Friday, August 18, 2017

What I am Wearing... $55 Floral Dress












Dress // Bag similar here and here // Sandals // Earrings 

TGIF my loves!!

Carson and Taylor both had a wonderful first day at school. Taylor walked in her first day of kindergarten like she owned the place and without a care in the world. And while Carson was a little nervous, he walked out of school with a big smile and told me he had an awesome day. 

As much as I love summer I can't lie, I am so looking forward to a routine. And thankfully, getting back to our regular routine means weekly date nights for Todd and I. Don't get me wrong, we've had a few date nights this summer but they've been pretty sporadic...we actually had one last Friday evening after one of my photo shoots.

Either way, I digress, the entire point of this post is to show you ladies this adorable floral dress that I ordered from Nordstrom a few weeks ago. I'm not only obsessed with the gorgeous print, but also the fact that it's double-lined and super affordable at $55!! And it's the perfect date night dress, with plenty of room to indulge in your favorite meal. 

You guys can also shop more of my favorite under $55 "date night" dresses below. 

Only $46, and comes in three colors. 







Only $39 and comes in 3 colors. 












Photos by Kim Graham 

Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post. 


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Summer Orzo Pasta Salad + Favorite White Tee


If you are searching for a delicious summer salad then search no more. We had some friends over to grill out last week. I made this salad to accompany our chicken and beef kabobs and it was a huge hit.  

It's such a fresh salad with all the vegetables and herbs. The orzo pasta and garbanzo beans make it hearty enough to stand as your only side. It also saves well in the refrigerator for at least three days. Our leftovers didn't make it that long though because I gobbled them all up for lunch the next day. 








Ingredients

    For the salad:
  • 8 ounces orzo pasta {try whole wheat for a healthier version}, cooked according to package
  • 1/2 english cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 - 15-ounce can garbanzo beans {chickpeas}, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped {about 2/3 cup}
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • For the Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions
  1. Cook the orzo according to the package. Let cool completely or run under cold water until cooled.
  2. In large mixing bowl combine the cucumber, feta cheese, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, red onion and gently stir to combine.
  3. In a mason jar or salad dressing container whisk together the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, pepper and extra virgin oil.
  4. Add the orzo pasta to the vegetables and mix well. Pour half of the dressing over the salad and toss. Sprinkle the basil, mint and parsley over the salad and gently toss. If serving immediately add more dressing if you feel like the salad needs it. Otherwise refrigerate the remaining half of the dressing and the salad. When ready to serve add the remaining dressing and toss.


// And I also wanted to share with you guys my new favorite white tee. I am pretty sure this is going to be the kind of outfit you will find me in most days now that school is starting back. Early morning drop offs call for a comfy tee, yoga pants, and a ponytail :) 





Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Our Home - Featured on Houzz!!


Good morning everyone and happy Tuesday!! 

Some of you may remember a few weeks back when I shared that I was getting our home "photo ready" for a fun shoot on Instastories. 

Well, I can finally share that the fun shoot was for Houzz.com! I cannot describe how giddy I was when I received an email from one of their editors, Margaret Wright, letting me know that Houzz wanted to feature our home along with a full article on their website. 

If you guys are interested in seeing a few more pictures of our home, and also reading a little more about the building process (and a few personal snippets) then you can check it out here! I am so happy with all the pictures, and it was also fun for Todd and I to read the article together this morning. We had some laughs and I may have even shed a tear thinking to myself how excited I am to finally call the place I've dreamed of living in for so long 'home'. I'm looking forward to many years and making a lot of memories with my family in this home sweet home. 






















Monday, August 14, 2017

Black Jersey Dress 3 Ways

Good morning and happy Monday!! I am so excited to share this versatile little black dress worn three different ways. I ordered this dress last week from Nordstrom and I knew it was a keeper as soon as I tried it on. This dress is super stretchy, super soft, and is the perfect weight for transitioning from summer to fall. 

It's perfect for now, especially since temps are still in the high nineties around here. 








It's also great for layering with any cute top. I especially love this one with the stripes, tie front, and adorable ruffle sleeves. 






And the last look with a structured military jacket and booties is perfect for fall.





 Earrings // Clutch // Booties


 I know the price seems a little steep for a jersey dress, but I promise you, this is one that will last for years and years. The material of this dress is not only amazing, but it hits you in all the right places and hides any extra pounds and all bumps and grooves. 

Also, check out below for more of my favorite dresses from Nordstrom that can be worn all year long! 



Photos by Kim Graham 

*Thank you Nordstrom for partnering on this post. 


Friday, August 11, 2017

5 on Friday...

ONE // 
TGIF, y'all!! I am so excited about a laid back weekend with no big plans! 

To say that we've been indulging around here lately would be an understatement. I mean, you saw how much (and how bad) we ate on vacation didn't you?! I've let myself gain a few extra lbs. one too many times so when school starts back next week we are all going to start eating a lot healthier and I'm also planning on getting back to my regular gym schedule. To help me stay on track I ordered this meal planner notebook and I think this will help me hold myself accountable being that I'll have to write all of my meals down. I'll be sure to let you all know how it goes. 


TWO // 
I had so many messages about the little stripe dress that I wore yesterday so I figured I would share it with you here as well. This dress runs tts and I'm normally between a small and xs, but being that I've gained a few extra pounds this summer I went with the small. Also, I know the sleeves look a little different on the website, but the way they look in my photo gives you a better idea as far as the look. 

Dress (only $39) // Necklace (40% off) // Earrings // Sandals



THREE // 

It's almost time for the BIGGEST Lilly Pulitzer sale of the season! I'm not sure about the exact date yet, but as soon as I find out I'll be sure to share it with you all. Also, I am planning a big giveaway this year for you guys as well and I can't wait to show you all of the Lilly goodies that someone is going to win! 

I wore this outfit on Wednesday and I can already tell it's going to be on a regular rotation. 



FOUR // 

I am dying to put wallpaper in our dining room, but I'm struggling to pull the trigger. I would probably just do wallpaper on the top portion of the wall above the molding so it wouldn't be too busy. 




My top three choices are below...which do you guys like the best?? You know I'm such a neutral lover so I'm leaning towards the white and sand leaves, but I also think a pop of color could be fun?!








FIVE // 
And last, Loft is currently offering 40% off everything on the entire site and this includes Lou and Grey, y'all! I am loving all the pale pink and beautiful floral patterns they having coming out for fall.