A Spritz and a Sale

We are in the height of summer, and I'm loving every second of it! These summer weekends are the best aren't they? In-between fun events, I've been spending as much time as possible in the pool and lil' miss is sharpening up her swimming skills post lessons which makes me so proud. She's definitely my little fishy!

I was excited when Rita's reached out to me to send over a care package full of goodies to help celebrate summer. I remember not being a huge fan of the Bud Light Lime-a-Rita's in the past because they were super sweet, but their new Rita's Spritz line is much more my style. And how fun is that round beach towel and cute crop top? I haven't rocked a crop top since freshman year of college, but it was the perfect tee to lounge by the pool in.

I struggled for a while, and went back and forth A LOT about whether I even wanted to share my picks from the infamous Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I have honestly been grossed out watching InstaStories this past week and seeing people act like it's something to brag about to walk out of the store with bags and bags of stuff and show off a receipt similar to CVS (no easy feat!). It's not #goals - at all. Plus I can't get over how summer just started, and all these girls are sweating it out trying on fall fashion that no one even in the colder areas can possibly wear for another 3-5 months. 

However, outside of our blogging bubble no one seems to even know there is a huge sale going on. So, for my readers who haven't been over saturated with the same content over and over (and over!) and would be happy to see affordable items from the sale including some wear now pieces - voila! Every single item I'm sharing is under $100, and a lot are between $12 and $35

On a side note - the sale is currently only open to those with a Nordstrom card (I have the debit card which is linked to my checking account - you do NOT need to open up a store credit card), but will be open to everyone this Friday - July 19th. 

My Fav Picks

  • This casual tee comes in colors and is only $11.90
  • These ankle booties had me at waterproof - especially in the sudden Florida afternoon downpours. 
  • I can't get enough bright colors lately, and this lightweight sweater is everything! I want it in green and yellow! Help me decide! 
  • I'm so flingin' flangin' excited denim skirts are making a comeback, and this one pairs great with sandals now or a pair of boots when the fall air moves in. 
  • Did someone say Kate Spade earrings for less than $25? 
  • I live in faux leather leggings in the cooler months - and these are guaranteed to sell out quick so act fast! 
  • This top can take you from the office to cocktails, and is perfect for the summer heat or layered under a cardigan. 
  • Zella can do no wrong (and neither can the athleisure trend, which better be here to stay) so I'm loving the color of these leggings. Did I just leave a barre class or come back from a Target run? The world will never know! 

Unboxing Work Wear and Weekend Style

I've been noticing lately that my work wardrobe needs a re-fresh, and was super excited when Fashom sent me a box full of goodies to review. I loved how all the pieces were versatile enough to wear to the office or for weekend fun.

Easy and affordable is the name of my game. Easy because you sign up online, and a personal stylist will round up pieces to choose from. Here comes the best part - YOU get to choose what's sent to you! I've signed up for clothing boxes before where it's a total surprise what will be shipped to you. Sometimes it's a nice surprise, and sometimes... not so much. Spoiler alert - I loved and kept all 5 pieces!

Item 1: Naked Zebra Maxi Wrap Skirt

How gorgeous is this skirt? It's perfect for the office during the week or a patio brunch on the weekends. Pass the mimosas please! 

Item 2: Gilli Cargo Jumpsuit

Another fabulous and versatile piece! It has enough shoulder coverage to wear to work, yet it still works for a night out or grabbing drinks on the weekend.

Item 3: Naked Zebra Overlap Tank Top

This beautiful tank layers well under a blazer for the work week or with your favorite pair of shorts for a weekend casual look. My favorite pieces can be dressed up or down because who doesn't want to get the most out of everything in their closet?

Item 4: Just Black Long Frayed Hem Skirt

Item 5: Desfios Shimmer Tank Top

I paired the shimmer tank top with the frayed hem skirt to go out and celebrate a friend's birthday last weekend. It was the perfect combo for catching up with some of my favorite girls over bubbles and local eats.

About the Fashom Styling Service:
  • YOU pick what ships to you; you are previewed choices from your personal stylist and choose which items you want to try on at home.
  • You receive a 25% discount if you keep at least 3 items, and a 30% discount if you decide to keep all 5.
  • Prices are budget-friendly without compromising quality.
  • There is no subscription fee and your first styling session is free. After that, the styling fee is only $15, which is applied as a credit if you keep something from your order.
  • There is also a referral program, where if anyone uses your link you will receive $10 per referral.
More reasons to love Fashom:
  • They donate $1 to Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs for every box they ship out
  • There is no subscription - so you're not locked into anything. You simply request a new box when you are ready for another one.
  • They promote body positivity - YES please!
  • Keep what you love, and send back the rest.
  • All vendors are ethically sourced from around the world.

*This blog post is in collaboration with Fashom, however all opinions are my own.

Mapped Out for Summer

Long weekends sure are good for the soul aren't they? That extra day or two truly makes a huge difference, and I sure packed in as much fun as I could while celebrating our beautiful country's independence. A bbq and pool party at our friend's house on the 4th, a day date with H to Wekiva Island on Friday, and I wrapped up the fun on Saturday celebrating a friend's birthday with the girls before relaxing and preparing for the week ahead on Sunday.

On Friday, for our day date we hit up our favorite local spot for some river floating and local brews. If you're visiting the Orlando area, Wekiva Island is a great half or full day away from the touristy areas. You can rent cabanas, canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards and head down to Wekiva Springs as well.

I came prepared with my favorite floatie and new bathing suit from Atlas Drifts. Everyone knows my love for travel and outdoor fun, and it was SO hard to choose from all the fun locations. It came down to Block Island (a favorite summer spot while growing up in New England) and the Florida Keys. I ultimately went with the Florida Keys bathing suit to represent my life here in the sunshine state. 

The fit was perfect for outdoor activities such as paddle boarding and floating (i.e. no gapping and full coverage), and I loved the map of the Florida Keys which represents my love of Florida living. Aside from bathing suits, they also carry beach towels, tote bags, hoodies, and t-shirts for both men and women. 

Bathing Suit {Save 10% with code KATE10} Pineapple Float | Sunnies | Hat

Hop on over to Atlas Drifts, and let me know which location you would choose for a new bathing suit, beach towel, beach bag, or hoodie. Use code KATE10 to save 10% off your order ~ happy shopping!

Mirrored Sunshine

I can't believe it's already time for one of my favorite holidays of the year - the 4th of July! Are you ready for all the pool party, grilling, and fireworks viewing fun? I say YES please! Bring on all the red, white, and blue and of course sparklers! With all the pool and beach time over the long weekend, a fun pair of cheap sunglasses and of course SPF are very necessary (also please don't forget to re-apply sunscreen and get your annual skin cancer screening at the dermatologist - I can't stress that enough).

Top {On sale for less than $21} | ShortsSandalsNecklace | Bag | Double Ring | Lipstick | Women's Sunglasses

Everyone knows that I love the summertime, I mean how can you not?! All the extra hours of sunlight, patio dining (and of course patio drinks!), boat days, trips to the beach, lounging around the pool, and the fashion! Unpopular opinion here - summer fashion is WAY better than fall fashion. I've always felt that fall fashion is just sweaters, jeans, boots, and scarves - wash, rinse, repeat. I just love the wide variety in the summer - shorts, skirts, sundresses, maxi dresses, rompers, jumpsuits, all the fun and flirty tanks, and finishing off each look with cheap prescription glasses for the air conditioned indoors or the great outdoors. 

I'm still super scared of laser eye surgery even though I need to just get over it already so I can skip the precious step in getting ready each day of putting in my contact lenses. For now, I just need a new pair of women's prescription glasses which will be nice and polished for the office. Have you had laser eye surgery? Is it really scary or totally worth it? Help tip me one way or the other pretty please! For this summer, I'll just stick to my trusty contact lenses and a cute pair of mirrored sunnies!

*This blog post is in collaboration with Jupitoo, however all opinions are my own

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Summer Whites and Gold Necklaces

I'm a firm believer in wearing white all year round, and especially love me some winter whites. But there is just something so crisp and refreshing about summer whites. With the 4th of July just around the corner, I have found the perfect white summery dress - just pair with some red or blue accessories, and finish the look with gold necklaces and boom you're ready to sit on a cozy blanket and watch the fireworks!

Maxi Dress {Comes in 5 colors and is less than $30} | Sandals {Only $18}Necklace | Bracelet | Double RingSunglasses | Clutch | Lipstick

I styled this dress with these $18 Valentino dupes and my favorite blush pink and rose gold accessories along with a soft pink lipstick for a subtle pop. I layered the lipstick over my favorite chapstick as a base which helped it stay in place all afternoon and evening. Major bonus points in the summer! Anything that keeps me nice and cool, my hair from frizzing, and my makeup from disappearing this time of year in Florida is a win-win for me! 

*Dramatic open back and breezy for the summer heat*

*This dress is also perfect for twirling*

And we can't forget my all time favorite summer white - my wedding dress! Today we are celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary, and it's craziness to me that next year will be a full decade since we said "I Do". Where has the time gone? I can't believe it's already time to start thinking about a big 10th anniversary trip. I remember when that felt SO far away. Also time to start saving my pennies! Nine years, a big move to Florida from Connecticut, a perfect sassy little girl, and further along (and happier) in our careers later... here we are.

*This blog post is in collaboration with Nakturnal, however all opinions are my own

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Lazy River Staycation

Last week we decided at the last minute to book a fun staycation over the weekend to celebrate Father's Day - or in the words of lil' miss "Da-Da's Day". On Saturday morning, we packed up the car and made the quick drive down to Hilton Bonnet Creek which is conveniently located near Disney Springs and is now officially a Disney World Resort with complimentary shuttles to and from the parks.

You can also access all the amenities at the sister resort Waldorf Astoria which is right next door. So, halfway through the day we enjoyed the short walk over to enjoy their pool while lil' miss made friends with other kiddos playing giant jenga.

Let's be honest though - we were really there for the lazy river. Lil' miss loved floating along, and I enjoyed the live DJ by the pool playing a great mix of 90's pop and hip hop. Yep - I'm officially old. 

Lots of trips around the lazy river and down the water slide - forever the big kid standing in line for water slides. Yummy lunch by the pool, relaxation in the many hot tubs, and delish umbrella drinks rounded out the rest of the day.

After a fun day in the sun, we got ready for dinner. We decided to stay on-site since we were only there for one night to fully enjoy the resort. A post-dinner walk where we spotted some cute little bunnies, a stop by one of the fire pits, and a view of the Disney fireworks from our room wrapped up an amazing day. 

Dress {similar}Wedges {40% off}NecklaceToddler Dress | Toddler Sandals

Loved the view from our room! The lazy river below along with the beautiful golf course. In the distance, we could see Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. To the right we could see Epcot and Magic Kingdom. It was PERFECT for fireworks viewing that night! 

In the morning we enjoyed breakfast with a view of the lazy river by the fire pits before checking out and heading home. It was the perfect little getaway, and even 9 years later I still pinch myself that I live here. 

Top {Only $12} Skirt | Bag | Sunglasses

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