Friday, August 29, 2014

Nordstrom Fall Inspiration and $200 Giveaway!

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I am so excited to be teaming up with 17 other beautiful bloggers to celebrate labor day weekend, giveaway style! One of you lovely readers will be winning a $200 Nordstrom gift card just in time to stock your closet with some amazing fall clothes and accessories!

I have listed above some of my fall favorites--to give you fabulous readers a little peek at what you could purchase with you winnings!

So, go ahead, enter to your hearts desire. And remember, if you complete every entry, you will get 10 extra entry points and the more points you get the more likely you are to win! To enter use the rafflecopter below. This giveaway runs until Tuesday, September 9th at midnight! Good luck and don't forget to stop by the lovely co-hosts blogs and show them some love!

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Hope you all have a fabulous Holiday Weekend! I am off to NYC :) 

AHHH so pumped--please let me know if you all have any suggestions of places to see, stores to shop, or good grub!

oxox,
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Ending Summer on a High Note


You all--today is such a fun post! I get to team up with Marianne from Good Girl Gone Glam to bring you our take on the high-waisted shorts trend! This girl really does make everyday outfits--totally GLAM!! Her blog has brought me so much inspiration in the way I accessorize--and bonus, she is seriously one the sweetest bloggers I have met!


Marianne looks killer in this black pair of shorts that she styled with an amazing kimono! You got to head over to her BLOG to get all her fabulous outfit deets :) 






{Shirt: Limited Love}{Shorts: NY&Co.}{Druzy Necklace: c/o Moose and Nigel}
{Shoes: Gianni Bini Identical} {Cuff: Bauble Bar Adorable} {Sunnies: Aldo}

My take is a very laid back vibe--I love them paired with the muted color top and sparkly shoes. These shorts are super comfortable for being high-waisted (which an be a feat in an of itself, if you know what I mean ha!) The one thing I will say is--size up!! They tend to run tight and if you have a booty like me--you need a little extra wiggle room. I love this trend and totally plan on taking it into fall with some high-waisted jeans!!

Thank you all so much for all the Birthday love on Friday! I had a beyond amazing weekend :) And in case you were curious--hubs totally knocked the present out of the park!!! Michael Kors Watch---I died--I didn't know he even know who Michael Kors was hehe! That man is full of surprises.

Have a great Monday you all--if I am a little MIA on the blog this week, it is because I am doing training for work all week so I will be traveling and away from my computer! I am going to try to play catch up at night though--so bear with me!!
oxox
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Simplifying 27






{Shirt: J. Crew} {Boyfriend Jeans: A&F} {Booties: Body Central Fall Version}
{Agate Necklace: Earth Inspired Chic 15% off with code Tori15} {Sunnies: Aldo}

This weekend is a big one for me-- the BIG 2-7 that is! As I head into my late twenties I can't believe where I have been, am learning to love where I am at, and am so excited for what lies ahead.

I thought this whole outfit kinda signifies what I want my 27th year of life to look like. 

Simple

Here are a list of a few goals:
  • Enjoy just being in the moment (not worried about laundry or work that still needs done)
  • Learn to say no to things that don't grow me
  • Learn to say yes to new adventures and step out of my comfort zone
  • Allow God to lead the way--let go my false sense of control
  • Accept that more is not always better and strive to live with less
  • Serve others with an open heart and try to be a blessing
  • Love with vulnerability and whole heartily
I have lived my life always looking ahead to the next big thing--all while wearing myself out along the way. For a high strung perfectionist--this stuff doesn't come easy. But doggone it--I am going to do my best :)

Hope you all have a great weekend. I get to spend mine with some of my best girlfriends doing some shopping. O and my hubby said he already got my present (and I haven't asked for anything ha!) so this could be interesting ;)

Also, check out my fun feature on Adri Lately (who is one of sweetest blogger ever, this girl can pull off a shift dress like no one business!) to see all my Fall Fashion Cravings HERE.
oxox,

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Expensive Clothes and a Huge Giveaway!


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Ain't that the truth?! Hehe So...

Time for a great giveaway with some fabulous ladies! Jackie from Jade and Oak is celebrating her birthday and blog birthday this month. She and the lovely ladies below are giving away $300 in PaypPal CASH. Super awesome, right? Enter via the rafflecopter below, visit the co-sponsors and good luck! 

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Leopard, Agate, and an Announcement!






{Jacket: Thrifted Amazing Jacket} {Dress: b. lovely/@shopblovely} {Sunnies: Aldo}
{Watch: NY&Co. Similar} {Booties: Body Central Perfection}
{Necklace: c/o Earth Inspired Chic}

I don't know if I have shared this with you all--but my hubby owns his own small business. It is a LOT of hard work--blood, sweat, and tears. It takes hours away from his family and at one point he had to work a second job to build it up. But, he does it because of his drive and passion to succeed. I have so much respect for him and am so thankful for what he does for us :)

That all being said--I am so excited to announce a new series!! I have a heart and a love for small businesses, so I want to showcase them on the blog. Monthly, in a series call Dream Chasers, I will be introducing you to a new small boutique or etsy shop etc.

Today I am so excited to start the series of with Earth Inspired Chic. Cristal has a beautiful collection of very bohemian jewelry! All her items are hand made and therefore every piece is unique and one of a kind :) I mean this Agate Stone Necklace is STUNNING--and yes that is stunning--in all caps!

Make sure you get over there and check her out shop and use the promo code Tori15 to get 15% off. Help support those people chasing their dreams :)

P.S. If you have a small business and are interested in being featured--please visit my Contact Page and shoot me an e-mail :)
Happy Monday 
oxox,
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Throwin Up Shade

I have this little problem you all--I cannot buy expensive sunnies because my butt is literally notorious for smashing them! I have sat on I think 3 pairs just this summer ha! Tori's Butt- 3 Sunnies- 0. 





{Dress: Old Navy} {Sunnies: c/o Kameleonz} {Necklace: Body Central Similar}
{Watch: NY&Co. Similar} {Shoes: Express (on sale in stores!) LOVE this version}

So how pumped was I to get to try out these new shades from Kameleonz?! They are not only super stylish (and mirrored, which we all know I love), but they are actually polarized and UV400--so they protect my eyes! You don't find that in the $5 sunnies I usually wear. Plus, the side arms are interchangeable--so you can literally make them match just about any outfit--a fashionistas dream :)

O and did I mention their ridiculously affordable prices--I am talking under $40 for most! And use the code SUMMER and you can get 20% off :)

So even if my tushy happens to smash these-I can buy a new pair without breaking the bank. 
Have a great day!
oxox
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Neon and Druzy does Cleveland







{Dress: Marshall's Splurge/Save} {Shoes: Old Navy (in lotus orange)} {Cuff: Bauble Bar LOVE}
{Yellow Bracelet: Groopdealz Similar}{Necklace: c/o Moose and Nigel}

Have I told you all how much I love Cleveland?! It is such an awesome city--filled with great scenery, amazing eats, the cutest boutiques, o and my best friend lives there! I am going to pretend the Browns don't play in the city--because this girl is a Steelers fan (born in Pittsburgh--it's in my blood). But, besides that small fact--it is perfect :) I got to go up this weekend and do some shopping, junk food eating, and have a Sex and the City Marathon with my girl. We are headed to NYC over Labor Day and needed some fashion inspiration!

I need suggestions of where to go and what to see while we are in New York City!? Can you all help me out? :)

P.S. this Blue Druzy Tassel Necklace is to die for--and you can get 10% off at Moose and Nigel using the code BLING10. The lavender druzy is next on my wish list! *hint hint hubby--its almost my birthday* ha!
Happy Monday Fashionistas
oxox
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Friday, August 8, 2014

How to Better Your Blog


I have fallen head over heels in love with blogging and the blogging community. Its my niche--a place I fit in and feel passionate about. I do it because I love it--but who doesn't want to make their blog better, monetize it, and grow readership?!


I still have SO SO SO much to learn and many more tips and tricks I want to try. But, I have found my best resources for growth have been through other bloggers and blogging site.




So I compiled a list of my favorite articles and websites to help you in your blogging journey--or even if you are just thinking of starting a blog :) (do it!)


1. This little link is an awesome one for getting a lot of general information

2.Photography Tips--because we all need those (this is something I still work on everyday)
3. Media Kits are so important to help you reach out to brands--this links show you how to easily put one together.
4. This article helps you reach out to Brands you want to work with!
5. An Lastly, we all work hard and want to make money--this helps you find avenues to monetize your blog :)
Do you all have any tips to share with me? Or Links that you love??

Hope you all have a great weekend!
oxox,
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Moose and Nigel





{Pants: Marshall's Similar on Sale} {Shirt: Marshall's Save/Splurge
{Shoes: Loft} {Purse: The Limited Similar} {Earrings: Edith Marie}
{Necklace: c/o Moose and Nigel/@MooseandNigel}

I know, I know--P.j. Pants two post in a row?! But, really, they are THAT comfortable--and these are floral--so I could not possibly pass them up in good fashion conscience. Plus, they go perfectly with this gorgeous emerald necklace from Moose and Nigel!

Moose and Nigel is found on Etsy and has some of the most beautiful jewelry I have ever seen! Meghan is the owner and seriously you all--she is a sweetheart who worked with me to make my order perfect! Her pieces are so detailed and unique (a lot of them remind me of super high end designer jewels) and they are at a totally affordable price! Plus, because you all are the best readers ever--you can use the promo code BLING10 to get 10% off your purchase. 

P.S. does anyone else watch Big Brother?! Who do you want to win?? Work totally kicked my behind yesterday and I was not in the best mood! But, my hubs surprised me with a Big Brother Marathon (to catch up since we were behind a few episodes) and bought me my favorite cupcakes :) Now I am on a sugar high and can barely wait until tonight episode!
Thanks for stopping by
oxox,


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Monday, August 4, 2014

Suburbia






{Shirt: Old Navy} {Pants: Express}{Shoes: Express (on sale in stores!) Similar on sale}
{Necklaces:c/o Edith Marie} {Bow Bracelet: Edith Marie}

I wouldn't say I live in a super small town, but the way I would describe it is Suburbia. It is super safe, super clean, not a whole ton of culture. It is a great place to raise a family! We are lucky because we have some huge cities close by, like Cleveland and Columbus that we can visit when we need a dose of good shopping and great eats. 

Our town does have one claim to fame-- we are home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. So for the past two weeks we have had a ton of cool events like a Hot Air balloon lift off, Hall of Fame Fashion show, and Ribs Burn-off. It all ended last night with the big Hall of Fame Induction and Football game! 

We participated in a lot of the events and had a huge flag football game and cookout at our place last night :) All the boys are pumped because they feel like football season is officially underway now! 

Did any of you all watch the game or induction?! 

Happy Monday
oxox,

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