Myrtle Beach Safari

While on Easter break in South Carolina, we visited the Myrtle Beach Safari’s Tiger Preservation Station. It was a beyond magical experience that I can barely even put into words. The work that they do here to help animals is just amazing and all of the animals live such happy and healthy lives. It was truly life changing and all I want to do is go back! I had all I could do at the and of the tour to not say “Sign me up- I want to do this for the rest of my life!” Here are just a few of the hundreds of moments with these beautiful animals! Enjoy- and make sure if you’re in the area, you make a visit here a TOP priority!

4 month old tiger

4 month old Tiger

Bubbles the Elephant

Bubbles the Elephant! Rescued after her family was killed by poachers and is the happiest elephant I’ve ever seen! P.s. this means I’m crossing off something on my 101 in 1001 list!

Baby Liger

Beautiful 1 month old Liger cub

Hangin' around

Orangutans love to hang and hold hands (well, your hands with their feet…)

922 lb. Liger

922 lb. Liger (he may be all grown up, but he still loves his milk!)

The experience with these beautiful animals was just amazing, and these photos don’t even begin to tell you all of the amazing interactions we were able to hang with these animals! We had baby tiger cubs crawling all over us, saw tigers running at top speed- completely uncaged! The only way I can explain it is that you have to experience it.

*all photos are taken by and owned by Myrtle Beach Safari

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Giveaway: Jules Reid

I discovered Jules Reid about two years ago, and immediately fell in love with the bold colors and patterns. It’s the kind of clothing that you put on and are immediately effortlessly chic. I’m so excited to be bringing you a giveaway with Jules Reid, as well as an interview spotlight!

Jules Reid Spotlight

SM: What made you decide to give up your job on Wall Street, and chase your dream of becoming an interior designer turned fashion designer?

JR: I loved my career so much as a stockbroker, but when I was pregnant with my 2nd son… I realized that working full time was going to be a struggle. Giving up my clients and becoming a stay at home mom was a scary prospect. I look back on that decision with joy as it led me into my creative side. I was able to spend time learning the interior design business and ultimately start my dream…having my own clothing line.

SM: What has been the hardest part of staring your line?

JR: The hardest part is wearing all hats as a company owner and also a designer. The brand and the company are constantly on my mind, and this can be both a positive and a negative. Breaking into the fashion world and spreading the brand is a big feat….. but everyday it seems that the JR brand gets closer to my ultimate dream.

 SM: Do you have any advice for other young women who want to follow their entrepreneurial spirit?

JR: I would tell young women to have as many internships and jobs while they are in college as they can. Spending time with people who are actually doing the things that they hope to do will give them the actual answers about if this is a career that they want to pursue. The more experiences you can get while you are still able to take risks…. TAKE THEM.

SM: How do you like to relax?

JR: I relax on the beach, reading or playing with my sons. I also try to do yoga once a day. Yoga has been the best newer part of my life in the past 2 years. The feeling that I have after a yoga class gives me the strength to concur the day!

SM: Do you have one of everything you’ve ever designed? Why or why not?

JR: I do not have one of everything, but….. ALMOST! There are a few styles that do not flatter my figure like the others, and so I have let others enjoy them. I wish, however, looking back that I DID have one of every piece since the first collection in 2010.

SM: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

JR: My inspirations come from the past, especially vintage looks. I also gain enormous inspiration when I travel. Ideas and colors seems to flood into my brain much easier when I am away from my day to day schedule.

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Jules Reid and I have teamed up to give away the Magnolia Dress! I love the colorful embroidery on this dress. I could totally see myself living in this dress for the summer- going from beachside to brunch to shopping on the weekends.

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Dressing For The Office

This past weekend, my mom, aunt and myself went shopping to help start me off on the right professional attire foot. As I have one semester left of college, and have internships and interviews – I needed to begin investing in career pieces for my closet. One thing I’ve noticed is that there are a lot of people who really don’t dress for success in the office- so to help all of us ladies out, I’ve put together a few tips for keeping it classy, and appropriate, at the office.

How to Dress for Professional Success

1. If we can see your undergarments (bra straps, underwear lines, bra color etc.) you’re not doing it right. We have absolutely NO interest in any of those items and they should not be seen in the office! No one cares if you have a lace thong on, or a pink pair of cheeky underwear on. No one cares if your bra is hot pink or black lace, so stop trying to show them off. Got it? Good.

2. If you wear it when you go out at night, you probably shouldn’t be wearing it to the office. Clothes that are too tight, too low cut, or anything of that nature, have no place in the office. None. Not even a little. Also, pick shoes you can actually walk and stand in.

3. Skirt and dress hems should be at least below your fingertips. Really, closer to the knee is more appropriate. Save your mini skirts for your own time. Also, putting on a pair of tights doesn’t make it appropriate to wear a short skirt- whomever told you this was wrong and should be punished.

4. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. So you want to be a CEO one day? Why are you dressing like you’re still in college where leggings were your go to? On that note- leggings are BANNED from the office to wear as pants! Under a skirt or dress? No problem. As pants (which, by the way, they’re not pants)- Don’t even think about it!

5. It’s all about the fit. Sometimes the clothes off the rack may need to be altered just slightly to get the perfect fit, because we aren’t the 5’10″ perfectly slim model they were built for (okay, well, I’m not- you might be.) Take the time to make sure your clothes fit you properly and get them tailored if need be, when they fit properly they will look 100 times better on you.

6. Show your boss you care about your appearance, because they will see how much you care about not only that, but also your job! Iron or steam your clothes, make sure you look put together (hair done, under eye cream applied, a touch of makeup.) Little things go a long way- so make the effort.

7. Dress to your job environment. Not all offices are as strict, and not all offices are as casual as you may want. For the interview, always dress a little more formal then you think. Once you land the job you can see how your office dresses and adapt. However, always keep in mind to dress for the job you want.

Below are some of my picks and must-haves for a professional wardrobe:

Suits & Blazers:

Blouses & Shirts:

Skirts:

(p.s. this black pencil skirt is a must in every ladies professional wardrobe)

Jackets, Coats, Accessories & Shoes:

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Stripes & Polka Dots

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Shirt: Kut (last seen here), Skirt: Pim + Larkin (similar here), Flats: Lilly Pulitzer (old), Earrings: J.Crew

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Kate Spade Sale

It’s finally here- all of my favorite stores are starting to have their “friends and family” sales! Kate Spade is the first up with 25% off! Use code S14FFUS when you shop! My picks for my favorite items are below:

As more stores announce their sales, I’ll keep sharing my picks and where to shop!
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Jewel Tones

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Dress: Saks, Shoes: Via Spiga, Clutch: GiGi New York, Jewelry: Lisi Lerch, Loren Hope, and David Yurman

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Spring Jackets

7 jackets for springThe weather is starting to warrant lighter jackets and I can’t stop looking at all the ones I want in my closet. Jackets are great investment pieces because they will last you for seasons to come- especially a good classic.
What is your favorite jacket?
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Weekend Crushes

The most detrimental part for every shopoholics wallet is when a new season begins, and new lines are released. Here are some of my most recent crushes:

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Leopard Pumps

Pink & Leopard Polka Dots & Pink Polka Dots & Leopard Dots & Leopard Pop

Coat: J.Crew (last seen here), Shirt: Kut (similar here and here), Jeans: Tory Burch (similar here), Belt: J.Crew (similar here), Clutch: Tory Burch (old), Heels: Via Spiga, Jewelry: David Yurman, Loren Hope, and J.Crew

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Getaway

With a warm getaway just a few weeks away, I am already trying to plan out what I will want to take with me. As per usual, I have found a few things that I have somehow convinced myself are completely necessary for the trip. Check out my getaway wish list below:

Getaway

Milly Tote // L*Space Bikini // Kate Spade Saturday Earrings // Paris Street Style Book // Milly Coverup // Kate Spade Crossbody // Stuart Weitzman Wedges // Gucci Sunglasses

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