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Arizona Instagram Round-Up

February 23, 2017

Categories: Fashion, Travel

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Hello, Arizona.

In January I spent a week in Tucson, Arizona. If you look back through my Travel Posts, you’ll notice that it’s one of my favorite places in the U.S. because of the breathtaking desert views, endless sunshine, and stunning sunsets that paint the Arizona sky shades of orange, purple, and pink. If you haven’t been, I highly suggest going. It’s a place I find to be incredibly spiritual, peaceful, and relaxing. Whenever I leave, I find myself feeling rejuvenated and at peace. Take a look at my Tucson Day Guide; my curated itinerary for a day spent in Tucson.

Looking for Arizona inspiration? You can search #TCGinAZ on Instagram to see all my Arizona posts. If you like travel, be sure to check out my Travel Posts page here on my site and search #TCGTravels on Instagram.

Keep reading to see all my looks from Arizona with easy-to-shop images below. I share my favorite places, eats, and photo spots in Tucson as well. Enjoy! And please let me know if you have any questions.


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Blog Post:  Yellow Striped Off-Shoulder Top in Barrio Viejo



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Blog Post:  Red Off-Shoulder Dress


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Blog Post:  Ivory Sweater + White Jeans


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Blog Post:  White Cold Shoulder Mini Dress


Where to Stay.

Tucson is a diverse place made up of vibrant college students, sun-seeking retirees, and visitors looking for solace and relaxation. Looking for a resort-like feel with tennis, golf, and swimming? Stay at the Hilton El Conquistador. Are you in need of balance, endless spa sessions, and mind-body health? Miraval is the world-renowned spa just outside the city. And if you’re looking for luxe surroundings and top-notch dining options, The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain can’t be beat.

No matter where you stay, be sure to ask for a room with desert views. The Tucson sunsets pair well with a nice glass of wine and an outdoor fire pit.


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Blog Post:  Bell Sleeves and Coral Pants



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Blog Post:  One Shoulder Peasant Top


Where to Eat.

You really can’t go wrong with dining options in Tucson. Don’t be afraid to be adventurous. The food truck with the paint-chipped exterior and flat tire can hide the most delicious tamales you’ve ever tasted in your life. Mexican and Southwest flavors abound here.

One spot I can never miss is Wildflower American Cuisine. With a truly Instagram-worthy interior, you’ll find yourself torn between snapping the blue upholstery and their fresh, joyful dishes. It’s a great place to grab lunch mid-shopping or chat the afternoon away with one of their custom cocktails in hand. I recommend the tomato bisque, tuna guacamole, short rib tacos, and ahi chopped salad. You won’t be disappointed.

We often frequent the restaurants in La Encantada Shopping Center as well; North is one of my favorites.

For dinner, you have to make the journey out to CORE Kitchen at The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain for dinner and cocktails. Sit and sip a glass of wine while absorbing breathtaking views of towering Saguaro cacti silhouetted against a desert sunset. We’ve spent many hours chatting with friends over dinner at CORE; the cozy atmosphere and jalapeño cornbread muffins will ensure you stay a little longer.

 


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Blog Post:  Blue Floral Dress in the Desert


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Blog Post:  Embroidered Tunic


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Blog Post:  Pale Blue Dress with Bell Sleeves


What to Do.

In Tucson for some girl time? Get spa treatments at Miraval or The Red Door Spa. Check out the luxe shopping and restaurants at La Encantada Shopping Center. And browse the cute boutiques near the University of Arizona.

If you’re the sporty type, take a hike up Mount Lemmon or explore Saguaro National Park. Both of these areas are great for photography and painting as well. The most beautiful times of day (as well as usually the most comfortable) are sunrise and just before sunset.

Two of my favorite sights to see and explore in Tucson are Biosphere 2 and Mission San Xavier del Bac. Allow a morning or afternoon for each activity as both are outside the city. Biosphere 2 is an Earth systems science research facility that was initially conducted as an outer space colonization experiment. Two different missions saw scientists sealed in the Biosphere for years, testing survivability and technology. The San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission in 1692. The current church was finished in 1797 and is filled with original statues and paintings. Be sure to take home some fresh Native American fry bread as you leave.


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White Smocked Sundress

February 21, 2017

Categories: Fashion

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This is the last of my spring looks we shot in Arizona. It was such a perfect trip because I felt so inspired by the warmth of the sun and the serene desert settings and I was able to create some really beautiful spring looks. I think any of these outfits would be great for spring break trips and vacations. I’m currently working on a big Arizona Round-Up post that will combine all of these looks in one easy-to-shop post.

This beautiful dress runs true to size. My favorite features are the smocked top that lifts and supports without the need of a bra, and the high-quality flowing fabric with liner that makes it appropriate for beach-to-dinner wear at a resort. I would add tropical statement earrings for an evening look.

Arizona Looks: 

Yellow Striped Off-Shoulder Top

Blue Floral Dress in the Desert

Bell Sleeves and Coral Pants

Pale Blue Dress with Bell Sleeves

Ivory Sweater with White Jeans

Turquoise Lace Dress

White Cold Shoulder Mini Dress

Red Off-Shoulder Dress

Embroidered Tunic

One Shoulder Peasant Top

Teal Silk Dress in the Desert



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Sunset in the Desert

February 20, 2017

Categories: Fashion

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We captured this beautiful dress while we were in Arizona. Something about the gorgeous teal color and the soft silk material lent itself perfectly to the colors and textures in the desert sunset. The dress makes such a statement, it can be paired with the simplest of accessories and still look incredible.

Fit Details:  Order up one size as this dress runs a bit small.



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Valentine’s Day Giveaway

February 12, 2017

Categories: Fashion

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Red Lip Kit.  Necklace.  Dress.  Similar Shoes.

Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts.  Roberto Coin Jewelry.  Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas.

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I’ve had a great relationship with the Borsheims jewelry company my entire life. I hope you take a minute to read my last post detailing my personal connection with their brand; it includes countless family memories, college breakups, and even my own proposal story. I’ve had such a wonderful experience with Borsheims and I am so thankful they’re willing to gift one of my readers this rose gold infinity necklace so you can experience their beautiful jewelry as well.

Enter the giveaway through the widget down below. You can get a different amount of entries, depending on which and how many entry methods you complete. Be sure to take a look at my @brittanypillard Instagram account as I will be adding an extra way to gain entries there. The more entries you have, the better your chance of winning. The giveaway will end at midnight on Valentine’s Day and I will announce the winner Wednesday, February 15th.

Wishing you all the best of luck! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!


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A Sparkle Story

February 10, 2017

Categories: Fashion

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Growing up, I would often hear my mother talk about a jewelry store she loved called Borsheims. She would mention their attention to detail, exceptional customer service, and giant space full of jewels. Borsheims also happens to be where my father purchased my mother’s wedding ring and occasional gifts, so it is a name I associated with special celebrations in our home.

Flash forward to my freshman year at Creighton University when I was a fashion-obsessed girl studying Psychology and Legal Studies in Omaha, Nebraska. I still remember the first time I walked into the Borsheims store; I can feel how special I felt when the sales associates smiled at me and gently guided me around the glittering cases. My sorority sweatshirt was no doubt a dead giveaway that I didn’t have any money to spend, but they never treated me any differently than their best customers. That kindness and attention is something that stuck with me for years to come. Sometimes after a bad breakup or a particularly rough final exam, I would find myself driving toward Borsheims. I would hide my puffy eyes with sunglasses and soothe my wounds with a hot tea as I gazed at their beautiful jewelry.

After I began working, I returned to Borsheims to buy gifts for my friends’ weddings and birthdays. And occasionally, I would even reward myself by adding a small piece of jewelry to my collection. I think that’s probably what I love most about Borsheims; the fact they have something for almost any budget and price point. If you’re shopping for a Valentine’s Day or anniversary gift, I highly suggest their curated love collection. With many pieces under $200, you’re sure to find something really special.

I recently added the beautiful gold necklace I’m wearing in these photos to my collection. It’s from Borsheims Roberto Coin collection and it’s called the Medium Princess Flower Pendant. The chain is so beautifully crafted, it sparkles in the sunlight. And the flower petals are so perfectly polished that they appear almost mirror-like. If you’re looking to add a “forever piece” to your collection, I love this necklace as an option because it adds a luxe, chic feel to everything I’ve paired it with; even the most simple white blouse or black dress become something really special when I wear this necklace.

My sweet husband proposed to me with a ring from Borsheims and I will never forget that day. Since then, we’ve added two sparkly bands on either side of the ring and we are currently celebrating our two year anniversary this week. Borsheims has played a major role in my life and our love story and I hope you will fall in love with them just as much as I have.

Stay tuned this weekend… Because a very special Valentine’s Day giveaway is coming your way, courtesy of Borsheims. I can’t wait to share the Borsheims brand with all of you, and whoever wins will be a lucky girl indeed!



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One Shoulder Peasant Top

February 7, 2017

Categories: Fashion

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Earrings.  Bracelet.  Blue Ring.  Top.  Skirt.  Bag.  Shoes.

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Can I just say I think we should probably call this a one-shoulder gypsy top instead of a peasant top? All jokes aside, I love this outfit. It was one of the easiest and most effortless early Spring looks we captured while in Arizona.

And speaking of effortless, sometimes it can be the most important factor when it comes to fashion. If you’re short on time or packing for a vacation, it makes getting dressed really easy. And if the rest of your life is less-than-effortless (who’s isn’t?!) it will be one thing you can check off your list and not worry about.

This week my site crashed, my LIKEtoKNOW.it stopped working, and we had to push back a photo shoot. The saying “when it rains, it pours” really seems true sometimes, doesn’t it?! Trust me, effortless has been a key word with regard to my outfits this week.

Looking forward to showing you more spring looks from Arizona this week, as well as some fun Valentine’s Day content coming soon!

Fit Details:  Go down a size in the top. Skirt runs true to size.



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Embroidered Tunic

February 6, 2017

Categories: Fashion

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Sunnies.  Necklace.  Blue Ring.  Blue Bracelet.  Pearl Bracelet.  Tunic.  Jeans.  Boots.

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This is one of those outfits I find myself wearing all the time; it’s just so effortless. Whether I’m wearing it to explore the Arizona desert, while traveling, or just running to lunch with a friend I always feel comfortable and stylish in it.

Fit Details:  This tunic runs true to size. I think it looks nice when it’s loose and flowy. The jeans run true to size as well; they do stretch, so order a size down if you’re in between size measurements. Boots run true to size; ignore the “narrow calf” warning because I prefer wide calf boots and these fit me perfectly.



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Red Off-Shoulder Dress

February 3, 2017

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Have you ever worn a piece of clothing that transports you? Sounds a bit dramatic, I know, but when I put on this dress I felt as if I were walking down a street to a beachside dinner in Mexico or on my way to spend the night dancing in Spain. There’s something so romantic about the lace details and billowy sleeves; it’s the perfect blend of sexy and playful.

And can I tell you how happy I am this darling little clutch is back in stock?! Because you need one in your wardrobe this spring and summer. Even if we’re not dining in Mexico or dancing in Spain; we can grab our little pom-pom clutches as we head out the door and pretend.

Here’s to dresses that tell a story and darling little bags that spark conversation.



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White Cold Shoulder Mini Dress

January 31, 2017

Categories: Fashion, Travel

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I was immediately drawn to this dress because of the Grecian vibe; the draping and rope detail make this dress feel so romantic and dreamy. I think it would be perfect for any festivals or concerts you’re attending this spring. Be quick about ordering; it’s selling out quickly!

I have to tell you a funny story about these photos. My photographer and I were in the mountains near Tucson, Arizona and we spotted a flat spot high above us that provided a perfect view of the sunset over Tucson. Being Colorado girls, we weren’t afraid of climbing, so we set off to hike up with all the clothes and bags and shoes for the shoot in our arms.

Once at the top, we realized we had found the perfect place. We could see for miles as the sun slowly set and the city sparkled below us. I found a cactus perfectly sized for hanging clothes and I ended up changing looks right there on top of the mountain.

I know sometimes as bloggers we project this really polished and put-together image, but there are other times during a shoot when I look around and wish I could take you, my readers, with me because I know you would be laughing right alongside me! One of those times was right there on that mountain as I changed down to my underthings between looks with my clothes hanging beside me from the cactus. Trust me, it was anything but glamorous. The entire time I just hoped I wouldn’t lose my balance while changing in and out of shoes; I could envision myself falling right over onto a cactus. My photographer and I started laughing and she told me I had to include the story in my blog post. So here it is, along with a reminder to smile often and laugh a little more; it makes life so much more fun.



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Turquoise Lace Dress

January 27, 2017

Categories: Fashion, Travel

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Midi-length lace dresses are my favorite and it seems they are some of your favorites as well. I think it’s because this fit-and-flare style in a midi length is incredibly flattering on every body type. And… The beautiful lace just feels so feminine and sweet. I love this dress because I haven’t seen one in this vivid cornflower blue before; it is such a gorgeous color!

I’m more than just a little sad this pom clutch seems to be sold out; I can’t believe it because it only came out a couple weeks ago. If I were you, I would bookmark the page and keep checking back in the next week or so. I think they will probably restock. If you’re craving a playful clutch ASAP for your spring travels, I’ve linked some other ones I have my eye on down below in the shoppable widget. Just click the arrows on either side to scroll through and when you see an item you like, just click it to shop.

Fit Details:  Both the dress and the shoes are true to size! Just follow the sizing guide for the dress; I did and my size fit perfectly.




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