Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Favorites


- My front yard hydrangeas finally in bloom -


- Getting a card in the mail from my mom with a note of encouragement -


This adorable keychain sent to me from Lucky Feather -


- Cooking with fresh tomatoes from the Farmers Market -


- A yummy green smoothie for breakfast -

Happy Friday! This is an extra fun Friday for me for two reasons: It's my birthday weekend and we are headed to Hawaii tomorrow morning (!!!). I am beyond excited to spend some quality time with my man on the beautiful island of Maui. 

We plan on taking it easy most of the trip - with lazy beach and pool days filled with beach cocktails and yummy food, but we will also be doing a little exploring as well! We plan on driving the Road to Hana, taking a helicopter tour over a volcano, and doing a little hiking. My heart is just bursting with happiness thinking about it. 

Things will be pretty quiet here on the blog next week, as I want to enjoy every moment of my vacation and not be glued to the computer; but I will be sharing our adventures on Snapchat (annaleewhite) and Instagram - so follow along with the fun!

On another note, I want to thank each of you for your kind words after reading this week's Talk Tuesday post. Your kindness and encouragement is the number one thing I love about having this blog. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you!! 

Also, in case you missed it this week, I shared my Travel Guide to Seaside and The Best of the Nordstrom Sale (which opens to the public today - what are you waiting for?!). I am also a part of hosting a huge giveaway on Instagram - girls, you don't want to miss this one, so head to my IG page for all the details! Wishing y'all the happiest of Fridays - thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Best of Nordstrom Sale



















*dog not included in sale :)


Hey y'all! For those of you who follow me on Snapchat (annaleewhite), you may have seen that I had a huge delivery on my front door step yesterday - all of the items I ordered from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale finally came in (!!). I was so excited to try everything on and see how it all fit, and I gotta tell ya - I'm itching for fall to come around so that I can style all of these wonderful pieces! Today, I want to share with you guys what I bought and why I think these items are worth buying now (even though it's currently 90 degrees outside). 

Hands down, my favorite purchase from the sale are these Vince Camuto Tan Booties. A neutral pair of booties is a fall wardrobe staple - the kind that you know you'll wear to death because they go with everything. I was desperately in need of new pair, so I added these babies to my cart immediately. I love the fit of them (they run true to size), and the slit in the front is so flattering with jeans and leggings. If you're in the market for a new fall pair, then go for it - you'll save $60 if you buy them now! I also got these Steve Madden Block Heel Sandals (in camel), and I'm in love with them! They are the perfect summer/fall transition shoe and you'll save $40 through the sale.

I can't get enough of cardigans in the fall, so I stocked up on some of my favorites from the sale. This open front cardigan (just $31!!) will be on repeat for me this fall - I ordered it in tan so that it can be worn with just about everything, but I also love it in olive and grey. This long linen blend cardigan is so  lightweight and has such a flattering fit - it is 40% off (ringing in at just $40), and I got it in the light pink shade. Last but not least, I will be living in this open front knit cardigan because it is seriously so cozy. It is so soft and perfect for cuddling up in - whether you're out running errands or snuggled up on the couch.

This Tunic is called the 'Perfect Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic' for a reason - it's the perfect tunic. I ordered it in white, and I know it will get so much wear this fall. It's long, which makes it the perfect tunic for leggings and boots, but it will also look great with a pair of jeans and flats, or with booties and a cardigan - it's so versatile and only $42! This sweater is a little pricey, but I couldn't resist it because it feels so good and fits so well! It's marked down by about $50 and comes in several colors. I ordered it  the ivory-black stripe, but also love it the heather camel color.

I love everything I got, but trust me - there is so much more to shop from and so many good deals! The sale opens up to the public tomorrow, so to help you get started, I've rounded up the best of tops & sweaters, cardigans & outerwear, shoes, handbags & accessories, workout gear, and beauty products. Hopefully this will help you navigate through the sale! I would start looking today, and even if something is out of stock, make sure you check again tomorrow - some items are restocked when the sale opens up to the public! Start early though - things will sell out within minutes on Friday morning. As always, thanks for reading and happy shopping, friends!


BEST OF TOPS & SWEATERS:




BEST OF CARDIGANS & OUTERWEAR



BEST OF SHOES:



BEST OF HANDBAGS & ACCESSORIES:


BEST OF WORKOUT GEAR:

BEST OF BEAUTY:

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Talk Tuesday: Faith





book // keychain, c/o

Happy Tuesday, friends! It has been a few weeks since I installed a Talk Tuesday, but I'm back today with some personal thoughts on faith. I've been jotting down ideas for this post and gathering my thoughts for the past few weeks now, and as always, I like to use this little space of mine to share my thoughts and "talk" to you guys!

I'm currently reading the book and personal Bible study, What Happens When Women Walk in Faith - and y'all, it is changing my whole outlook on faith. Sure, I've always had faith in God and His plan, but this book really outlines the phases of faith and how to walk in faith with God as He reveals His plan for your life and His dream for you.

As many of you know, my husband and I are on a difficult journey right now (which you can read more about here and here). We are wanting to have a baby so bad, and for some reason, it's just not in God's plan for it to happen right now. Faith is something we are really having to hold on to - and I'm not going to lie, some days, trusting in something you don't know the outcome of is so hard.

God is slowly working in me though - my faith is being tested, and I know that at the end of this journey, my faith will be stronger than its ever been. In the end, my faith has to be stronger than my fear and I have to love God more than my dream of becoming a mother. These are the things that God is revealing to me through this study, and things I want to share with you guys - because I know that we all have dreams and fears. Hold on to your faith, friends, it's the only thing that will pull you through.

So many of you have asked me for updates on my fertility situation, and I promise I will be sharing more details soon. But for now, I will share that just this week, we met with another doctor to start a new path on our journey - and I have a great peace about where we are going. I was connected to this doctor through a reader from this blog who was touched by my story and wanted to help, and that alone shows me that sharing my journey on here was something God wanted me to do.

I have received so many words of encouragement through you all, and for that I am so thankful. As we go down this new path in our fertility journey, I have faith that God will lead us to where he wants us to be. Where are you in your walk of faith? I would love to hear your thoughts, struggles, or praises of keeping the faith. Thank you so much for reading and letting me share my thoughts with you!

Here are some of my favorite quotes/passages from the book:

"God gives us the strength to stand and the armor to protect ourselves from our enemy. Satan comes to steal our joy, to kill our spirit, and to destroy our hope. We must be aware of how he works so we can guard our minds, hearts, and steps as we set out on our amazing journey."

"Leave the way you've always done life and start doing things differently with God. Leave the attitude, leave the stubborn pride, leave the right to be right, leave the control, and biggest of all, leave the unbelief."

"Time and time again the formula for starting something new begins with leaving the old. Leaving is usually an act of obedience and not a desire of the heart. It is hard. It causes you to step outside of your comfort zone and enter a life that requires faith."

"Experiencing life change is not a matter of chance, it's a matter of choice, choosing God's way instead of your own."

"So I'd tried to force the dream to come true with my own formula, and it failed miserably."

"But I learned that God uses our imperfections and our willingness to share our mistakes to reach the hearts of the lost."

"The time in which I thought He was not moving was actually the time He was moving in my heart."

"Don't second-guess what God is doing. Rather, look for ways to dig deeper into His word, His character, and His faithfulness in this time."

Monday, July 18, 2016

Travel Guide to Seaside

Every year, thanks to my (awesome) parents, my family gets to vacation in Seaside, FL for an entire week. If you don't know, Seaside is a small beach town located on 30A (a stretch of small beach towns along Florida's scenic Highway 30A). This family vacation/tradition started about four years ago, and now the whole family loads up and heads south around the Fourth of July. Needless to say, it's always a fun week filled with beach days, game nights, and good eats. We've done a lot and have eaten at a lot of yummy places over the years, so I thought I would put a little travel guide together for you guys - just in case you ever find your way to this cute little beach town!

STAY 

We go through Garrett Realty Services to rent a place for the week. We technically stay in Seagrove beach instead of Seaside - it's cheaper to rent a place there and it's literally 5 minutes from Seaside beach. This year, we rented a house for the week because our family has grown so much and we needed more space. In the past, we have stayed at The Legacy Condominium and have always been pleased with them. They are nice sized condos, well taken care of, and right on the beach! Of course, you can always book a place through Airbnb or VRBO.









EAT

Hands down, the number one thing I love about this little beach town is the food. Some of my favorites include:

Bud & Alley's - a waterfront restaurant with a rooftop bar and the best food. The crab cakes are a must get, and their Grouper never disappoints.

The Shrimp Shack - if you want to taste the freshest of fresh seafood,  this is your spot. The crab claws are delicious and the lobster roll is one of the best things I've ever eaten!

The Great Southern - great spot for brunch - order the crab cakes and fried green tomatoes Benedict for the ultimate southern, seafood brunch experience.

Pickles - a cute little lunch spot with awesome burgers, fries, and shakes.

Cafe Thirty-A - a little more on the pricey side, so save this one for a special occasion, but the food and fine dining experience is totally worth the price!

Old Florida Fish House - family friendly, casual dining experience with some of the best seafood around!





PLAY

Of course, you'll want to spend most of your days on the white, sandy beaches, but there are also a few more things you can do to fill your time -

-Rent a bike for the week and explore the little beach towns along 30A

-Go shopping in Seaside, making a stop for an ice cream break at  It's Heavenly

-Check out Seaside's event calendar for things happening while you're there, like an outdoor movie night or a summer concert

-If you are up for a full day activity, drive into Destin and rent a boat to take out to Crab Island for the day (we do this every year and love it!)

I always love our time spent in this adorable town, and look forward to going back each year! Overall, it's a great place to relax, eat, and enjoy the beach life to its fullest. If you're looking for the perfect spot for your next family beach vacation, look no further than Seaside (or any beach town along 30A).

Have you ever been to Seaside? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it, and if not, then I hope this guide will be of help to your travels! Happy Monday, friends, and thanks for stopping by!

PS. 5 Reasons to Visit Seaside

Friday, July 15, 2016

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale










That's right, it's the most wonderful time of the year - the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! It started this week, and I wanted to fill you in just in case you haven't heard it from a million other bloggers - you're welcome. Right now, only card members can shop the early access, and the sale will open up to the public starting July 22nd.

If you aren't a Nordstrom card member yet, and if you find anything you like (and trust me, you will), then I highly recommend applying for a Nordstrom card here (especially now that a debit card version is available) so that you can get in on the early access shopping. Most of the good stuff will be gone by the time the sale opens up to everyone. This is the one time when my a credit card actually comes in handy for me - ha! 

I haven't made it into a store just yet, but I have done a little online shopping, and so far I've snagged these block heel sandals and this long side slit cardigan. I plan on going in this weekend to try on a few more things that have caught my eye - like this lace up sweaterthis split neck tunic that comes in multiple colors, and this camel cowl neck pullover. I'm also obsessing over this faux leather moto jacket  and this quilted Barbour jacket (love it in the rose color especially!).

I know it seems weird shopping fall like items in the heat of summer, but these deals are just too good not to shop. When fall comes around, you'll be happy you took the time to get ahead start on your wardrobe at such low prices! Last year I splurged on a pair Tory Burch riding boots in black, and I was so happy when the cooler months came around and I didn't have to pay full price for a good pair of boots.

My advice is to think about what you really need in your closet right now, whether it's a new pair versatile leggings or the perfect fall cardigan, and focus on finding those items first. Your wardrobe and your wallet will thank you when that first leaf falls and the air gets crisp. Ahhh…I can hardly wait - bring on the pumpkin spice lattes! Well actually, I can stand to wait a little longer since we have one more summer vacation planned. Happy Friday and thanks for reading. Now get to shopping!
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