Beach Time and Fashion Friday

Hi friends! Um, holy amazeballz WOW. We are blown away by all of your incredible comments, tweets and Facebook messages/comments on the Pilot’s return and our last post. <3 We’re so happy you guys liked the video– it was a fun little project and we’ve watched it at least a dozen times 🙂

We’ve read everything you’ve written, together, and could not be more thankful for your support and kind words. Thank you.


So after catching up and lots of …napping…. we took off to one of our favorite getaways:



We’re here at our favorite resort with comfy beds

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lovely amenities

one ocean

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and complimentary champagne waiting for us?


Don’t mind if we do 😉



There’s also a snack drawer… I was all over those sweet potato chips 🙂


We’re going to get settled and head out to dinner, but I’ll see ya in the morning!

In the meantime, please enjoy this guest post from one of my good friends and favorite fashionistas, J 😀




How to Revive Your Closet

By J from J’s Everyday Fashion

When it comes to fashion, one of the biggest mistakes women make is spending too much time shopping and not enough time in their closet. Your closet may feel boring, and the farthest thing from a magical place, but I assure you that with a little time and effort you can find some hidden gems you didn’t even know you had! (And as a bonus, by shopping your closet you will save mucho dinero.) There are many ways to get the creative process going, but one of my favorite ways is by using inspiration photos from the internet and magazines. Here are five types of inspiration photos and some tips to get you started!


  1. Celebrities

Thanks to the internet and magazines, pictures of celebrities are everywhere! Don’t get caught up or discouraged with the fact that their clothes cost thousands of dollars though. You can often find look-alikes for much, much less at Forever 21 or In this look: I re-created a Blake Lively look using almost-identical pieces found at Forever 21 and TJ Maxx for less than $200 total.

Faux leather jacket: Forever 21, $40
Dress: Forever 21, $30
Tights: Hue/TJ Maxx, $6
Boots: Cynthia Rowley/TJ Maxx, $85
Earrings: Urban Outfitters, $5

Inspiration photo:


  1. Retail

Retail catalogs and lookbooks are an endless source for inspiration. My favorites are J.Crew and Shopbop, but other retailers like Banana Republic and Talbots often post cute outfits on their websites too. Sign up for emails to receive inspiration sent right to your inbox. In this look: I didn’t copy the J.Crew outfit exactly, but rather used the overall theme to come up with something from my closet. The picture was a starting point (a spark!) to get the wheels turning.

Shirt: Urban Outfitters, $20
Lavender skirt: Urban Outfitters, $17
Belt: Gap, $3
Necklace: Banana Republic, $30
Shoes: Banana Republic, $50

Inspiration photo:


  1. Magazine layouts

Magazines may use expensive clothing for their layouts, but basic outfits like these can often be found sitting in your closet, just waiting to be put together. In this look: I took the preppy theme of this outfit and ran with it. I added a scarf and brooch for an extra-preppy flare. Don’t be afraid to insert your own personality into looks, even when you are re-creating!

Sweater: Gap, $20
Shirt: H&M, $13
Pants: Gap, $15
Brooch: Banana Republic, $15
Shoes:, $39
Purse: Juicy Couture
Watch: Michael Kors, Christmas present

Scarf: The Vintage Scarf

Inspiration photo: InStyle magazine


  1. Other People

Everyone copies other people’s outfits, just not everyone admits it. J Use the inspiration you see on girls at the mall, or what bloggers are wearing to come up with new outfits from your own closet! In this look: The foundation of my outfit is the same (shorts, shirt, blazer) but when it came to accessories, I didn’t have a perfect match so I just used what I had. Don’t worry about the details – just use what you already have!

Jacket: Express, really old
Shirt: J.Crew, $40
Necklace: Banana Republic, $35
Short: Forever 21, $22
Shoes: Guess/Marshalls, $30

Inspiration photo:


  1. Runway

Runway looks are the hardest to re-create, but sometimes you’ll find a gem that translates to real-life, such as this Rachel Roy look. In this look: Choose looks that utilize colors in your closet. Recreating this look was a cinch, because I had these same navy-turquoise-camel/orange colors already hanging in my wardrobe!

Cardigan: Gap, $18
Shirt: Express, really old
Navy skirt: Limited, $25
Shoes: Restricted/, $39
Watch: Michael Kors, Christmas present
Bracelets: Forever 21, $8
Earrings: Forever 21, $8

Inspiration photo:

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  1. Ali @ Ali on the Run on March 18, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Happy napping! 😉

  2. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) on March 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Ahhh seeing you and the Pilot together warms my heart! I love how happy he makes you…makes me believe in love :).

    J, I love the 4th outfit the best! So versatile.

  3. Kate on March 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Have such a great time! I am so thankful for the Pilot’s service to our country!!

  4. Allison @ Food For Healing on March 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    have a great dinner and evening! so happy he made it home safe.

  5. Jennifer on March 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Napping, love it! Enjoy 🙂

  6. Roselyn on March 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm


  7. Sara K on March 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Gorgeous couple! 🙂 Looks like a nice reunion!
    Ahhh I love taking high fashion inspiration and recreating an affordable outfit! Or mixing high and low fashion- so much more creative!

  8. rebecca lustig on March 18, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I agree with what Allie just said! Enjoy 🙂

  9. Heather C on March 18, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Wanted to comment on the last one but haven’t had a chance, so friggin’ happy for you =)
    I knew as soon as I saw the post before with that hot outfit the Pilot had to be coming home!!

    …get it girl 😉

  10. Kilee on March 18, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Yah! I’m so happy for the two of you and I love the fashion tips. Take care!

  11. Paige on March 18, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Nap your little hearts out! Have a great time in Jacksonville!

  12. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on March 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Gina, I am soooo happy for you two!!!!

    Wow, how awesome it’s going to be for you guys to have comfy beds, champagne, a great beach…and just TIME together!

    I would be all over the sweet tater chips (that brand is so good!) and the champagne and my husband if he had been gone for almost a year. HAVE FUN, you two 🙂

    Great fashion tips, J!

  13. Maryann (The Balanced Bean) on March 18, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Aw yay so glad you two are back together! Have fun!

  14. Vanessa @ Swift as Shadows on March 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I’ve been over the moon today because I kept thinking “Gina has her Pilot back!!!” Have fun napping. Bahaha!

    Awesome post, J! I came across your blog about two weeks ago and immediately bookmarked it. =)

  15. Maria on March 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    “Napping” I love it! After months and months apart…of course that’s what you love birds were doing 🙂 Enjoy your champagne and your quality time together. And I hope there are many more “naps” in your future, haha!!!

  16. Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries on March 18, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Ahahha have fun napping! Too funny. Enjoy your getaway! 🙂

  17. Karen on March 18, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    That video seriously touched our hearts!!

    I showed it to my man and even he was like awwwwww <3

    Hope you two are having a wonderful night!

  18. The Get In Shape Girl on March 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    awwwwww.. you look so happy 🙂 happy reunion!!

  19. Emm on March 18, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Double Aww, the cuteness just keeps coming. Enjoy your time together 😀

  20. Lisa on March 18, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Ooh didn’t know you two snuck off to jax. Great beach weekend!
    J. I like the shorts outfit best; & jealous of your barbie legs!

  21. Dana Marie on March 18, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    you two look very happy together! im just commenting now because I had a promo job all day! yay good times for everyone

  22. Kayla on March 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Napping….. right ;P
    Did The Pilot like your dress? Enjoy your getaway!

  23. Shaya on March 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I may or may not have cried tears of joy for you both when reading/watching your post earlier today. it made me feel so warm and fuzzy and grateful for my hubby 🙂 I’m flying to Seattle to see him today and I’ll probably enjoy my little mini-reunion in the same fashion as you, minus the warmth and beach!!

    Have the best weekend ever and catch up on your cuddling!

  24. Emma (Namaste Everyday) on March 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    thank you so much for the video! It made me cry, true love is so inspirational! have a wonderful day 🙂

  25. Mindy on March 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    how funny – I visit J’s blog everyday just like I visit your blog…didn’t even know you two were friends!

    I was just thinking, I haven’t ever been so happy for two people that I’ve never met before as I am for you and the pilot. Enjoy your weekend! <3

  26. Katie on March 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Yay for being back together and yay that you can eat a meal at the hotel there and not eat it while running on the go like we did! lol! Love ya girl! Enjoy your night! xoxo

  27. Sharon on March 18, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Love the shorts outfit and BF jacket the best!
    Great Guest Post..

  28. Sarra on March 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    even though I don’t personally know you, seeing you guys together makes me so happy 🙂 you guys are oh so cute and perfect together. yay! 🙂 <3

    ps. I LOVE Js everyday fashion 😉

  29. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on March 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    My closest needs a serious revival. Those outfits are so cute!

  30. Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete on March 18, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I love J’s blog — and I’m super unfashionable — but I appreciate looking at it 🙂

    Gina I’m so glad the Pilot is home and you are on a mini vacation! Enjoy!

  31. Angie on March 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    AWWW I live in Jacksonville! Where are you staying?? Looks close to the beach :))) ENJOY every minute! So happy for you!!!!

  32. Stephanie on March 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I’m so happy your pilot is home safe & sound! What a touching video! Made me cry 🙂 excited for all your Tucson adventures together!

  33. Amelia on March 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Napping? Is that what it’s called? 😉

  34. Ashley @ Feeding Ashley on March 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Loved the guest post. SO happy you and the pilot are together. Off to read the post and watch the video.

  35. Ariffa on March 18, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    HAHA napping, you’re hilarious
    have an amazing time, soo happy for you xx

  36. Ashley K on March 18, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I know everyone is saying it, but I loved your napping comment. Have a great weekend with your man!! So happy for you two!

  37. Danielle on March 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I’m sure there’ll be lots of all kinds of napping in the near future! 😉 I can’t stop thinking about your post this morning, it was so amazing! I’m so happy you guys are reunited. Now start making the cutest babies ever ASAP! 😉 lol, just kidding… but seriously!

  38. Jen on March 19, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I’m so happy for you guys! I didn’t get a chance to comment on your last post but it was so…genuine. I loved it to pieces – thank you for brightening my day!

  39. Sana on March 19, 2011 at 12:34 am

    I am sooo happy you are with the love of your life 🙂 I can’t wait for all that you two are going to do together!

  40. Brittany on March 19, 2011 at 12:38 am

    The first picture is so cute, you both look so incredibly happy! 🙂

  41. mattie on March 19, 2011 at 12:45 am

    I know I commented on the earlier post…but I just have to say that you guys are seriously the cutest!
    Those beaming smiles are jumping off the screen.
    Take a break from the blog and go enjoy your pilot!

  42. Namaste Gurl on March 19, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Awww, seeing you two together puts a GIANT smile on my face!
    Have a lovely evening, Gina and Pilot!

  43. Ashley on March 19, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Love the outfits!! I need some fashion help fo’ sho’! Gina – Have fun napping!! I’m sure you’re both realllllly tired. 😉

  44. Cara Craves... on March 19, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Nice fashion finds. I am quite impressed by your re-created looks.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  45. The Cream Filling on March 19, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Let me just say that I got all warm and fuzzy on the inside while I was reading your previous post. You and the Pilot are so cute!

    Enjoy your little trip!

  46. cameo on March 19, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Love this guest post! I need to hire her to come take a look at my closet…

  47. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on March 19, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Napping, I love it 😉 I’m sure you were both super *tired* after all those months apart…have an amazing time on your getaway!!

    Love J’s blog. I discovered it a few months ago and am always in awe of the outfits she recreates for so cheap!!

  48. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on March 19, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I like J’s outfits even better than the magazine/runway photos!!! Thanks so much for the tips.

    Gina, I know I said it before but I’m so happy for the 2 of you! I hope you have a lovely time at the resort. 🙂

  49. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on March 19, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I can’t even imagine how happy you two must be right now. I hope you two have an amazing time together! Sooo happy for you Gina! 😀

  50. christina cadden on March 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Awe, such a cute photo of you two! Have fun!

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