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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