Saltwater Sparkle

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Long Day Dress


At first I debated sharing these photos.  I wasn't able to take them until late in the day when the sun was setting, so the quality isn't the best.  However, I was so impressed with this dress that I had to share!  Banana Republic advertises it as "wrinkle free" and it really is.  I went through a long day of work and college football and somehow this dress stayed intact!  It's also a great blend of a class button down with a little something funky.  However, this dress does run short.  I'm average height and bought it in a tall for a little modesty.

Another thing... how great are these shoes?  Lace-up flats are my favorite trend of fall and these ones are such a great deal--three colors for under $50!


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Labor Day Sales

My must-haves for fall?  A red lip, bows, and leopard print!

Holidays that celebrate America always seem to have the best sales.  I took this opportunity to finally invest in a good camera--please wish me luck, because I'll need it!

Aerie // Buy one, get one 50% off, free selfie stick with $75 purchase
Amazon // 20% off qualifying items with code LABORDAY20
Ann Taylor // 50% off fall styles with code HAPPY50
Anthropologie // 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30
Banana Republic // 40% off entire site with code BRFALL 
J. Crew Factory // 50% off entire site, no code needed
J. Crew // 30% off order of $125 or more with code GETSHOPPING 
Kate Spade // 25% off sale items with code DELIGHT
LOFT // 30% off fall items, 50% off summer sale items
Madewell // 30% off fall items, extra 30% off sale items with code YESANDYES
Nordstrom // Up to additional 40% off sale items
Nordstrom Rack // 25% off clearance items 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Healthy Turkey Chili

I love food.  Eating is by far my favorite thing to do.  However, I also live at the beach and find myself in bikinis fairly often.  Because of this, I've managed to reach a compromise and try and cook healthy, guilt-free food.  Earlier this week, I made my first crock pot chili of autumn.  It's delicious, easy, and good for you! The most important thing is to check the sodium levels of all the groceries you're buying.  Just about everything has options where sodium isn't added.  If you aren't careful, your meal can turn into one big salt-fest and end up being rather unhealthy.

1 lb ground turkey
1 white onion, diced
2 (14 oz) no sodium added diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can no sodium tomato sauce
1/4 cup no sugar added ketchup or chili sauce (if you want it spicy!)
1/4 cup water
1 (15 oz) can dark red no sodium added kidney beans
1 packet Mrs. Dash's chili seasoning mix
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Brown ground turkey with chopped onion.  While they are browning, combine all other ingredients in your crock pot.  Stir them together.  When turkey and onion are browned, stir together in crock pot with other ingredients.  Cook all day on low or on high for 3-4 hours.  Top with shredded skim-milk cheddar cheese and greek yogurt.  (I promise, greek yogurt tastes exactly the same as sour cream!  You can't tell the difference!) 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Two Fashion Documentaries to Watch Right Now

This weekend was really productive for me.  After realizing that Hilton Head wouldn't be hit by a hurricane, I opened a bottle of wine, read the September issues, and watched some fashion documentaries.  Though very different, (one condemns the fashion industry while the other celebrates it) they're both worth taking a look at.

The True Cost concentrates on the negative side effects of "fast fashion," or stores like H&M, Forever 21, etc. where we can all get on-trend clothing for super cheap.  Though at times it loses me--like when it goes into some deeply unsubstantiated claims on cotton growth, it's overall a very in-depth and excellent look at the ripple effect that fast fashion has on the rest of the world. 

If you know me in real life, you probably know how disappointed I am with this year's Vogue September issue.  Seriously.  Beyonce is on the cover despite never actually being interviewed and there only being four pictures of her in the entire magazine.  Normally however, Vogue is awesome and this documentary demonstrates why.  It really makes you appreciate the effort that goes into making all those fashion shots appear effortless.


Monday, August 31, 2015

All American Autumn

The past few days have been pretty busy.  For a while, it looked like Hilton Head would be hit by Tropical Storm Erika.  I had an emergency bag packed and ready to go for a bit!  Luckily, the storm dissipated and all we've gotten is some cool and rainy weather.  It's finally starting to feel like fall!

You may have remember the shirt I'm wearing here from my Savannah explorations but with some taupe booties and blue jeans, it's a great shirt to transition into fall with.  This shirt is perfect for a messy tuck, but still has that classic feel.  Taupe booties also look like they'll be the "it" shoe item for fall--everyone has them!  They go with everything and anyone can pull them off, so it's easy to see why they're so popular.

shirt // similar booties // jeans // similar jacket // bag

As for our blanket scarf contest winner... Congratulations to Maggie Pedersen!  Maggie, check your e-mail today so I can get your details and mail your prize!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Instagram Roundup

Oh, Instagram!  It's an amazing place that allows me to share snippets of my life that don't necessarily make up a blog post.  Lately though, I've been seeing way too much cute stuff to not share here.  I've included a roundup of some of my favorite snaps lately--enjoy!

THERE IS A MACARON SHOP ON HILTON HEAD!!!!!! Oh--and it's totally amazing.  The macarons are a larger size than what I'm used to... no complaints there.

This is by far one of my favorite pictures of all time.  It's a flashback from my semi-recent trip to Ireland, overlooking the Cliffs of Moher.  The sights were breathtaking.  My sisters and I definitely hopped the fence and it was so worth it!

Lately we've been getting a ton of rain on the island, but after the storms come the most beautiful sunsets.  It's always a nice reminder that sometimes the difficult times lead to the best.

How cute is this little Williamsburg cottage?!  The air in Virginia felt so much drier than South Carolina!  It's amazing how much the humidity hits you here.

Have you entered the blanket scarf/Starbucks giveaway yet?  Today is the last day, so don't miss out!  Scroll down a few posts to find the entry form.  It's never too early to prepare for fall.

I love the idea of chambray and lace.  It feels very South Carolina to me.  Also returning here are my Frye wedges, which have been replaced since breaking on me in the middle of Savannah.

slip // chambray top // wedges // clutch // similar necklace

I've been on the quest for the perfect tawny leather jacket and tried this one on with a going-out outfit.  Unfortunately, it ended up being too big, so back it goes.  Looks like my quest continues!

Meet the best shirt ever!  It's big, flowy, comfy, and also owned by Taylor Switch.  It's definitely made the "I'm lazy but want to look okay" rotation of shirts.

tee shirt // jeans // similar heels


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Holy Grails: Part Two

We all have our "Holy Grail" items--the things that we'll buy entire shelves of if they're ever discontinued.  Whether they be cult favorites or new discoveries, it's always wonderful to find that one product that makes life a little bit easier.  I wanted to share some of my favorites with all of you, but turns out that I really love buying stuff and there were a few too many to fit all into one post.  This is Part 2.  Scroll down to the next post for Part 1!

Aerie Brooke Bra
I worked at Aerie one summer in college, discovered this bra, and never looked back.  This bra is everything.  It gives you just enough push-up, is extremely comfortable, and doesn't give you bra-outlines in tee shirts.  My friend Julia and I are obsessed with these bras.  Right now, all bras at Aerie are only $20, so now is the perfect time to stock up!

Tory Burch Reva Flats
These flats are like the Energizer Bunny--they just keep going and going.  I'm very hard on my shoes and my flats look just as nice as the day I bought them.  I also found my pair at Nordstrom Rack, which ended up saving me a ton of money.  Funny story, I decided that the best way to get the most out of these flats was to get a neutral color... So I bought the leopard print pair.  No regrets.

Hunter Rain Boots
First of all, these rain boots are on MAJOR SALE RIGHT NOW.  I've linked to the sale above.  Sometimes I feel like these boots never go on sale, so the fact that they're 70% off right now is insane.  These boots are classics and unlike some others I've had, never leak and get your feet all wet.  It's currently what I call the "rainy season" in Hilton Head, so these boots have paid for themselves several times over by keeping me warm and dry.

Tory Burch Riding Boots
I know this is the second pair of Tory Burch shoes on this list, but Tory Burch makes some seriously good shoes, y'all!  This is another pair of shoes where if you wait and stalk, you won't have to pay full price.  That being said, I know folks who have owned these boots for years and years.  While they're definitely an investment piece, they'll last you as long as you take care of them.

Old Navy Leggings
Comfortable, completely transparent, definitely made for working out... Apparently this is the trifecta to creating the perfect legging.  I don't think I've actually ever worn these leggings for working out but daaaaaaang they look good under a chunky sweater.

Lilly Pulitzer Worth It Handbag
I seriously debated including this bag, since it's very difficult to find still on sale.  But the world needs to know how great Lilly Pulitzer leather products are!  I bought my clutch about a year ago and have legitimately used it three or four times a week since.  It's held up in the most amazing way.  The clutch also originally cost around $200, which really is a great deal for a leather handbag with sturdy hardware.  If you have the chance to buy leather goods from Lilly, get them!  Their shoes are amazing as well.

Ray Ban Tortoiseshell Wayfarers
These are the ultimate pair of sunglasses.  They're sturdy, timeless, and fun.  I may someday add to my sunglasses collection, but for the foreseeable future, these are the only pair I see myself needing.

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