Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Maxed Out

With spring temperatures finally warming up and summer just around the corner, I am obsessed with maxi dresses more than ever. I love the versatility of a maxi. Pair with wedges, and you're ready for a night out. Choose sandals and it's a perfect day shopping or by the beach. When I'm wearing a maxi dress, I always feel put together, even if it's a casual one. 
I want each one of these dresses in my closet right this minute!

Click on the photos above to shop my picks!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014


I am so excited to announce #TrendingTuesday -- a link-up that I will be co-hosting with Amanda at as the wine cork turns, Katie at Champagne & Suitcases, and Kristina at Medicine & Manicures! We hope that you join us each week to chat about the latest trending topics.

Want to join in on the fun? You can link-up on any of our four blogs every Tuesday! 
All you have to do is...

1) Write your post about something you've noticed is trending, whether it be a pair of shoes on your wish-list, a new song or TV show you're into, or something news or sports related.
2) Share the logo above on your blog and link back to the four of us.
3) Link-up at the bottom of the post so new readers can check out your trending topic & say hello!

We are so excited about #TrendingTuesday and hope you'll join us each week!


Monday, April 28, 2014


dress: Trina Turk (similar) / tights: c/o Hanes Hosiery / shoes: Nine West (similar) / bracelets: Loren Hope, David Yurman, J.Crew / bag: H&M

With plenty of Save the Dates and shower invitations in my mailbox, it's a sure sign that Wedding Season is in full swing. Hanes Hosiery is getting me ready this year for all wedding events, especially with the Sunkissed Tight.

Whereas I used to hate wearing hosiery, I'm now fully embracing. I often choose tights for winter, but I love how sleek and smooth these make my legs for all of my spring and events. I paired these with bright colors and a simple closed-toe pump, the perfect combinations for these gorgeous days that turn in to chilly nights.

If you're looking for new hosiery, check out all of the many hosiery products Hanes has to offer!



Friday, April 25, 2014

Links on Friday

Is everyone else as glad as I am that it's Friday? After a short week last week, this week was a little slow at times, but Friday is finally here. I'm headed to Raleigh after work today for the weekend -- and will be going to Triangle Beach Music Festival for a fun day of great music, great friends, and great weather. See you there?

one // I tried fried zuchinni for the first time this week. Where have I been? Oh my gosh, it is beyond good. And this summertime recipe is just the one I'm going to try.

two // I'm obsessed with Glitter Guide, and today, they're offering 5 things to try this weekend. Soaking up the sunshine? Check.

three // Clearly, I've had summertime food on the brain. It's hard to beat a strawberry cake in peak strawberry season, so this recipe is on my baking list. 

four // Pinterest has so many great tips and tricks on blogging from fellow bloggers. From basic setup to photography, pinterest is a great resource to find articles. Loving these blogging basics.

five // The crop top dilemna -- so, I have yet to try the crop top trend, and I'm just not sure if it will work on me. If there's ever a time to try, summer is it. These are from Swoon Boutique. Thoughts on the crop top?


Hope you have the most fabulous weekend!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Gifts for Mom

Mother's Day

With April coming to a quick close, Mother's Day is right around the corner! Although we should celebrate our mothers all the time -- after all, how great are they -- Mother's Day is an extra special time to show them how much we care. Being that Mother's Day is also spring time, I love to get my mom gifts that are perfect for the season.

Shop Now:
One // Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss and Blush
Two // Tory Burch Eau de Parfum Spray
Three // Letterpress Personalized Tray
Four // Society Social Floral Highball Set
Five // Tory Burch Printed Flops
Six // Golden Thread Monogrammed Necklace

If you haven't seen this video for the World's Toughest Job, you can watch it here.

Thanks, moms!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Showers & Soirees: The Wedding Dress Cake

When I hosted a shower for my best friend last summer, I wanted to create a memorable dessert. Let me disclaim that I am no chef or baker. With that said, I love to try my hand at new recipes or projects, so when I came across a Wedding Dress Cupcake Cake on Pinterest, I had to give it a try. It was just a picture without instructions, so I got creative in the kitchen. I also gave this cake a test run as I didn't want my first time creating it to be for the shower.

  • Cake Mix of your choice
  • 3 16-oz. cans of icing (or 48 ounces of icing if you are making your own)
  • Cake Box bottom or similarly sized cardboard box*
  • Beads or other decor for belt
  • Icing dispenser 
*My mom wrapped our cake box bottom with wrapping paper so it was not just a blank sheet


  1. Bake 22 cupcakes per directions. (I used a yellow cake box mix and followed the directions provided)
  2. Align plain cupcakes (no icing) to create a dress-like shape. Start with 5 cupcakes on the bottom, 4 on the next row, then 3, then three rows of two. Finally, add two cupcakes as the sleeves. 
  3. Once cupcakes are in desired shape, put a dot of icing under each one as to prevent them from slipping out of the dress shape.
  4. Ice each individual cupcake with your icing dispenser.
  5. Once each of the cupcakes are iced, go in to the holes of the "cake" and fill with icing. I did a circular dot pattern to fill in the space between each cupcake.
  6. Finally, add your decoration to complete your wedding dress!
This cupcake-cake does take a lot of icing -- so I would certainly over-prepare. It is also a bit messy if you're not an accomplished baker, which I am not. I had icing everywhere, but was very pleased with the finished product!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Save the Date for Hanes Hosiery

Who said tights are just for the winter? Hanes Hosiery offers so many different options of tights and hose, some of which are perfect for wedding season. One of my favorites is the sunkissed tight -- it gives your legs a smooth finish and even enhances your tan. Plus, closed toed shoes feel that much better!

You can enter the Hanes Hosiery Save The Date Sweepstakes for the chance to win $1,000 and plenty of Hanes Hosiery products!

Here's a sneak peek of the sunkissed tight -- you can't even tell I have tights on!

Stay tuned for a full feature of Hanes Hosiery!

This post was sponsored by Hanes Hosiery, but all opinions are my own.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekending in Williamsburg

Between a few days off from work, a quick trip to Williamsburg, and Easter, it's hard to get back into reality. But we had such a great time in Virginia. We normally go in the summer -- and you would think that it would be warm in the middle of April, but it was quite the opposite! We were dressed in pants and sweaters instead of shorts and tanks. It was certainly different, but we had a great time nonetheless. It was also rainy on Saturday, and whereas we would have normally walked around Colonial Williamsburg, we settled for a little drive-through, which let us see a few things without standing in the pouring rain. We did stop at the Jamestown Settlement before heading back home, as they have an indoor exhibit. We've visited before, but it's always interesting to go back, especially if you like early American history.

Busch Gardens was a large part of this trip, and one of the main reasons we went. The great thing about this theme park is that there is something for everyone. I love the thrill of roller coasters, and Busch Gardens offers 5 large coasters that are a blast. There are also shows like a Celtic Irish dancing performance, Pet Shenanigans which features rescued animals, and even performances that you can watch while you grab a bite to eat. There are also many kinds of food to choose from -- Busch Gardens is split up into countries, so if it's pasta that you crave, lunch in Italy is for you. It was the busiest we've ever seen it this year, so we purchased Quick Queue passes. To us, this was a major advantage because we would have spent much of the day waiting in lines. With the Quick Queue, you could cut your wait time down over an hour at times. And several times we didn't have to wait at all. I would highly recommend Busch Gardens for as a trip -- it is perfect for people of all ages.

This trip is a tradition in our family, so we tend to do the same things each time we go. Dinner at Aberdeen Barn is a staple -- the Delmonico or Filet are the top choices on the menu. A stop at the Christmas Mouse (a year-round Christmas store) has happened since we were very little, so we continue to do it each year. Roller coasters at Busch Gardens bring out the adventure. And it's hard to beat breakfast at the Colonial Pancake House -- it doesn't stand out as a restaurant from the outside, but it is delicious. I recommend the french toast.


Thursdsay --
Ferry Ride
Dinner at Aberdeen Barn
Christmas Mouse
Friday --
Breakfast at Colonial Pancake House
Busch Gardens
Dinner at Fireside Chop House
Saturday --
Breakfast at Colonial Pancake House
Jamestown Settlement
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a perfect Easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Williamsburg 5

It's already Friday again -- and today, I'm spending it at Busch Gardens! My parents have always taken us on "mini-vacays" to Williamsburg since we were little. It was a tradition that my grandparents did with my dad, so we do it together as well. We always take a few days just to go to Busch Gardens (probably the only theme park I really and truly like), eat at our favorite restaurants, and explore Colonial Williamsburg. I'm excited for this impromptu weekend trip -- and for the thrill of roller coasters today!

I have always loved history, and Williamsburg is so rich in it. I did a rather large project my senior year of college on Williamsburg and its transformation that was helped along by the Rockefellers. It's the same each time we go, but it's fun to wander the streets and wonder what like was like in simpler times.

Remember that tradition is everything on this trip. Once we get in to Williamsburg, our first meal is more often than not dinner at the Aberdeen Barn. It is so delicious -- and it takes you back in time.

I am not the biggest theme park person, but something about Busch Gardens has always been so much fun. With so many shows and dining options, plus animal exhibits and concerts, there is always something going on. It is such a clean and well-groomed environment. At some points, you feel more like you're ina park as opposed to a theme park. The roller coasters at Busch Gardens are also a lot of fun -- there are so many to choose from, and if you don't like roller coasters, there are so many other attractions as well. Because I love Europe, I also love that each section of Busch Gardens is themed after a European country. So I'll be in Germany, France, Scotland, and Italy all in one day. Ciao!

I love being able to spend this time with my family -- this includes awkward poses with little sis next to a bear holding a camera...

Views like this one. Can you believe this is in the middle of a theme park? That's one reason why I think BG trumps so many other theme parks -- nature conservation is a huge theme.

Any suggestions for us while we're in Williamsburg?

Hope you have a great weekend!


Thursday, April 17, 2014


Today, I'm road-tripping with SW and my fam to Williamsburg for a little end-of-the-week giveaway. It's been a tradition since we were little, and though we normally visit in the summer, I'm excited to see Williamsburg in April. We'll be visiting Busch Gardens, too, but you'll see a little more about what we're doing tomorrow. For now, here's a little bit of life, lately.
Instagram: @vzellebrown

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jump Around

Now that warm weather is back, I can't wait to break out the rompers and jumpsuits. I won't be doing so as much considering I'm working full-time, but the weekends will definitely be romper-filled.
This week, I purchased this black romper from Shop Rifraff, and I can't wait to get it. In case it isn't obvious, I'm a fan of a fun and different back, and this romper will be perfect for a summer night out with friends.
Here are a few other rompers and jumpsuits that I would love to have in my closet.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Calla Lily

dress: Tibi / shoes: Tory Burch / bracelet: J.Crew (similar) / mani: OPI's You're Such a Budapest / pup: Sophie

I am beyond obsessed with the Calla Lily dress -- and it is perfect for spring! This dress has so many elements: a vibrant print, bright colors, conservative neckline, and low back. I love how different it is and felt like a million bucks while wearing it. I wore it for the bridal shower, and I'm already ready to wear it again. I've had a lot of people ask where to get it, but unfortunately, the dress is from last year and is no longer available for purchase. Here are some other fun choices that are perfect for spring -- and even a few with a dramatic back.

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