Pampered & Polished with Crown & Mane and Tampa Nails

I was invited out for an influencer night (thanks Alex <3) of pampering and polishing and the timing could NOT have been better! I truly needed it. From the girl talk to the beautifying and all of the snacks, it was a perfect evening!

We first stopped to get our nails done and get a major sneak peek at the newest and largest location of Tampa Nails, which has the most dip and gel colors I’ve ever seen…no lie. There are literally thousands to choose from. So if you are picky gal like me, get in here! The service is excellent and there’s no shortage of color choices. It is a locally owned and operated chain with four locations spanning South Tampa to Seminole Heights.  After last night, I have a feeling the spacious Westshore location is going to become my fave 🙂

After our mani / pedis, we hopped over to Hyde Park Village to check out one of their newest retailers, the Crown & Mane salon. It is owned and operated by some of the nicest local ladies in Tampa, and their focus on personalized pampering really sets them apart!

Unlike most big-box blow-dry bars, each treatment at Crown & Mane is practically custom. The stylists take the time to understand your concerns and address your needs. After a quick consultation, you are allowed to choose whatever your heart desires. If you don’t see what you want on the menu, you can request your own creation. You are not restricted by style selection!

The staff here also recognizes that no two heads of hair are alike. When going in for a salon or spa treatment involving my hair, I usually have to warn whoever I am seeing that there is a lot of it #longhairdontcare Therefore, I’ve always had to carve out extra time for treatments. But Crown and Mane immediately suggested tag-teaming both my blow-out and style, to which I happily agreed!

As someone who does their own blow outs bi-weekly (it is always a battle), I can tell you that having someone else do it for you is the ultimate luxury. Two people styling my hair at once made it twice as luxurious! And although I started after my friends, we were all finished within minutes of each another. A salon that respects your personal style and time is one that I can get behind.

We were able to meet and mingle with two of the three salon owners, Kelly and Tanja, all evening. They had a killer display of charcuterie, cupcakes, and champagne (they know they way to a girls heart) from neighboring Fig & Julep and Sprinkles. Kelly and Tanja were not only unbelievably gracious hostesses, but also knowledgeable and fun!

We shut down the salon, which operates SEVEN days a week (check their site for full details) and truly caters to their customers! They tout a bespoke blowout, and they delivered. Our end results and smiles speak for themselves. Give them a try next time you are preparing for a special event or just a treat-yourself-Tuesday 😉

Special thanks to Tampa Nails and Crown & Mane for all the love…we will be back! ❤

XX Hannah

Just for Fun…

Starting the week on a Tuesday put me in a really good mood…until I remembered I’m working a medical conference by myself over the weekend. Send help! #storyofmylife

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Still, sleeping in on a Monday always gives me something to smile about. Just like this entire look. It is a FEEL good ‘fit!

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What you’re wearing can really transform your mood. At least that has always been true for me. If I like what I’ve got on, it makes everything better. If I hate what I’m wearing, we’re in for a LONG night.

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This “fall in Florida” transition look (cruelest joke ever–fall in Florida) made me feel somewhat playful and a lot lighter, and it definitely shows.

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What also might show are maybe some sweat stains 😐 It was 90 degrees and full humidity the day Nina and I shot this. Despite all of that, I was still jumping around and smiling full force. Because that’s how much I’m feeling all of these pieces.

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Let’s break it down really quick: camo shirt jacket, perfect for warmer climates. Army green dress, totally trending and looks good with sneakers and heels. Cat-eye aviators, still crushing on these SO hard. Light gold hoops, won’t hurt your ears, but will show up in your hair. And last but not least, these blink-and-you’ll-miss-it iridescent gold tennis shoes. They are not boring white, but they are understated.

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Safe to say I’ll be reworking these pieces throughout my fall wardrobe. Because they put me in a good mood. And I need all the good moods I can get nowadays! 😉

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XX Hannah

Nina Grace Photography

St. Pete Staycation

We are so fortunate in Florida to have some really beautiful beaches and resorts “within reach”…and some of my favorites just happen to be pink (how perfect is that?) 😉

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The Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg is one of the those fabulous, pink resorts that always seems to capture my heart. Located on the bay in downtown St. Pete, it is a short 30 minute drive from Tampa, but can really feel worlds away if you let it!

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Although we technically only spent the day here, it was just enough time to let go and get caught up with two of my best friends. We used to do weekend trips to Palm Beach (I’m ready to go back whenever y’all are!), but it seems like everyone’s schedules are more jam-packed than ever. These days are few and far between now, so it makes me treasure the time we get to spend together that much more.

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The hotel is currently undergoing some major renovations, but the pool has already been completed, and it is such a fun spot to spend a sunny day at. There are gorgeous water views, plenty of pool boys to bring your drinks, and very generous pink lounges (you can see that three girls easily fit on just two chairs)… I mean, what more can a gal ask for?!

I have an idea… 😉 We really wanted to take advantage of everything the hotel had to offer, so we booked spa treatments that just happened to coordinate with the summer rain showers we experience almost every afternoon. The timing was honestly perfect. After a few pool drinks, lots of laughs, and plenty of sun (it doesn’t take long here), we gladly headed into the cool, dark day spa and let the real relaxation begin.

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I was WAY overdue for a massage (driving everyday can do a number on you), so I opted for a custom Moroccanoil massage, which was a full-body with some deep-tissue focused specifically on my areas of concern. I’ve used Moroccanoil for years on my hair and skin and LOVE the unique woodsy, slightly chocolate-ly scent that the oil has. It warms up in your hands and having someone rub it all over my body was truly a treat! I didn’t even mind some of it getting in my hair 🙂 I would highly recommend this treatment, especially after drying your skin out in the sun and pool.

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After our spa sesh, we had worked up an appetite, and headed over to Paul’s Landing for a late lunch. It is one of several restaurant options on-site, but by far the tastiest and best view! I ordered the fish of the day, blackened red-snapper (my fave <3), and I can honestly say that it was some of the best snapper I’ve had here in Florida. I find all too often–even in some of the nicer restaurants–that my fish is overcooked. I was really impressed with my dish and the decor was adorable, a win-win in my book.

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It was still raining while we ate, so we had to head back to the spa and enjoy the jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms (bummer)! Although it was a designated ‘quiet area,’ we had the entire place to ourselves, so we may have been a little louder than is considered appropriate. The spa has yet to undergo renovations, but it does the trick, and it was the best way to escape the thunderstorms.

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Unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end, and we decided around 5:30 we should probably wrap things up. One of my favorite features of the Vinoy–and definitely the best way to end any day there–is the veranda. Sitting in the rocking chairs or at the bar (yes, there’s a full-service bar that also dishes out food) and taking in some last minute views of the harbor is the way to go.

I can honestly say our “staycation” was truly a day for mind, body, and soul, and was desperately needed. My abs seriously hurt from laughing (or maybe from actually working out again… we’ll never know)! We are already planning our next “day-cation” and hoping it lives up to the experience we had here at the Vinoy!

Special to the Vinoy Concierge for letting us hang around all day 😉

XX Hannah

Molly’s swimsuit: Aerie
Stephi’s swimsuit: L*Space
My swimsuit: Inamorata

Simple for Summer…

It has been more than a little quiet around here, but I am not apologizing 😉  Sometimes you need a break. Sometimes you want to lay low. And sometimes its too hot to move…AKA summertime in the South (this includes Mississippi in July…just AWFUL).

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One of the benefits of living in Florida is knowing that you can experience the perfect ‘beach weather’ here on any given day. I myself have voluntarily gotten in the Gulf over Christmas break (I’ll admit, it was a little chilly). But there’s something *special* about July and August here, despite football season and pumpkin spice everything making their annual comeback. 90 degrees and full humidity doesn’t feel fall to me 😐

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This is when that whole ‘less is more’ approach starts to make sense. Less clothing and less makeup for summer is a no-brainer. However, I might finally be realizing the less time I spend ‘fixing’ myself or picking out the “perfect outfit” (which I do know by now is a rareity), the more time I have to spend with friends and family. The light bulb is burning bright, y’all!

I do think I’ll always enjoy taking my time to get dressed for a night out, trying on multiple different outfits to find the right one, and combining three lip-glosses (#teamgloss, always) to get the perfect shade. Getting ready–when I’m not rushed–is actually a way for me relax, as odd as it may sound. I guess you could say I perform under pressure! 😉

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I know one day my ‘me-time’ might not be just mine anymore. Which makes it even more special! #singlewithnokidsperks 🙂 Regardless, I don’t see my love for clothing, makeup, and beauty products fading anytime soon. But I am finding that my personal style is becoming more simple, for summer and beyond. The same is going for my beauty routine, too. Whatever is effective and effortless, I’m all for! And dare I say natural, as well? (Who am I becoming?)

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I am excited to embrace a more simplistic style for now (and if I’m really lucky, maybe some fall-ish fashions sooner rather than later). I think this outfit embodies the less-is-more, minimalist trend, but is still feminine and fun. It can be paired with so many different accessories and is truly a “throw and go” for wherever your weekend might take you. It makes it easy to focus more on the present and worry less about what you’re wearing, without sacrificing style! ❤

Hope y’all have a nice, long Labor Day weekend! Special thanks to one of my fave spots in Tampa, On Swann, for letting me hang out for the afternoon.

xx Hannah
Dress: Michael by Michael Kors (available in multiple colors / patterns, mine is currently on major sale!)
Bag: Givenchy 
Shoes: Steve Madden 
Sunglasses: Prada
Photography: Grace Studio

Date Night Dressing

Let’s get real: dating is complicated (most of the time). Other times, it feels effortless and actually worth getting all dolled up for. Here are some tips that I use to help make my date nights easier and more enjoyable!

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Tip number one: have a go-to dress on hand. I personally love this silky sundress. With slits on every side, it is def date-night ready (and sensible in the Florida heat!). However, I think its perfectly balanced, with a little leg to keep things interesting, and square neck to keep things in check. It is perfect to show off your figure while still being somewhat demure 😉

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This particular dress is tried and true–I actually wore it out recently and never felt over or under-dressed. It is sultry and sleek, yes. But more importantly, it is not so restricting that you can’t concentrate on what is going on around you. And you are there to focus on another person, after all.

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One of the worst things is being on a date and thinking about what you’re wearing instead of the person in front of you (unless they’re boring or rude, in which fashion is naturally more interesting). 🙂 So if you are wearing something new, always make sure to do a trial run before the actual date. That way you know if you are really comfortable in it, or if straps need adjusting, etc.

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A borrowed style tip from our beloved royals–and a trick that gives you lots of options–is to carry a clutch or top-handle bag with you. I almost always do this mainly because I want a fun accessory (like this vintage bamboo bag) that shows a bit of personality. But in reality, it gives you something to do with your hands, whether your nervous or just like something to have and to hold!

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Side note: I’m usually not huge on PDA when just getting to know someone. Of course, this all depends. However, if you happen to have a date that is just not getting the hint, you can take matters into your own hands (literally) with your clutch! 😉 You’re welcome!

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But if you do hit it off and are feeling the love, a smaller bag is easier to manage with one hand. It’s a win-win in my opinion!

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Whether it never stood a chance or it goes really well (lol- let’s hope for the latter), dating is always an interesting experiment experience :’)

Shoes are Steve Madden, earrings are Ettika, necklace is CAM jewelry from Canvas Fashion Gallery in St. Pete.
XX Hannah

Pink & Polka Dots

I have a soft spot for polka dots (pun intended)!

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I noticed that this pattern is slowly creeping its way into my wardrobe. And I’m not mad about it.

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I love the classic black and and white, but I am also obsessing over tan and cream versions. It’s so Pretty Woman chic (Julia Roberts is forever goals).

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This top is frilly and fun, perfect for my girls weekend in Miami!

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One of my best girlfriends from home (Mississippi) is flying in for the weekend. My other BFF and I are scooping her up from the airport and having a little road trip down to the Magic City!

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One of my FAVORITE parts of these weekend getaways is actually the drive. Being trapped in the car with my besties is my fave 😉 We get time to catch up with no distractions (except for maybe some jam sessions). It is priceless!

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Living in Florida certainly has its perks: like being able to run off to some beautiful cities and beaches for 5 star staycations.

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But I do miss my friends and family at home more and more with each passing year, and lately I’ve been a little homesick.

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Thankfully, this trip literally could not have come at a better time. These girls have been in my life for 10 and 20 plus years, so they are friends that have become family. That I can cheers to!

Hope everyone has a fun weekend! I know I will 🙂

XX Hannah

Accessory breakdown: Sunnies are Le Specs, earrings are Bauble Bar, bracelet is Hermès, bag is Milly, shoes are Target 😉

Stopping to Smell the Roses

If you’re ever in Florence, or considering going, do yourself a favor and visit Boboli Gardens.

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I’ll admit, I had NO clue what we were stumbling into. But it was magnificent. We got lucky with the weather again for a bit, and it was a magical, springtime, stop-and-smell the roses moment.

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Everything is some form of pastel: flowers, buildings, art. It felt like Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette meets The Secret Garden, AKA heaven. I had the biggest heart eyes all afternoon.

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It’s not hard to imagine myself spending similar sunny days here, taking leisurely strolls, misidentifying flowers, and chatting about whatever random thoughts come to mind.

Of course, stopping by the Enoteca Pitta Gola e Cantina (wine bar) located across the street from the entrance to Boboli is a must before you go. It made the many stairs and hills more bearable on a warm day.

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One of the most charming and colorful areas on the grounds are the Giardino del Cavaliere. Unbelievable views of the Arcetri (a hillside area full of landmark buildings) and the famous Torre del Gallo–an idyllic, castle-like building that is clearly visible–can be taken in here.

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Inside the charming pink and turquoise home (this color combo–I die) is the porcelain collection belonging to the Pitti Palace. Imagine the daintiest, most detailed plates and platters you can think of. They are situated inside of this building, along with some historic art and painted glass chandeliers that will make you just swoon.

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Be warned, there is no air conditioning or adult beverages nearby, so come prepared and wear smart shoes.

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Some of the staircases are more attractive than others 🙂 and easier to climb. There was definitely some steeper areas and walkways that were simply dirt and rocks. My shoes didn’t have much tread and admittedly were not the best options for the walk.

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But every slip, slide and step was worth each view we saw! Taking in the panorama of the hillsides, the city, and closeups of buildings like the fairytale Kaffehaus made the sweating and swearing all worth it 🤣

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This was one of my favorite days and outfits on the trip. My dress is a Bloomingdale’s exclusive and perfect for days like these…get it before it sells out!

XX Hannah