Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall Home Tour

Hey y'all!
Welcome back to the blog for the last Wednesday link-up with Sarah & Emily for Friday Favorites!
Today's link-up is showing off our Fall decor, so today I give you my Fall home tour.
I'm not going to show every part of our house, because I just don't decorate it all for Fall, so enjoy what you do get to see! 😉
When you come in our front doors (which I'm not showing much of because they're about to be painted!) you'll see my Auburn door hangers.
These will hang up until about the middle of October and then I'll swap them out for pumpkins that say welcome on them...until then, War Eagle!
When you first come in you'll see our initial pumpkins and my sign that says, "Come in and sit a spell."
 This is my current setup for our front foyer area. I need to add a mirror or picture of some sort over the bookshelf (the shelf is one my dad actually built when he was much younger!) but I'm waiting to find the perfect piece!
Most of my decor is from Hobby Lobby or Kirkland's, the large pumpkin actually belonged to my mom & I'm so glad she gave it to me because it's one of my favorite Fall pieces!
Also excuse Forrest's bones in the bag by the front door, when you need a treat-sometimes you just need a treat 😉
This is just the side of the foyer, coming from downstairs (which definitely isn't decorated!)
This little corner hasn't changed much since the last time you saw it, but I have added this little lumbar pillow to my antique chair and my mom gave me a little wooden U that I've added to my barcart.
I keep the Fall decor in our living room pretty minimal, just a few little pumpkins scattered on the television stand & of course, you can peep my collection of candles through the glass doors.
This is one of my favorite areas, which also hasn't changed much but I definitely wanted to share it because it's just so cozy.
I did change up our coffee table decor for Fall with this giant platter (it has leaves around the outside) and of course some new Fall candles and pumpkins.
It's not "in your face" Fall, but just enough cozy to count.
This is a different set-up than I've ever done before in this area.
I've been trying to figure out how I want to move around my cedar chest (ideally it wouldn't be in the living room), so right now it's spare seating next to my blanket basket.
And lastly, something y'all seen peeks of before, I gave my dining room hutch a blue & white makeover for Fall...and I love it!


Let me know below what your favorite parts of my decor are!

Until next time. . .
xoxo, 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ten on Tuesday [No.25]

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Hey y'all!
Hope y'all are having an awesome week-this is a busy one for us, but I love staying busy 😊
Let's see what's been going on with this week's Ten!

ONE
Over the past few weeks I've had the opportunity to test out the Kenra Platinum Snail Collection. Don't let the "snail" in the name turn you off-it's snail essence used to bring out the youthfulness in hair. Spoiler alert-I liked everything, I might be hooked!
Here are the products that I tried out, what their claims are, & what I think of them. . .
The claims are that it fights signs of aging hair, it's lightweight, restores/prolongs youth, etc.
I used this after washing my hair (which I try not to put too much product in my clean hair, because I find it weighs it down) and this didn't weigh down my hair.
My hair is really frizzy and prone to breakage, I feel as though this product really did help my hair become smoother and more manageable. Wins in my book!

This is the first professional alcohol free hairspray (necessary for me because the ones with alcohol do tend to dry my hair out if I use them repeatedly), it helps your hair retain moisture while having an extra firm hold and high shine.
When curling or styling my hair, I have to have a hairspray because it tends to loose it shape very easily. This spray was awesome at keeping my hair tamed and like I said, didn't leave it dry like most other sprays do!

It provides heat protection up to 450 degrees & allows for clean release from styling tools.
This spray is the answer to my prayers, y'all.
When I was in Nashville I took this & the shaping spray to test them out and they worked together perfectly.
This isn't advertised, but I found that when I used this on my hair on day one of having clean hair, I found I was able to go longer between washes-a miracle for my oil-prone scalp.
If you only get one thing from this line, I really recommend this!

Fights all 10 signs of again hair, provides softness, restores shine, & is formulated without sulfates, paragons, and sodium chloride.
This is the only shampoo I've been exclusively using since I got it & I love the way it leaves my hair feeling. It's been shiny and very soft and I'm hoping since I've started using now it will really help my hair stay stronger and younger over time. 

Fights al 10 signs of aging hair, restores manageability & prolongs youth in hair, delivers moisture, radiance, and resilience to hair, & formulated without sulfates, paragons, and sodium chloride.
Once again, I'm using this exclusively and hoping that it will help my hair stay stronger and more youthful. But I've noticed that my hair is certainly more manageable and more moisturized.

Overall I would consider this collection a total win! You can pick these up at at Ulta or from Kenra's Website.

TWO
If you (or someone you know) are getting married soon, read this article on 7 Wedding Day Tips to Make your Big Day Unforgettable!

THREE
This is proof the best things in life come in the Fall...cookie butter Oreos are out!

FOUR
If you missed what was on the blog this past week, I shared my late summer reading list (some seriously great picks on here!) and my Fall fashion picks (I love trying new trends this time of year!) 

FIVE
October 19th can't get here soon enough because then it will be time for 13 Nights of Halloween!
I absolutely cannot wait to watch Hocus Pocus! 🎃

SIX
If you're reading to go apple-picking, here's a roundup of a ton of delicious apple recipes you can make with your bounty.
I personally think the apple bread pudding or the apple-cream cheese bundt cake sound amazing 🍎

SEVEN
So last Friday my sister & I made eye appointments at the same time so our Mom could come and drive us home (driving for me with dilated eyes is a no-no).
As a treat when we finished at the eye doctor, we headed to my favorite little coffee trailer in downtown Oxford, AL for Fall drinks!
I had a Butterscotch Latte and it was a dream. 😍
Also, how adorable is my sweet Mama?
I adore her & how supportive she is to this little blog of mine!

EIGHT
Before our eye appointment we treated ourselves to much-needed pedis and I got the prettiest color on my toes: Kennebunk Port by OPI, it reminds me of Southern Belle in Training, since she's from Maine!

NINE
Thank goodness, Miss Alabama has some sense!

TEN
Tomorrow we link up with Sarah & Emily for the last installment of the Fall Favorites link-up and it's home tours!
Until then, why don't you check out my friend Anita's home tour at Far Above Rubies?
Her place is way prettier than mine will ever be!

Until next time. . .
xoxo, 
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Late Summer Reading List: 5 Great "Anytime" Reads!

Hey y'all!

I've been so excited about sharing these books with y'all because these are some of the best books I've read in a long, long time.
Let's jump into it!

This is a psychological thriller that definitely kept me on my toes from page one-and I'm not even joking with you!
You follow along with Laura Blacklock, the journalist, as she goes through a harrowing event (the one on page one!) and then later as the embarks on a work trip on a small, private cruise ship.
There are twists and turns every step along the way, it's a fast-pased book that really draws you in and  keeps you guessing.
I do recommend reading this book, just maybe not before bed each night like I did-it gave me some seriously crazy dreams!

This book is one that's unlike the other four in that it's more of a coffee-table book, in list form. It's a long, alphabetized list of 1,071 Reasons to Never Leave the South (plus, it's blue gingham-no brainer for the Southern coffee table book).
I loved flipping through this book and reading the lists, especially seeing which things I've seen or done (so many of my favorite things and places are in this book).
I finished this book before we left for our Nashville trip and discovered Carnton Plantation through it, so it was very fun to actually go to Carnton after reading about it in this little book!
Some other favorites from this book:
#287 Driving the truck that announces your personality (this is so Southern to me; I know everyone by their truck & I know so many people know me just by seeing my truck!)
#527 Knowing to never wash a cast iron skillet (basically a sin in the South)
#782 Restaurant buffet sign: "Take all you want but don't embarrass your Mama" (Just too funny!)

This is one that I borrowed from my sister, Trystan because I had heard so many people raving about it on their blogs, etc.
This is also a psychological thriller, which follows Rachel, who rides the train each morning and evening.
The major problem that I had with this book is that to me, Rachel wasn't very likable-which ties into the story, so I understand why she wasn't likable...but still it annoyed me.
This is a very twisty book with a shocking end that I really truly didn't expect.
I ended up liking the turn this book took and I felt vindication for Rachel (& for myself!), but I wouldn't recommend reading it before bed, much like The Woman in Cabin 10. 

You've probably heard of this book one of two ways; it was a classic novel that was widely read in the 80's and 90's but now it's also an original series on Hulu.
I found it through Hulu and here's the gist; the story follows Offred, who lives in the Republic of Gilead (set in the future, after the United States has fallen to a religious sect).
In my opinion, though both equally terrifying, the Hulu series is better because they took the book, but then added to it instead of taking away-they also made the show more modern because, duh.
The book is good and really wakes you up to the injustices going on around you and also makes you realize that just because something doesn't affect you directly, that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to correct the problem.
The ending leaves you wanting more and luckily there is going to be a second season of The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu so we'll get to see what happened after the book there!

I picked this book up from Sam's & when I bought it, I had no idea that it was actually an old movie and a new movie.
It's a Civil War novel (my favorite! I've forever loved Gone with the Wind) set in a finishing school in the South; there are two teachers and just a handful of students left behind at the school as the war rages on.
The story follows the girls as they nurse a Yankee soldier who they have brought into the house after he was left to die after a battle.
I'll be honest, it took a while for me to get into the story at first but when I was hooked, I was in-even when I started getting quite perturbed by the actions of the girls in the school & the Yankee patient.
As a reader I find it frustrating at times when you get to see the perspective of every character but they aren't communicating with each other. 🙈 #NerdAlert
Anyway, I loved the end and felt like when it was over I could let out an audible sigh because I was on edge throughout the book & didn't even realize it-that's when you know it's a good read!

Let me know below, have you read any of these books?
If not, check out the links on the titles and pick them up because y'all, this was my best roundup yet!
If you're interested in my past two book review posts. . .

Leave me book suggestions down below!

Until next time. . .
xoxo, 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fall Favorites: Fall Fashion

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Leather Booties/Printed Bandana/Tory Burch Rope Logo Bead Ring/Sole Society Susan Tote/Melissa Seam Tall Riding Boot/Turtleneck Poncho/Fleece Half-Zip Pullover/Plaid Blanket Scarf/
Plaid Shirtdress/Jules Two-Tone Faux Leather Saddlebag/Kate Spade Two-Sided Pearl Studs
Long Multi-Tassel Necklace/Tory Burch Diana Top

Hey y'all!
Today I'm linking up with Sarah & Emily in another Fall Favorites post, this one is all about our favorite Fall fashion!

I decided to round up my Fall wishlist for y'all to have a peek at today-there are so many yummy textures & colors that I associate with Fall & I cannot wait until the weather is cool enough to get all cozy in these pieces!

Accessories
Fall is definitely a season where I take a little more care when choosing accessories, it's easier sometimes to go with a neutral outfit and pick out stunning accessories to pile on top!
I love everything pearl and gold for this season, that's why I think this ring & those earrings are perfection (I also really love that you can wear the earrings both ways-small or large!)
This stunning statement necklace is also proof that tassels are staying trendy throughout the rest of the year 🙌

Bags & Shoes
My favorite things to pull out for Fall are my boots & booties-the rich browns are the perfect neutral for any dressy or casual outfit.
I also love darker bags for this time of year (this is my current Fall bag of choice!) and chunkier larger totes have a piece of my heart too!

Scarves
Although we won't be pulling out blanket scarves anytime soon in Alabama, I can't wait until it's time to pull out my favorite classic one!
But to tide us over until then, we can pick up beauties like this satin bandana from J.Crew Factory to tie on our bags 😉

Clothing
I'm a huge fan of being casual all-year round, so this cozy quarter zip totally stole my heart. It would be perfect to pair with my favorite leggings or my favorite jeggings, either one!
If I'm going to be dressy, you can best bet I'm choosing a stunning blouse in a Fall jewel-tone or a plaid shirt dress, they're so comfortable and the perfect amount of polish.

For your ease of shopping, everything is linked under the graphic (if it's not in the graphic, but I mentioned it-then just click the words!)
Let me know below, what trends do you love for Fall?

Until next time. . .
xoxo,

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ten on Tuesday [No.24]

Hey y'all!
Hope this week's post finds you all well, especially considering these hurricanes that have been battering the southern portions of the United States and many islands in the Caribbean, Atlantic, etc.
Maybe these ten will help you take your mind off all the chaos in the world, if only for a minute or two. 😊
ONE
So since Hurricane Irma decided to make her way up to Alabama, yesterday was definitely an inside day.
My mom and sister, Julie, came over and we canned a ton of tomatoes so we can have tomato soup this winter 🙌🍅
The power did go out for a little while, right in the middle of the process-but it didn't last too long, so we were fortunately able to finish!
 Forrest also got to enjoy being inside yesterday (that never happens, he only comes in at night!)
This was him studying me while I was eating a pop-tart after the tomato canning was over, he's just a handsome boy!



TWO
If you're from Alabama you might have seen Jake Pratt from Vestavia High School, he's a football player who just happens to also have Down Syndrome.
He was given the opportunity to attend the Auburn vs. Clemson game and met Coach Dabo Swinny-the moment was honestly incredible, you've got to watch it!

THREE
I've been obsessively watching Tori Sterling's vlogs on YouTube lately (she makes me want to workout and eat healthy ALL the time!) and she drinks Kombucha constantly.
I started reading up on it's benefits and when I saw it on sale at Target, I picked up this flavor just to see if it was any good and y'all-I'm obsessed.
It makes my stomach feel so much better, I'll definitely be getting it more often!
Do you drink Kombucha?

FOUR
Everyone has been talking about Hurricane's (Harvey, Irma, upcoming Jose, and more) and this article is a good read about How Zoos and Aquariums Handle Hurricanes.

FIVE
If you haven't checked out the blog since last week's Ten on Tuesday then you missed out on some really fun content!
On Wednesday I linked up with two other bloggers to share my favorite fall drink, which just happens to be an awesome recipe for Spiked Caramel Apple Cider-highly recommend.
And then on Saturday I had my second style post go up on the blog where I chatted with y'all about white after labor day & my take on florals for Fall (especially in the South!)
Check them out and leave me some feedback on both-I want to know what y'all want to see more of on Southern & Style!

SIX
Tory Burch has new Fall arrivals & I'm craving them all, just like I'm craving cooler temperatures.
These pearl earrings are the perfect mix of classic and current.
This gorgeous pitcher, it would be stunning with late hydrangeas in it!
And of course, everyone needs a statement shoe for Fall.

SEVEN
I've been following Zelle, from A Southern Style Blog since just after I started blogging & I've always loved keeping up with her life & her adventures & her style.
Recently, she opened a boutique in Wilmington-ZIA Boutique!
Of course I follow her shop on Insta and I saw the cutest pumpkins ever in her store-I wish I was local so I could snag them myself, especially the "ginger jar" painted ones!
 They are seriously adorable-if you're local you need to get you some pretty painted pumpkins!

EIGHT
Exciting new buy: my new sunglasses!
I am so hard on sunglasses, I was wearing my trusty Costa's until I popped the lens out when I dropped them on Thursday...sadly I couldn't get the screw out to try to put my lens back in so until I can get them fixed, I had to find an alternative...and I kinda love my alternative & they are more affordable!

NINE
Two recipes I tested this past week: Eggroll in a Bowl-this went over really, really well at our house because we love Chinese food! I made some fried rice on the side & we added some Yum-Yum sauce, it was a winner!
Saturday was such a "Fall" feeling day, the weather was so nice and we worked calves that morning & I spent time outside cutting grass, it was just a nice day. So that night I made chili, using this recipe from Publix (except I used beef ;) Chili is one of my Fall & Winter comfort foods, for sure!

TEN
In regards to the hurricanes that have hit the United States lately, because I know people are always looking for a way to give...
Lilly Pulitzer has released a Lilly Loves Florida tee that donates 100% of the net proceeds to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief.
There is also a Lilly Loves Texas version for Harvey victims as well.

Until next time. . .
xoxo,

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Florals for Fall

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Hey y'all!
Do any of y'all stick to the old-fashioned idea that you can't wear white after Labor Day?
In the South, I definitely don't think we have to play by that rule-case in point, this super adorable floral dress!

I absolutely love comfortable fashion and this definitely fits that bill.
The florals are perfect for the transitional period in the South when it's still hot as blazes, but you want to dress more fall appropriate.
I've had this single initial necklace forever it seems, but it's still one of my favorite timeless, classic pieces.
The gold goes with everything and since it's my first initial it's never-changing.
I think it would also be precious if you had children and you wore their initial on a necklace!
Y'all know I've raved about my OTBT's on the blog for ages, but they really are that good.
I don't wear heels anymore, but I'm all about a good wedge for some extra height.
These have a platform bottom, so they're super easy to walk in and the part around the front of your ankle is stretchy so they're easy to slip on and off!
And this shot shows the bell-sleeve the best, so you know I had to include it!
I just cannot get enough of bell sleeves, they're so fun and add the perfect touch of "trendy".

Photos by: my sweet Mama! (Isn't she the cutest thing you've ever seen?!)

Thanks for stopping by y'all!

Until next time. . .
xoxo, 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Favorite Fall Drink: Spiked Caramel Apple Cider

Hey y'all!
Today I'm linking up with Sarah at Meet the Shaneyfelts & Emily from A Little Bit of Emily to kick off Fall with a link-up of Fall Favorites!
Also, expect to see Wednesday posts this month as I participate in their link-up and add a fun new post for the last Wednesday of the month.
Today we're talking about our favorite Fall drinks & while I love a good pumpkin spice latte as much the next basic girl, I'm taking today as an opportunity to share a new recipe with y'all that will warm you up if you're already facing cooler temperatures!
I give you; Spiked Caramel Apple Cider!
It's a super simple recipe that has all the best flavors that Fall has to offer, crisp apple, warm buttery caramel, and the spiciness of rum.
To start you add 1.5 ounces of spiced rum. . .
 Then, add 0.5 ounces of butterscotch schnapps...
 Then top with pressed apple juice or cider (we're huge fans of all the "Simply" juices in our house!), add ice and garnish with a slice of apple if you so choose!

Here is a printable copy of the recipe card if you're interested:
I hope y'all enjoyed this Wednesday post & a recipe for a change-I can't wait until next week when we share our favorite Fall fashion!
If you're interested in linking up; here are the three link-up prompts below:

Until next time. . .
xoxo,