How to Pack for Alaska

This time next week I will already be back from my whirlwind trip to Alaska.  I'm visiting my oldest and dearest friend, E.  She moved to Alaska a little over a year ago and I just knew I had to visit.  It's been way too long since we've been together and I've been in a ridiculous packing planning frenzy for this trip. I keep asking myself the same question over and over again. How to Pack for Alaska? It is all about the layers.  The weather in June is often rainy and temps can dip into the 50s during the days or reach the low 70s and be sunny.  It varies from day to day. Layers are key to packing and taking in the sights. Also, when I land at what is typically my bedtime I will not just be five hours behind my normal time zone but also it will still be light outside.  The sun will … [Read more...]

Summer Fun with Draper James

Memorial Day has come and gone but that only means that summer is just getting started.  For me, that means pool days, lots of beach time and a whole new collection of summer movies and shows to fall in love with for even more summer fun. One of my latest loves for summer fun is with Draper James.  The line created by Reese Witherspoon who can also recommend some serious beach reads as well as fun flicks and shows to soak up this season. Did you know that Draper James is available at Nordstrom now? Yes!!  It might take a bit for it to show up in stores everywhere but you can find it online. My favorite Draper James Picks for Summer Fun But even more important is that we travel often throughout the summer.  For me, that means picking up sweet and thoughtful hostess … [Read more...]

A Straw Bag for Summer

There's no denying that the straw bag is BIG when it comes to summer.  Whether you tote it to the beach or find a cute straw clutch; the straw bag is the bag for when summertime hits.  My latest straw bag has a story and one that makes me cherish it all the more. Not my latest straw bag but a cute one all the same. Last month my Mom visited and as she was getting ready to leave she handed me this butterfly straw bag.  I told her how cute I thought it was and she told me how she wanted me to have it.  It was the last birthday present my grandmother, her mother, had given her.  I knew instantly that I would keep it forever and use it with care. For every day I think the butterfly straw bag looks cute with a simple set of shorts and a tank.  Add a delicate pendant with a set of … [Read more...]

How to Style White Pants

The days of waiting until Memorial Day to break out the white pants are O-V-E-R, over. Now we can wear white pants all year round.  That means figuring out more ways on how to style white pants. I bought this super lightweight and snuggly soft gray sleeveless turtleneck last summer and wore it only once.  That made me sad.  I love it, but once June hits in Virginia it is straight up straps and tanks. This year I was determined to break it out early and find new ways to style it.  Enter my new white ankle pants from Old Navy. With white pants, both pieces can shine. It is basic but it works for a variety of occasions depending on what shoes or accessories you pair them with.  I wanted to play down the shoes but add a small amount of color and the necklace I received at Christmas … [Read more...]

Flipping a House Style Edition

Many of you know that H and I are flipping a house right now. It's what we do. I've shown my staging style on Whatcha Wearing Wednesday before too. Whenever people find out that we really like flipping a house they always ask one question, "Do you watch all those shows on HGTV? OH! So and so is my favorite..."  And yes, sometimes we do.  But almost every time I cringe and here is why.  Flip flops and heels of any kind could seriously injure you while on the job.  What do I wear when visiting a potential flip?  The same thing I wear when we I'm on the site and it is under construction. But almost every time I cringe and here is why.  Flip flops and heels of any kind could seriously injure you while on the job. I typically don't carry my purse, wear a lot of jewelry or anything nice. … [Read more...]

Hairstyles To Try This Spring

Spring is the best time of the year whatever way you slice it. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, and the air seems to be filled with some special vibes. Don’t you agree that nothing compares to the spring air? It’s fresh and smells like flowers and is finally warm after those long and bleak winter months. No wonder why we get so inspired and motivated for changes as soon as the first traces of this season roll around. We, women, get especially happy when the weather is getting warmed day by day, and the majority of us would agree that spring is the best time for hairstyle experiments. After all, it’s the time we finally put our hats and hoods off.  Are you ready to learn some inspiring hairstyles that are going to be trendy this spring? Try Slicked Down Strands In case you … [Read more...]

10 Styles You Need for Spring

Some of you might know this already but I write for Social Moms on a regular basis.  '10 Styles You Need for Spring' came out last month and I wanted to share it. It’s time to start packing away your woolly sweaters and heavy coats—and taking a look at the latest fashions. The warm weather has been hanging around a few weeks now and it is not going back to cold. I’ve compiled a list of the ten trends that are sure to put a spring in your step. Color Prep In case you missed it, Pantone released their latest color of the year and it’s “Greenery,” which suggests all things growing and blooming. If green is your thing, wear this shade anywhere and every where. If it’s not, here are some of the hot hues of the season: Read more... Get a Sneak Peek Raw Hem Styles are a particular favorite … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Gifts for Under $100

It's almost Mother's Day! How did May arrive so quickly this year? Is it just me or does it seem super fast? Do you have your Mother's day gift picked out? I know for me, I like to spend the day with a few girlfriends and out of my house. A good cup of coffee, breakfast of my choosing and maybe a run starts my day. Then I head out to brunch and dinner with a movie often thrown in make up my perfect day. A Bloody Mary or Margarita make it even better. When it comes to gifts I don't typically receive them but I find monograms are always high on my list. I love the personal quality to them and Things Remembered gets it right. Mother's Day Gifts Under $100   That's Not All I added a few other items to my latest Maven board for Mom or even a gift for you or a friend.  So … [Read more...]

5 Fun Sundresses for Under $50

April showers bring May flowers, right?  I sure hope so because I feel like we are in an endless spiral of chilly and rainy days right now. However, I have hope for the future! That means a May with sunny warm temperatures and '5 Fun Sundresses for Under $50' to tempt you into spring and lead you into summer.  Because who can say no to cute, flirty sundresses?     Sundresses for Under $50 by victoriamason featuring a red orange dress Yumi Oh So Dutch Dress/Gingham Cold Shoulder Dress by Glamorous (similar)/Boo Hoo Aston Floral Print/Zaful Halter Smock Open Back Maxi (similar)/Orange Slip Dress (similar)/ Because who can stop at 5? Here's a few more sundresses for under $50! >Linking up with Mix It Mondays /The Pleated Poppy/Style Elixir/Style … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Inspired Looks

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner.  If you are like us you like to host parties during the warmer months when you can get out and enjoy the best of the outdoors and party spaces you create inside your four walls.  H and I decided that we would hold a Cinco de Mayo party this May to change up last years 'Celebrate Summer Water Balloon Fight' party or the previous years housewarming. I'm already planning what to wear. Oh, and the menu and decorations too but what to wear.... it sets the tone, right? Top 3 Cinco de Mayo Looks     Black Ella Moss Jumpsuit by victoriamason featuring Ella Moss SHOP THE LOOK Ella Moss 'Stella Jumpsuit'/Shashi Lilu Seed Bracelet/Steven Vienna Leather Sandals This one seems the most versatile.  I could swap out the heeled sandals for … [Read more...]