With Style and a Little Grace: 2017

FOR THE OFFICE: MY WEEKLY WARDROBE WED - FRI


+ WEDNESDAY + Black Top + Dress TJ Maxx OLD  - J.Crew Tights - BCBG Booties OLD want these - Necklace * Jewelry party maybe Silpada?


+ THURSDAY + Lush Tunic ON SALE and the best for work - Target Wrap OLD - Jeans - Tory Burch Riding Boots - Bauble Bar Tassel Earrings - Kate Spade Watch


+ FRIDAY + Turtleneck - Target Sweater OLD - J.Crew Skirt - Old Navy Booties - Necklace *Jewelry Party Silpada 

This week was a little crazy so I only managed to document the end of it. I am so excited for Thanksgiving and all the upcoming festivities. We will be spending our Sunday touching up paint in our living room and putting down our new rug. I am also trying to decide what type of outdoor lights to purchase to put around our house - this is our first time decorating outside so please leave me any suggestions if you have them.

RECENT AMAZON PURCHASES


I hope you have a great Sunday! 

GIFT GUIDE: GIFTS FOR THE BEAUTY LOVER



Yesterday was the first day I felt properly in the festive spirit. I turned on my Christmas music - shout-out to the Sirius XM Holly Station because it is my new favorite and went to the store to buy all the items I am making for the Thanksgiving Festivities next week. 

This post is not sponsored by Nordstrom, but I happen to think they are the best destination for beauty and stocking stuffer items during the holidays. The gift sizes and multiple items together make for the perfect gift. I have rounded up some of my favorites for the beauty lover in your life. 

A few other fabulous beauty products 







What are you shopping for this holiday season? Let me know what type of gift guide you might be interested in.



THANKSGIVING OUTFIT INSPO


Can y'all believe Thanksgiving is next week? I love this time of year and I love planning out fun outfits to wear during the holidays. I am really feeling dark florals, leather elements, and tartan/plaid, which are always some of my favorites this time of year. I am thinking I might wear my new Zara leather skirt, tights, booties, and maybe a dark floral or plaid top? 

Let me know what you are loving and what you are planning to wear this year? 



FOR THE OFFICE: MY WEEKLY WARDROBE


+ MONDAY + J.Crew Blouse - J.Crew Skirt Last Season similar here - Target Heels - Necklace Golden Griffin Huntsville, AL - Kate Spade Watch 






+ THURSDAY + J. Crew Fair Isle Sweater similar here - Zara Leather Skirt - J.Crew Tights - Tory Burch Reva Flats - Kate Spade Watch - Pearl Earrings 


+ FRIDAY + TopShop Sweater - Paige Denim ON SALE - Tory Burch Riding Boots - Ryan Studio Mobile Necklace 

Happy Saturday Everyone! I hope you had a great week. We got some more cold weather in Mobile and I am really getting into the Holiday spirit. I have been watching Hallmark Movies all week at night and getting into bed at 7 PM because #daylightsavingstime. 

I am really enjoying doing these weekly wardrobe posts. It helps remind me that I have more in my closet to work with than I realize and also I put a little more thought into my looks during the week. It is also a good option for me instead of full outfit posts, since I do work full-time I want you to see what I am realistically going to be wearing and I like the more casual vibe to it. I would love to know what you think! 

WHAT I READ: OCTOBER 2017


I read some amazing books in October and I have a huge stack from the library I am currently devouring. They were all thrillers and I still have a ton of thrillers on my bedside table. 

Please comment and let me know what you are reading so I can add it to my list. 

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware - A group of friends gathers back together after a body is discovered in the coastal town that they went to boarding school in. What do these women have to do with this mystery? This one sucked me in and I didn't see the ending coming - Really enjoyed, recommend

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon - My girlfriend sent me this one and told me I had to read around Halloween and it was truly chilling. I could not put it down but it also gave me nightmares. The town of Westhall, Vermont is a town of disappearances and folklore legends of a time long gone. The most mysterious is Sarah Harrison Shea. You will follow her story and the story of Ruthie in the present day who lives in her farmhouse and whose mother has mysteriously disappeared. What happened to her? Would definitely recommend if you like a spooky book.

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins - Women keep winding up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through this coastal town. Women from the past and from the present. The story of Nel Abbot and what happens to her daughter in the wake of her haunting death will really suck you in. Really enjoyed - would recommend 

Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris - Does this couple have the perfect marriage or is this a carefully crafted front. This book is terrifying and I could not put it down. I read it in one sitting and found it chilling. Would definitely recommend.

NORDSTROM FALL SALE: MY PICKS


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The Nordstrom Fall Clearance is currently happening and now is the time to scoop up some great closet staples. They always have the best sales with items that are already on my wish-list, in season, and currently 40% off or more. I picked up these jeans and can't wait to add them to my closet, I was truly lacking a pair of great black jeans. This is the perfect time to stock up on Fall/Winter items that will last you for more than one season and fill in anything missing in your wardrobe. I have this tunic in two colors and I wear them all the time. Highly recommend. I really want to add a pair of leather leggings and over the knee boots to my wardrobe as well this season. 

What are you shopping this season?

Thanks for reading! 

FOR THE OFFICE: MY WEEKLY WARDROBE




+ TUESDAY + Ann Taylor Chunky Cableknit OLD similar - J.Crew Factory Skirt - Steve Madden Booties 


+ WEDNESDAY +   Michael Stars Turtleneck - ASOS Dess - BCBG Booties OLD these are on my wishlist + Necklace unknown 


+ THURSDAY + French Connection Top - J.Crew Trousers - Target Heels 


+ FRIDAY + H&M Cardigan - Lush Tee - J.Crew Trousers - Loafers - Necklace Unknown

+ As with last week, some items are old so I have linked the most similar item I could find 


Happy Weekend Everyone! Here is my second round of my weekly wardrobe for the office - let me know if you like this series or want to see more like it? We are relaxing at home this weekend, watching the Alabama game, and doing some work around the house. I have decided to do lots of Holiday content starting tomorrow. Gift Guides, What to Wear for Thanksgiving/Christmas, etc. Let me know what you might like to see. 



OCTOBER FAVORITES


Dr. Teals Foaming Bath - I take a bath every single night and I noticed that I was using all of my Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Honey Bath ( my favorite ) way too quickly, so I bought this foaming bath from Target for every night and it is one of my new favorites. The scent is super calming and leaves your skin extremely soft. 

Weleda Skin Food - If you get dry skin then you need this lotion in your life. It is really thick and great for those rougher areas, elbows, feet, or just if your skin is parched. It smells amazing as well. 

Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo - I bought the mini version of this dry shampoo because I heard such great things about it and now I definitely need the full size in my life. It is the only dry shampoo I have found that really works on my hair and I can wear it down on second or third day hair.

Origins Ginzing - The perfect cleanser for your mornings. The little beads are the perfect amount of scrub, the smell is amazing, and it leaves my skin feeling super smooth and glowing. Highly recommend! 


TopShop Sweater  in Nude - This is my new favorite Fall sweater. It is so comfortable and I am loving the dusty pink colors for Fall. I needed some more items this color in my wardrobe. 


LEAVES Candle from Bath and Body Works - This candle embodies everything Fall and I have burned it throughout this entire month along with Sweater Weather. 


Levis 501 Denim Shorts - I purchased these right before October and wore them til about October 15th, but I know that I will wear them on repeat this Spring/Summer. I have heard great reviews on them and they really are the perfect denim shorts. Kind of obsessed. 

Happy Halloween Friends! What were you loving this month - let me know! 

FOR THE OFFICE: MY WEEKLY WARDROBE


+ MONDAY + J.Crew Turtleneck - Zara Skirt OLD  similar here - Old Navy Booties - Baublebar Earrings - Kate Spade Watch - Nails Essie Wicked 


+ TUESDAY + H&M Blouse - J.Crew Trousers - Target Wedges - Kate Spade Watch - Link Bracelet Unknown


+ WEDNESDAY + Zara Dress OLD want this one - J.Crew Tights - BCBG Booties OLD want these - Link Bracelet unknown - Kate Spade Watch 


+ THURSDAY + Nordstrom Sweater similar here - Old Navy Top similar here - J.Crew Trousers OLD - Steve Madden Booties - J.Crew Factory Earrings

+ FRIDAY + No OOTD - We wore t-shirts for the Breast Cancer walk so it was a casual T-Shirt and jeans day. 

+ Some items are old so I have linked the most similar option I could find. 

I know I have not done an outfit post in forever and thought it might be fun just to document my outfits throughout the work week since that is the majority of my style right now. It also helps me try to branch out in my wardrobe and wear the things that I do have. I am thinking about making this a weekly series so let me know what you think. It is getting so chilly here, we might even have a fire this weekend. I also got my brows tinted for the first time on Friday night and am so happy with the results. My brows are so naturally sparse so it really helps to make them a bit more noticeable. We have the walk this morning and I might cuddle up and watch Stranger Things Season 2 afterwards. 

Have a great weekend, 

2017 FALL HOUSE DECORATIONS

This was truly the first year I have ever been able to decorate my own house and I have been loving the process. As far as my fall decorations, I have gotten some new items but there are still some more I would love to add to my collection. When everything goes on sale next week I am going to go on the hunt for a larger wreath for my front door and maybe use this one inside over my mantle next year. 


- Our Front Porch - went with a Classic Fall Theme and the most handsome boy you ever did see! Haybales and Pumpkins on sale at Old Time Pottery and the lantern and doormat are Pottery Barn - 


 - Velvet Pumpkin and my Sparkly Skull -


- Mantle Decor - 


- Pumpkin Pillow Target - 


- Boo Pillow from Pottery Barn a few years ago - 


- My most precious Halloween Decoration - A Haunted House that my mom always put out when we were growing up, gives me all the feels - 


I did everything on a pretty tight budget and always find most of my decorations on clearance after the season, which is when I definitely recommend shopping for those items. I know it is hard to resist the full price but you can do so much with some mini pumpkins and faux leaves. Just think of the amazing discounts you will get on October 31st! I always go on my lunch break and scout out the sales the week after Halloween! 

Happy Fall Friends! 

MY 5 FAVORITE FALL CANDLES



My Fall candles come out at the end of September and carry me through November. I feel like even when it is still 80 degrees outside (perks of living in Mobile, Alabama) if I light my Fall candle it starts to feel super cozy in my house with all my Fall decorations. I have really just started to get in the Fall spirit this week. The pumpkin patch is up in the parking lot I park in for work and it is so much fun to leave the office and see all the kids getting their pumpkins and riding on the tractor.

These are my current favorites and they are all extremely budget friendly. I have to say Bath & Body Works knows how to do a Fall candle and I find myself making purchases there every single year - Leaves is a total staple at our house. I would love to know what your favorite Fall candles are so I can try them out. 

101 in 1001 - 520 DAYS IN


If you don't remember my original post on 101 Things in 1001 Days you can see it here. I was so inspired by Mckenzie Horan's List of Design Darling, I wanted to join in and make a list of my own too. I am currently 520 days in or about a year and half. I wanted to revisit my list, see how I am doing, and give myself a little motivation to get back on my goals. Right now I have ticked 18 items off my list. 


1. Come up with 101 things - May 19, 2016
2. Inspire friends to make a list of their own - June 2016
3. Buy a house - October 2016
4. Pay off all debt
5. Photograph my home and the decorating process for the blog
6. Have my home featured on a blog or online magazine
7. Reach 50-70,000 views on WSLG 
8. Hit 5000 on instagram
9. Invest in calling cards for Henry and I * Preferably before the next wedding we attend
10. Evolve my wardrobe into all classic, southern, timeless style
11. Throw a housewarming party
12. Throw my first dinner party
13. Use my wedding china
14. Work-out 3-4 times a week for at least 3 months straight
15. Take a trip to the mountains with Henry
16. Go to Bald Head Island
17. Beach with my girlfriends two times -1/2 - Memorial Day Weekend May 2016
18. Back-up my computer
19. Organize my computer photos
20. Attend a Blog Conference
21. Make an address book for family and friends - June 2017
22. Make a Christmas card address list
23. Start my Christmas book with cards from every year
24. Take a yoga class
25. Buy and frame a piece of original art
26. Visit my brother and Chelsea in Nashville
27. Find and frame the perfect state map for our travel goals
28. Make 10 recipes off Pinterest
29. Send my mom a gift out of the blue
30. Plant an herb garden 
31. Find the perfect little black dress
32. Get a facial
33. Get a massage
34. Buy a bicycle
35. Read twenty new books - The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, The Magicians by Lev Grossman, The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young, Anderson Cooper: Dispatches from the Edge, Summer Rental - MK Andrew, The Dry - Jane Harper, Girlboss - Sophia Amorusa, The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware, The Singles Game - Lauren Weisberger, Truly Madly Guilty - Liane Moriarty, In A Dark Dark Wood - Ruth Ware, The Glittering Court - Richelle Mead, Nantucket Sisters - Nancy Thayer, Heres to Us - Elin Hildebrand, All Is Not Forgotten - Wendy Walker, The Perfume Collector - Kathleen Tessaro, All The Missing Girls - Megan Miranda, Since She Went Away - David Bell, The Girl Before - JP Delaney, The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern, We Were Liars - E. Lockhart  - 22 as of October 20, 2017 
36. Read all Jane Austen
37. Go camping
38. Start buying furniture - November 2016
39. Refinish headboard - November 2016
40. See a double feature
41. Go two months without shopping
42. See a concert
43. Learn how to tie a tie
44. Read for 30 minutes every night for a month - July 2017 
45. Redesign my blog
46. Mail a care package to my sibling
47. Make Henry breakfast in bed
48. Go to Mass every Sunday for three months
49. Visit the Mardi Gras Museum
50. Do a blog guide to Mobile
51. Try 1o new restaurants
52. Visit Mosleys in NYC  - Mosleys came to Mobile October 2017 
53. Play mini golf
54. Go to a baseball game
55. Find the perfect bar cart - August 2017 
56. Read 5 biographies
57. Blog every day for a month 
58. Get a manicure/pedicure
59. Go 1 month without eating out
60. Get back into tennis
61. Be at my ideal weight
62. Have a staycation - The Grand Hotel July 2017 
63. Open a retirement account 401K - July 2017 
64. Buy a fiddleleaf fig tree
65. Leave a 100% tip for great service
66. Get 5 just because gifts
67. Go to Midnight Mass at Christmas
68. Go kayaking with Henry
69. Play 18 holes with Henry
70. Bake a puppy cake for Charlie's 6th Birthday
71. See a movie at The Saenger
72. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
73. Have a party for Henry's Birthday
74. :) 
75. Grow Instagram to 10,000
76. Visit an aquarium
77. Get up at 6 am for a month
78. Learn how to make the perfect cocktail
79. Make 3 videos  on my YouTube channel
80. Buy a bookshelf - September 2017 
81. Celebrate something special with a nice bottle of champagne
82. One room challenge to complete a room in house and photograph
83. Organize attractive/functional filing cabinet
84. Start a collection  - Ginger Jars September 2017 
85. Research and learn more about the presidential candidates - September 2016 
86. Send my grandmother a letter - My grandmother passed in October 2016 and I so wish I had done this before she did. :(
87. Buy myself peonies
88. Take a great beach family photo
89. Frame that photo
90. Buy new bedding/towels and monogram them - August/September 2017 
91. Plan a family trip with entire family for future - something we have never done before
92. Watch the sun rise
93. Have my makeup professionally done
94. Buy a lemon tree
95. Stock my bar cart - August 2017 
96. Take Charlie to the beach
97. Give Henry an amazing gift
98. Henry get a new truck - May 2017 
99. Outdoor patio area
1000. For every goal accomplished put $10 in savings 
1001. Make a new list for the next 2.75 years



A few items on my list I would like to check off before 2018 include:

Purchase Calling Cards
Use our Wedding China 
Start my Christmas Book with yearly recap and our cards from every year
Get a Facial
2 Jane Austen Novels 
Blog every day for a month - Tentatively blogging in November/December with Gift Guides, Recipes, etc. 
Visit the Mardi Gras Museum 
Midnight Mass at Christmas 
1 Biography - please send me recommendations 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and let me know if this list inspires you to make your own. Revisiting it has definitely made me want to keep going and it is so much fun to keep up with everything you are doing/accomplishing! 


ON MY RADAR





READING: JUST FINISHED THE NIGHT CIRCUS - HIGHLY RECOMMEND AND STARTED THE ALICE NETWORK
WATCHING: RIVERDALE, OUTLANDER, DYNASTY - OUTLANDER IS SO SO GOOD Y'ALL
DOING: WORKING OUT ON OUR NEW ELLIPTICAL FINALLY, BLOGGING AGAIN I THINK, SHOPPING FOR CLOSET STAPLES, FINALLY SAW WONDER WOMAN AND LOVED IT, WATCHED AHS COVEN AND MIGHT WATCH ANOTHER SEASON, GETTING INTO THE FALL SPIRIT
EATING: YOGURT, GRANOLA, AND BLUEBERRIES, PALMETTO CHEESE, DIET DR PEPPER


RECENT PURCHASES

TOPSHOP SWEATER IN NUDE - KIND OF OBSESSED

September 2017


Charlie cut his paw and had to have a piece of it removed - he is totally fine now but definitely milked it. He is so funny and truly loves to be the center of attention. 


We celebrated Henry's Birthday with gifts and ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. I will not lie we ate ice cream cake for an entire week. 


Went to 30A  on Saturday to visit with some of my family who were in town. We went to lunch at this new area called The Hub and it is a super cute shopping/food truck situation.


I purchased this new table and chairs from someone on the Neighborhood app and I am really happy with how it turned out. I am in the process of ordering slipcovers and think they will make a big difference. Excuse my grainy iphone pics. 


We finally got curtains hung in our bedroom. We still need another pillow, new rug, and I might want to hang our headboard higher on the wall. I would also like matching bedside tables and new lamps. It has come a long way though. 

Happy Wednesday Everyone! We have had a super busy two weeks and we are just getting caught up on projects around our house. Homeownership seems to come with never ending projects but that is part of the fun. I am desperate for some cool weather, anyone else? I am trying my hardest to get into the Fall spirit but the weather is not making it easy. I will say that all the Fall clothing is very exciting and really makes me want to update my entire wardrobe. I was on a major house buying trail but I might be switching back over to clothing for the time being. 

Have a great week and thanks for reading,