Monthly Archives: June 2014

15 Reasons to Fall in Love With Mules

I’ve got mules on the brain; the latest breakout star of the Summer shoe season.  This Summer mule gets a an update the classically-styled mule had a thinner heel, more akin to a backless (and often toe-less) stiletto, but the new peep-toe mules have a chunkier, more everyday heel (which I love, and is a bit of a nod to the funkier 70s version of the mule worn by so many).

I mean, how glamorous is that crystal mule wedge?  (I’m also thinking of popping into my local Zara to try on a pair — they currently have a few styles of the Summer must-have – by the way, so many on sale right now, and I’m particularly smitten with this pair.)

By the way, a fashion blogger’s tip for wearing the mule:  show a little ankle … and not a whole lot more.  (Think, cropped pants and leggings.)

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Little Love Notes

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Dear Cory and Topanga foreva, who else watched the premiere of Girl Meets World on Disney Channel last night?  So cheesy, and I already love it.

Dear dreams of the Big Apple, this unbelievably chic Manhattan home tour has me convinced a great big family in a teeny tiny apartment is totally do-able … errr, maybe.

Dear Summer jewelry stock up, BaubleBar is taking 20% off sitewide for their HUGE Summer Sale.  {Enter the promo code SUMMER at checkout.}

Dear wanderlust and weddings, well don’t you just make the perfect pair.  Hello, gorgeous Mykonos anniversary shoot.

Dear black on black, yes.

Dear Summer toting, this striped Tory Burch tote is absolutely perfect (and on sale!)

Dear time flies, it’s been 10 years since The Notebook was released (a.k.a., you should go ahead and watch it for the hundredth time this weekend.)

Dear weekend baking, blueberry crumble muffins … yes, please.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here.

Image via Chic Coastal Living


Gap Lincoln Road Miami Beach Store Re-Opening

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As you may have read in my earlier post, Gap officially re-opened it’s doors on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. The new store makes quite the architectural statement, with floor-to-ceiling glass and a grand staircase connecting the two massive levels of the store.  There’s even an in-store phone charging station.  Gap also put a huge emphasis on immersing Miami into the project. The store was designed by Touzet Studio, a major architecture firm based out of Wynwood. And if you look to the walls, all of the square artwork is produced by local Miami influencers on Instagram.

In addition to a pretty gorgeous design, the newly renovated two-story Gap store at 1001 Lincoln Road offers an expanded product assortment for women, including GapFit and the addition of GapMaternity, as well as Men’s, GapKids, babyGap and GapBody.

If you’re in the Miami area, be sure to check out the newly re-opened Gap when shopping Lincoln Road (a must for any great Miami visit).

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How adorable are all of Gap‘s Summer pieces?

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All photos taken by Lexi of Glitter, Inc.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gap Miami via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.


BaubleBar’s HUGE Summer Sale

Now through Saturday, June 28th, BaubleBar is taking 20% off sitewide for their HUGE Summer Sale.  Oh yes, you heard that right … 20% OFF SITEWIDE!  That sale even includes the just released BAUBLEBAR x STRIPES & SEQUINS collection. (Dreaming of that Crystal Mason Ring in a big way.)  And for all of my brides out there, you have got to check out BaubleBar’s Wedding Shop … so much affordable and gorgeous sparkle.  Even the sale is on sale!  {All you have to do to score your very own 20% off, is enter the promo code SUMMER at checkout.}


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All-American Summer Picnic Style

Yesterday my sister and I set out into the woods (a.k.a., a cute park by my apartment) to set up an impromptu Summer picnic, All-American style.  I mostly waddled.  (I can’t believe I’ve hit the 36 week mark in this pregnancy … it feels like just yesterday that I was making the big announcement!)  And I’ve also mastered the art of the super simple updo, because it is seriously hot here in Miami.

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Even just taking a few minutes to sit outside, equipped with some fresh fruit and drinks, is the perfect excuse for a mini impromptu picnic.

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By the way, that gorgeous white maxi dress, the polka-dotted sunglasses (my new obsession), snakeskin sandals, and adorable picnic mason jars … they’re all from Sears. So many adorable Summer finds there right now … I pretty much wanted to buy all of their outdoor picnic and party ware!

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Shop the Look:  White Maxi Dress c/o Sears // Polka Dot Sunglasses c/o Sears // Bongo Snakeskin Sandals c/o Sears // Denim Jacket // Picnic Blanket // Striped Napkins // Painted Bowl // L’Oreal Gloss // Michele Watch


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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sears via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears.


Berry Dutch Baby Puffed Pancake {RECIPE}

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Today, Rachel of Sugar-Coated Inspiration is sharing a recipe for a dutch baby puffed pancake.  Truth be told, I’ve always been kind of intimidated by the idea of a puffed pancake (I’ll happily order these to reckless abandon in my favorite pancake houses, but the idea of trying to recreate one myself seemed a little daunting.)  But guess what?  The dutch baby pancake couldn’t be more simple.

And the raspberries and blueberries on top give this pancake a fresh Summer spin – perfect for fourth of July brunch celebrations … or really any celebration for that matter (pancakes are worth celebrating, always).

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{puffed pancake}

Serves 4 – 6 people.


1 tbsp butter
½ cup of milk
2 whole eggs + 1 egg white
1 tbsp vanilla extract
½ cup flour
½ tsp. of cinnamon
3 tbsp. brown sugar (2 for the batter, 1 for the berry topping)
A pinch of salt
1 pint of blueberries (1/2 cup into the batter, the rest as garnish)
1 pint raspberries (1/2 cup into the batter, the rest as garnish)
1 lemon (you’ll just need a squeeze for the fresh berry topping)
Powdered sugar (for dusting on top)


Place an ovenproof skillet into the oven as you allow the oven to preheat to 425°F.  If you have a cast iron pan, use it!

In a blender, combine milk, eggs, vanilla, flour, cinnamon, sugar, and salt – blend until mix is completely smooth and aerated.

Once the pan and oven are heated, carefully remove the pan with a glove and add 1 tbsp of butter, allowing it to melt. Swirl the melted butter around to coat the skillet, and then pour the pancake mixture into the hot skillet. Quickly scatter the ½ cup of blueberries and raspberries (total of 1 cup of berries) on top of the batter. Return the skillet to the oven and cook for about 20 minutes. The Dutch baby will puff up around the edges, turning golden brown and crisp, leaving a thin and dense, almost bread pudding-like, center.

While the Dutch baby bakes, make the fresh lemony berry topping. Combine the remaining berries with 1 tbsp. of brown sugar and about a tsp. of lemon juice. Mix and briefly refrigerate.

After 20 minutes, take the Dutch baby out of the oven, top with berry topping & dust with powdered sugar. Serve with warm maple syrup. The pancake will fall quite quickly once removed from the oven, so serve immediately for the prettiest presentation!

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Recipe created by Sugar-Coated Inspiration // Adapted via Food Network, The Kitchen Paper, and Chasing Some Blue Sky