Spring Break Staples

Spring Break Staples

I really hate complaining about the weather, especially considering that Baltimore hasn’t been hit that hard, but I’m ready to retire my Bean boots for the season. I guess I should also stop using the term ‘spring break’ now that I’ve graduated and such a thing doesn’t exist in the real world. Something that does exist? Vacation days. My girlfriends and I are heading to warmer climates next month, and I’ve already began packing my bags.

When it comes to tropical trips, I make sure that I have a few versatile coverups that I can rotate throughout the week. I’m obsessed with this pineapple kaftan and know that it will become a staple. While I usually limit my shoe options to my favorite pair of flip flops (I just bought an extra pair while they’re 40% off!) and dressy wedges, I almost always fill half of my suitcase with bathing suits. I buy most of mine from Swell because they offer a wide variety and have a great sale section. I also just discovered these whimsical pouches that are perfect for storing the necessities at the beach–cell phone, sunglasses, lip balm, sunscreen, candy (I never travel without a stash of Sour Patch Watermelons)–and can be easily thrown into a larger tote. The only problem is that I can’t decide between the ice cream cone and the dream waves…both are so cute!

coverup // bathing suit // sandals // lip gloss // ice cream pouch // book // nail polish // straw hat

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Cut and Blowout with Hair Cuttery

IMG_8242Most days of the week, my hair is tied back into a ponytail, so I hadn’t realized how long it had grown and how desperately I needed a trim. I stopped in a nearby Hair Cuttery the other day for a cut and blowout to freshen up my look. Before heading to the salon, I scrolled through the #MyHCLook feed, a new feature on Hair Cuttery’s blog, to get inspiration from others. I wanted to keep my length, but added several angles to help frame my face and more layers to create texture. Along with a new hairstyle, I’ve also been bringing brighter pieces to the forefront of my closet, like this peach sweater (currently on sale, plus an extra 25% off). I’ve been living in cozy knits and working from bed as much as possible to avoid the frigid temperatures, but it’s clear that spring is nowhere in sight.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hair Cuttery. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Presidents’ Day Sales


Along with much of the region, I’m gearing up for the impending snow storm that’s expected to hit Baltimore. I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be parked on the sofa for the rest of the night enjoying a few guilty pleasures: a glass of wine while watching The Bachelor and undoubtedly a little online shopping. I’ve highlighted some of the best President’s Day Sales below, and you can also scroll through the widget to shop the items that I’m adding to my cart.

J.CREW // 25% off all orders of $125 or more

NORDSTROM // Save up to 40% on sale items

GAP // 40% off your entire purchase

LOFT // 50% off select seasonal styles

KATE SPADE // 25% off all sale items

ASOS // 20% off your entire purchase

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