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Why Longwood Gardens is one of my favorite places on Earth

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On the weekend of my 28th birthday, my boyfriend surprised me with a mini road trip to my favorite place on Earth: Longwood Gardens. When I posted photos about my experience on Instagram, I felt inclined to share more photos of the day. Anyone who has ever been to Longwood Gardens will tell you that there is nothing quite like the spectacle and grace of this magnificent park.

Stating the obvious: the flowers!

My love of floral prints and flowers is all over my page. You can see one example here. If you are passionate about floral design or garden, Londwood is going to be your paradise! There is a little bit of everything: enchanting peony gardens, exotic plants and trees standing the tests of time! It was so cool to learn that some of the trees on the property date back as far as the early 40’s! I could not believe the amount of exotic plants we saw.

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It is rich with history

Speaking of history, there is tons of it here! Pierre du Pont purchased what we now know as Longwood Gardens in an attempt to protect the specular trees surrounding the property. His love of gardening resonates through each section of the park. If you look closely, you will see garden inspiration from Italy, France and even Asia! You can see that this the gardens have been here since the 40’s.

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So much to see, so much to do!

There is truly nothing quite like Longwood Gardens. Along with specular fountains, you can also expect to see exquisite architecture along with branded wine and beer barrel carts. Longwood Gardens is truly a place for everyone – especially if you are a photographer!

Have you ever been to Longwood Gardens? Feel fee to share your experiences in the comments below!

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Dress: Maggy London // Lipstick: Urban Decay

 

 

 

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Petite friendly brands you might not know about

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The struggle is so when you are below 5’5. Thankfully over the years, several brands have recognized that women simply do not have the time (and sometimes resources) to get every single piece of clothing they own hemmed. So today I am sharing petite friendly brands that you might not know about to make your life as a petite lady easier!

Banana Republic

From feminine dresses to tailored suit separates, Banana Republic’s petite fashion has pieces for pretty much any occasion.

Maggy London

I recently got introduced to Maggy London in the past few years. They have timeless pieces and their petite section really understands a petite frame. I love that their dresses are true to size. Hallelujah!

LC Lauren Conrad

I have been praying that LC Lauren Conrad come out with a petite section and now they have one! It’s online only but now this means that we can enjoy her dresses without feel like a toddler in mom’s dress!

Loft

Another great store to shop at if you are petite! I generally like to shop there for seperate pieces like sweaters, tops and skirts.

Gal Meets Glam

Everyone’s favorite feminine fashion blogger has the more darling clothing line. Her line also has petite styled dresses and jumpsuits (and lots of floral prints).

Ann Taylor

Very similar to Banana Republic, Ann Taylor is also a great place for petites to find feminine dresses along with corporate casual styled clothing. Similar to Rent the Runway, they now have a renting service so you can try their pieces on before you chose to purchase them.

Eliza J

I fall in love with this brand more and more each year. Their dresses are made so well. I love their petite maxi dresses – no hemming required!

Kut from the Kloth

My favorite petite denim jacket is by Kut from the Kloth and it’s a lifesaver. It fits like a glove. Plus they also have petite styled jeans too!

Express

I remember going to Express stores during my first few years of college and leaving disappointed because certain dresses wouldn’t fit right. Now, Express has a petite line that includes their signature dresses, bottoms and tops.

J.Crew

A brand that I wear time and time again because of their timeless pieces. From dresses, to tailored pants and blazers, it’s hard not to find a lot of their pieces in my wardrobe.

ASOS

ASOS’ online shop offers sizes in regular, petite and plus styled clothing. I personally have not ordered from ASOS yet (because I am a creature of habit and order from the same places) but I have a lot of fellow bloggers who love the pieces they get and of course, love their price points.

Photography by Randy Lange Photography 

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Dress: Banana Republic (runs small, size up)*  // Sandals: LC Lauren Conrad // Tulle Skirt: OLD; similar here of under $50! // Hair piece: Amazon (under $10)

*for this photoshoot I wore this dress in 4P (my usual size). It just barely fit me. I ended up going back to BR to exchange the dress for 6P.

 

 

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3 reasons why you need a trench coat in your wardrobe

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Trench coats are my favorite pieces to whip out when spring comes around. This time of year spring lots of sun and LOTS of rain. So today I am sharing with you all why you need to add a trench coat to your wardrobe.

Trench coats are timeless

These coats never go out of style! I love that they can stand the test of time and still look amazing no matter what year it is.

They are great for layering

Trench coats are pieces that are effortless to layer with. For these photos I chose to go with a sweater and jeans. However, you can easily pair a trench coat with your favorite dress or business casual pants.

Owning a trench coat means you have a piece that flatters all body types

What I love about trench coats is that they flatter all bodies types. Thankfully, many retailers offer styles in petite, tall and curvy styles for all to enjoy!

Bottom line: If you get a trench coat, it’s a piece that you will have on repeat over and over again in the spring. Consider adding a trench coat to your wardrobe to enjoy a piece that is timeless, perfect for layering and will flatter all body types.

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Coat: Land’s End // Sweater: Rent the Runway // Jeans: Articles of Society *gifted to me by the brand // Shoes: TOMS

Photos by Victoria Saperstein Photography

 

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Wedding guest outfit ideas

 

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Wedding season is upon us! It is so much fun being a guest at a wedding, celebrating the union to two souls in love. Last year I wrote a post regarding wedding dress ideas and wedding etiquette. Since wedding season has officially arrive, I figured I would share some of my favorite wedding guest dresses that I am obsessing over.

Petites

Being 5’2 has its challenges at time but when it comes to fashion, we shorties don’t always have to struggle. Brands like Express, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and more offer petite styles to some of the most darling dresses.

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Gal Meets Glam // Maggy London (under $50) // Gal Meets Glam (the pink lace is so charming) // Gal Meets Glam (the sleeves are great if you are not a fan of your arms)

Maxi dresses

These dresses are so versatile! They can be dressed up with a cardigan like this one from Gal Meets Glam or dresses down with your favorite denim jacket.

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Banana Republic (runs true to size) // Maggy London // Gal Meets Glam // Express

High-low dresses

Another great option for petites. My favorite part about high low dresses is the way wind picks up the skirt. It’s so feminine yet elegant at the same time!

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Eliza J // Eliza J // Eliza J // Eliza J

Jumpsuits

Don’t feel like wearing a dress? Go with a jumpsuit! It’s the perfect piece for the modern woman.

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Gal Meets Glam bow jumpsuit // Eliza J (available in petites – and slimming at waist!) // Eliza J pink jumpsuit  // Eliza J off the shoulder jumpsuit (available in petites)

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Dress: Eliza J (this print is sold out but the same style in available in different prints here & here // Headband: H&M // Shoes: Marc Fisher

Photography by Victoria Saperstein Photography 

 

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Why flowers always make the best gifts

 

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When it comes to giving a meaningful gifts, you can never go wrong with fresh flowers. The gift of flowers had stood the test of times since they are visually stunning, meaningful and full of sentiment. So today, I sharing 5 reasons why flowers make the best gifts:

Giving the gift of flowers is timeless

Whether it is for a special occasion or just because, getting a bouquet of flowers is always an excellent way to brighten bring joy in someone’s day. The great thing about fresh flowers is you can pick a bouquet to tailor the person you are giving it to. For example, you may want to opt for tulips rather than roses if you wanted to give flowers as a just because gift.

Fresh flowers are budget friendly

It’s always stressful when Mother’s Day or other holidays come around. Sometimes it can feel like there is pressure to spend a lot of money on a great gift. A flower delivery is a great gift because it’s cost effective. Plus, someone else will make sure the bouquet will get to your loved one in one pieces so you don’t have to go out and pick it up yourself.

Flowers look great in any home

There is nothing quite like the look of fresh flowers. They are a fun gift to display plus add some extra color to any room in your home!

Easy to order from the comfort of your home

We all have busy lives. As such, time is precious. You can easily order a bouquet of flowers without having to leave the comfort of your home. In fact, you can enjoy an extra 20% off your next bouquet from FTD here.

A bouquet of flowers is something everyone can enjoy

Holidays like Mother’s Day can be tough. On the one end you can give her a box of chocolate but is she going to regret that gift later? Flowers are a gift that men and women of all ages can enjoy without any sense of guilt. They serve as a beautiful reminder that they are loved and cherished.

Thank you FTD for sponsoring this post! It has been an absolute delight showing off one of your beautiful arrangements. To get 20% your next floral arrangement, click here

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Dress: Maggy London // also available here (under $50!)

Check out more details about this dress and other wedding guest outfit ideas here

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How to make every day Earth Day

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If there is one common theme you will notice on my Instagram it is my love for flowers. Perhaps it’s because I am a Taurus but when it comes to comfort, I find it in nature. As such, that is why you will often see flowers or floral prints in my styles. That is why I wanted to share with you some ways we can make a lasting impact on our world. We are not perfect but we are all capable of taking actions towards the greater good of our plant. Here are some simple steps you can take to leave a small carbon footprint on the Earth:

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Use reuseable bags

The benefits of using reusable bags vs plastic bags are limitless. If you are like me and forget to bring them with you sometimes, leave your reusable bags in your car. I also carry a small reuseable bag that I got from the Disney store in my purse when I go shopping as well.

Let’s say you have plastic bags that you want to recycle. There are many retailers including Target, JCPENNY and Whole Foods that have recycling boxes for you to leave your unwanted plastic bags. In New Jersey, here are some of the places that have recycling boxes at their stores:

  • A&P Food Stores
  • ACME
  • Emerson Cleaners
  • Foodtown
  • Home Depot
  • JCPenny
  • Lowe’s
  • McCaffrey’s
  • Pathmark
  • Sam’s Club
  • Shop Rite
  • Stop & Shop
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Wegmans Food Market Inc
  • Weis Market
  • Whole Foods

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Replace plastic bottles with glass bottles or stainless steel tumbler

Using glass bottles is a great way to reduce the use of plastic in your home. I got a glass bottle from BKR in my FabFitFun box last year and it has been a lifesaver. The silicon cover prevents it from cracking. Consider tumblrs like this one by Yeti that will keep your drink warm or cool like this one.

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Purchase glass containers instead of plastic containers

Speaking of glass, consider replacing your plastic containers with glass ones. I find that they keep your food fresh for a longer period of time. In fact, Target has some great ones in stock like cute green ones here.

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Consider ethical fashion

I love that H&M has a conscious line. This line is created from recycled materials. In fact, H&M has a bin where you can drop off articles of clothing you do not need. Your old pieces are recycled and they give you 15% to enjoy on your next shopping trip. Talk about a win-win!


In short, there are many ways that each of us can make a difference in making our world cleaner. What are some ways you help make less of a carbon footprint on our world? Feel free to share them with me in the comments below!

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Best red lipstick brands of 2019

You gotta love how bold and timeless red lipstick can be. Recently, I Marie Kondo’d though my lipstick stash because we only need a few tubes of red lipstick right? That being said, here are my favorite red lipstick brands of 2019. This post is not sponsored by the way. It is simply a honest review of red lipsticks that I am in love with.

SNOW WHITE LUX LIPSTICK BY COLOURPOP

After getting this lipstick for Christmas, I have been in love! The color is very pigmented. Additionally, the formula does dry out your lips. It is the perfect shade of red that flatters all skin type! You can get the entire set that comes with the lipstick, lip gloss and eyeshadow for $18 or the lipstick separately for $7.

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MAC’S DIVA LIPSTICK

Diva is my go-to color when I want a wine colored lip. My recommendation is to exfoliate your lips before you put it on. I do find that the color last well throughout the day but if you do not exfoliate, your lips can get dried out. My go-to lip exfoliator is by Lush.

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MAYBELLINE SHINE COMPULSION LIPSTICK in PINK FETISH

I do have to disclose that this lipstick was gifted to me by Influenster. However, gifted or not, I was going to try out this lipstick nonetheless. Maybelline has great quality when it comes to their lipsticks which is why I try out their new lipsticks each year. The color I a wearing is Pink Fetish. Even through the color has the word pink in it, the color is definitely more on the red side! What I love most about this color is that with the pigmentation comes a soft, velvety formula that lasts throughout the day. I also used Maybelline’s lipliner in Brick red in these photos.

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STILA LIQUID LIPSTICK IN BESO

Stila continues to be a brand that I cannot stop raving about. Their liquid lipstick has a matte formula that lasts 8+ hours (it’s my go-to lipstick when I am at work. Somehow, it does not melt off!). What I also love about Stila is it’s durablibily. This is a lipstick I use almost every day – my tube can easily last me 8 months! 

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REVLON’S LOVE IS ON LIPSTICK 

Another great lipstick that you can get at a great price! I bought this lipstick on a whim during a visit to CVS and I am so glad I got it. This is another great color that anyone can wear. I will say that is a lipstick that does not last as long throughout the day. If I eat something, I do have to re-apply it later in the day. It’s a lipstick great for photoshoots or meetings where you need an extra pop of color.

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