Top 5 Fall Fashion Must Haves {Accessories}

It’s no secret that there are a ton of gorgeous fashion trends for this fall! I don’t think I am alone when I say that I have looked forward the scarf, vest, and boot weather all year long. Admittedly, I have been “that girl” who put off purchasing some of the best fall fashion trends, hoping I’d find a deal or (9 times out of 10) I simply couldn’t make up my mind. I certainly don’t plan to be that girl this year, and I suggest you do the same. Unfortunately for my wallet, a few of my favorite, savvy fashion designers didn’t disappoint and I simply couldn’t wait to share a few their fall fashion accessories.  From the iconic J. Crew Herringbone vest to Kate Spade insanely adorable bow booties, you’ll be happy you didn’t miss today’s blog! Enjoy!

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  1. Tory Burch Caroline Ballet Flat in Cabernet
  2. “Zara Style” Blanket Scarf by Crystal Feather Boutique
  3. J. Crew Factory Herringbone Vest 
  4. Kendra Scott Naomi Double Ring in Platinum Drusy
  5. Kate Spade Lanise Boots in Stone

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A Kentucky Derby Celebration

All Southern ladies know the best part of Spring (besides the warmer weather!) is heading to the horse races! Whether it’s the Carolina Cup, Kentucky Derby or the Foxfield Races – who doesn’t love an excuse to purchase a new Lilly dress and show-stopping hat??

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If you’re like me this year, the only race you’ll see is the Derby on television, but why let that stop you from partaking in the festivities. Hosting a Derby party is a great way to bring your best gals together, put on your Sunday best and  indulge in one to many Mint Juleps!

Here’s a few simple ways to celebrate the Derby:

  • Send the Invites. The best way to set the tone for your Derby party is through the invitations. Whether your theme is a “Run for the Roses” or “Down and Derby,” you’ll want to set the stage for your guests from atmosphere to attire. Honestly – it’s better to be upfront with your guests so they know if they should put their drinking cap on or remain poised to perfection. {Remember the Kentucky Derby is May 3!}
  • Set the Dress Code. Okay, let me be frank – if you aren’t prepared for your backyard or home to be full of seersucker and pastels, then don’t throw a party themed around a horse race. It’s all about the bow ties, dress blazers, Lilly dresses, and big hats! Be sure to include this fine print on your invites to bypass any confusion.
  • Crafting the Perfect Mint Julep. If bar-tending isn’t your forte, find a friend who can craft the perfect mint julep! Southern Living has the perfect recipe (in my opinion) to making this must-have cocktail. To view this recipe, browse here!
  • Taking Bets. Because who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? Create a pool and have your guests bet on their favorite horse – even if it’s chosen because of the horse’s unique name! Remember, it doesn’t have to be pricey but if it does, oh well 🙂
  • Quick Bites. I was brought up with the hostess mentality that no Southern gathering is complete without pimento cheese or cheese straws! Make (or order!) both or only one – you can’t go wrong either way. Some of my other favorite quick bits are single servings of Shrimp and Grits, Petite Fried Chicken and Waffles, and Mini Kentucky Hot Browns! {Click on the quick bits to be linked to the recipe!}
  • Décor. Whatever your theme maybe let the décor do the talking. Keep it simple with red roses and mini trophys or go all out with DIY crafts to personalize your decorations. Don’t forget – taking the party outside for lawn games is always a fun option, horseshoes anyone?

Happy Planning!

Planning a Dazzling New Years Eve Bash

With my birthday on New Years Day, I love hosting New Years Eve celebration! Everyone in attendance is usually ready to say avior to the current year and start over with a fresh, clean slate! And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a party that revolves itself around glitter and champagne?!

This will be one of  the first years that I have decided to brave the crowd and take my celebrations into the city! Honestly, it is because this will be one of the first years I will spend New Years Eve without my boyfriend so I have made the decision to surround myself with family and friends!!

For those of you planning a New Years Eve bash keep it simple and chic with this few tips:

  1. Splurge on Champagne.  This is one of the times of year where over-priced bubbly is acceptable! Everyone is attendance of your soirée will likely choose set their Budweiser or Pinot Gris aside to sip this celebratory drink into midnight. When in doubt? Over purchase!
  2. Keep Décor Simple. Save your money for the champagne and keep all of your New Years Even party décor chic and simple! Whether it be a DIY banner or tossing glitter everywhere don’t let spending your time decorating hurt your bank account or your pre-game!
  3. Go Out With a Bang. Don’t let the party stop once the clock strikes midnight! Pull out those extra fireworks and sparklers left over from July 4th to sparkle into the night. To many hostess let their guest fade around this time so it’s important to keep the party going! Don’t have either of the above? Turn up the music and have your own dance party!


Fab Find: The Glitter Guide

Other than Pinterest and J. Crew there truly isn’t a website that I regularly visit, until now! I have recently discovered The Glitter Guide and I couldn’t be more in love, which is exactly why it is a fab find!

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Their Mission: “The Glitter Guide promises to provide you with glitz and glamour. Our newsletter offers fun, chic, and colorful lifestyle tidbits from fashion to fitness; each injected with a healthy dose of glitter.”

Say no more right?! From recipes and trends to fitness and beauty I have peeled this website down to the very bottom and everything is beyond useful, informative and inspiring! You must sign up for their newsletter and follow them on Pinterest!

Trust me, whether your a Southern Belle or Northern Beauty you will find The Glitter Guide as amazing as a I do!


Politically Correct vs. Biblical History

I am sure I could bet that 98% of you who have been shopping for loved ones this time of year have either heard the seasonal salutation “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas.” With the influx of immigration and the raise in population of minorities, religious beliefs in America are immense. The idea to be politically correct or what some would say “respectful” of others is being pushed by retailers when conversing with shoppers during the holiday season. On the opposition (so-to-speak), Christians feel the impact, more then ever, of “Christ” being negated from Christmas.

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As a Christian myself, I have made it a personal choice to always say “Merry Christmas,” especially when I am told “Happy Holidays.” Call me a traditionalist or what-have you, but I believe that we are all too often consumed with the idea that Christmas is about presents when in-fact it is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

I hope you will join me in the conclusion of this joyous season to only say “Merry Christmas” and remember the biblical history behind this beautiful time of year!


Homecoming Day!

Today is the day that I have been waiting for for SIX months! I get to pick up my Solider from the airport for him to spend the Christmas at home!! There is nothing like having someone who means the world to you home during the holidays and we are so blessed that he is able to do so!

As long as we have been together and as many times as I have picked him up from the airport, I know I’m going to get butterflies when step on the escalator to get to “arrivals.” My palms will get sweaty and my heart will be racing for him to appear around the corner of the security line. While this is so cheesy to say, it is so true: after all these years my heart skips a beat the moment I see him again. Even though our time together will be short, I will be the happiest girl in the world when he arrives home!

Love is a beautiful thing!
I hope y’all are having a wonderful day as well!


A Little Thing Called Love

It was a crisp, fall Friday night and I was putting my cheerleading uniform on to cheer for my high school’s football team. Like so many of my fellow classmates we lived for Friday night spent under the lights of our small town “stadium.” Little did I know that that night would be one that I would still remember eight years later.

I noticed him right away. We went to church camp together when we were kids and he was from a neighboring county, a rival of my high school’s football team. He was tall, lanky and had piercing blue eyes that could stop you dead in your tracks. It was that night that we began “talking” {as we referred to it then} and just a few short months later he would ask me to be his girlfriend. Today marks the eighth year anniversary of that day.

Our relationship as been anything but easy. Right out of high school I went to the University of Alabama and during that time he moved to the southern part of Virginia to work. During my sophomore year of college I became incredibly sick. I returned to Virginia and he was by my side the entire time, even when I gave him every opportunity to leave. After I was finally better, he decided to join the Army and now he has been a United States Solider for more than two years. Needless to say, our hometown romance turned into a long distance love that we have held onto for quite sometime.

We always joke about how people ask us relationship advice when we have only dated each other. Long distance relationships are not something I’d want any couple should go through! It is really hard and can make you crazy, depressed and even insane. Our biggest motivator is that we both wanted to accomplish so many goals and we were each other’s biggest support. I wanted to go to college and get a degree and he wanted to serve his country just as his father and grandfathers had done.  Simply,  our ability to not be selfish is what has gotten us through is.

I know being in a long distance relationship will not be forever. We will be able to live our happy ever after one day and when that day comes I will be the happiest girl in the world. I am so lucky to have found the man of my dreams at sixteen and to have had eight wonderful years with him! Cheers to many more years to come and only three more days until he comes home for Christmas!!

 

Virginia News: Tacky Light Run

I will be the first to admit that I not or ever have been a runner. While I accept this fact, I enjoy a good run in the morning or anytime to relieve stress! So when my sister asked me to run in the CarMax Tacky Light Run in Richmond I couldn’t resist! What could be more perfect than a night run with Christmas lights as your guide?!

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As a 6k course, this run is guarneteed to be a spectacular of lights and a sight of your traditional tacky Christmas sweaters! Yes, thats right…tacky outfits are highly encourage! I am so excited to run this race tonight with my sister! Wish us luck!!