What’s In My Bag: Everyday Essentials

Everyday EssentialsSeeing the inside of a woman’s bag is like seeing the inside of her soul. Just kidding…kind of. I feel like seeing what someone carries in their bag is a good way to gauge their personality. For instance, whenever someone sees the inside of my bag they go “oh my gosh” because it’s extremely organized and everything has a place. I don’t keep excess gum wrappers or random receipts. My bag is organized and practical and I think definitely that mirrors my personality.

My Bag. Unlike my sister, I am not a bag person whatsoever. I have a small collection of bags and I just rotate them by season (sometimes) and that’s about it. The bag I’m currently using I got as a birthday present three years ago and it’s held up pretty well through the years. I use it every single day so it’s had a lot of wear and it looks brand new, minus some scratches and light fading. I have the Coach Legacy Leather Duffle (pictured above in black) in a dark cobalt blue color, which I believe is discontinued. This bag is great and I wish I got it in other colors while I still had the chance because I love it so much.

Planner. I need to have a planner to remember all the things I have going on like doctor appointments, family events, etc. I love the Moleskine Weekly Pocket Planner because it’s the perfect size and great quality.

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Nashville: Why I Love To Shop Local (And Some of My Favorite Shops)

Since moving to Nashville three years ago, I have completely changed the way I shop. I used to buy things simply because I liked the way the looked not thinking about what went into the making and selling of the garment. Now a lot more thought goes into my purchases, and I buy most of my clothing from local boutiques. Shopping local allows you to have a connection and build relationships with the owners and designers. It also enables you to help the local economy and find unique, one-of-a-kind items. In my post a couple months ago, 48 Hours in Nashville, I mentioned a few local stores that you must visit when you are in town. Here are five more stores to add to your must-see list:

via Nashville Guru

Little Luna Vintage is the newest of these five stores. It is located downtown near the historic Hermitage Hotel. The store is owned by Jessie Gonzalez who is only 23 years old! She grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and spent time studying under Sonny Lam, the creative director of shoes and accessories for Derek Lam in New York. She hunts yard sales, dusty junk stores, and thrift shops to find incredible garments that she often restores and reworks. I am in need of a fancy event to attend, because she has gorgeous dresses that you can rent just for a weekend. Her store is beautiful and trust me, you won’t leave empty handed.

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Emerson Grace is in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Nashville, 12 South. There are three stores in L.A., one in Portland and now one in Nashville. They carry men’s and women’s lines with a minimalist, contemporary style. You will find designers such as Rag and Bone, but also brands you couldn’t find in Nashville like Won Hundred. It is the perfect boutique for investment pieces, but you can also find some great deals on the sale rack.

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20 Great Brunch Recipes To Try

bagel bar brunchvia Camille Styles 

Brunch is the perfect meal, a single feast where breakfast, lunch and alcohol meet for hours, from morning and into the afternoon. Unfortunately, most restaurants only serve brunch on Sunday and sometimes Saturday, if you are lucky, but brunch, the best meal of the day, should be eaten much more often. Instead of being confined by the days restaurants choose to serve brunch, make your own spread because a life with brunch is just better.

Brunch can be broken down into five main categories: healthy, sweet, eggs, savory and alcohol, all of which should be equally represented. Here are some of my favorite recipes for each category.


Baked Oatmeal

Pesto Power Salad

Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Yogurt with Granola, Tropical Fruit and Crystallized Ginger


Cinnamon Swirl Banana Muffins

Apple Latkes

Blackberry Cobbler Waffles

Apple Cider Pancakes


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My First-Ever Makeup Class At Birchbox SoHo

Birchbox Sohovia The Cut

In my group of friends, instead of buying gifts for each other we plan a whole day of activities to do together based on the birthday girl’s interests. It’s a nice way for all of us to come together in the midst of our crazy schedules. A few weeks ago, we set up a makeup class at Birchbox SoHo for our friend Lauren. I’ve never taken a makeup class before so I was super excited and even more so for the fact it was at Birchbox! It was seriously so much fun, and we all learned great tips for applying makeup.

I love the idea of monthly subscriptions, mostly due to the fact I squeal every time I get mail. I’ve been a huge fan of Birchbox for a long time now but never got myself a subscription, so when I opened this year’s Christmas gift from my brother I was beyond excited. He gifted me a 6-month Birchbox subscription! I’ve gotten three boxes so far and I’ve used just about every product that was sampled. It is a great way to try out tons of items, especially because I wouldn’t even think to buy half the items I’m sent. It’s also worth mentioning that Birchbox packaging is absolutely stunning and it really adds to the whole experience.

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Hide A Bad Hair Day With A Scarf

I am currently growing out my pixie cut, and it is at that awkward stage. I have been wearing a lot of hair accessories to keep me from going crazy and cutting my hair short again. Although, I really don’t own many headbands or clips, so I have been using scarves. I love when items have multiple uses. Not only can scarves be tied many different ways to wear around your neck, scarves can be worn many different ways in your hair. Here are a few looks to try if you too are growing your hair out, haven’t washed it recently or are just having a bad hair day.

via Because I’m Addicted

via Hello Fashion

I love these two looks. They are probably the easiest, too. All you have to do is throw your hair in a messy bun, fold your scarf lengthwise and tie it around your head.

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6 Affordable Makeup Brushes Everyone Should Have In Their Collection

via The Glitter Guide

Having the right brushes can make all the difference in the world with your makeup application, but they don’t have to be expensive. These are my top six makeup brushes that every women needs in her collection. All of them are less than $9 each, so they won’t break your wallet!

1. A buffing brush is perfect for multiple tasks such as blending out flawless foundation application or applying bronzer to contour areas. A perfect brush for this is the Expert Face Brush from Real Techniques.

2. A flat eyeshadow brush can be used for an all-over eyelid color or used to apply an eyeshadow base. Also from Real Techniques, the Shading Brush is a great flat eyeshadow brush pick.

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6 Easy Ways To Bring Some Color Into Your Home

via Design Sponge

Spring is the perfect time to do a little home updating. Beyond the obvious spring cleaning, simple touches can revamp the whole space. I love whimsical fresh decorations, and adding small pops of color is the perfect way to brighten up a home for the spring and summer months.

Incorporating a splash of color in a plain room is an awesome way to bring life to a basic space. Even a slight change will give your mood a boost and look like a total transformation. I love my small apartment, but if I didn’t have some bright decorations to look at through the dreary months, I’d go crazy staying in as much as I do. Here are some ideas for simple additions of color that will instantly enhance your space.

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