7.31.2015

Pinrose Nordstrom Launch + Friday Link Love

TGIF! Am I right? Today's a wonderful day, not only because it's Friday, but because it's the last day that stands between me and the greatest month of the year! Not only is it my birthday month (August 15th for those of you wondering, ha!), but it's also a great transition month for fashion!

August brings a TON of sales + new arrivals at some of my favorite stores. Why? Most brands are trying to push out their summer inventory, gearing up for the fall season + releasing their first wave of fall arrivals. It's a fashion win win.

One brand in particular is kicking off the month of August in a big way. Pinrose is launching their collaboration with Nordstrom tomorrow!! If you're not familiar with Pinrose, they're a fragrance company that specializes in bringing perfume out of the dark ages and making it an effortless, and accessible luxury for the modern millennial.



When you typically think about perfume, most people view it as a luxury that'll cost you north of $100. What's worse, is that the bottle tends to mislead you. Companies design over-the-top packaging that lures you in just because the bottle is cute. Then you get about 10 sprays before it's empty. What a waste of money! Till now...

Pinrose still brings you the luxury aspect, but at a much more affordable price! Pinrose is making things even more accessible. Starting tomorrow, Pinrose will be available in 118 Nordstrom stores nationwide! You can snag their Eau de Parfum bottles for only $50, or if you're not ready to commit to one scent, take the scent quiz or try out their petal packs (25 various scents for $24).

The best part about the petal packs is that they make traveling easy. No glass bottles breaking, no wasting precious luggage space or weighing down your bags. The petal packs fit easily in your carry on + they aren't liquid!! So you can bring them on the plane with you!

For me, I love putting them in my purse. After a long day at work, it's easy to refresh before happy hour by simply using one of the petal packs!

Checkout all the available fragrances here + starting tomorrow, find them at one of your local Nordstrom stores!

Now, a few more links for this wonderful Friday! Have a great weekend y'all!!

  • Only a few more days to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Snag those fall staples early. 
  • A very inspiring story of a little boy who just received the world's first pediatric double hand transplant. This is your feelgood story of the day!
  • Vera Bradley is seriously killing it these days. So many new pieces that you'd never even guess were VB. Checkout their newest line that's perfect for fall!
  • We all cried when Kate Spade Saturday closed, but Kate Spade NY is wiping those tears away by expanding their brand. Here is what's coming next!

In case you missed it: my most popular post recently has been the debut of my home work space + y'all really loved yesterday's hair tutorial. Check them both out!


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7.28.2015

Night Lily Maxi Dress






When I first saw this maxi, I was a little hesitant about purchasing it. For two reasons. The first? I'm normally not one to wear bold prints. Secondly, I'm usually not a fan of the longer dress. I'm not the most eloquent person when I walk (I drag my feet, major), so I steer clear of anything that could hinder my walking or cause me to trip. BUT that's why I love this maxi so much. It's shorter than most, so no tripping will be had. I can also still show off my favorite sandals. The material of the dress is thin enough so I can wear it all summer long too. I then added a few of my favorite accessories to pull the entire look together. It's perfect for a summer date night or dinner with your best friends. Oh, and if that didn't sell you enough... the dress is currently half price too! So snag one for yourself before it's gone!











Photos by Nicole

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7.27.2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale



One of my favorite sales throughout the year is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It's one of the only sales that you can shop fall's must haves before the new season arrives. Rather than waiting till a month or so into fall, you can get great deals on those staples like a good coat, boots, the perfect handbag, etc. Shop some of my favorite pieces above. Just click on the item and it'll take you straight to the page to shop! How simple is that?! Happy shopping y'all and have a marvelous Monday! Xo

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7.24.2015

Southern Shirt Company


During the summer months, one of my go-to outfits is denim shorts and some sort of tee or tank. It's a simple and easy look for the pool, walks along the waterfront or lounging around the apartment.

Since receiving this Southern Shirt Company tank, I haven't stopped wearing it. You can ask my roommate and friends. I wear it all the time... even to sleep in, ha! It's just so comfortable. I love the color too (Maui). I also love the quality of the tank. I have washed it so many times already, and it still feels/looks like new.



Southern Shirt Company also sent me a t-shirt in a mint-blue color (recently seen here). This too, has been a constant go-to of mine this summer. I usually wear it to sleep in or with Nike shorts to the store.



Love what you see? You can snag 10% off your Southern Shirt Company purchase with code Kristyn10. The code is good between now and September 30th. Be sure to stock up on gifts for Christmas (it's never too early), items for yourself, or surprise your friends or boyfriend with a new tee. I promise you, they won't be disappointed!






Photos by Nicole

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**This post is sponsored by Southern Shirt Company. Product was given as compensation. Opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Primp & Proper going!

7.21.2015

A Proper Work Space

Happy Tuesday! Did y'all have a wonderful weekend? I'm not sure what it is about this summer (okay, so maybe I do know ;)), but it has surpassed all the rest and it's not even close to over! Each weekend just gets better and better, with many fun events and trips still to come (main reason why this post didn't go up yesterday, whoops).

Friday night I headed to the Nationals baseball game, Saturday I went tubing with friends down the Shenandoah River in Harpers Ferry, and Sunday I rounded out the weekend with some errands and a nice dinner. DC finally had a full weekend with perfect (but hot) weather, so it was amazing to spend most of it outdoors.

I also spent Sunday morning getting my room organized and clean for the week ahead. One thing that has been on my to-do list for months, has been to update and reorganize my desk area. I haven't even sat at my desk in weeks, because it has been covered in piles of stuff I've been meaning to go through (thanks SBScon). Since I had to wake up bright and early Sunday morning (BF had an early golf tee time), I decided to make the most of my morning and be productive.



While I spend most of my week at my full-time job, I do pretty much all of my blogging from home. Last year my parents helped me take the plunge and purchase a brand new computer. I wanted a desktop since I already had a work laptop. I didn't want two laptops lying around, so I opted for the newest iMac and love it.



When it came to creating my desk area, I wanted to maximize all available space. I live in a tiny apartment, so any storage I can create, is necessary. That's when I found this Target desk, complete with two shelves underneath for storage. I have one basket for goodies such as birthday cards, paper straws, wine bottle bags, paint pens, etc. The upper shelf holds this amazing gold glass bowl that I picked up for $12 off Groopdealz. Best purchase ever. It holds my DSLR camera, cord and charger.

Next to my desk, I wanted a storage tower to hold papers, clutter, mementos, etc. I searched for months to find the perfect one, and in a stain that matched my bedroom furniture. I also didn't want to spend a fortune. I found this one at T.J.Maxx for under $100 and snatched it up real quick.



To complete my little "office space," I wanted to add some fun accessories. Like the push-pin board, above, that I found at HomeGoods (which fits the wall space perfectly).

I also found a gold desk lamp and @ symbol accessory at HomeGoods. Y'all wouldn't believe how hard it was to find a gold desk lamp. They're all either silver or black. It was a long, long search. But I did it.





The final touch? Adding a daily reminder to work hard and be the #GirlBoss that every woman should be. You don't have to own your own company, be an entrepreneur, etc., to be a #GirlBoss. Own what you do and let this sparkly banner be a constant reminder that you can succeed in whatever that is. My friend Adrianne from Studio Pep made this for me (c/o), and I couldn't wait to add it to my computer. You can buy one for yourself here too, or create a custom banner with any message you like.



On a side note, y'all should definitely checkout Adrianne's Etsy shop. She has SO many cute party supplies, balloons, event decor pieces, etc. It's incredible what she can turn a little piece of sparkly paper into.

I just love how my desk area turned out and am glad it's finally organized. Even in the tiniest of spaces, you can still create a separate area. I still have a few pieces I want to add, but will get to those soon. What are some of your favorite desk accessories?

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7.16.2015

Cherry Blossoms

Remember last week when I was talking about stepping out of my fashion comfort zone?! Well, I definitely did with this outfit.



Last month when I was searching for the perfect outfit to take with me to the Southern Blog Society Conference, I wanted to find something that was out of the box and made a statement. I was particularly looking for something to wear to the Friday night cocktail party. I wanted to make a great impression, while at the same time incorporating a little DC flare.

That's when I found this AMAZING Cherry Blossom skirt from Violet Boutique. I fell in love with it instantly. It's one of those pieces that I can wear many times throughout the year. Not just in the spring when cherry blossoms are blooming.



When I went into Violet Boutique, the owner Julie had reserved a dressing room for my friends and I, and was already filling it with looks she wanted me to try. It was like she was in my head. She knew exactly the look I was going for. I narrowed the search down to two options. One, that I felt 100% confident in and was totally within my comfort zone. However, Julie suggested I really reach beyond where I felt comfortable and try something I never had before... a crop top.

Y'all, I have never been one with the crop top trend. Let me be frank, I just don't feel like drawing attention to my stomach. But my friends and Julie really sold me on this particular crop top, because we paired it with a high waisted midi skirt. So only about half an inch of my stomach actually showed. Luckily, it was the flattest part of my midriff, ha!



But let's talk about the back of it. You won't see any photos here, because after many failed attempts taking photos with my friend Katie, we never got a great snap of the back. It is a gorgeous lace design, held up by two thin bands at the back. Initially I was hesitant about the "barely anything there" top, but I quickly changed my mindset when the temps in Charleston that Friday were well north of 100 degrees.

I'm so glad I listened to Julie, and really stepped outside of my fashion comfort zone with this outfit. The skirt + crop top came together to be exactly what I had hoped for. I ended up buying the other dress as well and plan to wear it to an event here in DC.



If you're in the DC area, I HIGHLY recommend you stop by Violet Boutique. I've talked about them before, but I cannot talk about them enough. They are priced so affordable and have the cutest pieces. Perfect for a twenty or thirty something! The quality of the clothing is wonderful too. I have several pieces that I wear on repeat, that I've owned for several years now.



Violet Boutique is located at 2439 18th Street, Washington, D.C.

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7.15.2015

Kendra Scott Mystic Bazaar Collection



If you've followed my blog for awhile, you'll know I have a slight obsession with my Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace. I wear it several times a week, and it has made quite a few appearances on the blog. It literally goes with EVERYTHING!

I've long been a Kendra Scott fan, so when the brand's representatives were at last month's Southern Blog Society Conference, I was ecstatic. The brand reps brought with them a sneak peek of Kendra Scott's newest collection, Mystic Bazaar. We got to try on the pieces, take photos and learn more about the story behind the new collection. It was a really cool feeling to be able to preview pieces that weren't even in stores yet. The new collection is absolutely gorgeous y'all!!



Inspired by her recent trip to Dubai, Kendra wanted to create a new collection that incorporated more metals, textures, earthy tones and stones (love the marble necklace!!), at the same time keeping what she's known for... the cut and colorful stones.





I'm a huge fan of Mystic Bazaar and couldn't wait to share the newest jewels with y'all. Today is finally launch day!! So you can shop all the pieces you see, here.





Oh, and if you're in the DC area... you can shop the newest collection in person! We now have our first Kendra Scott store, located at 4835 Bethesda Ave. in Bethesda, Maryland. Stop in and try out the color bar as well! Happy shopping ladies!!


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**Second photo via Kim Graham Photography. Remaining photos via Kendra Scott's website.
This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.

7.14.2015

Playing Catch Up + SBScon Photos

I'm sure by now, y'all are totally over hearing about my trip to Charleston. Well, sorry I'm not sorry, ha! There's just SO much to share and so many photos that y'all haven't seen. However, I promise this will be the last week of #SBScon related posts. Then we'll get back to our regularly scheduled programming.



Speaking of, I need to offer a little apology to y'all. I know that I haven't been posting consistently recently, both on the blog and social media. I've tried to still share fun photos on Instagram and I think y'all are loving what you're seeing. Do you want to see more? Or am I posting enough? Let me know in the comments below.

Any who, the reason I haven't been consistent is well... summer. I've just really been enjoying the past few weeks. Isn't that what summer is all about anyways? My weekends are usually the only time I have to work on posts, but recently they've been jam packed and I haven't had the time to put together great content. And I'd rather bring y'all great posts, than throw something together. Right?

Summer has just been amazing. Filled with pool days, cookouts, concerts, festivals, date nights, sightseeing around DC, friends and family visits and hanging out with friends. The weather has been pretty decent in DC, so I've attempted to spend as much time outside and away from my desk on the weekends. Hopefully that's what y'all are doing too :)

The summer is flying by, but there's still plenty left to enjoy. So you'll probably see a continuing trend of about 2 (maybe 3) posts a week. I assure you though, I'll be back in full-time action soon. Each week there will be new content, but fewer than normal posts. Let me know if there's anything in particular you're just dying to see, read, hear about or learn. I'm always an open door with suggestions or questions :)

This week however, I have FOUR new posts for you. Today is all about photos from SBScon. These are professionally taken by Kim Graham Photography. Snaps to her and the amazing photos she took! I just thought y'all would want to see even more behind the scenes from the Southern Blog Society Conference.



Stay tuned Thursday and Friday for THREE new outfit posts, featuring the remaining outfits I wore at SBScon. Till then, enjoy some more photos from my time in Charleston + an all new post tomorrow, featuring Kendra Scott's newest collection!

Some photos from the Friday night cocktail party...







Here are some photos of a few of the brands that were there...











The gorgeous hosts of SBScon -- Jessica of My Style Vita and Cathy of Poor Little It Girl



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