Monday, August 3, 2015

Summer Wardrobe Essentials

The weather is still blazing hot in North Carolina, and it will be for a while. This got me thinking lately about what my summer wardrobe essentials are, and items that every lady should have in her closet. Here are my 6 summer essentials. and I wold love to know what yours are!


1. T-shirt dress: This black dress is incredibly comfortable and so easy to throw on during those hot summer days. I also love that I can easily dress it up or down!

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2. The perfect sunglasses: These Ray Ban aviators from DITTO have been on repeat lately, and they are too perfect for summer. Use the code 'HEADTOTOECHIC' to get a free month of designer sunglasses!

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3. White jeans: I love wearing white jeans during summer nights when I go out to dinner with friends and family. I love how crisp this pair from Old Navy is, and it's an added bonus that they are a little distressed!

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4. Kimono: This one is probably a little obvious if you've read this blog before. I have a major kimono obsession, and I've talked about how they are a great layering piece for summer. Throw on a kimono with a pair of shorts, jeans, or a dress and you have the perfect summer look!

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5. Panama hat: Oh how I love a good panama hat. This one pictured is from H&M, but I recently splurged on one from J. Crew. Wearing a panama hat is my go to weekend look!

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6. Distressed denim shorts: I talked about these distressed denim shorts yesterday, and i've been living in them lately. They are definitely and essential for me, and I can't get enough of this pair from Target!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Home Decorating with Minted

We've almost been in our house for 3 years now, and I have an itch to make some decorating changes in the living room (you can see our living room here)! Right now I have my eye on quite a few things from Minted, like these fun prints. I would love to incorporate the pineapple, leaves, arrows, and sky prints into a fun gallery wall in our living room. I love these prints and how they go together, but they aren't too matchy matchy. Another thing I would love in our living room are some new pillows. The ikat and geo fabrics would be perfect for pillows, and they would add a fun element of pattern mixing. The last thing that I want to add, are some new decorations on our buffet table and fireplace. These apothecary jars and the cake plate would be such fun and unique decorations to add to our home. Are you looking to make some changes to your home?

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This post was sponsored by Minted, but all opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Distressed Shorts

I searched high and low for the perfect pair of distressed denim shorts. It was a difficult search, but I finally found the perfect pair that isn't too short and is distressed by the perfect amount! I found these at Target of all places, and I got them on sale using the Cartwheel app (PS Why didn't I start using this app sooner?!). I've been wearing them non-stop this summer and I really love how comfortable they are.

 If you're in the market for a new pair of sunglasses this summer, I definitely suggest DITTO.  It's basically like Netflix for sunglasses where you pay $19/month, pick out the designer sunglasses you want, send them back once your done, and then pick out your next pair. How amazing is that?! And you can use the code HEADTOTOECHIC for a free month!


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Target denim shorts | Tory Burch straw tote | Ray-Ban aviators ℅ DITTO (use the code HEADTOTOECHIC for a free month!) | J. Crew panama hat | Kohl's sandals | ℅ Button down top 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday's Cravings: Belk

Here are the items that I'm currently craving this week from Belk! Being a southern girl, Belk is one of the stores that I love in North Carolina, and it's where I frequently shop for clothes, shoes, and handbags. On my wish list, I have a mix of summer items I love like this gorgeous printed kimono, and this henley tee with lace trim. I actually tried on this henley tee over the weekend and I definitely should have purchased it! I also have a few fall items on my wish list like these amazing fringe booties and black pumps.  Right now when you shop at Belk with ShopAtHome.com, you get 6% cash back which is definitely an incentive to start shopping for items to add to my fall wardrobe. Which is your favorite, and what are you currently craving?

belkwishlistPrinted kimono | Tee with lace trim | Fringe booties | Statement necklace | Black pumps | Tote bag

This post was sponsored by ShopAtHome.com, but all opinions are my own.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Printed Pants

These printed pants from Aeropostale are insanely comfortable. They feel like pajamas, but they are a little more chic with the ties at the bottom which is a detail that I love! They are perfect paired with this trapeze top from LOFT (last seen here), and of course this gorgeous statement necklace from BaubleBar. It's a great weekend outfit that I can't get enough of! My best friend was in town visiting this weekend, and I got to spend a lot of quality time with my sister which I absolutely loved. I hope that you had a great weekend! And tell me, what is your go to weekend outfit?


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Staycation Essentials

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Last Friday, Robert and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary (you can read about our wedding here)! We usually take a trip to celebrate our anniversary, but this year we decided to forgo the trip and instead have a relaxing staycation. It was really just what we needed because of how crazy life has been lately for a few personal reasons. Robert and I have had an amazing 5 years of being married, and he has really been there for me through thick and thin. I wanted to show him how much he means to me, so I decided to put together a basket full of essentials to make sure we had everything we needed to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible during our staycation. I also made sure to add a couple fun surprises for Robert (see number 1 below). Here are the essentials to create the best weekend staycation:

1. Pick up your favorite snacks and drinks- My family has always been and always will be, a Coke household. My Grandfather and Father both worked for Coke, so having Coke around the house is a must. It's a drink that instantly puts me in a good mood and relaxes me no matter what. Luckily, my husband shares my family's love for Coke too, so I made sure to stop by my local Walmart so that we would have Coke products for our anniversary staycation. Walmart has a wide selection of personalized Coke bottles (1000 different names) that are well organized in a display, and what's better than finding 2 Coke bottles with our names on them for our anniversary?! We shared them over the weekend, and it was the perfect beverage to have with the person that I care about so much.

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Robert and I are also big chocolate fans, and if it's combined with peanut butter even better! I decided to stock up on these special REESE'S Cups for our staycation. The fact that they are personalized is so fun, and they are exclusive to Walmart stores (just look for the new display). I thought it was perfect to share a REESE'S Cup that says 'My Fave' with my husband to celebrate our anniversary. We also got a kick out of the fact that the REESE'S Cups themselves had savings on them too! So fitting that they say 'lovable' and 'one of a kind.' While at Walmart, I also found packaging that said 'BFF' and '2 Funny.' They definitely have the perfect hashtags for everyone, but I was so glad to share the 'My Fave' pack.

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2. Buy yourself a cozy robe-One thing that I love about staying at hotels, is the plush robes that are hanging in the closet. To re-create this feel at home, I made sure that my favorite robe was available to wear while cozying up and watching a movie or two with my husband.

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3. Have a stack of magazines and books handy-A staycation is relaxing, and what better way to spend it than curling up with a magazine or book that you've been wanting to read? During our staycation, I read the latest InStyle magazine, and I also read a little of Mindy Kaling's book which I can't get enough of.

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4. Compile a list of restaurants and activities-Is there a restaurant you've been wanting to try? or is there a new museum exhibit or local boutique you've been wanting to visit? Have a list handy, so that you'll be ready to be a tourist in your own city! I always love trying out new places in Raleigh, and a staycation is the perfect excuse.

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5. Create an at home spa-Light a few candles, play some soothing music, and give yourself a manicure and pedicure. What better way to relax than to pamper yourself?

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What are your staycation essentials?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Body by Victoria

As most ladies know, finding the perfect bra is really important. Not only is it uncomfortable if your bra doesn't fit quite right, but it can really make or break your outfit. I have a bigger chest, and finding the perfect bra has been a challenge, until I received the full coverage, demi, and the lounge bras from Victoria's Secret Body by Victoria line. What I love about the Body by Victoria line is the gorgeous lace detailing, and that they offer more colors and styles than they've ever had before. The more styles, the better chance you can find one that you love in my opinion! It's also an added bonus that the bras in bigger sizes are just as gorgeous as any other size (this is an issue I've faced sometimes). These bras are also incredibly soft and comfortable which is most important!

I'm also swooning over the black bra pictured at the end, which is the new Body by Victoria lounge bra. The lace is just so gorgeous and it will also double as a great layering piece too under tanks and dresses. It's definitely one to add to your collection!

Not sure if you're wearing the right bra size? Visit Victoria's Secret website and take the perfect fit quiz to see what bra size you should be wearing. It's part of Victoria’s Secret Perfect Fit Challenge. I took the quiz and found out I was wearing the correct size, but I needed to find something with more strap options. It was definitely so helpful! If you purchase the recommended bra size from the Body by Victoria line, you get free shipping and returns from 7/23 through 7/29 which makes it risk-free. Also, visit ShopAtHome.com to take advantage of 1% cash back when shopping at Victoria's Secret.

P.S. Make sure you're entered to win a Jaguar with the purchase of any Body by Victoria bra!

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 These bras were given to me for review by ShopAtHome.com, but all opinions are my own.