Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Favorites



Beautiful flowers and summer sunlight filling the living room!



"God is making things happen for you. Even when you don't see it, even when you can't feel it, even if it's not evident... God is working on your prayers." 

For more inspiration, check out my Pinterest board, Words to Love.


The Nordstrom sale goes live to the public today, so I went through and found some great things that are still in stock!






A simple, but beautiful outdoor living space

cowboy caviar recipe I plan to make this weekend

This chic fall inspired look





Happy Friday, y'all! I am especially excited about this weekend because it's my birthday weekend - I turn the big 3-0 on Monday! We originally had a trip planned to the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in The Highlands, NC (which is our favorite little mountain town!), but we had to cancel it because my egg retrieval for IVF was supposed to be this weekend. 

I was all for canceling the trip for IVF purposes, but then we got an unexpected curveball with IVF plans and they were put on hold. At that point, it was too late to re-book it - whomp whomp. Needless to say, I was a little bummed out, but Chris saved the day (as he always does) by booking us a little stacation at The Hermitage Hotel here in Nashville. We plan on enjoying the spa there, going to a few dinners downtown, and just relaxing!

More on the IVF front - we finally got everything worked out and I officially start injections on July 31st. Although I'm super excited for this process, I am a bit nervous too. If you've been through IVF, I would love to hear about your experience! Obviously, I want nothing more than to have a sweet little baby soon, and my prayer is that it's in God's will to bless us with one! Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement along the way!

What are your plans this weekend? Do you plan on shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?! It's finally open to the public, and there are some great things still in stock! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for reading! XO -

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Blog Refresh


Hello there! Did you notice that things look a little different around here? I am so excited to finally have my new blog design up and running. Over the past few months, I've been working with Aubrey from Aubrey Kinch Design to give my blog a little refresh! If you're looking for a graphic designer and someone to help you with your website - I can't recommend her enough! I've used her as my designer since I started my blog, and she is great to work with. She creates fantastic designs and always seems to completely understand my vision.


It's hard to believe that I started this blog over 3 years ago, and a lot has changed in those three years - from my content, to the things going on in my life. Needless to say, 27 looked much different than (almost) 30 - I turn 30 on Monday! I wanted my site to have more of a timeless look - something I can grow with, and much as I love pink, I wanted a more sophisticated color. So I went with classic black, white, and gold. I wanted simple and elegant, and I think Aubrey did a great job with my new design! What do you think?




I also narrowed down my categories and added a new one  - as I have finally found my "content calling" and know what I want to focus on most! While I didn't start my blog to share my style, it's something that I have enjoyed sharing and as a way to express myself. So one category is Style, and you can expect to see all things fashion related and how I dress to feel my best - and how you can too! I also have a Life category, and here you will see anything from home decor, travel, personal posts, and recipes. I wanted this category to reflect all the good things about life - from decorating our home to trips that make us feel alive.

I'm most excited about my new category, Wellness. If you're a long time follower, then you know that I've been struggling with infertility for quite a while. Through this, I have learned so much about my body and have made so many changes to my lifestyle in order to live a healthier, happier life. I want to share what I've learned along the way - so this category will have all things health and wellness related. Lastly, I added an Oils page. This wont't be a category, but instead a landing page to learn more about essential oils and how to use them. It's still a work in progress, so I'll share more on that later! My hope is that you will find some inspiration and encouragement through one of the categories, and hopefully all three!




On another note, this little lace dress has been a staple for me this summer. It is one of those dresses that you can throw on for anything - with heels or flats! I have worn it more times than I can count. It runs true to size, and I promise you'll love just as much as I do! It will quickly become your go-to dress for any occasion. Also, how cute is the pom pom bag charm?! I picked this up in Mexico this summer and have been adding it to all my bags and totes. I think it is so fun! I found a similar one online and you can shop it here.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on my new design and what category you most excited about! Thanks so much for reading! XO -





White Lace Dress | Ark Handbag | Pom Pom Bag Charm (similar) | Earrings | Shoes (similar)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

What's on Your Summer Bucket List?


Since browsing cozy cardigans and blanket scarves from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I'll admit that I am kind of craving fall - but I'm a sucker for all seasons and know that I'll be wanting this summer heat back come mid January, ha ha. With fall on the horizon, I started thinking about summer and things I want to do before this season passes me by!



Nashville has a lot to offer during the summer - like outdoor movies and concerts, great hiking, and plenty of Farmers' Markets to browse. One of my favorite things about the warmer months is the return of Amelia's Flower Truck! It's the cutest little flower truck that floats around town, and I just love picking out my own bouquet of fresh flowers. It's the perfect summer activity!



While I've visited the famous flower truck several times this summer, there are a few things I haven't made time for yet, and I want that to change soon! Hopefully this list will help me keep track of what I want to fit in before the days get shorter and the leaves change colors.

- Spend an afternoon at Arrington Vineyards
- Have a picnic in the park
- Have a pool day with friends
- Go to a Sounds Game
- Spend a morning at Cheekwood
- Go to an outdoor concert
- Go on a hike
- Host a summer cookout with friends



I can't believe we are coming up on the end of July! Summer is flying by, and even though I'm excited about fall being around the corner - I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to the lightening bugs, long days, and all the fun summer activities. So tell me - what's on your summer bucket list? What are you hoping to fit in before that first leaf falls? Thanks so much for reading!







Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nordstrom Sale: Early Access Top Picks

It's here! Early access to the Nordstrom sale has started and there are some major good deals! I have gone through the whole sale and picked out my favorites from each category. I get most excited about all the pre-fall items! While I love summer, fall is definitely my favorite season, and I'm already so excited for cardigans, boots, and pumpkin everything. It is smart to shop for those fall boots and coats now because after the sale they will go back to full price!

Now is also a good time to shop for Christmas presents!! I have two sisters, three sis-in-laws, and obviously a mom and mother-in-law, so there are plenty of ladies to shop for! I'm thinking of utilizing the mark down on UggsBarefoot Dreams cozy cardigans, and fun accessories like this plaid scarf!

If you don't have early access, don't worry because you'll be able to shop soon, and I'll be keeping you updated on what it is still in stock and what has been re-stocked! I suggest going ahead and making your list so you're ready to go as soon as the sale opens to the public. Remember, FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURNS - so buy what you think you like and return it if you don't love it as much as you thought you would. I placed my order today, and I can't wait to share styles and fits with y'all! Happy shopping and happy almost weekend! 

Tops and Sweaters 





Dresses



Shoes



Accessories



Coats and Cardigans




Jeans and Pants


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What You Need to Know About the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


I'm sure you've heard by now, but in case you haven't - the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts tomorrow! If I'm being honest, I didn't start shopping the sale until about two years ago. I grew up in Mississippi, and we didn't have a Nordstrom store, so I didn't shop there much and didn't know many details about their anniversary sale. Since living in Nashville, I now shop at Nordstrom all the time and have learned just how great the deals are during this yearly sale! I'm going to share what I've learned along the way so that you're ready to tackle the sale yourself - even if you don't have a store near you!



You must be a Nordstrom cardholder to shop early access!

Early access starts tomorrow and goes through July 20th. Why is it important to have early access? Well, this sale is so popular and has such good deals that a lot of items will sale out fast! Cardholders get first dibs, and you want to be in on that - trust me! You can apply for a card HERE and while you wait for it to come in the mail, they will give you your account number so you can start shopping immediately! If you're not a cardholder (and don't want to be), then no worries - this sale lasts several weeks and you will have the chance to shop! They often re-stock really popular items, too!




Why is this sale such a big deal?

There are so many sales at different stores throughout the year, it can be hard to keep up with. But if there is one you should shop - it's this one! It's unlike any other because it's not just unsold items being marked down - it's BRAND NEW styles and pre-fall items all at sale prices. Everything will go back to full price once the sale is over. It is a great time to stock up on some designer items you've had your eye on, or on some fall wish list items. I usually shop for fall sweaters and boots. I also love checking out the workout gear and handbags! 




You can shop it even if you don't have a store near you!

This is something I wish I had known years ago. I am someone who likes to try on things before I buy, as I tend to fluctuate betweens sizes. Buying online is not ideal for someone who likes to try on, but the best thing about Nordstrom is that they offer FREE SHIPPING AND FREE RETURNS! So if you see something you like, order it! If it doesn't fit how you thought it would, or you just don't like it, all you have to do is slap the return label they send with your items back on the box and leave it for your mailman to pick up, or run it by the post office yourself. It's so simple and makes online shopping super easy! I often order things in a few sizes so I can decide which fit I like best, and I just return what doesn't work. You seriously can't beat free shipping and returns, and it makes shopping this sale accessible for everyone.



Photos by Catherine Truman

Happy shopping, y'all! I'll be keeping you updated on what I find during the sale, so make sure to follow along on Instgram.

Start shopping here!