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Things I Can't Live Without


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 Besides things like oxygen and wifi these are the products that I use on a daily basis and would fully recommend to any of them to my friends. The title is a bit deceiving because in reality I could most likely live without all of these items in real life (except for maybe the Aquaphor Chapstick) but I can guarantee you that these do make my life slightly better.

 I am an avid over packer. I like to think it's because I like to be fully prepared for every situation that may come my way, so these are the things that I would probably pack in my suitcase first. I am headed to the beach on Friday to meet Emory for about a week in Hilton Head and I can promise you all of these (well except may the blanket because it's going to be a million degrees) will be in my suitcase.

1. Kate Spade Watch - If you have ever realized, I wear my Kate Spade gold watch practically ever day. I promise I take it off when I shower. I honestly feel naked without it. And while I have highly considered investing in an Apple watch (I think they're the coolest thing ever) I can't imagine not wearing my gold watch every day! My parents gave it to me the first day of my senior year of high school and I haven't taken it off since. 

2. Small Crossbody- I love Kate Spade's small size crossbody purses. They are the perfect size when you don't need anything but a debt/credit card, your phone, and lip gloss. When we were going out at school I would always bring one of my small crossbodys because they're easy to dance with and you don't have to worry about holding a clutch all night or lugging around a purse.

3. Kiehl's Moisturizer- Okay I can't say enough good things about Kiehl's products. I was on my 3 week long MayX class 2 years ago in Italy and I've never had a problem with dry skin on my face but suddenly I was getting little dry spots all over my face. I think it may have been because I was eating so different and the water was also different. We were in Florence I popped into the Kielh's store out of desperation and they suggested I try their original moisturizer. To this day I continue to use it every day in the morning and at night! And the best part? It's SPF 15 which is important for a ultra pale girl like me. 

4. JimmyCase Phone Case- I tried this phone originally because the company reached out to me wanting me to promote the product. I keep my debit card, student id, license, and credit card in there and the pocket is so tight I'm never worried about anything falling out. It makes it sooooo easy when I go anywhere because I never have to worry about grabbing a full purse and can just bring my phone. 

5. Aquaphor Chapstick- I must have at least 20 sticks. I keep them just about everywhere. My car, backpack, bedside table, bathroom, and just about every purse. I put some on every night before I go to bed and I swear this stuff is magic.

6. Soludos Wedges- I bought these for a formal this past Spring and haven't stopped wearing them. I ended up wearing them for graduation and I think they're officially my go to summer wedge. I'm very particular about the fit and style of wedges and these check all my boxes. Plus they're sooo comfy. 

7. J. Crew x New Balance Leggings- I ordered a pair of J. Crew's new leggings when they first came out and I am hooked. While I own a pair of Lululemon crops that I like a lot there's something about these that I like so much better. I like how thick they are and not to mention the adorable patterns they come in. Keep killin' it J. Crew.

8. Kardashian Straightener- I know you are probably speechless when you saw the name. I blew my straightener out when I studying abroad so when I came back I knew I needed a new one. I went to Target and randomly picked this one out. I curl my hair frequently with a straightener so I knew I wanted one in a matte finish so my hair could slide through it easily and I ended up loving this one. Seriously swear by it.

9. Instax Photo Printer- I've had this for a few years and have just pulled it back out again and started using it. You are able to print mini poloroid pictures straight from your phone. It's fun to include in thank you notes or birthday cards. Or simply for decoration!

10. Furbish Throw- I am always cold. It could be 80 degrees out and I would be wrapped up in a blanket. This throw is one of my favorites and I kept it in my room at school year round. I would even frequently bring it with me to the library...

11. Tuckernuck Sunhat- Does anyone else's scalp frequently burn? I need to more be more conscious about wearing hats when I'm going to be out in the sun and this one is probably my favorite. I'm always vigilant about putting sunscreen on my body but without fail at the end of the day my scalp always ends up red.  

12. Hart Tassel Earrings - Tassel earrings are so in right now. But I hate how heavy so many of them are! I feel like they're going to pull my ears right off! But I found this Charleston based designer who makes them and they're uber light!

What are the things you can't live without?

Remember,

xoxo

S



Trip to LA

I heard a quote once, I think it was on Say Yes To The Dress honestly, that high school is about finding your bridesmaids rather than your groom. While it may not work out that way for everyone and not to say that I didn't meet some of my closest friends in college butttt I did meet some really special friends in high school. 

Danee and I actually met on the first day of 8th grade in P.E. class while playing dodgeball (so not technically high school but close!). I was the new girl and had just moved from Germany but strangely Danee approached me mid-game and asked to hide behind me. Ironic because I'm about 8 inches shorter than her but despite that, I agreed. 

The next quarter of P.E. together we were always buddies. We stuck together for every game and were always partners for every activity. Our friends quickly became friends and suddenly we were hanging out all the time outside of gym class. We also lived 17 houses apart and would commonly hang out in the neighborhood too. 

Fast forward 9 years, we still talk just about every day. Both growing up as military kids across the world we were used to moving every three years, but it didn't make it any easier when I moved after my sophomore year. I moved only 2 1/2 hours down the road to Raleigh and then Danee moved to Hawaii after her junior year which made it a little harder to see each frequently. 

We now both just graduated college (on the same day!) on different coasts. Somehow we have managed to see each other at least every summer and frequently during Christmas break too! While I constantly wish we didn't live so far apart it was nice to go to different schools and rant (and complain) about things going on at our own schools to each other. We always had something to talk about and it was fun to hear about each others college experiences. 

Now as we both head into the real world (?!?!) we're probably going to be on different coats for another few years. But after 9 years of friendship, and 6 years long distance, I have no doubt that we will continue to be friends for years to come. 

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I flew out to visit Danee last Monday and spent the week with her in LA! I had never been to Los Angeles and I was so excited for Danee to show me her school and where she has lived for the past 4 years. I was only there for 3 full days (I got in late Monday night and flew out Friday morning) but we fit sooo much in in such a short amount of time. We didn't make it everywhere but we hit so many iconic LA spots and never stopped moving!

Day One

We jumped all around town the first day and took pictures on the pink Paul Smith wall, spent a lot of time on Rodeo Drive (window) shopping, had a yummy late lunch on Rodeo Dr., visisted and walked around the Venice canals, toured Danee's school, and ended the day with ice cream in Venice!









Day Two

We spent all day Wednesday at Disneyland! I had been dying to go so we woke up early, got fresh bagels on the way, and then spent the rest of the day either standing in line, riding rides, or eating junk food! I also wore my favorite tennis skirt ever and swear by it. 




Day Three

We spent a majority of Thursday at the Warner Brothers studio tour. It was so much fun to see the sets of so many iconic shows and get the full behind the scenes look onto what it's really like to film such big movies and tv shows. Plus I got to see places where scenes from Gilmore Girls had been filmed and sit on the Friends couch!!! At the end of the tour they also a full service Central Perk coffee shop so of course we had to get a drink. After the tour we got a late lunch and headed to The Beverly Hills Hotel to walk around the pink and green dreamland. 




While it was so much fun to explore LA, it was even more fun to get to spend some quality time with my best friend! We only get to see each other a few times a year so it's nice that we can immediately pick up where we left off and have so much fun together. 

Hopefully we'll get to see each other one more time this summer and I can't wait when she makes the trip to come visit me in my new home in Savannah in the fall!

Remember,

xoxo

S

Memorial Day Sales!



Anthropologie // 40% off sale items



Ann Taylor // 40% off full price styles + extra 50% off sale styles with code: SUMMER




Boden // 30% off + free shipping




Furbish Studio // 20% off sitewide code: HEYSUMMER




Loft // 40% off everything with code: VACAY



Nordstrom // Half Yearly Sale, up to 40% off 



J.Crew // 30% off with code: SWEET



Serena & Lily // 20% off sitewide



Tuckernuck // 20% off orders over $200 with code: SUMMER



Remember,

xoxo

S

FriYAY!


I'm currently sitting in the airport waiting to board my flight home from LA! It was a great four days with my best friend and I'm not ready to leave yet! We did so much and fit so much into such a short amount of time. I'm going to do a full recap of my trip on the blog Monday so be on the look out.

I'm not doing anything too exciting for the long weekend so it will be nice to have some time to recover from the trip and unpack. I also have a few little projects that are on summer to-do list that I'm hoping to tackle this week. 

Don't forget my giveaway ends tonight on Instagram so be sure to enter for a chance to win a Lilly swell!


Now for what's on my radar this week...

Nordstrom is having their Half Yearly Sale!!! I'm going to post some of my favorites from the sale tomorrow but loving this dress, this top, and this dress.

Couldn't be more excited for this.

High School Musical today! These movies will forever represent my childhood.

Really loved this commencement address. 

Obsessed with this new Tuckernuck dress, and it's under $100!! 


J. McLaughlin is having a 40% off sale right now!

Target, stepping up their game, and I'm impressed!

Interesting look into J. Crew's prices

Remember,

xoxo

S



Off The Shoulder Ruffle Dress

I was originally really hesitant to try things from SheIn. The prices were so cheap and the styles were so cute and I was wondering where the catch was. Although I saw many bloggers order pieces and looked great in them I was anxious to try myself.

I've now ordered a few things from SheIn and I have really been pleasantly surprised! While I don't think these are going to be timeless pieces that stay in my closet for years and years they're great for a season or two and not to mention at the perfect price point. 




I ordered this dress as one of the first SheIn purchases! 

I live in dresses in the summer. Carolina summers are HOT and honestly, I'm either in Nike shorts or a dress because it's too hot for anything else. Because of this, my dress collection is embarrassingly large but I really do put them to good use.

 This dress is super lightweight and off the shoulder, so it's perfect for hot days. And it has a bow so it's basically a win-win. The fabric is definitely not as nice of a material you would get from a larger store like Nordstrom or J.Crew but the price really does make it worth it. It's cuter on than I imagined and I can't wait to wear to a few fun events I have this summer. 



Dress // Shoes // Watch // Bracelet // Similar Bag (Mine is vintage Kate Spade)


Remember,

xoxo

S

Lilly Pulitzer Swell Bottle Giveaway!!

When Lilly decides to do something, they go all out. 

When they have their annual sales, the website commonly crashes. When they partner with Target to release a collection, the Lilly fans line up outside for hours waiting for a store to open. When they partner with Swell to design water bottles, they sell out in minutes. 

I wasn't at any Starbuck stores when they were released, but I can only imagine what it was like when the barista's put them out on the shelves that day. I picture proper southern girls dressed head to toe in Lilly trying to gracefully fight it out with another Lilly lover over who got to the water bottle first. 

Once again Lilly craziness ensued. 

The good new here is that I am hosting a giveaway for one of the adorable sold out water bottles!!! People are still going ape over them and they're even going for over $70 on Ebay! The patterns are all adorable, but especially this peachy print. Plus they really do keep the water cool for so long!

The giveaway is pretty simple and all the instructions are outlined in the caption. 

Moving on to my outfit, how cute are these shorts?! When I saw J. Crew's new arrivals I knew I had to scoop these up right away. I couldn't decide when I first tried them on if they were practical or if I would wear them enough but honestly, they were just too cute to send back. That bow?! Too perfect. 

J. Crew has undergone a lot of changes in the past few years and has had their ups and downs, but I think they really killed it this season. I feel like they found their way back their preppy, classic, timeless style and I LOVE IT! My budget however...doesn't. 






Shorts // Shirt (similar) // Watch // Bracelet // Shoes

Please enter the giveaway through Instagram! It ends this Friday (5/26) at 10pm. Quick, go enter!!!

Remember,

xoxo

S



FriYAY! + Where I'm Traveling To Next Week!!!!


Happy FriYAY Y'all! 

It has been one heck of a week. It started off super exciting with the new design of my blog launching. I had been waiting for that day since I started the process back in late January so it's safe to say I felt relieved when it was finally live. You can read more about the process in this post. 

Other than that excitement, it was a pretty casual week. I hung out a lot at home with my family and even went to the gym a few times this week!!! Go me!!

Next week will be a lot more exciting with a 4 day trip to L.A.!!!! I am so pumped. Not only have I never been but Danee, my best friend in the whole world lives there and just graduated from school out there so I'm going to visit her. We have so many fun things planned but if you have any suggestions I would love to hear everyone's favorites. 

Also if you want to hear about a super exciting giveaway be follow me instagram for a post sometime tonight!

Can't wait to see my bestie!! <3


What's on my radar....

THIS HAT. Enough said. 

I'm obsessed with multiples and thought this video was so sweet.

Draper James is now being sold at Nordstrom and I have my eye on this dress, this top, this shirt, and this pair of shorts!!!

This is a big weekend, it's Pippa Middleton's wedding weekend!! The tent Pippa had built in her family's backyard is INSANE (Also the bathrooms....jawdropping).

Speaking of the Royal Family...my heart stopped when I saw 2-year-old Charlotte's net worth.

Discovered these earrings this week and I may have fallen in love.  

Have you seen Kate Spade's suprise sale?? 

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon