Monday, August 14, 2017

CLASSIC STAPLES


Top: Anine Bing {the perfect boyfriend tee + so soft} | Denim: Levi's | Shoes: Valentino | Handbag: Chanel {dupe here} | Bralette: Anine Bing {my favorite} | Sunglasses: Cèline | Lips:  MAC Liner 'Stripdown' + MAC Lipstick 'Blankety'

For as long as I can remember, I've always loved a classic white tee + denim look.  No matter what my age or time of year, it's always so on point.  I have so many white tees that I love, all price ranges and some I love more than others, but I wanted to invest in one that would be my constant go-to.  A tee that was soft, comfortable, hit in all the right places, and could easily dress up or down a look.  Anine Bing is one of my all time favorite designers - I literally love every single piece she creates, from a classic tee to a silk slip dress.  So when I laid my eyes on this white tee, I knew it would be no different.  Timeless, comfortable, and sexy - all of my favorite things that Anine does so well.  

Much like tees, I have so many different pairs of denim that I love.  They're all on constant rotation, all different brands, fits, and washes, but there's just something about a classic Levi that's irreplaceable.  This pair is so perfect because of the high-waisted fit, classic pockets in the back, and slight flared hem at the bottom.  I posted this photo on instagram last night, because I LOVE the back of a Levi jean so much.  There's something so retro about it that gives me all the feels.  (P.S. - this isn't sponsored in any way, just two pieces I truly love and wear often!)

I hope you all had a great weekend!  We spent most of last week and this weekend in preparation to move and only have FOUR more days until we're officially in our new house!  There are so many things I can't wait for and we're spending all week (this week) celebrating the start of new adventures - cheers to that!

Thanks so much for stopping by, x.

Monday, August 7, 2017

SUEDE MINI + BELL SLEEVES












Top: Endless Rose {$60} | Skirt: Free People {only $60} | Handbag: Chanel {dupe here} | Shoes: Christian Louboutin {love these + these} | Sunglasses: Quay {$65} | Lips:  MAC Liner 'Stripdown' + MAC Lipstick 'Blankety'

Let me just start by saying that if I'm not in ripped jeans + a tee - I would want to LIVE in this outfit. Okay, possibly exchange these 140mm heels for flats, but other than that - obsessed.  I love that this top AND my skirt are both $60!  Such great closet staples for transitioning into Fall and so versatile.  I also just up'ed my mini skirt game by purchasing this in green and black!  Give me ALL the mini's for Fall!

I hope you all have a beautiful week and thanks so much for stopping by! x.

Friday, August 4, 2017

CUT OFFS + BUTTON DOWNS


Top: Cloth & Stone {similar here for less than $40} | Denim: One Teaspoon | Shoes: Raye | Handbag: Louis Vuitton | Sunglasses: Quay | Lips: MAC Liner 'Stripdown' + MAC Lipstick 'Blankety'

TGIF, babes - 

I hope you all had a great week!  I'm sorry I was a bit MIA, but our lives are ALL over the place right now!  We're in the home stretch though - only a couple more weeks of craziness and we'll be in the @thelovelycottage.  Be sure to follow along with our new instagram account to keep up with what's happening BTS!

This look is one of my favorites for a casual, yet chic outfit.  I love a classic, button-down top to wear anytime of year and even though I've had these OT cut off shorts forever, they're always a favorite.  Also, can we talk about these lace up sandals?!  The chunky heel makes them super comfortable and they come in 3-4 different colors, too!

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!  We're still celebrating J's birthday tonight with friends and then working at the new house all day on Saturday, so wish us luck!  What are you guys up to?  

Thanks so much for stopping by, x.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

NEUTRALS FOR FALL, UNDER $100



You guys.  Can we talk about the fact that it's 80 degrees and BEAUTIFUL here?  If I wasn't already, it has me craving ALL the Fall feels.  However, I'm fully aware that I live in the south and in 5 days, it'll be back to 105 degrees.  So, I'm always intentional about building my Fall wardrobe on three things: basics, neutrals (duh), and versatile pieces.  As I was making this collage for today, I couldn't help but hit 'check out' on every single one of these.  Yeah, I'm totally one of those people that has to walk the walk she's talking - in every aspect of life.

If you're anything like me, you live in work out clothes - even when you're not working out.  It's just so comfortable and easy to throw on and go.  So numbers 9 + 10 were a no brainer for me.  Aside from those, I LIVE in white denim year around, constantly throw on oversized sweaters with shorts and pants alike, die for anything camo OR army green in general, and love a chic statement piece (like this moto vest or romper) that instantly makes your whole look.  Needless to say, for the price point AND the functionality, you cannot go wrong with these neutral picks!

I hope you're all having a great week so far and thanks so much for stopping by! x.
-M

Monday, July 31, 2017

FABFITFUN FOR SUMMER


Hi there, babes - 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!  Ours was filled with road trips, friends + family dinners, and beautiful weather that felt like Fall.  On Friday, I received my first ever FabFitFun box after hearing so many amazing things about the subscription.  The box comes out each season, retails for $49.99 (with a value of over $200), and is filled with full-size fashion, beauty, fitness and lifestyle products.  The Summer box is full of a few of my favorite things, including a cozy, Michael Stars Ruana, bkr (glass) Water Bottle, and one of my favorite go-to's, Cargo Highlighter.  If you haven't already, use code 'LOVELY10' for $10 OFF your first box at FabFitFun!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

CURAÇAO #TRAVELWITHLOVELY


From the moment we got off the plane, Curaçao immediately stole our hearts!  The car service picked us up and we drove through the most beautiful city, right into the gates of the Santa Barbara Beach Resort.  Upon arrival, we were greeted by the nicest staff and immediately felt so welcome.  After a brief tour of the property, we checked into our suite and made ourselves at home!  With a stunning view of the water and five days of sunshine ahead of us, our hearts were happy to say the least.


After unpacking, we threw on our bikinis and headed straight for the water!  The beach and water in Curaçao can be summed up in one word: stunning.  I've seen so many beaches while traveling the last few years, and I can honestly say there's nothing like it.  The resort offers complimentary paddle boards and kayaks for adventuring out on the water + beach service that will bring you a 'Santa Barbara Sunset' and chicken quesadilla while doing so.  We spent most of our days relaxing while getting tan lines, ordering cocktails, and cooling off in the clear water!


Right beside the beach is a marina where boats are docking throughout the day.  When we needed to stretch our legs, we would take a walk down to the dock, swoon over all of the beautiful boats, and take in the beautiful scenery surrounding us.  


After a few hours on the beach each day, we looked forward to the breathtaking sunsets each night.  The cotton candy sky that reflected off the water night after night was by far one of my favorite 'highs' of the trip.


The resort has three different restaurants that are amazing, but they also offer 24 hour room service.  We were craving pizza so badly one night and decided to order in and dine in bed.  Pizza + cab is always our go-to, so we felt right at home!


On that same note, the breakfast was to DIE for!  We had the option of ordering room service or walking down to the nearby restaurant to dine outside, so we did both throughout the week.  Our room had a beautiful balcony, overlooking the water, so that was a lovely place to eat, too!  We constantly ordered the french toast, bacon, and fresh fruit - you all know pineapple + bacon is my jam.  


{swimsuit | ballcap (old)}

{choker tank | skirt (old) | sunglasses | Chanel earrings}


{lace top | shorts | sunglasses | Chanel handbag}

The best thing about the resort was how casual you could be all day and night.  We lived in our swimsuits and cut offs throughout the day and traded out our bikini tops for something a little dressier at night for dinner.



The views around the resort pretty much consist of two things - water and palm tress.  I wouldn't have it any other way!  It's such a refreshing feeling to walk out of your room to salty air, waves crashing, and palm trees blowing in the wind.  Even though it's hard to capture the beauty of the property, I was constantly stopping to snap photos.


Driving into the nearby town only takes about 25-30 minutes via taxi, so we wanted to see as much as we possibly could.  A couple of days during our trip, the resort arranged transportation for us and we were off to explore.  We tried to find all of the touristy spots to check off our lists, but ended up stumbling upon the cutest, little bar, full of locals who knew all the best spots.  This bar looked like something right out of 'Eat Pray Love' and ended up being our go-to spot all week.  After getting a few recommendations from the locals, we had new must-see spots on our list that we couldn't wait to hit up.  




 Between the beautiful views, sandy beaches, and endless drinks at the resort + exploring the town of Curaçao, we never wanted to leave.  I was fully prepared to call J and have him, Lola, and Gibson on the next flight out - I loved it THAT much.  McKenna and I had the best trip and can't wait to go back!

If you're interested in visiting Curaçao, the Santa Barbara Resort is offering For All Things Lovely readers a special promo code to get your 4th night FREE and a $300 Resort Credit towards food + drink!  All you have to do is book through THIS LINK and you're all set.  Trust me, you won't regret it for a second!

P.S. - I had a few questions on my travel outfit, so I wanted to link the details below!

{sweatshirt | shorts | sneakers | sunglasses | Louis Vuitton tote | hat | AWAY travel bag}

Thank you to Santa Barbara Resort for having us, our readers + followers for the recommendations while we were there, the locals we met that never led us astray, and my love, McKenna Bleu for being my favorite, girls trip travel partner!  

Thanks so much for stopping by, x.
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