Matching {Mommy & Me} Tutus & A Discount Code for You!

Last week, Emerson and I went to a darling Mom & Me Tea Party, hosted by Eventing Tampa Bay. When we registered for the event, I immediately went to hunting for the perfect matching “Mom & Me” ensembles. While perusing Instagram, I found a site that sells the most adorable tutus, including matching sets for moms & daughters called Tutu Moi. {Insert Carrie Bradshaw obsession.} Ummm… perfect!

I happen to believe every girl should have at least one tutu. You can style them with a bodysuit, button-up blouse, something flowy or just a simple tee or tank. Regardless of the top you wear, when you’re sporting a tutu, you’re instantly going to shine! If you’re wearing a simple top, chunky necklaces are also a great addition. I styled ours with some simple black bodysuits we already owned. (Em’s is actually her ballet leotard.)

Scroll to the bottom of this post for a discount code to save 15% on the tutu(s) of your choice!

There are few things that make me happier than matching my mini, but this tutu is great whether you’re matching your little or not. Tutus are wonderful options for day or evening. When you have a bridal or baby shower, wedding or those holidays parties role around, a tutu is always an option you can style in new ways over & over. Hence, why every gal should have a tutu in her wardrobe. (Told you.)

The detail on the back of this tutu is absolutely gorgeous, embellished with a beautiful, antique-looking pearl brooch. And the oodles and oodles of layers of tulle make the skirt extra full and fluffy.

Whatever the wardrobe question, a tutu is the answer. Tutu Moi has been kind enough to offer my followers 15% off anything in their store! Use code LUVBEC15 for 15% off your order! Tell them Luv, Bec sent you! Happy shopping! 🙂

*Luv, Bec receives a small commission when you purchase the items I’ve recommended. However, please be assured, I would never recommend something I did not truly LUV! Thanks for your support!

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My Favorite Sample Sale is Back! But Hurry… It’s Ending Soon!

If you follow along often, you know I wait every year for this sale to roll around. And then I stock up. (Because each bag is TOTALLY different, right?! lol) And you always write me telling me how much you LUV your Rebecca Minkoff bags and how awesome the deals were you snagged! Sooooo… I can’t let this sale pass without sharing it again! There are only a couple days left to grab a bag (or two or three), so hurry over! I’ve linked some of my favorites in the carousel below. I have many of these different styles, so feel free to comment any questions you have! 🙂 

Happy shopping!

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Blue & White Stripes

Nothing says summer like blue & white stripes. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see some of my favorite blue and white styles for all budgets…

Dress & clutch are both Vici.

These shoes come in solid black as well, and the price is unbeatable!

Styles of Blue & White Stripes I LUV:

*This article contains affiliate links, which means I get paid a small commission when you purchase the items I’ve recommended. However, I would never recommend something I did not truly LUV! Thanks for your support!

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The Perfect One-Piece Swimsuit and Cover-up (and Other Styles I LUV)

Last week, we spent a few days at our favorite little island in Boca Grande. When we’re there, we basically live in swimsuits and cover-ups, so before our trip, I got to hunting on some new styles to pack. This lace cover-up sold out quickly but appears it is restocked, so grab it quick! Before I could even post this, my swimsuit sold out, but here’s one from the same store that is super similar and selling out quickly as well, so hurry, hurry! Scroll to the bottom of this post to see some of my other favorite styles!

Shop this outfit:

Other one-piece suits I LUV:

Some other beach-trippin’ pieces I LUV:

Happy Summer & Happy Shopping!

*This article contains affiliate links, which means I get paid a small commission when you purchase the items I’ve recommended. However, I would never recommend something I did not truly LUV! Thanks for your support!

 

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Some Sunglasses I {Currently} LUV…

When it comes to sunglasses, I’m kind of excessive. I certainly don’t believe sunglasses have to be expensive or designer to be cute and on trend. BUT… I do LUV me some sunnies, so I tend to buy more frequently than is probably necessary. So in that sense, I kind of consider myself a connoisseur of trendy sunnies. I’ve linked below some of my favorite shades of the moment. You’ll see there are some splurges and several under $15-20! Whatever your budget, I have something for all of you. There are even a few links scattered in there for designer shades at a fraction of the price. Happy shopping! (Photographed below I’m wearing my favorite sunnies this season. They go with EVERYTHING and are linked first.)

 

*Disclaimer: Some of the product links on this site are affiliate links. That means that if you purchase something from these links Luv, Bec receives a commission. I hope you trust that I would never let that get in the way of sharing my favorite products with you. (I even own many of these styles myself.) Thank you again for reading and hope you enjoy!

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The Brand New, Family-Friendly Rustic, Modern Resort in Orlando We LUV Big Time

Being from Central Florida is kind of like being on a permanent vacation. Here in Tampa, we live only about a half hour from the beach and only about an hour and fifteen minutes from Orlando and all of the big theme parks. We also lived in Orlando prior to having children, so we’ve spent a lot of time at the local resorts. Having experienced so many of the Disney and Universal Orlando resorts, we’ve really had a chance to figure out what we like/don’t like, what’s best with kids and the best ways to accommodate your budget.

We recently had learned that Loews Hotels had just opened a brand new resort as one of their Universal Orlando properties. If you don’t know already know this, just like Disney has on-site resort hotels, so does Universal. And having spent some time in the hospitality industry in Orlando, I know very well that Loews properties have an exceptional standard of luxury, while still being affordable and very kid-friendly. I’d previously spent time at some of their other properties like Portofino Bay, the Hard Rock Hotel & the Royal Pacific Hotel, but had seen that Loews had recently opened 2 new resorts, including Cabana Bay Beach Resort and the one I had my eye on… Sapphire Falls Resort.

My daughter’s birthday was coming up, and she’s suggested a weekend in Orlando, in lieu of a birthday party. (Uhhh… yes, please!)  Let me think… a bunch of kids and a stinky bounce house, or cocktails by the pool and family time away… no brainer. And let’s get real, at the cost of birthday parties these days, we could have a little weekend away for almost the same price. Since my birthday is only a week after my daughter’s, we enlisted the company of our best friends (mine and my daughter’s happen to be in the same family) and we hopped online to pick our resort destination…

(*Let’s pause for a personal admission: So… I was torn with whether to bring my nice DSLR camera or not. I typically take my photos for the blog with my camera, but I really wanted you guys to get an organic look at the resort, as we were seeing it, and sometimes the camera can “spruce” things up a bit. When my friend and I started researching online which resort we wanted to stay at, we went straight to Google Image to find REAL pictures people had posted at the resort. You can find plenty of stock photos on the resort’s website, but since the resort is so new, I wanted you guys to get a real feel of our experience with quick photos I snapped throughout our trip. I hope these photos do just that for you, but feel free to check out the Sapphire Falls website to see a beautiful array of photos. This is a great video of the resort as well, as posted by the Orlando Sentinel.)

Sapphire Falls is a brand new Loews Hotel property that opened last July. From the moment you enter the hotel, it’s obvious how brand-spankin’ new the resort is because it even smells fresh and new! The sheets still feel extra crisp, and everything just feels exceptionally clean and shiny. (That’s obviously the clean freak in me talking.)

The check-in process was seamless, and our kids enjoyed the oversized lobby with fun seating and “beach balls” (as they called them) on the ceiling. I just admired the gorgeous mix of rustic and modern decor, the beautiful use of marble with reclaimed wood and midcentury modern furniture mixed with farmhouse style. I mean- whoever designed this space hit the nail on the head with the perfect blend of styles. I can DEFINITELY see why they said the decor of this resort would speak to me!


Near the elevators, there are these huge bay windows with a panoramic view of the pool. The kids could not WAIT to get down there and check out the scenery. We had dinner reservations our first night off-property, so we had a couple hours to chill and check out what the resort had to offer. So, we went down by the pool so my friend Val and I could have a margarita (duh!) and the kids could take down some ice cream and french fries (parenting at it’s finest).

There’s an area of tables and chairs by the pool (you can see behind the kids in the photo above), where you can order food and there are several things for the kids to do. So Val & I enjoyed a few moments without kids yelling “Mom”, which was FABULOUS. They were occupied, we could see them, and we actually felt like we were on vacation. (Winning.) There is an adorable firepit area with sand, so the kids built sandcastles, and then they’d splash around in the little splash area (the kids LOVED this), coming back intermittently for bites of french fries and ice cream the amazing staff brought by. Truth of the story… an amazing staff member named Christian heard the boys fighting with the girls over a broken sandcastle and noticed that us Moms were so enjoying our “break”. So he brought ice cream over to the kids (with our permission) making them promise they’d get along. They took the bait, and we enjoyed a few more moments of quiet before heading up to get ready for dinner.

Let me briefly talk about the insane room we stayed in… (Thank you Loews Hotels!) We arrived to a suite, which was INCREDIBLE having 5 kids with us. The decor was amazing! (Can I just say I’m OBSESSED with the lighting throughout this entire property?!) The beds were comfy, and we LOVED that we had a separate bathroom the kids could use, a living and dining space the kids could play in while we could relax and get ready in our own room, and the wet bar and fridge to stock our wine {cough}… I mean… food and juice boxes. 😉 The kids favorite part… we had a doorbell. Kids are easily entertained.

Our master bathroom had a barn door, which I know you’d all agree with me was just the cutest thing ever. Even cooler… the kids had a separate tub/shower than our large walk-in shower. I’m a little spoiled after our bathroom renovation, so I still LUV to have a really large shower when we’re away from home.

Plus,the view from our room of the river to City Walk was gorgeous!

Which brings me to my next point… You can actually take the riverboat to all of the Universal theme parks and the City Walk area. On the last day there, we actually took the boat to lunch before checking out, and it was so convenient! Not having to fight (or pay) for parking was an added perk, but the fact that the kids also enjoyed the ride was an added bonus.

When you’re ready to go back, you just look for the sign to Loews Sapphire Falls, and jump back on…

Day two brought a lot of fun! We hung by the pool and actually rented a cabana to decorate for my daughter’s birthday and have a place we could set up the pack and play for the baby. We had the space for the whole day, with our own waiter and chairs. I would say if you have a big group, it’s worth every penny, if your vacation budget allows it. When you (or your kids) need a break from the sun, you can lounge and watch TV (or in our husbands’ cases- sports). Whether or not you have a cabana, the pool is HUGE and has tons of seating all around! I highly recommend the Grapefruit margarita and the fish tacos. 🙂

Lastly, I HAVE to tell y’all about the amazing dinner experience we had on property. The resort has a few charming restaurants including The New Dutch Trading Company that is a grab-and-go type foodery that has the most AMAZING farmhouse decor. Can we talk about this black and white patterned tile?! Again.. the lighting!

There’s also Strong Water Tavern (which we didn’t get a chance to try), but again, the decor is fabulous and it looks like it would be a great place to check out sans-kids for a relaxing date night. Apparently they serve up vintage rums (by your own rum specialist) a ceviche bar and a patio overlooking the lagoon. Sounds amazing.

We had the pleasure of dining at the Amatista Cookhouse on property our last evening at the resort. Let me just say, I may not be a “foodie” per se, but I consider myself a connoisseur of restaurant decor and ambiance, and I can spot a winner when I see one. From the food, to the service (thank you to our server Michael for the friendly and wonderful service) to the ridiculously amazing decor (think your favorite beach restaurant meets Restoration Hardware), everything was top notch. I HIGHLY recommend the sofrito and my husband said I should make sure to mention the crab cakes. (I can’t speak for them though, because he didn’t share. I’m not kidding.)

We finished our night by the firepit I mentioned. The staff sold little s’mores kits, so the kids enjoyed making s’mores and playing in the sand, while us “grown-ups” enjoyed sitting around the fire over a glass of wine.

My only complaint I have about our trip, was that it had to end. I can assure you we will be back. Luckily, we’re close enough we can make this a recurring event. So the only question is… when shall we go back? 🙂

If you have any questions at all about the resort or my suggestions for things you should do while in Orlando, don’t hesitate to comment below! I’d also LUV to know what your favorite things to do in Orlando are, or where you might like us to explore next… We’re ready for another adventure! 🙂 Thanks for everything Loews Hotels! You have a friend in me. #LuvBecTravels

*Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by Loews Hotels and Sapphire Falls Resort. That means that I made arrangements with the resort prior to our stay. I hope you trust that I would never let that get in the way of sharing my very own opinions and would never convey feelings that were not 100% my own. Thank you again for reading and hope you enjoy!

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Luv, Bec #TuesdayTrend: My Favorite Shoes for Spring

As soon as the warm weather hits, I’m ready to revitalize my wardrobe for spring/summer. And I like to start from the ground up! I’ve got my eye on several new styles, but I’m giving you a sneak peek of some styles that are sure to be trending this season. Think block heels, ankle-wraps, natural materials, stand-out fabrics and perforated styles Also, be sure to add pops of bright color, classic sneakers and continue to see the backless mule and easy slides. This is my take on spring. Happy shopping… 🙂


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My Spring/Summer Reading List…

While on vacation last week, I finally got the chance to read a book that was gifted to me several months ago, but I just hadn’t made the time to read. They say, “Timing is everything”, and I think this was no exception to that rule. I haven’t made the time to read a whole lot of anything lately, other than blogs. So, after enjoying this book so very much on my trip, I’ve decided I need to read the next book by the same author and possibly some others. So, I’ve compiled a list of books that I find appealing, all that can be purchased through Amazon, and I’m committing to watching a little less TV this spring/summer and a little more time to knocking out some of my reading list. In case you’re interested, I’ve linked some of the books I’m considering below…

(Link to the book you see in the photograph.)

(Link to the mattress you see in the photograph.)

(Link to the sweater you see in the photograph.)

*Disclaimer: Some of the product links on this site are affiliate links. That means that if you purchase something from these links Luv, Bec receives a commission. I hope you trust that I would never let that get in the way of sharing my favorite products with you. Thank you again for reading and hope you enjoy!

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Cold Shoulders & Peep Toes. Ready for Spring…

Come March, I’m ready to throw on my white denim and floral prints. Cold shoulder tops are right on trend. Here I incorporated a nice transitional peep-toe bootie by Vici and a blush tote, and I’m ready for spring…

Shop some of the items I’m wearing and some of my {similar} favorites:

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How I Added a Small Workspace to Help Me Clear My Countertops {Plus, Some of my Favorite Small Desks, Chairs and Office Decor}

If you’ve ever read Love the Home You Have (if you haven’t, I highly suggest it), you’ve been versed on the benefits of clearing your countertops and the surfaces in your home. Having clutter-free countertops can contribute to your overall peace of mind. For me personally, when I see a stack of papers and clutter on my countertops, my mind wanders into a space where I feel overwhelmed with all of the things I need to be doing. My last kitchen had a built-in desk, which I LUV’d. It was a space where I could organize all of my work/mom life items, and it felt somewhat detached from our eating space. The kitchen in my current home does not have a built-in desk. So, a year or two ago, I purchased a desk for my guest bedroom upstairs, and intended to have this space function as a guest bedroom/office space for myself. However, being on the second level, it just isn’t accessible enough.

I don’t have many empty walls downstairs, so bringing the desk down wasn’t an option (it’s pretty big). With that in mind, I decided I wanted to find a super compact desk for my bedroom. I wanted one that wouldn’t take up much space (or now make my bedroom feel cluttered), but enough to hold my computer, agenda and paperwork (mail) I need to access daily. I found this one at Homegoods, and immediately I knew it was the one. The natural mango wood blends well with the feel of our bedroom furniture and I added a simple metal chair.

Here are some of my favorite options for small and compact desks for all budgets .(There are several under $100!) I’ve also linked some great options for tower desks (which are great for space saving options as well)…

And some simple chair options for small workspaces:

The hardware that came on the drawers of the desk were 2 brushed brass simple knobs. I’m a big fan of dressing up furniture (and cabinets) by adding unique hardware. So when I saw this desk, I immediately thought it would be fun to change the knobs. I found a set of 4 gold/opal white egg-shape knobs at Homegoods and changed the knobs to make the desk a little more unique. Here are some of my favorite knobs. (I’ve even used some of these in my bathrooms and other furniture pieces in my home.)

Some of my favorite coffee mugs:

I LUV wall macrames for an organic, natural feel. This indigo dip-dyed one matches my bedroom rug perfectly, and blue is one of my favorite colors to add to a space. Here are some great options for wall macrames, if you’d like to add one to your space as well:

Some of my favorite organizational/decor/office supply options for a functional workspace:

Hope this has inspired you to declutter and add a workspace to your own home! Got any tips or questions… feel free to add them to the comments! And don’t forget to share how you’ve used any of my tips or recommendations to your Instagram with the hashtag #luvbecinspired for a chance to be featured in my stories or on my page.

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