What I’m Wearing: Instagram Roundup

Good morning & happy Friday, everyone! I’ve been getting a lot of messages regarding the recent style posts I’ve been posting on Instagram. Would you guys be interested in seeing more style posts? I’ve always shied away from consistent style posts because I truly am a little camera shy but love sharing, especially when it comes to clothes & accessories.

button up // pants (on sale!) // backpack // lip color is Candy K (pencil only)

palm babydoll top** // jeans

**more palm print perfection here

This is by far the most requested outfit. I wore this ensemble to Dave’s brother’s wedding a few weekends ago. A chic alternative to a dress & so comfortable to dance the night away. I love this outfit so much that you may see it reappear in some of our engagement photos.

top // skirt // heels (on sale) // vintage clutch (similar here) // lip color is Candy K (pencil only)

button up // jeans // heels // bag // sunnies // lipstick is Mac Red

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m ready for the weekend, which, thankfully, for me began last evening! This morning I flew to Chicago to celebrate one of my very best friend’s bachelorette. We have a fun filled weekend planned which I’ll be sharing upon my return. As always, feel free to follow along via the gram!

Cheers,

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Cookbook Giveaway: Graze

You know I love to share my fav cookbooks but this one may take the cake. My friend, Suzanne Lenzer, chef & food stylist extraordinaire, has recently debuted her newest cookbook Graze which emphasizes the joy of tapas style meals. A less-of-more mentality; smaller portions for more variety. Um, yes please! The book is fantastically written and along with incredible recipes she includes sections on how to shop & what essentials you should have lying around your kitchen to make grazing totally stress free. Suzanne also feels, “life is better with bread” which paints a great picture of why we get along so well (#rootinforgluten).

Suzanne and I met each other while working on a food client at my old agency. She was the preferred food stylist of this brand & from our first photoshoot I was amazed. Her kind demeanor & mind blowing food styling are just a tiny tidbit of how lovely it is to work with (& know) her.

If you’re thinking tapas aren’t really your thing, there are plenty of recipes you can double to eat as a full meal. If you’re still not convinced, then I’ll direct you to her mouthwatering pizza cookbook: Truly Madly Pizza….which describes many of my nights in college & let’s face it, grad school, too. In Truly Madly Pizza, Suzanne prefaces the book with two particular sentiments I think we can all get behind:

  1. Pizza is not junk food.
  2. It should always be paired with wine.

And the people said AMEN!

Ok, ok the giveaway! Super simple to enter, just follow the steps below.

  1. Follow me on Instagram
  2. Like & tag your favorite cooking partner in the comment section on my photo of Suzanne’s cookbook
  3. Follow Suzanne on Instagram

Winner will be announced this Thursday! Good luck!

Cheers,

Three Thrills by Thursday

Happy Thursday, babes! I honestly cannot catch a grip on just how quickly time is moving. Autumn is definitely settling in our here on the east coast and though it’s very welcome, I’m still holding onto hopes of an indian summer (preferably a weekend, mother nature, if you’re reading!)

First thrill this week is just an overall general update… My Mexico trip, for my dear friend’s bachelorette, will go down in history as one of the greatest trips of all time. See Instagram for Mexico photos as there are too many fabulous ones to post. Otherwise, see below for a quick insta- roundup.


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sneakily easy, yet beautiful, pie recipe that I cannot wait to share

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stunning cake from Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes for Lauren’s Kate Spade bridal shower

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our hearts ( & glasses) so full, celebrating our bride to be!

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so much fun at the Town & Country Polo Finals in Greenwich

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soaking in the last little bit of summer fleurs with these dahlias

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pre- regatta (cheers!)

My second thrill this week, admittedly, is something I’m a little late to the game for: Trunk Club. For those of you who are in my boat, Trunk Club gives you a personal stylist who, after getting to know your style, sends you a trunk of hand picked items. I was so skeptical because half the time I can barely pick out clothes for myself. Sara, my stylist, hit it out of the park because my trunk was amazing! I wish I would have known about this in college, too! I am so addicted and who doesn’t want to come home to a surprise new wardrobe every few weeks? Sign me up! If you’re interested, click here!

Lastly, I’m gushing over a beautiful, affordable new jewelry brand *heart eyes* Shashi. Based out of NYC, these pieces are great to pair with every day attire but also are great to dress up that LBD on date night. I love the tassels- they are so fun. I also love this line because they make awesome gifts.

Cheers!

Catching Up

Does anyone else feel like the summer is flying by? I feel as if I need to invite summer over for cocktails & a cheese board and kindly mention that she’s moving way too fast. I can’t believe it’s already June! I’ve started logging a few pool hours, celebrated my birthday and even managed to surprise one of my best friends to celebrate hers. Here is a quick snippit of what’s been going on in my world.

morning light peeking through my windows

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frequenting my favorite morning asylum, Lorca

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Dinner at Mermaid Inn

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kicking off MDW the best way at bartaco in Port Chester

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perfect poolside view

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newest favorite spot at Indian Harbor Yacht Club

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turning 27 in this super easy dress from Lulus

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birthday treats

IMG_1598my heart is beyond full with my favorite ladies

who doesn’t love a little drake on a cake?

Cheers!

Three Thrills by Thursday

Does anyone else think we should switch to a 4 day work week and 3 day weekend? The way I see it, the work week is pretty selfish and this proposed idea is really more of a compromise.

My first thrill this week is the fact peonies are finally in bloom. I always like to mention the fact that I loved peonies prior to them popping up all over your Instagram feed. The house I grew up in had them all over our backyard. That being said, I definitely Instagrammed these. They’re too beautiful- how could I not?

 

Since college, I’ve been extremely lucky with roommates. I have honestly lived with some of the best women I know and maybe someday we’ll find ourselves on a list like this

Finally, my last thrill of the day is this fantastic bellini from Jackie Schimmel over at The Bitch Bible. If I didn’t already love her enough, she drinks bellinis… I think we may actually be soulmates.

 

Cheers,

Snowed In

Happy Monday!

Are you snowed in? We practically are here in Cleveland, except getting “snowed in” in Cleveland just means we delay everything by an hour or two. Crazy to wake up to so much snow when yesterday the sun was shining. I know. Say it with me: sunlight.

This weekend was great. A big group of friends spent our Saturday morning at Skyzone which was hilarious. A bunch of adults catapulting themselves around giant trampolines and foam pits ends up being sheer entertainment. I won’t even get into dodgeball. After that, we met some friends at Townhall for a late lunch and a few libations. If you’ve only partied at Townhall, I suggest strolling in for a meal. One of my favorites.

Yesterday was a few errands followed by crabcakes and The Superbowl. Mostly lots of relaxing and avoidance of the Sunday scaries.

Lots of exciting posts coming up. I’m gearing up for a big trip this weekend so stay tuned!

I’ll be announcing my winner of the Belvoir Handmade giveaway today on Instagram: bliss_and_bellinis so if you entered- keep your eyes peeled!

Cheers!

Midweek Giveaway!

With all the snow and cold lately, I wanted to have a little fun this week and do a giveaway. The easiest giveaway you may ever encounter I may add. But let’s talk jewelry first, shall we?

You may remember when I posted an interview with my dear friend, Ashley, the creative mind behind Belvoir Handmade, a while back. I absolutely love her bangles and they mix and match so perfectly together, I literally wear them everywhere. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, now’s your chance to see what all the excitements about….fo’ free!

One lucky winner will win one of these beautiful bangles pictured by simply doing the following:

Rules for Entering
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it can’t get much easier)

1. Follow me on Instagram! @annabarnes1 (if you already do, skip to step #2)

2. Tag two friends in the most recent photo!

3. Follow Belvoir Handmade on Instagram! @belvoir_handmade

The giveaway will run until Friday and the winner will be announced via Instagram on Monday! Good Luck!!

Cheers,