Pool Party!

Everyone in the pool!

Get your pool inflatable and pool toy game on with some stuff that will make you the most popular kid in the neighborhood 😉

Pink Flamingo

Pink Flamingo Blow-Up

A giant pink flamingo?! Heck yes it is, it’s so much fun. I found this beauty while Alexis and I were in New York City visiting some friends and it was too great not to buy it. It is well worth the price and it has already given us hours of countless fun and entertainment, from using its beak to attack unsuspecting victims to actually lounging out on it.

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Blow-Up Spa

Check this spa out! It’s the coolest blow-up jacuzzi on the planet. And it’s an incredibly reasonable price that you can afford for a lovely night under the stars with some nice champagne in hand.

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Underwater Pool Light

If you’re looking for a classic night pool party then this awesome underwater pool light is too good! You can turn your pool party into a full-on rave with different light patterns that will have everyone getting jiggy with it in the pool.

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Water Droplet Speaker

Any a pool party wouldn’t be complete without a speaker to blare out T Swift’s new jam. This droplet speaker is the coolest, and it can be taken anywhere in the water so there is no worries about it getting wet!

We’re still on vacation down here in the South! Stay tuned for an in-depth update!

BS

Instagram Roundup

Good morning, everyone! We are headed on vacation and I am so ready to have a yummy drink in my hand! In the meantime, I figured I’d round up some of the outfits we’ve posted on Instagram lately.

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This was your favorite outfit that we styled as of lately! We love these looks too 🙂

Black cami (similar) // Checkered midi skirt // D’orsay heels // Nike golf shirt // Shorts (similar) // Nike belt // Sperry loafers
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Sam Edelman Yardley lace up heels // white Birkenstocks // flamingo print TOMS // Schutz Juliana heels // Converse sneakers // BCBGeneration sandals (not available online)
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We recently attended a wedding and this is what we wore! Perfect for summer in our opinion.

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Parfait crop top and skirt set // Cove dress
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Bernardo suede jacket // Target white tee // Target skinny jeans // J. Crew leopard print belt

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Burberry quilted jacket (similar) // Loft patterned cropped slacks (old) // Coach loafers // Coach handbag (old) // Lacoste polo

Have a great weekend!

AS

Robert Graham Is Life

Robert Graham! I’ve recently become obsessed with this brand. Robert Graham has got everything down to a T, and his tee shirts aren’t half bad either. 😉

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On a more serious note, all of his shirts are beautifully made and look really really good to boot. I would’ve dropped some serious cash when Lexi and I were shopping one Saturday afternoon, but thankfully I have a little restraint. 🙂

This shirt is perfect for a summer night by the campfire, roasting up some s’mores and drinking some craft beers — even if it means getting a little tipsy on a random Monday night.

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This Nike belt I am rocking is absolutely fantastic with jeans; it mixes black and silver while complimenting any outfit. I like that it adds a punch of color in a subtle way. I was even tempted to tuck my shirt — in as goofy as it would have looked — just to show off this belt.

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The Sperry loafers I’m wearing are possibly the most comfortable shoes that I have ever worn.  It genuinely feels like I’m walking on a cloud or getting a massage every time I get up and walk around at work. These bad boys go with tons of different outfits and girls: if you’re looking for a gift for your brother/father/boyfriend, do them a favor and buy these! They will be ever so pleased with you.

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Robert Graham T-Shirt // Seven For All Mankind Straight Jeans // Nike Belt (not available online but I also have this Nike belt and love it) // Sperry Loafers

 

Happy Thursday!

BS

Target Tuesday: Who What Wear Checkered Midi Skirt

Here we are again, back at it with Target Tuesday! This week I’m featuring the most lovely skirt from Who What Wear’s line for Target, and it’s less than $30!

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I often stray away from midi length dresses and skirts, but lately I have been all about them! This skirt caught my eye as I was casually browsing the women’s section, and I knew I had to have it! I grabbed a couple sizes because in Target’s clothing I typically wear a 2 but this skirt was visibly small with no stretch, so I figured I’d have to size up. And boy was I right! I had to purchase a 6 in this skirt, and the reviewers on the website seem to be saying that this runs two sizes two small as well.

Note: In my experience Target seems to do vanity sizing, because I am typically a four (sometimes a six) in most designers, so in fact this skirt may run true to size. But if you’re used to Target’s sizing and know what you typically are in their clothing, you’re going to find that you need to size up. Because of this, I’d be wary of ordering this piece online just because it’s tricky with the sizing — for example I considered purchasing the 4 in this skirt but decided to opt for a bit more room for my hips, so your body type will affect how this piece fits more than just the number alone. But despite the sizing frenzy, I’d highly recommend this piece. It’s a nice quality, inexpensive, and is versatile. I think this is a great outfit to wear out to a nice dinner, but the skirt is also perfect to wear to work (with a different top of course).

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My camisole is also from Target and I bought it at the same time I purchased this skirt, but it apparently isn’t available online. Some extremely similar options from Target are here and here though.

 Checkered Midi Skirt // D’orsay Flats with Bow

xoxo

AS

Must Have Monday: Bernardo Coats

Bobby and I originally alternated taking photos of each other for our Instagram and blog, but recently we’ve been having my little brother photograph us. He’s still learning how to operate a fancy DSLR with all the bells and whistles that seem foreign compared to the self-explanatory operation of an iPhone camera, but he’s been doing a good job. We’re grateful to have a third party direct us, help us stage photos, and tell us when we’re making a bizarre facial expression that shouldn’t be shared on the Internet.

We have definitely learned that being comfortable and relaxed with your photographer is a huge deal, and because I can be a bit shy and self-conscious, I think getting a good photo out of me can be a labor of love. (I’ll be really candid about saying I am conscious about my “good side,” the way my body looks, and I can be a blinker.)

When Bobby’s cousin, Lisa Schiller, suggested taking some photos when she was in town, I jumped at the opportunity.  She’s an amazing photographer and takes absolutely beautiful photos. So while I was a bit nervous that I’d make hideous troll faces and/or blink in every picture, I clearly had nothing to worry about. Lisa is a total professional and made me feel so comfortable; plus she clearly is passionate about photography and I really admire that.

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Bernardo Zip Front Suede Jacket

So let’s talk about this jacket. As soon as I saw it I knew I needed it in my life; without a doubt, I absolutely LOVED it. Yes, the aggressive capital letters are 100% necessary because even though it was 80 degrees outside I didn’t want to take the jacket off! Nope, the brutal heat couldn’t even stop me from taking this beauty for a spin as soon as I got my hands on it. It is clearly constructed of high quality suede leather, and I was impressed to find such a nice coat at an incredibly reasonable price point! (It’s under $100 at Nordstrom. No joke.)

While I was nervous that a size small would be cutting it tight since I’m often between sizes when using broad ranges as opposed to more specific numbers, it ended up being a perfect fit! If you’re interested in purchasing this jacket, I would definitely say it’s true to size. And can we talk about the diagonal zippers? Small features like that are my favorite because not only are they practical, but they can also add just the right amount of detail to an otherwise simplistic piece.

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Eye squints for days.

I was clearly digging blue when we shot this look (#allblueeverything), but there are so many ways I want to style this versatile jacket. Whether rocking an off-the-shoulder top and distressed shorts, a floral romper, a simple white shift, or a bodysuit with toothpick pants, this Bernardo coat can take you from day to night, season to season, and style to style. I highly recommend this Bernardo jacket; it’s available in camel and teal as well!

And since summer is the best time to purchase cold weather outerwear, I linked up a bunch of my favorite Bernardo pieces below. Many of them are on sale, so move quickly!

 

P.S. Here’s one more shoutout to Lisa for making all my blinking look beautiful and intentional! Be sure to check out Lisa’s photography, especially if you’re in NYC or West Palm Beach.

AS

 

Graduation Gifts for Guys

I told Bobby that I think guys get the short end of the stick when it comes to graduation gifts. Whether high school, college, or graduate/professional school, I always hear friends and family say that it’s harder to think of graduation gifts for guys than it is for girls, so he’s compiled an awesome blog full of ideas for graduating guys of all ages.

Bartending Set

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These sweet bartending glasses are perfect for a newbie bartender or fresh graduate who is into his cocktails! These glasses perfectly explain how much of each to pour into a glass and for a novice this is perfect so make some delicious cocktails. For a set of 4 it is only $20!

Cuff Links

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These cuff links are too cool! If your graduate is a big fan of any sports team and rocks a suit every now and then, then this is perfect for him. They take a seat from the stadium of their favorite team and make cufflinks out of them; it’s a really cool and meaningful gift that they can brag to all their friends about.

Pin World Map

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Got wanderlust? Check out this awesome pin map to keep track of your graduate’s adventures. If your graduate is an adventurer then this is perfect for him since he’ll be able to visually exactly where he’s been and can show it off to guests 😉

Leather Portfolio

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Does your graduate have a new and exciting job? Check out this beautiful leather portfolio that will be sure to impress any new boss that your graduate may have.

Vinyl Player

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This portable vinyl player will enable your music lover to take his music on the go and impress any person with their deep music collection. Thanks to this cool gadget, vinyl is on the run and your graduate’s records can be too with this sweet player.

Bose Speaker

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This Bose speaker is perfect for any dorm room and will let your high school graduate bring the party to any room! High school grads aren’t the only ones who will enjoy this gift though. This would be a welcome addition to any guy’s life.

Fun Cookbook

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Check out this “thug cookbook” that will let him whip up the best party meals while still maintaining that awesome physique.

iPhone Wallet Case

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Embrace technology by combining your iPhone case and wallet into one sleek device so your graduate will not have to worry about losing his wallet and his phone — just one or the other. 😉

A Quality Belt

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This gorgeous Maganni belt is perfect for any new graduate who is in need of a belt upgrade. He’ll be dressed to impress on those tough job interviews!

A Durable Backpack

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Is your grad moving from high school to college? This backpack by Marc Jacobs will impress any of the ladies in the library by showing off that style as well as your dedication to working hard. A great bang for the buck!

Bedsheets

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This is a great gift for a graduate of any level since you can never have too many bedsheets, especially a quality set that is comfortable and durable.

Dress Shoes

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Check out these beautiful Hugo Boss shoes that will be sure to impress any hiring manager.

 

Know any guys graduating from high school or college? What are you getting for them?

BS

Striped Body Suit And Distressed Jeans

I’m a big fan of body suits lately. My friend let me borrow one last summer when we were going out to a bar, and I loved it! I paired it with some high-waisted jeans and sandals, and I was ready to go. So when the weather started warming up again this year, I was on the hunt for some great options so I could find some cute body suits of my own.

Unlike wearing a separate like a tank top or blouse, a body suit is more form-fitting and provides a sleeker look — especially when you’re wearing one with pants or shorts. Instead of fidgeting with your shirt that keeps bunching up and/or coming untucked, a body suit always stays right in place.

I love this simple outfit for summer: a striped body suit, distressed denim shorts, white Birkenstocks, and a red handkerchief for a pop of color. This outfit is comfortable, versatile, and it’s already gotten plenty of use this summer!

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My only issue about body suits is that many of them are like leotards, meaning that going to the bathroom is a pain and requires some effort. What I love about the body suit I’m wearing here is that it has snaps at the bottom! (Yes, like a onesie for babies haha.) That makes getting dressed, undressed, and using the restroom much easier. If you’re on the hunt for body suits, keep that in mind!

My body suit is from Charlotte Russe and my shorts are from Forever 21, but they aren’t available online so I linked up some similar options below:

 

What are your feelings on body suits? Let me know!

AS

Target Tuesday: Tank Tops and Board Shorts

Tank Tops and Swim Trunks! Sounds like a fresh new PitBull song that’ll be blasting out of your car speakers all summer long 😉 But seriously: I’m all about my tank top and swim trunk game this year. I’ve shunned tank tops in the past in lieu of graphic tees but this year Target has caught my attention with some really cool tank tops. I love birds of flight, but pink birds of flight? Well hot damn that has me more excited than a small child hearing the chimes of that ice cream truck. There are plenty more awesome designs from Target that’ll have your underwear in a bit of a jiffy. The comfort of this tank top is unrivaled and it’ll be an absolute fan favorite in the park or on the beach.

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I haven’t even touched on the swim trunks! That’s right, those are freaking swim trunks, even though they look like a proper pair of preppy shorts. These are perfect for heading to the beach for a few hours then stopping by a restaurant and movie afterwards and you’ll still be comfortable and stylish. (Although hopefully you’ll have gotten all the sand outta your shorts 😉 )

Check them out and you will not leave Target disappointed. Target even refers to them as “hybrid board shorts,” touching on the versatility of these swim trunks that don’t look like swim trunks. In fact, when Alexis and I were in the store, we thought they were an ordinary pair of shorts at first glance!

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Tank Top // Board Shorts (You can score both pieces for $20 total!)

This summer make sure you stop by Target to pick up some of these comfy tank tops and these stylish swim trunks that bear no resemblance to any of those trunks that are basic AF.

(Alexis here: isn’t Bob’s tank top super cool? I keep thinking of ways to style it for myself 😉 )

BS

Must Have Monday: Hammock Vibes

Hammocks! The undeniably quintessential beach or pool side item that everyone has come into some contact in over their years floating around this big beautiful blue crystal of ours. I think everyone needs a hammock in their life; they are so comfortable and fun.

But a word to the wise: if you’re considering opting for this summertime staple, don’t get spreader bar hammocks! Spreader bar hammocks are the type with the wooden beam at the top, and they are the absolute worst hammocks that you could purchase. (At least, that’s my humble opinion as a hammock enthusiast.) The spreader bar hammocks are nearly impossible to get into let along stay in for an extended period of time. Exhibit A:

Just climbing into a spreader beam hammock can be a huge difficulty and that’s a first world problem that I just can’t get with. I always struggle to stay balanced for the entire time that I am in a hammock if it has a spreader bar, and trying to fit 2 people inside of it can be nearly impossible.

If you’re wondering why my hammock obsession is worthy of this week must have Monday post, wonder no more. Not only are hammocks relaxing and calming, but sleeping in hammocks is great for you!  It can help cure your insomnia and come on — who doesn’t enjoy a nice little gentle rocking to fall asleep just like a newborn baby? People all around the world have been using hammocks to wander into that gentle sleep for centuries and science is starting to embrace all of the benefits.

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Classic Double Hammock

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Cotton Hammock – Only $16!

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How perfect would this One Kings Lane hammock be for July 4th?!

I’m just trying to do my part and encourage people to learn more about their hammocks before buying a dreaded spreader beam hammock.

Check out this guide on how to set up your hammock to maximize comfort! Even if you’re a side sleeper it’s not a problem at all if you set up your hammock correctly 😉

The Hammock Angle: How To Relax (And Sleep) Comfortably In A Hammock, Even If You’re A Side Sleeper

Do you and your family a favor and get yourself a hammock that you will not fall on your face in!

In the meantime, I’ll be napping in mine…

BS

Fitbit Blaze Review

If you asked me just two short months ago if I would have a Fitbit, much less be obsessed with one, I would probably shoot you a quizzical glance. I’ve played sports, I exercise, and I’ve even successfully run a half marathon — why would I need an activity tracker that is geared towards inactive people?

Note: this is what I thought. I now know that activity trackers are great for everyone, not just people who may be out of shape. My mom purchased a Fibit a few weeks before me, and she became nuts about getting steps. If she didn’t get to 10,000 steps by dinner, she’d go for a walk around the neighborhood or pace around her bedroom while watching TV. She linked up with some colleagues and family friends who use Fitbit, and she became competitive about winning the challenges and getting badges. She made something that I thought would be mundane look fun!

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So I took the leap. I purchased the Fitbit Blaze because my mom had originally the Fitbit Alta, but upgraded to the Blaze because of the increased functionality. Given that I like to run, bike, and stay active in other ways besides walking, I echoed her decision and opted for the Blaze as well. The fact that it has sleep tracking was another perk; I have trouble sleeping sometimes, and I figured that monitoring sleeping patterns could help me improve that aspect of my health as well.

I’ve had the Blaze for about a month now, and boy do I love it. Before getting my Fitbit, I didn’t realize how little I was moving around each day. I work a desk job so I don’t get to move around a lot, but seeing that I could easily get through the work day without even hitting 1,000 steps shocked me! It has been a great motivator to get up and take breaks throughout the day to get my blood flowing and increase my overall health. Its sleep tracking also seems to be accurate, and I love that it tracks my heart rate too! The heart rate monitor clearly isn’t perfect, but I wouldn’t expect flawless accuracy from a consumer activity tracker. When synced to my phone for GPS, it does an efficient job at measuring my distance and pace when I’m running, so that’s great! I also love that it has workouts programmed inside of it that it can guide you through on-screen!

When it comes to appearance, I was nervous I wouldn’t like that look of the Fitbit Blaze and that it would be very masculine. But it actually looks really nice and I get so many comments from people asking what type of watch it is. (People often mistake it for an Apple Watch.)

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All in all, my Fitbit Blaze has been a solid purchase. The only thing I wish I could change would be the battery life. I have to charge the battery every 2 or 3 days, and it’s a pain because sometimes I forget and it dies on me, or my only chance to charge it is at the same time I want to work out or something. (I don’t charge it while I’m sleeping because although that would be convenient, the sleeping data is one of the most useful features for me.) So that is kind of a bummer, but beyond that my Fitbit Blaze has been amazing and I’d recommend it to anyone, no matter how often or rarely you work out.

P.S. Did you know walking is actually a really good exercise? Running is hard on our bodies and I’ve definitely been a fan of going on long walks and hikes lately instead. Bobby purchased a Fitbit shortly after I did, although he has the Fitbit One because he hates wearing things on his wrist. We both love ours and linked up to various versions of the Fitbit below. Between both of our families we know someone with each version, and they’re all great for different reasons — depending on your lifestyle and needs.

And no, this post isn’t sponsored. (Although we wish it was.) 😉

AS