Jul 28, 2016

Back to School Essentials: College Edition

I hope you all enjoyed my post from earlier this week about Back to School style! I'm getting more and more excited to head back to Richmond, settle in with my new roomie (shoutout to Ashlee!!),  and start the school year! I'm pretty excited for my room this year...I'm still living on campus but I'm going to be in a suite style room with a connecting bathroom to our awesome suite mates! Whether you are going to be a freshman in college or are getting ready to head back to school, I've put together some things that I would consider 'essential' for starting the year off right!

- Agenda - I used this Ban.do agenda all last year and loved it! The size is just right for me and there was plenty of room for all my assignments. I ordered it again in this adorable peony print and can't wait to start using it!

- Desk Accessories - I found myself doing homework in my room quite a bit last year because it was always quiet and comfortable. Since I worked from my desk, I tried to make the space as 'me' as I could. These accessories would add so much personality to any boring desk! ( TrayStaplerPencil Cup)

-Notepad - If you're always writing lists like I am, then you probably have stationary scattered all over your room. I always have a notepad on my desk and this one is too cute to resist!

- Colored Pens + Pouch - I use colored pens to organize my agenda! A different color for classes, clubs, and blog tasks! My sister just ordered this pencil pouch and I'm considering getting it too, it's just so fun!

- Backpack - I always got excited to go back to school shopping, especially the part where I got to pick out a new backpack! I am loving these ones from Madeline and Company. It's a brand I found through blogging/Instagram and I immediately fell in love! The brand was created by a young entrepreneur who wanted to solve a problem while creating a functional, stylish product...and the result was Madeline and Company backpacks


-Decorative Pillows - my bed was one of the only place that felt completely comfortable and cozy in my room so I'm making sure to do the same this year! I love the look of decorative pillows against simple bedding. I recently bought this gold triangle one  but I'm loving this pom pom and 'xo' ones too!

-Wall Decor - I'm going to make these tassel  garlands for our room and I'm nervous/excited to see how they turn out! Hopefully they will add some color and dimension to the room! We're adding some prints to the room too - this Richmond map print would be too perfect and so would these inspirational words!

Diffuser - I'm a huge cable lover and it's such a shame that we can't have them in the rooms! I picked up this diffuser from work in one of my all time favorite scents and I'm excited to use it in our room this year!

Keurig - I don't think I could start the day without a cup of coffee so getting a Keurig was a must! I'm pretty sure I used mine everyday last year and brought it with me in this fun mug.

S'well - Staying hydrated is so important to your overall health and I feel 100x more alert when I'm fully hydrated. I carry my S'well bottle everywhere I go because it keeps the water cold all day and holds more than an average water bottle!

Jul 25, 2016

Back to School with American Eagle

Back to school season has officially begun and I am getting SO excited to get back to school and start the year! I asked you guys what you wanted to see on the blog and the #1 response was anything college related! So today I am starting by sharing my back to school style!

Since I had to wear a school uniform everyday until I graduated high school, I had a major panic attack when I got to college about not having enough outfits to wear for class everyday. I like to get dressed up for class because I found that I feel more put together, myself, and focused on class when I do!

I have been shopping at American Eagle for years now and I've always trusted them for cute comfortable clothes! Their latest collection has exactly what I was looking for to build my wardrobe for this school year! So I've styled two different looks from American Eagle that I would wear on a typical day of class!

If I feel like dressing up a little more, my go-to is a comfortable dress, denim jacket, and a comfortable pair of sandals! I love this floral dress because it is so flattering and I love the extra flounce on the bottom. Because of the side ties on this dress, I wear a cute lacy bralette underneath so that it shows through!

Shop Look #1:
Dress c/o , Bralette c/o

Similar Dresses
1, 2, 3, 4

Similar Bralettes:
1, 2, 3, 4

For a more casual look, I'll keep it super simple with jeans and a simple top! I love AE for denim, especially the skinny jeans, because of the fit and the quality of each pair! 

This bralette is the perfect thing to wear under my high neck tank because I love how the lacy edges peek through!

When the weather gets a little cooler I plan to pull out this adorable lightweight military jacket. The red is so different than anything I own and I know it's going to make a great addition to my fall wardrobe.

Shop Look #2
Jeans c/o , Top c/o , Bralette c/o , Jacket c/o

Similar Tops
1, 2, 3

Similar Jackets:

1, 2

This post was a collaboration with American Eagle and Shopstyle and as always, all opinions are my own!

Jul 21, 2016

Nordstrom Sale Picks

Happy Friday...and first day of public access to the Nordstrom Sale! Since I'm not a cardholder, and I'm sure some of you aren't as well, I didn't want to post anything until I was actually able to shop! I searched through everything on sale and today I'm sharing all of my favorites (most everything is under $100). To shop, just hover over the image and click the '+'. I know I definitely have my eye on a few things so let me know what you're thinking of getting in the comments below! Happy Shopping!

Jul 20, 2016

Seattle, Washington

I know it's been a while since my last fashion/shopping related post but I couldn't not share these pictures with you! Hopefully you already got a chance to read my post from the first half of my recent trip ( if you haven't you can read it here) and as promised today I'm sharing all the pictures from my short time in Seattle, Washington.

The whole reason we took the trip was to visit my bother who has been interning at Google for the summer! Once we got to his apartment, we headed out to the Fremont neighborhood (or the self proclaimed 'center of the universe' as they call it) for some brunch at Silence Heart Nest. We walked around the area checking out tons of fun boutiques and vintage shops before getting a tour of his office. 

Unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to get any more pictures of inside the Google offices but let me just say that it looks like the absolute coolest place to work... think ping pong tables around the corner from your office, fully functioning gym facilities on the first floor, places for your dogs (which you can bring to work), and about a dozen different micro kitchens throughout the entire space!

Of course, being first time visitors to the city, the Space Needle was our next destination! It was cool to actually see it in person and not just in Grey's Anatomy episodes.

To finish off our first day, we went downtown to Pike Place Market. We saw the first Starbucks store (it had a line down the street so we passed on that) stopped for fresh flowers, picked up a few sweet treats from vendors, and just explored this fun little area of the city that's right by the water! We had dinner at Wild Ginger followed by the most delicious cupcakes from Cupcake Royal!

We started the next day bright and early to make our way to Granite Mountain where we would spend the day hiking. As a first time hiker, I was very proud of myself for making it up the 9 miles and almost 6,000 ft elevation!! We were slightly underprepared for the drastic climate change that took place the closer you got to the top but even so, we pushed through the snowy and icy parts and finally made it to the highest point where we were greeted by some lovely park rangers. 

It was so foggy on our way up so we were worried we wouldn't be able to see the views but as soon as we started our treck back down, the fog cleared out and we had an absolute perfect view!!

We were all blown away by the beauty of the landscape and the intensity of the mountain we had just climbed...I mean how could you not be?!

I hope you enjoyed reading all about my trip! Add me on Snapchat and Instagram (@belleadore) so you don't miss out on any future adventures!

Jul 17, 2016

San Francisco, California

I finally got around to downloading and editing all the pictures from my recent trip! If you follow my snapchat or Instagram (@belleadore) then you probably already saw a few snaps from my adventures! 

My sister, mom, and I left for San Francisco bright and early on the morning of my birthday and arrived at around 10 am California time! I was put in charge on planning the 'itinerary' for the trip so of course before we arrived I headed to my favorite (San Fran based) blog, Gal Meets Glam, for some inspiration! After seeing pictures on there of this adorable cafe, Cafe St. Jorge, we decided to make that our first stop of the day for some much needed coffee and food. I had the homemade granola with yogurt and fruit, my sister got the avocado toast, and my mom had an egg sandwich - everything was so delicious!

This was my first time in San Francisco so I wanted to do all the touristy things before we left for Seattle. The Golden Gate Bridge was first, and I was seriously blown away by actually seeing it in person. It was so beautiful, even with all that fog! I had read about a place where you could get the best view of the bridge called Marin Headlands from some travel sites so we ventured up the side of a huge mountain to find the perfect spot! You get a perfect view of the entire Golden Gate Bridge and there are a lot less people than the visitor center. Heading back down the mountain was just as fun...you had the Bridge on one side and then around the corner was
Black Sand Beach...I wanted to stop for pictures at every turn!

The view of the bridge from Marin Headlands!

We drove across the bridge towards downtown San Francisco to find the Painted Ladies! The architecture all over San Francisco was so unique...nothing like the East Coast!

After driving to dinner we were greeted by a mob of people and we had no idea why! Well, it turns out that we were on Lombard Street! Famous for being an incredibly steep one-block section with eight turns, it's no wonder people were stopping to look. We parked the car and walked up the twisty street, taking pictures, and watching the cars trying to (slowly) navigate down the street. We even saw some segways going down too! 

This house with the purple flowers immediately caught my eye! I mean who wouldn't want a house as pretty as this one!?

I made it a point to go to Mr. Holmes Bakehouse while we were in town because I have been seeing dozens of pictures of this place on Instagram for the past couple of months. It combines two of my favorite things: good Instagram pictures and delicious pastries. We did have to wait in a small line but it was SO worth the wait!

I mean I'm drooling just looking at these pictures. We got 6 different pastries (I know 6 pastries for 3 people might have been a bit much...but we did finish them all. Oops!) so that we could try as many as we could. My favorite was the Ube Puff (we had to look up what exactly this was - prickly pear if you were wondering) and the Matcha donut  - both to die for!!!


Funny story about these pictures...after we got the pastries we were standing by the window to get a clear shot and as soon as the group before us left this woman came in from outside and sat down right in the middle of the bench while her husband was waiting in line. It was extremely obvious that we, and like 5 other people, were waiting to take a picture but she didn't budge. After we finished a pastry and coffee we had to ask if she could please move for just one minute but first she asked her husband to take like 1,000 pictures of her. *cue eye roll*

I blogged about my outfit here...have you seen the post yet?

Twin Peaks was the last thing on my list of 'tourist things to do'. The Twin Peaks are two hills with an elevation of almost 1,000 feet and located near the center of the city of San Francisco. It is said to have the best view of the entire city. We could only stay for a few minutes because it was cold and so windy that we thought we were going to blow away!! 

We made our way to the bay where we explored the Embarcadero, Ghirardelli Square, and all the docks along the way!

When we weren't exploring tourist sites, we were eating our way through the city! Some places we tried:

1. Lemonade - this was my first time here and I'm obsessed! If only they brought some to the East Coast because I would do anything for a blood orange lemonade right now!

2. Gracias Madre - This was another recommendation I took from Julia's blog! My sister is a vegetarian so we wanted to find a vegetarian-friendly place for all of us to eat! This was my first time at an all plant based restaurant but my Mom, sister, and I loved everything we had. 

3. Chinatown - We had lunch one day at a very random restaurant that we found on Yelp. It was an experience to say the least but made for some funny memories.

4. Little Italy - We had the best cappuccinos, fresh baked biscotti, and cannolis at Stella's Bakery in Littly Italy!

These pictures are really making me miss the city!  Although it was chilly and windy, I immediately fell in love with the city! Three days was not enough time - hopefully another trip to San Francisco is in my near future! 

From San Francisco, we flew to Seattle to visit my brother! Stay tuned early next week for some pictures of my stay there!

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