Two White Outfits Perfect for Fourth of July

This past weekend my husband and I were so lucky to have to opportunity to take a little staycation to the Carolina Inn, about an hour away from where we live. This place is dripping in Southern Charm y’all, from the timeless wallpaper and glimmering chandeliers, to the bath towels folded in the shape of a bow, no detail is left forgotten. It’s a true Southern Girl’s delight! Don’t even get me started on the Gourmet Southern cuisine we had for dinner at Crossroads. Just make sure you get the biscuits with honey butter and the Caramel Apple Buckle dessert- a Fall item but was so popular they decided to leave it on the menu year round. It was worth every sugary calorie, needless to say. We so enjoyed our stay here! Now onto these fabulous fashionable looks for the Fourth…

Summer Wedding Guest Series

Heading out to a friend's outdoor picturesque enchanted garden wedding? This dress is perfect as the material is luxurious yet lightweight. Flowing perfectly in a mid Summer's night breeze. Yellow is also a major color of the season and just makes me happy. Paired with my pastel rainbow hue chunky heels adds a little pop of personality and that wow factor. Because of where the dress falls, just at the ankles, you'll want to have some statement shoes that…

Vacay Ready Straw Bags of Summer

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My Favorite Straw Totes for a Summer Getaway

These are the bags that have completely stolen my heart this Summer. They're either in my closet or on my wish list...in fact may be adding some to cart as we speak for my upcoming Bahama's vacation.

There are just so many whimsical and colorful ones this Summer to choose from but I've narrowed it down to 25 of my favorite picks. In a perfect world we'd have them all right, but reality check...not going to happen! Honestly you can't go wrong with any of these. I've mixed in some budget friendly finds with some splurge worthy staples. I hope you have a beautiful Summer and enjoy your vacay just a 'straw' extra with one of these bags on tote! :)

A tribute to Kate Spade

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Mental Health, Cancer, Kate Spade, Work-Wear and how it all relates

Hi guys!! Today I am giving the largest presentation I've ever done in my life. And I am sooooo nervous!! Mainly because I want it to be super impactful and also not completely black out up there and forget everything I wanted to say. Not to mention, it can absolutely effect my professional career and is on a stage, with bright lights, a microphone, monitors, and in front of the President, Vice President, CEO, and basically the entire company...all 200+ people. Yeah no big deal. Time to Sink or Swim Jessica!

I decided to do this presentation though because I am always preaching to you all to live an on purpose life, be the best you can be and to embrace your fears for personal development and to change other people's lives. So I figured I better practice what I preach!

I also realized that through the recent challenges that Mark and I have had to face through his diagnosis of Hodgkin Lymphoma, I have a unique story and empowering moral I can share with you all. I'll talk about this more in my presentation, which I may or may not share some on my Insta stories with you all so stay tuned...but I'd like to make the rather bold statement that struggling with a mental illness like depression can be just as life threatening as struggling to beat cancer. As we've seen with recent tragedies like Kate Spade.

Kate Spade is someone who apparently struggled with depression and possibly health care professionals for some odd 5 years. She is someone I look up to as a fashion Icon, Inspiration and role model, who seemed to have a beautiful life, beautiful clothes, and nothing but success and happiness at her fingertips. I know the news of her tragic death took the world by surprise. Especially being her brand is boasting with happiness, color, and modern-retro, fun flare! It was such a shock and sad day to learn what happened to her. We need to start recognizing Mental health more in this world and giving it the attention it deserves while working harder to detach the stigma that's associated with a mental illness.

I say all of this as it relates to my professional career and the urgency I will talk about creating within these clinics to change their habits and to change them now.  I everyday am empowering Psychiatrist's with the knowledge that a personalized approach to treatment does exist in this modern world, and to embrace this genetic test and use it as a super-hero like power to help get many of their patients into remission sooner than ever before. It truly is a game changer to the ever complex field of mental health and treatment options. It's so important to get them to change their habits by embracing and utilizing genetic insight in their practice now, not ten years from now. Hope does exist through a Genetically guided treatment and the many other parts that go into treating a mental illness.

In honor of Kate Spade, her beautiful legacy, and tragic loss to this world, I will be wearing all Kate Spade dresses during the work week at our National Sales Meeting. In fact I will be giving my presentation in one of her fabulous dresses. I think it will be the good luck charm and peace I need to get through this presentation. ----> Update - It worked!!

I want all of you working women out there to be inspired and to also know that you can dress designer (like Kate Spade) to work on a budget! I signed up for the Rent the Runway "Update" program as they are running a discount when you sign up and can cancel at any time. Basically for $80 a month I get to choose four outfits and send them back a month later. That's one new work outfit a week, which in the interim I can utilize the staple work pieces I have built up in my wardrobe for the other days of the week. I love having this affordable option without having to pay the hefty price tag to own the dress and use it limitedly. My work-wear is always fresh and lively now thanks to this Rent the Runway option. They have other options and ways to rent which you can check out on their website here.

Thank you for wishing me luck on this presentation and please know that you are not alone if you are struggling with depression or a mental health concern. Know that you can get the help you need to get better, feel better, and live an on purpose life. I hope you all have an inspired and lovely rest of your week!

**Shop What I Wore to the meetings Here**

**Shop another one of her dresses for purchase here**

**Shop accessories here**

Summer Statement Earrings

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Earrings that will surely make a statement this Summer

And most of them are under $50!

**Shop my favorites as seen on me here**

Polka Dots for Days

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Retro Polka Dot Coca Cola Combo

I am and have always been in love with polka dots! I found this little itsy bitsy two piece polka dot combo for under $20 on line and I could not resist!! Perfect for sipping some classic coke on a hot sunny, Florida day! Fit is TTS, I am wearing a small! Such a steal and pretty good quality too (the white is not see through at all).

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Red Lips & Rosey Cheeks

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Say you'll see me again...

Even if it's just pretend! So it is pretty clear I drew some inspiration from my fave T- Swift for this styled shoot! I seriously had so much fun taking these pictures with my dad's airplane (you can see some behind the scenes footage on my Instagram Story highlights titled Behind the Gram). I want to know where y'all draw inspiration from when you are in a creative mood? I find inspo in music, old fashion magazines, films, and from traveling.

I thought it would be fun to re-create a look from Taylor's video "Wildest Dreams" mainly because that music video and song are just sooo dreamy. It's shot in Africa and has that retro styled fashion that is so true to my personal style. Also slightly because my dad is a pilot and we actually have an airplane!

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I remember as a little girl taking flights with my mom and dad and little brother in this plane. We have the ear sets that you can talk to each other through, and my dad would always say "clear" before firing up the plane's engine. He has maintained this beautiful Cessna plane all these years and the ironic thing is as I got older I became an anxious flyer. I haven't been up in his plane in years! Maybe one day I'll do it and write a post about facing your fears.

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Anyways, You can shop this gorgeous, retro styled, but wayyy affordable look by clicking the product images below to be redirected to the site to shop it. The Dress is under $20 and runs a little big, I would size down one if you can. I am wearing a small here. I hope you have as much fun re-creating this look as I did!

Rainbow Striped Swimwear

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My Favorite Rainbow Striped Swimwear for Summer

We had so much fun at my parents house over the fourth of July at the pool! We grilled out and took Archie in the pool for the first time. He was a little hesitant of the water at first but was soon a champion! I found the swimsuit I'm wearing in the pictures for under $100! I love how the pastel rainbow and striped bright colors are so in right now! If you live in Florida this time of year, survival mode is pretty much in the pool or the beach as it is soooo hot outside!

For Sizing information, I sized up one to a medium as I have a larger bust and am tall. I would definitely recommend sizing up one if you have a longer torso like me. It was a perfect fit and made a splash in the pool with my flamingo float and furry friends over the holiday!

**Shop my look and some of my other favorite Striped styles here**

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Retro Glam Gal in Gingham

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Retro Pink Gingham Dress

I feel like I stepped right out of a comic book in this retro glam gingham dress and Heart eyed sunnies! Maybe Archie's comics?! (We named our red goldendoodle Archie after Archie's comics for those who don't know already.)

If you are looking for a fun, super girly dress this Summer, look no further. I will probably be wearing this adorable number again on our trip to the Bahamas soon! It took me back in time this Hot Summer afternoon, perfect for some Birthday cake Ice cream and relaxation in the sunshine.

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All American Disney Day with Olivaceous LA

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Retro American Style with one of my favorite brands

Hi loves!! I'm checking in with y'all today from one of my favorite charming places in Orlando, Disney's Boardwalk. When walking up you are instantly transported back to the 1940s and 50s with the music you hear. It smells of sweet treats and hot dogs which is surprisingly pleasant and adds to the carnival type of feeling. It's super fun for a double day date as you can rent the family sized bicycles while sipping margaritas or stroll the walk with a sweet treat like Mark and I did on a hot Summer day.

I couldn't have asked for a cuter, more appropriate outfit for this Summer outing. I felt like I fit the scene perfectly while being true to my slightly retro, always classic, personal style. I absolutely adore the brand Olivaceous LA which can be found at Bloomingdale's, because their pieces all have a cool girl-fun vibe about them with slight retro twists while remaining classic at the same time. From colorful bold prints, high-waisted sets that take me back in time, to classic stripes and polka dots. Their clothes are definitely suited for the classic modern woman who exudes confidence in her own unique style. I honestly think I could wear this brand every day of my life and not get bored of it because they have so much to offer that I simply LOVE!

They're designer pieces that also won't break the bank which is a super plus for a girl who is sometimes on a bit of a budget. Most pieces tend to be under $100! I actually scooped this two piece combo on sale and you can shop it by clicking the product images below this verbiage. Have a magical day friends!

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Three colorfully retro fourth of July Looks

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Three different Patriotic styled outfits

Can you say red, white and pink? In true Jessica (or should I say Victoria) fashion I've added elements of all colors from the rainbow, including pink, to make for an extra fabulous & colorful Fourth of July! Keep scrolling to see three different Independence Day Looks and how to style them to add that retro flare/pop of personality to the picture.

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1. Backyard BBQ Ready

This little number is lightweight to beat that Summer heat and comfortable enough to party in all afternoon at your besties Fourth of July backyard BBQ! I added these blush retro shades for another element of color and to add that 1950s flare!

Shop the look by clicking the photo of the item to be redirected straight to the site to purchase from.

Similar Styles Here

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2. Tropical Hotel Ready

Heading out of town for the Holiday? Not to worry, I've got you covered for that swanky hotel poolside party. The pastel pink and flamingo straw bag takes me back to Las Vegas 1980s style and I'm loving it. This element alone takes me back to that time. Retro Accomplished! This dress also has a faded red stripe that pulls more of a pink hue, which goes perfectly with the blue and white stripes, making this dress festive and not your average just red, white and blue ensemble. Pink makes everything better. Am I right loves?!

Shop the look by clicking the photo of the item to be redirected straight to the site to purchase from.

Several Similar Styles Here

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3. Picnic Park-side or Beach-front

You're sure to be a show stopper in this get up. I'll bring the drinks, you bring the snacks! Just walking up with these classic Coca-Cola bottles brings that retro vibe. I also paired the crop top with a red high waisted skirt. Not to mention the waist also adds that retro vibe, as do the cat eye sunnies. But, as if that all wasn't cute enough, the skirt has a feminine frilly hem line, making it über feminine too! I chose to pair the skirt with this rainbow crop top instead of the matching red top because I think it's just much cuter, unique and more lively. Live colorfully ladies!

Shop the look by clicking the photo of the item to be redirected straight to the site to purchase from.

Several Similar Styles Here

Have a happy and safe Fourth!!

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Summer Time Pajama Picks

Summer Time Sleepwear

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Shop my top picks of Summer time pajamas by clicking the images for sources.

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Pink Palm Print Two Piece

Pink + Palm + Print + Perfection

I paired this boho chic two piece palm print number with this ultra chic, earthy Cult Gaia Pink Acrylic bag (Size Small) the other weekend for some Summer fun! I am OBSESSED with this bag and it comes in so many different colors (linked in product images below for you), although you've most likely seen the Natural tan one all over Instagram already. I saw this blush pink one as so unique and had to have it! I decided to order the small instead of the mini and it's the perfect size. For the difference of only $20 it was worth it to go up one size. Also the two piece set I am wearing fits very true to size.

On a completely different topic, our house was recently struck by lighting! :( Ugh!! Yes, the house we just moved into 2 months ago... it's been frustrating and tough timing for us right now so you're support right now means the world! I'm dealing with a lot of change at work and at home so it's always nice to hear from you all. If you have any advice on any of this (as I am a first time home owner), to protect us in the future, I'd love to hear it. We recently found out from our energy company that for only $7 we can have a whole home surge protector installed..so worth it and added that service to the list! Hope you all are having a lovely week! Thank God Its Friday!!

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Lemons into Lemonade With my Lemon Print Dress

For the Love of Lemons

Hi there friends!! How are you all today? It's time for a temperature check (or so they call it at my job-job). I hope you each are doing fabulous and well! As I often talk about, life is definitely not perfect 24/7 but I always try to stay positive. It's honestly been a rough week for me so far, starting with last Thursday when I shared on Instagram that our house was struck by lightning. So many headaches trying to get things back in order and all of the insurance appointments scheduled for our damages and losses. Don't even get me started on all the changes going on at work-work, and then how about just Adulting in general! I seriously sometimes want to turn back time and be a baby again. Do you feel me out there?! (I'm Joking but...not really lol)

But hey, it can always be much, much worse. And honestly this has been a good learning lesson and helps keep whats important in perspective. It's so vital to play your Ace in a bad hand of cards, or to find the silver lining as people often say. Like how about this ADORABLE LEMON PRINT DRESS that I am wearing and literally found for under $35!!

On that much simpler note, I seriously think I found my favorite new online shop for the CUTEST SUNDRESSES all $35 or less!! I know you are thinking it is too good to be true but I promise it's not. Their shipping also doesn't take nearly as much time as many of the less expensive on-line clothing retailers, which is a huge plus!

So for the Love of Lemons and turning things into Lemonade, do yourself a favor and shop my fabulous Lemony outfit by clicking the product images below! :)

Secret Gardens With Charming Charlie

Life Should Be Charming Always

One fine day, I was driving through my neighborhood and discovered a new entrance/exit. But that wasn't all that I discovered...I literally found this hidden butterfly garden in my neighborhood! I don't think it gets any more charming than that! So of course I had to go back and take some pictures for you all {Naturally}. While we were there we saw only a couple Butterfly so maybe it's seasonal, but still pretty whimsical and cool! And so I've deemed it my very own secret garden. It was the perfect place on my way out to explore while wearing my new Charming Charlie Bracelet, and necklace. My dress is also on SALE now for under $75! So keep dreaming my loves. Dreams really do come true and Secret Gardens like these really do exist. PS_Size down one if you order it. I am wearing XS here. :) Tata for now...

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Brand Spotlight Design History

My New Favorite Designer Clothing #DesignHistory

Life should be full of fun and doing what you love! I absolutely love when I get to capture these moments with my good friend and behind the lens gal, Katelynn Carlson! She has an eye for capturing such beautiful details and imagery. I love how we are so in sync every time we get together. <3

Something else I recently heard about and have fallen in love with is the clothing label, Design History, carried online at Bloomingdales and in stores at Anthropologie! Their clothes have been seen on THE TAYLOR SWIFT and also other awesome celebs like Olivia Wilde and Nikki Reed. When they reached out, I knew this was going to be a special relationship. I love their designs so stay tuned for some more looks from this chic fashion label! PS- MY TOP IS CURRENTLY ON SALE UNDER $50! :)

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Nordstrom Sale Goes Live with 5 Outfit Ideas

Nordstrom Sale Goes Live to Everyone! #TopFiveOutfits

Today is the day!! The Nordstrom Sale is open to everyone starting today and ends on August 6th! In the spirit of this Happy Friday, I'm posting about my latest top 8 Outfits from the sale. I'll go through sizing details for each look plus identify which staple pieces to splurge on and where you can save and still look like a million bucks!

Just as I mentioned before, I love this sale because almost everything in the sale is new for the fall season, and when the sale ends, the items will go back up to their original prices. Where else can you get brand new items on sale? Usually its the complete opposite, which is why this strategy is amazing! You're not getting the season end left overs, your getting the brand new trends for Fall! So let's kick it off with Look number one...

1. Lush Cold Shoulder Blouse. It's under $30 and perfect for Brunch or Date night. Fit is true to size.  I am wearing a size Small. I wouldn't size down as the top is designed to have a slightly higher hemline in the front so, sizing down may make it to short. 2. Rag and Bone High Waist Denim. These are regularly almost $200 and reduced to $130 . They are a staple piece you will wear over and over again through the season. Splurge here. True to size as I am wearing a size 25. They are slightly stretchy and a softer denim making them comfy.

1. Lush Deep V Neck Pocket Tee. This is so soft, fits true to size as I am wearing a size Small and is literally under $25. 2. AG ex Boyfriend Crop Slim Jeans. I can't stress how comfy these jeans are. Perfect for errand running or a casual evening.  I had to size down one to a 24. They are originally $225 marked down to $149. So worth the money! 3. Steve Madden Block Heel Bootie. These Booties remind me of a similar designer pair that are about 6 or 7 times higher in price. These beauties are under $100! In boots I usually have to size up from a 7 to a 7 and a half, as was the case here so they fit true to your typical boot size.

1. Chelsea 28 Bell Sleeve Sweater. This is a soft, quality, stylish sweater with pretty details at under $60! I always size down one in this brand. I'm wearing a XS. 2. Vince Camuto Booties. A great staple piece and very comfortable. True to size and I'm wearing a 7 1/2. Under $100! Belt is a splurge by Ferragamo linked for you below.

1. Off the Shoulder Poplin Sweater. Size down one. I'm wearing an XS. Perfect top for staying on trend and transitioning from desk to dusk. Under $60! Denim under $200. Steve Madden Boots under $100.

1. BP Cardigan. Only $32. Fit is true to size as I am wearing a size Small. It is super soft, has just the right length and is a great price. Comes in several colors. 2. Lush Deep V Neck Top. Under $25 and True to Size. :)

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Must Haves

My Nordstrom Sale Absolute Must Haves plus my new Favorite Cut offs! #Nsale

Hello there my loves! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has arrived and I'm now starting to get some of the items I ordered in the mail and its like Christmas every day! I love this sale because the sale includes new items released for the Fall season that are reduced significantly during the sale, and then afterwards the items go back up to their original prices.

I find that to be genius because most sales are just sales to close out inventory that hasn't sold yet to prepare for the new season. With the Nordstrom Anniversary sale though, its just the opposite. Trust me, it is in no way shape or form Fall time in Florida yet, but I know once the season hits, I will be eyeing all of these fabulous fall items and wishing I had bought them when they were included in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

So take my word for it. Although you may not need or want these sweaters and cozy pullovers now, in several months you will. So buy it up now while the items are on sale why don't ya?! There is early access for Nordstrom card holders 7/13-7/20th and THiS FRIDAY THE 21ST, THE SALE OPENS TO THE PUBLIC!! :)

**Shop my favorites from the #Nsale below here**

These Jamies FYI may be one of the best things I ordered. They are the softest material ever!!!

**What I wore Below Here**

 

My new favorite cut offs on sale Here.