Swooning | February Favorites

Hello, lovelies!

I hope everyone has had an enjoyable week thus far! For my first order of business, I wanted to give a shout out to Elizabeth (Instagram name: elisabetaana) for being the blogiversary giveaway winner! She will be receiving a beautiful Volcano candle soon! Congratulations, sweet girl!

This week’s blog post encompasses the things that I am currently swooning over. With Valentine’s Day coming up this weekend, I wanted to share with you the things that I heart. Take a peek at my February Favorites List below (two of which are local to Charlotte, NC). Enjoy!

February Favorites

1. { Hop Cakes from NoDa Brewing Company } If you’ve read my blog before, you will notice that I’ve mentioned NoDa Brewing Company in previous posts. It is a craft brewery located in Charlotte, NC and two of their beers made my top ten favorite beers of all time list (check out that post here). However, I would like to revise the list and add Hop Cakes because NoDa has done it again! I can quite honestly say that I have not had a beer of theirs that I disliked…they nail it every time. But let me tell you about Hop Cakes. It started off as a “NoDable Release”, which is a special, small-batch brew that they change out and feature each Tuesday. However, the popularity of Hop Cakes was significant and rightfully so. Imagine a delicious, double IPA combined with the taste of pancakes. Yeah, I said it. Pancakes. NoDa Brewing Company just released Hop Cakes in cans this month and they’re being snagged up like “hop cakes” (see what I did there?). This will be the 4th beer that they’ve released and distributed in four-pack cans (also check out Coco Loco, Hop, Drop N’ Roll and Jam Session). If you live in the Charlotte area, you can pick up Hop Cakes at your local Harris Teeter.

2. { Shadow/Blush in Hot Mama from The Balm } The first product I purchased from The Balm was the Mary Lou Manizer highlighting powder, which was recommended to me by a friend. I instantly became a fan for life – I loved the product, the packaging and the company mission. Their makeup is certainly not easy to find (it’s not something you can pick up in Sephora or Ulta), but if you have some faith and order online, you will not be sorry! I discovered the shadow/blush merely by accident while I was in Barcelona. My luggage was lost at JFK (fiasco) and I had to purchase clothes, toiletries and makeup since I would be without my own for a few days. I went into a makeup store at the mall in Barcelona and noticed there was a whole display of makeup and skincare from The Balm – bingo! I ended up picking up quite a few products but this shadow/blush – I cannot stress how GORG it is. The peachy/blush color is super pigmented and has a slight shimmer that will make your skin look simply radiant. It is one of those universal colors that looks fantastic on every skin tone.

3. { Rectangle Hand Painted Floral Tray in Yellow from The Little Market } So let me start out by saying, The Little Market is a gem that you must know about if you do not aleady. I’m a avid Lauren Conrad blog reader and discovered this company through her posts. I’ve got to hand it to Lauren Conrad, she is a marketing/branding genius and as someone in the industry, I admire her immensely. Lauren Conrad is actually the co-founder of The Little Market, which is a company that was created to build partnerships with female artisans from around the world and connecting them to customers in an online marketplace. It was cultivated to not only empower women but to provide them with the opportunity to support their families as many of them are in less fortunate situations. The mission itself is so heartfelt and touching and the products? Equally as beautiful. From baby gifts to handbags to home decor – there is truly a little bit of everything. I personally love this dainty, hand painted, pale yellow tray (as well as practically everything else on the site).

4. { Lean In – Women, Work, & the Will to Lead from Amazon } Who doesn’t love a good book? I’ve been blowing through them lately and the one that I just finished up is truly life changing. If you are a female professional, it is seriously your right of passage to read this book by Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook. It was informative, fascinating and I could not put it down for the life of me. I would even be bold enough to say it was probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. Download it on your tablet or pick up a hard copy from Amazon or your local bookstore!

5. { Jewelry from Melvin from Shop Melvin } I came across this company on Instagram and coincidentally, discovered that they are based out of Charlotte, NC — go figure! All of their accessories are swoon-worthy but I happen to have a soft spot for their necklaces. Some of their products have even been featured on the hit HBO series, Girls. The designers get their inspiration from art, culture and travel and its definitely translated in their lines. I tend to get a very tribal and boho vibe from their designs – love, love, love!

6. { Embellished Armhole Scuba Skater Dress in Nude from ASOSI’m a sucker for a. embellishments, b. a feminine frock, and c. anything and everything from ASOS. Therefore, this dress is a home run! For those of you who are looking for something a little more valiant, it also comes in black.

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What I Wore | { Outfit of the Day }

I can’t believe just last week I was in Spain – le sigh.

Although my luggage was M.I.A. during half of our trip (giant thumbs down), I managed to snag a pic of a casual little ensemble I pulled together for my visit to Parc Guell and the Picasso Museum when it did arrive. Information on each piece is available below.

Stay tuned … more { Outfit of the Days } are coming to the blog soon!

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{ What I Wore }

  • Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses found here
  • M.A.C. Cosmetics Lipstick in Velvet Teddy found here
  • J. Crew Factory Quilted Jacket found here
  • ASOS Petite Slouchy Ribbed Top in Cream found here
  • ASOS Oversized Knit Scarf in Tobacco found here
  • Michael Kors Fulton Large Crossbody Bag found here
  • H&M Slim Fit Pants in Black found here
  • Lucky Brand ‘Asherr’ Desert Boots in Honey found here

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Let’s talk about { VESTS } baby!

Happy Thursday, lovelies!

It’s been an extremely hectic week for me with both work and school but I managed to put together a little post during lunch that I’ve been thinking about for a couple of weeks now.

I really enjoy getting feedback on the blog from friends and family. I am a big fan of constructive criticism – I like to see the areas that I can improve on as this blog and every other aspect of my life are a work in progress. Remember, you can always strive for more. Furthermore, I also enjoy receiving special requests from people with what they would like to see on the blog. One of my good friends, Rachel (AKA the future Mrs. Hyneck), asked if I would do a post on fur vests. I decided to springboard off of that and do an all encompassing vest post. It’s funny, I think we all have this idea in our head of what we see ourselves wearing – we completely envision what we want but have a difficult time actually finding it. I am completely guilty of this. Luckily, I have a knack for hunting down things and have found quite a few that are just lovely.

There is no denying that vests (and particularly fur vests) are perfect for this brutally cold weather we’ve been experiencing lately (hello, Polar Vortex). Below are some of my favorite ones that I’ve been eying and swooning over. Enjoy!

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1. Fur Vest, $79.90 {from Zara}  2. Montana Reversible Vest, $128 {from Anthropologie}  3. Factory Novelty Quilted Puffer Vest in black, $108 {from J. Crew Factory}  4. River Island Faux Fur Vest, $113.70 {from ASOS}  5. Winter Moon Faux Fur Vest, $68 {from Spool72}  6. Faux Fur Gilet, $113.70 {from ASOS}  7. Coira Sweater Vest, $168 {from Anthropologie}  8. All I Need Faux Fur Vest, $108.99 {from Shop Ruche}

Fall Favorites | Style Edition

Happy Fall Y’all!

As so many of you are aware, autumn is hands down my favorite season and even more, October is my favorite month! There is something about this season that makes me feel so warm and exuberant. The first day of Autumn, all of my coworkers asked me how I was feeling that day because they know how much I adore the season – true story. To me, Fall is for love, football, apple picking, pumpkin everything, going to the mountains and watching the leaves change colors, baking cookies, drinking a seasonal craft brew, and of course, wearing boots and slouchy sweaters. It truly doesn’t get much better than that, folks!

In celebration of the first day of October, I’ve decided to share my Fall Favorites | Style Edition (including some boots: a special request from my soul sister, Mandy). Be sure to check out the shopping guide below – all of the products I’ve chosen to showcase will not break the bank! Your wallet will thank me later.

Stay tuned for more Fall Favorites coming your way soon! Enjoy!

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Fall Favorites

1. Brixton Piper Felt Hat –  Shown in Navy, $62 {from Urban Outfitters}  2. Scoundrel Bootie in Oxblood Distressed, $130 {from Seychelles Footwear}  3. 67 Collection Judit Cutout Booties in Black, $158 {from Anthropologie}  4. Cinema Style Cloche Hat, $34.99 {from Modcloth}  5. Jammie Bootie, $129.95 {from Steve Madden}  6. Academic Aspirations Scarf in Yellow, $24.99 {from Modcloth}  7. Knitted Turban Hat, $19.04 {from ASOS}  8. Clairaut Cape in Neutral, $138 {from Anthropologie}  9. Bizarre Bootie, $119.95 {from Chinese Laundry}  10. Wine Leather Look Quilted Biker Jacket, 89 {from Dorothy Perkins}  11. The Flurry & Smoke Boots, $82 {from Spool 72}  12. Contigua Leather Riding Boots in Dark Grey, $169 {from Nine West}  13. End Point Ankle Boots in Taupe, $66.65 {from ASOS}  14. Black Quilted Riding Boots, $79 {from Dorothy Perkins}

 

Swooning | Things I’m Obsessed with Right Now

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a style/fashion/decor post and I have to be honest, they’re my favorite kind. I wanted to make sure that I made the post this week particularly special because I’ve been so out of it recently and I want to ensure you, my lovely readers, that I am completely dedicated to giving you some wonderful reads!

So why have I been so absent-minded? Welp, reader’s digest version: I’ve been a crazed maniac the last few weeks as we’ve been winding down on our move (we should be completely in by the weekend – WAHOO!), I just started my final semester of graduate school this week and am required to dedicate 18 hours per week to this capstone class (adios, personal life), I’ve joined The Charlotte Chapter of the American Marketing Association and am on the Communications committee (you are looking at the new Social Media Manager of Instagram and the Marketing Trend/Innovation Blogger), AND it was just Shahin’s birth week (yes, “week”…we don’t mess with “days” around here). So of course, being that it was his first birthday with a wifey, I had to make it really great!

However, when I’m not running around like a chicken with my head cut off and I’m finally lying in bed, I tend to spend some time browsing Pinterest and doing a little online shopping (hey, everyone’s has to have their “me” time, right?). In doing so, I’ve come across some pretty awesome finds and there’s truly no rhyme or reason behind them. In other words, there’s no theme in mind – it’s not all just shoes or pieces of decor, but rather, an eclectic mix of everything…perhaps it directly correlates with how my brain has been functioning these last few weeks! Check out the things that I am currently swooning over below. And of course, I’ve included a shopping guide. Enjoy!

 

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1. Gallica Bib Necklace, $88 {from Anthropologie}  2. New Look Ripped Boyfriend Jeans, $48.35 {from ASOS}  3. Coffee Netflix Yoga Pants Tank, $25.95 {from Thug Life Shirts}  4. Lola Gold Heels by Chelsea Crew, $64.99 {from ShopRuche}  5. Magical Thinking Industrial Chair, $119 {from Urban Outfitters}  6. White Austin 3-Tier Metal Cart, $111.99 {from World Market}  7. Gloriosa Dinner Set, $12-$22 {from Anthropologie}  8. Plum & Bow Wire Loop Vanity, $159 {from Urban Outfitters}

Treat Yourself Tuesday | Summer Swag { Beach Bag Essentials Edition }

Happy Tuesday, y’all! So, I’ve promised you a very fun Treat Yourself Tuesday {Summer Swag} this week…and I was certainly not going to let you down! With Summer in full swing, it can only mean that frequent trips to the beach, pool and lake are probable. Actually, scratch that – it goes without saying! This week’s Treat Yourself Tuesday is an ode to saltwater drenched hair and beach waves, a sun-kissed face and bronzed skin. Below is what I like to call the Beach Bag Essentials. Let your hair down, soak up the sun and enjoy!

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1. Swooning hard over this adorable beach bag! {Kate Spade “Play Hooky” Terry Cloth Tote, $190 from Amazon}

2. When I say this stuff is AHHHmazing…I do mean that wholeheartedly. Protect your lips with this SPF 15 treatment. It makes your lips silky smooth without feeling sticky or greasy and has a fragrant yet subtle lemon scent. {Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, $25 from Sephora}

3. Looking to snag an adorable floppy hat to shade your eyes from harmful rays? Try this straw one on for size! {Straw Floppy Hat, $28.58 from ASOS}

4. Protecting your skin is vital when you’re out in the sun. This sunscreen is light, airy and gets the job done while giving your skin a healthy glow. {Rayito Del Sol 2 in 1 Sport Bronzing Sunscreen SPF 30, $14.99 from Ulta}

5. You’ve been out in the sun and did your part by dousing your body in sunscreen and now have beautiful, tan skin. If you’re looking to maintain and protect that color, Maui Babe’s Tan Enhancer & Healer is the answer. This after sun lotion provides your skin with rich nutrients after being exposed to the sun and saltwater all day. It will keep your skin ultra moisturized and even help prevent peeling and flaking! {Maui Babe After Browning Lotion Tan Enhancer & Healer, $12.49 from Ulta}

6. Looking for perfect beach hair? Thanks to Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray, you can now have it! It adds texture and volume to your hair for a perfect casual/undone look. {Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $24 from Sephora}

7. No matter the setting, it’s never too casual for stylish feet! Oh how we love you, Tory Burch! {Miranda Flip-flop, $60 from Tory Burch}

8. What summer outing would be complete without music? This wireless, portable, bluetooth speaker is affordable, subtle and what you need for an overall amazing experience. {Etekcity Roverbeats T3 Wireless Speaker, $21.99 from Amazon}

9. If you are a hopeless romantic that appreciates a brilliant novel, then The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (A New York Time’s Best Seller), is a great beach read! {$7.99 from Barnes & Noble}

10. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is on my must-read list. I’ve heard people ranting and raving about it so I’m about to jump on board – and so should you! Think: a captivating book about a boy growing up in New York and the underworld of art. {$18.98 from Barnes & Noble}

11. You Don’t Know Me But You Don’t Like Me by Nathan Rabin is a book I am currently reading and it’s absolutely fascinating! If you love music (or have a particular affinity with Phish), pick up or download this book right now! It’s about a man who picks up and follows both Phish and Insane Clown Posse while immersing himself in the subcultures. Seriously, incredible. {$12.00 from Barnes & Noble}

12. A cute cover-up can definitely pull your beach ensemble together! I’m obsessed with this ombre’ kaftan! {Seafolly Byron Kaftan, $60 from House of Fraser}

13. This beach towel just absolutely nails it on so many levels! For all of your craft beer lovers out there – this is one you should probably own. {Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale Beach Towel, $35 from Urban Outfitters}

14. Last but certainly not least – be sure to bring a pair of sunnies with you to shield your eyes from harmful rays. The options are infinite – but I’m always down for a classic pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers. I particularly love the ones that fold – super easy to pack away and transport! {Wayfarer Folding Classic, $155 from Ray-Ban}

Treat Yourself Tuesday | Summer Swag { Sunglass Edition }

Hello, friends! So I have to apologize for posting my “Treat Yourself Tuesday” a little late this week. I had a family emergency Monday evening and was unable to focus on wander + bloom. However, it worked out because the Summer Swag mini series this week is quite appropriate for the 4th of July! With it being sweet summertime, what more could one need than a beautiful pair of shades? I’ve found some steals and splurges that I had to share with you! So treat yourself to some sunnies that are most definitely a few of the best around! Everyone have a safe and happy July 4th and be sure to check out my Treat Yourself Tuesday this coming week for a very fun Summer Swag edition! Enjoy!

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Sunglasses copy1. ASOS Matte Classic Retro Sunglasses with Blue Flash Lens, $22.86 {from ASOS}  2. Prada Baroque 55mm Round Sunglasses, $290 {from Nordstrom}  3. Kate Spade Angelique 55mm Retro Sunglasses, $145 {from Nordstrom}  4. Kate Spade 56mm Metal Aviator Sunglasses, $145 {from Nordstrom}  5. Tory Burch Panama Rounded Sunglasses, $195 {from Bloomingdales}  6. Aldo Asarecien Sunglasses, $12 {from Aldo}  7. Madewell Hepcat Shades, $38.50 {from Madwell}  8. Miu Miu Butterfly Plastic Sunglasses, $315 {from Saks Fifth Avenue}  9. Wildfox Twiggy Sunglasses, $179 {from ShopBop}  10. Ray-Ban Cats 5000 Flash Lenses, $160 {from Ray-Ban}