Standing on Top of a Mountain

I do not know about you but I think that every fall I need to get a new coat. So during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale in August I scooped up this collarless crepe topper. I paired it with white skinny jeans (yes you can wear white after Labor Day), a simple gray tee and gray booties, which are great for transitioning to cooler temperatures. I additionally accessorized this outfit  with a cute scarf that has skulls on it, bright earrings and necklace, and a cross body. A cross body is great for travel because it is easy to carry and more secure.

These pictures were taken while I was in Big Sky, Montana. If you have never been to Montana I recommend it. Big Sky, Montana is a ski resort village nestled on top of the Lone Peak Mountain and Mountain Village. If you are an avid skier, then I am sure you have been there, considering that Big Sky is known to be the biggest ski place in America. They have lots of activities for the non skier too. Check out their website to plan trip.

What is you favorite type of coat for the fall and winter? Shop mine below.

XoXo
Alli

                                              Lone Mount at Big Sky Montana

The Perfect Fall Outfit In Big Sky

Even though it doesn’t feel like it here in Kentucky, Thursday is the first day of Fall. It is still warm and humid! Ugh! But no fear it is coming and last week I got my first taste of it, while I was in Montana. Can you believe it even snowed?

If you have never been to Montana I recommend it. I visited Big Sky, Montana. It is a ski resort village nestled on top of the Lone Peak Mountain and Mountain Village. If you are an avid skier, then I am sure you have been there, considering that Big Sky is known to be the biggest ski place in America. They have lots of activities for the non skier too, more of that to come in future post. Check out their website to plan trip.
One thing I do suggest if you are planning on visiting Big Sky, bring warm clothes! This is not a joke! It snows in September, but it is beautiful. I combatted the 30-40 degree temps in this stylish fur vest, paired with a 3/4 length sleeve high/low tunic and white denim jeans. Yes you can wear white after labor. I finished the outfit with tan booties and a tan purse, followed by accessorizing it with a pop of turquoise in these earrings and necklace
What is your favorite Fall outfit? Shop mine below and stay tuned for more of my adventures in Montana. 
XoXo
Alli

Courier Journal Stylemaker

                        
                                          
                                        Dress | Belt | Clutch | Shoes | Watch | Bracelet | Lipstick 

Yesterday I was in our local paper, The Courier Journal. It may not be a big deal to some but I am honored about the exposure. Every Sunday the paper runs the Scene section, which basically covers beauty and style trends. In this section they feature a Stylemaker, a man or women with unique personal style. You have to be nominated by someone. One of my best friends was gracious enough to nominate me, Thanks Audrey! Check out the article online here and shop my outfit below.

XoXo
Alli

                                   

                                                              
                                     
                                      
                                       
                                         
                                       

Alli Travels: LA

                             
Dress: similar | Shoes: Sperry’s  (here and here) | Sunglasses: similar | Handbag: Louis Vuitton  (here) | Earrings: Kendra Scott (here)
I love to travel. What about you? This March I had the opportunity to travel to many spots in California with my boyfriend.  

One place you have to visit while in Cali is LA. Am I right? There is everything from shopping on Rodeo Dr. or at The Grove, eating at great restaurants, seeing the ocean, and many historical sites that you see in the movies and on tv.  While we were in LA we took one of those sight seeing, hop on, hop off, city bus tours. Yes it maybe very touristy, but it is the best way to see the city in such a short time. We used Starline, they have these buses in almost all major cities and countries. I definitely think they are well worth the money. You get a little education as you ride along and see the sites. If you see something you like, hop off,  explore on your own and catch the next bus to continue your tour. Genius idea!

When I am traveling and trying to pack in as much stuff as possible in a short period of time, I like to be super comfortable. What about you? To roam the streets of LA I chose  a cotton dress (similar), Sperry’s  (here and here) (which are great walking shoes), and always a big handbag (here) to carrying anything else I need. What is your go to comfortable travel outfit?
XoXo
Alli


Alli Travels: San Diego

Happy Tuesday All! A couple weeks ago I was in San Diego with my boyfriend. It was the first time I had visited that city, and I loved it. I could totally live there. The weather is typically nice and the views are beautiful, as you will see in my photos.

When I travel I like to dress comfortable. I love to wear maxi dresses because they are so easy. The one I have on is from last season, but I found some that I plan to add to my closet (here, here, and this one here). I also like jeans when I travel (the ones I have on below can be found here),  a cute pair of sandals (here and here), a good pair of sunnies (I like these here),  and a large tote to carry everything (my favorite is here). You can shop the rest of my looks below.

While in San Diego we visited the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier and Museum (website here). If you visit San Diego I definitely suggest you take a half a day and go on a tour, it is worth. Very historic and will make you appreciate the Navy even more. Check out some pictures from that tour below. Hope you enjoy!
XoXo
Alli

Alli Travels: Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is surreal. If you have never been, you should definitely add it to you bucket list. Since my boyfriend and I were traveling back from California (those pictures coming soon), He surprised me with a stop at the Grand Canyon on my birthday. I was super excited because I had never been.

You honestly need to first just take in the vast landscape. It is totally unreal and like nothing you have ever seen before. You need a whole day, really a weekend, to see at least 1/4 of what the park has to offer. There are many walking and hiking trails, but make sure you read up on the level of difficulty of each before you start out. There are some that take hours, like the whole day to hike there and back. There are also many trails that are for more experienced hikers.

The Grand Canyon Park is like a community within its self. It has everything you need. From a grocery store, a bank, coffee shop, places to eat, and even a bar to have drinks. You can stay in the park in the cabins, hotels, or bring your own RV. It is a great vacation spot for a family or you and your significant other. Check out my pictures below.
Make sure you come wearing activewear because there is a lot of walking, hiking, and physical activity. Some of my favorite activewear are these gym shoes here,  sports bra here and here, activewear pants here and here, and pullover here. I also love a good pair of shorts (here), and a tank (here and here) to workout or hike in. I always make sure I have my Fitbit (favorite one here). Shop all my favorite activewear below. Hope you enjoy!
XoXo
Alli

Alli Travels: Coachella

Life is always an adventure. While in the Palm Desert my boyfriend and I took a few days and drove to San Diego and LA. Well since Siri said that there would be traffic the way we planned to go, she rerouted us (as she usually doe). She took us on some back roads and we were all kinds of confused and wondering where we were. 

I am so glad that she did because we would not have gotten to see this beautiful view at Coachella Valley Vista Point.  Has this ever happened to you? Driving in the middle of nowhere and then something awesome happens? If you are ever in the Palm Desert it is worth the drive up to see. This instance reminded me that in life you have to sometimes go through the curvy back roads to get to something beautiful or to get to where you are suppose to be. Life Lessons!!

Anyway for a road trip outfit I like to be what I call the 3 C’s: casual, cute and comfy. This bodycon dress (similar here and here) with some Sperry’s (here and here) is my idea of comfortable. I paired them with my favorite sunnies (here, similar here) and leopard clutch (here). Finished it off with black dangle earrings (here), and a little arm candy (watch here, bracelet here, Fitbit here). Shop the rest of my look below. Hope you enjoy!
XoXo
Alli

Weekend in the Desert

This past weekend I flew out to the Palm Desert to meet my boyfriend at the HITS Desert Circuit Horse Show. He is the National Sales Manager for Equine Motorcoach (website here). If you have horses you really should check out the motorcoach. The views in the Palm Desert are spectacular, as you can see from the pictures.

It gets pretty hot here in the desert so I made sure I packed a lot of dresses. This one I have on is a favorite. A Lilly Pulitzer from last year. I have linked new similar Lilly’s here and here. I accessorized it with my Kendra Scott earrings, found here, my Louis Vuitton tote (here), and Tory Burch sandals (similar here and here). I have linked my outfit details below.

If you have never been to a horse show you should check one out. It is very interesting. I did not know too much about horses, unless they were running at the Kentucky Derby (being that I am from Kentucky) until I started attending these shows. There are many different disciplines and I am learning about many of them slowly. 
Hope you enjoy!
XoXo
Alli

Watch is from Wristology (website here). Use code: AA20 to get 20% off and free shipping off any watch. Similar watch here.  Fitbit can be found here. I love purple. It is my favorite color. The bracelet is from Allison Cole Jewelry (website here). Use code: ALLISON for 20% off. Similar bracelet here and here.

Lipstick here, Earrings here 

Similar sandals here and here

Nail color here

How to Pack for a Long Week Away when Flying

                   
This week I will be in Palm Springs, San Diego, and LA. Going to three different spots it is hard to make sure you pack everything and get it all to fit in your luggage. Here is my packing guide and how to make it all fit.


What to pack in your carry-on:

In my carry-on I usually pack my valuables and anything I will need on the plane or immediately when getting to my destination. My carry-on list is as follows:
*My carry on bag is here (eyeing this one here too)
*Noise-canceling headphones for the plane (here)
*My Cannon Rebel Digital Camera for blog and travel pictures (similar here)
*My expensive handbags (two of my favorites here and here)
*My expensive jewelry (some favorites here and here)  
*Sunglasses (including these here and here)
*Any medications, vitamins (hair vitamins here), lip balm (here)
*Expensive Makeup that is allowed through security (here are two favorites here and here)
*Chargers and and portable chargers (here
*My Laptop and iPad 
*Extra set of clothes, extra panties and bra……just in case my suitcase doesn’t arrive when I do 🙁  
*Swimsuit (eyeing this one here) and beach towel here)
*Extra pair of sandals (two favorites here and here)
*A book (currently reading this, next this)
For the suitcase I check (found here) I add in the rest. This seems to be a favorite suitcase of many here.

All the clothes you will need. I try to limit this so that the bag is not too heavy.
*I take one pair of jeans (my favorite right now are these white denims here)
*Always have a pair of leggings (favorites here)
*One pair of heels for nights out (Loving these here)
*Skincare products (Favorites here, here, and here)
*Makeup (Favorites here, here, and here
*I also make sure I have an extra sweater (here and here)
*A rain coat (here)
*A pair of gym shoes (eyeing these here)
*All my clothing I plan to wear (I make sure I plan out by day with one or two extra option just in case. I do this so I do not over pack. Taking a lot of dresses for this trip because the weather will be nice. Two of my favorite dresses are here and here
I try to pack this strategically so that it is organized and and everything fits. I store all my makeup and skincare products in a cosmetic bag (favorite here and here). Put my shoes in shoe bags (here and here). I roll my jeans and leggings so they do not take up too much room. I fold up the rest of my clothes and place them on one side of the suitcase on the other I put the shoes and then my makeup bag on top of the shoes. I put under garments and night clothes in the front zippers and use the top zippers for anything else or to store my dirty clothes though out the week.
One thing that I always do is add an identifying piece on the outside my checked luggage, such as a ribbon because with so many suitcases at baggage claim it is easier to spot yours. 
What are some of your packing tips that work for you? I have also link some of the items i mention above and some of the pieces I will be wearing this week below. Hope you enjoy!
XoXo
Alli