12 Spectacular Floral Dresses for Spring

A couple weeks ago we talked about my favorite trends for the spring, one of which was florals. I didn’t think it was possible to fall more in love with them, but Oh-My-Gosh there are so many lovely floral prints and clothes this year.

One of my good friends is getting married next month, and I have been on a search for the perfect floral dress to wear. In doing so I have accumulated a long list wish list of floral dresses. Of course it would be wrong not to share them with you. So here it goes… drumroll please. Here are my favorite floral dresses for this spring.

 

First Column (top to bottom):

  1. ASOS Wiggle Dress in Floral Print, $68
  2. Anthropologie Leona Off-the-Shoulder Dress, $158
  3. Calvin Klein Floral-Print Wrap Fit & Flare Dress, $129
  4. LuLu’s Love for Lanai Two Piece Maxi Dress, $89
  5. Banana Republic Floral Off-Shoulder Dress, $128

Second Column (top to bottom):

  1. ASOS Warehouse Floral Cold Shoulder Wrap Midi Dress, $140
  2. LuLu’s A Dream Realized Navy Blue Floral Print Maxi Dress, $79
  3. ASOS Occasion Floral Print Pencil Dress, $140

Third Column (top to bottom):

  1. Ivanka Trump Floral Scuba Fit & Flair Dress, $138
  2. Lush Cold Shoulder Shift Dress, $45
  3. ECI Print Maxi Dress, $88
  4. Lush Ava Skater Dress, $39

Do you love any of these dresses? Or are there any you aren’t a fan of? I’d love to hear your thoughts. One of them I will be wearing to the wedding. I am about 90 percent sure, which one, but I haven’t made my final decision. Which one would you wear to an outdoor wedding on ranch in Virginia?

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Planting Apple Trees

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Happy Monday friends!

I feel like I need a weekend after my weekend because it was so busy. But the business was for all good reasons, so I can’t really complain. The D.C. area lucked out with some amazing weather on Saturday, which was perfect timing for me and Will because we had fruit trees to plant. We decided at the beginning of the year that this would be a fun project.

About a month ago, we did some research and decided to try three apple trees and a peach tree for starters. Fruit trees in northern Virginia should be planted before spring’s first bloom or at the end of fall. We wanted to go ahead and get them planted this spring. I did more research about exactly what type of tree (size, age, etc.) to order. Here’s the scoop:

  • We ordered our trees through the USA Nursery and they arrived by USPS after three days.
  • The variety of fruit trees we ordered was 1 Fuji apple tree, 1 Golden Delicious apple tree, 1 Granny Smith apple tree and 1 Elbert’s Peach Tree.
  • The Fuji and Golden Delicious are dwarf trees, so they’ll grow to about 6-9 feet tall. The Granny Smith and Peach tree are slightly larger, semi-dwarf trees, meaning they’ll reach 8-10 feet at maturity.
  • The trees we got are known as “bare-root” trees, meaning they came with the root system exposed.
  • Our trees are pretty young, measuring about three feet tall when they were planted.
  • In addition to the trees, we bought soil, stakes and water since we did not have a direct source near the planting location.
  • In total it was about $100 for the four trees, and the USA Nursery gave us two trees of our choice in addition to our order. I was impressed with how little we spent!


From our pictures, you can see that the trees pretty much just look like sticks stuck in the ground right now! We’ll be watering them regularly until we see signs of new growth. Fingers crossed they like their new home and start growing soon!

If you’re thinking about planting fruit trees soon, I’d check out the Almanac’s website. It’s a great starting point to help you figure out the different options. Also remember to consider your climate and the USDA hardiness zone of the soil in your location (click here to find out) because these factors effect what plants will grow best in your yard.

Have you planted fruit trees and was it a success? I’d love to know if you have any tips or experience with apple trees, since this is definitely a learning experience.

Cheers,

Sarah Camille

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Inside FabFitFun’s Spring Box 

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Spring has finally sprung! In good timing, my FabFitFun spring box arrived on Saturday. It includes some great products that I’m super excited to try out, and I figure you may be curious to see what was inside.

If you’re unfamiliar with FabFitFun, it’s a subscription box that delivers products to your doorstep each season of the year. The products are trendy and well-timed. You can get more of my thoughts on the program in my initial FabFitFun review.

Here is a look at what was inside my spring box.

  1. Emerald Duv “Joshua Tree” Cage Bracelet ($80)
  2. Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask ($24)
    • I’m hoping this helps refresh my dry face after the harsh, cold winter air took a beating on me!
  3. Milly Zip Pouch (different color; $45)
    • This waterproof pouch is perfect for putting your wet bathing suit in or anything you want to keep dry.
  4. Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator ($79)
  5. Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray ($20)
  6. Gypsy 05 Roundie ($50)
    • I’m looking forward to using this at the beach or for a picnic.
  7. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Blue Orchid and Like a Virgin ($19)
    • These colors couldn’t be more perfect for spring and summer!
  8. RealHer Lip Kit in Deep Red ($48)

It amazes me that the total value of my box was $369. FabFitFun really gives you some great deals. I also just love having things picked out for me that I noramlly wouldn’t spend money on or products from brands I wouldn’t otherwise know about.

Click here to receive $10 off your first FabFitFun box!

Have you ever used any of these items? Are you a FabFitFun subscriber? I’d love to hear your thoughts on subscription boxes like this one.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

 

 

 

 

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Making Homemade Popcorn

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When Will and I first starting dating, the amount of popcorn I ate was shocking to him. I average of a few bags of popcorn each week. Soon, he told me how terrible microwaveable popcorn can be (because of carcinogens in the bags) and tried to convince me to make popcorn another way. But I didn’t really think there was another easy alternative. Buying seeds and cooking it on the stove top seemed time consuming and messy.

Soon after, Will came over for a movie night and gave me a Pop Pop kit, so I could easily make healthy popcorn at home. I was skeptical at first, but I decided to give it a go. Since then, I have come up with a few easy recipes, or as I like to call them, “delicious concoctions.” 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 T. Orville Redenbacher Buttery Oil (substitutes are olive oil or melted butter)
  • 4 T. Popcorn kernels
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Optional Seasonings:

  1. 2 tsp. lemon pepper
  2. 1 tsp. garlic powder and 1 tsp. onion powder
  3. 2 tsp. Lawry’s seasoned salt

Steps:

  1. Add popcorn kernels to Pop Pop kit.
  2. Mix in buttery oil.
  3. Place the top on the Pop Pop and heat it in microwave for about 3 minutes. Note: The exact time will depend on your microwave, but it is much harder to burn popcorn this way, when compared to microwaveable bags.
  4. Add seasonings, as you like.
  5. Place the top back on the Pop Pop and shake the bowl to mix ingredients well. Enjoy!

This recipe makes about 6 cups of popcorn, almost filling the Pop Pop bowl. The optional seasonings above are a few of my favorites to create a fun and unique flavor. Of course, you can play around with the levels of seasoning to see just how much is right for you. My only tip is to try adding a little bit at a time, since you can always add more seasoning, but you can’t take it away.

Have you ever made popcorn this way or do you make it on the stove top? I’d love to hear if you have any recommended seasonings as well. In the D.C. area, a common concoction at restaurants is Old Bay seasoned popcorn. For me, the lemon pepper is my favorite flavor. It sounds a little odd, but it is SO good. Let me know if you try it.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

P.S. If you like lemon pepper as well, try my seasoned crackers recipe.

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The Perfect Lip Pencil

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It may not feel like spring weather will be here soon, especially those of us on the east coast. But with the spring season kicking off next week, I have to share one of my top favorite lip products. Lip products can be difficult to nail down, and often when you do find the right shade, the product has zero staying power.

This lip pencil is perfect for those of you who, like me, do not want to be reapplying something to their lips every 10 minutes. It’s Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Liner. This lip pencil in the 14C Light Rosewood shade is so pretty and perfect for spring. I have a fair complexion so I’m sure it looks darker on me than it would on most, but this is a shade that will compliment a lot of different skin tones.

This product on this pencil is soft, so it goes on really smooth. As you can see below, I start by filling in the line around my lips. Then I fill in my lips from that line. Before you apply lip liner, or any lip product really, it is important your lips are moisturized and have been exfoliated recently. This will allow the product to look its best on you and stay longer.

One thing that makes this product by Make Up For Ever stand out is its  lip staying power, which is due to the waterproof formula. You can put this stuff on before dinner and drinks and still have it on your lips afterward. The product also allows you to build it up easily, if you are looking for a darker line around your lips. Of course, you can use this lip liner the traditional way (just lining your lip line, and filling it in with lipstick). However, I love the way this product looks when I use it to fill in my whole lip.

Do any of you use this technique? I’d love to hear if you have used this lip pencil and what your favorite lip product is.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

 

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Four Spring Fashion Trends

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The official start of spring – March 20 – is less than two weeks away, and the spring-like weather is making an appearance. Though I’m a little upset DC did not get the big snow day I was crossing my fingers for, I am so ready for warmer weather and more time in the sun. 
There are a few trends that are getting a lot of attention for the spring season. So, I wanted to share with you four top trends and a few of my favorite pieces for each of these trends. 

Peep Toe Booties

Floral Prints

Knox Rose Floral Blouse with Tassel Tie Back, $28 | Merona Floral Pleat Front Top, $18 | Sun & Shadow Print Smocked Skirt, $45 | Venus Floral Surplice Top, $29

Showing Off the Shoulder

Lush Surplice Cold Shoulder Blouse, $45 | BP Off the Shoulder Top, $25 | BP Off the Shoulder Tunic, $45 | Ella Moss Cold Shoulder Top, $148

Stripes

Free People Upstate Stripe Tee, $68 | Mossimo Striped Tank, $17 | Anthropologie Fiesta Striped Skirt, $138 | Anthropologie Sullivan Stripe Top, $78

I’m also seeing a lot of ruffles, flared jeans and embroidery in spring collections. Yellow will be a popular color as well as the continued focus on pastels and neutrals. If you are looking for some pieces to aid your transition into the spring season, see what a few of my favorite neutral accessories are for changing seasons.

Is one of my top four trends your favorite? Or do you have another trend you are excited about for this spring season? I’d love to hear about it.

Cheers and thank goodness tomorrow is Friday!

Sarah Camille

 

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Life Lately & the Facade of Connection Online

Happy Monday friends!

How was your weekend? Mine was a wonderful escape and break from work and technology. Yesterday, Will and I chopped down trees all day in Northwestern Virginia. Together we cleared a space to plant apple trees in a few weeks. It was my first time driving a tractor and using a chainsaw. What a workout! There’s a video on Instagram of some of the action if you are curious.

Saturday entailed of a morning run into D.C., cleaning my apartment and hanging out with some friends for a game night. We played One Night Ultimate Werewolf, which I had never played before. It was quite fun, if you’re looking for a new game to play.

Sunday was extra special too because it was Maddie’s 14th birthday. I got her a peanut butter flavored Frosty Paw to enjoy and she absolutely loved being outside all day Sunday. She followed me and Will everywhere. For a ten pound, 14 year old dog, I was impressed by her stamina and happy to see her smiling throughout all the outdoor activities. Maddie has crashed today and is rating more than usual, but I can help but feel like that fresh, country air was just as good for her soul as it was for mine.

I’ve been spending a lot of time in front of computer screens, laptops and my cell phone recently, so I was craving some quality time outside. Unplugging on the weekends can be so valuable for my mind, eventhough I love social media and blogging. I have found it is really important for me to turn off the electronics or put them out of sight and just enjoy exactly where I am. If you haven’t done that recently, I highly encourage you to try it and let me know how it goes.

It is truly amazing what our highly connected world is capable of, but it is also very important to have face to face time with people we love. I recently read in the New York Times that people are becoming increasingly lonely. I was shocked just how many people live alone or live isolated lives. It is quite sad. I can’t help but feel that is due in part to the facade of connection that is fostered by social media.

People feel “virtually connected” to friends and family but they aren’t as connected as they would be if they were with each other in person. FaceTime, for example, lends this false sense of connectivity in its name alone. The name FaceTime suggests that we get a face-to-face connection when we video chat on that platform. I know that FaceTime can make us feel more connected than a text, email or standard phone call, but I still believe that true face time with someone is unparalleled. I worry that people are supplementing faux-connections through social media or technology and not getting the quality connection with others that they deserve (and are probably craving).

Do any of you crave time away from technology or true face time with your loved ones? I’d love to hear if you’ve had similar thought or completely different ones.

Cheers to a great week ahead!

Sarah Camille

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Transition into Spring with these Neutral Accessories

Springtime is almost here and that will mean dressing for warmer weather. Spring and fall are my favorite seasons to dress for because I love incorporating layers into my outfits. With pastels, stripes and floral prints on trend for this season, having some neutral accessories in your wardrobe will help you transition into the spring season seamlessly.

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The items above are a few of my favorite neutral accessories, which I plan use a lot this spring. Here are similar items that will aid your wardrobe’s spring transition. As you will see, a lot of them are on sale too!

 

FLATS

Brinley Co. Womens Pointed Toe Lace-up Ballet Flats, $30

Chinese Laundry Endless Summer Pointy Toe Ghillie Flat, $70

Loft Rose Gold Slip On Sneakers, $50

VESTS

J.Crew Factory Quilted Vest, $60

Bernardo Reversible Hooded Down & PrimaLoft® Fill Vest, $60

J.Crew Excursion Quilted Down Vest, $90

TORTOISESHELL SUNGLASSES

J.Crew Factory Mixed Media Sunglasses, $18

Le Specs ‘Bandwagon’ 51mm Polarized Retro Sunglasses, $70

ModCloth Posh ‘n’ Wear Sunglasses, $50

 

TOTES

Tory Burch ‘York’ Buckle Tote, $295

Society Athenia Faux Leather Satchel, $60

kate spade new york dunne lane lake leather satchel, $328

I’m definitely eyeing those Loft rose gold slip-on shoes. My lace-up flats pictured at the top of this post are from Loft, and unfortunately no longer available. I’ve had great luck with Loft’s shoes though. If you have ever thought about trying them, I’d try them out.

Is there anything I’ve shared that you have your eyes on? Do you have any favorite neutrals you will be wearing this spring? I’d love to hear about them! I also feel like the more I can wear or use a neutral accessory, then the more I likely I will pay a high price for it. That’s why I tend to splurge on purses. I will use mine for years.

I’ll be sharing two of my favorites next week, so stay tuned! In the meantime, I’d love to hear if there are any trends you are most excited to wear this spring.

Cheers to the week being almost over!

Sarah Camille

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