Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Off The Grid

So, I feel like I have some 'splaining to do. I've been absent from this space a lot recently and I wouldn't blame you if you have given up on me! You see, work and life have been busy lately and on top of that, I've been on the go. If you follow along on instagram, you probably know that I had a birthday last Thursday and the husband surprised me with a trip to Boston. Yay! We had a ball and it went by way too fast. Before Boston, I was on a work retreat at Dufuaski Island and not long before that, I was in Vegas. So, you see, it's been a busy few weeks. Work days have been long and evenings have been short which leaves little time to curate quality posts.  I'm a firm believer that blogging shouldn't rule your life but instead be a part of your life. With summer winding down, I'm hoping I will have a little more time to create fun, useful posts just for you. I'm working hard to get back to regular posting soon. Until then, I hope you will hang with me. Have a great Wednesday friends and I look forward to seeing you on a more regular basis real soon!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Weekend!

Hello, friends. Happy Friday! The weekend is finally here to rescue me from this long week. Starting at 5pm today, I plan to kick it into relaxation mode. I'm talking mani/pedi, sleeping in, maybe a little beach time and a cocktail. And on that note, I thought I'd share one of my favorite things...a champagne cocktail.

This Elderflower Champagne Cocktail sounds absolutely delightful. Don't you think?
image and recipe via The Kitchn

Cheers, y'all!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Another Lovely Collaboration

It's no secret that adore Banana Republic. I mean, it's my jam, y'all. I've always loved Banana and for the last few years, it's been my go-to for smart, sharp business attire, as well as classic casual wear. That being said, these designer collaborations only deepen my love and have me reaching for my wallet. I thought I'd share some of my favorites from the Roland Mouret + Banana Republic line. Enjoy!

I'm loving the neckline and sleeve detail on this Lace Sleeve dress

Love everything about this look. How could I not, navy is pretty much my fave color. 
The Leopard Pencil skirt is perfect with the Colorblock Crew.

This Perforated belt is a staple in my book. 
Think of all the outfits you could add it to for that extra layer of depth. 

This bold Strappy Sheath dress has statement written all over it. I love the wide shoulders. 
So hard to resist!

This Two Button blazer could take you from desk to dinner in a cinch. Another staple. 

I'd say this was another lovely collaboration. See the full collection here
Keep 'em coming, Banana! 
Have a fantastic Wednesday, friends!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Where did the weekend go, y'all? Seems like it was just Friday. :( It was a rainy weekend in Georgia which means it was low key at best. I spent a lot of time surfing the net, catching up on a few of my fave magazines and hanging out with family. All in all, it was a relaxing weekend and that's exactly what I needed.

Since the weather was less than stellar, I did a little online shopping. I mean, what's a girl to do when it's raining?!? As you may know, Design Darling had a big sale this weekend to celebrate Mackenzie's birthday. Everything was 25% off and I finally purchased this acrylic pencil cup. I've been eyeing it for a while and the 25% off pushed me right over the edge. I think it will be just perfect for my makeup brushes. I can't wait for it to arrive!

A few other things on my Design Darling wish list...
How gorgeous is this tray? I see it on my dresser holding all my favorite pieces of jewelry!

This international sign of hospitality would be the perfect addition to a powder room or a kitchen. 
Don't you think?

Anyone that knows me, knows I adore anything nautical. This pillow stole my heart. If I had a place for it, I would have snapped it right up!
Well, friends, that's all I've got for today. I hope you had a great weekend. Have a fabulous week!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Shopping with 9th & Elm

Hi friends and happy Friday! Are you ready for the weekend? To kick off a great weekend, I have something pretty fantastic to share with you today. A few weeks ago, 9th & Elm reached out to see if I'd be interested in a partnership. To be honest, I had not heard of 9th & Elm until then but, I was curious enough to check them out and see what they are all about.

9th & Elm may be one of the coolest sites I've come across in a while. It's a one stop shop for hand made and independent designs. Um, what? Yes. It's true. It is a brilliant idea and it makes shopping for a unique gift that much easier. It's Etsy meets GroopDealz. Sales are available for a limited time and items range from home decor to clothing and jewelry. A little piece of advice: If you see something you like, you better snap it up. Once the sale is over, it's, well...over. :( 

I had so much fun shopping for these items. I chose a bracelet, a dress and a necklace/earring set. Check 'em out!

This sweet little monogrammed bracelet is the perfect addition to a bangle stack. It's pretty and subtle all at the same time. I adore it!

There are no words for how much I love this dress. Dress it up with heels or make it more casual with flip flops. Sadly, it's sold out but you can check out the dresses currently available here

You may remember this necklace from Monday's post. It made a cameo appearance in the selfie. LOL! This particular set doesn't seem to be available anymore, however, follow the link above to see the whole collection of Statement Necklaces. You won't be disappointed!

I hope you will hop on over to 9th & Elm and peruse an array of goodies from handmade and independent designers. I bet you put something in your shopping cart on the first visit. With easy returns and fast, free shipping, there's no reason not to! 

Have a great weekend, dolls! 

*This post was sponsored by 9th & Elm, however, I truly love this site and all opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Newest Obsession : Sydney

Hi there. Just popping in today to let you know about a recent purchase that I'm in love with. Just before heading out to Vegas a few weeks ago, I picked up this more than function bag by Fossil. Honestly, I can't remember the last time I added a Fossil to my collection...probably a watch 10+ years ago. But, hey, that's neither here nor there. This bag is awesome and I just have to tell you about it.  Are you ready? Ladies, I'd like for you to meet Sydney. I promise you will love her. Sure, she's pretty but there are so many more reasons to love her. "Why?" you ask, well, let's break it down real quick.

Color: It's the most beautiful gold color. Not too dull but not too flashy. Perfect for work. And after work.

Sydney Bag

The inside: First of all, the inside is light in color. Need I say more? If you've ever dug around your handbag for a good 10 minutes looking for keys, that pen you know you put in there or anything else for that matter, you know the importance of a light colored interior. Secondly, it's full of pockets. Always a plus. 

The size: The size is more than generous but without being huge. I'm serious, the square footage is impressive.  For instance, in Vegas, I stashed all my "regular" items (wallet, cosmetic bag, iphone, etc.) comfortably and yet still had room to throw in my ipad, a notebook and a bottle of water. Major win in my book. Wouldn't you agree?

Needless to say, I encourage you to check out this bag. It's currently on sale and if nothing else, she's worth a second look. Have a great Wednesday, friends!