Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Easy DIY Succulent Box

It's not secret that I have an infatuation with succulents these days. It's also no secret that I have a black thumb when it comes to keeping plants alive. That's just not my gift.

I love all the succulent arrangements both real and fake.

This was a beautiful "forever" arrangement I saw on one of my last trips to Nashville in a cute boutique. I would have never thought to add hydrangea blooms to one, but I really love what they add.

This is a gorgeous real arrangement for sale at the new Anthropologie. It's a mere $1698.00. Needless to say, way out of my price range.

If you go to your local Hobby Lobby or Michaels you can find some really realistic looking "forever" succulents. I decided I'd just make my own arrangement so I went to both of these stores and bought a variety of sizes and colors to make my arrangement.

 Here are the supplies I gathered and some easy to follow pictures.

I used the rocks to cover any areas where the foam was exposed and could be seen between the plants. You don't need to glue them, just put them in there and they'll stay as long as you've left a little lip between the foam and container.

And here it is all finished. It looks adorable sitting on our coffee table and I never have to remember to water it. That's what I'd call a WIN!

Small arrangements like this would also look really cute in bathrooms.
Are you a fan of succulents? Give this project a try. It's really quick and easy.

 It's really chilly here and we're wondering what happened to the warm spring temperatures.
Hope you're having a great week.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Back To Reality

Yep, I'd say this about accurately describes the day after a 3 day weekend. I love em', but it's just enough time to almost get in vacation mode and then get smacked right back into reality. Here's to a four day week people.

So this cute little guy right here is entering the work force today. Consider my mind blown. Wasn't I just dropping him off at preschool last year? It's just he craziest thought to realize he's a grown man, graduated from college, with a job in the field he studied for. We are so proud and excited to see just what the future holds for him. I hope he has the best first day ever!

You'd probably be disappointed in me if I let a holiday weekend get by without a little shopping, so rather than let you down I took one for the team and did a little browsing.πŸ˜‰

Katie hadn't seen the new Anthropolgie yet, so we went and I hit up the sale room and found a couple of things to try on.

This top has the most beautiful lace on the bottom and the bottom of the sleeves. I had to give it a try. I didn't think I'd wear this color much so I left it there, but it's a beautiful top. (I couldn't find it online)

This adorable swingy top was a cross between a sweatshirt and a cute linen blouse. I loved it, but Katie said I looked like I was wearing a hospital gown. Again, this blue wasn't a color I was sure I'd get much use out of, but if they had it in store in the white, it would have come home with me.

We also hit up Loft before leaving.

This might be the worst picture in the history of dressing room pictures, but I'll share it anyway. This is a sweet little striped tassel top and would look darling with cut off jean shorts. I passed on it, but did bring the other two hanging there home and totally forgot to take a picture of either of them. They've both sold out on line, so I was excited to find them in my size in the the store. I found one similar to the red one online here.

Here's what I've come to realize about Loft. They offer a lot of items online that aren't available in the store and most things look better on "real" women vs. the models. I always seem to find a lot more items when I'm on their website than when I'm walking through the store. 

Here are just a few of the things that are online you'd miss if you didn't check the website and a lot of items are 40% off along with all sale styles.

This basic tee with the added tie detail at the shoulder makes it super cute and dresses it up just enough.

Same goes for this cute sleeveless tee. The addition of the flutter sleeve dresses it up to make it special. I'm not really a tee kinda gal myself very often, but I love a little detail on one.

See, now I just fell in love when I found this adorable little number. It embodies so many of the spring/summer trends. Stripes✔️ Embroidery✔️ Lacey detail✔️
Love it!

Cami's like this are a great layering piece and you can find them in a lot of stores. This is another online exclusive you'd miss if you didn't hit the website. I love the way the back is made and you can see it's a little roomy and flowy so it won't be clingy.

So the moral of the story is check out Loft's website. 

Nordstrom is still having their half yearly sale, so it's not too late to grab some cute things there too.
Check out this post for some suggestions. 

That wraps it up for today. What do you have on tap for this Tuesday that feels like Monday. I'm sure I'll be in a state of confusion until Friday gets here.

Happy 4 day week my friends.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day my friends!

It's easy to forget why we have this day of remembrance but if you are looking for a movie to give you a glimpse into just why we observe it I'd like to recommend Hacksaw Ridge. It's intense and graphic, but you will come away with a new appreciation for all the men (and now women) who take on this life and decision to become soldiers.
Thank you to each and everyone!

With each holiday there are great sales and Memorial Day is no exception. Last week I did a post on my favorite Nordstrom sale picks in case you missed it, click here.

On Friday I gave you a list of a lot of other sales that are going on. Be sure to check some of these out. It's a great time and opportunity to spruce up your wardrobe as we are heading into summer.

Loft ~ 40% off everything with code VACAY
Ann Taylor ~ 40% off full price styles, 50% off sale styles with code SUMMER
Francesca's ~ summer deals
Macy's ~ 20% off with code SUNNY
Sole Society ~ Up to 50% off and free shipping on orders over $50
J. Crew ~ 30% off with code SWEET
J . Crew Factory ~ 50% off everything all weekend
White House Black Market ~ 40% off sale with code 39922
Anthropologie ~ Extra 40% off sale prices
Old Navy ~ 50% off Tee, Tanks, Shorts and Swim 

Enjoy whatever you have on tap for today.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Favorites #59

Happy Friday my sweet friends! I'm guessing some of you may already be enjoying your long weekend. Be sure to take a few minutes to think of all those who have heroically given their lives so the we can enjoy our freedoms.

Do you have big plans this weekend? A BBQ or family gathering? We are going to some friends tonight, but other than that we will just see where the weekend takes us. This was our first full week in the last 3 weeks after being on vacation and now we get another break next week. I think Kent is going to be spoiled. LOL

It wouldn't be Friday if I didn't link up with some blogger babes for Friday Favorites, so let's take a look and see what things made my list this week.


I received my first Sephora Play box in the mail. Well technically it came a few weeks ago, but it was at my neighbors and I just got it this week. I'll do a full review of the products in a week or so once I've had a chance to use them.


I know this is a terrible quality picture but it makes me so happy!!! Benny and Erin had both been out of town and apart for a week. She got back last night and they sent me this. You can just see how happy they are to be back together.


I found this cute flutter sleeve top at the Loft outlet last weekend. Just the words flutter sleeve make me happy and  I immediately knew it would be perfect to go with these cropped skinny chinos I recently picked up on a trip to the mall at the regular Loft store. These pants are a great everyday pant and alternative to jeans. They have just the right amount of give and like most of my other Loft pants they stretch out just the right amount when wearing them and then bounce back when taken off. Sounds like magic, right? I guess you could say these pants are magical.


Katie and I were working out one day this week and I was singing, well more like lip syncing and didn't quite know all the words. Katie was all too happy to tell me to learn the words. Have you ever heard if you don't know the words to a song your supposed to fill in with "watermelon"?


Another day Katie and I were out walking and talking about our workouts and abs and I gave her this sage piece of advice. 


In case you missed my post yesterday with my favorite Nordstrom sale picks you can find it here.

There are a lot of great sales for Memorial Day weekend. Here are a few of my favorites.

Loft ~ 40% off everything with code VACAY
Ann Taylor ~ 40% off full price styles, 50% off sale styles with code SUMMER
Francesca's ~ summer deals
Macy's ~ 20% off with code SUNNY
Sole Society ~ Up to 50% off and free shipping on orders over $50
J. Crew ~ 30% off with code SWEET
J . Crew Factory ~ 50% off everything all weekend
White House Black Market ~ 40% off sale with code 39922
Anthropologie ~ Extra 40% off sale prices
Old Navy ~ 50% off Tee, Tanks, Shorts and Swim 

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I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Bring on summer!!!


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Nordstrom Sale Picks

You know one of my favorite words is SALE!

Nordstrom is having their half yearly sale and it's almost like the anniversary sale is getting a little head start. I've combed through pages of items and found some of the things that I like and caught my eye. If you are looking to update your spring and summer duds this is the perfect opportunity to add some of the latest trends or just some good all around pieces. Most of the items are 40% off. 

I don't think I need to do much commentating on these so I'm just going to share the items and the links unless I just can't help myself. I found trends, accessories, trendy shoes, and a couple of dresses that would be perfect for upcoming graduations and weddings.

This necklace is a great dupe for a Kendra Scott necklace.

This cute tee has 2 of the big trends for spring. Cold shoulder and it ties at the waist. Bobeau tops are known for their uber soft fabrics that make them oh so comfy.

I really like the double ruffle around the sleeves of this top.

This ruffle sleeve top is the same one I'm wearing in the picture below. It has the cutest tie back and when I put it on to wear it to Baccalaureate, my friend just fell in love with it. So many cute details on one shirt and now it's a real steal.

This tassel necklace is perfect for incorporating the tassel trend into your spring and summer wardrobe and at just under $34, it's a great deal.

I really wish I needed another dress (or two) because I just love both of these.

Okay, I finally had to make myself stop. There's good stuff to be had people. Some of these would make great graduation gifts.

Happy Thursday and happy shopping!!!


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