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

When Life Gets in the Way…

Wow! It is absolutely amazing how quickly time can fly when you’re in a caught up in the Summer haze. Looking back, I guess I could pin point when the madness started and that would be after I returned from Hawaii. Truly, that’s when I started getting sick. I thought I was on the fast track – my exciting new job in North Carolina, my boyfriend finally getting his release date and my health on the up swing! Think again…

I don’t think I will ever be able to forget that phone call. After having a MRI on my spine, my doctor informed my that my transverse myelitis had returned. This villain of a disease had taken so much from me before – my hair {thanks to treatment} and my ability to walk. After being admitted into the hospital with so many unanswered questions, all we could think to say was “at least they caught it early.” Comforting, right? Moments like this will make your fast track come to halt and you’re left feeling helpless, angry, and lost. I have always tried to be a positive person – the girl who views the world as her oyster, a believer in everything happening for a reason, always sipping from the glass half full – while finding hope in any obstacle.

Staying in tune with my insane medical history – transverse myelitis {TM} is a rare disease. Frankly, there isn’t much research out there and course of treatment is a fine line. Living this life is enough to make someone lose their self. Having your legs tingle with too much physical activity and the most recent side effect – my hands are tingling too. This feeling of not having any control of your body is mind numbing and indescribable. I would never wish this feeling or sickness upon my worse enemy.

My life is currently run my a treatment of prednisone and chemotherapy, in “hope” to reverse the damage done to my body. Just this week my hair has started falling out. I know that means I need to start looking to wigs to hide what TM has taken from me, but “at least they caught it early” {right?}. I returned to work pretty soon after getting discharged from the hospital and luckily, my life seems fairly normal from that outside. One thing that has been steady throughout this process is my faith and my family. Without these two things, I wouldn’t be able to put a smile on my face everyday and find hope in any situation when life gets in the way.

Hot on Pinterest: Week of July 28

Cheers to a brand new week! It is insanely crazy to believe that another summer month has come and gone. With that being said, August not only brings more humid weather and more time inside on Pinterest. I doubt this week’s Hot on Pinterest feature will surprise you, but nevertheless I hope you enjoy!

Lilly Putlizer – The Fall Line

Here’s where I meant not surprising…with the Lilly Putlizer fall line making its debut, any sighting of it on Pinterest leads to an automatic re-pin! I adore everything about the first line of fall, especially the bright colors that are the perfect transition into autumn. What looks are getting the biggest raves? I’d never thought you’d ask…

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Click the following links to shop these fabulous items:

  1. Betty Silk Racerback Tank Dress in Bright Navy Electric Feel
  2. Tusk Tusk Elephant Cuff Bracelet
  3. Deanna Tank Top Romper in Multi Hot Spot
  4. Marnie Maxi Column Skirt in Sunkissed Pink Under the Palms

Pink Lemonade Cake via Better Homes & Gardens

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Yum! Is your mouth watering already?! When I re-pinned this sweet tooth find, I had a feeling that my fellow Pinterest lovers would soon follow suite! With autumn on our heels, I feel like I need to jump in the kitchen ASAP to make this summery sweet. To get this recipe for Pink Lemonade Cake visit the Better Homes & Gardens website by browsing here.

DIY Tassel Bracelet

If you’re a fan of everything tassel that has taken on the arm candy scene, then you’ll adore this hot on Pinterest feature. Southern Curls & Pearls has so kindly brought us a how-to guide for a tassel bracelet. I cannot wait to take on her easy step-by-step guide to create this bracelet and add it along with my arm candy party. To get crafty too, please visit the Southern Curls & Pearls blog by clicking here.

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Move Over Awareness Month

At one point or another we’ve all felt our hearts jump in terror when flashing blue or red lights appear in the rearview mirror. While they may not be hailing you over to give you a speeding ticket or coming to your rescue after a little fender bender; anytime police officers, fireman, or EMS are blaring down the highway we must get out of their way! All too often, you’ll hear tragic news coverage of a tow truck worker or police officer getting killed because a driver did not take proper safety precautions by slowing down and moving over to another lane. Thankfully, the Virginia Senate made the month of June ‘Move Over Awareness Month,‘ and I couldn’t be happier about this resolution!

Even though moving over is a law in many states, it’s my sincere hope that all states adopt similar awareness programs for everyone to be educated on this simple precautions drivers can make to save a life. Take a moment to read Senate Resolution 102, by clicking here, to learn more about this cause and share it with everyone you know. Whether you are a Virginian or as far away as California, please learn more about this campaign and always slow down and move over when you see any vehicle on the side of the road.  Life is too precious to not make this easy maneuver!

A New Chapter

Life. It’s a crazy emotion filled roller-coaster where leaps of faith are encourage, but rarely taken. Where following your heart is all that you want to do, but you let your mind take the reigns. When all hope seems lost, but you find comfort in God, a friend, or a silly song.  Where beginning a new chapter, means change and no one likes change.

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This time next week I be franticly getting ready, placing my cap perfectly on my curled hair, and toasting mimosas with some of the best people I have ever had the chance to know. It is so hard to believe that graduation is finally upon us and while I am so excited to close this chapter the idea of starting a new one seems like a shot in the dark.   It’s true what ole’ Forrest Gump’s Momma had to say, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”

I am thrilled to start a new adventure, take a leap o

f faith, follow my heart, never lose hope, and embrace change. I plan to dwell in the possibility with everything life has to offer and start a new chapter.

Cheers finishing my Masters degree and overcoming all odds! Xo

 

Fab Find: Evelyn Henson

Do you love modern art filled with colorful palettes, patterned details, and fancy fancy all topped off with a feminine touch?! Well you’ll just adore my most recent “Fab Find!” I first discovered Evelyn Henson on Pinterest when her Richmond Map Print caught my eye. I was lead to her website and stumbled upon an inventory full of artistic treasures! From personalized paintings, lucite trays, and budget friendly prints there isn’t a single detail of Evelyn Henson’s work that I wouldn’t want hanging on my walls. Whether your looking to brighten up your office space or searching for the perfect conversation piece, I guarantee you’ll find it in her online shop.

Here’s a peak of a few of my favorite Evelyn Henson designs:

If you love Evelyn Henson’s work, but haven’t found your ideal piece – look into her Commission Paintings to personalize your experience! Happy Shopping! Xo

Pantone’s Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

I’ll admit that I was not a huge fan of Pantone’s color of the year, radiant orchid. Now that it is almost March, this vibrant hue has finally grown on me! Better late than never right?

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The reason radiant orchid has grown on me is mostly due to my realization that this color is beyond versatile. Whether you need a splash of new paint on your walls or you’re looking for the perfect dress color to make a statement this can be your go-to color! You would honestly be astonished at the number of companies that are jumping on Pantone’s band wagon to design products around the infamous color of the year and who can blame them?

If you don’t consider yourself fashion forward, making a quick browse of to Pantone’s website will give you the inspiration you need to get this color in your life. Don’t have time after reading this blog post? I’ve put a little radiant orchid inspiration board together just for you! Enjoy!

Fab Find: Jimmy and Sook

It is truly amazing how a clothing line or brand can make you feel an instant connection to another person. Just last week I was bopping around town and something caught my attention…it was a gentleman in a red polo with the blue crab embroidered on the left side of the shirt. As someone who grew up in the Northern Neck their entire life, I knew exactly where that shirt came from, Jimmy and Sook.

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Located in the heart of Irvington, Virginia, Jimmy and Sook began as a men’s boutique in 2008 and has since expanded to it’s line to cater to women, children and infants.  All of their products from hats, totes, outerwear, phone cases and yes, even wine koozies, are embossed with their iconic blue crab logo. You can’t help but love everything about their brand, especially if you are a true lover of the Northern Neck. (For all of you city gals and guys, the term “Jimmy” refers to a male crab and “Sook” refers to a female crab.)

Lucky for you, if you shop on their website, Jimmyandsook.com, you will receive 25% off at checkout using code “25,” but hurry because this code expires February 28, 2014!

I have to take a second to brag about my nephew, who recently modeled for Jimmy and Sook! Doesn’t he look absolutely handsome?!

Happy Shopping!

125 Years in the Making

This time four years ago my body became inflicted with pain and my legs grew so weak that I had to crawl up the stairs to get to my bedroom. Being in college in Alabama, I remember being so scared not knowing what could possible be wrong with me. Little did I know, during those painful moments what would be in store for the upcoming months. Upon flying home to Virginia I was immediately sent to this hospital were my life became consumed with tests, misdiagnosis and doctors who’s faces offered a sympathetic look that meant one thing: I wouldn’t walk again.

After weeks of simply laying in a bed, motionless from the waist down, a doctor came in with the answer I had been waiting for. The last option to try to cure the autoimmune disease attacking my spine would require an aggressive form of chemotherapy and a move to Sheltering Arms Hospital. By the grace of God, my Mom never told me I was going to Sheltering Arms to learn how to live my life in a wheelchair and there wasn’t hope that my legs would move again. From day one of physical therapy I was determined to walk again and willing to push as hard as I could, because I was not willing to give up the promising future I believed I could have. And then one night, my leg moved.

From that night forward, I worked even harder to gain my strength back and learn how to walk again. Less than six weeks later I walked out of Sheltering Arms. While my story has been aired in local television commercials and even a documentary, I cannot say that it is completely my story. Without the hard work of my physical therapist, my amazing doctors, motivation from the Sheltering Arms team, the nurses who became my best friends and my faithful family, I would not have a story. I owe so much of who I am today to all of those people who motivated me to learn how to walk again to kept me sane during times when I wanted to give up.

Tomorrow evening I will be attending Sheltering Arm’s 125th Anniversary Celebration with fellow former patients, doctors, physical therapists, and other members of the Richmond community. It is such a wonderful feeling to know that I was small part of this wonderful hospital’s history and I look so forward to celebrating finding the Power to Overcome.

Guys Really Do Listen!

As someone who believes in the lost art of a handwritten letter, I have always thought calligraphy is one of the most beautiful skills. I mentioned to my boyfriend a while back that I would love to take up calligraphy and to my surprise he gave me a beginner’s set as my Valentine’s present! I was beside myself that he remembered something I casually mentioned during one of our phone dates! This present much better than flowers and I cannot wait to start this venture of learning this beautiful art.

In case you think calligraphy is just like “normal” writing…I have news for you. It isn’t! It is much more difficult then I ever imagined and I will definitely be researching online classes to learn the correct way to write. I must admit that I couldn’t help myself to try my new calligraphy set the night that I got it in. Don’t worry I’ve shared a picture below of my first attempt! It isn’t pretty, but you have to start somewhere!!

If you too are wanting to start learning calligraphy and wonder where to start, my starter kit was purchased from What Katie Does. (A photo of the starter kit is pictured above!) She also hosts an online beginner session and lots of helpful tips to get started. Happy Writing!