Denim Blues

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“What kind of overalls does Mario wear?…….. Denim, Denim, Denim”

Joking aside, I am a sucker for a comfy cotton dress! They are the staples of my wardrobe once the weather gets warmer and this denim dress will be on repeat all season long. For this look I paired this denim dress with my favorite block heels and a statement necklace. But I can also wear this versatile dress with my converse’s and a ball cap for a more casual vibe. Basically, no matter how you style this dress you are sure to be comfortable and cute!

This denim dress is under $35 and features a small slit on the sides so be mindful of that before purchasing. I ordered a size 8 and the length is perfect with the small slit. {For reference, I am typically a medium or size 4/ 6}.  Also side note the pocket detail on the front is a faux pocket, sad face because everyone loves pockets.

Dress//Similar Shoes //Tassel

Happy Monday loves!

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Embroidered Dress

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Spring is here! {or at least for this week} A new season brings new trends. I have my eye on embroidery being a big trend this spring. Embroidery can make any garment come to life and this shift dress is no exception! The intricate details make this dress stand out. Here I paired it with my favorite Tommy Hilfiger wedges but I can totally see wearing this shift dress with espasdrilles and a denim jacket for a more casual vibe. Maybe for a day of wine tasting {wink wink}

This adorable dress is from Francesca’s but unfortunately is not sold online. BUT I have linked other embroidered faves  here, here & here!

What has been your favorite trend for spring?? Thanks so much for reading!

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Spring into Florals

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I can’t be the only one day dreaming of warmer weather right?! Even if I can’t yet break out the shorts and tanks one of the easiest ways to being the transition to Spring is to add floral to your wardrobe! And now that it is officially spring there is no better time than the present!

This adorable off the shoulder top is comfy and breezy and features my favorite bell sleeves. I paired it with my favorite skinny jeans and sandals for a comfy & casual look. But you can easily pair with bell bottoms and wedges for a fun retro vibe. It is a bit shear so keep that in mind when styling. It’s also under $30! Click below to shop!

Jeans//Shoes//Top

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When Green Isn’t Your Color

Unless its olive, I am not the biggest fan of the color green. I just don’t think it looks good on my skin tone. But with St. Patties day right around the corner I wanted to find something cute to wear to ensure I don’t get pinched!

This soft mint colored bomber jacket is the perfect complement to a blush or floral blouse. I paired it with a blush baseball tee for this occasion but the colors look great together and are perfect for spring. Best of all…. you won’t get pinched (: click pictures below to shop.

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We take Saint Patrick’s day very seriously in my household. My mom’s family is Irish (maiden name Cahill)  and Justin’s last name in Murphy, so there is no escaping our Irish roots. Although what we celebrate is very “Americanized” holiday, I love eating traditional corned beef and cabbage and especially soda bread!

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Wishing you the luck of the Irish!

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Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! (said no one ever). The Monday after Daylight savings has to be the worst Monday of all Mondays. There was no sun to help nudge me out of bed and loosing an hour of sleep certainly did not help me get to work on time. Whoops!

As you may have seen if you follow my social pages (insta: @allisonsaxoxo & snap: ams4073) my parents and sister came to Charlotte for a short weekend visit. Unfortunately every time they come visit they bring the snow! Luckily the snow held off long enough for me to take them to one of my favorite spots!

In Monroe, NC there is this quaint and charming little vineyard called Treehouse Vineyards. The vineyard gets its name from the three treehouses that line the property. When you first pull up to the vineyard the exterior can be very deceiving but once you walk around to the back you can easily see why this is one of my favorite places to take visitors! They use only North Carolina grapes to make their wine and they do both tours and tastings. My personal favorites are the Sunset Hills and Winy Hill wine. Did I mention they also do wine-orita’s- AKA a wine slushie! (insert heart eyes)

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Happy Monday loves! May the odds be ever in your favor!

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BaubleBar™ Tassel Earrings

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Finally getting around to sharing these beauties with you!  I ABSOLUTELY loved the SUGARFIX by BaubleBar™ line at Target. The bright colors and fun two-tone design made these the perfect must have earrings for Spring. In fact the whole jewelry line is so bright and colorful, they make the perfect accent pieces as we transition to Spring.

When I go shopping for earrings I look for 2 things…

1) they need to be lightweight 

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2) they need to be durable.

These are both!! The drop earring design makes them feel secure without weighting down my ears. And if these earrings can survive a night out on the town with my best friends, they can survive anything. lol


p.s. don’t forget to enter the Beauty & Beyond giveaway before 3/10/17 at 6 pm est. for a chance to win all the goodies below! Click the picture below for details!

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Beauty & Beyond Giveaway

 

Have a happy hump day!

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Beauty & Beyond Giveaway!

I have teamed up with some amazing bloggers “the Carefree Blonde” &
“Statements in Basements” to give one lucky follower a Beauty & Beyond package! This giveaway includes some of our favorite beauty products and other cute odds and ends.

Includes products: Living proof- perfect hair day styling treatment, Sexy Hair- Volume On the Go kit, Boho Betty USA “Mardi Gras” Bracelet, Daily Gratitude’s Journal, KNC Beauty- All natural collagen infused lip mask, LAQA & Co.- Avo Lip Butter “Nova”, Hask- Healthy hair conditioner sample, OGX- Coconut curls shampoo sample.

*pink denotes personal favorite

To participate:

  1. Follow me on Instagram @allisonsaxoxo
  2. Like this picture on Instagram
  3. Go to @thecarefreeblonde & @statementsinbasements and repeat the steps on every account until you arrive back to my account. Don’t worry its only 3 accounts!
  4. For an extra entry follow each blogger!
    1. Life of a Northern Belle (ME!)
    2. Statements In Basements
    3. The Carefree Blonde

Competition starts on March 6th at 12 pm EST and ends March 10th at 6 pm. Winner will be announced on Instagram via a comment on the giveaway picture on all accounts within 48 hours of giveaway being closed!

Good luck!

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*This contest is in no way sponsored, administered or associated with Instagram, INC., LAQA & Co., Sexy Hair, Boho Betty USA, Target, Living Proof, KNC Beauty, OGX & Hask.
*Follow ALL accounts and insure your Instagram account is public to qualify!
*By entering, entrants confirm that they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

March Goals

Hello there and happy March! That is so weird to say?! I feel like it was just January and we were playing in the snow here in Charlotte. February was a great month because I was able to see a lot of family and friends but I am beyond ready for warmer weather and longer days.

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Monthly Goals:

-Stay positive, start appreciating what I do have rather than always analyzing what I think I’m still missing. This goes for relationships, my career and my closet. lol

-Read at least 2 books, even if they are the cheesy rom-coms that I love so much.

Weekly Goals:

-Go to the gym at least twice a week. Maybe even try one of those hour long full body classes I have been avoiding.

-Write at least once a week. Whether I publicly share it or not, writing is such a creative outlet for me.

Daily Goals:

-Stay in my own lane. Focus on bettering myself because in reality that’s all I can really change.

-Cut back on soda! This may be the hardest goal to crack seeing that Justin’s sister works for Coca Cola!

 

Do you have any goals this month? It’s never too late to start!

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Weekend Adventures

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This weekend was nothing short of amazing. One of my best friends from Wilmington came to visit and we had the perfect weather for showing her around Charlotte! One of my favorite places to take friends and family is the U.S. National Whitewater Center because there is something to do there for everyone. We opted for an all-day pass so we could try everything. The high ropes course was a bit more challenging than I expected and when the guides tell you it’s an intermediate course they aren’t kidding. {We even got a few encouraging words from a group of 10 year old’s as we let them pass us…}

Next we took the Kayaks out on the Catawba River. The water was a bit chilly but I am sure come July it will be perfect for a swim. I have never been kayaking before but it was so peaceful on the water that I will definitely do it again. There is something so calming about silently gliding over blue green water under your own man power. How lucky are we to live somewhere where we can spend Sunday afternoons playing in the sun in February!?

Now about this adorable pink cactus baseball hat! I got it from forever 21 for under $10!! They have a similar one online in white and yellow. Click here to shop! 🌵

Feeling rejuvenated after a weekend spent outdoors, now bring on the work week!

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Ch-ch-Changes

This week has been nothing short of a doozy. Lots of unexpected changes have come my way. But I guess as in most cases, change isn’t pretty.  If this week has taught me anything, it is that we have less control over our lives than we think we do. But no matter how frightening that thought is we still have to keep faith that everything happens for a reason.  After having the wind knocked out of me, literally and figuratively, I wanted to take some time to focus on the positivity associated with change.

So here are a few words that really spoke to me this week. Hopefully they bring a little clarity to this mess.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou

“Sometimes the things we can’t change end up changing us.”- Anonymous

 

Looking forward to a relaxing and well deserved weekend.

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