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Summer is officially upon us, it’s time to pull our items out of storage and to embrace all of the wonderful summer clothing options! White is one of my favorite colors to wear in the warmer months. There’s nothing like a crisp, white shirt, dress, jeans, pair of sneakers- you name it! I’m a sucker for it. I’ve put together a list of some great white options for everyone that you can mix, match and rewear all summer long. Go bold for a ful white on white ensemble or just play with your accessories with pops of white. No matter your comfort level, there’s something for you! In case you missed it, I did an entire white denim guide that you can check out here!
What’s your favorite color to wear in the summer? Still shopping for more? Let me know if I can help by leaving a comment below.
Thanks to J.Crew for collaborating with me on this post.
Writing this makes my heart sing because I have officially fallen in love with J.Crew all over again. Growing up, I always loved their styles but their sizing was inconsistent, I would sometimes leave the store feeling defeated. In recent years, they did a major overhaul of their sizing, including expanding their size range. I have to say, everything has been ON POINT lately and I couldn’t imagine stepping into summer without some of their styles! I’ve featured a few other J.Crew looks here, here and here to see if you like them and it seems like the feelings are mutual. Today, I decided to try something new and step out in these blue linen pants!
If we’re being honest, I’m new to the wide leg pants trend. I love that this pattern has black and white in it so you can easily pair a white button down or a black tee with it, depending on your vibe! I paired them with this white blouse, these earrings, the comfiest sandals ever and this clutch!
Wearing my usual size 14 / large in everything and I’d say everything fits very true to size.
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Would you rock this look? Can’t wait to hear your thoughts below!
Thanks again to J.Crew for collaborating with me on this post.
After years of using the products and talking about them on social media, I am SO excited to be partnering up with my friends over at Opalescence™ to give a greater look into how I keep my teeth so white. It all started a few years ago when my family discovered their whitening products at the dentist. Their whitening trays are designed to stay in contact with the teeth to oxidize the molecules that cause discoloration, without coming into contact with soft tissue. We all became quickly obsessed—so much so that we started purchasing the whitening trays for each other for holidays, no joke! The love affair continued when I learned more about their other product offerings, specifically their toothpaste.
Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste™
was developed as an easy and effective way to maintain a bright, white smile. It removes surface stains, but more importantly, helps strengthen teeth with its unique formula. It’s safe for everyday use with its very low abrasiveness, it has been proven to remove surface stains to lighten teeth two shades in just one month. It is also gluten free and kosher certified, so it conforms to the dietary requirement of people from many backgrounds. It is also the only Ultradent product that is available for consumers to order online and there’s always free shipping!
You can order it here and use CARALYN for a discount off of your order.
at-home whitening product Opalescence Go™ trays:
My absolute favorite professional alternative to over-the-counter whitening options. The trays are easy to use and a great-tasting way to start a whitening treatment or to use for whitening touch-ups. I like to use them right after a trip to the dentist and monthly, as needed for touch ups. With no impressions or custom trays necessary, you can use Opalescence Go™ right out of the package. The trays conform to the shape of your mouth by using your own body temperature. They come in two different options: Mint and Melon flavors and two different strengths: 10% (wear for 30–60 minutes for 5 to 10 days) and 15% (wear for 15–20 minutes for 5 to 10 days until desired whiteness.) I prefer the Mint and wear them for the full time. When I first started using the trays, I’d wear them for the lowest amount of time to ensure I wouldn’t have any sensitivity. Everyone is affected differently so be sure to talk to your dentist about which option would be best for you.
To learn more about the whitening products, click here!
You can purchase the whitening trays through your dentist, their only authorized retailers.
So that’s the secret behind how I keep my teeth pearly white! I’m a true believer in Opalescence™, as I’ve said I’ve been using them for 4+ years now and I know you will love the products too!
Have any questions about the products? Feel free to leave them below!
Thanks again to Opalescence™ for collaborating with me on the post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Photos by Ryan Kell
Growing up in Upstate, NY (Buffalo - to be exact), I’ve always considered myself a New Yorker. Due to the nature of my career path, I’ve been traveling in and out of New York City alone for 9+ years… NYC is my second home and while I may not have true roots there, I have some incredible friends and favorite places that I like to visit whenever I’m there. Every now and then, I get requests for my tips and suggestions on New York City so I’ve decided to finally put together a blog post for it. I hope you enjoy! I will definitely be updating it as I experience more.
There are three airports surrounding NYC that will get you there, depending on what city you’re coming from you can find different routes / deals. From Buffalo, I usually fly on JetBlue to JFK Airport (JFK). You can also fly to LaGuardia Airport (LGA) or Newark Airport (EWR). Depending on time of day and where in Manhattan you’re going, it can take between 30min - 2 hours to get into the city.
If you’re coming from JFK, you can take a yellow taxi/Uber/Lyft (apx. $75) into Manhattan. If you’re looking to save some money, you can take the AirTrain ($5 upon exiting) to either the subways ($2.75) or the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) (between $7-10 to Penn Station depending on the time of day). It may seem overwhelming but trust me, it’s not that bad! People are usually pretty friendly in case you need to ask for help. I also use Google Maps and it gives you step by step directions of where you need to go.
If you’re coming from LGA, I usually just take a Uber/Lyft. I’ve only flew in/out of Newark a few times and pretty sure I took an Uber/Lyft from the PATH train. Definitely check out the airport websites and your hotel address prior to leaving so you have an idea of where you’re going! Under no circumstances should you get into any car with anyone that comes up to you and offers you a ride. Only use ride sharing apps or get into the taxi lines.
WHERE TO STAY
I’ve been all around Manhattan, the surrounding boroughs and Jersey. What area you want to stay is truly preference. When I’m there for vacation, I like staying in Midtown East because it’s so convenient from the airport and it’s easy to get around. You’re smack dab in the middle/ left side so you can easily go north, south and west from there. It’s also close enough to a lot of attractions (more on that later). However, you can’t really go wrong staying in Manhattan, it really just depends on what you’re going to be doing / seeing. I’ve also stayed in Long Island City and Jersey City (which can be more affordable options). I don’t usually stay anywhere fancy (I’m all about those Marriott / Hilton points) but here are some of my suggestions:
Royalton New York - trendy, authentic NYC experience, we stayed here for 1 night on our honeymoon.
Courtyard by Marriott New York Manhattan / Midtown East - not anything fancy but it’s clean, they’re nice there and it’s super close to the subways and my favorite bagel shop!
1 Hotel Brooklyn - never stayed over but I’ve been to a few events here. If you want to splurge and get an incredible view of Manhattan, it’s worth checking out.
You can also check out HotelTonight, Hotels.com and other booking sites to get deals.
WHERE TO EAT + DRINK
NYC has some of the BEST food options in the world so you may want to be thoughtful about your meal choices while you’re there, rather than just stumbling on the nearest restaurant.
Here are some of my favorite places:
BREAKFAST / BOOZY BRUNCH
Essa Bagel - The Half Pint (boozy brunch) - Bubby’s - Agave (need reservations like 2 weeks in advance) - Crooked Knife - Tavern 29 - Essex - Sons of Essex - Sarabeth’s
LUNCH / DINNER
Sit down: Aunt Jakes - Don Antonio’s - Marta - Wayfarer - Korali - The Meatball Shop - Ribalta - Rosa Mexicano - Fig & Olive -
Quick eats: The Nugget Spot - The Plaza Food Hall - Eataly - Sweetgreen - Le Pain Quotidien
The Kimberly Hotel - The Plaza Hotel’s The Palm Court - The Capital Grille (get a Stoli Doli) - Last Light at Sister City - Boom Boom Room - Please Don’t Tell (call at 3pm that day to make a reservation) - Employees Only - ART Nomad
WHAT TO DO
There’s SO much to do in NYC, it really depends on your preference and what you want to do! You can shop until you drop, sightsee, people watch, see a show, the options are endless. If this is your first time in the city, you may want to map out the locations / spots that you want to hit and plan your day / meals around that. You can also pick a place to start and walk/wander around, it’s very easy to get around in NY.
The Chelsea Markets - The High Line - Westfield World Trade Center - 9/11 Memorial (very somber but extremely well done) - Liberty Island - South Street Seaport - Rockefeller Plaza- Top of the Rock - St. Patrick’s Cathedral - Times Square (something to see but VERY crowded/touristy) - see a show on Broadway (Theatre District) - shopping on 5th Ave - Central Park (check out Literary Park) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Bryant Park - Little Italy / Chinatown - Washington Square Park - DUMBO, Brooklyn (great view of Manhattan)
OTHER TIPS + TRICKS
A couple other helpful resources can be found here:
Miles Away Podcast: You'll learn about the neighborhoods, hear about a handful of the most iconic — and points-friendly — hotels, Paul McCartney's favorite pizza spot and our own restaurant recommendations.
Download Google Maps + The NYC Subway app get navigate easily around town.
Are there any places that I missed? Would love to hear any recommendations! I will definitely keep this updated. In case you’re looking for more travel tips be sure to check out my travel section here!
Very excited to be able to collaborate with QVC, I’d like to thank them for compensating this post! As the temperatures continue to rise, it’s time to shed the layers and reveal our best dressed selves. I’ve recently discovered all of the offerings at QVC and I have to say, I’m quite impressed, especially with how size inclusive they are! Any other QVC lovers out there? You know I am a full blown jumpsuit queen so I thought it would be fun to try out a few styles that caught my eye, all perfect for a day to night event.
Which one do you like best?
This jumpsuit feels like you’re wearing pajamas- SERIOUSLY the most comfortable thing I’ve put on my body that is acceptable for wearing all hours of the day. It comes in 3 colors and sizes XXS-3X. I’m wearing an XL!
If you’re a gal who loves a wide and cropped pant or even if you’ve never tried, now is the time! I find them to be so flattering on all different body types. This fabric is stretchy so it’s very comfortable and breathable. It comes in three different colors and runs from XS-3X, I’m wearing an XL!
How adorable is this romper? I love that it has a wrap front so if you’re nervous about the fabric riding up, the extra flap of fabric makes it look like a dress with the added comfort of shorts! This one also comes in three different prints and sizes XXXS-3X. I’m rocking the Black Multi in an XL. As shown with this KUT from the Kloth Amelia Lightweight Denim Jacket, also wearing size XL.
Which one is your favorite? Leave your thoughts below!
I couldn’t resist, I scooped up a few more options that I will be working into my summer wardrobe. Be sure to tune into my stories to hear more about them.
Thanks again to QVC for compensating this post and working with me! All thoughts an opinions are completely my own. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts below.
Hello, my friends! Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a lot of fun putting together special occasion shopping guides for you for jumpsuits for all occasions, wedding guest / special occasion dresses and casual/ everyday dresses. But today is all about celebrating the weekend, kicking back and RELAXING! I’m excited to show you my ALL TIME favorite loungewear items + essential basics. Can a girl ever have too many pieces of comfy clothing? I think not. Feel free to click the links below to shop!
My go-to brands for all things comfy:
Wishing you a fabulous weekend full of lounging! Did you like this post? Please leave a comment below with any suggestions or questions you may have! Thanks for stopping by. xx
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As warmer temps begin, it’s time to shift into dress season! Now before jumpsuits, dresses were my one true love. They’re just so easy! You throw them on, feel fabulous and get on with your day. I’ve found a bunch of my favorite casual styles that are easy and casual for the weekend but many of them can be dressed up for the work week. Pair them with sandals, flats or heels. If you’re looking for shoe inspiration, you can check out my spring shoe shopping guide! Be sure to tune into my IG stories to see some of these dresses on.
dresses featured in stories:
shop all everyday dresses:
I’ve done my best to include my typical sizing/ what I’d order in each brand as well.
still want more? These are my go-to stores for dresses
Abercrombie, American Eagle, ASOS, J Crew, J Crew Factory, LOFT, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy
looking for fancier dresses?
Check out my wedding guest dress post
Loving these looks? Looking for something? Feel free to leave a comment below.
undergarments I’d recommend:
I typically wear a size large in these, could not recommend Spanx enough! Be sure to check out their different levels of support and all of their different rises.
Well, my friends it is FINALLY spring. It’s time to level up your look with warmer temps and big events with looks from Express. I’m excited to partner up with them again this month to show you my leveled up look. In case you missed my previous posts, you can check them out here and here.
My friends at Express were kind enough to offer and exclusive code just for my readers, $25 Off $100 in-store and online using ring code (8129) It expires 05/15/2019 so act fast!. Terms and conditions apply, view here.
This season is all about bold colors, bright florals, utility details, and new proportions that can take you into every event on your calendar. From festivals, to weddings, to vacation, it’s time to finally get outside and play in the best Express looks. Many of you have been asking for workwear options and I’ve never rocked a pantsuit before in a bold / bright print so I jumped at the opportunity to do so.
SIZING DETAILS: I am wearing a size large in everything shown here and I have to say, everything runs TTS (true to size) if not, a little big. If in between sizes, size down! I’m a big fan of the brand, especially because they have become more size inclusive! I’ve found the best luck with sizing option online so if you’re a little unsure, order a bunch of sizes online and return to store.
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It’s SPRING BREAK TIME, baby! I am SO ready for a vacation. We usually go away around Easter and escape to somewhere warm. My skin is craving the sun. I thought it would be fun to switch things up this week and share my vacation style. If we’re being honest, I really wanted this one to be all about shorts but truthfully, I haven’t found enough pairs that I LOVE to do a whole post about them. It’s important for me to share quality pieces at all price points and I didn’t want to force it. So this week, pack with me! The places we are going is pretty casual / laid back but I’ve got some great basics and items that are great and will last me throughout the summer months! Be sure to to tune into my IG Story to see the looks on, it will also be saved as a highlight.
Look 1: Travel Outfit
Look 2: Daytime/Dinner Outfit
More shorts I bought + liked:
Look 4: Beach Bar Ready
Look 7: Beach Festival Ready
A few other items:
I hope you enjoyed this week’s #TryOnConfidential! Let me know your thoughts or suggestions below!
Today’s #TryOnConfidential on my IG stories features one of my absolute FAVORITE closet staples… the jumpsuit/romper. I wasn’t always a “Jumpsuit Kween” but I adapted the trend a little over a year ago and I’ve never looked back. Why do I love them so much? Funny you ask. I actually love them because they are easy to throw on, you can INSTANTLY look polished and stay comfortable. I also love that I don’t have to wear shorts underneath to prevent any chafing situation. So basically, it’s my lazy girl hack for looking chic and staying comfortable.
I’ve gone ahead and divided them by categories, but if you prefer to view them all you can just scroll to the bottom to see everything. Many items are on sale so be sure to stock up for every occasion. Would love to hear your thoughts or any questions below!
My go-to brands:
for all things jumpsuits and my typical sizing in each brand. For reference I’m a true size 14 and 5’8.5 (175cm)
Eliza J (size 14) - LOFT (size large) - J Crew (size 14) - ModCloth (size XL) - Maggy London (size 14) - Old Navy (size large) - Gap (size large) - Vince Camuto (size XL)
Jumpsuits/Rompers Shown in Stories By Order Shown:
or you can shop by occasion
for weddings, parties , more formal events
Work and weekend friendly
The comfiest of options
for the brides or anyone looking for a modern update to the monochromatic look
view all and more:
Shape wear for jumpsuits:
I own two pairs of capri length shape wear, this ensures that you won’t see a line on your thigh from typical short length shape wear. All of the below styles are lightweight but supportive so that you’ll stay comfortable all day long!
In honor of Women's Empowerment Month, I’ve teamed up with Express to share what makes me feel confident and secure to take on whatever challenge that may lie ahead. What we wear tells the story of our ambition, it’s important to reflect that positively. I’m typically one to always gravitate towards a dress or jumpsuit (one thing to put on bc… lazy) but today I’ve challenged myself to step outside of my comfort zone and try a bold pant moment! I styled these pants with a grey suede moto jacket, light top, classic nude strapped heels and a gold hoop. When I take risks with a particular style, I like to keep the rest of my look pretty simple.
sizing details + discount code:
I’m fairly new to shopping Express but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by their size inclusive collection lately and how consistent their sizing is. I purchased a large/14 in everything and it all ran very true to size. I had a lot of fun shopping for this bold look, I hope you do too. They were kind enough to offer you gals $25 Off $100 in-store and online and expires 4/15/19 using code 8129. Terms and conditions apply, see link here:
shop this look below:
Would you rock this look? Would love to hear in the comments below if you’ll be shopping it. Don’t forget about that discount code! Use code 8129 for $25 Off $100 in-store and online and expires 4/15/19.
Terms and conditions apply, see link here:
Thanks to Express for collaborating with me on this post. All photos by Ryan Kell.