Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fall Beauty Updates and Fashion

Not only does Fall bring so many fun activities, it also brings updates to our wardrobe and beauty!  I love the harvest and jewel toned hues!  Bring on the colored jeans, plaid, leggings, boots, booties, tights, scarfs, animal and critter prints!  I have also been seeing lots of leather and camo trending, but not so sure I can pull those off;)

I was excited to find a pair of animal print flats at Ross over the weekend!  I only like a "pop" of animal print for me so they were perfect!  They were even metallic and only $14.99 so they pretty much had my name on them!

This week I also made an update to my hair.  I decided to give ombre a try and so far, so good!  When I initially had it done, the top wasn't quite dark enough so my wonderful stylist, Jenna at Philosophie Salon, added an extra coat and I was good to go!  I definitely was ready for a change and look forward to staying on the dark side until Spring rolls around.  Hopefully I won't get to missing my blonde too much;)  If you are a St. Augustine local, be sure to check out this stylish salon!

Here is a look at my before and after:

I also went in for a much needed update to my nails.  I have been pinning all the fall nails and was excited to finally make the switch! I have been loving a good party nail these days:)  Every time I go for a manicure now, they always talk me into doing gel.  I love that you can leave and your nails be dry and ultimately last longer but feel the color choices are usually limited.  No, I am not a Gamecock fan;)

What are you doing to update your Fall look? What are you favorite Fall wardrobe pieces?

Monday, September 23, 2013


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Hello Autumn!

Happy 1st official week of Autumn!  Living in FL, I am so anxious for some cooler temps and all the fun that Fall brings!  I just love this time of year!

Here's my list of fall goodness:

I can actually go ahead and cross off a few things!  We went to an apple orchard while back in NC over Labor Day week and enjoyed the yummy cider and doughnuts!  Since then I think I have officially been addicted to anything apple!  For my friends in NC, you should definitely check out Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock.  It's beautiful and makes for a great day trip!  Check them out on facebook for more info:  Picking your apples off the tree is way better than at Publix;)

I have also already made my fall wreath:

This was my 1st attempt at making burlap roses so I was a bit worried.  It ended up turning out pretty cute and was super cheap to make.  I picked up the grapevine wreath at Michaels for $2 along with the wooden pumpkin and owl for $.25 and the leaf/berry stem for $1.  I had rolls of burlap from other projects along with the wooden "P" that was painted white already and used in one of our wedding showers.  I chalk painted the owl and pumpkin plaques and added some orange polka dots to the "P" and followed this tutorial for the roses:  I honestly don't like to follow directions so once I got the main idea of how to create these beauties, I kinda winged it;)  I will say that using a wired burlap that you can get in a spool makes this easier, which I realized on my last rose with the orange chevron burlap ribbon I had. Go figure!

Here is also a pic of our fall mantle that I love too!  The bunting was a wedding gift that included a copy of our wedding invitation wording/silhouettes in the middle:)  I love that it's in the shades of Fall as this time is the perfect time of year to reflect and be thankful for marriage! Btw, 2 weeks from today is our 1st anniversary!  

I am loving the smell of pumpkin and spice that those candles are bringing!  I have added a few other random decorations and have almost finished the outdoor space too.  I will save for another post!

Lastly, I am making good progress with drinking pumpkin coffee everyday!  I frequent Starbucks and Dunkin too much and have even bought my own pumpkin flavored coffee for home.  It just starts off the day feeling festive, cozy, & delicious!

What's some of your Fall faves?  Wishing everyone a Happy Fall filled with family, friends, new and old traditions, sprinkled with love!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hey Y'all! Southern Selections link-up!

Sorry I have been MIA this Summer!  It has been a very busy one between work and actually living life!  I hope to catch up this Fall and wrap up my first blogging year with at least a weekly post!  After all, my main reason to start blogging was to share my random daily life adventures and thoughts to be able to reflect later:)

This week we have been in NC for a beautiful, sweet wedding in Charlotte, enjoying time with my family and simply loving the time off!  This has been my first true vacation week in 5 years and that time off was actually just when we moved from IL to FL!!  It's definitely been good for the mind, body, and soul!  I will share more on our trip soon!

I did want to share a link to Cambron's blog, The Southern Sophisticate!!  Today she shared my picks from her Southern Selection series!  I stumbled across her blog a couple weeks back and loved this quick questionnaire about love for the South!  Be sure to check it out to see my faves!  Being back "home" in NC this week, I think it's perfect timing to embrace how sweet the South is!  It has been a sight for sore eyes;)!

Happy Weekend!  Do what makes you happy and be grateful for the little things!

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