Weekending – On Being Productive

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Happy Monday.  You know when you have one of those weekends where you were actually in town and then it rained, so you were forced to get tons of work done?  That pretty much sums up my past 48 hours.  The good news (or bad news however you want to take it) is I had lots of time to review the Nordstrom/Sephora/Amazon/Product shipments that have been waiting patiently for me.  I have some new loves that I can’t wait to divulge with you.  Like some are run, don’t walk to ordering kind of products. Linking up with Biana today!

My two classes that I am teaching this Summer wrapped up, so I spent time switching between grading papers and writing posts.  I know.  I am super exciting.  However, we did have some times of “airing out” if you will to grab some dinner and catch up with some friends.  Kona Grill in Tampa is one of my favorite happy hours.  The food is excellent.  My favorite are the beef bulgoli tacos.  The sushi isn’t the best in town but it’s pretty good especially for the affordable happy hour prices.  Plus, the have such a great outdoor patio space.

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Got in some workouts.  Be on the lookout for this post on Wednesday.  Obsessed with my new fitbit hr. Haven’t taken it off since I got it.  Started the blogger challenge!  Hit me up if you want in!



Played around with products.


Make sure you check back tomorrow for my full review of the Rachel Zoe Box of Style.  My two favorite style pieces from this box have been on major repeat.

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Obsessed with these delicate layering necklaces

layering necklacesMara HoffmanMara Hoffman wrapBeen wearing this black dress on major repeat ||| layering necklaces old but similar here ||| Mara Hoffman wrap similar pattern here ||| white clutch here ||| bracelets here and here ||| watch Michael Kors here

Made some new recipes that I can’t wait to share with you!

All in all, it was an incredibly productive weekend.  For the crazy over scheduler that I am, it is nice to feel ahead of the game to start the week off with.  What are your thoughts?  Do you like to let loose on the weekends or catch up and be ahead?  I hope everyone is enjoying their Summers!  Make sure you check back tomorrow, I have a full review on the Rachel Zoe Summer of Style Box and my thoughts on whether subscription boxes are worth it!  xoxoxo

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39 responses to “Weekending – On Being Productive”

  1. Totally loving that black dress! SO gorgeous! And that Mara Hoffman wrap is such a fun little pop of color with it! Sorry your weekend was so rainy but at least you had a nice productive one!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. Pinky says:

    My goodies are in the mail and I can’t WAIT!!! Thanks for the chats about everything :)! Bad weather productivity is the worst and the best feeling right? You can’t get distracted because it’s gross, but you get soooooo much done it feels amazing! I almost went to the Kona Grill in our area this weekend for sushi, but went to an old fave since I didn’t know much about the place. Your pictures have inspired me to give it a try next time! Have a fabulous Monday, pretty!

  3. Rachel Zoe box of style – I can’t wait to hear about that!! All that food looks incredible – you know how much I love me some sushi!! So glad you had a productive weekend and I’m loving those fashion shots!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  4. Jenn says:

    Looks like a great weekend! Love the layering necklaces, and of course the color of your new fitbit! ;) Looking lovely as always!!
    Can’t wait to see the recipes and workouts you have in store!!

  5. Oh my gosh. I NEED that wrap. The colors are fantastic.

    Productive weekends are great ones.

    I’m totally in on the blogger fit bit challenge. Feel free to add me. :)

  6. That black dress is gorgeous on you gurlie! And yay for a super productive weekend, looking forward to all of your reviews! Now if my Nordstrom sale goodies would just hurry up and get here :-P

    Have a fabulous week <3

  7. Karen says:

    I love that you paired such a fun and colorful scarf with a black jumpsuit!! I can’t wait to read your review tomorrow!


  8. Yay for productive weekends!! Mine certainly was too. I haven’t made the jump from the Flex since I’ve only had it a year, but I’d love to be part of the Blogger challenge. Do you need my email?

  9. I went to Kona Grill this weekend, too! The one in Sarasota, though. I love their sushi! You should share more about the Fitbit! I’ve been wanting one but haven’t taken the plunge yet. Maybe there will be a good deal on Black Friday this year.

  10. Natalie says:

    Love that black maxi dress!

  11. so many things i’m obsessed with in this post! including that last outfit. love love! what is this blogger challenge – i think i need to get in on it! brb off to look for that mara wrap!! xo


  12. That black dress is hot girl!!! Love the whole look that you did.. Fab. Would make a great date night dress too. ;-) Can you believe that I’ve never had a moscow mule? Looks good though. Love that scarf too. I’m glad that you had a relaxing weekend and I hope that you have a great day today too!! :-)

  13. Emma says:

    Looking forward to reading everything this week! You look fabulous – as always!


  14. Marie says:

    Love your white Cambridge Satchel bag! Perfect for summer. Great dress. You always look good. How do you get your hair to always look so good with the Florida heat and humidity? My hair is a disaster lately, like embarrassingly bad.

  15. HOLD THE FRONT DOOR. Rachel Zoe has a style box?! Where have I been? Welp, it’s no good until winter, but better believe I’ll be signing up for the spring box (I assume she does it quarterly since the next one is shipping in Sept?) Unless there’s maternity in the options mix – she does have a maternity line I love at Pea in the Pod! I shall investigate! (Just thinking out loud/on my keyboard here…)

  16. Brittany says:

    I’m so intrigued that Rachel Z has a style box! I’ve been doing Stitch Fix for a while and have been so disappointed recently.

  17. Karly says:

    Glad you had a productive weekend! It’s always nice to feel ahead of the curve when the week starts. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the R. Zoe box!

  18. Sounds like you made the most out of a rainy weekend! Love that black dress and the way you styled it with a patterned shawl. Hope you’re off to a great Monday! xx

    Audrey Adair | http://www.happilyaudrey.com

  19. Nadine says:

    It is funny that you mention Kona because I am currently working on an appraisal in Alpharetta GA across the street from their new Kona!!! I finally grabbed a Zella bottom and top at Nordstrom Rack this weekend! I wanted to order from the anniversary sale but I wasn’t sure on sizing so I went and tried some on there and fell in love. I see a new obsession on the horizon. So bad! But so good. Productive weekends are just great! I am hoping to have one next weekend. Can’t wait to see your recipes!

  20. Lyndee says:

    I love a good productive weekend! It makes Monday not seem so bad lol!! I’m glad you fit in a little happy hour break too! That drink looks delish!! (Obsessed with Moscow Mules)!!! Have a great week girl!!


  21. It’s always great to get a relaxing weekend in there and the rain kind of forces you even though it’s annoying when it comes on the weekend instead of during the week. Love the look of this outfit! Simple but elegant and comfortable…always a plus.

  22. Sometimes I need that kind of weekend to force me to get something done. But glad you were able to throw some fun into the mix also! Loving that colorful wrap over your black dress!

  23. Kona Grill is delicious!! And that wrap is stunning!

    Her Heartland Soul

  24. Meg Taylor says:

    What a great weekend!! I just love that wrap and those layering necklaces!

  25. Darcy says:

    Those pictures on the stairs are gorgeous!! (And now I want sushi ahhaa!)

  26. Love that outfit, the wrap is so pretty! Looking forward to hearing more about the products you tried and new recipes!!

  27. Hmmm! Sushi. Now I’m having a craving. Haha! Weekends for me are either all or nothing. I’m either super productive or super relaxed. This weekend was super productive. Love the black maxi! I bought one but haven’t worn it yet. It’s much more low-cut that I normally go, so I’ve been waiting for a hot date night. I love the scarf you paired with it!

  28. Lindsay says:

    I can’t wait to hear more about the RZ box! It sounds so fun! Red lipstick looks amazing on you! I just got he FitBit HR and I’m obsessed! I have only been wearing it for workouts, but I am so happy with it!!

  29. EMily says:

    I like being lazy AND being productive on the weekends ;) I always feel like I cram the weekends full of stuff and then relaxing never happens, but life is too short to not to fun weekend “stuff” !

  30. the place where you took the photos in the black dress is awesome! you look so stunning! i LOVE kona grill! it’s so great and they have the best happy hour!

  31. Look at you go this weekend!! Sounds like you have lots of great blog posts ahead and I can’t wait! We had a pretty busy weekend which was good because otherwise I think I would have spent every penny I have at the Nordstrom sale ;)

  32. christina says:

    holy snap that sushi looks good. you look so pretty in all the pics! XO

  33. Zelle says:

    Gorgeous photos! Love that dress on you. And details on the blogger challenge? I need something to keep me motivated!
    xo Southern Style

  34. kristen says:

    i am staying so strong on the nordstrom sale! so hard lol. that black dress is absolutely fabulous and looks great on you! good to hear you are loving the fitbit, i totally want one.

  35. I cannot wait to hear your review of The Box of Style! Love your outfit and definitely looking forward to your reviews of your recent purchases! xo

  36. Kristina says:

    Haven’t gotten my Nordstrom goodies yet.. but they’re on the way!!! And that Strong Lash serum is amazinggg :) Glad you were able to have a productive weekend! xo

  37. Wait, I’ve never heard of that Rachel Zoe box…I love her!! Can’t wait to hear more about it. Being productive feels so good after you are done! Glad you had a good weekend!

  38. I would love to know more about the blogger challenge :D

  39. I want that fit bit, been thinking about it for awhile now. Love this look on you, you wear the bright lip so well! We have a new-is Kona Grill here that I have heard good things about, must try!

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