My Favorite Gold Hoops

My Favorite Gold Hoops

The Best Hoops to Update Your Accessory Game

I have totally jumped on the gold hoop train thanks to Luv AJ. A friend asked me for help finding some under $100 the other day so I thought I would link you all to some of my favorites! I have both the Amalfi and the Baby Amalfi Hoops from Luv AJ (linked below) + a really awesome pair from an artist in Asbury Park (similar to the Cloverpost earrings in the links.) Both the Amalfi hoops are super light-weight and the clasp have held up really well so far!

All the Hoops! 

Gold hoops have become the last minute piece I add to most of my outfits to make them feel a bit more put-together lately. Added bonus being that they make my sloppy ponytail/bun look intentional 😀 P.S. smoorelovin makes commission for purchases or clicks made through these links.

What to Wear on a Summer Camping Trip | Packing List

What to Wear on a Summer Camping Trip | Packing List

I love camping. I grew up going on backpacking trips where you avoided bringing anything unnecessary because if you brought it, you were carrying it. Last week’s camping trip was way more tame and because we drove to our spot, we could bring whatever we wanted (we even had access to a kitchen and bathroom for part of it :).) When you’re not used to camping, knowing what to bring can be tough – especially if you are new to camping at high altitudes. Here is a list of what I brought (or similar items) on our three day camping trip in Colorado to help you out. You can shop my picks at the bottom of the post!

  • Sweatshirt – Have a light-weight sweatshirt on hand for when the sun begins to go down.
  • Protective eye wear – it is super important to wear sunnies with full UVA/UVB protection. If you can, always opt for polarized lenses.
  • Sports Bra – Because you aren’t showering, having access to a clean sports bra and underwear each day can make you feel like a brand new lady. Take advantage!
  • T’s & Tanks – Like with the sports bra, having a fresh shirt for each day can make a world of difference. Bring something loose fitting and comfortable that you can move around in.
  • Sneakers – Have your favorite sneakers on hand. They are great to have on when you are setting up your tent and less likely to notice trees/etc that you might stub your toe on. Be prepared for them to get dirty.
  • Hydroflask – I am obsessed with my Hydroflask water bottle. Obviously any water bottle will do – the important part is that you stay hydrated. I do love that My Hydroflask keeps my water cold all day, though.
  • Swim suit – I recommend going for a sporty cut. If you are camping near a lake, you will likely hike around a bit and you don’t want to have to worry about things popping out of place when you are climbing along!
  • Fleece – A heavier sweatshirt will be your saving grace once night sets in. I love my Patagonia fleece for camping, plus I practically live in it throughout the winter.
  • Sweatpants/Yoga Pants – These are another night time necessity. You’ll want something warm and snuggly to put on for when you sit around the camp fire.
  • Sturdy Denim – I bring one pair of pants and one pair of shorts in the sturdiest denim I have. This way I know when I am wearing them multiple days in a row back-to-back they will hold up.
  • Sunscreen – This goes along with the protective lenses. Always opt for the higher SPF, the higher you are the closer you are to the sun and its’ damaging rays.

The most important thing to remember is that you want to have layers available. When you are at a high altitude, the temperature changes at the drop of a hat, and you can really tell a difference once the sun goes down. What are your favorite items to bring along on hikes and for camping?

 

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My Tiny Secret Garden | Small Space Solutions For An Outdoor Retreat

My Tiny Secret Garden | Small Space Solutions For An Outdoor Retreat

It’s been a while since I gave my last home update, so I thought I would share my small patio makeover with you! Anyone who lives in a a city knows the value of outdoor space and this Colorado girl is desperate to maximize every last bit of it. The biggest compromise I made when buying a house was opting for a smaller back patio in favor of having a bit more indoor space. Older Philly rowhomes are all set up pretty similarly and if they have been renovated, the contractors tend to opt in to reducing the size of the patio by about 3 feet to get extra kitchen room. Check out how I have been able to take advantage of every last inch of my tiny Outdoor Retreat.It took two try’s for me to get a setup in my back patio area that really worked for me, but it’s honestly an ever-evolving space. Last year was my first summer in my house, and I moved in with close to no furniture. What I did have was an outdoor picnic set because my last place had a gigantic roof deck. Before running out and buying a new set, I put what I had to use and gave myself time to adjust to the space and better understand what I’d like the functions of it to be.

Patio Furniture I Started With

  1. A large Fire Pit
  2. An ÄPPLARÖ Picnic Table with Two Benches and the potential to seat 12
  3. 6 Large Pots
  4. 6 Medium Pots
  5. 4 Folding Chairs

Going into my outdoor space, I knew there wasn’t enough room for the picnic table. I actually used that as my dining table for about a year and a half. What would fit was two of the ÄPPLARÖ sectionals. I also wanted to build a taller planter for additional garden space. I made a trip to Lowes for the lumber and a trip to Ikea for the chairs and I was all set. While at Ikea, I also picked up two ÄPPLARÖ Wall panels to make the cinder block wall a little more attractive.

The first summer, I used the sectional, fire pit, 2 folding chairs, plus all of the pots to house a container garden. I also found a couple of copper vertical planters to hang on the wall panels. Once I had the taller planter built, I used the scrap pieces to make a table top to put on top of the fire pit when it wasn’t in use (both pictured above.)

I learned pretty quickly that this setup was great for one summer but definitely wasn’t my long-term solution. Overall, the planters weren’t the best use of space. With such a limited outdoor area I was using too much room with the containers and the fire pit was nice but was too low for me to put my computer on when I worked outside. It was also not the greatest set up for eating out there, especially when I had guests over!

I put together a list of a few key things that would make the space a million times more usable for me:

  1. A real table where I could set my computer up when I work outside
  2. A smaller fire pit for the fall
  3. Better use of vertical space for plants so they don’t take over all the floor space

The Big Reveal

I added a third seat to the sectional and got a small table to place the folding chairs I already had around. I also grabbed a few hanging planters to add to the metal fence so that I could still have tons of plants without using all of the ground space up. I spray painted the pots copper and the hangers black. I emptied the larger pots I used last summer and flipped them to use as side tables for the sectional. The cinder block wall got a custom planter to cap it off too, I picked up some lumber at Lowe’s and used small cuts of 2×4’s to give some visual interest to thebase. Once all the plants were potted, it made for a pretty wonderful space! This small patio makeover has continued to evolve into the magical outdoor space that I always wanted 🙂

Long term goals

  • I still want to find a small fire pit or chiminea to use as the nights get cooler.
  • I am going to do an Isaiah Zagar inspired mosaic mural on the cinderblock wall. I think having some color and light bouncing around back there will be really beautiful!
  • Suuuper long term goal is to have the fence redone in wood, but this one requires a pretty significant financial investment and I’m just not there at this point 🙂
Bell Sleeves & Cut-offs | My Favorite Transition Piece for Summer to Fall

Bell Sleeves & Cut-offs | My Favorite Transition Piece for Summer to Fall

How many of you do a full wardrobe swap from season to season? Like full blown pull-out-the-storage-bins and pack away a passing season’s clothing? I’m willing to bet, aside from a few very season specific pieces (think sweaters and shorts,) you are like me and don’t do much of a swap because you don’t have enough clothes for that to make sense and you lack the extra storage space.

I try to use each item in my closet in as many ways as I can. Layering T’s and tanks with sweaters and jackets and dresses when it’s cold. Adding a long sleeve under a kimono in the winter to make it less beach-y and more cozy. All of these tricks are great, but it’s also nice to have a few pieces that transition effortlessly from season to season. This bell sleeve button up definitely checks that box for me. One of my favorite rules of thumb when I am thinking about buying something is to be sure I can wear it with at least three different items in my closet. For example, when I bought this shirt, I envisioned it with:

  1. My favorite super flared pants + platform boots in the fall
  2. Cut-offs and lace up sandals on mild summer days
  3. Tied (think Britney in Hit Me Baby One More Time video) over a fitted black cotton dress

Shirt: One Teaspoon | Shorts: UNIF | Shop the look at the end of the post

I love the volume in the sleeves and the length of the shirt overall. When I’m wearing this baggy of a top with shorts I do a half tuck to give the outfit a little shape. I style it differently with pants depending on the type of pants I wear. With super tight pants, I tend to keep the button up completely un-tucked and with baggier pants I tuck the front in and leave the back un-tucked. These simple switches give one shirt so much versatility and make it fun to wear over and over again. Being able to wear this shirt repeatedly without getting bored with it is the key that makes this such a great transition piece. 

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Little Black Romper | An Easy to Live-In Summer Staple

Little Black Romper | An Easy to Live-In Summer Staple

With every season comes the need to select a few favorites from your closet that you know you can put on when last minute plans pop-up. We all know and love the trusty LBD, no use in killing a classic right? I say wrong! Well, sort of. I have a couple LBDs that I have on standby for nicer occasions, but when it comes to summer, I want an alternative that’s a little more playful and that I know I can move around in without flashing everyone the second I bend over. Enter the Little Black Romper. Keep reading for my style tips, and shop my favorite black rompers at the bottom <3

 

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How I Styled It

This romper has been a favorite of my for two summers now, but it certainly didn’t start out that way. I bought it on clearance without trying it on and was a little bummed out the first time I did. It was loose and baggy in the worst ways – and you know that is typically my favorite kind of outfit. With the low slung arm-holes and the deep v, plus the leg holes that were a smidge too small for my thighs, I looked like I was wearing a wrestling uniform that was too big. I put it in my closet and tried it on 3 or 4 more times over the course of a few months before I finally found a way to wear it. Adding the black belt to give me a shape again changed the way I saw the romper. Now the pockets were near my hips, where extra volume makes sense, and some of the extra fabric can be moved around to give me room up top or on bottom depending on what I wear underneath. I chose a pretty lace bralette to keep things covered without adding any extra layers (summer gets hot, man!) Finally I’m wearing my favorite beaded tropical slides, they are my pop of color to help give a little oomph to all the black.

Romper: One Teaspoon | Bralette: Free People | Belt: Madewell | Sandals: Steve Madden | Shop the look at the end of the post 🙂

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Getting Glam | My Favorite Wrap Dress for Feeling Like Old Hollywood

I originally bought this wrap dress from one of the Reformation end of season sales as my go-to wedding attire, not taking into account that, “Oh hey Sarah, nude is kinda similar to white and you probably shouldn’t wear that.” Needless to say, it has never seen a wedding but it has seen a lot of really beautiful days and fun events!

Sunnies: RAEN | Dress: Reformation | Bralette: Unknown | Sandals: Dolce Vita | Shop the look at the end of the post 🙂

One of my favorite things about this dress is that it gives a sexy twist to the classic wrap dress. The low cut front is super dramatic and eye-catching and is also really fun to accessorise. I have layered this wrap dress over tanks and t’s for more casual outings or dressed it up with extra sparkly lariat necklaces when I want to make it super fancy.

Here I decided to land somewhere in between – understated but sexy. To help cut the impact of the deep v neck, I wore a cute white bralette with lace detailing. Side story – I bought this bralette at a boutique in Nashville a couple years ago. It is literally the greatest bralette of all time, it’s thick enough that you don’t nip out and actually feel secure but has the comfort of…well, a bralette. MAJOR DOWNSIDE, the brand name faded off the label the first time I washed it so I have no idea what the brand is to find them and buy more 🙁 Anyway, back to the wrap dress – I didn’t want to detract from the subtle beauty of the lace so i skipped a necklace and wore these lovely gold earrings for some shine. To keep everything understated I opted for nude slides. To top everything off I added these dramatic sunnies, they have a total old-hollywood vibe, no?

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