Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rainbow Row

We were in Charleston, South Carolina last weekend for a wedding, and I gotta tell ya - it is one of the prettiest cities I've ever been to!! I had always heard that it's a wonderful place to visit, so I was excited to be able to spend some extra time there after the wedding. The wedding was on Friday, which gave us a couple of days to have some time to ourselves and explore the city. Of course, it was on my agenda to visit Rainbow Row after hearing rave reviews about how beautiful all the houses are along the street. We spent the afternoon wandering through the streets of Charleston, admiring the beautiful homes and buildings. I mean… the flowers in the windows with big, beautiful shutters - how precious is that?! Swoon.

This dress was perfect for a day of exploring the streets! It is so comfortable, and I love the bright blue for summer. Even better - it is under $20, which is a complete steal if you ask me because it definitely feels and fits like a more expensive dress. These ankle espadrilles are also the perfect shoes for a day of walking/exploring because of their comfort and style. I have been wearing them nonstop because of there neutral color and ability to go with everything. With summer right around the corner, I had been on the look out for the perfect summer shades that have a blue/green lens, and I finally spotted them at Madewell. The round frame was just what I was looking for!

Dress (under $20!!) // Shoes // Sunglasses

Have you ever visited Charleston? If so, what are your thoughts? I will be recapping our trip on the blog next week and sharing my overall thoughts on this southern town, but for now I will say that I absolutely cannot wait to go back!! I hope you all have a wonderful day - it's almost Friday (!!). Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, May 23, 2016

Off The Shoulder

Off The Shoulder

First Row: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Second Row: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

I am absolutely loving the off the shoulder trend this spring/summer! I love the feminine feel a pretty off the shoulder dress gives, and the casual, yet put together look that an off the shoulder shirt or romper gives! I have been stocking on up a few off the shoulder dresses and shirts to wear this season - including this adorable top, this blue dress, and this black top that was featured in last week's post. I am crushing on all the picks above - most of which are under $100!! I have also linked some other off the shoulder options below. Are you a fan of the off the shoulder look? It's definitely a trend I'm jumping on this season for sure! Thanks so much for stopping by and happy shopping! 


Monday, May 16, 2016

Week Night Date Night

shirt // jeans // shoes // purse // sunnies

When Chris and I got married, we committed to having a date night at least once every month. We both love to try to new food and restaurants, plus we wanted to keep the feeling of "dating" each other alive. Sometimes the date nights are at fancy restaurants, and sometimes we end up at our favorite Mexican spot with a pitcher of margaritas, but it's always a fun time and a great way to kick back and focus on each other. 

This month, our schedules are crazy busy - with travel five weekends in a row and Chris out of town a few nights a week for work, so we had to improvise and have date night on a week night! We kept it pretty casual and went to one of our favorite neighborhood spots, Park Cafe. It's a date night go-to of ours because it can be as casual or as formal as you want it to be. When we are wanting a more laid back date night, we sit in the bar area and order a bunch of small plates to try together - and they never disappoint!

Since we were keeping the date night pretty casual, I kept my outfit casual with comfy jeans, a lose top, and a a pair of flats. I recently got off the shoulder black top and couldn't be more pleased with it. It's so comfortable, affordable, and I think the ties on the sleeves add the cutest little touch! I've had my eyes on these lace up shoes for quite a while now, but couldn't decide on the color I wanted. After realizing that I definitely needed more black shoes in my closet (especially flats), I decided to pull the trigger on the black lace ups. I am so glad I did - I've been wearing them nonstop. I also need to mention that this crossbody purse is only $28 and comes in a few colors - steal!! 


Do you and your person love date nights as much as we do?! Dating is so fun, and we think you shouldn't stop when you get married! :) I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!! Thanks so much for reading.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Favorites

- Soaking in the scene of the Kentucky Derby -

- Time on the deck after days of rain -

- The cutest Will You Be My Bridesmaid? package from one of my besties back home -

- The most relaxing bubble bath with the scent of my favorite candle -

- Louie and his adorable face. Gets me every time. -

We made it, friends - Friday!! I'm on a major high because we've only got a week and three days left of school (I think I can, I think I can…..)! There is no feeling like the beginning of summer. To top it off, we have so many fun events coming up! We are headed to Brevard, NC this weekend for a family wedding, to Charleston next weekend for Chris's best friend's wedding, then to the lake for Memorial Day with Chris's family, and last but not least, to Tampa to see our college best friends (who are married) and their new house. Whew! So much to look forward to - nothing gets me more excited than a few weekends in a row spent with family and friends (in some awesome places I might add). What are your weekend plans? I hope you are surrounded by friends and family as well - cheers to the weekend and thanks for reading! 


PS. Be careful - it is Friday the 13th, after all. Eeekkk!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Kentucky Derby

If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (annaleewhite), then you probably saw that Chris and I attended the Kentucky Derby this past weekend! It was our first time to actually go to the Derby - we normally just watch it on T.V., but this year we scored some tickets through one of Chris's brokers that he works with. Louisville is only a few hours away from Nashville, so it made for the perfect weekend getaway!

The Kentucky Derby is definitely an event worth attending if you ever get the chance. The dresses and hats are a show in itself! I was amazed at the fashion I saw - so many great dresses and fabulous hats. I kept it simple with a classic white dress and a standard floppy hat. I shopped around for a hat, but just couldn't bring myself to pay a lot of money for a hat that I would only wear once - because let's get real, where else are you going to wear a hat like this besides to the Kentucky Derby?! I decided a simple hat that I could wear again was the best option.

This dress is ah-mazing. I think it will be on repeat for me all summer. I plan on taking it on my beach trips for sure. I love that it can be dressed up or down - pair it will heels and statement earrings for a dressy look, or with a denim jacket and flats for a casual feel. Not to mention it is so lightweight, comfortable, and very affordable for a dress that will be a staple in your closet! And can we talk about these earrings?! I'm obsessed. I was so happy to find these online and instantly knew that I wanted them in turquoise. I love the pop of color they add to outfits!

We had so much fun watching the races (Chris was all about that betting), sipping on Mint Juleps and Lilies (another signature drink at the Derby that is pink, so of course, that was my drink of choice), and spending time with a few friends! Have you ever been to the Derby? I would love to hear your thoughts on it - I've heard that some people go and decide it's not for them. That was the opposite for me! I mean, what's not to love about pretty hats, pink cocktails, and cheering on a few horses? Thanks for stopping by!


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