We have had wild few weeks here in Austin! After finding out our lease couldn’t be renewed on our current house, we decided to buy our first house. While the process was wild–have you heard about the real estate market in Austin?!–we finally found a house and are moving in this weekend. To celebrate, I wore my current favorite dress. I love this dress because you can easily wear it during the day with tennis shoes or turn it into a sexy look for the evening.
To transition this look from day to evening, simply swap the tennis shoes for heels, add some hoop earnings and a great clutch. by fastening the buttons on the front and back, this dress goes from casual and comfy to chic and sexy.
From day to night, I have been living in this dress. While it is a little bit pricey, I believe it is worth the money. Not only is it machine washable, it is also incredibly versatile. In the fall I plan to pair it with tan knee-high boots…stay tuned for that!
Hailey Bieber isn’t the only one loving lavender this summer! As one of the season’s hottest colors, it comes as no surprise that we are all loving the pastel tones of purple too. “Millennial purple,” as it has been dubbed by Hola! Is encompassing of the hues from lilac to lavender and has been a staple in my spring and summer wardrobes this year.
One of my favorite purple pieces has been this mini dress from English Factory because of its color and light-weight cotton fabric. The ruffle detailing on it is so beautiful and this dress also just got marked down to under $60! My only complaint about this dress is that it is a bit short. I am 5’8″ and it is shorter than most dresses I am comfortable in. This is a common theme for English Factory dresses…I just wish they would make a “tall” version or add about two inches to their dresses!
In the summertime, I am a sucker for dresses. Living in Texas, the heat can be overwhelming so having a light-weight dress is the most comfortable thing for me to wear. This beautiful wildflower dress is a must-have and is less than $50! I’m also loving this lavender midi dress from Sea. It would be perfect for church, brunch or a romantic date night.
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here! It is one of my favorite sales of the year because instead of marking down items that are about to be out of season, the anniversary sale offers up to 40 percent off of new items for the season ahead of us. By working with top brands, Nordstrom is able to offer discounts on items that do not regularly go on sale.
I’m mostly excited to shop for beauty products during the Anniversary Sale because they are something I always need and beauty products do not normally go on sale. In addition to stocking up on beauty favorites, I also love to get a start on my holiday shopping–Barefoot Dreams blankets make the best gift and I love getting them on sale–I also like to get new workout clothes, accessories and maybe a new dress!
It’s that time of year again! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is upon us! While today is just a preview, the actual shopping will begin later this month based on card status.
July 12: Early Access for cardmembers with Icon status.
July 14: Early Access for cardmembers with Ambassador status.
July 16: Early Access for cardmembers with Influencer status.
July 28: Anniversary Sale opens to the general public.
I have been shopping this sale since I was a child and I love stocking up on essentials during it. One thing I always look for during this sale is the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Body Lotion Pouch. This is my favorite lotion and you will not find it priced lower or at a greater volume than at the Anniversary Sale. I also like to treat myself to a new dress, workout clothes and boots and shoes for Fall.
This is also a great time to stock up on gifts. I always get several sets of candles, pajamas, bathrobes and blankets because they make beautiful gifts and it is great to get them on sale.
What are you shopping for at the Anniversary sale?!
The Fourth of July is just one week away. To prepare for patriotic celebrations of all kinds, I’m sharing my favorite red, white and blue styles today. From the pool and the beach to a bbq or dinner with friends, I’ve got you covered.
I personally love wearing a beautiful dress for the fourth because not only are they incredibly cute, they are also great for a hot day. If you’re hitting the pool or the beach, order this red swimsuit and white tunic cover-up ASAP! They are currently on a major sale at J.Crew and with luck, you can have it by the fourth.
However you choose to celebrate this year, I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!
J.Crew is having a major sale this week! By using the code “BestSale” you can get up to an additional 70 percent off of sale styles that are perfect for summer. I stocked up on swimsuits and easy-breezy styles for the hot summer ahead of us.
I’m sure you all know this by now, but I LOVE J.crew. The clothes fit me perfectly and I think they are really well made. That being said, I never buy items there at full-price because they have sales all of the time. Also, if you’re a student like I am, or a teacher, you always get 15 percent off of your purchase so don’t forget to utilize that!
Although it says “end of season sale” most of the clothes included are dresses, swimming suits and summer clothing so it is the perfect time to buy them.
Here are a few new items I’m loving from the sale this week:
This past weekend, my baby boy, Saint Charles “Charlie” McAshan, turned one! As many of you know, this little boy has brought so much joy to our lives and we were so excited to celebrate him. Although I did a terrible job of taking photos, I wanted to share the planning process and outcome of the party with all of you!
To celebrate this little boy properly, we decided to throw him a party! After a little discussing, we decided to make the theme of Charlie’s party frogs because of his obsession with his little frog toy. Nearly every day, Charlie will start crying at the base of the stairs and it’s because he wants his little frog from upstairs. It is literally the cutest thing so we went all in on the frog theme.
We wanted the party to be laid back so we ordered Torchy’s tacos for guests to snack on, served popcorn in these cute boxes and I made a fun dessert called “Frogs in the Pond” it is kind of like Worms in Dirt. We had a bunch of kids at the party and it was a hit with them, also the parents were ok with them eating it.
In addition to the food and snacks we served, I also ordered a custom cake from Hayley’s Cakes and Cookies for guests to enjoy. When I say we were blown away by how amazing it was, that is an understatement. I gave the Hayley’s Cakes team a very brief description of what we wanted and they created the coolest and most amazing cake for our boy!
To be honest, of course we were excited to celebrate our sweet Charles, but it was also our first chance to celebrate with friends at our new house since we moved in last spring. In total, we had about 40 guests at our house throughout the day and it was an absolute blast. We are so thankful for my dad–who flew in from Montana and helped set up most of the party, and for our amazing friends and neighbors who came by to celebrate with us!
Hope you all loved seeing our baby’s first birthday party!
Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer in my mind and with these soaring temperatures in Austin the past few days, I’m officially declaring it summer a few days early. Luckily, with the summer heat comes easy breezy styles and lots of color so today I want to share the items I am loving and eyeing for the summer months ahead.
For the summer, I love transitioning to a new signature scent. Byredo’s Gypsy Water is a sultry, yet refreshing scent that is so beautiful during the summer months. I’m also switching my nail color to my favorite new shade of pink! I love this color because it is sheer, but a striking pink.
My favorite look for the summer is this linenset. I’ve paired it with my new handbag for the summer, my favorite Hermès sandals and of course my Celine dupe sunglasses. I love this set because it is sophisticated and so comfortable in the heat. Another handbag I’m dreaming of this summer is this little Goyard bucket bag. I think it is so chic and would be perfect for any occasion.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big dress person. I love dresses because they are not only beautiful, but so easy to wear in the hot months of summer. I’m currently dying over this Palm Tree print maxi dress–how great would this be for a summer dinner? And I cannot wait to get the rainbow print maxi dress from Staud. The pink smocked maxi dress will be a staple for me and I’ll be wearing it everywhere from church to dinners and brunch with my friends. Of all the dresses, this blue and white maxi dress from Le Superbe will be my most worn this summer, I’m sure. Blue and white stripes are just my aesthetic.
If you’re hitting the beach soon, I can’t recommend this combo enough. While I love a swimsuit and matching pareo, I think pairing a solid one-piece with this gorgeous Agua by Agua Bendita Pareo would be stunning.
Which styles are you loving for the summer? Leave me a comment and let me know!
LWD–also known as a little white dresses, is a staple for the summer months. Whether you’re in the Texas heat or fresh mountain air, a little white dress is the perfect ensemble. Because I’m in the heat most of the summer, I prefer not to spend too much on mine. Today, I’m sharing my favorite white dresses that are all under $50!
Hope you loved all of the dresses and have a great weekend!
Father’s Day is almost here! If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I’m a daddy’s girl.
I’m so excited this year because my dad will be in Austin this Father’s Day so we will get a chance to celebrate with him in person this year. Although one day is not enough to celebrate the dads in our lives and thank them for all they’ve done for us, it is a nice place to start. Depending on the interest of the guys in your life and your budget, I’ve shared a few of my favorite gift ideas for this Father’s Day below.
Many of you probably know by now that the men in my life are golfers. Golfers are so hard to buy gifts for because they are so specific about their gear and I believe there is a limit to how many polo shirts and hats you can buy for one person. I love this golf inspired cookie set from Etsy and if you’re looking to splurge, I have it on good authority that this Tag Her golf watch is the next hot thing for golfers.
For the grilling and cooking dads, you can’t go wrong with a great set of knives, grilling tools or even a grill. Bluetooth speakers set the mood for a big day of cooking so if you want to save, check these speakers out and if you’re looking to splurge, check out this Sonos system. If your dad or hubby is a wine lover, a nice bottle is always a great gift.
If you’re shopping for a man on the go, Yeti Ramblers are a fabulous gift and also the Yeti Cooler Bag makes a great gift. Chick-fil-a gift cards are also a fun treat.
Will has also fully stepped into his life as a dog dad so we can’t forget to celebrate the fathers of our furry ones this year! I love this little mug because you can upload your pet’s pic to personalize the mug. Both of my grandfathers have passed so unfortunately I can’t celebrate with them this year, but I love this personalized handprint frame for the grandpas.
My Dad always told me that he only wanted a card for Father’s Day so however you choose to celebrate the dads in your life, don’t forget the cards! It’s the best way to say thank you for all they do and to express your love for them. Hope you all have a great Father’s Day!!