Happy Thursday, friends! It’s been December for less than a week, and it’s already a madhouse over here. I’ve been getting between 20-25 orders a day since Black Friday, and I’m working as quickly as possible to keep up with my orders. I’m hoping to get at least 10 posts up this month, but I might be reaching with that – it’s taken me a full week just to get this one up, so no promises but I’ll be trying my hardest 🙂
Transitional weather periods are such a hard time to plan for, since the temperature can vary up to 20° day to day. Today I wanted to share this outfit that is great for transitioning from fall to winter. We have a cold front this week, with the possibility of snow this weekend (!!!), and it feels like NC’s 60° fall is officially over. Gone are the slightly chill days where I can just wear a cardigan to stay warm, as the expected temps for the weekend are the 30s and 40s and it doesn’t seem like we’ll get our comfortably cool weather back after that. I definitely prefer the cold over heat, and I love a good snowstorm, but I prefer it to stay in the 50s or so and don’t really enjoy the freezing cold for longer than a day or two. I mean, does anyone? Haha!
This sweater is such a great, thick knit that really holds the warmth in when you need it most. I love burgundy for both fall and winter – it’s such a rich, beautiful color that works well in both seasons. It seems to usually be forgotten in December in favor of the more festive bright red, but I think it works perfectly when you’re not trying to be too bright or festive. Like I’ve said many times, white jeans are a year round staple for me, and they keep the burgundy from being too drab and dark. I also loved my Kendra Scott pieces from last fall with this, since they were fun without being overwhelming.
I’m hoping to get another post up tomorrow, so make sure to check back for that! I’m also working on putting together some gift guides that I’ll be posting next week, and I’m really excited about those too 🙂 Have an awesome rest of your day, y’all!
Good morning, friends! This is my third and final post on styling a denim mini skirt for the fall, and I think it’s my favorite look of the three! (If you missed either of the other posts, you can see the first one here, and the second one here). I saw this gorgeous tree from the road and knew I had to get these pics with it – and yes, we’re in a neighborhood haha! It was just the perfect backdrop for one of my final posts for this fall, since next week I’ll be going full-force into Christmas mode 🙂
In the cooler months, I feel like many of us can get in a rut of just wearing jeans over and over, and over, and over…you get the picture. I love mixing it up with skirts and dresses, which are usually considered more spring- or summer-wear, which is why I wanted to do this post on how to wear it in the fall. I think the material of the skirt is really important in making sure you don’t look like you’re dressing out of season – denim is a perfect choice since it’s a year round staple, but I also love corduroy, velvet, and suede for the cooler months.
For my final look, I decided to pair it with a cropped sweater and over-the-knee boots for an chic look that’s easy to duplicate. This lace up sweater has been a favorite of mine for nearly two years now, and I love how it lines up with the button-up front of the skirt to create a clean line straight down the body. Vertical lines usually have a slimming effect, so having one down half your body can’t do anything but help on that front haha! Over the knee boots also help keep you warm as it cools down, and these ones are padded so they’re especially warm. I kept the accessories pretty simple, but I think if it was any colder out a scarf or vest would have looked really cute with this outfit.
Which look was your favorite of the 3? Let me know in the comments, and have an awesome day! 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I hope everyone is with their loved ones today, spending time with those most important to you ♡ Shane and I are hosting for our families this year, which is the first time for both of us – here’s to hoping it goes as smoothly as possible!
This year more than ever, I have so much to be thankful for. My shop is still successful enough that I can continue to be my own boss, I have good health, and I did some really ‘adult’ things like purchase my car and move out of my parents house (lol). I was able to travel both to the Caribbean and go back to Europe for the first time in 7 years, and take Shane on his first international adventure. My family has been there for me this entire year, through all of the decisions I’ve had to make, and I couldn’t be more grateful for them. Last, but certainly not least, I am so grateful for starting to really build a life with Shane – from exploring the world, to moving in together, and of course getting engaged, I couldn’t be more thankful for how our relationship has grown this year.
We have a ton to do to prepare this meal, so I don’t want to go on and on in this post, but I do want to mention that you can get my sweater on sale for 30% off and free shipping tomorrow! Also, my boots are a couple of years old, but I found a pair on Poshmark for $50 (I paid over $200, and they were on sale), so if you’re a size 8.5 I’d go snatch those up. On that note, go have a wonderful day with your families and friends! 🙂
Earlier this month, when the weather finally decided to be seasonally appropriate, I had a stark realization – every single pair of jeans I owned had holes in them. Yes, I purposely bought them like that, but when it’s 46° outside, you decide you may want a fully intact pair instead haha! My previous pairs had finally given out earlier this year, so it became my mission to find a great new pair of jeans. I was planning on going to Old Navy or Nordstrom soon, which is where I usually buy my jeans, but on a recent visit to Target I decided to try on a few pairs on a whim. They happened to be on sale for 25% off, so why not? I’ve found a lot of gems there over the years, but hadn’t yet bought any of their jeans, so I figured it was time to try them out!
Y’all – I was not expecting to, but I ended up loving this pair! I would not guess that Target could make such a great pair of jeans. This pair is called the “curvy skinny,” and it’s made for people who have curves, but not exclusively in plus sizes like anything marked “curvy” usually is. These jeans fit me perfectly, and have enough room in all the right places while still being skinny on the calf. After wearing them several times, I can also confirm that although they’re stretchy, they don’t stretch out after wearing them like some stretchy jeans can. I’d love to get another pair of these later this week during the Black Friday sales – I like a medium wash, but I prefer a dark wash 🙂
Speaking of Black Friday – I’ll be working on a sale post all week long to post on Friday, so make sure to come back then for a huge roundup of sales!
Can y’all believe we have less than a week until Thanksgiving?! It doesn’t help that it’s early this year, but it’s making this month absolutely fly by. I always love to put together a perfect Thanksgiving outfit, even though all we do is stay home, cook, and eat all day haha! I try to find an outfit that’s not only stylish, but comfortable too – nothing like eating too much AND being uncomfortable in what you’re wearing! I usually opt for things with a generous amount of stretch, or just looser fitting in general (like I’m sure most of y’all do as well). I love this sweater since it’s fitted but doesn’t cling, and hides allllll the belly area that’s about to expand haha! These jeans have a good amount of stretch, so while that top button will probably get unbuttoned at some point, I’d still be quite comfy in them. I still haven’t finalized my outfit, but I think something similar to this will be a strong contender!
Tomorrow I’m going to my friend Katie’s house for a friendsgiving, and it’s my job to bring the potatoes. I’ll be making them two ways – my not-famous-yet roasted potatoes, and of course the classic mashed potatoes. I’ve only ever made mashed potatoes once from scratch, so I turned to my trusty Pinterest to find a perfect mashed potato recipe. I picked this one to try, because not only does the recipe seems fairly simple, but they also look SO good. I love the skins in my mashed potatoes (gotta get those nutrients!), plus I’ve heard adding cream cheese makes them extra creamy. I’m excited to try these out, and I’ll report back in my next post how they turn out! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 🙂
Happy Thursday, friends! I hope everyone has had a great week so far! I’ve been slowly but surely getting my shop ready for Christmas, and also prepping for Thanksgiving next week. Shane and I are hosting for our immediate families, which will be both of our first times making an entire Thanksgiving meal so I’m pretty excited but nervous too. If anyone has any tips for successfully merging two families Thanksgiving traditions, or tips for hosting, let me know! 🙂
Shane and I took these photos last weekend at the cabin in Tennessee on the hiking trail on the property. The foliage was soooo beautiful, and the trail was so vibrant with the colorful trees and moss lining the ground. We were there at the perfect time, as the leaves were in the peak of changing colors but hadn’t started falling yet. Our drive home that day was absolutely gorgeous – the mountains were showing off and were a rainbow of fall hues, from the brightest yellows to the deepest reds, which made our 4.5 hour drive much more enjoyable. It was also thankfully sunny on the drive back, since we drove there in the dark and rain on Friday night.
This outfit was perfect for the mountains, since it was cool but not cold and that wonderful crisp feeling in the air. Everything I’m wearing is old, but I found some really close options that I’ve linked above for y’all! This scarf is one of my favorites; all of the colors made it really versatile, and I love the larger check pattern since most of my scarves are smaller patterned plaid. Sweater dresses are one of my favorite things to wear in the fall, since they keep me warm but are also a nice break from sweaters and jeans. I’ll be doing a roundup soon of my favorites, so keep a lookout for that soon!
Happy Friday, friends! This time last week, I was packing up and prepping for a weekend in the mountains with Shane and 9 of our friends (3 of whom are my bridesmaids, as I shared in my last post). I hadn’t had a trip to the mountains in a few years, so I was thrilled to go back! I grew up vacationing in Gatlinburg every year, so I’m quite familiar with the area we went. We stayed at the Wrangler’s Den cabin at the Pioneer Cabins and Guest Farm, which was located in Wears Valley and a short drive from Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.
This was the largest group trip I’ve ever gone on, so I wasn’t sure how it would go – I’m sure y’all know that the larger the group, the more complicated things can be! We only split up for about 2 hours on Saturday, and the rest of the time stayed together which was a miracle in and of itself in my opinion. We started the day cooking breakfast at the cabin, and figuring out where to go that day. Half of the group went antiquing, and the other half of us headed to Pigeon Forge. We mostly visited some shops and had lunch, then headed back to the cabin to be back before dark. On the way back, we stopped to take these pics (plus pics of Shane and myself, and Shae and Daniel) with this gorgeous mountain backdrop. This was actually an empty field right next to an Dollar General haha!
The only thing I wish could have been different about our weekend is that it could have been longer. Shane had to work some homecoming events on Friday, so we couldn’t leave Thursday like some of the group and arrived pretty late on Friday. We really only had the one full day, and while we had a blast, I wanted to show Shane some more of the area since he had never been before. I’m also happy that our group worked so well together – when you get 11 people with very different personalities together, you may expect some drama, but it was all good! We played a lot of games, including hide-and-seek; it was crazy how many hiding spots we found thought that cabin! All in all, it was an awesome trip, and I hope we make it a yearly tradition.
I also just had to mention that today is our sorority’s Founder’s Day! 144 years ago, MILFE (as we like to call them) came together to form Sigma Kappa, and I couldn’t be more grateful for them. Because of their commitment to provide a supportive group to like-minded women, I have found my best friends and soul sisters. If you had told me a decade ago when I was a senior in high school that I was going to join a sorority, I would have laughed in your face. I was not a “sorority girl” in any sense of the word – but then, I did. And I haven’t regretted my decision for a single second, in most part to the wonderful friends that went on this trip.
What are y’alls plans this weekend? I’m heading to Charlotte for the weekend and have some fun things planned, even thought I’m currently sick (or battling new allergies – I’m not entirely sure which one it is). Let me know in the comments, and have a great Friday! 🙂
I’m so excited to share today’s post – my first ever wedding planning post!!! I finally finished ‘proposing’ to my bridesmaids, who all (thankfully) said yes 🙂 I spent about a month figuring out how to do it, and then another month actually asking them, since I wanted to give them to everyone in person. Unfortunately I did not actually fly to Germany to ask Little, but I wish I could have!
I had such a fun time researching and creating these boxes for some of my best friends. I wish I could have had more bridesmaids, but I stopped at six for a few reasons. Shane is only going to have 5 groomsmen (including his best man), and I thought any more than one extra on my side would start looking pretty lopsided. I may have asked one more, but I really wanted an even number for aesthetic reasons in our photographs. I’d have to add 2 more, not just 1, and that’d leave us at 8 to 5, which just seems really uneven to me. I have several more friends that are special enough to me that I’d love to have them by my side on our special day, but I know they’ll be there to support us no matter what! 🙂
I’ll be covering how I actually put the boxes together, as well as who my bridesmaids are and why I picked them. I’ve been working on this post for about a month now, so brace yourselves, cause it’s kind of a long one!
Making the Proposal Boxes
Shown above are the simple materials I used to create these boxes – I’ll be linking them all at the end of this photo tutorial! 🙂
I chose to use white cake boxes for the proposal boxes for several reasons, the first of which is that they were easy to find! I looked several places for gift boxes, and nothing I found was either cute enough, too big or small, or really expensive (like, upwards of $7-8 per box). I thought plain white square boxes were the best bet for a nice, clean look!
After closing the box, I took the ribbon and cut it about 1.5 feet above the top of the box. I thought about doing a traditional 4-sided wrapping for the ribbon, but I thought the one line from top to bottom looked more elegant. I also only needed one roll of ribbon for all 6 boxes, which was great since I didn’t have any excess at the end.
I tied the ribbon into a tight double knot, so I could then add the embellishments without worrying about the bow coming undone. Also – awkward moment when I forgot to clip the tag on my stool! I’ve had this stool for over a year now and can’t believe I didn’t notice that before taking these pics haha! Whoops!
After tying the knot, I rolled up one side of the ribbon’s end to slide the name tag on. I had already written everyone’s names on the tags in my best attempt at calligraphy before putting them on. After getting that tag securely on the ribbon, I trimmed the edges of the ribbon to make sure they had a clean edge that wasn’t frayed.
I then clipped off a small twig from the faux eucalyptus stem to tie onto the ribbon as well. While searching for inspiration, I loved the look of one specific box I saw that included sprigs of greenery in the packaging – I thought it made the boxes look much more fresh and added a bit more color as well 🙂
Then, I tucked the stem of the eucalyptus in the knot on the opposite side of the name tag before tying the bow, just for some extra security. I thought about hot gluing it, but decided that would just make unwrapping it harder, so I scrapped that idea.
Finally, I tied just a simple bow, which secured both the twig and the name tag into place.
To finish up, I pulled to make sure the bow was nice and tight so the eucalyptus wouldn’t fall out, and checked the edges again for any fraying.
Ta-da! The finished product 🙂 They turned out so cute, in my very humble opinion haha! Although pink is not currently going to be in my color scheme, it’s still one of my favorite colors and I think was the perfect choice for these boxes. Here are all of the products I used to create the boxes:
After much deliberation and hours of searching Pinterest and Etsy, I decided to keep it simple for now and save some of the better gifts for the wedding day gifts. The one thing I noticed as I was searching was that almost every box I saw was identical. As cute as they were, I just wasn’t a fan of that since all of my bridesmaids are very different and I didn’t really want to buy something that was ‘one size fits all.’ That’s when I decided to create my own and try to personalize them to fit the individual. I toyed with the idea of including a necklace or nail color for everyone to match, but since our potential date is a year and a half away, I wouldn’t expect any of them to keep track of something like that for such a long time!
Maids of Honor
Yes, that’s correct – I’ll be having two maids of honor! I honestly couldn’t choose, and after a bit of research I found out it’s not only acceptable, but encouraged to have two if there isn’t a clear cut choice. It had already been in my head as an option, and I was glad to find that nearly every site I found had something positive to say about it. I’m still not 100% sure of the exact duties of the maid of honor, since the one thing that was mentioned was that splitting them up was the only tricky part. It doesn’t seem like that will be too much of a big deal, though, so I’m just planning on tackling those when we get there!
Coco – Maid of Honor
My sister, Courtney (a.k.a. Coco) is my first maid of honor. We’ve always been extremely close growing up, and thankfully as adults have stayed that way. I’m just about a year and a half younger than her, and we always had the same friends and mostly the same interests. I couldn’t imagine having her anywhere but by my side on one of the most important days of my life. Coco loves all things lavender colored and scented, so the lavender bath bombs that almost everyone got are thanks to her. I painted everyone an initial magnet, and went with wisteria for hers since she has a faux wisteria tree in her room and loves that flower. Her individual gifts were a rose gold wine stopper with her initial, since she loves wine, and also her favorite essential oil.
Anna – Maid of Honor
Anna, also known as Anna No Dash Marie Cabeza Foster, is my second maid of honor. We’ve been best friends for 8 years now, and she’s why making a decision about who to choose as my maid of honor was so difficult. Coco is my sister by blood, but Anna is my sister by fate and choice. We joined Sigma Kappa together in Fall 2010, and it is the best, most authentic group of women I’ve had the honor to be a member of. Although in many aspects we are complete opposites, we balance each other out and most importantly, let each other be as they are without hesitation or doubt. I’m so excited to have her by my side on my wedding day 🙂 Anna also got a wine stopper, since she loves wine too, and a fall scented candle because sometimes we’re just really basic haha!
Choosing my four bridesmaids was both easy and difficult at the same time. If you’ve ever done this before, you probably know what I’m talking about! I almost wanted to cut it off at just Coco and Anna because I’d rather do that than not choose some of my close friends. I knew exactly who I wanted, but I also wanted more than I knew I could pick (as I explained earlier in this post), so deciding where to cut it off was pretty hard. However, I’m quite happy with my decision, and I think I have a wonderful bridal party that I know will support me and keep me in line if I start getting out of hand haha!
Katie – Bridesmaid
If you had told me six and a half years ago that I’d be asking Katie to be my bridesmaid, I probably would have laughed in your face. We met in a history class, and I tried to recruit her to join Sigma Kappa that spring – no luck, but as it turns out, she joined that fall! While in class together, we sat next to and studied together, and I remember thinking about just how over the top she was. She always showed up to class happy and bubbly, and once left me a note to let me know she wouldn’t be in class that day. I’m so happy for Katie’s presence in my life; she is so much fun to do anything from chill to party with, and we are alike in so many ways. Katie got a Lilly Pulitzer key fob, since she is one of my very few friends who also loves Lilly. She also is obsessed with her two dogs, Minnie and Riley, and I found these adorable little erasers that looked like them that she can put on her desk at work.
Nicole – Bridesmaid
Nicole (a.k.a Nikki) and I have been friends ever since she joined Sigma Kappa in 2011, but have become really close over the past few years after graduation. She is actually Anna’s ‘little,’ and the first of our friends to get married and start a family. Some of my favorite nights have been just chilling with her on her couch, with or without Derrick ;), and talking about everything and nothing for hours. We are also both obsessed with Taco Bell, although I think she’s on a bit of a higher level than I am haha! Nikki got a fall scented candle as well, since it’s one of her favorite things in life, and an alpaca keychain since she’s obsessed with them 🙂
Brittany – Bridesmaid
Brittany (a.k.a. Britt) joined Sigma Kappa in Spring 2012 (noticing a pattern here? haha!), and she was one of the most shy people I’ve ever met at first. It took some prodding, but we finally got her to open up and I’m so happy we did! She is so much fun and we always have a great time together. One of my favorites memories together is the cruise we went on, and we’re actually planning a trip for next May to celebrate her getting her Master’s degree so I can’t wait for that! She is very much into self-care, so I got her a nice soap and lotion to go with her other gifts 🙂
Sami – Bridesmaid
Last, but most certainly not least, is Sami (a.k.a. Little), who is currently living in Germany and I had to ship her box to her, which is why it’s a bit different than everyone else’s. Sami became my ‘little sis’ in Fall 2011, and we’ve been thick as thieves ever since. She is one of the most adventurous, fun loving, and genuine people I’ve ever met, and I’m honored to not only call her a best friend but a sister. We’ve had so many amazing times together, from countless Disney trips to our visit across the pond earlier this year to see her. I actually enlisted the help of her friend Katherine, who still works for Disney, to send me this Dole Whip plush to include in her box. Dole Whip is one of her favorite treats in the whole world, so I knew it would be the perfect sentimental touch. I also got her pretzel M&M’s, which she brought up missing about 457 times while we were with her in Paris haha!
Phew! If you’re still with me, give yourself a pat on the back cause that was quite the read. Now that I have this done, expect to see a lot more wedding content here! We’re still in the beginning stages of planning, but as we make decisions I’ll be posting all of the updates on here. The fact that we still haven’t officially booked a venue just proves how procrastinating we can be, since we’ve been engaged for over 3 months now haha! Thanks for taking the time to read this, and have an awesome day 🙂
It’s no secret that one of my most used search terms while shopping online is “embroidered.” I love interesting details in easy-to-wear pieces, and embroidery adds that extra touch that really sells me! I think it elevates clothing from being boring or ordinary to something that’s refreshing and unique. This dress, as pretty as it is, would be quite basic without the intricate embroidered details, and I especially love that it’s spread over the entire dress and not focused on just the collar or sleeves. Free People excels at adding embroidery or other interesting details, and some of my favorite pieces I own are made by them! I love this dress in particular since the flow makes it flattering on any figure, and the lining underneath and long sleeves add a little extra warmth in the cooler weather.
Shane and I shot this look last weekend, and in case you don’t follow me on Instagram, we had a bit of a situation that day – my car battery died! We had just finished taking pics on this perfect tree lined side-street, and when we got in the car to leave the dreaded click-click-click sound came on instead of the engine. We ended up waiting just over an hour for Triple A to show up, and by then it was dark and about 50° so we were beyond ready to get going. It turns out my battery was completely dead, so I had to have them come out again to jump me again before I went to get a new battery. My car is only 3 years old, so I was pretty surprised it was already gone, but at least I don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the winter!
I hope everyone had a fun weekend! I was in the mountains with 10 of my friends, and I’ll have a couple posts up later this week about it. First though, I’ve finally finished ‘proposing’ to my bridesmaids, so tomorrow will be my inaugural #WeddingWednesday post alllll about that! Check back tomorrow for it, and have a great day! 🙂
Hi friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween 🙂 My Halloween was pretty low-key this year, which was perfectly fine. We don’t have kids in our little neighborhood – it’s mostly retired old ladies – so we didn’t have any trick-or-treaters last night. Shane has late night meetings on Wednesdays, so I spent my evening curled up on the couch with hot cider, popcorn, and the Hocus Pocus 25th anniversary special. Also, I usually carve my pumpkin on Halloween, but when we went to a pumpkin patch this past weekend, they were completely out (which is crazy!) and I kept forgetting to grab one from a store, so no pumpkin masterpiece this year!
I don’t know if it’s like this everywhere, but in NC it feels like we go from “fall” to fall overnight – the temperature drops, the air gets crisper, and the leaves immediately turn from green to all the familiar autumn shades. We took these photos this past weekend, and when I drove by this street earlier today I saw that the leaves are already no longer green at all, just all different shades of yellow, gold, and orange. My personal favorite trees are the bright red ones, but they’re not as common here as the yellow and orange trees. Shane and I are heading to the mountains this weekend with 9 of our friends, and I am SO excited to drive through and see the all the beautiful changing colors!
As wonderful as October is, November is really my favorite fall month. It’s cooled down, so we finally get to dress like it’s fall, and not only do we get Thanksgiving but we also have the beginning of the Christmas season! November is the calm before the storm for me, since my shop explodes during the holidays and most of my Decembers are now spent bent over working for 14+ hours a day. I’ll be doing a lot of prep for my shop this month, but the real work doesn’t kick in until Black Friday and is non-stop until New Years Day. So in short, I’ll be enjoying my sanity for the next 3 weeks before I lose it for the rest of the year!
Also, both of my parents’ birthdays are in November, so I’ll actually be heading to Wilmington for my dad’s as soon as we get back from the mountains. My mom’s is on Thanksgiving this year, as it is every 5-6 years or so, and Shane and I are hosting Thanksgiving this year so I’m trying to think of a special way to celebrate her. I think she’ll just be happy not to be the one to cook this year haha! What do you love most about November? 🙂 Let me know in the comments, and have a great Thursday!