Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Seeing Stars

Happy Tuesday!!! 
I made it to Vegas yesterday and have a very busy next couple of days! Should be a lot of fun though.  
Let’s talk about this sweatshirt shall we? I have been seeing stars EVERYWHERE recently and especially in lounge/atheleisure wear. When I saw this sweater while browsing at Target last week I just had to have it! I was surprised by how soft it is. They have TONS of other graphics, but I really wanted to jump on the star trend! This was the perfect outfit for a full day of travel yesterday. I was comfy, but still felt put together. Y’all are in luck too, because this sweatshirt is on sale for under $15 this week!! So hop on your computer or run to your nearest Target and grab this sweatshirt (and maybe one more) while it’s still available! I promise you won’t regret it! 

Top: Target | Pants: Victoria's Secret | Shoes: New Balance (not available in pink but love these & these) | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Lipgloss: Bare Minerals Get Nude Patent Liquid Lipstick in Major

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

2019 Outfit 1

First outfit post of 2019!! Woohoo!
As you can clearly see from the Christmas tree I shot this outfit a while ago. It's totally fine though, because it's a great outfit to get you through the rest of winter. (aka January & February)
This sweater is really old from Forever 21 but it's so warm! I've seriously had this thing for 6+ years! If I throw a tank on under it I don't even need a jacket!! Even though my sweater is really old I have linked a bunch of good options for y'all below! I paired it with my Spanx leggings and heeled booties for a look that can work for the office or drinks on a Friday night. I know I say this every time, but if you don't have the Spanx leggings you seriously need them in your life. They are that good!

Sweater: Old (similar here, here, & here) | Leggings: Spanx | Booties: JustFab (similar here & here) | Sunnies: Old (similar here &  here) | Lipstick: Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in Always Red

How is everyone's 2019 going so far? Are you sticking to all your goals? Have you completely accomplished any of said goals yet? (If so, you are a Rockstar and please tell me how you did it so fast!) Hope y'all have a great week! Thanks for reading!  

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wedding Wednesday: First Things First

This past Saturday marked exactly 1 year until our wedding. It feels like just yesterday I was calling all my family & friends to tell them J had proposed. Since we are officially less than a year out I thought it would be the perfect time to start my Wedding Wednesday series. Not sure how often I will post these, but I definitely want to share some insight on planning a wedding. Since this is my first Wedding Wednesday I thought I would share some of the first things you should do. Here are my top 3 things to do at the very beginning of your planning.
1.     Make a budget
I know this doesn’t sounds very fun, but it’s very realistic. Your budget can dictate a lot of aspects about your wedding. It’s also a good time to talk with your fiancĂ©, your family and their family about who is going to pay for what and what everyone is willing to contribute. Things are so different from back in the day when it was the bride’s family who paid for almost everything. Now many couples pay for their own wedding or there is contributions from both families. There is also even a combo where both families contribute what they can, and the couple makes up the rest. Whatever your situation ends up being you will be very happy you had this conversation up front and that it’s out of the way. (Tip: Have these conversations however you two are comfortable. If you want both families to sit down together that’s great. If you think it needs to be a more one on one thing that works too. Do what feels best and the least stressful!)
2.     Guest List
This is important to do next for a couple reasons. First of all, remember that budget? Well more people = more money! I’m not saying you shouldn’t invite the people you want to be there on your special day. Just keep in mind the more people you have the more food, booze, & favors you will need. There are tons of ways to get creative if you do have a larger guest count and don’t have an arm and a leg to spend on said food, booze & favors. The second thing your guest count can have a huge impact on is your venue. I didn’t even think of this until a girl at work mentioned it. If your guest count is going to be 300 people you don’t want to start looking at venues that have a max capacity of 150. You will never get enough regrets or be creative enough with a seating plan to make that work. Nor would you want to. You don’t have to have exact numbers, but a rough estimate will be really helpful.
3.     Venue
In my opinion your venue should be one of this first if not the very first thing you book for your wedding. Your venue is one of the biggest parts of your wedding. It can have an impact on your style. For instance, you don’t want to look at super rustic barns if your vision is a 1920’s glam wedding. Not saying this couldn’t work, but your venue will really help your vision come together. They also book up super fast! True story: I called a venue back in July to tour and the first thing all of them ask is if you have a date in mind. We were thinking January 5th, 2020 but weren’t married (haha) to the exact date yet. (Mind you January 5th, 2020 is a Sunday.) When I told her January 2020, she goes “Ok. We have all weekends open except Sunday, January 5th and Saturday, January 18th” I remember thinking are you freaking kidding me?? What crazy person already has a Sunday booked a year and a half out?! No offense to anyone that plans really far ahead of time but let that be a lesson that venues (especially popular ones) can book up QUICK!

So, there you have it. My top 3 things you should do first on your wedding planning journey. I am no expert, but just thought I would share what worked for me and some things I encountered and tips I was offered. If you have any other questions I would be more than happy to try and help answer them. Feel free to email me @ fashionablylateblonde@gmail.com. And if you have any wedding tips please feel free to also send those my ways.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Goodbye 2018...Hello 2019

Happy 2019!
I hope everyone had a great holiday with family & friends. I decided to take a little extra time off from blogging last week and start refreshed this week. To kick things off I thought I would reflect a little on how AWESOME 2018 was and share some goals for 2019.
Let’s start with how 2018 was for me. I can honestly say 2018 was an amazing year. In January we picked up our puppy that I had been begging J to get me for years. It was a learning experience and we for sure lost some sleep, but he is so cute and makes every day better, so he is totally worth it.
I also got to travel a little this year. We started the year by taking a trip to Mexico with 8 of our closest friends! It was such a fun trip and the hotel we stayed at was the nicest place I’ve ever stayed. I also got to visit NYC for 10 days and spent 2 of those days in The Hamptons. This was my favorite trip to NY yet!! After that it was off to California in October. I haven’t been to Cali since I was a kid. We had so much fun checking out the beach, eating lots of food, exploring and watching our friends tie the knot. I ended my travel with a Bachelorette trip to St. Thomas. The trip was so much fun. The best part was when we rented a boat to take us all over for the day. We got to go snorkeling, see other parts of the islands, eat a delicious lunch and had some great drinks! 
I also had a really great year at my day job. I got promoted in April and then again in October. I’m really excited for this next adventure in my professional career.
I also had a pretty good year with the blog. I wrote more posts than I ever have, and I gave more focus to the blog than ever before. (I still want to do so much more but we’ll get to that in a minute.)
Lastly and DEFINIETLY my favorite moment of 2018 was on my trip to NYC when J surprised me and proposed. It was such a great day and means so much to me that he did it in my favorite city. I can’t wait to plan our wedding this year and marry him early next year!

Now let’s talk about 2019. I never really make resolutions. I don’t believe in them and I feel like they usually go out the window by the time February comes around. I do however want to set some goals for myself.
1.     Plan our wedding without going completely crazy. This seems easy, but there are so many things that go into planning that I never thought about. I will share more of this with y’all throughout the year in my Wedding Wednesday series so stay tuned.
2.     I want to grow the blog even more. I did my best to stick to a consistent schedule last year, but I slipped up more than a couple times. This year I want to do my best to post every Tuesday & Thursday and do 1 Five on Friday and Wedding Wednesday per month. This may sound easy to some, but it will definitely be a little challenging for me. However, it’s a challenge I am willing to take on. (If you have any post ideas please feel free to leave them below.)  
3.     Same goes with Instagram. I want to post on their more often. I’ll be so good about posting every day and then I’ll skip like 5. I want to be very consistent and share more on stories. Even just day to day things. I follow so many bloggers and I love when they just talk about random day to day things.
4.     Lastly, I want to be really healthy. I obviously would love to drop a few lbs before our wedding, but I want to do it the healthy way and the right way. I want to lose weight and keep it off. I want to eat more fruits & vegetables and maybe a little less pizza & doughnuts. I also want to find a workout routine that I like and stick with it. I want to continue running after I train for and run my half marathon next month. I also want to find some type of group fitness that I enjoy and can stick with. (If you have any favorites leave them below for me to try.)
So, there you have it my thoughts on 2018 and my goals for 2019. It’s safe to say that 2018 was a great year and 2019 has some pretty big shoes to fill. However, I have a feeling that 2019 is up to the challenge!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Outfit Inspiration

Merry Christmas Eve!!
I cannot believe the big day is almost here! This year has flown by so quickly! What are your plans today? Are you relaxing and spending time with family/friends or are you running around like crazy picking up last minute gifts & wrapping them all?? We are definitely doing the second one. haha Every year I swear to myself that I am going to shop early and wrap things a week ahead of time. I'll be sure to let you know if that ever happens. 
If you are super busy today and don't have time to plan an outfit for tomorrow I've got you covered. You probably have similar pieces in your closet or you could always pick up the exact pieces while you're out running around. haha 
I have been wearing this plain non stop since I picked it up in November. It just screams Christmas to me. I am also OBSESSED with this vest. It's the perfect color and goes with everything. You can wear it well into January and February too! I would also highly suggest the Spanx leggings. These will help you look slim while eating an entire plate of Christmas cookies. (No judgement!) Top it off with a beanie to keep your ears warm while going from house to house. (If that's how your family does Christmas.)

Top: Old Navy | Vest: Target (similar here & here coat version here) | Leggings: Spanx | Booties: JustFab (JustFab is a subscription site. Similar herehere, & LOVE these) | Beanie: C.C. | Sunnies: Old (similar here & here) | Lipstick: Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in Always Red 

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy spending this time with loved ones! I also want to take this time to tell you I truly appreciate each and every one of you that visit the blog. I love putting posts together, trying new products, and finding deals & steals that you can wear over and over again. 

Holiday Ready: Smile Edition

With all the holiday parties happening it’s important to make sure you are ready for all those fun gatherings. Last week I talked about what to wear to said parties and this week I want to talk about something else I do to get holiday ready. I’m constantly wearing red lipstick this time of year and nothing goes better with a bold lip than a white smile. I love coffee and red wine which can leave my smile dull & stained. To keep my teeth nice and white I use Smile Brilliant at home teeth whitening kit! I love that I can do it on my time (usually at night while catching up on shows or blog stuff) in the comfort of my own home. I just put the whitening gel in the trays and pop them in. The trays make it super easy because you don’t have to worry about them staying on like you do with strips. Plus, if you’re short on time that isn’t a problem either. I’ve seen results with as little as 40 minutes a day! Did I also mention if you have sensitive teeth like me, you can still use their product? After I whiten I put the desensitizing gel in the trays and leave them on for about 30 minutes. The desensitizing gel is a total lifesaver. With other whitening systems I would have to wait DAYS between whitening but because of the desensitizing gel I can use Smile Brilliant every single day without sensitivity issues.

These are my before and after photos from the first time I used their whitening system.

Overall, I cannot recommend Smile Brilliant enough. If your smile needs a little refresh I have some great news! Smile Brilliant has been nice enough to gift one of my readers a whitening system of their own! You’ll get the whole kit which includes paste & molds to create your trays plus whitening gel! All you have to do is click here to enter!
You can also use code 'fashionablylateblonde15' for $15 off your order. 
*This post was sponsored by Smile Brilliant. I received this product in exchange for a post. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Christmas Plaid

Here we are one week away from the big day! I literally cannot believe Christmas is in exactly one week! If you're anything like me, you still have lots of activities left on your Christmas to-do list. (We still have the lights in St. Augustine, lights in Jax Beach, some shopping & our Christmas party!)
Today's outfit is great for any Christmas adventures you still have on your agenda. 
I love the layered look with this sweater. The sleeves are slightly cropped so the plaid peeks out perfectly! Can we also talk about how perfect this plaid is? I picked it up early last month and I have not been able to stop wearing it this holiday season!

Sweater: H&M old (similar here, here & here) | Plaid: Old Navy | Denim: Topshop | Boots: Sam Edelman | Purse: Kate Spade old (similar here & here) | Sunnies: Lulu's sold out (similar here) | Lipstick: Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in Always Red
What do you have left to do before December 25th? As you can see above, I still have lots to do and not a lot of time! I hope y'all have a great week and come back on Thursday for a fun giveaway!