Find Your Perfect Planner (pt.3): Kate Spade


Loving the accented gold “2017” on the front! And the black and white is so chic and professional!


The pop of the mint and gold throughout is perfection!


A close up of the first row of laminated tabs, ending with December of 2016!


A close up of the second row of laminated tabs, starting with January of 2017 and ending with December of 2017!

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Two “2017 Celebrations” pages!


One “2017 Holidays” page, and 15 “notes” pages!


“This is the month to… dine alfresco, museum hop on a hot day, cozy up to a late night bonfire on the beach, lose your to-do list”  Every month features a fun list of things to do, and I absolutely adore that feature!

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Buy your 2016-2017 Kate Spade planner here!

Hi everyone!  Yay yay yay it’s finally Friday!!  I am definitely ready for the weekend, I have some fun plans and relaxation ahead!  Also, I cannot even believe this is my third and final post in my “Find Your Perfect Planner” series!  I’ve had so much fun sharing these posts with all of you, and I hope you enjoyed taking a look inside of my three favorite planners!  Make sure to check out my review on the Erin Condren Life Planner and the Lilly Pulitzer Planner!

I wanted to save this planner for last, because of the three this one is definitely the most chic and professional!  I am genuinely in love with Kate Spade, and the brand is by far one of my all time favorites!  Everything they make is absolutely beautiful, and this year’s planner definitely fits that description!  I purchased the Large Black Stripe 17 Month Agenda, so it runs from August 2016 to December 2017!  One thing that is especially unique about this planner (for me at least) is the fact that the bound spiral is concealed by the cover!  I wasn’t sure if I would like that since all of my other planners have always had the spiral exposed, but I actually prefer this style!  It’s really easy to carry around in my handbag or backpack, because the spiral doesn’t get caught on anything and it cuts down on the bulkiness!

The Kate Spade planner definitely has far less additions than both the Erin Condren and the Lilly Pulitzer, however I genuinely prefer that!  I love how this planner comes with 15 “notes” pages, and the rest is simplified to a 2017 and 2018 yearly layout, two pages of 2017 Celebrations, and a 2017 Holiday page (which is such an incredible addition)!  There are also two “notes” pages included at the end of each month!  My favorite part of this planner is the “This Is The Month To…” section at the beginning of each month!  I find that addition absolutely perfect, and I am going to make it a goal of mine to actually accomplish each of those tasks just for fun!

Now, let’s talk about the monthly layout!  At the beginning of each month, there are two full mint pages with the month and year to the left, and the “This Is The Month To…” section to the right!  On the next page, there is a full monthly calendar with a notes section on the side!  It also includes the previous and next month’s full calendar in the bottom right corner for a quick glance at what’s to come!  For the weekly spread, it runs from Monday to Sunday (my personal preference) with eight lines underneath!  This year I chose to use this planner as my academic planner, because I feel like it is very clean and clear-cut which is perfect for academic tasks!  I’m also taking 17 credits each semester this year, so I’ll definitely need the extra lines and space!  Last year I used the Lilly Pulitzer as my academic planner, but I decided against that because to me I felt like it was bit too much with all of the colors and patterns going on.  Instead, I’m using my Lilly Pulitzer as more of an inspirational/gratitude/workout/goals/overall happiness planner and I’m so excited!!

Upon endless comparison, I do have to say that the Kate Spade planner is my favorite planner of 2016-2017!  I love how simple and chic this planner is, but the addition of the “This Is The Month To…” section at the beginning of each month really won me over!  I am so happy with all three of the planners I purchased this year, and I cannot wait for the semester to start so I can dive right in!

I hope you enjoyed this series, I absolutely loved sharing my thoughts and personal review with all of you!  Let me know if you purchase(d) any of the three planners I mentioned, or if you have a favorite one that I didn’t talk about!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and it’s filled with lots of love and good vibes!

xo, Tessa

Today’s Inspiration


Summer Outfits & Styling Tips!


Outfit 1


There’s nothing I love more than wearing a pretty dress to any occasion!  I absolutely adore this cobalt blue lace dress, and the nude detailing underneath is such a perfect addition!  I paired this dress with my Kate Spade Tote, my J Crew necklace, and swapped out my nude heels for my favorite gold Tory Burch sandals!  I think this outfit is especially perfect for a brunch/lunch date with friends, date night, or for a day in the city!

Outfit 2

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Alyssa (Somewhere Between Vogue & Van Gogh) wore the most adorable outfit, pairing a classic gray tank with some olive green shorts!  She also added a pop of red/brown with her scrappy sandals, and tied the color in with her tote!  I absolutely loved her simple layered gold necklaces, they definitely tied the entire look together!

Tips & Inspiration!


Summer fashion is all about fringe, pom pom details, pops of color, distressed denim, mule sandals, and the classic light blue cotton top and off-the-shoulder top!  I believe any of these pieces will add so much to your look, and are perfect for this summer’s trends!  Also, when it comes to styling, stick to basic pieces!  A classic pair of light wash or white skinny jeans, basic tees and tanks, and strappy sandals are always a go-to classic summer style!  Basic pieces are also really easy to pair with anything, so adding a cute pair of pom pom sandals or a colorful tote will really elevate your outfit without you spending extra money!

I hope you all enjoyed my summer styling post featuring my best friend Alyssa, and make sure you follow her blog Somewhere Between Vogue & Van Gogh!  She is leaving for France tomorrow, so definitely check out her posts and keep up on her adventures (and incredible style)!  I hope you all have a fabulous Wednesday, and I hope the rest of your week is filled with lots of love and good vibes!

xo, Tessa

Today’s Inspiration


*All images without a “” watermark were found through Pinterest or Google for this post. I am in no way taking ownership for the photos, just sharing them. I am unaware of the original owner of these photos, thus my credit to the source where I found them.

FabFitFun Summer Unboxing!

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  1. Trina Turk Canvas Tote: $55
  2. *Sample* Blister Pads
  3. Summer & Rose Yoga Towel: $36
  4. Stemulation Daily Micro Derm Scrub: $34
  5. *Sample* Burt’s Bees BB Cream
  6. $35 Gift Card to Hello Fresh
  7. Betchsicles Ice Pop Molds: $19
  8. Eco Beauty Good Start Face Serum: $40
  9. Pur-lisse Pur-delicate Soy Cleanser: $36
  10. FabFitFun Everyday Beach Waves Spray: $18
  11. Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream: $48
  12. Passport to Beauty Gypset Luminous Lips: $18

Total Retail Value of Box: $304

Hi everyone, happy Monday!  You all know I adore Mondays, and finding the FabFitFun Summer box on my doorstep this afternoon was a perfect touch to this lovely day!  I absolutely love FabFitFun because I always receive SO many products for the amount I pay quarterly, and all of the products are incredible!  This year’s summer box is amazing, and I would have to say my favorite item is definitely the Seas the Day tote!  Head over to FabFitFun using my referral link, and if you follow the link you’ll get $10 off of your first box!

I hope you all enjoyed taking a look at my FabFitFun Summer box, I cannot wait to start putting these products to use!  I hope you all have a wonderful day, and it’s filled with love and pretty things!

xo, Tessa

Today’s Inspiration