An Outfit Inspired by Danielle Carolan

Recently during a livestream, I asked for some blog post requests.  One idea that I and all the other watchers loved was “An Outfit Inspired By…”.  Now I’m putting that idea to use in the beginning of a new series!  In these posts I’ll choose a person that’s somewhat famous or well known, like a celebrity, blogger, or YouTuber.  I’ll give a little background on this person and their signature style along with some pictures of them.  Then, I’ll share an outfit I’ve put together inspired by the person!  In today’s installment of “An Outfit Inspired By…” I’m sharing a look inspired by Danielle Carolan.  Let’s get started!

Danielle Carolan is a recent high school graduate from Tampa, FL who’s heading to the University of Georgia in the fall.  She has a YouTube channel (linked here), with approximately 321,000 followers and a verified Instagram page (linked here) with about 153,000 followers.  Her motto is “she believed she could, so she did” and she includes that in her content whenever she can.  She’s known for her confidence, body positivity, and overall girl power and shares videos about those things as well as fashion, makeup, workout, and school related videos along with somewhat daily vlogs.  She uses her vlogs to bring her followers along to the mall, family movie night, photoshoots for major brands, and brunches with her friends, making them easy favorites for her followers.  Her signature style is trendy and chic and you’ll often find her wearing black, white and/or grey in her pictures and videos.  I love Danielle’s positive attitude, humor, sense of style, and simply how relatable she is.  She’s not perfect and she’s not afraid to show that.  If you don’t already watch her videos, I so recommend them!  Watch two of my favorite recent videos of hers here and here.  I also recommend following her Instagram here, she has a great theme going and the majority of her pictures are professionally taken.

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As I mentioned, Danielle seems to love black and white, so in my look I’m wearing a black and white striped tank over a white bralette.  She also loves most trends, and I’ve definitely seen her style a denim skirt before, so I thought my maroon button up denim skirt would be perfect to wear with the tank in this look.  She always wears the coolest shoes and I definitely think these black pointed-toe lace up flats would be her taste.  When Danielle shares her outfits in her vlogs, she always has on a small, simple gold necklace with a circular charm with the letter “D” on it, that she explains was a gift from her aunt.  She often layers it with other simple necklaces to finish the look.  I recently received a layered necklace that happens to have a circular charm as a birthday gift and I thought it looked super similar to her necklace I just mentioned, so I added that to my look as well.  I also received the “she believed she could, so she did” MantraBand, which she has, for my birthday so I thought that was a necessary detail as well.  She loves to stack simple rings, so the rose gold band I always wear fit into the look perfectly.  Danielle rarely wears earrings, so I left them out as well.  I tried to use some of the serious poses I see from her photoshoots, but let’s just say those poses work better for her.  See for yourself!

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tank (similar) // bralette // skirt (similar) // flats (similar) // layered necklace // MantraBand // watch (similar) // ring

Did I nail the Danielle Carolan look?  Leave me a comment below letting me know what you think and who you’d like to see an outfit inspired by next!  Thanks for reading!

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10 Summer Fashion Essentials

Today I’m concluding my series of seasonal fashion essentials post with ten summer fashion essentials.  If you’ve missed the rest, you can find my fall fashion essentials here, my winter fashion essentials here, and my spring fashion essentials here.  I’ve had so much fun rounding up my favorite pieces that I think you need each season and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these posts!  Just a reminder, each image contains the respective product link, so you can shop any piece you like by clicking on it!  Enjoy!

1. Stylish Sandals

Sandals are definitely my favorite type of shoe to rock during the summer.  There are millions of sandals out there, but my favorite pairs are from Jack Rogers, TargetJ.Crew Factory, and Steve Madden.

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2. Pretty Coverups

Coverups are a necessity when going to the pool or beach, and a cute one ensures that you’ll be looking chic in all your post-swim adventures.  My favorite coverups online are from Madewell, J.Crew, and Lilly Pulitzer.

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3. Bright Shorts

A simple tee combined with a bright pair of shorts and some sandals makes for an easy and adorable summer outfit.  My favorite places to purchase bright shorts are J.Crew Factory, Old Navy, and Lilly Pulitzer.

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4. Sunglasses

I love a good pair of sunnies.  They’re perfect not only to block the harsh sun rays from your eyes, but also to hide your makeupless eyes on the way to and from the beach, pool, or lake.  My favorite pairs online are from Ray-Ban, Kate Spade, and Krewe.

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5. Comfortable Tee Shirts

I love to wear big, soft tees with Nike shorts and Chacos during the summer.  This ensemble is perfect to wear on the way to the pool, to a friend’s house, while traveling, or just around your house.  My favorite companies that sell tees that are both cute and comfortable are Jadelynn Brooke, United, and Southern Tide.  You can use my code “FLSHS16” for 15% off at Jadelynn Brooke here and “apocketfullofprep_15” for 15% off at United here.  My favorite designs from all three brands are shown and linked below.

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6. Cute Tanks

The perfect summer tanks and camis can be dressed up with some white jeans and wedges or dressed down with a cute pair of shorts and some sandals.  Tank tops have always been a summer go to for me because the minimal sleeves make me much cooler!  Some of my favorite tanks this season are from J.Crew Factory, LOFT, Forever 21, and H&M.

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7. Sundresses

Sundresses are the easiest summer outfits and always make you look super put together. I love wearing them when walking through new cities, out to dinner, and to church services on Sundays.  My favorite places to buy sundresses are H&M, J.Crew, LOFT, and Old Navy.

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8. Trendy Chokers

I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of chokers out and about already, they’re all the rage this season!  I love the dainty, classic looking ones, especially the simple gold or velvet options from Francesca’s, DDDBeads, H&M, and Forever 21.  Most chokers online are super cheap, but I also have a code, “faith15”, that you can use for 15% off at DDDBeads!

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9. Fun Swimsuits

What’s summer without a few trips to the beach, pool, and/or lake?  You obviously need some cute swimsuits to wear to these fun locations.  My favorites are from Athleta, TargetJ.Crew, and J.Crew Factory.

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10. Comfortable Sandals

To pair with your big tees and Nike shorts when you’re lounging around, running errands, or taking a little trip to the pool in the summertime, you need some comfortable sandals that are easy to slip on on the go.  My go to comfortable sandals are from Chaco and Rainbow, but I’ve recently had my eyes on a pair of Birkenstocks.

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Thanks for reading!

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June Playlist 2017

Today I’m sharing my first playlist since school has been out, and boy am I excited!  I love listening to music in the summer and I think I’ve found a ton of songs y’all will love.  While I was at Frontier Ranch (watch my video here), the band Sawyer played at club everyday.  I absolutely loved seeing them there and have since been listening to them nonstop.  “The Last Thing,” “Nashville,” and “Ten Feet Tall” are three of my favorite songs by Sawyer and they’re included in this playlist.  My absolute favorite songs this month have to be “Sixteen,” “You (Evan Berg Remix),” “Drew Barrymore,” and “All My Friends.”  Enjoy!

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Tap on the name of a song below to listen to it on YouTube!

Sixteen // You (Evan Berg Remix) // The Last Thing // Say It (Illenium Remix) // Phone Down (TELYKast X BKAYE Remix) // Drew Barrymore // All My Friends // Corners of the Earth // Love$ick // Nashville // Echoes // Ten Feet Tall // Divinity // Sleepless // Step Down (CRNKN Remix)

Thanks for reading!

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National Wear Your Lilly Day Collab

As some of you may already know, today is “National Wear Your Lilly Day.”  The brand Lilly Pulitzer made put this “holiday” in place years ago in accordance with the first day of summer, the brand’s favorite season of the year.  Today I’m sharing one of my favorite Lilly Pulitzer pieces in collaboration with Madi Legar of Madison Avenue Prep (linked here), Brooke of Live the Prep Life (linked here), and Katie Follis of the Katie Follis blog (linked here).  Be sure to check out their blogs and collaborative posts today!

I’m wearing one of my favorite Lilly Pulitzer shifts from last year in the print “So A Peeling.”  I adore this dress because of the bright colors and flamingos in the print and the gorgeous embroidered detailing around the jewel neckline.  I paired the dress with a pair of brown cork wedges and accessorized with a pair of white pearl Kendra Scott Danielle earrings, a matching Kendra Scott Elisa necklace, some beaded bracelets from Sashka Co., a MantraBand, my Giving Key bangle, a simple silver cross bracelet, a thin rose gold ring, and a gold Kate Spade watch.  Enjoy!

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dress (similar) // wedges // necklace // earrings // mantraband // white and gold beaded bracelet // blue and gold beaded bracelet // giving key bangle // cross bracelet (similar) // watch (similar) // ring

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from Lilly Pulitzer this season!  Click on a piece you like to shop.  Also, I thought I’d let you know that you can receive a free stackable bead bracelet from Lilly Pulitzer for every $75 you spend on their website today!

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Thanks for reading!  Don’t forget to check out Madi’s post here, Brooke’s post here, and Katie’s post here!  Happy National Wear Your Lilly Day and first official day of summer!

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The beaded bracelets from Sashka Co. featured in this post were sent to me in exchange for a feature in my blog.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!

Scripture Sunday Vol. 11

Good morning and happy Sunday!  Today I’m so happy to be sharing another Scripture Sunday post.  Since posting my last Scripture Sunday, I returned from YoungLife camp in Colorado (read my travel diary and watch the video I made here) and began attending a morning Bible study, called “Daystarters” that was run by my YoungLife leaders every weekday morning.  My leaders hosted this Bible study as a way to continue our growing in our relationship with God after camp.  In this two week period, I have learned so much about the relationship God wants to have with me and about what this relationship provides.  Today I’m sharing some Scripture directly from a lesson I heard in this time and I hope you all enjoy it and feel as refreshed by it as I did!

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Today’s verses:

Psalm 103:2-4; Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.

When I’m at YoungLife camp, it’s so easy to love God and focus all of my energy on my relationship with Him.  I spent a week at Frontier Ranch surrounded by God’s magnificent creation with daily reminders of what God did for us.  When I got home, the magic slowly began to fade as it always does after camp.  I absolutely hate this feeling.  Suddenly I catch myself saying something I wouldn’t have thought of at all while I was at YoungLife camp, or putting my Bible reading on the back burner for a few days.  I went to Daystarters every day in an attempt to keep that camp feeling and continue to grow my relationship with God.  I got a lot out of these sessions and even returned for a second Bible study on Wednesday nights, Campaigners.

This past Wednesday at Campaigners, one of my leaders had us turn to Psalm 103.  As we read this particular Scripture, my heart became overwhelmed with the joy and gratitude I felt while at camp.  The first few verses especially serve as such a great reminder of what God does for us and how much He loves us.  Verses two through four say “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.”  That truth hit me like a truck.  His love benefits us more than any other love could, and more than our love could ever benefit Him.  He forgives our sins and mistakes, He heals our diseases (both figuratively and physically), He saves us in our darkest hours.  My favorite part of these verses is in verse four when we are told that we are crowned with His steadfast love and mercy.  We don’t deserve to be “crowned” with anything, let alone the ruler of the universe’s love and mercy.  He is a good, good Father and I am so blessed to be loved by Him and to have the opportunity to love Him back to the best of my ability.

This week, don’t forget that He benefits you in so many ways.  Don’t forget that His love is greater than any other love you will every receive.  Take some time to get to know Him a little better, by reading your Bible or praying, so you can attempt to wrap your brain around just how big this love is and how badly He wants a relationship with you.

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week.

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My Summer Bucket List 2017

I’m so, so happy it’s summer.  I’m looking forward to doing a lot of fun things this summer, including lacrosse camp, a journalism conference in Washington D.C., a trip to Texas, and more.  Aside from these travels, I also have some fun ideas for things to do with my friends while I’m home.  Today I’m sharing my bucket list for summer 2017, I hope this gives you some inspiration for your own!

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Thanks for reading!  Have you made a summer bucket list this year?  Comment one of your items below!

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