Dresses to help you at your next interview


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Sharing details on dresses to help you at your next interview. Dresses were gifted to me courtesy of Maggy London).

When it comes to interviewing for the job, confidence is key. Once of the most important things to remember is this: you only have one chance to make a good first impression so make it count. That being said, I believe it is better to be overdressed than under when it comes to interviews. That is why this week I am sharing dresses to help you at your next interview and feel confident.

Margo Midi dress 

If you want to feel like a duchess, this is the dress for you! The short sleeves and midi length make it an excellent dress to wear at interviews. If you are petite, you can get this dress in regular sizing as long as you size down. For example, I am a size 2P in dresses so I got my margo midi dress in regular size 0.


Gracie full skirt dress

If you are someone who does not to show off your arms, this is the dress for you! The lining in the front gives it is fun, feminine flair to it. The fabric is also super sturdy which makes it the perfect dress for winter interviews.


Diane pleated dress

Make a statement in floral prints. If you are bold, chose a floral or plaid patterned dress that help you leave a lasting impression at your next interview. This dress is one of my personal favorites because of the skirt. It flows so nicely as you want in it. You can see the motion of this dress from one of my holiday posts.


Cherie shirt dress 

A dress that stands the test of time! I love the pattern on this particular cherie shirt dress because it gives the illusion of extra height (super important for petite women).



How to stay motivated when you work from home



Sharing details on how to stay motivated when you work from home

Do you work from home a lot? The struggle can be real when it comes to staying focused on your goals. So today, I wanted to share my tips on how to stay motivated when you work from home with a few, simple steps. These steps will help you find clarity and allow you to work free of distractions.


We all need structure to stay productive and working from home is no exception. Take a few minutes every morning to plan out your day. Give yourself time to write out your goals, pencil in meetings and make time for coffee breaks and lunch. I find that writing my goals out by the hour on my Google calendar makes a world of difference!


PRO TIP: If you remember things better with a physcial paper planner, get one! I find that I remember things better by also writing them down.


A clean desk is a happy desk! I find that when my desk is cluttered with too many things on it, I can’t keep my mind focused on my tasks ahead (because I’m too guilty about the mess that is around). Marie Kondo your desk by making sure the only things on it are items you need readily available are there plus things that bring you joy. For example, I have pictures of the people I love along with pens, a notebook and stick notes with notes I write myself motivation.



There is nothing worse that turning on your laptop to files that literally cover up your desktop background. I have a simple 5 day challenge that will help you clean out your computer in a breeze. Feel free to print out this sheet or save it to your phone for reference.



This one is a tricky one for me as a content creator. Since I spend a lot of my time on social media, it is tempting to have my phone next to me at all time. Here’s the thing though: with your phone constantly buzzing from Snapchat, texts or email notification, you are going to get lose and overwhelmed into your phone. Turn it off or put it in another room.


Everyone has mixed feelings about what to wear when it comes to work. Everyone is different. Some people need to be in business casual to be productive. Others in their pjs. My advice would be to pay attention to what clothes make you feel the most comfortable. If looking glamorous makes you more productive, go for it! Personally, I am a pjs kind of gal. As long as I don’t do work from my bed, I am super productive!

I hope these tips provide some help insight on how you can be more productive from work. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, be sure to check out my Galentine’s Day brunch design idea that is easy to put together and super affordable!




Galentine’s Day brunch design idea

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Sharing details on how to create a Galentine’s Day brunch from the comfort of your home!

Ah Valentine’s Day. It’s either just another day or a day that you dread am I right? Last week, I decided to do a fun Galentine’s Day brunch. As such, I wanted to share details on how to create a Galentine’s. Spoiler alert: It’s super easy and inexpensive.

The props 

The items we had to go out and by included:

  • Heart shaped balloons (I got ours from the dollar store)
  • Paper straws
  • Cotton candy
  • Roses
  • Valentine’s Day candies
  • Whimsical cards
  • Transparent tape

The items we got from both of our houses included:

  • champagne glasses with long stems
  • Procecco
  • our dresses and outfits

Setting up the backdrop

We first started by putting up the balloons and roses with the transparent tape. The only other touch we added was having balloons on the floor along with extra roses for an extra feminine touch.

Having the right equipment

To capture the images of this shoot, I had to put my self-shooting photography skills to the test.

  • Camera
    • Sony alpha A7 is the one that we used for these photos.
  • Remote
  • Tripod

Galentine’s Day drink 

Nothing says Galentine’s Day like some fun, festive drinks! Below I have a simple form that will help you create these adorable drinks.


See how easy it is to re-create this Galentine’s Day brunch? In this instance, less is more! I hope this simple photoshoot idea will inspire you to create your own in the next few weeks. Be sure to check out my Valentine’s Day gift ideas to inspire you for festive gift ideas. Also be sure to check out my Instagram for sneak peak of upcoming Galentine/Valentine’s Day ideas.




Valentine’s Day gift ideas from Target



Sharing Valentine’s Day gift ideas from Target! 

Ah Valentine’s Day. Whether you are shopping for yourself or your loved ones, you are sure to find the perfect gift at Target (and maybe a few more things you don’t need lol). In addition to inspiration, I also have a chance for you to win a $600 in a Target gift card. You can find additional information at the bottom of this post.

Dressing for the occasion 

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, the more whimsical the better! Target has some of the cutest pieces that are under $30 too!

Gift ideas under $15

If you are on a budget, these gifts are easy to give as gifts and don’t break the bank!

Investments gifts

Looking to spend a little more this Valentine’s Day? These gifts are sure to dazzle.

For the guys

Because they are just as addicted to Target as we are – don’t let them fool you! 😘

I hope this post helps you out. **PRO TIP** if you need last minute gifts, select the pick-up in store option! This option will also save you $$ on shipping costs. Be sure to check out my post on why flowers always make the best gifts!

$600 Target Giveaway

Time to treat yourself just in time for Valentine’s Day!
I’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to give one lucky winner
a chance to win a $600 Target Gift Card!

To enter: complete the steps in the rafflecopter below. The more steps you complete,
the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning!
This giveaway runs until February 5th at 12am PST

Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
*this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Target.

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Valetine’s Day gift ideas from Nordstrom

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Sharing Valentine’s Day gift ideas from Nordstrom + details on how you can enter my latest Nordstrom giveaway! 

With the holidays long behind us, it’s time to look forward to the next big holiday of the year: Valentine’s Day! Whether you have someone special in your life or just want as special day with your closest friends, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to catch up with the people you love the most. Today, I am am dedicating this post to Valentine’s Day gift ideas from Nordstrom + sharing details on how you can enter my latest Nordstrom giveaway!

Valentine’s Day swag

These styles were simply too cute not to share with you all!

Galentine’s Day gift ideas

Simple and affordable items your girls are going to LOVE!

Gifts for her

You can never go wrong with jewelry but don’t underestimate the power of cozy gifts for her! Nothing beats having a warm blanket while watching Disney+ 😘

Chocolates with a twist 

Surprise your loved one with chocolates that fit their personality and style!

Self care = self-love

Let’s be honest: we can never have too many masks. Trust me, whether it’s a friend or your significant other, they will be thrilled to throw on a mask after a long day!

For the fellas

I hope this post sparks some fun ideas for your loved ones. Be sure to check out my post about why flowers make the best gifts. As promised, the details to my Nordstrom giveaway can be found below. Good luck!

$600 Nordstrom Giveaway

Time to treat yourself just in time for Valentine’s Day!
I’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to give one lucky winner
a chance to win a $600 Nordstrom Gift Card!

To enter: complete the steps in the rafflecopter below. The more steps you complete,
the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning!
This giveaway runs until January 29th at 12am PST

Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
*this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Nordstrom.

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Winter getaway style + travel tips


Sharing outfit idea + travel tips for your next trip to escape the winter! 

Let me be the first to say that I do not travel often. My work as a blogger and waitress means I spend at lot of my time either working at a restaurant or in front of a computer. However, for the first week of 2020 I got a chance to go away for the week to sunny Jamaica! As such, I wanted to share my winter getaway style + travel tips for you to use for your next trip to escape the cold!

Avoid overpacking by packing only what is necessary

My boyfriend is one of the most incredible minimalists I know. For our week long trip to Jamaica, he only had a carry bag pack. That’s right – one carry on for the entire week! You can follow his example by considering the following when you are packing:

  • Your location: are you going some place warm or cold? If you are going somewhere tropical, pack more bathing suits and cover-ups.
  • Toiletries: are you staying at a resort? A house? Some of your toiletries items you can get there instead of packing in your bag.
  • Chargers: what do you need them for? Your phone, camera, laptop?

Below is a image that you can download for as an easy reference guide!

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Petite friendly swimsuit options

I did a lot of a last minute packing for this trip. Thanks to Amazon, I was able to get some new swimsuits quickly like the one I am wearing. **IMPORTANT** this suit is a set. Sadly, you cannot switch out a small top for a medium bottom so keep this in mind. In these images I am wearing a size S but I will be exchanging it for a size M.


Swimsuit: Amazon  // Earrings: J.Crew

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More petite friendly swimsuits

Traveling in style

When it comes to traveling, it’s important to dress properly. You want to make sure you are comfortable. For me, that is a a warm sweater, a pair of jeans (for me, thats comfort lol) and ankle boots. Under my sweater, I had a camisole shirt so that I could take off my sweater once we arrived to warmer weather (the fans on the plane might also make you cold so keep this in mind). Remember: comfort is key.


Sweater: Karen Kane // Camisole: BP (under $30 & one of 2019’s best sellers during Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale)

I hope you found my winter getaway style + travel tips useful! If you want to learn more about my past trips to Jamaica, you can check them out here!


The best gift for the wine lover in your life

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Sharing my first time experience with WINC and why I believe their subscription is the best gift for the wine lover in your life! Plus, learn more about how you can get $22 off your first box!

Do you like wine but not know much about it? Me too! That’s why when WINC reached out to me about their wine subscription service, my natural curiosity was sparked. Subscriptions seems to be the best kind of gifts you can give these days. Whether it’s for pet lovers or beauty enthusiasts, gifting a subscription is a fun gift to receive during any time of the year. Today I am dedicating a post sharing the best gift for the wine lover in your life that you can gift for the holidays or any time of the year.

Getting started

The process is super simple. If you are like me, I had no idea what to get beyond Sauvignon Blanc and Rose. WINC has a palette test that you take which matches you up with wines that you are most likely to enjoy based on your taste preferences. Once you have picked your wines, you simply put in your address and payment information, then you are done!

Receiving my box in the mail

My box came within 3 days of my order. Keep in mind that when your box is delivered it does have to be signed off by someone at least 21+ or older. WINC was amazing at keep my updated with when my order was coming.

My experience

Of course I was thrilled to try a new bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. It has also been a lot of fun getting to try new wines that I would never have tried before. WINC also provided a welcome packet inside my subscription box that has allowed me to learn more about wine and the science behind it. I truly believe that WINC is the best gift for the wine lover in your life. Whether they are a long time lover of wine or they are someone that is looking to try someone new, this is a subscription that is sure to please!

Special offer

If you are looking to give the gift of WINC this year, I have a special offer for you. You can get $22 off your first box! Keep in mind that this is a MEMBERSHIP and will require you to enter in a credit card to charge you each month. You can cancel your subscription anytime! If you are still struggling to find a great gift, be sure to check out my idea for unique gift ideas.


Wine covers: Kohls (under $10)

Thank you WINC for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.