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THE ZARA DRESS YOU NEED IN YOUR CLOSET

Happy Friday, friends! Between having the busiest work week of my life, a very special delivery from Annie Selke (more on this soon!), and friends in town, I am so ready for a relaxing weekend.

Zara Ribbed Dress (similar, similar) / Converse Sneakers / Missoma Necklace / Celine Belt Bag / Sunglasses

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I RESOLVE TO…

RESOLUTION_12Every year I go through the same list of goals and some times succeed and sometimes fall short for the year.  This year I only made a few (but important) goals to hopefully keep throughout 2015.  This is a big year for me with some especially exciting things I have to annouce about the blog soon. I have big dreams for this space and I really want to thank you all for coming back and reading for the last 5 years.  I know I may say this a lot but it really means the world to me to have this space to be creative and do something I love everyday. RESOLUTION_9 RESOLUTION_6 RESOLUTION_11 RESOLUTION_8 RESOLUTION_2 RESOLUTION_10

 

1. Get Healthy: With our wedding around the corner (in a little less than 4 months) I am striving to get myself in shape and healthy.  I starting a new workout regimen that I cannot wait to share with you next week. Thanks to my Christmas Presents, a new Jawbone and cute workout clothes, to help me get motivated. Eating better is also on the top of my list. To me that means, I will be cooking meals at home at least 4 days a week and cutting chicken fingers and french fries (my guilty pleasure) out of my diet.  Being healthy is a lifestyle, so making sure I have enough sleep, drinking tons of water and being prepared are going to get me through this change.

2. Do something everyday to make someone smile.

3. Stay true to my signature style. The last couple years I have invested in some timeless pieces to create my signature style. To me, upgraded basics are the key to any great wardrobe.

4. Save and invest my money.  This one may be easier said than done.

5. Be Present.  Being a blogger, I am constantly plugged in. My goal is to keep my phone in my bag at dinner, put it in the bedroom at night, and focus on spending quality time with the people I am with rather than checking Instagram (I know you all do it too!).

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Black Blazer (old/great investment piece) / Joe’s Ankle Skinny Jeans / Equipment Silk Blouse / Black Booties (Zara last season/ Similar Here) / Celine Bag / Sunglasses / Catbird Rings

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photography by Merritt Beck

#TUCKERNUCKING

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I wish I could come up with a good April Fools for you.

Growing up, my dad always woke me up with the best April Fools Day prank that would have me going all day.  Maybe it is because his birthday is tomorrow, but he is a jokester through and through.  April 1st means spring cleaning and swapping my closet from sweaters to cute tops and dresses.  Whenever the seasons change, I am drawn back to the basics in my closet.  White tops are key for Spring, which probably has something to do with the obscene amount of black that I sport in the winter (maybe its a sign of season depression or something). But really back to this amazing peplum from Tuckernuck, doesn’t it just scream Spring? I paired it with some Paige distressed skinnies for date night to celebrate Patrick and I’s first date anniversary (I guess we are cheesy like that).

Have y’all heard of Tuckernuck? If you haven’t you need to hop on over to their site right now.  It is an online shop that is carefully curated with the top brands that represent the classic lifestyle.  Just think Saint James Tops, Daniel Wellington Watches, and lots of Loren Hope jewels.  As of late, it has been my go-to shop when I am looking for classic pieces to add to my Spring wardrobe.

SHOPTHEPOST.pngLove Lily Eyelet Peplum Top via Tuckernuck (c/o) / Loren Hope Sara Bracelet via Tuckernuck (c/o) / Paige Denim Jimmy Jimmy Skinny Jeans / Zara Heels / J.Crew Scarf (old/ similar here) / Kate Spade Shoulder Bag (old/ similar here) / Paul Smith Churchill Sunglasses (c/o) / David Yurman Heart Bracelet / Essie Lollipop Nailpolish

Stay tuned tomorrow for another classic Tuckernuck look and Happy April Fool’s Day.

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photography by PRS for A Dash of Details

This post was sponsored by Tuckernuck, a brand that I truly l love.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make A Dash of Details possible! 

CROSSROADS

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“I think you will agree that life’s plans are not always tied up in neat little packages. Occasionally we find ourselves at unexpected crossroads with more than one opportunity from which to choose. Time itself is often the best indicator of which decision to make, for it can tell so many thing that are now hazy.”
― Linda Lee Chaikin

So I am here today, at a crossroads.  But then again, I guess that is pretty much every girl in their mid-twenties .  Whether you are living in a small town and wanting to get out, or feeling alone in a big city; that feeling of what is next lingers in your mind. For me, it consumes my thoughts.  I know I have so much to be grateful for; I am happy and healthy, about to marry the man of my dreams, have a wonderful job and blog that I love, but yet everything else in my life feels a little like chaos. So today, I am going to take a deep breath and realized everything works out in time.

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ASOS Contrast Color Coat / Equipment Blouse (sold out- sleeveless version here) / Elizabeth and James Textile Denim (c/0) / Gigi New York Bag (c/0- add your monogram) / Zara Booties / John Ruvin Sunglasses (c/o) / Catbird Threadbare Rings / Nails: Essie Snap Happy / A Initial Necklace

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photography by PRS for A Dash of Details 

BE MINE

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Today is all about showing your love. It might sound cheesy but whether its a quick email to all of your girlfriends, a phone call to your grandparents or a little breakfast in bed for your guy/girl, today is all about telling those people how much you love them. So first and foremost, today is about showing my love to all of you readers! You are the one’s who drive me and the one’s who continue to keep push creative views. I really never thought this little space in the Internet would ever allow me to connect and make lifelong friendships that bring me so much joy everyday.

If you are wondering what yesterday was about….well, remember when I said when I moved to Ohio a few months back and I said we may be moving again soon, well that may now be sooner rather than later.  A lot of things are still up in the air as of today. I really try and keep it real over here. so I wanted you to be the firsts to know. Long story short, everything is going to change again in a big way.  Stay tuned for more details, but for now, today I hope you enjoy lots of pink and red, steal a few kisses or eat a few Hersey ones, buy yourself some flowers if you already haven’t, and share your love with people that matter.

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Big Buddah Clutch (c/o) / J.Crew Red Cashmere Sweater / J.Crew Minnie Twill Pant / J.Crew Camel Coat (old, love this one) / Zara Heels / BaubleBar Maharaja Fringe Strand Necklace / Diamond Inital Necklace / Daniel Wellington Watch

 

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photography by PRS for A Dash of Details

BACK TO BLUE

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Joules7 Joules11Joules15 Joules13Joules14Joules18Whenever I am in a wardrobe slump in the middle of a season, I always gravitate to a certain color palate.  In the beginning of the season, I was all about black on black, but these gloomy, short days have me feeling slightly depressed as of late.

Because we cancelled our trip this past weekend, it meant we had an entire weekend that was plan-free.  So on Saturday, we ventured out for a little shopping trip and picked up some tulips to freshen things up at the house. One of my favorite winter outfits is to layer vests under a jacket. Even after living in the Midwest for 8 years, I am still a complete wimp when it comes to the cold.

Joules Vest in Navy (c/o) / J.Crew Boy Shirt in Blue / J.Crew Denim Jacket (love this vest for Spring)/ Zara Jeans (similar here) / Kate Spade Bag- old (love this one!) / Charles David Booties- old (similar here) / Paul Smith Churchill Sunglasses (c/o) / Catbird Threadbare Rings / NARS ‘Heatwave’ Lips

 

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BASICS

ADOD_BASICS21ADOD_BASICS1 ADOD_BASICS4 ADOD_BASICS6 ADOD_BASICS7ADOD_BASICS14ADOD_BASICS20ADOD_BASICS18 ADOD_BASICS23ADOD_BASICS15The polar vortex is back.

Growing up in the South, I didn’t know it was actually possible for temperatures to drop below freezing. Yes, I used to think 32 degrees was as cold as it could get.  So when I looked at my phone this morning, -12 degrees was a bit shocking to say the least. I am slowly learning these cold temperatures are not going away anytime soon, hence trips to warmer weather are already on the books for the next few months. While we are headed to warmer temps on the weekends, I am still stuck in the cold during the week. So to make it a little more bearable, I am slowly filling my closet with a few  cold-weather essentials.  Hats, gloves, snow boots, and my long down coat may not be the most fashionable, but they sure are keeping me warm. I have found that layering and keeping it simple are my best friends.

My winter style has consisted of lots of basics. Since I wear jeans or J.Crew Minnie Pants to work almost everyday, I have been layering up my basic tees and sweaters with a fun statement necklace. If its a good day, I will even change out my snow boots for a cute pair of heels.

Stay tuned for tomorrow, someone special is making a guest appearance on the blog with his cold- weather essentials.  :)

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J.Crew Double-Cloth Lady Day Coat (on sale!) / Zara Jeans (similar here) / Striped Top (Under $20) / Cheetah Heels- old (similar here) / Kate Spade Wink Clutch (old- shop all Kate Spade Clutches here) / Catbird Threadbare Rings / Ray Ban Classic Wayfayer Sunglasses in black / Sorel Caribou Tall Boots (love these ones too!)

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LATELY

ADOD_LATELY1-25-6After a week away from the blog, I am finally back and with lots of updates. Last week I had a mini meltdown mostly due to complete exhaustion and being sick. Working full time, blogging, starting to plan a wedding, and still trying to have a life, really caught up with me; resulting in a total breakdown. Instead of pushing myself like I normally would, I decided to take a break from all the extras, focus on work and go to bed early every night. Yesterday was the first day I finally felt back to normal. Thankfully, woke up feeling completely inspired.

Also, a little side note: *I am still getting used to this new blog format and just realized that you can no longer follow me on Bloglovin’ without re-subscribing, so here you go folks- use this link to follow me on Bloglovin’. I guess it is better late than never :) Follow my blog with Bloglovin

ADOD_LATELY1-25-3That feeling of complete exhaustion started with a trip to NYC to fulfill my MOH duties for my cousin’s bachelorette party, and boy, it was great time.  I made these tote bags with each girls’ initial embroidered in her wedding colors, a bottle of champagne, a few of my favorite Essie polishes, and all sorts of pink/red lipsticks that were stuffed inside. There were lots of other fun activities, but what happens in New York, stays in New York :)

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Is anyone else sick of this cold, dry weather yet? I have been dreaming I lived in California at the moment, but until that day I have been using this Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask to keep my skin healthy and smooth.

ADOD_LATELY1-25-5A few recent favorites- these Zara booties and a little lace (just in time for V-Day)

ADOD_LATELY1-25-4I think you know by now, but Patrick and I love to travel. Currently we are planning our trips for Spring (6 and counting…) Oh, and a little bubbly engagement gift from a friend.

ADOD_LATELY1-25-8I have been sipping on this lately, kind of obsessed with this grapefruit fizzy water (which is a great alternative to soda, a bad habit I am trying to kick for good)

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photography by ALB for A Dash of Details