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7.25.2014

Fashion Friday: New J.Crew Factory + Weekend Style + Tanteo Jalapeño Margarita

 Last night, I posted this to Instagram and had a huge response, many of you requesting the recipe.  And the timing couldn't have been better.  I had no idea it was National Tequila Day!  My dad made these with Tanteo Jalapeño and they're delicious!

Tanteo Jalapeño Margarita
Flavor: Spicy jalapeños with hints of sweet cooked agave, citrusy and ocean salty.

2oz Tanteo Jalapeno
1oz Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 Agave Nectar (simple syrup)

Shake well and pour over an ice-filled rocks glass with an optional salted rim.
Garnish with a lime wedge.

For those wondering, it's not too spicy at all.  The perfect little kick and very smooth!  Add fresh raspberries to make it a Tanteo Sweet Heat Margarita.

Cheers!

J.Crew Factory just revealed their newest arrivals today.  I love that they copy many of J.Crew's pieces, so in case you missed it at J.Crew, you have another chance to snag it the second go round.  And usually, it's less expensive than the original too.

The Puffer Vest is back, but won't last long!  I got the Camo one last year and wore it all the time.  Can't wait to get it back out again once the weather gets cooler.
Currently $75.50, Regularly $108


Honestly, you can't go wrong with any color vest.  I have a few colors.  They're just so easy to throw on over a long-sleeve tee or sweater and keep you extra warm for the cooler Fall months.
Solid colors are currently $68.50, regularly $98.  *Click on vests above to shop.*

A top similar to this one with the same print sold out quickly last year at J.Crew.  And now J.Crew Factory has it.  I'm guessing it won't last long, especially since it's on promotion right now for $20 off.

And y'all know how much I love my Scalloped Dresses from J.Crew.
Now J.Crew Factory has them in black and blue.
Love the classic style and cut of these dresses.

They'd go perfectly with these nude heels.  I have a feeling I'll be wearing them a lot, especially to church.  Such a great neutral heel that I've been looking for.  And they're on sale AND Kate Spade!  After the sale, they'll be back up to $328.  Go with your regular size on these.

Striped Racerback Cami (on sale) is another one of my favorites.  I love the style of this one and pair it with many of my colored chino shorts.

These little owl pajamas are really cute too!

Wheeler and Effie got sunglasses while they were in Disney World.  I've yet to get the boys any.  These little Babiators are so cute, I thought the boys could try them out, especially that they're on sale for only $12.90 right now.


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I hope y'all have a great weekend!  We're hanging out here and couldn't be happier.
Love nice, low-key weekends!

7.24.2014

Thirsty Thursday: Sea Island Iced Tea + Leopard + Flutter


Photos courtesy of Amanda
This week's Thirsty Thursday cocktail recipe was sent to me by Lanier's cousin.  She said it's basically a Long Island Iced Tea, but you replace the coke with cranberry juice.  I'm definitely trying this one out soon!  Thanks, Amanda!

Cheers!

P. S. If any of you have a cocktail that you'd like to have featured on a Thirsty Thursday post, email me: sweetsouthernprep at gmail.  I'm always up for trying new recipes, and would love to share them with all of my SSP readers!
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 Had to share this photo because it's hilarious.  Wheeler asked if she could take a picture of us with my phone.  When I let her, she captured this...Effie and her WOW face she learned at VBS.  Don't think she actually grasps the concept!
 And then naturally, Effie asked if she could take a photo too.  My swing top from Anthro is still on sale.
 Last night, I met a girlfriend out for drinks after the children were in bed.  Before I met up with her, I made a quick trip to Tory Burch to check out the pre-Fall pieces in more detail.  Last week, I obviously had my eyes more on Tory Burch herself than her pieces.  Could you blame me?  How sweet is this little coin case?  I'm really liking the neutrality in this fun print.  Last night I picked up these flip flops in the print.
 And I guess I'm really on a leopard kick right now.  So much better than the solid brown for Fall in my book.  The style and fit on these Calfhair Leopard Revas are very new.  They don't have elastic, and they run large.  If ordering, go down at least a size.
 See?  More leopard.  These Kate Spade Lottie Pumps are still available during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  After the sale ends, they'll be back up to $350.  I actually ordered this leopard Foldover Clutch to use this Fall/Winter as well.  I'm patiently waiting for its arrival, as it's backordered until the end of August.  Can't wait to pair my leopard pieces with lots of pink this Fall.  And around the holidays I think it'll be very festive when paired with red.
 I've been wanting a top in this fluttery silhouette for awhile now.  And J.Crew came through!  I wore this Silk Cascade Blouse last night and love it!  I was surprised they didn't feature it in their latest Style Guide Catalogue, because it's beautiful.  For sizing, I'm a 4/6 and actually have it in a 2, so it runs big.  There isn't a big gap under the armpits which I love.  Overall, a very pretty and comfortable fit.

I know I keep talking about Fall and probably need to stop!  I know it's the anniversary sale getting to my head.  With all of its Fall/Winter pieces they're featuring I have to keep in mind that living here, we don't even see cooler temps until October!  But that's a good thing!  I prefer hotter weather to colder any day of the week.  At least when it does get cold though, I'll be pulling all of these fun pieces from the sale out that I've had stored away!  So there are perks to the cold!

For now, I'll be thinking of tops like this blue one.  Perfect for exactly this time of year!

My Equipment Kyle Top is now on sale!  Marked down from $178 to $106.  Get it now before it sells out!  Currently available in all sizes.  For fit, I'm a 4/6 and have it in an XS.  Check out the rest of the Bloomingdale's Sale here.  It ends on Sunday, the 27th.

Hope y'all have a wonderful Thursday!  

7.23.2014

Wednesday Whereabouts: What We've Been Up To


As you know, Logan had pink eye from this past Thursday-Sunday.  Therefore, the children and I weren't able to go anywhere while we waited for Logan's eyes to heal.  Thankfully, they've healed and no one else got it.  Nap times on those days were especially nice!  One day, I even managed to paint my nails and read through the latest Garden & Gun that came in the mail.
 Watching their daddy grill in the rain!

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On Saturday, my sister (#3 of the 6 girls) was close to our house with some friends and her husband at a bar.  So I met her out.  Such a fun night!
 Some of my latest favorites arrived in the mail.  Although I'm not a big lipstick wearer, I really do love this color from Bobbi Brown (pictured above - Coral Gables).  And I'm a sucker for a good Emi-Jay Hair Tie...now on sale.
Off on a ride in Daddy's pick-up truck!  Some special one-on-one time.
 The girls stayed with myself and Vaughn while Logan and Lanier were gone.  They were very successful in teaching him how to dance.
Spying on Vaughn and Boozer.  Vaughn loves him so much!
 Moon & Lola Monogrammed Bangle - Currently $44.90 with free shipping during Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale.  Also available in black.
On Sunday night, we celebrated my youngest sister's 24th birthday.  So young!  The girls were very interested in the magazines my sister received for her birthday.  I gave this to her.
The girls have been highly enjoying VBS this week!  Wheeler told me she wished she could go every week!  What a compliment!


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Last night, my mother-in-law and the girls went out to dinner and then to see Mary Poppins.
The girls were extremely excited!!
My mother-in-law (Grammy) with the girls.
And one of their favorite parts after the show?  Checking out all the different instruments they used during the musical.
Hallelujah!  Logan's eyes are FINALLY better.
Okay, lastly, how cute are these Boys' PJs ($22.90) from the Nordstrom Sale??  I mean it's like they made them just for our family - they look exactly like little Boozer!  I got the boys both a pair of them.

Hope y'all are having a great week!

7.22.2014

Tuesday Trends: Up Close and Personal + Running Stats + Shopbop Sale


When the girls and I were about to leave Nordstrom on Sunday, I stopped by the Anniversary Sale curtains in the Women's Section.  If you're like me, I love to see the actual product up close, to know what it really looks like.  Sometimes it's hard to know exactly what a piece looks like, unless you see it for yourself.  And since many of you don't live near a Nordstrom, I thought I'd share some of my favorites up close.  I would've loved to try them all on for you, but the girls were finished shopping.  They were ready to head out to their Gigi and Grandaddy's for dinner that night, so I had to make it quick!  Click on any of the images below to shop.








Not on sale, but I love the little flamingos on this Alice + Olivia Blouse.

Here are my latest running stats from the past week...

For two days only, take an extra 25% off select sale items at Shopbop.
Some of my favorites...

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Don't forget to enter: 25EXTRA at check-out!

Hope y'all have a fabulous Tuesday!