$18 Beach Bag Style

summer beach bagHappy hump day everyone! The first two days to every week are the hardest but once Wednesday hits- boom! It gets just a little bit better. Weekend plans start to form and all of the sudden that coffee isn’t having the same effect that it was before. My latte of choice is always skinny vanilla with a dash of cinnamon. By the end of the week, black coffee looks very tempting instead!

I wanted to share with you my favorite new beach bag before the summer is over! I found this adorable bag at a boutique in Dallas called Riff Raff. The beach bag is easy to clean and has a convenient little pocket inside for things like your phone and keys! Best of all, this sparkly bag was only $18!

what to bring to the pool

Relaxing by the pool at the end of every day has become my favorite activity recently. Life is stressful and sometimes working out in the gym doesn’t calm me down like I want it to. Sitting poolside with some flavored water and a good book seems to do the trick though. Plus, did you see my adorable beach towel in the first picture? It’s the 1972 New Yorker magazine cover! That magazine cover is iconic and I was so excited to find this beach towel for $12 at TJ Maxx!

altard state summerFinally, let’s talk about this beach cover up! I wore it in a post about my trip down to Austin a month ago but I’m still obsessed with it (see post here)! It was around $20 and works really well if you have somewhere to go after your day in the water. Shocking, it goes great with my pretty beach bag too! Check out Riff Raff  for more fun things!


Pool Floatie Season 

summer pool toysHappy Monday ladies! During the summer I live for the weekends and when Monday rolls around I’m already planning for Friday night. I love a good pool party and the fun things that come with it like BBQs, a little country music, friends, some corn hole, and of course epic pool floaties. They’ve definitely gained popularity here recently! I’ve seen unicorn shaped ones, hamburgers, penguins, and obviously donuts. Frankly, the more food-shaped floaties you have, the better!

I bought mine from Michael’s Craft Stores for $10 a month ago. Will it last me forever? No, but it’s good enough for this summer. Taking it to my apartment complex’s pool so much, I’ve become known as the girl with the donut floatie. Tip for the single girls, it’s a great conversation piece for guys that want to strike up a conversation with you! I’ve had that happen a few times and have to quickly shut them down by somehow slipping into the conversation that I have a boyfriend. Suddenly they aren’t so interested in my donut floatie. Go figure!

Besides a float you can sit in, I’ve come across some that will hold your drinks, others that will inflate to become a floating beer pong table (not sure how sanitary that is), and then even more that are floating ping pong tables. People are so clever with some of this stuff. Personally, I’m after a pineapple float!

If you love fun summer pool floaties as much as I do, I’ve linked a few of my favorites below! They come in a variety of price ranges, so you’ll find something that fits your budget for pool gear. Enjoy! Comment with your favorite! 

Summer Lovin’


Happy June 1st! Summer is officially upon us and I couldn’t be happier. My only complaint is that the heat is already kicking in and there’s nothing I can do about it. However, I’m really looking forward to beach trips, BBQs, suntanning, blonde streaks in my hair, and lots of ice cream.


Over the weekend, I enjoyed lounging by the pool tanning! I brought with me 30 SPF sunscreen, flavored water, sunnies, and a few old fashion magazines. I’m flipping through the magazines and cutting out little things from their ads or whatever I find that inspires me. Things like a certain font type used, color scheme, item, or style is fair game. After I’ve gone through a few more, I’ll be posting them onto a bulletin board I have in my room and feeding off that inspiration as I work with a graphic designer on my blog redesign! I’m so excited about the next steps in this process.

Throughout my whole blogging adventure, I’ve learned so much. One of the things I learned was a quote from someone, I don’t remember who, but it basically said “She designed a life she loved.” That’s what I’ve been doing with this blog and other things in my life. I’m taking full responsibility of my dreams and making them happen. Look for more updates and hints in the near future!