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    5 Casual Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

     Not-so-fun-fact: Jordan HATES Valentine’s Day. In fact, I’ve had so many other people tell me that their significant others do as well. (It most likely has something to do with the pre-set menus and the pressure to produce some amazing romantic gesture.) We usually pick a weeknight or the weekend before to eat at our favorite restaurant – something a little more low-key. So I thought I would put together a few casual Valentine’s Day date ideas for anyone looking for alternate options to the typical three-course dinner.

    And I’ve also teamed up with Sofft to put together a casual Valentine’s Day outfit idea with their Somers slip-on sneaker. What I love about this shoe is your ability to wear it with basically everything! (I’m typing this post now wearing yoga pants and my Somers.) And look how cute it is with white jeans and a little off-the-shoulder top – perfect for a weekend date with your other half!

    See more of the blush Somers in this slip-on sneaker recap + this travel bucket list post.

    Ps. If you haven’t already, remember to enter the Somers giveaway happening right now over on Instagram!


    See 5 Casual Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in today’s post!


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    My 2017 Travel Bucket List + Giveaway

    Just in time for my trip to Charleston today, I’m sharing my travel bucket list for 2017! (Ps. Who books a flight with a layover in Houston on Super Bowl Sunday when the game is in Houston? I digress.) I’ve also teamed up with Jenn from Haute Off the Rack and Sofft Shoes to give away the perfect travel shoe later today, the Somers slip-on sneaker! I love this shoe so much that have it in both last year’s tan and this year’s pretty blush color – also seen in this slip-on sneaker post!

    Look out for a special giveaway Instagram post tonight at 8 p.m. CST for instructions on how to enter to win a pair of Somers for you and your bestie!

    I’ve been so fortunate to have such travel flexibility the past few years, and it’s been one of my favorite parts of this blogging adventure. As a content creator, I find so much inspiration in the places that I visit, and creating content around cities with rich history always keeps me motivated. I thought it would be fun to make a list of all of the places that I’d like to travel to this year and why. (Some of these are already scheduled trips and some I’m hoping to make official.) Would love to hear your must-see places and what is on your  travel bucket list for this year!


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    Gym Bag Beauty Products | Friday Favorites

    Because this whole working-out-every-morning thing is so new to me – I’ve had a few things to learn along the way. One of them being – do NOT go run errands after spin class because you WILL see everyone you now in the process. Rookie mistake. To save face during errand runs and literally save my face from breakouts, I’ve come up with a list of my favorite post-workout beauty essentials. They fall into five different categories of gym bag beauty products for those days you want to go from barre to brunch.

    From face-cleansing wipes to hair refresh sprays, you’ll also find a few necessary post-gym makeup essentials like light-coverage skin tints. Because the last thing you want to do after sweating is cake on a thick foundation. What are your gym bag heros? I’d love to get some suggestions and hear your favorite on-the-go favorites! #beautygamestrong


    See all of my favorite gym bag beauty products in today’s post!


    Gym Bag Heroes | Post workout beauty essentials to take you from barre to brunch! | Gym Bag Beauty Products



    Gym Bag Heroes | Post workout beauty essentials to take you from barre to brunch! | Gym Bag Beauty Products



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    16 Spring Dress Styles Worth Swooning Over | Wednesday Wishlist

    I think it’s safe to say that no matter where you live right now, you’re ready for warmer weather, sunshine on your face and – especially for me – tan legs. I’m swooning over all of the new spring dress styles that are popping up all over my favorite retail sites! Off the shoulder, chambray, stripes, stripes and MORE stripes. They’ve got me anticipating spring travel plans for sure! So it’s really no wonder that I’m focusing in on my favorite spring dress styles in today’s post – 16 to be exact. So no matter what you’re looking for, there’s bound to be something that catches your eye!

    You might also see a common trend of repeating colors – I think I’m on a blush, white and light blue kick lately!


    See below for all 16 spring dress styles that are on my must-have list!


    A curated round-up of 16 spring dress styles that will have you swooning into Spring!

    chambray dress | cognac crossbody | espadrilles | tan mules

    navy lace dress | blush jacket | ZZP crossbody | ankle wrap mules


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    How to Make Time for Exercise + Nordstrom Rack Activewear

    Today, I’m talking about my new and improved weekly workout schedule for 2017. And when I say new and improved, I mean I actually have a workout schedule this year. Unlike last year when I hit the gym MAYBE three times. (So embarassing, I know.) I’m sharing my failures from last year and how I’ve been able to make time for exercise in today’s post!

    I’m also sharing some really cute Nordstrom Rack activewear, but more on that later.

    Last year I used time as an excuse to not workout. I kept telling myself there wasn’t enough time in the day. I’m the biggest non-morning person you’ll ever meet. I need my 8+ hours of sleep you guys! When I did have a full-time office job going to the gym after work to sweat for an hour sounded like the WORST idea ever. Not to mention, my evenings were devoted to my blog at that time, so I just didn’t do it.

    Once I decided to go full-time with APOL, I made a mental list of all the things that I’d have “time” to finally do. I was so excited to read more, workout, cook more, get outside, see my friends. But guess what. I still didn’t do any of those things.

    Ps. Remember my Power Words post about BALANCE? Here’s where that comes in. 


    See how to make time for exercise in today’s full post!

    Plus, see my favorite Nordstrom Rack activewear picks below!


    The one simple change that has allowed me to make time for exercise and set realistic workout goals. The one simple change that has allowed me to make time for exercise and set realistic workout goals.


    tanks | sports bras | leggings | sneakers

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