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Work Hard, Play Hard (+Giveaway!)

Feb 23, 2015




I love wearing bright workout clothes—it helps me look forward to my gym sesh, rather than dreading it. I needed some new running shoes and I love Nike Frees both for how light they are, and for their variety of bright colors. When I saw these tie dye Nike Frees, I fell in love! They're actually "Big Kid" sizes, but if your feet are small enough, you can get away with converting your regular Women's size to Kid's (and "Kid's" Nikes are 20 bucks cheaper, so, yay!).

I recently started a new role at Google about a month ago, and I'm absolutely loving it. I transitioned from Staffing to our Programs team, where I'm working on external marketing, internal comms, and program management for Google's hiring events. It's been a whirlwind, but a good one! In my new role I'll also be traveling more, which I'm looking forward to. But when I've traveled for work in the past, my workout routine inevitably becomes nonexistent. This year, especially with our upcoming wedding in September, I'm determined to not let that happen. I'll be taking my new Baladea workout kit along with me on my travels, so I can pop in a DVD and get to sweatin'. I love that there are a variety of workouts (so I won't get bored) and that all they require is a band or your own body weight. Baladea has been kind enough to sponsor a giveaway on WTFab this week as well, and all you have to do is enter below! Subscribe to WTFab on YouTube, and after that you can earn bonus giveaway entries by following WTFab's other social channels. Good luck!!

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Thanks to Baladea for sponsoring this post and providing a fun giveaway for WTFab! & thanks to you all for supporting the brands that support WTFab!

Top Ten places to eat in New Orleans

Feb 18, 2015

Today I'm sharing my last travel post from my trip to New Orleans (don't miss posts one and two), and I'm highlighting one of my favorite parts of the trip—the food! The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau set us up with an amazing itinerary that included some of the best places to eat in NOLA. In no particular order, here are my top ten places to eat in New Orleans:

My brunch included a pulled pork benedict (omg), while other gals had the banana fosters waffles. Are you drooling yet?

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This hands-on cooking demo restaurant is so much fun! And the food is to die for. We learned about the differences between creole and cajun cooking, and enjoyed chicken and sausage gumbo. We also learned how to flip crepes (catch me flipping one like a pro at 1:25 of this video)!

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Peche is known for their amazing seafood, and this restaurant did not disappoint. One of the bloggers on the trip declared that this was the best meal...of her life!

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This bar at the International House hotel is where I tried my first Sazerac, a local NOLA specialty. Watch the bartender make this unique drink at 2:02 of this video)

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We dined at Arnaud's our first evening, and it was the perfect restaurant to kick off our trip. While, if I'm being honest, the food there was probably my least favorite of all the places we tried, the restaurant is so charming, and there is so much history behind every nook and cranny, it's absolutely worth it to spend an evening there. We enjoyed live jazz, and toured the endless upstairs rooms, where they also feature a Mardi Gras Museum.

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A trip to New Orleans isn't complete without stopping at this famous cafe! We ran into actor Robert Davi there and snapped a photo with him.

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Our final meal was at Upperline, a local favorite that features warm hospitality (especially from the owner, JoAnn). Btw, my foie gras was amazing.

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Brennan's was probably my favorite meal in NOLA. It's an iconic New Orleans brunch spot, and if you visit this city and don't come here for brunch, you're doing it wrong! We sat and ate here for a good three hours. It was so delicious, I can't even pretend to be embarrassed about all the food I ate here. We also got an incredible tour afterwards of their wine cellar (lord knows how many hundreds of thousands of dollars of wine is in there), as well as the gorgeous upstairs rooms.

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Even though everyone talks about Cafe Du Monde, locals rave about Morning Call's beignets. After doing a taste test, I can safely say that Morning Call's beignets are better than Cafe Du Monde's. But you should still go to both, to find out for yourself! Morning Call is situated by a beautiful park, perfect for sipping cafe au lait and enjoying copious amounts of powdered sugar.

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I was totally blown away by this little cocktail bar. The decor is gorgeous, and the cocktails and small bites we had were fantastic. 

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of New Orleans Convention and Visitor's Bureau. The opinions and text are all mine. Thank you again to the New Orleans CVB for bringing me on this wonderful adventure in your beautiful city!

Four ways to wear your Valentine's Day dress

Feb 17, 2015

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Hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day/three day weekend! If you splurged on a Valentine's Day dress and aren't sure what to do with it now, you're going to love this post. I'm styling this fun lace dress four different ways:

1. As a Regular Dress
Throw it on and work it!

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different ways to style a dress

2. As a Skirt
Throw a shirt over your dress and fold the bottom of the top up a couple times. Belt it with a thick belt. I wore a fun graphic tee to add a casual element to this look.

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different ways to style a dress

3. As a Top with a Skirt
Add a skirt on the bottom—just make sure it's longer than your dress.

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different ways to style a dress

4. As a Top with Pants
I think this is the most unexpected of the four looks, and I love it! I just hiked my dress up a little bit, and folded it a couple inches over my jeans. It works really well with a tight dress like this one.

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different ways to style a dress

And there you have it! I hope this post helps you get some extra wears out of your dresses. This post was inspired by my collaboration with HP, since the new HP x360 can be used four different ways (as a laptop, tablet, tent and stand). I've been mostly using mine in tablet and laptop mode, and I love how easy it is to switch from one to another—you just fold the thing in half! Amazing. It's perfect for a blogger on the go.

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different ways to style a dress

HP is going on tour with Meghan Trainor and documenting the tour with the help of fans and influencers. Follow along for a behind-the-scenes peek!


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