I’m not much of a handbag collector, but lately it seems I’ve been racking up quite the collection of basket bags. Perhaps it’s the inner beach girl in me whose constantly dreaming of warm sunny days spent oceanside. If you’ve been following me on Instagram for a while, you’ve probably noticed my obsession (seen here, here and here)! I recently just added another round basket bag to my collection. I couldn’t resist, it just screams summer! From the classic Ark Bag that keeps selling out to the bright, statement-making totes, there are so many good looking styles to choose from. Totes, cross-body, backpacks, clutches, bucket bags, round bags — the options are endless and I wouldn’t just settle on one style. If there’s one bag you buy right now, make it a basket bag. It will be your go-to summer essential, I promise!
Aside from pulling out sandals and off-the-shoulder pieces, one of my favorite parts about Springtime is being able to wear more accessories. It’s way more fun to accessorize when you’re not bundled up in heavy coats and sweaters. I’ve been picking up all kinds of fun earrings and bracelets to play up my outfits. I’ve been eyeing these bracelets! I used to wear watches all the time. I had a few Michael Kors watches that lasted me a while but I wore them to death and then stopped wearing watches altogether. Now I rely on my iPhone to tell the date/time, so with a new season I decided it was time to find a cool watch for spring that was functional and stylish.
Just recently I discovered a cool watch brand, JORD, that specializes in hand-crafted wood watches that are lightweight, minimal and stylish. They make really unique watches for both women and men. With my love for straw accessories and organic design, I decided this watch was the perfect complement to my laid-back aesthetic when warm weather arrives. Their watches are the perfect accessory for a casual spring or summer outfit. I can’t wait to wear my new watch in Florida for my wedding!
If you’re looking for a new watch at a great price point, be sure to check out their selection. I am also loving this one and this one. JORD is running an awesome giveaway until 4/16 at 11:59PM. You’ll automatically receive a $25 e-gift code when you enter, and you’ll also be entered to win a $100 e-gift code once the contest ends. To enter, click here.
Happy Friday! This week seemed to fly by again, is it just me? Maybe because I’ve been running around like a mad woman trying to get everything done for the wedding. I can’t believe I leave in a week! It’s still cold in Chicago, so I’m over here dreaming of Spring and warmer weather. I’ve been filling my closet with new pieces and it seems like I’m gravitating towards blue and white this season. Absolutely adore this everyday dress, and it’s under $100! These sneakers are a fun take on the classic espadrille and would look great with just about anything from dresses and skirts to shorts and denim. How cute are these pom pom jeans? Prep your face for summer with this exfoliator – it’s a quick and easy at-home treatment! Tassels are having a major moment right now, and these earrings are the perfect pop of color. I just picked up my wedding day perfume by Tocca — this travel size trio offers a great variety of fragrances for any summer occasion. During summer months I like to minimize my makeup routine, and this nude lipstick adds just a touch of color for a natural glow. Another Spring trend I’m totally loving is embroidered clothing and accessories. This clutch gives off all the vacation vibes! Shop more of my picks from this week below (like these fab palm print slides) – and enjoy your weekend!
At the start of 2017 I made a commitment to eat cleaner and stick to a consistent workout schedule. I’ve been receiving questions around my current diet and fitness routine, so since we’re already through the first quarter of the year, I figured it’d be a great time to reflect on my progress and touch on this subject! Fortunately, consuming healthy foods and working out has always been something that comes easy to me, but let’s be honest-I’ll never say no to chips and guacamole, margaritas or a couple glasses of wine (to name a few), so for me it’s really all about moderation, rather than restricting certain things from my diet.
For those interested, I wanted to share a bit on what I’ve been eating and drinking and my workout routine. The hardest part in changing your diet is self control which takes time but it’s worth it and gets easier along the way. For starters, Drew and I have been living in the suburbs while our house is getting built in the city, so we haven’t been eating out as much and I feel like that’s been a game changer. It’s always easier to eat healthy at home, and I’m also the type of person who can eat the same thing every day for weeks at a time, I know boring, right? But when we do eat out, it’s typically a mexican restaurant (our fave!) where I’ll order tacos, chips, guac and a margarita, or someplace where I can usually order chicken, fish or a salad with a couple glasses of wine.
Here’s what a typical day looks like….
Breakfast: Along with a couple hard-boiled eggs and a cup (or 2) of coffee with almond milk, Daily Harvest has been my go-to option for breakfast – their smoothies and soups are out of this world! It’s so nice getting my shipment every Thursday, stocking the freezer with healthy options and not having to worry about what I’ll be making every morning.
Lunch: Some days I’ll have a soup from Daily Harvest – my favorite is the zucchini and black garlic- other days I’ll make a salad with some sort of protein like tuna or leftover chicken/salmon from the night before.
Dinner: Dinner typically consists of more chicken, zucchini pasta with meat sauce, salmon or pork with a side of steamed/roasted veggies or a salad. As you can see I keep my eating pretty clean and simple.
Snacks: I’ll have 1-2 snacks per day, which varies between a Quest Protein Bar, avocado toast, Vega shake or carrots and hummus.
The only liquids I typically consume are water, tea, coffee and alcohol. To most people, this probably sounds like the most boring meal plan ever, but it works for me! Don’t get me wrong though, I do have my cheat days and will splurge on pizza, fries or carbs, but I am not really a sweets person. I’ll choose savory any day.
As for working out, in January I began doing Shred 415 3-4 times per week, which is similar to Orange Theory where you do a combination of weight lifting and cardio. I am NOT a runner by any means, so this is a challenging and fun workout for me. After doing this for a month and a half on the regular, I found that I needed something else to supplement it that wasn’t so intense, so I rejoined Core Power Yoga, and I do that 2-3 days a week. Each week is different but I typically aim to workout at least 4 days a week.
I recently picked up a few new activewear pieces from Old Navy for Spring. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect high rise leggings, so when I found these I had to get a few pairs! They are so flattering and comfortable. Since most of my workout gear consist of solid colors like black and navy, I decided to add a little color for a new season with this sports bra – I love the back straps and it looks great under some of my looser tank tops. I have been living in this hoodie since I got it. It’s perfect for throwing on after a workout and running errands or just lounging around the house.
The best part about making a long-term change in your lifestyle are the added benefits. I have more energy, my skin is clear, I have been sleeping better and overall I feel great.
This past weekend we spent 48 hours in Jacksonville, celebrating Drew’s best friend’s wedding. We both hadn’t spent much time in the area, so it was fun exploring, eating and drinking our way through the city. It was a quick trip, but just enough time to get a taste of the town!
When we landed we picked up our rental car and drove about 20 minutes to our hotel, the Omni downtown. It was centrally located — not much to do around the hotel but everything is within 10 minutes from downtown. Jacksonville has so much southern charm. I loved all of the gorgeous trees and the food reminded me of living in Georgia. Lots of grits and fried chicken on the menus. We opted for a late lunch in San Marco Square, a historic square offering restaurants, shops and entertainment. After lunch we popped into cute boutiques in the Square, then made our way to a rooftop bar for happy hour. On Saturday we slept in then had breakfast at the Cool Moose Cafe. This historic establishment has been around forever — they are known for serving breakfast all day, offering blueberry coffee and southern style dishes. After breakfast we hopped in the car and drove 30 minutes to Jacksonville Beach for the day. We took a long walk on the beach then had a drink on a rooftop overlooking the water – it was so refreshing! After that we made our way to Taco Lu, a must-visit taco spot in Jacksonville Beach.
The wedding took place at a beautiful venue overlooking St. Johns River, called the Epping Forrest Yacht Club. The next morning we hit up another brunch spot before heading to the airport. I told you we ate our way through the city!
The Rundown on Where We Went & Where We Stayed
Where we stayed
Where we went
San Marco Square
Where we ate
Taverna – located in the San Marco Square, this is a great spot for lunch. Sit outside on the patio and people watch!
Black Sheep – one of the only rooftop bars in Jacksonville. Great spot for happy hour cocktails!
IL DESCO – upscale Italian spot with a great vibe and delicious food.
Cool Moose Cafe – best breakfast in the area! Southern style dishes and delicious coffee. Need I say more?
Taco Lu – taqueria in Jacksonville Beach. Fun outdoor space with beachy vibes.
Derby on the Park – Another great spot for brunch in Five Points. They have a great indoor/outdoor patio and the food is yummy.