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4 Ways to Improve Your Life Right Now

I boarded my flight and upon settling into my seat, promptly took out a pen and notebook and began, for the next hour, writing out a self-evaluation of where I was in my life at this point.
Summer is always a checkpoint time for me and the goals I've set, and I take advantage of my travel time to get this very important task accomplished. Perhaps it's fact that I'm not on the ground running through my day, or the seemingly "lack of routine responsibilities" while in flight that causes me to focus more on the various areas of life that I can improve upon before the year's end. Regardless of the reason, I'm intentional about investing this time in my personal inventory and improvement. As I was doing some of this on a recent trip, I thought about some of the lessons I've learned and areas I've been working to improve. Some of these have turned into posts here on the blog from time to time, and I wanted to share four of them with you in the hope that you may be experiencing and/or learning some of these also.

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Pretty In Pink

(Dress // Bag // Shoes)

For my birthday we took a trip to the beautiful Biltmore Hotel in Miami. The historical beauty sits among sprawling golf courses, streets lined with banyan trees, and lovely private estates in Coral Gables. A walk around the property is perfect for discovering charming staircases, hand-painted frescos on the ceilings, marble columns, intricate tile mosaics, and beauty around every corner. Our suite was so spectacular that we decided to have a private dinner brought in, and then went for an evening stroll afterwards. I wanted a fabulous dress to celebrate in, and this gorgeous shift was perfect for ringing in another fantastic year! I was drawn to the pretty color, gold detail, and simple elegance which makes this the perfect summer look. Also, this clutch is my new go-to; the gold accents and printed inner lining make it the finishing touch and beautiful accessory for just about every summer dress I own. 

Summer Celebrations

Summer is the perfect time to host some friends and family for a fun gathering or celebration! I love getting friends together for some good food, great conversations, and time enjoyed together. Looking for a few ideas? I've got some party inspiration for your summer celebrations. Pick your favorite, and host your own this season!

Red, White, and Blue

Happy Fourth of July! This is one of my favorite holidays for a number of reasons, but one main one being that it's the perfect summer celebration! It's time to kick back with friends and family, throw a few things on the grill, watch some fireworks, play with sparklers, enjoy the long summer nights, and celebrate a beautiful country. I love wearing all my patriotic pieces, and this cute romper is a favorite, especially in the warm weather. I love how soft and comfy it is, and the colors, while festive, can actually work all year round! Pieces like this make getting dressed oh so easy which means more time to play in the sunshine. Wishing you a fabulous 4th celebration! 

4th of July Beach Picnic

I absolutely love summer, and 4th of July is one of the most fun holidays to celebrate with good food, great friends, and beautiful views. Oh, and don't forget about the sparklers and fireworks!! A couple of my girlfriends and I decided to get together for a beach picnic to celebrate America the beautiful! It was so much fun and so simple to put together. Planning a get-together for the Fourth? Here's few hints for your own patriotic celebrations. 
Food: When I think summer celebrations, I automatically think about a good burger and fries. Grilling your own is a great option if you're able to find an open beach grill or plan to host a backyard bash, but if you're packing a picnic, it may be easier to bring along your serving supplies, and pick up your food on the way. (Make sure to bring along a pair of small scissors and a bag for trash cleanup.) We chose to pick up our favorite gourmet burgers from a local restaurant, and packed our own serving trays. I found cute red, white, and blue ones and purchased a few striped paper liners at Target! Fresh fruit is always a great picnic option, so we snacked on seasonal berries and juicy watermelon wedges. Yum!  

Sips & Sweets: What is a party without cupcakes? We celebrated our country's birthday with mini cupcakes topped with patriotic sprinkles, and sipped on lemonade from these adorable and festive tumblers. Tumblers are easy to transport, prevent most spills, keep your drinks cold, and are a fun favor for guests to keep and use after the party is over! This brand comes in multiple colors and is under $8! 

Celebrate: The 4th of July is a perfect excuse to bring out all your patriotic things, and encourage your guests to dress accordingly!! I packed some sparklers and a few small flags to play with after everyone finished eating. If you have kids, flags are a great way for the little ones to join in on the fun while the older ones play with sparklers. I also love a good fireworks show and always enjoy seeing the brilliant display that illuminates the beach each year! It's the perfect way to end a fabulous and fun celebration.  

Here's to a very happy and sparkling 4th of July celebration! 

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Summer Is Here!

Hooray! It's officially the start of summer! I absolutely love this time of year and look forward to sun-filled days spent at the beach or by the pool, watching sunsets and stars, sun-kissed skin and salty beach hair, and exploring new places with friends and family. To kick off my favorite season, I thought it would be fun to create a fun summer to-do list! Now before you write this off as another thing you have to check off your list (pun intented), I like to create this kind of list as an idea source for those days when you're looking for something fun or new to do! In between my summer travels, I'll be working on adding a few of these to my schedule! Here's my list; what's on yours? Happy First Day of Summer!

Vacation Style: Printed Crop Set

On my recent vacation, I made a visit to one of my favorite places on Maui. Tucked into the corner of a fabulous and famous surf break, Ho'okipa, is Mama's Fish House. Aside from being one of the best restaurants on the island, it is also stunningly beautiful. A grove of coconut palms sway in the gentle breezes while turquoise waves crash on the inky black rocks along the shoreline. The surfers and windsurfers glide by every so often, and the sunlight peeks through the canopy of palm fronds overhead. Enjoying an afternoon there is pure paradise, and I always love to dress for the occasion. Crop top sets have been everywhere this season, and I love this pretty and playful version. The print reminds me of the colorful flowers found on the island, and the beautiful hues that illuminate the skies after the sun sets at night. There's something about wearing vibrant colors on tropical vacations that's a lot like this set, the perfect pair.   

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