New Year's Eve Shopping Guide

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

In my humble opinion, NYE is all about sparkle, black and gold, champagne, and confetti. Whatever your budget, here are some fun clothing ideas and accessories for the house! 

How are you spending New Year's Eve? Let me know in the comments below! 

Welcome to New York

Easy Baked Italian Meatballs

Gold Rush

Ten Must-Haves: Black and White

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The new year is coming up fast - a time for new beginnings and big changes. For me, this means editing my wardrobe. I graduated college a year and a half ago, and its been strange transitioning from college girl to professional woman. A big part of that change has been in the way I dress. As the new year comes along, I'm looking for more structured, classic, timeless pieces, for work and for play. And what's more timeless than black and white? So here are my top ten black and white must haves. 

What changes are you making in the new year? Let me know in the comments! 

Frosting the Perfect Cupcake - With No Fancy Equipment!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Okay, seriously, who doesn't like cupcakes? They're little bite sized bits of joy. Frosting cupcakes, however, is a totally different story. If you try to use a regular knife, the frosting looks so uneven. If you start buying pastry bags and tips, the cost really starts to add up. Here's a way to frost perfect cupcakes - with things you already have at home. 

New York Countdown: 14 Days / NYC Restaurant Review

Monday, December 8, 2014

 I am going to admit to the cliche: I love New York City. My first trip here was Christmas two years ago, but I didn't get to see much of the city. But when my boyfriend, Trevor, invited me to NYC to meet his parents over the summer he said the trip was mine and we could do whatever I pleased. After mostly getting ignored on the my last trip with my ex-boyfriend, that was music to my ears. I think I fell a little bit more in love with Trevor when he said that. We're going back to spend Christmas with his parents and I can't wait! 

In the Clouds

Saturday, December 6, 2014

It's in the 70's in Tampa right now - ridiculous for December, right? This is why my winter wardrobe consists of about four pieces. 

This dress is one of my favorites. I love dresses because they're so easy, but people assume you put in a lot of effort. I'm a big fan of things you can just throw on. 

Under $25 Gift Guide: Your Coolest Coworker

Friday, December 5, 2014

We all have that one awesome person who keeps us sane on the craziest of 9-5 days. Show your appreciation with a little bit of love! These quirky accessories will brighten up any boring day behind the desk! 

How do you add a smile to your weekday? Share it in the comments below!

50 Shades of Gray

Into the Woods

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sometimes, good things just come together. My collaborations with Jake and Dannie Photographers is one of those things.

Easy Safari Party Foods!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

I actually really want to be a party planner when I "grow up," so I had a ton of fun throwing my sister's baby shower. Since she's making her baby's nursery Lion King themed, I thought a safari shower would be super cute and fun! 

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Under $25 Gift Guide: Best Friend

My top gifts picks for your bff and they're all under $25! 
What are your favorite places to shop for your best friend? Let me know in the comments below! 

Rainy Days

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My first "fashion photography" post on the blog - woohoo! Today is another gross, rainy day in "sunny" Florida, so I opted for something simple - with a bright pink lipstick to add a major pop! 

15 Minute Fried Rice

Monday, November 24, 2014

I. Love. Asian. Food. No, like, you don't understand. I would eat take out every day if that wouldn't mean very, very bad things for my waistline and my wallet. 

Best Boots For Winter

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Winter is coming and that means its boot season! If you're looking for some serious warmth, my favorite brand is SOREL, bar none. As their website says: "SOREL combines felt, wool, premium leather, and flawless construction with people who aren’t afraid to get their boots dirty." I tried these one winter in Syracuse, NY, and they were a life saver. 

Next up is the L.L. Bean Bean Boot. They're an American icon for a reason, and if you want a testament to their quality - they've been in business for over 100 years. You don't last that long without being really, really good at what you do. 

As a Florida girl, I love my Sperry Topsiders. Their boat shoes are perfect for a casual day on campus, or running errands. But Sperry also has a great collection of cute boots, ranging from style-driven to rain boots, to boots for some serious weather conditions. They do a great job of combining fashion with functionality. 

Hunter Boots are one of those things that will be on my wish list forever. They are the most "in" rain boots of the year. Coming in a range of colors, from neutrals to neons, Hunters are a great way to make a statement on a rainy day. Grab the classic red ones and add a pop to any jeans and t-shirt style. 

Last, but certainly not least - Tory Burch makes a killer pair of riding boots, as well as some oh-so-stylish booties. While not exactly something I would go traipsing through the mud or snow in these, they sure are purty. Prepare your self for sticker shock though - the prices are killer too. 

And there you have it - my list of the top 5 Boot Brands for this Holiday Season. Happy shopping, everyone! 

Thirsty Thursday: 5 Ingredient Raspberry Mojito

Thursday, November 20, 2014

This baby is the perfect pick-me-up after a long day at work - and it is so easy to make! I was always kind of intimidated by mojitos...until I realized how simple they are! I like making them by the pitcher for parties, but if it's just you, just use a shot glass to measure the vodka.

Chimney Rock, North Carolina

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Traveling is easily my favorite thing to do. I love going to new places and trying new things. Last week, a went on a 2,200 mile road trip which was very new for me. I drove from Tampa, to Jacksonville, to Atlanta, Charlotte, Asheville, Nashville, and then Birmingham before returning home. By myself. 

3 Easy Steps to a Cute Safari Mason Jar!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

My big sister is nearly 6 months pregnant with her first child, and I am so excited to meet baby Aiden! I'm throwing her baby shower in two weeks, a Lion King themed party to match his nursery. First order of crafting business? Safari mason jars as drinking glasses!

These were actually so easy to make! You will need: a pack of mason jars, animal print ribbon (I used 1.5" ribbon), a hot glue gun, and jute. Everything is available at a crafts store like Michael's, but the mason jars are about half the price at Target or Wal-Mart. 

All you have to do is wrap the ribbon around and hot glue it. I hot glued one end to the jar itself, then cut the ribbon long enough so the ends overlapped a little. I glued the other end to the ribbon where it was overlapping. 

My hot glue gun was taking a looooong time to heat up, so I cut all the ribbon to length while I waited. 

This turned out to be so much easier because I didn't have to measure the ribbon against the mason jar and cut each time. I made 8 jars with the zebra print ribbon and it took me just under 3 yards. After the ribbon is glued on, wrap a piece of jute around the jar and tie it into a knot. So simple! And you can use any ribbon you like! I used zebra print, cheetah print, and plain burlap. 

There you have it! 3 easy steps to a Safari mason jar! Let me know in the comments how you customize this craft for your own parties! 

About Me

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hello, blog-o-sphere! 

My name is Susie; I'm a Florida girl through and through (any temperature below 70 is unacceptable). I really have no business starting a blog, but I like pretty clothes, and pretty houses, and pretty weddings. My idols are Audrey Hepburn and Martha Stewart. I work at a private school in Tampa, Florida, but I love to plan parties and events -- the busier I am on any given day, the better! 

Welcome to my crazy, messy, silly world -- I hope you enjoy the ride! 

Photo by Jake and Dannie Photographers 
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