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Saturday, March 11, 2017

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Hey y'all!

I hope this Saturday post finds you well & I hope you're enjoying my Saturday posting schedule that I've had going on here lately.

I know that only posting one day a week isn't ideal, but I also hope you understand that this is an incredibly busy & tiring season in my life and I'm doing the best I can with what I have...and of course I want to love blogging & not have it become burdensome!

But today isn't about that, today is about sharing the behind-the-scenes of some of my instagrams & any products that I might've used with y'all.

I hope you enjoy this post-let's just jump in!

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My china cabinet/hutch in our dining area is one of my favorite parts of our house.
Chris purchased it for me as a surprise and it sat in our basement for a long while because it needed some TLC; then one of our good friends redid it in white while leaving the wood that backed it original and now I love it and it's probably my favorite piece of furniture that I own.

These china pieces that you see were wedding gifts to me from my Gran (my mom's mother) and they are the most precious heirlooms that I have.
I love displaying them and telling people the story of how they came to be-they mean so much more to me than china I could've registered for at any store!

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This shot reminds me of why I love being a part of the farming & agricultural industry...because we get to own land that looks like this, with these incredibly old oak trees and beautiful sunsets.

I cannot wait to put roots down on this piece of property one day...just thinking about sitting on my future porch with that view thrills me!

I take about a million photos of our lab, Forrest, every week because he's such a photogenic dog & seems to enjoy having his picture made.

I took this one of him on Christmas morning because we had an unseasonably warm day & he got new tennis balls for Christmas, so we took him to play in my parents pond.

He was soaking wet, exhausted, and so happy when I took this shot & it's one of my favorite memories. 

This is another shot of my hutch, but from a different angel so you can see even more of my favorite details!

I wanted my design for the new year to have a true farmhouse feel to it, light and airy with pops of the 2017 Pantone color of the year...greenery.

I added links for some of my favorite products like the Farmhouse Rules sign that was purchased on our way home from a beach vacation. It's by the brand Primitives by Kathy and she has the cutest tea towels (which I love), wall-hanging signs, pillows, home decor pieces, and more. 

The Unity Cross is the type of Unity ceremony that we did at our wedding & I love that it's so easy to display, such a sweet memory.

And the plant even has a sweet memory-my mentor who helped me become the teacher that I am today gifted me this plant on the day of my graduation. It's the only thing I've ever been able to keep alive for more than a few months (we've almost made it a year!) so that must mean it's extra special!

Then of course my Gran's china, which I've already covered πŸ˜‰

This palette was a gift from my biggest big sister for Christmas this past year & guys, it's literally the palette I use almost every day to get ready.

It's the Lorac Pink Champagne Palette & it's got great pigmentation and the highlight is seriously so buttery and beautiful.

It's an Amazon exclusive & limited-addition item though, so keep that in mind if you're thinking about purchasing!

Other than my hutch, my entry way is my other favorite vignette to decorate for each season.

After Christmas, I really wanted to go simple and not to over-the-top for each season (at least until Easter...I do love decorating for Easter!)

So I kept the same white & gold plaid table runner out, used a couple of antlers and dried hydrangea for a natural touch, and of course my copper mercury glass vases that work well any time of the year.

The chicken platter is a hand-painted piece from Portugal that one of my mother-in-law's dear friends (who is from Portugal) gifted us for our wedding. I just love those special touches.

Then in my crude, sad hand-writing I did a little chalk-art for the season of love (& a good year-round reminder). 

I have really loved having fresh flowers and working on my arranging skills lately; especially since we seem to have stumbled upon an early Spring here in Alabama (hopefully!)

These daffodils mixed with greenery came straight from my backyard & were a beautiful addition to my deck while I read a little Southern Living on a pretty afternoon.

This picture represents one of my favorite things to do with my husband (& also has a pretty nice story behind it as well).

So for Christmas my husband wrote me a letter gifting me a couple of different things; one of those things were three free dates for us to go wherever I wanted to go & do whatever I wanted to do.

Well, I've waited patiently & I finally cashed my first one in mid-February.
We headed to Auburn and stopped by J&M Bookstore and purchased the cutest & comfiest sweatshirt, walked around Samford park (where this gorgeous shot was taken), had dinner at Acre (which is the best restaurant in the history of forever), and finished with desert at Krispy Kreme.

Does it get any better than that?

Last weekend Chris & I attended the Alabama Young Farmer's Conference in Montgomery, which we've attended for the past three years together.

This year instead of sitting through seminars and listening to speakers, they decided to take all the Young Farmers on farm tours around the Montgomery area.

Chris & I got to go to Pursell Farms and then Pinthlocco Plantation which is a private wild quail preserve...and y'all, this place looked like something straight out of Southern Living magazine-it was stunning. 

Although I wouldn't toot my own horn & say I'm a fantastic photographer-I do enjoy playing with my camera & my phone and taking fun pictures along the way.

Just the other day I was in my horse pasture waiting on my three to come up for their afternoon feed & I spotted this gnarled piece of wood and vine on the fence line.
While some farmers might call it a nuisance, I called it a photo opportunity for my favorite subject; my wedding set.

So yes, I was standing in the middle of the pasture holding feed buckets while I got this shot..but it doesn't make it any less pretty πŸ˜‰

Love Bears All Things by Beth Wiseman  is a book that I just recently finished reading, and y'all if you have any interest in the Amish way of life (which I'll be honest, I think it's my love of history and sociology that have me so interested in them!) then this series is perfect for you.

She somehow blends the English & Amish worlds into one and makes it so easy to understand. I highly recommend her books for an easy, quick read.

And last but not least guys...I cooked something & it looked pretty, so you know I had to document it.

The Fiestaware that this meal is on was also a wedding gift (I did mismatched Fiesta dinnerware and I love having all the different colors!)

The meal consists of parmesan garlic toast, bbq marinated pork chops, Mexican street corn (that was grilled on the cob, but I cut it off before I ate it), and my newest favorite recipe find-garlic butter smashed sweet potatoes with parmesan.

I stumbled on that last recipe on Pinterest & we had two sweet potatoes I needed to use up, so I tested it out & it was SO good, y'all.

Go try it immediately.

Well...I hope y'all had a good time looking through my latest Insta posts-if you're not following along already, please go give me a follow @SouthernAndStyle

I would love to have you join me over there-I post daily and it's just like this post, a little bit of everything!

Until next time. . .



  1. Great post! I love seeing 'behind the scenes' on Instagram – I find that sharing those stories (and sometimes the 'bad' photos it took to get the good one) are really fun ways to connect with my community :)

    1. Oh my goodness, I should do an entire post of the bad shots it takes to get the good shots!

      xoxo, SS

  2. I really enjoyed veiwing a glimpse of your life. I have never been to the South, but I want to visit in the near future. It looks really pretty. I've never had a mint julep so perhaps I'll visit in the summer :)

    1. You've just got to come visit the South, I love it here-but be careful in the summer! It's so, so warm!

      xoxo, SS

  3. Beautiful pictures. I'm following you now in Instagram and I love the look of the Lorac palette. x

    1. Thanks for the follow! The Lorac palette is seriously so good, I love how neutral and easy it is!

      xoxo, SS

  4. LOVE the sunset pic. Your dog is too cute:)

    1. Thank you! And we love him too, he's so spoiled!

      xoxo, SS

  5. So fun! I love seeing behind the scenes! your dog is a cutie!

    1. Thank you so much, behind the scenes posts are my fave!

      xoxo, SS

  6. Hey girl! I was going to reply back to your email and noticed you are a no reply blogger!! I don't know how long your account has been set that way and I don't know if you've received any of my email responses, but you may want to check it out. It happened to one of my friends and she was able to fix it!

    1. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention-I had no idea that I was no reply, but I think I have it up and running & fixed now. Seriously, I'm so thankful that you made me realize this!

      xoxo, SS

  7. Gorgeous photos! I love the one with your dog! And that sunset is magical!

    1. Thank you! The sunset picture is one of my faves, definitely one I need to get printed out!

      xoxo, SS


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