Monday, September 17, 2018

Step Into My Week

Happy Monday! I made it a point to go to bed early last night and woke up feeling so refreshed this morning. I haven't always been the best about early bedtimes, but after teaching last year, going to sleep on the earlier side was important. I'm hoping that I can keep that up now as well. 

This past week went by really fast for me. It was the perfect mix of relaxation, on the go, and socializing. Monday morning it was back to work to gear up for a pretty busy week for our team. That afternoon once I got home, I quickly changed and went for a run through some of the neighborhoods near me before it got too dark. Although the temperature has remained consistently hot, it's noticeable that the sun is starting to set a little bit earlier which may be the only indicator of fall for those of us in the south currently. Tuesday was really exciting since I got to assist a stylist on location for a food photo shoot. It's amazing all of the moving parts that make this happen, and I really enjoyed being able to watch the process. I went to dinner that night with a couple of friends from home before having Nell over for a little bit and then retreating to bed to watch Sierra Burgess is a Loser (I can not recommend this and was so confused by why I had heard so much about it). Wednesday I spent equal parts in and out of the office running errands for a stylist for a shoot we had the following day. That shoot was amazing to watch as well and turned out absolutely stunning. Work on Friday went by incredibly fast since we took some time to celebrate a team members birthday, I packaged up some different things for a stylist, and had to make a few returns for her in the area. It has been so nice having half days on Fridays, but I've quickly realized that as soon as I get home, the productive mode is done. I'm hoping to eventually start using that afternoon time as my designated time to write the next week's blog posts, but I'm just not there yet.

dress (currently 50% off) // shop this outfit here

My mom's high school roommate brought by the sweetest welcome to Birmingham gift on Friday complete with delicious macarons that we have been happily trying out. After spending a good part of Friday afternoon watching a movie, my roommate and I decided to get dinner together at Real and Rosemary in Homewood. I had their southwest salad which was incredible (I'm going to have to figure out how to recreate it at home) and Rebecca, and I split the sweet potato wedges and the honey ricotta dip appetizers. Once we got back, we were quick to put on pajamas and choose a movie to watch in the living room. My friend Macy happened to be near our house and stopped in to hang out for a bit and get a tour. 

The next morning, Macy met up with us at Continental Bakery to grab a coffee before heading to the Pepper's Place market. I hadn't been to that area of town yet, so I was happy to explore. We grabbed a light lunch at Carrigan's before fueling up with another coffee and the most delicious cookie, the breakup cookie, at Church Street Coffee in Homewood. We all met up later that night with a few more people at Brat Brot (near downtown) to watch the Alabama game. To end our night, we went to Big Spoon Creamery. On Sunday, I was able to get a lot done around the house before heading to Taste of Mountain Brook to try food from local restaurants. While this was definitely fun, it was also incredibly hot out. Rebecca and I had considered walking to it, and I'm glad we didn't because we would've been drenched. I went to Trader Joe's afterward which wasn't my best decision since it was packed, but it was worth it to finally get some Pumpkin O's. Later that afternoon when it had cooled off I went for a long walk and called my parents to catch up. I finished the night out by showering, packing my bag for work and working out, and making some dinner for the week. 

I'd love to know what you have been up to! 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday Spotlight: Brooke Wright Designs

Happy Sunday! Today is an exciting Sunday because I have a new Sunday Spotlight for y'all. If you remember from the last Sunday Spotlight, these spotlights are also extra exciting from y'all since it includes a giveaway that you can enter on Instagram after being introduced to the brand here. 

Today's spotlight includes a brand that I've been smitten with for a few months now. If you remember from this post in the spring, I have and adore a bright off the shoulder top from Brooke Wright Designs and immediately followed the brand on Instagram after purchasing it. Unsurprisingly, I was just as obsessed with the brand's new fall releases as well. 

Before I get too excited about the newest releases, I want to take a second to share more about the brand. Brooke Wright Designs was started by Brooke who serves as the boss, artist, lifestyle designer, and owner of the brand. Talk about impressive. She bases her brand on the idea that joy is the easiest way to make the world a little bit better. Brooke's love of fun and colorful pieces translates directly into her designs all while sticking to her southern roots. 

Brooke's newest release includes the cutest dresses, skirts, and tops in patterns perfect for fall. The brand also created a black label cheer section featuring the same style pieces in patterns perfect to sport this football season. Whether you're based in Texas or the Carolinas or anywhere between, there is a pattern that would be perfect for a game day!

My favorite style of Brooke Wright Design's newest collection is the Rebecca top and dress. Taking one look at my closet wouldn't take long for you to realize my love of peplum style pieces. The top and dress both sport this silhouette and after trying on the Rebecca Top in Black Buffalo Check, I had to get the dress in another pattern as well. 

Today's Sunday Spotlight giveaway on my Instagram (@prepinyourstep) is for you to win your own Rebecca Top in Black Buffalo check. Entering is easy, and the giveaway post is up now so that you can enter before you forget! I am so ready to wear mine all fall and winter long with jeans and booties or wedges and could easily see this looking adorable with white jeans in the spring as well. I am so excited for y'all to fall in love with this brand the same way I have and wish you the best of luck when entering!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Home Decor Finds

Having shared my empty space with you on Wednesday and scouring so many home decor sites in my free time, I thought sharing some of the items I've found would be beneficial for any of you in the same boat as me with decorating. Even if you're not looking to decorate an entire space, it can be fun to add new decorative pieces around a room to make it feel a bit different. 

You'll find that many of the pieces I've chosen to share are gold and have hints of pink. The space my roommate and I are working on currently is our living room which has pink with gold accents. Personally, I was shocked by the number of affordable decor pieces I found on Amazon. I shouldn't be that surprised since you can find everything on Amazon but many resembled higher priced items I had seen elsewhere.

To shop the pieces, click directly on the image in the graphic. There are a few that are not clickable in the graphic, and those are linked below! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Empty House Tour {Video}

Has anyone else felt like this week is moving by pretty quickly? I'll definitely take it but am kind of surprised it's already Wednesday. I am so excited for today's post even though it was originally supposed to go live last week. Not having wifi limits video uploads though, and since I didn't want to skimp on the post, I saved it for today instead. 

I filmed this tour of the house my roommate and I are renting in Birmingham the day I arrived and began moving furniture. That should give you a better idea of why my appearance is the way it is, ha!  Now, a week and a bit later it is definitely coming along which has me so excited.

I would love to film more home related videos, so if you have any suggestions of what you want to see just let me know! 

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