Monday, August 3, 2015

Little Saint Simons Island


If I could describe this place in three words that come to mind I would go with magical, rustic, and paradise.  I'll be honest, I went in thinking that this wasn't going to be my thing.  I went in thinking this is all for Todd.  You see, Todd loves to fish, bike, and do anything and everything outdoors.  Me, not so much.  But by the end of the first day, I had fallen in love.  Words can not describe how peaceful and beautiful this place truly is.  The people we met on this trip were some of the most amazing people I have met in my life.  They were people from all walks of life, and eating every meal with them while listening to their stories was just one of the highlights of this trip.  From attorneys, entrepreneurs, men in the army, and my favorite was actually the man that brought Capri Sun to the United States!  You guys, he was a riot, and I could have listened to him talk all night.  And to think I was a little hesitant about eating all of our meals family style with strangers?!?  But you guys, when we left, I was truly sad that our next meal wasn't going to be spent beside them.  Todd and I left with 17 new friends that enjoyed the island the way we did.  Not to mention, the incredible staff that showed us all they could of this incredible place. 

This is the cabin where we met up for all of our meals.  That green bell you see to the right would ring for every meal, and it was loud enough where everyone on the island could hear.  It was like a little herd of chickens when it was time time to eat ;)  And the food was so good!  Everything was farm to table and 90% of it was caught or grown on the island. 


Every night after dinner Todd and I would sneak back to our room and change into our pajamas and come watch the sunset from this swing. 



We experienced some of the coolest things on this trip.  The staff and the naturalists were out of this world amazing!  I felt like they were just part of our crew.  And my personal favorite was finding a baby sea turtle.  We were almost done excavating a nest, when the naturalist told us there was probably no chance of finding one alive.  I kid you not, two seconds later she pulled out this adorable little guy.  Everyone screamed and cheered...it was like something right out of a movie.  And wanna know what made it even more special, there was a grandmother there with their grandchildren and this was part of her bucket list.  Watching her face brought tears to my eyes.  And speaking of her grandchildren, I have never see more mature (wise beyond their years to say the least), well mannered kids in my life.  They were so awesome, and it made me so excited to think of bringing Carson back with us when he gets to be around their age (they were 11 and 13).






Todd and I kayaked one morning after breakfast.  The weather was perfect!  Our guide also made sure the tide was going with us so the paddling was pretty easy.  The views y'all, oh my goodness, the views. 





We biked on the two mile private beach. 




We hung out by the pool with some truly stunning views of the marsh! 



We took the coolest tour (in the back of a pickup truck) to the north end of the island. We saw some of the most beautiful birds, and learned all about the island's history.  It was all so fascinating. 







Todd had a private lesson fly fishing and he caught this beautiful redfish.  He and Kirby (that was the guide) brought it back to the lodge and they fried it up for dinner.  Todd said it was like fishing with an old buddy and it was something he would never forget.  Todd actually caught two keepers so everyone got to enjoy some.  And you guys, I don't eat fish at all, but everyone was raving over it so I took a bite.  And I must admit, I now love a fried redfish :) 




And on the last night we begged to go to the beach, and it ended up being the best night of all.  We all piled into the back of a truck right before sunset, loaded up our wine, and headed out.  They gave us all these huge spotlights and on the way we saw a gator, lots of armadillos, and something we are unsure of on a creek (there were eyes everywhere when we shined the lights across) :)  We walked the beach for miles and laughed at all the guys trying to catch the ghost crabs.  Then we all sat on our towels in one big circle and told stories while we listened to the waves.  I can't remember the last time I have laughed so hard. 





Todd woke up early every morning and watched these two little otters play together.  He said they would jump into the little skiff boats, snoop around, and then jump up on the dock and start wrestling around.  The last morning he decided to wake me up, and I got to witness these adorable little otters with him. 




This was a vacation like no other.  I left feeling so refreshed, and more connected with Todd than ever.  Seeing him so happy and relaxed made my heart happy.  And he told me last night before bed that this was the best trip of his life.  So sometimes, it's the simple things in life that mean that most, and I know we made memories this weekend we will never ever forget. 




** This trip was not sponsored in any way, shape, or form...it was, however, truly magical. 






Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Last DAY... selfies and sizes!!

Y'all it's the very last day of The Nordstrom sale!!! If you waited around to the last minute, don't stress too much, as they have restocked lots of items!! 

Here are a few more of my favorites along with sizing information :) 

Dress- runs a little on the big side I am wearing an xs and have plenty of wiggle room. 

Booties- I think they run tts I am wearing my normal 6.5.


Jacket- tts, but would probably size up since it will be worn over tops. 

Scarf- total steal at $14.00 and super super soft! 

Woven Hem Tee - runs tts I am in my normal xs. 

Blouse- runs a little big, this is the xs, and it's def. more of a loose fit on me. Lots of fun pretty patterns and colors too! 
  
And I prefer it tucked in rather than out. 

Open Cardigan Coat - Runs Large! size down one size if you want a more fitted look.

Also, don't forget the kiddies and the men! They have some pretty great things for them on sale! Here's a little roundup of some other great things you may want to peek at before it ends tonight! 





Friday, July 31, 2015

Happy Friday!

Okay, so really it's Thursday as I am writing this, but Todd and I are about to hit the road to head to Little St. Simmons Island.  You can only get there by boat, so I am not sure I will have any service to connect with you guys!  I am so excited to unplug for the next few days, and get some one on one time with just Todd.  I found out yesterday there will only be 17 people on the island with us this weekend, so I am hoping we will feel kind of secluded. 

I feel like this past week has been all about fashion and sales, but it's just hard not to talk about it when these prices only last for a short time.  Just looking in my closet right now at all my new purchases has me so ready for some fall weather. 

The sale ends this Sunday you guys, so if you want something you better grab it now!  Also, be sure and check back on items that you love that have been unavailable.  I notice that Nordstrom will sporadically re-stock a lot of things. 

Here are a few more items that I love that I purchased from the sale!

Plaid Tunic Dress- (runs tts - I am wearing the xs) // Booties // Belt (similar)


Jean Jacket- (I am wearing a small)



Dress - same dress different colors and patterns here and here
(Runs large - size down )


Belt (similar )



Thursday, July 30, 2015

Babydoll Tank.....


Happy Thursday you guys!  Hope you all are having a great week so far!  I am in the middle of packing!!  And of course, as usual, I waited until the last minute.  Anyway, I wanted to drop in real quick and share this outfit with you guys!  This adorable babydoll tank is part of the Nordstrom sale, and there aren't many sizes left!  But, with the price tag at $21.90, you can probably see why :)  And you guys, this clutch...oh how I love it so! 

Outfit Details 



  











Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Favorites by Philosophy with QVC


When the lovely ladies at QVC reached out and offered to send me some of the Philosophy products to try out, you better believe I was on board!!  My mom has been using Philosophy products for a very long time, and I can still remember in high school sneaking in her bedroom and spraying my wrist with her Falling in Love perfume.  The smell of it still brings back so many memories. 

Anyway, after trying out several different products, I wanted to share with you some of my favorites! And right now (but only for two more days), QVC is hosting special event prices on Philosophy.  It's the Month of Miracles event, and they are offering must-have favorites at awesome prices!  If you are wanting to try out a few different products, this is a great way to do so.

Lucky me...I had this cute little assistant help me out.

A special thanks to Plum Pretty Sugar for Taylor's Robe c/o and My Robe  c/o


** Warning- picture overload!!


Fresh Cream body lotion smells just a vanilla cake. I have used it on my legs and arms for the last two weeks, and I can't get enough. It kinda makes hungry though, so watch out ;)




Grace shampoo and shower gel smells so lovely, and while I would never wash my hair with it, I will certainly take a warm bubble bath in it :) 
  

And afterwards, spray my wrist with the light Amazing Grace perfume



Next up is the Mega size classic hope duo and bonus miracle!  Instead of using my Immortelle Divine cream day and night, I started using the classic hope at night.  I am loving how much lighter it is, and how I'm not waking up with an oily face.  And the purity one step face wash is AMAZING.  I can't believe I am just getting around to trying this!  It leaves your skin feeling so clean and soft.  It's no wonder it was voted Allures awarding winning facial cleanser! 



 I have never used anything on my lips before, I will always now. The Hope in a tube lip and eye cream is so good! While I have only used it for about two weeks, I can already tell a difference, but if you look at the reviews they agree after using it for years! 



Both of these sets are such great buys.  They would cost much more if you bought them all separate! Here's a look at what you get in both sets, and this way you can see the sizes a little better as well! 





Below are a few more of the special event sets that I think would be pretty awesome to try!




** Thank you QVC for partnering with HWTH on this post.