Friday, June 24, 2016

New Home--Decor Inspo

Sofa: Ashley Furniture, Apothecary Jars: Pier 1, Lamp: Nordstrom, Rug: Target, Mirror: Wayfair, Candle: ILLUME, Coffee Table: Wayfair
Happy Friday loves! Hope you had a wonderful week and some fun weekend plans ahead. Today I am actually home from work because I want to get a lot of stuff done around the new house before we move all the big furniture in on Saturday. We had our couch set delivered yesterday (which is super similar to the one pictured above--the exact couch isn't online), we also had cleaners come in to do a deep clean of the house, and also had cable/internet set up! Needless to say, it's been a super busy week and the weekend will be no exception. I know I mentioned I might get the empty house tour up on the blog today but I think I'm going to have to push it to Monday because I haven't had time yet to take a bunch of pictures!

Obviously, with getting the house, I have been all about researching furniture, home decor, reading interior design blogs, etc., so I wanted to share some inspiration with you guys for our new place! I have always been really into the shabby chic look and I'm also really into neutral colors. I like keeping things pretty grey/white BUT I love a pop of blue! Maybe it's because I also love that coastal look but I think blue is just so gorgeous and calming in a home. It's also pretty gender neutral so it's a good color to use when you're decorating for you and your hubby/boyfriend/fiance.

We are keeping some of our furniture from our old place but a lot of it we're selling so we can buy something new/better quality. One thing I'm seriously struggling with is finding a dining room table that I like! If you guys have any suggestions I would love to hear. I can't wait to show you guys more of the house and I'm so excited to do more home decor/home update posts!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Boho Floral in Red

Tunic/Dress: Free People, Heels: Sam Edelman, Clutch: Free People (old, SUPER similar here)
Happy Hump Day darlings! Linking up with Mix & Match Fashion for today's post! Hope your week is going well so far. Mine has just been CHAOTIC but in a good way! We got the keys to our townhouse on Monday so it's finally 100% officially ours!! So all week we have just been packing up our apartment after we get home from work--we honestly didn't really want to get started until we knew it was happening for sure. Needless to say we have SO much to pack. We have been in this apartment for 3 years now which I think might be the longest we've ever lived in an apartment so a lot of stuff has accumulated! Thursday and Friday we're bringing the smaller stuff over gradually then on Saturday we are bringing all the big furniture. I really want to post some "empty home" pictures either this Friday or maybe even Monday depending how everything goes!

Anyway--this dress from Free People just gives me life. The color is so different from anything else that I own and I love the big floral boho pattern. They labeled this as a tunic so I'm pretty sure you're supposed to wear pants underneath (oops) but it's definitely just long enough to wear as a dress. I love that it's high-low and super flowy! I'm just in love.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Button-Down Maxi

Maxi Skirt: Pull & Bear via Asos (Sold out, similar here), Tee: Caslon, Necklace: Kendra Scott, Hat: J. Crew, Sandals: Dolce Vita (old, similar here)
Happy Monday loves! Hope you had a fabulous weekend with beautiful sunshine like we had here in DC. Linking up with Biana from B Loved Boston and Style Elixir for today's post! This weekend pretty much consisted of prepping for the big move this upcoming Saturday into our townhouse. Honestly, I got so overwhelmed as I was packing up my clothes because needless to say, there is a lot of it! I did donate several bags full which made me feel awesome. I love cleaning out my closet and moving is always the perfect time to do it! Sunday I spent the morning by the pool finishing up "Me Before You." Let's just say I had to head back to the apartment because I was unable to contain my emotion! Now I just need to see the movie.

This maxi skirt from Asos is seriously one of the most comfortable clothing items I own! It's so SO soft and since it has the awesome split down the middle, it's super breezy. I just feel so comfortable in maxi skirts and dresses for summer. This is a go-to outfit of mine!

--Also, I'm wearing the Smashbox lipstick I talked about in Friday's post in these photos if y'all were interested in the color. Seriously OBSESSED!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Weekly Favorites


Happy Friday loves! I feel like this week just dragged on and on so I'm glad it's FINALLY almost the weekend. This weekend is going to be pretty busy. We're finally going to start packing up now that everything is pretty much settled for the townhouse! I'm also trying to squeeze in a lunch date with one of my awesome bridesmaids/besties. We also need to stop into a few different furniture stores because I just can't commit to ordering a lot of the furniture online without seeing it in-person. For such a big purchase, I really need to see it! I think we also need to start registering for wedding gifts because I seriously can't think of a weekend where we have downtime to do it in July.

I've never done a post like this before but I love reading when other bloggers do it! I just wanted to share a few of my favorite links/articles/recipes/etc that I stumbled upon this week. Linking up with Amanda from Meet at the Barre for today's post!

Favorite New Website--I think I'm probably SO late on this discovery but while I was scoping out Pinterest, I came across an article posted on "The Every Girl." Now I'm totally in love with this website! I especially love the home decor/home tour posts!

Favorite Article--Since I was pretty much reading every single article on The Every Girl when I had downtime, I really enjoyed this one specifically on managing and maximizing your savings. I'll be totally honest that the past 2-3 years of my life I have not been focused on saving at all. Now that we have all these big expenses coming up, reality has struck! This article was definitely helpful and super realistic.

Favorite Blog/Outfit Post--This post is actually from last week but I am SERIOUSLY obsessed with this outfit from Ashley aka The Teacher Diva. It's just such a cute look and y'all know how much I love blush!

Favorite Beauty Item--I normally sort of gravitate towards mauve/brown lip colors so I wanted to try something a little different for summer. These Smashbox "Always On" Matte Liquid Lipsticks are seriously amazing and so comfortable to wear. I got it in the color "Babe Alert" which is a really fun pink! They describe it as a rose shade but I would say it has some really subtle coral undertones too. I just love it!

Favorite Home Decor Inspo--Since we're going to be moving into our townhouse so soon, I'm all about home decor and interior decorating blogs/articles/etc. I follow Lauren McBride on Bloglovin' and this post popped up on my feed! I LOVE the farmhouse vibes for home decorating inspiration and her tips are awesome.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and I'd love to hear some of your weekly favorites in the comments! Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My Favorite Summer Accessories

Sunnies, Panama Hat, Sandals, Bracelet, Beach Tote, Headwrap
Hope your weeks are going well so far! As usual, mine has been a little bit hectic. I haven't wanted to say anything until we were officially good to go, but we will be moving into our townhouse next weekend! We're starting to pack and also we're trying to sell a few furniture items before we move because there are a couple things we don't want to bring with us. It's always nice to sort of start from scratch when you move into a new place! I'm so excited to move in and I can't wait to start doing more home decor posts and updates. Also, now that I'm finally going to have more space, I'm really hoping to start filming some videos as well. That was one of my resolutions for this year but we're just so cramped for space right now so it's been really difficult!

I wanted to get one more outfit post up for you guys this week but the photos we shot this weekend just turned out really dark and I wasn't happy with the quality. Instead, I just want to share a few accessories I am LOVING this summer! I already talked about this J. Crew panama hat in Monday's post but y'all--you seriously need it in your life. I also have been loving my round Ray-Bans. I have had them for a while but I have been really getting back into wearing them this summer. Lastly, how ADORABLE is this bag from Target?! It's such a great dupe for so many other pom-pom/tassel beach bags out there and is probably a quarter or less of the price. Caitlin from Southern Curls and Pearls also did a super cute tutorial here on how to DIY a pom/pom beach tote and I thought it was such a great idea. Just wanted to share since these totes are on major trend right now!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Little Black Romper

Romper: Loft (on sale!), Wedges: Old (similar here), Hat: J. Crew
Happy Monday darlings! Hope you had a wonderful and safe weekend. Linking up with Biana from B Loved BostonStyle Elixir, and Mix & Match Fashion for today's post! To be honest, I'm still reeling from the tragedy in Orlando. My heart is just so broken for all of the innocent victims and their families. I am just praying for everyone involved and praying that one day these horrible acts of hatred will end. For those of you in Florida, I hope your community finds peace and strength following this awful tragedy!

On a happier note, we spent Saturday in our first floral consultation for the wedding. It went so well and I'm feeling such a sense of relief! The florist was so incredibly helpful and knowledgeable! I just can't wait to see how everything we talked about turns out. Sunday, I spent the morning at the pool and finally started reading "Me Before You." I'm already half-way through and just love it so far!

This romper from Loft is such a summer staple and it's currently on sale! It's awesome quality and I love the length of the bottoms. Also--this hat from J. Crew is seriously one of my favorite recent purchases! It's the PERFECT panama hat if you're looking for one. It goes with almost every outfit!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Engagement Photos--What to Wear!

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[What I'm Wearing: Dress: Topshop (old, similar here), Booties (old, similar here), What Steven's Wearing: Top: J. Crew]
Okay y'all, I promise this is the last post where I'm just gushing over our engagement photos! But as promised, I wanted to talk a little bit about how we picked what to wear. As you know, I'm just a little obsessed with talking about fashion and before going into our photo session, I read a bunch of other blogs and articles about what we should wear! Here are some tips I read and also learned myself along the way:

1.) Be the "Best Version of Yourself": If you're not the type of person that wears dresses often or wears prints/patterns, then don't do it for your pictures! Wear a nice top and a nice pair of jeans. Whatever you feel most comfortable in! The pictures should be a reflection of your style (and your fiance's) and you want to feel like you look your absolute best. You're not going to feel that way if you're wearing something totally out of your comfort zone.
2.) Pair solids & patterns: As you can see, in each set of outfits Steven and I combined solids with patterns. Combining too many patterns can be really distracting and wearing only solids doesn't give a lot of dimension.
3.) Wear colors that compliment but don't match: Initially I was thinking about having Steven wear navy to match my off-the-shoulder top but when I pictured it, we would sort of just blend together into one blob of navy in the photos and I definitely didn't want that! I wanted him to wear white so it really added some contrast without being too mismatched.
4.) Think about your background: I knew we were going to be photographed amongst a lot of greenery and yellows and browns so I wanted to pick outfits that really stood out against the background. Just be cognizant of your surroundings and don't pick colors that are going to blend in.
5.) Bring multiple outfits: This might be a little high maintenance to some, but I knew I wanted some photos where we were basically wearing our "Sunday Best" and some where we just looked like ourselves on an everyday basis. That honestly sort of describes our style together because we like to get dressed up when we go out on dates but when we're just spending time running errands together or with family we keep things casual! Also, it's just nice to have some versatility in your photos!
6.) Wear comfortable shoes: I feel like this is a pretty "um...duh" tip but we were doing a lot of walking around to different areas of the park and also you can see we had to trek through the woods to get some shots. Make sure you're wearing shoes you know are comfortable and functional especially if you're shooting outside in nature!
7.) Last but not least is only for the ladies--wear make-up that is going to stand out in photos but also makes you feel your prettiest. Don't go overboard if you're the type of person that just likes natural looking make-up. And if you love getting done up with false lashes and smokey eyes and that's how you feel the most confident, then do that! Make sure you don't wear foundation with an SPF (to avoid flashback in photos) and if you're changing outfits, make sure your eye and lip colors go well with both looks.

That's all I have--I hope you enjoyed reading these tips and found some of them useful!
Have a wonderful weekend loves!
[What I'm Wearing: Top: Eight Sixty (linked here but sold out), Denim: Joe's Jeans, Sandals: Rebecca Minkoff, What Steven's Wearing: Henley: J. Crew

Thank you again to Kirsten Smith Photography for the amazing experience and gorgeous photos!