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Free Halloween Printable

October 26, 2016

How is it only Tuesday?  Then again, how are we less than a week away from Halloween?  I need to get on the ball.  I created a fun free Halloween printable for y'all this morning.  These would be super cute as a lunchbox note or as a tag on a little treat bag. 

I'm not really a fan of Halloween at all but it's fun to get into the spirit for the kids.  Mine are super into scary and gore (or so they think) this year and I'm trying to desperately to stick with the cute and friendly!  I think I'm going to pick up some spider web netting and let them decorate the yard on Halloween afternoon.  That's about all I can take of the spooky.


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Fall Fashion Part 1

October 25, 2016

FALL FALL FALL.  Where did you go?  We had the absolute best weather here this past weekend and then the heat came back.  womp womp.  It's supposed to cool back off here later this week and I couldn't be more pleased.  I'm ready for firepits in the back yard!

I've got some cute fall outfit ideas for y'all this morning.  Nothing cutting edge here, just a few ways to hopefully inspire you to step out of the yoga pants and hop into a picture or two at your next pumpkin carving party :)

I've partnered with my Nordstrom to show you a few of my go-to fall looks because they always have something I love no matter the occasion. And sometimes it's worth it to get dressed.

Jeans + Plaid Shirt + Booties

Jeans || plaid shirt || Sam Edelman fringe booties from last year similar booties one / two / three || lip gloss || earrings || sunglasses || Barbour Jacket / look for less here 

I'm going to apologize for my bitch face above; y'all know it's actually my awkard "what the hell am I doing in front of the camera face."  But the sweatshirt is too good not to share and this was the best one we got.  Thank goodness I warmed up a little once my assistant quit complaining and started doing his job.  I mean how hard is it for a four year old to stand next to the camera and make silly faces?  Haha!  Please note, he was paid/bribed in plenty via grossery gang chocolate bars.  Oh the joys of little boys.

I think it's also helpful to see the non staged version of these outfits because they really are super cute and simple to throw on and look like you tried!

wool stadium coat / look for less

Casual Comfy Dress + Scarf + Booties + Structured Jacket
Everyone needs a good cute throw on outfit.  In the fall you just need to top with a scarf and or a jacket and you're all set.  I love how easy it is and how comfortable!  I wear this type of outfit with booties in the fall because my legs get hot in riding boots.  But that's an easy swap when it's cooler and I don't want any exposed skin!

Dress // also major love this one in navy || Plaid Scarf || Jacket || Bag

This post was sponsored by Nordstrom.  All opinions and outfit selections are picked solely by me.  Thank you for supporting the brands that help support this blog!

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October 21, 2016

Happy Friday, friends!  I just popped outside and I think we might actually have some cooler temps back.  Thank goodness.  I'm over the random heat of the past few days.  When I'm hot I get anxious and irritable; it's a fact.


Poldark Season One // on amazon prime here and Season Two is out now if you're ready!  I love a good BBC show, it makes me feel better about all the BRAVO I watch!
TURN Season Three // If you're new to the series be sure to start at Season One which is also on NETFLIX.  Spies and lies and history; you can't make this stuff up.  Kind of makes you wonder what people will be watching

This Is Us // I feel like this just keeps getting better and better!  I'm actually catching up on Episode Four as a I type. I think it's so cool how they're offering so many points of view we don't usually see on tv. 

Real Housewives of Orange County // Okay, no spoiler alerts please because I haven't seen the Ireland episode yet but I know there is lots of controversy!  I can't wait!  I have to say that my allegiances switch season to season but currently I'm on team Megan and Shannon and am so turned off by Kelly and Vicky. 

Grace Not Perfection // This books reads like a long coffee date with a good friend reminding you of all the reasons why you're doing just fine.  Love your people, love yourself; give grace freely.  Plus it's pretty hardback cover will look great stacked on your coffee table serving as a daily reminder.

What She Knew // As a mother it is a whole new level of heart-wrenching to read about missing children but for some reason I still do.  I couldn't put this one down although I can't say the ending was my favorite.

The Magnolia Story // Chip and Joanna Gaines share their journey.  I haven't started this one yet but I'm pretty even if it's the worst journalism and poorly written book of all time I will still love it; because Chip and Joanna Gaines, y'all.

Searching for Sunday // This has been a purposefully slow read for me over the past few months.  I've been reading about a chapter (or less) each Sunday morning.  I personally relate to lot of what the author struggles with love, acceptance, Jesus, Church, and Christianity as it stands today.  A good read for anyone who's ever questioned the Church.

Imagine Me Gone // I can't wait to start on this story full of raw and emotional family interactions.  It's been getting incredible reviews and promises to change how you view the relationships in your life.

The Art of Waiting // Any book that opens with the observation that once we decide we want to become parents we go from desperately trying not to get pregnant to trying to make a baby literally over night.  She then goes on to talk about the implications of that and her struggle with fertility.  A compassionate read for even those who have never faced infertility because chances are you know someone who has.

Zen And the Art of Happiness // Y'all know anything and everything that claims to help with my anxiety and depression will be under my radar.  This one offers some good tools for training a mind that wanders.

Hardcore Self Help F**CK ANXIETY // Om, the title of this book was enough to get me to place an order but the promise by the author to talk to you like a friend and include the occasional curse word had me thinking this might be a good surcie for most of my friends.

Daring Greatly // Brene´Brown.  Love love love her.  Vulnerability and finding authenticity and focusing not on winning or losing but on the courage of just trying.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”—Theodore Roosevelt

The Worry Trick // Go ahead and click on the see inside the cover button and read everything.  I think this is going to be a good one so I went ahead and ordered it this morning.

The Splendid Table // This is a fun podcast about food.  Sometimes I'm too tired to read or even watch tv at night and I just want to lay in bed under the covers and have someone tell me a bedtime story.  

Bitch Sesh // This one is another fabulous podcast to listen to while vacuuming or folding laundry or any other mundane task where you're ready for a laugh.  These ladies dish on all things Housewives.  Can't get enough!

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Also, a few of y'all have asked me for suggestions for dresses to put your older girls in who are refusing smocked dresses.  If you have younger children in smocked outfits you'll need something with simple lines to go with it.  My favorites this year are from Bella Bliss and I'm still narrowing down which of these I'll order for Wells. 

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Sweatshirt Season

October 19, 2016

I'm about as basic as they come.  I love to put on a pair of black leggings with my uggs, throw on a plaid scarf and order a pumpkin spice latte´ (#PSL, y'all) to drink while filling my cart with $3 seasonal decor at Target.  My house has a pumpkin-ish scented candle going and the leopard pillows and fur blankets have made their way to the couch.  Show me a fall meme and I'll see you that one and raise it by two.  But do you want to know what is a new and surprising celebration of Fall I've come to learn about this year?  The official start of sweatshirt season at the bus stop.

Hallelujah and praise the lord I no longer need to pretend I've just come back from barre or even get dressed to get my little bug off to school.  I'm already tip-toeing around the house trying to get her dressed and fed and out the door in partial darkness and utmost quiet so we don't wake up baby brother at this early hour.  Sneaking back up creaky stairs to find a bra just sucked.  Now I'm stress free as I throw on a fleece or hoodie and proudly walk my girl out the front door looking completely together without even getting dressed.  Yes ma'am, some might argue this is a new fashion low but for me it's embracing my season of life!  Proud supporter of Sweatshirt Season from now on!

Now before you worry and conjure up thoughts of winnie the pooh pajama pants, let's get back on track.  I'm talking full on bra free leisure-wear, not a loss of dignity.  Let's take a look, shall we?

black leggings (I've got my eye on these black fleece lined leggings as well) || funnel neck sweatshirt || vest || vineyard vines dot hooded sweatershirt || Ruffle Hem sweatshirt || Didn't Wake Up Like This || HUNTER boots || ugg slip on sneakers || black tote || excursion vest || infinity scarf ||


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Design Plan | A shared little girls' room

October 17, 2016

Happy Monday, friends.  You know how you see a thousand memes about letting the dishes sit in the sink because babies don't keep.  Well, I'm about over that.  I've spent the past three hours ignoring my children and cleaning my house.  I just can't concentrate when it's a mess.  Tagg is sick. I think it's just seasonal allergies or a little cold but for him that means around the clock nebulizer treatments to keep his asthma under control.  Wells is off from school today and has a friend over so I think they're upstairs playing American Girl Dolls go to Target to buy Shopkins.  Keep moving, nothing basic to see over here.  Anyway, I started this post at 10:45 and it's now 4:15 and I'm just now getting it posted.  Story of my life.

My friend Meg asked for my help doing a little zhushing in her little girls' shared bedroom. They just moved into this house a few months ago and already have a great blank slate to start from  but now it's time to add in just a bit of color and whimsy worthy of their fun personalities!

The girls are five and seven and which is hard because they're young and sweet but you don't want a room that resembles a nursery nor do you want to choose things that they'll outgrow in a few years.  I could easily see this room transitioning to tween.

nightstands || beds || art  || rug || pillow sham || pillow case || removal cloud decal wallpaper || chandelier || star lights || dollhouse || lamb doll / bunny doll || curtains

I always love to lead with the after version but the before is really pretty and I knew y'all would want to see what she's starting with.  Like I mentioned before, Wells was home today so she threw in a few must have's for her little friends' room like sparkly lights and their names on their pillows :)  I have to agree, all little girls need some twinkle lights!

Get the look:

A few of the other art I picked out for the room, all perfect for little girls!

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Friday | Pool House Project Update

October 14, 2016

Happy Friday everyone!  I realized I shared a picture of the progress we're making in my friend's pool house on instagram last week but I never talked about it here on the blog. 

The entire space was concrete and cinder block when we started.  They added dry wall to the top half of the room and painted the walls and the floors.  I'll have to get those colors for you, I can't remember off the top of my head.  She wanted to keep the existing yellow sofa because it's in perfect condition and it doesn't make sense to blow the budget at this point getting it reupholstered.  The striped chair is worn and needs updating so we're picking out a sunbrella fabric to help make it more durable.

We chose the fabrics and a fun trim for the pillows and picked up those awesome faux snakeskin ottomans and the wood and metal table at homegoods. I know a lot of people feel like you can't achieve a high end or well collected look from big box stores but I disagree.  With the right eye you can make anything from anywhere work well.

I'm on the hunt to find those quatrefoil ottomans and that fabulous light somewhere online for you.  I've rounded up the closest I can find for now below.

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ShopBop Sale

October 13, 2016

Shopbop just started their big sale and their is lots of goodies to be had!  Come check it my favorites!  Be sure to use code: MAINEVENT16 at checkout.  The Man-Sale is also on if you're feeling loving.  Personally, I'm feeling a bit more selfish right now and want some new things for myself!

Mara Hoffman compass dress || Sam Edelman d'orsay pumps || chiffon dress || navy floral dress || pink suede loafers || mara hoffman dress || Lace tee || off the shoulder blouse || pink tassel dress || plaid shirt dress || double cross wrap dress || black knit top || ruffle tee

And all the Tory Burch included in the sale too!

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Fall Clothes for Boys 2016

October 12, 2016

Okay y'all, yesterday I posted some cute fall fashion picks for girls and today I've got some things for the boys.

Just like when I'm shopping for my girl, and myself really, I like to do a good mix of solids in a few colors with some stripes thrown in.  Obviously the ladies get to throw polka dot, florals and animal print into the mix which makes it a bit more thrilling but with boys you can still add in stripes, plaids and gingham.  The idea is to keep it simple and classic so the kids can dress themselves and it all matches.  Although I'm still waiting for the day Tagg actually gets himself dressed.

DC Comics Batman Pajamas || Blue Corduroy pants || long sleeve dinosaur tee || vineyard vines polo || gingham button down || plaid flannel shirt || jeans || patagonia fleece vest || converse all stars || cement corduroy pants || starwars bow tie || boys half-zip popover || upstream swimsuit || hunter boots || striped tee || contrast pocket long sleeve tee || florsheim two-tone oxford shoes || Native Sneakers

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Hello Hello | Fall Clothes for Girls

October 11, 2016

How are we already running straight into mid-October?  Time is flying by!  We woke up to a crazy cold house this morning; 62 degrees.  It's in the 40's outside.  I guess it's already time to switch over to heat at night.

I've got some cute girls clothes for you this morning!  I'll be back later today or tomorrow with some cute things for the boys as well.  I hope everyone has a great Tuesday!

navy dress || cat tights || pink sperry boots || ugg classic short boots || hunter boots || cord skirt || girls knit sweater || striped leggings || puffer jacket || tweed shift dress || navy dot dress || fair isle sweater || patagonia vest || fur collar sweatshirt || striped turtleneck || pom pom knit hat || slip on sneakers

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Richmond Real Estate

October 6, 2016

Pop Quiz.

Just kidding.  Work is super busy right now with some big deadlines this afternoon and I have two big events at the kids' schools today and tomorrow I'm in charge of/helping out with.  Bring on the coffee!  Anyway, I've been working on some new marketing for my real estate business and I'd love your input on a few things.  I actually created a fun little survey for y'all yesterday morning but I couldn't get the html code to cooperate.  So annoying. 

I'd still love to have your input if you don't mind hopping over HERE to complete a quick survey.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  I'll be selecting someone at random who completes the survey to send a $25 gift card to Starbucks.  I think it will let you stay anonymous in the survey so just hop back on here and let me know if you want to be in the drawing!

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Work + Weekend | One Pair of Pants Three Ways

October 4, 2016

I've got three ways to style a pair of structured navy stretch pants for y'all today from work appropriate to super casual.  I love a good pair of leggings but sometimes it's nice to have something with a bit less give to wear with shorter tops.  All of these items are super classic and can mix and match with what you already have in your closet!

1. Martie Pants || 2. ruffle trim blouse || 3. Harlow Sweater || 4. Anneke pumps (just like the famous valentino pumps but at a fraction of the cost!) || 5. tory burch pearl earrings || 6. colorblock tote || 7. Simplified Planner ||

8. Martie Pants || 9, plaid shirt  || 10. barbour jacket || 11. joy flats || 12. double wrap leather logo bracelet || 13. sunglasses || 14. Britten shoulder bag/cross body bag in navy (on sale!) || 15. monogrammed s'well bottle ||

16. Martie Pants || 17. lace embroidered tee shirt || 18. gold new balance sneakers || 19. barbour baseball hat || 20. Tory Burch quilted tote (on sale for $250) || 21. striped scarf || 22. excursion vest

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Baby Shower Guide

October 3, 2016


I sometimes get so self-focused on here I forget that just because I'm already married and my babies are not exactly babies anymore I can still talk about weddings and baby stuff.  Especially since I still get invited to lots of showers.  This is the South, y'all, we love a good reason to celebrate.  With just family alone, I have a whole team of twenty-something cousins right now rocking away at the showers.  It's so fun!

I rounded up some of the baby items I loved when my two were tiny.  I love that these gifts are all practical but still fun and pretty!  I tried something new with the collage below so I think you can actually click on the images to go directly to their source.

Freshly Picked Moccasins || aden + anais swaddling blankets || sophie the giraffe || Jellycat bunny || rubber floor tiles || Teether bead necklace || wearable blanket || convertible car seat || babyletto crib || infinity nursing scarf || mariner crib sheet || rope gift basket || bunny lovey soother blanket || st. jude wooden train || bunny jelly cat ballerina || bottle drying rack || Angel Dear lovey (a pair and a spare) || PLATED meal plan gift card || Aquafor || silver plated rattle

What do you think? Anything I left off that you love to give a mom-to-be or a new mom?  My realistic list would be to just set the woman up on a diaper and wine delivery service.  Or chip in with a group of friends to hire her a cleaning lady to come twice a week for a few weeks.  I'm not even kidding.  Those are fabulous gifts, especially for someone who already has all the baby gear.

Another suggestion I'd make it to think ahead and buy clothes in a larger size.  No one can argue that newborn sized clothes aren't just so dang freaking itty bitty adorable [my weird wittle snuggle buggle voice just came out on that one, oh yes it did].  But honestly, it is so nice to after six months of watching all your pretty clothes get covered with spit up or poop, get to pull out something new and special from their shower.


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Five on Friday

September 30, 2016


1. Life is getting busier than ever.  That's good, right.  I feel like I have a lot on my plate right now which is super stressful.  But it's also pretty awesome to be confidant that I can handle more than organizing playdates and cleaning up toys.  Although I'm not sure my office job description is much different than my home job; both involve a lot of holding hands and cleaning up messes!

I'll be honest, the childcare component is by far the hardest part.  Hands down.

2. I have a hair appointment tomorrow morning. I really want to chop my hair off but my friend Marie will probably talk me out of it. We discuss bangs and or chopping off my hair every time and we always settle on waiting a little bit longer.  I love my long hair but sometimes I think it would be so much easier to have less to dry and style!

3. A few more favorite tops:

lace line tee || button down tunic || brearly open shoulder top || amis linen top || tiered lace tunic || wildberry top || tulay open shoulder top || brielle open shoulder top || norah peplum top || lawson peasant top ||

4.  Barbecue Chicken Pizza for dinner tonight!  It's pretty self explanatory but you can get the recipe here.  The only difference is that lately we've been using the pillsbury crust or trader joe's pizza dough instead.  I make a dairy-free version for Tagg by just eliminating the cheese.

5. Tailgate season.

Here are my five favorites to make for tailgating:
1.  Ina Garten's Sundried Tomato Dip
2.  Bean Salad
3.  Hot Caprese Dip
4.  Tomato Pie
5.  Chick Pea Salad (I use cilantro instead of parsley)

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Jeans + Tees

September 29, 2016

Jeans + Tees.

I remember one night back in my early 20's I spotted a chick who's effortless style immediately  impacted the way I thought about clothes and continues to do so a lot to this day.  I was out with friends at Meritage in Charleston decked out in a fabulous turquoise and green printed skirt, a turquoise top with a tie neck, green and turquoise earrings and matching necklace, and the most fabulous white and green heels.  I freaking loved that outfit.  It was a showstopper, no doubt about it.  But that night I noticed a girl wearing jeans with a white tee shirt and the most incredible chunky turquoise necklace and I thought to myself, dang, now that's how I want to look.  Not that my outfit was wrong, I stand by that look, it's just that I realized that night that the over the top look wasn't me.  In no way shape or form am I knocking a snazzy or super trendy outfit, I just know that it feels more like playing dress up to me and that I feel most comfortable in more understated styles.

One of my favorite go-to looks is a jeans and a tee shirt.  So dang simple, y'all.  The key to looking polished instead of boring is to upgrade beyond the basic tee.  And by upgrade, I mean step it up in style not price.  While it may not be awesome for date night or drinks with the girls, it's pretty dang helpful to have a quick and simple outfit for running errands or cheering on the kids at sports events or any other time when you want to look like you've got it together but not in a Stepford Wives at a PTA meetings kind of way.  I'm not saying it's never appropriate to look turbo-polished or on the other end to replace all your athleisure-wear, lord knows I love a good workout/fakeout look, but sometimes it's just a jeans and a tee shirt kind of day.  Most of these tops work perfect with leggings as well as jeans.  Double Bam.

1. curved loose tank || 2. love split back pullover || 3. twisted front tee || 4. long sleeve tunic tee || 5. high low burnout tee || 6. solid peplum tee || 7. lace embroidered top || 8. striped split back top || 9. split back turtleneck

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Carters Mountain

September 28, 2016

I went apple picking yesterday on Carters Mountain in Charlottesville with Wells' class.  The rain held off thankfully and we ended up with the most perfect overcast day!  It's such a gorgeous spot with lots of history!  You can see Monticello from the top of the mountain.  I imagine this place is crazy on the weekends but it was really pleasant on a weekday morning.  Not really crowded at all.  I want to go back again soon!

Anyone have any good apple pie recipes they want to share?  I now have two big bags full that I need to do something with in the next few days!

I absolutely love the mountains of Virginia in the fall.  So gorgeous!

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