It’s been MONTHS (almost half a year actually) but I’m excited to finally have received another Stitch Fix box! After my last fix arrived in November I decided to take a break since I knew I had my December Europe trip ahead and buying a house was on the radar.

But with a wedding to attend and a trip to NYC on the books for April (both of which I asked my stylist to pick options for), I thought it’d be nice to add some new options to my wardrobe. Here’s what I received.

Stitch Fix April 2017

Skies are Blue Honey Halter Blouse ($48) + Liverpool Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean ($78)

I feel like my collection of jeans/pants is already well over what it should be, but I couldn’t say no to this mint-colored skinny jeans. SO perfect for spring/summer (which essentially is the year-round weather here in Florida). With having so much warm weather, the halter top is another great addition to my closet! These colors pair so well together too! Verdict: Kept Both

Stitch Fix Skies are Blue Honey Halter Blouse

Le Lis Kano Textured Knit Dress ($78)

I’m all about comfy clothes and this dress is incredibly comfortable! Stretchy material, for the win! This is one that can be dressed up (blazer) or down (plain or with a jean jacket), which is great too. Verdict: Kept

Stitch Fix Le Lis Kano Textured Knit Dress

Brixon Ivy James Laser Cut Dress ($78)

I absolutely LOVED this dress! The color, the cut, everything about it. I ended up wearing it to the wedding I attended and know I’ll be getting a lot of use out of it! Verdict: Kept

Stitch Fix Brixon Ivy James Laser Cut Dress

Le Lis Hammie French Terry Knit Top ($48)

The last top I received was my least favorite in the box. While it was super soft and I didn’t mind the polka dots, it reminded me (well more so my boyfriend but once he said it, it stuck in my head) of a hospital gown. It actually ended up being cheaper for me to keep this vs. sending it back and keeping the other 4. I’m hoping to love it more, but am thinking maybe that’ll happen with darker jeans? Verdict: Kept

Stitch Fix Le Lis Hammie French Terry Knit Top

As you can see it was a pretty great month with Stitch Fix, since I ended up keeping all five of the items sent. While I wasn’t crazy about the last top, it ended up saving me about $55 to get it, which was a no brainer to do. Specifically, I was thrilled with the 2 dresses that were sent. I feel like good shorts and dresses are tough to find that I’m comfortable in, but these really hit the nail on the head.

While I know the pieces from Stitch Fix can be a bit pricier in some cases (especially if you’re a bargain shopper), the quality is always great, I find pieces I’d never find (or try) on my own, and honestly, the convenience is too good to pass up with a box of clothes based on my style profile showing up at my door!

Have you tried Stitch Fix? What are some of your favorite pieces for spring/summer?

When I started planning my trip to Scandinavia with my mom, I knew Helsinki was a must stop for us. To be honest, I didn’t know too much about Finland’s capital city beforehand, but it was referenced quite a bit on one of my favorite shows (BBC’s Orphan Black) and as silly as it is, that reason + visiting another country/city was good enough for me!

While I’d love to share a detailed itinerary like I usually do with cities, the truth is, I don’t have much of one for Helsinki. Since we had a pretty packed schedule for the rest of the trip in Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Levi (Lapland), we decided to have a more laid back/”wing it” type of plan for Helsinki. But not totally by choice.

Check out the beautiful, Helsinki!

Our stay in Helsinki (where Hotel Lilla Roberts was our “home base”) took place on a late Sunday afternoon/Monday, where many things (e.g. museums, old churches) were closed and no walking tours were available, so we spent our time wandering the city’s streets and doing a lot of shopping and eating!

It ended up working out really well too, since Helsinki ended up being a pretty stellar place for us to shop for local goods! Plus, the main Christmas market was one of my favorites on the trip!

Here’s a glimpse at our time in Helsinki in pictures.

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While we didn’t get to do as much as we did in other cities, we loved exploring Finland’s capital and taking in the city’s culture, and of course, eats. I’m hoping to get back to again soon – preferably on a day where so many things aren’t closed!

Have you visited Helsinki? If not, is it on your travel bucket list?

In just a couple months I’ll no longer be able to say I’m in my mid-20s. I’ll officially be in my “late 20s,” and that’s a crazy thought! I know finance is something a lot of people struggle with, so I wanted to share some helpful financial tips I’ve learned through both experience and advice over the years.

Financial moves to make before 30

Establish a Budget

The first step is understanding your financial habits and establishing a budget. How much do you make each month? What are your fixed expenses (i.e. bills)? Variable expenses? What are your goals for spending and saving? These are all important Qs to ask yourself when figuring out your budget. You can see my tips on how to establish an effective budget here.

Build Your Savings Account

Generally, you’re able to be a little more “free” with finances in your 20s compared to 30+ when your responsibilities increase (e.g. marriage, family, house), so now’s a good time to start saving for those big ticket life things like a wedding, house, vacation, and/or ultimately, retirement.

Pay Debt Off

Obviously the sooner you can get rid of any debt, the better. But especially by 30! Not only are you paying the principal amount (the base of the loan), but you’re also paying for interest, which is the real killer. If you have a few different loans and aren’t sure where to begin with your debt, start by paying off the loan with the highest interest rate.

Enroll in a 401k Plan

Another 40ish years to go until retirement, but who’s counting?! You know how we’re all in disbelief that it’s already almost mid-April? Well since high school (and then college) graduation, time is FLYING. And I don’t know about you, but when it’s time to retire, money is the last thing I want to worry about! By 30 you should be enrolled in a 401k plan to save for your retirement. Most companies even match up to a certain percentage, so if you put 3% in and your company does too, that’s 6% of your paycheck going toward your future!

Build an Emergency (“Rainy Day”) Fund

Separate from your savings and 401k, you should have an emergency fund for unexpected things. You never know when something will pop up like your roof caving in (ugh, worst nightmare as a new homeowner), losing your job, a last-minute surgery, etc. Be prepared! Ideally this fund will include 3 months of living expenses, which I realize is quite a bit. BUT if you start moving a little into that fund at a time (direct deposit is the best), you’ll get there faster than you’d think.

Have Fun!

Since we’ve talked all about the serious stuff, I’ve saved the best for last. HAVE FUN! While it’s important to take all of the steps above to ensure your financial security, you still want to make sure you budget in there for fun. Because as I said earlier, your 20s are generally the years you have a little more freedom before “settling down.” So plan a trip, buy that handbag you’ve been eyeing! Don’t forget to factor in the fun!

Have you started on any of these? Any other tips you’d add?

This post is in partnership with Peanuts. All opinions are my own.

Can we just take a pause to discuss the fact that we’re already a few days into April? It feels like just yesterday we were ringing in the new year! But with Easter just around the corner, I’m excited to fill my home with fun, bright colors/decor, and to watch the next Peanuts holiday special, It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown! 

I’m also excited to partner with Peanuts for another awesome giveaway for you guys! This time the Easter Beagle is hopping in with some awesome springtime goodies!

Peanuts Easter Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive the following:

  • An Easter Beagle (Snoopy) Porch Greeter: The perfect welcome for visitors or fun decor to spruce your home up for the Easter season!
  • Charlie Brown or Lucy FunkoPop!: A great addition to any Easter basket + one of my favorite items to collect! (Note: One of the two will be sent based on availability)
  • A Motivational Peanuts Tin Sign (similar here): Springtime brings feelings of hope, joy, and love, so what better way to be reminded of that when passing by this sign?!
  • It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown Coloring Kit: A fun activity for the kids or a great way for you to unwind at the end of the day!

This giveaway is open to US residents, 18+. Good luck!

Are you ready for the Easter season? What are your favorite traditions?

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #PedigreeMoments #CollectiveBias

As many of you know, Sheba’s my PAWtner-in-crime and tags along with me whenever she can. If you’re new around here, let me tell you about my best bud.

I adopted my beagle/chow mix Sheba 5 years ago on a total whim. I wasn’t expecting to adopt a dog anytime in my near future but when I waltzed into the Humane Society’s adoption event at a store (in passing), I knew I had to get her! And while she gave me a few grey hairs early on with her adventurous spirit, I can still confidently say it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

While most of our adventures are local (visiting friends, family, or just a quick run for takeout), it’s important to me to always have Sheba’s essentials handy, whether we’re just out for the day or traveling on a lengthier trip.

On-the-go essentials for dogs with Pedigree

The core essentials? Food and water. I usually carry a bottle of water that I can easily pour into a dish for her, and if we’re able to bring/pick ’em up, she’ll even get a few ice cubes to go with it (they’re much needed living in Florida)!

PEDIGREE® Pouches and Dry Complete Nutrition Food

When it comes to food, it’s important to have something easy to transport and mess-free. And with PEDIGREE® Pouches, treating and eating on the go just got a whole lot easier!

Since I already do quite a bit of shopping at Walmart for things like snacks, personal care, home, etc., it only makes sense to make a stop in the Pet section to pick up Sheba’s PEDIGREE® POUCH Bacon, & Cheese/Hearty Chicken and PEDIGREE® Dry Complete Nutrition Chicken while I’m at it!

PEDIGREE® food

And because my pup is just a taaaaad spoiled, I’ve been using PEDIGREE® Pouches as a “treat topping,” mixing a bit into her regular dry food. She can’t get enough of it! Like continuing to lick the bowl even though there’s nothing left status. Happy pup, happy life, right?

When it comes to the wet/dry food mix, here are a couple helpful guidelines for feeding (note: individual dogs needs may differ):

  • Feed 3 pouches daily per 10 lbs. of adult dog (for wet food only)
  • Mix It Up: Add in Dry. Replace ½ cup of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition with 1 pouch (1 pouch = 3.5 oz., 1 cup = 8 oz. measuring cup).

Pedigree momentsPedigree dry food

Other items I usually carry for Sheba when on-the-go aren’t technically essentials, but they’re still used quite a bit!

A Leash (with a Poop Bag Dispenser Attached)

While I’d love for Sheba to be potty-trained (like Jinxy in Meet the Parents), that’s just not how dog life works. Having bags handy for pick-up is key and since my pup has a history of being a little TOO adventurous, she always needs to be on a leash (unless we’re in a fenced in area).

Toys!

For any adventure (especially those longer travel ones), Sheba always loves having a favorite toy or two to play with! Her go-tos are her squeaky + fuzzy lambchop and a bouncy strawberry ball!

A Cozy Blanket

Sheba always ends her days snuggling up in her Rudolph + Clarice blanket I made a couple years ago. Since it’s a comfort of hers, it’s something I always carry for her, especially when we’re away from home. Because who doesn’t want to be cozy when it’s time to get some rest after a day of adventuring?!

Dog essentials

Have you tried PEDIGREE® Pouches? What are some essentials you bring when on-the-go with your pup?