Friday, May 27, 2016

2 Piece Statement

Trench- Forever 21// 2 Piece Dress- Lulu's; similar skirt; love thisthis & this set // Earrings- Ralph Lauren // Pumps- DSW, similar (on sale!) // Sunglasses- Old, similar

I actually bought this set back in the fall time for a wedding, and i'm just now getting around to posting it, oops! I even thought about not sharing it since it's out of stock, but decided against it because I really do love it. I pinned it in the pack to bring the skirt up a little, that way it was a little more modest for the wedding. But I can totally see this being one of those outfits to grab for a trip to the city. Like I said it's out of stock but I did find a few other sets that I have linked above and below. 

Living in a tourist spot there is one weekend that the locals don't look forward to in particular, that is Memorial Day Weekend. One word: Traffic. You learn to leave your house sometimes 30 minutes early and learn the back roads. The funny part is, this is just my second summer living here and i'm already complaining (Lord bless my own heart). But other than the extra people it's a great weekend to chill by the beach, if you can find a spot.(;

What are your plans for this three day weekend? 
Thanks for reading! xo

Memorial Weekend Sales
Kate Spade: 25% off sale with code SPEECHLESS
Banana Republic: 40% off your purchase with code BRTAKE40
ASOS: 20% off full price with code HISUMMER
Anthropologie: 30% off sale
Nordstrom: Up to 40% off

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

6 Hours in NYC

One of the perks of living in northern land is that New York City is an (if planned well) easy four hour road trip from my house. Another fun way of travel is by train, I hear. So when I had a weekend off I decided to drag my brother and momma with me to the city. We didn't really have anything planned, because that's how my family rolls when traveling. Although, we did have a few things on our bucket lists. Three of them being, a boat ride in Central Park, a trip by the Kate Spade on Madison Avenue, and grabbing a milkshake at Black Tap. Oh and excuse the poor quality of the photos, I didn't feel like lugging around the good camera around the city haha!

We arrived in the city around lunch time.
 One of the hardest things I have found the past few times I have been to NYC is finding a good convenient restaurant.
 While standing there not wanting to fight the GPS and our hunger any longer, we walked across the street to the Trador Joe's. We grabbed some wraps and fruit and headed to Central Park to rest on the rocks for a second and eat. 

Educational point: Central Park reminded me a lot of of The Biltmore. Well it just so happens that the same guy, Frederick Law Olmsted, was the designer for both the grounds!

By momma and I were just about in tears when we walked through the tunnel with a violinist playing and a family playing/singing by the Bethesda Fountain. Don't judge us. It was quite a (few) moments.

Also, can we just take a second to realize that half the price of these macaroons goes to the boxing. In my eyes, it was pretty worth it for my first trip to the french bakery. Oh, and the highlight quote of our trip was over hearing two boys out front of the bakery, "Woah, are those covered Oreos?"
 "No fool, they're macaroons! Have you never had a macaroon before?"

The boat ride was our absolute favorite! It's only $15 (but bring an extra $20 for a deposit) for an hour ride, which in my opinion is a great price for the experience you get. It's located right next to the famous little restaurant on the water that quite a few movies have been filmed at. The Kate Spade. Y'all, it was pure magic. Especially for a merchandiser wanna be. All four stories of it, not to mention the little balcony was just the icing on the cake!

Lastly was the oh so dreamed of milkshake stop that also happens to be a burger restaurant. Needless to say, they were oh so dreamed of by so many people that it was going to be a good three hour wait in line. At that point, after you've had such a confusing time with the subway and you are just plain hungry it's just not worth it. So we decided to ask the merchant at the convenient store next store to find us another hearty burger place. Luckily it was right down the street. 

Ken's Broome Street Bar seated us right by the window which was perfect for people watching while they served us one of their burgers on pita bread. I was hesitant at first about the bun option but it turned out to be quite delicious!

It turned out to be a good quick trip even if there were moments of mixed navigation and empty stomachs. As always for the crew, it turned out to be a scouting trip to bring the whole family next time! 

Thanks for reading, y'all! xo

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Character Sweater

Sweater- Boohoo, similar here & here // Vest- Windsor, splurge or save // Denim- Nordstrom Rack // Shoes- Banana Republic, splurge or save // Sunglasses- Charming Charlie // Earrings- Old, similar here; Banana Republic, love these // Bracelets-  Nordstrom Rack, similar here; Nordstrom Rack, similar hereEssentially Raine

As Joanna Gaines would say, "It just needs more character"; my thoughts exactly on this sweater. It's just a simple plain black sweater but the criss cross detail in the back makes it have so much character. Unfortunately it's out of stock but I see a similar style pop up on every few months. You're time will come my friend, I promise.

It's the beginning of May and the trees are still bare, it's between forty and fifty degrees, and it has been raining all.week.long. It just proves that Jesus made me a southern girl at heart who needs the opposite of all those things. But He's also proven that He is a trustworthy and faithful guy who knows what he's doing; therefore, keep the rain coming Jesus!

Thanks for reading, y'all! xo