The Black Coffee Date Dress

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It’s been a minute since I’ve done a fashion post, but I adore this black dress so much, it inspired me to get back at it!

This dress says “coffee date”. Whether catching up with a dear friend, or day dreaming at a cafe with your love, this dress just seems right. A cappuccino just seems like the most fitting accessory, doesn’t it? ☕️

Something I’ve been focusing on the last year and a half when it comes to fashion is—do I like it or do I love it? If you simply like it, the chances are great it will tire you in 6 months, and will end up taking valuable space in your closet.  I carefully select clothing items that I love! Those pieces that I just can’t wait to wear.  Closet staples that are classic and comfortable.  Sure to stand the test of time.

This black dress is a new closet staple of mine.  Its elegant, simple, and so comfortable. It’s cool and breezy, which is perfect for the humid Florida days that are soon to commence.  It’s stretchy and basically feels like you’re wearing a giant t-shirt. Not mad about it.

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Also, I gotta tell you–I am a sucker for buttons down the front of anything.  I just think it gives such a subtle detail, and a touch of class.

I appreciate versatile clothing pieces, and this one is just that.  You can easily dress this up with some wedges and dressy earrings.  Or you can keep things casual like I have pictured here.  The darling coffee date dress.

It makes me happy to know that I can wear this dress in the fall too! Some loafers and a long cardigan will cozy this dress up.  Worth every penny!

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Well, before I begin making dinner, I must mention that straw purse I’m holding! It’s a cute little vintage find and was only $12 at a local vintage market.  I was smitten when I laid eyes on it. I wonder what adventures it’s been on? 😉

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Fall Makeup Look

Even on Florida’s warmer days, I can still indulge in some fall-inspired makeup. There’s just something about a deep lipstick that makes me feel truly autumnal. Festive, if you will.

While I will note the exact products I used to create this look, I am a firm believer that you can use similar shades and products and put together an equally lovely look. Perhaps even more cost effective!

So let’s get started. 🍁

F A C E

To start, I used Tarte Creaseless Concealer to touch up any blemishes. A little goes a long way with this product. I like to stipple it on, this way I don’t wipe the product right off. Try to find a color similar to your skin tone for best results. I also used a small amount on my eyelids to serve as a primer.

Next, I applied Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer in Light 1 under my eyes. For under eye concealer, you always want to choose a color that is lighter than your skin tone. That’ll brighten you up, babe. ✨

For foundation, I use Bare Minerals Matte Foundation in Soft Medium 11. Love. I have oily skin, so the matte finish helps combat that. However, if you have dry skin, I would recommend using the regular formula.

B R O W S

I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Granite to fill my brows. This could really be a blog post all on its own, so I’ll keep it short and sweet. Don’t color your brows like a kid with a crayon! I see this all too often. Keep it soft where your eyebrows are closest to your nose, and gradually get darker as you fill them in. I essentially “underline” and “overline” my brows with a clean line, and fill any sparse areas. Always blend!

E Y E S

Start by using a matte cream color across your entire lid. Pack it on with a fluffy eyeshadow brush to achieve a more opaque finish.

Next, use a medium brown/copper in your crease and outer corner of your eye. Use a dark, chocolatey brown to form a “V” on the outer corner as well. Now blend away! I use a soft eyeshadow brush to blend, but you could also use a cotton swab. Remember—the more you blend, the softer, more natural it will look. Finish with a touch of gold eyeshadow in your inner corner and your brow bone.

For that fierce Egyptian eye that I love so much, I used my most beloved Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper Black. On my lower lash line I used a brown eyeliner from Sephora to soften the look.

Next, curl dem lashes! I love the Tarte eyelash curler. It’s worth the investment. Finish with Tarte Gifted Mascara.

D E T A I L S

I did a quick contour here using Tarte Matte Bronzer in Hotel Heiress. (Can you tell I love Tarte?!) Then, using that same gold eyeshadow we used earlier, I put some on my finger and used it to highlight my cheekbones, the tip of my nose, and my Cupid’s bow (that’s the top part of your lip.) I find using my finger instead of a brush brings out the pigment more.

L I P S

A deep lipstick is what makes this look scream “fall!” The shade is by Mac Cosmetics in the color Diva. It’s a tad drying, so I typically put on some lip balm before applying the lipstick. When using a dark lip color, I recommend using a lip liner to prevent the color from bleeding.

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and found it blissfully helpful! Makeup is an art–enjoy the process!

Dressing Fall in Florida


Fall certainly knows how to cozy its way into our hearts. Pumpkin patches, warm and spicy drinks, and the beloved sweater weather. 

Oh wait, it’s 90 degrees where I live. *facepalm*

To my fellow Floridians and residents of warmer climates, this blog post was written with love, for you! How to feel festive and autumnal, without risking heat exhaustion.

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There’s two elements I want to focus on:

Color and Texture.

While I can’t exactly break out my turtleneck just yet, dressing in fall colors certainly gives me all the Fall vibes.

Think cranberry, caramel, mustard yellow, olive green, orange, different shades of brown, gray, and black.

Pictured below is the perfect example of me wearing a cool, breezy dress in a very “fall” appropriate color.


When it comes to texture, think knit, sweater-like, fuzzy, and cozy.

Pictured below is this darling sweater vest. Gives off that cozy vibe, but still leaves plenty of breathing room.


Now, how you accessorize in the fall can be of equal importance.

Since wearing a beanie isn’t exactly an option right now, I love a wide brimmed felt hat. Makes me feel like a little lady. Hehe.


Boots are just too warm right now. And honestly, it’s almost embarrassing to wear them in 90 degree weather. I like to lean towards ballet flats (How cute are these pictured below (courtesy of Oka-B) in the port wine color?!), loafers and mules, and ankle boots.


I hope I was able to give you some fresh, festive, Florida, fall fashion! (I love me some alliteration! 😜) If I inspired you in any way, use the hashtag #theyouthfultribe in your photo. I’d love to see what you’re sharing and wearing. Here’s to hoping we can wear actual sweaters sometime this season!  🍁🌻🍂

Gingham Style

| Shop dress here and shoes here. |

This feminine summer beauty was a birthday gift from my hubby this past June. I think it’s truly adorable and it’s so fun wearing a dress he surprised me with! It has affectionately been named “My Birthday Dress.” 

I love gingham. I think it’s so classic. I especially love the cut of this dress. The square neckline gives it that extra timeless look. It’s lightweight, yet fully lined. Since it’s very breathable, I’ve been really enjoying wearing it on these hot summer days!

I truly adore a lovely little summer dress. I’m sure I’ll enjoy this dress for many summers to come. This one reminds me of my birthday, iced coffee dates downtown, and the 4th of July spent in Georgia. It’s fun to make memories in certain outfits. It brings those memories back when you wear it. ❤️

If you like this dress, you can view it here and see the other colors it comes in!

The “Joanna” Dress

| Shop dress here , watch here , and similar shoes here. |

I’ve quite enjoyed creating fashion content for The Youthful.  Not only is it delightful to share my favorite styles and pieces with my darling readers, but it is most amusing to use blogging as an excuse to shop.

“Billy, do you mind if I order this dress? It’s for the blog.” See what I did there? In all reality, it is for the blog, but it is certainly a fun little perk. I have a very patient and giving husband indeed!

Despite the title of this blog post, this dress is actually called “The Jewel Floral Dress.” However, Billy comically penned it “The Joanna Gaines Dress.” It couldn’t be more fitting. This dress screams southern charm with a whisper of simplicity.  Not to mention, I’m a huge fan of Chip and Jo, so I quite like the fun little nickname this dress has come to have.

While visiting Billy’s mom in Georgia, we shot some pictures for this blog post on her property. I’m positively smitten with this front porch. The woods in the background make the most serenely beautiful backdrop.

With pockets to hold safe keepings, and stretchy material to venture in, I absolutely adore this peach colored floral print. This is such an easy dress to throw on, and yet feel so beautiful in. While it makes for a fun summer dress, a cardigan or denim jacket paired with booties would make this outfit radiant in the fall. (Is it shameful to admit I’m already craving the fall?! I’ve found myself thinking about pumpkin spice lattes far too much lately. #sorrynotsorry)

I urge you to check out the other charming and affordable styles at the Piper & Scoot website!

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That LulaRoe Legging Life



Disclosure: The LulaRoe leggings in this post were gifted to me by 2 Sweet Sisters Boutique LLC. Thanks, ladies! All opinions are my own.


I’m going to be totally real with you here.

I was a LulaRoe skeptic. I used to think “Leggings are leggings.” I’ve come to discover that not all leggings are created equal. In fact, I can honestly tell you, LulaRoe leggings are not yo average leggings. And here’s why.

Comfort. I have a pair of VS leggings. I spent a pretty penny on them. They’re pretty constricting in the waist band and the over all stretch is mediocre. When I tried on the LulaRoe leggings, I was literally blown away. Not even kidding. They have so much give, yet they don’t get saggy or baggy after wearing them for awhile. They retain their shape flawlessly, while stretching with literally every move you make. The material itself is very soft to the touch. I feel like I can do anything in these leggings. Errands. Lounging. Yoga. You name it. Literally living in these.


I received my leggings the day before a road trip to Georgia with my husband. After trying them on and instantly falling in love, I packed them in my suitcase. Now let me tell you: I always overpack clothes. You know how it goes…I pack an outfit for each day. And an outfit for each night. But then I wonder, “What if it rains?” So I pack alternate outfits for different weather conditions, and before I know it, I’ve packed over 20 outfits for a 5 day trip. Whoops 😉 Anyone else do that? Anyways, while in Georgia, despite my plethora of a clothing selection, guess what I kept reaching for the entire trip? Yup. The LulaRoe leggings. Guess what I washed while I was there and wore it on the 8 hour car ride home? The LulaRoe leggings. Yes, they are the best travel outfit.

Needless to say, I am a new fan, and I am absolutely going to purchase a few more pairs of leggings.


Okay, so if you want in on all the comfortable Lula-goodness, let me tell you about.

Whether you’re interested in LulaRoe leggings, a variety of comfy dress styles, tops, and more, Natalie and Brittany of 2 Sweet Sisters Boutique have it all. They started selling LulaRoe in November 2016, so they are very seasoned in what looks good and how to combine different styles.  Not to mention they are two of the sweetest girls ever! Their business name is very fitting ;). Natalie and Brittany started their business after quickly becoming obsessed with LulaRoe’s comfortable and versatile clothes. “Selling it together means we get to spend more time together. We love that we spend more time together now,” says Natalie regarding why they love having their business.

Natalie and Brittany have a huge inventory, so be sure to check them out on Facebook! You can also find them on Instagram or email them at lularoenatbritt@gmail.com

They welcome people to schedule a time to stop by Natalie’s house to browse, try different styles on, and buy! This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the different styles they offer, and find what you love the most.

I encourage you to check out their Facebook group page! If you want to feel pretty and polished, yet comfortable and at ease, you’re going to love their products!

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For the Love of Wood: Featuring JORD Watches

JORD Frankie Series Zebrawood Champagne Watch

Disclosure: The watch featured in this post was gifted to me by JORD. I only partner with brands I truly love. All opinions are my own. Thank you, JORD!

I love wood. So much, in fact, I would live in a cabin if I could.

Upon discovering JORD wood watches, it was really a love at first sight kind of situation. After seeing the unique watch in person–opening it’s beautifully crafted wood box, feeling its quality, admiring its details–I’m smitten. Positively smitten.

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I’m a nature lover. I love me some lofty mountains, tall grassy fields, thick forests you can get lost in…funny thing is: I live in Florida…In the city. This watch not only tells the time, it takes me to another time. The wood material brings me straight back to my happy place: the mountains and the forest.

JORD Frankie Series Zebrawood Champagne Watch
JORD Frankie Series Zebrawood Champagne Watch
Here I am, sipping my iced mocha, enjoying my favorite local park. Surrounded by city sounds and the summer heat, it just takes a glance at my wrist to remind me of what lies close to my heart. Perhaps I could pretend I’m drinking hot cocoa and enjoying the Smoky Mountain National Park instead…😉

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I am wearing the stunning Frankie Series in Zebrawood and Champagne. Head on over to their website to swoon over their men’s watches and women’s watches. (Giveaway: To enter to win a $100 code to their shop, click here. All entrants will receive a $25 code! Contest ends 7/16/17.)

JORD has created a timepiece that fuses class and elegance, with simplicity and an earthy rawness. There’s a lot to love about JORD Watches. The best part is, to each person, their JORD wood watch represents something different. Maybe it was a Father’s Day present, an engraved anniversary gift, or a gift to yourself just because. Whatever it may be, JORD Watches are a beautiful reminder. And they do it so well.

JORD Frankie Series Zebrawood Champagne Watch

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Luxury Wooden Watch

Breezy Striped Jumpsuit

| Shop jumpsuit here, shoes here (sponsored), and similar purse here. |

Rain. It seems to have made its grand entrance for the summer. While it does hinder what can be done outside, I quite enjoy a cozy, rainy day spent with a blanket and a good book.

Yet, one must venture out eventually.

A few afternoons ago, the rain had finally ceased. Humidity filled its place. Perfect opportunity to go get a popsicle.

This lovely jumpsuit was the perfect outfit for a humid afternoon. With its light weight, breathable material, and slits down the side, it makes for a breezy outfit. I find it to be very chic, in an effortless kind of way.

I quite enjoy the nautical vibes this jumpsuit is giving me. With navy stripes, this outfit would make itself right at home in Nantucket, wouldn’t it?
As the days grow hotter, I can only imagine how many times I’ll be reaching for this lovely (and affordable) outfit.

Oka-B




Disclosure: The shoes in this blog post were gifted to me by Oka-B. Thank you, Oka-B! All opinions are my own.

A few years ago when I started working as a teacher’s aide, I noticed a number of the teachers wearing a specific brand of shoes. Really cute shoes. Colorful shoes. It seemed as though they all had a pair that perfectly matched each outfit. When I asked about them, they told me they were shoes from a company called Oka-B. “The comfiest shoes ever,” they said.

Now, three years later, I’m excited to be a brand ambassador for the very company that’s had me swooning all this time.

Allow me to introduce you to this fabulous company: Oka-B. The philosophy behind their products is that style does not need to be compromised at the expense of comfort. Cute and comfy can coexist. I believe they’ve really mastered this concept.

Each shoe is water resistant (you can literally put them in the washing machine!), slip resistant, recyclable, and have premium arch support. Based in Buford, Georgia, Oka-B shoes are 100% made in the U.S. They have a ton of cute sandals, flip flops, ballet flats, and wedges. Be sure to check out all the colors and styles in their Summer 2017 collection here.

Needless to say, I’m really feeling this company AND their products.


I’m wearing the Pauline in “Aged Gold.” I am a size 7 and I am wearing the size M. These shoes literally go with everything. Being that they’re water resistant, I can wear them to St. Pete’s sandy beaches or on a rainy day (the Florida summer storms are coming!), without worrying that they’ll get ruined. Cute and practical? Yes please.

Now that summer is in full swing, I’m pretty certain that I’ll be living in these! 😉

The Little Linen Romper


| Shop romper here, and shoes here. |

Oh the romper. So much love for you. Whoever invented the romper, I’d love to give them a big hug, drink coffee with them, and be their friend. Because the romper is just about the comfiest garment that is socially acceptable to wear in public.

In all seriousness, rompers are not new in the fashion scene. They date back to the early 1900’s, as children’s play clothes. No wonder I love rompers! This kid at heart loves something that’s easy to play in! 😉 Women started wearing them in the ’50s, and they’ve reemerged through the years. Yet another reason to love rompers: timeless.

This romper in particular, is so effortless. It has a relaxed yet put together look. Being so versatile, you can dress it down with footbed sandals or dress it up for date night with some wedges.

And it couldn’t be more true: it’s all in the details. The gold buttons down the front. The low back. The linen material. It is all done so tastefully.

Well I’m off for a little adventure downtown! Being that it’s almost 90 degrees outside, I’m thinking I’ll throw on this romper.