Palm Springs Inspired Bachelorette Party

August 25, 2016

I've been talking about posting about my soon to be sister-in-law's adorable Bachelorette Party for WEEKS... and I finally did it!! Throwback Thursday style babyyyy :)

For real though, this weekend was so. freaking. cute
Ali has had a very clear vision for her Palm Springs wedding since even before my brother proposed (haha, truth time), but I honestly didn't realize how far we could take the theme until the planning really begun. Lucky for Ali, her sisters Dani and Jacquie got on the same wavelength real quick and found the most darling ways to make this bachelorette party perfect for this particular bride. Ummmm.... Jennie and Kate... I'm sorry I didn't do this good of a job at your parties. This is serious MOH MVP status right here. 
Mind. Blown.

First of all, the gift wrapping was on POINT. I loved Dani's idea for all of us to pitch in for collective gifts. Don't get me wrong, most people understand that Bachelorette Parties cost money, but it's certainly nice when they don't break the bank. And considering she's marrying my brother, I'm not super interested in buying her lingerie haha - but when you pool together everyone's budget, you can get the bride some really gorgeous pieces!! (Hint: Asos has an awesome selection!) I might blush at the thought of some of the typical bachelorette gifts, but as you guys know, I'm all for pretty little things.

In addition to gifts for her, she also had gifts for US! We all rocked these tanks and these cactus Mason Jars alllll weekend long. The cactus shot glasses might have been put to good use too... those of you who follow my snapchat probably caught on to that... 

(PS. My snapchat username is lakeshorelady - there's a dress on there right now that is DEF coming with me to Palm Springs!)

Oh and there were cactus margarita glasses, napkins, straws, stir sticks and cookies. Because, duh.

*Scroll down to the very bottom of this post to shop everything! I made it easy on ya ;)

Didn't hurt that we could take these (possibly spiked, shhh...) down to the beach. Bliss.

Ummmm I told you that homegirl doesn't mess around. How cute is her palm print dress???
Love her stir stick and sunglasses (yes, Dior knockoffs!), too! 

We all went pretty hard the first night so this flowy top was perfect for Day 2 while we recovered from all the partying, late night pizza and far too many Cheez-Its. Believe it, I went into full vaca mode that weekend!

There's that wrapping paper again. Heart eyes!

We ended the weekend with a gorgeous South Haven sunset. These pictures don't do it justice at all!

Who wouldn't want to hang out with the 'goon girls, sweatshirts and s'mores?! I mean, come ON.

Can't wait for the big day!


Want to throw a party like this for your pal (or yourself!)?! 
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Long Live White Pants

August 23, 2016

Top: Alice & Wonder (similar) // Sunglasses: Calvin Klein // Pants: Alice & Wonder (similar) // Shoes: ShoeMint (similar)

I don't know about you, but now that Labor Day is approaching, I want to wear my white jeans EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I'll admit, I love this pair the best (seen here), but if you're looking for a more affordable option than J Brand, this pair from Alice & Wonder definitely fits the bill.

And obviously, I'm obsessed with off-the-shoulder everything. Can this trend NEVER die, please?!

Maybe I'll even sneak this look in after Labor Day... you guys wouldn't judge me, right?! :)

Shop the look:

Photos by Iron & Honey

Summer '16 Update, V1

August 22, 2016

You guys! I'm an Aunt! LOOK AT THIS FACE!!!! AHHH!!!

That's right, my sister gave birth to a sweet baby boy last week and we are all SO excited to welcome him to the fam! I might have cried a few times when I met him... SHOCKER, I KNOW.

To be fair, I had never really held a newborn before - let alone one that my sister MADE (like, what?!). It's a completely different experience than meeting an acquaintance's 3 month old. This little guy was less than 2 days old when I met him, and I honestly couldn't get over how tiny he was. SO brand new... he doesn't even KNOW how many cute outfits I'm going to buy him ;)

Since this is such a special time for my sister and her little family, I don't want to overshare baby photos... but I thought this could be a fun time to do a quick summer update! SO much has been happening that I don't always post about - but it's all so happy!! I mean... wasn't she so cute with a baby bump?! 

This was at her baby shower back in June! I wore Elizabeth & James and she wore Kimi & Kai. There was so much excitement that day - and even more now that he's arrived!!

As many of you know, my brother is getting married this year, too! Lucky for us, we had visitors for Ali's bridal shower - including my favorite little cousins. MY HEART.

We have ZERO fun, clearly.

And don't worry, Ali's shower was adorable - as expected! It definitely got all of us excited for the big day - and I, for one, am so so proud to be a bridesmaid with these babes.
(*more on her bachelorette party soon!)

In addition to flying out for the shower, my Aunt also got to take my sisters ticket to the Adele concert. That concert was everything we wanted it to be, you guys. Seriously, her voice is unreal!

And to round out this version of a summer recap, I thought I'd throw it back to the beginning of summer when my good friend Kate flew out for my birthday. She's since gotten a yellow lab puppy that I'm DYING to meet... you know how I feel about puppies :)

So... what do you guys think of posts like this? Interested? Not interested? I want to know!

Green Smoothie Bowl [Cooking Video]

August 17, 2016
Good morning lovelies!! I'm not sure I've ever been this excited to share a Learn To Cook recipe video with you, because this is something that I make in my own kitchen all the time. As you guys know, I love me a good smoothie bowl, so the fact that one is now in video form makes my healthy heart oh so happy. Watch it below!

Did you see that consistency?! Frozen bananas are KEY for that, and the avocado helps make it super creamy. You can play with pretty much everything else though, based on what you're in the mood for each day! Scroll down for the combo in the video:

1/4 ripe avocado
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
3/4 cup frozen mango or pineapple
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup packed spinach or kale (or a mix!)
Toppings: blackberries, granola, dragon fruit, mangoes, etc.

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend on high until it's a nice smooth consistency. Top with hemp seeds, granola, coconut flakes, and (ALL of) your favorite fruits.

And dig in!

The Prettiest HP Computer from HSN

August 16, 2016

If you follow me on instagram stories or snapchat (lakeshorelady), you may have already seen this beauty, but... I want you all to meet my BEAUTIFUL NEW HP COMPUTER. Swoooon.
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