A Pastel Story {and a giveaway!}

What I'm wearing: Similar blazer, similar top, Gap jeans, Nine West pumps, and MK watch.

I have always adored pastels. Ever since I was a wee little girl, they were the shades that I was drawn to most. As a matter of fact, when I was a freshman in college all I wore were pastels. The boy I was sort of seeing at the time told me that he would like me a lot more if I wore darker colors. Obviously that love affair didn't last. Today I've found the man of my dreams, that pulls off a pastel like no one I've ever met.

No surprise here, but pastels are HUGE this spring and upcoming summer. Aside from pink, my personal favorites include peach, aquamarine, and ice blue. For an on-trend look, go head-to-toe in different pastel pieces or combine them with bold prints {like my Hamburglar top shown above}.
Photos taken by Rachel Schrader

And now for the giveaway! I've teamed up with 12 fabulous bloggers to bring you an awesome, Mother's Day giveaway - with 3 winners! Be sure to check out these ladies' blogs & enter through the Rafflecopter below. A very important note - All giveaway entries will be verified, before winners are announced.


Wedding Season

Like most ladies and gents my age, I attend several weddings each year. Love is especially in the air these days, as my beau and I seem to be going to a wedding every other month. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE weddings! The outpouring of love, cocktails, and bad dancing is right up my alley. Yet in today's Insta- world, weddings come with a sea of flashbulbs, posting your wedding guest #ootd immediately to social media. 

Every girl knows that there are few worse fashion faux pas than being tagged in the same outfit, over, and over, and over again. On the other hand, if I bought a new frock for each friend's nuptials, I'd be collecting dresses like the "single table" collects cocktails before the bar closes for dinner. This dilemma begs a serious question: How does a girl switch up her wedding look without drowning in a sea of new, expensive dresses in the process? Here are my rules for surviving wedding season in style.
  • Stagger and SUSHA... I keep several favorite dresses in regular rotation. In addition to that, I SUTHA. What is SUTHA you ask? Switch up the shoes, hair, and accessories. Changing this entire trifecta can instantly transform the same dress, making it virtually unrecognizable.
  • RTR... There is no shame in the renting game. Rent the Runway is a thrifty girl's best friend. Their motto is that they offer you access to your dream closet, and they are not lying. Showcasing the top trends, with other 200 top designers, dresses and accessories at every price point, and $25 off your first rental, it's absolutely worth a try. Check them out here.
  • Dress swap with a gal pal... If you're anything like me, you have too many pretty dresses collecting dust in your closet. What seems to make a lot more sense than letting these beauties take up closet space, would be organizing a dress swap with some gal pals. Hopefully you have a friend with really great, expensive taste!
  • That old bridesmaid dress... While some are beyond help, it's worth asking your tailor if they can do something with a bridesmaid dress. This isn't possible however, with those polyester bombs!
  • Know the couple, know the dress code... My initial assumption is that every wedding requires cocktail attire. Yet, knowing a couple well, the venue of the wedding, and their own personal style lends some helpful hits as to what you should wear to their wedding. Maybe your favorite sundress with some strappy sandals will be perfect, rather than that same old black number that your boyfriend is tired of seeing.


$200 Giveaway!

Group Giveaway!
I've teamed up with a group of ten lovely ladies to host a Paypal Group Giveaway worth $200!! One lucky winner will be selected on May 1st, 2014 at Midnight EST! So go ahead and enter below for a chance to win!!


Two Minute Updo: The Top Knot

Shoulder length, baby fine hair like mine leaves a girl with limited styling options. My bed-head is more Garth than come-hither. I check the humidity daily because my blowout is immediately busted with anything over 65%. Forget french, fishtail, or any braid for that matter. Thoughts run through my head like "Is my hairline receding, or is my forehead just that big?" A side bang and pretty ponytail are about as good as it gets. That is until I met the top knot.

Like the perfect sunless tan, or well kept no-chip mani, the top knot is one of my favorite beauty hacks. Taking only two minutes, it's my go-to, midweek, I overslept, and haven't washed my hair in four days, hair-do. Plus, everyone looks as cute as a button while donning one. Below are my instructions for a perfect  top knot. Beginners beware, because as you can see, these directions are for only the most experienced hair stylististas.
  1. Gather dry (preferably dirty) hair and put it up in a high ponytail.
  2. Secure with an elastic hair tie.
  3. Wrap and twist the hair around the hair band. Wrap ends around the base and tuck into the underside of the hair tie.
  4. Pull and separate hair to your liking to create volume. 
  5. Pin pieces accordingly to create your desired shape (I always leave a few pieces "out of place" to achieve a more unkempt look).
  6. Spray with hairspray until you've created a death cloud of aerosol and can barley breath.
And there you have it, a two minute updo, perfect for spring and summer! Do you have any easy updos? If so, please share in the comments section! 


BaubleBar + Nordstrom

BaubleBar is hands down my favorite go- to jewelry shopping destination. Their pieces are always supremely on trend, high quality, and they offer big incentives to shoppers as well as excellent costumer service. You've seen me wearing some of their pieces here, here, and here.

BB is known for collabos with some of my favorite bloggers and stores, but their latest is a marriage made in shopping heaven: The BaubleBar Pop- Up Shop at Nordstrom. I enjoy shopping online, but I know many ladies prefer to see their potential purchases in the flesh (or sparkle in this case). Now you have the chance! Select Nordstrom stores around the US will be carrying BaubleBar for a limited time. Check here to see if your local Nordstrom is of the lucky ones. If not, shop a few of my favorites from their collection here:


Spring Must Have: The D'Orsay Flat

Meet the D'Orsay flat, otherwise known as, my latest shoe obsession. Imagine fixing your favorite pair of sandals and your favorite pair of flats up on a blind date. They quickly fall in love, get married, and have a baby; this would be their bundle of joy.

These pointy flats are the every-girl shoe: Perfect for every women, no matter your age, size, budget, or personal style. Not to mention extremely flattering. The open sides and pointed toe will both highlight and elongate even the most hideous of feet. Last spring is when I first spotted the Jenni Kayne version. These sueded beauties were the object of my affection, but at nearly $300 a pair, out of my budget. This spring however, I'm delighted to see that so many shoe lines had debuted their version of the D'Orsay. Textured, printed, and every color of the rainbow; there is literally something for everyone. 

I can't wait to snatch up the Sole Society version for spring and summer! Shop a few of my other favorites below.


The Bright Stuff

What I'm wearing: Zara sweater, Hudson jeans, Bauble Bar necklace, RayBan sunglasses, Shoemint booties, and Cuyana leather tote.

When I was in 2nd grade, there were two things I lived for: New Kids on the Block, and my Crayola fluorescent markers. The sight of hot pink, shocking yellow, electric blue, and neon green always take me back to that time, and have me feeling electrified about wearing this vibrant color palette again this spring! Neon began its major comeback in 2011 (and coincidentally, so did NKOTB), and doesn't show signs of stopping. My favorite member of the neon family is highlighter yellow, as it pairs well with/ adds a zap of energy to the typical spring palette of pastels and neutrals. I don't know about you but this taste of 90's nostalgia has me regretting ever throwing away my hair crimper and NKOTB cassette tapes!

Photos by Rachel Schrader 

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