carts.

We raced around and scraped up whatever we could find and eventually made a new game plan. We ended up hanging out around the dressing room where people were quite literally bartering different products as they made their exit. It was like a full-out auction–pretty insane.

Speaking of Lilly, how amazing is this Lilly-themed print from The Trendy Sparrow?! I couldn’t agree more with Lilly’s wise words, “Life’s a party…dress like it!” This print is the perfect addition to any gallery wall, and The Trendy Sparrow Etsy store has tons more adorable prints that you have to check out!

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Anyway, we were able to make a few purchases from Lilly + Target (I promise I didn’t steal anything from another person’s cart…), so here are a few of the things I was able to snag in all the madness!

 

Hellooooo rooftop sunbathing in NYC this summer in this amazing one-piece bathing suit. I have been on the hunt for a stylish one-piece for a reasonable price, so I was positively thrilled when I found this one! However, if you’re still looking into shopping Lilly + Target bathing suits (by a miracle), be sure to order a size down from your normal size. This one runs a big large, especially up top!

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I’m so in love with all of the beach towels from the Lilly + Target collection, but especially this one in the print “Boom Boom!” The palm branch print just screams summertime to me! But y’all…you would not believe how massive this thing is. You can look forward to cozying up big time after long days spent poolside, and even have room to share with your BFF who forgot to bring her towel…again.

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These glass votive candle holders are the perfect finishing touch to any room! Anyone who has been in my room (room tour soon?!) knows that I can never stop decorating and adding little trinkets wherever I can afford space. Even though they don’t come with candles themselves, that also means that you have a great excuse to pick whatever yummy flavor you want!

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What were you able to score at the Lilly for Target opening?! Comment below!

As always, Have a Wesley Day!

xoxo

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*This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

Graduation Gift Guide with Ex Voto Vintage

It’s graduation season! Whether it’s your sister, cousin, or daughter soon to be graduating from high school, college, or even grad school, you’ll want to be sure to give them a gift that shows them how much of a rockstar you think they are.

When I graduated high school, I can’t tell you how many of the same old thing I received (and even gifts that were a little too creative…). However, you can never go wrong with a completely unique piece of jewelry.

Enter, Ex Voto Vintage.

Ex Voto is an amazing, high-end boutique from my hometown that offers a collection of one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces that are sure to make your grad’s day. Made in the US, Ex Voto combines vintage lockets and pendants with diamonds, semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls, premium leather and chain heavily plated in 18K gold. Case in point, everything is gorgeous, unique and extremely well made.

A portion of all Ex Voto Vintage sales also goes to The Cure Starts Now Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research, so shop away and feel great about benefiting a great cause!

Without further adieu, I present to you this fabulous graduation gift guide, featuring my 6 favorite picks from Ex Voto!

 

1. Monogram Cuff Bracelet

Talk about a Southern staple! This gorgeous cuff pulls off a monogram in the classiest of ways in a size that is flawlessly subtle. I’m all about the gold color that will compliment the summer glow I’m (hopefully) about to have. It looks gorgeous on its own, but is simple enough to make for easy stacking.

What’s even better? You can win one of these for yourself. Click here to find more details on my Instagram to snag one of these beauties for you or your graduate!

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2. 18″ Margaret Necklace with Freshwater Pearls & Felder Cross

This one’s for all of you Jesus lovers out there! I think everyone needs a signature necklace to wear daily, and this is the perfect reminder of your faith going with you wherever post-graduation life takes you! The freshwater pearls perfectly accent the vintage-antique vibe, making it wearable for any occasion.

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3. 64″ White Pearls

Can you ever have enough pearls? Take it from Jackie O, who famously spoke, “Pearls are always acceptable.” This fabulous 64″ strand is not only a classic piece, but long enough to keep up with this season’s trend of layering necklaces. It’s versatility is unmatched, as you can choose to wrap it, or leave it as is, add a pendant like the one below, or leave the pearls to speak for themselves! You simply can’t go wrong.

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4. 18″ Gold Messenger Locket Necklace

Y’all. I cannot get over how sweet and unique this piece is! The gold plated envelope pendant is so much more than meets the eye. A customizable “letter” fits inside of the envelope to give your loved one a personal message they’re sure to treasure for years to come. Choose a monogram, date, or an “I Love You,” like the one featured below! This piece is perfectly customizable for any age when you want to give someone a truly memorable gift.

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5. 8″ Minny Bracelet

There is beauty in simplicity, and this gold-linked 18kt gold-plated bracelet with a single freshwater pearl is the epitome of elegance. Ex Voto is all about catering to their customers, so if you need a 7″ or 9″ length for a perfect fit, just note in the checkout, and they’ll take care of it! My favorite part of this bracelet is the exclusive Ex Voto Vintage toggle closure that exemplifies it’s vintage status.

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 6. Vermeil Ring: Diamond Shape with Gray Diamonds

This ring is too gorgeous. Rarely will you see these unique gray diamonds or the diamond shaping of the gold plating which are both set all the way around the band. Like many of Ex Voto’s items, this one can stand alone, but also plays well with others. Check out Ex Voto’s entire ring collection for plenty of options for stacking rings for a modern look.

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Click here to follow Ex Voto Vintage on Instagram to find more gorgeous jewels for every occasion!

Have a Wesley Day, and a happy graduation!

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Pop The Champagne–I’m Twenty FUN!

The day I’ve been waiting for is finally here: my 21st birthday!! This past year has been the biggest blessing in my life, and I am so thankful for the best gift of all, spending the next year growing alongside those who I love the most! Birthdays are the best–not only are they a heck of a lot of fun to celebrate, but they are also a chance to start fresh and take a look at what you want to accomplish in the next year. Call it New Year’s round two! In the following post, I’d love to share some of my personal goals for the upcoming year so that you might be inspired to pursue your own! Of course, all accompanied by what I’m certain is the girliest look I’ve ever put on my body. It’s my birthday, y’all! No shame.

IMG_7964-1-cb copy{Get this adorable “Save Water, Drink Champagne” tshirt from lulusimonTEES on Etsy!}

{and this gorgeous custom-made sequin full circle skirt from Bree Lena!}

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Here are 5 of my goals for my 21st year:

1. Be more grateful. I’ve especially been keeping this in mind since I took a (don’t laugh…) Stress Management class this semester. It was seriously so helpful! It’s amazing how looking at things with a grateful attitude can affect every aspect of your life in a positive way. I have so many incredible blessings in my life, and I pray every day that things can stay just like they are for a little while longer. Today in itself is a gift, and I promise that if you let yourself slow down and take in all of the amazing things you’ve got going for you today, your entire day will turn around!

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2. Grow in my relationship with The Lord, wherever I go. Me and the Big Man have made a lot of progress lately! He’s been really tugging at my heart to ask the tough questions and keep in conversation with Him on a daily basis. Whether I’m here in Alabama, or off on my adventures in New York City this summer, my goal is to pursue Him with everything I’ve got, while keeping my heart and mind open to hear what amazing things He’s got to say to me!

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3. Graduate on time and get a big girl job. Wow…this is a scary one. However, as much as I try to play it off, the real world is coming quickly my way! My goal is to take my own advice on how I scored my dream internship, and apply it all over again to achieve the job of my dreams. This includes going way out of my comfort zone and diving into my internship this summer, even if it means bugging the heck out of a few editors to get my foot in the door! (Oh, and emailing less and talking in person more;))

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4. Have more fun! As hard working and driven as I try to be, I sometimes forgot that it’s just as important to get the full college experience. Girls nights are just as important as library all-nighters. The semesters that I’ve made decent grades, but not necessarily been on the Dean’s List, have been the semesters that I have felt I have the most control over all aspects of my life. It’s my goal to learn that it’s okay not to be perfect at everything you do, as long as you’re happy!

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{Get these stunningly sassy diamond shaped stud earrings from Lydell NYC, one of my new favorites!}

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5. Treat everyone like it’s their birthday, every day. Think about how special you feel on your birthday when a hundred people go out of their way to tell you they hope you have a good day, or tell you all of the wonderful things they love about you. Pretty amazing, right? Well, can you imagine if we treated each other like that every day and what a beautiful thing it would be? I’m not suggesting to go writing on your 2,000+ Facebook friends’ walls every day, but I heard something truly inspiring the other day, that’s totally feasible, that I’d like to share: “If you just reach out to one person per day, that’s 365 lives you might change.”

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I hope everyone out there who shares a birthday with me today knows in their heart how special and unique they are. Cheers to making this next year the best one yet!

Have A Wesley Day!

xoxo

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*Photo credits to my amazing best friend, Leah Tobak!