Bows & Stripes

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Happy Hump Day! I am so happy this week is almost over. I only have one more day of work left then I am off for 5 days. Yay! I also start my classes in a little over a week so it is a little bitter sweet. This top is literally to die for! I purchased it from Nordstrom about a month ago and didn’t know if I would like it or not because of the material. It ended up being perfect and I am so happy I bought it. I wore it with my jeans from TJ Maxx and my Steve Madden wedges.

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Outer Banks, North Carolina 2017

I am finally getting around to posting all about my trip to Corolla! I have been home for about two weeks already but have been nonstop busy. I have been going on vacation to the Outer Banks for about 13+ years but unfortunately, this will be the last year for a while because my family is all starting to have their own lives and it is becoming difficult with the 9/10 hour car ride. That being said, I tried to do a lot while I was there this time. My friend Lauren and I left on Friday (August 4) around 4:45 after we both got off work. Luckily, we got a hotel in Virginia so we only had to drive about five hours. It wasn’t too bad of a drive but by the time we got food and gas we both were exhausted and passed out early. We woke up around 7:00 so we were able to get on the road early to drive the rest of the way. It was a good drive up until we crossed the bridge that takes you into the Outer Banks. That is where we sat in traffic for about two hours. It was MISERABLE. When we finally got through we met up with the rest of the family for lunch at a place called Tomato Patch. It wasn’t that great but considering I hadn’t eaten, I was just happy to have food. After we finished, we had to kill an hour because our house wasn’t ready yet. The best way to kill time is to shop so that was exactly what we did. When we got the call that our house was good to go we headed there, unpacked, and relaxed for a bit. Later that evening , Lauren and I went to get Mexican food at a place called Coastal Cantina. My FAVORITE place to eat on the OBX because they have the BEST burritos!!! Since there was an hour wait, we just hung out at the bar and had a margarita and pina colada. On Sunday we went to the beach for a few hours then went to the Currituck Lighthouse. It was years since I have climbed it so I wanted to do it again one last time. Climbing 220 steps in 80 degree weather is always fun right? Nope.

IMG_7413IMG_7418IMG_7417After doing all of that we went back to the house for dinner and then went back to the beach to watch my uncle and cousin fish. We topped the night off with some ice cream and went to bed early. Monday was a rainy day, it literally poured ALL day and stormed so bad. Luckily, we planned ahead and decided to make it our shopping day so we were all okay with it. We first went to TJ Maxx and a cute boutique called Foxy Flamingo. After shopping we stopped for some lunch at Mulligans which has been our spot to get lunch on our shopping days for over five years. When we finished up eating, Lauren and I headed to J. Crew, The Gap, and the Cottin Gin to shop some more.  On Tuesday we also had bad weather so we pretty much just stayed inside all day long. In the morning we went to Duck Donuts to grab a dozen of their donuts and then went to a new place I found called The Juice Jar. There I  got an acai bowl and a beet juice. I wasn’t that big of a fan of the juice but the acai bowl was absolutely amazing! Since all of us were inside for a couple hours we ended up playing Pictionary and then went to dinner at a Mexican place called Agave Roja. It was my second time eating there and it did not disappoint. Although I spent $50 on my meal it was honestly so worth it. On Wednesday, it finally got nice out again. We all went to the beach for a few hours and then I hung out at the pool that our house had. Wednesday night we went to the Whalehead Club for a ghost tour. It was super cool to go to and I learned a lot about the history of Corolla. Most people find it hard to believe but I am a huge history nerd. Shocking, I know. On Thursday, we had a relaxing day at the beach and then went to Jockey’s Ridge and Pea Island.  Jockey’s Ridge is a state park that has huge sand dunes. I always love going there because it is fun to walk around on the dunes. It almost feels like you’re in the dessert. Pea Island has been a place I have gone to for about three years. No one really knows about it unless you’re a local. It is a National Wildlife Refuge but if you walk a good bit into it, you get to a vacant beach with really big seashells. I just like going every time I am in the Outer Banks because it is super relaxing and cool to adventure on. There is also a vacant lifesaving station that makes it even better.

Friday was our last day there which I wasn’t that mad about. I was ready to come home and sleep in my own bed. It probably would of been better if it didn’t rain as much and we spent more time at the beach but I will take a week of vacation either way. Of course it rained all day though so we didn’t go to the beach but Lauren and I had scheduled a paint and sip at the Lilly Pulitzer specialty store called Life’s A Beach. It was fun because we got to paint a Lilly Pulitzer print not just something random. It was my second time doing it and was just as fun as the first time.

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After we finished up we did some last minute shopping then I went and got another acai bowl. Later that night we went to dinner at Sun Fish Grill. I finally got my crab legs that I was craving all week! On Saturday everyone left at 5:00 except for Lauren and I. We ended up leaving at 9:00 since we were going to get a hotel half way home. After driving like an hour I just wanted to get home so we ended up just driving the rest of the way. It took forever but we got home around 8:30 and I was beyond happy to finally be in my own bed!

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J.Crew Maxi Dress

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The past two days have been so exhausting from having to drive 9+ hours home from the beach and do all of the unpacking and laundry that comes with it. I have honestly done 6 loads of laundry and am still not finished. Today I scheduled my last couple of classes at school before I transfer & I can NOT wait to graduate! With Fall just around the corner I am going to try to post all of my favorite outfits from this summer in the next week or two so keep checking back. This maxi has been one of my favorites since purchasing it last year at the J. Crew in Nags Head and I have worn it so many times since. I paired it with my new bucket purse from The Gap and my converse shoes which makes a super casual and comfy outfit! Hope you all have a great week!

Long Drapey Spaghetti Strap Dress // Faux Leather Bucket Bag // Converse Chuck Taylors // Monogram Necklace

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Free People Dress

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This week I am vacationing on the Outer Banks so I haven’t been posting as much but since it was a rainy day today I was able to get a few blog posts edited which will be up tonight. So far I am having a great time and have been relaxing a lot which was definitely needed! I finally was able to wear this dress from Free People that I picked up from Macy’s a few weeks ago.  Today was our shopping day so it was the perfect outfit to wear especially since the weather wasn’t that nice. I paired it with some sandals from Target and my tote from Urban Outfitters. The next couple of days are jam packed with activities so stay tuned for a lot more posts! Hope you all had a great Monday!

Boho Split-Neck Swing Dress // DSW Mix No. 6 Dava Gladiator Sandal // Fringed Straw Tote Bag

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Mac & Toz

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If you are ever in Pittsburgh you MUST stop by Mac and Toz. I am obsessed with mac and cheese and this place made all my dreams come true. I went with my two girlfriends last Friday and we had such a great time and the food was just a plus! It wasn’t too pricey but is definitely more on the higher side compared to other places around but you get what you pay for. I also had a glass of their sparking rose which was originally $9 but being there for happy hour made it only $5! Yay! I can’t wait to go back and try their lobster mac!

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