Dec 31, 2014

Blast From The Past: Hello 2015!

 Wow! It has been quite the year! I cannot wait to see what 2015 has coming.  I can't imagine a better year than 2014.  Thank you all so much for following along on my blogging adventures.  I am so excited to look back through old blog posts, and see how far Pretty Little Pursuits has come in just eight months!  I can't wait to share more outfit posts, wedding planning ideas, and even beauty tutorials!  I have met some amazing people through blogging, and have even built some wonderful friendships through this amazing adventure.  Thank you all for sticking by me as PLP continues to grow.  I cannot wait to share some even better posts in 2015!

Happy New Year!!! 

Dec 29, 2014

Let It Go!

SHIRT: ROSS, Adore  CARDIGAN:Old, Similar VEST: Cremieux  LEGGINGS: Similar  SOCKS: Similar BOOTS: Frye SUNNIES: Karen Walker  WATCH: Michael Kors BRACELET: Heirloom Finds, Sage K and Co.  EARRINGS: Heirloom Finds

Happy Monday loves! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  I was so worried about getting a post up last week, through all the traveling, shopping, and long to do lists a little panic and anxiety set in.  I was getting so tied up in trying to get everything done, I finally realized I just needed to stop and let go.  Soo... I did!  And let me tell you.. It has been so nice! I have been able to relax and thoroughly enjoy some much needed family time.  Our families are so spread out all over the country these days, so when we actually all get together it is just so refreshing.  We celebrated Christmas in South Carolina a little early, and then flew out to Arizona, and now we are in California! There really is nothing sweeter than being with loved ones.  Our holidays have been filled with lots of love, laughter, story telling, and reminiscing.  I hope you all had just as an amazing holiday, and decided like me to just let go and enjoy everything that was going on around you!


Dec 19, 2014

Holiday Gift Card Giveaway!

Hi Ladies!
I am a lover of any holiday, but oh boy…. I am so excited for things to start to slow down!  Everything has been so busy lately and I have been so neglectful to my blog! Shame on me!  But…

I am so excited to announce that I am teaming up with Lauren from The Fashionista’s Diary and Erin from With a Wink & a Twirl to bring you an amazing giveaway! 

3 Winners will get one of the following:
$100 to Nordstom
$50 to Shop Hope’s
$25 to Target

To Enter to win complete this survey and enter a valid email address.  A survey? Yes!  Not only am I so excited to be working with these amazing bloggers, but also with a sweet sweet doctoral student!  She is researching blogging and social media for her doctoral dissertation.  So.. by completing this short survey you will have a chance to win amazing prizes and help with her dissertation! Pretty amazing in my book!  It will only take a few minutes of your time, so please take a minute to enter this amazing giveaway!

Thanks loves, you all rock!! 

Dec 17, 2014

Last Minute Gift Guide: Under $50

Soo.. as I was working on some of my Christmas shopping, I figured I would help all of you "last minuters" out as well! Here are some of my favorite picks for last minute gifts, and guess what?!?! They are all under $50!!! And if you find something you love for yourself, shh... I won't tell!

Happy Holidays loves!

Dec 12, 2014

Don't Be Afraid To Sparkle

SWEATER:  Old, Similar  PANTS:  New York & Co.  SHIRT:  Old Navy  SHOES:  Jessica Simpson
SUNNIES: Karen Walker NECKLACE: TJ MAXX, Love, Cute  BRACELET: Heirloom Finds

I absolutely love a fancy Christmas party and getting all glammed up in sequins and anything that sparkles.  But.. I have always struggled with what to wear to a more laid back, casual Christmas party.  I think it is mostly because of the fact that I just want to get dolled up in sparkles.  I am so excited to say I think I finally found my perfect go to look for those more casual Christmas dinners and get togethers.  The red/burgundy pants say "Hello Christmas", but they are also toned down by being paired with the cream sweater and stripes.  And check out the shoes!! They have my sparkles!

What are some of your go to looks for Christmas? I would love some more ideas!

S Happy Friday Loves! 

Dec 10, 2014

Gettin' Nerdy With It!

JEANS: American Eagle Old, Similar  SWEATER:  Ross Dress For Less, Similar  SHOES: Jessica Simpson Old, Similar  CLUTCH:  Tory Burch Adalyn Clutch  BRACELETS: Heirloom Finds c/o EARRINGS:  Heirloom Finds (part of a set) c/o

Happy Wednesday!! Lately, I have been running around like a mad woman trying to get way too much accomplished before the holidays.  So casual and cute has been my go to look lately.  I found this amazing bunny sweater at Ross for less than $20! If you are still Christmas shopping like me, Ross and TJ MAXX are great places to get gifts!  Oh how I love the holidays, but oh boy and I ready for this to calm down a bit!  How is everyone else's holiday prep going?!

Thanks for stopping by loves!

Dec 8, 2014

A Tour Through Blogland

I am so thankful to actually get a chance to sit down and write a blog post!! Oh blog world how I missed you last week!  While I was taking a short break from blogging, I was nominated by the sweet Monique from Casually Chic by Monique to participate in the Tour Through Blogland.  I will be sharing a few things about Pretty Little Pursuits as well as introducing you to some amazing women and their fabulous blogs. 

Q.  What Am I Working On?

Well between navigating through the hectic last couple of weeks of school with my kiddos and the beginning stages of wedding planning, I am working on some amazing collaborations to kick off the New Year.  I won't give too much of the surprise away, but it entails a few giveaways and some amazing collaborations with other bloggers and businesses.  I will also be tackling the task of cleaning out my closet! Which means I will be selling tons of amazing pieces in my Blogger's Closet in the next few weeks for very good prices!  So keep an eye out! 

Q.  How does my work differ from others in it's genre?

I had to think about this one... I have a few pricier items in my closet (usually when it comes to accessories) but I am also a sucker for finding great pieces at even better prices.  I am working with a teacher's budget here, so I can splurge every so often for the more pricey items.  However, the majority of my tops and pants are very inexpensive but high quality.  I know how frustrating it can be to see an amazing outfit someone is rocking, and then realize everything cost about $500 dollars a piece! AHHH! Soo.. I try to post attainable fashion also while rotating out my more expensive accessory pieces.  I try to show how to build a well rounded timeless closet to save some of that M-O-N-E-Y! Oh oh, I also incorporate some DIY and beauty posts.

Q.  Why do I write/create what I do?

I have always loved everything about fashion!  I love how you can reinvent yourself everyday through your outfit choices.  And I do not have one of those jobs that allows for dressing cute on a daily basis.  Instead, I choose my work clothes by deciding which pieces are my least favorite hanging in my closet- knowing they will probably get paint, snot, food, or who knows what on them by the end of my day.  I  was in dire need of a creative fun outlet to release some stress and build some excitement in my life.  Thus, why PLP was created and why I continue to do it everyday.  Not to mention I have met some of the most amazing women through the blogging world.  In my opinion, EVERYONE should start a blog about something they are passionate about! 

Q.  How does my writing/creative process work?

During the summer (when I actually have some free time), my creative process was much more planned and calculated with dates for specific posts and scheduled posts written several days in advance.  Now it is very spontaneous!!  I am usually daydreaming about different outfits in my head, write them down, and then come home and try on my daydream creations.  If they look fabulous, I drag my sister or fiancé out of the apartment to snap some quick pictures, run back up stairs, write the post, and it usually goes live the next day.  Quite the extravagant planning/creative process right?! 

And now I nominate...

Kirby from Southern Accents

Hey y’all! My name is Kirby and I am the author of Southern Accents blog.  As a preschool special education teacher, my clothes never really come home looking like I came to work in.  Between paint, runny noses, and whatever else my kids choose to accessorize my outfit with at work, I usually end up wearing things I don’t mind getting dirty.  As a result of this, I look for any excuse to get dressed up! I’m a southern girl who loves traditional classic style, but I also am not afraid to embrace edgy trends. I’m a makeup addict as well so I often feature beauty tutorials on the blog. Southern Accents is the perfect creative outlet for me to inspire myself and other women to be comfortable in their skin and feel beautiful in practical ways.  

Dec 2, 2014

November Recap: Favorite Finds

Already recapping November?! Oh my, I must really start that Christmas shopping! Speaking of Christmas shopping, I am recapping some of my favorite pieces that I have worn this month that would make great Christmas gifts for the lovely ladies in your life. 

1.  Blanket Scarf featured in All Mixed Up

2.  Leather Jacket featured in Feeling Fuzy

5.  Totally just for fun! Because I can't stop staring at it.. 

Thanks for stopping by loves!

Nov 28, 2014

Happy Shopping!

It is such a great time to get your Christmas shopping done, especially this weekend with all of the sales going on! But.. if you are anything like me.. you would much rather pay the extra money for regular prices rather than fighting the crowds.  Problem solved- here are my favorite online sales going on now! So get that shopping done without leaving the house!  I tried to cut the hassle down a bit for you by putting many of the good sales in one place.  Also, I chose a few of my favorite items from some of the sales.  Your welcome! ;)

First off, Congrats Cynthia G. for winning the $25 Heirloom Finds Giveway. You will be contacted shortly by Heirloom Finds.  In the meantime, shop the sale and pick out your favorites!

Heirloom Finds:  $30 off of $100 discount reflected at checkout

Tory Burch:  Up to 30% using coupon code LUCKY (Ends Dec. 1)

Nordstrom: Up to 40% off, Free Shipping/Free Returns

Kate Spade:  Surprise Sale up to 75% off, Free Shipping on $200 or more (Ends Nov. 29), or 30% off regular priced items with coupon code DEALME (Ends Nov. 30)

Top Shop:  Up to 70% off and Buy1 get1 Free,  Free Shipping and Returns

The Shopping Bag:  35% off with code BLACKFRIDAY, free shipping on orders $100 or more
(Ends 11/28/2014 11:59 pm EST)

Other Sales:

Saks Fifth Avenue:  Up to 60% off 
Neiman Marcus:  Up to 50% off
Bloomingdale:  Up to 50% off + $25 off almost every $250 spent (Ends Nov.30)
ShopBop:  Take 25% off with code GOBIG14
Piperlime:  Take 25% off with code THANKFUL25
Old Navy:  Up to 50% off + an extra 15% off with code GRAVY
Daily Look:  Up to $80 off using promo code BLACKFRIDAY14 + Free Shipping
6pm: Up to 70% off
Rag & Bone:  Use promo code EXTRA25 for 25% off

Enjoy loves!

Nov 27, 2014

Seeing Spots

BLAZER:  Shop Impressions, Similar  LEGGINGS: Shop Impressions, Similar  SHIRT: Old, Similar CLUTCH: Tory Burch SUNNIES: Karen Walker  NECKLACE: Heirloom Finds  BRACELETS: Heirloom Finds, Sage K and Co, Stella & Dot SHOES:  Rack Room

Happy Thanksgiving Loves!! I hope everyone has a wonderful day spent relaxing with family and friends!  Oohhh and Happy Black Friday Shopping!!!! Don't forget to enter the Heirloom Finds Giveaway that ends tomorrow evening! Winner will be announced on Friday's post.

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