In Bloom | Swoon-worthy Vases

Happy almost weekend, lovelies!

Although the weather in the Carolinas has felt more like Seattle lately than the sweet south, it definitely makes me look forward to the beautiful weather to come! And as the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers — no truer words could have ever been spoken. With that being said and keeping this theme in mind, what better way to showcase your May blooms than with a beautiful vase? Vases are both functional and make great statement pieces in your home. Below are a few of my favorites that I’ve been eying (and I may or may not own #6). So instead of letting this dreary weather bring me down, I’m going to daydream about sunshine and fluffy, soft peonies in a gorgeous vase. Enjoy the selection of pretties below!

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1. Pineapple Mercury Glass Vase, $31.43 {from Horchow}  2. Pearl Place Rosebowl, $75 {from Kate Spade}  3. Paisley Park Coral Bud Vase, $22 {from Fitz and Floyd}  4. Indigo Aishe Vase, $24 {from Pure Home}  5. Neon Pink Wire Floral Vase, $27.15 {from Oliver Bonas}  6. Adra Vase, $39.95 {from Crate & Barrel}  7. Clear Heirloom Vase, $14.99 {from Target}  8. Aqua Frosted Bottles, $39.95 {from Pier 1}  9. Maine Tall Vase, $76 {from Neiman Marcus Last Call}  10. Olivia Vase, $49.95 {from Joss & Main}

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Fav Frocks | What to Wear to a Spring Wedding

Hello, lovelies!

It’s a beautiful season (minus the pollen) and it can only mean one thing…wedding season. As many of you aware, these next few months are some of the most popular to get married in. May is hands down one of the most beloved months to wed, particularly in the south, and rightfully so. Some of the most enchanting flowers are in season (hello, peonies), the weather is delightful and it truly exudes romance. With all of that being said, I have two weddings in May (one of which I am in) and there are several events leading up to the big day. But if you’re like me and somehow end up stressing and planning in advance in regard to what you are going to wear, I am here to put your mind at ease. Below are some beautiful frocks for you to take a gander at. Each offer something very special and range from semi-dressy to dressy. Below are some of the dresses I’ve been scouring for the upcoming festivities. Enjoy!

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1. Chi Chi Embroidered Midi Dress, $110 {from Dorothy Perkins}  2. Infinite Loveliness Embroidered Dress in Peach, $59.42 {from Chic Wish}  3. Nonpareil Posy Dress, $89.99 {from Modcloth}  4. Take a Leap Crochet Detail Dress, $44.99 {from Shop Ruche}  5. Exotic Amorous Floral Prom Dress, $59.42 {from Chic Wish}  6. Bow Back Crepe Shift Dress, $125 {from Top Shop}  7. Yellow Floral Vest Dress, $16.99 {from Walk Trendy}  8. Lipsy VIP Lace Prom Dress, $161 {from Lipsy}  9. Floral Jacquard Dress, $142 {from Warehouse}  10. High Neck Lace Dress, $100 {from Oasis}

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Spring into Spring | From Day to Night

Hello lovelies,

Spring is in the air! Although Autumn is my favorite season, Spring would have to be a close second (and I can’t say that I’m sad to see the Winter blues become a thing of the past). Everyone in my neighborhood is out and about – walking their dogs, entertaining outside, riding their bikes and going on runs (which I’ve managed to squeeze in after work a few days this week). Speaking of work, the warm weather has me thinking ahead in regard to my professional wardrobe. Between starting a new job (it’s hard to believe I’ve been with my new company for over a month now) and all of the wedding festivities the hubs and I have coming up (four weddings this year, two of which we are in) — I thought it would be a fun twist on a Spring post to incorporate a day and night time look by using many of the same pieces for both. After all, I’m certainly not made of money (although in my dream world I am) so I need to be extremely functional and realistic with these various expenses approaching! Alas, below is a fun little professional and evening guide that I’ve put together and they include some of my favorite items that I am currently obsessing over. Enjoy!

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1. Nars Audacious Lipstick in “Brigitte”, $32 {from Sephora} I’ve been a Mac lipstick girl my whole life…and my collection speaks for itself. However, one of my bests, Heather, purchased one of these bad boys for me during the holidays because she absolutely swore by it. But really though, can Nars do any wrong? The Audacious line is like no other lipstick line that I have personally experienced. The colors are super pigmented, long-lasting and have this ultra soft, creamy texture. I own the color “Brigitte” which is a nude rose. It is the perfect color for Spring and transitions extremely well from day to night.

2. Factory Metallic Tweed Tweed Panel Heather Sweater, $52.50 {from J. Crew Factory} J. Crew always does it right and metallic is hot this season. I particularly adore this sweater because it is something a little out of the ordinary and can be dressed up or down. I love mixing and matching colors and patterns and adore how it looks against the neon skirt (reference #6).

3. Balenciaga Roseblanca Perfume, $100 {from Sephora} I received this scent as a gift back in December and it is truly becoming a regularly worn scent during these warmer days! It’s the perfect amount of floral without being too sweet – think clean, fresh and a little valiant with scents of rose, white woods and citrus notes.

4. Light Pink Embellished Prom Dress, $240 {from River Island} This dress may not be the lightest on the pocket but it is one that you can wear over and over again. I’m okay with spending the money on good, quality items – particularly cocktail dresses because you can always keep them in your arsenal. Not to mention, with all of the wedding festivities occurring over these next few years (hey, we’re at that age), it makes sense to pick something lovely (like this number) and recycle! This dress…no words. It speaks for itself.

5. Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer, $34 {from Sephora} Y’all – this stuff is life changing. If you are looking to achieve the “fresh face” look this Spring, this primer will exceed your expectations! I like to mix it with my foundation before applying and the outcome is soft, radiant, dewy skin. Just dab a little on your face during the day for some highlight and go a little heavier in the evening.

6. Dickins & Jones Neon Skirt, $47.61 {from House of Fraser} I love, love, love neon! If there is a way to implement it in my wardrobe, I absolutely jump on it. However, neon can be tough to pull off in a professional environment. But it can absolutely be done and with this beautiful pencil skirt paired with the cool, neutral J. Crew Factory sweater (see #2) as of the intensity of the neon is toned down and you have one chic, pulled together look.

7. Gemini2 Patent Court Shoes, $70 {from Top Shop} Patent nude pumps are a must-have in anyone’s closet. They are super versatile and can go from day to night seamlessly.

8. Factory Stone Burst Earrings, $14.50 {from J. Crew Factory} I love these little cluster earrings! They are delicate but can add a pop of color and allure to your outfit. They look fantastic for both day and night and the best part? They’re a steal at just $14.50!

9. Essie Baby’s Breath Nail Polish, $8.50 {from Beauty.com} I’m an Essie advocate through and through. I’m also a huge fan of neutral polish, particularly in the Spring. This is hands down one of my favorite Essie colors because it’s the perfect amount of pink without being overkill. It’s soft, creamy and a functional nude polish to add to your collection.

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Scents & Sensibility | 8 Spring Perfumes You Need in Your Life

*AHHH* Spring is in the air! Who doesn’t love that perfect 70 degree weather and the warm sun on your face? Or perhaps driving around with the windows down and your music up? Taking your dog to the park, playing corn hole outside with friends, putting on a sweet sundresses and a pair of wedges, eating brunch and sipping a mimosa on the patio, reading a book in a hammock, planting a vegetable garden…I mean really, do I need to continue?

While I do adore Fall (it’s my favorite season), Spring is a close second. And if you’re like me, I enjoy having a selection of perfumes to choose from depending on the mood I’m in, time of day and yes, even season! For me, purchasing a new scent is the equivalent of buying a new bag or pair of shoes – I get ridiculously giddy because I’m excited to add it to my collection.

I recently started shopping around for a fresh perfume for Spring and came across a few that I fell head over heels for. If you’re also looking for a new scent for the new season, below are some gems that I found! Enjoy!

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Spring Scents

1. Flowerbomb La Vie en Rose by Viktor & Rolf, $95 {If you’ve had the pleasure of smelling the original Flowerbomb (which is also lovely), Flowerbomb La Vie en Rose is the fresher and lighter sister fragrance. Expect notes of rose, orchid, grapefruit and jasmine. Deliciously refreshing, indeed.}

2. Roses De Chloe by Chloe, $70-$120 {This is a perfume that I already own but one that I highly recommend. It’s similar to the signature Chloe scent but with a rich, rose undertone. If you are looking for a clean fragrance that smells of a fresh, enchanted rose garden, this is the one for you.}

3. Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet by Dior, $75-$98 {I’m already an avid Dior fragrance fan and own Miss Dior Cherie so when I saw this, it immediately appealed to me. This perfume smells of fresh peonies and Sicilian orange.}

4. Daisy Eau So Fresh by Marc Jacobs, $89-$97 {If you enjoy the original fresh smell of Marc Jacobs Daisy, then you may enjoy the more vibrant and whimsical version which has notes of grapefruit, pear, violet and cedarwood.}

5. Poppy Freesia Blossom by Coach, $45-$85 {A clean scent that is subtly sweet and ridiculously refreshing. The fragrant smells of vanilla, brown sugar, musk, freesia and apricot linger on for hours after you spray it on your skin.}

6. Parisienne by Yves Saint Laurent, $65 {An ultra feminine scent with fresh floral and woodland accents. If you can imagine Spring in Paris – this perfume encompasses it all in one bottle.}

7. Pure Poison by Dior, $70-$115 {This is one that I already own and have been a loyal advocate of for over 8 years – it’s definitely a classic to have in your arsenal of perfumes. Although it’s not necessarily geared for Spring in particular, it is light, airy and hypnotic. This fragrance has orange, jasmine, sandalwood and white amber undertones. A seductive and flirty scent that is perfect for those warm Spring nights.}

8. Flora by Gucci – Gorgeous Gardenia by Gucci, $72 {If you’re looking for a little bit of a heaven in a bottle, you’ve found your scent! It smells of fresh gardenia, patchouli, red berries and pear.}