Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fall Transition + A Pumpkin Patch Trip

Y'all, it has finally been feeling like actual Fall here in Alabama & I could not be more excited about it!
A few weekends ago, my mom, my sister, and I decided to take our other sister's kiddos to the local Pumpkin Patch-we had an awesome time visiting the petting zoo, playing in the corn crib, taking a hay ride, and more-it was a total blast.
 They're pretty much the cutest things ever 🎃💖
 I knew while I was there I had to take some shots for the blog; just keep in mind that my sister doesn't usually take my blog photos & we're still learning-but with that in your mind, I think they turned out pretty darn well, if I do say so myself. 😉
 Let's just face it, Fall in Alabama the South is typically pretty warm, so wearing cute Fall outfits with blanket scarves & riding boots is pretty much 100% out of the question until about November at the earliest.
So, you have to work with transition pieces!

 This outfit was perfect for the 80-something degree day that we had while taking these shots.
I tried to keep it simple and also comfortable, since I was chasing the kids around the Patch!

Jeggings: Old Navy-literally the most comfortable pants I own!
Bag: (Shown in other pictures) Exact bag no longer available, similar linked
 These shoes might not be everyone's cup of tea-but they're so comfortable and they match everything.
I'm crazy about the boho feel they give all my outfits as well.

 As you can tell, I had to keep the sleeves short and nix the boots or booties because the Southern heat was just too much, but by implementing the dark jeggings (& the dark lip!), using the suede texture of the moccasins to warm things up, and then keeping the attention on the striped tunic (a pattern I usually associate with Fall) it's the perfect Fall-feel without overheating...a win-win in my book!
 I hope y'all enjoyed this little trip to the pumpkin patch with me-I loved sharing one of my favorite Fall transition outfits with y'all!
Let me know below what items you use to transition from Summer to Fall!
 And lastly, but not leastly-I wanted y'all to meet the photographer behind these shots, my sweet sister Julie!

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ten on Tuesday [No.29]

Happy Tuesday y'all!
This week is going to be a busy one, but it's going to be a good one-so let's jump into the recap and what I've been loving lately.

The biggest thing I have to share this week is the reason for why there was no Saturday post. . .
We went on a little out of town getaway to Panama City Beach, Florida! 🎉
We had an amazing time just laying on the beach & spending time with each other-it was much needed R&R for the both of us, but especially my sweet husband because he works so hard and rarely takes any time for himself.
I could've put up a post on Saturday, but I didn't want to spend time promoting it and having it take time away from our time so I just didn't and I doubt y'all really missed it! 😉
Each night for dinner we drove about 20 minutes away from Panama City Beach to a little historic town named St. Andrews.
It's right on the bay and the marina is always beautiful, but especially so at sunset.
I always pick a book to bring to the beach each year that either I haven't started, or I've only read a few pages out of.
This year, I chose Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky and was not disappointed in the least.
This book is set in England in the early 1900s and focuses on the main character, Isabella Grayson, and her journey as the daughter of a wealthy newspaper-owner who is leading his family through societies ranks.
She's learning her role as his daughter, while also trying to find her place in the world.
I absolutely love reading about her independent streak & her desire to become a successful journalist in a time when hardly any women (especially women of her place in society) were working, much less reporting!
Along with her desire to become independent and her passion for aviation (which at this time is very, very new) as readers we get to explore her relationship with a young aviator who has dreams of becoming the first pilot to fly across the English Channel.
I'll spare you the details, to keep you interested, of course!
If you enjoy history, aviation, novels about interesting women, or just reading a good novel-I highly recommend Across the Blue.
Of course I had to break out one of my favorite Lilly Pulitzer dresses from the After Party Sale (the print name is Hey Bay Bay!)
The mural in St. Andrews is actually just a chalk mural-so stinkin' cute!
This print is currently sold out but there's a solid option and a sleeved option, perfect for Fall.
On our last night, I wore my favorite dress out to dinner-this cute little off-the-shoulder number with gorgeous embroidery.
Dress sold out-similar linked
Lip Color
Earrings (not shown, but so cute!)
Shoes (also not shown, but equally precious!)
It was tough to get up yesterday morning and leave (especially when your husband wakes you up before 7 AM!) but I got to see the pink tail-end of this beautiful sunrise, so that made it worth it...and...
We finished off our trip with a dozen of the best donuts I've ever had & one of the best breakfast bagel sandwiches I've had too. Highly recommend if you're ever in Destin, Panama City, Seaside, etc.

Tory Burch just released the cutest flats in the world-I'm totally obsessed!

This recipe for pumpkin pie (made as a slab pie-not round!) sounds so good, y'all!
I can't wait until the weather cools down just a tiny bit so I can get the Fall vibes & feel the urge to bake in my kitchen.

I made a couple of purchases on this trip, but my favorite by far are these boots!
I've been searching and searching for high quality, comfortable, fashionable, leather riding boots in a wide-calf version and I just couldn't find any, anywhere.
But yesterday, that search ended.
These boots are comfortable and oh so cute!
They fit well over jeans and leggings, but would look equally precious with dresses and skirts too, I can't wait to style them on the blog.

If you're in the mood for a new computer or iPhone wallpaper then look no further than Evelyn Henson's newest downloadable designs!
She makes the cutest watercolor-ish designs and patterns and her four newest ones are perfect for Fall!
If you decide to take a peep, let me know which of the four is your favorite-I just changed mine to the third picture, but the 2nd or 4th will be my next move when the weather cools down here & I feel more "Fall-y"!

This girl goes without texting her boyfriend in a week-you've got to read the article to see what happens.
Spoiler alert-I think she finds out how much fun it is to talk on the phone to someone, not just texting them, it's such an "old fashioned" thing, but one thing I kind of miss!

It's pretty much my all-time favorite movie, so of course I had to read up on an interview with Reese where she chats about making the movie & her favorite line (it's my favorite too!)

I've been following the stories from California and the horrible wildfires there.
There are so many sad, sad stories but there are also some very happy ones-like Izzy's story!

If you love Guy Fieri as much as I do (I'll watch any Food Network show he's on!) then you'll love this story about how he met his wife.

I am SO excited for Chip & Joanna Gaines new line Hearth & Hand for Target, so excited in fact that I have to share a few favorites:
This beautiful wreath hanger
Pom-Poms on a stocking?! Sign me up!
This beautiful lantern is just begging to be put on my front porch
Cutest. Christmas. Mug. Ever.
I totally envision this glass jug with fresh pine boughs in the winter and then big white hydrangeas in the summer!
It's not too early to think about Christmas gifts-this toiletry bag is the perfect gift for any man in your life!

I hope y'all enjoyed this roundup as much as I have!
It was so awfully nice to have a little blog-break this weekend, but I'm excited to share this Saturday's post with y'all.

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ten on Tuesday [No.28]

Hey y'all!
I hope y'all are having an awesome week, especially those of you that got yesterday off!
Let's jump into this week's post and see what's been going on. . .

On Saturday my mom, sister, and I took my niece and nephew to a local pumpkin patch and we had an awesome time spending the day with them!
You'll get to see a full outfit post from the patch from me as well, soon!

If you haven't yet checked out last Saturday's post, please do-it's one of my favorites to do each year.
I wrote about Shopping for a Cure, purchasing different things throughout this month that benefit breast cancer awareness and research, a cause that's near and dear to my heart.

Today my mom and middle sister are heading to north Georgia for a little trip to the North Georgia Premium Outlets and I'm really excited...they have a Pottery Barn Outlet!
I'll have to keep y'all updated on my purchases 😉

If you're looking for the perfect shoes for winter-go no further than LL Bean's Bean Boots.
If you order tonight before midnight, you can get 20% off anything on their website.

To the pumpkin patch last Saturday, I wore this Tartiest Lip Paint in the shade Hangry and needless to say, I'm obsessed. It wore beautifully too, leaving a nice berry stain when the actual lip product wore away.

If you don't check out anyone else's blog posts that I recommend, I hope you check out Annaliese from Southern Belle in Training. She made a post last week titled "The Woman I Want to Be" and it was really lovely, I highly recommend-plus the dress she's wearing is incredible!

Fall is just the best time for TV don't you think?
I just wrapped up Pretty Little Liars on Netflix (I'm still so sad that it's over!)
Currently I'm watching on Hulu
+Grey's Anatomy
+This is Us
On Netflix, I think the next series I'm going to watch is going to be The Secret Life of the American Teenager. I watched it a little when I was younger, but like PLL I just kinda dropped off so I want to try again!

Southern Living has come up with some beautiful porch decor that makes me wish my house and door could be repainted soon, I need to decorate my front porch!

If you're having a bad day-read this list of 50 Things we Should All Be Grateful'll make you smile :) 

If you're phone dies as often as mine does...might wanna check out 15 Ways to Save Battery on iPhone.

Let me know below what you're up to this week!
Until next time. . .

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Shop for a Cure

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Hey y'all!
October is a month that's one of my favorites for many reasons; the weather, the festivities, the food and more, but it's a special month to me for one reason in particular-it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
If you've been reading my blog long, you'll know that my sweet Mother-in-Law fought breast cancer and won, she is a survivor of this terrible disease, so I love being able to take to this platform of mine and share products at the beginning of the month that will donate to Breast Cancer Awareness causes and research.
Below I've added details about how much of your purchase price goes back to BCA and which causes it goes to, if I can find it.
Also, since so many of these products donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, I wanted to let you know what their mission is.
The mission of BCRF is to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world's most promising research. 91 cents of every donated dollar goes directly to this cause and BCRD is rated as one of the nation's most fiscally responsible charities.
Just wanted to let y'all know because I know donating is so important-but it's also important to know where your money is going!

These beautiful sandals are in such a trendy style and color just for breast cancer awareness!
Buy now & wear if you're still in a warm climate or save for Spring.
For every Lauren sandal purchased in the month of October, Jack Rogers will donate 10% of sales to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Perfect Christmas gift alert!
These bottles are perfect for keeping liquid cool or hot all day long, I can also imagine a pretty cute monogram decal being the perfect addition to it.
During the month of October, 20% of the purchase price for this color S'Well bottle will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Bobbi Brown is a stellar makeup company for more than just their great products, they also habitually create products to donate to awesome causes like BCA.
For every purchase of this product, Bobbie Brown will donate $11 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

This shopper tote is totally beautiful and perfect for carrying around for errands or even being a beach bag once beach season rolls back around.
For each tote bag sold, D&B will donate 20% of the price to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

I'm a huge fan of Alex & Ani bracelets because they are great for stacking.
This beautiful charm is a spiral sun which reminds us to go with the flow and accept where life takes us and to feel the sun's warmth, nourishing as it shines upon us, and receive its vital force.
Alex & Ani will donate 20% of the purchase price from each of these Spiral Sun bracelets sold with a minimum donation of $25,000 between January 2017 and December 2017 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Sigma makes great quality brushes and this special limited-edition pink kabuki brush is that same amazing quality, just in a fun pink shade.
Sigma will donate 20% of proceeds from each brush sold to Bright Pink, a non-profit organization empowering women to live proactively from a young age, saving lives from breast and ovarian cancer.

Estee Lauder is another brand that consistently supports Breast Cancer Awareness and Research.
This set contains an eyeshadow palette with 8 shades (all perfectly Fall appropriate), an eye pencil, mascara, an eyeshadow brush, and a cosmetics bag.
Estee Lauder will donate 100% of the suggested retail price (not just the profits) of the palette to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation from September 2017 through June 2018.

$10 from each purchase is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (Bonus, it's great for combination & dry skin, highly recommend!) It also comes with a Breast Cancer Awareness key chain!

If you're looking for glasses with a cool style, but also give back-these Oakley's are for you!
If you can't tell from the picture, the gradient in the lens is actually pink.
Oakley will contribute $20 to Young Survival Coalition, which is a non-profit dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Treat yourself (or a friend, once again Christmas present alert!) to smooth lips with this Kiehl's treatment, currently on sale at Nordstrom.
Kiehl's will deliver a "kiss for the cure" with 100% of net profits up to $25,000 benefitting Breast Cancer Research.

This product is perfect for the upcoming winter season, as it's great for moisturizing very dry skin.
La Mer will donate $10 of the purchase price of this limited edition Creme de la Mer Moisuriting cream with a maximum donation of $52,680.

Honorable Mentions (great products that didn't make the graphic!)
GAP will donate 15% of the purchase price of this darling sleep set to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation when purchased between September 25-October 31, 2017.

The perfect way for the guy in your life to support Breast Cancer Research, GAP will donate 15% of the purchase price to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation when purchased between September 25-October 31, 2017.

Elemis is proud to partner with Breast Cancer Care for the 25th anniversary of the pink ribbon. To celebrate, Elemis is donating $30,000 to help Breast Cancer Care continue it's excellent work supporting women living with and beyond breast cancer.

Purchase these beautiful ombre pink leggings for a great cause!
One dollar from the purchase of every item sold in the collection between September 21-October 31, 2017 will be donated to The Keep a Breast Foundation.

These adorable beaded bracelets in shades of pink with attached tassels give back for good, proceeds from your purchase will be donated to The Keep a Breast Foundation, whose mission is to empower young women around the world with breast health education and support.

Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott is offering an entire suite of Breast Cancer Awareness products (which I think is amazing). From October 1-October 31, 2017 Kendra Scott will donate 20% of the purchase price of each item up to $50,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In addition, Kendra Scott will also gift a piece of jewelry for each piece purchased along with a handwritten note to a woman battling breast cancer. (And while I know money for research is so important, I also think lifting up these women doing battle with this horrible disease is also important!)
Here are the items in the BCA suite:
Elisa Pendant Necklace in Light Pink Drusy
Ellie Gold Stud Earrings in Light Pink Drusy
Lee Silver Drop Earrings in Light Pink Drusy
Lee Gold Oval Drop Earrings in Light Pink Drusy
Thank you so, so much for checking out this post and the products within it, it truly is a cause near and dear to my heart and I appreciate everyone's support!

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Ten on Tuesday [No.27]

Hey y'all!
I hope your Tuesday is as cozy as my Monday was! The temp in Alabama was a cool and balmy 
sixty -something degrees and it felt amazing, all I wanted to do was curl up on the couch with my knitted blanket and a cup of tea.
Not this past Sunday, but the Sunday before we headed up to Alexandria, AL to meet up with one of my all-time favorite people, our photographer Amy Sullins of Amy-Cole Photography!
She took some photos for us and y'all, there is no one like her. If you're in Georgia or Alabama and looking for a photographer for weddings, family photography, maternity, engagement, etc. look her up!
I'm totally obsessed with the shots she got, it's going to be difficult picking one out for our Christmas cards!

Speaking of Christmas cards...I may or may not have already been looking at styles that I could potentially be using for this years.
We typically use Shutterfly because they have a good selection and the price is always right, especially with coupons!
These are just a few I've been looking at. . .
I love the rustic vibe and the beautiful calligraphy-type lettering so much, it will be such a hard decision to make!

If you haven't checked out my post from last Saturday, I posted all about my October goals (as well as a recap of my September goals).
I feel like the change of seasons is really when I hit my stride & want to be very productive, so we'll see how it works out for me this month!

This may seem like an odd thing to include on this week's Ten, but if you've been reading here long then you know I this is a sort of "favorites" round-up.
I change my sheets each Saturday (we have three sets that I change out) and this Saturday I put my very favorite set on the bed.
They're this striped set from Target & when you sleep on them, they literally make you feel like you're in the most luxurious of hotel beds.
The best part? They're actually really affordable for sheets too. 😉

I'm a member of Influenster (you can sign up here-basically you get free products to review, you don't even have to have a blog, just some form of social media!) and they allowed me to review the Wonderful Double Cleanser from Ole Henriksen and y'all, I have to admit I was a little unsure because of the price, but this cleanser is really good.
It's gentle, yet still takes all of your makeup off and it smells incredible!

I don't normally decorate for Halloween, just because the time period is so short and I would rather spend my money on Fall decorations...but I have found some super cute Halloween decorations, if you're decorating for the holiday!
These wreaths are the perfect simple Halloween addition to a door, just make sure they'll show up!
These are the simple type of Halloween decor that I love; Jack-O-Lantern luminaries, they're the perfect mix of cute, spooky, and rustic all in one.
If you're having any type of Halloween gathering this banner is the perfect piece to complete your mantle.

And here is where my love for decorating really shines through, in Fall decor!
I love the idea of lanterns on your porch, as they can be used for many different seasons and adding in flameless candles makes for a very cozy feel. These even have a timer so they'll come on and turn off automatically!
I love this doormat that is perfect for all of Fall!
These plates are definitely more Thanksgiving themed, however y'all know my love for displaying dessert plates-so these are definitely on my wish list!
Also, this isn't "themed" but in my search for Fall porch decor I discovered these door knockers and fell in love! We're in the process of having our doors and trim repainted & I think I may need to add these to our doors.

Since I'm not teaching this year, I'm taking on a more active role on the farm-which I'm really enjoying! Right now it's calving season and we're having lots of new babies, so I'm riding out each morning and checking to see which new babies need tags & their data to be recorded. This was one of last weeks little ones! 🐮

Y'all, I am so rough on my sunglasses.
I've had Costa sunglasses for the past few years and I have destroyed my last two pairs-sad face.
So I recently purchased these sunnies and I love how they look, but when I'm working on the farm they're a little too "pretty" so I'm back in the market for some new Costas.
I'm trying to decide between this pair or this pair...or both? Let me know which ones you like more!

I don't want to ramble or get political here, but I do want to ask that each of you show someone a small act of kindness in the next few days, show everyone around you kindness.
Pray for everyone involved in the Las Vegas tragedy and every other tragedy that has touched our nation and our world recently.

Until next time. . .

Saturday, September 30, 2017

October Goals

Hey y'all!
Tomorrow brings us the start of one of my favorite months...October!
It's my favorite for many reasons, but mostly because it's really the beginning of a cool-down in Alabama & it's just a really festive month.

Let's see how I did on September's Goals:
Exercise Three Days Per Week
Y'all, I'll be honest-I totally bombed at this goal. But, I have been consistently meeting my step goal without having to actively exercise, so that's something!

Celebrate Chris' 31st Birthday!
Definitely did this! We had a low-key night at home, but I cooked some of his favorite things, which was what he really wanted. And then his Mama cooked him another really good meal the following week...that's how we celebrate around here, with good food!

Celebrate Trystan & Dexter's Birthdays!
My sister and nephew both had birthdays this month, so we celebrated that too of course.
For Trystan's you've probably already read about how us three sisters went out for dinner and to see Mary Chapin Carpenter and then we sent Dexter's birthday present for him to open :)

Work on Christmas Shopping
I've only purchased the three gifts I mentioned in September's post, but I have researched and thought of some more. I've got a list started and I'm excited to pick things up as the next few months come!

Plan a Getaway for October
We don't have any firm plans yet, but Chris and I have talked about a few possibilities of things we might like to do if the timing works out and money of course!

Take Outfit Photos at Least Once
We definitely did this! My mom and I got together and shot this athleisure look as well as another you'll see in October.

October's Goals:
Hit 50,000 Steps Per Week
I've been doing this pretty consistently and would like to keep it up, and hopefully surpass it!

Take Another Round of Outfit Photos
My outfit posts are slowly and surely become some of my favorites on my blog, especially when I pair them with other information (the atheleisure outfit I posted above also talked about 5 Ways to be More Active this Fall).

Purchase New Fall Plants and Re-Do my Front Porch
This is sort of pending on whether or not our porch and front door gets painted early or late in the month, but I definitely want to get some Fall plants in my pots to replace the summer ones and when it cools down a bit, I would love to purchase some pumpkins and decorate our front porch!

Get the Downstairs Painted
This has been a goal in my mind alllll summer long, but now I have plans for that room, so I need to get the walls painted so we can put down some flooring.
It shouldn't be difficult, it's just something I've been putting off.

Hit 950 on Instagram
Y'all, I have been trying so incredibly hard to get over the 930 follower hump on my Instagram for Southern & Style, but I'm struggling so much!
The algorithm sucks, and I've heard other bloggers talking about potential "shadow-banning", but I don't know if that's what has happened to me. I just want people that would like my content to be able to see it!

I think that's plenty of goals for October...let me know below what you want to accomplish this month!

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ten on Tuesday [No.26]

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Hey y'all & happy Tuesday!
I hope this week has already been a great one-I can't wait to share you all ten of the things below, there are some good ones on this week's list, so let's get right to it!

Last Wednesday I got together with my other sisters in Birmingham to celebrate our oldest sister, Trystan's, birthday and we had such a great night.
We did a little shopping, had bundt cakes (y'all if there was a Nothing Bundt Cakes within a 30-45 minute drive from my house, I would be in so much trouble), enjoyed some coffee and then we headed to. . .
The Pizitz Food Hall!
It's a new food court style eatery in Birmingham, AL that is so, so good.
I had a pollo bowl from Chozo and it was so yummy, topped off with a "flower child" which you can read about in the menu shot below-it was tasty!
 After we ate dinner we walked around the corner to the Lyric Theatre and enjoyed a little Mary Chapin Carpenter.
It was so much fun, despite the fact that she seemed to forget the tune to her most popular songs 🙈

If you haven't seen this video of Brett Eldredge singing "You Are My Sunshine" to his pup, Edgar-stop what you're doing and go watch it right now, it will totally melt your heart! 🐶

I'm finally in the last season of Pretty Little Liars (y'all-it has gotten intensely crazy), so of course I had to throw a little PLL in here.
If you've already watched, check out 65 Things You Forgot Happened on the Show and how could I miss mentioning...there's a PLL spin-off happening!
Yup, The Perfectionists is coming in 2018 and Alison & Mona will be starring-I can't wait to check it out!

Have you seen the Treasure & Bond X Something Navy collab at Nordstrom?!
It's all I ever wanted for Fall.
My sisters can make fun of me all that they want, but these mules are fabulous for Fall.
I've been loving crisp, white tops just like this one-the bell-sleeve detail is a great trendy touch!

Did you get a chance to check out my two posts from last week?
I told y'all 5 Ways to be More Active This Fall (& I shared the cute athleisure look from above) 
and then I showed my Fall decor in the Fall Home Tour!

On Sunday morning we woke up and headed to meet our photographer, Amy, for a little family shoot for our Christmas cards.
She did our engagement photos (shown above), our wedding, my bridal portraits, my graduation photos (and added in a few bonus anniversary photos that day!), and now she's doing these for us.
I couldn't think of anyone I would rather have shooting photos of me, so if you're in Alabama or Georgia looking for a wedding or family photographer get in touch with her.
I can't wait to see our gallery from this shoot!

Just a few things that are on my wishlist. . .
+This highlighter 
+ This Mac duo (if you missed this in the Nordstrom sale, you can still get it at Macy's on sale!)
+ This blush-I'm about to run out of my current one and this shade looks beautiful for Fall!
+ This serving tray-perfect all Fall long!
+This belt-I know it would be stunning with dresses and jeans for Fall!

The weather in Alabama is supposed to be much more "Fall" appropriate starting on Friday, so here's a list of 20 Fun & Festive Things to do this Fall. . .
I will definitely be doing 12 and 14 and hopefully I can talk my sweet husband into number 3!

Someone tell my husband to read this article: Science Says Sleeping in a Cold Room is Better for You!
There are a couple of reasons listed in the article and they all sound good to me, does anyone else fall asleep better if the room is cold?

 Sunday evening, after a very busy morning and afternoon, we spent some time at the pasture tagging SIX new baby calves and feeding the heifers. I hung out with this pretty guy, Forrest, and watched the gates while Chris was on the tractor.
It's easy to take pretty pictures when your dog is that handsome & the backdrop is under those stunning oaks.

Well, it looks like we've made it through another Ten on Tuesday!
Let me know down below what you're loving so far this week :)

Until then. . .