Sunday, July 12, 2020

Sunday Styling vol. 5

With all the new arrivals I shared in yesterday's post, I was inspired to put together a new Sunday Styling post. Although there aren't quite as many outfit options this week, putting these together has me excited to eventually get all dressed up to go places again soon! 

Outfit 1:


Outfit 2:

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Saturday Shopping vol. 50

Happy Saturday! I'm down at the beach this weekend, but didn't want to miss the opportunity to share some cute new arrivals with y'all. As always, you can click directly on the item you're interested in to be taken to where it can be shopped! 


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

June 2020 Favorites

We are halfway through the year. How unbelievable does that seem? It’s felt so long (going to thank quarantine for a lot of that) and has been short in some ways too since so many events that highlight different seasons and months have been overlooked. I realized that I never shared my May favorites, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget to share what I loved in June before too much of July passed by. Honestly, it was kind of challenging to come up with what to include in this list, but I think it sums up the items I’ve been using and loving the most this past month.



Ever since switching to a reusable K-Cup awhile back, I feel like I’ve become more of a coffee snob. I have no reason to be one since I truly don’t know that much about coffee, but buying a bag of coffee usually lasts me nearly a month so I don’t mind spending a little bit more on a bag of ground coffee since it’s a lot cheaper than the price of the number of k cups I would use. Well, my most recent coffee find is not only delicious but also really affordable. I tried this coffee after making it on set for a shoot one day and just opened my second container. For lack of better knowledge of how to describe coffee, it’s smooth and delicious. 

I realize that it may have come across as irresponsible that I was attending workout classes again without sharing some of the ways the studio I go to has been ensuring the health and safety of those of us in class. While I know it can’t guarantee that the virus won’t be a factor there, they have gone to incredible lengths to clean the studio, eliminate contact, cut the class size by half, and keep us moving during the heat of the summer. I have been much better about being in my routine now that I have been able to go back to true40. They still have free online workouts on their website if you want to give those classes a try but don’t live near a studio. I will say that I’m definitely feeling sorer after each class now that I am back in person since I found myself not working quite as hard independently at home. 

I am borderline addicted to this game. It has been the best $10 I’ve spent in a long time. It’s a nice mix of skill and luck and allows you to play a “game” of Monopoly in the span of 15 minutes. It’s also nice because you can play it with as few as two people. I have probably played over 50 rounds of the game since getting it last month and know that that number will continue to increase as I introduce it to more friends. 

While it’s still a little early in the summer to make this call, I think my one shoulder bathing suit from J.Crew will be my bathing suit of the summer. Each year I feel like there is one that I reach for more than others, and so far, this has been that one. I love that it ties both on the shoulder and in the back, making it adjustable and secure. For being a fun cut, it’s still full coverage and really comfortable. It comes in a variety of colors, and J.Crew has a bunch of different style bottoms that you can pair with it to complete your suit. 

I had never heard of this show when it came out, but it has been my most consistently watched show this past month. It involves space, survival, and a lot of action, which is an unexpected combination that I’ve really enjoyed. I’m now in season 2 and find myself wanting to watch another episode just to know what will happen. If you’ve found yourself wanting a new show to watch, this one has multiple seasons and is bound to be liked by girls and guys alike. 

Y’all know I LOVE pajamas, so including these was a no brainer. PJ Harlow was kind enough to send me a few pieces this past month, and I probably wore these pants for well over half of the nights this past month. They are a silky soft material that is cooling and feels really luxurious. I’m tempted to get a pair of their shorts, but honestly think I would still reach for the pants since I love the way they feel and want as much of the fabric on my skin as possible. 

I’m not sure if I’ve ever included alcohol in a favorites post, but Blue Moon’s Light Sky beer is changing that. I like the taste of beer and know I can count on Blue Moon to the point that a lot of time at breweries, I’ll ask the bartender which of their beers is most like a Blue Moon (which they probably hate). This is a lighter version made with tangerines that’s refreshing and delicious. IF you’re not usually a beer person (and you’re of age), maybe give this a try to see if you like it. 

I think that sums up what I’ve loved this past month, but I am already working on my July list since there are a few products that are already making the cut. I’d love to know what products top your list for the past month! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Step Into My Week 7.7

After a long weekend, I am back. I typically don’t post blog posts on days when I take a vacation from work, so since I was supposed to be off yesterday, I decided to push this post to today. I did end up working and am glad I did since I was incredibly productive and am feeling a little less stressed about the week to come. 

When gathering photos to share this week, I realized what a lousy job I did of capturing my week, but regardless hopefully, y’all still enjoy reading about it even if it’s not documented well by photos. 

I've been living in these pjs on work from home days!

I started my Monday morning with a workout class at True40 to get my day going. I worked from home most of this week since I wasn’t scheduled for any shoots. This gave me a lot of time to try to get ahead on some of the shoots I have this month since it is shaping up to be a busy one. Nell came over later in the afternoon to help me with a few blog-related things, and then we had a plan to get carryout sushi from Abhi in Mountain Brook Village. The plan was to eat it on a soccer field nearby, but it started to rain right as we sat down. We took it back to my house instead and caught one another up on our weekends. A friend had brought us her family’s Wii console and games since my roommate and I had talked about how much fun it would’ve been to have that during quarantine, so Nell and I were going to play that but sadly didn’t have the right batteries to do so. Instead, we ended up playing catch phase for a little while before she left to go home, and I got ready for bed.



On Tuesday, I spent most of the day working from home but went to the office for a bit to return some packages and clean up my desk. After shoots, my desk usually looks like a mess, so it was nice to get it back to normal. I sent some emails, spent a lot of time sourcing products, and crossed a few other tasks off of my to-do list. After the workday was done, I went for a walk and showered before going over to a friend’s house to watch a show before coming home and going to bed.

Wednesday, I also worked from home most of the day and was able to finalize some products for a big shoot I have this week. Getting all of that figured out tends to take a lot longer than one would normally think, so it felt good to have everything squared away. I went to a workout class in the afternoon and then had bible study that night. 

I went to True40 in the morning on Thursday and worked until I was off the clock for the long holiday weekend at noon. I had some returns to do for work that I got done before that and ran by the office as well, so it was a productive workday even with it being shortened. In the afternoon, I hung out on my couch working on some blog posts and watching the Bold Type before going to a friend’s house to watch a soccer game and eventually go to Home Depot. We also made it to the grocery store to get supplies for the weekend before coming back and figuring out what we wanted to do for dinner. We went to Martin’s Barbecue in Cahaba Heights, which I had never been to. It was good, and I liked that there was plenty of outdoor seating. After that, we went back to my house and played the Wii for about 3 hours. Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort were our go-to games, but I’m excited to try some of the other ones my friend left in the box. 

I didn’t have to work on Friday, so I went with my friend and his roommate to Lake Martin for the day. It is only about an hour and a half drive from Birmingham, which made it pretty doable for a day trip. We grabbed breakfast/lunch when we got there around 10:00 and then took the jet skis out to explore the lake before going to get the boat from the marina. The rest of the day was spent boating around and swimming and dodging a storm for about an hour. After everything was cleaned up and back where it needed to go, we got in the car and headed back to Birmingham around 8:00. I was so excited to shower once we finally made it back and fell asleep very quickly after getting clean.

 

Saturday morning, I spent some time organizing and cleaning my room, putting away laundry, and tidying up our living spaces. Most people seemed to be out of town for the fourth, so it was a very laid back day. I hung out with my friend who was in town, and we watched a lot of soccer and the tv show The 100 while grilling out. Later that night, we got ice cream at Jeni’s and watched the firework show taking place at the Vulcan from the Pepper Place parking lot. We grabbed a beer at Avondale before calling it a day. 

Sunday was pretty similar to Saturday in that it was very low key. I went and got Crestline Bagel in the morning and only saw three cars out and about. I went to my friend’s house later that day, and we played Scrabble and SpotIt before eventually deciding to play some tennis. That may not have been my best idea considering it was 95 degrees, and kicking the soccer ball around afterward only made me sweat even more. After that, it started to rain, so I called my parents and caught up with them before going to get pizza for dinner that evening and getting ready for the week ahead.

I hope that y’all had a lovely holiday weekend even if it looked a little different than year’s past. I know mine did, but I’m excited that I will be getting to have my more traditional Fourth of July weekend this coming weekend with a trip to the beach with my family. There’s a lot for me to get done before that, so in the meantime, I’ll be grinding away at my to-do list and hoping for more days as productive as yesterday! 

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Saturday Shopping vol. 49

Happy Independence Day! Even though I already did a round-up of cute patriotic pieces, I couldn't help but gather some red, white, and blue finds for today's post. Y'all know I love a good theme. Even though my Fourth of July weekend is looking a bit different than it traditionally is, I was able to kick it off with a day at the lake yesterday and will likely be grilling out with a few friends before watching fireworks tonight which definitely feels like making the most of it. I hope that y'all are also able to celebrate in a fun way.

If any of these pieces catch your attention, click directly on the item in the image below to be taken to where it can be shopped!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

My Everyday Jewelry

Is this anyone else’s Friday for the week? Initially, I was going to take today off as I was going to be headed to the beach, but now that I’m staying in Birmingham, I decided to stay on the clock until noon, and then my long holiday weekend will begin. I need to solidify some plans and decide if I still want to take Monday off. Still, hopefully I’ll be able to figure out something fun and festive to do (ideally by a body of water since it has gotten very hot here in Alabama).

If I’m looking for the positives of not going to the beach, it is kind of nice not to have to pack up for the weekend. I don’t know about y’all, but I really hate packing and would gladly argue my stance about how packing toiletries is the worst part (maybe I’ll save that for another post). The easiest part to pack for a laid-back weekend away is always my jewelry since it usually only requires me putting on my everyday pieces and considering that to be good enough. I really like jewelry and have a variety of pieces that I mix in on occasion, but as for my day to day, I keep it pretty simple. Since I’ve received a few messages lately asking about the style of my watch and inquiring about the ring I wear every day, I am consolidating everything into this post for y’all. I’ve done my best to link to the exact pieces I own, and maybe since it’s a holiday weekend, some of them will be on sale! 

ring dish in black or gold 

I have gotten to the point where I feel naked without earrings on. So much so that I like to keep an emergency pair in my bag on the off chance I forget to put them in in the morning. Fortunately, with the price point of this pair, that’s not excessive. I have a nicer pair of pearl earrings but have gravitated to these time and time again since I wouldn’t be as bummed if I were to misplace one. This freshwater pearl earring pair is 10mm in size and has sterling silver posts, which helps to avoid irritation or turning your skin green. The ones linked come in a variety of different sizes to choose from if 10mm isn’t your jam, but I’ve found that they are the perfect size to make a statement without being obnoxious at least judging by how they look on me. 

I never would have considered myself a watch person until I was generously gifted my Michele watch by the brand to feature around the time of my graduation. I almost thought the brand was kidding when they asked me to choose a watch style since it seemed too good to be true. I figured I would wear the watch when I wanted to feel dressed up, but since receiving it, I’ve worn it nearly every day since. I can’t imagine not having a watch while teaching and love that it’s a practical accessory. Another great thing about Michele Watches is that you can change out the bands easily. I have a few different leather bands that make the watch face more casual and look as though it’s a different watch altogether. While I know it’s an investment, I have seen my exact watch on sale on Walmart’s site before, so I’d definitely recommend searching around if you have one of these on your wishlist. 

One of the first nice pieces of jewelry I ever invested in was my pearl David Yurman bracelet. I had saved up for a while and believe I was 16 when I finally purchased it. Sadly my original bracelet was stolen, but eventually, my parents helped me to find a replacement. Then, for highschool graduation, they gifted me with a matching bracelet with gold ends. I love the classic look of these bracelets and how they stack so well together (especially with my watch). I had every intention of getting a third bracelet to pair with the other two (likely this one), but sadly the cable on both of mine has split and is unable to be replaced by David Yurman without paying nearly the price of a new bracelet. This may mean that I should’ve opted for a size down from the “medium” size that mine are, but I am so bummed that these bracelets I’ve loved for so long are nearly unwearable now. I still wanted to include them in this list as I love the classic style of them and do find them to be a very versatile piece for everyday wear. 

The last piece I put on every day and the one that I’ve received the most questions about lately is my golf family crest ring. This was a gift from my sister in law (and brother, but I know Shannon was the mastermind behind this gift idea) for Christmas. Shannon has one as well, and I love the uniqueness of this piece, given that it has the Walton Family crest on it. This may make us sound fancy as if we created our own. However, many last names have crests that I believe date back to English and Irish ancestors. Since this was a gift, it took some time to identify which options online may be the most similar to the one I have, but I’ve linked the one I am most confident about here for y’all. I tend to wear mine on my middle (or ring but usually middle) finger of my right hand, so you often see it when I post mirror photos of my outfits. Hopefully, this close up look at it will show you more of its intricate detail. 

Another ring I adore that I haven’t been able to wear lately since it also broke (maybe I just have terrible luck with jewelry) is my “tangled up in blue” Goldbug ring. Since the band of the ring is adjustable, eventually, the material became too weak and snapped. I’m hoping to take it to a jeweler to see if they would be able to solder it to a plain gold band. Time to add that to my ever-lengthening to-do list! 

I’d love to hear about any jewelry pieces you may wear daily that potentially have a unique story! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Black Lives Matter: Books to Read, Accounts to Follow, Business to Shop, Videos to Watch, and Action Steps to Take

It feels so good to have this post up finally and to share it with y’all. I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m the type of person who internally processes things before sharing them. I realize that over the past month, that may not be the most popular approach when it comes to the Black Lives Matter movement, and it was never my intention to come across as silent. Instead, I’ve spent time processing my own privileges and learning how to become a better ally for people of color. I think it’s important to note that people do process things differently, and just because they may not be saying something right away, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t doing their part. My blog has always been on the more frivolous side as I’ve used it as an escape from reality of sorts, and I understand that that may not be popular right. With so much heavy stuff going on in the world, I knew I needed to internalize my thoughts and what I’m learning before taking valuable space from those who may process sooner. I feel beyond lucky to have a platform that I can use to speak about this topic on and appreciate y’alls patience as I processed things. 


The above art is by Danielle Coke (@ohhappydani on instagram) who has become a favorite follow and resource of mine as of late! She is wise beyond her years and creates beautiful posts that are informative.

After watching the news and following along with what happened in Minneapolis, one of the first things I did was sit down to watch Just Mercy with my roommate. She had read the book and was more aware of what was to come, and I hope to read the book soon, given that I was appalled at my lack of knowledge of the events taking place in the book, given the close to home proximity. Despite these events occurring before I was born, Monroeville, Alabama, is a place I frequent, given that my grandparents live there. And the county where the trial took place, that’s where I grew up. Talk about privilege…given that I had no idea until watching the movie. For those of you that haven’t seen it, it’s a hard watch but a worthwhile one that provided a clear sign to me that I have so much to learn. 

And as I’ve been learning, I thought it might be helpful for some of y’all to see the resources I’ve been recommended and exposed to by sharing them here. This is obviously not a comprehensive list in any regard, but a small taste of some of the ways I have and am planning to continue to support the movement and learn from it since we all have work to do. The following two links provide an excellent place to start! 


I would love it if you would share any particularly helpful resources you’ve been exposed to with me in the comments! 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Cute Face Masks Part 2

Since I first posted about cute mask finds (see that post here), it seems as though the mask market has continued to boom, and rightfully so. With cases rising across the country, it should come as no surprise to anyone that more masks are being purchased and used. We had a mask rule in effect about a month ago, which was eventually lifted, but as of last night, it is back and hopefully for good for a while in order to combat the south’s rising numbers of cases.

Despite not necessarily showing photos of myself in a mask on here, I wear one pretty much whenever I am out in public. We are required to wear them to work, I don’t know that last time I went into a store without one, and I’ve continued to wear mine in places that don’t necessarily require them in an attempt to do my part. So, just because I’m not showing that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. And since I’m wearing them so often, masks have become as much of an accessory as the jewelry I wear but obviously with a more important and health-conscious purpose. Because of that, I wanted to share a second installment of the cute face masks I’ve found. While they aren’t medical-grade, they do a whole lot more than not wearing one at all, so why not do your part and wear one?



I’ve been wearing the blue and white floral mask that I purchased from Mi Golondrina and washing it frequently. Sadly, it’s not currently in stock, but I got mine during a restock, so hopefully, that means they will be creating more soon! I wish I had been fast enough to scoop up this precious pack of masks from one of my favorite clothing brands, Crosby by Mollie Burch, but this pack from them is still available if you’re looking for a bright and cheery pack. In the meantime, the masks below are all such cute options as well. If you see some you like, you can click directly on them in the image below to be taken to where they can be purchased!


Monday, June 29, 2020

Step Into My Week 6.29

This week has already started off strong, accomplishing a lot of items on my to-do list that it took until I sat down to eat lunch for me to finally write today’s post. I’ve found that these posts continue to be harder to write than usual because of the lack of routine that comes with splitting my time working from home and going into the office. Sometimes it is hard to keep it all straight regarding what I’ve been up to. But as per usual, I will do my best to fill y’all in! 

On Monday morning, I went to a true40 class before work. After showering, I worked from home for a bit before running several errands for the lifestyle shoot I had planned for the week. The shoot was initially supposed to take place on Wednesday but moved to Thursday, which gave me some additional time to prepare. After running those errands, I was at the office gathering supplies and making sure I had what I needed. I finished my work from home that afternoon, which ended up being nice since we had lots of thunderstorms in the afternoon this week. Once the workday was over, my roommate and I both made dinner and sat down on the couch to watch a movie.


On Tuesday, I went and got flowers for the shoot and was back in the office for a while preparing. I left a little after lunch and worked from home in the afternoon. Once I had finished that, Nell and I went on a walk, and that evening I made dinner with a friend and watched The 100. I started my Wednesday morning with another true40 class before coming home to arrange flowers for the next day’s shoot. I spent my afternoon at the office doing some final prep work before heading back for the day. That evening I read for a while before our weekly bible study. 


Thursday was the day of the shoot, and I was lucky to be under a balcony since it rained off and on most of the day. It went well, and I was excited about the finished product and was thrilled to hear that the editor of the magazine it was for was as well. I came home and took a much-needed shower thanks to how humid and hot it was outside all day and then did some laundry and made dinner. I had plans to head out of town for a wedding over the weekend, so I packed as well before going to bed early to read.

 

I went to another early true40 class on Friday before showering and working from home all morning. I was given a plus one to the wedding and brought a friend who also went to Furman along, which made it especially fun to be heading to Greenville, SC, where Furman is located. Because Greenville (along with a lot of the south) has had an uptick in Covid19 cases, we were a little hesitant and overly cautious while in town. Our drive there took about two hours longer than it should have thanks to traffic, but we made it with enough time to change and make it on time to our dinner reservations at Jianna’s. We sat on the second-floor balcony outside, which gave us a nice view of Falls Park. Once we finished dinner, we met Sophia and her husband for drinks on the patio at Foxcroft. After leaving drinks, we grabbed ice cream from a local favorite called Spill the Beans before calling it a night. 

It was so overcast when we left to grab breakfast at Sully’s Steamers on Saturday. We took our bagels to go and were hoping to walk around Furman’s campus, but unfortunately, it was closed to the public. Instead, we wandered through the farmer’s market in downtown Greenville, and I have to say that with all the precautions in place for social distancing I was able to enjoy it so much more than normal given that things were spread out and everyone had to walk on the “proper” side of the road. When people zig-zag across the farmer’s market, it used to stress me out and make it less fun, so even with masks on and no samples, I’ll count it as a win! We then went to a new outdoor space built from shipping containers to meet Sophia and Judson for snacks and drinks. If you’re in Greenville, I can’t recommend Gather GVL enough, and I wish I could open something of a similar concept in Birmingham as I know it would do so well. We stayed there for close to three hours before eventually getting ready for the wedding. We arrived at the wedding location and were given additional masks to wear (giving the ones we had been wearing a break). The ceremony was small but beautifully done, and the reception was in the same location, which was convenient. Most people wore masks the entire time, aside from when eating, drinking, and taking a few pictures. We left around 9:15 before the bride and grooms’ departure and walked to Spill the Beans again for ice cream.

 
 I purchased this dress on sale from Neiman Marcus Last Call last year, so I'm guessing it's a few years old but found that you can rent it here, buy it here (at full price), and purchase it in green (on sale) here. Plus my go-to event earrings are available here

Sunday morning, we packed up and grabbed breakfast again at Sully’s Steamers before hitting the road back to Birmingham. Our return trip was so much shorter with no traffic, which felt like a win! Once I arrived home, I unpacked, showered, and took an hour-long nap. In the afternoon, I talked on the phone with my parents, ate dinner, and watched a movie with my roommate before getting in bed early to finish my book. 

This week is shaping up to be a bit different than I initially expected since my parents made the call to put off going to our family’s beach house for the long weekend since my grandparents would also be in attendance. While I’m bummed about the change in plans, I think it’s the right thing to do as case numbers in the south continue to increase. I hope that we may be able to do a socially distant beach weekend with them at some point this summer since they have two houses next door to one another. Instead, I’ll likely be staying put in Birmingham trying to come up with some way to make the holiday festive here! I hope that you are all doing well and staying healthy as we continue to navigate all the unknowns to come this year. 

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday Shopping vol. 48

Happy Saturday! It's a very happy one for me since I'm getting to see one of my best friends from college this weekend. When we got drinks together last night we couldn't help but laugh that I almost wore the same shirt as her. It was a lot easier to not make that mistake when we lived together! When putting together this round up I instantly thought of her when including this pajama dress (that looks like something you could easily wear at the beach) since we both got the same one that is similar when in Charleston together last year. The brand also released day dresses made for leaving the house so I've included my favorite one of those in this roundup as well. Ass most of you already know, if you see something you're interested in all you have to do is click on the item in the graphic below to be taken to where it can be purchased. I hope that a fun Saturday is in store for each of you!


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Summer 2020 Bucket List

I think it comes as a surprise to no one after this spring that summer is going to look a little different for all of us. Although most states have begun their phases of reopening businesses, summer favorites like going to baseball games or outdoor concerts are likely going to have to wait a year. Even knowing that, I am making it a priority to still make this summer a fun one!

How fun is this illustration by Lyubov Dmitrieva!? You can see more of her illustrations here.

I haven’t had a true summer break in years and feel that statement applies to most of you not in school. But still, there’s something about this season that always seems to be a bit more fun and more relaxed than other seasons. I know I’m counting down to a couple of beach trips to my family’s place on the water and look forward to getting creative with activities to do in Birmingham. I hope that y’all are still planning to make the most of this season as well! 

I'd love to hear what other activities you're adding to the list! 


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Patriotic Pieces for the Fourth of July

I don’t know about y’all, but I am already counting down to the Fourth of July. I have plans to head to our family’s beach house for the long weekend and am ready for a bit of tradition amidst a summer that’s particularly challenging to plan ahead during. While we tend to keep things pretty casual when it comes to attire while at the beach house, I couldn’t help but notice all of the cute patriotic pieces out there that would make an outfit extra festive for the occasion. From bathing suits to pullovers and even shoes, I think I pretty much covered it all, no matter what you may want to wear or accessorize with for the holiday weekend. 



If you see anything that you’re interested in shopping, click directly on the item in the image below to be taken to where it can be purchased! 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Step Into My Week 6.22

I am very happy for a fresh start this week after last week was a bit of a doozy for me. I know many people really dislike Mondays (and I see where they are coming from), but I like having a fresh start and knowing I’ve got a lot of time to get my to-do list tackled. I woke up energized this morning with just that mentality! 

My past week started with a photoshoot on Monday, which meant grabbing some flowers on the way into the office. As I mentioned briefly in my last Step Into My Week post, I had a bit of a spill at the lake due to passing out (which was more than likely caused by a drop in my blood sugar which happens on occasion) and then hitting my head getting into the boat later in the day. I felt fine most of Monday morning, aside from being really tired, which was good since I was able to get my shoot done without any issues. I started feeling worse in the afternoon, which pretty much continued the rest of the week. Tuesday, I didn’t have a shoot, so I worked from home and then Wednesday when I was still not feeling great (symptoms likely related to the combination of passing out and potentially having a concussion, not COVID) I went to urgent care and got some blood work done. The shoot I was supposed to do on Thursday got rescheduled, and I was able to take my second sick day in nearly two years of working with my company to rest and recover. My appetite was finally coming back, and I felt more normal by that afternoon, which was such a relief after feeling washed out the rest of the week. I ate dinner with a friend that night, and we watched The Sound of Music before I eventually went to bed.


 

Friday morning, I was feeling much better, which was good timing as I had another shoot that day. We were able to get the cover shot we needed by around 1:00, and then I got a haircut before coming home. I made lunch, showered, and took a nap that afternoon. That evening my friends and I had plans to grab dinner at Taco Mama with drinks afterward on the outdoor part of the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook. It was nice to see them and catch up before many of their clinical rotations start back this week. I think I was back home and asleep before 10:30 that night! 


On Saturday I had plans to go to the zoo with a friend now that it has opened back up. The indoor exhibits were closed, but it was nice to explore the outdoor areas and see the animals since I had never been there. We were there for about an hour and a half before deciding to grab lunch and eat outside in Homewood. We hung out watching Jeopardy most of the afternoon before getting ready to head to my friend Macy’s housewarming/birthday gathering. We sat out on her screened porch eating burgers and cake bites before heading home for the night. 



I took it very easy on Sunday, sleeping in and then working on blog posts in bed. I was able to make it to Trader Joe’s in between rain showers, and Nell came to my house, later on, to play Monopoly Deal since it didn’t seem like our walk was going to get to happen with all the rain. That evening I went to dinner with a friend’s family and then watched Blades of Glory with a few friends as part of our summer Sunday night movie night tradition. 

I hope that y’all had a nice week and are looking forward to the work week ahead! 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Sunday Styling vol. 4

The summertime heat is in full force, so dresses are becoming a staple when putting together outfits. Today's looks piece together cute flowy finds with various accessories to create ensembles you'll want to wear even when the weather begins to cool.

Look One
A breezy maxi dress like this one (with the cutest bow back tie) goes effortlessly from daytime errands to dinner out and drinks on a breezy porch. Scalloped navy details on these $15 shoes don't go unnoticed however you choose to wear them, and rattan accessories solidify this outfit as a summertime style.

Look Two
Purple and teal are a complimentary combo spanning from head to toe, thanks to a detailed flowy dress. Edgy gladiator sandals and a dainty gold ring make this outfit both sassy and sweet.

Look Three
Buy into the pleated maxi skirt trend with an appliqued white top, scalloped statement bag, and gold jewelry make for the perfect dinner time ensemble to beat the heat and look stylish in the process.

top // skirt // watch // earrings // necklace // bag // sandals

Look Four
A white eyelet dress serves as a blank state for statement shoes with a bold print and cute design. Paired with a summery bag, this is an easy look to take from day to night. 

Look Five
Blue and white is a timeless color combination that allows this dress to transition easily from spring through fall. Paired with white accessories and a monogrammed tote, it's fit for plenty of summer activities.

I'd love to know which look is your favorite! 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Saturday Shopping vol. 47

Happy Saturday! After sharing what should have been last week's Saturday Shopping post on a Tuesday, I wanted to be a bit more timely with this one. This is good considering I think it may be my favorite I've created in a while due to the bright pieces (most of which are under $100). If something catches your eye you can shop it by clicking directly on the item in the image below.


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Cute Tabletop Entertaining Accessories

As some of you may know, I am continually putting together tablescapes for my job as a magazine photo stylist. I share those occasionally on Instagram and eventually would love to redesign my site so that I could also feature those shots on here, but it leads me to discover some really really cute pieces. I am not always able to fit the pieces I love into the shoots I have planned but have been lucky enough to include some items from newly discovered sites as time goes on. In a dream world, the solution to not being able to use the pieces I love in shoots for work would be to use them when setting my own table, but I think my friends would be a little thrown off if the next time they came over to my house for dinner I had a fully set table. So instead, I thought sharing them with y’all may make it so that someone I know gets to use and love these pieces as much as I love looking at them! 


All of these pieces are from The Avenue, the cutest boutique that combines clothing and entertaining pieces that I rarely see anywhere else. I have a really cute vase from the shop that I find myself constantly using thanks to leftover flowers we have sitting around when shoots wrap. The vase is so versatile that I even ended up using it in one of my shoots that will be in print later in the fall.

Below you can find some of my favorites from the “new arrivals” section of the site, and it really has me itching to put together more colorful tablescapes. If you see something you like, you can click directly on the items in the image below to be taken to where they can be shopped. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Saturday Shopping vol. 46 (On A Tuesday)

Hi, yes, I know it is Tuesday and not Saturday (one could dream), but I meant to get this live on Saturday and didn’t end up opening my computer over the weekend. That has become a trend lately, and the escape in a lot of ways has felt much needed. It also means that I’ve failed in sharing some of the cute clothing pieces I’ve found online with y’all. So, to get back on track, for the time being, a Saturday Shopping post on a Tuesday is going to have to do. If you see something you like, you can click directly on the item in the graphic below to be taken to where it can be shopped.


Monday, June 15, 2020

Step Into My Week 6.15

Given my lack of posts lately, I’m sure it comes as no surprise to many of y’all that blogging has been a bit of a struggle lately. Now that my friends are back in town and we can socialize a bit more with one another, I haven’t wanted to turn down that time to write since many of them are about to start back with school, which will look more intensive than it did previously. Also, in light of all that’s going on in the world, I still don’t know what the proper balance is when it comes to posting or spending that time learning through resources that others are posting. I know there isn’t necessarily a right answer given that everyone is so different, but I never want to come across as insincere. I really do hope to be back in the blogging groove soon but certainly don’t want to force it upon myself since that’s when I tend to lose inspiration. I’ve been back in the office more, too, which means that maybe it’ll feel more normal to get to just work on blog work while at home. 

My week began with a photoshoot on Monday for a couple of fall place settings. I went and got a few more flowers before work so that I could have those arrangements done by the time the photographer arrived. The shoot lasted until around lunchtime, so I was able to eat and finish my days work at home. I took a true40 class in the afternoon and came back home after that. Once I got showered, I made dinner, watched the news, and got in bed to read. 

On Tuesday, I started my day with a 6:00 am true40 class before showering and getting ready to work for the day. I worked at home for a bit before running some errands for a shoot and going into the office. I left the office early afternoonish after reclaiming my desk and getting packages returned. I continued to work from home until 5:00 and eventually went to a friend’s house for dinner and then went on a walk. 


I had the first of this summer’s Christmas food shoots on Wednesday, so our set was filled with holiday cookies. It always seems unreal how early we start to work on holiday content, but honestly, I should just be surprised I haven’t had to set up or decorate a Christmas tree just yet. I really hope I’m not jinxing myself with that one. The shoot ended mid-afternoon, and I was able to make it to a true40 class with Nell when it wrapped. We decided to go to Taco Mama for dinner afterward and sit outside, which felt really normal and summery. Since we had a bit of time to kill before our plans later that evening, we went on a stroll through Mountain Brook. Afterward, it was off to a friend’s surprise birthday gathering with our bible study group. We stayed until close to 9:00 before everyone called it a night. 




On Thursday, I had another food shoot, which surprisingly ended around 1:00. Had I known that Nell and I probably would have joined our friends in leaving for the lake this day, but it was nice not to feel rushed to pack and head out. When I got home, I showered, finished my work for the day, and packed my bag for the lake. The weather was surprisingly pleasant for June, so a friend and I decided to get drinks at Freddy’s Wine Bar in Highland Park. Afterward, we decided to go to dinner at Blueprint on 3rd and check out the Jeni’s Ice Cream that had opened the day before in Pepper’s Place. Somehow despite all those stops, I was in bed before ten, which was good given the next morning’s early alarm.

 


Nell picked me up to head to our friend’s lake house in Louisiana around 6:00, and we made our way through the backroads pretty painlessly. It was lunchtime when we arrived, so we made pizzas before getting suited and sunscreened up for the afternoon. We spent the remainder of the day in the lake, on the dock, and riding on the boat. We had Mexican food for dinner and hung out outside for a while before eventually turning in for the evening.



The next morning started out a bit clumsily with me taking a bit of a spill and hitting my head, so I tried my best to take the rest of the day relatively easy. We spent the day on and off the boat, in the pool, and in the river. I even got to take a nice nap on the dock in a swinging chair, which felt like a relaxing win. We ended the day with jambalaya by a bonfire and even had everything ready to make s’ mores. I went to bed a little earlier that evening since my head wasn’t feeling great, but I’m pleased to report that all of my friends and I made it home sunburn free. 


 


We left Lousiana around 9:00 on Sunday morning, which had us back in Birmingham close to 3:30 after a couple of stops. I was able to nap some in the car, and we even played MadLibs to pass the time, which felt like a throwback. Once I was home, I showered, talked on the phone to my parents, and unpacked my bags. By the time that was all complete, it was time to get ready and dressed to head to my dinner plans that evening. It was another surprisingly comfortable night heat-wise, so after we ate, we all sat outside for a while watching the sun go down. After such a busy weekend, it was unsurprising that I was asleep before 9:30 that night. 

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