Best sales for MDW!

Hi all! I hope you have exciting and relaxing plans for this Memorial Day Weekend! This holiday is one of my favorites for a lot of reasons, one of those reasons equals great SALES!!!  I have rounded up some of the best sales that are going on this weekend below!

Gap
50% off all full price items

Old Navy
50% off all tees, tanks, shorts & swim

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These shorts are on sale for less than $15!!

J.Crew Factory
50% off everything!

J.Crew
30% off with the code SWEET

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Get these shorts for less than $50!

Red Dress Boutique
Free site-wide shipping
Items are also marked down in their sale section!

 

What other sales are going on that I should know about? Share in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Carly

the perfect tee

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I don’t know about y’all but graphic tees are a staple in my wardrobe!  I am so happy to be collaborating with Thread Tank to showcase some of their adorable tees!  The shirts are not only cute and have some great sayings, they also have such a great quality feel! They are so soft and wash really nice as well.

Below you can shop the two tees pictured above:

Coffee. (c/o) / Grl Pwr (c/o)

Here are some other tees on my wish list:

aviators/ adventure /mimosas/ brunch

I hope you have a chance to check out Thread Tank and shop some cute tees and tanks for summer! Thanks for stopping by!

Colorado Travel Guide

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Last weekend, we took a long weekend trip to Colorado!  Bryan & I both have lofty travel goals! I want to visit all 50 states (this was my 38th) and Bryan wants to visit all 30 MLB stadiums (this was his 15th).  Since we have companion pass this year (thanks southwest!) and a ton of Marriott points, we decided this was the perfect time to go. If you are a planner like me, you want to make sure you are hitting all of the best spots and making the most out of your time in a new place without totally exhausting yourself!  We visited four main areas in Colorado: Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, & Fort Collins.  I am rounding up our favorite places we went, ate & drank below.  Locations are next to the spots!

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The Crawford Hotel: This hotel is in the heart of Denver and unfortunately was NOT covered by Marriott points so we did not stay here…but we did go into this hotel because it is connected to Union Station and let me just tell you that it was gorgeous.  Check out the photos below!

If you are trying to stay on Marriott points, check out these below:  Both options were clean & affordable and the TownePlace Suites in Denver had a free breakfast- cha ching!

TownePlace Suites Denver

Courtyard Fort Collins

We were in Colorado for three nights.  We stayed in Fort Collins one night and in Denver two nights so we could cut down travel time between areas and maximize our time. *Travel tip- definitely rent a car! There are so many great day trips you can do and so many cute cities and areas to see!

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Zeal- Food for Enthusiasts – Boulder – Oh my goodness this place was amazing! Not only is it in a great spot on the cutest street in Boulder, the food is wonderful.  It is fresh, organic and so yummy.  Because we spent so much time hiking in Boulder, it felt great to fuel our bodies with some healthy food and some home made kombucha.

Comida at The Source – Denver – I don’t know about y’all but I LOVE food truck food. It just seems to taste better, so the best part of Comida is that it originated from a food truck and now has sit-down restaurants as well.  We went to the Denver location of Comida which is in a building called The Source. It’s a big, open warehouse with vendors, a bar, marketplace, and other dining options.  The atmosphere was open, friendly, and edgy. Not to mention, I highly recommend the nachos! YUM

Ola Juice Bar- Colorado Springs- Another great spot for Acai bowls, juices, smoothies, and kombucha! Yum!

Coopersmith Brewery– Fort Collins- Great beer & pub food! This is located in old town fort collins- the downtown area ever!

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Odell Brewing Company– Fort Collins – Who doesn’t want to drink microbrews in Colorado? Watch out for the altitude though- these high percentage beers will hit you fast.  Odell was the first place we went when we arrived in Colorado (straight to the breweries! lol).  I wish we would have had time to visit more but our flight was delayed coming in so we got a late start. I am definitely happy with our choice though because Odell not only had a great selection of beer, it also had a beautiful outdoor patio.

Viewhouse – Denver-  Colorado definitely has an obsession with string lights and rooftop bars.  This works out really well for me because I also have this same obsession.  We were headed to the Rockies game and wanted to grab a drink and Viewhouse caught our eye.  Although there were corn hole boards and tailgate games galore on the lower level, we went straight to the rooftop.  The fact that you could see the stadium added to the atmosphere.

Tom’s Urban -Denver Larimer Square – Larmier Square is a charming area of restaurants and bars in downtown Denver.  We stopped there for happy hour and had a great time at Tom’s Urban.  We ordered brussel sprouts, chicken pot stickers, and a few craft brews and enjoyed the gorgeous weather. I would recommend this place for great happy hour specials and atmosphere!

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Chautauqua Park- Boulder  – Of course you can’t go to Colorado without seeing the great outdoors & doing some hiking.  This park in Boulder is seriously so stunning and has tons of trails with a nice range of difficulty level.

Garden of the Gods- Colorado Springs – Another gorgeous hiking spot and I think this was my favorite experience by far! The scenery is absolutely breathtaking. My advice- get there early. Parking is extremely limited at each pull off spot and trust me, you are going to want to stop at every one!

Red Rocks Amphitheatre –  This concert venue is absolutely incredible! I wish we could have seen a show there and would definitely recommend trying to plan your trip around that.  However, it is still a great sight to see.  We went on a Saturday morning and it was absolutely packed with people working out on the steps.  We decided we would join in and whoa…I thought I was in pretty good shape until people were doing burpee lunges past me on the steps lol.  It’s definitely an experience!

Rockies Game -Denver-  Baseball was one of the main reasons we took this trip and the stadium did not disappoint.  Make sure you check out “The Rooftop” a bar area at the top of the stadium!

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We had such a great time on our long weekend getaway! Let me know in the comments if I missed any of your favorite spots!

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo,

Carly

the best kind of gifts

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jeans: old navy
jacket: old navy
booties: forever 21 (similar)

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I’ve seen a lot of really adorable gift guides on my fellow blogger’s instagrams and websites.  I’ve been loving their picks and was going to make a post of my own with cute accessories, jewelry, tech gadgets, ect. but then I stopped.  As much as I love all of those things and picking out gifts for all occasions, my favorite gifts of all are experience gifts.  There’s nothing better than spending time with someone you love, doing something you both enjoy.  These are my favorite gifts to give and receive.  This year for the actual day of Mother’s Day, Bryan and I are going to be out of town so we celebrated a week early.  It just so happens that there was a wine & art fest in our town, so we thought it would be the perfect gift.  First, we invited our parents to brunch at our house and fed them lots of yummy carbs, coffee, an mimosas (the essentials) and paid for our moms tickets in to the festival (unlimited tastings—what could be better?)  The dads were DD but I’m sure they’ll get their turn on Father’s day…lol We had such a great day with lots of laughs and quality time together.  So in light of this occasion, I’m rounding up some experience gift ideas for mother’s day below:

Start with groupon…

If you are unsure how to begin looking up experience gifts, start with groupon.  You can search by location and  “things to do.”  This will help narrow down things going on in your area….plus tickets are discounted!

For the Mom who needs relaxation….

Spa day anyone? Moms tend to take care of others before themselves. Check out local spas and see what specials they have going on!  Services could range from a pedi & mani to a facial and message.  You could even spend some time in the sauna relaxing and catching up.

For the sports fanatic Mom…

Take her out to the ballgame!  May is baseball season and hopefully the weather is warming up wherever you are.  Baseball is a great family friendly atmosphere where you can still have great conversation and be into the game at the same time!

For the Mom who loves to wine…

I got lucky that a wine festival happened to be so close to Mother’s day! If you can’t find an entire festival to attend, check out local wineries near you (don’t forget to check those groupon tasting prices).  A lot of wineries and vineyards have great outdoor seating where you can bring your own snack and enjoy your favorite bottle!

For the active Mom…

Nothing says bonding like an outdoor activity!  Check out your local parks for hiking trails, canoe or kayak rentals. You could even end your outdoor activity with a picnic or a healthy dinner out.

I hope this post gave you some inspiration for an experiential mother’s day gift! Let me know your other ideas in the comments below!

Carly

spring shirt dress

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Dress:  Target
Shoes: Charlotte Russe (40% off!!)
Sunglasses: Target

 

I can’t get enough of shirt dresses this season! They are so easy to wear and can be worn for so many different occasions. This time, I styled this dress for work but in the future, I am planning on wearing it for a daytime picnic or running errands with flat sandals or maybe even a pair of cute tennis shoes.  This dress comes in black too but I just can’t help myself with a crisp white dress even though I’m horribly messy and say a prayer every time I eat or drink while wearing white ……lol.  Anyone else have that problem?

I also have to give a shout out to these wedges from Charlotte Russe. They are SO comfy and I think they resemble the Jeffrey Campbell wedges.  As much as I love those designer shoes, I can’t bring myself to pay over $100 for wedges. If you are looking for a dupe, I highly suggest these and they are on sale for less than $20!

I hope everyone has a great day!  Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo,

Carly

leather jacket turned professional

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blush faux leather jacket: Tj Maxx (similar (on sale for less than $26!!) , similar)
tailored dress: TJ Maxx (similar) (similar)
open toe booties: Sole Society

 

Does anyone else get really tired of professional clothes? Sometimes if I could wear jeans, my life would be way easier.  Don’t get me wrong, I love dressing up but sometimes I just feel so limited with professional dress.  That’s why I decided to trade in my blazer for a moto jacket! It still gets the job done and checks the professional box but definitely adds a little flavor!  How do you switch up your professional outfits? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Carly