To Mom, WIth Love

….And then my mom decided to change so she didn’t clash with the prints!

Our new family dog, Ben!

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom!! She is such a beautiful person inside and out so it was time to get her out from behind the camera!  She’s taught me to be the person that I am today.  She’s my rock, my role model, my best friend.  We talk for hours on the phone every week – sharing recipes, decorating tips, accomplishments, embarrassing moments, updates, gossip, etc.  I can’t imagine my life without her.  From her big smile to her big heart, if I become half of the woman that she is, it would be my biggest accomplishment in life.

My mom and I like the same type of fashion, but we feel comfortable in different types of clothes.  To show off our own style, we started with the same pair of shoes and worked our way up. These Franco Sarto dress sandals are a great neutral color and extremely comfortable!  I would highly suggest any type of shoe that’s Franco Sarto – great price point and quality that doesn’t break the bank.

In the warmer months, I tend to wear a lot of skirts and dresses while my mom said she’s more likely to be found in capris and a flowy shirt.  My favorite accessory is anything that shines.  My mom’s favorite accessory is hoop earrings – gold, silver, bronze, she has a pair in every color.  I guess she’s still an 80’s girl at heart 🙂

Here’s a couple other questions I asked my mom throughout our discussion over some mimosas:

What’s your favorite thing about being a mom?
Kids.  Watching you and your brother grow up and becoming so smart.  You’re both good kids.  So, enjoying my kids is the best thing about being a mom.

What would be your advice to new moms?
Enjoy your kids at every age because they grow up too quick.  Even when they’re going through their terrible two’s, enjoy your kids.

Can you think of any favorite memories about being a mom?
To you?  Or you and your brother?

Mmmm….me 🙂
Reading all of your Disney and Minnie Mouse books.  We read all of the time so we had them memorized.  On the way to preschool, I would have to tell you the story of the Little Mermaid.  Every time I would skip a part to make the story end faster, I always got caught.  You would tell me, “mom, that’s not right!  You forgot….” And I would have to go back and add in the part that I skipped over.

Dress – NY&CO
Necklace – Shop Hope’s
Shoes – DSW

Bye, Buddy! Hope You Find Your Dad

 
 
This year I started my Christmas shopping in November!  Between my company’s sample sale, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, in store deals, and the new Green Monday, I had my shopping finished by early December!  I love wrapping gifts – I don’t care how much I spend in paper, ribbons, bows, and gift tags – I need the presentation to be as nice as the gifts! 
 
I love everything about Christmas – the cookies, egg nog, decorating, lights, sequins, and MOVIES!  I don’t have cable, but I do have Netflix and Hulu.  Every night, you can pretty much count on me tucking myself into bed with a holiday movie.  Abercrombie kids released a few shirts from Charlie Brown Christmas, Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, and Elf – the classics!  I was able to squeeze myself into a child’s XL and I do not regret my purchase.  This is my absolute favorite line in the movie!!!
 
In order to dress up my casual tee, I did the only thing I know how – add sequins!! These sequins joggers are a comfy fit! I like the elastic waistband – perfect for holiday gatherings.  The blazer adds sophistication and the statement necklace adds some more glam.  On my feel I am wearing black booties with a small touch of leopard print – because leopards a neutral – and it ties in the black blazer.
 
What are your favorite holiday movies to watch??
 
 
Tee – Abercrombie kids – 50% off entire site + $5 shipping
Pants – NY and Company
Necklace – DSW
Booties – DSW


Faux Fur + Floppy Fedora = Bohemian-Chic

This fall has been all about faux fur and it’s a great transition into winter, as well!  I’ve always like fur, but it hasn’t always been in style.  About three years ago, I purchased a black fur vest from New York and Company, wore it for a season and then BAM – fur is out.  This is why I’m a clothes hoarder – trends come and go too quickly.  I still have my black vest and now, I’ve added this brown vest from Forever 21 to my wardrobe, too!

I scored this floppy felt hat at the DSW sample sale – $1 – HOLLA!  It was probably my favorite find from this year.  It’s the cherry on top to the outfit, if you will.

The horizontal strips on my top paired nicely with the horizontal stripes on my vest.  I completed my look with a statement necklace, jeggings and over the knee boots for extra warmth (You can still see snow in the background. I mean, it’s Ohio, so it was warm this day, but not THAT warm..).

What are some of your favorite bohemian looks?

Hat – DSW
Faux fur vest – Forever 21
Striped shirt – Zara
Necklace – Francesca’s
Jogging – NY and Company
Boots – DSW
Watch – Michael Kors

Southern Charm Meets Vintage Elegance

I was recently in Nashville for a wedding.  Not just any wedding – a wedding that most girl’s dream about! Picture something like an Instagram inspired, Pinterest perfect, wedding bell bliss! I mean it, get ready to take notes!!

 

 Friday night, my boyfriend and I attended the Rehearsal dinner.  From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with unlimited Tennessee Tea’s!  Later on, the dinner they served was your typical Southern feast – fried chicken, mashed potatoes, collard greens, corn pudding…… Ahh, I think I gained 10 pounds just thinking about it!
 
Saturday night were the nuptials., but let’s fast forward to the reception!  The reception took place at this beautiful plantation house – In that moment, I knew what it was like to pretend to be Melanie Carmichael (Only in Nashville, not Alabama).  Okay, just a few of my favorite things from the night: 1. a stack of antique luggage and decorations where we found our names and setting arrangements. 2. A romantic scene off to the corner with a blanket, pillow, flowers, wine, a Just Married sign and a chalkboard that said, Reserved for Shannon and Scott.  3.  A basket filled with blankets and sign that read Borrow A Blanket And Snuggle (Clearly I am a rebel since I kept mine…) 4. An abandoned black barn with chandeliers and a wall of mirrors.  5. A shelf filled with old family wedding pictures (must file this idea away and use at my wedding) and 6. The music!
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 Dress – New York and Company
Necklace – H&M
Shoes – DSW —–> Buy here!