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Every girl needs an LWD — that perfect little white dress where you feel gorgeous, ethereal and all good things. Summer is the best time to rock the LWD, particularly if you’ve gotten a little extra golden hue on your skin to contrast against the white dress, whether it’s a classic shift, an effortless flowy style, one designed with lace or eyelet, or one with great cut-out details. It’s also an awesome 4th of July option… just play up red and blue accessories. Check out our inspiration, even this fun article featuring celebs rocking their LWD, and then check out our favorite white dress finds for summer.

Just a few quick tips:
- Consider your undergarments! Go for nude (that closely matches your skin tone), not white; it shows.
- Avoid too clingy fabrics in unforgiving styles. While that’s a general rule of thumb, it’s even more important with white.
- Do a see-thru check! Yes, you can wear a slip but if you’re like me in Florida that extra layer might be too much. Can’t tell you how many dresses and linen pants I’ve left at the store because I could see my legs or tush? Countless.


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middle: 4, 5
last: 6, 7, 8

Shop this summer’s little white dresses here:


After feeling for nearly two years that I’d love to do more with my hair than blow it out straight (and even with that, I’d sometimes get puff; thanks humidity), I became committed to learning how to do those cute beachy waves and loose curls I covet. I even set a New Year’s goal to make this happen. So when I asked a local friend — who always has crush-worthy hair — how she did it, she replied with the Bio Ionic Style Winder. I instantly purchased. A few of you along with some friends have asked me about my ‘do lately so I had to share this find. It’s a good one.

stylewinder review

Complete details, and the review, after the jump…. Keep Reading —>>


how to style a bar cart

February 26, 2014


Bar carts are having a moment when it comes to interior design. While I’m the most ‘average gal’ out there when it comes to decorating, my love affair for blogs convinced me that we needed a bar cart in our home, despite having two children under 5, being clumsy and not really having a dedicated space to put it. Catch this recent post loaded up with bar cart inspiration? Yeah, such good ideas! So, when I saw this cart for under $130, it had to be mine. Luckily, it fits perfectly in a dining room nook. While it’s just jazzed up for now since we haven’t had any big dinners, it’s really the perfect spot for anything — from water pitcher, overflow from your table, or even cookbooks, flowers or  picture frames — to the more traditional storing liquor, wine and glassware.

Be creative with its uses; it’s really just a table on wheels, and check out after the jump more ways to style this specific one (love the DIY one where she refinished it).

target bar cart

bar cart // nate berkus plates // target ‘cheers’ glasses, shaker and urchin // three fav cookbooks: it’s all good, worth tasting, barefoot contessa // jewelry box (used as storage)

And, four more ways to style the same bar cart:

Target Bar Cart, styled four ways

clockwise: 1, 2, 3, 4


tips for office productivity

There are some days I swear I have no idea what I accomplished that day — you know when the whole thing is a blur, when there’s a million meetings or emails, and you just can’t get a minute to get a major project done — and yet there are other days when I feel like I’ve conquered the world. Those are good days. I have high standards in my office for #gsd (getting shit done, as Meg refers to it), and while I can certainly procrastinate like the best of them, I have a few tricks to ensure I #gsd when I need to.

Six tips for a more productive work day: 

1. Make lists. Who doesn’t love crossing an item off a to-do list? I have been known to add an item on a to-do list just to cross it off (truth), but ultimately there is no better system than making a to-do list. Since I work at a PR firm I organize mine by client with a separate section for office tasks (invoicing, proposals, RSVP for an event, etc). From there, I often highlight the top 3-4 items to accomplish, and review at the end of the day; at this point, I either make a new to-do list and/or highlight new items for the next day. Having your to-do list ready when you walk in the door is huge; just hit the ground running.

2. Give yourself a breather. Taking a break — particularly after a productive spurt or completing a job — can be critical to long-lasting productivity. Don’t diminish the importance of a few minutes of fresh air, going out to lunch, grabbing a coffee, checking your social platforms or anything else that takes you away from your monitor or desk space to stretch your legs for a few.

3. Disable your email system function that shows you new messages filtering in…. or close your inbox. Distractions! I know, you’ll feel like you’re missing out (#fomo), and what if someone has to get something from you urgently, or needs something urgent? It’s called the phone, and hopefully they’ll use it. I tell myself, if I was in a meeting I could be unavailable for 1-2 hours and somehow people are OK with it. Give yourself the same freedom even if you’re at your desk. You’ll be incredibly more productive if you’re not jumping back and forth between a million tasks and topics.

4. Learn how to nicely tell people to get away. I mean this in the nicest way possible. Desk visitors, be it to gossip for a few during their break, or to ask you a question — so they can get their job done — is hindering you getting yours done. Be honest, and nicely ask desk visitors if you can stop by in a few minutes when you’re done with a project. Smile and say, “I’m just in the zone.” {smile is key!}

5. Invest in your space. Within your control, is your space inviting, inspiring and ‘you’? Whether it’s a cubicle, an office space or just a desk, find ways to make it yours. Keep a stash of all the supplies you regularly use, including your favorite pens, key phone numbers or data you regularly cite, a few happy photos or momentos, and tada, you’re done. Just be aware of clutter. Create folders with labels or another organization system that doesn’t clutter your space; it clutters your brain, too.

6. Fuel Up. It’s easy to walk out the door without eating breakfast but there’s a reason why nutritionists constantly call it the most important meal of the day. I regularly eat a pb&j sandwich on a 100% whole grain english muffin for breakfast because it’s fast, healthy and filling. I take a banana or apple, too.

What do you eat to stay fueled? And, any other tips for you to #gsd? Would love for you to comment in the area below. 


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