Stripes and ‘Sicles

Stripes and (pop)sicles sounds like summertime to me! Palm trees and pink walls never hurt, either.

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This dress is perfect for those warmer days ahead. It features some of my most-loved looks for summer, like off-the-shoulder sleeves, cut-outs, stripes, and ruffles galore. I can’t get enough!

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When its heating up, grabbing a cool treat at The Hyppo in Hyde Park is always a good idea. The hard part is picking a flavor! Champagne mango was my final choice. Two of my favorites in one 🙂

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Pairing this dress (and lets be honest, this yellow popsicle) with gold accessories just felt right.

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These earrings have quickly become go-to’s. They are light enough to wear all night and large enough to stand out, even with this hair.

I clearly wanted to carry the whole stripes and gold theme throughout. I think this DVF bag adds more to the mix without going overboard.

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Xx Hannah

Images by Sandra Morlet Photography

Coffee & Cream

Coffee…how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: cappuccinos with cinnamon, iced hazelnut lattes, and of course, espresso martinis (this recipe is my fave).

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I’ve only been in a serious relationship with coffee for a few years now, but I don’t know how I ever lived without it. I crave it every morning and most evenings. When I’m not making it myself, I have an affinity for pour overs #fancyAF. But at home I use a Keurig for convenience sake (not a morning person here).

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You can expect Starbucks Blonde Roast if you come over for a cup. I also have Blonde cold-brew in my fridge…I practically keep it on tap! It has nearly twice the caffeine than most other coffees and its so smooth, I sip it sans sweetener. Coffee doesn’t have to taste like s***, you know! 🤣

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Moving on to cream. Oh how I love cream–the color and the condiment. It is one of my favorite indulgences. I have a preferred brand (is anyone really surprised 🙃) that I can only find at home. Kleinpeter Farms from Louisiana produces the thickest, golden-hued heavy cream that I’ve ever had. They also treat their herd humanely and do not use growth hormones! It is truly decadence without the guilt ❤️

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This jumpsuit is the same rich vanilla color as Kleinpeter’s cream. However, it’s anything but heavy 😉 The linen-blend fabric is light and airy, and the wide cut pants seem to float over your legs. The cinched waist is flattering and wearing this piece feels effortless. **Spoiler alert: you may notice that I am a sucker for sweetheart necklines, cut outs and tie-fronts for spring and summer. And when a piece features all three, I’m on cloud nine.**

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Now for this bag. Its also cream (although it says white on the website) and pearlescent…major heart eyes. It just happens to match my fave pair of sunnies right now, too 😎 #thelittlethings

Special thanks to Buddy Brew for letting Sandra Morlet Photography and me pop in during prime business time on a Saturday morning and enjoy some very good coffee.

Cheers!

xx Hannah

Designer Denim & Dupes!

Today we’re talking crop tops and mom jeans! #80sbaby

When the temps go from 75 and sunny to pushing 90 overnight, you can bet I’m busting out crop tops. And gingham is still one of my favorite seasonal patterns. Sure, I see it everywhere on everyone now. But I still love it. Sue me!

When you start to see gingham out and about, it means summertime is around the corner. It is an instant mood lifter and makes me feel happy and carefree. It definitely has a retro, beach-y vibe, yet at times it can feel like you’ve fashioned your clothes out of a table cloth. But we’re all about balance here!

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This particular top actually features a smaller pattern than your average gingham piece, so it is a little different than the others in my closet and it comes in under $40 #winwin  😏 The twist front feels fresh and I think the bow is festive without being overkill. Throwing this top on with anything high-waist is an effortless outfit that still looks polished and fun.

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With the ever growing popularity of cropped tops, ‘mom jeans’ have undoubtedly become a welcomed staple in my wardrobe. To all the haters out there, I say don’t knock them until you try them. And I tried on a LOT. I finally found the perfect pair for summer: these Frame Le Original Step High Waist jeans, which as far as I can tell are sold-out. I’ve linked a similar and more affordable pair at the bottom of this post.

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Let me give a little lesson on denim and explain what makes these a good pair of mom jeans. Firstly, they are truly high-rise (12 inches in the front, 15 inches in the back, to be exact). For someone with a longer torso like me, every inch counts. Secondly, they are 99 percent cotton and only 1 percent elastane. You want to look for a similar composition, otherwise they will stretch out more quickly, losing their shape and hold around your waist #notjeggings

This also means the sizing may be different than your average pair. Remember, all jeans will stretch, so get them as tight as you can stand them. For reference, I bought a 26 in this style and I already feel like they’re getting a little loose. Probably because I have been wearing these at least once a week. Sorry I’m not sorry!

The detailing on these is incredible and also so important. I love the distressing, raw hem and strategic fading. Everything works together with these beyond perfect pockets to make these worth every penny. If you can find a similar pair, don’t sit on these for summer!

xx Hannah

And as promised, links to virtual dupes of these jeans that are quite impressive! I’ll admit, I own a pair or three now. The best part about these is that can easily find them at any mall in America. Slow clap for Abercrombie & Fitch, because they are making a comeback to a generation of once faithful customers! 🤣 I have not stepped foot in an Abercrombie since middle school (the smell of the store still brings me back early 2000s), but their new line of denim is *almost* perfect.

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The Zoe is my pick for a copy-cat pair! They are a fraction of the cost of Frame and are currently on sale. I also purchased a 26 in these. Happy shopping y’all!

Sandra Morlet Photography

Springtime Sass

The b is officially back (b as in blog, babe, BATB, etc.)! I am so excited to start writing again and using this as a creative outlet, which I know I desperately need to be a happy human 🙂

Quick life update: You could say my day job is keeping me on my toes. We are in the midst of the craziest season I have personally ever witnessed and although I am so thankful to have work to do, I am finding myself to be just a little exhausted. This is without a doubt the most stressful sales job I have ever had. Sometimes I need a little escape from that reality, but since I can’t afford to go out of the country (or Miami) every weekend, this blog sometimes acts as a mental escape. #adulting

When you feel like you don’t have time to nurture something is kind of when you need to nurture that thing the most. My little ‘hobby’ took a backseat as I was adjusting to a new job and a new city. But I am making it a priority again for many reasons: two of them being that I live for spring fashion and I am doing the shopping anyways, so why not share it 🙃

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This knit dress from Opening Ceremony is one of those spring pieces that I adore and that I could only wear in Florida before the summer heat sets in. The fabric is thick and therefore holds its shape. You can definitely wear this dress sans-bra (win)! OC got this knit blend (cotton, nylon, spandex) right and this is truly one of the most pleasant body-con dresses I have ever worn.

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Horizontal stripes are typically a no-no for me, but something about the length and cut of the dress paired with these pastel hues create an exception. The v-neck top and slit make for easy movement and amps up the sass of what would otherwise be a basic midi-dress. It is perfect for showing off a tan, too!

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Let’s get to the accessories. Clearly, I am a fan of wearing white before Labor Day. In fact, I think Easter Sunday should be the official ‘opening season’ for white, especially when its sunny and 75. These mules are under $100 (and are surprisingly comfortable). I learned last summer that a stacked heel is a girl’s best friend. This bleached wood version is a nice update on that trend!

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My oversized sunglasses du jour (anti tiny-glass trend over here) are by Sonix and I found this tortoise and pearl combo on Amazon! The style can be found in many different colors on many different sites, but I chose this for a lighter look. I am slowly transitioning into owning a pair of completely white sunglasses…one day.

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I’m also a sucker for straw bags. Raffia, wicker… you name it–I like it. And I am really into this leather-combo from Tory Burch. Again, a much-needed refresh on a trend that I see sticking around for a while. It also has versatility: it can be a carried from the top handle or worn with the strap for evenings out. Win-win!

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Couldn’t end this post without one last pic of this dress, which accentuates your curves in all the right places #thesehipsdontlie 🍑 I suppose the take away from this is don’t be scared of horizontal stripes, white before Labor Day, or white sunglasses! 😎

Last but not least, super special shout out to Sandra Morlet Photography for helping me get my groove back.

xx Hannah

My Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

Below is the really simple and really delicious variation of bulletproof coffee that I drink almost every morning. You will need a blender to make it, however. This “rocket fuel” recipe was taken from Healthful Pursuit.

I have found this version keeps me fuller longer and tastes better! You can get the ingredients almost anywhere, including Amazon 🙂 I prefer Starbucks Blonde Roast (very light and allows the cacao flavor to stand out), powdered MCT oil, and Swerve sweetener in my BPC– a little bit of Swerve goes a long way. I also add a splash of pure vanilla extract and heavy cream because it just enhances everything and makes this such a treat! You can also top with cinnamon, my favorite anti-inflammatory spice! Enjoy!

Ingredients

• 8 oz. brewed decaf or regular coffee or your favorite tea

• 1 tablespoon liquid MCT oil or powdered MCT oil or coconut oil

• 1 tablespoon cacao butter

• 1 tablespoon hemp hearts or your choice of nut/seed butter

• 2-4 drops alcohol-free stevia, optional

• 1 tablespoon grass-fed collagen

• 1 splash pure vanilla extract

• heavy cream or cream

Instructions

Brew coffee, add to the jug of your high-powered blender along with MCT oil, cacao butter, hemp hearts, stevia, vanilla, and cream. Blend on high for 1 minute. During the last 10 seconds, add collagen. Transfer to a cup and enjoy.

Thanksgiving 2017

“The secret to having it all is knowing you already do”

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Cousins that feel more like sisters
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Some of the “originals” (aka the old ones)
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And a cousin that definitely feels more like a brother to me!

This morning, I was reading about gratitude and how important it is to focus on the things we’ve been given versus the things we haven’t. Its so easy to make a list of things we want or need (guilty of to-dos that turn into wish-lists over here 🙋🏽‍♀️). But how often do we make a list of things we already have and are thankful for? I know the answer for me is not enough.

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My parents

So this holiday season, I’ve decided I’m going to make *those* kinds of lists more often. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t already have notes here and there for Christmas gifts or items I need for my apartment. And truth be told, I love giving presents as much as I enjoy receiving them. There’s something about finding that perfect gift and letting that person know how much you’ve thought about them that truly brings me joy. Growing up, I could hardly stand waiting for friends to open up the presents I had gotten them. I’m sort of the same way today :). Gift giving does truly make me happy and I don’t believe it’s wrong. I do, however, believe that the emphasis we put on presents makes all of the difference.

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Sweet Lucie
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When you and your littles are looking the same age 😳
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My favorite freshman at Ole Miss 🤗

As I type this post, the beginnings of Black Friday have already begun to crowd my inbox. Advertisements and commercials have been showing for weeks. And the Christmas decor seems to sneak out earlier and earlier each year. Don’t even get me started on Christmas music before Thanksgiving week. I’m certainly no grinch, but its starting to feel like there’s no time or space between Thanksgiving and Christmas anymore. It is definitely a pet-peeve of mine, mainly because I believe if we focused on the true themes of Thanksgiving, the meaning of Christmas (and the entire holiday season as a whole) would probably change for a lot of us.

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Beautiful Sub Rosa
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The calm before the chaos
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My usual spot: not quite the adult table, but not quite the kids, either 🙃

It seems the older I get, the more I appreciate Thanksgiving. I also realize now that it can be just as stressful as Christmas (cooking for 40 isn’t easy–thank you Aunt Tricia for hosting this year)! However, I love that the focus is on spending time with family, friends, and a little football (HOTTY TODDY!). That’s it. No expectations, no presents, no where to be in a hurry. It really grounds me and reminds me of what is truly important in life: the things that no amount of money can buy.

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A sweet love-story 💘
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Celebrating after a Rebel win!

I’m lucky that I have a family that enjoys Thanksgiving traditions and emphasizes spending time together. And I’m even more fortunate that every few years the number of people attending grows 🤗. It’s always amazing to me to see how things and people have changed over the years. Time isn’t stopping for any of us, and that notion makes the moments like this even more precious.

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5 years ago today… how time flies!
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Thanksgiving throwback
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Addison has always had the Thompson animal “gene”

I genuinely think that one of the ‘secrets’ to having it all is being grateful for what’s sitting right under your nose. It’s far easier to be happy when the glass is half full. It sounds pretty simple, but the society we live in really makes it hard somedays. I am by no means claiming that I’ll stop shopping or even wanting things that may not be necessities. But I am going to make a conscious effort to practice gratitude during this holiday season and in everyday life.

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When you match Levi, a photo shoot has to happen 🤷🏽‍♀️
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Thankful for cousins who love to take photos as much as I do (and the iPhone X)

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading and have a fabulous Black Friday!

xx Hannah

Beauty Business with Raffaele Ruberto Skin

If you have ever browsed through my medicine cabinet, you will notice I am a huge fan of serums, which is why I was thrilled to try out the Formula No. 9 R-lift Face & Eye Serum from Raffaele Ruberto Skin! So far I adore this product and cannot wait to try out the rest of Raffaele Ruberto’s collection, which is entirely all natural, organic, and non-toxic. His products are anti-aging and have both instant and cumulative benefits, so you can see things working right away as well as over time.

If it seems to good to be true, it’s not. According to their website, Ruberto’s R-lift Complex is clinically proven to “lift & sculpt the jawline & cheekbones, blur fine lines & pores, smooth uneven skin tone, erase under-eye puffiness, & dramatically increase hydration.” This is quite a tall order, but somehow Ruberto’s line delivers: tackling the five signs of aging all while being paraben, phthalate and synthetic free.

The proprietary blend in R-lift Complex features some standout ingredients like hyaluronic acid, collagen, and vitamin C (anything with hyaluronic acid has a place in my heart). These can all be found in the R-lift Face & Eye Serum, which is also touted to “enhance the contouring effect of any good contouring technique” and is encouraged to be used as a primer. Is there anything this multitasking serum can’t do? Hint: no!

Last but not least, my actual personal experience with the serum was perfect. As someone with sensitive skin and occasional rosacea issues, I always worry that certain products can be harsh and that introducing something new will cause a flare-up. However, the serum did not create any negative reaction, and even features aloe as its first ingredient. It feels soothing and soft, while completely soaking into the skin (one of the many reasons I love serums). It’s safe to say I am obsessed with R-lift Face & Eye and seriously impressed by this brand, which I know will go hand-in-hand with my other favorite natural skincare line, Drunk Elephant. 🙂

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A little skin selfie with the newest addition to my AM/PM routine.

Thanks to Raffaele Ruberto for sending me some goodies. 

If you are a Nordstrom Rewards Member, you can find Raffaele Ruberto Skin on their site. Sephora, time to get with the program! 😉

xx Hannah