Tuesday, September 30, 2014

An Active Prep's Dream:
Be Classic + Colorful with 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.
Ame & Lulu, Prep, Preppy, Classic, Accessories

I think it may be considered an official disease, but I can never say no to anything stylish and colorful. My attraction is comparable to a moth and a flame. Prints of the colorfully stylish nature are classic, preppy, and versatile-- as long as they're durable enough to lug all my junk around. As an avid traveler, equestrian, tennis player, and wannabe golfer (I don't golf; I just drink Bloody Marys with golfers while they golf), I need a sturdy, All American bag to match my rugged, All American activities. I'm thrilled that I came across Ame & Lulu, known for their original Golf Head Covers and bestselling Tennis Backpacks to a wide range of every day totes, bags, travel accessories, and the list goes on. The Amu & Lulu collections embrace a classic, feminine approach to all things active... because after all, getting dressed up is half the fun. 

Ame & Lulu was created by the fabulous Amye Kurston in 2003 because, as an avid golfer, she was serious about the sport but hated the stodgy and stale look of traditional active wear (don't we all?). As a rouse for satiating her cravings for stylish accessories that could take her seamlessly from the course to cocktails, Ame & Lulu was born. All of their products, and I have several, perfectly capture All-American style with small details, authentic materials, and quality construction. 

I use my adorable pink and navy "Sugar" Easy Tote for everything, from housing my gym clothes to packing a carry-on. My new fabric BFF accompanied me on my trip to DC this past weekend (post to come), and I've never been stopped so many times in the airport. It got a little awkward; not going to lie


Ame & Lulu, Prep, Preppy, Classic, Accessories


I also have the Ame & Lulu Essential Insert and Key Pouch-- both in the "Sweet" print-- for other every day activities, like hiding the fact that I tote an obscene amount of makeup everywhere and hoarding business receipts. I will say, though, that I wish you luck trying to pick a signature print. They're all flippin' adorable. 

Mom, I need one of each, so I can organize my life better. 
 
Ame & Lulu, Prep, Preppy, Classic, Accessories

With Christmas right around the corner, I'm stocking up on my gifts early. If you're in the same anti-procrastination mode-- or you just want a fabulous new bag, use the one-time promotional code love25 at checkout on the Ame & Lulu website to get 25% off.  Happy shopping, prepsters!


Have a fabulous evening!
xo
♥ Stephanie

Monday, September 29, 2014

But First, Let's All Take an ABC Selfie:
My New Televised BFF

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ABC through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about ABC Selfie, all opinions are my own.




I've been on the hunt for an addicting new show ever since The Office ended like two years ago, yet I've been unable to fill the comedic void Michael Scott left in my heart... until now. It's about time an entire show's plot highlighted the hilarity surrounding the generational need for social media attention and the subsequent, superficial gratification one receives from engaging in it. I watched the pilot episode of Selfie on ABC (tune in on Tuesday, September 30th at 8pm/7pm Central to see for yourself), and I'm still laughing. I can't get enough of this adorable romantic comedy or its hilarious main character, Eliza Dooley.  

I was so drawn to the show that I found myself taking the ABC Selfie personality quiz the other day, and I'm mortified to announce that I am...apparently... a full-fledged Eliza, aka a social media-obsessed "it girl." With each of the three possible outcomes came a challenge, and mine entailed going 24 hours on September 16th without posting a selfie, a picture, or engaging with posts on social media. In other words, I was challenged to a complete and utter social media cleanse and/or detox. My fellow Eliza Dooleys and I were instructed to take only mental pictures... of all the beautiful sunsets, delicious food, adorable children, and basically anything typically considered gram-worthy in an effort to create lifelong memories instead of "just another" social media post. 

Because of my eye-opening personality diagnosis, I originally envisioned this being an impossible feat for me. Quite the contrary. Truth be told, I actually really enjoyed my day! In order to eliminate any and all temptation, I turned my phone completely off, which was an incredible stress reliever for me-- and simultaneously an anxiety inducer for my firm, and left my laptop at home. Without any tie to the realm of online sociability, what on earth was left to do?

Answer: Actually a lot. I was incredibly productive at work, blasting through a ton of training and putting the finishing touches on SIX (yes, six) pending projects. I also finished reading "Freakonomics" for the second time, as well as made a considerable dent in "#GirlBoss" by Sophia Amoruso. Oh, and I knocked out an impressive portion of the decoration of my new office (full post to come when it's completely perfect-- which will probably be in nine months).


ABC Selfie, Selfie, ABC, TV

ABC Selfie, Selfie, ABC, TV

ABC Selfie, ABC, Selfie


The best part is that my productivity completely overshadowed my desire to take even one selfie, although it was hard to not showcase my gorgeous new office artwork on Instagram, so I saved that for this post. As it turns out, the disconnect from social media kept me completed focused on the logistics of the tasks at hand instead of how fun or fabulous I looked while completed them. So note to self: if you're ever wondering why you're so distracted, try taking the phone off the hook, leaving your computer on sleep mode, and disappearing for a while. Not only will you make mental memories, you'll see what it's like to live and accomplish for you-- and not for your following. 

To gain some perspective on the importance of living in the moment and separating yourself occasionally from your social media fascination, do yourself a favor and tune in to ABC on Tuesday, September 30th at 8pm/7pm Central for their new hilarious show, Selfie. 


Let me know what y'all think!
xo


♥ Stephanie

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Changing Leaves + Autumn Jeans:
American Eagle Outfitters Fall Denim Deals

American Eagle denim, AEO fall collection, jeans, fall fashion

Every girl needs that one denim brand she can rely on to fit perfectly without sifting through piles upon piles of styles and sizes. For me, that's always been American Eagle Outfitters. When I'm not at work-- and sometimes also when I'm at work-- I live in jeans. They have to be durable, comfy, and of course classically stylish. AEO never fails to design the most amazing jeans/jeggings that compliment my shape and fit comfortably in my budget. The AEO fall collection is to die for, and I'm already on my third purchase for the year. Whatevs, a girl's gotta have her jeans. 

Since the whole "No white after Labor Day" rule doesn't exactly apply in Florida, nor should it apply anywhere really, I invested in a few pairs of dark wash low-rise skinny jeans, as well as some classic dark indigo and white jeggings. These are my current American Eagle denim favorites for the season:


As I mentioned before, they're as affordable as they are classic, so that's a major plus. Always be on the lookout for American Eagle coupon codes (example: here) to save even more on your upcoming purchases. Actually, right now all AEO jeans-- not joggers or pants, just jeans-- are all on sale, starting at $24.99. You can also save up to 60% off the AEO clearance stash and get free shipping with no minimum purchase on September 28th only. On September 29th (yes, just one day later), you'll receive free shipping only on orders of $50 or more, so get those little purchases in today, y'all! 


It's still a little too hot to rock my jeans, boots, and flannel-- but I'm counting down the days! 


Hello, Fall! 
xo

Thank you, Coupons.com, for sponsoring this post. 

♥ Stephanie

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How to #BeRadiant:
Life Lessons Learned from Tampax + Demi Lovato

#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes

Life throws you curve balls sometimes. Sometimes you get rear ended, sometimes significant others dip out of your life for unexpected reasons, and sometimes you get photobombed by Demi Lovato in a banana costume-- variability is a part of life. I feel like the term "curve ball" typically has a negative connotation, but in this sense, it was a surprise of the most inspiring {and random} type.  My friends and I were invited to attend the Demi World Tour concert at The Amway Arena last Monday, and not only that-- we were given the opportunity to meet her, as well. Normally, I'm not the concert-going type; I like personal space, and I'm very rarely impressed with live performances. Demi is- to put it in plain English- phenomenal. From her efforts in Africa to her passion for promoting Eating Disorder Awareness to her awe-inspiring vocals, I'm enamored with her, and I couldn't have asked for a better evening with my girlfriends. 

In order to avoid a disorganized array of worthwhile coverage, I couldn't think of a better way to categorize my night than with the 8 major life lessons I learned from my time with Demi and The Radiant Collection. 





Since Demi teamed up with The Radiant Collection for the second time to help inspire young women to wear what they want, whenever they want, and with the utmost confidence, I couldn't arrive at The Amway in anything less than fabulous. This outfit represents my sense of style to the T. It's feminine, flirty, yet conservative, and that's how 99% of my friends and family would describe my fashion sense. Winning. 

#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes

#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes
Top: Limited (No Longer Available), Similar Here // Skirt: Express (Sold Out), Identical Here // Shoes: Jessica Simpson (Sold Out), Similar Here // Bangles: Lilly Ivory // Clutch: Kardashian Kollection 

Tampax even promoted my outfit, as well as all of our other tweets with the hashtag #BeRadiant, on their large TV screen. I almost had a heart att-a-a-a-a-a-ack. Too cool!

#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes


As I briefly mentioned before, Demi teamed up with The Radiant Collection, the official tour sponsor, for the second time to give young women style inspiration and fashion tips. Through their rock star collaboration, attendees were given an opportunity to shop in The Radiant Demi-Inspired Closet, featuring Demi's famous red VMA dress, showcase their stellar senses of style by snapping pictures in the Selfie Station, pose in the Radiant Style Booth, and receive free Radiant samples, coupons, and information. We literally could've spent all year playing around in their displays. Photographic evidence below.




My mama has always told me that confidence radiates both inner and outer beauty, and ain't that the truth? Demi, an established advocate for Eating Disorder Awareness and the promotion of healthy lifestyles, openly discusses her battle with body image issues and her long road to recovery, and she has since become, in my opinion, the definition of walking radiance. She is confident, she is gorgeous, and she is such an amazing role model for young women. 

She also looks great as a cardboard cut-out. 

#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes


#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes






Tampax has always been my favorite in feminine products, but when you're surrounded by thousands of colorful sample boxes provided in the Be Radiant Style Booth, your affinity for their products only grows stronger. Plus, along with the samples came free-flowing information and tonssss of coupons, so I'll be saving mad cash for months.

#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes




Hands down, my favorite display at the Demi World Tour, aside from the concert itself of course, was their Radiant Demi-Inspired Closet, which featured a collection of Demi's favorite outfits, as well as her downright stunning red VMA gown. Literally, I was in fashion blogger heaven. 

#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes


#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes

#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes

#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes

#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes




Seriously, though... nobody looks stupid when they're having fun, and the Radiant Style Booth was the perfect place to do it. My friends and I had an absolute ball joking around, taking adorable bff pics, and showcasing our inner divas in this booth. 
#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes

#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes



I knew beforehand that we'd get to meet Demi, but I had no idea she'd be photobombing my friends and me in -- yes-- a banana costume. When we first arrived at The Amway, we were surreptitiously escorted to "test out" the photo booth. Notice the difference in background? Ya, well... Demi was waiting behind the curtain, ready for the hilarity to ensue. 
#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes

We also got to take a normal picture with her, too. Honestly, I can't decide which one I like better. She goes down as one of the coolest people I've ever met, and I can't encourage y'all enough to enter the Be Radiant Sweepstakes (details here) for a chance to meet her, too, as well as experience VIP access at one of her upcoming shows. Literally, she rocks... both musically and personally. Lovatic for life! 


#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes

To give everyone the chance to join the fun on tour, and maybe even spot themselves in one of these hilarious photo booth videos like me, fans can enter the Be Radiant Sweepstakes from September 10th through October 10th. The Be Radiant Sweepstakes offers fans the chance to win a VIP experience to attend Demi's Brooklyn show in style, receiving a two-night trip to New York for one lucky winner and three friends, limo service, four front-row concert tickets, a meet-and-greet with Demi, and a year supply of Tampax Radiant and Always Radiant Infinity. Can I go again?!




The only word that comes to mind when reminiscing about the Demi World Tour is... phenomenal. My besties and I were literally jamming out h.a.r.d.c.o.r.e. to MKTO, Christina Perry, and Becky G, but when Demi hit the stage, we transitioned into full-blown fan girl mode. I'm in my mid-20s, and this was the best concert I've been to in a looong time. We danced to Heart Attack, cried at Nightingale, and belted our hearts out to Let It Go. Not only is she a great performer, but her passion for inspiring her audience through sharing personal trials and tribulations, in addition to her philanthropic efforts in Africa, is truly palpable. For me, music is all about how you make your listeners feel; gifted performers have the ability to infiltrate the hearts and souls of others and evoke emotion. Demi Lovato does that effortlessly. 

#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes

#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes

#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes

#BeRadiant, Demi World Tour, Tampax, Be Radiant Sweepstakes




"It took me a long time to realize that confidence comes from how I feel and not from what others think or say about me. I always feel my best, wearing what I want. That's why I'm excited to team up with The Radiant Collection again to encourage young women to love who they are and feel confident to express themselves all month long."- Demi Lovato




Amen, lady. You rock, and I'm forever a fan. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to The Radiant Collection for providing me with the opportunity of a lifetime and reaffirming the power of passion in my life. I'm more devoted than ever to continue shedding light on the personal maelstrom invoked by body dysmorphia, as well as continue inspiring change through Junior League in my capacity as a MAGIC (Mentoring Adolescent Girls to Inspire Change) mentor. If you're suffering, tell someone; help is available, and you already have more support than you'll ever know. 


So what are you waiting for?! Post your #BeRadiant selfies now!


Have a great rest of your week, y'all!
xo


♥ Stephanie

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Navy Plaid, Champagne, + Diamonds:
Dressy Classic Plaid OOTD

Prep, J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Plaid, Fall, OOTD

I love plaid, and I love flannel. Although I'm by no means biased against any particular multi-color patterns, my absolute favorite is and will always be navy plaid. It's classic, it's clean, and it's beautifully versatile. When I received an invitation to attend The Sharing Center's Sweet Charity gala this lovely Sunday afternoon, I sorted through my closet and simply couldn't decide against donning my new J. Crew classic factory shirt. Typically, flannel washed shirts aren't considered dressy garments, but paired with a classic lace black skirt and heels, it can create the perfect classic fall ensemble. 

Prep, J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Plaid, Fall, OOTD

Prep, J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Plaid, Fall, OOTD

Prep, J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Plaid, Fall, OOTD

I literally couldn't be more obsessed with my new red Lauren Ralph Lauren Newbury Double Zip Satchel. It's the perfect embellishment to dress up any day look. 

Prep, J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Plaid, Fall, OOTD, Ralph Lauren, bag

Prep, J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Plaid, Fall, OOTD

Prep, J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Plaid, Fall, OOTD
Top: J.Crew // Skirt: Francesca's (Out of Stock), Similar Here // Bag: Ralph Lauren // Earrings: J.Crew // Watch: Kate Spade // Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs 

As for the event itself, I don't care what the subject material is, any Sunday Funday spent with my incredibly busy MD of a mama is a ball. She agreed to be my date to Sweet Charity: An Afternoon of Wine, Fashion, and Dessert to benefit The Sharing Center, and we had a grand ole champagne-filled time.  

Sweet Charity, The Sharing Center, community, event, Greater Central Florida

Sweet Charity was held at the Hilton Orlando-Altamonte Springs and benefited The Sharing Center, which gave out over 35,000 bags of food, helped over 500 families with shelter and utility costs, provided 1,500 children with new shoes, assisted over 2,300 patients with costs of prescriptions and to obtain lab tests, surgeries, and other medical aid, and welcomed over 900 homeless guests to their Oasis daytime service center, where they could get showers, haircuts, laundry, computer access, and connections to other resources to regain independence-- all within the last year

The afternoon consisted of a plethora of champagne, wine, and dessert from the best of the best bakeries in Greater Central Florida, as well as a fashion show, a handful of raffles, and a luxurious silent auction. 

Community, Sweet Charity, The Sharing Center

If the dessert wasn't enough to keep us all happy and hyper, the champagne and wine were also a-flowing. I just feel bad for the emcee who was trying to corral a handful of tipsy chatty Kathy's. 

Community, Charity, The Sharing Center

Community, Charity, The Sharing Center

Community, Charity, Sweet Charity, The Sharing Center


At the end of the day, our mother-daughter play date beat any Sunday Funday brunch I've ever inhaled...and at the benefit of a truly remarkable organization. Be sure to check out The Sharing Center and see if there are any volunteer opportunities near you. Not only will you meet an array of model citizens, but you're given a direct platform to benefit those experiencing misfortune in your own neighborhoods. 


How were your weekends?
xo

♥ Stephanie
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