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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lace Up Chambray Shift Dress



Summer is so close that I can almost taste it. A good indicator is the continuous afternoon storms that hit Florida each day. With the unbearable heat around the corner, I’ll be reaching for all things light and airy when it comes to clothes. Sleeveless preferred, of course. Cue this lace up chambray shift dress from Tobi.

I’m obsessed with how light the fabric of this dress is. It doesn’t stick to you in any way and it’s incredibly breathable. The back of it is completely open and I love the lace up front. I could definitely see this dress doubling as a coverup for pool parties or beach days as well. It would be perfect to throw on before strolling through a weekend farmer’s market because it’s that easy to just put on and go.

It's a fact that Tobi nails it with basic summer pieces and this dress is no exception. Let me also remind you of this peach bodysuit.


When styling, I went pretty casual with this dress. I think my top knot is the biggest statement made here LOL. These moccasins are a long time favorite. They’re pretty worn in, but I love them as an option for when I just want to kick it (or if I didn’t have time to get a pedicure). My mocs are one of the comfiest pairs of shoes that I own. The price point for these is  under $50 and these shoes come in multiple colors.

Since this chambray dress is light and neutral, I decided it’d be fun to pair it with this pink tassel bag.  Unfortunately this bag is sold out online, but I’m linking some similar ones. I’m no stranger to adding a poppy accessory to simple outfits, I actually think it’s necessary. When an outfit gives you a chance to add a statement or colorful accessory, you take it.




Ben and I leave for our friends' bachelor and bachelorette cruise tomorrow - we can’t wait! It’ll be a joy to get somewhere sunny with a vodka club in hand, and no worries to stress about. I’m sure my Instagram feed will soon be flooded with tropical pictures. Make sure you’re following along for the latest. I'll be posting when I can.

What are your plans for this weekend?

*This post was made in collaboration with Tobi. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Shop this dress here (I ordered a L, it's a little roomy - but I'm glad I sized up)


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Gifts for Dad this Father's Day


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It's June, which means dad deserves some recognition for being, well, him! I'm excited to share some of my picks for what to get your dad for Father's Day here on Keeping Up with Kahla today. If I'm being completely honest, my dad is probably one of the hardest people to shop for. He has what he needs, and anything extra is subject to not getting used because he likes what he already has. Nothing wrong with that. The good thing is that he'd be just as happy with quality time as he would an actual gift. Normally we'll go out to lunch or dinner (my treat!) and just enjoy some time together. I always sneak in a Lowe's or Home Depot giftcard as an extra bonus. These are normally a hit. He's a handy man, what can I say?

I had the opportunity to collaborate again with Amara to handpick some gifts for dad! How convenient is this carry on cocktail kit? Sure to fight those up in the air jitters. Or how about these gorgeous whiskey glasses? They'd be the perfect accompaniment with your dad's favorite bottle of whiskey. Amara also has a great curated selection of Father's Day gifts that you should check out on their website!

From fitness, to techy, to comfy - there's something for every dad down below. Happy shopping!

Have you already shopped for dad? What did you get him?

*This post was made in collaboration with Amara. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. 

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Peach Ribbed Bodysuit + Distressed Shorts


Peach Bodysuit // Shorts [similar] // Hat [similar] // Sandals


Bodysuits may be one of my new favorite things in life. I'll admit I was slightly hesitant to try them out and it took me quite a while to consider these as an outfit option. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for anything that resembles an adult onesie (y'all know I love a good romper), but bodysuits just seemed like a whole new level mostly because they cling to you. If you're hesitant like I was, I'm here now today to tell you to TRY THEM. They make getting dressed so easy (similar to a romper!) - just pull it on and snap. Layer with your favorite pair of shorts or jeans, and you've got a full put together look.


Today on Keeping Up with Kahla, I'm super excited to be collaborating with Tobi. They have such great basic options for the season all across their website! When I spotted this peach ribbed bodysuit while perusing the selections, I knew it was my chance to give the bodysuit an honest try.

My favorite thing about this bodysuit is the color. How perfect is the peach option for the summer ahead? The peachy shade is just as pretty in person. I really love the feminine ruffles and the one shoulder look is very on trend right now. The flowyness of the ruffles adds a second dimension and kept my wanting to twirl around while Ben was snapping away for these pictures. I'm also a fan of the ribbed texture of this bodysuit - it's super flattering!


I paired this bodysuit with some of my go-to distressed shorts for an easy breezy look. I'm loving these brand new sandals I picked up too. The ties give them a cute boho feel, and I'm sure I'll be reaching for these throughout the summer.




Although I opted for a super casual look here, I could easily see this bodysuit being dressed up for a night out. It’s versatile and I love that it comes in a statement color since summer is really a time to “pop” with fun shades!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

*This post was made in collaboration with Tobi. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Shop this bodysuit here (I sized up! – normally M, ordered a L)
Shop liveFASHIONABLE jewelry (I'm wearing their stackable rings, and stardust choker): click here
Shop guitar string bracelet: click here

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

St. Louis Eats: Twisted Ranch Review



Twisted Ranch is the new kid on the block in St. Louis. The Missouri based restaurant is located on a corner in a quaint and cute neighborhood called Soulard (think ivy covered walls, and eclectic colored doors). If you weren’t looking for it, you might even make the mistake of driving past it. Don’t make a snap judgement based on its humble location though. Inside the restaurant your tastebuds will go crazy over, you guessed it, their house made ranch. More specifically: 27 flavors of it.

I’m talking avocado ranch, cheesy bacon ranch, kemowasabi ranch. The list goes on.

We visited Twisted Ranch while we were in town during Memorial Day Weekend with Ben’s family. Rumor had it that ranch-loving humans filled the sidewalks hoping for a seat inside as it got closer to Twisted Ranch’s opening time. To avoid any risks of not getting in, Ben’s dad hung outside the restaurant to hold our place in line. To kill time the rest of us walked up and down the aisles of a nearby farmer’s market. At that point he was the first and only one there - mind you this was an hour and half before opening. When our group came back to the restaurant to join Ben’s dad outside, we saw that the sidewalks had filled up quite noticeably.

We were let in at 11AM when Twisted Ranch opened - first ones in, woop woop! The restaurant isn’t large by any means. I liked the rustic-industrial decor. There was a bulbed St. Louis city sign hanging on the wall. Their ranch flavors (all 27 of them!) are displayed proudly on a chalkboard above the bar.

Our group perused our menus upon sitting down. I knew immediately that I had to try Twisted Ranch’s Bloody Mary. It’s made with, get ready for it, ranch infused vodka and served with a ranch seasoning coated rim. I know what you’re thinking. Ranch vodka, but why? BECAUSE RANCH Y'ALL. Just trust me when I say to skip your normal lunchy adult drink and give this one a try. Your tastebuds will rejoice and you’ll totes understand the “why”.



For lunch, I opted for the chicken gyro with fries. It was good, but let’s get to what actually matters: the ranch. I had a hard time committing to which ones I wanted to try out because they all sounded AMAZING. My gyro automatically came with Twisted Ranch’s Greek Ranch, so I decided to also add on the Red Billy Goat (red peppers and goat cheese), and the Sunny in Fetadelphia (sun-dried tomato and feta). Both were creamy, zingy, and tangy. I appreciated the tiny chunks of feta in the SIF ranch. The peppers in the RBG were the perfect partner to my gyro and fries.


I’m a big fan of restaurants that take something so simple and amp it up a notch. This is exactly what Twisted Ranch is doing with one of America’s favorite condiments. The next time you’re in St. Louis, make sure you add Twisted Ranch to your list of restaurants to try. Tell them I sent you!

For more ranchy deets, check out Twisted Ranch's website here: https://www.twistedranch.com
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: Picks Under $50

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I'm going to be so honest with you all right now - I wasn't going to do a Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale post. Not because the sale isn't amazing - it IS. Designer items are up to 40% off and there are some real treats included. This sale is incredibly hard to resist posting about. It's solely because I feel like I've done a lot of "round up" posts around here lately, and I thought doing another one might get slightly annoying.

Then as I scrolled through the sale selection I thought THESE ARE TOO GOOD NOT TO SHARE. ALL THE ROUNDUP POSTS. PEOPLE MUST KNOW.

Anyway...

As I'm CERTAIN this is the umpteenth post that you've seen covering this Nordstrom sale, I'm not going to overwhelm you with a million and one picks. Instead, I'm keeping my picks in the under $50 category. Super doable, not overwhelming, and easy to scroll through. Also, some of these items are super steals. This dress would be perfect for weddings this summer (under $30 and on trend with the one shoulder look). and this avocado phone case is so adorable (under $15). Tossing around the idea of trying the bandana trend? Why not try it for under $6 with this one here?

See why I couldn't resist? Scroll through my picks that are under $50 and included in this Nordstrom sale below. Click the item picture to be brought to their page for purchase. Don't forget to let me know what you bought in the comments!


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