Navy + Leopard

The outfit that I was wearing on repeat, when it was actually Fall. It’s now in the 30s, and I had to pull my lined pants down from the attic, but in Alabama it could be back up to 60 degrees by next week, so I’m sure I’ll wear it again. I love my JCrew merino sweaters, and the leopard boots keep it interesting and not all navy and denim.

You can also add a short jacket…

And you can recreate it all with these pieces! Jacket, Sweater, Jeans, Boots, Necklace, Bracelet, Earrings

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Feeling Fall

It’s finally fall weather! Which means that temps swing from 50s to 80s depending on the day. It could be why people in the South are so obsessed with the weather. Me included, as I’ll leave to take the boys to school and realize it’s only 39 degrees out, even if the afternoon high is 75. So layers are key, and light sweaters, swingy skirts, and boots for potential rain storms are always welcome.

Recreate it with:

Sweater + Belt + Skirt + Boots + Necklace

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Why I went back to Prescriptives

This is going to sound like an ad, but it’s not! Lately I’ve been in a foundation rut. I was wearing a Smashbox foundation, but then they stopped selling my color. Then I was wearing L’Oreal, which was fine, but in our humidity state it wouldn’t last all day, even with my Laura Mercier primer. Then I bought Laura Mercier foundation at Sephora, and to be honest, I don’t love it. It makes it look like I’m wearing foundation, which I don’t love. I was scanning beauty blogs and thought about Giorgio Armani’s luminous skin, but the price point is so high.

When I started running out of my current foundation, I had a realization that I could buy my Prescrptives foundation online, and I thought, duh. This was my favorite foundation when I was in college, and through most of my twenties until they stopped selling it in store. They also have free shipping and returns, and I have my color memorized (ecru in fall/winter, cream in summer). I got it with a discount and I got four sample products that made me remember why I used to save up to buy their other products as well, including the false eyelashes mascara, and the comfort cream. Now it’s my mission to keep them in online business, so I don’t have to find another foundation, ha! Happy make-up shopping!

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Target shoe style

I’ve bought some great shoes from Target lately that are all dupes for more expensive shoes, but at a far more wallet friendly price. I’ve also been buying more flats lately since my trek to teach is longer than what it has been. I thought I’d share my favorites, and a pair I have in my cart for winter.

First are cream loafers:

Second are black mules:

Then there are these leopard booties:

And finally my favorite everyday sneakers (these are more comfortable than my converse!):

And right now I have this pair in my cart:

Happy shoe shopping!

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This and that

Okay the sickness in our house needs to go away. Stat! I’m currently running around like:

As soon as one person gets well, somebody else gets sick. So I’ve been cleaning everything and then cleaning it all again, and then saying a whole bunch of prayers that this week we are officially on the mend.

In between all that, J had a soccer scrimmage:

We harvested hydroponic basil that is literally the size of your fist:

This is my new favorite hat:

The hat is Codeword hats and the donate a percentage of their profits to children’s hospitals in that area code.

And despite the fact that it’s still 90 plus degrees I’ve been doing some fall online shopping and picked up this top from Nordstrom:

And finally the boys are obsessed with battlebots, so I already started Christmas shopping:

It’s never too early, right? Ha!

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Treat yo self Saturday

Since my birthday is just around the corner, my Mom, sister, and I headed out for Treat Yo Self Saturday, one of my very favorite days of the year. We shopped around our downtown and local stores this year and my favorite finds were re-stocks on some of my favorites from Sweet Pineapple and a 334 hat from Scout and Molly’s.

In addition to those finds Anthropologie was having a huge online sale (and I think still is…maybe?) and I bought five tops to refresh for end of summer and beginning of Fall (because realistically it’ll be summer here until mid-October).

I kept all of the tops except the polka dot one, it was way too small. I mean WAY too small. So I’ve got that on my return list, but the rest were keepers! I wore the one on the far left for our Saturday outing. Our downtown is gorgeous to walk around right now too! Lots of butterflies:

Historic churches…

And fancy lights….

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Summer vacation essentials

Whether we are headed out on a road trip, or headed to a summer camp, or just hanging out these are some of my must have items. I opt for casual and comfort during the summer, so with a few exceptions I look for super soft tees, moisture wicking tanks, and shorts that can be pajamas or I could wear if I’m working around the house. The best thing is that most of these tops and shorts come in a wide variety of colors so you can pick a color scheme and then just mix and match everything.

1. A halter for date night, or lunch out, that can be paired with all three shorts.

2. A lightweight cotton sweater for when we’re at home or at a hotel and everyone is hot and I’m freezing.

3. My go to work-out/hiking/running errands tank.

4. Printed pajama shorts, I always pack at least two pairs of these, and they can also work as swim cover-ups, or early morning coffee/donut runs.

5. A scoop neck striped tee, that can be tucked in or worn out, or tied slightly on the side.

6. Printed scallop shorts in lightweight linen/cotton that work with all the tops.

7. My favorite v-neck tee of all time. Seriously. I have it in at least four colors, and I’ll buy more.

8. These shoes shouldn’t be as comfortable as they are for the price point, but I prefer them over my Converse.

9. My favorite flip-flop brand I’ve owned a pair of mine since college and still love them.

10. The athleta shorts that I wear to work-out, or run errands, or go to Disney or anywhere else super hot.

11. A lightweight dress that works with the sneakers or flip flops. I could wear it with wedges, but honestly that’s a lot of extra effort when the heat index is 105!

 

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This and that

Last week was our first real week of summer at home (last week we were at the beach), and I already ran out of popsicles…

The boys also started refresher swim lessons, and my niece was the best towel holder (and so good, considering she couldn’t get in the pool)…

We did a few “avoid the summer slump” things…

And a whole bunch of reading…

And J has been doing his own hair…

I’m thinking of getting him some styling cream, but all I can think of is these neon LA look gel that we used in the eighties…

Oh and I totally want this shirt in my size…

And the boys and I made key lime pie jars

That we ate while watching baseball on TV! Summer is definitely in full swing!

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