Currently Craving: Summer Sandals Shopping List

Summer’s favorite footwear is easily the sandal. You can slip on something as casual as a flip-flop for everyday use or opt for a heeled sandal for the occasions that call for a little bit of dressing up. After all, the weather is way too warm to even consider stepping out in anything else. While doing a little sandal shopping myself, I came across so many fun and functional pairs that will make summertime that much cooler. From espadrille slides to lace-up gladiators, there’s a sandal style in this post that’s bound to catch your eye.If you’re in need of a new pair (or two!) take a peek at my summer sandal shopping list below…

1. LC Lauren Conrad Pixii Flip Flops, $19.99
2. Who What Wear Florence Striped Bow Slide Sandals, $34.99
3. J.Crew Canvas Knotted Espadrille Sandal, $69.50
4. Madewell The Boardwalk Lace-Up Sandal, $47.60
5. LC Lauren Conrad Lupine Wedge Sandals, $29.99
6. Topshop Harper Sandal, $35
7. Nisolo Isla Slide Sandal, $88
8. Jeffrey Campbell Glady Sandal, $74.95
9. LC Lauren Conrad Begonia Sandals, $49.99
10. Universal Thread Anniemae Woven Slide Sandal, $22.99

Good luck picking a favorite, they’re all so darn cute!

Which one of these would you pick?


Fashion Beyond The Ballpark

gameday_looks-660x400With 162 games in a baseball season (yeah, that’s per team), it’s pretty likely that you may find yourself heading to the ballpark in the coming months. My uniform consists of cutoffs, Chuck Taylors, a white tee, and a baseball hat. But perhaps you’re planning on hitting the town after? Here are three easy looks that seamlessly transition out of the park. I may even try ‘em this season!


1. Flared denim, tucked in tee, belt, wedges
I am loving the ’70s look and denim totally fits the ballpark. Tuck in a white tee and polish the look with a skinny belt and comfy, neutral wedges. No one will even see that you’re rockin’ heels because your flares will hide them. Grab a light cardigan just in case it cools off.

Frame Forever Karlie Flare Jeans
Nation Classic V Neck
Rag & Bone Holly Belt
Stuart Weitzman Minx wedges
Velvet Jackie cardigan


2. Black track pants, tank, sweater and booties
If you’re feeling a little more edgy, throw on a pair of track pants, tuck in a tank, and finish with a cool bootie. This look is casual enough for the park but will have you on the receiving end of compliments all night at the bar. Drape the sweater over your shoulders till you’re chilly.

Joie black pants
LNA Tulum tank
J Brand Shanan sweater
Ash Jalouse suede boots


3. Sundress and denim or leather jacket, sandals
Don’t be afraid to rock a dress to a baseball game. If you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate, you’ll be so comfortable in a breezy cotton dress and sandals. Bring along a leather jacket to dress it up for a post-game dinner.

Faherty Breton Stripe Tank Dress
Joie San Remo Sandal
Joie Ailey leather Jacket

! All right, now let’s play ball!

Currently Craving: Chic Backpacks

Lately, I’ve had this thing with backpacks. I love the look of them, and they’re so easy to throw on when I’m heading out the door to run errands, go to meetings or even go out to dinner with friends. Some of my friends have also gotten on board with this trend… I’ve seen tons of cute backpacks online lately, and since I’m really coveting this trend, I thought I’d round up some of my favorites for you today.

Not only do these handbags let you go hands-free, they also come in some really fun shapes and sizes. So, without further ado, here are 10 backpacks I’m currently craving…

Currently Craving: Chic Backpacks

1. Zara Lady Like Backpack, $69.90

Currently Craving: Chic Backpacks

 2. ASOS New Look Flip Lock Backpack, $45

Currently Craving: Chic Backpacks

 3. Topshop Soft Perforated Backpack, $68

Currently Craving: Chic Backpacks

4.  Erin Dana Mini Bond Street Backpack$198.00

Currently Craving: Chic Backpacks

 5. Zara Bucket Backpack with Tassel, $69.90

Currently Craving: Chic Backpacks

 6. Hobo River Backpack, $248

Currently Craving: Chic Backpacks

7. Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack, $295

Currently Craving: Chic Backpacks

 8. Grafea Mini Backpack in Pink, $262.77

Currently Craving: Chic Backpacks

 9. Nasty Gal x Nila Anthony Nothin’ to Hide Backpack, $40.00

Splurge Alert!

Currently Craving: Chic Backpacks

10. Mansur Gavriel Large Backpack in White, $845

I want to scoop up every single one! Don’t you agree?

Which of these chic backpacks is your favorite?

XO Elizabeth

Beauty Beginners: The Smart Girl’s Guide to Lipstick

Welcome to the second installment of Beauty Beginners, a series where I’ll be sharing my beginner-friendly, fundamental beauty routines. In my last post I laid down the basics for finding the best foundation for your skin type.  Not only is that post a good refresher for our beauty gurus out there, but it’s also a solid start for those who aren’t as confident in the makeup department. Similar to applying flawless foundation, lipstick can be a bit tricky. Today I’ll be taking you through my foolproof guide to finding your perfect lipstick…

Finding The Best Lipstick For Your Complexion

Unfortunately not all shades complement every skin tone. Red lipstick alone has such a wide variety! Complexions vary just as much as lipstick shades, so my advice is to always test colors against your skin before you make a decision. If your skin has more of a pink undertone, I suggest trying cool-based colors while darker complexions pair well with warmer, coral hues. I also mix reds all the time to come up with my own custom shade.

How to Decide Between Satin, Matte, or Gloss

Lipsticks come in a variety of textures, so how do you decide between them all? It’s great if you already have a personal preference, but for beauty newcomers my advice is to test away. I usually wear a subtle, neutral gloss for daytime and reserve bold satins and mattes for going out. Bold is beautiful, just remember that upkeep is key! If you prefer something more subtle, tinted balms and lip glosses should do the trick.

Drugstore vs. Department Store

While it’s true that paying top dollar for quality lipsticks is worth it, drugstores have some hidden gems. Buying lipstick at your local drugstore allows you to test colors and textures without breaking the bank.

Application Tips

With lipstick, moisture is everything. Chapped lips can ruin the perfect pout, so prior to application I recommend making sure your lips are both exfoliated and moisturized. Once my lips are prepped I usually opt to define my lips with liner in a similar shade to my desired lipstick. Follow the natural shape of your lips making sure to stay inside the lines (you don’t want to look like you belong in the circus!). Tip: After you’ve fully applied your lipstick, lightly blot your lips with a tissue for a polished, even look. This will also lessen the chance of you getting lipstick all over your teeth!

Be sure to have your lipstick on hand for any midday (or night) touch-ups! I hope you find these tips helpful.

What are some of your favorite lipsticks?

XO Elizabeth

Shopping List: Our Top 10 Spring Trends

We don’t know about you, but spring has really triggered something inside us that has us ready to shop. Every girl knows how thrilling yet dangerous a shopping itch can be, and we can’t deny that we’ve been bitten by the retail bug. Hard. Now, we know that when said bite occurs, the most practical thing to do is to make a list of the items you really want to spend your hard-earned money on that season. The hope is that when you have a list in mind, you’ll focus on purchasing quality pieces you really want or need. But, of course there’s always room for an impulsive splurge once in a while (don’t you agree!?).

With spring shopping in mind, we scoured one of our favorite shopping sites Zappos COUTURE and made a list of our must-have items for this season. It was no easy feat—Zappos COUTURE has seemingly limitless options of handbags, heels and flirty spring dresses. But narrow it down, we did (with a little help from the Lux Report, Zappos COUTURE’s online editorial destination). For those of you who aren’t familiar with Zappos COUTURE, it’s an online boutique where you can find the most stylish clothes and accessories at amazing prices. This online shopping destination also offers professional style picks from top buyers and fashion experts, reports on emerging trends and helps you find incredible prices on designer pieces.

So, take a peek below and click through the links to shop for your favorite pieces too…

Shopping List: The Top Spring Trends

1. Furla Candy Bon Bon Mini Crossbody
, $148
The cool mint color of this ladylike satchel is just what the doctor ordered this season. Handbags with top handles are all the rage right now, and we love the glossy finish on this purse.

2. SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Holly Sandal, $220
We have a soft spot for anything rose gold. And these sweet, scalloped sandals are no exception. Two-strap pool slides like the ones above are easy to slip on and they look incredibly chic with distressed boyfriend jeans or your favorite bikini cover-up.

3. SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Margaret Heels, $355
Radiant orchid, the color of 2014, is a hue that’s still going strong this season. We love the feminine little bows and the pretty straps on these soles. And pointy toes are on-trend right now, too.

4. Kate Spade New York Le Pavillion Case, $40
What girl doesn’t love polka dots? Especially ones that are metallic gold… This Kate Spade phone case will dress up your tech to the nines this spring.

5. See by Chloe L/S Dress, $595
Tennis court chic was one of our favorite looks on the runway this past September, and this dress is the perfect mix of ladylike and sporty. The black and cream color palette, the drop-waist ruffled silhouette and the long sleeves make it an A+ dress in our book.

6. Michael Kors Collection Brilliance Pave X Ring, $65
In the jewelry world, the trends have turned from big statement pieces to more delicate baubles. Think tiny earrings, thinly stacked rings, and dainty chain necklaces. This pave X ring from Michael Kors is a great everyday piece and will go with pretty much any other jewelry you pair with it.

7. See by Chloe Rosita Cross Body Bag, $310

Pastels have all the power this spring, and we have blush tones at the forefront of our minds at the moment. This blush cross body chain strap purse comes in the perfect pink color and can be worn with everything from denim to nautical stripes.

8. Michael Kors Collection Burnett Heels, $395
If you’ve been keeping up with fashion blogs and magazines, you know that mules have been in for a few seasons now. For spring, these camel-colored soles are a closet staple. Plus, you can wear them well into the summer and beyond!

9. RED VALENTINO Cotton Jersey Tee, $195
Nautical-inspired pieces are big this spring (as they almost always are), and this sophisticated tee shirt is right on-trend. Wear it with denim shorts, a navy blue pencil skirt, or your favorite pair of white jeans.

10. Elizabeth and James Vogel Pave Studs, $150
Just as we said earlier, dainty, delicate jewelry is on the horizon this season. These gorgeous studs by Elizabeth and James have a unique shape and will add a pretty little bit of sparkle to your ears.

What spring trend from the collage above stood out to you?

Be sure to place your order on Zappos COUTURE today to get your spring pieces delivered right to your doorstep!

XO Elizabeth

Style Guide: 12 Budget-Friendly Floral Must-Haves

Style Guide: 12 Budget-Friendly Floral Must-Haves

Hi ladies, with winter quickly becoming a distant memory, the layers are lighter, the palettes are fresher, and the season of floral fever is officially in bloom. Botanical prints have long been a seasonal staple, so adding new flowery frocks to your closet is always a safe bet when it comes to navigating your way through springtime trends. From preppy, light-hued florals to bohemian black-based pieces, there’s a wide range of flowery prints to match your personal style and satisfy your floral appetite. To help narrow the search for your next great floral find, I’ve collected some of my favorite pieces, all available for under $100…

White-Based Floral Prints:

Style Guide: 12 Budget-Friendly Floral Must-Haves
sweater – j. crew, skirt – lulu*s, necklace – target, handbag – ted baker (similar here), heels – shoedazzle


When it comes to florals, I’ve always preferred white-based prints. They’re classic, feminine and full of color, which make them easy to style. Pretty much any piece that possesses these bright and airy prints has the power to be a springtime hero piece. When styling your white-based prints, keep it simple and go with a solid colored separate that pulls from one of the shades in your floral design.

Style Guide: 12 Budget-Friendly Floral Must-Haves
Style Guide: 12 Budget-Friendly Floral Must-Haves
pastel floral trousers – re:named ($62), floral moto jacket – piperlime collection ($90), cap-sleeve floral dress – modcloth ($70)

Black-Based Floral Prints:

Style Guide: 12 Budget-Friendly Floral Must-Haves
top – target, floral vest – lulu*s, denim – parker smith, ankle boots – sam edelman, handbag – shoedazzle


Unlike the overtly feminine white-based floral prints, black-based florals have the ability to actually be kind of gritty. Think less “Garden Party” and more “Boho Barbeque”. Expect to see lots of these prints trotting through the dessert during festival season. When it comes to accessorizing your black-based florals, use this rare opportunity to make your flower prints edgy by adding a vintage denim jacket, a studded cross-body bag, or fringe ankle boots.

Style Guide: 12 Budget-Friendly Floral Must-Haves
Style Guide: 12 Budget-Friendly Floral Must-Haves
floral swing dress – modcloth ($55), danity floral shorts – bb dakota ($55), floral ruffled jumpsuit – lc lauren conrad ($64)

Floral Printed Accessories:

Style Guide: 12 Budget-Friendly Floral Must-Haves
coat – j.o.a, top – gb gianni bini, necklace – j. crew, pants – lonny’s (similar here), heels – shoedazzle


Floral prints aren’t restricted to just garments, so if you’re weary of this bold design, try starting small with flower appliques and laser cut floral printed accessories. For a subtle start, try adding a simple floral handbag with your go-to little black dress.

Style Guide: 12 Budget-Friendly Floral Must-Haves
Style Guide: 12 Budget-Friendly Floral Must-Haves
floral mint satchel – modcloth ($55), floral phone case – sonix ($35), floral cut out heels – lc lauren conrad ($60)


Which print do you prefer, white-based or black-based florals?

Let us know in the comments below!

XO Elizabeth

Tripping: How to Nail a Spring Break Vacation

There you are: sitting on your couch, clad in pajamas, flicking through your Instagram feed full of beachy, margarita-fueled images while a marathon of “Say Yes to the Dress” flickers comfortingly in the background.

You are the spring breaker left behind.

I’ve been this girl a few times, and I’m here to let you know, there is life on the other side. While you may feel like the only undergrad in the world who’s not getting her hair braided on the beaches of Mexico, there’s actually a whole legion of us—the left behind—and we’re in this together. Okay?

Okay, good. Now, here’s how to make this spring break staycation so awesome you won’t even envy those pesky poolside photos…

  1. Pamper Yourself
    Nothing sets the vacation mood faster than a relaxing at-home spa day. Dim the lights, light some candles, break out your fluffiest bathrobe, turn on your favorite mellow playlist and let the zen begin. Start with a long bath—or steamy shower—then follow up with a facemask to boost your complexion. If you’re looking for a DIY recipe to try, check out our recipes for a Strawberry Rose and Bananas & Cream or Avocado Face Mask. Follow up with a pretty spring manicure and you’ll be feeling fresh and gorgeous in minutes.
  2. Sip Something Fun
    Let’s be honest—whether you’re in Las Vegas, Miami, or any spring break destination in between, one of the best parts of the festivities is the fun party cocktails. If you feel like you’re missing out on the festive sips, why not recreate your cocktail of choice at home? Invite a pal over (or don’t, because alone time rules), break out your best glassware and try a new recipe, like Infused Lemonade, Homemade Coconut Horchata or Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca.
  3. Check Out
    It’s not often that a girl is given permission to totally disconnect from the obligations and stress of everyday life, so take this as an opportunity to get offline and get inspired. Often times, when you give your brain a little room to breathe, the best ideas will float to the surface. Case in point—have you ever noticed how your most amazing ideas come to you when you’re in the shower or tuning out on the freeway? It’s because you’ve given yourself space to think without distraction, which is a hard thing to do when your iPhone is glued to your palm. Reset your energy and make time for a long stroll, a nap outdoors, a trip to your local museum or anything else that quiets, focuses, and inspires your mind.
  4. Fake a Glow
    Let’s be real: It may be annoying when your pals come back from their tropical cruise with perfectly sunkissed skin. Since you’re wise enough to refrain from actually tanning your precious epidermis, why not fake your glow like a pro? I’m a longtime fan of Kate Somerville’s Tanning Towelettes,  which are super easy to use and always produce a natural looking glow.An insider tip to remember: Once you’ve applied your tanner all over, lather a light layer of lotion around your wrists, ankles, elbows, the backs of your knees and underarms. This dilutes the color slightly in these areas that naturally appear lighter on your body, making your tan look more natural.
  5. Do Something Outside Your Comfort Zone
    One of the best parts about vacation is the sense of excitement you get from being somewhere totally unknown. Recreate this sensation by challenging yourself to do at least one thing outside of your comfort zone during your staycation. Whether that’s taking your first Zumba class, trying a new type of cuisine, or going to the movies alone for the first time, doing something novel is a great way to feel like you’ve had a robust vacation. Plus, it gives you a great story to tell when you’re inevitably asked, “What did you do over break?”

Have you ever enjoyed a staycation before? How did you make the most of it?

Share your tips below!

XO Elizabeth