Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cabi Yacht Collection: The Fiesta Romper

I'm back with another post featuring Cabi Clothing's new Yacht Collection! You can catch my first post here, where I featured the white skipper pants. With Cinco De Mayo right around the corner, I knew I had to have their adorable Fiesta Romper! I'm very picky about rompers, because I don't like any type of shorts hugging my legs, but this romper is the perfect fit!! I love how loose it is around the leg, but still defines your waist with a cute print and tie string. It's the perfect throw and go outfit, and I know I will be getting a lot of wear out of it during those hot summer days!

Speaking of hot summer days, we are headed on vacation soon! We leave for St. Thomas in just 9 days, and I couldn't be more excited! But I do want to say that last night I pulled out all my swimsuits to try on and go through for our trip, and is it just me... or do you always kind of dread the first try on?! Ha ha! I mean, I've been tucked away all winter, covering every inch of me (in case you couldn't tell by my pale legs in these photos), and when you first put that suit on, it's like oh hellllooooooo (insert wide eyed emoji here).

I think I would feel this way during that first try on even if I was the skinniest girl in the world. It's just like your body is waking up from hibernation and then you plop in it a bikini for all the world to see. As I stood there in my bikini, I had a moment of "ugh, I should have been working out more," and "I'm not ready for swimsuit season," and then Chris walked by the bathroom and he whistled. I don't say that to brag by any means (trust me, my bikini bod is nothing to brag about), but it made me realize that maybe I was being too hard on myself. He had no clue what was going through my head at that moment, and that's because he sees me in a totally different way than I see myself.

I've lost weight this year (thanks to DoTERRA's Slim and Sassy Line) but I was still standing there being hard on myself. I snapped out of and reminded myself that my body doesn't define me, and that I need to love my body more and appreciate it for what it is - it just ran a half marathon back in March for goodness sake, so I have a lot to be thankful for! I guess I say all that to say.... don't harp on what you look like in that swimsuit, girl! Be thankful for your body and get out there and enjoy that sunshine!

Photos by Catherine Truman

Thank you to Cabi for partnering with me on the post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What Do You Love Most About Your City?

While I was taking these pictures on the Downtown Nashville Pedestrian Bridge, looking out at the city skyline, I couldn't help but think of what a wonderful place it is, and how much I've grown to love living here. I moved to Nashville six years ago, when Chris and I got engaged, and honestly didn't know what to expect. I had only visited Nashville once before, and that was for a college football game. So there was still so much of the city I hadn't seen and so much to learn about the Music City!

It didn't take long for me to fall in love with this southern city, mainly because of the "small town feel" despite its larger population. There are several things I love about Nashville, but the fact that it still seems small while also having so much to offer is definitely what I love most. I grew in up an itty bitty town in south Mississippi, with no red lights and where "getting around" was a breeze. I assumed that "getting around" in a larger city like Nashville would be a hard transition, but I was shocked at how small it felt (and still does) when I first moved here.

Nashville has several "pockets" of town, as I like to call them, and getting to and from each one is super easy and not as intimidating as this small town girl once thought it would be. On top of being easy to navigate, I loved that I quickly made friends and would run into them around town - like at the grocery store or dry cleaners. I thought this was something that only existed in towns with a true Main Street and one restaurant. Since living here, we've created so many friendships and have such a wonderful church family - it's something I truly cherish.

Despite its hometown feel, it still feels like a new city to explore every day. From new restaurants, to sporting events and live music, there is always something to see or do - and we love the adventure of that! Even after living here for several years, we haven't come close to doing it all, and honestly don't know if we ever will at the rate Nashville is growing. We've already lost count of all the new restaurants that have opened in the past year! I just love that I can spend a Saturday in my backyard with friends, at a vineyard tasting wine, downtown listening to live music, or brunching at one of our favorite restaurants.

I think it's safe to say that if you're still excited about living in a place as much as you were six years ago when you moved there, then you officially love your city! So where do you live? Big city or small town? Or kind of both - like in my case. I would definitely say Nashville is a big city but small town... if that makes sense. From my point of view it does, ha ha. Anyway, I would love to hear what you love most about where you live!

Stripe Bell Sleeve top, sold out, similar here | Jeans | Wedges, old, similar here | Sunglasses | Clutch

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Favorites + Easter Weekend Sales

Pretty tulips in the living room for Easter weekend. I love keeping tulips around the house this time of year. They are lovely for spring!

"Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is so good, and by raising Jesus from death, He has given us new life and a hope that lives on." 1 Peter 1:3

As we start Easter weekend, I wanted to share one of my favorite Bible verses that is such a great reminder of the new life and hope we have because of Jesus's death and resurrection. Oh, how sweet it is to be loved by God that much!

Shopbop has a major sale going on. so I rounded up some of my favorites for you to shop. You can get 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders above $500 with code EVENT17. Even better, all my picks are under $100! You better hurry though.. the sale ends tonight - happy spring shopping!

A great guide on how to keep bugs out with essential oils.

The cutest Bohemian look for summer!

This house. I mean... when can I move in??

15 Quinoa Recipes to Help You Meal Prep on Sundays

How to Wake Up Earlier

Healthy Vegetable Pad Thai Two Ways

Happy Easter weekend! This holiday is one of my favorites - not because of the yummy food and the Easter egg hunting, but because of the celebration of life and Jesus's resurrection! Because of His ultimate sacrifice, we have the chance to live an eternal life with God in Heaven - that's definitely worth celebrating! Today is Good Friday, and I can't go without saying that while Easter weekend is a time of celebration, it is also a time of remembrance. So today, I hope you'll take the time to remember what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross - the pain and suffering he endured, all because He loves us - I hope you'll reflect on that today, and I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend with your family and friends! Thanks for reading.

Other sales going on this weekend:

Anthropologie: 25% off select items (ends 4/15)

Williams-Sonoma: extra 20% off with code EGGHUNT (ends 4/17)

Forever21: extra 30% off with code EXTRA30 (ends 4/16)

Macy's: up to 20% off with code BLOOM (ends 4/16)

J Crew Factory: 50% off everything! No code needed (ends 4/16)

Pottery Barn: extra 20% off with code FRIENDS (ends 4/16)

Madewell: extra 30% off with code DREAMBIG (ends 4/17)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cabi Yacht Collection: The Skipper Pants

Have y'all ever heard of the clothing brand, Cabi? This is a brand that was introduced to me a few years ago when I still lived in Mississippi, and I immediately fell in love with it! So I was all ears when Cabi reached out to me about teaming up to showcase some of their new pieces from their Yacht Cruise Collection! I knew I would find something I loved from this collection because their clothes are so stylish, and they are also pieces that will last you a long time because of their quality.

While browsing the collectionThe Skipper Pants jumped out at me because I had been wanting a pair of wide leg white pants. They are the perfect pant for spring summer because they can be paired with anything! Not to mention the wide leg silhouette is super flattering. I paired mine with this green cold shoulder top and I just love the way the bright green looks against the crisp white. My suggestion is to wear your blouse tucked in when you wear wide leg pants, because you need something to define your waist!

If you can't tell, it was super windy the day we took these photos! win some, you lose some. Even though it was windy, it was a gorgeous spring day, and I loved being out in the sun. Just a few minutes in the sun can really boost your mood! Now that it's warm enough, I often take my computer outside and work on our front porch. It's amazing what a little Vitamin D can do! Anyway, be sure to check out Cabi's new Yacht Collection and let me know what you think! Also, I'll be styling two more pieces from the collection here on the blog within the next week. Thanks so much for reading!

Thank you to Cabi Clothing for partnering with me on this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Pea Pasta

I know I keep saying it, but y'all, I love spring! Actually, I'm finding that as I get older, I really love every season. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I love the changing of each season and the happiness each one brings in their own ways. Each season has a perk (or perks) and dining al fresco is definitely a perk of spring! It was too pretty to be inside this weekend, so I set up a simple spring lunch on our little bistro table outside and made a pasta dish with tons of spring flavors - because 'tis the season!

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think spring food - peas! So when I saw this recipe for a yummy spring pea pasta, topped with truffle oil, I was 100% sold and immediately added it to my "must make" list. The ingredients just scream spring and make the perfect, satisfying bite when combined together. It's a comforting dish, because pasta (duh), but also light and refreshing at the same time. The freshness of the herbs, peas, and lemon juice really give it a nice bite, and the truffle oil brings it to a whole new level. I buy my truffle oil at Williams and Sonoma because it's one of those ingredients where I think quality really does make a difference. You can buy your own bottle here!

I think this dish is perfect to make for Easter weekend! Not only is it tasty, but it makes for a great presentation with all the green color - great for an Easter table setting. It makes a wonderful meal on its own, or you can enjoy it as a side. I served mine warm, but it can also be made ahead and brought as a cold pasta salad. Just add the truffle oil right before serving! Let me know if you try it out - I would love to hear your thoughts! I ate two bowls in one sitting... because pasta. It is what it is.

1 pound pasta
3-4 cups fresh peas
5 scallions, thinly sliced
1 shallot, finely diced
1 cup fresh chopped mint
1 cup fresh chopped Italian parsley
1/2 cup olive oil
2 lemons - zest 1/4 cup juice
2 cups fresh pea shoots, or baby spinach or arugula
*for reference, I used arugula
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon white pepper (or black is ok)
1 tablespoon white truffle oil (you can purchase here
Optional: goat cheese
*for reference, I served without cheese

- Boil pasta in a generous amount of salted water according to directions.
- During the very last minute of cooking, if serving this as a warm entree- add the peas to the pasta and just lightly blanch. (See Notes)
- While the pasta is cooking, prep the rest of the ingredients.
- Chop the scallions, shallots and herbs.
- Zest two lemons, and measure out ¼ cup lemon juice ( you may need more).
- Once the pasta is just about done, add the peas to the boiling pasta water and blanch for one minute, or just until bright green. Immediately drain, place pasta and peas in large bowl, drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice and season with 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper.
- Toss in the pea shoots (or other greens) and add the herbs and lemon zest. Stir
- Taste, adjusting salt and lemon juice, adding more of both, if necessary. ( Sometimes pasta takes a while to absorb the salt and lemon - so make sure to taste this again after a few minutes -the saltiness will have settled down quite a bit, and you may need more especially if you did not salt your pasta water)
- Drizzle with truffle oil and serve immediately.

NOTES: if making this as a pasta salad-- make sure to rinse pasta and peas in very very cold water to stop the peas from cooking any longer...this will help them keep their lovely bright green color. If making the pasta salad ahead, always taste it right before serving, it may need a little more seasoning ( salt, lemon, oil, truffle) Add the goat cheese right before serving. This serves 4 as a main course or 8 as a side salad.

Photos by Catherine Truman

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