Books I Have In My Amazon Shopping Cart




I love a good book. We have them stacked everywhere throughout the house, and the more "pretty", coffee table books are decoratively placed on almost every surface. Over the weekend, I was reading Traditional Home May/June 2018 issue and right there on the front cover inspired the hell out of me. First of all, cut limelight hydrangeas in an oversized ginger jar. Second, pops of blue with yellow accent color. And lastly, all of the books on that gorgeous round table!! Drooling, y'all. 


So, I popped right onto Amazon and filled my cart with pretty new books for the house! Here's what I've got in there..... 

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We Found The Cutest Historic Inn, and What I Wore









If I'm looking a bit cheesy in these photos, It's totally because I was elated to have found this adorable  Historic Inn on our walk! The history of this home, and the charming curb appeal makes my heart so happy. Doesn't hurt either that we are in walking distance of my favorite iced vanilla latte from Bread & Butter, Revolution Casual Living my favorite home decor store (The prices are too good not to stop in!), and so many yummy restaurants. Twelve Oaks has been added to my list of places to stay, that's for sure.


This Vince sweater was the perfect top to wear after the sun went down. Truthfully, I'm on a stripes kick right now, so apologies in advance.. but you may not want me to apologize after you try this sweater! If you like it polished, chic, AND comfortable... You'll love this! I also purchased this cropped style that a lot of you were asking about from my instagram stories the other day, happy to report that it's also a winner for the books!


I feel anyone can wear an outfit like this, and look great. It's casually styled  for the weekend with my lace espadrilles and hat, but I could easily slip on my woven leather mules and gold earrings to dress it up for a night out. Toss this gorgeous blue printed scarf around your neck if you're feeling it, too! Shoot, I should have snapped photos of that for this post! I hate when I think of good ideas too late :)












Anyways, today is my 26th birthday and I'm feeling very loved already... at 6:30 am... a touch too early if you ask me LOL I do have to thank you all so much for sharing all of the incredible recommendations of places we should go here in Georgia!

It's amazing that I grew up living here, and never appreciated all that Georgia has to offer. Now, I think my mind is more open, and I'm excited to travel all over the state to experience it! We love being outdoors, hiking, swimming, boating, trails, everything.. you name it.

I've actually just sat down to start my giant running list of everywhere we need to go, and I can't wait to start crossing places off of it! Not sure yet what we will do tonight (last minute Mary over here! always!) and this weekend, but I know it's going to be a wonderful weekend I'm seriously looking forward to!


PS by the way!! I had a lot of requests to share the recommendations I received, and I feel it would take me a HOT minute to transfer everything into a blog post, so in the meantime if you'd like to see what my fellow readers recommended for a weekend in Georgia, you can read through the comments on this post here!


I hope you all have an amazing weekend, and thank you for reading!!


xx

What I'm Wearing -   Vince sweater (Also love this striped option for less!) \\ J Brand denim \\ Lampshade hat (This is my "wear with everything, even when gardening hat!)  \\  Pamela Munson tote \\ Soludos Lace Espadrilles (Second summer with these, and they still look and feel great! A staple in my wardrobe!)





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Planting Limelight Hydrangeas, and Why They Are My Favorite





Yesterday was an extremely productive day! On another level of production that I could never be mad at. 3 pm hit and I saw the shade was beginning to cast down on this side of the border leading into the barn area, and I knew it was the perfect chance to finally plant this Limelight Hydrangea! Digging in general is no easy task, but digging into Georgia red clay and rock, AND in the sun.. woah. I won't do that again LOL Needless to say, I watch for shade times and plan accordingly now ;)









I'm often asked my tips and tricks for planting and flower success. I'd say all of the knowledge I have acquired thus far, and through trial and error in such a short period of time has taught me that soil quality is most important. I purchase good soil, and add into the hole when backfilling. Lots and lots of Black Kow manure, and if planting hydrangeas I also add Hollytone into the hole, as well as on top when finishing.












I talked a bit about Limelight hydrangeas in my Garden Tour post here. They are my favorite hydrangea, and the easiest to acclimate. Bonus points for being an incredible cut flower! Here in the south, mine do best in part shade, although in other areas and zones, they can certainly thrive in full sun. 


I've got to run now, but I'll be stopping by Lowes or Home Depot later on today to pick up a few more of these beauties! I'm going to line this entire walkway with them! In the process, I'll be transplanting my Blazing Stars to the butterfly garden in the front of the house. I'm so excited!



What I'm Wearing - Lampshade Hat \\ Perfect Tank Top (The best! I just ordered another color!) \\ My favorite Rag & Bone denim shorts (Currently on sale!)  \\ Lisi Lerch earrings \\ Anthropologie floral gardening gloves \\ Steve Madden sandals (old!) similar style here 






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Summer Date Night Outfit






I usually love to dress up a little bit on one day over the weekend. The rest of the time staying more casual and relaxed, of course. I even remember growing up in high school and that was typically the night we all went out, and then the day after was spent in the sun relaxing by a pool or boating on Lake Jackson. Many years later now with my own little family, it's been so nostalgic living close to where I grew up!


This little white dress from Anthropologie is the perfect summer date night option! I was able to throw on my favorite denim jacket when the sun set, and the cool air breezed in. If you're looking for something sweet, feminine, can be dressed up or down, and a fun design detail for summer.. then this little number is just the ticket.

Tie your striped sweater around your waist for a casual, save-it-for-later look, or wear it all alone to twirl in the summer sunshine. But seriously, this dress has a twirl girl! It's the fabric, the design, the drape.. just everything.











This is the cutest store I found on the square in Covington! If you saw my Instagram stories, I found SO many cute items that I purchased for our home. From block print porch pillows for the rocking chairs, bone inlay picture frames, delightfully scented candles, butterfly art prints, and a darling blue and white jar. I knew it would be a favorite shop of mine the moment I walked in and saw our master bedroom beaded chandelier hanging from the ceiling, right next to the other chandelier I was thinking about purchasing for our living room!


By the way, the prices are damn good. Highly recommend stopping in!









The back detail on this dress might just be my favorite part! It's a tie between that and the way it flows and twirls effortlessly as you move. Anyways, we had such a fun date night together and I'm so happy that I wore this outfit!







Wearing - Hutch dress (wearing size xs) \\ Pilcro denim jacket \\ Pamela Munson handbag \\ Gucci sunglasses \\ Kate Spade Brooke flats \\ Lisi Lerch earrings



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Cohesive Summer Wardrobe You Can Mix and Match





Hi, friends!! We had such an amazing weekend, and I hope you all did too. The Covington square has quickly become a new little spot for us. It's actually where the Vampire Diaries was filmed, incase you were also a fan ;) The town itself has done a great job of adding fun places to shop, eat and relax.  Everything is so beautifully kept, and clean. Both the people working in all of the establishments, and visitors are all super sweet and kind.. we sure didn't find that too often in South Florida.. LOL. 


Anyways, I'm rambling here and forgetting the entire concept of todays post! I wanted to share some really great basics and fun pieces to for a summer wardrobe you can mix and match. I'm tired of feeling like I need to find a new outfit for each outing, so I decided to work on a capsule wardrobe, if you will. 


Over the weekend, we headed to the lake and I put my plan to the test! To my delight, it worked out amazing and I'm excited to share my scores with all of you. Grab a coffee and read on for my full list of summer wardrobe essentials....






The Theme -

First, I love to start with an inspiring direction. Sounds silly, but it helps me in my quest to find pieces that will all work together. Right now, I'm very into blue and white, neutral, classic, coastal, casual yet dressy attire. This way, when you're browsing you can obviously be drawn towards the items that you love, but you will have a better understanding of what flows together, and the particular items you need.







Top Contenders -


This chambray blouse from Madewell is the perfect top to add into your wardrobe. I can wear it loose, or tie up for a fun look with denim, but also with skirts and shorts... or even tie up with a dress! The relaxed fit works so well for the summer, and the fabric isn't too thick either. 

The summer sweater is another piece that we all know we need, but can be challenging to find the "right" one. When I've spent the day out in the sun, and the night is cooling off as the sun sets, I can't be the only one that reaches for a cozy sweater. I'm not talking winter, heavy and thick sweater. You know the one I'm talking about right? It's roomy, lightweight, and a super soft style knitted to perfection. 

This striped boatneck sweater from Vince was a splurge for me. I knew I wanted stripes, and I wanted something relaxed, yet still feminine. Honestly, this sweater is 100 times better than you can imagine when in person. I pulled it over my head and immediately... ALL OF THE HEART EYES. It's tailored to fit and pull into your waist a little bit, giving it a flattering style for something so relaxed. The boatneck makes me feel more polished, too. 

I also have this cute striped sweatshirt from J.Crew, and you probably remember this striped knit sweater from this post here

You can also use a basic white tank top for many outfits. I love mine paired with my denim shorts, these white jeans, my gingham tie front shorts, there are so many options to try. Wear alone, or throw over my favorite white fringe cardigan, or a chic printed scarf to complete the look. 




Perfect Additions -


You can accessorize these basics any way your heart desires. I'm a huge fan of textured handbags. I love them in the fall, spring and summer! This one with embroidered lace trim is under $100 and such a fun bag to carry. You'll see me wearing this one, or my Pamela Munson tote on repeat (best investment!).

More items on repeat as of late? This cute Lampshade hat, and these perfect gold stud earrings



You all may know that I'm personally a flats girl. I rarely share heels, but you also know that I have two pairs of wedges that I swear by. They work with almost every outfit! Try this lace up pair from Soludos (I went one full size down!), or these tan leather wedges. I've got tons of options for flats - Most recently, this pair from Madewell. I love the style, they run true to size for me, but the back will need breaking in time. I'm certain after one more wear they will be perfect. I love the fact that they effortlessly "ground" my outfit... if that makes sense! :) 


I'm sure you've also noticed that I can't stop wearing these gingham flats from Kate Spade. If you aren't a fan of the slingback style or maybe the price point, I just found these cute gingham loafers, and a gingham d'Orsay flat option as well. Lastly, my lace smoking slipper espadrilles are always in the mix!









White Balance -

We can all agree that a good pair of white denim is a spring and summer closet essential. I've been wearing them more recently, and you can see these styled differently in another post on the blog hereThis pair from JBrand is super soft, breathable, comfortable, and more importantly high waisted. I personally feel and look my best in high waist options, and I love that they are also cropped the perfect amount to wear with all different shoe options. 




Mix Well - 


Adding in my quality basics in a variety of neutral colors, worked best for me. For example, my all time favorite denim jacket, crisp white cardigan, and favorite distressed denim shorts. All of these pieces work perfectly with everything mentioned above! 




Anyways, that's all I've got for todays post, and I really hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed creating it! Thank you so much for reading!

xx





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Radiant Summer Makeup Routine Step by Step



Right now, my skin has some color to it from being in the sunshine, and I am wearing less makeup as summer creeps in. Most days, I skip makeup entirely, but there are some days that I like to wear something light and easy! Read on for my full step by step....




I start with my Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter in shade 2. Applying product across my cheekbones, and blending outwards all over the face. A little goes a long way, and you can always add more, so start with less! This gives such a beautiful glow and subtle coverage. If I need more coverage, or if we are shooting for the blog, I will add a touch of my Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation in shade 3. Blending both products with my favorite flat top buffing brush from It Cosmetics.




For concealer, I'm still loving my Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion. This is amazing coverage, without the heavy feeling. It not only lasts all day, but it doesn't crease either! I love that it blends out really quick too. I use shade 1N!





Next, I set with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette using my It Cosmetics powder brush. I like to very lightly dust this all over my face. The lightest shade under my eye area, forehead, and chin and the darker shades mixed together to blend on the outer points of my face. You don't need a lot of this product, and it's highlighting while setting so you can save a step and skip the highlighter if you want!




For bronzer and blush, I'm currently using Hourglass Ambient Lighting bronzer in shade "luminous bronze light". This creates the most beautiful sun-kissed glow that lasts. Then, I'll dust a bit of my favorite summer blush from Nars in the shade "orgasm". This blush is a favorite amongst so many due to the fact that it creates the most beautiful flush of color on a wide variety of skin tones! I love using my Sigma F10 Powder/Blush brush to apply.


If you're wondering if I loved my Tom Ford bronzer brush purchase from the Sephora sale, it was worth every penny and I'm so happy I decided to take the plunge! It evenly blends product onto the skin without patches, and makes everything look flawless!






Next, I'll add a bit of color and dimension to my eyes with my Laura Mercier Boheme Chic Eye Clay Palette. I like using the bottom two matte colors together! Starting with the matte brown all over my lid, adding the matte pink on top towards the inner half of my lid. You wouldn't expect such a beautiful color from blending these two together but it works effortlessly and creates the perfect natural look.

My two favorite shadow brushes are the Morphe Y17, and Laura Mercier Finishing Pony Tail brush.

I'm still obsessed with my Hourglass Arch brow gel, and use it daily! It creates added volume while filling in just enough for a natural look. Plus, it's crazy easy to use which is such a bonus when you want something easy and effortless. I use shade "soft brunette"!



Last but certainly not least, my tried and true, one and only mascara from It cosmetics. This has been a favorite for a long time, and I haven't found another mascara that compares. 


I hope you enjoyed todays quick makeup routine! Let me know if you end up loving these as much and I do! 

xx



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