6 Ways to Actually Relax This Labor Day Weekend

Floral One-piece | Krewe Sunglasses | Clear Handbag | Williamsburg Hotel

Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner and I’m already looking forward to unplugging and relaxing for 4 consecutive days 💆🏼 It’s alway bittersweet when Labor Day rolls around because it marks the last weekend of summer before the start of fall. This summer has truly been one of the most relaxing summers I can remember. I’ve had plenty of time to travel with friends, read good books, visit family, but also spend quality time getting to know this new city of mine. Today’s post is about some of my favorite ways to truly relax and unwind. In a world that’s so fast paced, sometimes it takes a list of reminders of remember how to tune it all out. Hoping you make time over LDW to enjoy nature, put your OOO reply on, and be 100% present with the people you love ❤️

1. Get Some Vitamin D

If you’re like me and spend all week cooped up in a concrete jungle, you have to take advantage of these last few weeks of summer sunshine. Being from northern Indiana and so close to Lake Michigan, I spent a lot of my childhood out on the lake. I grew up with a pool in my parent’s backyard and we always loved vacationing at the beach. There’s just something about being out in the sun and on the water that brings on a sense of calm and clarity.

But…as much as I love the sun, for the last 7+ years I’ve been extremely careful about protecting my skin from it’s harmful rays. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in our country, and one in five Americans will develop skin cancer before age 70. I was pretty careless about sun exposure in my teenage years, but I’m trying my best to make up for it by being smart about protecting my skin. The Australian Gold® Botanical SPF 30 Mineral Lotion is a non-chemical formula that is gentle on your skin care for your skin and rich in vitamins and antioxidants. I love this collection because it’s a non-greasy formula that is available in both lotion and spray form. Browse other Australian Gold products here.

2. Take a long walk with someone you love

This is one of my favorite things to do with my mom. We love walking through the surrounding neighborhoods in our hometown. No phones! Just a little exercise and good conversation. Instead of walking or running outside with headphones, invite a friend to keep you company.

3. Go for a drive and listen to country music

I miss this so much! Conner and I love driving around on backroads in Kentucky with the windows down and the country music turned up. We both sold our cars and don’t ever get the chance to drive anymore, so it’s seems like a luxury whenever we get the chance. Hit the backroads this LDW and turn on one of your favorite playlists…it’s good for the soul 🙂

4. Campfire + Grill Out

At my parents house, we love sitting out by the fire while we make s’mores and cuddle up in our pajamas. Take advantage of these last few grill-weather weekends because it will be take-out season before we know it..

5. Read a fiction book

I feel like a lot of the things I read in my spare time are educational or self-help books. My grandma told me that she spent her whole life reading every self help book, but it wasn’t until she turned 80 and started reading fiction books that she really felt the most uplifted. On my list: After The End.

6. Re-watch an old movie that you haven’t seen in forever

Bring on the nostalgia. On my list: About Time with Rachel McAdams.

What are your favorite ways to relax and unwind over summer holidays? Conner and I are flying to Chicago for Labor Day Weekend and renting a boat for the weekend on Lake Michigan with friends! If you read this post, comment on my latest Instagram post with your tips to unplug.

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Hate Wearing Jeans? 10 Pairs Of Comfortable Pants To Wear Instead

Tank Top | Pants (wearing 00 petite, also in regular) | Sunglasses | Clear Bag | Soludos Wedges | Gold Chain Belt

Anyone else avoid jeans as often as possible 🙋🏼‍♀️? I do love my Topshop Jamie jeans (I have these in petite in 5+ colors), but always find myself resorting to the same few pairs of non-denim pants when I want to get dressed up (but not wear a dress). One of my biggest struggles is finding both comfortable AND flattering pants…because that’s always the goal right?

I have a closet full of dresses because dresses are so easy, but I like to mix it up if it’s a cold night or if the occasion isn’t very formal.  Plus, we’re getting closer and closer to September when it will officially be pants season.

Today I went through my favorites in my closet and searched the internet for my top 10 picks for pants that you can wear instead of jeans. Joggers, culottes, work pants, wide leg pants, printed pants, flares, etc! Let me know in tonight’s Instagram post if you have any go-to pairs I need to know about 👖


Stretchy Animal Print Pants

Trendy, affordable, stretchy waistband, lightweight, and available in both regular and petite sizing. Looks cute with a black bodysuit

Neutral Striped Trousers 

Wearing these in this blog post. Structured, high-waisted, and neutral colored – these check all the boxes.

Belted Satin Taper Pants 

For when you’re feeling kinda fancy..

High-rise Wide Leg Pant

The perfect high-waisted flow pants. Love these in floral or solid black.

Utility Style Tapered Pants

Love these for cute-casual days. Really comfortable too.

Pink Dot High-waisted Pants

So cute with a white bodysuit!

Gingham Cropped Pants

These come with a cute matching top, see the full look & a discount code in this post.

High-waisted Buckle Pants

Topshop always has the best pants (especially for petites). These are a staple.

Black Tie-Waist Pants

These come in a ton of colors.

Elastic Waist Jogger Pants

Cute and sophisticated, but still comfy.


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The Crossbody Bag I’ll Be Wearing All Year

To be honest, I’ve never been much of designer bag collector. I bought a Chloe bag when I first moved to Chicago and got a lot of use out of it, but ever since then I’ve rotated between lower to mid-priced purses that do the job. I borrow Nani’s Chanel from time to time, but what makes wearing that special is that it’s hers!

A few months ago I noticed how many mid-priced crossbody bags I had hanging on the shelf in my room that I rarely used. I also started realizing that every time I got dressed up to go out to events or dinners, I felt like I was missing a go-to handbag that works for all occasions. I wanted something that could work with jeans or leggings, but also look good dressed up with heels and a jumpsuit. So…I started the search for the perfect crossbody bag.

After lots of searching, I finally landed on this Saint Lauren Lou Matelasse Leather Camera Bag. I have it in the color ‘poudre‘ but it also comes in 4 other colors… it was a tough choice between mine and the black with gold. I’ve worn it every single day since I purchased and couldn’t be happier with this investment!

5 reasons why this is the crossbody bag I’ll be wearing all year

1. It’s neutral in color

I wear a lot of different colors and I’m usually always changing between athleisure and dressed up outfits throughout the day, so I was looking for something neutral that pairs well with everything. The nude color of this bag is the perfect shade – not too light and not too dark. Perfect for summer but also works for fall/winter.

2. It has plenty of room

Plenty of room to stash all the important things: phone, brush, wallet, portable charger…snacks. When I was searching for my bag I stayed away from anything that looked too big, because #1 – I’m short and #2 – no one wants to carry around a clunky purse all night.

3. It has a comfortable strap

Metal straps on handbags may look really pretty, but I hate how uncomfortable they feel on a bare shoulder (and the indent they leave). This strap is perfectly comfortable and versatile – I wear it two ways: across my body or on one shoulder.

4. Custom strap length

An important feature if you’re petite or tall! I have my bag fastened on the shortest length, but it can be adjusted to wear it feels comfortable on you.

5. It’s beautiful 😍

I looked for months and this was by far the prettiest bag I found for the price point I was looking for. I love how soft the leather is, how chic the gold YSL hardware looks, and the cute tassel adds a fun touch.

Thanks for reading! If you guys have any questions about this bag, feel free to ask me in the Instagram comments on this post tonight 🙂

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