Thursday, June 30, 2016

Best Buys: June






I can't believe it's the last day of June - where did the time go?! I feel like I was just introducing my new monthly series, Best Buys, at the end of last month. This month definitely flew by, and I enjoyed every minute. At the beginning of the month, we took a trip to Tampa to see our college besties (who happened to be married), and then came home to my cousin and his fiancĂ© stopping in Nashville for a quick visit. We traveled to my hometown for Father's Day weekend and brought my grandparents back with us (!!) - you can read more about their stay here. We ended the month with a wedding in Oxford, MS (our college town) celebrating two of our dearest friends who tied the knot. I'm spending the last week of June doing a few house projects and getting ready for a week at the beach with my family for the 4th of July. Needless to say, it's been a great one, but cheers to the next one! Here are my best buys of June -

1. Rodan & Fields Selfless Tanner - As I've gotten older, I've learned how important it is to protect your skin - especially in the summer. I used to cook in the sun (rarely using sunscreen) to get that summer glow. Now, I try to protect to my skin by limiting my time in the sun and wearing good sunscreen. But a girl still needs her tan, right? This tanner is my absolute favorite - so easy to apply and the results are quick! I also use Rodan & Fields Soothe regimen for my sensitive skin.

2. Bobbie Brown Mascara - Mascara is hands down my must have beauty product. Have you ever gotten that question, "If you could only pick one to wear for the rest of your life, what beauty product would it be?" For me, it's mascara - hands down. I don't have the best natural eyelashes, and this mascara is what dreams are made of. It gives great volume and length, plus it's not clumpy. It will be my go-to from here on out.



3. Essential Oil Diffuser - When we were in New York, I stopped by a store while window shopping to check out their essential oils. I had never bought any, but was very interested in them after reading this, so I decided to stock up on a few! I quickly realized how well they work and wanted to buy a diffuser to keep the oils misting away in our home when needed. This one doesn't break the bank, works well, and is the perfect size - I give it a thumbs up!



4. Pom Pom Tote - I'm obsessed with the pom pom trend that's all the rage right now, so when I saw this summer tote, I knew it had to be mine. I took it to Tampa earlier this month and plan on bringing it to the beach next week, as well as to Hawaii at the end of July. It's the perfect beach bag (goes with everything), plus I've carried to the Farmers Market as a tote to bring all my goodies home in, and to a weekend at the lake for the boat ride.



5. Eat Pretty Book - Just as I've started taking better care of my skin, I've also started taking better care of my body and what I put in it. I have started paying attention to what I eat and how it makes me feel. This is a great read about foods that contribute to beauty - such as glowing skin, great nails & hair, etc. It also talks about what to steer clear of - beauty betrayers that cause bloating, acne, wrinkles, etc.There are even recipes for each season featuring different eat pretty foods that will have you feeling and looking great!

*The installments of Best Buys are not sponsored, and the products I feature are not items sent to me for collaboration. They are items I purchased, love, and what to share!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Talk Tuesday: JUS by Julie


For today's installment of Talk Tuesday, I wanted to share and talk with y'all about a juice cleanse I did recently! If you've been around for a while, then you've probably read in previous posts that I started a weight loss and clean eating journey back in March. I lost 15 pounds and was feeling great! By the time May rolled around, I let myself go back to bad eating habits (and gained a few pounds back) - mainly because we were on the road with so much traveling. So, at the beginning of June I decided to do a one day juice cleanse to reset my body and get back on track.

Jus by Julie is my go to place when I need a quick cleanse. I don't have a juicer, and even if I did, I know that I wouldn't actually take the time to juice fruits and vegetables myself. Jus by Julie delivers bottles of juice at your doorstep - pre made and ready to drink! Even better? They are delicious. They offer a one day, three day, or five day cleanse. I have done the three day cleanse before, and to be honest, I was dying to chew food by day two - so now I stick with the one day cleanse! It is the perfect (quick) reset, and I can always see and feel results.

So what are the results? The juices rid your body of any impurities - unwanted toxins that cause pain, bloating and discomfort. The cleanse is desinged to give your body the maximum nutrition it needs in a day, and it will have you feeling refreshed with more energy, along with a decrease in cravings and a little weight loss. It is a great way to transition back into a healthy lifestyle -I've always been so pleased with the results!

At first, I was skeptical about the price and having juices delivered to my doorstep. I was worried it would be a rip off, but then I thought about the money and time I would spend trying to create a juice cleanse myself from store bought items and a juicer - having them delivered and ready to go just sounded much easier/better. Plus, I know I could never make juices as good as theirs! A few of my favorites include the Island CoconutSpicy Lemonade, and Morning Glory (I often order this one by itself to enjoy in the mornings with my breakfast). If you're interested in doing one of their cleanses, check Groupon before you purchase because they regularly offer coupons for different cleanses.

PS. This was not a sponsored post. I genuinely love the cleanse and have been so pleased with Jus by Julie that I just wanted to share it with you guys! Would you ever be interested in doing a juice cleanse? I would love to hear your thoughts/feedback. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The One Piece Comeback


One Piece Swimsuits


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Happy hump day, friends! I hope you all have had a wonderful week so far. I've had my grandparents in town visiting this week, and y'all, it's been a blast. I have loved every minute with them (!!). They are so special to me, and I know time with them should be cherished as they are aging, and with me living so far away from my hometown, I hardly every get to spend quality time with them. I have loved taking them around Nashville! We have enjoyed some tasty meals, went shopping at the mall, and today we are headed to Arrington Vineyards to enjoy the scenery and a wine tasting. Last night, my Granny gave me cooking lessons on how to cook collard greens and her famous cornbread, and we made memories that I will always hold near and dear to my heart. As I've gotten older, I have come to realize just how special grandparents are - full of love and knowledge; hug yours today if you get the chance!

Now, let's move on today's post topic: the one piece swimsuit! I remember being a teenager and thinking I would never wear a one piece. They were considered "mom suits" so to speak. Well, I grew up, and so did my body. That teenage body is long gone, and the one piece (now) seems like a life saver. Lucky for me, they are back in style!! You heard me, they are actually in this season. I've seen them all over the place - even on those girls with rock star bodies. There are so many cute styles out there, and I rounded up some of my favorites above. I have fully embraced the one piece and ordered quite a few to wear this summer. I still love those cute bikinis, but on days when I need a little more coverage and still want to feel fabulous, I'm happy the one piece is there to support me. Thank goodness for the one piece comeback!

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Between the Vines


One of my favorite things to do in Nashville is to visit Arrington Vineyards. It's the cutest little winery in the hills of Tennessee - only about 25 minutes outside of the city. We usually visit the vineyard when we have guests in town, but just recently Chris and I decided to go on a Saturday afternoon and make a date night out of it. What I love most about Arrington Vineyards is that you can pack your own picnic! We put together a tasty Charcuterie board to munch on while sipping on our favorite wines from winery. With us being out of town so much lately, it made for the perfect weekend activity. It felt so good to be back home and watching the sun set behind the hills.

This gingham dress was made for a day at the winery with a picnic basket in hand. Chris even told me it looked like a picnic table cloth - that would be a guy's take on gingham - ha! I especially love the big tie in the back and how lightweight the material is (which was nice because it was 95 degrees and humid that day #summerinthesouth). We made the best of it, and although we were both sweating when these pictures were snapped, I loved the way they turned out - the sun light falling between the vines was beautiful and the wine was going down like water.
















Dress // Sunglasses // Hat // Shoes

If you're ever in the Nashville area, put the vineyard on your must see list. It's the perfect place to spend a spring, summer, and even fall afternoon. You can pack a picnic, do a wine tasting, buy a few bottles to sip on, and even enjoy live music on Fridays and Saturdays. It's hard to believe that this little gem is just a few minutes from Music City. The rolling hills and rows of grapes make you feel like you are far from the city and deep in the countryside. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and start to your week! You may have read here that my grandparents are visiting us in Nashville this week. Our adventures begin today, and I'm taking them all around the city. The vineyard is on our list for tomorrow! Follow our shenanigans on Snapchat: annaleewhite. :) Thanks so much for reading!!

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday Favorites




- A summer morning with a fresh cup of coffee and flipping through my new Kate Spade books (here and here) -



- Extra snuggle sessions with this little one now that I'm out for summer -



- An awesome Charcuterie spread for an afternoon at the vineyard -




- Finding the perfect summer clutch -





- Being home for a weekend after six weekends of travel -

Happy Friday, friends!! I hope you all had a wonderful week. This one flew by for me! I spent most of my days getting caught up on things around the house - after traveling for six weekends in a row, there was a lot to get done around here. I'm super excited for the weekend because we are traveling to my hometown in Mississippi (!!). I haven't been back home since Christmas, so I am pumped to see the family and spend some quality time with my dad (it's his birthday weekend plus Father's Day). 

We are also bringing my grandparents back up to Nashville with us on Sunday, and they are staying with us for the week! You don't know how happy this makes me. I hardly ever get to see them since they are 7 hours away, so I'm looking forward to having them all to myself and showing them my city. Grandparents are really special, don't ya think? I want to soak up as much time with mine as I can.

I call mine Joe and Granny, and let me tell you, they are a hoot. They love to eat (now you know where I get it from) - so our plans are, of course, to eat out quite a few times, go downtown for some light sightseeing, and I might take them to Country Music Hall of Fame. It's going to be a relaxing, food filled time! Follow along with our adventures on Snapchat: annaleewhite - trust me, you'll fall in love with them! What are your weekend plans? I hope you get to spend it with the people you love most. Thanks for stopping by!

PS. Did you catch my posts earlier this week? - Recipe for a healthy 7 layered diphow I'm avoiding the usual summer slump, and the cutest yellow dress for summer (get 15% off here with code PARK15).

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