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May 26, 2016

The Secret to Looking Taller, Maybe?

Happy almost Friday, friends! I'm in SF prepping for a weekend with the Azalea team at BottleRock Napa Valley. Super pumped because a) I've never been to Napa and b) the festival is all about music, food, and WINE... I mean, it could possibly be heaven!

Before I go I wanted to make sure I got this post up because this dress fits the bill for all of your upcoming events like garden party wedding, brunch with girlfriends, or a meet the parents moment.  AND it gives the illusion that you're tall AF. Lately, I've been getting a ton of IG comments about my height -- most people think I'm really tall -- I'm only 5'3"! I used to be so scared that maxi dresses would overpower my petite frame, but wrap dress, leg baring maxis have changed my whole point of view.

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how to wear maxi dress petite frame, wrap maxi dress for wedding,
how to wear maxi dress petite frame, wrap maxi dress for wedding,
how to wear maxi dress petite frame, wrap maxi dress for wedding,
how to wear maxi dress petite frame, wrap maxi dress for wedding,
how to wear maxi dress petite frame, wrap maxi dress for wedding,
how to wear maxi dress petite frame, wrap maxi dress for wedding,
{privacy please kimono dress // steve madden heels // chloe bag // crap eyewear sunglasses}

I love how the wrap style/tie accentuates the waist line so there's no drowning in fabric! Add a lot of leg and you have ALL the height.  This style is super versatile, too. How cute would it look with flat lace-ups sandals for a day at the pool or booties for a summer festival moment? LOVE!

Hope you guys have a great long weekend. Can't believe summer is here!

{pursuing wrap maxis}







May 22, 2016

Mom Jeans FTW

  The best thing about fashion is trying new trends! I'll be honest, since I work from home, the only thing I've been trying lately is different workout clothes + pjs, so I'm really trying to step-up my game! Enter ALL the new new: high-waisted jeans, bodysuits, and double buckle belts. Go big or go home, right?

In reality, this look is just a different take on a typical jeans x tee ensemble but it's a little sexier and so much fun!

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how to wear high waist jeans, western belt styling, wearing bodysuit, pursuit of shoes
how to wear high waist jeans, western belt styling, wearing bodysuit, pursuit of shoes
how to wear high waist jeans, western belt styling, wearing bodysuit, pursuit of shoes
{asos high-waist jeans // asos double buckle belt // asos bodysuit // crap sunnies // steve madden heels }

Which item should we talk about first? Let's go with the ASOS Farleigh Jeans - I'm obsessed with the fit on these babies! Aside from this ASOS style and these Rollas pair, I have yet to find a high-waist high enough for my very long torso. My overall thoughts on high-waist jeans is that they just make me feel super sexy, hugging curves in all the right places. From a comfort perspective, I wouldn't say having something very tight on your waist feels the best, especially when sitting down or eating... #thestruggleisreal. The things we do for fashion!

bodysuits: where have you been my whole life? Bodysuits solve all the problems: no more keeping tops tucked in or worrying about weird blousing. They're also super soft and comfy and with most of them you don't have to wear a bra (use sticky boobs or petals).

I've been pursuing a double buckle belt for months now and until this one, haven't found one small enough for my waist. I know I know... life is so hard... but seriously though, I just want a freakin' fun belt like everyone else! For those of you with itty bitty waists looking for a good double buckle waist belt this is your guy. Stay tuned, because I'll be styling this belt a few different ways! 


{pursuing mom jeans + bodysuits}




May 15, 2016

Memorial Day Yum!

You guys, it's been such a domestic weekend! Andy and I went to the grocery store TWICE... that's big for us. We're typically the twice a month grocery store kind of couple! Last night we made pizza (so yum!) and today I'm repurposing our pizza toppings into these delicious veggie kabobs.

Simple but delicious – isn’t that what we’re always striving for with our busy schedules? These roasted veggie kebobs are sure to get your guests’ mouths watering – and as a social media bonus, if you take a pic of any part of this prep and cooking process, you’re bound to get lots of likes. That’s because they’re probably one of the prettiest things you’ll make. It really is like tasting the rainbow! Plus, I opted to ixnay the barbecue and roast these in the oven for the perfect side dish to any Memorial Day party. 

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Here’s the recipe:

Prep time: 25 min. | Cook Time: 15 min. | Serves: 10 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
 1 pack wooden skewers
 1 green bell pepper
 1 red bell pepper
 1 red onion
 1 zucchini
 1 yellow squash
 2 cups cremini mushrooms (small, if possible)
 1 10 oz. container cherry tomatoes
 Juice from 2 lemons
 ¼ cup olive oil
 2 cloves garlic (minced)
 ½ tsp. dried oregano
 ½ tsp. dried basil
 Salt and pepper


Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
2. Cover a cookie sheet with foil.
3. Chop your onions and bell peppers into 1-inch pieces.
4. Slice both the zucchini and yellow squash.
5. Line your skewers on the cookie sheet.
6. Thread your veggies onto the skewers in any order: tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, zucchini and peppers. Leave space on both ends of the skewer so you have room to hold it.
7. Make your marinade. Add olive oil, minced garlic, oregano, basil, salt, pepper and lemon to a small mixing bowl. Whisk together. Set aside.
8. Brush the marinade over each skewer, and rotate to get the marinade on both sides.
9. Put the cookie sheet in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until veggies are tender.
10. When done roasting, remove from the oven and place the skewers on a platter to serve.
11. Voila – taste the veggie rainbow!

easy veggie kabobs, memorial day bbq ideas, pretty vegetable displays
easy veggie kabobs, memorial day bbq ideas, pretty vegetable displays
easy veggie kabobs, memorial day bbq ideas, pretty vegetable displays

 You’re bound to get your day’s worth of veggies in just one of these skewers! If you're looking for other delicious and easy recipes don't forget to check out my breakfast enchiladas and pumpkin spiced french toast

This content was created in partnership with Kroger Family Stores using free products provided by Kroger.

May 13, 2016

#TargetStyle: Wedding Guest Beauty

This post is sponsored by Target. 

'Tis the season for weddings, graduations, and even more weddings, which means the pressure is on to dress the part. I'm continuing my partnership with Target to share a few easy hair and makeup ideas for your next big event. Scroll down to get the deets on these two looks! 

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target beauty looks, graduation makeup, wedding makeup ideas, pixi lip color, nexxus mousse
{nexxus mousse + volumizing foam // nexxus maxximum hold finishing mist // pixi sheer cheek tint gel in rosy  // pixi mattelustre lipstick}

Many hairstylists will suggest doing up-dos or super styled hair when it's a little dirty (aka second-day hair). The oils help the style stay and give it a little more texture. If you can't do second-day hair, I suggest using a little mousse after your shower to give it some oomph. After mousse, I always use a wand or curling iron to give my hair a light wave. Again, that adds texture, plus it looks super pretty when random tendrils fall out of place when styling. 

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target beauty looks, graduation makeup, wedding makeup ideas, pixi lip color, nexxus mousse

For a messy side bun, use a hair-tie to pull all hair in a side ponytail. Using bobby pins, grab pieces of hair and pin them within the ponytail. Repeat 4 or 5 times (or as needed to get all hair secured), and ta-da!

For this graduation guest look, I did my base makeup and layered on Pixi's cheek tint for a rosy color, then topped it off with Pixi's lip color in raspberry blush, which is a pinky-red. This is a great lip color for gals looking to go semi-matte but not take the full plunge (like me!).

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target beauty looks, graduation makeup, wedding makeup ideas, pixi lip color, nexxus mousse
target beauty looks, graduation makeup, wedding makeup ideas, pixi lip color, nexxus mousse

If you're headed to a summer wedding then a) you need this dress and b) try a twisted side braid and coral lip for your beauty look! Start with the same second day hair look as above then grab 3 clear hair elastics to do this:  

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target beauty looks, graduation makeup, wedding makeup ideas, pixi lip color, nexxus mousse

Pull all your hair into one side ponytail, then come down about 2 inches to add another hair elastic. Here's the trick: open the center between the two and fold the remaining hair into the hole to create the "twist." It will be tight, so pull on the hair to loosen and repeat for the next one. Depending on how long your hair is, you could do it multiple times! Wrap strands around each elastic and secure them with a bobby pin to hide them.  

target beauty looks, graduation makeup, wedding makeup ideas, pixi lip color, nexxus mousse
target beauty looks, graduation makeup, wedding makeup ideas, pixi lip color, nexxus mousse
target beauty looks, graduation makeup, wedding makeup ideas, pixi lip color, nexxus mousse

I topped off the whole thing with a little finishing mist -- you know, for that after party dance sesh! Don't forget the lipstick. For this I went with a little peachy-coral color.

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Ugh, I'm missing my long hair! Anywho, hope these help you out with any upcoming festivities. I'm always sharing hair tips on snapchat (pursuitofshoes), so don't forget to follow there. Find your style @Targetstyle.

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May 11, 2016

Little White Dress

Every once in awhile you find a dress that makes you feel 100! Enter this for love + lemons dress. I bought it on a whim for a potential trip and even though the trip didn't happen, the dress stayed in my closet. Funny how those things happen! This is definitely a dress that's perfect for a bachelorette party or bride-to-be activities. One thing to note: the underlining is a bodysuit. Yup, legs and buns out.

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how to wear white lace dress, for love and lemons, lace with leather, pursuit of shoes
how to wear white lace dress, for love and lemons, lace with leather, pursuit of shoes
how to wear white lace dress, for love and lemons, lace with leather, pursuit of shoes
how to wear white lace dress, for love and lemons, lace with leather, pursuit of shoes
how to wear white lace dress, for love and lemons, lace with leather, pursuit of shoes
how to wear white lace dress, for love and lemons, lace with leather, pursuit of shoes
how to wear white lace dress, for love and lemons, lace with leather, pursuit of shoes
how to wear white lace dress, steve madden nude shoes, pursuit of shoes
{for love + lemons lace dress // steve madden 'sanibell' heels // zara leather jacket  - similar here // crap sunglasses}

The dress itself is thick enough that you feel fully covered (promise!) but the overall skirt is totally see through if you get close enough. Classy see through... is that a thing?  You definitely can't wear a bra with it but sticky boobs would work, and the icing on the cake ? The bodysuit has a snap closure for potty breaks!

Ps: I've been wearing these nude heels on repeat because they are just the right color for us tan gals! 

{pursuing the little white dress look}