Floral Print Tunic For Fall

Good morning, everyone!

Hope you all had a nice weekend.  We spent all day Saturday relaxing snd then headed out to Dick’s Sporting Goods to pick up some workout gear for David.  I had never realized that the store would also double as the perfect play space for Ryan.  Just might be taking him there on rainy days.  From the massive wall of shoes (Ryan loves shoes) to the bikes to the putting green to the heavy bags…it is pretty much a playground on steroids.

On Sunday, we headed to the Canes Carnival.  It is an annual event that helps the Carolina Hurricanes hockey fans amp up for the upcoming season.  Picture every single bounce house imaginable and a sea of food trucks.  The temperatures FINALLY dropped and it was a perfect morning. My brother, sister-in-law and our nieces joined us too.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing the three little cousins laugh and play together so it was a blast.

Now that it actually feels like fall weather is on its’ way, outfit planning is becoming exciting.  I really enjoy the time of year when layers can be worn but aren’t necessary.  Feminine peasant style tops are a great option for this time of year.  In fact, these blouses can be worn virtually all year round.   They can be worn with cutoff shorts in warmer months, distressed denim for transitioning into fall and then paired with a vest when winter arrives.  This particular tunic style top pictured below has some really pretty details like the sweet little buttons down the front and a bell sleeve.  I am typically not drawn to purple but I totally fell for this shade.  I chose to pair it with faded black legging style jeans and a long black scarf in order to add a bit of edge to the look.








First Impression Doormats

Good morning, friends!

I have been spending a lot of time on Houzz recently.  While David and I are not quite ready to build our next home, it has certainly become a major topic of discussion over the last several months.  We love our current neighborhood and our lot but the floor plan does not function well for our needs.  We bought an existing home and did some renovating but financially didn’t want to undertake a major structural renovation so we focused on aesthetics.  Now that we have Ryan, there are many things we wish we would have changed.  For example, I would  love to be able to see into our family room from our kitchen so that Ryan could play in there while I cook, clean, etc.  Instead, we have a massive wall with built-ins separating the two rooms.  We have a finished basement but there is so much wasted space and not enough storage.  Also, I would LOVE to have a decent laundry room…one I can move in without feeling trapped.  These are just a few of the issues and because they aren’t major issues, we are happy to wait to build until the time is right.

As I was perusing exteriors of homes Houzz and Pinterest, one thing dawned on me…it’s interesting how we can spend so much time and energy selecting pieces for the interior of our home yet neglect the one item that truly sets the first impression for your home.  When guests come to your home, the very first thing they typically lay eyes on is a doormat.  Yep, as crazy as it sounds, I am talking doormats.  Because it is viewed as a place to simpy wipe one’s feet, it is often overlooked.  More often than not, we grab one while out and about at Home Depot or Target without giving it much thought despite the fact that it can actually be a great way to display some personality.  Companies have realized this niche market and have come up with some adorable and fun mats recently.

We have the mat that says, “Well HELLO there” but I am struggling to refrain from buying the taco one!  Too cute.

Hope you all have a fantastic day!



White and blue

Although fall is right around the corner, the humidity has yet to leave us.  I heard on the news the other day that we are still 10 degrees above average for this time of year…when will it stop?!

There is no question that I am ready for cooler temps and more layers.  I’ve been trying to layer for weeks, but it’s nearly impossible.  With the heat still hanging around, I’m opting to stick with my breezy, lose fitting tops.  I just purchased this one from Urban Outfitters the other week.  Honestly, the length is what caught my attention, but I was pleasantly surprised by the nice silhouette.  I may actually add one of the three additional colors to my closet in the near future.

For this look, I paired with distressed jeans and my Converse (I’m becoming a sneaker junkie…Rudy and Lindsey are rubbing off on me).  Not only is this look extremely comfortable, I can eventually add a layer once Fall arrives.  I opted to throw on a boyfriend denim jacket, which has a raw hem.  Who else is loving all the raw hem this season?!

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Have a great day!




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