One of the hardest parts of summer style is dressing for the the drastic difference in temperature between indoors and outdoors. It is freezing in my office, year round, and temperatures outside are quickly reaching toward 100, with high humidity. The best trick I’ve found is layering. I usually pair a tank with a cardigan or jacket that I can take off anytime I step outside. This tank, from Loft, is the perfect base layer. I snagged it in every color available! These sandals (lookalikes for the Nudist) are the perfect finish for a versatile summer look.
See it. I have a confession to make…I am not a morning person. At all. I drag myself out of bed every morning. So when I stumbled across Refinery 29’s How to Become a Morning Person, I immediately clicked and poured over the suggestions. While I’m still not sure that anything will magically turn me into a morning person, letting some sunlight into the bedroom first thing does seem to make the morning a bit easier.
Love It. You may have seen my new monogram tote popping up on Instagram. The joke that southern girls will monogram anything holds true – I’m a sucker for a monogram. Barrington Gifts’ Savannah Tote was my birthday gift to myself. It’s roomy enough to hold all of the essentials, plus whatever the day throws at me. It comes in tons of patterns and colors, plus two monogram styles, so you get a bag that is designed just for you.
Want It. How cute are these stackable initial rings from Danielle Stevens? They come in any letter, plus an adorable heart – perfect for a couple or family. I think that stacking your own initials would create a unique, and changeable, monogram.
The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. I love getting together with friends and family for a summer celebration. Always a sucker for a theme, here are some of my favorite red, white, and blue picks. Many of the items are on sale now, and who doesn’t love a good deal?
The rains have stopped, the temperature is climbing, and summer is officially here! I think that summer is the perfect time for some light, fun reading. Here’s my summer list, what are you reading?
Topping my list is Candace Bushnell’s newest release, Killing Monica. With her hallmark wit and humor, Bushnell delves into the life of a best-selling author looking to change things up. Pandy “PJ” Wallis is a writer whose novels about a young woman making her way in Manhattan have spawned a series of blockbuster films. But now Pandy wants to attempt something different: a historical novel based on her ancestor Lady Wallis. Her publishers, audience, husband, and her ex-best friend (who plays Monica on the big screen) want her to keep cranking out Monica books. Will Pandy be able to reinvent herself? I can’t wait to find out!
The Girl on the Train has been hailed as the next Gone Girl by the New York Times. I was a huge fan of Gone Girl and psychological thrillers in general. Rachel’s life has recently fallen apart. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning, with a stop at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. And then she sees something shocking. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Told in chapters alternating between Rachel in current time and Megan last year, I’m having trouble putting this one down.
The historical fiction that I read is typically set in Tudor England, but I am super excited about delving into All the Light We Cannot See‘s World War II France. The New York Times bestseller tells the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. When Marie-Laure and her father flee Nazi occupied Paris, they carry what might be the Natural History Museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In Germany, the orphan Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a special assignment to track the resistance.
Another historical fiction, The Witch of Painted Sorrows is set in the magical 1890s Belle Époque Paris. Sandrine flees her dangerous husband for her grandmother’s Paris mansion, but doesn’t find safety in the City of Lights. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires. But something sinister is altering Sandrine – she’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse.
My birthday was last week and my friends took me to dinner this weekend to celebrate! We love any excuse to get dressed up and I took full advantage this year. I saw this hot pink Marchesa Notte dress on Rent the Runway awhile back and fell in love with the bright color and sequin details! I paired it with black strappy sandals and some sparkly earrings. The dress was cute, comfy, and a huge hit!
Summer is almost here! Although I tend to be a wimp about the heat and humidity that summer brings, I love the outdoor gatherings that come with it. We spend lots of summer afternoons by the pool or on the lake, so I’ve collected my favorite swimwear trends that are perfect for whatever gathering you have planned.
Bright & Sporty
Strappy & Sexy
Cover-ups & Accessories
I am so pleased and excited to announce that my little adventure into custom and personalized stationery is now open for business! I have always doodled and sketched, but have rarely shared my work. As a child I dreaded sending thank-you notes, which were mandatory after every birthday and Christmas. Now, in a world where I text more than I speak on the phone, there is something truly traditional and thoughtful about a hand-written note. My note cards feature original, digital artwork and many can be personalized with your name or monogram. I’m starting off slowly with a few designs, but plan to continue adding more over the coming weeks!
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Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Here are six ideas for gifts that she’s sure to love.
1. Custom Photo Print. I love giving personalized gifts and this custom photo print is the perfect to showcase your favorite family photos.
2. The Book of Joan. “Joan and Melissa Rivers had one of the most celebrated mother-daughter relationships of all time.” This memoir by Melissa Rivers would be a great choice for a book lover.
3. Candle. The scent of lilac blossom mixes with lily of the valley and sweet violet for the ultimate spring fragrance. The three wix candle fills the room with a light fragrance.
4. Scarf. For the fashion conscious mother, choose a bright geometric scarf that can be worn into the summer.
5. Birchbox. If your mother loves beauty products, treat her to a year of customized samples with a subscription to Birchbox.
6. Bracelet. Let your mom wear your love and appreciation with this Kate Spade bangle. The outside reads with priceless mom advice: sit up straight, say thank you, do your homework, play nice, say please, go play outside.
I am always looking for ways to spruce up the outdoor areas of our house because we spend so much time outdoors during the spring & summer. I found this floral lantern project on pinterest & have been dying to put one together for my patio table.
This project is super easy & I’ve gotten a ton of compliments on it so far! Here’s what you need:
Medium sized terra-cotta pot
Small terra-cotta or plastic pot
Flowers of your choice (I used petunias)
Glass hurricane lamp globe
Start by adding some potting soil to the medium terra-cotta pot. It should be full enough so that the rim of the smaller pot, when placed inside the larger pot, is level with the rim of the larger pot.
Fill the smaller pot with pebbles or rocks. Then fill in the space between the pots with additional potting soil.
Plant flowers in the space between the two pots. I used petunias because I love the way they will spill over the sides. The candle will be placed in the center of the pebbles. Slide the glass hurricane globe over the candles, the pebbles should hold it in place. The glass will protect the flowers from the flame & protect the flame from wind. Voila! You have an easy & inexpensive centerpiece for an outdoor table!
See It. April showers can make for some very dreary spring days. It rained for over a week straight here. I was beginning to think that I would never see the sun again! It was enough to make the best day seem like a bad one. Career Girl Daily’s list of 14 things to do when you’re having a bad day is sure to turn those dreary days around!
Love It. My new iPhone case arrived yesterday & I am in love! A good rose is the perfect spring drink – it’s light & refreshing. Such a nice change from the heavy reds that I lean toward during the colder months. I stumbled upon Yes Way Rose on Instagram & have been following for recommendations & news ever since. I got the springy iPhone case from Society 6. It’s cute & a little cheeky.
Want It. I have a thing for flamingos. I love the grace, the vibrant color, the fun. This dress has a classic, fitted silhouette and length that are office appropriate. I’d wear blazer or sweater over it because of the cut-out back, which adds a sexy touch for after work. Plus pink is my favorite color, so it seems like this dress was made for me.