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August 1, 2014

Fashion Friday: Fall's Newest Arrivals from Lilly Pulitzer and J.Crew + Final Top Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Last night after a day at the lake, Lanier and I headed to dinner in the downpour.  The humidity caused my hair to expand five inches!  Wearing this top (now on sale).
It's Friday!  Cannot believe it's already August!  Super rainy here.  While we didn't have the best conditions yesterday at the lake, cloudy with a few light drops of rain, we still managed to have a great time and still swam a lot.  I'm just so thankful we didn't wake up to the weather we're having this morning.  This rain wouldn't have cut it.

Today we're off to visit my grandfather Ray-Ray to celebrate his birthday.  He lives about an hour and a half away from here.  We even drive by the Gaffney Outlets on the way there, but unfortunately I don't think we'll be stopping.  It's not so easy to shop with little ones, especially when it's not all enclosed like the mall.  Walking outside of each store to go to the next one freaks me out.  If the store door opens, any one of them could squeeze right out and the parking lot is right there.  Needless to say, while I love that outlet, I only get to visit it maybe once a year.  And let's not forget to mention, just trying to shop with little ones in general is usually chaos!  Especially with four of them!

I feel like this past month there have been some pretty stellar sales I've told you about...most recently the Anniversary Sale.  While it's still warm here, Fall in fashion is already out and in stores.  Sales are happening now to get rid of the summer inventory and make room for Fall.  It's hard to think about cooler weather right now, but some of these newer pieces meant for Fall/Winter can be incorporated into the late Summer/early Fall months, and even year-round.  For instance, Lilly Pulitzer just released their Fall Collection, and I am in love!  I was so thrilled to see the Deanna Romper back and in a fabulous new print!  You know I'll be adding it to my closet.  I've included all of my favorites below...

J.Crew's newest arrivals are perfect for Fall!  Last year, I went a little crazy with sweatshirts from J.Crew.  I think I ended up with maybe four of them?  You'll probably remember them when I say which ones they were, the horses one, the CHEERS one, and both camo ones.  I still wear them now, even in summer.  Such a cozy top, even just hanging out around the house.  This year, J.Crew has the 'SAY YES' Sweatshirt which I really like, so I'm glad they're sticking with the comfy sweatshirts theme.  I also think this dress and these shorts are really cute too.  Here are some other pieces I love from the latest collection...
Star Cluster Necklace // Silk Cascade Blouse // Gingham Utility Shirt // Ivory Petal Tank // Mixed Media Sweater // Merino Swing Sweater (You know my love for these sweaters! Definitely adding at least one more to my collection this Fall.) // Calf Hair Wedges // Star Cluster Bangle // Patchwork Stripe Scarf // Mini Camera // Instax Film

Alright y'all, Sunday is the last day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  Get what you've had your eye on before prices go back up.  Many pieces are no longer available, like the Voluspa candles, the Jo Malone fragrance set, the Diptique candle set, the Tory Burch Revas, and the Kate Spade Pink Lottie Pumps, but there are still some really great deals to take advantage of.  One thing's for sure, I'm getting everything now because the last thing I want to do is think about how I turned down a pair of these shoes or this top and then after I finally decided to snag one, the price is back up.  I'll seriously be kicking myself that I didn't get some pieces while they were on sale.  This one is still on my list.

I know I went a little crazy with what I purchased during the Nordstrom Sale this year, but I've always taken advantage of the great prices.  And every year, I'm always so pleased that I saved so much, rather than paying full price on some of my 'still-in-rotation' pieces.  Here's an example:  I purchased the gold Michael Kors Layton Watch that I wear almost everyday during the Anniversary Sale over two years ago and probably saved over $100 on it.  And with my latest loot from this year's Anniversary Sale, I feel like my closet has some fun new pieces and new classic pieces, and the children have some Fall/Winter-ready clothes and clothes for back-to-school.  I even have some great hostess gifts for the holidays, with these little sets.

I've included a little recap for you, of some of my favorite pieces that I picked up during this year's sale.  That's not to say that I may place one more order over the weekend before it's over...

And I couldn't forget to include my favorite Anniversary Sale item, my new Michael Kors Bradshaw Watch.
And these Monogram Bangles ($44.90) and Necklace ($57.90).

I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!  My fingers are crossed that this weather moves on out of here.  We've got plans to swim all weekend, and I'd hate to think we'd have to miss it because of the dreary weather.

TGIF, Y'all!

July 31, 2014

Thirsty Thursday: Rum Punch + Hayden Reis Promo

Happy Thursday!  I know it's kind of random because it's a weekday, but Lanier and I are actually headed out to the lake today with friends.  We rarely get a day to enjoy ourselves, so when we were invited, we managed to work it out so that we could go.  We're planning on trying out this cocktail while we're there.  I found the basic recipe here, but I tweaked it a little based on what we have in our kitchen.  Enjoy!

Pineapple, Grapefruit, Coconut Rum Punch
Yield: 6 Servings

1/2 Cup Grapefruit Juice
1 1/2 Cups Coconut Rum
2 Cups Pineapple Juice
Ice, as needed
4 Cups Club Soda
Pineapple Wedges for garnishing (optional)

Add all ingredients to pitcher, except club soda and garnish.
Stir to combine.
Pour into glasses.
Finish with club soda and garnish with pineapple wedges.


Yesterday, we headed to my parents' pool.  We haven't been all summer so it was nice to finally get over there, and the weather was beautiful!

 All of us with my youngest sister.
I'm so thankful that my girls know how to swim, but man, their jump positions are hilarious.
 Summer Sangria (once I get the recipe, I'll share it on a Thirsty Thursday)
 Sweet, cuddly little Vaughn.
How precious is it that they cross their legs the same way?

Lots of stripes on our day at the lake today!

Sunnies // Halter Bikini Top // Striped Bikini Bottom (Mine is actually similar to the one pictured. Mine is the Striped Ruched Hipkini ($22.50)) // Sunscreen Pouch // Striped Tunic (It runs big, so be sure and go down a size. Right now, it's $29.99 with code: TREAT) // Beach Tote // Hair Ties // Flip Flops

Alright, y'all know how much I love my pool tote from Hayden Reis that I got last summer.  Well, Lauren over at Hayden-Reis was kind enough to offer all of my readers a discount until this Sunday at midnight!  Use code: AUGUST14 to take 15% off your entire purchase of $100+.  If you'd like to see more detailed pics of my tote, check out this post here.  And remember, you can get your tote monogrammed.  The large block letters on it are awesome, and they give you a selection of three different thread colors to choose from, based on what color bag you choose.

Hope y'all have a great day!

July 30, 2014

Wednesday Whereabouts: Lazy 5 Ranch + Tieks + OOTN

Flip Flops // Shorts (available on sale here and here)
I apologize ahead of time for the picture overload, but we visited the Lazy 5 Ranch on Monday, and I couldn't get over all the furry friends that came out to visit us!  I think I honestly enjoy it as much as the children do.  We try and go at least once a year.  It's about forty-minutes away from here, but totally worth it!
All ready to go!
When you drive yourself (you can also ride on a hay ride), it's always so up close and personal!
 Llama Llama
This was taken right before the emu pecked Effie's bowl so hard she dropped it.
Thankfully, they gave us extras!
This guy surprised me when I was looking out the passenger window.  I turned around and there he was, tongue and all!
Wheeler loved explaining to the sheep that she slept with one of their friends every night, named BaaBaa.  The sheep and goats sure were baaahing all over the place.  We couldn't help but laugh!  They were so loud!  Here's a pic of Wheeler with her sweet BaaBaa...
Wheeler loved explaining to us that the camels came all the way from the desert to get here.
Logan rode in the third row while we drove through the ranch, just like he did last night.  I tried to see if he'd be okay this time, but when the first animal stuck his head in our window he freaked out!  And that made Vaughn freak out I moved him back, and he felt completely safe back there.  Once we finished the trail, he enjoyed walking around and visiting the other a distance.
The donkeys were Effie's favorite.  Every time I'd turn around, she'd be back over at the fence visiting with them.  When we left, she had already given them all names.
Instead of pigeons begging for food, we had peacocks!  There were at least four of them circling our table, waiting for us to drop something.
It saddens me that I won't get to see this girl as long during the day once school starts.  She'll be in school allll day.  Still not trying to think about it too much yet!  For now, we're trying to make as many memories as we can this summer!

On Sunday night, we visited my in-laws (Grammy and Poppy to the children).  This is what the boys would do every second of the day if they could.  They love when Poppy reads them books, and constantly bring him book after book after book.  And Logan loves sitting in his little chair at their house too.
Don't you love Vaughn's little Jon-Jon?  It used to be Lanier's when he was little.  He was wearing Logan's Crocs.  Just a little big, but he was dead set on wearing them.

Yesterday, Tieks sent me these awesome Electric Snakeskin Ballet Flats.  I've never tried Tieks before, but they're actually quite comfy.  I'm not saying I'm going to replace all of my Tory Burch Revas with Tieks, but this color is really fun!  It's definitely not a print Tory Burch carries, that's for sure.  They also have these bright pink ones and mint ones that I like too.  While I've only worn them one day so far, they didn't give me blisters and they fit very well.  For fit, I'm usually an 8.5 and got these in an 8.

Gap Peplum Tank (It has a subtle swing at the bottom, and is a great length, not too short. Currently $19 with code: BTSAVE. Also available in black.) // J.Crew Chino Shorts in Melted Caramel (Currently $21 with code: TREAT) // Tieks in Electric Snake // Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace in Neon Pink // Stella & Dot Jacinthe Bracelet // Gorjana & Griffin Tori Ring Set // Essie in Gucci Muchi

**Click on items in photo to shop.**
I decided to get the NARS Cheek Palette during the Anniversary Sale ($49, a $73 value).  I already use some of these colors anyway, so I figured with it being such a good deal that I could save it until the ones I'm using now run out.  It'll be nice to have them all in one compact.

Love these Caviar Beaded Strands too!

Hayden Reis Tote // Turkish Towel // Sunnies (select mirror lens option) // Sunscreen Pouch
Happy Wednesday!  We're off to the pool!

UPDATE: While the kids were napping this afternoon after the pool, I was checking my inbox and came across two pretty great notifications.
First off, TODAY ONLY, everything at Baublebar is currently 30% off with code: SUMMER30!  So the necklaces I featured above are all 30% off right now, with free shipping!
My Crystal Mason Ring is back in stock too, 30% off today only (making it only $19.60).  Currently available in all sizes and it ships for free.

Also, my favorite Pom-Pom Tops are both marked down to $42.  Use code: TREAT at check-out!
For fit, I'm a 4/6 and the 4 fit best for me.