Sunday, August 31, 2014

Labor Day Sales: Clothes You Need to Know About

Labor Day Sales are booming with great deals. I had to share my favorite clothing and accessory picks with you today! 


Anthropologie: 20% off SALE items!




Baublebar: 50% off select styles!






C. Wonder: 50% off sale items.




J.Crew: 40% off SALE items! Use code WEEKEND.




GAP: up to 40% off! I went to the mall the other day and tried on a few things I thought I'd show you! Some of my fave looks are below:









I got that cute cream sweater (it's shown in mint below) for Fall and can't wait to wear it!




Sole Society:  Select styles 70% off! 





Hope you enjoy the rest of your long weekend.  Hooray!
xoxo
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Finds: Labor Day Sales

I'm not sure about you, but I'm so excited it's a long weekend! It means more time with my guy since he'll have work off on Monday :) I hope the weather shapes up so we can go to the beach for one last hoorah-- but it's looking like we'll be inside celebrating on Monday, as yes, you guessed it! Thunderstorms are on the forecast. Boo!

Labor Day is Monday, which means there are massive sales throughout this weekend! Today I'm sharing some of my favorite home decor items on sale.


Tea Set / Turquoise Pillow / Blue Rug / Curtains / Floral Rug / You & Me Doormat / White & Gold Lamp / Gold Table / Console Table / Pink Pouf / Nightstand / Arched Mirror /

Here are a few other favorites!




Just so you know, here are the sales I will be hitting up this weekend (and these are the places the above items are from!)

- Anthropologie: additional 20% off SALE items.
- Furbish Studio: 15% off everything with code ENDOFSUMMER
- Lulu & Georgia: 25% off with code LABORDAY25
- Target: Select home goods are 25% off!
- Waiting on Martha: 20% off with code SOLONGSUMMER


Happy FRIDAY! Enjoy your long weekend :)
xoxo
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Long Distance Relationships + Cottage Hill




I'm so thrilled to introduce you to a new wedding and lifestyle magazine, Cottage Hill. If you haven't heard, Cottage Hill celebrates lives worthy of an elegant and meaningful legacy. It’s a place where marriage is more important than color palettes, authentic work and influence is more important than popularity and living a rich life serving others is the most elegant lifestyle of all. Friends, I totally believe in this mission. If you do as well, you can join me in being a part of the Kickstarter campaign to raise money to support this beautiful magazine's Homecoming Issue!



That's why I'm honored to be one of the first little features on the Cottage Hill blog today! As you know, my boyfriend and I started off our relationship being long distance, so Katie, the editor of Cottage Hill Magazine, asked me to share a bit about our story and shed some light on the tough, but rewarding dating scenario that long distance is. I love this guy with all my heart, and I hope this piece on long distance inspires and encourages. My hope is that through our love story, more couples will say "I can do that". There's nothing greater than God placing such a great person in your life when you least expect it. 

Head on over and read our story. And please do share yours in the comments today! How did you meet your significant other?! :)



Have a wonderful day!
xoxo
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

FOUND: Fiddle Leaf Tree

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They are everywhere. You know what I'm talking about-- fiddle leaf plants! I have been seeing them in every interior space and LOVING them. Naturally, I had to have one for my apartment. I have super tall, vaulted ceilings, and a little corner of my living room needed some height, so this was the perfect opportunity to place a fiddle leaf plant in the space. I went all over town looking for one; Home Depot, Lowes, local nurseries. NOTHING. I was discouraged but had not given up, so I tried one last place. There's a garden store called Flowerland here in town, so I drove over there and to my surprise, I found one (the only one in the store actually!) 

It's perfect in its new home, don't you think?! It sits to the right of my media cabinet and right underneath the gallery wall, so it really adds a lot of texture, color, and freshness to my room.


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If you're afraid you're going to kill the poor plant, don't worry! Lulu & Georgia has you covered with our fiddle leaf fig print:




 Are you on the fiddle leaf tree train yet, too?!

Happy Tuesday!
xoxo
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Home Tour: Fixer Upper Style

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed your weekend, friends. We went to the town fair (and rode the ferris wheel!) and saw the movie Chef-- it was really good!

One of the things McCann and I love doing on weekdays after dinner is to watch a little HGTV to unwind. We are loving the show Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines. The pair went to my brother's school, Baylor University, so it's fun to see little snippets of the town my brother is living in. I love their fun personalities, and Joanna totally nails the renovation ideas and design style every time. I adore their farmhouse vibe! Take a look at one of their recent renovations below. They turned this 1937 craftsman house into a gorgeous new home with their signature style for a deserving mom, after her previous home was destroyed in the tragic fertilizer plant explosion in Texas. I remember that day well; I texted me brother right away to be sure he was okay. To my relief he was fine, but he was only about 20 minutes away from where the explosion took place. We are so grateful he was kept safe! I'm also grateful for people like Chip and Joanna, who serve people through design daily. I want to give that gift to others, too, which is the heart to my design business.

Enjoy this before and after!

Before:

After:
Taking down the awnings, painting the home a nice neutral color, and adding some pretty plants really make the home so welcoming.

I'm all for some brick fireplaces, but there's something about a brick fireplace painted white that I absolutely adore. It keeps the original character, but it gives the room and fresh, updated look while maintaing that farmhouse look I love. 




Ah, be still my heart! I love a white kitchen with marble countertops and stainless steel appliances. Those chandeliers are a total bonus!

Want to know another one of my obsessions? White subway tile with gray grout. Love, love, love. 

That headboard. So pretty!

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Have you gotten into Fixer Upper on HGTV lately? If not, you're missing out! There is so much soul that goes into each renovation. Did you know you can shop their Magnolia Market store online too?! 


What's your favorite part of this home makeover?


Have a wonderful week!
xoxo
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Finds: 6

Happy Friday! Here are a few finds for your Friday:

1. My favorite finds from Lulu & Georgia:



2. Serena & Lily is having a great end of summer sale! Get 10% off using code SUMMERLOVE




3. I found a fiddle leaf plant and I can't wait to show it to you next week!

4. Strawberries are the best from the Farmer's Market. This is from my trip to the market on Wednesday:

5. I've been staring at Anthropologie's fall clothes and keep adding sweaters to my cart. Maybe I'll get my bootie down to the store and try some on next week! They're also having an extra 20% off sale items for a limited time! (they never do this, so scoop it up!!)



My favorite pick? This white top with embroidery detail. So beautiful!

6. Favorite pin on Pinterest:
This elegant and simple table setting. I love the sprig of something fresh at each place setting.
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7. There are still a few tickets left for the Bloom Workshop in Atlanta! Learn more here & sign up here.  We hope to meet you there!

Enjoy your weekend! TGIF!
xoxo

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Braided Updo Tutorial








A few weeks ago I tried out a new braided up-do and I shared it on instagram with some great feedback. Today I'm here with the full tutorial for you to try it at home!

You'll need: 3 small elastic bands, lots of bobby pins

 Step 1: Divide your hair into 3 sections


Step 2: Braid each section loosely and tie with an elastic.

Step 3: For both of the side pieces, I like to french braid them so that it looks like a continuous braid all the way down the side.

Step 4: Twist the middle section around itself and pin in place.

Step 5: Place the left braid under the middle twist and pin into place.

We will cover the elastic with the next step!
 Step 6: Twist the right braid around on the top of the middle coil and pin into place.

Step 7: Tuck and pin loose pieces in place.

Finish with my favorite hairspray of all time and you're good to go! {this is not sponsored, I genuinely LOVE this product and want you all to try it! :)}

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I think this can go casual, fancy, and always looks sophisticated. What do you think?!

Happy Wednesday!
xoxo

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