Holiday Gift Guide: For your Bestie

I wanted to do a fun gift guide of different gifts you can give to your girlfriends for Christmas! I always struggle when trying to get gift for friends because I always want to try to find something unique and that they don’t already have.

I found some cute things below that are both affordable and useful. Hope you guys enjoy and happy holidays! xx Tara

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Fall Shoe Guide

My favorite season is almost here! I have so many reasons why it is my favorite, first is because its the season I got married in and secondly because the weather is just so gorgeous everyday and I can start wearing my Fall shoes!

I am especially loving all of the new booties this year because of the leopard and snake print! I also have a few pairs of shoes that I have had for years that I included and they are still in style. One of my favorite shoe brands is Marc Fisher and their shoes never disappoint. I have purchased everything from booties, boots flats, and summer sandals and wedges from them and they are always the most comfortable shoes!

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Links starting from TOP LEFT: Lucky Brand Booties; Sam Edelman White Booties; Vince Camuto Snake Print Booties; Marc Fisher Black Booties; LOWER LEFT: Steve Madden Snake Print Studded Flats; Black Open Toe Heels; Steve Madden Leopard Flats; Marc Fisher Chestnut Booties; Sam Edelman White Mules; Sam Edelman Beige Flats

Designer Dupe Sunglasses from Amazon

Find all linked Designers and Dupes below! If you click on each link it will bring you to the page to purchase each item.

Happy Hump Day Everyone!

I thought it was be fun to find some designer sunglass look a-likes for less! I will be completely honest with you guys I have WAY too many sunglasses! So I have had my fair share of searching for the best designer dupes. I recently purchased the Karen Walker sunglasses (they are number $4) and I do LOVE them and get a ton of use out of them, but I think if I were to find the dupe pair before I spent the money on these I may have thought twice! I linked up all the sunglasses and their designer dupe below!

#1 Saint Laurent Heart Sunglasses vs Amazon Heart Sunglasses

These are both so cute and would be perfect for the beach with a cute black bathing suit! they also come in a bunch of different colors. I bought these for all my bridesmaids last year at my bachelorette party they all wore black and wore white ones!

#2 Ray Ban Icon 53mm Sunglasses vs Gold and Black Round Sunglasses from Amazon

I have always wanted these Ray Bans! To be honestly I have a few pairs and I don’t find myself reaching for these much so I prefer the dupe!

#3 Gucci Oversized Square Sunglasses Vs. Amazon Oversized Square Sunglasses

I have the dupes of these and I wear them SO much. The quality isn’t great but they are super comfortable to wear!

#4 Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Sunglasses vs. Oversized Round Sunglasses

These are both such great options! I love the oversized round look of these!

My Favorite Nordstrom Rack and HauteLook Finds

This post is in collaboration with Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook, and Stylinity.

I have always loved shopping at Nordstrom Rack and HauteLook, but recently I have found SO many amazing items from so many different designers at a fraction of the cost of what items will go for in department stores. Norstrom Rack and HauteLook are your go to for finding brands you love at up to 75% off! They also get new arrivals weekly so you will always have an amazing selection to choose from! HauteLook has new events that start daily at 8 AM so its always a good idea to keep a look out on their site in the morning to see if there are any designer items you want to snag before they sell out! I love how they do this- it allows you to have access to new products every single day.

Besides, did you know that Nordstrom Rack and HauteLook shares a shopping cart? This means that it’s even easier to qualify for free shipping over $100!

Abound Peplum Linen Tank

Abound Peplum Linen Tank and Abound Tyla Open Toe Heeled Mule

I wanted to show you guys a few of the outfits I picked out to kick off the summer season in! I went for bright colors and stripes! Two things I have been LOVING lately.

I feel that stripes add so much to an outfit, especially horizontal stripes. They thin you out and elongate your body.

Abound Linen Blend Crossdye Overall Romper

Abound Linen Blend Crossdye Overall Romper and Abound Tyla Open Toe Heeled Mule

Naked Zebra Wrap Cami Romper and Abound Tyla Open Toe Heeled Mule

Naked Zebra Wrap Cami Romper and Abound Tyla Open Toe Heeled Mule

I also got the cutest pair of block heeled mules in the most neutral beige tone. They go so well with so much and they are also extremely comfortable to walk around in all day since they have the block heel.

Make sure you guys check out Nordstrom Rack and HauteLook’s website for new arrivals and the best styles for the Summer at the best prices. I’m absolutely loving shopping at both of these retailers and finding deals. Check out my coupon pages for Nordstrom Rack and HauteLook to get the best deals and promos!

Check out some of the sales that I’ve had my eye on for the longest time:
1. Spanx
2. Power Walk: Block Heel Sandals & More

As always leave a comment below with any questions. Hope you guys enjoyed this post if you made it this far!

xoxo

Tara

**Thank you to Norstrom Rack, HauteLook and Stylnity for sponsoring this post***

Current Spring & Summer Trends

Happy Weekend Everyone! I am so excited to have a long weekend its so nice to just unwind sometimes from the hectic weekdays! I have been saying I was going to do this post for so long now and I am so happy I am finally getting to it!

I wanted to show you guys a few of my favorite Spring and Summer Trends! I often watch runway shows and see all the high fashion looks, but it’s so hard to wear so many of those looks on a day to day basis. What I try to do is take these looks and make them more everyday appropriate. I also linked different options for you guys below!

One of my favorite trends this season is definitely all the amazing hair accessories. My favorites have been pearl hair clips and headbands! The pearl hair clips remind me of my childhood when i used to wear butterfly clips anyone else remember those?! All my 90’s babies will! There are so many ways to style these clips and I am also loving that headbands are back. I love throwing a headband on after not washing my hair for a few days and being able to instantly add some glam to any look casual or dressy. My favorites have been the pearl headbands as well as the Lele Jewel headbands!

Obsessed with these Pearl Hair Clips!

Another Trend I have been crushing on is the clear bag trend. Clear bags can be so chic and I love to throw a cute makeup bag into the clear bag so you can see it through the bag. It looks so cute and instantly adds to any outfit.

Another one of my favorites has been the big earring trend! I have always been obsessed with earrings! I swear I have been wearing hoop earrings since literally middle school maybe?! This season there are so many cute pearl hoop earrings and beaded earring I am loving it!

As for clothing items this season, my favorites have been tie dye, neon and stripes! I have kind of always been into stripes but I have found so many jumpsuits with horizontal stripes this season which I love being a petite girl. They elongate your legs and are super flattering.

Lastly, the mule shoe trend is probably my favorite! Mules are so cute to just throw on with a casual outfits but there are also so many mules that you can dress up as well. I just got a pair of block heeled mules and they are perfect to wear with a dress or romper this summer.

Austin Texas Travel Guide

JEANS: Express Mid Rise (wearing a size 0) | SWEATSHIRT: Spiritual Gangster (wearing XS) | SNEAKERS: Adidas Cloudfoam Sneakers

My husband and I recently spent a long weekend in Austin, Texas and it was such a vibrant and fun city- not to mention the AMAZING food. We absolutely love to see new places and try the different foods each city has to offer so we were really in for a treat! I am going to split this post up because its going to be a long one. So in this post I will be talking about our favorite restaurants. I will also do a post on things to do/places to stay in Austin next week so stay tuned! Austin is definitely known to be more of a party city. There were tons of bachelor and bachelorette parties going on which was so fun to see- and if you know me you know I talk to EVERYONE so I obviously had to join in on the fun and talk to all of the bride to be’s. Austin was named one of the top up and coming cities that millennial’s are moving to. I also learned that there are TONS of tech companies located in Austin, there are so many new job opportunities in the city as well.

Restaurants

We ate at some really great places, but I will give you guys my favorites! Texas is known for their BBQ and their Tex-Mex. I will be honest with you BBQ has never been a favorite of mine. I will eat it but don’t love it. But since we were in Texas, you know we had to try some good BBQ.

JEANS: Madewell Button Front Jeans (sized up to a 26) | TOP: Amuse Society (wearing size Small) SHOES: Stuart Weitzman Slides

Lunch/Brunch Places

Caroline– this was probably my favorite place. The atmosphere was SO cute and it is located right downtown in a really good locations, so it is easy to get to from wherever you are. The food was really good as well. They had a lot of Texas staples on their menu as well as some classic items such as Pancakes which my Husband had and they were sooo good. I had the Huevos Rancheros which was something we saw at a lot of places in Austin. It was really fun to see how each restaurant had a different take on the dish. The other thing I loved about this place was that they were not only a restaurant, they had a full bar upstairs in a really cute setting and they are also a coffee house. This is definitely a must if you are visiting Austin!

Josephine House– We came to this place for Sunday Brunch and it was so cute! I didn’t love the location of it since it was not walking distance from our hotel, but the food was really good and the place was very quaint. They had a really cute outdoor patio to eat on with heat lamps and umbrellas so this place is so perfect for a Spring day in Austin.

Terry Blacks BBQ– We were told this was the best BBQ in Austin so we had to try it! There is also Franklin BBQ but the line there is CRAZY always so we went to Terry Blacks instead. For not being a BBQ lover this place was pretty good. My husband and I split some Brisket and a few sides. The atmosphere of the place was really casual and a great place to bring kids.

Dinner Places

Lamberts– We went here our first night in Austin and we LOVED it. I preferred this to Terry Blacks personally because I am all about atmosphere when I go out. Its located right downtown so it was walking distance from our hotel and was decorated so nicely inside. The food was also AMAZING. I loved that the portions weren’t huge- but definitely big enough to the point where I couldn’t finish my meal.

ATX Cocina– This was my favorite place we ate at in Austin. It is an authentic Tex Mex restaurant. They serve there food in a Tapas form or small plate form so you can order 4-6 items off the menu and they bring them out to you in courses. We had a ton of fresh fish and empanadas and not to mention their margaritas (heart eyes!) they were soooo good.

Emmer & Rye– This restaurant is located in the Rainey Street district of Austin. This area is known for all of its bars that were once actually homes and converted into bars. It is such a cute area! This is a farm-to-table small plates restaurant. The portions are not huge but they are all so well made and absolutely delicious. Their menu is also seasonal with nightly specials so they use the absolute freshest ingredients which is something I love and truly believe it can make or break a meal! Some of the items we ordered were cauliflower butter and bread, caramelized beets, homemade rigatoni, short ribs and a chocolate mouse for dessert!

Coffee/Breakfast Tacos

So Texas is apparently known for their breakfast Tacos. In New Jersey this is not something you come by often, but in Austin any place that sold breakfast food had some type if not multiple types of breakfast tacos. Hey, I am definitely not complaining at all about this I would eat tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I could lol! Some of our favorite coffee places were Houndsooth Coffee, Radio Coffee and Jo’s Coffee (this is the place with the famous “I Love You” mural. For breakfast Tacos our favorite place was Torchy’s Tacos! There was also Salt Lick Tacos and Taco Deli which are places to try as well.