Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Retail Therapy- 40% off JCrew Faves

I was going to share this tomorrow, but I just saw that this sale ends tonight. J.Crew is offering 40% off some really cute pieces for fall and I listed my five favorites below!

This sweater is so pretty, I especially love the off white and the violet color, although they are all pretty!

Hello, new sweatshirt. You will be cute with my leggings everyday! 

I love that this sporty vest is a bit more feminine with the floral pattern. Love the navy and fall colors!

I bought this last year in the tan color and loved it- I waited towards the end of the season when I could finally snag my size. I'm looking forward to being able to wear it once it finally cools off!

Never underestimate the power of a good ponte! These are so cute with the high waist and button!

Happy Shopping!

Fall at Home

Hey y'all! Last year this time we had just closed on our new home, and we spent the next few months moving, renovating, painting and so on. So, it's been a few years since I pulled out my fall decor box and I definitely paired some things down. I tend to do that each year since I never do the same seasonal decor twice! It's fun to have some space to add new things each year too. Today I'm sharing a few pics of our family room, and while this room is not complete I wanted to make an effort to show more pictures along the way rather than waiting until its done...because lets be honest, that might be a while!

The family room opens up to the kitchen which is directly behind these photos. Along the left side of the room is two sets of french doors and windows that lead onto the brick covered porch. Front and center you see the bookcases that need a good coat of paint and some tweaking in style. The right wall is pretty long and I have gone back and forth on how to fill that space. It's a great size room and we are in it every day!

For fall this year, I mainly used velvet pumpkins for some color. I have a huge bowl of them in the dining room that I forgot to photograph- but once I saw all the pretty, rich colors, I knew thats what I wanted to add in the family room too!

This sofa table runs along the back of our white slipcovered couch. It's definitely prone to clutter so I am constantly trying to pare things down here. These are my most frequently used cookbooks :)

This buffet used to be in our dining room but I love it in here! It still holds lots of serving pieces even though the dining room is few steps away. The Kate Spade lamps were a lucky find at Home Goods, found by my mother in law! I love the blush tone!

You will notice some of the photos my staffordshire dogs have a pink ribbon and some have a leopard! I really wanted to use pink and in person I thought it looked great, but in these photos it definitely looks a little off.

Sleeping beauty!

This camelback sofa was in the house when we viewed it, along with a few rugs and other items. We ended up offering to buy some of the furniture since we had similar taste to the previous owners! I will recover this, hopefully soon. I'm thinking a classic stripe.

As I mentioned, I have a huge bowl of gorgeous velvet pumpkins I have collected from our shop for the past four or five years. However, all the pumpkins in the family room I found at TJ Maxx this year! They are not nearly as pretty, are filled with a styrofoam and do not have original stems. But- a little gold paint on the plastic stems and I thought they were perfect for the family room! Little hands most definitely enjoy these pumpkins.

Hope you all enjoyed a little peek into our home! I'm looking forward to sharing more soon!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Five On Friday: New Must Haves and Other Ramblings

One. Beautiful new shoes....major deal!! I ordered these shoes last week from Nordstrom, hoping to be able to wear them this coming weekend. Sizing said order size up, and I was a little skeptical. Usually I go somewhere between a 7.5 and an 8, so I ordered a 9...which totally didn't seem right. Sure enough, they arrived and were too big. However, I jumped on Amazon to see if I could get them Primed in my correct size and was pleasantly surprised to find them HALF OFF. These mules are beautiful, seem so well made and are the perfect way to jump on the trend for this season! I love that there is a tiny heel for us short girls!! Prices slightly vary with each size in this color from what I see at the moment! Snag them now y'all!

Two. Say hello to my new rug. It's quite fitting around here, am I right?

Three. We are headed to our first football game of the season tomorrow! Our plan is to have burgers on pretzel rolls from the new Lidl store (the pretzel rolls are SO good) and hotdogs, and keep it simple with chips and veggies and ranch dip. I love a good tailgate!!

Four. My very favorite sunglasses are on sale today and I continue to get people asking me who makes them! They are my favorite pair I've ever owned. I do need an alternate pair for when I can't locate these in the bottom of my purse or diaper bag, or car, etc. I was thinking about these, also on sale today! (You can shop everything on Shopbop 20-25% off today only!) Some other faves: kind of want a pair of levis(!!) for weekending but I've also been eyeing this pair of J. Brand. I also love this Tory bag for it's size and structure!

Five. We went to an outdoor wedding last weekend and I knew my hair had to be up because humidity and heat. Somehow, I managed to make it look halfway decent and I still can't believe it. The secret is lots of pinning and lots of holding a mirror and twisting your hair with the other hand ;) I started out by separating the top half of my hair from the bottom (around the ears) and pinned the bottom half into a loose bun. Then, for the remaining top half I teased it a little for volume, then I twisted and pinned until everything was in place. DIY hair y'all!

PS- Some of you all loved my hair on instagram stories, but some of you loved my shower is pretty fab!

Happy Weekend!!

Linking up to Five on Friday!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Quick and Easy Taco Soup!

I made this Taco Soup on Sunday night and knew I had to share it with you guys immediately. I don't know about you all but I need more quick fix and healthy dinners in my life, and this one could be a staple for fall. I slightly modified the original recipe by substituting turkey in for ground beef to make it even lighter. I put a handful of multigrain tortilla chips on top with a dollop of sour cream. SO good y'all. And I think it took me less than 15 minutes to throw it together. I made it around 4 pm and then let it simmer on low until it was time for dinner, which made the dinner hour so much less hectic.


1- 1.5 lbs ground turkey
1 packet taco seasoning
1 1/2 cups water
1 can chili beans (do not drain)
1 can corn (drained)
1 can pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
1 can stewed tomatoes (do not drain)
1 can petite diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1 packet ranch seasoning mix
 (all cans are standard size cans)

toppings- tortilla chips, sour cream, shredded cheese


-In a soup pot over medium-high heat, cook ground turkey until fully cooked. Drain. Return to soup pot and add taco seasoning and mix together.
-Add in the remaining ingredients and stir together. I broke up the stewed tomatoes with a knife before I added them in (you could also blend them).
-Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes, or longer if desired.
-Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, and shredded cheese! 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Labor Day Sales

Happy Saturday y'all! I wanted to pop in and share a few things on my radar. J.Crew is really nailing it with the casual weekend wear that is right up my alley. Stripes and navy seem perfect right now! The great news is they are offering 30% off your purchase with code YESPLEASE for Labor Day. Let's get started, shall we?

Love, love this striped button up turtleneck, I think it would be perfect with jean shorts while it is still pretty warm here, but I want to feel fall-ish.

This zip up jacket is so cute!! I would wear it with my fave leggings or jeans. Great staple piece.

I'm in love with the shade of green in this quilted jacket. The color is so rich and I've been wanting something in this color for fall!

These running shorts are on major sale- love this pretty blue!

Popping over to J.Crew Factorty, I bought this cute bell sleeve t-shirt several weeks ago and have gotten a ton of compliments on it. It's a nice weight and seems like it is a great quality.

I also got this pretty ruffled sleeve top, I haven't had a chance to wear it yet but I love a good white top. Seriously, they are closet favorites!

I know this isn't for fall but this embroidered linen top that I had this summer was on constant rotation, and was another fave. The embroidery makes it seem like it would be much more expensive than the heck of a deal pricetag that is on it right now!

Hope y'all have a great long weekend! Lots of good food and football is in our forecast for this rainy Saturday :)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

What Have I Been Doing?

So this has officially been my worst month ever as a (very) part time blogger! Honestly, this summer has been a whirlwind and here we are at Labor Day Weekend. I figure I need to catch you all up to speed instead of jumping into a random shopping or house post, so here we go!

I was at home most of the time with the kids with a few hours of extra help a week, and then the other days I was trying my best to work at the shop (along with my partner in crime, Frances Ann). That is a major juggling act in itself. We finished up construction on the garage and breezeway, finally! I will share a post on that soon. I also have started up a little side business of oyster shell art and painting, which kept me busy in any spare moments. If you follow me on instagram, you have seen me post about them there. Even though Weeks was out of school, we tried to keep him busy with a music teacher I found that visited us once a week (he loved this!) and also at home PT and Speech sessions. I think he is ready to get back to school next week! You probably also saw on instagram that FA is now in a MMO program. Tuesday was her first day and she did great. Like, it made us a little sad how much she enjoyed it and didn't seem to miss us (until we walked in to pick her up!) With her on the move, I spend the awake hours keeping her out of trouble. She is a busy, busy little thing. Other big moments of the summer included Frances Ann's first birthday, a family trip to Williamsburg, 4th of July at the beach and my sister's wedding last weekend in Pinehurst! I was thinking about doing a big recap of photos from my phone- but my phone bit the dust halfway through the summer and I have yet to be able to pull them from the icloud. It is probably going to take a trip to the apple store next time I am in Raleigh, which I absolutely hate the apple store! eek!! In the meantime, here is a handful of photos from the last half of the summer :)

Since we are all catching up- did you guys have a good summer? Anyone else looking forward to a little more structure with school? Any post ideas you all have in mind that you want to hear about?!? Please, please this helps me a lot. Especially after I have been on this blogging break!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Five On Friday- Catching Up!

1. My sister's bachelorette party was last weekend and we had so much fun! I made champagne gummy bears and followed this tutorial. Super simple- soak them in champagne over night! I used these gummy bears because I wanted them to all be one color (pink!). I wish I had a picture but I am currently with out ALL my photos because I had to get a new phone. I'm hoping when I make it to the apple store they will recover my old phone with everything on it! #ugh

2. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is wrapping up, as y'all have probably heard! So many things sold out, but of course there is still tons of selection left. One category I sort of skipped over was blouses. But after seeing these pretties, I am second guessing! All are so affordable and so cute. I think the one on the right with the contrast trim would be super flattering too! See the rest of my picks here and try ons here!

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3. We need a new show to binge on...we just finished Season 6 of Scandal, which was so good. I've heard a lot about Ozark but have not even looked into it at all so I have no idea what it is about! Any recs?

4. Construction is nearly done on the garage- we are waiting on some touch up paint! That is all. We are hoping for good weather this weekend to be able to move everything in and clean up. Our screened porch has been our makeshift garage and I can't wait to reclaim it for a pretty purpose! 

5. In between all that, I will be working on my oyster crosses. If you need me, I'll be right here! Follow along on insta to see how this round turns out.

Happy Weekend! 

Linking up to Five on Friday!! 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

$24 Top To Transition To Fall

I thought I had to mention this perfect little top on major sale that I just received in the mail! (No, it is not part of the Nordstrom sale!😜) It is almost like athletic wear material you would find in yoga tops, making it super comfortable and very flattering. I love that little tie! You can adjust it as well to make it tighter or looser if needed. It runs on the larger size so I would  size down. This is the small, but I just ordered the grey in an XS. The arm holes were a little big on me too, which is always an issue with me! I wore a white tank to deal with that problem. You could dress this down with yoga pants as well but still look so cute. Basically, I love it!!

The best part of this top is the colorways! They are definitely more fall colors, and since it is hot here through October sometimes, the sleeveless style makes it pretty much perfect! Go ahead and scoop one (or two!) up and let me know if ya did.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Nordstrom Sale- What I Bought And A Few Wants

Ok so here is the real deal of the things I have actually purchased from the biggest sale of the year, which is now open to the public!! Later in the post, a few things I am waiting for restocks on! This is the one time of the year I don't feel bad on stocking up a bit. Also noted, I think this sale is a great time to buy big ticket items that you might need for the upcoming season. Think designer jeans, sweaters, shoes/boots, purses... Right now I feel pretty set on shoes/boots so I am holding back there, and instead looking for some more basics for my wardrobe. I purged A LOT over the last few years after being pregnant and having a baby, and I still don't feel like I have it quite right! Also- I feel kind of silly with this list because written down it seems like a lot. Just make sure you check the prices, because these are GREAT deals! I snapped a few photos when I tried these on yesterday with my little helper, but we all know I am not a fashion blogger. Although, that seems like it would be really fun! ;)

AG jeans I wanted these last year and they sold out in my size during the sale...all year long I have wanted a pair! They aren't called the "legging" for no reason...they really feel like the closest to a legging I have found, but still a true jean. Already a new favorite!

Plaid Button Down Shirt To add to my arsenal of button down tops. I love the black colorway in this one.

Grey Leggings (same as my favorite black ones!) I also switched it up and went with the grey version in the full length live in legging. I was hesitant because black is always so easy, but I think I will really enjoy having the grey to choose from too! In case you missed my previous posts on these leggings- I LIVE in them. Literally, almost every day of the winter I have these on if I am not at work! Wear them to work out or wear them with a sweater and boots. They pass all the tests...

Adidas T-Shirt Working out is always better with a new top or two. Twenty bucks for a cute shirt isn't bad!

Striped T-Shirt I was iffy about the quality of this since it is so inexpensive, but so far I think it is a great piece, especially for layering. I might consider adding a few more colors at this price! Still wearing the AG jeans in this pic too.

I also snagged these jammies (no pic!) and this lotion that I have heard rave reviews on. I have super dry skin in the winter and I'm hoping this will solve all my problems!

I have been stalking Nordstrom all week waiting for one of these to come back in my size in the pretty off white color. I've decided its a must have for fall this year!
Cozy Cardigan OR Circle Cardigan

What did you guys get? xo.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

First #NSALE picks

The Nordstrom Sale is finally here! Last year I signed up to be a card holder that just links to my bank account. I actually don't even have to use the card itself and just my regular credit card when I am checking out. (I like to keep things simple and use 2 cards only!) Anyway, my point is I think it is worth it to have an account to be able to shop the sale early without any big commitments to a new credit card. So check that out if you haven't! I'm headed up to Raleigh this morning so I will do a more lengthy recap soon...but if you want to know what I had to snag early this morning? These jeans were my top pick! I won't let them slip through my fingers like I did last year by waiting!

These flats are a great buy. I have a pair of black Revas that might possibly be 10 years old. Yes, that is crazy. Good news is they last right?!

I have this dress and love it. It's the perfect dress to wear to church, a shower, work or even out to dinner! I love this brand - this is another really cute dress by them.

I think its safe to say that military jackets are here to stay.  They have been going strong for a few years now and I wouldn't mind having this one. I love it paired with a striped top like below- such an easy look!

Tops with a big tie on the front are calling my name! This one (below), this one is crisp in white, and this is the perfect grey for a cozy day!

I mention them every year, they are so worth it. Add these leggings to your cart and do not look back. I have lost track of how many pairs I own and basically wear them in the winter every single day unless I am working..true story! They suck you in and wash so well. I try to line dry mine to keep them looking newish.

Ok...that's all for now but I can't wait to keep looking through the sale with all new fall fashions, marked down for a short time. Sounds like Christmas in July, right? Please let me know if there are any areas you want me to focus on as I do recaps for the sale!