Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Go with the Flow

maxi dress: chicwish c/o | cardi: jcrew {old; similar style} | bag: chicwish c/o | shoes: zodiac via tj maxx {old; similar here + here} | scarf: banana republic {outlet} | glasses: prada | bracelets: jcrew, stella&dot | earrings: anthro | lips: st germain by mac

It’s been a while since I’ve found a maxi dress that fits in all the right places. I love the lighter material for spring and summer, but sometimes maxi dresses hug the wrong curves. I took a leap with this maxi from Chicwish and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I love it. The material is thicker, but light and flowy and perfect for summer (I’ve already got my mind on summer concerts. Eek!). Don’t be surprised to find me wearing this with a denim jacket or vest and lovely flat sandals all summer. The best part is, Chicwish has ongoing sales and low prices so you can get this dress for a steal!

Have a great Wednesday!

Utah Readers: Don't forget, tomorrow is the last day to enter the Flip Flop Shops giveaway!

*This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Blue Debut

sweatshirt: jcrew | jeans: jcrew | heels: madewell | clutch: clare vivier | glasses: ray-ban |  watch: michael kors | bracelets: jcrew, stella&dot | earrings: anthro | lips: st germain by mac

Hello, hello! I hope you had an amazing weekend! Matt and I stayed out a little too late Friday night with some old friends (it was a fun flashback to my sleep-deprived college years). I love getting caught up in great conversations about life. It's so refreshing and inspiring. We're all heading on a weekend trip together pretty soon, so it's back to the grind with nutrition and fitness goals (it's always better with company... I should have remembered this when making my New Year's resolutions).

My goals for the next 6 weeks:
  1. Eat 5-6 small, balanced meals per day and prepare meals in advance (Sundays/Wednesdays).
  2. Only eat sweets 1 x per week.
  3. Workout (weight lifting) 5-6 days per week.
  4. Run a minimum of 2 miles 5-6 days per week.
  5. To stay positive, read a few pages from "Choose to Lose" by Chris Powell at least 1 x per week.
  6. Share my weekly progress with others (to keep me honest).

What goals are you making for summer?

(Utah readers: remember to enter the Flip Flop Shops giveaway here!)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spring Essentials

shoes: madewell | polish: essie {1, 2, 3, 4}

Hope you're having a lovely Easter Sunday! These are a few of my favorite spring essentials...

Friday, April 18, 2014


shirt: madewell | tee: jcrew | pants: bohme c/o {also craving these: 1 + 2} | shoes: jcrew {sold out; similar styles here: 1 + 2 | clutch: gigi new york c/o | necklace: mindy mae's market c/o | glasses: karen walker | watch: michael kors | bracelet: stella&dot | ring: jewelmint c/o

Fridays are a beautiful thing.
Have a great weekend.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Surfer Girl + A Local Giveaway!

lace top: free people via zappos c/o | tee: down east | bottoms: jcrew {last seen here; similar style} | shoes: flip flop shops slc c/o | bag: old navy {gifted} | glasses: ray-ban | bracelets: jcrew, mali beads c/o, thrifted | lips: st germain by mac

When I lived in Maui a few years ago, my roommates and I completely embraced the perks of being a Kamaʻāina (or local resident of the island, aka: "child of the land," LOL). I vividly remember the morning my roommate Katherine and I drove to central Maui to obtain our state IDs (I cried last year when it finally expired... feels like only yesterday I was living there). Fast forward seven years and, although Kat and I have remained close, I'm stoked to be reuniting with her through my new local (let's just say Kamaʻāina, shall we?) partnership with Flip Flop Shops. Kat owns the store at Fashion Place (she's a go-getter) and I just so happen to have a major love for flip flops (they remind me of Maui) and a blog that's fun for sharing the latest styles. So...we're teaming up! 

What does that mean for you? As a Flip Flop Shops ambassador, I'll be sharing my favorite styles for summer, vacations, gift ideas (ahem, Easter and Mother's Day are fast-approaching) and more, all from top brands and exclusive lines that are available at Flip Flop Shops. For local readers, you'll be able to take advantage of special discounts at the Flip Flop Shops store at Fashion Place Mall and participate in local giveaways.

The flip flops I'm wearing above were designed for Cobian by the one-and-only Bethany Hamilton, exclusively for Flip Flop Shops. You may remember her as the amazing surfer girl who survived a shark attack in 2003 that claimed her left arm. She was only 13 years old. Bethany is a shining example of courage, true beauty and of hope that the hardest of challenges can be overcome. Now 24, Bethany is a pro surfer (she's won several surfing competitions with only one arm!) and the founder of the Friends of Bethany foundation that supports amputees and survivors of shark attacks. 

What I love most about these flip flops (besides the comfortable design and "surfer girl" vibe) is the writing on the bottom that says "overcome." For me, it's another connection to that island state of mind that reminds me everything's gonna be alright. And when I feel optimistic, I am less afraid. Ahh, I'm ready to book my vacation...

Now for the Giveaway:
Flip Flop Shops at Fashion Place is giving one lucky local reader a free pair of Bethany Hamilton signature sandals (3 colors to choose from)!* Plus, the first 10 people to visit the store and mention this blog post will receive a free signed Bethany Hamilton poster.** To enter, just follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open to Utah residents only (must be 14 or older) and will end at 5pm MT on Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

*Winner must redeem prize in-store at the Flip Flop Shops Fashion Place location.
**While supplies last. Readers must complete the entries in the Rafflecopter widget to be eligible to redeem the poster in-store.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

During the month of April, Flip Flop Shops is featuring the Bethany Hamilton for Cobian line and offering some fun ways for you to get involved:
  • A portion of each purchase of the Bethany Hamilton flip flops goes directly to the Friends of Bethany foundation.
  • With every pair of Bethany Hamilton flip flops purchased, you'll receive a free copy of Bethany's documentary, "Heart of a Soul Surfer" (watch the trailer here).
  • Visit Flip Flop Shops at Fashion Place and snap a picture with the Bethany standup poster. Post your photo to Instagram using the hashtag #everystepmatters to enter for a chance to meet Bethany in person.
Thanks for reading and good luck!


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