With Style and a Little Grace

March Mood Board

Happy Sunday Friends! I am currently sipping my coffee, enjoying finally having curtains in my living room, and watching the Harry Potter marathon. I could not think of a better way to spend Sunday morning. Today I wanted to share all the things inspiring me for the month of March. Since I am in the midst of decorating our first home I have been a little absent from the blog but hopefully I will be popping in soon with a house update - trust me we are not even near finished. 

Happy March Friends! 

Boxwood Planter for the back porch 

Planters for our Front Porch - love the idea of something similar 

Currently on the hunt for reasonably priced lounge chairs for our pool 

Light Fixture inspiration for our kitchen nook

Spring Dress must have here 

The perfect pajamas to add to my ever growing collection here. 

Thanks for reading - we are off to either get all the leaves out of our yard or put it off until next weekend ;) 

January Favorites + A Few House Updates

January was pretty dreary if I am being honest. I always start it with such grandiose plans and by the end I am just so ready to start February. We haven't really had much going on and I have had the hardest time pushing myself to start a new healthy routine. I finally got back into it last week and although I am sore all over - I have more energy than I had all month. Henry and I are so excited to kick off the Mardi Gras season this weekend and I think we are both looking forward to having some fun upcoming events on the calendar. Although my January was dreary, I did find some great new favorites.

Laura Mercier Body Creme - I am OBSESSED with every single one of these scents and I have been using them sparingly to make them last. My Aunt gave me a pack of the miniatures for Christmas and the creme is so rich and the smells are amazing. I think I have decided on getting the large Creme Brûlée one but I want them all. 

Loreal Elnett Hairspray Strong Hold - I have never really cared that much about hairspray - looking back probably because I have never used one that actually worked. This stuff actually makes my hair stay most of the day. 

Pureology Pure Volume Instant Levitation Mist - This one was a recommendation from my hair stylist - oh yeah by the way I chopped my hair again. I spray it on my hair wet and I see a noticeable difference to the volume of my hair. 

Maybelline Brow Drama in Soft Brown - This one is so good for easy brows during the week. I just literally swipe it on and go. Great when you are in a hurry and not looking for a super dramatic brow.

Josie Maran Argan Oil - This one is an old favorite I am revisiting. I was reading an interview Mandy Moore did (because I am obsessed with This Is Us + her skin is amazing) and she says she uses it every single night. I was missing it in my skincare routine so I purchased the 50 mL bottle. My skin feels amazing and I literally use it all over my face before bed. 

Sally Hansen All Fired Up - This one was inspired by Stassi's current nail color in the last few episodes of Vanderpump. This is the most perfect Orange/Red and I think it is a great pop of color for February/March. Also can we just talk about how great the formula is for these polishes. 

Forever 21 Hooded Parka - I bought this jacket as a test run. I really want to get a Barbour jacket this year and thought it would be a great idea to get something somewhat similar ( for a lot less $$) and see how often I wear it. I have worn this adorable jacket almost daily. It is the perfect amount of jacket for the weather in Mobile. I am 100% sold on purchasing a Barbour Beadnell now. 

UGG Dakota Slipper - Henry gave me these as a Christmas gift and I have worn them every single day. It is like walking on clouds and I will never buy any other house shoe/slipper again. UGG's are hands down the most comfortable shoes on the planet. I really want these short booties next. 

A Little Peak at the Kitchen - We are hoping to paint the cabinets soon/change all hardware. We will also be changing out the granite and backsplash. 

A Corner in our Living Room - found this watercolor at Goodwill for $5 and feel like it was a major win. I may reframe it down the line. 

Constantly working on styling these shelves. 

What Did I Read this Month: In A Dark Dark Wood - highly recommend this book and this author. I couldn't put it down-super easy and creepy read. I just started The Woman in Cabin 10 by the same author. 

What Am I Watching: Vanderpump, Summer House - honestly can't get enough of those two, just finished The Crown, This is Us, New Girl, Ladies Of London, and HGTV

Most Recent Purchase: This top for Spring that I can't wait to wear. 

On My Radar: I think I want a pair of the mom jeans that everyone is sporting - anyone else? 

Happy Tuesday Everyone and thank you so much for reading! 

Winter Reading List

Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you are enjoying a nice long weekend. Our's consisted of date night out and a viewing of Bridget Jones Baby, which I really loved. We worked on the house - which I am finding is a constant work in progress. I want to do photos, but there are so many things we need before I feel like we are ready for that yet. Hopefully I will be able to do a home update soon. 

One of my 2017 goals is to read consistently again. I definitely get sucked into my tv shows and there are so many good books that I want to read. I have rounded up my current winter reading list. I would love to get through all of these before March - that is my goal. I plan on reading at night and not scrolling through my phone or watching You-Tube which has become a nightly routine. The first book on my list is In a Dark Dark Wood which I started last night. I will do updates on all of them and let you know what I liked and didn't like.

Left to Right - 1/2/3/4/5/

Thank you for reading! 


Well..... we are 10 days in and I am already behind on my resolutions..... not good guys not good at all. I have been looking everywhere for my drive to blog again and haven't quite found it yet, I am almost positive it is hiding behind my work-out clothing and tennis shoes that I have been threatening to pull out for 10 days now. I know - we put so much pressure on ourselves ( or at least I do ) to change things drastically right after the indulgent holidays and it is a little hard. I really did put pen to paper in my adorable Kate Spade notebook with all my goals on the first, now to write them here visible to the world and where I can hopefully hold myself accountable. 

(1.) Budget and Save - I know that this one is a common theme but I really want to learn to budget regularly and put money away and pay off all debt. I love the Dave Ramsey method and will probably be using this again. I would love to know your tips for saving and for budgeting. This is a huge goal for our family in 2017. 

(2.) Get Fit as a Family/Cook  More Often - Henry and I really want to shape up this year. We both want to lose a few pounds and get into a much more frequent work-out routine. This winter has really put us into hibernation mode. One of the big goals for this and for the budget is meal planning. I try so hard at this and then get utterly stumped when I go into the grocery store - even with a list and find myself distractedly wondering around the frozen food aisle - anyone else? It just becomes really daunting sometimes for me. We did really well this week but I want to get a food routine going. 

(3.) BLOG - Work on my content and grow - I want to really base my content this year on what I am interested in focusing on and less about what all the bloggers I follow are doing. I really want to hone in on my favorite topics and make unique content for this spot. I want to make it something I am really really proud of and that you find interesting to read. 

(4.) Furnish and Photograph our Home - By the end of 2017 I would really like to furnish our home and photograph it room by room for the blog. I know it is not going to be exactly where I want it but I definitely want to be able to look back and see my progress. 

(5.) Purchase Thoughtfully - Before I buy anything I want to make sure it is something that I really want/need. I want to save the money to buy the things I really want and not spend lots on small little things that I will end up throwing out at the end of the year. 

(6.) Go Somewhere We Have Never Been - Take a trip somewhere new with Henry and have an adventure together. 

(7.) Don't Sweat The Small Stuff - Don't allow myself to think the worst or freak out over something that hasn't even happened yet and probably will not happen over small little things that I will forget about the next day. This one is something that I deal with on the daily and I know it is mostly all in my head. 

What are your resolutions?

Thanks for reading! 

2016 Year in Review

*Pre-Christmas Dinner at Dauphins celebrating the new house with Henry's parents. 

Hello All ...... is anyone still there? Ha I kid.... but really I have been the worst blogger and there truly might not be anyone reading. To be honest, the past three months were a constant blur of travel and perpetual go. We literally haven't even unpacked everything from our move and I just hung things on the walls yesterday. Finally moving into our first home is  amazing and I feel like I should not complain, because we have wanted it for so long but it is also a gigantic pain in the bum. Life has been completely insane, as you can probably tell from my dwindling of posts from basically June to the end of the year. 

If I am being honest I haven't really wanted to blog or be as present on social media, I can't pinpoint it exactly but I subconsciously took a step back.  It just became a bit exhausting. Too much comparison on my end and just too much stress for really no reason. I started blogging because I love writing and having this place to share what is going on in my life and all my favorite things. My favorite blogs are just the ones that talk about their week, family, meals, favorite new purchases, just the day to day fun.

 It just became this constant comparison to all these bloggers buying things constantly and just making me feel like I couldn't match up. We were trying to save money to buy a home and watching people constantly buy things was kind of bad for my psyche. I know this is all me but I am just explaining why I took a step back. I started to notice that all my favorite blogs are just constant ads now, which I understand they are doing so they can make money but it is just not what I love about blogs. I have even done a few ads myself. I like to see what they really love and the real life experience. The truth....... if this makes any sense at all. I probably will not edit this diatribe so please forgive any grammatical errors. I just want to go into 2017 and fully enjoy our journey and not constantly compare to others. I plan to stop looking at so many other blogs and just follow myself on this journey here. 

2016 was a wonderful year for our family but it definitely had it's bittersweet moments. We lost my amazing grandmother this year, my last living grandparent. I adored her and will miss her every single day. Henry and I both started new jobs in 2016 and that has been the biggest blessing ever! We bought a home, which was the most exciting and scary thing Henry and I have done. We scraped, painted, added recess lighting, and finally moved in.... the project list continues. It is our first home and it has been so much fun/exhausting pouring our blood sweat and tears into it. We went on some fun trips: New Orleans, Bald Head Island, The Grand Hotel ( basically all summer) so fun, Virginia and Athens for family Christmas. 

2016 was extremely good to us and I am so excited to see what 2017 has in store. Thank you to anyone who is still reading! Please leave me a comment and let me know what type of posts you would like to see in the new year. I have a running list and I am excited to refresh and change things up. 

Mardi Gras Fun 

My favorite trip to New Orleans 

Annual Girls Beach Trip in Seaside 

Summer Weekends at The Grand Hotel 

Bald Head Island with the Beard Fam 

BUYING OUR FIRST HOME - The biggest highlight of 2016! 

My Christmas Wish-List

Happy Tuesday Loves! I went to Ulta yesterday during lunch and broke the seal on my Christmas shopping, it definitely has me in the spirit. We kicked off our Christmas season by celebrating at dinner with my in-laws at Dauphins on Friday night, followed by our annual Christmas tree shop on Saturday and working on the house the rest of our weekend. We are leaving for our annual Christmas in Virginia this week and I just feel like it is going to kick the festivities into high gear. I CAN'T WAIT! 

All the items on my Christmas list are wardrobe staples that I need, items for our home, or splurgeworthy items that have been on my list in years past and still elude me.. this will be your year Clarisonic! 

What is on your Christmas List? 

Christmas Past 2015 | 2014 | 2013 

Christmas Lush Haul

When I was in Birmingham a few weeks ago I was finally able to stop into a Lush store. A bath every night is my favorite time to unwind and I just love Lush bath products to make them even more luxurious and fancy. I haven't been in a store since my last trip to New York, which unfortunately has been years so it was a real treat to shop the fun products. I mainly love the holiday items and although they did not have the full selection of Christmas items - I am so excited with the ones I did bring home with me. 

The Magic of Christmas - Reusable Bubble Bar - this one is by far my absolute favorite. It smells of cinnamon, cloves and all things Christmas and it is seriously gorgeous! 

Peeping Santa Bubble Bar - This Santa is almost sickly sweet but I am kind of loving the strong candy scent. 

Butter Bear Bath Bomb - This little bear smells of cocoa butter and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. 

I just love their bath bombs and I think they are such a beauty treat for the holiday season! To be honest, I have had them for two weeks and was saving to disperse throughout December for maximum Holiday enjoyment. I hope you are having a great week and I am so excited for the upcoming holidays! We are decorating, getting our tree, and working on the house this weekend - I can't wait! 

Thank you for reading!