Like Sunshine and Summertime

It shouldn’t come as a surprise this is yet another post about a cold shoulder top, I’m a huge fan of them.  It seems like everytime I step foot into a store lately there’s a plethora of them in a variety of colors and I’m not complaining.  I love the simplicity of this white top, paired with a neckerchief from Express (which are trending right now).  It adds a little sassiness to the class of the cotton shirt.  It’s a MUST add to your wardrobe as the summer months approach!IMG_5354 (2)This white, lightweight cotton top I was able to snag at Francesca’s for $14.  In fact, I glanced at a few times one night and had to go back for it the following day (thankfully it was still there)!  Unfortunately, I can no longer find it online or in store, but I’ve linked some similar tops below for you to check out.  Also, no surprise here…there’s very similar tops available right now at my favorite store: TJ Maxx.IMG_5369Best part of the week?  My May BootayBag arrived in the mail!IMG_5334IMG_5339Check out BootayBag here: Meet Your New Bae…IMG_5373

Here are some more cold shoulder tops (all with fabulous price tags) that you might enjoy as well:

Stay stylish my friends,

XO

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Sweet with Southern Flair

Cold shoulder tops are an absolute must for the spring and summer.  They’re edgy and fun-allowing you to show a little skin and feel sexy.  Not to mention they help you bronze up those shoulders while you’re enjoying the sunshine (what’s not to love?).Sweet Tea Clothing Co., an adorable boutique in Wisconsin Rapids (my hometown) has some fantastic items you need to add to your closet for the upcoming months.  One being this blue and white striped, button-up cold shoulder top.

P.S. I think Benjamin wanted some of my coffee (he knows what’s up).
I LOVE how this shirt has a professional blouse appeal to it, but still exemplifies the carefree spirit that you should embrace whole heartedly as the weather warms up.
Want to shop in store?  They’re located at 821 Pepper Avenue in Wisconsin Rapids, if you haven’t paid them a visit I would highly encourage you to do so!  Want to see more of the stylish dresses, cardigans, pants, tops, and accessories they have in store, follow them on Instagram.Want to shop this look?

Oh, and the Halley’s Comet Round Octagon Sunglasses from Francesca’s made another appearance.  I’ve been wearing them non-stop!  Shop them here: ONLY $16.00

Stay stylish my friends,

XO

It’s A Bootay(ful) Cause

EEK!  My first BootayBag arrived in the mail and I’m super excited.  Have you heard of it?  If not, let me tell you a little bit about the monthly delivery and how it’s helping to make a difference.

BootayBag is a philanthropic based company that sends out a monthly, recurring subscription for women (you can skip months-how fantastic is that flexibility?).  It includes two pairs of undies for only $12, yes you read that right, only $12 and that includes shipping!

Are you ready for the best part?  Whenever someone posts a picture with the hashtag ‘#UnderMatters’ on social media, they donate $1 to the Melanoma Foundation.  Come on, who doesn’t love a product that supports an even greater cause?  I know millennials, like myself do!

Read More About BootayBag HERE:  BootayBag – Your New Bae

Miss Wisconsin Prep Day: [✓]

Miss America Prep Day has come and gone and I’m eager for the next two months to pass by (but not too quick).  It was great to be in Oshkosh again and reunite with the Class of 2017, as the excitement only continues to grow for Miss Wisconsin in June.

So what happens at “Prep Day,” you ask?  All titleholders, both Miss and Teen received a schedule in advance slating times when they would perform their talents on stage.  This gives the lighting and sound technicians a chance to test lighting with costumes.  It also provides contestants with an opportunity to mark the stage and get a feel for the environment.  We were also given a taping schedule for production, you’ll just have to wait for the show to see what that entailed!

Sometimes we actually take nice photos that don’t involve puppy Snapchat filters!

Aside from re-connecting, great conversations, dancing, singing, and a lot of energy consuming both Alberta Kimbal High School and the hotel where we spend our time during Miss Wisconsin week in June, all contestants gathered for large meetings with local and state directors to gain insight into the job of Miss Wisconsin and Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen.  At the separate meetings for Misses and Teens, contestant numbers were chosen based on ad sales for the program book.

Let the countdown begin!  Excited to be contestant #15!

I am thrilled to announce I am contestant #15 of the total, 26 women vying for the job of Miss Wisconsin.  I will have my private 10 minute interview with the judges on Wednesday morning followed by competing in preliminary swimsuit and on-stage question on Wednesday evening.  On Thursday night, I’ll perform my talent and compete in evening gown for preliminary completion.  Finals will take place on Saturday, June 17 at Alberta Kimball High School in Oshkosh.

Want to attend?  Purchase tickets here: Miss Wisconsin 2017 Tickets

#Style is always a focus of mine, but it comes bearing a little extra attention when it pertains to choosing my appearance and competition wardrobe.  I absolutely love how chic and comfortable this white midi dress was for both traveling to Oshkosh and making it through a long day.  I only managed to get a little bit of caramel on it, which (thankfully) came off with a Tide-To-Go pen (if you weren’t aware, I’m not the best at keeping white clean).  Shop this look here:

Want to follow along with my preparations and #RoadToMissWisconsin?  Here are my social media sites:

 

Two Words: Retro and Round

There she goes just a walkin’ down the street…(in) poms, chunky heels, and bright colors.  All trending spring fashion statements that are too fun and fabulous to pass up.  How can it get even better?  By adding a little spice to your wardrobe, 90’s spice that is.  Victoria Beckham, who will forever be seen as Posh Spice in my eyes has a clothing line out at Target and great news: it’s chic and affordable (cha-ching)!This bright orange, one shoulder scalloped dress is just one of the many incredibly eye-catching, work professional, and yet day or night time ready items in Victoria Beckham’s line.  It’s also has the scalloped edging that a number of her other dresses, rompers, and tops showcase.

Of course no outfit is ever complete with out the right pair of shoes.  I found these Franco Sarto sandals (one of my absolute FAVORITE shoe brands) at DSW in for $59.00, however, I am having difficulty locating them on their website so I’ve linked the same pair from Macy’s below (sorry they are more expensive there, but at least you know what you’re looking for).

Now let’s talk accessories!  I stumbled upon the “Pom Band Fedora” in Express and immediately fell in love.  It has the vibes and comfort of a classic summer fedora with the round, poms added just the right amount of extra flare necessary.

Last, but certainly not least the black and gold tassel earrings, versatile grey clutch (which comes with a long shoulder strap as well), and rounded ‘stop sign’ sunglasses were all conveniently purchased at Francesca’s.

Stay stylish my friends,

XO

Who Doesn’t Love a Sale?

I often joke that I run on “coffee and protein bars” and it’s not far from the truth…Working full-time as a news reporter isn’t necessarily what you thought it would be in college and at other times it’s so much more (I’ll dive deeper into that subject matter at another time).  I’m constantly on the go, especially while balancing a local title within the Miss America Organization and preparing for Miss Wisconsin, but I wouldn’t change it.  One thing that makes my life a little easier is finding great deals, like a 40 percent off sale at Express on Monday.These high waisted dark wash jeggings were only $47.94 thanks to the store wide sale, unfortunately the sale is over.  However, they do have a ‘Buy 1, Get 1’ for $29.90 deal going on right now.  I won’t typically purchase their jeans on a regular basis when they’re full price, but I would advise signing up for the email updates and/or keeping an eye on their store and website for deals.

SHOP THESE PANTS HERE: High Waisted Raw Hem Cropped Jean Leggings ($79.90) I typically do a quick sweep of the store and if something catches my eye, I’ll try it on.  The ‘Ultimate Essential Shirt’ is the original fit and let me tell you…it’s fabulous!  The material is stretchy, breathable, and extremely comfortable.  I snagged this lovely wardrobe piece off the clearance rack for $17.99, so (bad news) you’ll have to go to your local store and look through the sale items to see if there’s still one left in your size.  Good news?  There’s lots of other patterns and colors in the same style, button-up blouse.

SHOP SIMILAR SHIRTS HERE:

Oh and those fabulous black, lace up flats?  I purchased them early fall from TJ Maxx.  They’re unisa and I wear them on a regular basis to work.  Here are some similar styles at a low price:

My new bracelets from New York & Company arrived in the mail today and I couldn’t be more excited!  These adorable gold and light pink beaded gems include a tassel and crystal elephant pendant AND proceeds benefit the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  You can purchase yours for only $16.00 here: NY&C St. Jude Elephant Charm Bracelet.P.S. shout out to the still relatively new Moka Coffee Shop location on South Avenue in La Crosse.  Indulging in my favorite hazelnut latte (whether it be hot, iced, or blended) is helping me get through very early mornings this week.  Praise the coffee Gods, folks!

XO,

Stay stylish and spend less my friends

Floral Tops and Tassel Shoes

The excessive amount of April showers lately is bound to bring some May flowers in no time at all.  For now, it’s best to embrace the floral in your closet or seek out some new statement pieces for spring and summer.  Last weekend I snagged this adorable, cold shoulder floral top from TJ Maxx.  While I unfortunately can’t seem to find the direct link, I can tell you it’s c&e and was purchased for less than $20 (SCORE!).  They have tons of floral tops and dresses right now, with excessive amounts of cold shoulder options.  Just stop on in to your local store or search online, you won’t be disappointed.Here are some similar, cold shoulder tops:

I snagged these light pink, suede sneakers from DSW on Saturday afternoon.  They are Crown Vintage, are extremely supportive, and they’re only $49.95.  But most importantly, how about the triple tassels adorning the tops of them? SO CUTE.SHOP THESE SNEAKERS: Crown Vintage Fern Slip-On Sneakers ($49.95)


Like these shoes?  Here are some similar shoes with tassels you might also enjoy:

MICHAEL Michael Kors Callahan Moc, now 50 percent off! ($54.99)Calvin KleinKEDS X Kate Spade New York Triple Decker Tassel ($85.00)

Kate SpadeSteve Madden Ellery Slip-On Sneakers from DSW ($59.95) + these come in black and brown!Steven Madden