Outfits for Play

Constant Companions {Straw Hat + Straw Tote}

June 29, 2015

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I purchased this straw hat and straw tote for my trip to Hawaii earlier this year, and they’ve been my constant companions all summer long.  They’re both such classic pieces that go with just about everything in my closet… so can you really blame me?!

Lifestyle Recipes

Easy Backyard Entertaining {Shrimp Boil + Raspberry ‘Tee-Time’ Punch}

June 25, 2015

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I absolutely LOVE having friends and family over for dinner, but as the temps crank up, the last thing I wanna do is slave over a hot stove and force my husband to wash be faced with a sink full of dirty dishes afterwards. One of my favorite summertime entertainment hacks is a simple, delicious, backyard shrimp boil with served with a pitcher of ice cold raspberry ‘tee-time’ punch (basically and half & half spiked with Raspberry Smirnoff).

For the shrimp boil, all you need to do is find a BIG OLE pot and follow this recipe. Trust me, it’s fool-proof! I also like to toss in a few whole garlic cloves for a little extra zing. You can either make it on top of the stove and transport it, or fire up your outdoor grill. Once everything is all cooked up, you just dump it all out on top of a few sheets of newspaper or butcher’s paper, and let the crew dig in and fill up their own plates. I recommend keeping a few moist towels on deck for sticky fingers! Clean up is easy since you make everything in one pot. When everyone’s done eating, just roll up the scraps in the old newspaper to discard.

As for the real star of the show… just follow the Smirnoff punch recipe below, and let the good times roll! And be sure to follow Smirnoff on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for more recipes and inspiration for your summer celebrations!

Raspberry 'Tee-Time' Punch

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Outfits for Play

Cold Shoulder {Peasant Dress Roundup}

June 22, 2015

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In case you haven’t noticed, peasant dresses are having a serious moment this season. I don’t typically follow trends, but this one has me completely on board. Below are a few other options I’ve got my eye on.

So my question to you is this: Will you, or won’t you, be giving the cold shoulder a try this season?

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my Citizen Watch giveaway!

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Outfits for Play

What Time Is It? {Citizen Axiom Watch Giveaway}

June 22, 2015

This post is brought to you in partnership with Citizen. All views and opinions expressed are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that help make Closet Confections possible!

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{Vintage Havana Dress, Fendi Sunglasses, c/o Citizen Axiom Watch, c/o Schutz ‘Shyla’ Sandals}

Happy Monday, Peeps!

Yesterday marked the first official day of summer, and I kicked off the occasion with an off-the-shoulder frock that seems to be all the rage this season. I decided to go full-on boho with a easy hairdo (my signature look as of late) and a pair of lace-up gladiator sandals that I’ve been wearing nonstop.

I also took my new Axiom watch from the lovely folks at Citizen out for a spin. If you follow me on the ‘gram, you know that I had the chance to visit their store in the heart of Times Square earlier this month (and see my name on the marquis!). While there, I learned a lot about the company and the fact that you NEVER have to replace the battery in any of their watches! Can you believe it?! Apparently, they’re automatically recharged by solar power. I kid you not when I say that one of my favorite watches has needed its battery replaced for over 6 months, but I’ve just been too busy to get it done. I still wear it in hopes that it will spur me to get a new battery while I’m out and about, but so far I’ve had no such luck. In any case, I was stoked to learn that I’d never have to deal with that with my new wrist bling… and neither will one lucky reader!

Enter my giveaway below for a chance to receive your very own Axiom watch by Citizen, valued $195. Contest ends June 29th at midnight Eastern Standard Time, so hurry up and submit your entry today!

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Lifestyle Product Reviews

Have a Dope Weekend!

June 19, 2015

As I alluded to earlier this week, I recently had the chance to attend an advanced screening of the movie Dope! Much to my delight, the movie more than lived up to its moniker.

Dope Movie PosterDope aptly takes the coming of age movies we’re all used to and flips the script, turning it into an action-packed dramedy with a soul. This is going to sound a little crazy, but the best way for me to describe this movie would be to liken it to Boyz n the Hood played by the characters in Dear White People. But trust me, it works. Right from the start, you immediately feel empathy for the film’s protagonist, Malcolm (played by Shameik Moore), as he navigates his way through life in “The Bottoms” section of Los Angeles flanked by his two sidekicks Diggy (played by Kiersey Clemons) and Jib (played by Tony Revolori). There’s literally danger lurking around every corner for the three teens, but they still manage to use their wits to stay above it all and emerge victorious (with more than a few scrapes and bruises and close calls along the way).

Dope has gained critical acclaim at both Cannes and Sundance, and it’s easy to see why people enjoy it so much. I certainly did, and I think you will too. Click here to learn more about this film, meet the cast, and watch the official trailer. And be sure to let me know what you think in the comments.

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