Happy Memorial Day Weekend and Sales!

Happy Memorial Day weekend! It's the unofficial start of summer, and for the first time in a few years, I am actually sticking around Washington for most of the weekend. I'm actually looking forward to a relaxing few days of checking off those to-do's that keep resurfacing week after week. Of course an All American seaside look is in order regardless of where you're spending your Memorial Day weekend. I absolutely love the combination of this nautical silk scarf (tie it like a necklace!) with a classic striped skirt, so I worked around those two pieces to create a look that's perfect for a stroll along the beach, an afternoon cookout, or a trip to the farmer's market. 

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For those of you looking to hit the Memorial Day sales from the comfort of your beach chair, here's a round up of some of the best online sales you'll find this weekend:

Anthropologie - 20% off sale (great time to pick up home items or a pretty dress or these adorable yoga pants - I get compliments on them everywhere I go )

Boden - 30% off and free shipping on orders over $49 (try this gorgeous tunic  paired with a retro inspired swimsuit)

DVF - 30% off sale items with code SUMMER30 (you could go with a classic wrap dress, a stunning emerald lace dress... there are so many dresses on sale and many of them come to under $150!)

Furbish Studio - 15% off with code SUMMER15 (a great site for unique and colorful home decor like this bright dish)

J.Crew - 25% off with code WEEKEND (time to splurge on the Icon Trench Coat or just raid the sale section)

J.Crew Factory - 50% off everything (this striped dress would be a great alternative to the skirt above)

Kendra Scott - up to 70% off

Lilly Pulitzer - gifts with purchase all weekend long (you need this comfy dress or maybe this one)

L.L.Bean - 10% off and free shipping with code SUMMER (get a new boat & tote bag for summer)

Lulu and Georgia - 25% off sitewide with code TAKE25 (these candles are one of my favorites and an absolute steal - the teakwood and tobacco scent is amazing)

Madewell - 30% off sale styles with code SWEET (do I need another one of these?)

Nordtrom - half yearly sale means deals up to 40% off! (obsessed with this feminine jacket that I saw on @sunsetsandstilettos instagram)

Rocksbox - use code pineapplesandpearlsxoxo for a free month!

Serena and Lily - 20% off sitewide with code ALLOUT (this towel is still on my wish list)

Waiting on Martha - free shipping with code MEMORIALFREESHIP (pick up the neutral and versatile clutch in the outfit above for just $60, free shipping!)


Kick up Your Heels

We've had a few absolutely gorgeous days in DC! I can't remember the last spring where it was truly SPRING like this. So many years it has gone straight from Winter to Summer, but I am soaking up every 75 degree day this season. You better believe I'm getting every outdoor activity in the book on my calendar for the next few weeks. Farmers' Markets, baseball games, wine tasting, Charlottesville, I'm going to do my best to fit it all in and live spring to the fullest. Follow along on Instagram to catch all of the fun. What are your favorite springtime activities?

I've posted about my love of Jack Rogers many times before, but it's worth mentioning that the Jack Rogers website is having a huge Memorial Day sale that ends on Thursday! Sandals are up to 50% off and there are some classic styles including metallics, bright pinks, timeless leopard, and even a versatile tote or two. Check out some of my picks below.


Kate Spade Surprise Sale!

I mentioned in yesterday's link roundup that I finally splurged on a nice watch in the Kate Spade Surprise Sale. Now I've pulled together all my favorites from the sale. I love Kate Spade jewelry because not only is it adorable and often a little bit quirky, it actually stays shiny gold and doesn't tarnish like a lot of costume jewelry. So, of course, when earrings are as low as $19, it's time to stock up.

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The Knotted Rope Studs are one of my all time favorite pairs of earrings. I seriously wear them most days and the Spade Bangle is another must have piece. But, it's also good to have a few pairs of louder earrings for when you're looking to make a statement and that's when you reach for the Capri Garden Earrings, the Gatsby Hoops (these earrings made me realize I can wear hoops!), or the Monterey Bay Necklace. Don't forget to check out the handbags and adorable clothing while you're at it. 


Monday Links

Last week was the busiest week I have had in a while and I was so glad to finally be able to take a breath this weekend! Returning from vacation late Monday night to plans every night after work, trying to fit in 6 AM workouts each morning, as well as a slew of errands and personal work that needed to get done was getting the best of me. This week should be far more relaxing, though I'm trying to keep up with that early morning workout schedule. It's amazing how much more you can accomplish when you have your entire evening free!

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  • A post on the Future of Blogging was circulating around the internet last week. It's an interesting read for those who blog and even those who are readers. 
  • I've got to say, the most bizarre blogging trend that I have seen thus far is all the bloggers adopting snapchat. I do not think I could merge the silly snaps I send my friends with my blogging brand, nor would I want to, though I did find this article that makes a case for why some love this blogging trend.
  • Speaking of wish lists, I finally bit the bullet and got a big girl watch! The Kate Spade Surprise Sale has items up to 75% off and I snagged a sophisticated and timeless gold watch (I love a chunky Michael Kors, but I just wanted something a little more classic.)
  • Of course I am still trying to be on a healthy eating kick (I fell off the wagon yesterday, to say the least), and I've been trying to satiate my sweet tooth with lower calorie options including pudding with a bit of fruit. While it may not be as decadent as the banana pudding I was chowing down on in Nashville a couple weeks ago, it does the trick. 


Espadrilles on Parade

I've been looking for easy flats that I can throw on whenever I'm feeling a little bit nicer than my old Rainbows but not so dressy as my Jack Rogers. A pair of espadrilles seems to be the answer, and though I think I have decided on this pair (and maybe this one for when I'm feeling a little sassier!), there are so many options out there in every print and color that I decided to do a round up of some of my favorites. If I was just throwing my budget to the wind, I would totally have splurged on this wild pair, but alas, that's not going to happen for me this summer!

Have you seen a pair of espadrilles that you had to have? Do you prefer to stick with the classic Soludos brand or have you branched out into some of the designer versions?


Pinterest Recipe of the Week: Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Cups

I'm sure I am not the only one obsessed with skinnytaste. It's an easy to navigate website with bright pictures, simple to follow recipes, and something for literally any craving you might have. Not to mention, as the name might indicate, healthy and well-balanced recipes. 

So, naturally, a skinnytaste recipe was bound to pop up as my weekly Pinterest recipe before too long. I am trying to clean out my fridge, pantry, and freezer as best I can so that I can truly start with a clean, healthy slate for summer and one of the items taking up room in my freezer was a bag of frozen chicken. Perfect for a crock pot meal, but I needed something that wasn't heavy or overly filling. Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Cups were just the delicious answer I was looking for. 

24 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 celery stalk
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic
24 oz. chicken broth
3/4 cup buffalo sauce
Bibb lettuce leaves
1 celery stalk cut into matchsticks
Ranch dressing

Fill crock pot with enough chicken broth to cover chicken, celery stalk, diced onion, and garlic. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.

Remove chicken from pot, avoiding celery, onion, and garlic. Reserve 1/2 cup broth from crock pot. Shred chicken with two forks (it should pull apart easily!) Return chicken to slow cooker with 1/2 cup reserved broth and buffalo sauce. Cook on high for 30 minutes.

Serve a scoop of chicken in a lettuce leaf and top with ranch (or blue cheese if that's your thing!) dressing and celery matchsticks. Enjoy!

In case you don't have a crock pot at home, I have this inexpensive crock pot from Target and I love it. It is sizeable - it could probably hold 7-8 large chicken breasts and it's so simple to use. I turn it on in the morning (or in this case, at lunch, since it only needed 4 hours on high... though you could also just do 8 hours on low) and it's good to go for dinner. Seriously, this might be the best $19.99 I have ever spent on a kitchen appliance.


April Showers (and a Giveaway!)

While we've actually had gorgeous weather recently, a colorful spring rain jacket is a must have wardrobe piece. I love my sophisticated trench coat, but there's something so classic about a yellow jacket that brightens up even the rainiest of days. Pair that yellow jacket with nautical navy and white and you have a look that is as at home on a city street as it is on a windy day out on the water.

I love the New Englander Jacket from Charles River Apparel and have teamed up with them to give away one to a reader in the color of your choice (it comes in an array of nine gorgeous colors including coral, aqua, hot pink, and mint... or you can go with classic black!) Perfect for those spring showers or any blustery day where there's still a bit of a chill in the air.

Enter to win a New Englander Jacket using the Rafflecopter below or, if you just have to have one now, check out all the colors here. It runs a bit roomy, which is perfect for layering, so definitely order your normal size.

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Check out all the items in this classic and crisp spring rainy day look below.


Racing Days

Tomorrow is my second steeplechase this spring and it's looking to be another gorgeous day albeit a much, much hotter one. I realized last weekend that several of my friends had never been to a horse race and didn't exactly know how to prepare, so for all those first timers out there, I've put together a collage of what you should have on hand. It's all about practicality and not getting sunburnt.

While I prefer to carry a clutch most of the time (seriously, if I'm not at work, I don't want more than a clutch in hand), this is one occasion where a durable tote is your best bet for carrying around sunscreen, a water bottle, etc. Sometimes you have to go all in with a theme, and I just loved the horsebit earrings and bangle from Fornash. Of course you never know when you might want to take a stroll from your tent or tailgate, so it always helps to have portable drink options - plus, I just love any excuse to use this adorable wine tote (monogram it for a great gift!) Oh, and no heels unless you want to sink into the grass! I prefer to stick to a wedge sandal so I still feel a little dressy.

6 - Mint Julep Cup - 7 Makers Mark (for mint juleps!) - 8 Horsebit Bangle

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You can shop all my recommendations for Steeplechase essentials using the images below, but seriously, don't forget the sunscreen - in fact, go for SPF 85 like I did this year! I learned my lesson the hard way at Gold Cup one year and won't make that mistake again. And, remember, a hat is not just a fashion statement.