6 PICKS FROM THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

I know you’ve heard, (hell, I’m sure everyone and their mama has heard by now) that the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here and you can shop now if you’re a card holder and in a few days for those that are not. I’ve shopped this sale in the past years and have really loved it. It’s usually a great one to add new Fall trend items to your closet for the transition period from summer to Fall. I’m spilling the tea on this years sale and why I’m not really giving two SIPS for it compared to the past years. I know I’m about to bust a few bubbles, but I want to be as transparent as I can be on my blog and to give you all my honest opinions about everything…..the good and the not so good…..Click to read the full post and see the 6 items I purchased from the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and Why!

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WHAT TO WEAR FOR SUMMER DATE NIGHTS

My husband and I make it a priority to have a date night at least once a week. It’s our chance to step away from the endless to do lists that come from parenting, working, and just being an adult. It’s a chance for us to talk about our hopes and dreams (yes, we are still adults with hopes and dreams) without the interruptions and distractions of home life, a time for us to reconnect. Another reason I look forward to these nights (mainly it’s the wine, ha! and food) is because they might be my only chance to dress up that week and I have fun dressing up for my husband on date nights.

Summer Date Nights are no different, aside from the blazing heat and high humidity that I have grown accustom to in the South. For this reason, dresses are usually my go to on date nights or a cute…

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8 OF THE HOTTEST SUMMER 2019 FASHION TRENDS TO SHOP DURING THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SALES

Memorial Weekend always feels like the kick start to Summer Vacation. School is out for the kiddos and we usually are spending the weekend beach side! Even though living on the coast in the South pretty much feels like Summer 80% of the year, there’s just something about Memorial Weekend that makes it seem official! So I figured now was the perfect time to spill all the tea about Summer Fashion….what’s newly trending, what trends are carrying over and what I am currently coveting and have in my online shopping cart waiting for those killer sales this weekend. Let’s dive right in all of the trends and then talk about all of the amazing sales going on this weekend to get you #Summerready in the style department and save you lots of money in the process! So first things first, Let’s talk about the latest…….

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5 SIMPLE THINGS TO DO EVERY SUNDAY TO CRUSH YOUR MONDAYS AND THE WEEK AHEAD

I used to hate Mondays with a passion. Every meme about how crappy Mondays were, I could totally relate to and I’ve probably reposted a million in my stories on Instagram. My Mondays were so chaotic from the time my feet hit the floor until the time I crashed into bed! and believe me, I crashed! Chasing your tail all day long is EXHAUSTING! And what was so frustrating was feeling like I didn’t really accomplish anything. Basically the day was running me because I wasn’t prepared, I didn’t make a plan, and I spent Monday making a plan for the rest of the week. So one Sunday evening when the Sunday Scaries started creeping in, (you know, the anxiety about all of the things you need to do in the week ahead) I decided I would start making a strategic plan for Monday and the week ahead on Sunday evenings and it has been my Sunday night routine ever since.

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FRIDAY FAVORITES - SHOPBOP SWIM FAVORITES

With Spring Break in the midst and Summer fast approaching, let’s get your pool game poppin’ with these top swimsuits picks from Shopbop! I love getting swimsuits that are different and unique. Shopbop is such a great source for me to find styles that are a step up from those BASIC “mom suits” you see all Summer at the pool! When I saw this swim suit from Carolina K, I just had to have it! I love Frida and it reminds me of her mixed with the lady with the fruit on her head…..you know, the one Carmen Miranda played in Copacabana! I’ve always wanted to……

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THE SHOPBOP ANNUAL SALE - MY TOP PICKS

You should know by now, that I love a good sale, especially when it’s a sale on new arrivals for the season! The BUY MORE, SAVE MORE annual sale from shopbop is happening now and is one of my favorite sales for the start of the Spring season. With that said, my credit card is literally on fire and I’m having to restrain myself from going overboard because there are so many great items that are a part of the sale and items that never usually go on sale (because they’re usually sold out before they can be marked down)! I love this sale because you can get new Spring arrivals 25% off. New arrival items I usually look for in this sale (because I know I’m going to need them in the

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VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT IDEAS

Valentine’s Day is such a sweet holiday! It’s hard not to gift all of the people close to your heart a little something something! I have rounded up all of my favorite gifts to give everyone close to your heart this Valetine’s Day!

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TOP OF THE TOWN - THE BALCONY ON CHURCH STREET

The Balcony on Church Street is an event venue in downtown Fairhope, Alabama with a wrap around balcony giving you panoramic views of Fairhope Avenue and Church Street! It’s in the heart of downtown and I’ve seen many events happening from below, and frankly, was a little jealous I was not at these soirees that were looking like something straight out of a movie scene! It can accommodate roughly……

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WHAT TO WEAR FOR VALENTINE'S DAY NO MATTER THE OCCASSION

Valentine’s Day is coming quickly, so I thought I’d share a few things that I picked to wear no matter what the day holds. My husband and I do not make a huge deal about Valentine’s Day for ourselves. It’s more a fun holiday we love because of the kids. Each Valentine’s Day has been spent differently each year. We never really make plans and just go with the flow of the day! That’s why I never know really what to expect…..will we go out to dinner as a family or just the two of us, or will I be cooking dinner at home for everyone and in the bed by…….

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"GOWN" BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - A TRIBUTE TO AN ICONIC DOWNTOWN FAIRHOPE BUSINESS

As a local real estate agent, I love getting the inside scoop on all of the new developments in the works in my small home town. Fairhope, Alabama is growing at a rapid rate and being knowledgeable of everything going on is key in helping my clients make the best decision for their investment, or most importantly, for their family when choosing a home to live in! It’s such a passion of mine to be able to help people find that perfect property! I dug deep at the start of the new year and really wanted to figure out a way to merge my two worlds and passions of real estate and fashion for the blog and decided to just dive right in with fashion shoots at places of importance to me. What better way to feature a look, but in an old historic building stripped of all of it’s current existence, with all of the layers of the past seeping through, and at the beginning stages of a major face lift. There’s something so raw and real about all of those exposed layers showing through, like glimpses into that building’s past life! Since Mardi Gras is right around the corner and such a huge part of our history, I felt it only fitting to wear a gown to kick off the Mardi Gras Season!

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THE MOST VERSATILE TOP IN MY CLOSET RIGHT NOW

I love a top that can take me from work to date night, to a cocktail party, or Sunday morning church, and then also pairs just as well with my favorite pair of distressed mom jeans! Versatility to the max! This lace top by Wayf is one of those tops for me. I’ve styled it so many different ways this Fall and Holiday season and I know that I’ll continue……

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$16 AMAZON SKIRT FIND

Another day, another fabulous Amazon find! This $16 skirt should be in everyone’s closet! It comes in several colors and the quality is up to my standards! I chose this leopard print, but I have a feeling I’ll be going back for a solid color pretty soon! It would be perfect dressed up for church! I paired this leopard print version with my Gucci tee and my TOPSHOP faux leather Moto jacket I got at a steal……

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6 TIPS THAT HELP ME STAY CONSISTENT WITH WORKING OUT

It’s the New Year and with that comes all of the New Years Resolutions and goals to spark positive changes in our lives! And with each year that passes, one resolution continues to be on the top as far as popularity goes…..the “working out consistently” resolution! Alot of people struggle after the “newness” of the year wears off to hold to their resolution of working out consistently, so I thought I’d share 6 things I implement in my own life that help me stay consistent with working out on the daily.

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METALLIC DRESSES AND TOPS THAT ARE PERFECT TO WEAR TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR

I know Christmas has yet to pass, but with all of the hustle and bustle with Christmas and traveling, and family gatherings, or company coming in to town, New Years Eve will be here before you know it! And with limited days to have something shipped to you (without having to overnight anything) now is the time to start thinking about you and what you will wear to ring in 2019!

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10 LAST MINUTE GIFTS UNDER $25 TO GIVE YOUR GIRLFRIENDS THIS CHRISTMAS

I’ve rounded up 25 of my top gift picks that are under $25!! These gifts could be for you to have a few on hand just in case you get put into that awkward position I find myself in some years. You know the one where you forget your mind and forget that you’re playing dirty Santa (it was in fine print at the bottom of the invite that you “scanned” over) at the 7:00pm Christmas Party you’re literally walking out the door to at 6:58pm!! (story of my liiiiiiife). Or the time where friends say “we aren’t doing gifts this year”, but then give you a gift randomly in the parking lot of the school your kids attend right before pick up!(I know keep gifts in my car for this reason). These are the gifts that aren’t too personal, but still something any friend would love to have!

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12 DAYS OF HOLIDAY LOOKS - FOR SOME HOLIDAY STYLE INSPIRATION

It’s the most wonderful time of the year……(cue all the classic Christmas music please!) I’m putting together 12 days of Holiday looks that you can wear to any of those upcoming events you’ve been invited to. Sure, you can always wear that LBD as a classic go to for any and all events, but why be BASIC, when you can add a little color and sparkle like these looks that will give that LBD a run for its money and have you looking all kinds of festive! And for the Holidays, I like to remember my girl Iris Apfel’s quote…

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