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What I'm Packing for Fort Lauderdale

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Guys, I'm heading to a beach.. I repeat, A BEACH. I'm taking a little daddy-daughter trip with my pops down south to the beautiful Fort Lauderdale. While I've taken a few long weekends over the past couple months to fun places like Denver and Lake Geneva, it's been a while since I've been to the beach.

If I learned anything from reviewing my top posts of 2016, it's that you like to see travel themed posts. I'm working to incorporate more like this one that share more tips about travel vs. a photo recap (which I'm still totally going to do). I'm pretty sure I said I was going to do a packing post before every trip, but it finally made it up on the blog for this one haha

If you've visited the area recently, I'd love to hear your suggestions. We will be staying at the beautiful Atlantic Hotel & Spa (c/o) for a few nights. I'm excited to get there, explore the property and find some realllly yummy fish tacos. Ok, and have a margarita or two...or three.

Now, for a few key pieces that I will be bringing:

A Saturday Morning Trip to Donut Vault

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Does this look like the face of one happy girl who just ate a donut or what? One of my absolutely favorite little spots in the city is Donut Vault located right behind the Merchandise Mart. The first time I went was actually when my mom and I attended the One of a Kind Show last fall. We were one of the first people in line freezing our butts off in the cold just to get a tasty donuts. Boy was it worth it!

Recently, Sarah and I took a morning trip to grab coffee and donuts before an afternoon of catching up post-holiday and doing some blog work. We decided a little outfit shoot was totally necessary, too :) The weather has been so darn cold that I haven't had the chance to wear my wool coat very much. I've been living in my down coat all bundled up! So, I knew when the weather said it was going to be a whopping 40 degrees, that I was going to do another fun post for you guys styling this sucker.

2017 Must Haves Giveaway + 2016 Recap

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

This post is doing a little look back and a little look forward. First, I'm excited to share my top 12 posts from 2016! I was just thinking about all the exciting places I traveled last year, amazing partnerships and new style posts that I had to do a mini recap. 
  1. Tour of Vera Bradley HQ: This was such a fun weekend! Sarah and I took a little road trip on over to Fort Wayne to visit with you favorite people. So funny to think this is the first time I actually met Holly and Kaylee (from the Vera team) in person!
  2. How to Throw a Party in 3, 2, 1: Loved this end of the year partnership with Paris312. Good news: I have something else with them in the works :)
  3. Long Weekend in Denver: I loved visiting Colorado in November. The weather was amazing and we went hiking everyday. Can I please move to Boulder now?
  4. Valentine's Day with RTR: I think red might be my color. This dress was perfect for a little Galentine's Day celebration!
  5. Spring Stripes: This is one of my favorite dresses! It was also taken soon after the first time I colored my hair. Thinking I need a touch up soon.
  6. 24 Hours in Dublin: Another amazing trip from this year was to Ireland. To say I'm obsessed is an understatement. Dying to go back.
  7. The LBB Girlfriends Guide: In 2016, I launched the first Girlfriend's Guide! My plan was to release one every 6 months or so, but that didn't work out. The holiday season just got too cluttered with other blogger's gift guide posts, so I ended up holding off. Stay tuned for the next launch in March :)
  8. Soho Striped Dress: I basically lived in this dress all summer. Cute and comfy are the way to go!
  9. Girl Next Door: Lindsay Cavanaugh: This was a fun section from the Girlfriend's Guide. I'm super excited about who the next "Girl Next Door" is on. Eeep!
  10. A Day at the Beach: I loved this shoot. I was super nervous to wear my swim suit on the blog, but I can't believe it was my top 3rd most read! I can't promise more swim pics in the future, but definitely more photos with this amazing background and lighting.
  11. What's in My Bag: I had no idea how popular this was until I just looked back to compile this list. Looks like I know what post I need to do again soon.
  12. The #1 post of 2016 was...Fall Weekend in Lake Geneva: I was so surprised on this one, too! I knew you guys loved this during the week I posted, but I was so pumped to see it was the most read of 2016. Guys... I have a feeling 2017 is going to involve a lot more travel posts! Hint: I have something big in the works to add to the blog on this topic. I'm so excited I might blurt it out before it's time!
Now on to the next... 2017!*

Why I'm Not Making New Year's Resolutions

Friday, January 6, 2017

Do you want me to be honest or to be really honest? If you asked me how much I've been working out the past few weeks (even months) I'd probably lie to you and say something like "oh, some yoga and pilates here and there," when in total reality, I've done a whole lot of nothing. Ok, so maybe I've done one pilates class, a SoulCycle class and a 5K in the last two months... but that's about it.

Confession: I'm scared of the dark and the fact that it gets dark out so early during the winter months does not help my motivation to go do a little cardio after work. When I'm in the moment and at SoulCycle, I always think about how the class is so great and I should totally do a blog post about why I love it. Yet, for some reason I can't get my booty back week in and week out. I know, I know... excuses, excuses. I could go on and on about all the other things that are "in my way" of a work out like the fact that it's absolutely freezing out, I work long days and sometimes that carries over to long nights, the holiday season was spent with family, it costs too much... - all very valid reasons in my book!

5 Skincare Products for Winter

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

I’m currently sitting in a La Colombe coffee shop (the new one in LP-it’s beautiful!), and this sweet toddler, probs under 2 years old, is crying her little heart out because she doesn’t want to leave! I mean it doesn’t sound very appealing, but I’m cracking up because it is a wildly cold out there. Girlfriend, I’m with you. Don’t make me go back out in the cold!

With all this freezing weather that has seemingly hit our city over night, I’ve been trying to take care of my skin before it starts getting desperately dry. I get the opportunity to try a lot of awesome brands, but to be honest, not a lot of their products “stick.” So, I’ve put together a few products that work great for me this time of year. I have combination skin, so I have to be careful that I don’t use products that are too oily or drying – especially on my face.