My Latest Bargain

I love the style of Jack Rogers and Palm Beach Sandals but I hate to spend over $100 dollars on a pair of sandals that I'll only be able to wear a few months out of the year. I've found them used on Poshmark and Ebay, but even $50 for a pair of used shoes is a little bit crazy (especially considering the fact that other people's sweaty feet have been in them... eww!). Being the bargain hunter that I tend to be, I've found a pair of look-alikes for only $30! They're super comfortable and run true-to-size! As an extra bonus, shipping was incredibly fast and they come in multiple colors! (Mine haven't fallen apart yet either, so that's good news! :) To get a pair of your own, follow the link at the end of the post!

*This is NOT a sponsored post, but rather based on my own personal experience!*

Embroidery and Ruffles

What's better than a $13 top with embroidery on the front, seersucker pattern, and ruffle sleeves? That's right; nothing!! I don't think this blouse could get any better! I paired it with my white jeans (they're stretchy!!), and I think I could live in the outfit! I linked the top and jeans below so that you can shop them super easily!

On a side note, I'm so excited to be going on vacation the first week of August (starting this Sunday)! Even though I'm staying in New England, I can't wait to change things up a bit! While I'm there with my family, we plan on taking a bike ride along the water, going out to lunch, playing outdoor games, spending lots of time at the beach, and going on a boat ride! I will definitely keep you updated through Instagram and have prewritten posts go up on the blog, but all the travel blog posts from there will be up the week after! 
Anyways, enjoy the pictures!  

My Favorite Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies have always been my favorite because they satisfy my hunger, but make me feel refreshed and healthy instead of completely filled like after I eat a huge meal. Today, I have narrowed down my top favorite smoothie recipes for you all to try! I will admit, I'm probably the world's worst chef, but I promise you that I have this whole smoothie thing down pat. I hope you enjoy these just as much as I do! Let me know if you liked them in the comments!  

Tropical Fruit Smoothie

4 Strawberries
1 handful of Blueberries
1 Banana
4 Ice Cubes

Orange Creamsicle

Orange Slices
4 Ice Cubes
Orange Juice
1 tsp of Vanilla Extract

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

4 Strawberries
1 Banana
1 thin layer of Agave Nectar
8 Ice Cubes

Most times, I just experiment and add random ingredients! Some of my favorite things to add to my smoothies are:

Flax and Chia Seeds - they're super good for you
Protein Powder - makes it more filling
Spinach and/or Kale - you can't taste it at all, but they have so many nutrients

I am always looking for new recipes to make different smoothies - what are your favorites? Let me know, and I will definitely try them out!

Seersucker Shift Dress

I think it's safe to say I have a slightly unnatural obsession with seersucker, just as I do for gingham. That being said, this Vineyard Vines shift dress is right up my alley, and it looks so classy with this pearl bracelet! Enjoy the pictures! You can shop the pieces at the end of this post! 

Something must have been really funny ;)

Bracelet  |  Dress (only available in girls sizes)

What to Watch - Summer Movie Nights

Who else loves summer movie nights? I have always looked forward to staying up late to watch a chick-flick with my older sister or getting pizza and sitting down to a comedy movie with my whole family! So... I've made a list of my favorite movies of different genres and their synopses! Enjoy!

Films For Future Girls' Nights

The Last Song
PG (recommended for teens and adults)

I feel like there's been so much hype about Miley Cyrus lately, and this movie throws it way back to before she and Liam Hemsworth were even a thing. I love this film because it's such a cute (but realistic) love story. In this movie, Miley Cyrus is a bad girl that is sent to her father's beach house to straighten out her behavior. While she is there, she, reluctantly, falls in love with a cute boy in town. I promise you this movie won't disappoint!

Dear John
PG-13 (recommended for teens and adults)

I know - the title pretty much gives away the whole storyline, but in this movie, a soldier falls in love with a girl, but when he gets deployed, the only way they can stay in touch is through letters. I won't spoil the ending... 

Other good options:

Funny Family Movies

Parental Guidance
PG (all ages)

This is a perfect movie for ALL ages - my six-year-old sister enjoys it just as much as my dad! In this movie, two overly-protective, overbearing, tech-savvy parents are hesitant to go on vacation and leave their children with the grandparents. This movie illustrates a hysterical and chaotic week in which three spoiled children live in a completely different way than what they're used to. 

The Pacifier 
PG (more of a children's movie)

I'm not going to lie; if you're into R rated movies and such, you might think this film is ridiculous. I enjoyed watching it with my family, but no, it's probably not going to be an adult's all-time-favorite movie. To summarize, a Navy SEAL fails to protect a man from assassination, so to redeem himself, he must watch the man's five children while their mom is away.

Other good options:

Inspirational / Sports Movies

The Blind Side
PG-13 (recommended for teens and adults) 

This movie is great for all types of people - whether you love sports or hate them! In this film, a homeless black teen is taken in by a rich family in town that transforms his life by helping him succeed in school and encouraging him to find/pursue a passion for football. 

PG (all ages)

Looking for a great example of how hardwork and devotion really does pay off? If so, I think you've found yourself the perfect movie! The persistent Rudy strives to attend and play football at the University of Notre Dame. Due to his low grades and lack of money to pay for tuition, the chances of his dream actually coming true are very slim. 

Other good options:

I hope this helped you pick out a few good movies to watch?! Let me know if you've seen any of these and your review - I'd love to hear from you! Are there any other movies not on this list that you love?

Gingham Girl Travels

Throughout the last few days, I have gone on a thigh-burning hike (that was well-rewarded with a great view), had so much fun with my family, eaten the tastiest cider donuts from a small bakery, spent lots of time outdoors, and worn one of my favorite dresses! Overall, I had a great little vacation in New Hampshire! You can view a few pictures of this adorable gingham dress below, and see a few more pictures from my travels here.

Dress  |  Bag (similar)  |  Sandals

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