Home is the Key: White House Black Market Ankle Pant

What is Home is Key? It is Habitat for Humanity’s national campaign to help address the nation’s rising affordable housing problem. Did you know that one in four households in the US pays more then 30% of their income for housing, leaving it very difficult to afford other basic necessities? Having affordable housing allows families to have more resources and live healthier safer lives.  Home is Key wants to unlock the future for many families this April by educating and partnering with people that want to help spread their message. So why not do your part?

There are many ways to get involved in this project, but one I want to specifically focus on in this post deals with shopping, of course! Chico’s FAS, the parent company of White House Black Market (WHBM), Chico’s, and Soma Intimates is supporting this campaign by allowing their customers to donate in each of their stores or online. Also the company has picked specific items from the stores that all the proceeds from that item will be donated to Home is Key during a set time. From April 23-May 31st WHBM proceeds from every Comfort Stretch Ankle Pant sold will go to support Habitat. These pants are super comfy, have great stretch (lets face it ladies we love a pant that has a little give), and the fit is excellent (true to size). I only have one pair, but I am thinking I need to invest in another, especially since it can help a family have a safe living environment and also because they look great with my cactus shirt! 🙂

So join me and get involved by visiting Habitat.org/key and make a donation in any amount. Home is the Key runs through April 30. Every little bit helps!

XoXo
Alli

Thank you Habitat for Humanity for Sponsoring this post
Photography: Erin Trimble 

Wifey to Be

Wifey to be….that’s me! Wedding prep is definitely underway and September will be here before you know it. Planning on doing a monthly wedding update here on the blog starting in February. So stay tuned!! Now on to this post…

Freezing temperatures and snow covered ground. Who is ready for spring? I have had my fix of the cold and I am almost ready to see it go. Although I do love cold weather clothing, this getting up and wondering if the roads are drivable is not idea. Anyway, I am loving this outfit I have on in this post. My puffy vest collection has been on full rotation during the cold months. I paired this one with leggings that have leather accents, my black wifey sweatshirt (which is most important), a leopard print scarf and tank, and ducks boots (which I am truly thankful for in this weather). What is your favorite snow day outfit? Shop mine below.

XoXo
Alli

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Summer Time

Whose ready for summer? Since Yesterday was the first day of summer I thought it would be fitting to break out the bright colors. I am all about the bolds for warm temperatures. Like this bold short sleeved shirt I wore to transition to hot and humid weather. I paired it with jeans, flat sandals, and a tote. I finished the outfit with black sunglasses and some arm candy (bracelet, watch). What is your favorite summer outfit?
XoXo
Alli 

Take Me Back to Sydney

Shop Summer Dresses:  One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight 

Seriously take me back to Sydney! Which is a city in New South Wales, Australia. Sunny skies and great views, who would not want to visit?  There are many attractions and picturesque scenery to keep you busy while you are there. Definite must: The Sydney Harbour Bridge, if you are adventurous you can climb the bridge or if you like to keep your feet planted on the ground you can walk, cycle or drive over it. Another must is Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House. Located close to the harbour of Circular Quay. You need to see this majestic site for yourself. While you are there have a cocktail at the Opera Bar . If shopping is your thing take a stroll thru The Rocks, an urban distinct that is full of artist, shops, and restaurants; where you will find anything for aboriginal art, to homemade soaps, paintings, and t-shirts.
One thing I love about Sydney is that they use their waterways to their fullest ability, whether it’s to sail, taking the ferry to work or home, or to dock a huge cruise ship. There are always boats in the water. While you are there make sure to visit Darling Harbour, Sydney’s largest recreational and pedestrian precinct, the Royal Botanic Garden, and Bondi Beach if surfing is your thing. There are many amazing places to visit in Sydney so if you ever get the opportunity take it. 
Where is your next adventure? Stay tuned for mine!    
        XoXo
        Alli 
                                 
                                    View from the Intercontinental Hotel Sydney Club Lounge 

One of the many cruise ships that dock here.
                                                                              Opera Bar
                                         Take the ferry from Circular to Manly and visit 4 Pines (Sydney Cove)

                                          

                                                   Get a flight of beer at 4 Pines

                                   
                                                                         Dawes Point 

                                                    Put your feet in the sand at Bondi Beach      
                                    

Alli Travels: Canberra Australia


We all know that I love to travel! So I definitely take advantage of seeing the world when I can. As you know last month I had the opportunity to explore many parts of Australia. While exploring this beautiful county I was able to visit Canberra, which is the national capital. The name Canberra means “Meeting Place” in the Aboriginal language. The territory of Canberra is very gubernatorial, modeled after Washing DC, having the Federal Parliament located in the city’s center, it was selected as the capital in 1908 as a compromise between the rivals Sydney and Melbourne, which are Australia’s two largest cities.

Canberra is home to many amazing sites such as Parliament House, The Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery, the National Museum, an amazing view from the Black Mountains, and the native Kangaroos. So there is a lot of history and a lot to see in this town. Make sure you set aside at least 2-3 days to view it all and take it all in. Find out all you need to know to plan your trip to Canberra here.

If you are planning to explore Canberra I suggest wearing something comfortable because there can be a lot of walking depending on the activities you do though out the day. I planned my outfit around visiting museums, so I wore comfy jeans and shoes. See all the great pictures of my experience in Canberra below and also shop the look.

XoXo
Alli

Geometrics and Graffiti in Melbourne

Shop: Flats | Tote | Geometric Dresses: One | Two | Three | Four | Five 

Graffiti….one of the best back drops for a photo, especially for a blogger. These works of art are all over the lane ways in Melbourne, Australia. You can find this one outside of Spice Market, a great place to grab a drink if you are in town. The decor is enough to make you want to stop in.

The graffiti goes great with a this geometric print dress (similar here), that I paired with black flats and a oversized tote, which is idea for travel. As you will see me toting it all around Australia in my next couple post. So stay tuned, many Australia travel post to come!
XoXo
Alli 

Instagram RoundUp

                     
Shop Favorite Pieces: Sunnies | Clutch | Handbag | Leggings | CoatHeels | Necklace | Earrings 

It has been awhile since I have done an Instagram Roundup, so I have decided it was time. Shop many of my favorite outfits from the past couple weeks that have been featured on Insta below. Transitioning into warm weather many of the outfits in this roundup can be worn for cool mornings and warm afternoons.

XoXo
Alli

                                    
                                                             Shop: Jeans | Boots | Sweater 
                                         
                                    Shop: Clutch | Heels | Tank | Jacket | Necklace | Sunnies | Bracelet 
                                    
                                        Shop Similar Dresses: One | Two | Three | Four | Five 

                                         
                                            Shop: Clutch | Sunnies | Booties | Bracelet | Dress   
                                          
                                     Shop: Vest | | Jeans | Flats | Tunic | Handbag | Earrings | Sunnies 

                                   Shop: Leggings | Sunnies | Coat | Blouse | Necklace | Heels

Sunny Day Street Style

                               
              Shop: Pants | Handbag | Flats | Vest | Blouse | Sunglasses | Nail Polish | Earrings 

Nothing like a sunny day when it has been cold and cloudy. Took the opportunity to soak up some rays yesterday with my boyfriend and his good friend that is in town from Australia. I chose a chic but comfortable look for exploring an area of town called the Highlands here in Louisville Kentucky. We also stopped for coffee at Quills, which is one of my favorite coffee shops in town. I paired black skinny jeans with one of my favorite light and flowy tunics, and a salt and pepper vest to give it a little more texture. I finished the look with purple aviator sunnies, black flats and my favorite purse.

What is your favorite sunny day outfit? Shop mine below.

XoXo
Alli

                                 
                                  
                                 

Colorful Transition Outfit

A bold color always makes a statement! Color is great for the Spring season, so I added lots of it to this transition outfit. All through the calendar says it’s Spring we all know that does not mean the temperature says it is. So when it is cold in the morning and warmer in the afternoon I like to opt for layers like I did below.

I paired a cream sweater dress (similar here) with a bright fuchsia cardigan. I added further color to the outfit by choosing navy leggings, c/o Comm-Ci , a company that specializes in chic, comfortable, well fitting leggings. Then accessorized with fun tassel earrings that screams I’M CRAZY FOR COLOR!! 🙂 I finished the outfit with tan booties, my favorite handbag, and a watch to match.

What is you favorite way to add color to an outfit?

XoXo
Alli

Blushing

I am holding out for Spring! What about you? Want a transitional Spring look? Try this one below. I paired black leggings that have leather accents, with a striped ruffled blouse. Layered with a blush crepe topper, similar and leopard print heels to add a little different flair.  I accessorized the look with a gold jewelry (necklace, watch), black sunnies, and my favorite tote. This look is super easy to recreate. Many of these items can probably be found in your closet.

What is your favorite Spring item? Shop many of mine below.

XoXo
Alli