A Romantic Outfit Idea

I found the cutest outfit, that would be great for vacation in a warmer place, or even Valentine's Day if you're somewhere a bit warmer. This jumpsuit looked way better in person than I ever could have imagined, and now I am wanting to buy nearly every jumpsuit I come in contact with! It was incredibly comfy and with a bit of a higher waist, it kind of elongated my torso. It was stretchy and would be adorable paired with any sort of jacket, cropped or longer in length.

I worked with Kohl's and Hello Society on our last of five photoshoots, and I think this is my favorite one of all. We visited a beach area near the vacation rental house on Fort Myers Beach, and I loved how the palm trees lined the boardwalk, it made for one of my favorite photoshoot locations ever!

I don't even really dress up that often, but I had a lot of fun primping and prepping for this cute outfit. I added some Dutch braids in my hair, and loved how the jewelry really brought the whole outfit together. 

These HEELS!! Something for a special occasion, like Valentine's Day or a fun date night would be great. Now, I wouldn't recommend wearing them if you're walking super far, but if you're just heading to sit at dinner, or need something absolutely adorable to wear for portraits, family photos, or more, then, these would be amazing. They are show stoppers for sure, and while I paired them with a dark grey outfit, I could see them looking great with a vintage cut dress of some sort, either right above knee length or mid calf perhaps. 

I also researched the best nail polish color to put on your toes when wearing red heels, and most articles recommended either a red that is the exact color of the heels, or nude, to avoid competing shades of red, plus, the nude nail polish elongates the look of your legs, which makes total sense!

Hope you enjoy! Sending you warm wishes from Florida! 

Stay Comfy + Warm Clothing for Winter and Beyond

If you're anything like me, you love and cherish comfortable clothes that fit perfect and look great. I am not one to wear super baggy clothing, but I do enjoy clothes that have an easy fit and still look flattering. If you have seen some of my posts from late 2017, you will have seen a few that we shot for Kohl's! Here is my fourth of five sets of images for Kohl's, which I think turned out so well! 

You will likely notice that this is of course more of a winter / Christmas theme, but I was SO happy with it, and just had to share it while it was still cold out :)

Above, you will see some of my favorite new leggings, which are more of a long john material, in the prettiest pale light blue color. They fit super well, and I even went down a size from what I would normally get so that they had a more snug fit. I have also worn these under my yoga pants to take the dogs on a walk while it's so cold out.

Find these fun thermal leggings and more, online here, or at any Kohl's store.

These cute slippers are only $9.99 and they're adorable! Get them right here.

And, if you're looking for the coziest, softest blanket ever, try this one, shown below, and in a few of the other photos. I got the plaid variant, available here for $29.99.

And, I adore this Cuddl Duds robe too. I featured the Fair Isle print, which is reversible, and grey on one side, and the cute grey print on the other. I seem to always be cold, so I have really been enjoying this comfy fleece robe way too much :) It's on sale for $36.00 right now too!

We are shooting our final post for Kohl's this coming weekend and I am SO thrilled about it. I went with more of a dressy look, and we will be working in Fort Myers Beach for this one, so look out for palm trees, friends!

I have really enjoyed getting to know so many of the beautiful brands from Kohl's like LC Lauren Conrad and Cuddl Duds (not exclusive to Kohl's but they DO have a huge selection there). I also love the higher quality of Cuddl Duds items even though they are not really expensive at all. And, I love how Kohl's offers Kohl's Cash, which I have been utilizing quite a bit during all of these photoshoots. I also got myself a few pieces of Fiesta Ware with my bonus coupons (they're always 25-30% off each week). 

Great Fall Outfit Ideas at Kohl's

Fall is quite literally the BEST season ever. When I get a little glimpse of a chilly, cool night, I am practically giddy every time a cool breeze blows through the house. I am one who love to layer up, and put on all the Fall clothes at once :)

I was super excited to get the opportunity to create a series of posts about outfits I find at Kohl's over the next few months. HelloSociety is absolutely amazing, and I could not imagine a more perfect time of year to share some of my favorite fashion ideas. 

This is the first outfit that I found from Apt. 9. I was inspired to curate a look that would be great for a 9-5 office setting, but also look cute after work for a date, dinner, or even running a few errands on the way home too. Keep reading to get links to everything you see here in the post!

I loved shopping at Kohl's both in-store and online. And, it has quickly become my favorite store in town. I cannot believe their large selection of clothing for seriously EVERY occasion, as well as home goods that I have already used in a recipe that I will be posting in the next week (stay tuned)!!

featured products

Note - I created this work as sponsored Pinterest content for Kohl's and HelloSociety. Hopefully this post inspires you to shop Kohl's and their large line of Apt. 9 items this Fall! 

My Favorite Fall Outfit + Tips On Wearing Over The Knee Boots From DSW

Well, this is my final post for DSW. It's been SO much fun creating a series of five posts for this project, and I am so proud to present you with this final outfit. I think it compliments these Over The Knee Boots so well. Last week, I styled these boots with a paisley printed dress and an Army style jacket. Now that the weather is a bit more chilly, and since I have been seeing these awesome jackets all over Pinterest, I went to search for one of my own! 

I’m sharing #DSW in my life as part of a Designer Shoe Warehouse sponsored series for Socialstars™. All opinions and content are my own. #MyDSW. 

#MyDSW Fall Outfit

This time, I paired these awesome boots with an outfit I want to wear again and again! A beautiful, tan jacket, maroon skinnies with lots of stitching details, and a pale pink turtleneck sweater (with those fun shoulder cutouts). I would be SO warm in this outfit, it would definitely fight off the chill really well. 

Find the Unisa Saranaa Over The Knee Boots in Charcoal Faux Suede on DSW.

#MyDSW
#MyDSW
#MyDSW
Cotton in Hand
#MyDSW
#MyDSW
#MyDSW

How To Host A Clothing Swap Party!

I'm super excited to bring you this fun idea! Since Fall is my favorite season, and it's definitely a fun time to transition into Fall garb, now is a great time to host a Clothing Swap Party with friends and family members. Have some of your favorite ladies over and serve some tasty coffee drinks and provide lots of snacks. This would be an amazingly fun way to spend an afternoon or evening with those who you enjoy spending time with.

cute party table

HERE'S HOW:

1.) Gather any clothes you are willing to part with. I love this swap party idea, because I tend to be able to pass along much nicer items if I have a friend in mind. 

2.) Send an invite or e-vite to friends, using this graphic. Feel free to save or even screenshot the image, and just send it to anyone who you want to invite. 

3.) To Make The Banner: Print the 5 pages of provided files (below) in color, and cut out each letter. I used a paper cutter and a pair of scissors. Glue ribbon or decorative pom pom trim to the top of each letter flag, and then tape a length of rope to the back of the letters. Tape to the wall behind your party table - I just love how this turned out! 

4.) Next, gather up food and drinks. I chose to provide some chocolate cookies, maple cookies, other snacks, AND iced coffee drinks! Feel free to use whatever you want here - the sky is the limit! 

clothing swap party decor

PARTY DECOR PRINTABLES:

cute invites

Print each of these 5 pages once, in color on card stock. Save these images to your computer then print at home or at a copy shop. This costs less than $5 to print on traditional 8.5 x11" card stock.

Page 1

Page 2

Page 4

Page 3

Page 5

MAKING THE BUNTING

cute party decor
cute party decor

I love the how cute these letter flags looked with the pom pom ribbon trim on top. 

cute party decor
cute party decor
cute party decor

SWAPPING CLOTHES...

When everyone arrives, have them place their clothes on a table or in a corner of your room. I would suggest mixing everyone's clothes together, then basically sorting everything by type (pants, dresses, shirts, etc) so it's more of an anonymous way to select new clothes. 

I thought it would be fun to greet guests with this beautiful party tablescape, then after people have grabbed their snacks and coffee, pile the table with everyone's clothes. You can of course let people spread out in your living room or a guest bedroom, and have everyone sit in comfy chairs and on floor pillows. This way, guests can have a comfy seat while swapping out for friends' clothes. 

clothing swap party decor
clothing swap party decor

RATE THE LOOKS:

I thought it would be so fun to let guests rate each other's new clothes they have chosen. By writing a 1-10 on the chalkboard signs, you can help your friends decide whether the clothing they chose honestly looks good or not. Kind of like scoring at the Olympics, ya know?!

clothing swap party decor

An extremely easy refreshment is pre-made iced coffee from the grocer store, topped with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. 

cute party decor
Coffee, please!
cute party decor / cookies
cute party decor

I also decorated with smaller paper shopping bags and adorable tissue paper!

cute party decor
cute party decor
cute party decor
cute party decor - coffee drinks!

The Perfect Watch For Back To School & Beyond

I found my all-time favorite accessory - the Cora watch in Purpleheart and Mother of Pearl, by JORD! I know I have blogged about these beautiful watches before (here and here), but I recently received a new, smaller style and love it SO very much!

The reddish, darker color of the Purpleheart wood is absolutely stunning, and is going to be great for back to school, fall, the end of summer, and beyond. I also love the unexpected sparkle of the jewels in the watch face. The other little nod to extreme attention to detail is the fact that the back of the watch face is made of glass, so you can see the inner workings of the watch! I cannot believe how nice these watches are, they're so well-made.

the luxury of nature

"Savoring something, however small, is why your style will always be revered, and rarely replicated. You'll love how the Purpleheart wood pairs with opaline Mother of Pearl to showcase the luxe nature of natural materials. Crafted to be adored, our Cora was created for you."

And, just for fun, enter to win $75 towards your very own Wood Watch! That is a GOOD DEAL!!! 

back to school style

This Cora Watch matches the boho styles so well! Whether you're pairing a cute button up 3/4 sleeve shirt with dark cropped skinnies, or wearing a cute dress, the watch will never look unflattering because its design is so streamlined. This watch is very comfortable, and really makes me smile when I wear it! 

love my wood watch!
features

sapphire crystal glass

deployment buckle with push button

swarovski crystal markers

screw-down crown

case width: 37mm

case thickness: 12mm

lug ends: 38mm

band thickness: 18mm - 22mm

band length: 211mm (they send extra links)

the perfect gift

These watches make amazing gifts, too! My sister is already eyeing this one :) They are such good quality watches, that whoever is lucky enough to receive one will have it for a very long time. And, like I mentioned before, JORD wood watches come with extra links, just in case. There are SO many colors of these watches, so go ahead and check out the whole collection, here

JORD wood watch - LWG
Wood Watches - LWG
Wood Watch!

I had so much fun styling this watch for JORD. Check out all that JORD has to offer here!

Mayil Scarves & Which Queen Are You?

Mayil reached out to me and asked for a bit of help photographing her products. The products she offers are stunning, and I had a great time capturing the beauty of these scarves, bracelets, and pendant necklaces she sent me. 

Mayil Scarves are absolutely gorgeous, and you must check them out!!! Check her out on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website

Mayil Scarves + LWG
Mayil Scarves + LWG
Beautiful Pendants
Pink Embroidered Scarf - so pretty!
Mayil Scarves + LWG
Beautiful Scarves!
Stretch Bracelet - love these
Mayil Scarves + LWG
Mayil Scarves + LWG
Mayil Scarves + LWG
Mayil Scarves + LWG
Mayil Scarves + LWG
Elephant Pendant
Mayil Scarves + LWG
Mayil Scarves + LWG
Mayil Scarves + LWG
Mayil Scarves + LWG
Mayil Scarves + LWG
Mayil Scarves

Show Me Your Mumu

I have been following the brand, Show Me Your Mumu for a while now. I just love their aesthetic, and the overall boho vibe I get from their line of clothing. Check out Mumu on Pinterest

They feature lots of these beautiful Tunic Tops, one of which I wanted to share with you today!!! I got SO many compliments on this top. The Peta Tunic In Popsicle Python will definitely be my summer go-to, worn over a black tank top and cropped leggings, over a bathing suit, on a road trip, or at a music festival!

Show Me Your Mumu + LWG

Shown in this post, is the Peta Tunic, The Mumu Gold Bull Ring, and The Mucho Love Medium Notebook. This notebook has to be seen in person to understand just how detailed and beautiful it is. It looks completely hand painted, with lots of texture and even a bit of gold glitter paint mixed it.

Show Me Your Mumu + LWG

We shot these photos in Cave Creek, AZ, and also in Sedona, AZ. This tunic top is also great for warm weather, because it's breathable and lightweight, but not see-through. It does not wrinkle either!

Show Me Your Mumu + LWG

A very special thanks to Show Me Your Mumu for sending these products to me so I could share them with the world! 

Show Me Your Mumu + LWG
Show Me Your Mumu + LWG

This notebook is absolutely incredible! It would make an incredible gift for someone who loves to journal, or is an infinite list-maker :)

Show Me Your Mumu + LWG
Show Me Your Mumu + LWG
Show Me Your Mumu + LWG
Show Me Your Mumu + LWG
Show Me Your Mumu + LWG
Show Me Your Mumu + LWG

Blue Life / Planet Blue Swimwear

I have had massive amount of traffic since I last posted some wonderful swimsuits from Blue Life / Planet Blue Swimwear. I love the materials they use, and the incredible variation of tie dyed fabrics. They really make my eyes look like hearts :) Below, you will find some of my new favorites from Blue Life Swim! 

Tie Dyed Bikini  - LOVE!!!

Tie Dyed Bikini - LOVE!!!

DAILYLOOK - Your New Personal Stylist

I am super excited to share some wonderful fashion goodness with you! DailyLook is an amazing source for clothing for just about any style. I have loved their company for many years. With DailyLook Elite, you can have the help of a personal stylist, and look like a million bucks for only a teeny fraction of that!

In fact, you only keep the items you absolutely love, and send back the rest. I just love trying clothes on at home rather than in-store, you always get a way more realistic look at the clothes that way. In your natural environment, real-life lighting, and when you're comfortable!

Check out these wonderful outfits they can send you. Each box, filled with 7-11 items each, is sent to your door each month. This is going to be a great way to try outfits and silhouettes that you may have never even dreamed of, and find out that they become your new personal style. So great! 

In addition to being a wonderful shopping destination, they have something amazing to offer you. You can fill out your style profile, and they will send you outfits based on a few fun and easy questions, that helps them get a closer look at your personal style. 

CREATE YOUR STYLE PROFILE

Just tell them your size, body type, and preferred fit of each clothing item. My favorite part of this survey is where you choose your personal style, based on the outfits below. I love how visual this part is, and it even gives me so many outfit ideas! 

After you choose your favorite silhouettes, you can answer a few more questions about your lifestyle, and which types of outfits and clothing you feel most comfortable in. You can even create a Pinterest board that reflects your personal style, and I am sure that would help your new stylist quite a bit! 

DailyLook will help you look your best and costs way less than an average trip to the mall, or even just one piece of clothing! Learn more here, and here's to a new and elevated personal style and confidence boost! 

What To Wear On A Road Trip

It's so important to stay comfortable yet chic while traveling. I am not the type to throw on some loose fitting sweats and head out in public. I understand how comfy it would be, but there are also lots of items you can wear that look more pulled-together but feel amazingly comfy still! Here are a few ideas for you, that can span across multiple climates and beyond!

COMFY SHOES

I like to at least have a cute pair of sneakers, and I could not live without my Birkenstocks for any trip I ever take. I often like to have a pair of waterproof and lightweight flip flops, because they don't take up much room, and are worth the tiny space they take up! 

LOOSE FITTING TOPS

I tend to like to mix longer shirts with my comfy leggings, so here are a couple of ideas for you! And, they really don't look like they would wrinkle at all. 

 A COMFY YET STRUCTURED JACKET

While some denim jackets can be kind of constricting, if you find one that is lighter materials, or just worn in really well, put this great piece on over just about anything, and you will look like hot sh*t :) I always love a great jacket. I have also seen some great stretchy blazer style jackets that could also work pretty well here. 

A Perfectly Worn  Denim Jacket  

A Perfectly Worn Denim Jacket 

LOVE YOUR LEGGINGS

Of course, a couple of high quality pair of leggings will be your go-to pair of pants for every day you're in the car. Of course, please feel free to style them with boots and booties, sneakers, flats, sandals, and even a wedge heel! 

A LARGE PURSE & A SMALLER ONE

I always try to bring one large purse, so I can stuff my life's essentials into one place in the car. I love this leather bag, below, because it is well made and very roomy. I have made the mistake of bringing cheaper purses in the $20-30 range on road trips, and the lining always tears out, I am heartbroken, and have to toss the purse along the way! Good luck finding a cute purse in the middle of nowhere.

A Large Purse  is important. And, make sure it's nicer, maybe made of leather...

A Large Purse is important. And, make sure it's nicer, maybe made of leather...

A Smaller Purse  can be taken into a shop or a restaurant much easier than a larger purse. 

A Smaller Purse can be taken into a shop or a restaurant much easier than a larger purse. 

That's all for now! Are you heading anywhere soon? Let me know in the comments, below. 

Fashion & Beauty Finds For Valentine's Day

Whether you are wanting to get all cute and festive for Valentine's Day, or just want to give your sister, mom, or friend something cute for Valentine's Day, here are some awesome finds! Click the items to shop!

Help your girl keep her nails looking good!

essie Nail Polish - $8.50

essie Nail Polish - $8.50

butter London Nail Polish - $22.00

butter London Nail Polish - $22.00

TopShop Glitter Nail Polish - $4.50

TopShop Glitter Nail Polish - $4.50

And make sure she has the reddest lips of anyone in the room

Burberry Lip Gloss - $29.00

Burberry Lip Gloss - $29.00

stila Lip Gloss - $24.00

stila Lip Gloss - $24.00

Urban Decay Lip Gloss - $22.00

Urban Decay Lip Gloss - $22.00

help her keep her paycheck safe in a new wallet

Forever21 Wallet - $9.99

Forever21 Wallet - $9.99

Kate Spade Wallet - $88.00

Kate Spade Wallet - $88.00

Quilted Crossbody Purse $14.90

Quilted Crossbody Purse $14.90

make sure her hands aren't freezing this winter

Marled Mittens - $13.99

Marled Mittens - $13.99

Pinwheel Pusher Gloves - $22.00

Pinwheel Pusher Gloves - $22.00

Forever 21 Gloves - $6.99

Forever 21 Gloves - $6.99

Clementine Surfwear - Tie Dyes + Home Goods

Tie Dye is something that has always caught my eye. I love the intricacies in the colors fading into one another, and I love the amazing patterns that can be created by simply tying and folding fabric in certain ways. And, generally no two tie dyed pieces will ever be alike, just like a snowflake! A few years ago, I tried my hand at Tie Dying and it went well, but it takes a ton of hard work. My favorite part was always unwrapping my creations after they had been sitting overnight, and seeing what amazing things happened. 

So, when Carol contacted me to see if I could help her capture the beauty of her creations, I jumped at the chance to see her work in person and show you just how wonderful her work is! 

Lily The Wandering Gypsy + Clementine Surfwear

Clementine Surfwear is based in Los Angeles, and I am sure you will see that warm weather vibe in all of her work. She creates some gorgeous tie dyed clothing perfect for layering up, lounging around, heading to yoga class, or grooving at a local concert or a festival! 

Lily The Wandering Gypsy + Clementine Surfwear

Tie Dye isn't just for summer! Check out these cool weather options, and layer them up with some cute socks, boots, and a scarf! Above, the tie dyed hoodie, leggings, and beanie. 

HOODIES - LEGGINGS - BEANIE CAP - DISH TOWELS 

Above, you can see a pink long sleeve v-neck, beanie cap, two sets of leggings, and fingerless gloves! Everything is incredibly soft, and made from super nice materials. I have a feeling I will be sporting these garments for a long time! 

Lily The Wandering Gypsy + Clementine Surfwear
Lily The Wandering Gypsy + Clementine Surfwear
Lily The Wandering Gypsy + Clementine Surfwear

Another one of Carol's more recent creations are these adorable dish towels and tote bags. They say, Kiss The Cook, Drink The Wine, Kiss The Cook! These would make adorable housewarming or holiday gifts. So, check out her screen printed goods here

Lily The Wandering Gypsy + Clementine Surfwear

And, make sure to check out Clementine Surfwear on Instagram!