Friday, May 31, 2013

Apartment Tour & Blogging Fun!

 Happy Weekend Everyone!! This 4 day week flew by for me - hopefully the same for you all! I worked on the apartment a lot this week and today we got most of our furniture! The biggest part that is missing is our box springs... for some unknown reason, I only got our mattresses today and no box springs. They are *expected* to arrive on Wednesday so let us keep our fingers crossed. Obviously this delays my plan to move in this weekend but oh well! 

I have my apartment tour that I filmed on Wednesday! We have gotten a lot more things in since, but this gives you the gist of the space that we have! :)  

It is slowly but surely coming together! 
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Last night, I attended an amazing event for The Charlotte Social with other Charlotte area bloggers! I finally got to hang out with Alexa for longer than 10 min [she led me to her amazing hairstylist back a few months ago] and we had a BLAST. I seriously love her! We have so much in common and she is one of the sweetest people I have ever met! 

The event was at Apricot Lane in Charlotte - they had such cute clothes and accessories. Would you believe me if I told you I left empty handed? Well... don't because I didn't! Ugh! I have serious shopping problems BUT we were getting a discount and I found such cute things. I will OBVI have a haul video up SOON! :) 

Me and Alexa! 
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One of the pictures that Apricot Lane put on their facebook! It was so much fun! Thank you so much Bri for planning it, I feel like this group is going to be a huge success!
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Cheers to new friends in Charl! :) 
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peace out! time for the weekend!
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Apartment Purchases: The Basics

I promise an apartment tour will be going up soon! My sister and I are still not living there, but we get all of our furniture by Friday so hopefully it will be our first weekend there! I have this vision in my head of what I want our apartment to be - girly and elegant but comfortable at the same time! I am still deciding on accent colors for the living room and my room. Since my bed is white and my furniture is either mirrored or white, I got aqua bedding that I hope will look really cute. For the living room, we are still deciding but I think we will maybe accent with light peach or pink (depending on what we find)!

My Room: I decided against painting my walls because I am unsure of how long we are going to be living there and also - I like the wall color - it is a really pretty light beige that matches with everything. I want to add some art/mirrors for sure! I am so excited about my tufted bed! I have been wanting a tufted bed for YEARS and finally got my wish! We ordered our bed frames from Wayfair Supply - I will definitely let you guys know how the quality is/etc because we got a super amazing deal on them! I ordered my aqua comforter from Overstock - it hasn't even shipped yet, so we will see how it is when I get it! I just felt like doing a pop of color since the rest of my furniture is simple. We also found some really good deals at Value City Furniture and that is where my white dresser is from! The annoying part is that I don't get it until the 22nd of June :( I have been obsessed with the Hayworth collection from Pier One ever since I can remember! I have the jewelry armoire already and knew I wanted to incorporate more of the pieces into my room. I do not think I would like the look of all mirrored furniture so that is why I decided to go with the white dresser and white bookcase. One of the things I am most excited about is having a vanity! I just ordered the table on it's own and I am going to get a separate mirror and chair. I also got the nightstand to go along with it! I ordered the bookcase from Target and thought it would be pretty with picture frames, decorative books, and maybe have a perfume tray on there. Overall - I think my bedroom is going to turn out just the way I had pictured it. I know it won't be perfect for a while, but this will be a good start to my ideal room!
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Living Room: I knew I wanted to invest in a good couch because last time that my sister and I had our own place, we had an Ikea couch, and it might as well have been a boulder because it was the MOST uncomfortable piece of crap I have ever sat on. We found our couch at Value City and also ordered an ottoman to go along with it. It is SUPER comfy and I can't wait to relax on the couch with a glass of wine watching real housewives! We also got these mirrored tables from Target! I will also report back on these because they were at an unbelievable price! Our media center is from Overstock and I love how it is white and mirrored at the same time (ideal in my world)! Again, I am not sure what accent colors we will use!
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I plan on filming my apartment tour tonight! We won't have any of this until Friday, so I think it would be fun to keep doing apartment updates. I love watching these types of videos and think they are so helpful when decorating your place.
Hope you all have a beautiful Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

LA + Weekend Recap!

Happy four day work week everyone! I had a great time in LA! I landed back in Charlotte on Sunday evening and caught up on my sleep. Yesterday, my friends Heather and Kennie had a BBQ and then I seriously slept from 9 PM till 7 this morning. So refreshed! :) 

Thursday, my friend Haley and I went to the third st. promenade in Santa Monica - I love the shopping there and they also have the cutest restaurants and cafes there. We did a little bit of shopping and ate an amazing dinner at True Food Kitchen! I tried the cucumber skinny margarita, the tofu and shitake lettuce wraps, the farmers market salad and the shiratake noodles - all were amazing! Friday, we laid out at the pool at the hotel I stayed at (Petit Ermitage) and loved our matching shirts (f21)!
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Can't do Cali without a stop at in-n-out! We headed to the drybar (my obsession) and then drove to San Diego and we went out there with Haley's bf Dom and some of his friends! It was so much fun!
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Saturday, we headed back to LA and we hit up Bottega Louie for the BEST macarons I have had in a while. SO YUMMY! We also went to go watch the Hangover 3! 

Sunday, I left LA at 1 PM and landed in Charlotte at 8PM (damn you time difference)! Yesterday was BBQ day! Heather and Kennie had amazing southern food at their house! 
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Hope everyone has a great week! 

Linking up with Sami for the Weekend Shenanigans!
Sami's Shenanigans

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Gap & Ann Taylor Loft Haul!

Currently on my flight back from LA to Charlotte - had SUCH an amazing time - I will be recapping my LA trip on Tuesday with Sami's Weekend Shennanigans! 

I posted this earlier this week, but forgot to include it in a blog post as well! I did some light shopping (lol) at Gap and Ann Taylor Loft before my LA trip! 

Let me know if you have any questions! :) Hope everyone is having a great Sunday! xo

Thursday, May 23, 2013

My week so far!

Happy hump day everyone! Coming to you from sunny southern California this week! I had almost a full day of traveling on Tuesday even thought it was a direct flight from NC to LA - we had to re-route our flight through MEXICO to avoid the bad weather in the middle of the country. Obviously safety comes first, but we were airbound for almost 6 hours instead of the usual four - I might as well be in Europe! LOL! I am here for work, but am staying until Sunday and plan on enjoying this beautiful weather (no southern humidity - that is for SURE!). 

Monday night, we hosted a social for the Latin American Women's Association at Luciano's, a non profit organization that my family and our company is very involved in. They serve as a scholarship fund for Hispanic students and also do a lot for the elementary, middle and high school students in the area with tutoring, dancing programs and much more! 

With the Latorre's on Raquel's birthday - love them!
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Airprot OOTD! Gap neon sweater, Lulu leggings, Tory Burch Sandals
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Work meetings yesterday OOTD: Loft Blouse, J.Crew Pixie Pants, Gap Cardigan + iced americao (duhhhh)
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my view on the amtrak yesterday
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just wanted to say hi from my business trip! Follow me on Instagram to keep up with me! :)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Weekend Recap!

Happy Monday! I hope you all had wonderful weekends! I feel like I did ten thousand things this weekend and I felt the need to stay up way past my bedtime last night catching up on The Office (I finally watched the finale and was bawling in my bed at 2 AM - what is wrong with me). I am off to LA tomorrow for work and will be staying until Sunday - I am so excited to be in the beautiful LA weather and hang out with one of my besties - Haley!

Friday afternoon, my sister and I signed our lease for our new apartment! It is going to be a slow move since we have like no furniture - who knew beds take 2 weeks to deliver!? (NOT ME!) On Saturday, we went furniture shopping and ordered our beds, our mattresses, our couch, nightstands, coffee table, and some of our dressers. I will be filming an apartment tour and showing the progress! I started moving in some clothes and little things over the weekend, but I didn't want to move too much since we probably will not be staying there for a few weeks! 

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beautiful weather on friday night drinking some beers in the french quarter // my cousin addy, her bf logan and my sister and me // moving clothes on Saturday // exhausted after 3 hours at the furniture store

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 Outfit for Saturday night - romper: necessary clothing, shoes: pour la victoire, bag: louis vuitton

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strawberry lemon drop from Luciano's // had so much fun at Bubble on Saturday night - new lounge/club in Charlotte

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necessary Sunday brunch mimosa 

I did some LA shopping yesterday too and will be filming a haul bc I picked up some goodies! :) I hope you all have a great week! 

Linking up with Sami!! :)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Friday + My week so far!

FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY! It's here people - I had a jammed packed week. I am currently incapacitated from Zumba on Wednesday - who knew that it would be so intense? I woke up this morning and could not walk (so much jumping!). 

I am SO HAPPY today because today my sister and I get the keys to our new apartment!!! I am SO excited to have my own space, living room, kitchen, etc! I will be sad to leave the beautifulness that is my parent's condo, but it will definitely be worth it. I am going to film an apartment tour and update you all with our decorating process so stay tuned for that! I want to make our space very feminine and elegant but also comfortable at the same time! My cousin and her bf will also be here this weekend and we always have such a fun time with them! 

My favorite salad - mixed organic greens + kale with avocado, mushrooms and fresh mozzarella + EVOO, Splash of red wine vinegar, juice of half a lemon and mrs. dash italian seasoning = TRY IT IT IS SO DELICIOUS! 
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cuddles with this bitchy lady
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went furniture shopping the other day and ended up at nordstrom rack... typical! LOL! Found this Marc by Marc Jacobs laptop case for 30 dollars! 
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super obsessed with this revlon lip butter in wild watermelon - such a pretty color! 
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Last night, I finished a leadership program for Community Building Initiative that I participated in for a year! 
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Hope you all have AMAZING weekends! xo

Thursday, May 16, 2013

30 Miles in 30 days update!

First and foremost - I am guest posting on the lovely Kate's blog Green Fashionista today while she is on vacation in DR (lucky girl)! I am talking about one of my favorite vacations to.. LAS VEGAS! - Check out her blog and my post here! 

Second - I am linking up with Nikki for my 30 miles check in! I am proud to say I have been doing really well again yay! 

Here is my training and workouts of the month so far! 
May 1st: 1.25 high intensity interval runs - 12 rounds of 40 second rest - 30 second work on 10% incline + incline walk (my usual go to intervals)
May 2nd: 4 miles walking around Chicago (my feet DIED - thanks tory burch!)
May 6th: 1.25 interval runs (same as above)
May 7th: 1.25 interval runs + leg workouts (squats, leg extensions, leg presses, and dead lifts)

May 9th: 1.25 Interval Runs
May 10th: 1.25 Interval runs + bis and tris 
May 13: 1.25 interval runs + shoulders and abs
May 15: 1 Hour Zumba class (INTENSE)

Total miles for May so far = 11.5 Miles 
I am OKAY with that number since I focus on high intensity interval training as opposed to long distance running and I stick to treadmill usually as opposed to elliptical! I had a great workout at Zumba yesterday - I am SO sore!! I highly recommend going to one and it was so fun/funny and a great way to get some intense cardio in! Hoping to get in some workouts over the weekend! 

Tomorrow is Friday! YAY! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Shopaholic Tag!

Happy Hump day everyone! I have a fun tag video today that I filmed over the weekend and I am tagging ALL of you to do it! Be it a video or a post - whatever your little heart desires! I saw this tag floating around YouTube and I knew that it was right up my alley! 

You guys know I never shop and I only spend my money on super practical things.... yea. NOT! 

1. Would you consider yourself a shopaholic?
2. How would you classify your style?
3. What store can you not leave without buying at least one thing?
4. Where do you find the best deals?
5. What designer are you willing to splurge for?
6. Do you have a go to shopping outfit?
7. What is your guilty pleasure? (Not including makeup)
8. What is one staple clothing piece you cannot live without?
9. What is a trend you hope never goes out of style?
10. What trend did you love that passed way to quickly?
11. Who is your fashion icon?

I tag whoever wants to do this post obviously and these lovely ladies: 
Jessica at City Sequins

have a great day!! xoxo

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Spring Fashion Haul + Favorites!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Wanted to share my latest video - I had not done a clothing haul in a while and these are just some spring items I have picked up in the past months! Some of the items are sold out, but I tried to link what I could down below! As always - let me know if you have any questions. 

Items Mentioned:
F21 Blouse
J.Crew Sleevless Blouse (sold out, try in store)
J.Crew striped t-shirt with print (sold out, try in store)
Madewell Skirt:
F21 Black Shorts with Gold Stud detailing (not online)
F21 Color Block Dress
F21 Shorts (not online)
Banana Republic Maxi:
Hazel's Haven Dress: Sold out but here is their site 
Tory Burch Flat Sandals
DV by Dolve Vita Color Block Heels (cannot find online anymore)
Shoemint "Nicole" Wedges

Thanks for watching! xo

Monday, May 13, 2013

Weekend Recap: Relaxing, Mothers Day and Work!

MONDAY... dun dun dun... always comes too soon, but there is nothing we can do about it, so we might as well make the BEST of it! :) I had a really great weekend - it was way too short, but still wonderful! 

I will start off with Thursday because after work, I headed to Luciano's (no surprise there) and had dinner with my friends. 

gorgeous Luciano's (my mom did SUCH an amazing job!)
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scallops and artichokes appetizer, carpaccio, my favorite Malbec, and the Italian cobb salad with grilled salmon 

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Friday night - I took it easy because I knew I was going to have a hectic weekend otherwise! I hit the gym after work and then made a yummy dinner. I had a massage at 9pm and then passed out!

Grilled tilapia, brown basmati rice, and salad - I added mrs. dash italian seasoning, lemon, a little bit of EVOO and a little bit of red wine vinegar - so good!
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Saturday, we went Mother's day shopping (nothing like waiting until the last minute right?) and then we celebrated at night at Luciano's! Where else? lol

My Outfit: Tobi blouse, Nordstrom BP shorts (old but these are similar), Nordstrom BP scarf (old), Tory Burch Selma Wedges (ON SALE!!), Tory Burch purse (old & my moms)
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chloe won "brattiest" award this weekend - she tried to bite all of us! RUDE. We spoiled our mom with presents - she deserves it!!
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shopping for myself a little on Saturday (banana was 3o% off!) + having a blast with my girls on Sat night
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Saturday night outfit: Maxi dress from Hazel's Haven (sold out but brand is Jealous Tomato), Shoemint Nicole Wedges
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Sunday was spent working our Greensboro festival for our radio stations there - it was SOOOO packed, amazing event! We were so blessed!
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My sister and I got back around 7:30 and I went to Whole Foods with my mom - we had such a fun time! I love that you can drink a glass of wine while you shop! 
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Stay tuned for TWO videos this week! One hopefully will be up later today! Also - my sister and I move to our own apartment on Saturday, we are beyond excited!! woo hoo! I will def be filming an apartment tour, etc! :) have a great week everyone!

Linking up with Sami for the Weekend Shenanigans! 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

My week so far + 30 miles check-in!

I hope all of you are having fabulous weeks so far! Charlotte has been absolutely GORGEOUS these past few days - dare I say the bad weather is finally gone? I currently have a lot on my plate with moving next weekend and work is (as usual) crazy crazy! I do not have another work trip until the 22nd and I am going to LA again. I cannot wait to go because I get to see one of my best friends, Haley! I am also going to stay until that Sunday so I can spend a bit more time with her - I am so excited! 

Our new restaurant in Charlotte on South Blvd - Luciano's - has been doing amazingly! Thank you to everyone who wished us luck, we had a great opening week and we hope this week will be even better. I can't tell you how happy I am that it is finally open! I love it there because you can eat healthy too - we have so many light dishes, salads and fish options so you will never get bored. I have been trying to get back into clean eating as much as possible while I am not traveling, but it is a struggle with all this delicous Italian food being thrown my way! Haha! The great thing is that the chef is awesome and he is always willing to make grilled fish and veggies :) 

Case in point - grilled trout with grilled asparagus and steamed broccoli
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My friend Britney has an amazing food blog called Food For Beauty and she has been sharing the greatest healthy organic recipes! I was over at my friend Heather's on Monday night and she made me some avocado toast and also an amazing raw veggie salad with tahini dressing. Both recipes can be found on Britney's blog! 
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I started weight training again this week. I am pretty dedicated to cardio, but that is just to maintain my weight, and I know that I tend to be in better shape when I weight train. I just really have to get my ass in gear! Which brings me to.... the 30 miles in 30 days link up with my girl Nikki! 

There's no sugar coating the fact that I haven't been as dedicated to my workouts as I should be these past months. I know I used traveling as an excuse, but honestly, there shouldn't be any excuses. Most of my hotels have gyms! Especially because I know how great I feel when I work out 4-5 times a week. After I move, I plan on joining flywheel again because I love it, and will start a dedicated weight training schedule. No more messing around!  

I did start logging my workouts at least! Nikki - be proud of me!
May 1st: 1.25 high intensity interval runs - 12 rounds of 40 second rest - 30 second work on 10% incline + incline walk
May 2nd: 4 miles walking around Chicago (my feet DIED - thanks tory burch!)
May 6th: 1.25 interval runs (same as above)
May 7th: 1.25 interval runs + leg workouts (squats, leg extensions, leg presses, and dead lifts) 
dead after leg day
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2 last things..
Don't forget to enter the $300 giveaway!

and... I am seriously in love with this cutie and this song!
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Who wants $300??

Happy Wednesday everyone! Who in their right mind says NO to 300 buckaroos?
Today I am a part of an amazing summer group giveaway with some of my favorites where you can enter to win over $300! ($320 to be exact!)
Summer will be here before we know it, and what better way to kick it off with a summer shopping spree or by exploring a nearby city for a little weekend trip!
What else could you do?
Buy a summer supply of my favorite Franzia sangria boxed wine? (no judgment please)
or maybe stock up on some of my favorite summer beauty favorites like nars tinted moisturizer, nars the multiple in puerto vallarta, or urban decay all nighter spray?!


GOOD LUCK everyone! :)