Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Lust List

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I thought it would be fun to share my "lust list" this week - some items that I've been lusting over!

soft pink robe // I'm forever on the hunt for the softest, coziest robe. This Kate Spade one has a precious bow on the back! 

espresso machine // I've wanted an espresso machine for years and years - I would love to be able to make my own lattes, macchiatos and Americanos at home. Now that we are moving into a house, I think I'm going to finally bite the bullet and get one! The only problem is that they're SO expensive and I don't know which one to get - this Breville espresso maker seems like a good option (it includes a milk frother!) but does anyone own it? I would love your opinions! 

clear coffee mugs // If you're going to splurge on an espresso machine, then you definitely need the clear espresso mugs! I found these monogrammed ones that I really want to order with my new monogram *insert cheesy grin here*

leopard pouch // This leopard pouch (and the clutch version) has been on my wish list for a while now. I love the "snow leopard" print, it's a really fresh and fun take on the typical leopard print. 

a new watch // Eery time fall rolls around, I start craving a new watch to go with fall outfits! How gorgeous is this Michele Deco Madison watch? I probably won't purchase it, but it won't stop me from staring at it online, haha! 

Barefoot Dreams shawl // I ordered this Barefoot Dreams shawl in the "dove grey" color (you may have seen it on my Instagram last night), and I love it so much that I'm tempted to order it in every color! (Okay not every color but at least one more!) It feels just like you're wearing a big blanket, and it even has POCKETS. Hello, new favorite fall item!

bareMinerals cleansing oil // If you've been following my blog for the past year or so, you may know that I'm obsessed with bareMinerals cleansing oil to wash my face (and I attribute it to helping clear my skin of adult acne!). I ran out a couple of months ago and my skin has definitely taken a toll - I'll be ordering some more today!  

Gucci handbag // Okay but really, isn't this Gucci Marmont satchel the prettiest handbag you've ever seen? I love the pearls and gorgeous blush pink color! 

What are you lusting over this week?!




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

9 Tips for Reducing Wedding Planning Stress

Good morning, everyone! You guys have asked for some more wedding posts, so that's what I'm here to talk about today! I feel like a lot of women find wedding planning really fun and stress-free, however I am not one of those girls. I've found wedding planning to be pretty stressful - however I admit most of the stress is from me putting pressure on myself for the wedding to be "perfect" (which I know is unrealistic). Thankfully, Chris wants to be super involved in the planning process, which has really taken a load off me, but I still feel anxiety when it comes to tackling our Wedding To Do List. Today I'm sharing some tips I've learned throughout the past couple of months, from some good advice from friends and family.

1. Talk About It
Talking to family members and friends can be incredibly helpful when it comes to relieving stress during wedding planning. Several of my best friends are already married, so I have texted and called them with TONS of questions over the past couple of months (who did your makeup? what kind of china did you put on your registry? etc.). They've all been through the wedding planning experience before and they're a huge help!

2. Exercise
 I rely on exercise weekly to help relieve stress, but it's been particularly effective during wedding planning! Chris and I joined a local gym right after we got engaged, and we've been hitting the gym bright and early to get our workouts in. During my workouts, I play my favorite music and try not to think about my To Do List or anything that stresses me out!

3. Go On a Date
Take a break and go out on a date with your fiancĂ© - just be sure to talk about things other than the wedding! Chris and I cook dinner every weeknight, so we call Friday nights our "Date Nights" because we get dressed up and go out to a restaurant. Our favorite date nights usually involve guacamole and margaritas (or pizza!!). 

4. Stay Organized
Being disorganized can be a major source of stress. The major thing for me was being able to see a timeline and when decisions needed to be made. Using online tools like checklists, budget tools and guest lists can also help ensure that you stay on track and that all your important wedding details are in one place. Our wedding planner uses an online organizer that makes it so easy for us to see our guest list, budget details, etc. I have also been using the Southern Weddings Planner and it's great if you like for everything to be on paper!

5. Don't Tackle Everything At Once
Chris and I like to tackle a different task every weekend, which has really helped us (instead of trying to do it all at once). One weekend we went over every detail of the catering options and picked out the menu together, then the next weekend we went to several different stores to put together our registry. It has helped immensely to do things one at a time, and to do them together!

6. Delegate
If you have family members or friends who want to be involved with your wedding planning, let them! By assigning tasks, you're relieving yourself of some responsibility so you won't feel completely overwhelmed. My Maids of Honor have both been really vocal about wanting to help, and I know when the time comes I'll need their help picking bridesmaid dresses, stuffing envelopes, etc!

7. Have"Me Time"
This is a huge one for me. Whenever I'm feeling anxious, having some alone time is a great way for me to de-stress. Everyone's "me time" will probably look different, but I like to pour a glass of wine and take a long bubble bath, or get in my coziest pajamas and read a good book! 

8. Get Out of Town
A quick weekend getaway can do wonders for your stress levels, and getting out of town can help you and your fiancé take a break from the wedding planning madness. Chris and I want to plan a weekend getaway when it gets closer to the wedding, after all the big tasks are completed. Getting out of town and going on an "adventure" together is the perfect way to reconnect and de-stress!

9. Remember the "Why"
When things start to get stressful, take a moment to think about the reason you're planning your wedding to begin with - you've found the person that you want to spend your life with! Every time I start to stress about a small detail of the wedding, I remember the reason WHY I'm getting married - so that Chris and I can spend our lives together! In the end, all of those small wedding details don't really matter, but it will still be the happiest day of my life because I get to marry my best friend and soulmate!

If you have any additional tips, I would LOVE to hear them! :)



Monday, August 14, 2017

Ruffle Sleeve Dress for Less Than $50

Dee Elly ruffle sleeve dress (less than $50), this one is very similar and even less $$ //
leopard scarf // Celine handbag // peep toe booties

Happy Monday, everyone! I wore this outfit yesterday to take my dad out for his birthday dinner! This ruffle sleeve dress from Nordstrom is super high quality (very thick material) and less than $50. It's a little longer than the dresses I usually wear, which makes it more work appropriate. I added this leopard scarf for a pop of color - one of my favorite ways to tie a scarf is to knot the two ends. It adds some visual interest, and that way your scarf isn't hanging down at your knees, haha! I'm sure you already know this, but Nordstrom has some really cute transitional pieces right now that will help you glide right into fall.

Did everyone have a good weekend?! Ours was relaxing, yet pretty productive (crossed some wedding stuff off the list). 

On another note, today is my parents' anniversary - they've been married for 35 years today! They're honestly the best example of "relationship goals" I have ever seen. They've taught me so much about marriage and relationships, communication, how to work together through obstacles, how to raise a family, etc. and 35 years later they're still madly in love with each other. Thank you for being such an awesome example of Christ's love, mom and dad! 



*Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post

Friday, August 11, 2017

Fall Tones...

It's no secret that every time August rolls around, I begin to crave cooler weather and start buying pieces in fall colors that are wearable now - like this gorgeous satin wrap camisole. Wear it now with denim shorts or white pants, and wear it in the fall with jeans and booties! This rib knit cardigan was apart of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - it sold out in my exact color, but it looks like a few colors were restocked. And finally - this Rebecca Minkoff handbag! I swear it looks like Valentino because of the small gold studs, but it's only a fraction of the price. I can't wait to wear it with tall boots in the fall!

Oh and happy Friday, everyone!! What is everyone up to this weekend? I'm in Charlotte for the day to get lunch with my Gramma and then I'm heading back to Winston for date night with Chris :)



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lilac Hues

lilac sweater, similar HERE // Good American jeans // Adidas sneakers (size down one size!)
Celine sunglasses, similar HERE // MAC lipstick in "creme cup"

I am in looooove with lilac hues right now! This lilac sweater is only $21 (such a good deal) and is really high quality. It is a little cropped, so I'm wearing high waisted jeans. These Adidas sneakers are new - although the color is listed as "pink," I think they're more of a lilac color in person (and they match the sweater perfectly!). I think this look is so sporty and cute - perfect for running errands or lunch with your girlfriends. And you can take this look right into fall - just replace the sneakers with cute heeled booties!

I think I mentioned this a few days on Instagram but Ruth Ware just came out with a new book called "The Lying Game" - I'm in the middle of it and it's soooo good! I'm trying to read slow so that I can savor it! :)


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Recent Instagrams...

Good morning! I'm back today with a roundup of some recent instagram pictures, but I wanted to let everyone know that I will be sending out the PayPal invoices to the winners within the hour! I was seriously BLOWN AWAY by the response on yesterday's post - you guys are amazing and I'll definitely be doing more of those giveaways in the future!! 

Now on to today's post :) 

This  black dress is sooo flattering on everyone! It has ruching on the side and a scoop neck, and is also incredibly comfortable because it's made of soft cotton. I'm wearing the XS for reference. (Also, I'm sitting in this photo so it looks a little shorter than it actually is!)

 black ruched dress // mini Givenchy Antigona handbag

This tie sleeve blouse is another favorite that you can wear now and into the fall. I love the big bows on the sides!

If you loved these Adidas tubular sneakers from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, good news! I found them on a different website and there are quite a few sizes available still. They run TTS!

Adidas crewneck sweatshirt // denim shorts // Adidas tubular sneakers

There's a really great dupe out for my Gucci loafers - HERE, but remember to look at the "blush leather" color.

 Good American jeans // Gucci loafers, dupes HERE

This top can also be worn now and in the fall, I love the "rust" color!

off-the-shoulder blouse // ripped jeans // Sole Society caribou booties  // Gucci Marmont handbag

A lot of these ruffle sleeve blouses were restocked after the Nordstrom Sale ended... even in the dalmatian print!

ruffle sleeve blouse (back in stock) // denim shorts
peep toe booties // mini Givenchy Antigona handbag

 I did a whole blog post on this look, it's easy and simple to pull off when the weather gets cooler!

Gucci Marmont handbag // Celine sunglasses, similar here // similar white tank

Ok this is a fun one - this open back top is only $10!!

My family took a trip to Blowing Rock a few weeks ago... it's one of our favorite places in the world (besides the beach!). It's such a cute mountain town, and there are overflowing flowers everywhere!

Another one from Blowing Rock... my distressed cardigan is still in stock in all sizes.

The softest sweatshirt ever!!! It reads "Coffee Weekend Rendezvous" (it's hard to tell because it's a mirror image haha).

"Coffee weekend rendezvous" sweatshirt

A couple of weeks ago my mom and I drove around my new neighborhood looking at houses. I'm trying to convince her to move to Winston! ;)

black tank // black Raybans // Tory Burch handbag // Good American jeans // similar sunglasses

Last one! I picked up this Free People cardigan and am OBSESSED with it - maybe more than any cardigan I've ever owned! It's sooo soft and I love the chunky knit pattern. It's pretty thick but you can get away with wearing it now - I wear it with shorts and also bring it with me to restaurants because it gets chilly in the air conditioning! I'm wearing the XS/S size, keep in mind that it does run a bit large! (I personally love it oversized!)

That's it! Thanks everyone!