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Wedding Season in the South

May 2, 2016

Wedding Season in the South.

We had the most incredible time in Charleston this past weekend celebrating Matthew's cousin and her British beau.  The wedding was at Stella Maris on Sullivan's Island and the reception at the Daniel Island Club.  Every detail was seriously so dreamy.  I promise to share more photos from the wedding from the photographer.  I can only imagine how gorgeous those will be to look at!

Wells and Tagg were in the wedding which was so adorable.  Wells took her job very seriously.  Tagg was pissed he didn't get to stay up front with the groomsmen.  Hey, I don't blame him I'm a sucker for a British accent too.  Yes, all those cutie-pie groomsmen are also British.  I know.

We had the kids walk down the aisle for the ceremony and then immediately turn and go up the side to the back of the Church where we promptly took them outside.  I know their limits and sitting inside quietly for an hour while on vacation is not one of them.  The trolley driver offered to take us on a ride and they were so pumped to get a private tour!  That was awesome.  I don't think they'll ever forget about it.

I had my parents come down to Charleston on Saturday to keep the kids so Matthew and I could enjoy the reception.  That was so awesome of them.  Convincing them to spend a week in SC is never hard though :)

 We also had time for a little bit of Charleston eating but not nearly as much as I'd hoped.  We went to the new Hometeam BBQ downtown friday night with all of Matthew's extended family.  The service was really slow but we were seated on the porch adjacent to the lawn which was great for the kids to run around outside and play.  And I can't not mention my old favorite, Poe's.  Cheeseburger + fries + beer at the beach.  Enough said.

Me: white jeans || top (old but this one is similar) || julie vos necklace || shoes (discontinued but these are similar). Wells: navy dress (tts don't size up like you normally would need to here) || shoesTagg: shirt || seersucker pants ($19 with code: GETSHOPPING). Matthew: shirt || pants (old, I found them in blue which he also has) 

 Friday night was interesting trying to take them out to dinner after a long day of traveling and swimming in the pool.  Poor babies were so tired.  I wish we'd thought to have a sitter earlier.  Note to self, don't wait until the day before to try to find a sitter in Charleston on a Friday night.

I'm exhausted and thankful to be back home, but, man was that a good time.

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Chambray Love

April 29, 2016

Now that we've skipped right over Spring and into HOT I've got to get ahold of a chambray dress.  I practically live in my long sleeve chambray shirt this time of year and I think a dress made of that same structured but breathable fabric is a must.  And apparently it's right on trend this year as well.

One || Two || Three || Four

The second dress is the least expensive and it's also on sale! Cardholders take 40% off.  No card?  Take 30% off with code: THANK YOU

Check out a few more favorites below:

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J.Crew Sale

April 28, 2016

Whoa, I just noticed that J.Crew is running an extra 40% off sale items and 30% regular priced styles with code: SCORE.  Plus free shipping on overs over $150 which practically forces me to add a few things into my cart in order to save the $5 in shipping.  That's just good basic math.

Among the many awesome deals I'm most excited about snagging a few new pairs of my favorite shorts for $27!  You'll notice I linked the 4" shorts, I think it's time for me to retire my beloved 3" from circulation outside of my backyard.

I also really love this top in the flax color and I'll need this dress for work.  And this tassel tunic because nothing says this summer is going to be carefree and breezy with a sunscreened and popsicled-up four and five year old at the pool quite like a white linen tunic.  Plus this scalloped swimsuit and this striped off the shoulder number will clearly encourage my children to play nicely together in the shallow end while I lounge in a chair and read a book.  Or perch on the end of a boat.  Obviously.

A few more things that I love below

 I found some cute things for the kids as well

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A little less talk and a lot more action

April 27, 2016

A little less talk and a lot more action.

I mentioned in a previous post that I've been obsessed with podcasts lately.  I can't get enough.  It physically forces me to tune out the noise in my head and around me and just listen.  I'm talking about the constant loop of thoughts that many of us have trouble turning off.  Ever.  Podcasts help me retrain my Mom Brain to focus better.  Plus they're fun, portable, and I'm learning a lot of cool stuff.

Stuff Mom Never Told You, The Anxiety Guru, and The Life Coach School with Brooke Castillo are my current favorites.  I would add Serial by This American Life but I thought season two was about as #wompwomp as season one was exhilarating.  We can chat more about that later.  I would love to hear your thoughts on Adnan.

Massive Action not Passive Action.  Brooke Castillo talks about this distinction and it really really really hit home for me.  So much so that I wrote it down and taped it to my bathroom mirror as a daily reminder.  I like passive action. I like to spend hours on pinterest, scrolling through instagram, listening to podcasts (ironic, right), reading blogs, reading articles on real estate, looking at listings, finding photoshop and illustrator tutorials on you tube, binge watching netflix, reading books, etc.  I like to make lists and plan and dream.  

You know where I get stuck?  Massive Action.  You know, actually creating something.  Painting in my new art studio instead of sitting inside pinning images of beautiful art studios.  Scrolling through instagram instead of posting a photo on instagram.  Making mock-up business cards and logos in photoshop instead of actually turning in my real estate paperwork to DPOR and making my license official.  Looking at someone else's writing or blog post instead of writing my own.  Now, these may all be examples that you can't directly relate to.  Not everyone needs to write or blog or paint or sell real estate.  But I'm guessing you can fill in the blanks with your own life.  Okay, full disclosure.  My biggest one is probably pinning articles and pictures of organized homes instead of actually getting off my butt and organizing my home.  Please tell me I'm not alone in that one.

So my new daily goal is to create something.  Even if it's just one thing.  Even if it sucks.  Even if it's not well received.  My goal is not to please everyone but rather to be pleased with myself for trying.  For doing.  A life well-lived.  Today I created this blog post.  Tomorrow my plan is to order new stationery.  Thursday I plan to make a recipe I pinned.  Not everything has to change your life. Mostly it's the small things that add up to you living your life and not just sitting on the sidelines.  Anyone else feel a reference to the best movie of all time coming on?  Wait for it...

Iris, in the movies we have leading ladies and we have the best friend.  You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason you are behaving like the best friend.

You're so right.  You're supposed to be the leading lady of your own life, for god's sake! Arthur, I've been going to a therapist for three years, and she's never explained anything to me that well.

-The Holiday

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Art Sale Lowcountry Marsh Paintings

April 26, 2016

Lowcountry Marsh Paintings.

I can't even begin to explain to y'all how incredible it is for me to have a dedicated art space at home now.  #blessed.  Just kidding, I don't want to have to punch myself in the face.  But seriously, I am so grateful to have a place that I can spread out and jam to music and paint.  Heaven.  There is absolutely nothing else that helps me unwind quite like standing in front of a canvas.  I truly appreciate all of your past encouragement and support and I hope you all like this latest collection of marsh prints as well.

A collection of oil and acrylic paintings on canvas.  These paintings are inspired by the lowcountry of South Carolina.  Specifically, the creeks of Pawleys Island.

To purchase please email me at juliakyleryan@gmail.com with the painting number you'd like.  It's also really helpful to go ahead and list a back up, if you have one.


Thank y'all so very much for so much support and kind words. I've moved the available pieces to the top to make it easier.  If you are looking for a specific size I am going to open up a few commission spots so just email me for details.  Thank you, again.
14x18 flat canvas
14x18 flat canvas
8x10 on raised canvas

 Marsh 17
Marsh 22

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Get The Look: Striped Dress for Spring

Get The Look: Striped Dress for Spring

I have about a million LOOKS I LOVE saved in a pinterest folder.  I will literally open the folder up and study it before I have somewhere special to go.  And by special I mean somewhere that I can't wear sweatpants or yoga pants.  It's as if I think this will make outfits I love magically appear in my closet.

Time to go to the next step and actually buy some of the clothes and accessories I pin over and over again.  So many of the images I pin are all the same style.  Not the same item, but the same style.  I'm going to start doing a better job of editing my closet to add a few of these items in to rotation so I can actually pull together the outfits on the fly instead of just thinking, "oh this would be so cute if only I owned a blank."  I'm betting this will save me money in the long run as well.

I found this outfit last night on pinterest and decided to recreate it!  I was blown away to see that the dress is on clearance for $7.99, what what!!! If you wanted to try a dressier office appropriate version of this outfit I think dress is amazing. Plus it is eligible for a gift with purchase promotion.

long sleeve striped t-shirt dress (ON MEGA CLEARANCE FOR $7.99) (Also a major fan of this striped maxi dress) || booties || sandals || Necklace || Black leather tassel clutch (big fan of this similar bag and I also love THIS ONE which would be perfect to gift yourself for Mothers Day) (and this one is a perfect look for less, just add a tassel || airbrush tan (this stuff is amazing!) || sunglasses || Julie Vos Botticelli Ring (another good Mother's Day gift idea)

shop the look above:

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What Your Rooms Say About You (or so my life coach says)

April 25, 2016

 What Your Rooms Say About You (or so my life coach says).

For the past few months I've been working with a life coach.  My quick description is that it's like therapy-lite.  We're working on my goals, both short term and long term, and how I can get there and what obstacles (mostly of my own creating) are holding me back.  I'm trying to find out who I really am as an individual beyond wife and mother and what will really fulfill me.  How to be the best version of myself which will in turn make me a better wife and mother.

It's like meeting with your really insightful and compassionate friend who is aware of all the latest cool information on self-actualization and mindfulness and motivation and knows how to keep the conversation focused and moving deeper.  She lets me talk about myself the whole time in a caring and supportive manner.  She knows the exact right question to ask to make me analyze my thoughts and dig a bit deeper.  Basically, I've hired myself a cheerleader with no strings attached to the outcome.  To sum it up, if you're like me and used to be obsessed with the old "What's your BLANK style" from Seventeen Magazine or Cosmo and you suddenly find yourself wholly relating to the title (maybe not the entire plot line) of "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" then you might find it a good fit for you too.

teepee || chairs (similar look for less) || pillows || rug (currently 70% off) || lamp (Similar) || black and white beach print || bench (similar) || 

Anyway, back to the room thing.  This week we touched upon a fun little exercise about how the rooms in your home are a reflection of you. Duh, that's nothing new right.  But let's dig deeper.  More specifically, how you verbally describe both your favorite and your least-liked room is in direct correlation to how you view yourself.  Try it.  What do you love about it, why?  What do you hate about it, why?  The words you use to describe them will typically mimic the way you feel about yourself.  Your shortcomings, what you wish you could change, your strengths and gifts to the world.


I'd love to know if this was true for you; although please don't feel like you need to divulge all your answers.  I thought it was really fun and helpful for me to think about and I know some of y'all will love this exercise too!

*As you can see the blog has gotten a much needed makeover.  I needed a fresh start.  Unfortunately, my post titles have mysteriously disappeared and I can't seem to figure out how to make the entire post display on one page without the second click.  So annoying.  I'm sorry.  I've emailed the IT person to hopefully get this resolved asap.

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Pretty Little Party Dresses

April 24, 2016

 Pretty Little Party Dresses.

I still haven't decided between long or short so I've rounded up my favorite little cocktail dresses too!  I have a hard time with choosing dresses this time of year because I'm still so pale and not quite ready to bare as much skin as I might in the heat of summer.  But I also don't want to be too covered up and frumpy either.  I think these are all really pretty and sophisticated but with a fresh twist.

Shop the looks above

And a few of my favorite long dresses below

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Black Tie Dresses (for Spring weddings + galas)

Black Tie Dresses (for Spring weddings + galas).

We have a family wedding coming up in Charleston soon.  I'm so excited!  We're pretty booked with family things at night but are they any new lunch spots you'd recommend?  Cannon Green has come up a few times so that's on my list but I'd love another suggestion.

I've rounded up a few of the dresses I'm considering.  There are so many weddings and galas this time of year so I thought it would be fun to round up a few of my top picks.  I typically try to stay away from strapless but I'm really loving these strapless maxis. 

Black and white striped dress with the pink sash || gisele strapless silk maxi || pink strapless maxi dress || strapless print chiffon maxi dress || Navy convertible strapless gown || Mara Hoffman floral maxi dress || Pink strapless gisele maxi dress (equally in love with the mint color) || Badgley Mishka fluorescent chiffon gown (via Rent the Runway) || strappy gold sandals || statement earrings (they come in so many colors)

shop the look above:

My favorite cocktail dress roundup below:

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