High Style, Low Cost

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

pillow // coral // vase // tray table // throw // candlestick // jars

Thanks to places like H&M and Zara you can now get some very stylish home decor at budget prices. A few of my favorite pieces are pictured above. All are super versatile and could fit in with different styles and color palettes. What are some of your favorite places (besides Home Goods) to find great home pieces on a budget? I'd love to know!

It's That Time of Year

Monday, August 18, 2014

Prepare to be inundated by fall posts! Luckily it's not just me doing it, but as soon as August rolls around you can be sure that bloggers will be all over the fall posts. I wanted to share some of my favorite things about fall. Leopard print everything, dark nails and black liner, the return of pumpkin, red wine, tortoise and sparkle, scarves, fur, black jeans and classic pumps. These are a few of my favorite things!


Weekend + Links

Friday, August 15, 2014

TGIF! This picture might seem random, but currently my bathroom and bedroom are a massed pile of pretty things that need some major tlc. So this picture is fitting while I attempt to remove the clutter and chaos this weekend. 

If you haven't already heard, La Crema wines has launched a program called Virtual Vintner where you can sign up, participate in a series of questions and activities and have a say in a new wine they will be producing. If you are a wine enthusiast or looking to learn more about wine, I highly suggest it! (fyi I am a Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley you will understand once you go through it!)

Did you know Victoria Secret had an athletic wear line? Neither did I. I did some perusing and I fell in love with this, this, and this just to name a few!

Let the tortoise addiction continue with these cuties! I'd like an entire bowl full of them!

It's safe to say we're all bummed about Robin Williams, but here is a roundup of his best movie quotes to give you a little inspiration in the wake of this tragedy. 

9 Classic French recipes that any gourmand should know how to make.

Residing in, or planning a trip to the South soon? Check out the 100 Best Restaurant in the South list.

I'm having a crazy love affair with West Elm! New arrivals are so so good. Do yourself a favor and check out some of their gorgeous new decor pieces like these hurricanes, gorgeous baskets, or pretty trays

And what's life without a little boozey desert concoction?

Cheers to the weekend and hoping your's is a great one! xx

The New Girl In Town

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I've never been a lingerie girl, but I simply adore the look and function of bralettes. One day, I woke up in my mid twenties with a chest and have struggled to figure out functionality and style when it comes to bras. At home, I can typically be found in a sports bra if I am lounging which isn't the worst thing but it may be time for an upgrade. Enter the bralette. The feminine bra is perfect for lounging around in. You don't feel like a total free bird, but you also are not restricted with wires (plus they are so cute and chic so why not let some of it show). This is one item of lingerie I can definitely get behind. Now if only I could be one of those matching bra and underwear girls.... haha never going to happen.


Seasonal Changes

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

polish // sweater // lipstick // jeans // bag // booties // vest // necklace

Today is unseasonable cold and inspired me to post some fall favorite that I cannot wait to throw on! I love everything about fall but especially the colors, the chill in the air, dark nails, boots, sweaters, and of course hot beverages. Luckily, I picked up the herringbone vest last year but they are back in stock at J.Crew Factory so if you want one you better hop to it. I have fought the idea of booties for so long, but I think I'm willing to try some out this year. Also, how amazing is that tube of lipstick? Yes I'm lipstick-phobic, but the packaging and the color are swoon-worthy!


Light Reading

Monday, August 11, 2014

It's been a while since I've done a post about blogs I am loving lately. The wonderful thing about blogs is that there are so many out there you could literally read new ones each day. I do have a list of standards that I ALWAYS visit, but then I come across new ones that really catch my attention and resonate with me. So today I would like to share with you four very different blogs that I am currently loving.

Elements of Style by Erin Gates. I have blogged about Erin and her blog before, but I wanted to tell you why I love this gal so much. When you read Elements of Style, it reads almost like an email from your best friend (your best friend with impeccable taste, a fabulous eye for style, and cracks you up all at the same time). She is very open and honest about her personal struggles as a woman, blogger, interior designer, and just as a person. This chick is real, and that is so hard to find in the blogging world. Yes she has gorgeous pictures of her home, her outfits, and her projects, but then she'll tell you about her insecurities and how harsh she is on herself. We can ALL relate to that. This gem of a blog gives you everything you want and then some. If you love great style, design, and to laugh with your best gal pal, Erin is right up your alley!

Designer Bags & Dirty Diapers by Natalie Mason. Ok so at first I'll be honest I lumped this into the mommy blog/nothing I could ever relate to blog categories. I was so wrong. First, Natalie has some amazing recipes. I have made several and they are always hits (her Korean Beef Bowl and stuffed meatballs are on regular rotation in my home). Second, her children are adorable. I like kids and it's just enough kid stuff without being too much if that makes sense. Also, homegirl always alerts me to great sales. I like seeing a glimpse into the life of a successful blogger that juggles her blog, social, and family life in an attainable manner.

The Peak of Tres Chic by Sam Penner. I really like Sam's blog for a few reasons. First, Sam didn't initially start out her professional life as an interior designer, but gave in to her passion and left her career to start one she loved. Her blog started out like many other do, a creative outlet and passion project and you can really see the evolution of it in her posts. Sam also blogs about fashion, beauty, travel, entertaining, and organization (gotta a love a lady who loves organization in a non-sterile way). I enjoy her attainable aesthetic, which is kind of hard to come by in the blog world.

It's the Little Things by Taylor O'Shaughnessy (sorry don't know her newly married last name). This girl cracks me up. She is so funny, I find myself laughing uncontrollably when I read her posts. My absolute favorite is her Thursday "Coffee Talk" post where she comments on everything from reality tv, current events, etc. Seriously I get an ab workout for this lady. Again, she seems to be 100% herself, and like someone you are dying to hangout with. She posts about everything and it's so refreshing from many other fashion and lifestyle blogs. Definitely top 5 blog crushes.

Now it's your turn. What are some of your favorite blogs at the moment? I am always looking for new ones to check out.

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Weekend + Links

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hallelujah it's Friday! The week coming back from a getaway is always rough so the weekend is very much welcomed around here. I have my dear friend, former roommate, and sorority sister's wedding this weekend and it's sure to be a blast. Hope everyone has an amazing weekend, see you Monday!

What style icon Reese Witherspoon's has taught us about modern American style.

The good folks at Garden & Gun have recreated the food pyramid with their Southern Food Groups. Which one is your favorite?

Tips from a pro on how to transform your closet. Needed this badly.

Have you entered to win your trip to Hawaii along with other great prizes?

A trendy foods pesto that looks so so good!