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1. ALEXANDRA NELSON MAIL SUBSCRIPTION,       2. CALYPSO ST. BARTH ALAKE V-NECK CASHMERE SWEATER (on sale!)      3. EMILY FROM THE FIELDING REPORT     4. SALLY KING BENEDICT'S HOME ON THOU SWELL       5. BLUE LIFE PRINTED MAXI DRESS & TANK TOP 

I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend! I am in Miami with my family for the weekend celebrating my birthday (be sure to follow along @simplyelegantblog for some snaps.) But I just wanted to stop in quickly and share some of my favorite finds and links from around the web this past week! 

Weekend in Miami

This weekend we are heading a bit farther down south in Florida to Miami! Even through we live just over an hour away I have never been to Miami or South Beach (crazy right?!) So as a birthday gift from my parents, we are all heading down to celebrate this weekend. I am so excited to walk up and down South Beach and take it all in, I am sure it will be quite a scene. We are also planning on heading to the design district, as well as seeing some of the iconic artwork/graffiti in Wynwood. 

We went back and forth about what hotel we wanted to stay at, floating between the iconic Raleigh Hotel, The Betsy Hotel or The Standard Spa. In the end we decided to stay at The Betsy, a smaller hotel right on the end of south beach. As we are only there for the weekend we didn't want to be in the more secluded area where the Standard is and also wanted a bit of a smaller feel than the Raleigh. However, we are definitely planning to head over to the Raleigh for drinks to check it out. We also have plans to go to Casa Tua, Mandolin, and The Dutch for meals. 

Other those plans we are going to try to keep it all relaxed and just decide what we want to do in the moment. I just think it will be so fun to see the whole scene of it all. Have you all spent time in Miami? Please send along any recommendations of Miami favorites! 

The Iconic pool at the raleigh hotel, how amazing is that shape?! 

The Iconic pool at the raleigh hotel, how amazing is that shape?! 

Browsing around for images has made me even more excited for the weekend! Garance Dore never disappoints with amazing inspiration and I also found a great post over on Smitten Studio. 

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Liebster Award - Behind the Blog

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One of the things that I never really expected out of starting a blog is the wonderful community of bloggers that I would get to know. Before I started my blog a little over a year ago I had read posts by many other bloggers praising their online community..but initially I just wasnt so sure. But after a year in, all I can say is wow! It has been so wonderful to connect with so many great people around the country. One thing that is so wonderful about the online community is the ability to connect with people who you have shared interests with. 

While so many of my best friends share the same taste as me, some of my other besties are not so interested in shopping and design, which I totally understand. It has been  wonderful to find so many great gals around the web who share my same ascetic and style. One of the amazing people I have connected with over the last year is Annie Reeves, if you havn't checked out her blog you need to head over there asap! I am always loving the items she shares in her shopping posts, and then her images of Charleston..makes me want to go visit in heartbeat! So last week Annie nominated me, and some other wonderful bloggers for the Liebester Award. If you are a big blog reader you have probably seen these posts around the web, but if not, the nominees are selected from fellow bloggers as a way to highlight and recognize some of there other favorite blogs around the web. 

 
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To get to know bloggers, the nomination comes with fun questions for bloggers to answers to help to get to know each person a bit better. So here goes: 

  1. Describe yourself in three words: Caring, Creative, Inquisitive 
  2. Your last meal on earth would be... Oh this is tricky...how to decide. The dinner would probably be based around some Italian inspired favorites (thank you to my time in Florence, Italian food always wins my heart!) and then the meal would follow up with a more american desert..simple but delicious ,vanilla ice cream with my mom's homemade chocolate sauce. Oh and there would definitely be champagne! 
  3. Songs currently on repeat: Do you all watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians..my love for trahsy reality tv means that I obviously watch that crazy family. So how does this connect to my latest music favorites? Well I just discovered that Bruce Jenner's son Brandon, and Brandon's wife Leah, have released a new album, Together. And I have been listening to the relaxing and beautiful songs on repeat on my spotify. 
  4. Any 2015 blog-related goals: I have lots of goals roaming throughout my brain for this little blog, but I would say my main goal is to work to post on a regular schedule throughout the year. It can be hard to keep with the blog at times with my busy life at college, but I want to work to continue to focus my energy (when I can) on the blog. I am also scheming up a interview series that I would like to start with some fellow young creatives and bloggers..so hopefully I will have more on that soon! 
  5. Rack 'em: shoes, jewelry, bags: Oh bags come first for sure!! My family and friends constantly joke with my about my love (possibly obsession with bags.) I just feel that unlike clothes or accessories, a great bag can be used day in and day out. So if you are using something every day, you need to love it (and maybe justify splurging on it a bit.) Next would come shoes and then jewelry. While I love a good statement earring from time to time, I usually like to keep it simple with smaller everyday jewels. 

So next up I get to nominate some of my favorite blogs to highlight. I nominate, Ashley of Minck Co., Michelle of The Mich Mix, and Emily of The Fielding Report.  So here are some questions for you girlies:

  1. When and why did you start your blog? What inspired you to start?
  2. What are your favorite blog posts to create and what are the hardest?
  3. What blogs, magazines or websites do you often look to for inspiration?
  4. What is your favorite social media platform? And who do you love following?
  5. What are some of your blog goals for 2015?
  6. Favorite shopping purchase from 2014? 
  7. What three pieces do you wear the most in your closet? 
  8. Rank em': shoes, jewelry, bags?
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Vacation Dreaming

How fun are these graphic tees?! I came across them while browsing around the Net-A-Porter site. The shirts are part of a special collaboration between the swimwear company Solid & Striped with artist Donald Robertson. I am normally not much of a graphic tee shirt person, I some times find them hard to wear, but this art deco style has me changing my mind. Those pink flamingos for Miami, so fun! 

Break the Rules - White Jeans

Now remind me, is there some rule about not wearing white jeans after Labor Day? I think there might be. But then when you are in Florida in January does that rule still need to apply? I say no, or at least why not break the rules! 

When I am in Florida, or really anywhere when the weather is above 70 degrees I feel as though I live in my white jeans. So simple and classic. They also go with everything so it makes putting an outfit together very simple, and who doesn't love that? As I have been wearing my white jeans day in and day out, I thought it was time to buy another pair or two, and I cam across this amazing pair by James Jeans. How great is that blue tuxedo stripe down the side? 

With my birthday coming up in a few weeks, I thought I would pair the jeans with a few other pieces I am eyeing; some dainty stacking rings, a classic watch and my all time favorite flats. 

What do you all think, is it okay to break the traditional fashion rules and keep wearing white jeans in the winter months?