Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday's Five

- this super fun new keychain from Etsy -

- meeting my perfect and precious nephew, Rowan -

- bringing back some Mississippi McCarty cups my sister gave me to California -

- the fact that my workplace has now taken a professional headshot of not only myself but also my kids (sidenote - this photo makes me want to take the ombre out of my hair and go dark again...what do y'all think?) -

- Halloween-inspired blooms scattered around the house -

Happy Friday!!  I'm so excited to have some downtime this weekend after several fun and busy weekends in Mississippi and LA. I need to play a little catch up and get inspired in the kitchen again...I can only eat so much grilled chicken and roasted vegetables before I'm totally bored.  I need to take more advantage of our crockpot, but I feel like I can only find good soup and chili recipes and it's not quite cold enough for that just yet.  Do y'all have any suggestions?

I cannot believe it is almost November, my absolute favorite month because it's the month I married my (mostly) dreamboat husband!  Last year, for our one year anniversary, we chose to explore the vineyards in Santa Barbara and stay at the Bacara as our gift to one another.  This year have chosen to sneak away to a cabin in the mountains, and Christian told me last night gifts were back on.  Help!  Do you have any anniversary gifts that you particularly loved or loved giving?  I'd love to hear.

I hope y'all have an amazing weekend - thanks so much for all your helpful advice! Happy giveaway entering! XO - 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Python Pencil Skirt

When Altuzarra announced their collection for Target, I marked that precious date in my calendar.  I was in the car after church shopping from my phone and added this python pencil skirt to my cart pronto!

The side slit takes me back to the early 2000s when slits were all the rage.  Do y'all remember that? When every pencil skirt or dress seemed to have a side slit?I've never been a huge skirt slit gal, mostly because I lack confidence in these gams of mine, but I'm trying it out and it does make a fitted pencil skirt a little more comfortable - so that's a bonus!

skirt - Altuzarra for Target, available here | sweater - Lulu's, similar here | trench coat - Burberry, vintage, similar here (on sale!)! | heels - Lulu's, sold out, love these and these | sunnies - Ray Ban | clutch - c/o Shop Prima Donna | lipstick - Urban Decay Venom | date place necklace - c/o TAudrey | #winenot necklace - c/o Bad Bad Jewelry | shark tooth ring - c/o Favery | tassel earrings - Etsy | cuff - c/o Brahmin, love this one

Did you score any great pieces from the Altuzarra collection?  Alexander Wang for H&M is coming 11/6 - mark your calendars! And don't forget you can get 25% off full-priced items right now at J.Crew with the code TGIFALL.  Happy shopping and thanks so much for reading - XO - 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday Wish List + Giveaway Winner

I've been pairing sweaters with heeled sandals lately and I'm kinda into it.  I've been going with a chunky knit sweater with distressed denim, strappy sandals and a top knot for a casual and comfortable work look that somewhat embraces fall.   How are you wearing your sweaters right now?  Who else is sweating in their sweater?  Please inspire me!

I'm also having a love affair with vests and ponchos (hello this one is reversible plaid = amazing).  I don't necessarily want to be restricted by a full blazer (I find myself singing this song), but a vest can be the perfect layering piece without adding the extra restriction or unneeded warmth.  And this skirt?  I words.  It's meant to hang in my closet.

Confession:  I caved and bought these pumps for myself this week.  I've wanted this exact pair for two years and am considering it an early Christmas gift to myself.  No one tell my husband.  Actually - this could be a great test to see if he even reads my blog. I'll keep you posted on whether or not I'm lectured.

Also, all the jewelry featured above is a part of the Good as Gold collection for Baublebar that launched yesterday with a long time customer who was diagnosed last May with Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  She loves jewelry, so Baublebar partnered with her to design a special  collection based around her personal mantra " as good as gold" (since she is working hard to get her health back to being "as good as gold"). All net proceeds from her collection will go to the Leukemia and Lymphona Society. How AMAZING is that?

Last but not least I wanted to share the winner of our Bad Bad Jewelry giveaway!  She is...

Post Grad in Pumps!

Thanks so much for reading and entering - more fun giveaways to come! XO -  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rowan Oak

While I was in Oxford, Mississippi visiting my family, I knew I had to visit one of my favorite spots, Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's home.  When we snapped these photos I had a four-day old nephew named Rowan, so it was an extra special trip!

When I was in college, I remember coming to Rowan Oak on a spring day and laying out a blanket to study from a text book - yes, just five years ago we studied from text books and not just computers.  #stoneage

I love these cypress tress that line the path to the front door, what a beautiful place to be inspired to write, right?

denim - Paige (on sale!) | boots - Frye | top - c/o L.Mae Boutique, love this one too | scarf - Zara, love this one and this one | sunnies - c/o People by People | lipstick - Urban Decay Venom | cuff - c/o Brahmin, similar here

Thanks so much for reading! XO -