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11 Ways to Wear a Summer Scarf (12)

So this post has been a majorly requested one after I shared my 10 Ways to Wear an Infinity Scarf post last fall. (Fun fact, that post is one of my most popular posts of all time. It’s been pinned like a bajillion times… okay, not a bajillion, but you know what I mean. Crazy!)

Anyway. Y’all know I love my scarves… BIG fan of scarves over here. And A LOT of you have asked, “You love scarves so much, how do you wear them in the summer time when it’s hot? Please share some ideas on how to wear a summer scarf!”

It gets downright SWELTERING in the summers here in North Carolina. We barely even have a spring… it pretty much goes from winter to summer… but I don’t let that stop me from busting out my favorite scarves.

So, if you’re like me and you love scarves, don’t feel like you have to pack them away once the temperatures get warm! Now, if it’s a fleece or wool scarf, yeah, you need to pack that away for the warmer months, but a flowy or lightweight scarf is PERFECT!

Also, funny story, when I set out to do this post I only intended on doing 10 ways to wear it… Then I took these photos and kept coming up with different ways to style it and when I downloaded the pics on my computer I realized I did 11 ways… so, YAY! A bonus way!

I kept the outfit for this plain and simple to just highlight the ways to wear the scarf, but if you’re interested, here are the details:

Shirt and Bag: Target | Jeans: StitchFix | Scarf: Fraas “Dottie” Scarf c/o (similar)

Now, let’s get to it…

STYLE: 11 Ways to Wear a Summer Scarf

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REVIEW | Studio Gear CC Cream (3)


Let me keep it real with you for a minute… I remember when BB creams and CC creams first started being popular and for the LONGEST time (like, way too long for someone who loves beauty products), I had NO IDEA what in the heck a BB or CC cream was. I mean, I knew it went on your face, but I just had no concept of its actual purpose or what it did.

Embarrassing, I know. Am I the only one that had no idea what they were for a while? No? Well, anyway… moving on.

So, I hopped on the BB cream band wagon last summer and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked using one in lieu of my normal daily moisturizer. Then, I heard about CC creams and had been wanting to try one for a while… CC, in some circles, stands for “color correcting” or “color control” – and my skin has a habit of getting really red for no apparent reason at all. It’s the Irish blood in me, I tell ya.

The folks at Studio Gear cosmetics sent me their new CC cream to try and I was really interested to give it a shot to see if I’d like it. What I typically like about BB or CC creams is that it gives you just “enough” coverage without being too overdone, but they’re also moisturizing… SO, they’re great to put on when you’re just out and about and don’t have time to do a full face of makeup.

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Stitch Fix Review - My Second Fix (What I Got & What I'm Keeping!) (7)

*This is not a sponsored post. This post does contain a referral link, so if you sign up to try out Stitch Fix, I will receive a credit towards my next fix, but that’s it. All opinions are totally mine! I don’t know why they’d be anyone else’s… haha!

I am BACK with another review of StitchFix! I just got my second “fix” in the mail and oh. my. heavens. I am in LOVE. Seriously. After two fixes, I am definitely hooked. I may have squealed a little bit when the mailman came to the door to deliver my StitchFix box. 

My stylist, Cynthie, did an AMAZING job really taking my feedback from my last fix into account. 

After my last fix, I told her that I was really disappointed in the strapless dress (I really don’t like my shoulders being exposed), and that the price points on most of the items really were just a little high for me. I don’t mind a pricier piece here and there, but most of my items were over $50 last time and I was disappointed about that. Continue Reading →

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Wedding Season Outfit Inspiration with Hanes (1)

*This post is brought to you by the fabulous people at Hanes. All opinions are 100% my own. :) 

Wedding season is UPON us! While John and I got married in the middle of February, I do realize that the majority of weddings happen between April and September. We already have four weddings we are headed to in the next few months, so I’m already thinking about what to wear to each “wedding” event.

So, I got to thinking… with each wedding comes all the wedding EVENTS – showers, parties, dinners, and of course the WEDDING itself. I thought it might be fun to share with you just a few outfit inspirations for each event during wedding season.

Now, each outfit also features a different pair of Hanes hosiery. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been wearing Hanes for YEARS. I actually did a post featuring Hanes about a year ago for outfit inspiration… :) If I’m heading to any remotely fancy event, you’re pretty much guaranteed to catch me in a pair of tights or hosiery (okay, let’s just call them what they are – pantyhose, even though I really don’t love that word. Haha!) Continue Reading →

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Being Still | Peace in the Punishment

“But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”  -Isaiah 53:5 NIV (emphasis mine)

It’s Easter weekend and as I sit down to write this devotional, I am actually struggling to find the right words to convey what I think and what I feel in my heart of hearts when I think about what Easter really means. It’s not often that I find myself at a loss for words… :) 

It’s SO easy to get caught up in the “fun” of Easter… pastel colors, pretty flowers, candy, chocolate bunnies, the Easter bunny, finding eggs, baskets, and the like. It’s easy to get caught up in all of that stuff and forget what Easter is actually about. I’m not saying I think the “fun” stuff of Easter is bad – it certainly isn’t, but I know I try to be conscious of focusing on the meaning, spirit, and reality of it all, rather than the commercialized stuff… if that makes any sense.

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Lilly - Eight Month Update!

*On a side note unrelated to this post, sorry for the blog absence for the last two days… my web host BlueHost crashed and all of their sites were down and so thus, my blog and email were down for over 32 hours! Yikes! Anyway, we are BACK UP AND RUNNING! Woop woop!! 

Lilly, I can’t believe you are EIGHT MONTHS OLD.

You are becoming more and more of a PERSONALITY every single day. You never cease to make your dad and I laugh – you are so full of joy and so wise and so full of love already. Everyone that meets you just instantly falls in love with you. You are special and you are wonderful – it’s so clear that God broke the mold when he made you, baby girl.lilly-8-month-update_2839

This month you have really become curious about EVERYTHING. You want to get into EVERYTHING. Mommy and daddy and quickly trying to figure out the best way to baby proof this new house because you are little miss adventurous. Because of your curiosity, you’re prone to falling or knocking your head on things or bumping into something… and of course, mommy feels HORRIBLE when you do. So, we’re working through that. BUT, you are one tough little lady.

You love your daddy so much and that makes my heart smile. When he gets home from work or walks in the room, you just absolutely LIGHT UP.

I love watching you grow into a little girl from a little baby, but at the same time, it’s just moving too fast.

We love you so much, Lilly!

Love,

Us.

LILLY’S SEVEN MONTH UPDATE

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REVIEW | Artsy Couture Photo-to-Canvas Prints

*I received a canvas print from Artsy Couture for review, however no other compensation was provided. All opinions are 100% my own! See my full disclosure page for more information. :)

So, raise your hand if you remember that big review post I did a month or two ago breaking down the different photo-to-canvas companies, what I liked about them, what I didn’t like, quality, price, service, etc? A few of you? Awesome.

Well, if you read that post (and if you read this blog), then you know how much I LOVE photo-to-canvas prints! I had hung them ALL over our old house and now that we have moved to a new house, there’s SO MUCH blank wall space just WAITING to be filled will pretty canvases!

One of the things that really makes a house feel more like a HOME is when you finally are able to get those pictures on the wall and make it feel personal. And I don’t know, there’s just something about a new house and that blank slate that gets me really excited about the possibilities. Plus, our new house is so nice!! I want it to look nice too! haha I’m such a girl about this… 

Anyway, I’m rambling.

A lot of you emailed me after I posted the canvas review because many of you have been looking to buy canvases for your own apartments / homes / etc. I’m SO glad that it was helpful! I hope this one is helpful too!! 

With all of that being said, the fabulous folks at Artsy Couture contacted me after I posted that big review of the different companies last month and wanted to throw their hat in the ring to see what I thought of their canvases.  Continue Reading →

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SIDE DISH | The Easiest Red Potato Recipe Ever

*this recipe is Baby Led Weaning friendly!

I share a lot of main dishes on this blog… most of my recipes don’t include anything about SIDES. I’ve been really trying to get better at including more healthy sides with my meals. I have no idea why, but for some reason, I just have the hardest time thinking of what to serve WITH the main dishes that I cook. Am I the only one that has this problem?

I got a bag of small red potatoes from the grocery store last week on MAJOR sale and wanted to serve them up with the pork tenderloin I was making for dinner.

So, I threw a few ingredients together and BAM, these came out. They were SO easy (literally. so. easy.) and SO delicious.

What about you? What are your favorite side dishes to make? Leave your suggestions in the comments because I NEED IDEAS!!

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Twila & Co. Design Giveaways & Funday Monday Link-Up! (8)

I am so excited (you know, pretty much as always) to bring you today’s giveaways. There will be FIVE winners! One of my dearest friends and sorority sisters, Johnna, is the owner of Twila & Co. and this week is the one year anniversary of Johnna going full time with Twila! WOOP WOOP!! You might already know Johnna because she is the AMAZING woman behind my blog redesign!

Twila & Co. Design Giveaways & Funday Monday Link-Up! (7)

I worked with Johnna on my new logo, overall feel, talked about fonts, colors, ideas, etc. I had no idea where to start and Johnna kept me on track and totally helped me walk through the redesign process… Johnna is an amazing graphic designer and artist!

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Being Still | Rooted and Built in Him

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.”

-Colossians 2: 6-10

I have some weeks where I feel REALLY great… like I’ve been really getting a lot from reading the bible and being “in the Word” and I really feel like I’m learning and growing. …and then there are weeks where I get totally caught up in the world and start to forget the Word and I feel awful and cranky and like “God isn’t speaking to me.” And I realize that those are the weeks that I’m kinda lapsing in my bible reading and I’m not being as diligent as I’d like to be.

When I sat down to write this week’s devotional I actually almost had a whole other topic sort of in mind, but this particular verse happened to pop up and it just struck me and I knew that I needed to focus on it.  Continue Reading →

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So I’m sitting here in our little Cape Cod house in Hillsborough writing a blog post from my desk for the last time. (The last time blogging from Hillsborough… not the last time blogging… I don’t know how to word that sentence correctly. LOL) I’m not one to usually get nostalgic (okay, maybe I am), but I have this weird mixed feeling of both excitement and sadness.

We close on our new house today (Friday)! AHH! 

It’s been a surprisingly easy and smooth process from the time we put the offer in on our new home, went through the inspection, underwriting, mortgage application, etc. up until to today… I will definitely be sharing some more about the process and some tips and tricks for new home buyers, etc. in the coming weeks… but I wanted to get through it all before I really tried to go into a lot of detail. I haven’t talked about it all that much because anything can change at a moment’s notice! Continue Reading →

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#WhoToFollow - Beauty Vlogger Edition

So, WAY back in the day on this blog (like 4+ years ago) I used to do a #FollowFriday series where I’d talk about some of my favorite Twitter account, Facebook accounts, YouTube accounts, etc. to follow. Anyway, I don’t plan on bringing back the series in full force or doing it weekly, but I definitely want to bring it back in a different way and just share some of the accounts I’ve been following and loving recently in different categories. Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Now also back in the day (like a la 2008 / 2009) I was OBSESSED with YouTube beauty videos and beauty vloggers. Like, I used to watch them ALL. THE. TIME. For whatever reason I got out of the habit for a while watching them but over the last year or so I’ve been back to watching them. I don’t know what it is, I could just watch some of these YouTube beauty videos all day long.

I watch them while I do laundry. I watch them while I work. I watch them while I nurse. It’s silly, really. I don’t LITERALLY watch them all day long… but I do watch them a lot. Okay? Okay.  Continue Reading →

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