Black Low Back

M o n d a y ,  A u g u s t  2 9 t h ,  2 0 1 6
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Low Back Swing Dress (on major sale, only $12!) // Tory Burch Moore Sandal // Similar Crossbody // More Affordable Crossbody // Lipstick in “Venezia” // Sunglasses

I’ve owned this dress for a year and finally tore the tags off on Friday! The material is a dream and the low back adds such a sexy element to an otherwise easy breezy dress.

In other news.. I am back at UConn today. Four months of summer went by wayyyy too fast. This summer was also my last one off, ever. It’s so weird to think that I’ll (hopefully) have a full time job by this time next year! But the start of the semester means that colder weather is on it’s way – I am beyond excited to break out my sweaters!

 

Neutral State of Mind

W e d n e s d a y ,  A u g u s t  2 4 t h , 2 0 1 6

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High Neck Tank (under $9!) // White Distressed Denim // Sunglasses // Clutch // Espadrilles // Bracelet (40% off!) // Lipstick in “Candy Yum Yum”

With cooler weather approaching, I have been wearing pants any day that it’s bearable! However, white jeans, neutrals, and pops of color still scream summer. I also feel that these items are oh so important for any wardrobe. While they make it extremely simple to put together a quick outfit, I think there is also a certain beauty to neutral pieces, especially when paired together!

Thanks for stopping by dolls!

A Striped Dress with a Slight Twist

F r i d a y ,  A u g u s t  1 9 t h ,  2 0 1 6

Nordstrom Rack Striped Dress (5 of 11)

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Striped Swing Dress // Miller Sandals // Lipstick in “Candy Yum Yum” // Knot Earrings // Black Stone Bracelet

Latch Bracelet // Sunglasses

I love a good basic dress, but when it has a subtle twist I am totally sold. This swing dress from Nordstrom Rack is simple with it’s grey and white stripes, but I love the vertical striping on the sides! It’s extremely slimming, while adding a unique touch to an otherwise basic dress.

What are your plans for the weekend? I have to watch my grandparents dog’s again tomorrow, but am heading to Misquamicut Beach with my friends on Sunday and cannot wait! It’ll be our last summer outing together before the semester starts, so I am really looking forward to it.

One of My Favorite Purchases from the NSale

W e d n e s d a y ,  A u g u s t  1 7 t h ,  2 0 1 6

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Stripe T Shirt Dress // Lace Up Sandals (on sale!) // Similar Crossbody // Sunglasses

As I’ve mentioned 100 times, this girl does not handle summer well, and I am quite literally counting the days until the leaves start falling. But until then, I have been surviving in dresses! I purchased this T Shirt Dress during the N Sale, and fell in love with it. It’s well made, and the material is the perfect weight to wear through the end of summer and right into early fall.

Although summer is coming to an end, it’s the ideal time to stock up on items that you have been wanting to grab all summer! Tons of items are now on sale to make way for fall styles, so now is the time to snag items to wear for the next month, then store away for next summer. I wish I had waited to buy my Steve Madden Werkit Sandals, because they are currently 20% off!

Sunflower Fields Forever

M o n d a y ,  A u g u s t  1 5 t h ,  2 0 1 6
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Embroidered Dress // Similar Sunglasses // Sandals // White Bangle

It’s Monday & it’s going to be 90 degrees, again. I am running out of steam loves and desperately need some fall for my soul. In the meantime, I am still trying to make the most out of summer despite the heat! The other day my friend, Svitlana, and I went to a sunflower maze at Lyman Orchards. It was hot of course, but we enjoyed wandering through a gorgeous sea of sunflowers!

Have a great day dolls, and thanks for swinging by, xo

Stay Sweet with Sweetflexx

F r i d a y ,  A u g u s t  1 2 t h ,  2 0 1 6

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Sweetflexx Leggings // Similar Tank (on sale!) // Nike Sneakers // Bralette

Today I’ve partnered with Sweetflexx to bring you something new! They have created a legging with built in resistance bands, so they actually help to tone you legs & burn extra calories as you go about your daily life. The leggings come in a variety of colors, and are available in both regular and crop. Being 5’2″, a crop legging in any brand is almost always full length on me, but if you are taller than 5’4″ I’d recommend going with the regular pant!

Now for the science behind the pants. I went to High School with the marketing manager for Sweetflexx. So when he approached me about working with the brand, I immediately said yes. However, the fun part is I actually got to participate in the study behind the pants! This girl got to go to Yale two mornings in a row. The procedure basically consisted of walking on a treadmill for a half hour, only one day I wore my regular workout leggings and the other day I wore Sweetflexx! I wore some contraption over my head, and my heart rate, respiration rate, and oxygen consumption levels were monitored. I haven’t gotten to see all of my personal results, but the one thing I was able to peek at while on the treadmill was my heart rate. And guess what? It was SIGNIFICANTLY higher on day two wearing Sweetflexx!

So in conclusion, these leggings do help you burn extra calories over time. I wear leggings almost every day in fall and winter (and come on ladies, I know I am not alone on that), so I am looking forward to wearing my Sweetflexx and toning my legs, especially when on campus. Sweetflexx was also generous enough to offer my readers a coupon code! You can use code “glitterandgold” for $25 off your entire order!

This post was in collaboration with Sweetflexx, all opinions are my own.

My Very First “Four Favs”

W e d n e s d a y ,  A u g u s t  1 0 t h ,  2 0 1 6
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EOS Shave Cream // Benefit Lolli Balm // Tory Burch Miller Sandal // Not That Kind of Girl

Hello Dolls! I have been working on this post for a little over a month now, and am so excited to finally share it with you all! After brainstorming for a way to share some of my favorite products, both new and old, I came up with the idea of sharing my “Four Favs”. They will include something to want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read, which is based on a little gift giving motto!

Something to Want: EOS Shave Cream

I used to NEVER use shave cream – I survived on soap and water, but my skin was always super itchy and dry post-shower. After using this shave cream, my skin is extremely smooth, and I get a super close shave! It also smells good, which is always a plus!

Something to Need: Benefit Lolli Balm

If you’ve followed me for the past year, you know that I use Benefit’s Lolli Balm almost every day! It’s the perfect light pink, while also feeling really hydrating on my lips. I actually have the sample size, which can be purchased on eBay.

Something to Wear: Tory Burch Miller Sandal

Oh Miller Sandals, how I love you. Although they are expensive, they are well worth the price! I wear mine almost every day, plus the patent leather ones are water resistant, which is perfect for the beach and pool.

Something to Read: Not That Kind of Girl

I’ve never seen Girls, so I didn’t know who Lena Dunham was until I got to the end of the book (oops). But I will say that she is an amazing writer! Her stories are funny, thoughtful, and above all HONEST. She has the kind of humor that comes out of no where, which totally gets me! Life isn’t prim and proper, it’s imperfect yet beautiful and Lena really nails that through her stories.

Seaside Checklist in Niantic, CT

M o n d a y ,  A u g u s t  8 t h ,  2 0 1 6
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 White Pullover // Shorts // Tory Burch Moore Sandal // Bikini Top // Sunglasses

 As many of you know, I spent the last week in Niantic, CT! My boyfriend’s friends get a beach house there almost every year, and it’s always a blast. His sister, Svitlana, and I spent almost every day lounging on the beach, while spending the one rainy day at the outlets. It can get a little chilly in the morning and at night, so this pullover got a ton of use throughout the week.

As fun as traveling is, I absolutely adore coming home to my own bed. I also miss Aubrey when I travel, so coming home to her and seeing how excited she gets when I return is the best feeling!

Striped Shift Dress

M o n d a y ,  A u g u s t  1 s t ,  2 0 1 6

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Dress is Sold Out, Similar Here and Here // Sandals // Kate Spade Bucket Bag // Similar Pink Bracelet // Gold Spike Bracelet

Modelco Lipstick in Peony // Sunglasses

I wish this dress from American Eagle was still available, because I absolutely love it. From the fabric to the fit, it’s the perfect shift dress. If it comes back on stock, I’ll be sure to let you all know! I linked a few similar ones, and I actually have the one from Nordstrom Rack in grey.

Today is my second day of vacation, and I am so excited to spend the week at the beach. I also have something exciting (and new!!!) planned for next week, so stay tuned!

 

Gold Guide: Passion Tea Lemonade

W e d n e s d a y ,  J u l y  2 7 t h ,  2 0 1 6

Passion Tea Lemonade Title

Confession: I am in love with passion tea lemonade.

When I was first hired at Starbucks, I was able to grab a free drink after my interview. I kid you not I said, “Can I try that pink/red tea drink that everyone likes?”; my manager laughed.

But after spending a summer working at Starbs, I learned a thing or two about the “pink/red tea drink”. As a former Starbucks partner, (fun fact, they are called partners, not employees) I wanted to share my at-home recipe for their infamous passion tea lemonade!

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Step 1: The basics. You will need a container of Simply Lemonade, along with a tin of Tazo Passion Tea. Starbucks sweetens their standard passion tea lemonade with pumps of liquid sugar, but I only use lemonade at home! I find that the lemonade is sweet enough, but if you don’t you can always add a bit more sweetener to this recipe.

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Step 2: Boil water (enough to fill half of the pitcher you are using). Once boiled, pour into a stainless steel bowl.

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Step 3: Use 3-4 teabags and allow them to steep for 5-10 minutes.

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Step 4: Add a large scoop of ice to your brewed tea to cool it! Once cool, pour into the pitcher.

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Step 5: Fill the rest of your pitcher with lemonade.

Simple, right?! This saves me money in the summer (when my passion tea cravings are at an all time high 😉 ). I also love that you can sweeten the recipe to your liking by adding more/less lemonade or adding sweetener!

Do you love passion tea lemonade? Let me know your thoughts if you try out this at-home recipe!