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Work To Play With Karen Kane...

5:43:00 PM
Hey, hey, everyone!
Today I'm sharing two looks from Karen Kane that can take you from WORK to PLAY.

If you're looking for office chic, you definitely need to give this look a try! I've never been a fan of work pants, but these black highwaisted paperbag pants give the name a whole new meaning! I love the ruffled waistline, and it even comes with a matching belt that can be tied into a feminine little bow at the front. The best part about these pants: they're soooo comfy! If you're going to be sitting/walking around in the office all day, you must at least dress comfortable (yet stylish) while doing it! If you're looking for the perfect top to go with them, this gingham blouse will do the trick! It even looks cute with white jeans and espadrilles if you wanted to recreate a more casual look!

LOOK #2 - PLAY: lace inset top || elastic waist jeans || straw cross body || cognac espadrille wedges || gold hoop earrings

When I'm not blogging or getting ready for an event, I actually like to keep things pretty down to earth and casual. Of course, I still want to look my best! So when I have those days of where I just want to put my hair up in a pony-tail and take it easy, I go for cute and simple looks that consists with jeans, flowy tops, and comfortable wedges! Can't get more casual than that, right?! I love this adorable lace inset top and how flattering it is on every shape! Again, something like this is totally relatable with jeans, and even some cute denim shorts and sandals!

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My Trip To Greece Pt. 1: Athens

7:14:00 AM
Hello everyone! I'm so happy about today's post, because I'm finally getting to share a little post recap of mine and Justin's trip to GREECE! Aaaah! So excited! My trip recap will consist of two parts: Part 1 - Athens, and Part 2 - Mykonos. So of course, today is Part 1, so I'll be sharing you where we stayed, what we did, and where we ate in Athens!

If you're ever coming in to Greece and planning on traveling to the Greek Isles -- at the least, you need to spend a day or two in Athens to see Acropolis! I've been a fan of Greek Mythology when learning about it in my History and Literature classes in High School, and had always been fascinated by it ever since. So to see these ancient buildings in real life was all too surreal!

It amazes me to see how much they've had to restore with the Parthenon. They've had to have computer programming figure out the missing marble pieces to the building, and have then had to reconstruct those pieces to restore it!

At the very top of Acropolis, you can see all of Athens! The view was absolutely phenomenal!

When you walk down a sidewalk in the city of Athens, don't be surprised if you see orange trees...everywhere! And I mean everywhere....

....and you'll also see tons of graffiti! I actually found this pretty cool!

We were able to sit down and have lunch outside, and we were also able to see the Parthenon in our view! (unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of that view, and instead thought this tree was pretty unique, lol).

For every breakfast, lunch, and dinner, we ate some where new. I'm sorry, when I'm traveling, I take full advantage of trying new things! One of the things I've learned is that the shrimp comes whole. So after cutting off the heads and peeling the rest, it was really delish! And it's a no brainer that we had tzatziki dip and pita bread as an appetizer, haha!

Walking near Plaka and ran into the prettiest wisteria blooms!

I've noticed that places around in Greece LOVE their greenery! Where we stayed, we'd look out from our balcony and just see plants everywhere on everyone else's apartment balconies. I'm pretty sure every balcony had at least over 5 or 6 plants hanging over the railing or chilling outside of their window pane.

Long before coming to Greece, I've been all about living that parfait life! So having an authentic Greek Yogurt Parfait was a MUST! 

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-Take the metro everywhere you go! It may be kinda confusing at first, but by the time we left, we knew where we were going and knew when to get off and switch rails to get to our location.
-If you're wanting to blend in, don't wear what I wore, haha! They do a lot of walking in Greece, so tennis shoes are the shoe of choice.
-When eating out or grabbing coffee, there is no rush.
-If you're eating at a restaurant, and you've finished your meal, ask your waiter for the check. As Americans, we're so used to getting the check pretty quickly and/or the waiter asks us if we're ready for the check. Justin and I didn't realize this and stayed for a pretty long time at our dinner table one night. We learned right then and there what we're supposed to do!
-Coffee there is espresso here. The majority of their coffee drinks are espresso based (i.e. lattes, frappes, cappuccinos, etc) except for Greek Coffee. I ended up sticking with my usual latte, and enjoyed every bit of it!

Where we stayed:

Where to eat:
-Orizontes Lycabettus (restaurant on top of Mount Lycabettus)
-Cafe Plaka (adorable rooftop seating area)
-SMILE (family friendly)
-Daphne's Restaurant
-Hans & Gretal (great ice cream place and candy store)
*there are lots of store fronts to grab espresso and/or frappes, and also places to get something sweet from a bakery or gelato shop! I tried looking for the places we stopped at on Google Maps, but couldn't find them (waah!)

What to do:
- Acropolis (see the ancient buildings of Greece!)
-The Plaka (a village feel and features many cafe's/restaurants and shops!)
- Monastirake Flea Marktet (great place to get souvenirs)
-Mount Lycabettus (full 360 view of Athens)

Mid April Instagram Round Up...

7:09:00 AM
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I may have a slight dress obsession, but that’s ok, because you can never have too many cute dresses! 🙌🏻 This floral beauty has the most adorable side cut outs! 😍
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So humbled that I got to co-speak at this years @stylecollective_ conference and meet some wonderful ladies who are beautiful inside and out! I’m so glad that I was able to share my experiences blogging and I wish everyone nothing but the best on their blogging journey! ☺️💕 My ruffle polka dot dress is just $55! 
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Headscarf—check! Denim skirt—check! Adorable button front cami—check! 🙌🏻 I’m ready for ya spring!
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It’s rare when I find a jumpsuit that can fit a shorty like me, and I’m happy to say that this striped cutie is appropriate for all heights and budgets! 🙌🏻💕 
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My favorite lightweight sweater for spring is finally available, and only $27! 🙌🏻 Pretty much wore all the time during our evenings in Mykonos! 
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Ummm... how stinking cute are these block heeled sandals!? 😍💕 Can’t. Stop. Staring!
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Oh hello spring, it’s so nice to finally see you! 👋🏻 Wearing this obvi cute red top for today’s outfit of the day!
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Casual In Greece...

7:33:00 AM

stripe paper bag shorts || cognate strappy low block heels || white swing cami || medium wash denim jacket || round straw bag *also, take 20% off using code: DAINTYDARLING (similar here and here)

Ok y'all, I'm sharing yet another outfit that I wore during our Greece trip, and I can't help but completely obsess over it! It is my absolute favorite outfit from our few days in Athens, and it is totally appropriate to wear now (especially since the weather has finally warmed up, woohoo!). But I do want to brag about this easy to wear denim jacket and these striped paperbag shorts; seriously, they're both the best! The shorts are so comfy and easy to wear when its warm outside, and of course it features a cute adjustable tie around the waist. And I don't know about you, but I've been finding some of the cutest denim jackets lately, and I have no idea what really increased this denim obsession, haha! I actually own a more fitted crop one and a light wash jacket, but this medium wash denim jacket is perfect for just about any springtime outfit! I love how I paired it with the shorts, a simple white cami, and my favorite low block sandals!

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