Navy Stripe Dress and LL Bean Weekender

Who doesn't love to travel in style? I feel like this look needs to hit the road for a preppy getaway. Between the navy Barbour, the striped dress and the new navy weekender, this look screams for a trip somewhere amazing like Nantucket (I'm dying to go back).

This LL Bean weekender seriously holds everything and then some. I brought it as my "purse" last weekend to Phoenix and it was wonderful. I mean how can you not love navy, canvas and leather together?

 I'm also so happy to have broken out myConverse All-Stars for the first time this year! These shoes were one of my favorite purchases two summers ago and I can't believe how much they go with everything. They just scream summer to me.

This striped dress is new (like I really need another one) and it's awesome. It's super lightweight for spring and summer and it's also a great length. I just hate when dresses are too short to be worn casually. I could walk around the city forever in this outfit, and if it would just stop raining here maybe I'd be able to! I did hear a wonderful rumor that it's supposed to hit 50 degrees this weekend. Fingers crossed! 

Happy Friday everyone!




LL Bean Signature Gingham Poplin Pullover Shirtdress

Gingham on gingham, am I right?! Move over closet, this is my new favorite dress. The mixture of check and gingham is just so wonderful that I couldn't resist not owning it. I had the pleasure of going to the LL Bean spring preview back in the beginning of winter and that's when I first laid eyes on this bad boy. I just love everything about it!

It's perfect for work too (which is always a plus) because it's a shirtdress and it's an appropriate length. I also love that it's a little longer in the back because that's just where you need it. I paired it with my favorite booties to make it more appropriate for the cold weather and I was good to go!

As for sizing, LL Bean usually runs TTS but I found I had to go one size up from my normal number for this dress to fit around my hips.



Travel Tuesday: Phoenix, AZ

Who missed Travel Tuesdays!? 

*only one that raises hand*

Well it's back! Woo! This past weekend I went to Phoenix, AZ to spend the weekend with the family for my mom's 60th birthday. The trip was WAY too short but it was jam packed with lots of laughter, warmth and food. I flew out Friday after work and arrived late due to a weather delay in New York (yes, it was snowing again -____-). The five-hour flight and the three-hour time change did me in. I was however welcomed and surprised with the Sedona two-story suite for our hotel room. It was so nice and made me yearn for a bigger place even more! You only turn 60 once!

Thankfully I was able to sleep in the next morning. On Saturday we woke up bright and early (6am, people) to head out to Lake Pleasant. My mom loves to fish and so for her birthday we rented a boat for eight hours and went out to catch some fishies!

Here's me and my license to kill ... fish, haha! We booked our trip through the Hook Up Outfitters and had a blast. Crazy enough, our guide was cousins with Mickey Mantle! The trip was filled with sunshine, fish and intently checking the score of the UK game (which we won). Here are some snapshots:

Dad with the biggest fish of the day!

 Cheering us on!

Surprisingly enough I didn't get burnt! Although I can't say the same for my mom, haha. She fries out in the sun!

After our day on the lake we went back to the hotel and got ready for dinner at Seasons 52. Did you know that place is super healthy? No item on the menu is over 500 calories and they don't have butter! It was weird at first but boy was my meal delicious! Here's my look for dinner:

After dinner we came back to the hotel, had lots of cake, lots of laughs and then it was off to bed. The next morning we went to brunch at El Chorro and boy was it beautiful! Everything was so pretty and the day was perfect. We even got to sit outside to eat. It was such a treat!!

After that I had to catch a plane back to NYC :( The trip was just way too short!! But I'm glad I was able to see the fam bam and that we were able to spend time together for my mom's big birthday. Sorry there wasn't a more in-depth recap of the trip. It was more about the fam than the blog ;)


10 Things About Me

I thought today would be all about getting to know me better. With a lot of new followers and readers, it's important to me to keep it real with you guys, keep you entertained and to make sure you know a little about me (and what makes me tick). So I've compiled a list of the top 10 things I can think of that make me, me (without getting too in depth). So I hope you enjoy!

1. I work for Major League Baseball
I feel like some of you know this, but I wanted to say it for those who don't (I mean, that's the point of this whole post, right?). I graduated college in May 2013 and moved to New York in June for this job. I work in our social media department and I love it. I know I always have a ton of you asking more about my work and how I got into the company so feel free to reach out and ask more. I'm always down to help. You can also learn a little more about the whole process here.

2. My ideal day is one spent with lots of movies
I. love. movies. I watch as many as I possibly can. There was a whole week last month where I just came home and watched an Oscar movie a night. You gotta do what you gotta do, am I right? I just love how they take you away to another place. Some of my favorite movies include Forrest Gump, Field of Dreams and Shawshank Redemption. Recent favorites have been Interstellar, Whiplash and Horrible Bosses 2. 

3. I rarely ever wear makeup
I stopped wearing makeup everyday about a year and a half ago. Not quite sure what prompted it but it was probably something in between the lines of me being confident with myself and me being lazy. Either way, we're coming up on two years. There are a ton of days when I'll just wear lipstick or maybe some random days when I'll put on mascara, but for the most part I stay all natural. The only exceptions are when I 1. take blog photos 2. film videos and 3. when I go out. Over the past year and a half I've really noticed my skin clear up. I used to struggle with acne here and there on my chin and forehead but now I pretty much am all clear. 

4. I have a one-eyed cat
If you follow me on snapchat (kristalinn14) you already know this! She was a rescue that I got in when I was still in college. The short version of the story is that she was born in an attic of a retirement home and was attacked when she was a few days old. People heard the commotion and went up to clear it up. Dixie was one of the only survivors from the fight but her eye had been clawed out. So the people who found her brought her to the vet clinic where my friend worked and were about to euthanize her when my friend said she would find a good home for her. Next thing I knew I got a call, met a cat and fell in love. She's named Dixie after the Dixie Chicks. They were playing the first time she fell asleep in my arms!

5. I went to the University of Kentucky
I'm sure this is a lot more obvious now that the tournament has started, but I went to UK! I was there from 2009-2013 and was an Alpha Phi. I majored in Business Communications and my favorite memory of my four years was the 2012 National Championship. Nothing brings me more pride than knowing I was a part of that magical year! I loved everything about UK and I can say with 100% certainty it was the best four years of my life. You can read my "Letter to UK" here that talks more about my time in school. 

6. I love chips
They are my guilty pleasure! You know how people always say they could never live without candy/chocolate? Well I'm the type of girl who can't live without meat (read below) and carbs. For as long as I remember, I've loved eating chips. All kinds (I don't discriminate) all the time. I know I should probably cut back and maybe one day I will but I'm all about the 'be happy now, work out later.'

7. My ideal meal has red meat in it
Like mentioned above, I love red meat. I'm not even sure I could be a vegetarian for a day to be honest. Maybe it's because I was raised in Texas or maybe it's because I'm just your all-American girl, but I. love. red. meat. And if we're really getting technical, I love all meat like chicken, duck and pork, but I'm just saying that when I go to a restaurant the thing I'll probably order is a nice rare steak. 

8. I cry (almost) everyday
Now this one might sound weird, but it's not! When I say 'cry' I mean I have my emotions moved to tears. I could be watching a great movie, a touching show, I could see a emotional ad, anything like that. And it's not like a sobbing type of cry (although they do some around a lot during movies) it's more of a couple of tears cry. I have absolutely zero shame in crying and I honestly think the whole thing gets a bad rap. I love to cry and I openly talk about it because it's nothing to be ashamed of. Knowing your emotions and having a firm grasp on what makes you you is a powerful thing. Have you ever watched Jimmy Valvano's ESPY's speech? (Possibly one of the greatest all time speeches) He says,

"To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special."

Ironically the speech made me cry but it also made me think. Hey, that's the perfect way to put it. Don't mind me, I'm just living every day to the fullest. 

9. I'm painfully sarcastic
Oh how I wish sarcasm came off through text. Not that it would totally help my case all the time but it would be a good place to start! I pride myself on my humor and those who know me can back me up when I say I'm pretty dry. There are times when I'll make a sarcastic comment (to those who know me well) and they'll still question me. I think it's what makes life so funny and I don't see myself changing any time soon. I feel like here on the blog I have a certain voice and I try to best convey that here so maybe it comes off? Idk. You all probably just think I'm super weird (which I am, so idk where I'm going with this...).

10. I've lived in five states
The first question I get from people I just meet is the age old ice breaker of, "Where are you from?" Welllll idk. You tell me! Living in five different states has been amazing but the whole where are you from question means different things to different people. Where were you born? California. Where did you spend most of your life? Dallas. Where did you live before college/where do your parents live? Chicago. Where did you spend the last four years of your life/where were you before here (NY)? Kentucky. Where are you from (when you go out of state)? New York. Like idk what to say people! I have a couple one liners of "Where do you want me to be from?" "America" "I don't know" "If you find the answer to that question will you let me know?" "How long do you have?"

I think I summed it up well when I said: I'm a California girl raised in Texas who went to high school in Chicago, college in Kentucky, and currently lives in New York City.


So I think that about sums me up! If you're dying to know more and have any other questions, please feel free to leave them below.


Vineyard Vines Waterfall Tassel Cardigan

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you enjoyed a full day of college basketball yesterday and that your brackets aren't as busted as mine was in the first two hours of the tournament (damn you UAB). I will admit that other than Iowa State and Baylor, my bracket did pretty well so I can't be all that upset. Who does everyone have in their Final Four??

As you probably saw on Instagram, I'm obsessed with this cardigan! It's from the lovely people at Vineyard Vines and let me tell you that it is just soo soft (that's what you get when you mix cashmere and merino)! Like I've said before I'm on this neutrals kick and this cardigan fits in perfectly with my style right now. Not to mention it. has. tassels. Wuuutt. In love!

I've worn it four times since I got it last week and today will be my fifth. Yes, I'm wearing it again. I'm traveling to Phoenix today to spend the weekend with the fam bam for my mom's birthday. I'm guessing this will be the perfect travel look.


Living Room Design: Green Velvet Couch

I don't know why, but recently I've been on this interior design kick. Normally when this happens (about once a year when I get stir crazy) I just redecorate my apartment. Since I live in a shoebox in New York, the option for moving things around is very minimal (you can check out what my place looks like here). I'm in a gridlock of furniture and walls so my stir crazy side of things will just have to get creative.

That's where this blog post comes in. I spent all last Saturday drawing inspiration for a new living room and then finding the pieces I wanted to include! I was totally inspired by this green velvet couch and the idea of mixing textures. This also has me itching to move! One day (when I leave the city) I'll be able to have a real living room and it will hopefully look like this.

Next room I do will be the bedroom and I know I'm starting with and designing around this


Barbour Utility Waxed Jacket

Who doesn't love a little white-on-white action in their wardrobe? I'm really trying to make this whole "spring" thing happen in New York. I just recently bought a new pair of white jeans so I'm ready for warm weather! These bad boys are from Gap and I lurrrrveeee them. As you know by now, I'm all about the stretchy skinny jeans and these are a new fave!

I'm also pretty pumped that the Barbour jackets are back. That's when you know it's really spring. This olive one was my very first Barbour and of course I still love it to this day. I also love it when paired with white jeans. Add a hint of cognac and we're good to go!