Thursday, October 18, 2018

Halloween - Costumes, Recipes, and Decor Ideas

Hey hey friends, and happy Thursday!! 

 Last week in my Five on Friday post, I mentioned that Todd and I were in charge of hosting this year's Halloween supper club.  As soon as we chose our month to host, my brain was instantly overloaded with all kinds of ideas.  These ideas included (but were not limited too) decorations and whether I should go super creepy or just keep it simple, what main dish I wanted to make and if I needed appetizers along with it, what specialty cocktail I should make, and if I should use vodka or tequila?!?  And then...oh yeah, our costumes!!!  Omg, our costumes, shit we are the host so we've gotta have good costumes!!  Oh the adhd brain...when it doesn't drive you mad, you have to appreciate all the attention to every detail :) 

That being said, I figured I would share my ideas since we still have a week and a half until Halloween and many of you are still searching for costume ideas or maybe even a little party inspiration. 

First up, for decorations I decided to go semi-creepy ;)  I figured my kids would enjoy seeing and playing with all these decorations without it freaking them out.  I'm also secretly hoping they will thinks it's all so cool that they'll want to help me set everything on Saturday before the party! 

Click the link here to get any and all of the details for the items below.  And just a heads up, everything below can be ordered today and arrive at your home no later than Monday, October 20th! 

Second, here is what I've decided on for food so far.  This chili looks amazing, and from the reviews, it sounds like it tastes just as good as it looks.  I still haven't decided on a cocktail yet, but when I do (and if it's good), I'll be sure to share it with you guys! 


And last, but not least, here are some of my favorite Halloween costumes for adults and for kids this year! Click the link here to shop any of these costumes! 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Five on Friday

Good morning friends, and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!! 

I am so sorry for the radio silence around here this week, it's been a crazy one to say the least. Between Carson catching the stomach bug, myself getting sick, and then school being cancelled yesterday, writing my blog this week just didn't make the cut. 

That being said, everyone is around here is feeling great now...the kiddos are back in school , and I've got a lot to catch y'all up on!! 

ONE // 

Last Thursday, our family was invited to stay the night at the new Hotel Bella Grace located downtown Charleston. ,You guys, this is seriously one of the most gorgeous hotels we have ever stayed at, and the location couldn't be more perfect! 

I mean, how amazing is the decor?!?

Our room was beautiful and the beds felt like we were sleeping on a huge, fluffy cloud! 

This was one of the upstairs dining rooms and there's also another one across the hall, plus, there's outdoor dining on the upstairs porch. 

My three loves!  I snapped this photo of them while we were walking to Coast for dinner.  It felt so nice out, and it was such a fun treat to be able to walk to and from dinner with the kiddos! 

I mean, even the carpet and the wallpaper in the hallway were stunning! 

Linen Dress (Major Sale) // Earrings // Sandals // Gray Handbag

After dinner, we came back to our room and had a nice surprise...a bottle of prosecco and my favorite chocolates were waiting for us!  After getting the kids to bed, we turned on the sound machine, and then Todd and I set up a mini fort with a lot of pillows in the large dressing room area.  We sat there for hours talking, laughing, and enjoying our champagne and was such a fun night!

We all slept in until 8am the next morning, and if you know our kids, that is late.  After that, we all got up and headed down to the adjoined historical Delany House to enjoy an amazing breakfast.  And as you can see below, this isn't your average hotel breakfast. 

 TWO // 

Here are some pictures of us having the best time at one of our all time favorite places...Freshfield's Village!  We haven't been out to Kiawah with the kids in almost two years, so it was so much fun to go back and enjoy the music on the green and stay at the Andell Inn for the night! 

Carson was really excited, because he got to bring along one of his best buddies (Logan) to hang with us. As you can probably tell, Taylor is pretty fond of him as well.  She lets him know everytime he's around that he's beautiful and that she's going to marry him...haha!! 

After we checked out of the hotel on Saturday, we headed up the street to Bohicket Marina for our pirate cruise.

Even though we knew Carson and Logan may be a little too old, or should I say think "too cool", they ended up having the best time!!  The captain and crew members made it so much fun that they both said they would want to do it again. 

Oh, and this little pirate lady LOVED it!!! 

 Todd and I had a blast laughing while watching them have so much fun. 

I had a lot of questions about my $15 baseball tee, so I included the link below. 

Baseball Tee (wearing size small) // Shorts (40% off) // Baseball Cap


Two of my favorite things happened three out of four days this week before 5pm ....comfy pajamas and a big glass of red wine, and I don't even feel bad about it.  If Todd and I didn't have a date night and a party to attend tonight, I would be making this situation happen for a fourth night ;) 

Mae Lightweight Pajamas - run tts and I'm wearing a small. 

And if you're looking for a really good, smooth red wine that is delicious chilled, I highly recommend this one below. 

FOUR // 

On Sunday, I helped host a baby shower for two of my dear girlfriends who are both expecting their first baby girl!!!  For my friend Katherine (on the left), this will be her third baby and for my friend Whitney, this will be her fourth!  So let me just say, these little unborn princesses don't have anything to worry about when it comes to being loved on and protected by their big brothers. 

What I wore


And last, but not least, all four of us have our Halloween costumes early for once!  You will have to wait to see the costumes for Todd and I because we're kicking off our supper club Halloween dinner party this year and I know some of our friends that will be attending check the blog out at times ;) 

But here's what Carson and Taylor decided to dress up as this year. 
Also, if you're still on the hunt for your kiddos, then you should check out my Amazon Halloween page here for some cute/cool suggestions! 

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Recent Looks (with size and fit)

Hello Friends, and happy Saturday!!  We've got a fun, busy day ahead so I'm going to keep things short and share a few of my recent outfits that I'm loving!  And since a lot of you have given me feedback letting me know it's helpful, I will also include size and fit information below each piece. 

Shirt runs and vest run tts, I am wearing the xs in both, and jeans run small through the thighs and rear. For sizing reference I am wearing them in a size 26.

 Booties (on sale) // Earrings 

Blouse runs tts, and for reference I am wearing it in a size small. 

Top runs large for sizing reference I am wearing it in the xs. 

Embroidered Dress  // Wedges (on sale) 

Dress runs tts, and for reference I am wearing it in the size small. 

Dress runs a little small and is snug through the rear and hips.  For sizing reference, I'm wearing a small. 

Dress run big so size down, and for reference, I'm wearing an xs. 

Dress runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing it in the xs. 

Linen Dress (Major Sale) // Earrings // Sandals // Gray Handbag

Dress runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing an xs. 

V-Neck Bell Sleeve Shift Dress // Pumps (look for less here

Dress runs tts and I'm wearing a size small, but it's a little on the shorter side.  For sizing reference, I'm 5'2" and it hits about two inches above my knee.

Tank and leggings both run tts, and I'm wearing a small in both. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

What To Wear - Fall Family Pictures

During this time of the year I get a lot of emails and dm messages asking for suggestions on what to wear for family pictures, so this year I thought I'd actually show you guys in a few different posts. First up is fall family pictures since it's that time of the year. 

When I pick out our families outfits I always start with the shoes.  I know that might seem a little strange, but I swear it's the best starting point for building any outfit, especially when you have four or more people to coordinate. 

When it comes buying shoes for the entire family and you don't want to break the bank, but you want to make sure you get good quality shoes that everyone can wear all season long Rack Room Shoes has been our go-to now for many years.  When it comes to buying family shoes not only do they carry are large variety for men, women, and kids, but they also make sure they keep up with all the latest styles and trends of the season. 

Rack Room Shoes seriously knocked it out of the park this year with their boot and bootie selection. And best part, starting today through October 14th you can all take advantage of their buy one get one FREE sale!!!  And yes, you read that right, you can buy four pair of boots and/or booties, but only pay for two pair.*

I mean, I can't even handle those sweet bows on Taylor's boots!!

My Dress (40% off) // My Booties - Xappeal Sabine - Taupe // Tassel Earrings
Todd's Henley // Vest // Jeans // Todd's Shoes - Varese Gobi 11 -Brown
Carson's Button Down // Jeans // Carson's Shoes - Sold Out (Similar Here)  

Photos by Kim Graham 

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