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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What to Wear to a Fall Wedding {Joyluxe Boutique}

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Fall is upon us and is always a special season to me, because I was married in October. With the cooler weather and beautiful fall foliage, it is no surprise that September and October are popular wedding months. So, today I joined a few other bloggers to share what to wear to a fall wedding.

Jennie at a Pocketful of Polka Dots
Ada at Elegance & Mommyhood
Whitney at Whitney a la mode
and well, ME. :)

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Once again this fall, maroon is a popular color! This dress c/o Joyluxe is called the 'Love Triangle Geometric Cut Out Dress' and has flowing sleeves and a cinched waist. I wore a double layered glass bead tassel necklace c/o Joyluxe with the dress. The gold necklace is such a beautiful statement piece with this dress. I paired it with some gold earrings, bracelets and my TOMS booties (which are OH so comfy!) and I was ready to go!

Joyluxe Boutique is the vision of a recent Georgia transplant from the Southern California coast to share fashion with the fabulous fusion of Southern Charm and Golden State flair around the world. Joxluxe shares a wide range of fashion for all occasions to fit anyones unique sense of style. Joyluxe aims to provide the latest in fashion, amazing value and exceptional quality... and, the most important part when shopping online, amazing customer service! You will find dresses, jewelry and even boots on their site and since they buy in limited quantities, you know you'll always be shopping the latest trends!


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Here is a closer view of the geometric cut outs on the top of the dress and how I layered the tassel necklace with an iridescent drusy necklace from Kendra Scott.


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And, how do you like my new Jamicure? I actually bought these jams last year and I never got around to wearing them. I was so excited to wear them with this dress! And, y'all know how I like a good arm party... my collection is growing!


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I decided since the necklaces were such statement pieces, I would keep my earrings simple with these little triangular gold studs. 


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I also tried a new product on my legs... it is called Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs. You put a quarter sized amount of this lotion on your legs, rub it in... and all of the imperfections are gone! It helps even out your skin tone, adds a little color and helps make freckles, veins, etc. disappear! I would call it pantyhose in a bottle! lol! And, you know how NOONE wears pantyhose anymore... unless you have to for work. If you want your legs to look a little extra nice (and who doesn't for a wedding when you'll be doing a lot of dancing!), then try this stuff out! The best part is that it doesn't get on your clothes after it dries and it comes off in the shower with a little soap and water!


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What I'm Wearing:
Love Triangle Geometric Cut Out Dress - Joyluxe
Double Layered Glass Dead Tassel Necklace - Joyluxe
Elisa Necklace in Iridescent Drusy - Kendra Scott
Triangle Pyramid Studs in Gold - Sophie Harper
Sally Hansen Air Brush Legs
TOMS Desert Wedge Booties
Watch - MK, (Similar)*

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Disclosure: Some products were provided via Joyluxe Boutique. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not indicative of the opinions or positions of Joyluxe.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Fall Monogram Initial Wreath

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It is ALMOST September (one day away) and I thought it is time that I share a fall craft with y'all... because, let's admit it. Everyone starts talking about the end of summer as soon as the grand finale of fireworks ends on July 4th. The back to school commercials start and before you know it the kids are in school. The pumpkins and (gasp, Christmas!) comes out on the shelves at Hobby Lobby and well... once September 1st hits, we're already thinking it is fall. Even though, isn't the first day of fall really near the end of September, as in September 23? Oh well. If I am making you break out in hives over all of this fall talk, I won't mention that I decorated the inside of my house for the fall this weekend. (Don't worry, I won't decorate the outside until this weekend. lol.)


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This wreath was a lot of fun to make and it really didn't cost a lot either. If you've been following my blog, you know I love monograms and so it is no big surprise that I did a huge monogram initial wrapped in faux fall colored leaves for this wreath. I also enjoy doing bows and I matched some of the colors in the leaves by adding some orange, brown and even red in the bow.


Here are some more photos of the wreath and I'll share how I made it at the end of the post:
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Are you ready to learn how to make one of these for own home?
Supplies
The supplies are pretty basic. I purchased a cardboard 'A' from the scrapbooking/papers aisle in Hobby Lobby, some jute, faux leaves from the fall section, a round wreath form, burlap ribbon with an orange chevron pattern, brown ribbon, a cute little pumpkin and then the spray adhesive and the red ribbon with white polka dots (not shown) I already had at home.


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Spray the cardboard 'A' (or whatever letter you are using) with your spray adhesive. I would do this outside, its not a pleasant smell... Then, start sticking your leaves all over the letter. They will stick onto the 'A' really well, but then you'll need to use a hot glue gun to bend the edges of the leaves around to the back side of the 'A'. You really don't want the edges of the cardboard to show, so be sure to wrap up the 'A' nicely with the leaves.


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Your letter will look like this when you are done.



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This is the most tedious part of the entire craft. Wrap your jute around the wreath form until it is completely covered.


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This part took me a little over an hour... but, it is nice and wrapped!


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Then I hot glued the 'A' onto my wreath and made my bow. I usually use my Bowdabra to make my bows, but this one I actually free-handed! The little pumpkin that I hot-glued to the middle really added some visual interest to this big burlap bow and I am glad I spotted it in Hobby Lobby!


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And, that's it! I was so excited to hang it in my home this weekend. And, stay tuned... because on Friday I am sharing my Fall Bucket List! Yay!

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Creative Corner Link Up Party - 8/30/15 (and Meal Plan 75)

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Welcome back to our DIY/Craft Link Up Party! This weekend was great for some mother/daughter bonding time. Autumn had her first camp day at Camp Cedarledge for Daisy scouts and we had a great time! Next year we'll actually be staying overnight for two nights! I remember camping there when I was little, so it brought back a lot of memories.

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After an entire day of Daisy camp, I got to relax with a delicious dinner with Brian. And, yes... that is lobster tail! Yum! And, that was my weekend!


Here is this weeks Meal Plan:

Meal Plan Week 75

Sunday - Order In

Monday - Easy Baked Ravioli with French Bread, recipe HERE

Tuesday - Bacon Omelette Roll, recipe HERE
I made this one other time and it was quick, easy and delicious!

Wednesday - Frozen Pizza
Easiest dinner night of all!

Thursday - BLT and Chips
The kids have their first cross country meet, so it will be something quick and easy for dinner.

Friday - Going to a Food Truck Friday! Yum!

Saturday - Eat Out or In

Check out what my fellow bloggers have been up to and don’t forget to check out my feature for this week as well.

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Modern Farmhouse DIY Reading Light from The Logbook.
Birthday Cake Martini from Curly Crafty Mom.
Our Home: Three Years Later from Making It In the Mitten.
Lunch Box Love Notes from Southern Couture.
Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover Reveal from Dwelling in Happiness. 
How To Build a Workbench from Burlap & Babies.
How To Make a Blanket Scarf Video from The DIY Mommy.

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Rachel at Craving Some Creativity revealed her office makeover that she has been working on all summer with us this week. I have also been working on my office downstairs, so of course I was excited to see how hers turned out. There are SO many details, so you really need to stop by her blog to check out the entire post. You'll be blown away!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

10 Loves, 10 Hates

Happy Friday! It has been a BUSY week here... second FULL week of school, memory and spelling has been added to the everyday homework AND cross country started. Whew. I couldn't be more ready for the weekend... especially when Aut and I have a little fun Daisy Scout camp day on Saturday. And, this is at a camp I used to go to when I was a scout. We aren't spending the night yet, but it is a full day of fun activities with her troop. I can't wait!

So, I am keeping it light today. You've probably seen the 10 Loves and Hates buzzing around the blog-world and the lovely Shaunacey at Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy tagged me to go next! I think she tagged me over a month ago... maybe more. Oops. I can be so bad at these sometimes. ;) I do enjoy them and I always feel so honored when someone tags me! So, THANK you Shaunacey! Oh, and if you ever need Jamberry nail wraps, Shaunacey is your girl!

Loves and Hates

10 Loves
1. Brian and the kids. :) I have the most perfect family. I'm not saying we are perfect, just that Brian and the kids are perfect for me. I hope that makes sense.

2. God. :) I have been keeping a prayer journal and I love writing in it once a day and praying. It gives me such peace to pray and lift up my worries, stress and problems to him. It is like a weight off my shoulders. It is amazing how different my day is if I pray or if I don't. It is so worth it to take the 10-15 minutes out to pray and reflect in my journal each day. I am hoping to add some bible reading/books to this time a few days a week, too.

3. Travel - I love traveling, especially to new places and to Europe. Ok, I have only been to Europe once and saw Paris for a week and LOVED it. Brian and I are planning a trip to Italy for the summer of 2016. I am nervous, but I can't wait. I also LOVE the beach, Disney and big cities! I love cruises, too and I've been on two... but, I haven't been on once since before Nathan was born!

4. Pinot Noir Wine - I have recently really cut back on wine, sugary drinks (because I can't do diet), coffee, etc. I'm trying to drink water 95% of the time. Anyway, it is hard... and, it makes me enjoy my glass of wine when I get it even more! :)

5. Reading - I have been trying to read a couple of books a month and I usually read them while I am running on my treadmill or while I am in a Lush bubble bath. I am currently reading Wonder and I am planning on reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

6. Ok, which brings me to my love for Lush products! I love their bubble bath bombs or just really any of their bath products. I have a bubble bath tradition and I take one every other week. Thanks to Brian (because I always tell him to get me Lush for my birthday or whatever), I have a lot of bath bombs to pick from and I always enjoy picking one out for my bath! I also love their Karma lotion, Rockstar shower soap, etc.

7. My kitties- Rose and Bratchey. Rose is really Brian's cat, but she loves me just the same. ;) Rose is a rag doll, which is the sweetest and furriest kitty I've ever had... and, she thinks she is a dog... and, well... she is a BIG cat and is bigger then some dogs. :) Bratchey is a calico and such a sweet kitty, but very skittish and shy. But, she follows me everywhere, because she knows I'm her momma. :)

8. Exercise. I work out 5 days a week and it is HARD to fit it in... but, so worth it. I have been running since my daughter was born and lately I started Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD. I had an old upper body DVD I was doing instead on the days I didn't run, but it broke... so, I pulled out her 30 Day Shred DVD again. Its amazing how long I've had this DVD and people still rave about it and are using it. I love that it works my core and not just my upper body. I just need to see if this DVD will work out my abs as much as I need. That is a real problem spot for me :(

9. Writing to-do lists. I love sitting down every night and writing out a to-do list for the next day. Yes, I am crazy. I really need to not do a to-do list for a day and see what happens... ha!

10. Fall. I really love fall! I think I may even love it more then summer, but I don't like that it is so close to winter. And, I am looking forward to writing my fall bucket list very soon!

10 Hates
1. Grocery shopping. I think I've mentioned this, because I have to make my grocery list and go shopping tomorrow. I just feel like it is always such a repetitious chore. I also grab myself a Starbucks iced drink at the store (the kind in the refrigerated section) and it is always my Friday grocery store treat. Yes, I always go to the grocery store on Friday... at the same time. I'm so predictable, I know.

2. Last minute plans. I hate when someone asks me or pressures me to do something last minute. Example, I take Autumn to church to sing in choir and its just me and her since its a Saturday night and a couple other moms decide they want to do dinner afterwards and invite me and Autumn. Of course, it is fun and all... but, I always cringe, because I hate, hate, hate being asked to do something on the spot like that. Especially in front of a kid that will not take no for an answer. ;) I'm just so not good with spontaneity. 

3. Double-checking homework. I hate double checking homework after its been done every night. I am not sure if every parent does this or if I should do this... but, I just feel it helps them if I see if they did a problem wrong and I help them work through it.

4. Rush Hour. My kids live about 20 minutes from their school and with rush hour in the morning it can take is 30-40 minutes. Thankfully it isn't so bad when I pick them up. I have seriously thought about taking back roads, but adding 10 minutes onto our commute in the morning is not worth it. So, I deal with the rush hour. We really just need to move closer to the school!

5. Cleaning and then having the clean area get messy again within 5 minutes. Ahh, this was my summer over and over when both kids were home from school. Bless their hearts :)

6. Periscope. Ugh, I installed this on my phone and I am just NOT sure what to think about it. Videos of bloggers shopping in Hobby Lobby while yelling at their kids, videos of people DRIVING while taking it. Agh... I have not done a video yet, but I was folding and putting away laundry yesterday and thought WOW... I could Periscope this! Ok, not really... but, I made myself laugh. Ok, I can't believe I just shared that. And, I came back to add this... there are some really nice Periscopes I have seen done, especially ones that offer blogging tips.

7. When a company contacts you with a great opportunity and then you realize they didn't even do their homework... as in, they didn't even check out your blog before contacting you. You're all excited and they turn you down because... oh, we didn't realize you weren't local. Or, some other lame excuse. Yeah, and they turn you down after you tell X amount of people about it. Sigh.

8. People that gossip more then they should. Yeah. It gets old REAL quick. Especially when they gossip about someone you actually like.

9. When I don't get a generous pour of wine. (Ok, I am really just starting to run out of ideas for things I hate, but it is a bummer!) Whenever Brian and I go to a restaurant, we always comment on the pour... is it generous, is it skimpy? Is it just that the glass is deceiving? Wow, this sounds bad.

10. Tornados. They freak me out. I live in St. Louis, so you'll see my hanging out in my basement under a mattress a few times every Spring. 

And, now it is my turn to tag a few people to post their 10 Loves and 10 Hates... BUT, I think I am going to be totally lazy and leave it open to whoever wants to participate! 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #28: Winery Date Night Outfit and Soufeel Bracelet

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files with Jill at Doused in Pink and Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom! We are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us.

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Every summer, Brian and I enjoy going to this one winery in Augusta that has sunset dinners. It is such a gorgeous view and the food is always good and the wine is... well, wine is never bad. :)


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For our date, I decided to wear my new charm bracelet from SOUFEEL and it looked lovely with my other bracelets. SOUFEEL has a lot of charms for you to pick from and three different bracelet styles (classic, bangle and leather). I selected the bracelet bangle and three charms.


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I put a lot of thought into the charms I selected for my bracelet and oh do they have A LOT of charms to pick from. Brian proposed to me in Paris and our trip to Paris has always meant a lot to me. I decided to select charms for my bracelet based on memories of our trip to Paris. First, I selected this tiny little Eiffel tower charm. Isn't it the cutest? Next, I selected a white crystal charm, because he gave me a ring when he proposed to me under the Eiffel tower in Paris. Last, we went on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris and we have (hopefully it is still there) a lock with our names engraved on it. This lock and key charm is the perfect piece to remind me of our experience on the bridge. I love that the lock is in the shape of a heart.


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My charm bracelet and charms arrived in this beautiful box. A SOUFEEL bracelet would make a wonderful and thoughtful gift and I know if my husband had purchased this for me, it would have meant a lot. 

If you have never heard of SOUFEEL before, they were founded in 2011 and specialize in beautiful charms, beads, bracelets and other accessories. All of their pieces are backed by their class leading guarantee and customer service. SOUFEEL offers over 500 designs of charms and you can even customize your charms with themed photos to celebrate your memorable days. Soulful has become the first choice of gifts for millions of customers on Christmas Day, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, wedding anniversary and birthdays. You can even see how their fans share their bracelets stories on YouTubeFacebook or Tumblr. 



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I look forward to wearing this bracelet out with my husband and remembering our Paris trip each time I look at it.


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If you are a long-time follower of my blog, you know that one of my favorite parts of going out on date nights with my husband (besides his company, of course!) is getting dressed up for them. I was excited to wear my H&M lace blouse with a white eyelet skirt and gold heels. I'm also wearing my new necklace that I got from Charming Charlie for $3 after my birthday coupon and a pair of Kendra Scott earrings I purchased from Rocksbox for only $6 after cashing in a referral code and my $10 Insider's cash. I love looking stylish without hurting the piggy bank. And, while waiting in line for the bathroom at the end of the night, a twenty-something girl told me I looked gorgeous and she thought my top and skirt was all one piece (a dress) and when I told her it wasn't she was amazed at how I styled it.


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What I'm Wearing:
Lace Top in Blush - H&M (Similar, Similar)*
White Eyelet Skirt - Gap Outlet (Similar, Similar)*
Gold Belt - Target (Similar, Similar)*
Charm Bracelet - SOUFEEL
Renegade Cluster Bracelet - Stella & Dot
Watch - MK, (Similar)*
Kendra Scott Earrings - Rocksbox (one free mom use code CURLYCRAFTYMOMXOXO)
Fallen Charm Necklace - Charming Charlie
Gold Strappy Sandals - Old (Similar, Similar)*

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Disclosure: Products were provided via SOUFEEL. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not indicative of the opinions or positions of SOUFEEL.



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Guest Co-Host:
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Christie from The Closet by Christie is our co-host this week. She is a Starbucks obsessed career girl that lives on the East coat. Her blog has a strong focus on office wear, including what's trending and even happy hour attire. Be sure to stop by Christie's blog to say 'Hello!'!


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We will each select a Top Two every week... visit both hosts blogs to see if YOU were chosen. 
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My pick this week is Heather at Forage Fashion. The jeans say it all for this outfit... and yet she paired them with a smoking hot tank and the layered necklaces to make it even better! Add in the clutch with fringe on one side and you have yourself quite a sweet outfit!

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