Where I Shop for my Skirts

Since I primarily wear dresses and skirts it’s safe to say I own a ton of different styles and have purchased from nearly every retailer out there. I often get asked where I shop so it made sense to finally write a post and have everything in one place. So, let’s get started on my favorite places to shop for skirts!

Amazon – Yes, Amazon! They have everything under the sun so it’s not surprising that they also have a pretty decent selection of clothing, especially skirts. I find that they run pretty true to size for me but always read the reviews and look at the size chart! If it’s your first time ordering from a particular seller/brand, order 2 sizes so you can be sure you have the right one. Then moving forward you won’t have to guess. Below are some of my favorites. As you can see, I have a ton of skirts from Amazon and they have never let me down. The Tulle prom skirt comes in 29 colors – literally every color you could want or need. I have the black, nude and light pink and wear them all the time. I love them for costumes and parties. If you follow me on Instagram than you know I have one black skirt from Amazon which I wear all the time. It flows, it’s lightweight and has the perfect movement. It’s also only $21 and comes in several colors. That black one and this black accordion are such great staple pieces. You can never go wrong with black anything. I wear them year round here in Atlanta, more so than any other skirt on this list. Check out Amazon’s Midi Skirt Selection.

Tulle Skirt // Green Plaid // Red Accordion // Metallic Gold // Black Midi

ASOS – Who doesn’t love ASOS? Their vast selection of clothing and accessories, their 2 day shipping and their competitive pricing are unbeatable. They also plus size and maternity so there really is something for everyone. They hands down have the best sales and are always adding new inventory. I have found their sizing runs true to size and is pretty consistent. Unfortunately, they don’t have reviews on their site but once you know your sizing you will be golden.

Nasty Gal – This was the stand out brand for me in 2019. I am so glad I found their website because all their pieces are unique, eclectic and fun. Oh and they’re almost always on sale! This black ruffle tiered skirt is only $18! Such a steal and the quality is pretty impressive considering their low retail value. They have so many bright colors, loud prints and funky skirts that you don’t see. You can view all of the Nasty Gal skirts here.

Green Metallic // Black Lace Ruffle

Unique Vintage – I typically buy their dresses but I have gotten some skirts here which I love. They aren’t like any others out there and definitely have a vintage feel to them, hence the brands name. They’re also very classy and feminine. The only downfall is that Unique Vintage is a little more expensive than any other retailer on this list. I just got this pastel multicolored tulle skirt in the mail and cannot wait to wear it this Spring. They still have the black mesh multicolored polka dot skirt that I’m wearing below. It comes in plus size as well! Their high waisted swing skirts flatter my figure so much and they have a ton of great colors and patterns.

Target is a great affordable place for skirts. They have so many midi styles and come out with new designs often. Below are some of my favorites that I can’t bear to part with. Unfortunately, once they’re out of stock they’re gone. You can look on eBay or Poshmark if you missed a style that you really loved. I just browsed their site while writing this post and I am loving their midi skirt options. This red polka dot ruffle may have just found its way into my shopping cart. They also offer plus sizing!

ChicWish – I just ordered from them after years of hesitation because of their sizing. I took the plunge a few weeks ago and ordered two skirts and they fit perfectly. The price is in line with other retailers and shipping didn’t take forever either (another thing I was hesitant on). I wound up ordering this Leopard Printed Double Layered Mesh Tulle Midi Skirt and this Leopard Maxi. Both fix perfectly and run similar to Amazon sizing. Now that I know my size I am definitely looking forward to ordering more.

Boohoo – I would say they are similar to Nasty Gal with their pricing and always on sale merchandise. I love their bright colors and you definitely aren’t breaking the bank when you shop from them. Most of their pieces are under $40. They also offer plus and maternity options (great for when you are only wearing maternity clothing for a short period of time and don’t want to spend a ton of money on it).

Other retailers worth mentioning: Anthropologie (typically when the skirt is on sale), H&M, Nordstrom (where I find my TopShop skirts and other pieces), Revolve (I love their midi options!), Banana Republic, Forever 21, American Eagle (they have great sales) and Express. I wouldn’t say these are my go-to places, one because of price and two because of quality (Forever21), but on occasion I will find something that I just can’t pass up. Do you have any favorite places to shop for skirts? Let me know in the comments!

The Best Luxury Hotel in Puerto Rico

Anyone who knows me knows that I love visiting new places, so when the opportunity to visit San Juan, Puerto Rice presented itself… I had to jump at the chance! I’m so glad that I did. In October, I headed to San Juan’s beautiful Caribe Hilton. It’s such an easy trip with direct flights from Atlanta so we were there before lunch! After a 15 month closure (due to Hurricane Maria) and a $150 million renovation, the historic 60+ year old Caribe Hilton reopened in May. The resort is easily the most beautiful resort I’ve ever stayed at. 

Caribe Hilton is the only resort in San Juan with their own private beach. The resort has three oceanfront pools and a kid’s fountain pool. While I went kid-free, the resort is very family-friendly and I’d love to return with the kids in the future. You can rent poolside cabanas for extra relaxation and there’s a swim-up pool bar with the best cocktails! Fun fact – Caribe Hilton is the birthplace of the Pina Colada (created in 1954) and I definitely enjoyed plenty of them on this trip … we only live once right? They even have extra large beach games like Chess and Connect 4 and also an ice cream bar on the beach! Can you say a kids paradise?? The resort is also 100% smoke-free which is something I look for when traveling with kids.

I seriously had the most relaxing experience at Zen Spa Océano, Caribe Hilton’s 8500 sq ft on-site spa. I had a facial and spent some time in the sauna. I love that Zen Spa Océano only uses all-natural ingredients for their spa and beauty treatments. I felt so refreshed after spending time at the spa. I focused on relaxation but there are so many activities to enjoy at the resort! There are tennis courts, seagrass volleyball and sea activities (snorkeling, scuba diving and guided reef tours.) The fitness center is full of state of the art equipment and floor to ceiling windows so you can look at paradise while getting your sweat on. 

After spending my days poolside, it was so nice to unwind in my luxurious room at night. The rooms provide a stunning view of the ocean and the room service is amazing! The entire staff at Caribe Hilton is so accommodating and kind! Their staff went out of their way to ensure I had the best stay. We even explored old San Juan, went on a food tour and got tattoos, as one does when traveling, right?

As women, we have to take time for ourselves to rest and refuel. I’m so thankful that Caribe Hilton provided me with the opportunity to do that. I loved my stay at Caribe Hilton and I can’t wait to go back! Have you ever visited Puerto Rico? Tell me what your favorite part was! 

 

Incorporating Vitamins into Your Daily Life

This is a sponsored conversation written by me for compensation by Bayer. The opinions and text are all mine.

Ever since turning 35 a few months ago I made a huge shift on how I take care of myself and my family. I try and buy organic meats, fresh produce and keep the sugar at a minimum.  I’m not much of a cook but I do have some go-to meals that the kids love (organic broccoli and chicken gluten-free mac and cheese is the best mom hack ever). Despite all of my efforts to keep us healthy there can still be some nutritional gaps in our diet. 


Evelyn has always been my picky eater. She is a grazer and somehow her body is fine with very little food. Our pediatrician says she is growing just fine and meeting all the height and weight requirements but could probably use a few more nutrients, so he suggested a multivitamin. After researching dozens of kids vitamins, I decided on Bayer Flintstones Complete Chewable Tablets, which is Pediatricians’ #1 brand choice for children’s chewable vitamins. These chewable tablets are free of high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, dairy (milk) allergen and fish allergen. Henry and Evelyn love the colors and cute shapes of Fred Flintstone, and they remind me of my childhood. Flintstones multivitamins have been providing kids nutritional support as they grow up healthy and strong for nearly 50 years. It’s gotten to the point where both kids now ask me if they can have their vitamins. As a busy single mom that is a life saver because I feel like there is always something to remember and always something I am forgetting. 

Bayer Vitamins are available at Walmart so I can pick up groceries, household items and our vitamins all in one place. Bayer Vitamins are located in the vitamin aisle, and also available on Online Grocery Pickup & Delivery services [call to check out these services in your local market]. While my kids are fans of the Chewable Tablets, they’re not for everyone’s taste buds. Luckily Bayer offers Flintstones Complete Gummies which Henry and Evelyn love too and I like to give them a choice for variety! I take the Bayer One A Day Women’s Multivitamin and One A Day Women’s VitaCraves Gummies. Not only do these vitamins support bone health but they also contain biotin for healthy hair, smooth skin and strong nails. 

How do you make sure your family is getting the proper nutrition? Do your kids take a multivitamin to fill in any nutritional gaps? I’d love to hear any mom hacks you swear by that makes your life easier! If you haven’t checked out the wide variety of Bayer Multivitamins be sure to grab some next time you’re at your local Walmart or doing any online shopping! 

 

How to Make the Most of Your Travel Budget 

“This post is sponsored by Delta Vacations. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”

Raise your hand if you love traveling but don’t travel as often because of how expensive it can be? Trust me, I have been there so many times and I feel your pain. I would go on a different vacation every week if there were ways to bundle the cost.

About a year ago I was introduced to Delta Vacations and I am so glad I was! As someone who flies Delta Air Lines exclusively, I was so excited to learn more about Delta Vacations, the official vacation provider of Delta Air Lines. They provide everything you need so you can truly own your vacation experience. I am already planning out my 2020 travel and plan to use Delta Vacations even more than I did this year. I love that I can book a flight, hotel and car all in one bundle to make things so easy on myself. Also, I trust Delta Air Lines immensely and know that I can depend on the same great level of customer service and satisfaction from Delta Vacations. 

For a limited time, Delta Vacations is offering a special deal when you book with your SkyMiles number. Signing up for a SkyMiles account was the best thing I could have done. It’s free and you earn miles when you fly that can go towards future vacations. With Delta Vacations’ current Limited Time Offer, SkyMiles Members can choose up to $350 off or up to 35,000 bonus miles per booking on worldwide travel. (Terms Apply.) HELLO 2020 TRAVEL PLANS! Not a SkyMiles Member? It’s easy and free to enroll today. 

2019 was the most incredible travel year for me. I went to so many beautiful places like Puerto Rico, New York City, Tallahassee, LongBoat Key, Sarasota, Orlando, Disney World, Sandestin, Clearwater and many more. This coming year I really want to explore the West Coast and International travel and I know I will need a car, especially for the coast, and Delta Vacations will be perfect for all my bookings. 

Even though people typically think about material items for holiday gifts, the older I get the more of the world I want to experience and I would imagine a lot of people feel the same way. When you’re shopping all the Black Friday sales in a few weeks, don’t forget about the Delta Vacations Limited Time Offer! Booking Dates are 11/4/19 to 12/15/19 and you can travel ANYTIME. With more than 300 destinations and 5,000 hotels worldwide, plus travel advisors there to help you 24/7, Delta Vacations has done all the hard work so you can easily plan your next getaway. How fun would it be to surprise a loved one with a trip on Christmas morning? 

Budgeting for Christmas with Dollar General 

This post is sponsored by Dollar General. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

After Halloween, Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the overall joy and happiness it brings to everyone. People just seem to be in a great mood for 2 months at a time and it really does have a snowball effect on all that I encounter. Besides decorating the house and listening to holiday music non-stop, I absolutely love shopping for presents. Everyone has different love languages that they receive and speak in and my spoken love language is gifting. I have always loved finding the perfect gift and shopping for others over myself makes me much happier. 


Dollar General has been my one-stop shop for all my Christmas needs. Not only did I get a ton of Christmas decor but I stocked up on wrapping paper, gift boxes, bows, ribbons, gift tags, holiday cards, tape and scissors. Literally everything I could need for wrapping my gifts was found at Dollar General this year. They also have an abundance of stockings, home decor, garlands, mini trees, ornaments, pet gifts, Christmas dishes, holiday candy and literally so much more. 

They have so many gifts for everyone in your life, especially kids. Dollar General now carries toy brands like LEGO®, Barbie, LOL Surprise, Disney (Frozen, Lion King, Toy Story), Fisher Price, Hot Wheels, Paw Patrol, My Little Pony, Lisa Frank, SEGA, Atari and Pokémon. I can get so many gifts here at a fraction of the price and save even more with Dollar General digital coupons on the DG App. You can get $5 OFF $25 every Saturday! There are going to be a ton of Black Friday deals so be sure to download the app to stay informed. 

Did you know that Dollar General now has 16,000+ US locations in 44 states making them the largest US retailer? They also have added FedEx pick up to 7,000 stores. Can we talk about how convenient this is for the holidays? No one has time to be waiting in line at the post office! Lastly, Dollar General now has a Western Union in every store. If gifting isn’t your thing and you know someone could use some extra cash around the holidays, then be sure to utilize the Western Unions. 

Have you started shopping and decorating for Christmas yet or do you wait until after Thanksgiving? Whatever team you’re on be sure that Dollar General is on your radar for the lowest priced gifts and decor! Check out their holiday landing page that has everything you need. 

Orlando’s Best Kept Secret – Discovery Cove

Our family closed out our summer with a vacation to Orlando, Florida’s beautiful Discovery Cove. We wanted to squeeze in one more family trip before school started back and we’re so thankful we had the opportunity to experience Discovery Cove. We seriously can’t wait to go back! 

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort with a tropical theme. Included in your admission, you can have a hands-on experience with dolphins, snorkel with fish and stingrays, and even wade with otters in the Freshwater Oasis. You can also swim in the resort’s huge swimming pool or reserve a private cabana so that you can relax between activities. Complimentary breakfast and lunch is also included in your admission, as well as unlimited drinks and snacks! You also receive complimentary amenities such as sunscreen, fresh towels, access to showers, lockers, snorkeling gear (with prescription goggles available upon request) and wetsuits to wear in the pool. 

You also don’t have to worry about big crowds at Discovery Cove. The park restricts daily admission to 1300 people, so you never have to wait in long lines for experiences. The park experience feels intimate and so relaxing!

Our favorite part of our Discovery Cove experience was definitely the staff; everyone was so kind and accommodating to us! Our host, June, was so informative and seriously went above and beyond to ensure that we had an amazing day at Discovery Cove! She made sure the fridge in the Elite Cabana was stocked with beer for Jan and I (thank you, June! haha) and made sure there were plenty of sodas, juices and snacks for the kids to enjoy. The swimming with dolphins encounter is for children ages 6 and up; so while we swam with Henry, June stayed back with Evelyn and made sure she was entertained. But they even had a dolphin swim up to the shallow part so that Evelyn could pet a dolphin which was such an exciting experience for her! I know my kids will never forget their day they spent at Discovery Cove.

Here are a few tips for planning your visit to Discovery Cove:

Make a reservation – As I mentioned earlier, Discovery Cove limits their daily admission to 1300 people a day. Their website suggests that you make a reservation at least two months in advance (especially if you plan on visiting during the summertime!) When you check-in, all you need is your name, photo ID and confirmation number. I highly recommend booking a private cabana as well. We stayed in the Elite Cabana which has a guaranteed view of the dolphin lagoon, a dedicated cabana host, an exclusive animal encounter and so much more. The kids even had their own sand toys! Cabana pricing starts at $199!

What to wear – You’ll definitely want to wear a swimsuit! I also recommend that you wear sunscreen, sunglasses and cover-up clothing to wear when you’re not in the water. Florida is called the sunshine state for a reason and it’s typically in the 80s-90s, so you’ll definitely want to wear light clothing. There is also animal friendly sunscreen throughout the park to make sure skin is always protected! 

What to bring – Discovery Cove includes a lot of complimentary amenities, so thankfully you don’t really need to bring much! Guests are permitted to bring their own snorkeling gear if they prefer. Discovery Cove doesn’t allow outside foods/coolers, as meals, unlimited snacks and beverages are included in your admission. You may want to bring a pair of headphones or books/magazines, so that you can relax on the beach. Be sure to bring your camera with you to capture all of the fun memories you make!

We had the best trip to Discovery Cove and I can’t think of a better way we could have ended our summer together as a family. Thank you, Discovery Cove, for having us!

Why Tallahassee Needs to be on your Radar

Spending time in Florida needs to be on everyone’s travel list. It really is the perfect state for every age and walk of life. I visited different parts of Florida 7 times so far this year and each time gets better than the last. There is always so much to do, see and explore. Last month I hopped on flight to Tallahassee and spent the weekend there. Atlanta flies directly into Tallahassee and the flight was super quick! The Tallahassee airport is so close to the heart of the city that you can literally be off the plane and to your hotel in 30 minutes. The city of Tallahassee definitely spoiled us with some amazing experiences and incredible food and today I am so excited to finally share it all with you!

Where to Stay //

Aloft Tallahassee Downtown is such a trendy boutique hotel located in the heart of Tallahassee. The rooms are cozy and quiet, there’s a lobby bar that serves craft beer and cocktails, a pink pool table, plenty of shared workspace and seating and the best part: dogs in the lobby that you can pet, hold and adopt! In addition there is a cafe with snacks, breakfast options and plenty of coffee.

Where to Eat & Drink//

Breweries – Tallahasseans love their beer so there are a ton of craft breweries to spend an afternoon at. We were able to experience Proof Brewing Co and get a behind the scenes tour. I loved tasting all the different beers and  Proof is also kid friendly with plenty of indoor and outdoor games. They’re open 7 days a week and have an onsite restaurant. When we visited there was a baby shower happening in one of the private rooms. So fun!

Happy Motoring – I have 3 words for this spot: Adult Capri Suns. The end … Just kidding! But seriously, this was such a fun after dinner spot and there is no better way to end the night than enjoying a cool breeze surrounded by friends. Happy Motoring is also pet and kid friendly!

Magda’s Ice Cream – Located next to Madison Social in Collegetown, this is another must visit staple if you’re into boozy sweets! If you’re looking for the perfect ice cream cone picture for your Instagram feed, then you have to visit Magda’s.

Level 8 Lounge – This rooftop bar is located inside the Hotel Duval. You can experience the incredible views of Tallahassee from the 8th floor and watch the sunset before heading out to dinner.

Il Lusso – We were so spoiled by the service and staff at Il Lusso. We literally tried nearly everything on the menu and it was the highlight meal of the trip. I am partial to Italian and pastas and Il Lusso made all my carb dreams come true. From Lobster Cappelletti to Squid Ink Mafaldine, everything I tasted was phenomenal. This fine Italian eatery definitely needs to be on your restaurant list when visiting.

Au Péché Mignon French Pastry Shop – The perfect morning spot to grab coffee and pastries before work or on the weekends with friends. The decor is a dream and very Instagram worthy.

Madison Social – If you ever want to relive your college days, then go here on a Friday night! I was a little apprehensive about spending my evening in a college bar (after all, I am 35 and usually in bed by 9pm) but I had the absolute best time. The drinks and food could not have been better. There was even a cocktail with coffee so it has me thinking that maybe it’s not just for college kids 🙂

Jeri’s Midtown Cafe – If you’re in the mood for some amazing home cooking and supporting women in business than Jeri’s is the spot for you. It’s open daily for lunch and then on the weekends for brunch. The staff, including Jeri herself, are so pleasant and welcoming and I loved getting to hear her story. She is a true gem!

Sage – This will always be a memorable place for me because it was the first time I ever tried Escargot! The food is amazing and so fresh with a menu showcasing the best local produce & seafood.

SoDOUGH Baking Co – If you are a foodie like me and love a good Instagrammable breakfast spot, then SoDOUGH is a must. The donuts are so beautiful that it was hard to even eat them, they’re that pretty and camera worthy! They also have toasts, sandwiches, biscuits and breads if you don’t have a sweet tooth.

Backwoods Crossing – We ended our trip with dinner at this gourmet local farm to table Tallahassee gem. Not only does Backwoods Crossing source local fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, and wine from local producers, but they grow their own. And they have the farm and animals to prove it. We were able to tour the farm and greenhouse and I held a chicken y’all! She was so sweet and chill and since holding her that evening I haven’t had chicken since, haha! You can actually eat outdoors among the garden where everything is grown.

What to See & Where to Play //

Fire Betty’s Arcade – You can watch the FSU game, play some retro arcade games and enjoy some fun cocktails and plenty of beer. There is also weekly karaoke, dance parties and live music.

The Grove Museum – If you need some time to walk off the calories consumed at all the amazing restaurants and are looking for a change of pace, then The Grove Museum is perfect. The picturesque grounds make for a beautiful stroll taking in the Tallahassee history. There are guided tours available daily and the museum is also kid friendly.

Wakulla Springs – The world’s largest and deepest freshwater springs where you can see manatees, alligators and numerous other diverse wildlife. We took the riverboat tour and saw so many alligators and turtles! It was so peaceful and a wonderful way to experience nature. The park and riverboat are also kid friendly and a great way for children to see animals in their natural habitat.

Something many people may not know is that Tallahassee has 700+ miles of scenic trails for biking, hiking or running. If getting outdoors and experiencing nature to its fullest is your thing, then Tallahassee will not disappoint.


Where to Shop //

Hearth & Soul – This was one of the most beautiful stores I have ever stepped foot in. The layout, ambiance and design were a visual dream. I literally felt like I was in a show home. The smells, the gifts, the staff, the selection of merchandise … everything was so thoughtfully picked out and it shows. I bought some fun chocolates for the kids and a beautiful nightgown which I can finally wear since temps have cooled down!

Coton Colors – If you love hosting and entertaining then you will be in heaven visiting Coton Colors. They also have an adorable children’s section with a wide variety of gifts and toys.

Railroad Arts District – Tallahassee has a great local arts scene with some uber talented artists. This creative district has more than 50 art studios, galleries & small shops, a brewery, dance studio, restaurant, cafe, rock climbing gym and more. It’s centrally located in the middle of Tallahassee and a great way to spend an afternoon.

One thing I love the most about these press trips is connecting with other bloggers from around the US. I met 4 new girls who I absolutely loved. Be sure to follow Vidya, Candace, Courtney and Odette. They are all so sweet and have the best style of any girls I’ve ever met! A huge thank you to the city of Tallahassee for welcoming us and being so hospitable!

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