SwimWear Round Up

BATHING SUIT:  Aerie (old) Similar Here and Here │HAT: Asos│SUNNIES: Quay 

Warmer days are happening more and more often, which has me itching for summer and everything that comes with it. Cute bikinis, longer nights, poolside drinks, no top on the jeep… (these are a few of my favorite things).

You might not know it, but I am originally from Florida where a bathing suit is necessary almost year round. Because of this, I have amassed quite the collection. You might even call me a bathing suit connoisseur.  I think the last time I counted I had over 100 bathing suits. I know, I know, too many. But I love to shop for new ones and I’m constantly on the hunt for bathing suits that are cute and flattering.

So here goes! Below is a collection of my favorites. They are grouped by style. I really think investing in a more expensive bathing suit that looks fantastic on you and gives you tons of confidence is really important. You could keep heading to target to buy a new cheap bathing suit every year (absolutely nothing wrong with is – I do it every year. That stuff is cute!) OR you could have that one bathing suit that you know is perfect.

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Questions? Drop a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

xoxo

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Death and Taxes

JEANS: Seven For All Mankind │BODYSUIT: Zara 

Welcome to my first Raleigh guide post! I’m a huge foodie and I love to be out and about, so I thought I’d do some reviews of my favorite local places. Raleigh is just overflowing with local restaurants making it hard to know where to go. So, let me be your guide! We recently had dinner at one of my favorite Raleigh restaurants, Death and Taxes. Located in downtown Raleigh, Death and Taxes is the newest addition to the Ashley Christensen restaurant group. The focus of this restaurant is wood fired entrees. Think perfectly grilled steak, pork and seafood. This is on the smaller side in terms of size, so plan on making a reservation. You can find their online reservation system here.

Drinks:

The drink selection at Death and Taxes is vast and you could just head there for drinks. The bar is inside the restaurant and faces the kitchen which features an open design. We always try to go a little before our reservation to have a drink and watch the chef do his thing. The wine list goes on and on and honestly, I haven’t had a bad glass there. This visit, I stuck with a trusty favorite, sparkling rose, which I highly recommend. For cocktails, my favorites are the The Stowaway and Les Sucettes.

First Course:

We started the party with the roasted oysters with chili butter and preserved lemon. YUM. Those suckers lasted approximately 2 minutes after this photo was snapped. Other favorites we’ve had are the charcuterie and the beef tartar. You also have to order the bread and butter starter. The bread is freshly baked every day and it’s worth every last calorie.

Entrees:

For our main course, we shared the grilled shrimp and steak. I really feel like if it’s your first time at Death and Taxes you have to try the steak. It’s what they are known for and it does not disappoint. It’s always perfectly cooked to your preference. The beef is NC grass fed angus, so it’s always super tender. The shrimp entree features NC shrimp in a butter garlic sauce that is light and flavorful. Both entrees were fantastic. We’ve also had the pork chop and the fish. I don’t think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. The sides we had this time were fried potato fonduta which resembles a fried mashed potato ball and the twice cooked mushrooms. 

Dessert:

Did you really go try a new restaurant if you didn’t order dessert?  We ended the night with an Irish coffee and lemon ice cream sandwich. Pro tip: order your Irish coffee with double Jameson and Baileys. The ice cream sandwich is made with a ginger snap cookie and it’s the perfect sweet and citrus combination. If you’re more of a chocolate fan, the dark chocolate bread pudding is heaven on a plate.

I’m linking the full menu here. Keep in mind, the menu is seasonal and changes so things we had  might not always be on the menu. It is a higher end restaurant and entrees range from $24-35, but it is beyond worth it. I will also say the service at Death and Taxes is above and beyond. All of the wait staff was super accommodating while I traipsed around their restaurant taking 8 million pictures. Highly, highly recommend checking out Death and Taxes.

Questions about Death and Taxes or other Raleigh restaurants? Let me know!

xoxo

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Twirly Olive Dress

DRESS: BKNR  │ SHOES: Jessica Simpson │CLUTCH: Kate Spade (old) Similar Here and Here │ SUNNIES: Karen Walker

Happy Thursday, y’all! I am so, so, so ready for spring. I’m actually ready to throw away all of my coats and bulky sweaters. This dress is the perfect transition dress for spring. The weather here has been hopping back and forth from 70’s to 50’s which makes long sleeves necessary for just a few more weeks (hopefully). North Carolina likes to tease us with a few days of warmer temps and then back to the 50’s. I get so jealous looking at other bloggers who live south of me posting all these fun spring looks. C’mon North Carolina, gimme some spring.

I love flirty, feminine silhouettes and this dress is all of that and more. The material is a super slinky silk blend which gives it tons of personality.  The tie string belt really accentuates the waist giving you that sought after hourglass shape.

Ever since we got back from our Cayman trip, I’ve been dying to start planning our next trip. Where should we go? I have a travel bucket list that’s miles long, but I’d love to hear suggestions from y’all.

xoxo 

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Lace Up Dress

DRESS: Revolve │SHOES: Jessica Simpson │CLUTCH: Chanel │SUNNIES: Karen Walker │BRACELETS: David Yurman

I love a little black dress as much as anybody, but y’all, this little white lace up dress might be replacing my LBD this summer. Did I mention it’s also on super sale?  $42 and available in all sizes. When I first saw this dress, I said nope, no way. Those laces are going to show everything and I am guaranteed a wardrobe malfunction. But, I am a firm believer in the try on factor. What’s the try on factor you ask? I try to never judge anything by the way it looks on a hanger or on my computer screen. There have been so many times where I’ve been so unsure about something on the hanger and then I try it on and BAM, its perfect. Bottom Line: always always try on and step outside of your comfort zone.

And if you’re a soon to be bride, this would be a great bachelorette dress. I can’t believe wedding season is almost here. Be on the look out for some easy wedding wear posts coming up.  Have a great week y’all.

xoxo 

 

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Spring Time Floral

SHORTS: Express │TOP: Asos │SHOES: Marc Fisher │SUNNIES: River Island (old)- Similar Here │BAG: Chanel │BRACELETS: David Yurman

Happy, Happy Weekend Y’all. The weather in Raleigh has been unusually warm lately, so I had to share my favorite pair of white cut-offs. I live in these bad boys during the summer. They are perfect to throw over your bathing suit or to wear to dinner with a cute top. Express comes out with a different, yet similar version of these shorts every year and I always scoop up a few pairs. Finding shorts I like and are flattering can be such a struggle bus. These hit the jackpot. They aren’t too tight on my thighs and have a nice slimming high rise.

My shoes you’ve probably seen over and over if you follow other fashion blogs. They are Marc Fisher who is a relatively new to the shoe game.  He’s really gained a following which is unsurprising because all of his shoes I’ve tried on are cute and ridiculously comfortable. Go check out my other favorites here and here.

If you have any other questions please feel free to ask!

xoxo 

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Cayman Review

DRESS: Trina Turk

So, if you’ve been following along and I hope you have, you know we spent a few days in the Cayman Islands. I wanted to share a few more pictures and review where we stayed and some of the things we did.

The Cayman Islands are a group of three islands in the Western Caribbean and they are absolutely beautiful. We stayed on the main island – Grand Cayman – at the Ritz Carlton for the first few nights. We flew into Grand Cayman and the hotel was about a 15 minute ride from the airport. The Ritz is right on Seven Mile Beach which consistently wins awards for one of the beaches in the world. The Ritz is known for outstanding service and accommodations and this hotel did not disappoint.  Like, rum runners and sugar cookies waiting for you when you check in, type of service. The resort is made up of two main buildings – the resort side and the beach side. The beach side looks directly at the ocean and the resort side overlooks the golf course.

The Spa:

One of my favorite parts of the resort was the Spa. The spa offers relaxing services focused around health and wellness. The spa also has lounges and whirlpools and uses Swiss caviar body treatments. We spent a few hours getting pampered and browsing the boutique.

I had the caviar massage which was equal parts relaxing and rejuvenating.  Caviar is packed with vitamins and minerals that are responsible for preventing dullness and drying of skin. These vitamins and minerals can also even out skin tone and improve skin texture.

Day Trip: 

My favorite, favorite part of our time in Grand Cayman was by far our horseback riding trip. I found Nikirides on Trip Advisor and she was fantastic. She picked us up right from the hotel and took us to the western part of the island. We went for a 20 minute ride right on the beach and the views were beautiful. Then we rode the horses into the ocean. It was SO cool. I have been riding horses for most of my life, but don’t let that scare you away. Most of the people in our group of 5 people were novice riders. The horses were super calm. If you are a more experienced rider, Niki will let you canter down the beach. Highly, highly recommend doing this.

Where to Eat:

There are several restaurants in the resort. My favorite, by far, was Seven. The restaurant is named after Seven Mile Beach and boasts beach front dining. They are known for their grass fed beef selections and the food did not disappoint. They also have over 350 wine selections.

The Ritz is also known for their pina coladas and I had one or maybe seven, you decide.

Overall, the Cayman Islands are stunning and I highly recommend adding them to your travel bucket list. Especially as an escape from the cold. Part 2 of our Cayman Trip – Cayman Brac – will be on the blog soon. Stay tuned. If you have any questions about the Ritz or things to do on the main island, I’d love to hear from you.

xoxo

 

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Wear To Where

PANTS: Zara│SHOES: Jessica Simpson│TOP: Forever 21│BAG: Chanel│WATCH: Michele│BRACELET: David Yurman │SUNNIES: Karen Walker

Happy Wednesday, and Welcome to my first Wear to Where post! I’ve always envisioned this blog as a true reflection of me and my style. And this home girl works full time so, a good portion of my closet is dedicated to work appropriate outfits. I know firsthand the struggle of putting together cute, functional, AND professional outfits. Sometimes it seems like another full time job in itself. Googling and Pinterest are no help in my opinion. I look at the posts on Pinterest and wonder where the heck do these chicks work? I could never wear that to my job… If you’ve ever felt the same way, I’m hoping these posts will help. Some of these posts will be dedicated to work attire, but we will also have some fun with posts dedicated to weekend style, and special occasion style.

Let’s get down to business! These pants are so so so flattering. Who doesn’t want legs that look miles long? I wore this top to work on a day that it rained in Raleigh and got so many laughs/compliments. I love an outfit that is professional without being boring. And it’s cost conscious ringing in at a little over $150 (not Chanel – she’s not very cost conscious).

Questions? I’d love to hear from you. Our Cayman trip will be on the blog soon!

xoxo

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Tweed Perfection

 

DRESS: Zara  │ SHIRT: Banana Republic (old) Similar Here  │ BAG: Chanel │SHOES: Jessica Simpson │WATCH: Michele │ SUNNIES: Karen Walker │ BRACELETS: David Yurman

I. Love. This. Dress. Y’all, I wore this a few nights ago downtown for dinner and I got all the compliments. Never thought I would say tweed could be actual perfection. It’s almost like a dress jumper combo. I put a striped shirt underneath, but it would look so good with a red or black turtleneck and flats. It’s the perfect transition dress as it starts to warm up. In my book, Zara can do no wrong. If you’ve never heard of Zara because they have very few brick and mortar stores, seriously go check them out. I’ll even make it easy for you and link the site here. You can thank me later. Zara will be a reoccurring theme around here. Super affordable and they make good wear to work staples but also super on trend pieces. Now, I know buying online is annoying. But, Zara runs pretty true to size and I rarely have to return because something doesn’t fit. But, if you do have to return, the shipping is free making it pretty painless.

Ok, I’ll stop going on and on about Zara. I hope everyone is having a fabulous week. Questions? Comments? Things you want to see? Let’s hear it!

xoxo

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Be My Valentine….

SKIRT: J Crew │TOP: Express │SHOES: Sam Edelman│SUNNIES: Glance│WATCH: Michele│TIGHTS: Commando

Valentine’s Day is easily one of my favorite holidays… Chocolate, presents, love… What’s not to like? We are heading to the Cayman Islands this year. So ready to escape the cold and lay on the beach.. More to come on our Cayman trip.

Below is a round up of some great Valentine’s options…. There are some budget friendly options, some wear to work options, and some not so budget friendly options. Investing in a good little black or red dress is always a smart idea. They’re both timeless pieces. When What Not To Wear (did anyone religiously watch that like I did?) was still on, Stacey London would talk about how to decide when to invest in pieces and when to buy a cheaper dupe. There’s math ahead friends. Think about the number of times you think you’d wear something and divide that number by the cost of the piece. Then decide if you’d be willing to pay that number to wear the piece each time. Y’all…. I have used this so many times to talk myself into buying something. Sure, I’ll spend $25 every time I wear these $500 shoes….

I wore this valentine’s outfit to work with tights. I get so much work wear out of this skirt. It’s so versatile.. easy to wear with tights and heels or with flats and basically any top I’ve put with it looks good. My tights seem like just your run of the mill black tights, but they are so so flattering. I’m really rough with my tights and always try to invest in a more expensive pair that won’t have several runs in them at the end of the day. You’ll be seeing these shoes on repeat. They are my favorite wear to work and to play heels.

Thanks for reading and happy happy love day. Get ready for an overload of pictures from our vacation.

xoxo

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Welcome To All The Trouble


DRESS: Jill Stuart │SHOES:  Sam Edelman│ BRACELET: David Yurman

Welcome to All The Trouble!

My name is Heather Mazzola and I am beyond excited to start and share this journey with you. I contemplated blogging for years, but always found reasons not to start. Graduate school, the fear of failing, working full time…. With the New Year, I decided to stop making excuses and devote some time to something I love. So, here we go…. Buckle up!

A little bit about me… I am originally from Florida, I went to FSU for undergrad (GO NOLES!) and then moved to North Carolina for graduate school. I fell in love with North Carolina’s southern charm and changing seasons and decided to make it my permanent home. I am a clinical audiologist in Raleigh, NC. I am a dog mom to the cutest and craziest West Highland Terrier, Max Mazzola (head on over to my insta stories if you want to see lots of cuteness involving him). My love for clothes and the fashion industry runs deep and wide and I can’t wait to share my personal style with you.

Now, let’s get down to business. Here’s the real star of the show… this Jill Stuart dress. Just having my own gossip girl moment over here, don’t mind me. I love classic lines and structure. I’m a little more of a Blair than a Serena style wise. This dress is classic and chic all wrapped into one…and talk about flattering! My shoes are my favorite basic black pumps. They are the perfect wear to work height and easily transition to wear for fun.

I’m so glad you’re following along, stay tuned for a lot more trouble.. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to share. I’d love to hear from you.

xoxo

 

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