Summer Shoe Inspiration

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Good news: I’ve got a great way to update your whole closet for summer without spending a lot of money.

Better news: It will always fit.

Maybe you just had a baby and your tight fitting shirts aren’t so flattering yet (HYPOTHETICALLY). Maybe you plan on eating a lot at summer cookouts and you don’t want it to show. Either way, there are two categories you should stick to that will breathe new life into your basics: jewelry and shoes. Now let’s cover the latter…

Summer shoe trends have changed in the last two years. Where we used to see lots of heavy gladiator styles, now we’re seeing more simple slides. I can’t say that it’s good comfort-wise because it really depends on the show. I can say that it’s great style wise because now we can more easily throw on a pair of patterned shoes with a totally neutral outfit and instantly add some personality.

Also, it’s another way to wear animal print. I’LL TAKE IT.

Here are some beautiful slide/animal print styles I found at Fiore Boutique in West Town Mall. They really have a shoe for every occasion this summer and I love all the fun details – like the scalloped edge on the black pair and the two different kinds of snakeskin slides.

And *bonus* all their shoes are currently 25% off! Not to mention their clearance section is buy one get one free (see last pic)! So get yourself in there and check them out! They recently moved to where The Limited used to be, down the Men’s Belk hallway.

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Time to Upgrade to First Class Bags

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You’ll feel like you’re supposed to be in First Class with these bags.

If you’ve read any of my blogs or heard me emcee a fashion show, then you know of my burning passion for pockets. Lots of exclamation points when those guys are referenced.

Which is one of the reasons I love Vera Bradley bags so much – all the pockets. And that carries over into their travel bags. It’s like they take these things and run around with them thinking of what a woman would want to stash where and wha-la! They make a pocket for it.

I’m excited to be using their garment bag for when we pack next – which will be for the birth of my daughter! See my Instagram story for all the bonus features on that bag.

I popped into Vera at West Town Mall this week to take a look at all their travel goodies and snap some pictures to show you ALL the beautiful bags. And the 25% off applies to everything travel – even the smaller organizers (makes a great gift!). Or OR the pack-able tote! It’s a tote bag that folds into itself and is later unraveled for maximum travel-shopping enjoyment :)

Keep scrolling/reading to see the innovative bags they’ve got – the one boggled my MIND…

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Those up there are the pack-able totes!!

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This bag transforms from a backpack to a duffel and even pops out a cross body bag – HOW COOL IS THAT?!

It’s literally three bags in one. I want to schedule a complicated trip somewhere just to see how much stress I avoid using this bag, haha.

Trust me – whether you’re buying for yourself or stocking up on gifts, now is the time to get yourself into Vera Bradley tomorrow and stock up on travel bags!

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Travel in Style & Comfort

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One of THE most important times in life to have a great bag with really perfect pockets is when you’re traveling.

Who wants to be running around the airport with their neck pillow firmly in place around their neck trying to figure out where their boarding pass is in the white sea of receipts at the bottom of your already cluttered travel bag? No one. That’s who.

And who has great bags with really perfect pockets? Vera Bradley.

They have secret pockets for easy access to small things, and straps for the bag to slip over your luggage for easy lugging to your destination.

Don’t believe me? Get on in the store this Saturday and discover it for yourself! They’re hosting a travel event with 25% off all their travel bags and AND if you’ll check my Insta Stories later today I’ll have a coupon for additional $10 off a $50 purchase!

JUST in time for your exotic spring break trip plans or maybe just a visit to the hospital to have a baby. Either way, you’re covered.

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The One Tool You Need for an At-Home Spa Treatment

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I know I’ve been talking a lot about skin care on the blog recently – but there’s not a lot of clothing purchases being made around here other than for a tiny human.

I’m working on a pregnancy/maternity looks post, but until then let me give you this amazing tip on the tool you NEED right now…

Getting a facial is always on my list of things “to do one day” but if I’m totally honest – it’s never going to happen. I have a hard enough time scheduling time to go to the supermarket (God bless ClickList).

So to ease my guilt of not taking proper care of my skin in my younger years and for continuing to put off the facial – I’ve decided to spend my money on products and tools that I can use at home on the regular.

Enter: the jade roller.

Back in 2017 it was all about Derma Rollers and poking at your face with tiny needles. Basically aerating your face like you would your lawn except way more painful in a, “hurts so good,” type of feel.

I’ve since jumped off that cringe-worthy bandwagon and joined the thousands of happy, glowy people taking a cold stone to their face and rolling it back and forth. Ahhh. Feels so good.

So what does this roller do? Let me just have the Fresh Kale website describe it…

This jade facial roller can be used from your forehead to décolleté to build a younger, firmer, stronger skin. + Aid and reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, and wrinkles + Increase lymphatic drainage + Exercise facial muscles, detox and tone the skin + Improve elasticity of the skin, soothe irritated sensitive skin

Doesn’t that sound awesome!? Lymphatic drainage – heck yeah! haha

It has helped my under eyes be less puffy. And boy does it feel good rolling that smooth cold stone across your face. I don’t know why – but it does. It’s like the world slows down for a minute.

Here is how I’ve worked it into my routine to simulate a facial at home…

  1. Cleanse skin
  2. Apply a mask
  3. Rinse it off
  4. Pat a good facial oil in my hands and then onto my face
  5. Use the facial roller to roll the oil around all the places of my face, while simultaneously doing all of the above up there

The tube it comes in shows you just how to use it and which direction to go to so it’s completely fool proof.

My toddler insists on trying it because, “Mommy, my skin is heavy” so if you experience the same, here’s your answer.

I’m telling you this because you need one of these and since it’s less than $35 go ahead and grab one for your friend this Valentine’s Day! Go see the ladies at Fresh Kale Bath Company for yours – located right outside of JCP in West Town Mall!

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