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Friday Five | Spring Wardrobe Woes

March 23, 2018
photo c/o the new potato

photo c/o the new potato

Spring has sprung, and I’m celebrating this weekend with all my best girlfriends in Charleston. I couldn’t imagine a better place or people to start this glorious season with. Here’s five links as always!

  • The woes of dealing with your spring wardrobe.
  • The next non-fiction book on my list.
  • A breakfast sandwich recipe with the most beautiful spring ingredient: radishes.
  • Wisdom on writing.
  • Liking the length on this dress a lot (at a bargain price to boot!)




L. Avenue | OOTD Culottes

March 22, 2018

Yellow is always a good idea as we saw in this post yesterday, and I’ve had my eye on these culottes. Their brightness in itself is the perfect pop of color. I love a good culotte for Spring and these are sure to make a bold statement paired with this statement sleeve tee and my new fave bucket bag. This look is on point for any lunch date or casual dinner out you got on the calendar.


1 – BURU teeshirt | 2 – Sea culottes | 3 – J. Crew bracelet | 3 – J. Crew bracelet | 4 – Staud bag | 5 – Loeffler Randall shoes |

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Managing expectations | trials and tribulations on vacation

March 17, 2018

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Hey guys! How was your week? It was spring break for our family so my husband led the charge for a fun old fashioned family ski trip in Colorado. We could only sneak away for a few days, but in ski time that’s pleeeennty of time for me. I grew up in the snow, but not really on skis. I can vaguely remember going skiing in West Virginia as a kid once or twice, but certainly not enough times to be able to hop on skis without fearing for my life on a blue. So, we put the girls in ski school and the hubs took me out on a few runs the first day. There were highs, like riding the gondola and having beers at lunch! And then the lows, like me sitting in the middle of a blue run, skiers flying by on all sides, totally paralyzed as to how I would get down the mountain in one piece. If you’re wondering where I’m going with this story, I think I have a plan to circle back to it later in this blog post. Ha!

After three consecutive family trips that have involved some pretty unfortunate bouts of illness—fever virus, stomach bug, strep, and the flu to name just a few (yikes!), it’s been quite the reality check on managing expectations. Admittedly,  I build up family vacations to unattainable happiness heights. And let me tell you (and if you have children you don’t really need to be told) that no family trip with little kids goes off without a hitch. Don’t let Instagram fool you, you’re only seeing the perfect side of things for the most part. When we schlepped the fam to Colorado last summer, all three kids were sick the ENTIRE trip. Every day we woke up saying “tomorrow will be better.” And they just didn’t get better until we were off the plane in Houston. I’m sure I probably found something positive to post. Oh yes, I remember now. I posted a photo of Jack in his stroller (with a 102.5 fever) with the mountains in the background. On point! What you didn’t see was the doctor’s office across the street that we were about to roll Jack into!

Anyway, what I’ve learned during our recent string of bad luck (or maybe this is just par for the course with three kids under 5 and lots of little germs), is that no trip will be without it’s ups and downs. I mean, life at home isn’t without highs and lows so why would staying in a hotel with pretty mountain scenery and skiing nearby guarantee perfection?! I guess what I’m saying is that I lied when I told my husband at 2 am after cleaning up throw up for 5 hours straight that “I’m done! This is the last trip for our crew. EVER.” Lordy, the drama, you’ve been there before, right?! Please say yes or at least don’t judge the altitude induced (ha!) melt down. The truth is I’ll continue planning fun experiences for our kids each year, but knowing going in that there’s a high probability at some point during the trip one of us will end up stuck in the middle of the blue ski run with only 1 pole. Not to worry, I’m sure there’s a cool filter for that….

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Friday Five | Chocolate Cake & A Bargain Blouse

March 16, 2018

Coconut-Banana-Cake-with-Chocolate-Frosting-12-700x1050After spring break travels and just before Easter, the play for many of you this weekend may be to just stay home and relax. If so, today’s post is your source for the movies to watch, the podcast to listen to and the cake to bake.

Happy weekending!



polka dot puff sleeve

March 13, 2018


Truth be told, when I first pulled this puff sleeved polka dot top from the Net-a-Porter box I thought to myself, “Hmm, I’m not so sure about this guy.” It hung in my closet for a few days and when I finally got around to try it on I realized it goes with everything. I’m a big button down girl and this top is a great classic piece with a trendy statement sleeve twist. The polka dots are subtle so this shirt has become the a neutral regular in my spring wardrobe arsenal. It’s comfy and looks cute front tucked or totally tucked for a dressier look.

I pretty much revert to a classic top and denim most days and mix things up with fun, new accessories like these fun striped kitten heels that I’ve worn almost daily since their arrival from the Shopbop spring sale.

Speaking of deals, this steal of a shopper bag is so light weight, and the little pouch inside fits everything I need on hand-a diaper (third kid=no more diaper bag!), travel wipes, lipstick, compact, and mini-wallet and car keys-with room to spare!




Outfit details | Georgia Alice top also here similar here and here | FRAME denim | Loeffler Randall heels similar here and here | Topshop bag similar here and here | Statement earrings old similar here |sunglasses

Photos by Waverly Walla


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March 13, 2018

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March 12, 2018

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Friday Five | Pareos & Wine Tasting

March 9, 2018

dining-room-1520461323Today marks three months from our wedding, and I can barely wait. I know the time will whiz by, so I am making the most of  this very exciting season. Sometimes, all that means is staying in town and spending quality time with friends and family before the big celebrations get started, and that’s what we have in store this weekend. Enjoy today’s links!

  • A home the fuels the creative spirits of its inhabitants.
  • The case for wine tasting.
  • These pareos, in the prettiest block print patters, are the perfect packing item for a beach vacation.
  • An under $100 bag in my favorite periwinkle blue.
  • The key to keeping your cookies soft in the center.

Have a great one!

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Carpool beauty routine | 5 step, 5 minute make-up

March 7, 2018


I’ve been asked a lot about my morning routine, and let me tell you with 3 kids under 5 it revolves around getting 2 out the door to 2 different schools before 8:15 am. Because I’m not a morning person I take in every last ounce of sleep and give myself no more than 5 minutes in the morning which involves splashing water on my face, a quick swoosh of moisturizer and Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 and I’m out the door. I dedicate two morning carpool lines for make-up and have edited that process down to 5 products! I find that the days where I make time for a quick beauty fix I’m more confident and thus happier, so really try to put my best foot forward as efficiently as possible!

So here’s the drill…..

Step 1: I apply Guerlain Terracotta bronzer to cheekbones, nose, forehead and chin. I have no idea what the rules of bronzer are but I feel like it does the trick.

Step 2: I use Bobbi Brown blush in shade nectar to give a little rosiness to my cheeks. Even with a quick makeup routine I think blush is so worth it because it brightens your whole face and makes you look more awake. And with a teething baby, I’ll take all of the help I can get in the “look like you are rested” department.

Step 3: I think everyone can agree mascara is actually a game changer when it comes to looking dead or alive in the morning so that is my irreplaceable 4th step. For years I have used Le Volume de Chanel in 10 Noir and I think it’s safe to say it is my Holy Grail product.

Step 4: Moving on to lips! I use Tom Ford’s Paper Doll lipstick which is my favorite but also a splurge, so for anyone who isn’t wanting to spend a pretty penny on lipstick I’ve heard NYX Couture is a great dupe!

Step 5: Last, but definitely not least I seal everything in with my Supergoop! 100% Mineral Invincible Setting Powder. This is a dream for someone like me who does their makeup on the go because it’s a powder, but it applies mess free since the product comes out of the attached brush. I love how well it sets my carpool make-up in place, but also provides the benefit of an SPF 45. It comes in 4 shades, is mineral based which is awesome for my sensitive skin. I also reapply this product throughout the day for continued SPF coverage! As Baz Lurman says, Wear Sunscreen!

p.s. some more favorite Supergoop! skincare products…