9.11.2014

Slouchy + Distressed



fall outfit
oversized sweater

distressed denim taupe booties

taupe booties

casual outfit

distressed denim taupe booties

slouchy sweater distressed denim
Nordstrom Sweater (this exact one is sold out, but the linked sweater is the same with a scoop neck) // Distressed Demin // Booties (identical) // Longchamp Tote // David Yurman Ring

Slouchy and distressed...two words that do not usually describe my outfits!  But, on Tuesday night it was cloudy and gross when Dom decided he had to go get wings.  So, I decided to go with the comfiest outfit I could put together.  I just purchased this sweater from the Nordstrom Labor Day sale and it is just as comfortable as it looks!  I paired it with my fave distressed denim and cute heels to make it look a little more put together.  I stuck with minimal jewelry to keep everything easy. It's funny, I was sitting on my bed when I glanced in the mirror and decided it was a cute angle for an Instagram picture.  I snapped it, edited it a little, and posted it on the way to dinner.  Then, BAM, I checked my phone after and it had blown up. Apparently y'all like comfy...and I don't blame you!  I wear bright colors all the time, so it's kind of nice to branch out and mix some neutrals. 

9.09.2014

5 Things You Need To Know About Right Now

The last week or so I have been exposed to some amazing things for both blogging and life...and I just can't help but share with you all!

1. Helene's consultations.  I did the group social media consult on Wednesday and loved it! Helene is a treasure box of information (that sounds weird...but you know haha) and I left with a notebook page full of social media skills to implement right away!  I cannot recommend her more if you want to improve your blogging.  My parents and I plan to use her business one-on-one for our rental property, and once I have some more funds (someone please hire me?) I want to so a one-on-one for my blog.  If that's not an endorsement for her I don't know what is! Head on over to Helene in Between to book!

2. Graceful Magazine.  I have been following Erin's blog Erin James (formerly Sweetness Itself) for years and have always found her to be such an inspiration.  She is one of the most beautiful women inside and out, and I can always count on her posts to make me feel beautiful, valued, and inspired.  Plus, her love story is truly a God given fairytale. :)  I was absolutely thrilled when she announced she was creating her own women's magazine, Graceful Magazine.  In her words, this magazine is "a lifestyle website, soon-to-be print and online magazine, and a sisterhood for every woman. Celebrating all things beautiful, classy, inspiring, and glamorous." But, it's not like every other women's magazine.  It covers everything girlie and wonderful, fashion, beauty, cooking, DIY, and home care, but it's all inspired by elegance and "the lost art of being a lady."  It launched yesterday, and I'm already anxious for the next issue!  It may seem funny for me to say, but the one thing I kept thinking as I looked through it was that this is the kind of magazine I would want my daughter reading.  I just adore it!

3. This maxi skirt.  I got it while Labor Day Sale shopping and it is so perfect.  It is a maxi skirt, but with really light fabric.  It's perfect for fall in Florida!  It can be styled with cute sweaters from cooler weather or with a bright tank for summer.  I am so happy it is in my life!  I suggest you get it in your life too. ;)

4. To go along with #1, Lauren from The Fashionista's Diary is also doing social media and blogging sessions!  She just started her fashion blog this January, and has grown so quickly.  She is offering a PDF file or a PDF file with skype session with all her tips, tricks, and secrets for growing her fashion blog so quickly!  My blog as taken more of a style turn lately, so I am so excited to virtually pick her brain. I won't be giving any details, as it is not my info to give, but let me tell you, it is 30 pages long with pictures and graphics.  Not long ago I spent the same amount of money for a social media guide from a PR group and was mildly horrified when I opened a 3 page PDF of things I already knew.  She is the real deal! Shoot her an email if you're interested!

5.  You need to know how much I love my puppy and how spoiled rotten she is!  I didn't think it was possible to love a furball so much. :)


9.08.2014

Leopard Pops



leopard accessories

Fall is absolutely not in the air here in Florida, but it is taking over my mind when I'm getting dressed!  I have been trying to find fall-ish pieces to add to my wardrobe to be more "of the moment," if you will, but still not keel over from our crazy heat.  One way to do this is with leopard accessories!  I have spoken a few times on here about shying away from animal print, but in little pops? Love it.  I think it can be so classy...until it's taken to far.  Little accessories are a great way to look stylish but not overdo it!  I have a pair of leopard flats that I love, and I think these pointy toe flats with the black back would be so cute.  If I were feeling a little more spicy these gorgeous (and inexpensive!) Steve Madden heels would add some flirty oomf to any fall outfit.  So tell me, do you love leopard or stay away from it like I used to?

9.04.2014

Miss Penelope

You may have seen on Instagram that there is a new addition to our family...Miss Penelope Murphy Marino!

We weren't even planning on rescuing a puppy, but sometimes they just chose you!  Our roommate Murph had been going back and forth about getting a puppy for awhile, and Friday night we decided to browse online, "just for fun!"  Among all the adorable puppies was little Miss Penelope.  We were all searching through separately and all fell in love with those eyes!  So, the next day we went to the Humane Society of Sarasota...just to look.

Famous last words.

The minute we laid eyes on her, sitting quietly in her cage and licking our fingers through the door, it was over.  We brought her into the little play room and she walked right up to Murph and licked his face, and then to Dom and laid her head right in his hands, waiting to be snuggled.  Murph couldn't pull the trigger, since he is unsure of where he will be in the future, so Dom put a hold on her until Tuesday..just in case! I think you can see where this is going. ;)  After talking about it all weekend we knew we couldn't leave her there.

She is an 8 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback and Labrador Retriever mix, with maybe something else in there too, considering how small she is, and will probably not grow much more.  The Humane Society rescued her at around 6 months from a kill shelter from Mississippi, and they believe she has been in a shelter her whole life.  Needless to say, there was no way she was being left there!  After discussing it we decided to adopt her!  She will be our dog while we all live together, and then Dom and I will take her once we go separate ways.  In one day she went from no parents to 3! 

We literally could not love this little girl any more.  Living her whole life in a shelter means she has never had a toy, and actually doesn't know what to do with them!  Slowly she is figuring them out, and after a few trips to the doggy park and doggy beach she will have it down. 
She is very calm, quiet, and snuggly.  She loves to stay close and turn into a "puppy ball."  If you sit on the ground she will just walk up to you and curl into a ball on your lap.  I think I melt about 8 thousand times a day! 

She is obsessed with mirrors, Dom, and Jack Rogers sandals.  No matter what happens, once Dom walks through the door she curls up and life. is. good.  She is also very fun of her new best friend, Tally!  Her Aunt Hallie graciously lent us her crate until ours arrives, and the two puppies had so much fun jumping, playing, and kissing each other!


She very much dislikes bath time.
Thankfully, we both survived and I only shed a quick tear.  Afterwards she got extra snuggles and a blanket and went right back to snoozing.  So much has happened in the past few days!  I think this little love bug is tired out from all the love.

Penelope is spoiled rotten already, and it feels so good!  We are making a huge difference in her life, but she is changing ours even more.  There's nothing like coming home to her sweet eyes and wagging tail.  She is the happiest little puppy and I don't know how we felt complete without her!

8.30.2014

Labor Day Sale Top Picks {+ Selling one of my favorite items}

BaubleBar (Under $25)



 

Anthropologie



Nordstrom

 



Tory Burch (20-25% off with code LABORDAY14)



{Just click on the picture to purchase!} 
Above are some of my favorite items on major sale this weekend.  Be sure to check out yesterday's post for a full, updated list of all the great sales going on this weekend!  I did most of my shopping yesterday and got some amazing items, all for under $30 a piece.  Nothing makes me happier than a killer deal!

Speaking of a killer deal, I'm offering you all one today. 

 As much as it pains me, I have decided to part ways with one of my favorite purchases, my Tory Burch Robinson Dome Tote.  Why am I selling it if it's a favorite?  It just doesn't go with enough in my closet.  I adore the dark fall fashion tones, but the truth is my closet is full of bright and summery clothing that I'll be wearing year round in Florida.  I bought this in June and have maybe used it 5 times.  As much as I love just staring at it, I'd rather sell it and put money towards something I'll use every day!  This bag retailed at $550 (before tax) and is no longer available in stores.  I'm hoping to sell it for $320!  If you or someone you know is interested, email me at livingcolorfullyblog@gmail.com.

8.29.2014

Labor Day SALES. A Roundup with Coupon Codes!



Okay, don't hate me...but I might just have a list of the best Labor Day Sales (and coupon codes) for you today!  There are some that start during the weekend, so be sure to check back in to see what has been added.  I thought the July 4th sales were awesome...but these totally blow them out of the water!

Thank goodness it's payday.

J. Crew : 40% off Final Sale with Free shipping on orders over $100. Free Shipping on all orders on labor day (8/29-8/31)

J. Crew Factory: 40-60% off store wide!

Nordstrom: 40% off clearance 

AnthropologieExtra 20% off sale items! Over 600 styles added. Ends 9/1

LOFT: 50% off Select Full Price Styles and 50% off Sale Styles. Shop from 8/28 12a EST - 9/1

Banana Republic Factory: 50%-70% Entire Store

Old Navy:  40% off entire store! Valid 8/29 - 9/1

ASOS: Up to 85% off with code HAVE10.

Sephora: Summer Sendoff Sale! Get up to 75% off hot summer favorites.

Nasty Gal:  30% off, 50% off, 60% off 

Too Faced:  Up to 70% off Too Faced cosmetics! Valid 8/27/14 - 9/3/14

BaubleBar:  Labor Day Sale! Jewelry Styles Starting at 50% Off! Now - 9/1

French Connection:  All SALE dresses are now at $69.99. All orders $150+ receive free US ground shipping. // Code W14SHIP

t + j Designs: $10 Sample sale on jewelry

Tory Burch: Up to 30% off

What's that sound?  Oh yeah, my bank account crying.  I'll be back over the weekend with some of the things that just happen to jump into my cart, and any other sales that don't start today!  

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

 



8.28.2014

The Great Planner Debate.

Nothing gets my wannabe organized heart going like the thought of a new planner.  I adore the sight of a clean, empty planner just waiting to be filled with assignments all the fun things I have planned for the year!  Then, one month later it is usually collecting dust somewhere.

That routine finally changed when I discovered some amazing planners.  I think pretty much every blogger in the blogosphere uses either the Erin Condren Life Planner, Emily Ley Simplified Planner, Whitney English Day Designer, or the Lilly Pulitzer and Kate Spade agendas.  Can I just say for a second that I love how Erin, Emily, and Whitney (we're on first name basis ;)) put their whole hearts into creating planners that focus on what matters most in life?  With each one their heart and soul is so apparent, and I love that.  So, which one should you use?

While we all know I love Lilly Pulitzer, I feel like her agendas are more geared towards younger college students.  I had one my senior year and loved it!  However, it doesn't have the detailed pages I need now, so I have chosen not to get that one.  Same with Kate.  Love her, but the Kate Spade agendas don't fit what I need as much (although the price is pretty amazing).

First up, Erin Condren Life Planner.  I purchased this planner 2 years ago and adored it.  It was the first planner I actually used consistantly!  I really like how the days are broken up in morning, afternoon, and evening.  At the time I used it, I was not in school so it was perfect for planning work and social gatherings.  Plus, the stickers are so fun!  However, now that I'm in school, volunteering, a part of Junior League, and hopefully working soon, I need more detail in my day.  I need to be intentional about prioritizing, so I know this one isn't for me at this point in my life.

That leaves...The Simplified Planner vs. The Day Designer. (cue dramatic music)

 Photos: www.emilyley.com

First, The Simplified Planner.  I absolutely adore Emily Ley.  Her heart, her passion, and her sweet little family completely captured my heart. (Please tell me I'm not the only one who teared up when she announced she was finally pregnant...with twins!) I use her Simplified Binder, goal sheets, and blog printouts for my blog organization and it has been invaluable.  This year I used the Simplified Planner and was sold for life.  Last years was the same stripe design above, but with bright blues, pinks, greens, and yellow against the brightest white pages.  It's gorgeous and inspiring.  I love that she has hourly outlines, to do lists, dinner, notes, and an inspirational quote for every single day.  Her focus is to make time for "what matters most," and her planner reflects that.  She also strives to find simplicity and coined the phrase of "Grace, not perfection," which has been my mantra this year!  There will also be a limited edition Weekly Planner this year.  I honestly could not say enough wonderful things about her or her planner.  Still, I kept hearing about...

The Day Designer, by Whitney English.
 Photos from the Day Designer's Instagram @daydesigner
This planner has the same philosophy as the SP.  Daily hourly breakdown, to do list, spot for dinner, and an inspirational quote.  However, this one also has a spot for "Top 3" to dos, and "Due."  Also, at the beginning of the planner are 8 pages of worksheets to really define your goals for the following year.  This is great if you are a business owner (or blogger!) and want to clearly map out how to work smart, not just hard.  Plus, this year she came out with 9 new covers to complement the classic black and white!

So...this year, for the sake of research of course, I chose the Day Designer!  I'm really excited to see how I like it compared to the SP.  Come 2016 I will really know for sure! :)  What got me was the Top 3 to dos for the day and front worksheets.  Once I have a job, school, this blog, JL, social life, and other projects I'm going to need to focus on prioritizing, and I think the DD will really help with that.  The worksheets will be great for honing in on where my blog will take me in the year to come!  The cover is stunning too.  Sadly, I couldn't find a picture since her shop is closed until September 15, but it's the rugby design (identical to the green and blue one in the large picture) but with mint and pale pink.  I think I really did get heart shaped eyeballs when I first saw it!

Phew, that was long!  So tell me, which planner do you swear by?

P.S. The Simplified Planner goes on sale September 3 and the Day Designer sells their second batch on September 15!

P.p.s. Some GREAT Labor Day Sales have already started!
Banana Republic Factory - 50%-70% off
BaubleBar - Styles starting at 50% off
LOFT- 50% off NEW Fall styles, and an additional 50% off summer styles!


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