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May 2018

Day To Night With A Floral Print Dress

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If you have been following along with me here or on Instagram, you know that I usually gravitate toward solid pieces of clothing. Aside from stripes or stars, I do not have many prints in my wardrobe. However, when I saw this vibrant floral dress and tried it on, I had to have it! First, it fits me like a glove and is the perfect shape for summer! With the corset top, there is no bra needed. I hate wearing bras in the heat…too personal? 🙂  The fabric is also a linen blend which breathes very well in the in warm weather. I fell in love with the fun floral print and the color palette!

Styled For Night

Dooney and Bourke Blue Handbag Style

Mara Hoffman Floral Print DressHow to Style Floral Prints

I love to dress up for date night! Perfect time to pull out my favorite heels to wear. I layered on the jewelry with this look, because the dress could handle it without being overwhelmed. With my hair up, I felt like the chunky necklaces gave me a little more coverage also. The gorgeous Dooney and Bourke bag I’m carrying is the exact blue color in the dress, perfect! Finally, I kept the sunglasses fun and light pink.

Floral Dress Styling For Evening


Styled For Day

Floral Dress Styling For Daytime

This dress is super fun and easy to style for the day! You swap the heels for white sneakers, black would also work because of the black accents in the dress. Then, top it off with a casual layer such as this light linen jacket I have on. A denim piece would also be perfect with the blue accents on the dress! Style your hair a bit more casual with a braid and lighten up the jewelry. You’re ready to explore the town on your vacation!

Floral Dress Styled With Pink Denim Jacket

Mara Hoffman Dress Styled With White Sneakers

Styled For The Beach

Floral Dress Styled With Black Accessories

I changed to all black accessories for the beach or pool. The black plays off the darker accents in the fabric so well! The accessories are also organic and textured, giving a beachy feel.

Mara Hoffman Dress Styled With Black

Mara Hoffman Floral Print Dress

Shopping Options

Which is your favorite look above?


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Packing Tips and Hacks

11 Packing Hacks For Smoother Travel

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Packing Hacks

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Through the years there have been trips when I didn’t have the time to pack and just tossed everything in a huge suitcase that ended up being overweight, and I would still be missing something!  When I take the time to plan and pack my whole trip goes smoother because I’m prepared. These 11 highly effective packing hacks will help you whether you’re the last-minute over-packer or a detailed carry-on packer.

Also packing a tote with essentials can be a challenge. Read my post here The Ultimate Travel Tote Checklist for more on that!

1. Polaroids

Outfit Planning Tips for Travel

It takes time, but I promise you when you do this your packing all comes together instantly! Either try on the entire outfit, included all accessories or lay it all out on the floor as I have. Then when you get ready for dinner after you have enjoyed skinny margaritas by the pool all day, you just pull out your outfit options and get dressed! I started doing this when the new instant Polaroid cameras came out, but you can use your phone also! Trust me this is a game changer!

2. Cotton Pads For Makeup

Packing Makeup Tips For Travel

I had stopped bringing expensive makeup pallets when I traveled because the powder would crack and break every time! However, I started placing a cotton ball or pad over the powder, and this hasn’t happened since.

3. Power Bar

Pack Power Bar For Electronics

This travel hack is genius! For international travel, toss a power bar into your luggage. You will only need one adapter and be able to plug-in six devices to the bar. Happy kids and parents!

4. Straws for Necklaces

Jewelry Packing Tips For Travel

I love delicate necklaces! However sitting there getting a knot out of it right before dinner while your husband is impatiently waiting is the worst! Feed the chain through the straw and fasten on the end. Use two straws for long necklaces, cut one in half for bracelets. Love this packing hack!

5. Oven Mitt

How To Pack Hair Styling Tools

Ok, you’re getting ready to leave the hotel on a busy morning. You curled your hair because pictures will be a part of your day. Now your curling iron is hot, and it cannot go into the luggage! Wrap a cold, wet washcloth around the hot barrel for a quick cool then stick it into an oven mitt. Oven mitts are built for handling the heat. The mitt above has silicone outside and I just wrapped it completely around the barrel.

6. Roll Your Clothes

Packing Hacks for Extra Storage

You’ve probably heard this before but I do it a little differently. I lay all of my dresses, tops, and jackets on top of each other, then roll them into a single long burrito. Then I place this on one side and bottom of the luggage. For my exercise clothes, I roll those separately or place them in a packing pod.

7. Cosmetic Samples

I’m not crazy about transferring liquid into travel size containers. However, I know the there isn’t anything on Sephora or Nordstroms floor they won’t give you a pretty large sample of. From Tom Ford scents to La Mer foundations, no need to bring the entire container. Start stocking up on samples when your out shopping and you won’t have to grab them last minute before a trip.

8. Plastic Wrap

Packing Hacks For Toiletries

There is always a sunscreen, lotion, or mini shampoo that you pack and pray it will not leak! Just place a piece of plastic wrap over the opening and screw on the lid and you will not have to worry about that. The hack also works with the hormone creams in the twist up dispensers!

9. Straw Hats

Packing Hats in Luggage

A straw hat is a must-have on a sunny vacation! Just turn it upside down, put it close to your rolled up clothes (Hack Number 6) so the brim does not get wrinkled and pack the inside with small soft items. If you have two hats just place one over the other.

10. Beach pouch

Packing Hacks for Travel

Use a cute beach pouch as your bathroom bag. Just unpack it when you get there and you have a usable clutch.

11. Sunglass Cases

Extra Storage Packing Hacks For Travel

I never use the large hard cases that you get with designer sunglasses. They are too bulky for my purses and if I do try, I never get past the first week putting them away into that big case. I like soft cases that I can also clean the lens with. However, they are perfect for your phone cords and chargers!

I would love to hear your packing hack in the comments below!

xx Tammy

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The Ultimate Travel Tote Checklist

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The Ultimate Travel Tote Checklist

With summer vacations right around the corner, I’m sharing what I pack in my travel tote! I used to overpack my tote with “ESSENTIALS” however; I did not end up using most of the items I stuffed in there! Then I just had an overpacked bag with no room for things that might (or will be) purchase on my trip. Over the years I’ve pared down and made smarter choices of what I bring with me when I fly. Below is a peek at what I actually carry with me in my travel tote.

Happy Plugs


Love these rose gold earbuds! I tend to obsess about rose gold though 😉


Tech Organizing Case

Quartz Print

This case has four pockets and corrals your cords in one padded space so you can stop searching for your headphones, adapter, charges, etc…



Eye Drops

On long flights, my tired red eyes always benefit from extra moisture and a little freshening up!


Black Tea Mask

This cream mask is my go-to for keeping my face moisturized during flights. Pat some around your mouth, eyes a couple of times during the flight, and you will arrive with plump, hydrated skin! This jar is a full size, transfer into a small airport approved container, use a contact lens case in a pinch.


Cuticle Oil

This oil is my favorite treatment during a flight! It smells fantastic but not overpowering! You just brush the yummy oil on, and it soaks into your cuticles right away.


Makeup Remover Wipes

I have tried alot of makeup wipes but always come back to these from Mac. This pack is a travel size but just put a couple in a small ziplock for your plane ride. Perfect for international travel.


Small Leather Pouch

Cuyana is known for their clean-lined, quality leather pieces you can also have monogrammed. Use this for your travel beauty items to be organized in one place! It can also double as a clutch when you get there. It’s a versatile lifetime piece! Five color options.

I’m on the waiting list for this laptop sleeve I’m obsessed with it!

J Crew

Clear Pouch

I like clear pouches also for items that might leak with the air pressure.  It’s much easier to find that small bobby pin or hair clip your looking for too!


Louis Vuitton Small Ring Agenda

I LOVE this for travel! Inside I have blank paper for notes on my itinerary and a calendar. It also has three credit card spaces and a slot for your passport that fits perfectly! They are hard to find, but I grabbed one on TheRealReal in perfect condition including a box and fabric pouch!


CoCo Butter Lip Moisturizer

Hands down my favorite lip balm!


Eye Mask

For international travel put one of this eye sheet mask in your bag to use before you land. They will feel refreshing, and help de-puff your eyes!

travel tote packing tips

Powerstation Charger

I rarely leave the house without this! If you haven’t gotten a Mophie yet, do yourself a huge favor and grab this one today!

xx Tammy

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The Best White Dresses For Summer

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White Dress // Coral Sandals // Ark BagDupe Bag $59.00 // Sunglasses

White Dresses

Hard to believe it is May and summer is almost here! Kiddos will be out of school and vacations, summer camps and backyard get-togethers are all around the corner. White dresses are a part of summertime in my book! Fresh and clean to contrast your tan skin. Accent them with natural basket bags for a lighter feel than leather bags. Add a pop of color with your sandals or earring choices. Keeping it all neutral with natural sandals is also a favorite summer look of mine! Lots of perfect sandal choices in the Timeless Sandal Edit here.

Try styling a dress backward like I did with the white dress I’m wearing in this post. I liked the little bow in front for a little more coverage.

Summer White Dress With Accessories

Summer White Dress With Embroidery Details


Summer White Dress and Red Shoes Outfit

Summer White Dress for Vacation

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Summer Outfit Style Outfit Inspiration for SummerSummer Fashion in a White Dress

What do you love to refresh your closet with at the beginning of summer?

Thank you for reading!

xx Tammy

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6 Reasons To Start Pilates Now

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Getting Ready For Pilates Workout

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Pilates Is A Game Changer

I didn’t start working out regularly until my 30’s. Back then, workout choices were mainly weights and cardio at a gym, or silver sneakers classes lol! Luckily, now we have endless fitness class options.  When I was introduced to Pilates, I was hooked from the start! I love that Pilates is a whole body workout that tones arms, legs, booty, and core!

Pilates is also perfect for all fitness levels, from serious athletes to fitness novices. Pilates is done on specialized equipment, however, equipment is not required. You can also get amazing results from floor exercises you can do pretty much anywhere!

I’m super excited to have a Q & A with my first Pilates instructor, Liza Ebner owner of Elite Core at the end of this post! She is a certified and published workout instructor and has been teaching for 13 years. Liza practices more of an “athletic style” of Pilates. Scroll down as she explains what that is below!

Pilates Equipment at Elite CoreHere are 6 reasons why I love it and you will too!

  1. Versatility – Changing up your workout regularly to take your muscles out of their comfort zone is a must for your body. Otherwise, you will plateau and change will not continue to happen. The variations on each piece of equipment are endless, as a result, you will never bored and always be challenged!
  2. At Any Age – Pilates is a completely custom workout you can start at any stage in life. Your fitness level isn’t a barrier either. There are springs that you adjust on or off for your custom resistance level. The movements can also be customized. Because of this, if you have a minor injury, you will still benefit from going! Actually, rehab for many injuries can be much faster when practicing Pilates! I tore my MCL snow skiing and was able to come back to Pilates 2 weeks later with modified exercises, and a brace. The targeted exercises helped me stay flexible, and keep the muscles around the injury strong.
  3. Core Strength & Toning – I don’t know about you, but when my abs are flat and toned my whole body looks and feels better! Nothing has ever given me flatter abs than practicing Pilates. My whole body is more toned, lean and strong!
  4. Low Impact – The movements in Pilates are slow, controlled, and in a safe setting. This puts minimal impact on your joints. In addition, the equipment is padded for your comfort.
  5. Flexibility – I’m horrible at taking the time to stretch! However, when I take a Pilates class stretching is incorporated into some of the movements. Then at the end of class, a stretch session on the reformer or cadillac is like heaven, it’s so good! Muscle soreness is also much less because you are stretching throughout the class!
  6. Better Sports Performance – All of your muscles are connected to your core. Strengthening and lengthening your muscles will greatly improve performance in your sport of choice. A qualified teacher can customize your workouts to strengthen your body exactly where you need. Liza from Elite Core Pilates, works with many people in sports, from pro football players to high school baseball players. They know how important a strong core is!

Elite Core Pilates

Liza has a BS in Kinesiology and MS studies in Exercise Physiology with a focus in Sports Nutrition.  She has been personally training in Pilates for 13 years and began teaching 8 years ago, before opening Elite Core in Feb 2016.  Her method of teaching is contemporary with an athletic functional base, with experience training clients from teenage to professional athletes, pre and postnatal moms, fitness enthusiasts and anyone looking for the perfect combination workout of strength and flexibility.  Her workouts have been featured on ESPN’s Sportscenter, published in Men’s Health and highlighted in Sports Illustrated.

Q and A with Liza

Tell about your Athletic Based Method of Pilates.

Elite Core is an Athletic Pilates training studio. My training methods are based on the development of the intrinsic musculature, primarily of the core and back, to support gains in posture, balance, flexibility, stability, and power athletic movements through range of motion, plyometric and cardiovascular enhanced exercises.

What types of classes do you have?

My studio classes feature training on the reformer, chair, cadillac and Pilates spring-board, with combination classes featuring TRX, rebounding, rowing, gliders, weighted body bars, hand and leg weights, stability ball exercises, Pilates boxes, pull up bars and cardio circuit training.  All of my classes feature total body movements and will include an element of cardiovascular work.
I believe in building your strength and flexibility in dynamic and challenging ways. All new clients start in private sessions. This is so can appropriately assess their fitness level and any potential limitations or injuries.

If someone has an injury or limitation are they able to take classes?

Yes. A client with an injury or limitation is cleared through private sessions. They are then able to join group classes. I can make modifications as necessary.

What are some of the most noticeable effects your clients are excited to tell you about after starting a program?

I think the biggest and most common noticeable effect clients feel is the ability to move more efficiently and with purpose.  I have had several clients express feeling more control in their core and balance in sporting activities.  Pilates is an excellent addition to training programs for athletes.   I have had great success with my training of athletes from middle and high school to college and professional athletes.

What type of training do you customize for athletic clients that are playing sports?

My goal with athletic clients is to find areas of their musculature that may be weak or under-active. We then focus our training on strengthening those areas so they can be more effective in their movement.  Typically, athletes use their larger muscle groups during their sport and neglect training the smaller, intrinsic muscles.  When I get them to connect to those smaller muscles, they gain more control over their large muscles, leading to better functional movement in their sport.

How often do you suggest clients take classes to see results?

I recommend 3 times per week when first starting to see faster results.  I have several clients who train 5 days per week, which is ideal for gaining flexibility and strength in a shorter time frame.  For that reason, my workouts are different every day. This avoids getting bored with the classes.  I also spend a large amount of time creating new movements, adding new pieces of equipment or adjusting a traditional Pilates exercise to fit my Elite Core method.

To quote Joseph Pilates himself,  “In 10 sessions, you feel better, 20 sessions you look better, 30 sessions you have a completely new body.”  The change in your body will happen through repetition and more specifically, repetition over a short period of time.

Is Pilates for a pregnant mom to be or new mom?

Yes!  I trained myself (and other clients) throughout my entire pregnancy and have trained several prenatal and postnatal moms.  Pilates is one of the safest and most effective ways to prepare for the birth of your baby.  Building up core strength surrounding the baby (think obliques, upper and mid back), focusing on the pelvic floor muscles in preparation for labor and postnatal recovery, maintaining flexibility and strength in the hips and legs, working on upper body strength (that baby and car seat and diaper bag are a lot to handle!) are all so important to focus on to make sure you have a safe and eas(ier) delivery, as well as a faster recovery postnatal.  I love training my mommies throughout their pregnancy and then having their new babies in the studio to snuggle on.


Thank you for reading! If you have trouble staying motivated to workout, check out this post to help keep you on track with your workouts.

What do you think about Pilates? Leave a comment below!

xx – Tammy

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