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The Best Everyday Bag from Ame & Lulu

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Ame & Lulu. I received product samples to facilitate my review.


Bags can be tricky.  When you're searching for the perfect bag, there are so many things to consider.  You need to be able to fit all of your everyday items (and be able to find those items in your bag when you need them), it has to be durable, and, most importantly, it has to be stylish.

I have had a million and a half bags over the past few years.  I've gone through totes, cross-bodies, and an extremely extensive Vera Bradley collection in high school but since I've started working full-time, nothing has proven durable enough....


Enter: Ame & Lulu



Their tagline "Accessories for an Active Lifestyle" could not be more accurate.  This collection of bags and accessories is perfect for the girl on the go.  Whether her destination be the gym, work, or a soccer game for her kids (that last one clearly does not apply to me!), these bags do the trick.

I was sent the Easy Tote in the Astor style and, to be honest, choosing between the different patterns was next to impossible.  They are all so perfectly preppy and classic, and any one of the fun patterns would go with so many outfits.  

Check out my (totally amateur) photos below of how I styled the Ame & Lulu Easy Tote!







Trench: Michael Kors (on sale!)
Dress: Old Navy
Flats: Tory Burch 
Bag: c/o Ame & Lulu
Watch: Michael Kors

Like that? Good, because those little photoshoots are rare ;) 

So if you can't tell, the bag is insanely spacious, but I thought I'd give you an idea by stocking it with the million items I carry with me on a daily basis.


That right there is a clunky (and super old) MacBook, large Lilly Pulitzer planner, iPad mini, a reusable water bottle,  my keys, and an extra pair of flip flops (so incredibly necessary after wearing heels all day).  All of that fits in there comfortably with room to spare.  A hoarders dream.


So in addition to the Easy Tote, some fun little accessories came along with it as well.  I received an Essentials Insert and a Key Pouch, both in matching patterns, and the entire set is beyond adorable.


I recently traveled to Harrisburg for work and the bag plus the accessories were perfect for organizing everything I needed for the trip.  All I had to do was throw some clothes and shoes into the bag, any makeup I needed into the Essentials Insert, and keep my debit card and hotel room key in the key pouch - I was set!

Another advantage for me in particular is how spacious the key pouch is inside.  I have this awful key card that I need to get into my apartment building and I hate it.  Keeping it on my keys makes me look like a janitor and because it's thicker than your average credit card, it's impossible to fit it in my wallet.  This was a major issue for a few weeks, but now I just slip it into the key pouch and I don't have to worry about it!


 I really can't recommend these Ame & Lulu products enough.  Although I've only had them for a few weeks now, I know durability when I see it and I have to say I'm impressed.  As an everyday work bag or travel bag, it has absolutely everything you'd need and more.  

Naturally, once I realized how great the bag was, I scoured the website to see what other products they offer. Some of my other favorites from the site include:








So basically, no matter what you're involved in or doing in your life, Ame & Lulu have something for you.   And good news - they're offering a 25% discount on their entire site now using the code "love25", so get to shopping!


Shop the rest of my look below (especially the Michael Kors trench - it's currently over 50% off!)











Check out the Ame & Lulu site and let me know what your favorite pattern is!




Inspired by Olivia Pope

It's no secret I'm a big fan of Rue La La.  I've posted about them on here multiple times, and I can't stress enough what a great website it is when you're looking for a bargain on your favorite luxury items. 

(p.s. if you're not a member yet, sign up here!)

Lately I've been really intrigued by all the "themed" boutiques Rue has been featuring.  Usually I just shop the sales that are exclusive to my favorite brands, but checking out these other features has caused me to really branch out and find some new favorite brands!  I have the Rue app on my phone (duh) and so today I got a notification about an Olivia Pope themed sale.  

Jackpot.  



I don't know if any of you out there are Scandal fans (cannot wait for the Season 4 premiere tonight!), but I have personally made it my life goal to dress like, act like, and pretty much be Olivia Pope.  Except for the whole sleeping with the president thing because, you know, no commander in chief has ever looked like Fitzgerald Grant.  

The costume designers on that show are absolute geniuses and Olivia's wardrobe is probably the most enviable of any character on TV.  Her classic, polished, and put-together wardrobe is impeccable and a great example of how women in a professional work place should dress.  

I have to say my personal favorite of the sale is this coat.  Not only is it totally something Olivia would wear on one of her casual trips to the White House, but it's under $60, which is pretty affordable for a nice, quality coat.  In fact, that very coat is currently in my shopping cart.... 

Another favorite is this dress.  It is absolutely stunning.  Unfortunately I don't get invited to too many White House balls, so do I need it? Probably not. Do I want it? Oh, for sure. 

Check out some of my other favorites below:







Happy shopping & always remember: What would Olivia Pope do?



Say Hello to Keurig 2.0!

Disclaimer: I was sent a Keurig 2.0 courtesy of Influencer to facilitate this review.  However, all opinions are my own. 



Coffee is a major food group in my life.  As unhealthy as that may sound, it's pretty much necessary at this point in my life.  If you haven't noticed, I've been posting a little less frequently than I usually do.  This is due to my insane work schedule lately and the fact that I moved this month.


All of this is my own doing and, while I completely own that, I need a little help here and there.  The Keurig 2.0 has basically been my roommate these days and I could not be happier that I have it.  It's there for me when I wake up and it's there when I need a little early evening pick-me-up - it's essentially a boyfriend in the form of a kitchen appliance.  


I am definitely saying #HelloKeurig every morning!


^That right there is just about the best thing you could wake up to on a chilly fall morning before you go to work.


Now here's the thing... we've all probably used a Keurig before, right? You're thinking "Ok cool, no new info here." Well see that little "2.0" in the blog post title up there? That's what I'm here to tell you about.  



The Keurig 2.0 is a new and improved take on everyone's favorite way to brew coffee at home.  When the Keurig first came out, everyone was crazy about it.  Everyone had one when I was in college and it was a perfect appliance to invest in so you didn't have to wait in line and spend tons of money every morning at the Starbucks on campus.  The only issue was that it only made one cup.  For a college student, that's not a problem.  But if there's a group of people that want coffee all at once, you're thinking maybe one of those regular old coffeemakers would work better.  

Well, problem solved.  The Keurig 2.0 comes with a carafe and the ability to brew 4 cups instead of the usual 1 thanks to the new K-Carafes!  



Now for my review.  While I unboxed this fun new toy (accompanied by my Mom who may have been more excited to try it than me), I was slightly overwhelmed.  It did seem a little more difficult to understand than the Keurigs I had used before.  But the helpful little guide that it came along with put my mind at ease.


My only complaint throughout the process was that the part of the machine that you fill up with water was a little difficult to put together.  Other than that little hiccup, I was ready to brew.  The next challenge was to pick out which kind of coffee I wanted to try first - there were so many options! 



The options above, along with about 10-15 more, came with the machine.  I finally decided on the Green Mountain Coffee Hazelnut flavor.  Hazelnut is my absolute favorite, and this one did not disappoint.  However, over the course of the next few days while I was trying all the others, I have to say the absolute best K-Cups were from Donut House.  I'm usually a Dunkin Donuts coffee kind of girl, but Donut House is now my go-to for brewing at home. 

As far as the K-Carafes go, I was really impressed with how quickly they brewed. Having enough coffee for more than just yourself is the main draw of this machine, and Keurig totally hit it out of the park with this concept.  You still have the convenience of just placing a cup in the machine to brew rather than measuring out spoonfuls of grounds, yet there's enough to share! 

As I've mentioned, I had used Keurigs before I got my hands on this one.  But, I had never actually owned one.  I always wanted to buy one in college but my budget didn't allow for that (hello $1 coffee at Sheetz!).  Now that I have one, I am shocked at how many different beverages you can brew with this bad boy!  Check out all the options below.


Snapple?! Cinnabon?! Tazo Tea?! Keurigs are certainly not just for coffee anymore.

One last thing I can't stress enough is the convenience and money-saving aspects of this machine.  Spending the money upfront to buy a Keurig does seem daunting, but in the long run it is so worth it.  I used to stop at either Dunkin Donuts or Wawa every day before work to get my fix, and it would definitely add up.  Now, I set the automatic timer on my Keurig and I wake up to coffee brewing every morning without having to make extra time in the morning to stop.  Saving money and getting a little extra sleep in the morning? I can't imagine anything better. 


So if you're a coffee addict like me, and you're in the market to either update your current Keurig or get your first one, the 2.0 is the way to go. Shop the newest Keurig below and check out some of my favorite K-Cups as well! (I personally recommend these.)

(the 2.0 is currently on sale for $20 off at Target right now AND you get a $35 gift card with purchase!)










The [Condensed] Soup: September 5

Hey party people (this will make sense at the end of the post)


1. Parks & Rec Emojis


It's no secret I love Parks & Rec. I sang its praises last week when I showed you guys Tom Haverfoods, so by now you're probably like "K, chill, we get it"
But I really don't think you do.  This show is gold. And this Buzzfeed article entitled "15 Fantastic Parks & Rec Emojis We Need in Our Lives" was basically made for me as it combines my favorite show and my favorite iPhone feature: emojis. Word of advice though, don't bother looking at it if you don't watch the show.  You'll just sit there with a confused look on your face.


2. The Best of Both Worlds


Can't decide whether to get pizza or Chick-Fil-A? Fear not.  Now you can have the best of both worlds.  Thanks to this video/makeshift recipe on Post Grad Problems, we now know how to make the most heart attack-inducing pizza I've ever laid my eyes on.  To be honest, I would absolutely devour this entire pizza.  I'm almost positive Chick-Fil-A sauce is made with literal crack and the addition of the cheese, chicken, and waffle fries is just the icing on the artery-clogging cake.  Or pizza in this case. 


3. Progress


It's official, the apartment I signed the lease for a couple weeks ago is mine and I'm obsessed.  Having my own place is going to be super neat and I cannot wait to do things that people who live alone do.... whatever they may be.
However, my joy is frequently overshadowed by the constant stressors that come along with moving.  There is currently no furniture there, as evident by the bottle of wine being the only thing in the photo not attached to the wall.  In addition to the whole having to buy real furniture thing, I forgot about the fact that Internet is not free (ugh), and I have to make a phone call to Verizon later to set that up.  That should be fun. 


4. Colorful Heels




I am not a heels girl.  If you've never met me in real life, I'll just let you know right now that I'm just south of 6 feet tall and typically tower most, if not all, women in the room and some men. It's something I absolutely hate, but feel like I need to get over now that I'm an "adult".  A lot of things I attend for work require me to dress nicely, and sometimes flats just don't cut it.  I tend to stick to neutrals when it comes to formal/business attire, so I'm all about the pop of color shoes with otherwise bland outfits.  I included some of my faves above from splurge-worthy Kate Spade to super affordable Asos.
PS. Can we talk about these awesome scalloped heels from Chinese Laundry for only $70?! They look like something Kate Spade would make but for a fraction of the price! They sort of contradicts my "colorful heels" obsession since they're the epitome of neutral, but I feel like I just need to have them...

5. Friday Jam




This week, I'm all about the song "Party People" by Florida Georgia Line (hence the first sentence).  It pumps you up and makes you wish you were at a party on a boat or something... which can be somewhat depressing after a long holiday weekend, but whatever.



Happy weekend!



Caroline Printed Ballet Flat

I was browsing through my Shop It To Me email this morning when I stumbled upon these Tory Burch flats. I thought "oh, those are cute" and kept scrolling. I realized that a lot of great TB stuff was on sale, so I scrolled back up to check the price of the flats and realized they were almost 50% off!

Get them here!

I'm a huge fan of both the Caroline style and TB flats in general, and this price is honestly pretty great.  To some it may seem like a lot, but if you've ever owned these flats you'd know that they're worth every penny.  I've worn my Revas at least 2-3 times a week for the past 6 months that I've owned them, and I can honestly say they look almost the same as when I bought them.

No seriously, I wear them ALL the time....

The big difference between the Caroline style and the Revas is comfort.  While the Revas are sleek looking and versatile, they are very tough to break in.  The Carolines are prettymuch already broken in when you buy them and have an elastic band around the edge to prevent blisters or any sort of pain the first few times you wear them.  They're perfect everyday shoes, and this particular polka dot style is so cute.  They come in black too!


So if you're looking for a fun pair of flats for the fall, or are a Tory Burch addict and want to add to your collection, snatch these up while they're still available at such a good price! 


PS. Love the style, but don't have $130 to throw around? Check out these similar styles for fractions of the price!











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