crave or save: cutout maxi

crave or save: cutout maxi It’s time for another crave or save! I’ve been admiring Rachel Pally’s cutout maxi dresses for about a year now. But, I could never pull the trigger and purchase the dress because of the steep price tag. Luckily, I came across this Ark & Co version on Piperlime and knew that I absolutely had to have it. I received the dress last week and couldn’t be more proud of my “save”. Its a nice fabric that isn’t too thin and is extremely flattering.

Although I’m set on my cutout stripe maxi, Rachel Pally has this dress in solid colors as well. How amazing does this black cutout maxi look? As luck would have it, Shopbop is having their Friends and Family sale so any of the amazing Rachel Pally dresses could be yours at 25% off!

Which one do you prefer? Crave or save?

brand crush: everlane

everlaneAs you may know, I’m going through a style evolution. I’m purging things that I no longer wear or identify with to make room for simple, well made basics. I started subscribing to Everlane two years ago but just purchased my first items last month. I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect tee and Everlane’s promise for high quality without outrages prices had me intrigued.

I purchased my two tee’s below and am extremely happy with my items! I’ve been wearing the slouchy gray tee non-stop and am already planning on ordering it in other colors. My only issue was trying to figure out what size I should order. I ended up with a medium and will most likely go with a small next time. But, they still fit great even after their first wash!

everlane teesIf tee’s aren’t your thing, I suggest taking a look at their accessories. Once again, Everlane stays true to promising fair pricing without sacrificing quality. They search the top factories in the world before deciding on where to make their product. The Petra tote is a testament to this philosophy as it is 100% true Italian leather. I have my eye on this color. I’m also loving their weekend bag, perfect for a gift!

Have you purchased anything from Everlane? 

friday favorites

weekend reading image via

Whew, what a week! I’m so sorry I’ve been MIA this week! Work has been crazy and the derby madness has began in Louisville which has made my life particularly hectic this week.

Anyways, hopefully I will be back to usual posting schedule next week. Even though I was swamped this week, I came up for air a couple of times and came across these favorite links for the week.

Admittedly, I’m late to the urban decay eye-liner party. Thankfully, The Sunday Girl broke down the different types. I’m leaning towards purchasing the this brown pencil.
I’m obsessed with Liz’s new site design. It’s so clean and chic!
After lusting over these Madewell heels (and watching them go in and out of stock) I finally took the plunge and bought myself a pair. Don’t worry, I will report back on if they are as comfortable as everyone says they are.
Loved Kelsey’s trend report on bucket bags for Spring. Personally, I think this Old Navy version is a great option for such a trendy piece.
I’ve book marked The Glitter Guide’s easter mimosa recipes for the Kentucky Derby. I can’t wait to try the strawberry mint mimosa.

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

 

year in books – part 1

I’m doing my best to read at least one book per month this year and have read some great books this quarter! As a way to document my “year in books” and to keep myself accountable, I will be sharing the books that I’ve read each quarter and what I thought about them.

I’ve listed my brief thoughts about the books that I read during the past three months, without giving away any spoilers, in hopes that you may find a book that you’d like to read. I love sharing my thoughts about books so if you’d like to chat about a certain book or have a recommendation for next quarter please comment or email me! I love hearing from you!

January:

elanor and park

I started Eleanor and Park in November of 2013 and couldn’t seem to finish it until I picked it back up in January. I think it’s because I was afraid of what was going to happen next. It’s not your typical teenage love story which was what initially attracted me to book. Eleanor’s story is so sad and I found myself not wanting to know what happened to her. When I finally got the courage to finish the book the ending was not what I had expected, thankfully, but still didn’t do the book justice.
Genre: Romance / Young Adult 
Audience:
young adult and up
Perfect for: A rainy day
Rating: 3/5 stars

February

I reathe husbands secret d the Husband’s Secret in February. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it based on the described plot, a woman who think’s she has it all is shattered by a secret her husband has been keeping from her. It sounded a bit mellow-dramatic to me. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The characters were relatable and, although it may have been predictable at times, I enjoyed the storyline.
Genre: Women’s literature / Drama
Audience: Women, mid-twenties and above
Perfect for: beach/vacation read
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

March:

where'd you go bernadetteAs you know, Where’d You Go Bernadette was on my list for March. In a word, this book was quirky. It was unlike anything that I’ve ever read and definitely has an interesting plot. The storyline wasn’t predictable which was refreshing. My favorite aspect of the book was the characters. While it was
Genre: Humor/Family Life 
Audience:
18 and up
Perfect for: anytime
Rating: 4/5 stars

 

 

reconstructing amelia

The second book that I read during March was, Reconstructing Amelia. I heard about this book through a buzzfeed article that featured books that were being made into movies this year. I love reading the novel that inspired a movie. I often play casting agent, and think about who I would cast as each character while I’m reading. This book was not a light and happy read but it definitely was a page turner. It’s been compared to Gone Girl, which I think is a stretch, but it’s still an thrilling and quick read. If you like Pretty Little Liars or Gossip Girl, this book is for you.
Genre: Mystery / Whodunit
Audience: Young adult and up
Perfect for: weekend at home
Rating: 3.5/5

spring looks to try now

spring inspirationSpring is finally here! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to put the dark polishes and mauve lips away and trade them in for chic pastels and a healthy glow.

This spring is all about the illuminating face paired with shades of pink. I’ve said it before, I’m usually not a pink gal. But, I’ve been gravitating more towards rosy cheeks and pale polishes this season. For a more dramatic look, purple has been a current go-to to make my green/brown eyes pop.

Get the look…

spring beauty products

Highlight // Illuminate
Cream blush
Pale Nails
Pink lip
Unexpected hue