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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Pink Magnolia Boutique - Early Fall finds

Happy Tuesday ladies!!  
Can you believe it's the last day of July?  Holy heck, how the Summer is flying by. 

 Luckily for us, we still have 4 weeks til the kids go back to school.  I actually really love having them home with me!  I'm sure I can only say that because they are older and more self-sufficient.  I sure remember how hard it was when they were younger and needed entertained all Summer long.

A couple weeks ago, I introduced you all to one of my favorite local boutiques, The Pink Magnolia Boutique (read about my last visit here).   I stopped in last week to see their new arrivals (remember they get new arrivals all the time).  So I thought I'd share my finds with you!

Use code NEW20 for 20% off your order!!

Off The Shoulder Top (wearing a S) // Jeans (TTS) // Flip Flops ($8) // Circle Straw Bag

This yellow color is so big for Fall!!  Add an off-the-shoulder fit and bell sleeves and you've got one heck of a top!!!  And I love the subtle polka dot details.

Friday, July 27, 2018

My Favorite Workout Routine

Nike tank, multiple colors here and here // leggings // Sneakers

One thing I've gotten asked  quite a bit over the Summer is about my workout routine.  
Let me start by saying, I'm not a personal trainer but this is what I've been doing (and loving!)

Friday, July 20, 2018

Our Favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Looks

Hi friends!!
Today is the day!!
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale finally opens to the public.  Now everyone can shop all the fabulous deals.  
In case you missed it, last week we shared all the sale details in this blog post as well as all our favorite first picks.

Today we thought it would be fun to share some of those same items styled for Fall.  

We always stock up on Fall shoes during this sale!  

Sunglasses (Grey tortoise or black) // Open Toe Mule  - TTS (4 colors, under $50!) // Lightweight Sweater (6 colors!) - not part of the Nordstrom sale but one of my favorite purchases lately!!

Thermal tops are one of our favorite styles for Fall!  So easy to throw on and go!  Layer a jacket or vest over it and you've got a cute look!  I just bought Embroidered Trim Thermal!  It's available in 4 colors.  

Floral Top // Perforated Crossbody Bag (also in dark brown) - love the perforated details

Cinched Hem Hoodie - wearing xs - so soft.  A mix between a sweatshirt and a sweater.  

Camo Pants (3 colors)  - constantly looking for a restock.  You all LOVED these like I do!!  // Sunglasses // Lightweight Sweater - multiple colors (a top favorite purchase lately - not part of Nordstrom sale though)

So cute! Everyone needs a dress that can be worn multiple ways!!

Leather Crossbody - available in 3 colors! // Sunglasses // Embroidered Dress and here - wearing xs.  Not part of Nordstrom sale, but LOVE this dress // Open Toe Bootie - 3 color ways - I'm wearing French Taupe - LOVE these

Floral Cami // Sunglasses // Cardigan (many colors) - wearing xs  A great everyday cardi!

Studded Mule - 5 color ways, under $50! // Small Leather Tote 

LeggingsCrop Version - the best leggings!! Great price right now.  // Cardigan // Leopard Mule 
Tie Pocket Tank (not part of Nordstrom sale.  A great layering piece.)

Flutter SLeeve Top - on sale!! But not at Nordstrom

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Summer Vacation Style with Evereve

Summers should be full of adventure!!

Every year my husband and I love to create family vacations that provide an escape from the everyday routine, show the kids an area of the country they haven't seen before, and create fun, lasting memories.
This year it was Big Sky, Montana and Jackson Hole, Wyoming!

This area was new to all of us!!

I'm so excited to be teaming up with Evereve to share our #chaseyoursun adventure and how dressing for our Summer vacay was a breeze!

The perfect travel look!!

Joggers (wearing xs)
I sized down to an xs as joggers tend to stretch out a little as you wear them.  I highly recommend these.  Cute stripes, a cozy (not bulky) fleece material, and pockets!!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 - Early Access

We cover a lot of sales. 

 But there is no sale as big as the yearly Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  It gets so much coverage and so much talk about it because it's just so good.  

Here are our initial picks from Day 1 of the sale:

Fit: TTS.  I'm wearing an XS and it's still loose and oversized.  It has slight balloon sleeves.  I know I will wear this all Fall and Winter.  Such a great staple.  3 color options.
Sale $31.90 // Original $49.00

Fit: I went down 1 size to a 25, but I don't like my boyfriend fit too loose.  If you do, stay with your true size.  Love the shorter, rolled hem.
Sale $149.90 // Original $225.00

ItemLoafer Mule
Fit: TTS.  But if between sizes, go up.  Love the dark brown leather for Fall.  Also comes in black leather or blush suede.
Sale $98.90 // Original $148.00

Textured Top // Tie Front Skort

ItemTextured Top
Fit: TTS, I'm wearing a small.  Will be a great basic to wear with skirts, jeans, leggings!  Comes in 6 color options.
Sale $25.90 // Original $39.00

ItemTie Front Skort
Fit: TTS, I'm wearing a small.  Zips on side.  Navy with blush pink checkerboard pattern.  Has a matching blazer, here
Sale $43.90 // Original $65.00

Fit: TTS, wearing an XS.  Love the deep V front.  Will be great as a layering piece or on it's own.  
Sale $45.90 // Original $69.00

Fit: TTS, wearing a small.  Missed out on this jacket last year, so snatched it right away this year!!  Also comes in ruby.
Sale $125.90 // Original $188.00

Fit: wearing a small.  Smocked at the top.  Buttons down the back.  Love the color combo.
Sale $42.90 // Original $65.00

Fit: wearing an XS.  Love the longer length.  Has pockets.  Comes in 6 colors.
Sale $31.90 // Original $49.00

ItemLoafer Mule
Fit: TTS.  But if between sizes, go up.  Love the dark brown leather for Fall.  Also comes in black leather or blush suede.
Sale $98.90 // Original $148.00

Fit: I'm wearing an XS in the picture, but actually bought the small.  Has tiny snaps up the front and ties in the front.  Blush pink with olive green florals.
Sale $45.90 // Original $69.00

ItemSkinny Jeans
Fit: I went up 1 size for a more comfortable fit.  Love the distressed hem and 1 distressed knee.  A great dark wash for Fall and Winter.
Sale $149.90 // Original $225.00

Fit: TTS, super comfy.  Love the heel height.  The crossover straps are actually elastic making them comfy against your ankles. 
Sale $149.90 // Original $225.00

ItemRibbed Top
Fit: wearing a small.  So incredibly soft!!  Buttons all the way up the front.  Also comes in oatmeal (which I ordered too!)
Sale $25.90 // Original $39.00

ItemSkinny Jeans
Fit: I went up 1 size for a more comfortable fit.  Love the distressed hem and 1 distressed knee.  A great dark wash for Fall and Winter.
Sale $149.90 // Original $225.00

Fit: TTS, so comfy for a heel.  Has a rugged sole.  Comes in 4 colors.
Sale $89.90 // Original $138.95

Fit: Very oversized.  I'm wearing a US 2 and am usually a US 4 in this brand.  Love the dusty rose color for Fall.  Comes in 4 colors.
Sale $49.90 // Original $75.00

Great mid-size bag.  Love how it has handles and a cross body strap.  Also comes in dark brown.  Didn't buy in store, but ordered online when I got home.  Couldn't stop thinking about it!
Sale $109.90 // Original $168.00

Love the petite size of this bag.  Bought this bag in store.  Love the gold chain on the handles.  Also has a cross body strap.  Also in black and light oak.
Sale $322.90 // Original $498.00

Small Cross Body Tote

Fit: TTS.  This is the mule you need for Fall.  Will go with everything!
Sale $64.90 // Original $99.95


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

3 Summer Looks with Pink Magnolia Boutique

Hey ladies!!  

It's July 4th week, so many of us have a short work week or maybe even have the entire week off!!!

  We are staying home this July 4th because my husband is getting ready to leave on a big golf trip.  We'll still grill out and maybe watch some fireworks though.  There are huge fireworks in Cary at the amphitheater but the crowds and traffic are unreal!  We went the very first year we lived here and haven't been back since.  Big crowds are not for us!!  We need to find a spot to watch the fireworks but be away from the venue.  Let me know if you live here and know of a place!!

I'm here today sharing 3 very different looks with you all!!  All 3 are perfect for your Summer plans.

  Last week I stopped into the Pink Magnolia Boutique and was blown away by the adorable new arrivals!!      

Jumpsuit (wearing a M) // Straw Bag //  similar here // Sunglasses // Gold Flip Flops

Monday, July 2, 2018

June Recap

We are starting a new monthly series around here.  At the end of each month, we are going to recap all the things...any travel, top sellers, favorite purchases, etc.



Lake Oconee, GA - I had never heard of this lake before our trip, but now I'm a huge fan!  It was gorgeous and just the getaway we needed to kick off our Summer break.  My husband has a work conference every June and this year it was at the Ritz Carlton.  We always turn these into a family vacation.  His brother is in the same profession and attends the conference too with his wife.  We relaxed by the pool, rode jet-skis, tried paddle boarding for the first time...Betsy 



We are in the process of building a 4th garage, detached from the house.  It's been a mess out there, especially when it rains.  NC red clay and a pup with white paws don't go too well together!!!  But the project should hopefully be finished in July and then we can finish the landscaping...Betsy  

Also, the peonies were gorgeous here the end of June and I had bouquets of them spread around the house.  Just seeing them made me so happy!!  I wish peony season lasted longer...Betsy

This year we created a garden.  Instead of doing it in the yard, we used a large metal horse trough on our deck.  We planted green beans, cilantro and carrots.  It's not a huge vegetable garden, but the kids are enjoying watching things grow, picking, cooking and eating the vegetables...Katey  


Blueberry Crisp - Blueberry pie/crisp/cobbler is the hubs favorite, so I try to make these on the regular.  This recipe is so good.  With peach season going strong here in NC now, I'm used this recipe last night for a peach crisp.  It's so good with vanilla ice cream on top.

Guacamole - during the Summer, we find ourselves making quacamole quite often.  Here is my absolute favorite recipe: 2 avacodos (mashed), a few scoops of salsa (we like using a medium heat), feta cheese, cilantro, a few shakes of garlic salt, salt & pepper.  Super easy and quick!  The feta cheese makes all the difference!!  


We have a fox that keeps appearing in our yard.  For a while it was just walking through our yard from the golf course to the woods.  Now lately, it is hanging out in our yard.  The kids ( and myself!) are a little uneasy about going outside as we never know when it will come.  I'm trying to figure out how to get it to leave.  Let me know if you have any tips!!  Katey

June was a big month in our house for my daughter.  She turned 15 the end of May, but didn't finish drivers Ed. until the first week in June.  So she got her driving permit this month and has been driving us all around town!!  She's actually not too bad.  She also started her first real job this month, lifeguarding at our neighborhood pool.  She loves it and loves the extra money she's making!!!  Betsy

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