Category Archives: Fashion

Gift Guide: My Christmas Wishlist

To kickoff gift guide season, I thought I would share a variety of items on my own “wishlist”. You know, just in case anyone needs any ideas, of course. 

I’ve also included a few of my favorite must-have’s so shop for your loved ones, yourself or send this post as a hint. Stay tuned for more fun guides later this week.

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1. Drybar Travel Sized Kit — 2. New Apple TV — 3. Nail Lacquer — 4. Apple Watch

5. Pavé Diamond Ring — 6. Throw Blanket — 7. Ear Muffs — 8. Night Face Cream

9. Gold Ball Earrings — 10. Quilted Jacket — 11. Favorite Book — 12. Google Home

13. Black Tassel Earrings + Gold Heels  — 14. Sunnies — 15. Watch — 16. Rose Gold Purse -

17. Wine Phone Case — 18. Blanket Scarf — 19. Brush Set — 20. Pavé Diamond Earrings

21. Nespresso Machine + Milk Frother — 22. Wine Glasses — 23. Gold Coasters

24. Faux Leather Leggings — 25. Christmas Tree Phone Case — 26. Workout Jacket

27. Gold Slippers — 28. Ruffled Sweater — 29. Plaid PJ Pants — 30. Favorite Mascara –

31. Pom Hat — 32. Tote Bag — 33. Perfume Gift Set — 34. Plaid Puffer Vest — 35. Leggings

 Merry Merry & Happy Shopping!

Toasting: Charleston Stay at Zero George

I’m going away, perhaps to Charleston…forever? No, but really.

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Charleston has always been one of my favorite cities to travel to and visit – whether it’s for a wedding, a Bachelorette (like my sister’s last year), the Blog Societies Conference or, of course, “just because”. I have always hoped that someday my life finds me there full (or part) time!

Before I even headed to Charleston on my most recent trip, I was spoiled at Spa Evangeline here in Tampa with a spa pedi and amazing HydraFacial MD®.  I also made sure this freckled Florida girl was perfectly sunkissed with a airbrush tan by my favorite Air Brush Tan by Shan.

Once I was beauty-ready, I was lucky enough to head up there for a long weekend full of reunions, blogging and dining (and wine-ing!) so today’s post will recap some more must-do’s if you’re planning a trip to the Holy City soon too (take me with you, K?).

(PRESS PLAY for my weekend in a nutshell with Jenn!)

Where To Stay

Zero George

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This was my second stay with Zero George and as one would expect, it did not disappoint. Being greeted with a glass of bubbly upon check-in is my type of place and after being apart from my BFF Jenn for 6+ months, a “cheers” was certainly in order as she arrived from DC.

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Additionally, from the moment you step on property, the most accommodating staff is always present and goes above and beyond to make your stay the best possible. We were also surprised with precious gift bags from our friends at Candlefish with travel candles from their library collection and corresponding matches.

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A European Style Breakfast is provided every morning along with a 24-hour Miele Coffee + Espresso Bar. Every evening from 5pm-6pm, guests enjoy a complimentary “Wine + Cheese Hour” (now you see why I LOVE this place?!). One evening we chose to have our wine and cheese boards brought to our room and enjoyed while we were primping. Another evening, we chose to have it brought our to one of the beautiful verandahs outside.

As it was Super-Summertime-Hot that weekend in Charleston, I opted for white wine (Jenn still enjoyed her red!). We also enjoyed additional bubbles at the bar!

Other amenities at Zero include complimentary mint bicycle rentals (see my attempt in wedges the above video) and gym passes (we skipped the gym this trip!).

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I think that one of the most charming parts about the individual guest rooms rooms is being surprised with which one you get! They’re all so unique and in different “houses” with original architecture. Charming, honestly, does not even begin to describe it, it feels just like you’re at home with beautiful white marble bathrooms and Malin + Goetz toiletries. Not to mention a perfectly curated mini bar with sparkling sodas, bottled water and a Nespresso machine that certainly came in handy for our early conference mornings.

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Toasting: Off the Shoulder Ruffle Dress

“Toasting” wins for today’s look because this dress is just too pretty and way too fun not to be having a good time in! Don’t you think?

Shop this post below and get my sunglasses FREE for a month too! 

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Instagram Roundup: Whites + Poolside Stripes

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an Instagram outfit roundup on here but I wanted to share two summer looks that I recently posted.

As always, be sure to sign up for LiketoKnow.it and follow along there too!

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Shop this look and other similar items below (exact dress here too and get these sunnies and other designer ones for a month FREE with code: TOASTING)!

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Shop this look and what I wore Memorial Day weekend poolside below!

Here’s to Summer, Stripes & obviously, lots of SPF for yours truly.

LaCroix Month Supply Giveaway!

TGIF!

And I don’t know about where you live, but it’s certainly feeling like Summertime ever since Memorial Day weekend has come and gone down here in the Sunshine State!

That’s why, I’m teaming up with my friends at LaCroix to giveaway a MONTH SUPPLY of LaCroix Sparkling Water in the flavor(s) of your choosing! Last week, we kicked off the giveaway on Instagram and there is still time to enter there (@bannc) and/or below for more chances through the weekend.

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I did not think I was alone in my self-proclaimed addiction to LaCroix – and I love hearing from y’all on Snapchat (bannc), Instagram and Twitter, about what your favorite flavors are. I am loving the Mango right now, Lemon for a basic one, Lime by the pool and also the LaCroix Curate Melon Pomelo in the tall skinny cans, but let’s be honest, my fridge is normally stocked with a variety of flavors and I’ll never say no to one more during my day. (more…)