May is the month where we all start thinking about shopping for summer essentials, which is why I’m teaming up with Nordstrom today to bring you this summer essential look featuring the most darling little pink ruffled off the shoulder dress and a pair of must-have gladiator sandals.
Nordstrom is my go-to for finding my wardrobe staples and one thing that should top every girl’s list for summer is easy, breezy dresses (and lots of them!) like this little pink cotton number. Having easy, breathable dresses is especially an essential for us here in the South where temperatures can skyrocket to over 100 degrees. This dress features the softest, almost silky-like cotton and is flowy enough to catch the breeze on a day spent outside. Here’s a few more easy summer dresses for you to shop.
To style the pink off the shoulder ruffle dress, I opted for a few more summer must-haves that I also found at Nordstrom, starting with these amazing gladiator block heel sandals. Block heel sandals are trending in a major way this summer and I love that the trend allows you to wear a heel in a casual, comfortable way. You can shop more block heel sandals here. Next, I went for an essential that’s also crucial for the summer season – a shoulder bag like this one featuring a wear-with-anything neutral hue and a chic snakeskin print addition. Shoulder bags are a necessity for summer because it’s the season when we are all on-the-go so much so a purse that’s both practical, easy to carry and can carry everything you need is a must. You can peruse a few more shoulder bags from Nordstrom here.
What I love about this dress, these gladiator sandals and this shoulder bag is that all three essentials can be worn in so many different ways and are guaranteed to get lots of use this summer season. I wore this look for a Sunday brunch and stroll through the Southern Hotel in Covington Louisiana with my mom and Nana on Mother’s Day.
A huge thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.
Thinking about planning a girls trip or bachelorette trip to a Disney World? First of all, DO IT! Disney World is not just for kids and I guarantee you if you take your besties there, you will have the most memorable experience of a lifetime (trust me, I know from experience).
You may (or may not) be surprised to know that one of the most common questions I’m asked is on that very topic. After doing hours upon hours of research to plan my own Walt Disney World bachelorette trip last summer (as well as a recent girl’s trip for my sister and I and a RunDisney trip for my family), I’ve taken the very best of what I’ve learned and put it all together to help you make your vacation extra magical.
Click on the read more button below to read all 12 tips + see the video I put together from the trip.
If you follow me on instagram, you would probably know that I had the pleasure of going on the most amazing trip to Vegas a couple of weeks ago to experience a gorgeous new boutique hotel, The Cromwell. First things first, I’ve shared the outfit from my favorite shoot at The Cromwell’s gorgeous Bound by Salvatore Bar with the amazing photographer Adam Stewart above. This lobby bar is as elegant and classy as it gets, with live music and the most delicious drink menu, which we got to taste, by the famous mixologist Salvator Calabrese. A bar as fancy as this called for an outfit that played the part, so I opted for this gorgeous metallic slip dress I found (which would be perfect for NYE) and completed the retro-classy vibe with a faux fur coat (on sale for just $60!) Read on to see more photos and learn more about my experience at the Cromwell Vegas.
One of the very best parts of the trip was getting to meet some of the coolest fashion bloggers from different parts of the country and some truly talented photographers too. Kendi from Kendi Everyday, Krystal from This Time Tomorrow, Chris and Brock from Yummertime, Steven Onoja and Eddie and Angeline from His + Hers were the fellow bloggers in the crew (and seriously some of the nicest, most amazing folks ever!) and the photographers assigned to take our photographs in the hotel were the crazy talented Adam Stewart, Derrick Freske and Jonathan Zizzo from Zizzo Photography.
During the trip, we were treated to the very best that The Cromwell had to offer. I was taken away by just the interiors alone, upon walking into the hotel, you’ll see the gorgeous Bound Bar (featured above) and then are led into a maze of casinos as you approach the elevator to your room. The rooms were a fashion girl’s dream – magenta leather headboards and a retro-style vanity plus the most incredible shower accompanied each room. From a gaming instructional (which completely went over my head – Craps is hard!) to experiencing the nightlife at the epic Drais Night Club and Drai’s After Hours (it literally doesn’t even open until 4:00am), we had the most epic adventure at the Cromwell. And it was all completed with some amazing meals from Giada’s in between.
Keep scrolling to see more photos from my Vegas adventure + shop all of my looks at the bottom of this post.
If you follow me on instagram, you may know that my family and I recently went on a trip to Walt Disney World to run the Princess Half Marathon. Disney World is one of my favorite places (shocking, right?), and being there with my family was nothing short of magical. Although my sister and I went in July (you can see tales from our adventure here), we hadn’t been together as a family since 2000, so as soon as we were registered for the marathon, I began making plans. Thanks to the Disney Magic Band system, I made our restaurant reservations and fast pass selections far ahead of time so we had complete schedules for each day in every park (which were printed, laminated and placed in a Frozen themed lanyard for everyone). I was also excited to run the Princess Half for my second year in a row and share my sister, brother and Cole’s first-ever half-marathon with them. Read on to hear stories and see photos from our trip.
PS- if you want to run 13.1 magic miles in the Disney Princess Half in 2016, be sure to sign up on the first day of registration August 4, 2015, because they will sell out!
Because we waited until the day after registration to sign up for the 2015 Princess Half, we booked through a travel agent at Cruise Planners, who offered packages including a stay at Disney’s Coronado Springs. I highly recommend staying at a Walt Disney World hotel, because free and easy transportation directly to and from the airport and to all parks is offered.We left early on Saturday morning and made our way to the Mexican-themed hotel’s bar for some margaritas to get the day started.
Our first stop was in Magic Kingdom, strictly to eat at the impossible-to-get-reservations-at Be Our Guest Restaurant because I had scored Fast Pass passes for lunch (something they were experimenting with and will likely bring back full-time). Thankfully, we had some time to snap some photos in front of my favorite Disney parks icon, Cinderella’s Castle.
Be Our Guest is a restaurant themed after Beauty and Our Beast and offers amazing French cuisine, including the Grey Stuff as a dessert option (and yes, it’s delicious!) It’s also the only place in Magic Kingdom park that you can enjoy alcohol.
There are three beautiful rooms you can dine in – the Grand Ballroom, the West Wing and the Castle gallery. It’s truly an amazing Disney dining experience, but if you want to dine here, I recommend making reservations 180 days in advance.
We timed our first visit to Magic Kingdom perfectly to see the afternoon Festival of Fantasy Parade, where many of our favorite fairytale characters greeted us on beautiful floats.
Okay, that was a lot of photos, but I just couldn’t get over the amount of detail put into each of the costumes and floats – I loved every second of it! We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening picking up our running packets/bibs and then in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (where we had no time for photos since we had to pack the whole park into just a few hours).
Our alarms were set for 3:45 to get ready for the run because the last bus to pick up at the hotel came at 4:00am. It wasn’t fun waking up that early, but once our Disney adrenaline set in, we were ready. We dressed as the cast of Frozen- Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf (tutorials for the costumes coming soon).
My little brother Jayson and I ended up finishing the race together, while Tiffany and Cole crossed it side by side a little later. It ended up being perfect since Cole and Tiffany were dressed as lovers (Anna and Kristoff).
Spoiler alert – the half way mark of the race is through Cinderella’s castle and all of Magic Kingdom, where there are plenty of sights and character stops for photo opportunities.
For the day of the run, I’d made reservations at Royal Akershus in Epcot, a beautiful Norwegian restaurant where you get to meet five princesses in their ballgowns, including a photo opportunity with Belle.
This restaurant was obviously a dream for me, but the menu included a buffet and entrees for everyone, so we were so thankful to have unlimited amount of delicious food after our 13.1 mile run. We spent the rest of the day exploring the World Showcase (and enjoying alcoholic beverages from around the world) and riding our favorite Epcot rides.
Epcot was getting ready for its International Flower and Garden festival while we were there, so we got to enjoy some of the beautiful character topiaries.
I absolutely love the Epcot World Showcase! The gorgeous 1.2 mile expanse includes 11 countries, each featuring restaurants, shops and shows, and you truly feel as though you are immersed in that country when visiting. What’s even cooler, every cast member (that’s what all Disney workers are called) who works in a particular country happens to be from that country. It’s truly an amazing part of what makes Disney World so unique.
We ended our very long day with an amazing meal at San Angel Inn – if you like margaritas and Mexican cuisine, this place is a must-try at Disney world. It also is gorgeous inside!
I don’t know if it’s because my favorite ride is there (Soarin’) or because of the amazing restaurants and drinks in the World Showcase, but Epcot is my personal favorite Disney park.
The third and last full day my family was at the parks, we spent our morning at Animal KIngdom and headed to Magic Kingdom for the afternoon. Somehow everything Mickey-shaped tastes better to me, including this pretzel my family shared.
Animal Kingdom is also one of my favorite parks. You truly feel as if you are immersed in the jungle right when you walk in, and the beauty of the Tree of Life always takes me.
Kilamanjaro Safari is one of my favorite Disney attractions because you get to see the beautiful animals of Africa in natural environments rather than behind bars. This is always the top fast pass priority at Animal Kingdom. Thanks to the new Fast Pass Plus with Disney Magic bands, between the rides at both parks, we used a record 8 fast passes on this day!
Our afternoon and evening at Magic Kingdom was the perfect way to end my family’s stay at Walt Disney World. We rode all of our favorite rides, from Splash Mountain to Space Mountain, and even got to meet Ariel in her grotto (with absolutely no line because we waited until after the fireworks show!) Our absolute favorite part of it all was the Celebrate The Magic Show, where the castle transforms before your eyes. Hint – always go to the second showing and you will get a front row seat!
Cole and I got tickets for a fourth day because our flights didn’t leave until 7pm, so we spent it in my favorite park, Epcot, and enjoyed drinks and an amazing buffet-style German lunch at Biergarten Restaurant (complete with a very entertaining live show).
That’s a wrap! If you made it through all of these photos, you must be a Disney lover too! Every time I leave, I’m a tiny bit depressed, but thankfully, I’ve already started planning my next Disney trip. Next time, it will be with my best friends for my bachelorette party. I CAN’T WAIT!!
I began writing this post last week with the intention of posting last Saturday, but another life-changing moment changed my plans. I still wanted to share my recap of the last year, so here it is…
2014 was a year of exciting new beginnings. From starting this blog in May to moving cities for a new job in September, there were so many moments that changed my life for the better. As the new year kicks off, I wanted to take a look back and share some of those moments with you all. Happy 2015!
After dating for 5 years and taking a year-long break, my boyfriend, Cole, and I reconnected and started an incredible new relationship centered in Christ. I thank God for the time that we spent apart to grow as individuals and help us gain the wisdom we needed to develop the relationship we now have. 2014 was a wonderful adventure with Cole by my side and I cannot wait to see the things He has in store for us for 2015 (two of them now being a fairytale engagement and winter ’15 wedding!!).
I completed my first-ever half marathon at one of my favorite places, Disney World. I was never a runner until college, when I no longer had cheerleading to force me to exercise, and while I was an avid 2-3 mile runner on my own, I had never so much as even completed a 5K race until I began training. The whole Run Disney experience was such an amazing experience that I had to come back to do it again. Last year one of my good friends Lara joined me, and this year I will be back again in February to complete the Disney Princess Half with my family.
To celebrate 25 years of marriage, my parents not only renewed their vows, but my dad surprised my mom with a proposal and a new ring on our family ski trip. The love that my parents share is the most amazing gift they could ever bestow. Their unconditional love, support, patience and kindness toward one another has set the standard for the kind of marriage I seek one day.
In a bitter sweet moment, I left my job in social media marketing and copywriting at Kendra Scott and the amazing city of Austin to seek new opportunities. I’d started at Kendra Scott as an intern at the start of my junior year when it was a teeny tiny company compared to the brand it has become, and I loved it so much that I kept returning for more! Kendra Scott will forever hold a very special place in my heart and I learned so many invaluable things during my four years there. I’m now working as a copywriting and PR coordinator at Fossil, Inc. providing creative services for such brands as Michael Kors, MICHELE, and Marc by Marc Jacobs in the Dallas area and I absolutely love it! I’ve learned so much in my time so far there and I can’t wait for what 2015 has in store for my career.
Starting a blog was something I’d wanted to do for two years before I finally took the leap and created it. Since I started Vandi Fair, it has become such an amazing creative source for me and has allowed me to meet and work with such incredible people and expand my creativity beyond borders I’d ever dreamed.
2014 was also a year that provided so many traveling opportunities and memories with the people I love most.
I got to go on a trip to Newport Beach while working for Kendra Scott for a social media adventure with one of my best friends and fellow bloggers Olivia from Livvyland.
My sister Tiffany and I went on an impromptu trip to Disney World as our first-ever sister’s only trip and created some of the most magical memories. With each year that passes, I realize what a blessing Tiffany is to me. She truly is my best friend and I am so lucky to call her my sister.
Thanks to Cole’s baseball career, I got to go visit amazing places like Chicago and Lake Geneva while he was living in Illinois.
I also got to spend time with my Nana and my mom’s side of the family in an amazing trip to the crescent city, New Orleans and made some memories I’ll always cherish.
I will definitely never forget 2014 and the amazing ways that God changed my course in life. 2015 will certainly be a year of wedding planning, but more importantly, a year of preparing to become a wife to Cole. I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for this year.