20 Swimsuits for Every Body Type

Happy Summer, loves!! Swimsuit Season is officially here!
I was lucky to get a head start on my swimsuit shopping this year for our cruise back in Janurary! I picked up this L'Space Color Block Bikini (shown above) for our trip & it's one of my favorite bikinis ever! This suit comes in 3 other color options + it's reversible! So fun, right!?  

Whether your into skimpy, sporty, high waisted, or a one-piece - there is a suit out there to flatter every body type! I shared in this post, I tend to lean toward a skimpier suit - sexy-sporty, as I like to describe it. These types of swimsuits tend to flatter my body & curves the best & I feel most comfortable & confident in this style. I'm still on the hunt for that perfect one-piece that I feel good in. I feel like maybe a one-piece just isn't in the cards for me...
my torso is soooo long + I have real boobs that are not small! {ha!} Is it just me, or do you have to have either 1) no boobs or 2) fake boobs to pull off one of those deep cut one-piece suits!? What you do you ladies think!? If you know of any one-piece suits made for women with curves, please share in the comments below! 

Remember to LOVE your body! 

Wishing everyone an amazing summer!! xx

TOP 10 FALL FUN RUNS IN NC

Hello my Runner Readers! 
I've teamed up with my friends at LEGEND Compression Socks to round up the Top 10 Fun Runs happening all around NC this Fall!
Charlotte Readers, we have 4 Runs taking place right here in the Queen City, including the always popular Turkey Trot! I know its Summertime, and Fall may feel far off, however, these runs will be here before you know it! If you've never participated in a Fun Run, I highly recommend doing so!! Sign up, lace up, meet some new, cool peeps, and join in all the... F U N!! ;) 

Check out the 10 Runs taking place below -  Where, When, What & Why - to see which ones sound the most fun to you! Perhaps you even get a head start on your training this summer!


10.  BIG MUDDY CHALLENGE
WHERE : Raleigh/Durham, NC
WHEN : Sept. 2, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHAT : The Big Muddy Challenge is a Parent/Child, age-appropriate muddy obstacle run. Adults and their child(ren) utilize each other’s physical and mental strengths to reach the finish line.
WHY : This is a great chance for families to get messy, laugh and have fun!

9.  GO JUMP IN THE LAKE
WHERE : 
Southport, Boiling Springs Lake, NC
WHEN : Sept. 3, 11 a.m.
WHAT : The Go Jump in the Lake 5K, 10K, and 1.5 mile walk/fun run is exactly how it sounds: a foot race with the finish line at the banks of Spring Lake where jumping-in is highly encouraged. The course takes participants through Boiling Spring Lakes on a flat course of mostly paved asphalt.
WHY : What better way to end a race than to cool down in a beautiful lake?

8.  WAFFLE HOUSE 10K PLUS RUN
WHERE : Albemarle, NC
WHEN : Sept. 4, 6:45 a.m.
WHAT : On Labor Day, Vac & Dash will host the Waffle House 10K Plus Run. The free event, is a non-timed event that takes runners from one Waffle House to another Waffle House and back.  
WHY : You can #treatyourself to waffles after the race.

7.  PISGAH 10 HR
WHERE : Pisgah National Forrest
WHEN : Oct. 21
WHAT : This race is 10 hours of paddling, trekking and mountain biking in the mountains of the Pisgah. Strategy, orienteering and the ability to push through some challenging elevation changes will always be a premium in the Pisgah!
WHY. It’s a spin on the old classic triathlon.

6.  COSTUME DASH
WHERE : Charlotte, NC
WHEN : Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m.
WHAT : Put on your craziest costume and get ready for five kilometers of fun. After the run is a costume contest and free gifts followed by an after party at Draught Charlotte!
WHY : You’ll have a blast running in a ridiculous outfit and people-watching.

5.  SOUTHERN FRIED HALF MARATHON
WHERE : Nags Head, NC
WHEN : Nov. 12, 7 a.m.
WHAT : You’ll cross the beautiful Washington-Baum Bridge, and finish in the waterfront village of Manteo. Yes, it’s “Fried” but in a fun, festive way. You’ll get your Southern Fried Sweet Taters at the Finish!
WHY : Beautiful views and good eats after the race!

4.  TURKEY TROT
WHERE : Charlotte, NC
WHEN :  Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m.
WHAT : The race is an 8k, 5k, or 1-mile fun run. It is a Thanksgiving-Day family tradition. 

WHY : Work up an appetite for your thanksgiving meal and see people in turkey costumes.

3.  RUN & RIDE
WHERE : Carowinds
WHEN : Sept. 10, 10 a.m.
WHAT : This 13.1-mile gem will have you winding in and out of the park, passing through the underbelly of coasters, running back in time through Dinosaurs Alive, waving to Snoopy and his friends, and seeing some of the behind-the-scenes action of this fabulous amusement park.
WHY : A pass to the theme park is included with ticket purchase!

2.  WILD VINE
WHERE : U.S. National Whitewater Center
WHEN : Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m.
WHAT : Lace up your running shoes for the Wild Vine Half Marathon & 5K. The 5k provides a quick and fun race for the casual runner, while the half marathon distance provides a great event for runners in training.
WHY : When the race is finished, the wine sampling begins!

1.  OKTOBERFEST 15K & 5k
WHERE : Leland, NC
WHEN : Sept. 24, 8 a.m.
WHAT : The race courses travel through the beautiful planned community of Brunswick Forest on paved running trails, through picturesque Meadow Park, across wooden bridges and over a 1/3 mile elevated boardwalk through a nature area. The course is flat, fast and picturesque!
WHY : Post-race party and awards beside a small lake with free beer, good snacks, massage, exhibitors and prize drawings for gifts.

No matter which race you decide on, don’t forget to pick up a pair of LEGEND Compression socks or sleeves. The fun colors will pump you up for your race and the compression will extend the life of your legs so you can do Fun Runs for many years to come!

Happy Running!! xx

Cute Zipper Pouches to Keep Your Bag Organized

as much as I LOVE a bigger-the-better, carry-all purse, I definitely do NOT love rummaging around, trying to find what I need - cell, pen, lip gloss, business card, headphones, travel sized perfume, and every other thing that us girls throw into our bags, amiright!? 
For as long as I can remember, I've been a fan of pencil pouches and any other type of cutesy zipper pouch inscribed with some adorable quote or one liner.
 If you look inside my handbag you'd find 2-3 small pouches to keep all of my must-haves organized + depending on my outfit or what I'm up to, I'll swap out my belongings for the necessities and voilà! my pouch doubles as cute clutch and a fun pop of color like I did above with this white cut out off the shoulder dress! Mine is from Anthro (last year) & says "je ne sais quoi" I'm in LOVE with the orange/coral color! 

If your into cute & colorful zip pouches like moi,
I've linked a bunch that I'm loving at the moment below! ;)

Happy Sunday, loves!
Hope everyone is having a great weekend! xx

The Best Mascara for Long, Lush Lashes

One of the top compliments I receive is about my eyelashes. I'm constantly getting asked if they are real and to answer that question... yes! they are real. I have been blessed with thick, black, long lashes and I ain't mad! {haha} Throughout the years, I have gone thru my fair share of mascaras and I thought it would be fun to share my favorites here on The Blog!
Depending on just how amazing a particular mascara is, I'll stick with the same kind for a few tubes and other times when one is finished, I'll switch to something new for fun & to simply use something different!

I've gone thru multiple tubes of all the mascara's I'm sharing below and love each and every one of them! They all work their mascara magic to give you long, lush, lashes that will make everyone wonder if their real! 

Lancome

Lancome is one of my go-to's for a really great mascara. These are my top 3 for dark, long, full lashes + good lash separation: 
Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Volume Mascara
Lancôme Grandiôse Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara
Hypnôse Doll Lashes Mascara


Chanel

Just one swipe of Le Volume De Chanel & I was hooked. I went thru 3 tubes of this mascara before switching to a different brand. I love this mascara for ultra thick & lush lashes!

MAC

Me & MAC go waaaaay back. I've always loved MAC Makeup and these 2 mascaras are a long time favorite of mine - if your looking for super black, length + volume + the perfect amount of curl...you'll love these! 

 

Benefit

BADgal Lash from Benefit has a "famously" big brush to coat your lashes in their thick black formula. Not so much separation here, but this mascara definitely plumps up your lashes without clumping!

Maybelline 

My very first mascara - ever - and quite possibly every other teenage girls' - you kind of can't go wrong with Great Lash from Maybelline! My favorite is "blackest black" and for just $5.99 - no complaints here! 


A few fun facts to go along with this post...

The blacker the better! I just love the look of ultra dark lashes - so sultry!
 I never wear waterproof mascara - ever. I bought it once and I just don't care for it. I felt like it was such a struggle to completely wash off. Anybody else?? I wear contacts so I want all of my eye makeup to wash off easily & not have any gunk left over. 
You know those little brushes for sampling mascara at the store?? Those are like my best friends! {lol} And they should be yours, too! I always brush my lashes with one of those little brushes before applying mascara. I swear it really defines your lashes and makes them look even more amazing!!
I also always apply a thin layer of mascara, allow it to dry, brush again to separate my lashes and then apply 1, 2 or even 3 more good swipes depending on what I'm doing...daytime, date night, girls night out, photoshoot, whatever! :)
Oh! And don't forget to open your mouth and tilt your head way back - a mascara must! I had to remind myself to definitely NOT do that for these pictures! haha

What's your favorite mascara?
Any that I should try? Share below! xx
 

Chic. Casual. Cool.

When it comes to getting dressed, hands down, my 3 must-have elements to any outfit
= chic. casual. cool.
I am definitely a jeans & t-shirt kinda girl at heart, so adding chic pieces - a fabulous bag or clutch, a great pair of shoes & accessories - for that effortlessly cool look is essential since you don't really want to walk out the door in just some run-of-the-mill jeans + a t-shirt/tank top, right?
I recently wore a version of this outfit to a friends birthday get together - I wore sandals instead of my mules & tied my bandana a little differently - and got THE sweetest compliment from one of my friends! She complimented my outfit, to which I replied, "its just jeans & a tank" and she said "you look cute in anything"   *blush* 

Fashion is a trend.
Style lives within a person.
— Oscar de la Renta

I wear my ripped black skinnies from Madewell at least 2x a week! The rips in the knees = instant cool girl style. I'm always on the search for the perfect white tank/tee and for this season, I'm obsessed with this white muscle tank (currently on sale for $10) from Abercrombie. I have it in the olive green color + a white/blue stripe, too! It fits perfectly and its SO soft - you just want to throw is on all.the.time. 
I just picked up these slip-on mules from Sam Edelman a few weeks ago and I kind of only want to wear these, at the moment! They come in 10 other options - ten! - fun florals, leather, and suede! This is the perfect casual chic shoe to wear all summer long. I've been wearing mine with jeans, shorts & dresses.

A bandana is the quintessential accessory. Tie one around your neck, wrist or handbag to give a simple outfit that extra little je ne sais quoi. I've been obsessed with bandana's since last summer and have a fun little collection going on! Madewell is one of my go-to's for cute bandanas and this black one that I'm wearing is one of my favorites! I've linked a few others I'm currently loving to the right...

What's your favorite way to accessorize for that effortless chic vibe? Share with me in the comments below! xx

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